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  1. I know what you think the intent is, but its not. For example, POCTA does not include or cover vaccination. As I said, the document by DPI is not well written. It appears to be aimed at commercial establishments and the legislative instrument that they are using is not specific to procedures such as vaccinating puppies or kittens, but to ensuring that animals in breeding establishments will not suffer cruelty. When you have large numbers of animals, the risk of disease is far greater. Hence why vaccinations are included in the code. I can breed a litter of puppies tomorrow, and not vaccinate them, and I will not be breaking any laws.
  2. A code of practice is not a law. There is no law in NSW that states a dog has to be vaccinated. Edited: I just had a look at the code of practice you have referred to. It's not very clear but it seems to be aimed at commercial breeding establishments and not hobby breeders.
  3. Definitely not illegal in NSW. The dog must be microchipped before sale by law however. And at that age, it should also be registered. It is the sellers responsibility to also ensure the microchip details are transferred.
  4. There were a couple of images and the dog didn't look any better in either image. Its not just disturbing, it's a living and current example of the issue that has enabled the sometimes dangerous distortion of breeds over time. In my view, this is "extreme" leanness. I would go as far as to say it's not a lean dog, but an emaciated one.
  5. I'm not sure if this has been posted. Along the lines of your comments above. Exhibit A - this dog, in an overseas competition, won (hence the ribbons and proud look on the handler/owner).
  6. I should clarify that I haven't given up on pugs for any health or breeding related concern. My life has just taken other directions.
  7. I loved my pugs for their personality. Their temperament. They are undoubtedly one of the most affectionate, easy going, fun-loving little canines to ever have existed. We can have that same dog without the extreme flat face and stubby legs. Maybe one day we will. My days of owning pugs are over though. I've had a 44 year love affair with the breed and I don't regret it. They're fantastic little things.
  8. I'm really loving that these discussions can be had here now. Years ago it would have immediately turned into a shitfight. I know many pug breeders. They're wonderul, caring, animal loving people. They adore their dogs and would do anything for them. But they do not look at the pug and it's physical failings, objectively. They can't. I've been slammed over the years and am battle scarred from this. All because I've argued that the breed has major health issues most of which are attributable to the brachy skull. Every pug is defective. Every. Single. Pug. On. This. Earth. I have a collection of pug pics from over the centuries. I love looking at the pugs of yesteryear. I wish we would return to the old style. The simple fact the breed has a flattened face means it has faulty breathing. I used to write extensively about this on here. It's progressively become flatter. The flatter face shape. The shorter legs. Slits for nostrils. It's all really sad. I was actually even banned from discussing pugs and brachephlic syndrome on here for some time.
  9. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm not sure, as my dogs were all small, but these guys have some beautiful urns. I've purchased 4 from them over the also few years and I have loved every single one. Not cheap but fantastic quality and they look beautiful in my home. https://petcremationurns.com.au/
  10. I'd be more concerned with the fact my puppy was growling at people...
  11. I haven't vaccinated any of my adult dogs or cats for almost 30 years. You need to weigh up the risks that apply to your dog and continue to assess those risks for the life of your dog. Risks include interaction with other dogs, visiting areas frequented by other dogs, humans that visit you that may have come into contact with other dogs, boarding kennels, frail health and low immunity of your dog, the age of your dog and it's breed. Speak to your vet about any concerns. My vets are fine with my decision. They know that I rely on them for advice and that I consider every decision carefully.
  12. Hit and miss is also applicable to dogs. It really depends on the trainability of the dog, the strength of the original urge to mark, the upbringing (inside at times and partly trained, or never inside and able to mark at will) and the strength of habit. I've retrained pugs without too much issue. Some still occasionally marked. One was never able to be trained though, regardless of what we did.
  13. If you like the look of a wood deck, I'd be inclined then to look for a product to fill the cracks - if there is such a thing. Like a wood filler? You could have something attached to the deck from the udner side and then fill the cracks. Im not sure how feasible that would be, but maybe worth considering. Otherwise, marine carpet sounds like the best suggestion.
  14. Are her nails too long? Its potentially just a one off accident. Boof, one of my pugs, got his claw stuck between two pavers. He all but ripped it out and we came home to blood everywhere. I didn't rip up the pavers. He never had another accident either.