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Tempus Fugit

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  1. So was it a genuine burn from the electric current or pressure necrosis?
  2. Two issues which come two mind are: The 'rights' of Declared Dangerous Dogs: Many jurisdictions require declared dangerous dogs to spend most of their lives confined to a child-proof enclosure in the back yard. They are not even allowed inside their owner's house unless muzzled. For mentally ill people, the distinction between a psychiatric assistance animal and an 'emotional support' animal. There seems to be a very grey line between the two although only a genuine assistance animal is allowed the access rights under the Disability Discrimination Act. I recently saw a person with a dog that had a jacket labelled 'Emotional Support Dog' in my local supermarket. Shopkeepers, taxi drivers etc are often confused by the distinction.
  3. Dogs & Lancaster County bring to mind the ongoing fight between rescuers and Amish puppy mills. The newspaper appears to be on the side of the Amish.
  4. Fish hooks hidden in dog treats https://10daily.com.au/news/crime/a190322ubx/warning-fishhooks-hidden-in-dog-treats-on-popular-walking-tracks-20190322?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_content=tnn-facebook&fbclid=IwAR3hU3xgo44k0SYckl-lGXl6h-N-bzaHf-Y4tdOYtRgrAbCBn4rpsX3FrEo
  5. Another alpaca has been killed, just across the border https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/another-alpaca-dies-after-mauling-by-dogs-this-time-in-sutton-20190321-p5164w.html
  6. Anyone notice an FB post re a dog (Neo I think) that died on the Tassie ferry recently allegedly of stress induced bloat?
  7. https://www.9news.com.au/national/2019/02/02/13/23/melbourne-news-greyhound-attack-baby-cranbourne-west
  8. Well there was once in import ban on German shepherd dogs, it did nothing to eradicate the breed in Australia and was eventually repealed. For people from overseas, like Scratch, Australia, like the USA, is a federation of states and territories. The import ban is federal law since the federal government has jurisdiction over imports. Restricted breed legislation (RBL or BSL) is the province of state and territory governments to enact or not and is generally left to local government to enforce. The ACT (equivalent to US DC), for example, has no restriction on pit bulls, preferring a 'deed not breed' approach. In other states there have been some expensive (to councils) court challenges on breed identification making councils reluctant to enforce RBL. I understand BT's and crosses are popular with pig hunters as catch dogs while one hears from time to time of underground dog fighting. Surplus pups from these sources find their way into the community through ads on Gumtree.
  9. Quite a few dog meat eating people in SE Asia agree with PETA's assertion that eating dog is no different to eating chicken or lamb. In South Korea meat dog farmers want meat dogs classified as 'livestock'. Early antarctic explorers ate their sled dogs when food became scarce. You could always attend the PETA event handing out brochures encouraging people to visit the Yulin dog meat festival. The Chinese government might even give you social credits for encouraging tourism
  10. Lots of countries, epec eastern europe, have stray dog problems far worse than in aus.
  11. Many years ago in Melbourne, I saw a blind man belt his guide dog on the backside with a leash after it dragged him across a road to another dog that was barking at them from behind a fence. Some assistance dog people make it appear that the dogs will respond perfectly all of the time, like robots. Autism anchor dogs have been around for years. The hard part is to get them to respond only to the child's carer and not walk off with the child.
  12. The new legislation doesn't seem to have solved the problem: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/almost-220-dog-attacks-in-horror-five-months-for-act-20180706-p4zq0g.html There seem to be many straying dogs at any given time going by the Canberra Lost Pets facebook page.
  13. This is from the existing NSW Companion Animals Act: COMPANION ANIMALS ACT 1998 - SECT 33 Meaning of "dangerous" 33 MEANING OF "DANGEROUS" (1) For the purposes of this Act, a dog is "dangerous" if it:
  14. An update: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/police-hunt-for-men-after-man-dog-attacked-with-machete-in-home-invasion-20180403-h0yanu.html
  15. For a kelpie, you should be able find a good muzzle from a farm supplies shop, either physically or on line, rather than from suburban a pet shop. The Baskerville Ultra is more designed to stop biting than eating, while I'm not sure a Jafco provides adequate ventilation in our hot summers.
  16. Apparently another dog belonging to SA Correctional Services has had to be euthanized: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-25/advance-dermocare-dog-food-voluntarily-recalled-megaoesophagus/9584518
  17. With roo chasing, timing is important. Also you need a remote that has a range longer than merely a cricket pitch (which is the limit for some e-collars marketed to domestic pet owners) otherwise the dog will be out of range of the remote before you have a chance to push the stim button. As for virtual fencing, if there is no other barrier, then once the dog has discovered his/ her ability to run through the stim zone the virtual fence is ineffective. That's why in NSW it is only legal to use virtual fence e-collars in conjunction with a real fence.
  18. They do. 'Professional' grade collars have a variable intensity potentiometer facility where you can adjust the level of stim over a wide range, automatic cut-out so you can't stim for longer than about 10 sec (although I think any stim that long would have the dog a quivering wreck). They also have a 'nick' function providing a stim that lasts approx. 1/2 a second. So if you simply want to get the dog's attention you would use a low level nick (like a mozzie bite). The down side is that 'professional' collars will set you back upwards of $500.
  19. Well now there's been another attack in Melbourne and the media is howling. http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/kids/its-time-to-ban-dangerous-dogs/news-story/f9f662204dac7f9c5eadf1915dc75ca0.
  20. There is actually an existing dog walk social group in Canberra.
  21. Council staff recommend the green light for dog breeding facility at Fosters Valley
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