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  1. Gee, bad news for america.

    There was the canine influenza outbreak in the US a couple of years ago traced to Korean rescues as well as the current distemper case, and according to this Cornell article the only requirement for entry is a rabies certificate that is fairly easily forged in some countries. Dogs with rabies have been imported into the US. Bringing in dogs from different populations with vastly different disease incidence, possibly different viral strains, and vaccination status is a quite different level of biosecurity risk to moving them within the one country where populations mix all the time. The regulators in the US are as culpable as the rescues, I am so glad for this country’s strict requirements. https://www.vet.cornell.edu/news/20190318/new-strain-canine-distemper-virus-arrives-north-america
  2. Gee, bad news for america.

    The problem for me is that proper quarantine and health procedures don’t seem to be in place for some of these mass international movements of dogs. Regulation and compliance, let alone ethics, don’t seem to be up to the risk. I don’t see the point of saving some if in doing that it causes massive risk for the resident dog population. As much as my heart bleeds for the dogs in need the biosecurity risks are not diminished by their need. I have vet friends in the US who are very disturbed by the risks that are arising out of some of the shipments. Of course doing it safely is more expensive, which is why I prefer to support in-country rescue efforts where I can. My breed has an international rescue arm and I contribute to them. But they are very careful around the contagious diseases issues. Apart from their own high ethics I am sure they know that their support from the breed community world wide would evaporate in a second if they were found to have been careless and put other dogs at risk.
  3. Debarking

    Slightly off topic, sorry, but that reminds me of the AR man who demanded to know if I had cut my dogs ears off. Or had they already been cut off when I got them. It took me a while to believe his ignorance was genuine and he wasn’t just pulling my leg. I have sighthounds with naturally rose ears, like greyhounds do.
  4. Would you feed Orijen?

    .....and why are you telling me? I said that if people don’t respond it is just because they don’t want to. I was responding to the ridiculous suggestion of debate being shut down down by a ‘mafia’. I DIDN’T say that no-one wants to, or that people who engage in food debates are wrong to do so. Just passionate. Which I think you prove perfectly.
  5. Would you feed Orijen?

    Dog feeding brings out passionate views, it’s weird but it is right up there in the topics people hold uncompromising and extreme views on. I don’t know what attention crazydoglady99 got but I am absolutely certain it has nothing to do with forum censorship or ownership, unless of course she was breaking forum rules in which case it was appropriate. As for no one wanting to discuss, this is a much quieter place than it used to be because a lot of activity has moved to fb. If no one responds to you they just aren’t interested in doing so. I know I have less than zero interest in yet another discussion of what to feed dogs.
  6. Advice please

    I would certainly let the breeder know, they need to if they are to avoid reproducing the problem. Whether I would seek a refund would depend on a number of things. Is there a contract with the breeder and if so what does it say about health guarantees? Is this a problem the breeder should reasonably have screened for, or is it something out of the blue? Sometimes things go wrong with animals that could not have been foreseen. I would only ever sell a dog as show/breeding ‘potential’, no guarantees as too much can do wrong even in a promising puppy. But if the breeder promised it was breeding quality that changes things a bit. I would also get a second opinion on the condition.
  7. Genetic bloodline testing

    I am surprised they can do it in the US and UK. While there are DNA schemes for health screening in those countries there are no kennel control obligations to ‘bank pedigree lines’ that I am aware of except the requirement to DNA profile popular sires and imported dogs in the US. Perhaps it is a Golden Retriever thing. If the capacity did exist and that bloodline existed in those countries you’d just post them the Australian sample, plenty of us use overseas laboratories. I dont think there is any way to do it here. DNA parentage profiling is common but not what you want. i just had a late thought- UC Davis in the US run a canine genetic diversity research project and Golden Retrivers are one of the breeds that have been assessed. I assume you know that if you are a Golden Retriever breeder. But if not contacting them might be your best bet, at least they will know what is possible. I have sent them samples for my breed’s genetic survey and it is an easy process. They aim to indentify all genetic diversity within a breed worldwide to better inform breeding decisions, it requires 100-200 or more samples from different populations.
  8. Grooming dogs with black nails?

    A more experienced groomer will get them shorter. But as she is only a small dog you can just round off the sharp edges the groomer is leaving with a professional quality human nail file if you want. I use clippers and then a dremal with a sanding band to smooth and shape. I have big dogs.
  9. In my breed there are all sorts of ‘show’ breeders but enough these days put colour in perspective and focus on more essentials traits for me to feel OK about the preservation of the breed. Bigger structural issues affecting society and dog ownership might bring the breed undone, but not the colour or fashion.
  10. New breed in Australia

    There are some said to be here, in hunting circles, and probably many claimed to be that aren’t. If anyone wanted to get the breed ANKC registered it would not be hard if it is already accepted by the AKC, especially as that is the country of origin.
  11. What is an EOI Beagle?

    I think it just means expressions of interest are sought. Possibly being used to dodge regulations requiring breeder numbers or microchip numbers being included in ads, whichever the rule is in the relevant state. They can claim it isn’t a sale add, just looking for expressions of interest - just my cynical speculation, lol.
  12. New dog won’t stop chewing!

    He sounds a bit bored and understimulated to me. So he is making his own fun. I’d start trick training, taking walks in new locations, and generally being a bit more out and about. He is young, he needs to do stuff and exercise his mind as well as his body. Just my opinion.
  13. DeDe (Parkwell MissDemeanor)

    I am so sorry. She looks gorgeous.
  14. That is a good idea. Mine just stuck their heads in the water bowls and lifted the rocks out, so for that and any evidence of improvement in the lawn I gave up on them.
  15. Tuppence (Edgeof Valiant Damsel)

    Run free Tuppence, you are a good girl