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  1. Hi all My 33 year old nephew is hoping to adopt a rescue dog and is wondering what sorts of things the rescue organisations usually look at, in order to give him a chance. It will be his first dog, but his family have had dogs all his life He owns his own, fully fenced house in Qld He plans on positive reinforcement training techniques and will be attending training and dog play dates He works from home and dog will be inside with a doggy door to the secure backyard. He has looked after family dogs when needed What other things does he need to do to he
  2. Ours was Tippy ( named after hubby's and later Tip's favouite food-Tip-Top bread). He was a Parson Jack Russell that we got when we were forty. Taken too soon at 10 years old in 2013 from a snakebite, I still miss him every day.
  3. I have followed your journey and am very saddened by your loss. For me when I lost my beloved Jack Russell I thought I could not bear to go through the pain of loss again, but my heart was empty and I was in a depression, until the day we picked up our new puppy! Somehow my heart expanded to love this new Jack Russell as much as I had loved Tip. It was different and my one worry (hence why I waited six months) was that I would compare and find that Jingo reminded me of Tip... but you know what.... he didn't make me sadder, he helped mend my broken heart. I took a risk, and seven ye
  4. Kira, our totally devoted 'three feet away girl', so named because if she could be, she was within three feet of us, has passed peacefully away. She was our second dog, a beautiful border Collie. She was the world's laziest dog, we got her because 'border Collies were good at agility'... well, not our 'curly girl'. She could not see the point in exercise (a bit like me, her mum!), Ball games were an exercise into futility, she maybe caught 1 in 10 of the balls thrown, and were, in her opinion, designed to give us both exercise, she would drop it half way between us, forcing me to retrieve it u
  5. Hi Pollywaffle There is never a 'set' grieving time, although a lot of people seem to think there should be. I lost count of the people that told me (in words or actions) that I should 'snap out of it' or 'its just a dog'. They don't understand and I just think how sad it is that they never shared a bond so strong that the grief bubbles up all the time...I pity them! I lost my Jack Russell in 2013 from snakebite. I still wake up in tears, and I still sometimes get sad, I will never fully get over his loss. It took me six months to feel like I was returning to a (
  6. My sincerest condolences to you. We here on DOL know the deepness of your grief... they are not just dogs to us, they ARE family. What helped me most in the early days of my Jack Russell, Tip's passing was writing it all down. I started a memories book, with photos and every single story that Tip was a part of. It bought more tears, but some smiles too and best of all it recorded the memories that I did not want to forget. Fast forward 5 years and indeed, many of the things I wrote down I have now forgotten altogether, so the memories book is my link to my boy and now I smile every
  7. Hi Kenny Welcome to the forum, and good on you for attempting to get your thoughts straight before your decision is final. The main thing I see in your post is that you are concerned that you are doing the right thing. No-one can make up your mind for you, but your post seems to indicate very strongly that you know that this is not the right time or that your circumstances are right at the moment for this particular puppy. You mentioned your two year old wants to nurse the puppy. This will not be possible for long with a dog the size of the one you are looking at,
  8. Kira has taught me to watch where I walk. She now cannot hear me coming, and a black dog in a dark room has forced me to learn "the Kira shuffle" Jingo has taught us to stay away from an open front door... as it is a really scary thing when it eats your favourite toy! Di
  9. You are very lucky that Rascal was smart enough to sound the "snake bark" . Once you have heard your dog use this bark, you recognise it immediately thereafter. We became very adept at recognising it with Tip, but as he was a prey driven Jack Russell we knew it would not always save him, and the one time it mattered he did not make a sound! Snakes are very bad this year in Armidale, we have even had a young brown right next to our front door at the Family History Centre where I volunteer, and otherwise sensible elderly members went searching for a stick to "poke" it when they final
  10. Hi Steph It is great to have an update from you and your beautiful family. It really does not seem that long ago since we were all raising our pupstars through their first 12 months, but I am really glad to know that we both survived the first 12 months and beyond. Jingo is an absolute joy, he is much more catlike than Jack Russell like. Not much of a barker, but "talks" a lot (aw, aw awww ), particularly to get the long suffering Kira (border Collie) to move. I think he considers himself her exercise coach, lol! The ease of having two dogs has me "puppy Cl
  11. My boy Tip regularly appears in my dreams, and they usually involve him protecting me in some way, which I take as a sign that, just as when he was alive, he has my back! It is comforting, even when sometimes (like last night), these dreams are nightmares. I regularly wake up with a warm feeling behind my knees, which is where he always slept... a spot Jingo never chooses for some reason! I treasure those little reminders! Di
  12. The incredible difference a dog can make. This happened near Glen innes in a town called Red Range, and I am sure this dog has earned himself the grtitude of a township. link http://www.armidaleexpress.com.au/story/4362046/as-soon-as-i-woke-i-could-smell-smoke-how-a-rescue-dog-saved-the-family-of-high-profile-animal-activist/?cs=471 Buddy the rescue dog saves animal rights activist and her family from house fire 16 Dec 2016 Judy, who is a high profile New England animal rights activist, awoke in the early hours of the morning to find her rescue dog, Buddy, alerting her of the fire, which
  13. You may have been a bit naughty.... but the result is very nice! This is the sort of naughty that will provide many years of nice! Enjoy
  14. I am so sorry for your loss Moosmum. It hurts so bad when your best cuddle mate is taken so suddenly in the line of duty. Sadly they sometimes take their job of protection to the ultimate finale. Rest in peace brave boy. Hugs to all your family. Di
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