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  1. Good on you for seeking out help and advice with your new furbaby, there is heaps of really knowledgable people here who can help you. First off, you have only had him for a really short period of time, his behaviour can be a direct result of this, he may be fretting, and just shutting down, when they do this they just seem to sleep a lot. He is clearly out of his comfort zone, and will probably continue to be this way until he settles peoperly and is used to his new surroundings. All animals go through a period of settling and he will likely take a little while. If he has had free access to toileting outside and he is now limited he may feel very anxious about toileting, and is holding for extended periods of time because of this, I had a foster who would hold for a full day and half the night despite being taken outside regularly and having access to outside, she was just totally confused with her environment. Continued regular toilet walks fixed this, so you need to just make sure you take him out regularly every few hours till he gets the idea. He will settle from the vet visit give him some time. It also may be due to the dog having to hold onto to toileting for too long in its previous home, perhaps that has led to this extended period, if he was closed in during the day while his owners were at work he may find it hard for a while to get used to not holding. As far as food is concerned, you are feeding him too much, and try to not just give kibble, some fresh raw is much more beneficial in the long term, there is great advice here on the forum in the nutrition section, so have a good read. Enjoy your baby, he will blossom soon enough and be running rings around you if you get him out and about playing and socialising.
  2. I have loved all my dogs dearly, but the two who were my heart dogs were Wally and Roger, Roger was a blue cattle/dingo cross and little Wazzer was a Chi/Pom cross. Wally will always be with me, I can feel him here still, even though I have another little mite, who is a rascal and loveable , Wally will always be the number one, and I cannot see that ever changing.
  3. When I pulled out the purple jumper and he hid under the bed. Red is fine, in fact when you ask him red jumper or purple jumper he gets very excited. almost as excited as he gets when you spell walkies, purple makes him depressed, like when I say, I have to go to work now. He responds to peoples names differently, the old guy with they grey hair gets the best response, the little kids names have him under the bed.......... I think it is all in your tone, body language and the way we have engineered their day.
  4. I love Chis, I love dogs, have had them for over 30 years. I admire people who have the emotional and financial resources to care for disabled dogs and do rescue. Just wanted to get that bit out of the way. I cannot even look at this dog. I am sorry if this offends people. I grew up on a farm, if something was not 'right' it was not allowed to live. To some degree I still agree with that, however having had very sick disabled animals myself, I push my limits. This wee dog surpasses that limit, and I could not in all honesty deal with it. There has to be a 'point' where we stop. Are we allowing the dog to be our life, redesigning our whole life around one small thing, to the exclusion of other parts of our lives. This is how I see this. You would need to be able to devote a good percentage of your day and night to this wee thing and I do not think I would be happy doing that. Just MHO.
  5. Thanks guys :) Chester hasn't had a seizure since he's been on the meds He's breathing much easier and is much more settled. He's still on the antibiotics for his nasal infection but now that he's on the meds for his heart and lungs we should start seeing some improvements there soon too. He had a couple of little snot bubbles this morning so it looks like his nose might be starting to clear and drain :) Thank you for sharing your story redwallylegs, I'm so sorry that you lost your dog, but I'm also glad that he had you to care for him. We're in SA and we only adopt our dogs locally, mainly because I do the interviews and home checks myself and I like to be close by if the adopters or dogs should need anything. There's also the risk of things not working out for whatever reason and in those cases the dog comes back here and I'd hate it if there were any problems with a dog being returned. We've had quite a few offers of adoption for Chester already but we need to monitor him for a while, get him much healthier and then he still needs all his usual vetwork done (desexing, microchip, etc). As with all our dogs, when and if he's adoptable we'll take applications once we know what sort of home would suit him best :) xx That is soooo gorgeous donatella! That one is going to keep me smiling all day :) Feel free to post it on our facebook page, I'm sure everyone would just love it :D https://www.facebook...leLegsDogRescue It was said quite tongue in cheek actually, he is lucky to have you and very lucky to be in rescue with you. I am sure you will find a perfect forever home for him. These teeny weenies get under your skin so fast, he will come along in leaps and bounds now. Hugs to you.
  6. I have only just caught up with this thread. In a way I am sorry I missed it. What you have been through resonates with me. The fact that he siezed when he could not get his breath gave it all away to me. I had nursed my last little man for 3 years, his heart was possibly bigger than this little guys. He passed 12 months ago. I am sorry that you had to wait so long for your diagnosis, hopefully he will settle quickly now he is medicated. But, be prepared for a journey. He will need careful monitoring, his heart has already expanded, and they do not get smaller with medication, any medication will help to regulate his heart and keep the fluid at a comfortable level however they can just go into spontaneous heart failure at any time. He will need a special family to go to if you adopt him out. My current wee duigie has had a chest XRay to be sure his heart is reasonable, he has a murmur now and he has got some cardiomyopathy but it is not requiring management at this time. Unfortunately it can be problem for these wee guys. I wish you well, and I hope he does come ahead in leaps and bounds, give him loads of hugs, he is special........:) I will gladly adopt him..............:)
  7. I read somewhere that this can happen with flying, it has something to do with dehumidified environment, panting and stress. It's not Kennel cough but a mild form of bronchitis that should pass in a few days, I am just trying to find the reference.
  8. Have a look at Travel Dogs Australia, loads of stuff there. Anywhere on the coast you will have crocs, so bear that in mind. There is also Lake Monduran, which is a great spot for families, and the holiday park is dog friendly. Tannum Sands is nice.
  9. LOLOL good thread, and I am so glad its not just me !!!!! All my sheets are on the line, someone came in during the night with dirty pants and smeared everywhere, woke up to a strange odour at 5 am, got up, stripped the bed, bathed the rear end, dried said rear end, and we both got back onto the stripped bed and went back to sleep amidst two cat bodies. Staffy used bury his bones in the bed, my last chi used to bury his food in the kids beds as well. Bed time used to be full of loud exclamations and swearing when I had a housefull of people. I think the worst was the chicken frames, they would go all smooshy. The kids (there were a few beds for the dogs to choose from) were used to it, and even though the dogs were not sposed to have bones inside, they always managed to get them in somehow. I think for me the worst is farts, I use a CPAP machine and when dogs fart somewhere near the machine it gets sucked in there and forced out the other side into the hose, then the mask, and then, ZAP I wake up instantly, chuck the whole thing off and rush for something that smells much much better. In this regard it is better for the dog to be on the bed, and not beside it. I dont think I am complacent, I am just used to their mess.
  10. Unfortunately I regularly have strays here people dump them in the cemetery. I used to go to the local refuge, but not now, the out of hours cages have been removed, now they go to the RSPCA> Its not just dogs, cats as well. I have never been good at handing back strays that are neglected, starving, sick, dehydrated, flea riddled and stinky, if it will fit into my house then it can stay, providing it has no microchip and I cannot find its owner, I would NEVER send an animal back to live in those conditions.
  11. If I am at work I leave the back light on and an inside light, it has helped somewhat but he is still going inside, maybe it is just spite because I left him at home, (!) but, I think the lighting outside may still be inadequate. I have a sensor light somewhere, I will get it connected, but I think I may have to leave the kitchen light on so he has more light inside, may help. Watching him again yesterday ( my neighbours must think I am nuts) I am starting to think it is his back legs, he has no problem running and playing for short periods, but he is having issues jumping up to the lounge so I may have to look at a repair, at least of the right leg, it is the worse of the two. It is also the leg with hip issues, It flicks right out at an angle when he tries to hold his position. I guess that answers the question.
  12. I live in Moreton Bay Council area and have had 3, but one didnt really count he was a weenie. I had a permit for him. It depends on the size of the block, 600sqm you can have 2 cats and 2 dogs, additional dogs via permit only. There are good off leash areas here which is a bonus, they can be strict, but it does depend on the dog. They are sympathetic to rescue animals, and if you are a foster carer you can get a permit. Canine Club you can get a permit as well.
  13. Aaah so I am not alone, I was beginning to wonder, none of my other dogs have ever done it. He willn ot be crated, he just goes spare, and barks non stop, even for a short time, crate training lasted 4 days and then I had to question what I was going to get out of it. Kitty litter he has access to but, I think he was owned by an older man and had access to the yard all the time, probably the door was just left open, I have a pet flap and he has access to the patio and cat enclosure 24/7 so doing jobs in the house is a bit naughty, but he has cataracts and I think his sight is dodgy in the evenings and he most certainly has liimited vision when he is in the dark, he just stops and wont budge, going from inside in the light to outside is a bit daunting. Same can be said of trying to use a lead . He wouldnt use it, well, he will go on his lead if there is someth8ing in it for him but not to poop. He is sposed to only be 8, but I dont know whose planet that is on, he has both patellas a mess, hip dysplasia cataracts and has had multiple teeth removed at some point. I will just have to persevere and more than likely probably just get used to it.........there is always newspaper. :)
  14. This is a rather smelly subject, but it is annoying me no end, and I would like some opinions. My little rescue Chi has a habit of multi pooing, never staying in one spot he just drops it all over the place, often taking 10 minutes to do his little job. I have never had a dog do this before and I dont quite know why it is happening. He has been checked over by the Vet several times and there is no obvious physical problem other than he has bad patellas in both back legs, but this does not stop him from enjoying his doggy life. Is there any way I can curtail this ? He has accidents inside when I am at work so it can be a hit and miss clean up with me finding 'gifts' all over the place.
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