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  1. Sighthounds

    Another couple of Bosco
  2. Sighthounds

    And I took this one of Grizabella at the end of the photo shoot - they all loved her plus one of Charlie -Cat because he thinks he's a dog !
  3. Sighthounds

    Doler Grizabella took some beautiful photos of Bosco, Nicky-Noodle and Lappie Jaana
  4. So worried about snakes!!

    I am in a country town and have a winter creek at the bottom of my yard - in the last 5 years I have had a large brown in the garden and a cute little Red belly black in the house. The brown was scared away by my Lappie barking and me yelling at everyone to go inside - at the same time one cat decided the yelling was the Borzoi's fault and chased them across the yard with them doing the Borzoi death scream !!!! The little red belly (about 30 cm long ) was last Friday night and it slithered along the wall into my Lappie's fur ! Luckily she was 90% asleep so I got her into another room before she realised what was happening. I had a chat to the little snake and we decided it would be better outside. Plastic container over the top - it kept popping it's head out then a piece of cardboard slid underneath then threw the lot over the back fence - the Borzoi's didn't wake up off their couches and the cats were in another room. But I did have a Brandy after that ! Now huntsman are another story - horrible things !!!!!!!!
  5. Japanese Spitz Breeds

    I don't really agree with this - most Finnish Lapphunds get on very well with other dogs and many go off lead with their owners. While recall may be harder to train than with a BC or similar it is certainly not very difficult. Many Lappies compete in dog sports which require a high level of training. While a Lappie isn't a Japanese breed they are a very nice medium size Spitz
  6. Human hair conditioner

    An old vet suggested I use Selsum blue on my lot. It makes their white bits sparkle
  7. Car Recommendation

    I took my Borzois with me when I went to car yards - I got lots of help from salesman - give it a try !
  8. Sighthounds

    Bosco loves having my son home for the week (so do I)
  9. Gentle Giant Breed Recommendation!?

    Borzoi ? - lots live to 12 -13 - my 2 are very cuddly and friendly -they are elegant goofballs who prefer to sleep 23 hours of the day inside on leather couches of course
  10. Best vacuum cleaner for pet hair?

    The best one I have found is a Rowenta (cost about $200 4 years ago ) with a triangle shaped head - no power head or wheels for hair to get caught in. It copes well with 30cm long Borzoi hair !!!
  11. This is a very interesting topic. I have a high prey drive large sighthound who is the easiest, softest most loveable dog I have ever had. I got her as a 3year and she is now 5. However I haven't been able to "train" her to do anything like drop, sit etc but she knows and understands all the household routines and rules and picks up on all my little signals such as which shoes I put on indicate what I am going to do. I have never had to tell her "no" because she doesn't do anything she's not meant to do. She loves meeting strangers, is fine with strange dogs and her recall is amazing except if she sights a rabbit (and only rabbits) she's gone at full speed !!!! So does this mean she is intelligent, independent, biddable ?????? My boy on the other hand is very easy to train and loves learning new tricks - I am constantly trying to think of new things to teach him. But he is the one who counter surfs, steals the cats food, refuses to get in the car, whines for food, won't go outside when told etc - he is just as loveable and sooky with lower preydrive but more intelligent than my girl ???
  12. Dog Tags - Online

    I order all mine from mysilver wombat - they are great quality and the delivery is fast. I usually order 10 at a time because my hounds have lots and lots of collars http://www.mysilverwombat.net/
  13. Tuesday funny

    This was on our local Facebook page today anyone in mylor missing a sheep and dog there having a great walk together couldnt catch but on Bradbury rd headed into town
  14. Last night I wormed my 3 dogs with Drontal -( I usually use Milbemax) one Borzoi and my Lappie showed no effects but my big male Borzoi - Bosco got very hypo- he paced and sang for hours. At first I thought he was just very hungry so I gave him some bones. I was seriously thinking of taking him to the emergency vet at midnight but he finally calmed down. He was up again at 5.30am and really hungry. After a big breakfast he went back to sleep. I googled and apparently a side effect of Drontal can be hyperactivity ! I only got it because it treats hydatids and they have caught a couple of rabbits recently (something I don't encourage but it happens ) Anyone else had reactions ?