Little Gifts

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  1. Quite a few pei peeps have switched to Zymox Optic with 1% Hydrocortisone. I get mine off Ebay from America. I would never normally dismiss my own vet's instructions but it has worked far better than anything my vet has prescribed for Tempeh and is much simpler to use and quicker to treat symptoms. She gets a squirt every couple of weeks and it keeps things under control. I'm pretty sure Coogie and maybe Cane Toad use it. It's not that expensive either and could be worth a try. Tempeh had great ears until she had to wear a cone of shame for a week, now we just have to keep on top of whatever keeps wanting to propagate in there.
  2. How is Stevie now? Tempeh still lives with the fear that I will take her out in the car and never come home with her again because her first night in an adoption trial went badly. I can literally see it in her face every time I have to take her somewhere. When I picked her up the next day she was limp and lifeless. It took weeks before she would interact with us humans and she hid behind our others dogs all the time. Her happy go lucky attitude was lost that night. She was in her second fear period as a pup and had already bonded with us (a pei thing) so I think that is why this fear of being abandoned by us became so entrenched. She is very confident in her home environment but despite all our work with her and behaviourists she still doesn't like strangers coming to the house and she doesn't like leaving the house even for walks. Vomits in the car. Everything that comes into the house must be fully inspected. She just wants things always the same. It is what it is and we work around it. Hopefully Stevie will be able to shake the experience off easier because of his age.
  3. My name on here used to be Puppy Sniffer - I think that tells you I had the same issue! I never even wanted to foster puppies for that reason! My thing is they are just babies. So vulnerable and everything is new for them and I want all their experiences to be positive ones. They are just so precious with their little lives ahead of them. I have twice added a failed foster puppy to a household with older dogs and it has gone really well. First time the puppy helped an older dog with grieving and brought her back to life. She lived another 4 years. She mothered the puppy too and kept her in line as she matured. Second time I had two adult dogs and they both took on different roles raising two foster puppies. They taught them things I could never teach them about how to be a dog. We were always a three dog house as three felt normal but last year's loss was a big one and we are just not ready. One thing about adding a puppy is it keeps your older dogs younger and gives them more play activity. I loved the change in our older dogs when they shared their life with a puppy. Almost like a multi-generational family! Here is a pic of Stussy supervising some bitey face between Dimples (pink collar) and Dweeb. DImples went on to become foster fail Tempeh. Stussy was also a foster fail. Both only came for a weekend while other carers were found!
  4. Hey K9angel! Still remember when you lost your beautiful girl. Hope things are going well for you, the kids and your doggies. Gosh your kids would be so grown up now!
  5. Only 6 months? If he is capable of that he is capable of harm to humans. At his young age there are plenty more years for his bloodlust to need feeding. A normal person would not be able to hear an animal screaming in fear and pain and get excited over it. Sadly, it wont be the last we hear of him.
  6. I think it could be a vicious circle. You have a breeder who wants to be known for their work so they show their dogs to get a name for their kennel. To do that the potential show dogs from their litters need to exhibit certain characteristics set by the judging world (as opposed to the breeding world and monitoring bodies). I think the puppy a breeder thinks is the pick of their litter could at times be different to the puppy or dog judges in the show ring would award. This could also apply more to certain breeds where showing expectations are more extreme. And what is a breeder to say if they don't want to be ostracised from the showing world? People would claim they were just bitter their dog lost. I'm also assuming there are plenty of breeders who don't show (for various reasons). I'm not sure why judges are supporting a look in a dog that most of us can see could be detrimental to the animal's wellbeing. That's a whole other question. Humans are willing to make sacrifices in the name of beauty for themselves and perhaps some just don't know where to draw the line and it all snowballs?
  7. What's wrong with a dog with a nose? It seems like we are trying to get rid of pesky snouts in the name of perfection and beauty! Seriously though, how can people not see the harm this is doing to brachy breeds? Oxygen is the one thing none of us can stay alive without so why would you make it so hard to access it? I fostered a pei which had enough skin for about 3 dogs. When he lay down he just oozed everywhere. When he walked quickly everything would swing. If he needed to look at something he had to flick his head back so all the loose skin was out of the way. His rescuer remembers seeing him as a pup and he was actually walking on loose skin until his legs grew long enough. He had a groove on his back near his tail that was as deep as my knuckles. Of course he knew no different and was a lovely boy who went to an amazing home. I feel grateful my pei girl is more your traditional style as she has no real physical problems.
  8. Makes me so angry. Puppy farmers not only cost dogs their lives but they are costing taxpayers, donators and rescue groups a lot of money cleaning up their messes. The only people getting anything out of this is the puppy farmers themselves. How many other 'businesses' get away with this kind of thing?
  9. I had a foster vomit up worms too and I agree it was the most disgusting thing I have ever seen. Cleaning that up had me almost puking too! He had also been wormed maybe the week before. I felt terrible knowing they were in his tummy but could've done without seeing the evidence! I love a shiny black dog. I'm sure there will be someone else at there who falls in love with Evie too and is just the right human for her!
  10. If this is such a big issue for the RSPCA then why aren't they doing more as our national body to end puppy farming? And where is the educational information out in the public domain to help people know the difference between a legitimate breeder or a well bred dog and one that has been puppy farmed or back yard bred? I've seen them spend plenty of money on mail outs and events to raise money so why aren't they at least using those as an educational tool as well as a begging strategy? The RSPCA and current governments have not even scratched the surface in ending this horrific money maker. There is still nothing stopping any old Joe from breeding animals and selling them. And as we have discussed many times before, there are lots of DOLers who own dogs (through rescue and other means) who would never have made it through an RSPCA behavioural or health assessment. What hope do long term puppy farm breeding dogs have in their care? They mislead people to think all those harmed animals have gone on to new and wonderful lives. That's the hidden tragedy of puppy farming - the loss of life, not how much money it costs the RSPCA.
  11. Fevah your froggy stretch sounds familiar. Stussy can't dismount from furniture normally. She goes to the ends and stretches over and slides to the floor giving herself a furniture belly rub as she goes. At the end of my bed is a lounge usually covered in clean washing. She does the same thing over that when getting off my bed. Oozes up over the pillows, back of the lounge, clean washing, front edge of the lounge and then hits the floor, covering everything in fur. Lucky I love her!
  12. Sid looks very handsome and stylish!
  13. Huga that's so similar to the Cold Frog! Like the clip idea! Did you make the pattern or use a commercial one?
  14. Strangely I just found a pic of 2 I've made. For Temp I make longer necks and more underbelly coverage but this is what the person who ordered these wanted. I named the coat style Cold Frog. The dog in the blue and black is male so his underbelly section was shorter. Both dogs had arthritis and the owner wanted a blanket type effect around their back legs when they lay down so the back areas are quite full. So many things can be easily changed when you get a custom coat. I wish more people did it for a reasonable price.
  15. Not sure why I have this box above but it doesn't want to go away! All these issues are why I used to custom make dog coats (sewn and knitted in a myriad of fashion AND weather styles). So few dogs are standard shaped or sized. I really need to find time to make more for Tempeh this winter as her last years ones are again a tad small. Last night it was chillier than expected and she cried and carried on all night because she was cold (blankets falling off creating first world problems). The link below is to a coat style that helped me come up with a simpler, more streamlined design I am now using for Temp to create maximum coverage for warmth. I make mine with more coverage around the armpit, belly and bum/thigh area and finish with a velcro section over the spine. I think it is a good style for a cold dog who doesn't like or suit pyjamas and the under section wrap part can be made shorter for boy dogs. I've made them with a plain fleece for the under section and a matching print over the back and they look pretty good. A bit tricky to pattern design for a good fit but worth it for a cold dog in need of extra coverage. I don't have any pics of mine on hand but you get the idea. Not sure who sells similar out here but I started with this image and a commercial dog coat pattern (the red and black style) so I can't be the only one who has had this idea!