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    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.

    Your problem is that you took in a dog, that was known to have aggression issues, and you have young children. Emotions ruled the day I’m guessing and you thought you’d be able to save her and you’ve obviously bitten off more than you can chew. A ten year old Chihuahua is not going to suddenly change, even with training. Chis are feisty little dogs and at 10 years of age, that pattern is set in stone. The age and the breed are against you. You will either have to manage the dog to ensure everyone is safe, including the dog, or you find a home that can manage it. Both options will not be easy but can be done.
  3. Best doggy doors for glass?

    It does. You can lock it so they can only come in, or go out, or you can have both ways locked. It has two black clips on either side of the internal flap and these turn to lock across the flap. The reason why i like them is that: - they’re transparent, so not a huge eyesore - they’re quiet compared to all other doors I’ve had. Even the dog door which is now 9 years old and was used extensively when my guys were all still on this earth, was quiet right up until the last time they used it. We had ours professionaly installed - which you have to anyway as they’re inserted into glass.
  4. Microchip issue for new puppy

    In both NSW and QLD it is law that the seller microchips the dog before sale. The evidence of microchipping is the form, signed by the registered microchipper, and it should include the microchip number and details of the pup. You need to speak to the seller and tell them they’re not complying with the law and there are penalities. Unless you actually paid the money to the nsw breeder, and it was obvious you were buying a pup from them, it would not be their responsibility.
  5. Best doggy doors for glass?

    I think ours was a Transpet brand.
  6. Best doggy doors for glass?

    We have to installed - one for cats and one that used to be for the pugs. I purchased the clear perspex round ones. They’re very quiet and neat. Like this:
  7. Rescuer found guilty

    To be fair to PR, it’s a different contact name. Perhaps the woman charged was one of several in the group, or a carer for the group only.
  8. Woohoo. Looking forward to seeing pics.
  9. Buyer breaching contract of sale

    You can’t force someone to desex a dog and it will cost you a lot to take it through the legal system to be told that. Once a person pays money for the dog, they own it and they can do as they please.
  10. interesting article

    Re the first post. I actually looked at it from the human behaviour perspective and the lack of resilience in our children. It has a ring of truth to it.
  11. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-20/inquiry-to-be-held-into-pet-food-industry/9890398
  12. $2000 dollars each! I’d call that a fantastic fundraising drive! Being serious though, they’re probably not actually selling them using that messaging and they’re taking advantage of a situation. Not knowing what the situation is, or the who the rescue is, I’m not sure anyone could say if it was definitely unethical but it surely sounds like it might be.
  13. Yes, agree. I guess we are looking at it from different angles of intent. I would be horrified if anyone started a rescue with profit being the aim, which is I believe you’re referring to, and that I can now see. Profit should be an outcome, and it’s healthy for it to be an outcome. It shouldn’t be accidental, it should be planned. My angle is from years of being involved in the arena of rescue and welfare, albeit now just on the peripheral. I think we need a lot more open discussion in rescue. It’s a basket case that thankfully has never yet fallen over in a cataclysmic way. That risk is there though.
  14. Forgive me for my laziness, but I havent read the entire thread - just page 1 and now this page - and I’m only going to focus on one point - profit. @KobiD Profit is not and should not be a dirty word in rescue. The reason why rescues are often considered less than worthy of any other dog/cat is that we focus on the emotional pull of rescue (this poor little dog has been abused) and we expect a rescue to run on the smell of an oily rag. We sell the perception that it’s under par, desperate and lacking. We should be selling it as a choice for pet owners and it should be run as a business. A business that should educate in animal welfare matters and enable people to own and love a pet. We should aim to make a profit. Profit is not a dirty word. Profit doesn’t mean ‘I’m off on a holiday or to buy a new car’. Profit can be reinvested into animal welfare, into desexing programs, education programs, awareness campaigns, promotion, facilities and resources. Rescue is broader than welfare. The welfare mentality drepesses me. There’s a lot that I think is really off in the way rescue has evolved over the years and the perception created by the industry as a whole. Waiver: Im not sure I’ve made a clear point and I apologise for that. I’ve debated so much in the rescue arena over the years that I don’t have the energy anymore to spend time in debates.
  15. @Dame Danny's Darling ironic given you’re lecturing a person seeking advice. If you don’t want to read what I say, feel free to put me on ignore. I did read the entire thread but thanks for the advice. The op is probably not going to return. This thread has gone the way many do when someone seeks advice here. The judgements start and people forget that it’s not always easy to get the gist of a situation in writing. Rather than judging why not just offer advice and give the benefit of doubt? Only the OP knows their precise situation.