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  1. Flea, Tibbie X, missing Mackay Qld area. Substantial reward offered for finding Flea. Photos & details of specific locations on link. Any information to owner, Barb Hill, on her Facebook page. Or phone the vet surgery given on the link. Sightings welcomed. Please share, especially if you know someone who lives in that region:
  2. It was a couple of years back in a north-western suburb of Brisbane. That case of the pug puppy being stolen was posted on our tibbie pet owners list. Horrible.
  3. Good point about the attractions for dog-napping & resale. Local police issued a warning not to leave small, attractive breeds (didn't specify p/b or mixed...just attractive) visible & accessible to passing people. A gang was going around stealing small dogs like this for resale. Microchipping can help, as the original owner might be sourced later. AWL Qld gave a good tip. They said if your dog goes missing....lost or suspected can ask for MISSING to be added to its chip data base. They gave an example of a tibbie, CJMalone, who got out the gate blown open by winds. Owners tried everything to find him, but no luck. Then 8 months later a tibbie was dropped in to AWL shelter by a person who said they were doing it for someone who didn't want the dog any more. During the vet check, his microchip was scanned.... up came MISSING. It was CJMalone. So AWL knew his family was looking for him & phoned. Family rushed to Shelter & CJ flew into their arms. Seems someone found CJ when he went missing, & kept him until the novelty wore off.
  4. I'm on an international tibbie list, where there's lots of European owners. I specially love seeing the range of baskets for dogs, designed to go on their bicycles. They use their bicycles for out & about, like we use our cars. And their tibbies ride along in their baskets.... often the basket fits 2 quite comfortably. Here's just the most recent, from the Netherlands. So many other variations, too. Sometimes there's a wire cover that straps over the basket.
  5. I experience something similar. I've had tibetan spaniels for some years. All have been show dogs, retired from good registered breeders who believe once they've got their Aus Ch & had a litter of puppies, they deserve to be placed in a loving pet home. Strangers often admire them. And they remark they must've cost a fortune. Truth is, we've often had to force the breeder to take any money. Their 'payment' they'll sometimes say, is that the tibbie is in a good home, with great care. First breeder said, 'What you can afford.' But we thought all the work she'd put in to her little Aus Ch, deserves recognition and we paid her exactly the same as for our sheltie from a top breeder. Other breeders were adamant... 'No money, it's the care for life that's important!'. But they got money given to them, anyway!'. And a decent amount of money, at that! I've noticed an increase in numbers of people adopting p/b tibbies & becoming tibbie tragics! Best thing of all, is that many are open to taking a rescue tibbie or a tibbie cross. All equally loved in the pet community.
  6. 12 yr old Tibbie, Chelsea, bolted in storm. Please share & would anyone living in the area please look out for her. She's microchipped.
  7. You think that's funny? I was carrying Shelley up the stairs one day...her nickname was 'horse' because of her size. I slipped but managed to still hold on to Shelley, while I tried to figure how to get up. She noticed we were going nowhere... & hollered 'Steps!'. On cue, our neighbour yelled, 'Shelley wants to go up the stairs!'
  8. DDD, I've love a ramp like that... even tho' I know there'd be 'ramp politics' here, too. Like only going up but not down, or the other way round, or point blank not at all. I've learned there's no arguing with the grandpa & grandma dogs. Also the back steps go down into a covered area where one car is parked. So it's back to flunkey work.... lift up & down. Our elderly sheltie used to stand at the bottom of those steps & bark for a flunkey, 'Steps!' If no one inside the house heard her, our good neighbour used to call, 'Shelley wants to go up the steps!'. Another flunkey.
  9. Thanks, PK, good spotting. Yes, that's Goldilocks that we were just talking about on the Tibbie Pet Owners page. Someone has to be looking for that beauty. We're keeping an eye on her.
  10. Great news! Sure is a handsome dog.
  11. Thank you, Avanti. So hoping she is found!
  12. Please share to help bring Ruby home. If you live in the Northcote area, look out for her.
  13. Absolutely my experience with the oldies. Another on board with this. 16 3/4 yr old tibbie, Nina Zena, has a big park-like back garden to trot around in... & she works up a pace like a youngster. Not one thing wrong with her agility. Her eyesight's a bit dodgy for getting up the 5 steps onto the deck. She has a family of flunkeys who lift her up, as it's dangerous if she slips & falls thro'. At her last vet check few months back, she got top pass for general health & suppleness. Our little dog, Tessa, rescued thrown from a car as a puppy, got to 13 yrs. Looked like a cross between a poodle & a tibbie. We thought she was old & called her 'Gran'. She lived the same life as above & died when she was 22 years. She wouldn't have known what a walk was, in those senior years. Loved car travel, tho'. Never had any medical problem, until some dental work at 19 years.
  14. Choosing the 'time' is the hardest thing to do. A good vet, who was enormously soft-hearted, said to me he'd never regretted he'd put to sleep one of his beloved pets too soon.... but one that was too late haunted him. I agreed with him that the saying, 'Put a pet out of its misery' is a sure sign it's too late (unless of course it's sudden trauma). I try to pick a point just before the pet's life could be described as misery. And, when there's no treatment that will reverse... or the treatment is too harsh for that particular pet. I want to save my pet, as much as possible, from sliding down into an inevitable misery. Another vet said the question he asks himself about his pet & delaying any decision... is, 'Am I making this decision for my own needs only...or for the pet's'. Even with what I think are the best questions I can ask myself, it still doesn't make it easy. But it's the pet I want to make it easiest on...not me.