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  1. I'm so sorry LFF Tonka has been a huge part of your everyday and to have the routine etc change as well as the crushing grief is just so incredibly hard to deal with. We all know what you're going through, and don't tell yourself to try to move on at any pace except what feels natural for you, treat yourself with a lot of grace and kindness I don't know if seeing him again will help, he won't be the same because his precious soul isn't there anymore - but if you think it might help you then ask.
  2. What a beautiful boy and beautiful words. They leave such huge holes behind
  3. Max was deaf the past 18 months before we said goodbye and I kept talking to him. Even if it was soothing chatting when we were in the car heading to the vet I still think it helped. He couldn't hear me but that kind of chatter often changes your own heart rate or blood pressure etc and I'm sure they know that. I found that because he knew the hand signals for come (not that he wandered far), sit, drop/chill, wait, look etc he was ok. He did have dementia (the vivitonin didn't seem to help him much) and what I found was that because he couldn't hear me if I was walking past or behind him he would startle. So I started tapping the floor with my toes when I was close to him. He also would get stuck and waving my foot within a metre of his face helped him remember that someone was there and help the confusion a bit. No pressure to walk on or get out of being 'stuck' just that there was someone present and that he wasn't alone in that moment - though I suspect the seeing of the foot waving triggered his nose to go who is that? Which helped him to get unstuck and shake off the CCD moment. Treats didn't but foot nearby did. I also changed the way I petted him, and always came to touch him via the chest so it was gentle and he could see me. I found him likely to startle if we were cuddled and I started stroking his ears or shoulder from behind. It can be such an honour to help them find ways to feel safe and supported when navigating a world which has changed for them so much.
  4. Don't know much about it, but I think it's owned and made in the same factory as balanced life which has always generally been well received. Same company owns vets all natural I think?
  5. It's also just market forces. There is a lot of demand for puppies and kittens, especially since the pandemic hit, so why not charge appropriately? If you want a cut price piece of clothing go to the salvos. Want a cut price pet? Go to a shelter. Want an well fitting new item if clothing? Go to a store and buy new off the rack. Want a 'clean slate' puppy in a breed or type you desire? Go to a breeder/backyard breeder. Want a designer item of clothing for an event? Go to a small independent or large scale designer to get the right cut, material and creative vision. Want a sporting dog, show dog or a designer crossbreed that everybody has? Go to a sporting dog breeder, show dog breeder or a 'legitimate' puppy farm churning out the desirable crosses. If you want a car you have to pay for it. If you want a handbag you have to pay for it. If you want a dog you have to pay for it. Why shouldn't the ppl putting in the effort and selling a product price the product in the way they see fit? After all, you don't have to buy the pup you can't afford. Dogs are considered property by law, so why don't we apply the same value structures to them? Why do we have to defend the price? Why shouldn't the breeders be able to make some money off the effort of breeding and raising a litter? Is it that the breeder doesn't deserve to be paid for the time, effort and expertise, or is it that we can't see the product as a saleable item given we want it to become part of the family? If so, do people also whinge that IVF clinics etc are greedy? All genuine questions because this topic comes up a lot and I genuinely don't understand why people can't see that animals cost money and that a person who put time into breeding should be able to make a profit off their effort. People should hold value too and part of the purchase price is a value payment of the person who has done the first 8-12 weeks of work with a pup (not to mention the work beforehand with mum and/or dad). Especially since nobody has to buy from a breeder, they have the option of going to a shelter to pay less money and still have a dog that will be part of the family.
  6. I'm going to suggest Diplomat as in creme diplomat (yum!) I'd probably end up calling him dippy for short, which suits a lot of pups He's absolutely beautiful
  7. Can only echo Boronia, vet asap. Do not wait, go to emergency immediately
  8. 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.
  9. 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...
  10. They own the AEC emergency vets in Melbourne too.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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 back as the product you purchased was faulty, but to get a refund you have to generally give the product (pup) back to the place of purchase (breeder). So if you're emotionally invested then I wouldn't bother.
  14. 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!
  15. 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
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