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  1. Introducing.... Bolt!

    Aww look at those ears
  2. A Dyson. It’s good enough for a quick whip around between the once a week proper vacuum but it doesn’t replace the larger proper unit.
  3. Just a comment on the hair thing. I'm the neat freak in our house and before I had dogs I didn't like the thought of dog hair everywhere and we got two Alaskan Malamutes (go figure) which in the hair everywhere stakes is probably about a 10/10. I soon got over being too worried about it as my love for my dogs made the hair thing not bother me as much as when it was an abstract concept. Stick vacuums are your friend.
  4. So much good advice given already so I'm not going to repeat it. The pup not being vaccinated, wormed or microchipped is a huge red flag and others have already covered this. All I would say when considering getting a puppy is that you ask yourself whether you're setting yourself up for success or failure. You sound like you have a busy home and busy life (and potentially limited space) and puppies will get into anything they can so you will either need to ensure that there is nothing lying around for the puppy to get into or have the space to set up a puppy pen so that he/she can be in a safe and contained space when not being fully supervised (by an adult). We have a 15 week old puppy at the moment and this is what we are doing. We don't leave things around for him to get but we don't give him free reign to run amok in the house either. Also, when deciding what breed to get, do some research on the history of the breed and what they were originally bred to do and that will give you an idea of the inherent traits that the dog will most probably have and that will help you narrow down breeds that will fit best into your lifestyle. Good luck with it all.
  5. Buying a puppy

    Breeders who tend to get inundated with puppy enquiries could set up an automated response that acknowledges the email, explains that they do indeed get a lot of emails and that it takes them some time to read them all and respond so expect a response in xxxx and give an estimated time frame. I get that the one liner type emails would be tough and somewhat soul destroying but for those you could have a template response that provides a bit of information about the breed, what you expect from puppy buyers and a set of questions you would like them to answer. If you have that saved - then it's just a quick copy and paste rather than typing individual responses each time. I think part of the issue is that breeders or "dog people" i.e. people like us who frequent places like DOL have an expectation of what the process generally is but the general public really have no idea and their expectations are wildly different. There needs to be a way to bridge that gap. I had someone ask us recently how one even goes about finding a breeder and my OH laughed and said "be a part of every dog forum known to man" in reference to me, but it wasn't far from the truth. I was lucky enough to get a puppy from a highly regarded breeder and I couldn't have asked for a better puppy buying experience but me even knowing about the breeder and then getting an introduction came about due to connections I have made via DOL and I've made a 16 year investment in being active on DOL but that is not what the average person does so they don't know what they don't know and cold calling/emailing is tough when you are not aware of the unwritten rules that go with enquiring about a puppy.
  6. Introducing.... Bolt!

    She is just lovely!
  7. Introducing.... Bolt!

    Oh thank you, I hadn't seen this. I don't tend to look in General that often. @Teebs - she is just so adorable. The eye patch and brown tips on her ears are just to die for. How are things going a month in?
  8. Sweet Rosie. Only 3..too soon!

    I'm so sorry for your loss. It's just not fair to lose a beloved pet that early.
  9. One last ride with his boss...

    Rest easy Leo, you sound like you were a really good boy.
  10. Pet Insurance

    I just signed Jet up with Pet Insurance Australia.
  11. Tick treatment for puppies

    I have already but I did only speak to one of the nurses and not the vet. She suggested a specific product and upon doing a bit reading on it I'm not sure how safe it is for puppies. So before I call back and ask to speak to the vet and question that product recommendation I was keen to hear what others have done in the same circumstances.
  12. Tick treatment for puppies

    Thanks I am a little cautious of Frontline Plus though. Our prior dog was on Frontline Plus (the pipette not the spay) and that was sufficient where we lived the majority of her life, however within a month of moving here, she got a paralysis tick which nearly killed her, so I'm not sure of it's effectiveness on paralysis ticks. But that's the conundrum, using something that is strong enough for the paralysis ticks but that won't harm the puppy too.
  13. Tick treatment for puppies

    What does everyone use for tick treatment for young puppies, i.e. 8 weeks, when you first bring them home? I live in an area that unfortunately is very prevalent with paralysis ticks. From doing a bit of online reading, it seems that most treatments are not particularly safe for use in dogs under six months so I'm now struggling with the risk of a paralysis tick vs the risk of the treatment itself. I would be keen to know what other have done in this regard? For those that live in an area that doesn't have paralysis ticks I know it will be very easy to immediately say that the treatment is unsafe and to not use one but I just want to stress the risk of the ticks themselves where I live. Our older dog got a paralysis tick (and she was on treatment ) and the tick almost killed her, so I'm obviously very concerned about both aspects as I feel that it's a lose/lose situation.
  14. Vets and lack of knowledge

    Yes that's the one. Dealing with her made me get in the habit of asking who we would be seeing when making an appointment and deciding to go on a different day if she was the only option. Kira was in a very bad way and having to leave her in her care was horrible. As we left, I sat in the car in the car park and just cried as I was so worried about Kira and the interaction with the vet had my blood boiling but I had no choice but to leave her with her. The only saving grace was that the nurse who was assisting her and the reception staff were just lovely. I think they must have been quite aware of her terrible manner as every time she said something to me in a really rude way, the nurse would say something reassuring in a very soothing tone, or ask if I was ok. It's like they were being extra nice to make up for her rudeness, I also have a terrible poker face so they could probably tell how mad/upset I was getting. Thankfully when I called back later that night to check on Kira, she had gone off shift and I then only dealt with other nice normal vets from then on out. If I ever come across her again, I will point-blank ask to see someone else. It even makes me angry thinking about it now, years later.
  15. Vets and lack of knowledge

    DDD, as you know I used the same vet practice as you when we lived in the area totally agree with your assessment. The two principles are fantastic, there was another younger lady who I also liked and thought was very good but there was one vet who worked there that I really disliked and I totally agree with your pet rock assessment, so I wonder if we are thinking of the same person. Not long after we moved, Kira got a paralysis tick and we had to rush her to the emergency hospital near where we are now and I felt like I'd been punched in the stomach when the vet I would avoid at all costs from our old practice walked out as the attending vet. My fears were founded as the way she spoke to me and treated us was appalling. She's probably a very smart lady but her bedside manner is the worst I've ever experienced.