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Family with pony, dog, car and horse float at the Royal Melbourne Show, 1975

This is a colour photograph showing the Sheldon family on a day trip at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, with their pony Misty and dog Beau in 1975. The family's horse float and car are behind them. Misty had been awarded second prize in her competition. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.


Farrell family and dog on front porch, 1918

This is a 1918 photograph of Charles and Maude Farrell, their three children and their pet dog. It was taken on the front verandah of their family home in the Melbourne suburb of Heidelberg. Charles is standing, while Maude and the children are clustered around their pet, which appears to be doing a trick.

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The beagle: a nose that always knows

Meet Junior, a beagle who sniffs out all sorts of things, especially treats. Listen as Josie tells us about life with her pet dog. People say that beagles have the most amazing sense of smell. Does Junior? Find out.

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A pig in high heels?

Meet Trotsky the pet pig. Look at him carefully and find out more about pigs as pets. See how Trotsky is looked after and why he is a much-loved family pet.

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Alpacas: no hump but spits like a camel

Meet Kai the alpaca, an animal that is a bit like a camel. Listen as Cassandra talks about the alpaca's fleece (body covering), how it lives in herds and what it eats. See the two types of alpaca breed: Huacaya and Suri. How are they different? The clue is in their fleece.

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Guide dog puppy in training

Meet Ella and the puppy she is helping to train as a guide dog. Find out what it takes to teach Dusty what he needs to know for a very important job.

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Ferreting around

Meet Will and his two pet ferrets, Lemony and Snicket. Learn how Will cares for these two animal acrobats. Find out about some challenges he faces in having ferrets around the house.

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This cocky rocks

Meet Max and Cocky, his pet sulphur-crested cockatoo. Discover how Max handles his cheeky pet. Find out what body part he uses that has earned him the title 'the destroyer'.

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Guinea pig superstar

Meet Larissa and her guinea pig called 'Superstar'. Learn how Larissa cares for her guinea pig pets and what her dream is. Find out what makes Superstar a superstar pet.


Extended Fletcher family with cats, dog and hens in backyard, Brunswick, c1913

This is a digital scan of the original black-and-white photograph showing the extended Fletcher family, probably in the backyard of their home in Brunswick, Melbourne, in about 1913.

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Languages online: Indonesian section 15: 'Do you have a pet?'

This set of interactive activities from the Languages online resource introduces the Indonesian names for six animals and how to describe some of their physical features, using specific adjectives for colour, size and body covering, including adjectives with the 'ber-' prefix. The activities explore target vocabulary (including ...

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Languages online: Indonesian section 17: animals

This set of five interactive activities from the Languages online resource introduces students to the vocabulary for five domestic animals. The activities also familiarise students with the ways to express what animals they have and the foods that animals eat. Pronunciation drills are followed by close-ended exercises in ...

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Languages online: Indonesian section 23: favourite pastimes and pets

This set of five interactive activities from the Languages online resource introduces students to the ways to express simple invitations in relation to favourite pastimes, such as 'What shall we do …?'. In addition, students practise known words while talking about their favourite pets, colours and sports. Pronunciation ...

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Can you train a blue-tongue lizard to do tricks?

Meet Coco and Yoshi, two blue-tongue lizards. Isabel says they make great pets. Find out what Isabel likes about them and how she cares for them. Discover how she gets Yoshi to complete a daring trick! See how a snail helps!

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Will Meeko grow up to be like his dad?

Meet Meeko the kitten. Listen as Lockie describes why he chose a kitten for a pet. Find out what he likes about cats. Look for the photo of Meeko the kitten and its father. Do Meeko and his dad look at all alike?

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Primary Connections: Staying alive

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, about the basic needs of animals and how their senses help them to survive. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for seven structured lessons that form an ...

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Online news: Perfect Pets

Help a pet shop to sell more of their unusual pets. Examine a web page promoting a giant cockroach. Build pages describing why ferrets and hermit crabs make great pets. Choose titles, words and images to interest an audience and support your message. For example, use words such as 'lovable' and 'cute' to create a positive ...


King Billy with his dog, 1921

This is a black-and-white photograph of Aboriginal man Jimmy Clements (1847-1927), popularly known as 'King Billy', sitting with his dog under the shade of a tree in 1921.


Do you have a pet?

This collection of digital and printable resources introduces the names for most common pets and the functions to describe their size, colour and body, using the core question 'Com'è il tuo/la tua...?'. It focuses on the use of big and small ('grande' and 'piccolo'), basic colours, and expressions to describe fur ('pelo'), ...


Revision: pets

This collection of interactive and printable resources revises consolidating vocabulary and language functions to describe pets and discuss locations. It focuses on matching questions and answers, and on mastering the pronunciation and spelling of core vocabulary and expressions. The printable worksheets provide opportunities ...