westiemum

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  1. Mine get fed when I get home from work, anywhere between 5.30 and 7.30 pm. Then at bedtime, they go out for a wee (Sarah often does a fake squat or the quickest winter wee on the face of the planet - one of the two!) then off to bed - my bed of course!
  2. Yes I'm about to move down the south coast. And the thought of changing vets is enough to send me into a spin (I love my vets!). And because I'll be bouncing up and down to Adelaide I think I'll keep my current vets (for continuities sake - big believer in continuity) and introduce myself to a local south coast vet for emergencies. A sort of 'shared care'. Then when I get a new dog I'll start them off at the local vet (assuming all goes well there).
  3. This is a great initiative. I hope other jurisdictions take it up. Whiel my Sarah is a bit old, Andy would be terrific.
  4. Yes now I've read Dogmads description I remember! Thats exactly what I did. Set aside three days or four days and trained Mac really intensively. WAs well worth the effort - he was a very good boy after that.
  5. Mac was a 6 year old puppy farm rescue who was desexed just before I got him at age six. And he marked everywhere to begin with. So I puppy trained him - really strictly - and IIRC he improved out of all sight within a couple of weeks. The doggy door helped too. Interestingly Andy, also a puppy farm rescue and entire when I got him (but desexed within a few days) never marked inside, despite having never been in a house. But hes genuinely a very clever boy! So my experience is its highly variable, but 'curable' if you desex quickly and train early and really intensively.
  6. She's just lovely Kristin. I have such a soft spot for the seniors. Enjoy every moment.
  7. Thanks for the review Kajtek. On your say so I'm going to trial a pack. I'm almost certainly moving down the coast in the next couple of months and the only problem with this plan is my continuing supply of my current fantastic raw mix. My mother can probably bring a supply down when she comes but its not going to be easy. So I need a back up - and you might have just solved my problem.
  8. Grey and/or OES. (But I'll always have a westie).
  9. Haven't heard that in years! I'm a twice a day feeder here - small in the morning and main at night. Same as others, I just think its a long time for little ones to go without something in their tummies - so easy to give them something small before I charge out the door to work and to feed them again when I come home and before I settle in for the evening. Good to know that it helps blood sugar levels - makes sense.
  10. Agreed - and a further bugbear is the dry food feeding nazi - so these nazis are found on all parts of the feeding spectrum. And I'll continue to feed raw.
  11. Gee I must say I'm impressed with the ingredient list. Looks good.
  12. Good post TSD and happy to agree to disagree Enjoy our discussions. Just to add this... my little regular visitor is back - and she is fed dry goodness knows what. And the poo!! It absolutely stinks, is poorly formed and the volume is more than my two put together. I've never seen so much poo come out of a little dog!! There is clearly very little nutrition in it - if there was her body wouldn't be excreting it by the truckload!!. And a new thing - she's hungry all the time!!! My Sarah, is !6 in early July and bouncing around like a puppy - and raw fed. The vet wanted to re-run her last blood panel to check it it was so good for her age. So I'll stick to what I'm doing as it works for me
  13. My almost 16 year old westie is doing very well on 4 cute. My previous old westie did very well on Joint Guard. But there are others too which apparently work well as well so as show dog says its trial and error.
  14. Yep I'm a human grade raw feeder too and in the 'dry food is junk food' camp. Commercial dry dog food is Maccas for dogs with about the same level of nutrition IMO. I've never understood why according to the pet food companies dogs are the only species on earth requiring their 'complete food'. No-one has ever given me a good answer to that genuine question.