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  1. Oops @The Spotted Devil When I said education I meant general public rather than the cats themselves Managing door dashers (I have an ex door dasher here) can be challenging but I don't think it's impossible. Hence my comment of 'not can't, wont'. You* can either manage them carefully or go ah f**k it and just let them loose using the excuse of 'I just can't keep them in!' Which I think is the excuse the general public default to. *the general 'you'
  2. It isn't necessarily killing them if their owners are willing to spring them from the pound. Anyway, I'd rather a cat be humanely euthanized than 'disposed of' in whatever way by cat-hating joe blow. Cats need to be treated more like dogs regarding containment legislation, and there needs to be education done in conjunction with this. Setting a curfew and not enforcing it or educating the public about it is setting the whole thing up to fail. Eta: uncontained cats do cause problems. Their impact on native wildlife is catastrophic. Sorry for going OT.
  3. It isn't hard to keep cats inside. I don't buy it when people say they 'can't'. They can, they just don't want to. All my three are indoors only and have been since day 1, the oldest is 8 this year. We don't have a run but there is plenty indoors to keep them occupied. I can understand people's frustrations about roaming cats. There was a roaming tom in my old neighbourhood who drove me nuts, would get into fights outside my bedroom window at 2am and piss on my front flyscreen. The front entrance reeked. Trapping and taking to the pound is one thing, wanting to kill them is another... it isn't the cat's fault their owner is irresponsible. Eta sorry sars that probably sounded like it was in response to your post, it wasn't, just a general comment over the last few pages' discussion.
  4. Pro Heart Injection Vs Tablets

    I'm sure I've posted in this thread before but I lost my heart dog due to an adverse reaction to pro heart. It was awful, I would never wish that kind of death on anyone and I will never risk one of my animals again. I am so sorry for your loss ggardiner.
  5. Help Needed

    That may have been me. I was toileting my BC of an evening and had the outside spotlights on. When I came around the corner the lights were behind me and he panicked and warning barked, was quite agitated. As soon as I started talking to him he started wagging his tail and was fine; I would have looked like a looming black shape so I can understand the reaction! He had nothing wrong with his eyes, dogs just don't have the same detail / shape definition as we do with our eyesight. He would also sometimes get set off by sounds - usually people roughhousing, friends laughing or children squealing / crying. To him I suppose they sounded like distress sounds.
  6. I saw this shared on fb and the amount of ridiculous comments about it being a waste of resources... Phew! You would think the frog was taking up a first class human seat on board the plane with all the backlash! And the Frog Hospital runs off donations I believe, so yeah, not a waste as far as I'm concerned - nice to see people with the compassion to do something.
  7. Yes. We lived in a high risk area and had our dog on preventative treatment, but it isn't 100% guaranteed - a couple of times we found ticks on him that had thankfully been killed by the treatment and were luckily not paralysis ticks. Only took a few minutes to check him every evening when we gave him a quick brush. As far as negligence goes, I'd put it down to "all reasonable steps taken" to prevent harm. So like in your example Oso, you have taken all reasonable steps to snake proof everything if a dog was bitten under your care it would seem reasonable that you wouldn't be responsible for costs. I would not board a dog at a facility that didn't check for ticks in a high risk area.
  8. Border Collie Pics

    Thanks for the comments. She's about 4. She's stopped pacing and has settled a lot.
  9. Border Collie Pics

    Thanks for the info. Yes I guess I really do need to give her an adjustment period, poor thing. That is exactly what she does, when we're out in the garden if I stop moving she will just stand there and look at me.
  10. Border Collie Pics

    Thanks :) Yes I don't think the pacing is energy related, she really is quite chilled. I guess because we are new to each other I am always a little paranoid about new pets pacing around the house - I tend to follow them around like a shadow making sure they don't toilet anywhere. You may be right about the settling in. Though the barking when alone is something I need to try to address. I have balls, a rubber ring, tug toys with fluffy bits coming off them and a squeaker plush. This may sound silly but I was loathe to get any toys that mimicked a real animal (fur etc) as I have three cats and don't want her to look at them as fluffy toys! That does actually sound a bit silly when I type it out. If anything, she goes out of her way to avoid the cats, I guess I am just being extra careful.
  11. I've just brought home a 4 year old female BC, Flair. She's a lovely girl, very affectionate and walks very well on leash, quite sensible but has no interest whatsoever in the toys we have. Luckily she is not too high energy, but I would really like to teach her how to play with toys (with me) so that we can burn off extra energy, and also because I would enjoy playing with my dog! :laugh: Further down the track I'd like to start teaching her to carry objects and find/bring objects, just for some mental stimulation. So an interest in toys full stop would be a good start! I have a collection of balls, a rubber ring, two different tugs and a plush toy with a squeaker. She hasn't shown any interest in any of them. So far, I've tried running around like a loony with the toys, throwing them about, playing with them myself, even rubbing tasty food on the toys to make her more inclined to hold them in her mouth. Flair does get excited when I make a big deal about it, but she's far more interested in licking my face than playing with the toys I'm holding. I have been recommended a 'flirt pole' which I will give a go, though she gets a bit spooked by big things swinging around so I'm not sure it will have the desired effect. We do start obedience training on Wednesday so I will chat to the instructors about it too, but would love some DOL feedback.
  12. Border Collie Pics

    Thanks for the link. Not sure what you think I'm doing with her - just pointing at a toy and standing there? I'm running around, throwing it about, playing with it myself, showing it to her, trying to make a big deal about it and make it seem very exciting. I've even tried rubbing the toy in something tasty to make her more inclined to hold it in her mouth, and praising heavily when she looks at or sniffs it.
  13. Border Collie Pics

    ...if she is a healthy dog a normal walk won't tire her out - it helps, but it needs more exercise to work her out. Locked into the laundry for hours for such an energetic breed is at least 'unpleasant' - we have a dog flap in the laundry and our BC can access the backyard on her own terms and entertain herself (she loves chasing empty plastic flower pots, throwing them meters in the air trying to catch them before they hit the ground). Wrt toys: I use a 'flick pole' (somewhere else they call it also a 'flirt pole', but that might be a typo?): 1m long 1" PVC pipe from Bunnings, running a rope through it with a rag as a lure on the end (cost you not more than AU$ 5)...she loves to chase it, and the pipe and rope allows great control so I can work her out even on a smaller patch - good training for all the basic obedience cues too (if she drops immediately in the aroused state while she is chasing or pulling the lure you know your training is working). If you wanted a dog that settles easily I'm afraid you might have picked the wrong breed. ... thanks Willem. I have actually had a border before and do understand their energy requirements. And I know that a BC can be taught to settle, as our family dog when I was younger could settle on command, despite being considerably more drivey than Flair. I'm just a bit rusty as it's been some time since I've owned a dog and would appreciate some helpful advice. I appreciate the other tips. If anyone has some hints to teach her how to play with toys that would be wonderful, as she has no interest I'm having a lot of difficulty engaging her in play - balls, tugs, plush toys - she ignores them all. Our house yard is a work in progress, until then I can't let her out while I'm at work.
  14. Border Collie Pics

    We brought home our lovely miss Flair, a mature age BC girl yesterday. :D she's a very sweet girl, quite calm and very good with the cats. I do however have a couple of questions for you more seasoned BC owners. She tends to pace around the house a lot, she's a bit tricky to settle even after some exercise and training. It would be nice to get her to relax by my feet or nearby after our walk/play/training sessions. Any tips? How do you teach a dog to play? She has no interest in toys or balls which makes it a bit hard to give her some zoomie time to tire her out. Unfortunately she will bark constantly if left alone. We found out the hard way when we had her in the laundry overnight - it was a sort of constant, monotonous bark which I'm taking is loneliness or boredom rather than outside stimuli like foxes or cars. I ended up putting her in a crate in our room which worked well. I'm happy for her to sleep in our room at night but I do need to put her in the laundry while we are at work to keep her separate from the cats. I give her chews and puzzles to keep her occupied but once she finishes them she starts barking again. Again, any tips? She is an ex show dog and has come from a home with several other dogs as company. Here's a pic :)