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  1. hmm, this thread is a bit of a worry. Does anybody know what the rules are down here in Melbourne (specifically Moreland Council). Our dog is microchipped, on the National Register and of course registered, but still would be interested to know.
  2. ok, thanks. Have found this article on feeding rice to our dogs. http://www.buzzle.com/articles/rice-diet-for-dogs.html
  3. Quick question For some years now we have been making a chicken/rice meal which our Maltese X really loves. (Basically by boiling a pot of raw chicken drumsticks with a handful of rice until the water evaporates and then remove the bones leaving the chicken meat with the rice) Have been using white rice but wondering if brown rice would be better for her?
  4. http://www.theinsider.com/news/3301221_Joh...irport_Accident
  5. http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story...ccident_1142884 The Travolta's are not having a good run lately.
  6. The image this comment brings to mind just cracks me up woof
  7. Here's something I just found: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_communication#Howls
  8. I used to think it was because the siren hurt their ears and howling somehow cancelled out the sound. Not sure how scientific that is now
  9. I've never heard our SWF howl in the 8 years she's been with us but tonight on our walk she stopped and gave three long howls as an ambulance drove past all sirens blaring. :D To me it was a funny sight, Katie is my first small dog and for some reason I'd only associated howling with larger dogs ... maybe because of the whole wolf thing and how she doesn't really look much like one :D Does anybody know the consensus as to why dogs howl? I've heard a few theories but nothing definite, thanks
  10. Somebody just sent me this video short link. Brought me a smile so thought I'd share :D http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi1077216281/
  11. Trish, I think you just need to ask your vet whether a drive to Melbourne could do any harm. If not: http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&...smith&meta= Still everything crossed for you here
  12. Everything crossed over here for the big fella ..
  13. Thanks for the responses .... I bought some blade steak and chicken necks (her favourite) today Surprisingly I had to hand feed her both times today, she wouldnt eat out of her food dish .. she normally wolfs the chicken necks down She's been very odd these last few days, frequently walks around whining (stops when you you pick her up), doesn't want to be on her own at all and nearly needs to be dragged outside to go for her walks(s). I wonder if she's going through what I've heard called a "false pregnancy""
  14. Our 8 yo maltese just had some dental work (some teeth pulled) and vet wants her fed on raw meat only for a few days. So I bought a tray of Bush's diced beef mince from Coles because it looked good but though she normally loves raw meat of any sort and chicken necks etc, she wont even touch this Bush stuff. Has a sniff and walks away. I sort of dont blame the dog for not going for it as when I took a good wiff there doesn't seem to be any meat smell at all. Anybody here know how they make the stuff? I confess to stuffing up and not reading the "mince" part and thought it was actually diced beef - I wanted her to have something to chew on - but I'm still baffled why she wont even nibble it once. thanks
  15. Optimum here. Coles seem to be big on it (stocking a large range of varieties). I have Katie on the ADULT - small-medium breeds with Chicken, Rice and Vegetable, she really likes it and it seems to agree with her.
  16. Here is a quick update on the progress of Katie after her operation :rolleyes:
  17. Tanya, doesnt look like Charles is monitoring this thread any more. Good luck with your big staffy
  18. People advised a crate but I wanted something open on the top (to make the regular pats she enjoys during the day easier ) I think I walked half of Melbourne looking for something suitable but in the end decided on a large 4' x 3' cardboard box with the top cut off and large "peep" holes cut in the sides :cool: Great to hear that Daphne is progressing nicely. Katie is at 11 weeks post-injury & 5 weeks post-op, her progress seems slower than yours. She is only very very gradually gaining confidence to use the operated leg. I wish I'd heard of the s-lo-w walk tip sooner All the best to all limping dogs !
  19. Thanks for sharing Rottifan, glad to hear it ended well It's four weeks since Katie's operation, the vets at Lort Smith are happy with how it went but seems there's still a long way to go. She's very reluctant to put any weight on the affected leg and quite happily trots along on three legs only but as the last vet that saw her pointed out, is not any good for her rehabilitation. So very very slow walking, where she does put that leg down, is the way to go.
  20. Thanks Jans, thats good enough for me, I just ordered some Jointguard from Petbarn
  21. Hmm, no. Though I would have liked to I didnt get a chance to speak to the surgeon after the operation. Maybe I should ask when I return in two weeks to get the stitches removed? Speaking of stitches, do people see any problem with her licking them? It was too sad seeing her struggling wearing the "Elizabethan collar" especially trying to sleep at night, so I removed it. She doesn't bite at the stitches only licks them as part of an overall lick of her shaved leg which she seems to do quite a bit. ps. I put a webcam up so any interested DOL'ers can take a look at her (she'll probably be sleeping when you connect) http://www.webcam.katie.net.au/
  22. Thanks. Do they make crates that are open on the top? All the ones I've looked at so far are closed on the top with front and/or side doors. If they make them I think I'd prefer top opening for ease of popping her and her food & water in and out. Thank you
  23. Like this? I doubt Katie would stay on this longer than 20 minutes before hopping down to go walkabouts
  24. Our 9 y/o Maltese is booked for an ACL operation next week so need to think about a task I'm not look forward to. ie. keeping her off that leg for 4-6 weeks. She's not a particularly active dog but over the years she's been conditioned to her 1-2 per day walks . The last 6 weeks have been hard enough with her only being allowed outside to do her "outside doggy business" on a leash so the next period is gonna be tough. So I guess I'd be interested to hear what others who've been through the same circumstances found worked for them. I'd thought of laying blankets in the bathtub but she doesn't like being away from people for long so scrapped that idea. At this stage I was thinking something like a portable baby cot, maybe something like this http://www.dealsdirect.com.au/p/portable-b...ld-away-design/
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