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About mackiemad

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  1. I wonder if you could do a bank cheque if the puppy is super expensive? Basically the same as cash but not carrying around thousands of dollars. Printed word doc receipt with date, age of pup, microchip on it should be enough, hand written would do just as well. I paid cash on pickup of my dog when I got him as a pup, but that was over a decade ago and pups weren't as expensive then.
  2. I'm not sure if it is a good or bad thing tbh. I can see a lot of negative but maybe for many vets, not being a business owner but just being an employee frees them up mentally somewhat, and also means they don't work so far over reasonable hours? Though I admit I don't use a greencross vet...
  3. They own the AEC emergency vets in Melbourne too.
  4. I've heard bad things about their nerve, but every lagotto I've met has been a pretty happy go lucky dog. Most of them have been bred by a breeder in Bendigo (heaven sent I think?) but I've met a couple of dogs from other breeders that seemed like really normal family dogs but owned by experienced people. So I think a lot of it is genetic but a lot of it is socialising the pup properly and not just dumping them in a park and thinking that's socialisation.
  5. It's massively promoted on social media and I don't feel comfortable with the lack of disclosure as to who formulated it and their background, testing etc. Their website is super vague, all it says is made and owned in Sydney. But I am always sceptical about brands that promote on Instagram etc and you never see them anywhere else
  6. Also if it is an allergy there is no reason not to suspect it isn't a plant or something in his surrounds that wasn't in his surrounds at the breeders. And as others have said, the stress of the flight could have triggered an autoimmune response, triggering the allergies. Get onto a specialist and look at testing to find out what he's allergic to and go from there. Because it could be a simple fix of keeping him off Kikuyu grass or excluding chicken from his diet. The only recourse you have is to go through small claims/ civil tribunal court and get the purchase price
  7. My mini schnauzer is a few years older than yours and when a few bumps started appearing we got them all tested and nothing but lipomas. He has since grown a few more and the ones he had have become decently large but as they all feel the same (in the fatty moveable way) and aren't impending his movement etc I've just ignored them. I'm more worried about checking for freckles or moles etc on his belly as he's always enjoyed lying in the sun, even on 40 degree days!
  8. What a beautiful soul she was, I'm so sorry for the huge hole she's left behind but how lucky she was to have had such a wonderful family and life with you
  9. Hoping it is quickly diagnosed and easy to treat It could be a bit of muscle pain along the back or hips if he had to contort to get to the rhoeo
  10. I've not had a poodle but I have a mini schnauzer and though he's absolutely perfect for me and I adore him, he's never been what I'd describe as a tolerant dog. Funny, routine oriented, smart, motivated, adaptable, busy, opinionated and suprisingly gentle for a terrier type (though still much sharper, impatient and more independent than previous herding breeds I owned, and not at all interested in people other than his people) but tolerant is not a word I'd use to describe him. He's had the moniker the fun police since he was a youngster - he has to sanction play and there is a time and place
  11. I guess my starting point would be something like divetelact - a specific milk replacement powder. I think it would depend on how old the pups are as to how and when I would wean them onto wet, meat and dry foods. But not being a breeder, this is just my assumption of what I would do.
  12. I wouldn't be worried with 4:1 , I'd just make sure the nurture part of the nature and nurture was all up to snuff (diet, exercise, jumping, desexing age etc) And I think $4k is fine for a well reared pup with both parents having had hip and elbow scores, health tests etc. I mean, it's not cheap but it isn't as expensive as the frenchies seem to be or anywhere near as much as some of the cross breeds are
  13. Don't feel the need to rush into anything. You'll know when you're ready, don't push yourself to be ready sooner When you do add a new little life into your home, you won't be replacing Kane nor will it change your feelings towards him, so do what feels right for you at the time
  14. It is worth looking up what a shy toileter is as it sounds like she's developing into one with pooping. Make sure you never reprimand her, none of that old school bollocks about rubbing her nose in it and no shouting and grabbing her as she starts to toilet. Go back to putting her on lead when you go out to toilet (so she can't go off and have a party) and walk back and forth for an least 10 minutes - walking encourages toileting so it is giving you a better chance to catch the need to toilet. When she poops in front of you don't interrupt and give her a really big r
  15. Most puppy schools allow unvaccinated puppies (or puppies not finished their schedule) as they clean the area with f10 or similar beforehand anyway - so ask around and see if puppy schools have places available for you and your puppy anyway Just make sure you use a puppy school that is not just a free for all play session it's not great doggy manners to constantly run up to other dogs and get in their faces. PK has given some great tips, so definitely give those a go
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