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Tempus Fugit

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  1. As I understand it, the restrictions currently only apply to England & Wales. Scotland is intending to follow suit soon to stop xl bullys being dumped there. Not sure about Nth Ireland.
  2. So how rust resistant is it in salt water?
  3. I think the RSPCA changed its stature after Dr Hugh Worth departed as head honcho. Shows the organisation has factions just like political parties.
  4. They haven't even banned XL Bullies, which have been so contoversial in the UK.
  5. Update: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/8417652/former-hall-vet-who-kept-restricted-drugs-not-above-the-law/?cs=14329&utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=
  6. Reminds me of the character of Mick Taylor in the Wolf Creek movies.
  7. https://min.news/en/pet/ef7e515ecb47d9d4371ab4446792da4a.html
  8. Its worrisome what is happening to the malinois breed. There seems to be an increase in facebook posts by breeding kennels emphasising their dog's attacking capability given they are marketing to security, military & police. I fear it is only a matter of time before there is a 'leakage' of aggresive dogs to the general public, just as there has been with 'game-bred' APBTs.
  9. Rotties are already a restricted breed in Ireland and a category 2 restricted breed in France. At least they're not banned totally.
  10. The article is behind a paywall. To reproduce it here would get the admins in trouble for breach of copyright.
  11. Had a bit of a giggle at the proposal to ban 5 particular breeds. Pitbull owners have long described their pets as American Staffordshires and I can think of heaps of mastiff breeds that are just as potentially dangerous as the other four breeds proposed to be banned. I guess they simply mimic the donkeys who drafted the relevant clause in the Commonwealth Customs Act.
  12. Scientific American article: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-greyhound-racing-drove-the-evolution-of-a-superparasite/
  13. I think there has been some controversy over the lady in question for a while https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/8055067/78-year-old-woman-accused-of-illegally-possessing-veterinary-drugs/
  14. The worry I would have with my dog running off in a rural area as per Sandgrubbers post is the risk of 1080 baits, snakes and cars on nearby roads. I agree with Anne that dogs are not robots. Different dogs of the same breed can have vastly different peronalities. Also they work on context. You can get a perfect recall in at an obedience training ground but in an off-lead area where there are strong distractions like foxes and roos not to mention other dogs, if there are no disagreeable consequences for your prey driven dog getting joy from ignoring your calls and chasing prey then it will contiue to do it. In past years, gun dogs used to get a thourough whipping once they had returned if they hadn't obeyed a recall. Nowadays there is a modern tool that can correct a dog while it is running off but after lobbying by do-gooders and the PP people governments have made the tool illegal to use and yet require our dogs to be under "effective control". Thankfully a lot of councils now have separate areas for big and small dogs at fenced dog parks but if I had to share an off lead area with small dogs when travelling through a town I got into the habit of putting a muzzle on my dog in case one of the little ones tried to attack my dog.
  15. So is the road toll, so is domestic violence, so are the human on human attacks that occur with monotonous regularity. I don't put much store in Sky News. At a motel, an unsupervised child so young could easily have been killed by someone backing their car out of a parking spot or have he could have run onto the road and been hit by a passing car. The incident brings to mind an earlier child death https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/girl-brutally-killed-by-dogs/news-story/f81cde69dcd7290c72921f3363e2a682. As for the meter reader, it appears the meters on the subject property had been read numerous times in the past with no incidents, the dogs being contained behind a fence, so it would appear there was an agreed protocol in place. Why there was a breakdown would be the subject of an investigation by OH&S authorities and the coroner. The fact that it happened on a Saturday rather than a normal Mon-Fri workday could be a factor.
  16. I think you will find dogs used for pig hunting in Australia can be a mite agressive. Overseas there are quite a lot of breeds used for hunting large animals or livestock guarding that could potentially be imported to Australia. The latter need to have the gameness to fight predatory wolves, lynxes etc.
  17. Don't forget BSL doesn't necessarily involve a complete ban on owning a breed. In Ireland for example BSL means you can't take your gsd or rottie among certain other breeds in public unless muzzled. Other countries like Denmark & Iceland have similar BSL restrictions. Interesting though to compare with the campaign by greyhound rescue groups in Aus getting muzzle restrictions on retired greys removed. However muzzle-in-public laws are no use in preventing attacks by unmuzzled dogs that escape from their owner's premises as in the case of the cattle dog mentioned by ASAL. Theoretically such dogs need to be classified as a "Dangerous Dog" requiring special containment. Also, as other posts have stated, there are dozens of breeds that are candidates for BSL if you are going to have BSL as a control measure. Apart from pitbulls, I have never been able to fathom why Australia's BSL only involves four breeds.
  18. I wouldn't leave my dog tied up outside a pub or restaurant to have a lengthy meal, but travelling solo with my dog in warmer months, staying at a country town caravan park, I have tied my dog up outside a shop briefly in order to buy takeaway food, newspaper etc. If I'm not allowed to leave my dog locked in a hot van, what other option is there? In bygone times, drovers used to tie up their horses & dogs outside country pubs.
  19. Is this for real: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11093871/cavoodle-breeder-reveals-huge-profit-makes.html?fbclid=IwAR1MspA_-J-gL1D9hdcCl2E1Vjw0eZE7PYOkNTk-zxwnL6T2xWrThG81lWs?
  20. Another issue for elderly owners is what arrangements are there for looking after the dog if you suddenly had to spend unplanned time in hospital.
  21. Another take: https://smartagain.org/2022/04/28/humans-cant-quit-a-basic-myth-about-dog-breeds/. I agree with Diva's bell curve (gaussian distribution) comment. This is necessary for the evolutionary process of natural selection in all species. The curve can be shifted by environmental factors or deliberately through selective breeding, as shown by the Russian fox experiment where one group of foxes were bred over time for docility and another for the opposite trait. As an example look at the way German shepherds have changed such that Malinois are now the favoured working breed. Thus the pitbull breed which is supposed to be predominantly a 'game' fighting dog could be turned into a predominantly 'nanny dog' with only a small number of the population showing 'fight gameness'
  22. I guess you would draw inspiration from these American orgs: https://www.thecavalrygroup.com/ https://protecttheharvest.com/ http://www.naiaonline.org/
  23. Is this another case of RSPCA overkill or were the dogs really so mentally damaged they couldn't be rescued? 9 News Adelaide A Border Collie breeder is standing trial, accused of damaging her dogs’ mental states so badly that some had to sadly be put down. The RSPCA says she ignored repeated warnings to clean up her "faeces-ridden" property and provide adequate food and shelter.
  24. How about these? https://www.theland.com.au/story/7529495/kelpie-female-to-24000-in-the-working-dog-challenge-auction-photos/?cs=4941
  25. Came across this on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/301829757143596/permalink/895305331129366/. Might be of interest to some DOLers.
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