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melzawelza

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  1. I feed frozen in summer and sometimes in winter to give her something to work on, otherwise it's thawed.
  2. Stressful!! If he's generally good with kids he's probably just nervous/freaked out by this weird little creature that is moving towards him jerkily and staring at him. If you get through this stage he'll probably be fine. Is he crate trained? Crating him when not able to directly supervised will go a long way to keeping him/your baby safe. I like the idea also of great stuff happening whenever she's moving around - stuffing him full of treats etc. Also like the idea of rewarding him for moving away. If he's generally a stable dog I have a hunch that he'll get used to her and be fine, but of
  3. Sigh. Cos mandatory desexing always works to reduce pound killing (hint: it increases numbers coming in to the pound which are subsequently killed in many of the poorly run pounds and shelters around the state).
  4. There's a number of shelters in the USA doing just that unless breed is known (i.e dog surrendered with pedigree papers). There's enough evidence around now to show that shelter guesses as to breed mix are generally inaccurate at best, so it makes sense. Those shelters are really happy with the choice and seeing increased adoptions. Interesting! But are they recording NO information about the dog in their database or just not putting it on the adoption pen notes - because that's a great idea. But what about dogs that are lost and found? Don't you need something to help people get their dog
  5. There's a number of shelters in the USA doing just that unless breed is known (i.e dog surrendered with pedigree papers). There's enough evidence around now to show that shelter guesses as to breed mix are generally inaccurate at best, so it makes sense. Those shelters are really happy with the choice and seeing increased adoptions.
  6. But people are trying to tell us what we can do with animals so we have to rail against any animal welfare push no matter what!! As long as you aren't literally striking them in the head with a blunt instrument then anything else is fair game and the AR nutters need to butt out /sarcasm
  7. Another one agreeing with this! You really don't have much leeway in an apartment with a body corp/strata, so if your puppy grows up to be a yapper, or you've got a very intolerant body corp during the time where he/she is learning to be alone, you're going to get in strife. All dogs are individuals, and there's huge variation in behaviour within breeds (not really that much less than between breeds), so getting a dog of a specific breed isn't going to guarantee that it will be quiet/low energy etc etc If it were me I'd be getting an older dog with a known temperament that will be happy to sl
  8. Honestly, if we had a 24 hour cat curfew here we'd need at least another five people in my role just to deal with that alone. It's not possible nor is it an effective use of council's time and money. Education and promotion of containment as an option is much better but culture change takes time. Ten years ago you'd be lucky to hear of anyone who keeps their cats contained, now it's becoming much more common.
  9. All of this. All it would result in is heaps of dead cats and completely overworked council officers that don't have time to do anything else. The vast majority of cats cause zero problems when outside. Yes containment is the ideal (my cats are fully indoors, and I put in a cat run off a window about a year ago that cost me $1500) but it isn't possible in many situations. As a Companion Animals Officer it would be a real nightmare to be spending my time catching and impounding cats that are causing no problems, or minor problems that can be easily sorted with some deterrents by the person wh
  10. Shooting on sight in a suburban area?! What the?? It's one thing if the dog is attacking livestock and it's the only way you can protect them, but just wandering dogs?? I'm so glad it didn't come to fruition. And yeah, any legislation that leaves room for abuse is a huge problem, as unfortunately there are people in ranger type positions that enjoy having power over others and will use what they can in the legislation to do it. Hell, I've spoken to plenty of people here in NSW with rangers doing things that the legislation doesn't permit them to do! The council area in question was not ove
  11. Shooting on sight in a suburban area?! What the?? It's one thing if the dog is attacking livestock and it's the only way you can protect them, but just wandering dogs?? I'm so glad it didn't come to fruition. And yeah, any legislation that leaves room for abuse is a huge problem, as unfortunately there are people in ranger type positions that enjoy having power over others and will use what they can in the legislation to do it. Hell, I've spoken to plenty of people here in NSW with rangers doing things that the legislation doesn't permit them to do!
  12. To be honest I'm pretty horrified that some other states don't have the same provisions/protections. Our possible defenses are a bit different and don't include trespass, unless the dog is a guard dog- which, although not mentioned there, requires different licensing to a pet dog and cannot (as far as I can recall) be used to guard a residential property. The trouble with a lot of our legislation here is that things aren't clearly defined. We have no provision for dogs attacking vermin (which I believe most other states have?) and an incident outside of the very narrow range of defenses
  13. In my NSW experience, councils won't give a damn. Cats are royalty in their eyes and can do no wrong. Malcolm was attacked by a cat much larger than he is and council just spewed out the stock-standard "cats are allowed to roam under the NSW Companion Animals Act" spiel. This cat had been stalking him for almost a year and I was always very careful but it sneaked up on both of us one day. Good thing he didn't fight back as I'm sure council would have cared in that instance!! Also thankful that neighbours were around to help. I'm sorry your Grey was so brutally attacked. It's not necess
  14. It doesn't sound reliable to me. But I didn't end up posting it. Still got all the emails though. I guess I just can't fathom why they can't update it with my details? Can't notes be overlooked? I'd be beyond devastated if I lost her. (and there's the point of pride that she's my dog, i don't want someone else's name on her! What if she gets lost and taken back to the pound in NSW? :( ) But I guess on a re-read years later it is better than nothing... That is a really weird response from the OLG as the guidelines for us council officers specifically state that if a person moves inters
  15. Thistle to change ownership the original owner needs to create a profile, claim the dog, then 'release' the dog (I'm fairly certain they put your details in when they 'release' it). You then create a profile and 'claim' the dog. If you can't get them to do it or you aren't in contact with the original order you can just go in to council and do a stat dec and fill out the change of ownership form without the NSW owner's details. With this new system it'll be way easier online to keep a NSW chip up to date if you're interstate :)
  16. Meanwhile the poor person employed by council becomes, so is made, redundant. Another job gone, another person on the scrap heap, and the back up tech job outsourced to India. OR, the overworked Companion Animals Officer that has no time to be proactive finally has enough time to be proactive! Exactly! no the office staff at the reception desk do it, certainly at our council. so the companion animals officer isnt involved in that boring stuff fortunately I am a Companion Animals Officer. While we do have admin staff who enter the bulk of the paperwork (among many other things -
  17. Not in NSW. If an animal trespasses on to your property and your dog attacks it, you're in the clear. As you should be. Further to this, now that I'm on a computer, here is the legislation (in part... there's other stuff about dangerous and menacing dogs etc in it, but this is relevant stuff): To be honest I'm pretty horrified that some other states don't have the same provisions/protections.
  18. Not in NSW. If an animal trespasses on to your property and your dog attacks it, you're in the clear. As you should be.
  19. Meanwhile the poor person employed by council becomes, so is made, redundant. Another job gone, another person on the scrap heap, and the back up tech job outsourced to India. OR, the overworked Companion Animals Officer that has no time to be proactive finally has enough time to be proactive!
  20. Maybe it'll give industry participants an insight into how emotionally damaging it is to have to rescue their dogs; one after another, year in and year out, a never-ending stream of dogs, never enough space, having to turn dogs away knowing they'd die, being emotionally blackmailed by trainers, having to hold dogs as they die because they can't be rehomed but their owners won't take them back. And that's on top of the abuse copped from industry participants- being called a do-gooder, being told that our rescued dogs would have been happier dead (seriously) and all the while, being treated as a
  21. Slap on the wrist. Great deterrent for all the others doing it.
  22. That is a very different statement to what you posted above. Stop exaggerating and being ridiculous. And I'm no fan of the RSPCA. Their kill stats are abhorrent. But he did not say that every single greyhound that comes to them will be slaughtered no questions asked. Pointing to RSPCA kill stats is classic diversion tactics. Again the industry and its supporters try to just point the finger away from their own failings rather than accept the unacceptable issues from within. This is exactly why shutting down the industry is the only answer. Now, anyone want to provide any evidence of the
  23. That is a very different statement to what you posted above. Stop exaggerating and being ridiculous. And I'm no fan of the RSPCA. Their kill stats are abhorrent. But he did not say that every single greyhound that comes to them will be slaughtered no questions asked. Pointing to RSPCA kill stats is classic diversion tactics. Again the industry and its supporters try to just point the finger away from their own failings rather than accept the unacceptable issues from within. This is exactly why shutting down the industry is the only answer. Now, anyone want to provide any evidence of the
  24. That is a very different statement to what you posted above. Stop exaggerating and being ridiculous. And I'm no fan of the RSPCA. Their kill stats are abhorrent. But he did not say that every single greyhound that comes to them will be slaughtered no questions asked. Pointing to RSPCA kill stats is classic diversion tactics. Again the industry and its supporters try to just point the finger away from their own failings rather than accept the unacceptable issues from within. This is exactly why shutting down the industry is the only answer. Now, anyone want to provide any evidence of the
  25. That is a very different statement to what you posted above. Stop exaggerating and being ridiculous. And I'm no fan of the RSPCA. Their kill stats are abhorrent. But he did not say that every single greyhound that comes to them will be slaughtered no questions asked. Pointing to RSPCA kill stats is classic diversion tactics. Again the industry and its supporters try to just point the finger away from their own failings rather than accept the unacceptable issues from within. This is exactly why shutting down the industry is the only answer. Now, anyone want to provide any evidence of the
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