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About Rascalmyshadow

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  1. Yes and they seem to work very well for the situation.
  2. We have the same issue with Rascal, he was ok as a very young dog but as the years have gone by he has got worse, now he even reacts as soon as he feels the weather change and a storm coming, he pants, shakes and tries to squeeze into unusual places. The vet described Alprazolam, we only use it when there’s a storm and it makes a huge difference, it does give him the munchies and he looks a bit high but at least he’s happy.
  3. Yes puppy prices have jumped by huge amounts this year and from my research the reason legit breeders increased their prices was because the puppy farmers did, it has been to stop people buying their pups and then selling them to make a profit. I was very lucky to get my chi girl just as all this started, if I had waited any longer I would have ended up paying double. I personally wouldn’t pay over $2500 for any dog.
  4. Thank you, I feel better, it’s been a rough couple of weeks and the stress from it has set my recovery back a little, I’ve promised my physio now my girl is ok I’ll get back on track.
  5. She went back to the vet today to have the stitches from her dew claw removal out, he was happy with how she is healing and I am allowed to start walking her again.
  6. They told me not to worry and said it will just be the scar tissue and eventually it will disappear. I wouldn’t have been so worried if the surgery had gone smoothly.
  7. Thanks I’m going to ring them as soon as they open this morning. Unfortunately up here vet visits are expensive and they charge even for follow up stuff. Its been quite a few years since I had a female dog desexed and I don’t recall any of them having anything like this afterwards.
  8. I am having some issues with our 9 month old chi and her toileting. They are a breed that are notoriously hard to toilet train, we had our previous girl very well trained but Maisie will get up on furniture and poop/pee, she will do it on the carpets and even in the big dogs beds. She is in a puppy pen at night so that’s not an issue but any other time it’s a big problem. We have the bedroom gated so she can’t access the carpet, but the dog beds and couches are more problematic. I had major surgery 8 weeks ago and spent a week in hospital, then I had a huge recov
  9. On Tue Cassie my kelpie girl went in to be desexed, surgery didn’t go straight forward and she lost more blood than she should of. We took her home and had to monitor her closely for a couple of days, luckily she was fine. Today I have noticed a hard marble size lump at the surgical site, not sure if I should be worried, stupidly I forgot to close my bedroom door during the day and she jumped over the baby gate a few times. I assume it’s not a hernia as it’s hard but not sure if it warrants spending even more money at the vet tomorrow. I am super paranoid about anythi
  10. Rather than giving chicken necks give whole chicken frames, I stuff them with other food and give them as a meal twice a week to my bigger dogs.
  11. Of the breeds you have listed I personally would put the Samoyed at the top of the list, they tend to be bouncy, happy, easy going dogs, ideal around young kids although probably not the best guard dogs. I grew up with 2 GSD’s they were both amazing tolerant dogs but were extremely protective especially the female, nobody could get anywhere near us. Another breed you might not have considered is a Bearded Collie, they are amazing with kids, are very smart and so easy to train, you can clip their coat to any length you like, they tend to be very social and love lots of activity.
  12. It is best not to clip a dog with a double coat however if you feel your dog would be better off don’t clip too short, not only does it wreck the coat but it also leaves no protection from the sun and heat, shaving a dog in summer doesn’t make it more comfortable but clipping to a medium length can help.
  13. I have owned, rescued and professionally groomed poodles for over 20 years (this is the first time I haven’t had one in the house since I was a teenager) in all three sizes, I have seen a few that have been great family dogs but the majority not suitable around very young kids, in fact out of any breed they have been the most common breed to bite their owners. I took on a few rescues because of their behaviour around the families young kids and I have also rehomed my own for the same reason. Good luck to the OP hopefully it works out for you but clearly you have not considered or
  14. Yes that’s exactly how I have found them, adaptable is the right word. Poodles on the other hand the opposite and often have no patience for young children or often even other people besides their owner.
  15. I would use Wind in the Willows. We got the choice with our little chi, we chose her pedigree name South Sea Pearl (which are the most beautiful expensive pearls) and her name is Maisie which means pearl in Scottish (my grand mother was Scottish), thought it all tied together well.
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