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  1. Same old, same old. There are industry participants who are claiming that this is a beat-up by the RSPCA, and that the trainer was an elderly man in poor health. Clearly not so poorly that he couldn't dig a sizeable hole though.
  2. I lost a dog to pancreatic cancer that had spread over his entire pancreas, the lower portion of his stomach, the upper portion of his small intestines and all over the mesentery. Imaging (x-rays and ultrasound) failed to pick it up. It wasn't until the vet decided to do a laparotomy that they discovered it. Inconclusive imaging doesn't mean there wasn't something there. My boy had similar symptoms- blood in his stomach (but also leaking out into his peritoneal cavity, from bleeding lesions on his small intestines) that made him look bloated, vomiting, diarrhoea and issues with his blood. The vet gave him three separate transfusions of fresh frozen plasma and it didn't help his bloods at all. In our case, there was nothing that could be done, but the worst part of it was that we didn't suspect cancer at all. He was perfectly normal (his version of normal, anyway) up until five days before he died. That's how fast and sneaky cancer can be, unfortunately.
  3. If lamb is common in US dog food, why is the author of the article calling it an exotic ingredient, and suggesting there is insufficient feed research on it (as an "exotic" ingredient)? And yes- if you're going to word things in such a way as to lead the reader to believe they are fact, then the author should have evidence to back up those claims, and be willing to cite it. It's no different than the crazies on the other end of the stick, who claim anything processed will cause cancer. I'd want evidence for any claim presented as fact
  4. Vet warns of Greyhound Adoption Risk

    In the 50+ greyhounds I've fostered, I'd say only a couple were temperamentally unsuited to the average home. One was a very large, hard tempered boy who was sociable and friendly but way too much dog for the average dog owner. The other came from a very shitty background and was unpredictably dog aggressive (which doesn't make for a good pet). The rest just slotted themselves in on sofas, as if they'd been born and bred to lounge. They are soft tempered dogs so they do need a gentle hand but even then, when they're upset, they tend to take themselves off for a sulk. Biting is one of the last things the average greyhound would do. I think it's also worth pointing out that greyhounds being seen for behavioural issues is not the same as "greyhounds may bite your kid's face off". Issues like SA are not uncommon because greyhounds are born and raised into environments with a lot of canine company, whereas many families only want a single dog. And going from a life surrounded by other dogs and constant company, to a lonely, quiet house for 8 hours at a stretch, can't be easy to adjust to. I'm sure another portion of those dogs are being seen for issues like high prey drive (which isn't actually a behavioural fault in the dog at all) or for the myriad of other odd greyhound behaviours that are actually pretty normal- digging, trancing, sleep startles, nesting/hoarding, nitting, and a variety of creepy/alarming noises that can come out of them. For the exposure Karen Dawnson has, maybe she could have picked a real issue to focus on- like prey drive. It's the one part of greyhound ownership that impacts so much of the rest, and whether or not a potential adopter is willing to learn about it and understand, easily sorts people into the "should own" and the "should never own". Groups like Animals Australia post photos of greyhounds cuddling with fluffy duckings and baby bunnies and that's a far bigger lie than "greyhounds make good pets". Greyhounds aren't for everyone (no one breed is, ffs), but this article makes them sound like a legitimate risk to own, and that's garbage.
  5. But exotic is being defined as just ingredients that aren't common in one particular country. Lamb is a common ingredient here, and presumably, large brands such as Black Hawk are ensuring their foods are nutritionally complete. The article suggests that "Small pet food manufacturers might be better at marketing than at nutrition and quality control"and then provides no evidence of that, at all.
  6. If "exotic" ingredients like lamb and roo are as risky as the article suggests, Australian dogs should be in a lot of trouble, given those are actually common ingredients here, used by many large non-boutique manufacturers.
  7. I guess it depends on how desperate that need is, if you get what I mean? If they're constantly down to their last few cups of food, with no capability to self-fund if needed, there is an issue. As PL said, sometimes things go to shit and that's just the nature of dealing with living creatures. But if you can't self-fund enough to ensure basic welfare requirements are being met, and things are becoming urgent on a regular basis, that's pretty clearly indicative of management problems. Personally, I worked out what my costs were, decided how much I was willing to self-fund if there was no other income, and I don't take in more dogs than that amount would cover. It limits chances of things go badly into the red and gives you a point at which you can comfortably say no. With regards to foster carers using donated items on their own dogs.. I guess it depends. If it was to the detriment of the foster dog (for example, using the coat on their own dog while the foster dog stayed cold), I'd be pretty upset. Sharing items while in care.. doesn't bother me too much, as long as necessary items go with the foster dog to their new home. In saying that.. because I mostly self-fund, I wouldn't appreciate a carer using more expensive things like worming/flea treatments on their own dogs, because that money comes out of my pocket, and limits the dogs I can actually help. Of course, on the other hand, if one of my fosters somehow caused a carer's dog to become infested with worms or fleas, I'd absolutely cover their costs. It comes down to being considerate and neither side taking advantage.
  8. I think it even happens in breed specific rescues. There have been a few times I've been asked to take dogs from group situations, after other rescues have already picked out the desirable dogs- females, fawns, blues, cat safes- leaving me to collect the huge, black males, who are barely small dog safe and are difficult to rehome. It's annoying to be left with the dogs that take several months to rehome but unlike the people who turned them down to start with, I'm not going to leave a dog to die, just because it'll be more work. However, that also means less exposure from people sharing photos of pretty/interesting dogs, higher expenses from keeping dogs longer and less dogs helped (which equals less donations because it appears you do less work). As always, being ethical in what you do, often disadvantages you. Unfortunate but true.
  9. If it helps to subsidise the rehoming of less desirable dogs, or dogs who require extensive vet work, I'd say that's a reasonable way of going about it. With PR gobbling up public donations as efficiently as they are, it's harder for rescue groups to stay in the black, and as long as it's not straying into ethically questionable territory (like only rescuing the highly desirable dogs, and leaving other rescues to deal with the large bully crossbreds that seem to make up most of the pound population), I can't see any problem with it.
  10. Not at all. Sometimes, you do get really sweet buns. I have a cashmere lop who is endlessly sweet and patient, and if I didn't care so much for his comfort, I'm cuddle him to adorable, floofy death. If all rabbits were like him, they'd be awesome pets. Downside is he needs some really serious grooming to keep his immense floof in order. On the other hand.. we also have another rabbit, rescued from a backyard meat breeder, and depending on her current mood/level of murderous hate for all other beings, she can be anywhere from slightly scary to be around, to a two man operation to remove/clean her food bowl. She has been known to kill (and possibly consume) birds, she will lunge, she will bite, she's 5+ kgs, depending on how many souls she's recently devoured. Rorschach would make a great childrens pet, if you hated children. On the inbetween, there's bun number three. He'll bite at fingers that get poked into his house and he'll bite/scratch if picked up but otherwise not too nightmare-inducing. They're incredibly interesting pets, especially if you're happy to watch from a distance, and they have some very definite personalities, but I really feel they're an adult pet. Kids won't appreciate the nuances of rabbit behaviour anyway and in terms of good husbandry, there's a lot to them. The amount of times people have seen our rabbits and casually commented that they/their kids had rabbits but they only live six months before they randomly die.. it's sad. My eldest (the floofer) is currently about five years old and he's basically still a young adult, with heaps of life left to live. It's sad to think that many pet rabbits die a very premature death, in silent agony, from easily preventable diseases, like RHD, GI stasis, malnutrition, etc., just because people have been misled into believing that rabbits are a low care beginners pet. In the OP's case, just a very bad idea. Rabbits can be trained and made tamer/safer to handle but it takes patience and commitment. And even then, some rabbits are just not going to be friendly, no matter what you try (see: Rorschach and that time we desexed Rorschach, hoping it might help her aggression. Spoiler alert, it didn't help, it made her even worse)
  11. And I definitely wouldn't recommend a rabbit, either.They take gentle, consistent handling to be able to pick them up without stressing them out, and they're not really suitable pets for kids. A lot of people don't realise it but rabbits are fairly complicated animals to care for correctly. They need companionship, a very high fibre diet, six monthly vaccination for RHD and an appreciation of the behavioural differences in prey animals. Besides that, a pissed off rabbit can be a very dangerous creature. I have scars on my arms from just necessary handling of unsocialised rabbits- a child with no idea of how to correctly hold or respond to a rabbit that's starting to struggle, could end up getting hurt. To be honest, from the point of view of someone who rescues, I agree with Juice. I wouldn't place a dog with you. It's lovely that you'd like to help a dog out but if the home situation is such that a dog basically has to be seen but not heard, maybe it'd be best to look at other ways to help rescue dogs. Not every home or situation is suited to dog ownership, and in your case, I think you're going to struggle to find a dog that will be happy with the situation, without a lot of training and a lot of understanding on your part.
  12. That's assuming you actually get the traits you're after though.You could equally end up with a big, boofy dog with a squashed face. That's the trouble with first gen crosses- unless you know exactly which genes control which traits (without even getting into polygenic traits), and what dominants/recessives you have to work with, it's just a genetic lottery. Best example of that is first gen lab x poodles. Maybe you get a non-shedding coat, maybe your house gets buried in dog hair, who knows.
  13. Is this backyard safe?

    Definitely. The tap in our front yard now has a large, bright piece of poly pipe around it because one foster dog ran into it and actually managed to smash not only the tap pipe itself but also a steel support for the tap. Fortunately the greyhound was completely uninjured but it could have ended very differently. Landscape as if you have a sugared-up, blindfolded toddler who can run at 60 km/h.
  14. Is this backyard safe?

    I've never had a greyhound who could climb or position their legs in such a small space so I wouldn't be too worried about the stumps. We use baby gates to keep foster greys out of certain rooms and most (probably 90%) are baffled by them. Bear in mind though that some are more determined- we just spent half an hour adding a second latch to a gate that has held in 50+ other dogs - and if you do get a grey like that, life becomes a never-ending arms race.
  15. If that was the case, why advertise them as shortybulls? A "shortybull" is not a French bulldog so I can't see how it's going to help the Frenchie breed. It's not being done with the oversight of the ANKC or the breed club so none of the potential changes will make it into the pedigreed population. And given "purebred" dogs sell for much more, I can't imagine many backyard Frenchie breeders would want to rob themselves of the words "purebred" just for the dubious possibility of health improvements. Perhaps the individual puppies of this litter might have better health than a purebred French bulldog (or perhaps not, who knows), but that doesn't help Frenchies, so let's not pretend that this is somehow altruism.