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  1. Be Smart. Don’t be like Me!

    So do I. The dog freezer is in the garage. One summer a couple of years ago someone came over the back fence and stole half the contents. Then unplugged the freezer and let the rest spoil. I was greatly annoyed at the waste, but had a quiet laugh at what they would have found when they tried to eat the dog food.
  2. The downside of DNA testing

    There is only one DNA health test in my breed. A simple autosomal recessive. Some breeders still deny it is meaningful, and a few want to eliminate all carriers from breeding. But the majority within those two extremes follow the ‘one parent clear’ rule. Carriers are still bred from, and I don’t think we have done much damage to the gene pool because of the test. When someone tried to start an international campaign not to breed from carriers she got reasonably polite explanations of the risks of that, and no real traction. Understanding of genetic diversity is also increasing, and we have a breed diversity study underway with UC Davis. I think that is harder for people to get their head around, but a good evidence base is a good start. At this stage we don’t really know how much of a problem we might have. I guess I am just a lot more optimistic that the breed community can respond. As long as enough breeding continues. The pressures on breeders are probably the biggest risk to the health of the breed.
  3. Spot on Dogs eye

    The links don’t work for me but from the description it could be pannus. In which case it definitely needs to be checked by a vet. If it were that the dog would require eye drops for life.
  4. Annual blood works

    Putting animals down, a lot. Dealing with their pain and stress daily. Dealing with human grief. Dealing with owners who don’t do the right thing by their animals. Dealing with owners who blame the vet for the animal’s illness or death. And the many who think vet care is too expensive and it is the vet’s fault. Who forget vet care isn’t government subsidised like human care. Being pressured to treat animals for free or cheap or else you ‘don’t love animals and are in it just for money’. Dealing with the cost pressures of a modern practice or the relatively low wages and high student debt. Life and death responsibility without much in the way of support systems or thanks. People put a lot of pressure on vets.
  5. That is so young for Annie that I would wonder about cause too in her case. But for Jessie I think getting to 10 years probably means it was just one of those things. Cancer is so common in them and us in older age. I don’t know if that breed is especially prone to it.
  6. The only bad part of loving a dog is that goodbye. I guess you have to ask yourself if the years of joy with your dogs is worth the pain when you lose them. For me it is, I accept that the chances are I will outlive them. If it is not cancer it will be something else. I will be grateful for ten good years and hopefully many more, but the day will come. I have had to say goodbye over a dozen times and they all hurt. It hasn’t stopped me having dogs though.
  7. The Evil Beagle

    Very sorry for your loss.
  8. Is our obsession hereditary?

    I kind of assumed it was partly genetic and partly cultural heritage. I come from good farming stock who loved their animals
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.