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    how much do female pointers weigh when mature? i had a question on drool, but that seems to be covered. do pointers like water? and are they good swimmers? i know yours do Alicia, but wasn't sure if that's common for the breed? are they good at playing fetch? (ie do they like to bring the ball back to throw and chase again or do the prefer you chase after them to get the ball back?)
  2. i'm sorry to hear of your loss. Rod Straw is who is treating my girl at the moment, and i agree he is a very caring and compassionate person.
  3. i was thinking of selling my nikon d40 with twin lens kit, small camera bag, SD card (can't remember what size, think it was 2GB) and a book on how to use it (not the manual, although i have that too - it's a digital field guide). it still has extended warranty cover until end of december (like the 28th or something) and i can include the original receipts. pm me if you're at all interested. hadn't gotten around to listing it yet, but was considering selling it on ebay.
  4. should that be D70 if you have a nikon? (don't want ppl to get it confused with the canon - if canon even have a 70D)
  5. thanks everyone. after speaking to the vet, i'm feeling a lot better about it. so far no signs of side effects from the chemo, which is good and after the surgery, she's back to her normal self. hoping it stays this way for a while
  6. thanks everyone. 4kelpies, no i didn't know about that group, but i have sent the mod a request to join so far lucy is going ok, it's only been about 26 hours since the chemo, so not expecting her to show any signs of sickness just yet. still acting like her usual self, wanting to run around and play fetch, but we are trying to limit it a bit in case she gets sick and also cause her tummy is still healing when she sits down, you can see her tummy looks different without the tumour in it (very saggy skin), so was definitely a big tumour. but yet, at the time when it was there, it also wasn't noticeable. hard to describe, but it's like she's lost a few kg from her belly i guess.
  7. ok, i've checked the dates and lined it up with lucy's chemo rounds, and she will have had her 4th round of chemo the week before that (either the wed,thurs,fri), so depending on how she responds to chemo will depend on if i can come. and also what day, seen as her excretions could be cytotoxic for 48 hours afterwards, so if she has the chemo on the wednesday (her birthday) and she doesn't have side affects, we should be able to come, but as she only had her first round of chemo today, i really can't say how she'll be that really sucks tho as i really wanted to take her as this could be her last million paws walk
  8. well, we went for the surgery follow up with the specialist today, and talked over the treatment options. the vet did more research into the location that lucy had this particular tumour, and it is rare for this type of cancer, but because of that, her survival rate is a lot higher than originally thought (hard to say how long exactly, because of how rare that location is, but should be a lot longer than the original 10 months) he thinks the chemo is more likely to be successful, but basically said that if we decide to do chemo, we'd need to decide soon, as if we wait til the cancer comes back, that will be too late. the chemo only has a 10% chance of making her a little sick and a 5% chance of more severe sickness, and the vet is manned 24/7 so if we're worried about anything we can call them. also, mum misheard and it is 1 treatment every 3 weeks for 5 treatments with the new information, we decided to give the chemo a go and asked how soon we'd need to start, and he said we could do it tonight if we wanted. so we decided to go ahead with it and we've just gotten home from her first treatment. we thought at least this way we've given it a try and if it comes back we'll known we gave it our best shot. with any luck, the chemo will work and it won't return. she has also been given anti-nausea tablets, and has to go back in a week for a blood count so they know whether they need to adjust the next dosage or not. he also said if she gets really sick and we decide to stop, that that is ok. our other option was to not do chemo, but she would need to get checked over by the vet every few weeks anyway to monitor for any more tumours. this one appeared and grew to the size of a grapefruit in the space of less than 3 months.
  9. i'm interested, but wouldn't be able to commit until a lot closer
  10. thanks. lucy is a german shepherd x belgian shepherd
  11. a week and a half ago, we found a lump in lucy's abdomen. took her to the vet, who said it was the size of a grapefruit and she wanted her to have an ultrasound. that was on the friday. on tuesday morning, got a call that she found us an appointment at a specialist for that lunch time. ultrasound showed it was attached to her bowel, but they thought probably benign. they took xrays just in case it wasn't benign and had spread, but nothing anywhere else. she was booked in for an operation to remove the tumour the following morning. when the vet got inside, thankfully it wasn't attached to her bowel lining like they originally thought. so surgery went well and she came home 24 hours later (last thursday) and they sent the tumour off to be tested. results came back today. it was a hemangiosarcoma because it hasn't yet spread and is not in her vital organs, chemo is a possibility. they say a 50/50 chance of survival, but even then the prognosis may only be 6 - 10 months. she only needs 5 sessions of chemo (once a week for 5 weeks), followed by monthly blood tests for 3 months, and quarterly blood tests there after if it hasn't returned. he said that if it had been found either on her vital organs, or had already spread, he wouldn't suggest chemo for treatment. we have a followup appointment this friday for the surgery she had, so will discuss more with him then has anyone else had a dog have this type of cancer? did you give your dog chemo? how long did your dog survive after treatment? if you didn't go down the treatment path, what made you choose not to? i just would feel guilty if we don't go down that path and give it a go, at least if it returns after chemo we'll know we've given it a go, if we don't, i feel like we'd be giving up on her. and then i wonder about the what if, like what if we don't, and she could of been one of the few who were cured. unfortunately it's not totally my decision, as my parents would be funding most of it. i think they are seriously considering it though, but we didn't talk about it much tonight as it was too upsetting. dad made a joke about her being an expensive pound dog after mum told us the costs involved in chemo (cheaper than i thought, but not exactly cheap) - she has hip dysplacia since she was a pup, and gets regular cartrophen injections. at the time of diagnosis, we were told she'd be crippled by the time she was 4, and she will be 8 in may. we thought her lethargy the last few weeks was just her hips and that she was due for another injection, but before making it to the vet, that's when we found the lump. despite surgery being last week, within about 24 hours of being home she was back to her usual self, has energy, seems happy, and both dad and i could see a change in her eyes.
  12. i drove past tonight. i think it's just roadworks. it looks like where it goes from one lane to 2 they're widening so it'll be 2 lanes further back from the lights. it looked like the dog park was still open, but couldn't see anyone, but it was late in the day. would be a pain in the butt to try and cross the road to get in, you'd need to walk up to almost the lights to cross, as where you'd normally cross from the carpark has that council fencing along the edge of the road. altho, whilst i've never tried, i think you can access the park by parking in the back streets behind the park, ok i just looked it up on whereis how to go the back way. from boundary road, turn left onto cav road (heading south, away from the city), take a left into the first street (Opal St, it's near a bus stop and opposite the high school, just past the pedestrian lights), turn right into Sapphire St, then left into Topaz St. The far end of Topaz is a no through road, and should have a walk way up to the park (indicated by the dotted line on the map for those that wanna look)
  13. i didn't do a lot of research, but from what i could tell, AF versus AF-S. so if your body has a focus motor in it, you'll be able to auto focus with the 1.4D, otherwise it's manual focus only. if your body doesn't have a focus motor, you will be able to auto focus with the AF-S (or manual if you choose to). i had upgraded my body from one that didn't have a focus motor, to one that did, which is why i went for the D and not the G (that and price). a lot of people told me the 1.8 would of been enough, but for the price difference, the 1.4 wasn't much dearer than the 1.8 here anyway, so decided to get the 1.4 try dpreview, you can see reviews of them both, and you should be able to compare them to see if there is any other difference. i didn't compare the 2 1.4's, only the 1.8 with the 1.4D, which also helped me decide between the 2.
  14. whilst i haven't bought from america, my 1.4D came from hong kong (friend bought it), and when she got back to aus she posted it to me and it cost almost $30 (was registered person to person and insured) if that gives you any idea on whether postage is fair
  15. i live southside near carindale. whites hill/camp hill is my local park
  16. i would of loved to have come to this one! lucy would love the water! unfortunately, on friday the vet found a lump the size of a grapefruit in her abdomen. she had an ultrasound on tuesday, which showed it was a tumour and looked like it was attached to the bowel. went into surgery yesterday morning, and thankfully they discovered the ultrasound/xray's were wrong and it wasn't actually attached to the bowel. still waiting on the results, but so far so good. unfortunately she'll be out of action for at least 2 weeks. can't even take her outside not on a lead in case she runs so good that she came home today though!! she'll prob look funny still at the april meet after being shaved lol
  17. this one is cute whole range
  18. i just upgraded from a d40 and was looking at the d90. when i went into store tho, i got shown the d7000 which has replaced the d90, for a couple of hundred more than the d90, it's got much better features so glad i went with the d7000 now :D
  19. i don't remember reading that the nikon had that problem when i went through some reviews prior to getting my 50 1.4 but i did get mine significantly cheaper than what it retails here for, it wasn't much dearer than the 1.8 here.
  20. i have a nikon d7000. i use aperture at the moment for photo editing (i'm on a mac). i have the lightroom trial, but i duno how to use lightroom, i didn't find the program easy to navigate, so tried aperture instead.
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