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  1. Finnish Lapphund

    There isn’t a official club in QLD but there is an active group of owners and a couple of breeders up there. You might like to join this Facebook group: https://m.facebook.com/groups/268684699887604 They do regular meet ups so you might be able to get to one and meet the breed
  2. I have 2 Finnish Lapphunds and I don't think they would be appropriate for your needs if you don't want a dog that barks a lot. Lappies can be problem barkers and many people have them in bark collars all the time when they're outside. Barking is like their go-to when they're excited and little things can excite them. They are good with kids for the most part, but may decide that your cat needs chasing. My younger girl is 2.5 and she still loves trying to herd the cat. Grooming is an issue for them too - some lappies have much bigger coats than others, and particularly when desexed. They do look like cute teddy bears but they are a working dog and you have to keep that in mind.
  3. Spitz Breeds

    What source of protein is she on? My girl Veikko has a mild allergy to chicken so when she was on the blackhawk puppy formula and the chicken and rice adult formula, she would itch like she had fleas. She is now on the fish and potato variety and no more itchies :) It did take her a couple of weeks after I took her off the chicken variety to stop scratching but she got there. She can have chicken but if she has it for a few days running, she starts scratching.
  4. When Do You Have "too Many" Dogs?

    I think it's less about "how many" and more about what you do with them :) I do a lot of sports with my dogs and I know that if I had more than a couple in training at once, I wouldn't have time to do the number of sports I do :) If I just did basic pet obedience and not so many sports, I could have more. I like being able to have a lot of one on one time with my two though :) I would happily get a third dog now that Zero is getting older and is pretty much retired from sports but I waited 2.5 years for Veikko so I think I will wait at least that long for the next puppy to come along :)
  5. 2014 Training Goals

    Zero: Back to health after his snake bite. If he never competes in anything again, I don't care. I just want him healthy again. Squiggle: I'd just love her to be happy working in the ring. The titles are just icing on the cake. Dumbbell retrieve perfected - we're so close!!! CCD title FD & FDX titles (not massive achievements - but timing wise, this isn't realistic until the end of the year) Compete in agility - hopefully JD title and I'd like to get her up and running in AD. RN title and a leg towards her RA.
  6. First Season Question

    With Veikko, I kept her at home for 4 weeks from the first day she was bleeding. While she was out of season 3 weeks later, I left her an extra week just to be on the safe side. On that 4th weekend, I gave her a post-season bath. :)
  7. Neighbor Complaining About Barking..

    I had a guy at our club who had the same problem with a neighbour "hearing" their dog bark - he put his dog into boarding for a week, informed the council he was doing so and asked the neighbour to record how many times the dog barked - neighbour still said the dog barked constantly. The council officer then went and told the neighbour that the dog hadn't even been in the suburb when they were supposedly hearing the barking. The complaint stopped right then and there.
  8. Spitz Breeds

    In Victoria, have a chat to Cheri and Trev at Keez keeshonden :) lovely people. I have a lappie and a sibe so the size difference is a bit different from a JS and a keeshond but they get along great. My lappie is more full on about playing than my sibe but he is careful of her.
  9. 52 Weeks For Dogs 2012

    52 weeks for dogs is a flickr group that can be joined but as we have learned in the past, not everyone is welcome so we run our own here on DOL and in a special DOL 52 weeks for dogs flickr group. The orginal group is here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/52weeks4dogs/ The special DOL group is here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/dol52weeksofdog/ Another flickr group that can be joined by everyone is here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/52weeksofdogs/ If you post or PM me the name of the dog you intend to photograph this year and a link to your album for it, I'll start putting names down here: ~*Shell*~ with Zero Snook with Justice Ellazpupz with "as-yet-un-named-mini-poodle-pup" (coming home in February!) DogSportObsessed with Jess DogSportObsessed with Bailey Anniek with Phoebe Helen with Tilly ktig with Paddington tlc with Lacy Jayd Rozzie with Jezebel Esky The Husky with Esky Monet n Diva's Mum with Benson, Diva and Monet Lovemesideways with Roscoe and Riddick KumaAkita with Kuma
  10. This thread is for all those people who want to participate in a 52 weeks for dogs like challenge but who don't want to focus on a dog/one dog Post what your theme will be (aka 52 weeks of all of my dogs, if you want to photograph just one member of your pack a week) and if you have a link to an album (flickr, photobucket or a blog etc) post that too so I can add it to the OP. ~*Shell*~ with 52 weeks of Mow (or self portraits... maybe I'll do both) Anniek with 52 weeks of Greyhounds Misteri with 52 weeks of stuff Snook with 52 weeks of self portraits CrazyCresties with 52 weeks of Dogs, Cats, Bugs and Birds MTD with 52 weeks of anything goes Redangel with 52 weeks of living at home Jessca with 52 weeks of stuff/whatever's around when I remember to take a photo Dogfan with 52 weeks of colour Gapvic with 52 weeks of self portraits Whiskedaway with 52 weeks of self portraits Monet n Diva's Mum with 52 weeks of Animals - Domestic, Exotic and Native! Flaves with 52 weeks of ? Butternut with 52 weeks of ? Gila with 52 weeks of self portraits dwynwen with 52 weeks of improving photography skills
  11. I planned Veikko for about 2.5 years. I spent some time researching the breed, learnt which type I preferred and then went looking for lines in Australia that I thought would have the looks and drive I wanted, then I approached a breeder. That was all about 2 years before Veikko was born. I'm already looking at my next addition to the family. I know what I want and I'm prepared to wait for as long as it takes to get it :)
  12. Spitz Breeds

    Looks great ETH!! You should be proud of what you've done with Esky!
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    Congrats again SF :D Can't wait to meet them!
  15. Spitz Breeds

    I have a pair of training gloves that got a massive workout before V got her adult teeth in! Oh!!! They're little dogs now Finnesse :D How gorgeous! Can't wait to hear all about the puppies SF!
  16. Rising Stars For 2012

    Here is my little rising star, Veikko, aka Armahani Diamond Dansut (AI) at 7 months old: And stacked (excuse the grooming!):
  17. Spitz Breeds

    Puppy teeth *shudder* :laugh: Oh the pain! He thinks he is. He won a big box of treats, a pigs ear and a ribbon (which is more for me I think, he couldn't care less about shiny ribbons) for his efforts so he's happy. I can't believe she's 7 months old but she is! She's still very much a puppy though. Throws herself into anything and everything without a single thought and she still squiggles. I wouldn't change her for the world :D
  18. Spitz Breeds

    Lol! Evil puppy! Some photos from the weekend. V at 7 months: And Zero, who gained his AFCh title over the weekend :D
  19. Spitz Breeds

    You went to see Karen? How is she? So many people must go to see her - I didn't realise just how many until she broke her hip and no one could get an appointment :D Lol - what a fatty SF!! Poor girl must be very uncomfortable by now!
  20. Picking Up A New Puppy

    Don't worry so much about the registration papers - ask the breeder if they've been sent off and if they haven't, don't stress too much. A lot of breeders can't send them off until the puppies are 8 weeks old, especially if the families are having input into the registered name. You have to send off microchip numbers with the litter registration now so if the breeder hasn't chosen which puppy is going to which home and those new homes are helping choose registered names then they won't be able to send them off until the homes each puppy is going to have been finalised. Veikko's litter registration wasn't able to be sent off until they were 8 weeks old because Armahani was deciding which puppy would suit which home best and we all had input into registered names. It took weeks for the registration to come through and then more for her to be transferred into Armahani and my joint number with DogsNSW. Very worth it in the end though :D
  21. Spitz Breeds

    Awwwww cav babies!!! How exciting! Sending big hugs and wishes for a smooth whelping :D Hope she goes at a decent hour for you! My godmother's two are getting older now (they're both over 10!) but I remember when they came home. They are such gorgeous babies!
  22. Picking Up A New Puppy

    You might want to take HW's advice and make sure your friend has some "help" - brandy and valium are a start ;) I was sooooooo lucky with Veikko. She's been pretty easy but I've heard many many horror stories of puppies screaming all night on the first night. One of these is brilliant if yo can get it to the breeder beforehand: http://www.k9pro.com.au/products/Snuggle-Puppy.html I sent mine down to the breeder a week before i picked her up and Veikko and the boys slept with it so when i got her home, she had something warm that smelt like her mum and brothers (and uncle louis, who would have happily stolen the toy if he could have!)
  23. Picking Up A New Puppy

    Pedigree papers might not have come through yet Luke - Veikko's didn't until she was 13 weeks old. Breeders can't submit them until the puppy has been microchipped and DogsVic had a bit of a backlog when I got V :) Veikko came with a massive folder of stuff - it included everything you mentioned above but her pedigree certificate. Things I would want to know are what the litter was being fed on and what wormer the breeder used.
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    She looks slightly less graceful than this: http://www.iriscreationsphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/maternity-photography-melbourne2.jpg
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    Lol - AR is HUGE!! Can't wait to see what she has!