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  1. I have a breed where co-ownership is very common and there are rarely any problems. Breeders tend to not keep more than about 12 as they need a lot of one on one attention. In some cases the dog stays in the breeder's name on their ANKC papers but the pet owner's name on the microchip. In others the dog is in two names and both owners have to be members of their state control. Often the breeder will pay for the other membership and increased council/state registration as well if the pet owner is not going to be getting any benefit from the arrangement. When the pet owner goes on holidays the d
  2. I love my Oldfield prototype, single motor, unheated model. It was the first one they launched to dog exhibitors. I bought it way back in 1987 and it is still going strong. They may be a little more expensive than some of the others but they last forever. A lot of my friends bought them shortly after I did and most of them are still in use. Mine has dried a lot of dogs over those years and never missed a beat even when used hour after hour, when preparing a lot of dogs for a major show.
  3. I find that men in general are usually unable to cope with making this decision. Yes, there are exceptions but over and over I see men resisting when the women in their life are able to face the inevitable. You have to do what is right for your girl and that means telling your husband that you ARE taking her to be pts and he can come with you or not, he can come in while it is done or wait in the car. Those are his decisions, whether to release your girl from her pain is not up to him, it is the decision of the rational person and that is you. I also find once they are told that the decision h
  4. If the puppy is over 3 months, do the surgery if possible. PDA can self correct up to about 12 months if it is very mild. If the blood flow has reversed in the heart, it is too late to do the surgery and the puppy should be pts but if caught before that, the surgery usually works very well. The downside is the huge cost that most breeders cannot afford. No puppy with PDA should ever be sold and most breeders opt to just let the affected puppy live for as long as it is comfortable before having it PTS. Some opt to pts if it has not resolved on it's own by 3 months. Otherwise they usually surviv
  5. All Border Collies used for breeding, should be hip and elbow scored and good breeders have been doing them for over 20 years. A fit dog with dodgy hips will often show no symptoms. It is when the dog gets older and loses fitness that the problems start to show. I have seen the hip x-ray of a Golden that scored 53:53 for hips. The worst possible score. At the time she was scored she was a top winning show dog, well known for her lovely movement. On the x-ray she had flat plates, instead of ball and socket joints. So watching them move is often no indication of what the hips are like. As the
  6. The very best remedy for puncture wounds in animals or humans is Ichthammol ointment from the chemist. It will draw out any infection so there is no need for antibiotics. My family have used it since before I was born and were put onto to it be a greyhound trainer. It heals up any injury that doesn't need stitching and is also perfect to draw out abscesses and sebaceous cysts. Just bath the wound and slather on a few times a day. Harmless if the dog licks it too.
  7. Cooked food is not needed at all but they are usually partial to any leftovers you have. A premium quality dry food and/or raw meaty bones from beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, etc, plus fish, eggs and raw very finely chopped veges are best for any dog. No milk - why? I have had Borders for 30 years and mine all get milk every day of their lives. Goats milk, low lactose milk or a specific formula like divetelact are enjoyed and are a useful addition to the diet, not necessary but it does no harm at all. Most can in fact digest normal cow's milk. I'm sure in the past, many a Border in the highlands
  8. What was he eating before all this started? My two dogs of different breeds, recently had mystery vomiting illness for 3 days each with the second one starting on the day third day the first dog was ill. I suspect a bad batch of dog food as I had just opened new bags of Blackhawk and Sunday Pets. Both threw up everything for a day and a half then managed to keep down very small bland meals but threw up any dry food. After 3 days each was back to normal without dry food and I still haven't tried them back on either batch of dry food. They are fine though with some A La Carte I had here. Neither
  9. Members can search the Pedigree Lookup function on the website to check if a prefix has actually had any litters registered to it but you would have to call the office to check if a number was active.
  10. Rear ones should always be removed, except in the very few breeds that are required to have them. Front ones are a personal choice, depending on breed. In some breeds they stick out and are a nuisance, in both my breeds they are tucked neatly into the leg so there is no need to remove them.
  11. Getting rid of fleas in the environment helps reduce the chemicals used on the dog so start by treating the dog with Advantage or Frontline and flea bomb the house at the same time. Also use a yard spray if you have sandy soil and make sure grass is kept short. In most areas Frontline Plus has stopped working but I went back to Frontline Original this year and it seemed to work. If the flea load isn't too bad you may get away with just one treatment. I also use a small amount diatomaceous earth in the dog's food but am nearly out of it and my supplier has not been able to get any more food gra
  12. And what is wrong with that? They may not want one this second but will want one within the next couple of months. Most ANKC breeders - 70% - only breed one litter a year so there is no point wasting your time or theirs if you have nothing to sell, when there are other litters available. It is different with a rare breed that always has a waiting list but in many breeds there are puppies available somewhere, most of the time. Only experienced owners realise that one puppy is not the same as the next one. The rescue push sprout that idea all the time when they try to get people to take a rescue
  13. First make sure that you are buying from a dedicated ANKC registered breeder who health tests the parents - Hip and elbow scores and DNA tests for CL, TNS and CEA - for both parents, at a minimum. Make sure they breed for a reason - show, performance or herding, not just to produce pets. All puppies in the litter should be the same price regardless of colour, sex and register and the nose and eye rims of the parents and puppy should be fully pigmented. If you find a breeder who does all that, trust them to advise you on how to feed the puppy to make sure it grows properly. QLD is home to a lot
  14. My bet is a ghost and I would also bet that your son can see it too. I think you are going to have to wait until he is talking better to get an answer.
  15. Old dogs do seem to get heavier, desexed or not. The risk of pyo far outweighs any risk from them being too heavy. Switch to lower calorie food and up the exercise and they will be fine. They do seem to change shape a bit, getting thicker through the flanks but that isn't a health issue. I have always desexed my old girls.
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