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Everything posted by ish

  1. Puppy Blues? Is that crazy?

    I think you’ll find it’s pretty common. As a breeder, I’ve had plenty of emails and phone calls in the first month of people taking their new puppies home with feelings of anxiety and worry - especially from those who like you, haven’t had a puppy before or who have gone from a sensible old dog to a new puppy. Things will only improve with time as he grows. Try to put things in place that can help you for when you’re feeling overwhelmed (can you send him to day care once a week, or get a dog walker to visit etc) and be happy knowing he is happy with you. Try to enjoy the short time he’s a puppy, it’ll be gone before you know it.
  2. Limited Slip Padded Collars

    There’s a lady who has a stand at some dog shows who makes great ones, including padded polar fleece. I had her card on the fridge for ages but of course now i can’t find it oh my sister remembered - lucky! https://m.facebook.com/Handmade-for-Hounds-by-Ally-1407832612669976/
  3. Getting dog to play

    You could try one of the big hard plastic balls like a kazoo roll a ball or Aussie dog enduro ball - dogs seem to be all or nothing about them though. If they like them, they smack them and push them around, tunnel them between their legs, dig on top of them etc because they can’t pick them up with their mouths. They’re best with a bit of space to play. My dogs go crazy for them and they’re exhausted after a good session because it’s an all body workout
  4. Osteosarcoma - what to do?

    I had a young dog, 3 or 4, who had bone cancer in a back leg. Didn’t do any tests past the X-ray, she was put straight onto pain relief. Unfortunately she only had about 3 weeks with good quality of life and was then PTS. In hindsight, I wish I’d spoilt her for a special day and made the decision to put her to sleep before she had bad days. I’ve sadly said goodbye to 2 very old dogs in the last 12 months and I try to look at it this way - they had blessed, long, happy lives and they were put to sleep before either of them had more than a few bad days. They both could have gone on longer - but to what avail? I know they aren’t thinking “she’s a terrible owner, she made the decision to end our lives when we could have gone on for 3 more weeks” I miss them immensely but I feel no bad feelings about the decision to say goodbye. 3 months ago I lost a young dog to bloat and I am still wracked with guilt and sleepless nights over the thought that she suffered. Its the hardest thing to have to do, but please make the decision to say goodbye to your beloved dog before things get too rough for him.
  5. Letter and number tattoos

    The German Shepherd club used to tattoo pedigree pups in the right ear with 3 letters and 3 numbers (together) The 3 letters identified the breeder and the numbers for the puppy. My prefix was BNG and Frankie pictured is the 77th puppy tattooed from my kennel. The GSD club kept a database so dogs could always be traced back to their breeder. Unfortunately the RSPCA put a stop to this a couple of years ago. Not something I’ve heard of in mixed breed dogs though!
  6. Hips

    Lavelle is still a popular choice amongst GSD people
  7. It’s important to note it can be much, much quicker to get to the point of no return than this video depicts - don’t think you’ve got time to stand around wondering, get in the car and get to the vet (I understand in this video those around didn’t know what was happening, but for those playing at home you DO NOT have time to wait)
  8. RSPCA put an end to ear tattooing a few years ago unfortunately
  9. Dogs are sentient beings

    I heard one of the animal lib representatives use this phrase on telly and it’s really stuck with me (because it’s such bullshit, not because it’s deep & thought provoking) In the past 6 months I’ve had my 2 very old dogs put to sleep. Did they want to die? I’d say no, though I didn’t ask them. Once, I put a dog to sleep for behavioural reasons, she definitely didn’t want to die - she was young and healthy. Is there ever an animal who wants to die? We, the humans, get to make the call and get to make it humane for their best interests. My animals definitely passed away humanely, despite any protests about it anyone not involved in their situation could imagine they had. I wonder if you’ll remember those words to yourself when it comes time for you to say goodbye to your pets?
  10. Breeder Take Backs

    Puppies change so much week to week before they go to their new homes, I can’t understand why a breeder would allow someone to choose from a photo at 5 weeks anyway. I tell my buyers when they visit not to get their heart set on the first puppy that runs to them or the one that sits on their foot because I spend hours and hours with the pups before they leave for their new homes and there’s no way you can get that insight into their personalities in a visit or 2. Once you get your puppy home, the others turn into a distant memory anyway. Good luck
  11. Vets and lack of knowledge

    This topic is one that resonates with me after experiences in recent months with 2 of my elderly GSDs, one 12.5 and one 14.5 years old. Both on different occasions with different vets and different health concerns were inaccurately diagnosed mainly because the vets couldn’t get past the idea that their issues with due to arthritis/bad hips. Yes, they both have arthritis to some degree but both also were hip scored in their youth and have good mobility for elderly dogs. The older dog actually ended up hospitalised for 4 days with a huge temperature/infection when I took her to my own vet for a second opinion later in the day after the local vet said she had arthritis and suggested I have her put to sleep (and failed to take her temperature) Thankfukly she’s home and well again now Its so hard to find a vet that you can trust
  12. Zoe our GSD

    Sorry you had to say goodbye to your furry friends - thinking of you xx
  13. Vet fees.

    The key is to find a vet you trust, then you can be confident the bill at the end of the day is justified. I do agree it isn’t easy, and the trial and error can cost both your pocket and pet. I travel 2 hours to see my trusted vet for this reason and he’s never let me down Hopefully someone will be able to recommend a good vet near you
  14. My 2 Oldies

    I’ve got a couple of elderly GSDs and whilst I know how lucky I am to have had them in good health into their old age, sometimes seeing them declining is hard. Chili is 14 and a half this weekend. She’s bright, happy and always hungry! Last year she started having difficulty with her back end, dragging feet and stumbling a bit and was diagnosed with (I think) lumbar-sacral instability, which is a degeneration of her spine. She’s had good improvement with cortisone and at the start of this year I was able to half her dose, but she got a bit wobbly again recently so is back on 2 a day. She has fish oil and omega oils, but no other medication so far. My vet said we can try rimadyl and other such things if need be. She’s very bright in her mind and her body lets her down a little bit - she’d love to play fetch and chase the young dogs Checa is almost 12 and a half, very sound for her age and up until a fortnight ago had no health complaints. I noticed she seemed to be bracing when I was out with her one day, and she lost her balance and toppled over the same afternoon. She was well in herself and still hungry - didn’t look like vestibular to me. The local vet was little help, said it was her hips due to her age despite it not matching her symptoms. My vet says it’s something CNS affecting her perception, possibly brain inflammation/trauma/tumour. She’s a few days into a course of cortisone to try to reduce inflammation. I thought she was a bit better the last few days but today she toppled over and lay there as though she wasn’t sure what was going on. After a bit she got up and wagged her tail and seemed to get on with life again. I don’t want to put her through any suffering for only a bit more time, but feel she’s still happy enough to see if the cortisone helps Why does time have to fly with our beloved pets?
  15. Outdoor dog ramps

    We made one for my old dog (and pups). My house has a verandah and about 3 steps off it directly in front of the front door. My old girl was getting down without too much trouble (though it was often just leaping from the top) but if she wasn’t really concentrating she would often run out of push to get back up. We were able to build the ramp off the end of the verandah so the stairs remain as they were. I used the thick rubber mats from Bunnings glued over the top and it’s got plenty of grip, even when wet. The hardest part was training her to change her routine to going around to the ramp, and almost 12 months later I still have to block the steps off before I let her out - she’s good at remembering to come back via the ramp but not down.
  16. My 2 Oldies

    Checa went back to the vet yesterday. Earlier in the week she had a couple of funny turns, very minor, only a few seconds but enough to have me worried. My vet could actually see good improvements with her perception and coordination - I guess it’s hard to see it yourself when you’re constantly around them and they’re still away from what you consider normal for them. He’s prescribed another med which will hopefully resolve the new issue and believes there’s still tricks up his sleeve for the future, which gives me good piece of mind. I’m away next week for nearly a week and Dad is house sitting, I’m worried about leaving the old girls but neither would enjoy such a long trip away from home. Dad does a great job looking after the dog but might not pick up on the little things
  17. Darwin's dog identification survey!

    I couldn’t get past that the dogs we were guessing were made up of at least 10% of each of 3 different breeds - to me that could still leave a lot of dog! If it’s 70% lab and 20% beagle you wouldnt expect to see many if any traits from the 3rd breed, or even the second. Also ageee that Kelpie was a necessity in the breed list and gave up
  18. Eclampsia

    Were you giving her calcium during whelping and after the puppies were born? I guess everyone you ask will do things different ways, but my girls are supplemented with oral calcium in fairly high doses from birth to weaning. It certainly seemed to help one of my girls who found it hard to settle and concentrate on being a mum and other trusted breeders/friends swear by it too which makes me stick with it. For GSDs it’s common to use a up a 1lt bottle of calcium for the bitch
  19. My advice would be not to believe all that you see in photos on websites and actually go at meet some dogs of the breeders you’re interested in. Lots of photos can look extreme and concern people, but the dogs don’t look like that in everyday real life. If you were you were upfront about your need to have a fairly chilled out dog to the breeder I’m sure there would be a working line dog that would suit - but I also think you’ll find what you’re looking for in show lines too. Not everyone breeds for extremes. Working line dogs also suffer the same health issues and there are plenty of dodgy breeders breeding them too - it’s a big problem when they sell highly unsuitable dogs to anyone with the money. Go out to shows/trials/obedience clubs/the local dog walking places and find out where some of the GSDs you like come from Personally I have show lines which are sound, happy and healthy and we have lots of fun together so I am always saddened to hear people recommending against them
  20. This is the only time I have an issue with people asking about price in the first email, these nuisance one line emails. An email outlining who you are and what you are looking for, that also asks for price will usually be well received by breeders A breeder who keeps one or 2 bitches and owns their own stud dog, or uses the closest local stud, doesn’t show their dogs etc is sometimes cheaper. I’ve seen pups from such a breeder for $1800 in the last 12 months. Breeders who use imported dogs/frozen semen etc have dogs that are proven in show/work often charge more as they have additional expenses/the bloodlines are more sought after. There’s plenty in between too, small breeders who breed well and big breeders who do a bad job. I can understand price being a factor but there are lots of other important things to look into also. Definitely look for good low hip and elbow scores, breed surveyed stock (or if not, why not - sometimes there’s a good reason), testing for DM is available but not mandatory and of course temperament. Puppies that have been socialised and exposed to lots of different experiences. In working lines it’s a bit different but health testing still applies, as does temperament - though you might be looking for different attributes
  21. My 2 Oldies

    Does photobucket still work here? Chili - first pic taken Nov last year and second pic taken this week Checa - first pic Nov last year and second pic this week Chili still enjoys getting out so I’ll take her to training on Sunday to celebrate her half birthday - definitely some chicken nuggets are in order. We had a party and cupcakes for her birthday last year. Checa prefers to stay at home with her boyfriend Monza (he’s 10 and my 3rd oldie) and enjoys a wander in the paddock to sniff where the bunnies have been
  22. Expect to pay $1800-$2800 for a pedigree GSD puppy from health tested stock. Good luck with your search
  23. My 2 Oldies

    Thanks RP, nice you understand The girls have both had good days today so I feel happier about things. Hoping for lots more good days for them
  24. Puppy doing strange things

    I lost my GSD puppy at this age last year due to seizures and I’ve been suspicious it was a vaccine reaction. She had her vaccination on the Monday and showed some strange behaviour Thursday with first seizure that night. She was never normal after that, and lived in a zombie-like state for almost a week while we tried medications but was then put to sleep. None of the vets we saw thought it was vaccination related and likely a brain infection, brain tumour or encephalitis Wishing you a happier outcome with your pup