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  1. I have been one of those people who had the unfortunate situation of my dog passing away 2 weeks after the policy rolled over (I will stop short of saying the vet actually killed my dog but thats a whole different story). They tried to keep charging me but I just told the credit card company what was happening and they stopped the payments to the insurer. Never heard anything else from them. My home phone, mobile, health insurance are all monthly and can be swapped at any time (after an initial set period) so dont see why dog insurance cant be the same. Its not like home insurance where you normally still have the house.
  2. It's A Burden Being Different...

    We have had Sharpei for 16 years now and I have always said its like going out with a supermodel or movie star. Try getting a puppy Sharpei out of the car just after its thrown up everywhere and you are trying to clean up, pouring rain and a crowd gathers and just wants to pat the puppy. When we go camping its OK because most of our friends know "the girls" but last Easter we made the mistake of going through the markets. There was a crowd trailing behind us and an angry women yelling that there were no dogs allowed (not my fault the sign was hidden behind a car when we arrived).
  3. Dogs On Holidays

    I had a problem with the dogs barking and birds screeching across the road and we used our gopro. Set up your gopro without the case (but out of the weather) so that is records the noise better. Don't put it on your dog as you want your dog in the picture. Put it somewhere where it captures most of your yard including your dog kennel. Depending on the size of the SD card in your gopro you will get approx 1 hour of recording on a 32gb card. The gopro automatically breaks it into 15mins videos. Download to your computer, wipe card free and record as much as necessary. You can setup an app on your phone or ipad to see exactly what your gopro is recording if you dont have the screen on the back. Hope this helps
  4. Reporting A Neglected Dog

    I know when I made a report about the neighbours a few weeks ago that when you email the details there is a message to say that the RSPCA is so busy that they dont get back to the person that made the initial report. I only knew that the RSPCA has been to the neighbours because my husband was home and saw them visit. It was a couple of days between sending the email and them visiting.
  5. Vet On. Gold Coast

    Dr John at The Point Vet at Paradise Point is really lovely. He did locum work at our normal vet and when we had to get our 13 year old put to sleep he came to the house which considering how much I was crying and sobbing on the phone a wonder he could work out what I was saying. Doesnt hurt that he is really good looking as well!!
  6. After a week of constant barking all night with the new neighbours I went over at 7:30am and told them their dogs had barked all night and they promised they would "do something" which I thought meant they would move them to the backyard or under the house. Two days later they barked constantly from 11pm to 2:30am so I knocked on their door until they woke up and said I would be over every night until the problem was fixed. Hardly hear the dogs at all now. Funny enough originally they said they couldnt put the dogs in the backyard but now they have returfed the front yard the dogs are contained to the back. Talk about double standards.
  7. Neighbor Complaining About Barking..

    It makes me mad when people complain about a nuisance noise but dont do it properly as it gives the people making a legitimate claim a bad situation and takes longer for the real complaints to get looked at. We have a problem with our neighbour across the road, first with dogs that barked constantly all night and now with birds that absolutely SCREAM from 5:30am in the morning for 3 hours straight without a break. I tried putting a note in his letterbox (with my name and address) which he ignored and I then approached him so I got abused (we found out later he is a police officer). Its only when I make an official complaint to the council that he will act. Last week the screaming birds drove me to the point where I nearly had a nervous breakdown and had to get prescribed anti anxiety medication. I hate even taking a headache tablet so this was a huge drastic measure for me. Council can takes weeks to even check into a complaint in Brisbane and start with standard stuff of just sending letters. I would have been in hospital in another week so very very lucky that the neighbours come home. The people I did see in his yard during the week included his mother and brother-in-law just said that "none of the other neighbours have a problem" and "its all about me". I think the other neighbours are scared of him and hence dont want to complain. Why should my life be ruined by one family? We have lived here for 15 years and never had a problem and enjoyed great relationships with the previous neighbours. A new family moves in 6 months ago and makes life impossible. Just because one person complains doesnt mean that there isnt a problem. We have 7 dogs between 4 houses on our side of the street and his dog used to bark 10 times more than the 7 on our side all put together. Yes, I know dogs bark but my big problem is when the owner is home and doesnt go outside and do something and stands at the window and watches his dog at absolutely nothing. All the dogs on our side of the street are sleeping and there is nothing walking up or down the street. If you are absolutely sure its not your dog then video the area the dog is in. Everybody has gopro videos these days so borrow one and set it up. You can normally record for at least an hour before the card fills up or the battery dies. Also try leaving the house, park the car down the road and wait 15 mins and then walk back and see if you can hear barking. Its surprising how many people say their dog doesnt bark but then it becomes a Jeckle and Hyde situation.
  8. So Annoyed!

    I went to vote this morning before work and two lovely little pugs being minded at the fence. Unfortunately there were about a hundred people in the queue and I couldnt wait around so went back after work and nobody there at all
  9. Back Seat Hammocks/ Buddies

    We have had a back seat buddy for approx 14 years and I noticed just this week that start to get a little bit worn in the fold where the dogs sit. We have always had 2 x Sharpei so not huge hair shedders but still manage their fair share. Our BSB is actually one size too small for the 4wd but still works well but the seats and floor of the car are vinyl anyway. The odd time or two when its been in the wash and I had to carry the dogs they were really freaked out because there was nothing covering in the foot well and fell in a few times going around corners.
  10. Suggestions For Qld Locals

    There is a fenced offleash park just near Nudgee Beach that I have NEVER seen anybody use. Its just opposite the service centre/garage, etc and right at the turn off for Nudgee Beach. Its a tiny bit smaller than Nudgee Beach one but as I said I have never seen anybody use it.
  11. Shar Pei

    I have had Sharpei for 15 years and have been helping with Peiradise for the past four years. Having seen so many come into care because their owners didnt know what they were getting into and only saw the cute wrinkly puppy, that I too must agree that they MAY not be for the first time dog owner. In saying that our Sharpei were both my husbands and I first dogs as adults but both of us had lived with dogs in the family home all our lives. I have met Ruby Rose and she is absolutely lovely. We were also lucky that our first Sharpei were very mellow and easy to train. The main point we stress is that you must listen to more experienced owners about the both the good and the bad of owning a Sharpei (ie must have a large bank account for vet fees should they arise). Dog training is definately a must and good socialisation. Some Sharpei are easier to train than others and they are not a dog to be left in the backyard. They do need to be allowed inside with you if you are home. I would suggest either coming to one of the Peinics or contact Peiradise (email [email protected]) and see if you can organise a visit to see many Sharpei all in one place and see the differences in their personalities. If you still want to get one then decide if you want a rescue pei or one from a breeder. Do NOT buy from a petshop or a backyard breeder or you could be in for years of grief. If you do want a dog from a breeder then Peiradise can also help with that information. I am sure Jennifer will also have more to add when she sees your post.
  12. Car Seat Cover?

    I was going to suggest the Backseat Buddy. We have had one for over 12 years and they are great. If someone wants to sit in the back you can easily unzip one side and just use half. Our dogs really prefer not having the footwell in front of them. On the very odd occasion the backseat buddy has been in the wash and I have taken the dogs down the park they really freak out at having that space of the footwell in front of them.
  13. Hot Spots

    My girl must get them very mild as I dont clip the fur but just use the Ilium Neocort cream which on the label says antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anaesthetic ski Emollient Cream. Also good if you get bitten by a green ant as really takes the sting out!. The hot spots seem to clear up within a day but I have seem then turn pus like or anything.
  14. Wooden Floors

    Our floors are pretty trashed because they are pine. Our first two dogs used to go racing around the corner from lounge room to front door and skid a bit on the floor. We put a large rug with a non skid mat undernearth in the middle of the lounge to help them get traction and protect the floor. Our current two dogs dont sleep in the loungeroom and dont race outside at 100 miles an hour so the floors have stayed pretty much the same for the past 2 years
  15. We have just received an email from Everyday Rewards re their pet insurance. I did have insurance with a different company for my last dog but havent gotten around to insuring these ones. The quote is for $580 for a year with nil excess but 80% payment refund or an extra $100 to have a $100 excess. Does anyone else use Woolies pet insurance and have they been OK? Any other recommendations for other companies?