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Wiz's Mum

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  1. A Tibetan Spaniel could be the right dog for you. Yes they shed (twice yearly drop mostly) but they do not have doggie odour, their silky coat is very tactile and they inspire gentleness in all, even the rambuctious toddler at the dog park yesterday. Although small they are sturdy of bone for a little dog, and some like my girl are social butterflies. Like @dogsandthemob said a retired show dog could be perfect for you. My girl would love a job like that, sadly for my social butterfly she is stuck with our hermit household lol
  2. Today DeDe passed away. She was our little ray of sunshine and her Daddy's Heart Dog. This precious tibbie girl was originally meant to be a companion for our old male Tibetan Spaniel Wiz. She was very timid when we got her and was full of quirks. Her and our lives changed when we learnt by accident that a tightish shirt reduced her anxiety and let her shine. She continued to grow and lately, at the grand old age of 13, learnt that she could influence her life by asking for things (lol Hubby created a rod for our backs when it came to dinner time *eyeroll*). When I took her to the vets today, after she had been off colour for 24 hours, I expected her to come home with a diagnosis of constipation or at worst, a blockage. I never thought she would be undergoing emergency surgery for perontinitis , and after finding an almost ruptured gall bladder and blocked duct that couldn't be rectified, that we would give her her wings while she was on the operating table. I am so sorry little girl, mummy & daddy love you and miss you *hugs*
  3. Are you after a recommendation for a sliding door inset? or just a through wall/wooden door type or a glass door/window type pet door?
  4. Petlife have both the leads and collars and you can order online
  5. The Port Stephens girl went to a new home on Staurday - straight from the refuge
  6. I didn't manage to get to the Refuge yesterday - I will call them Monday and follow up on her.
  7. I will try and get over there tommorrow and check her out
  8. Short haired coat - poor girl is only a baby at 2 - she is yet to come into her full coat. I was told about her at work today.
  9. I have also been told that there is no liver shunt is Aussie lines. But it can be found overseas.
  10. ANSWERS 1. What is my relationship with the breed? (ie breeder, first time owner etc) I have owned/bought 3 tibbies. One was a rescue from the pound, one a pup, the last a retired showgirl. I currently own a young female (3 years old) having lost my 16 1/2 yo boy earlier this year. I am also about to go looking for another tib. I was a Labrador or Kelpie gal before discovering tibbies, and was actually looking at Dobermanns when I found Wiz at the pound. 2. Where and why was the breed first developed? As the others have noted in Tibet. Like the Pekinese and Lhaso Apso all were developed in the same region. As tibbies weren't brought to the Western Hemisphere until the 1930s very little meddling has occurred with the breed. 3. How common is it in Australia? Uncommon. 4. What is the average lifespan? 15 seems to be fairly average, though some sources cite a lifespan of 20 years. They also have a 4 year puppyhood. 5. What is the general temperament/personality? As long as you don't want instant obedience they are wonderful. If kennel raised they can become timid, however most Australian breeders do not raise their pups this way. Very poorly socialised tibs may have issues with other dog breeds or certain humans. 6. How much daily exercise is needed for the average adult? Tibs will politely let you know when they have had enough exercise by sitting themselves down. You will be amazed at just how well planted a dog can be, not too mention how much heavier the seem. 7. Is it a breed that a first time dog owner could easily cope with? Mostly. 8. Can solo dogs of this breed easily occupy themselves for long periods? Tibs take life as it comes. My girl came from a large pack to become half of a two dog pack with an elderly tib, and since his death she has been by herself and coped with all of these situations. 9. How much grooming is required? A regular daily or weekly brush is sufficient. Care should be taken not to overbath Tibs. They do not seem to have any "doggy" smell like the oilier coated breeds. They do blow/lose coat theoretically twice yearly, but I find they shed a little every day. Regular brushing does help minimise the "tumbledogs" of discarded fur. 10. Is it too boisterous for very small children or for infirm people (unless the dog is well trained)? Very small children will need to be gentle with a Tib but not overly so. With the infirm, tibs generally are very aware of the difference in the person and respond accordingly i.e. with beautiful manners and keeping away from feet so as not to trip people over. 11. Are there any common hereditary problems a puppy buyer should be aware of? PRA and Liver Shunt. Allergies were a problem with my older boy and seemed linked to the yearly vaccination schedule. EFS
  11. Ilona Hudson chiro & Vet up at Medowie (Noahs Ark Vet - she also does horses). She did wonders for my old fella.
  12. Exactly!! All I can say is that I have seen some of their facilities - have you Rusky? And quite frankly if my dogs were as well treated when I place them in kennels on the odd occasion, as the dogs I saw were at the Friskies kennels I'd be well pleased!
  13. As someone who has owned an ex "test pet" from Friskies I can tell you I have never owned a happier, healthier or well-adjusted dog. Harvey was an 16yo Welsh Corgi when I picked him up from the Friskies Kennels. He was in fabulous condition, he had the best of kennels - a large indoor run all to himself (it was 2 or 3 m wide and 6m long, centrally heated and air-conditioned) with an equivalent area outside which was grassed and to which he had free access. There was also a large play area at the bottom of the grassed runs where multiple dogs could play under supervision. I also watched a kennelhand return one group of dogs and take the next lot out for their walk to the dam and back (about 5kms). I was given a copy of Harvey's medical records and he had been seen regularly by qualified vetinarians, and he had the cleanest teeth I had ever seen. At this facility they had corgis, beagles and cats. All of the animals are rehomed with families after their "career" is done. Poor Harvey, you should have seen the shock on his face when he realised that his new insulated kennel was not centrally heated (and it was only March in Orange at that stage) Poor love really thought he was roughing it Now I realise that not all facilities are the same, but I do want to know that my pet can eat pre-prepared food with no long term affects.
  14. Topic wize - how to behave to get pack drive optimised and fear drive minimised would be very helpful, especially for those that foster/own rescue dogs ETA: Please :p
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