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  1. Confused

    Many thanks for answering my question, Mysticview :)
  2. Confused

    Hi Bec. Great choice of dog! I've read all the replies in this thread from breeders and others but from personal experience, I think it's still a bit of a lottery. We were inexperienced dog owners when we bought our first MS, but had had kelpies and working dogs as kids (when Mum did all the work!) We were offered the last little boy in a litter, met him once when all the others had been picked up, and of course fell in love. He was a gem, the best dog one could hope for with a young family, and so easy to train. Our next MS, a female as suggested by the breeder (different breeder, the first one had retired) so we wouldn't compare, couldn't have been more different. We raised her in the same manner as the first, but she was very nervy and highly strung, and nowhere near as affectionate. Still gorgeous in her own way, but thank God she wasn't our first family dog. A similar thing happened to my sister in law, first staffy just perfect, second one chosen by interstate breeder (of course this makes it more difficult for everyone, owner and breeder) and he is reactive and dog aggressive. Luckily she is very experienced and spending lots of time and effort in overcoming the issues. Our current girl is like our first boy reincarnated! However, she is a rescue from the wonderful Schnauzer Rescue NSW, we got her she she was 6, and I have no idea of her origins, whether breeder or backyard job. We couldn't have a better dog! Just our of interest, a question for the breeders in this thread. What do you do, if you recognise a nervy, fearful pup in the litter? What happens to this dog if the right owner doesn't come your way? Not trolling, a genuine question. Good luck with you research Bec and hope you enjoy your MS puppy when he/she arrives! :)
  3. Should have clarified, my experience is with mini schnauzers.
  4. If you already like the breed, why not a schnauzer? They're great dogs and seem to fit all your requirements, including the cat issue. I've had two from 8 weeks old, who came into a household with a cat, and there was never a problem. My latest girl, a rescue at 7 years old who had never lived with a cat, didn't bat an eyelid at the existing 13 year old cat and visa versa. Now the cat grooms her beard :laugh: . Of course, there will always be individual personalities, but I know lots of 'schnauzer friends' where they live with cats without problems. :) Edit to add: We also spend a lot of time in the bush/at the beach and they are a great breed for not wandering when off lead, staying within eyesight and training a good recall.
  5. My Pug Has Died

    Oh no, I just saw this thread. So very sorry for your loss PFL. You were always so supportive of our little group in the Palliative Care forum, so just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you at this sad time.
  6. Mast Cell Tumour Of The Paw

    I haven't been on here for a while, so thanks for the lovely thoughts Anne, GWP4Me and Vizsla Momma. Yes, it is comforting to know that even though they didn't know each other, they are with each other now in their favourite place of all times. :)
  7. Boofy's Ongoing Cancer Battle.

    Ah well, I am blonde :laugh: ! Sorry, it was late and I was rushing. Anyway, as you say, a low grade MCT is probably 'better' than a haemangiosarcoma. Most importantly, Boof is sounding like he is recovering well :)
  8. Boofy's Ongoing Cancer Battle.

    Good to hear Boof is back home and in your expert care! That's a big lesion for a little dog; I'm sure he will feel more comfortable soon and back to his old self. Fingers crossed for clear margins on the pathology. :)
  9. Mast Cell Tumour Of The Paw

    Just a postscript; we scattered Lucy's and Darcy's ashes together up in the bush last weekend, over a glass of wine. It was the most beautiful summer evening and as we were doing it, some kangaroos appeared on their evening route, from the paddocks to the forest, straight through our place. The dogs would have loved that! It was sad but at the same time comforting to know that they are both together in their favourite place.
  10. Boofy's Ongoing Cancer Battle.

    All the best to you and Boof for the next battle Anne, hope it all goes smoothly and he is up and about soon afterwards. :)
  11. Boofy's Ongoing Cancer Battle.

    So sorry to hear about Boof's latest battles Anne. Hope all goes well the future surgery and the pathology results are benign/low grade.
  12. Michelleva, she sounds (and looks) adorable and I'm with your husband and kids! I am a first time foster failure mother too, so don't worry, there's others out there. My girl Missy, wasn't from a puppy farm, but she was separated from her brother of 6 years, so there was some adjustment. She paced a lot too in the beginning, and also ran the perimeter of the yard, probably looking for how to get back to her brother. She was also a terrible eater for the first few weeks, but I found that letting her eat within 2 metres or so of our other dog (who was not food defensive - it never lasted long enough :laugh: ) helped her, and of course, I supervised. She is also a bit of a velcro dog when I'm home, but I have never arrived home to barking or any problems - she's usually asleep in her bed, even now she's on her own. Sounds like she is settling in very well, considering her past life and you are doing all the right things. Please let us know the outcome! :)
  13. Naaames, I Needs One!

  14. Great news Dave, sounds like all is going well. Jazz sounds like she has such a great love of life and you are doing everything possible to support her. Isn't Veronika just gorgeous !