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Everything posted by Rebanne

  1. Applaws: Too good to be true?

    My cat is coming up to 14 and no issues and has eaten supermarket food her whole life, as have all my previous cats, who all died from between 12 and 18. My dogs dry food mainly comes from the supermarket and while it is not their main food it doesn't appear to have done them any harm either.
  2. Worms or maggots in stool

    If you think they were maggots check around her anus in case she has a sore/wound. AFAIK maggots wouldn't come from within unless there was a wound that had tunneled. Yep ask the vet but I would reworm her with a different active ingredient.
  3. Showing dogs

    it's a great piece and they were great shows
  4. Low down on labradoodles

    Actually all my breeding dogs, past and present, live in the house with me and you'll find many others are the same. I don't ever have enough dogs to need to farm them out to others under the term "guardianship". Just a fancy name to have more dogs to breed and make money from.
  5. Low down on labradoodles

    I wouldn't get a puppy with a 13 yo. What makes you think she want's company? IMO she deserves to live out her life in peace, not being annoyed by a pesky pup.

    take your time. If she has spent most of her life outside, I'd be leaving her outside for a while, just slowly increase time inside. She'll let you know when she's comfortable. And start her off in the quieter rooms.
  7. "Designer" dogs rescued from Illegal Breeder in Vic

    Small point but these dogs are not in NE Vic.
  8. Registration in Australia

    oh yeah, it's becoming a real mine field trying to breed a registered dog now. Plus some councils have mandatory desexing laws and often the only way around that is to be a member yourself and have your dog on an ANKC mains registry. Please make sure you get copies of all health testing done on parents and, depending on the breed, any health testing already done on the pups. And I mean something a bit more then the vet said they are all good to go. proper health testing usually means DNA testing where samples are sent away or specialist involved ie for hearing tests
  9. Registration in Australia

    Ok, depends what your end goal is. If you would wish to show or have your puppies available to show homes your bitch, and any dog used over her, must be registered with the ANKC. It is the only recognised orginisation here in Aus. If you just want to breed for the sake of breeding then mdba would suit particularly if you are just breeding for colour/dollars. Sorry but you won't get much support for mdba from most breeders here who are, in the main, ANKC breeders.
  10. Arthritis in small breed

    I would be getting a 2nd opinion. She may well have arthritis but I've never had a dog fall over from it. Were bloods done?
  11. not all breeders advertise on DOL. Does the breed have a state club? Or even a working dog club. Try asking Dogs NSW for a list of breeders. Otherwise all you can do is keep sending emails or brief phone calls saying you are still keen.
  12. My dog ate a shirt

    no nearly 8 week old puppy weighs almost 80 pounds. Good try though.
  13. Etiquette when talking with breeders?

    I wouldn't have been offended but we are all different and if it did bother me I would have told you so during the phone call. What does bother me is your assumption that the breeder prefers to sell the pup to someone who doesn't ask questions. You don't know that at all. Most breeders have had a puppy buyer that seemed great to only turn out not so great. You could have triggered something unknowningly and they decided not to take a chance on you and used the reference thing as their excuse. Maybe they are dodgy, maybe you are. No one here knows. Best just to move on and find another breeder and build a relationship.
  14. Picking a breeder

    I think you are wrong to be wary. I think you would be more likely to get a healthy pup from a breeder who actually shows or whose dogs are shown. Find out what health problems can occur, find out what can be tested for, and find a breeder who is happy to show you all the paperwork for the parents health tests and possibly even the pups health testing. ( some breeds test puppies for deafness before selling them, for example) You also need to keep in mind that sh!t can happen no matter how careful everybody is. Go to some shows if you can, talk to some breeders, develop a relationship and be prepared to wait quite a while.
  15. Just curious

    You would have to ask the sellers that question.
  16. Dog Shows + Undershot Jaw

    I don't show SBT's so don't know what would be passable. If it has taken this long to be picked up I would assume it's not severe. There is only one way to really find out and that's to enter some shows and see what happens, knowing it's a very hotly contested breed. It would also be wise to take some show handling lessons and prepare your step daughter for the losses - which there are going to be regardless. Not every one wins. It's important to be a good sport, win or lose.
  17. Dog Shows + Undershot Jaw

    I don't show Staffords but yes an undershot mouth will effect her results. They are judged against a standard which you have already quoted re the mouth. If everything else was exceptional a judge may overlook an undershot mouth depending on how bad it is. Does your breeder show? I've never heard it said that a Staffordshire Bull Terrier should have a short nose. Maybe contact your state's breed club and have a chat with an impartial person.
  18. a pet sitter who has no idea what they are doing. If, in the future, you want a dog then go to one of the assistance dog places and get a dog from them. But stop trying dogs on like they are a piece of clothing or something. They are not. Instead of getting dogs and discarding them do some damn research, do a lot of research, and be prepared to fork out some decent money to get a dog that might, just might survive in your household. Which I doubt will happen anyway.
  19. Puppy food guarding around my cat

    I have 3 greyhounds with a cat. The cat's food is up put of the dogs reach. The cat is not interested in trying the dog's food but if she was the cat would be removed from the kitchen quick smart. The dogs are allowed to eat in peace, no swapping of bowls etc so cat not allowed either.
  20. For God's sake give up! You are not the right family for a dog. Plain and simple.
  21. Staffordshire Bull terriers shouldn't be boofy.
  22. no, you would be better crate training it so it is still part of the family. And as the child is school aged they can be trained as well to leave the dog be. As for being quiet then that also needs training.
  23. Is this backyard safe?

    well they could if they wanted but most wouldn't. Me, being a worry wart, would chainsaw them down to ground level as Thistle suggested
  24. laughing all the way to the bank
  25. Dog on dog aggression

    I have reported this post so it can be moved to another forum where it will get more traffic. The older dog is not attacking out of the blue. I think you need a professional trainer to come and see the 2 in action. Desexing may work if it is the 2nd ranked one done. Therefore widening the gap between leader and follower. Problem is you need to know who is 2nd. But if the behaviour is too ingrained then desexing most likely won't fix it.