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  1. That made me laugh Sars...they would soon find out what the ribbon meant when they went round the back
  2. My vet suggested I give some fish oil capsules to Henry, she said one capsule daily. Henry weighs 8.5kg. I also give him a smidgen of vitamin E powder (old Dogz topic below is informative)
  3. The video won't embed (I don't quite know what happened) so here is the link,-the-little-red-dogs-that-went-to-war/8442204 Irish terriers, the little red dogs that went to war By Simon Royal Posted Sun at 10:32am Media player: "Space" to play, "M" to mute, "left" and "right" to seek. Video: Irish terriers' tenacity and energy put to work in WWI (ABC News) Map: Adelaide 5000 The Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca had his elephants, and a war with Rome. Alexander the Great had his horse, Bucephalus, and a vast empire. Simpson had his donkey at Gallipoli, and the admiration of a nation. And in the muddy, gore-filled trenches of WWI, if a humble soldier was lucky, he may have shared digs with a ginger-haired Irish terrier. Long-time Irish terrier owner Shylie Davidson said such a soldier would have counted themselves fortunate. "They are wonderful company," Ms Davidson said. "I would have thought to have an Irish around on the front line would have just been their saviour. "They are tough, but they also have just so much empathy." Both sides used dogs throughout WWI, particularly in the trenches of France and Belgium. Photo: War dogs take a break with soldier. (Supplied) The breeds selected, unsurprisingly, reflected a certain nationalism: the Germans used German shepherds and pinschers, while the English (and their allies) sought collies, Airedales, Irish terriers and Welsh terriers. And even in class-conscious Britain, being less than purebred wasn't an impediment, at least if you were a dog. Mutts that showed promise were routinely recruited from stray dog homes. Terriers 'easily taught' duties Britain's dog training program was overseen by Lieutenant Colonel Edwin Richardson, who along with his wife Blanche Bannon had recognised the military value of dogs early on. The dogs were trained as sentries and guard dogs. Photo: Irish terriers Pat, Fergus and Connor play with a toy in Adelaide. (ABC News: Simon Royal) One of the most critical roles though, in an age before widespread electronic communication, was to carry messages between the trenches and back to command headquarters. After the war in 1920, Richardson wrote about his methods and observations in a book, British War Dogs. He wasn't a fan of retrievers, unless they had a "strong cross of collie or sheep dog in them". Airedales were considered excellent all-rounders. And the Lieutenant Colonel spoke glowingly of the Airedale's smaller terrier relatives. "It must be admitted, however, many of our best dogs were Irish terriers and Welsh terriers," he wrote. "These little fellows were remarkably easily taught, and were tremendously keen on their work." Irish terriers also proved to be excellent rat catchers. The rodents found the trenches much to their liking, breeding in huge numbers, adding to the miserable conditions for soldiers. Photo: Lieutenant Colonel Edwin Richardson wrote a book about training the dogs. (ABC News: Simon Royal) The Irish did have one drawback: the friendliness that made them such good company. Richardson wrote it was a characteristic that made them less than diligent messenger dogs. "They are fond of greeting friends … old, new and imaginary!" None of this comes as a surprise to Ms Davdison, who describes her Irish terrier Finn as having a richer social life than she does. "Finn definitely has more friends than I do, both two-legged and four-legged," Ms Davidson said. "They are the most outgoing sociable dogs … they are just lovely engaging dogs." The soldiers thought so too.
  4. better edit your post and rename that dog a poodle x or a Maltese x Phil, there is no such dog called a will get hammered here for that faux pas
  5. Yes, I wonder so often where my brain is/what was I thinking as I always get much older dogs; they speedily oldie-wriggle right to the centre of your heart
  6. here ya go
  7. there is Ziggy featured on the Chinese Crested FB page and Lincoln edited to mention there are two Borzoi's for adoption...WTF, how did they ever get there!
  8. maybe it's worth contacting these Tibbie breeders or this sweetie and two really neat little dogs here Pekingese are neat dogs; they are much smarter than you
  9. I am hoping for the best, the fact that they both have a cough is a good sign (well sort of...good for ID but not so good for the little dog)
  10. There is an update PK, the vet hospital are seeing if he is 'George' that has gone missing. here's hoping Stanley is George and that he can go home
  11. Well that is just not up to scratch SM, I would be disappointed as well. there are some lovely ones here though I like this one except it's large
  12. Yes K, it's like that isn't it
  13. O My...look at his tail go! I found it therapeutic to post and put up photos about Penny, Mac and Daisy, it doesn't matter where you put them and the Rainbow Bridge is one way of saying goodbye. I find it hard to go there though, but still do as, at least I can write something that may help a DOLer know that their grief is understood and shared You really were the loveliest dog Scottie. Goodbye little fella ❤ You really were the lovliest dog
  14. Thanks for the update SG, I had wondered how you were faring.
  15. Feed one type of meat only to start off with is a good plan, perhaps minced turkey necks; you can often buy them in bulk and mince them yourself though you need a pretty robust mincer for the job, if you do buy turkey necks from a pet food supplier perhaps ask them to mince them for you. Ditch the canned food pronto...Westies don't do at all well on processed food so it's back to plain meat, vegie slops, add a dollop of plain skim milk yoghurt (instead of the puppy milk...she is not a puppy) to the food as well, also add mustard and powdered ginger to the slops, both are cleansers and are very beneficial. No sugars either so that means not smackos at all, also no treats that have caramel or are made in China. If you want to give a treat perhaps a small piece of cheese or an apple or carrot...wipe some cream cheese on the apple and carrot until she gets used to eating them. Give a 1/2 or 1/4 chicken frame regularly for her enjoyment and teeth health. Malaseb medicated wash is a fairly good shampoo, rinse after with a little ACV (the one with the 'mother') diluted with water. Don't use a conditioner, you want to avoid subjecting her to more skin-stress. As Showdog said; change your vet, contact Danielle-Westie-rescue as she may point you in the right direction Vet-wise. This is the ink to McDowell's skin medicine