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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. DeDe (Parkwell MissDemeanor)

    I am so sorry. She looks gorgeous.
  9. 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.
  10. Tuppence (Edgeof Valiant Damsel)

    Run free Tuppence, you are a good girl
  11. Water safety with dogs

    I put a sprinkler on to cool the dogs, next thing one of the youngsters has it in his mouth and is bringing it to me, I got soaked, lol.
  12. Just noticed this update online. The link with the food has been statistically confirmed it seems. https://phys.org/news/2018-12-megaesophagus-cases-dogs-linked-pet.html?fbclid=IwAR3mbkqdD6E7sFIlq2DBWk1TdVy68mNkGJvOrlGf-DThXZV0Ok9ldsF7E0Y#jCp
  13. The OP has said the dog is 21.6kg at 5 months which sounds too light to me to be a pure bred BM. But regardless 15 kms is too far in a day, I would do a third of that and spend the rest of the time on training, brain games and enrichment. If the dog is a bullmastiff those growth plates are far from being closed and being run is not good
  14. So those are just photos you found on line, not the actual dog? The colour is potentially easy, although without a photo there is only guessing. All yellow labs (and also all golden retrievers if that is what you meant) are ee ‘recessive red/ee yellow’ which masks the expression of other colours including black and sable, the kelpie just had to be carrying one e gene even if he was a different colour himself to give ee cream. Or it could just be sable with low intensity of pheomelanin. It is not an uncommon colour in mix breeds. But if you are curious try one of the laboratories that claim to test breed mix, the tests are pretty cheap. Although Dingos found close to farm land aren’t pure dingos these days, so much dog in them that I don’t know how a mix would test.