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Little Gifts

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  1. I had a stafford who was bullet proof but then developed anxiety when her hearing suddenly went. Her eyesight was also diminishing with age and she went from a dog who liked to be loved kind of roughly to one who didn't want to be touched for fear of being hurt. Then she developed Sundowners too. It was a lot for her and us to deal with. Our interactions with her changed as soon as we realised - very gentle touch and cuddles. She went on Antinol Rapid (which helped her joint discomfort) and we minimised her ability to hurt herself jumping up and down off furniture (I ended up with a ramp at the end of my bed and a baby rail down one side so she had to use it. We also started making and giving her Golden Paste, which I feel also assisted. We developed big gestures to get her attention in the yard (still had an issue with alarming her to wake her). We tried an adaptil plug in the wall and then a collar but ended up using Vetalogica calming chews which worked best for her. It helped the wandering and panting reduce in the early evening. The other thing we did (recommended for doggy dementia) was get a blue light for the base of the ramp at our bed. It stayed on all night (didn't have any worries sleeping with it on) and it helped keep her settled at night. These are just some basic changes we made that worked for us. We've got a great vet so had they recommended something (medication) I would have tried that too. The doggy dementia FB page I found was really helpful too. It must be hard for them when everything starts changing and they don't know how to tell us.
  2. I know when Jonah's dad took him on his outback adventures he had a tracker on him. Imagine trying to find a red dog amongst the red earth. PS DW's photo, not mine.
  3. I'm on a couple of Simple Savers type pages and pet care is a big topic right now. The good news is many people are telling others that cheap dog food is false economy because of the potential health effects (and then vet costs) but also because you have to feed your dog more for them to feel full and then they poop most of it out anyway. They been offering other ideas for making your own and having a good balance for your dogs. Same with people food. People are encouraging others to find ways to still have a balanced food intake rather than eating cheap and nasty carb laden diets. So many people who have never struggled before suddenly finding their income no longer covers everything. I'm glad I've still been living like a pauper.
  4. Last night it was cold again and Albert was in a coat with a blankie over him. He totally melted into a Cold Coma and first his legs and then his bum fell off the chair. I tried to push them back up but it was dead weight. Took this funny photo of him suspended in limbo by his coma. Took the blanket off and it roused him back up on the chair again. He's such a weirdo! But still very cute. And still waiting for his forever home.
  5. It was chilly here last night so we stuck one of Jonah's old coats on Albert. Not sure he's ever worn a coat before because he was initially trying to get it off. Didn't take long though! He slept like a log (with a blankie on top of course).
  6. Some dogs are crazy agile! But I would have a heart attack if I saw that!
  7. We go to meet ups at dog parks and that is pretty much the only time mine have ever gone to one. I walk close by my dog with the leash around my neck. Off leash and dog park should not equal 'free for all', with owners sitting looking at their phone while their dog goes crazy out of their eye sight. If my dog shows signs of discomfort it is leashed and removed from that group of dogs. Simple. We just go to another empty section of park for a sniff instead. So my advice is follow your dog during their park visit and really watch their behaviour. They can get overstimulated and you will be able to see when they are reaching that point. You leash and remove as soon as you start seeing it, even if that means leaving the park altogether. Even social dogs can get too much of a good thing.
  8. Yep I'm with you there T! Good breeders know these things about their pups and match them with the right family. Shitty breeders just say which one do you like the best, give me money and its yours, so new owners have no idea if they are a suitable match. And that's why you get so many surrenders when they hit their terrible teens. I've never yelled out the name of a dog as much as I have Albert. He will chew on and try to swallow anything. Often he'll come running by with something in his mouth he knows he shouldn't have simply for the attention. We are still trying to get him to understand he can get the attention he needs in other, better ways. Add to that he has lost eyesight because of neglect for a medical condition and someone has let this poor young dog down terribly.
  9. Adding to what Schnauzer Max said you've also got a lot more people backyard breeding as a side hustle with certain breeds and colours and they are just moving those pups on quickly with no socialisation or training. All the dogs we have fostered recently have been 1 - 2 years old and had zero leash skills. 2 were/are also reactive to other dogs (one due to limited eye sight). People are getting these cute puppies without any training or socialisation and the problems just increase as they get older and stronger. They think they naturally know how to leash walk and behave when off leash with other dogs. We had one who never seemed like he'd even been in a vehicle before. Whether it is laziness on the owner's part or a lack of of knowledge about what can be achieved with training, too many dogs are deteriorating in backyards and then surrendered as too much or problematic for the owner. Very sad and not their fault.
  10. It's been raining constantly up here and 'someone' has been going stir crazy without his walks (he did make us walk him one day in the rain even and poor D fell over and did a mud skiddy!). Today there was sun and mischief! PS He's had 2 lots of people interested in him. One has a housing issue and the other an unexpected health issue. So sad for him but maybe something will still work out with them.
  11. My current foster boy Albert is only listed for $350 for a purebred pei who has had his entropian surgery done. Because of how sick he was initially they started a Go Fund Me for him (which I've never seen them do before). I know his vetwork has cost at least $5,000.
  12. Mr Personality is already on Pet Rescue! https://www.petrescue.com.au/listings/1031018
  13. Albert had a photo shoot this morning for his adoption photos. He had a quick bath early this morn so I took one just before with his bow tie on and again just after (in his watermelon bandana). In between? Well he got over being asked to do things cute and got into the frog ponds and covered with mud. Little monkey!
  14. Another option is one of those light weight walking poles. You can buy them at places like Anaconda. Also good for bush walks!
  15. We've got some ignorant arseholes around us. Current foster boy is dog reactive (due to limited vision for such a long time and feeling at risk). Someone down the end of the street has their dog loose in their garage all the time. It rushes out and he calls it back but one day a time will come when his dog does not pay attention to the owner's command - I can just feel it. So we can't walk down that end of our street or poor Albert will just get distressed not knowing if it will attack or not. Two days ago we went in a normally safe direction and there are new tenants with a dog just wandering around out the front. My sister stopped as soon as she saw it and the owners told the dog to go into the yard but didn't shut the gate behind it so it came rushing out again and right in Albert's face and my sister got pushed to the ground and hurt her shoulder. Even worse there were multiple adults there and they just meandered slowly over to grab their dog saying 'oh he's friendly!' like that is the only thing that matters. Albert got quite anxious and they had to return straight home. He hasn't wanted to go for a walk since. Honestly why is it so hard to leash your dogs when they are outside your house or yard? They can still have an excellent outing on a leash, whether they want to let off some steam or they want to waddle and sniff. You can even put a long line on them for a swim. It's just laziness, selfishness and maybe some ignorance on the human's part. You are sharing a space and other humans and dogs are entitled to feel safe too.
  16. I've had a chipped front tooth (foster pup decided to jump off the stairs for me to catch her), an abscess on the base of my spine requiring 2 surgeries (foster fail got under my feet while carrying a basket of washing and I fell hard on my butt onto the concrete to avoid stepping on her) and a shattered wrist requiring 2 surgeries and months of rehab (foster dog wanted to pee in the middle of the night, coffee table had been moved and I could feel myself falling down the lounge room stairs and threw myself to the side so I didn't face plant into it. Still took doggo out to pee before calling ambulance!). Dogs can be dangerous in lots of ways but I still love them!
  17. Amazing outcome. I only wish they talked more in the story about the specific rescue and the supports they offer as it is something now needed across the country. People are surrendering due to their lack of housing all the time now in QLD. Plus I think we've got a marked increase in loose/wandering dogs due to unsuitable rentals or ones where tenants are hiding the pets from the real estate so fencing and the like can't be updated without drawing suspicion.
  18. Thought it might be time for some Albert spam. Poor bubba was showing signs of Shar Pei Fever over the weekend (slightly swollen hocks and not quite himself) but he's back to himself tonight, Mr Cray-Cray dragging all the floor mats everywhere. He was trying to eat my sister's hair just before this photo
  19. Oh Fivers, I just saw this. We get no control over when it is 'time'. We can't hold it off because life is already hectic or something amazing is happening soon. It sucks. You've got a plan to bring him with you into your new life and that is the best you can make of this situation. I'm sorry. Big hugs to you. Your boy is currently having a ball over the bridge without his frail body holding him back. He will still be there at your new place in your heart and memories. My shar pei Tempeh is the first dog I ever cremated because I knew I would be moving house and I couldn't leave her behind. She still 'talks' to me here. Her strongest connection was with me, not where we lived. Take care of yourself. X
  20. There was a time in our lives when a friend of my sister's came to stay with us with a teensy black chi named Tyson. We had a husky/shep cross and a crazy stafford. We'd go down this big park where the dogs could just run and rumble without issue and that chi was always right in the middle of things. It shocked me how it survived some of those outings.
  21. I've always owned medium or large sized dogs (mainly staffords and pei). When I get older I'd love a Frenchie, Boston or smooth haired terrier of some type. I like a dog with a bit of sass. The only reason I have avoided smaller breeds is a fear of not seeing them and tripping over them, as that has happened to me with puppies and I've had serious injuries requiring multiple surgeries to repair. My dream breed many moons ago was an Old English Sheepdog. I had one girl so far and she was a cracker, but strength wise I'm avoiding larger breeds as I age and have less strength. We recently fostered a lab pei cross and he had the best of both breeds (we really loved him) but was far too much dog for me to handle now I've gotten older.
  22. Hangry Albert - he sure lets you know when it is coming up to meal time!
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