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  1. I heard about it on the radio this morning. So horrible. The poor husband must be devastated.
  2. I get Dash's Leading Raw at Petstock (they sell Big Dog too). That's in Brisbane, but hopefully your closest one will have them too. You'll want some decent freezer space!
  3. I started Dash on Black Hawk (as per his breeder) but then 6 months later transitioned him onto Leading Raw BARF patties for dinner (He still has kibble for breakfast, which I don't mind continuing because I can scatter it for him to find or stuff into things etc).
  4. New breed in Australia

    I can't say for sure, but there was a dog at the dog park I ran into a few weeks ago and the owner said he was a Catahoula. Definitely didn't look like either of those two links, but moreso like the actual one from the AKC. It was a crossbred rescue for sure and about 11 years old.
  5. Is a Border Collie right for me?

    I only have a 7 month BC, so I'm not the most experienced, but yes, I would say that all sounds pretty great. Right now Dash still gets tired very easily (but recharges just as quickly). He loves to fetch, swim (he's a natural swimmer and LOVES it!), play tug, solve treat puzzles, run around the yard with me and go for walks. And also sit in my lap and cuddle for as long as I'm there. If I'm sitting on the ground, he'll want to be in my lap. He's an amazing dog and I love him to pieces, but right now (and I'm hoping he grows out of it once he stops teething and matures past puppy stage) but he's also by far the most destructive dog I've ever had or heard of in my life. He eats EVERYTHING. From the plaster of the laundry (when confined as a tiny pup) to the floor of my deck, to my wooden front door, to my daughter's swing set etc.... I even bought him a clam shell pool yesterday to swim in which he was happily doing, but two seconds later he was chewing it to pieces. So it doesn't seem to be a boredom thing for him as he will happily try and destroy stuff in front of me and even after I've taken him out somewhere etc. Having said that, even though he has damaged a LOT around the house he's also a pretty amazing dog and I still love him to pieces. He learns everything (except not to chew!!) VERY quickly and is the friendliest, most affectionate dog I've ever had. He is always up for some exercise or adventure and as soon as the hatch of my car opens, he jumps in. He doesn't even wait for it to be opened fully, he just leaps in underneath it whether he's supposed to be going for a drive or not. They are amazing at agility and you'll probably find that if you did do agility, that most of the other dogs there are also BCs.
  6. Border collie advice

    We have a 5 month old border collie puppy and we've just started leaving him outside when we go to work in the last week, but that's because we live on 2 acres with rural mesh fencing so we got an electric collar system installed to make sure he can't get out (some spots he could probably crawl under, but being a border collie, when he's bigger he'd definitely be able to clear them if he really wanted to). So as Dogsfevr said, it'd depend on the security of your yard in particular. Making sure there's nowhere he can escape, nothing he can hurt himself on/eat anything dangerous, have good access to shelter and water etc. Before that we had Dash living on our deck. We did try and build him a run in the yard underneath the deck but he kept getting out somehow so it was safest to leave him on our deck until we had the Hidden Fence installed.
  7. Border Collie Pics

    I can add one Sheena :D We bought a little red and white boy home to our family last month - Dash.
  8. Thanks everyone! I've passed your feedback onto my sister to do some research now with her husband. I don't think that would really work for them to be honest. It would definitely be possible to add a doggy door to their laundry but with the two young kids they always have clothes overflowing in the laundry or toys around the house etc that I don't think it'd work having a dog inside when they're not around to supervise unfortunately.
  9. Thanks so much guys, a few breed suggestions we'd never thought of so I'll get her to have a look at them. Funnily enough, she got a reply from another Cav breeder later that said they sounded perfect and that while Cavs would love to have someone home with them they cope better with being alone than some other breeds. Okay yep, I can definitely understand your reasoning here! That wasn't said by the breeder at all unfortunately, she seemed to think working part time was absolutely absurd and literally said she would never consider selling her a dog. I definitely agree that if they do get a pup now, they'll have to make sure it's well prepared for her return to work! A reasonable backyard size. Shady trees and plants to lie under, lots of grass, as well as a huge covered patio area.
  10. Hey guys Just after some breed suggestions for my sister and her family please. - My sister, her husband and their two kids aged 4 and 7 - My sister's Rottie passed away before the kids and my brother-in-law has only had family dogs when he was a child - Brother in law works full time, and my sister is currently home full time, looking to return part time in about 6 months. - After a small to medium sized dog that must be good with kids - Independent but happy to have cuddles - Not yappy - The kids are outside a lot when home and the pup will be allowed to sleep inside and come inside sometimes during the day when they're home but will be outside when they're out - Will go on short walks and when the girls go for bike rides - Happy to brush as much as daily as long as they're fairly short grooming sessions They were interested in a Cavalier but the first response they got from a breeder was that her going back to work part time at the end of the year meant the dog was going to be left alone for far too long and she would never let her have one of her dogs and to go and find another breed. So as you can imagine she's feeling pretty disheartened and wanting to see if there's something else suited to them. Thank you!!
  11. It's so hard knowing when the right time is. You want them with you as long as possible but then you don't want to keep them here selfishly when you know it's not in their best interest anymore. 14 is wonderful, so many lovely memories you'd have together.
  12. Thank you so much everyone. It was hard even posting it here as it brought so much emotion back up but I really appreciate your kind words. He was a beautiful boy and will be loved and remembered forever.
  13. It's with a very heavy heart that I update you all to say that Kyojin was put to sleep a couple of weeks ago. I spoke to both of the vets that have looked after him throughout his life (same clinic) and both felt that he was deteriorating cognitively. We found a few lumps on his body including one inside his nose. His eyesight was starting to go as well (already been deaf for a few years now), particularly struggling to see when it started to get dark and was getting even jumpier than normal. He had started to appear quite sad really, sleeping even more than normal and withdrawing contact from my husband and I as well. No further altercations with the neighbour, however one morning I also caught him snapping at our goats as well narrowly missing one of them (poor things have no survival skills and just stood there at the fence eating while he was trying to get to them). It seemed the right thing to do both for his own health which seemed to be increasingly declining as well as for everyone elses' safety as well as his behaviour was getting unpredictable. At the vets we noticed he'd also lost a significant amount of weight as well (not really visible due to his thick coat). It was a horrible decision to make and I didn't sleep for a good week afterwards and still miss him terribly, but I know it was also the kindest decision to make. My husband and I planted a pink tabebuia tree in our front yard that afternoon with his collars buried under it. It's going to be a glorious tree one day that will stand out from the rest of the bush surrounding us so that everyone who drives past can see his beautiful tree and smile too.
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