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  1. Daisy and Obi today.
  2. I love that line! '...looks like he really wants to be a good boy'
  3. Aww, Kat. I’m so sorry to hear Jodie’s not well. I’ve canned fb so haven’t seen any updates from anyone. Could the excursion to the yard be coincidental, as mentioned above? The only way you can really get it sorted is to take her to the vet. I’d explain your anxiety and reasons. I’m still on messenger if you want to chat. X
  4. I’m so sorry to read this. Did I miss something. I re-read the thread in case I did but I thought the vet gave her a clean bill of health only weeks ago? It’s so lovely that she had at least a few weeks of love and comfort at the end. I’m sure she did also with her original owner before he died. So sad but also heartwarming that she got the love and comfort you gave her in her final weeks.
  5. I lived with an epileptic pug for more than 10 years. Monte was my heart dog. I estimate he’d had more than 500+ seizures in that 10 years. He saw Georgina Childs. She was fantastic with him and with me. Monte had clusters of around 4-5 seizures, within a couple of hours, every month or so. Monte’s post ictal was very short. He ran a little manic for up to 30 minutes between seizures and after the last one. We administered Valium rectally when he started his first, and he was also on regular anti seizure medications. In his last 12-18 months this all started to change. Georgina believes there was more happening with his brain in the last few years. He suffered from a severe bout of vestibular which he never really recovered from. He eventually went into status. It broke my heart. He seized for more than 14 hours. They couldn’t break them and we reluctantly euthanised him. He lived a largely happy life regardless of his condition but then he was a pug and they’re not highly stressed or anxious dogs normally. Over the years I had many people tell me to euth him, on here and in person. Meh. He was a happy dog. If he wasn’t, I would not have taken the route we did of heavy medication and 24 hour care for the length of time we did. Ultimately, quality of life is important. If it’s idiopathic epilepsy there will be no rhyme or reason to how it presents. If it’s toxins or disease, this will become apparent. Take the first few steps and be guided by your vet. Seek out a vet with experience with epilepsy if that is what it turns out to be. I dealt with a lot of vets over the years, especially running the rescue and as a former vet nurse, and i know there are vets and there are vets.
  6. The standout issue for me is - did she know, or could she have been aware of the issue prior to selling you the pup? If so, then she has a legal (I think) and moral obligation to compensate you. If she wasn't aware there was an issue, then I don't believe you should hold her liable. The dog world is so damn mystifying at times - we want to think of them as 'family' and as living 'feeling' creatures, but then we treat them as commodities when we purchase. "This commodity is not fit for purpose" is what you're basically saying. Yes, that's probably a rather simplistic view of it all but it is by no means wrong still. Is she still selling puppies and breeding that pair of dogs? Probably, but its not your issue to worry about. You've alerted her to the concerns. You've done what is the reasonable and moral thing to do. Now move on. Love your dog, give it the best life you can.
  7. What state are you in? It’s a matter of law and legislative requirements for companion animals and each state is slightly different. Regardless of state the breeder has absolutely no rights to threaten anything and they’re powerless under the law to do anything too. You legally own the dog (assuming you have proof of purchase) regardless of the previous owners promises to the breeder.
  8. Apologies, but I have only skimmed each post so I may be way off course. You can morally and ethically can sell them as what you believe them to be. Just be clear with potential buyers that you cannot guarantee their breeding - ie ‘we believe them to be French Bulldog, but we cannot guarantee they are”. That part is simple. The hard part is ensuring they’re going to the best home. Desexing them will help the odds. I understand the hesitation of early desexing. Is it possible to hold on to them until they’re a little older. Maybe until they’re 4 months, and then desexing before they go to their new home? Regardless of what you do to ensure the home they go to is the best home, no one can ever guarantee this. Even if they are desexed. You can only do your best. Look at all the risks. Speak to others with experience. Trust your gut instinct.
  9. Writing a piece of legislation might sound easy but in truth, it’s not an easy process. Yearly inspections would require manpower and resources. I’m not sure about other states but I do know a little about how NSW companion animal legislation and governance works and there is barely enough at state or local level to support anything more than what currently exists. It’s why microchipping has such mediocre compliance too.
  10. I know that people hate restrictive legislation, but the sooner rescues are legislated and tightly controlled, the better. This may well have been a case of being overwhelmed, and we’ve seen many others over the years. We’ve also seen many organisations and groups claiming to be rescues, when they’re just farming dogs and we’ve seen far, far too many that are just money scammers and frauds. We need strict controls. Social media has amplified the ability for the wrong kinds of people to be involved in animal welfare.
  11. I have a friend who adopted an old cranky Chihuahua 18months ago. She was used to laid back, amicable old pugs. After 18 months I can happily say it’s working out for her as far as I can tell, but there have been many moments of despair. She’s also in the fortunate position of having no children, and no other pets. It’s just her and her partner. They can afford to be patient and it’s much easier for them to manage his moods and deal with his geriatric health concerns. It’s a bit different to your scenario though. You need to make a few decisions.
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