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Trish Mitchell
Trish Mitchell is a passionate dog advocate and behaviourist, trained and mentored by The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan.

In a previous life, Trish was a broadcast journalist with around 30 years experience in news and current affairs, both local and global and on both sides of the microphone.

She is based in Canberra, Australia's national capital. (Washington with kangaroos).

Entries by Trish Mitchell

Think You Love Your Dog? Think Again

(21) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 11:06 AM

This is a rant.

Saw a post on a Facebook dog page, supposedly humorous, where a woman laughingly described how her dog was completely neurotic, anxious, dominant, obsessive, and could never be re-homed if necessary because he was so out of control. She said she knew they had done everything...

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Dogs and Us -- Is It Getting Just a Little Bit Strange?

(3) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 5:04 PM

I saw a tweet today casting a new US cable reality show about obese pets -- basically The Biggest Loser for dogs. It started me thinking, where on earth are we headed with our pets? Aka fur babies. That now common term tells a story in itself.

Doggy day spas,...

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PTSD and the Power of Cesar's Pack

(2) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 1:38 AM

WARNING: this is LONG for a blog!

I'm a broadcast journalist who's in recovery from severe PTSD relating to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the USA. 

I have only recently come to realise I need to work with dogs, not microphones, if I'm ever going to truly be well. And...

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8 Great Online Dating Tips For Men Only

(29) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 6:03 AM

OK, everyone knows more and more "seniors" are getting into online dating... it's the local dance of the new millennium.

So, you 50-60-70-something guys, here's what not to do -- really, pay attention!

1. Don't invite someone (especially me) to Friday night drinks at one of the city's most stylish...

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Humans of The World

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 6:36 PM

Competitor in the New York City dog costume competition, thanks to BuzzFeed Animals.

Unless you've been living under a rock recently, you've most likely heard of Brandon Stanton. He's the photoblogger behind Humans of New York -- the runaway success...

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Barack Obama's Earliest Campaign Video?

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 12:54 PM

In 1995, then-professor Barack Obama went on a very modest tour with his just published memoir, Dreams From My Father. During the tour, he underwent his first national interview on the PBS show Connie Martinson Talks Books.

This YouTube video of that interview has had just 5,819 views. The discussion...

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Meat Pies, Football, Kangaroos and Holden Cars

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 5:19 PM

It might not have the panache of a 4th of July, but today, the 26th of Jan, is Australia Day -- otherwise known as Vegemite, Beer and Barbeque Day, White Invasion Day, Sorry Day. But this is a light and fluffy holiday blog, so we won't go there.

Although President...

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You Really Do Live Twice... Do Do You Die Twice

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 5:22 PM

Remember that old Bond movie, You Only Live Twice? Well, it's actually true.

You have your "normal" life in your physical body, which does all kinds of wild and crazy things. Or not.

Then you have your digital life -- and believe me, that's as real as the one that...

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OMG, How HOT Is the POTUS??

(5) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 10:19 AM

Now that grown men have regained a regular heartbeat, women have stopped fainting and children screaming , we can calmly consider the recent fleeting visit to Australia of superhero-rockstar President Barack Obama.

The interested will know that President Obama was received with nothing short of adulation, even from the local...

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The Battle of Oscar's Law

(6) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 12:07 PM

You're a dog lover, right? You probably wouldn't be reading this if you weren't. Well. Imagine having a horribly abused little dog you'd rescued from an unspeakable puppy farm being ripped out of your arms in the middle of the night by...
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What's Your Dog's Purpose?

(3) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 3:00 PM

If you've heard of Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer -- let's face it, who hasn't -- you'll know that a dog needs a job in life, if he or she is not to become neurotic and anxious.

Then there's that New York Times bestseller, "A Dog's Purpose," whose author surely...

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Election 2012: eBay and the President

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 3:31 PM

Back in August 2008, I (correctly, she says smugly) predicted a win for Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential election, based on the spectacular popularity of his memorabilia on eBay.

You can check out the blog here.

At that time, John McCain was his opponent, and he was...

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Twitter Generation Business Letter

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 4:06 PM

@DearSirorMadam U need to #chill #dudes! #lol #WTF #mybitchpays #ows #occupywallst

@DearSirorMadam I don't appreciate the #threatening tone of your #letter specially cos its such a #smallcock amount.

@DearSirorMadam cos my #bitch says she paid it #agesago.

@DearSirorMadam I refer to ur #letter dated 26Oct2011, requesting I #paymyaccount, which I...

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Dear Me -- A Letter to My 16-Year-Old Self

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 1:40 PM

Dearest Trisha,
You are about to have a rough year. Your 16th birthday was crap, I know, like a lot of your life so far, but I promise it'll be ok.

I feel a bit teary writing this to you, because when you needed me in those awful teenage...

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One Dollar on One Day -- You Can Do That!

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 5:31 PM


Acclaimed Australian actor Susie Porter, the face of $1Day


Have you ever thought to yourself, "You know, if everyone on the planet who could afford it gave just $1.00 on one day, we could raise about $3 billion...

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Disconnect Between What The World Wants, And What America Wants

(12) Comments | Posted September 19, 2008 | 11:07 AM

Anyone with even the vaguest interest in the US election will know that most people outside the US wish they could vote on November 4 - and that they would vote for Democrat Senator Barack Obama.

However, any opinion poll watcher would know that American voters are almost evenly divided...

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Forget Gallup and MSNBC; It's All About eBay

(15) Comments | Posted August 5, 2008 | 10:51 AM

Do this some time: get to advanced search on, type in Obama, click completed listings only, then choose "highest price + postage" from the drop down menu on the list of items. Then do the same for McCain.

For months now, I've been running this random check of the...

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