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Everything posted by Kirislin

  1. I think I’d just give them a full refund. I’d rather get the puppy back than have them try to recoup their money by on selling without telling me on gumtree or similar.
  2. That’s amazing. Good dog Zollie! As a kid I always thought my dog Bobby would save me if anyone attacked me because whenever my brother would beat me up Bobby would always come to my aid. Then one day I was walking through the railway underpass and a man grabbed me. I was terrified……and so was Bobby. He took off for home without a second glance back at me and left me to look after myself and fend the man off, which luckily for me I did. I had a friend with a lovely German Shepherd and she saved his life. He had a fire break out in his kitchen. Annie the Shepherd started barking and bolted out of the house. My friend was disappointed in her and thought she was a coward. A short time later some people from up the street came to his house because Annie hadn’t run away in fear, she’d gone for help. They said she went running into their yard barking and then running back out onto the street. They quickly realised she wanted them to follow her. What a star she was. I actually knew Annie and she was a beautiful dog. If I had a Shepherd I’d love one like her. Sadly she and her owner have now passed away.
  3. I rarely take my dogs to parks now. I used to go every day to the large park near me. Back then I knew most of the dogs and people. There was a regular group who all walked together but now there is so many people with no clue about dogs, and dogs they haven’t trained. I’d be terrified one would kill my Italian greyhounds who wouldn’t have a chance. It’s too risky. I’d love to regularly take Soda there. He’s been twice and I didn’t see a single familiar face. Maybe it will be better now lockdown is over. Perhaps people will go back to work and I can find a quiet time to take him.
  4. He’s growing like a weed. I weighed him yesterday at 14 weeks old. He’s 8.2 kgs. Like most modern whippets today he won’t be small. I’m hoping he won’t be much more than 15 kilos. Actually I’m hoping he will be less, but it’s unlikely and I’ll love him regardless. He’s already stolen my heart. Todays photo. I’d picked all the dog beds and toys, and blankets and everything else puppy related off the floor to vacuum. He clambered up off the floor too.
  5. Secret today. Still miniscule with a big personality, and still wearing the temporary puppy collar I made for her 5 years ago.
  6. I haven’t bought meat for my dogs from pet suppliers for years now. I know from past experience that when the knacker man comes to collect a dead beast they never ask if it was given medication with a withholding period, or even how it died. It could’ve been given the green dream, they don’t care. I wouldn’t feed it to my pets. I just get supermarket or butcher meat. I buy a whole raw chook for $3.90kg and chop it up. I buy lamb chop off cuts for $7kg or sometimes on special for $5kg. Free range eggs from a local grower $5 per dozen. Salmon off cuts $3 kg. Then lamb or beef heart, liver etc. all fit for human consumption. Occasionally I get some venison from a friend. They dogs loved that! Bone dust for free and the occasional road kill bunny that gets chucked in the freezer for about a month and then fed whole to them, fur, guts, the lot.
  7. The puppy foot is on the left.
  8. I can’t explain the genetics of cream. It’s been referred to as a masking gene and can pop up after generations from any colour whippet. I’ve seen it appear from a lot of brindles. I do know if you mate 2 creams together you will only get creams. it reminds me of my favourite breed of horse, the Akhal Teke with their magnificent metallic sheen. They often produce creams. I even considered naming him Teke but decided against it.
  9. I’ve gone back to Soda and it’s sticking now and he answers to it. He’s doing well, growing like a weed. He will be bigger than the sort of whippet I like but then so were Tag and Puck and I couldn’t have loved them more, so in the end it doesn’t matter. His pedigree certificate arrived yesterday, his registered name is Ridgesetter Locked In My Heart.
  10. Neko has a new challenge in her life. A puppy! But not hers. Soda the whippet joined our little pack a few weeks ago. Yes! I bought a Covid puppy! . Not really. I’ve been whippetless for almost a year and have been looking the whole time. Neko is fantastic with him, Secret is doing her best, but he’s goofy, clumsy and rough, and she’s smart enough to know he could hurt her. Of course I do my best to protect all of them. Keeps me busy, makes me get out of bed in the mornings. Puppy’s name is Soda….as in Creamy Soda. His colour is very unusual in Australia. He’s the first one I’ve actually seen here, although I think there has to be more because we have all the same bloodlines that produce them overseas.
  11. Nothing will stop the lunatic fringe. No matter what you say or do.
  12. Did you get him at 7 weeks old? That is far too young. Was he wormed and given his first vaccination? How does he look? Does he have a lovely soft coat or is it dry? Does he look nice and chubby all over or is he bony with a pot belly? Some puppies do tend to make a lot of noises. My puppy talks in his sleep and sometimes just moans and groans because he wants to get in my bed and I don’t let him, so it’s hard to know if the sounds your puppy is making are normal or cries of pain. I suspect if he was sold so young he could well be sick with any number of things. How is he after the vets visit?
  13. I’ve always believed dogs have a sense of humour, and make believe. They know that squeaky toy isn’t a real live animal, but they still love chucking it around, making it squeak and ripping its guts out.
  14. Cross breeds are usually much more expensive than pedigrees and they don’t have the costs that pedigree breeders have. You have come to the wrong place to criticise breeders for the prices they charge. I have just bought a pedigree puppy which cost many times more than the last puppy I bought over 20 years ago. I am not complaining one single bit, in fact knowing what’s involved I think the breeder was very reasonable with her price. Don’t forget the purchase price is probably the cheapest part of getting a puppy. From then on you have a lifelong obligation to care for that pup, it’s like a marriage, in sickness and in health. If you can’t afford the purchase price then you probably can’t afford to own a dog. how much do you think a pedigree puppy should cost and what have you based your costing on?
  15. Secret’s brother is named Obi.
  16. As much as I like the name Soda it’s just not sticking. I’m now calling him Bodi. I’m hoping that will stick.
  17. A friend of mine lost her 2 greyhounds to this. She definitely thought she was feeding them beef not horse, so someone was being dishonest.
  18. Nothing found as yet. Phew! I’m not assuming he’s house trained as yet, but I’ve never had a puppy that was showing signs of preferring to toilet outside as young as this puppy. He’s fantastic!
  19. I was awake at 5am which is normal for me. Snuggled in bed, warm and toasty. I heard the click clack of the dog door. Hang on, Neko and Secret are right here. Hmmmmm it might be a possum. I’ve sometimes wondered if possums, or worse, RATS can get in and out through it. Maybe it’s the wind? No, I can’t hear the wind. Then I hear the thump thump thump of heavy dog footfalls. Uh oh, unless Tag or Puck have come back it can only be one thing! Soda Pup! Did he manage to escape his crate and actually take himself out to the toilet? If so I’m very impressed with just how clever he is. I just hope he used his clever escape for good and wasn’t a Soda Stream on the carpet.
  20. And maybe so and so, as in YOU NAUGHTY LITTLE SO AND SO!
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