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  1. That is actually really exciting for me. To know that the breed she adores could work. I have yet to fully research myself and have met a couple of really high drive Border Collies in my time and thought "Collie" might mean too much to handle. Absolutely looking for a laid back family dog. Will start to research myself a little now and see what we come up with. Thanks for your response.
  2. Our current family pooch is an RSPCA pup and she is such an awesome dog but you are right, we don't know her breed, can only guess at her history and it makes it hard to be prepared and researched on breed etc when getting into the mixed breeds. There is something to be said for knowing what to expect from a well bred dog and given the breed she is looking at (and people are saying might indeed fit) rescue doesn't seem like much of an option.
  3. Thank you. Starting to think she may already be looking at the right breed for her and there is a reason she is drawn that way.
  4. 1. She has been on the Rough Collie bandwagon for at least a year and a half so far so if we find the Rough Collie can indeed fit into the family well...I don't think she will change her mind at all. 2. That is a brilliant suggestion. Are breeder/exhibitors happy to talk to the general public at these kinds of events? She has her heart set on the full coated Rough so would be a great idea to introduce her to grooming needs and techniques from an experienced owner. As her mother and a huge dog lover there is no way that I would allow the grooming to fall down the wayside, even if I have to
  5. My daughter is a dog nut. Always has been. She is starting to save up for her own dog and I am looking for breed recommendations to point her towards. She is 11yrs old so this will be a long process, probably 2-3 years away still. Saving will take her a couple of years, she is already heavily researching. She has her heart set on a Rough Collie however I am concerned that being a working breed they may end up being too much dog for her (and us as a family). She has an interest in training and obedience but not sure full on obedience is in the cards. She essentially wants a dog th
  6. Mackiemad- You are right. I have been scared and that fear is not rational or allowing me to listen with an open mind to the vet and people on here. It is why I am so conflicted and struggling with the choice so much. If you look at the website productreview.com .au and read the reviews that have been left on there for the Bravecto it is easy to see why people are scared. It is not just a couple, there are a LOT of stories on there and I do know that people complain much more than they praise but it is concerning. Thank you for your posts and thoughts. I appreciate your time. Sheena- Thanks
  7. I am genuinely not trying to stir trouble and I do realise that some adverse reactions are common. The sheer number of reports from owners of dogs who have reacted poorly to the Bravecto is still really scary. It really feels like I am caught between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand this tick could have killed her, watching her struggle with her balance and be so unwell was heart wrenching and gutted us all. On the other hand, if I give her this product to try and keep her safe from the ticks (fleas are not an issue) and she has a reaction I don't know that I could ever forgive myself.
  8. My poor girl has had a nasty paralysis tick that she could only have picked up out of our very own yard. She seems to be recovering, not out of the woods yet. My vet recommended Bravecto. The reviews and complications people seem to be having with the product terrifies me. What do people recommend to make sure she never gets another one? Will pair with daily checking, happy to try topicals or collars but need them to be cat safe for our cat (not for use on our cat but they share the house). I'm also looking for an option to treat the yard with. Vet said there isnt re
  9. We are soon to be traveling around Australia with a van and my beautiful dog Lolly will be coming with. Everything is very up in the air and rushed at the moment. House sale finalises on the 7th December, we have to pick up the caravan (leave from Brisbane, collect it from Gladstone) and then we have managed to get a last minute cancellation spot on the Spirit of Tasmania for the 17th December. It is going to be insane but my sister (who I am traveling with) is determined to spend Xmas with our brother in Tassie. Problem is that the spot we have secured and paid for does not include a kennel
  10. I've used the Kirklands Natures Domain grain free for my cat since we adopted him 2yrs ago. He does really well on it. His coat is soft and shiny and he has no issues at all. I cannot fault it.
  11. I am just wondering if I am the only person who makes sure that my dog cannot interact with strangers coming onto my property, especially in the way of meter readers/ tradies etc. The news article about that poor tradie getting attacked by the three AST's has me wondering. In addition to that my sister recently had an open home where one of her neighbours attended and asked the real estate agent to come back to her house for an evaluation. The real estate agent went over and in the process of looking around the house with the owner she was bitten quite badly by one of their French Mastiffs.
  12. Yep. Exactly what has happened for us. The hardened callous wore off and became infected instead.
  13. And another. It WAS a huge big old callous but it became inflamed and swollen once she got a proper bed. Go figure!
  14. Vet says it is a Callous Pyoderma. Gave her a cortisone shot and antibiotics. At a worst case scenario it is actually in a good place for surgery as it is on the outer of her elbow. Going to research other methods of treating it now that we know it isn't a tumor or anything more serious. Will attach pictures.
  15. How did you go with this? Have a similar thing on a Neo Mastiff. Off to the vets in the morning but hoping it is nothing major. Ironically it became inflamed after she came into my care and had a proper bed and mattress for the first time in her life.
  16. What gets me is how many people think that incidents like this are avoided by asking permission of the owner. I too was of this belief and taught my children to never approach any dog without getting express permission from the owners. They are told not to even go "in range" without the owner's saying it is ok. I thought I was doing the right thing until my very dog savvy 9 year old had her face snapped at by a greyhound she had gotten permission to greet. It was incredibly lucky that the snap didn't actually connect but it also taught me that "permission from the owner" is giving the owner a
  17. http://www.bunnings.com.au/ozito-170w-42-piece-rotary-tool-kit_p6290175 Is that the one that you bought Sunny1Shine?
  18. Thanks, exactly what I've started with. She isn't in the least bit food motivated, it's all attention for her. Even with the walking, it's the people that she wants to meet more than anything else....even better if they are kids, she loves them. Problem is most kids walking down the street don't fancy having a dog that size lunging at them to "love" them. That being said on our walk this evening, so long as I kept her focused and continued walking at a decent, focussed pace she didn't pay barely any attention to the numerous people we walked past so I have a feeling that these behaviours are b
  19. Thanks for that advise. Picked her up this afternoon and she is challenging but responding incredibly well. She initially jumped all over me, largely aiming for my face. Knowing that her motivation was attention, I tucked my hands in my pockets and kept turning away. It took her about 10 mins but she eventually calmed. I honestly think the main of her issues is just lack of contact and interaction. She is lonely. It's just establishing boundaries and following through on them. I'm following the NILIF and she is responsive to it. Firm, calm consistency gets through to her well. Took her for a
  20. Female 4yrs old desexed very large girl who is incredibly strong and very excitable. She hasn't had much time spent with her and so the hope is that with time, attention and training we will see a calmer side come forward but in the mean time she is gigantic and uses her size against you. She has had basics taught but previous owner relied on his strength and size to dominate her and she has dragged her female owner over in attempts to greet other people on walks. I am thinking to start her with Triangle of Temptation. What would be the best collar option for walking? She has a halti and
  21. Thanks, unfortunately he got passed onto a new owner. Hoping that he doesn't become another statistic.
  22. I know of a 5 yr old, male, de sexed Doberman who is needing to be rehomed. He is a stunning fellow, used as a property guard dog (as far as I am aware through a security business). People friendly, good with female dogs, untested with children, chases possums so probably off limits to cat homes. I am trying to assist with the re homing, don't want this boy to go to just anyone and am thinking that an experienced rescue group may be the best way to accomplish that. Located Sunshine Coast and would love any advice on how to make sure this boy lands in a responsible, forever home. Thanks in ad
  23. How much is it? I'll have to check the Northlakes Costco for it...I've not noticed it before.
  24. I was horrified by how quickly it all happened and amazed at the cats response. So thankful that the little boys injuries were not worse. I found the original uploader and below is part of the description on his video answering why the Mum did what she did. Question: Why did the mom run away? Answer: After checking his wounds she made sure the dog did not return for a second attempt. The owners were there also and she was bit by the dog as she tried to pin him in his yard. The owners did get control of the dog and secured him in which she immediately returned to attending to our son. I
  25. Oh those pictures are heart melting <3 I am so glad that Zeus had so many people fighting for him and has gotten his happy ending. He looks like an amazing boy.
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