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The Spotted Devil

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    Thornfield English Springer Spaniels

    Animal Welfare Scientist/Cat and Dog Behaviourist.

    PhD in Human-Dog Relationships

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  1. New Puppy - Transport - Fly or Drive?

    My litters grow up playing and sleeping in open crates, traveling in a crate to go outside and in the car etc. Noise and activity is normal for them and they fly no problems at all. Just another adventure.
  2. Help buying puppy interstate

    Personally every potential puppy buyer MUST meet me and my dogs. Interstate or not. And then, if we are all in agreement then I will organise flights but the owner pays. Lots of trust because I build relationships before I even think of selling a pup.
  3. The Cost of Puppies

    I’m not apologising but you did mention $650. I’m not responding to the market, but the basic costs of raising a litter. I could sell my pups 10 x over at more than the asking price (no exaggeration) but I choose not to. They are perfect for me but not for everyone. I compete in dog sports and health test where many do not and I am there for the life of the pup. I dremelled the nails of one of my 3 yo “pups” yesterday. Last weekend I introduced a baby to puppy agility skills and did his nails too. The heritage of the breed and welfare of my pups is everything. Vet said both incidences were completely bad luck. Extremely unusual as my girl is a super fit, beautifully put together Working Springer. First 2 litters (different bitch) were 4 surviving - again just bad luck - so not exactly potential for a gold mine. I work (in a demanding job) so I can afford to breed. A good repro vet, eye specialist, general vet and cancer specialist are expensive but priceless.
  4. The Cost of Puppies

    Back to the original question, last litter of 7....before I had a pup on the ground, I would have easily spent $2K on health testing, travel to meet several potential stud dogs, update puppy & whelping supplies etc and $2K stud fee, $2K on a caesarean (surprise to vet and myself - 2 pups trying to get out at the same time). 10 days later we had another bit of bad luck with Ginny coming down with gangrenous mastitis (day after a thorough vet check) which can be deadly - easily another $2K with multiple vet visits, extended multiple ABs and twice daily cleaning and bandaging. Not to mention time off work caring for her and the pups 24/7 - slept next to the whelping box for 4 weeks. Add in food, vaccinations, microchips, puppy packs and that’s another $2K. I kept one pup so that doesn’t leave much wriggle room in terms of expenses. That goes in no way to covering the time and effort I put into my dogs, puppies and puppy buyers. For life. I make no apologies for charging $2K/pup and will increase it next litter.
  5. Heamatoma on ear

    The day after Zig’s surgery (actually drugged up the same night he was happily staggering around trying to do the same) he was back flirting with the girls and very much his normal, happy self. Before the surgery he shook his head at the vet and cried. Not a concern since. Anti-inflammatories and ABs of course. The only occasional help he needs is to negotiate doors with his cone head and to rub his face because he can’t.
  6. Heamatoma on ear

    Ziggy had surgery for exactly this yesterday. At 13 it’s his first anaesthetic. They are very painful and unlikely to heal on their own - at least not without complications. Our vet visits are contactless too but he did much better than I expected.
  7. Working lines vs show lines

    I breed working Springers - conformation (moderate not extreme), health, working ability and temperament is critical but coat is not, except that I would rather it was short. Markings don’t matter in the long run but I do have my personal preferences. My girls compete in agility and retrieving trials and are worked on game. Stud dogs are often pets but you can get a sense of their work ethic a mile away. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. All the pups I’ve bred have very consistent work ethics although physically they vary quite a bit. In the end it’s a balance - I am very honest about my girls’ strengths and weaknesses and I look for moderate stud dogs who complement them.
  8. Advice needed re dog's stools

    Blowing me away with her resilience @Snook ! Bouncing out of her skin, the best Mama to her babies and resigned to the wound flushing that I have to do. She’s counter surfing like a champion The hardest thing now is to make sure the pups don’t push her bandage out of the way as I don’t want them accessing her wound and milk from that teat. Continued care and antibiotics and our 5th vet visit in 10 days on Tuesday. We are celebrating tonight with a glass of
  9. Food suggestions needed to add variety

    Minced frames are great! Eggs are a great source of protein. Sardines/salmon I limit to once per week.
  10. Advice needed re dog's stools

    Thanks @Snook right back at ya! I nearly wept tears of relief when the my vet lanced it. So revolting but so wonderful.
  11. Advice needed re dog's stools

    OT but quick update - my vet lanced the mammary tissue yesterday and Ginny’s temp is back to 38.5. Eating wolfishly, drinking like a fish, milk has come back and she’s cleaning and feeding her babies. Making my life easier!!!! Not out of the woods yet but we’ve turned a corner
  12. Advice needed re dog's stools

    Ironically my darling Ginny crashed on Sunday with gangrenous mastitis. Poor girl could barely walk, vomiting and diarrhoea. Thankfully she’s finally eating again (and cleaning her puppies). You know what she’s been eating? Started on hand fed roast chicken, then roast chicken dipped in mashed pumpkin and finally biscuits, yoghurt, mashed pumpkin, chicken mixed with some warm water. She’s not out of the woods but that pumpkin has really helped soothe her tummy and firm up her stools.
  13. Best Cordless Clippers ??

    I’ve got plenty of CDs but thanks! I’ll have a look!
  14. Advice needed re dog's stools

    Good signs! I just mash the pumpkin and lightly mix through chicken and yoghurt with a bit of water. I usually poach the chicken with the pumpkin so the flavour goes through. My lot get Digesticare as a matter of course every night. It’s really good for boosting the immune system in preparation for an illness as much as it’s about recovering from one.
  15. Advice needed re dog's stools

    Definitely back on to the Digesticare. I would swap out some of the rice with mashed pumpkin. Does an amazing job of soothing stomachs. Yoghurt is fine to give (mine all love it) but the probiotics are for humans not dogs so add for taste for sure. Also if his appetite is average try some nutrigel.