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  1. I have and I would again but my breed is uncommon so we all know the dogs in Australia.
  2. Grizabella took some fantastic photos of my Mindi -it was hard work because she is only 12 months old and didn't want to stay still
  3. Hi - there is a Facebook group who would probably have some good ideas -Australian dog vehicle chat - https://www.facebook.com/groups/2111937139037455/
  4. My dogs love swimming too and don't care if it's summer or winter - they will swim in anything anytime Maybe yours won't care if the water is cooler.
  5. With my Borzoi it depends on the situation - my girl has very good recall and apart from excelling at scenting classes she is not interested in any training although very intelligent. My boy is great at basic trick training and loves games but once he is on a chase nothing gets him back. Rabbits don't stand a chance with the Borzoi. My Lappie is probably the worst and she will encourage them to ignore me. I learnt early on not to take all 3 or even just 2 off lead anywhere without good fencing as they get into pack mode as totally ignore me. However individually their recall is good.
  6. We had a singing X when we lived in Port Moresby - she had the best singing vocalization and was a great watch dog except the local Tom cat beat her up a couple of times
  7. My giants get roo, beef, salmon, chicken ( frames, feet, necks, wings ) carrots, broccoli, rice, pasta for dinner and anything else one in particular can steal off the bench In the morning they get dry - all my giants do well on CopRice - it's cheap and doesn't go through them. I am lucky there is a quality pet food shop in the next town which is fairly cheap - large salmon heads at 50cents each, chicken feet are couple of $ a kg, beef and roo is about $5 kg. I found prepared Barf was too expensive for me and I didn't like the mushy consistency.
  8. Zylkene has worked brilliantly for my big nervous sighthound - She has been on it for 4 couple of months - I can now walk her around the town - before I could hardly get her out of the yard
  9. Thanks - She weighs 37 kgs which is why the vet recommended 2 x450 per day.
  10. On my vets advice my nervous hound has been on Zylkene for 2 weeks. It appears to have made a big difference as I can now take her for a long walk around my town whereas before I had trouble getting her out of the driveway. She is 7 years old and has been becoming more nervous in the last 12 months or so. I got her as a 3 year old after her previous owner died. She is currently on 2 x 450gm per day - I have googled but can't find any info about a maintenance dose - it is expensive at $64 for 30 capsules. Anyone had experience with it ?
  11. Another point of view from Oscar's Law site -https://www.oscarslaw.org/blog/update-on-south-australian-puppy-farmers?fbclid=IwAR0HRuELJqXfN880pIyDdtBQ6rGlad7IslDUOVLTeIIId_J3p5ZgEHovqj0 Update on South Australian puppy farmers Colin Ross, Kerrie Fitzpatrick On March 29 at the Supreme Court of South Australia, Colin Ross failed in his bid to regain control over the dogs seized by RSPCA SA. We are pleased that the courts dismissed his appeal and that the dogs won't be taken to a "third party breeder at Mr Ross's expense" as the courts heard. Colin has appeared in court before in Victoria and found guilty of operating an illegal puppy factory, failing to register dogs, amongst some of the charges and is currently still on a good behavior bond in Victoria. Kerrie Fitzpatrick has a ten year banning order in place in Victoria. In our opinion, based on 26 years of rescuing dogs from puppy factories, most seized puppy factory dogs rehabilitate best in a calm, safe home environment with experienced foster carers and the rescue groups we work with have proven this approach works best many times over many years. It also should be stated that we believe the current animal welfare system in relation to enforcement, seizure and prosecution powers in Australia is broken, and that we have recently been doing a lot of work with various other people and organisations on this issue. We fully support an Independent Office of Animal Welfare, a complete overhaul of the Prevention of Cruelty To Animals Act and a review of who is granted powers of enforcement and prosecution in regards to animal welfare. This is not a post about the fate of the dogs, or the flawed assessment after 5 months that lead to a report stating they should be killed. Our opinion is clear on what should happen to the seized dogs. It's about how puppy farmers and their appointed spokesperson in SA is manipulating the situation in order to win the cruelty case so they can continue with their puppy factory. A huge amount of tax free income is at stake here. Unfortunately this is a pattern of behavior we have previously witnessed. The videos being released on social media were taken in October 2018 during one of the many inspections of the puppy factory, they are not the behavioural assessments that lead to an independent report stating the dogs should be killed as the person in SA is suggesting. They are initial observations of the dogs behaviour in the puppy factory, we don't necessarily agree with some of those observations, and we don't support the final report stating the dogs should be killed. What the videos do show, is terrified traumatised puppy factory dogs, in other words, normal behaviour on a puppy factory. Because puppy farmers damage dogs, thats just what they do, they deny them environmental enrichment, socialisation, they live a life of deprivation and puppies are born into this rotten unhealthy environment. This type of psychological trauma inflicted on dogs is something rescue groups have to deal with on a regular basis. The best thing and only hope for these dogs is immediate seizure and placement with an experienced foster care network. Precedents for this course of action has been established many times in the past. We do realise that seized dogs cannot be placed into the care of experienced rescue groups until a court rules on a 'disposal order', an (unfortunately named ) order which determines ownership of the dogs, once ownership is determined by this order dogs be placed into the community foster care system. Anyone who inflicts this sort of damage on dogs should be banned from ever doing it again, they should not be given the chance to relocate to a different state and start again, even if their spokesperson in SA is saying they will now run a 'better' puppy farm. Taking videos and documenting conditions, behaviours, environments is normal procedure during initial cruelty investigations on any puppy factory. The videos were disclosed to the puppy farmers legal team as part of whats known as 'discovery', a legal requirement in all legal cases. The videos have been leaked by the puppy farmers and the person supporting them in SA, and are being deliberately misrepresented by suggesting its the actual behaviour assessment that lead to a report recommending dogs be killed. This is being done in order to attempt to build a defence to their cruelty charges. It should be pointed out that before the dogs were seized, the puppy farmers were given more than enough time to fix any breaches and comply with the legislation. They refused. It's disappointing that the public are being misled, this is exactly what the puppy farmers wanted to achieve. In regards to the report written by the animal behaviourists, we reiterate our position based on our experience. Most puppy factory survivors rehabilitate best in a calm, safe, home environment with experienced foster carers. There is plenty of evidence and studies publicly available that proves, behavioural assessments in a pound or puppy factory situation are flawed and are not reliable in predicting behaviour, and don't achieve whats best for the dog. Perhaps this is one positive that this case will achieve, a change in our current system. We stand with the many brave people that reported this puppy factory and who have unfortunately had to have their sick pups put down, or fork out thousands of dollars for veterinary treatment. It is a known fact that the first few weeks of a pups life, what they learn from their mother and their environment, determines their behaviour going forward. Pups born in puppy factories to fearful, anxious, sick mothers, in large noisy sheds, learn from their mothers and the environment they are raised. These anxious fearful pups go on to require extensive rehabilitation. The puppy farmers continue to breed, and continue to sell their sick, in some cases clearly inbred, puppies on trading post and gumtree under a variety of names and phone numbers in order to fool the public. There is so much more we would like to divulge at this moment in time, we will be providing the full story, once the court case is over, as we do not want to put the case at risk, and play into the current tactics the puppy farmers and the person in SA who they have approached to help them are using. Something to keep in mind, based on our experience, here is how a typical puppy farmer facing cruelty charges starts to build a defence. 1. Discredit everyone, authorities, politicians, media, anyone that speaks against puppy factories. Use language that attempts to normalise puppy factories. Deny the owners have previous convictions, say they are 'good people' trying to breed dogs, say they have a long family history of breeding dogs, say they are facing bankruptcy for just trying to do right thing, say the puppy farmers are being harassed, just say anything , deflect deflect deflect. Ask the vet that the puppy farmers use for semen collection, progesterone testing, artificial insemination, microchips etc to write a report saying dogs are fine, nothing wrong with them. Release that report as actual "scientific professional evidence nothing wrong with dogs" (Vets working for puppy farmers will protect their income and regularly take the witness stand to say nothing is wrong with their clients dogs, we have witnessed this in every puppy farm cruelty case ) 2. Release some dogs to rescue (sometimes this is the only chance dogs have to escape the puppy factory, its not done out of any concern for the dogs, only concern for themselves. Many times puppy farmers will call in people to take dogs if they know a council inspection is imminent and they are over their limit. Many rescue groups around Australia do this often and work incredibly hard to rehabilitate these damaged dogs and find them homes) 3. Hide the bulk of the dogs on other puppy factories (In this particular case, they had a Council permit for 65 adults, but had in excess of 300 dogs on site, one wonders why the Council allowed this to happen. We do have further information on this particular Council's unethical behaviour, and we are lodging a complaint with the Ombudsman and the relevant Minister) 4. Appoint one of the staff members, or a supporter, as the "New Manager" Typical defence "Your Honour, my client has done the right thing, they have given their beloved dogs to rescue groups so they can find good homes, they have appointed a new manager to ensure the 'breeding facility' continues to comply with all legislation. Their own vet even said nothing is wrong with these dogs" We did say in our original post, that these puppy farmers would seek out help to manipulate the public, and thats exactly what you are all witnessing now. We can all play a part in saving dogs from puppy factories, rejoice in their rescue, work at shutting the puppy factories down. We don't need to thank the puppy farmer for releasing some dogs to rescue, and hiding the rest on other puppy factories, we don't need to work on building 'better' puppy farms, because everyone knows, there is no such thing as a 'good' puppy factory. It says a lot about the character of a person when criminally convicted animal abusers keep running to them for help when they are once again caught. Tell your friends
  12. My Lappie is a great mouser/ratter - the Borzoi are completely hopeless
  13. I remember GSD were banned in the ACT and NT for a number of years.
  14. I have met a lot of really nice Keeshonds - if the big coat scares you have you thought about a Finnish Lapphund - very similar but with less coat - yes I have one If you are keen on a Sheltie make sure that you research breeders for one who breeds calm dogs - some Shelties can be very highly strung ! Both breeds can be vocal and require a fair amount of grooming. Good luck
  15. I looked into cork but decided the re-coating was to much for me so I went with floating floor boards. I am really happy with them and they have look great after 4.5 years of dogs ,cats, people and multiple spills of all kinds
  16. 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 !!!!!!!!
  17. 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
  18. An old vet suggested I use Selsum blue on my lot. It makes their white bits sparkle
  19. I took my Borzois with me when I went to car yards - I got lots of help from salesman - give it a try !
  20. 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
  21. 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 !!!
  22. 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 ???
  23. 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/
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