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Everything posted by tdierikx

  1. I've really only owned 2 male dogs - both Rottweilers, and both intact. Never had any discharge issues with either of them, even if one of my females was in season.Both boys were useless as "guard" dogs, as they were really soft natured... they left the protection of the house and yard to the girls... lol! All my female dogs, pedigreed and mixed breed, intact or desexed, have been more headstrong and "alert" than my boys... even amongst the multitude of foster pups I've had over the years - boys were definitely more even tempered. I currently have a female dog, and when
  2. When we lived rural, the local primary school had a resident magpie that made life a bit difficult during breeding season every year... and the school's solution was to have all the kids make "helmets" out of plastic ice cream cartons, and they wore them for those few weeks when they went out in the playground. Worked a treat!! No kids were ever hurt by the magpie... God forbid that scenario happened in a suburban city school... guarantee the magpie would be "relocated to god"... grrr! T.
  3. Hmmm... seeing as you had Puck... follow the theme?? Puck's mortal name was Robin Goodfellow... and he was a Jester. Oberon Lysander Demetrius Egeus Theseus Nick Bottom... referred to as just Bottom Peter Quince... I like Quince for a name Francis Flute... Flute sounds good to me too Snug Pyramus He's gorgeous... and I'm sure the girls will adjust to him being a naughty "little" brother soon enough... lol! T.
  4. I also got some awesome swooping behaviour shots... and we were well back from the marked out area with our zoom lenses that day too. I usually don't have much time for Emma Hurst's parliamentary antics... but I'll happily let her have a go at stopping this magpie cull... T.
  5. Like when DogsNSW marks out the area in it's car park where the plovers like to raise their little ones each year, yes? T.
  6. This is WRONG! https://7news.com.au/news/nsw/magpies-to-be-culled-in-lane-cove-council-after-spate-of-attacks-c-3908542?fbclid=IwAR0hpfItAv7DlXrCbiwFs_YD5_cOVnVPDxYUKK29VhtqOUz2TLSMBRpgAqU FFS! WE humans keep encroaching on their habitat, then get shitty when they defend their young in the tiny spots we allow them to live in. This is NOT new behaviour from magpies, and we in Australia are well aware of when they will be doing it every year. Here's a novel thought... maybe WE need to adjust OUR habits to allow these beautiful birds to care for their young for those few p
  7. I think that you will find that ALL pups of any breed or mix, have increased in price since the pandemic started... just stating a fact there. Also, with the lockdown in Melbourne, you are going to be hard pressed for anyone to allow you to come and physically view any pups they may have on offer... maybe Zoom viewings would help there? At least you will know that you are talking real time with a real person who has real pups available. You may also want to drop the attitude that most breeders are only after large prices for their pups... it will show through in your co
  8. Eating, or even just mouthing, lizards and the like can also give your dog a nasty bout of Salmonella poisoning... another issue you could be facing... with the vet bills to match... She may need to be put on a run, or penned when she can't be supervised... better still @Rebanne's advice is solid - tire her out mentally as well as physically - she could just be bored... T.
  9. The only caveat in POCTAA is that the method of euthanasia is quick and as painless as possible... still allows scope for shooting an animal as a means to that end. I don't agree with it, but I can see how the powers that be could argue their reason for ordering a single person to shoot the dogs in question, rather than having at least 2 people achieve the same end via the usual/preferred method. It takes a vet to deliver the injection, and another person to restrain that animal in order for the injection to be given - which definitely means those 2 people would be well within each
  10. You'd be amazed at the actual scope of their powers to seize animals... and even evidence from treating vets falls on deaf ears... been there, and it's completely soul crushing what they get away with... grrr! T.
  11. @Megan MOrton... my family live up your way, and my brother has fostered for Friends of the Pound a few times... maybe try them? https://friendsofthepound.com/adopt/ T.
  12. @DannielleW... did you get Indy in to see a vet today? Please let us know how she is... T.
  13. Today I received an awesome care package from an amazing DOLer with the biggest heart... and it included freshly baked (still warm) scones, home made jam, and cream... YUMMO!! It also had some treats for Harper... which she is really excited about... lol! We have a large number of pretty amazing people here... and for that, I am forever grateful. T.
  14. Don is such a handsome gentleman... *swoon* Naughty Pudden... lol! T.
  15. Pickles has gone to join Trouble and Zeddy at the Rainbow Bridge... Pickles seemed a bit off on Friday, refusing food and just acting a bit flat, but otherwise acting normally... she has done that a few times over the years, so it was no really huge concern at the time. She had been fine on Thursday, eating her dinner with her usual gusto, etc... Yesterday she started to deteriorate in her mood, and started wanting to drink copious amounts of water, but still refusing any solids... and in the afternoon she vomited up lots of water with blood in it... so I took her to VS
  16. @Boroniais definitely the one to get advice from re finding a reputable rescue that may have the breeds that you are looking at... and Westies in particular... maybe she will be along soon... T.
  17. Kammi is gorgeous! And Clive is one spoiled boy... lol! T.
  18. It is a sh!t part of a vet's and nurse's job... make no bones about it... but it is still one of the most selfless things we can do for our ailing furry friends - regardless whether we can physically bear to be there at the moment they pass or not. During my vet nursing work placement, I was present/involved in more of these procedures than I care to count, and I can say that our clinic staff made sure that no animal was scared or distressed for the procedure - whether or not the owner was present at the time. I have had great big burly men sobbing on my shoulder after the passing
  19. Back in the old days lots of (read most) pups went to new homes at his age, and most of those did just fine... so don't be put off by those berating you for taking him this young. Obviously the breeder didn't seem to care that he was very young and could have done with a couple more weeks with his mum and siblings to learn a few more social skills... but that is your job now... *grin* I must say that he is all levels of adorable from that gorgeous photo you have shared... I can see how you fell in love... I have raised more than my share of very young pups over the year
  20. His age indicates to me that he may also be teething... which can be a bit rough on some pups... ask the vet to check his mouth thoroughly in case he has a teething issue going on. It may also be worth collecting some of his loose poo into a container and taking that the the vet with you - they can do a faecal float to see if there are any nasties happening in his gut. When was his last vaccination? And his last worming? What with? T.
  21. Another thing to think about is veterinary costs over the dog's lifetime... the larger the dog, the costlier any surgical procedures will cost - including desexing, which is recommended if you are not looking to breed with the dog in question, and may soften any undesirable hormonal behaviours from developing. Also, Huskies, Malamutes, and German Shepherds are double coated breeds, so VERY regular coat maintenance will be mandatory - and they will drop their undercoats at least 1-2 times a year, which will require a LOT of grooming while this is happening, and you will have dog hai
  22. Lovely healthy bundles of puppy breath... Megs is doing a great job... T.
  23. Jus came across a job ad for ARH Homebush, and it is listed as being Greencross... https://www.seek.com.au/job/52415605?type=standout#searchRequestToken=f5bec264-176f-4cdf-9199-90daba75dee8 T.
  24. Until he realises that a 39 degree heat pillow is a good thing... lol! T.
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