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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. 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. 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. 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.
  9. Yep, my local BSS pages are horrid, they make me want to pull my hair out. Particularly all the 'Anyone have any free kittens?' posts. God knows what happens to those poor little mites. I think I'll leave the groups soon, before I go mad.
  10. So, I think I may have been able to steer my colleague away from getting an oodle. She is interested in miniature poodles - can someone recommend a breeder in Victoria? They would like to meet the dogs in person. For those who saw my previous thread - let's try to keep it civil, don't want my thread to go 'poof' again. :D
  11. Perhaps what they're trying to say by that statement is that it is a dog that could survive without man, unlike brachycephalic breeds, or breeds that are overly fragile etc etc. Bit of an odd way of wording it though.
  12. That squishy little face! Butter wouldn't melt!
  13. Wow, what gorgeous photos! Whereabouts roughly are you from canetoad? The scenery and red earth on your walks is incredible - need to add it to my bucket list!
  14. Neko's baby daddy looked like the tall, dark, handsome type. Maybe the boy's taking after him? :)
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