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  1. I completely agree with the sentiment expressed in the OP. Sadly, far too many people are ruled by emotion, and simply cannot follow logic. Rescue is like trying to treat Gastro with a Cork. The problem needs to be fixed at the TOP, not the bottom. Unfortunately "rescue" also helps perpetuate the "all dogs are lovely" myth, which is the number one reason dogs get abandoned in the first place. Too many nongs out there, indiscriminately breeding whatever mongrels they can get their hands on, and flogging the cute puppies to unsuspecting dupes, without a thought to suitability.
  2. Oh yeah Daddy was definitely a Dingo. She is very loyal, and insanely protective of us and the other dogs.
  3. I'm no "bone expert" but I think its obvious that different animals have different types of bones. Probably different bone types even within the one animal, and bones that may change over time as the animal ages, becoming harder, or more brittle, etc. So some may dissolve quickly in the stomach, others may pass undigested. Unfortunately without experimenting in a lab, I can't be exactly sure. Also, keep in mind that items don't have to be particularly menacing to cause incredibly painful digestive distress. I'm in my 50's and can no longer tolerate small seeds. A roll with poppy seeds will just about kill me, and a single flax seed can nail me to the toilet for days. Point is, better to be safe than sorry, particularly with older dogs.
  4. Kelpies have no dingo genes

    Just goes to show what a load of old crock most of this so-called "DNA Analysis" is. It's a bit like those human DNA tests you can pay for, that claim to identify your geographical heritage. It's basically a guestimate, based on what they they believe to be the prevalence of particular markers in certain populations. The problem with so-called analysis, such as the "Dingo Analysis," is that it is based on circular logic. Even putting aside the original melting-pot of Dingo heritage, they have been interbreeding with farm dogs since the first settlers arrived. So even if you start with the idea that prior to European settlement there existed "Pure Dingos", the vast majority now are nolonger "pure". Similarly, to suggest that the Kelpie had a single-point of origin is a fanciful fairytale. So the problem becomes that in order to disprove the existence of "Dingo DNA" in Kelpies, researchers must first of all define "Dingo DNA" by identifying particular genetic markers that are present in wild Dingos, but not present in domestic dogs. As I said, circular logic. And even then, all you can actually say is that there is no "uniquely Dingo DNA" present in Kelpies. And even having done that, who's to say WHAT those unique markers represent? Could be they represent undesirable traits that would have been deliberately bred out of the Kelpie.
  5. Apologies upfront, I know this a purebred forum, but I've been a member here for a while. We got a pup from "friends" (farmers whose property neighbours my brother's). We met the mother a couple of times, a lovely healthy purebred Golden Lab (who is actively used for retrieving.) They'd always been careful, but obviously not this time. The obvious assumption was that it was their farm dog (or dogs?) who is a working Kelpie. Its my daughter's dog. She actually wanted a Kelpie, but I said they weren't suited to suburban life, so we thought this would be an ok compromise. The pups were all shades of gold & cream, which I thought was a little odd, as the Kelpie suspect was more of a tan colour from memory. She could easily be a Lab/Kelpie cross, except the colouring doesn't match the principal suspect. She is mostly pale cream, with the fawn over her back and head typical of pale dingos. Except that her ears are half-baked, she looks very much like this: I suppose in some ways it makes more sense that the father was a stray or wild dog. She is also food obsessed, beyond even the Flatties if you can believe such a thing is possible. That could just be the Lab shining through, but I've heard Kelpies are not. She has a big personality, but is also a big sook. At night she will sleep cuddled up to either Chloe or I. She loves to play with the other dogs, and can sometimes be a bit too frisky for them, but she never displays aggression. Oh, and did I mention that she howls?
  6. Breeding for colour

    Simple fact is that breeding from an arbitrarily reduced gene-pool is BAD. period. Then if you are able to genetically screen, infinitely better to screen for genetic deficiencies rather than colour. No dog is perfect, so chances are if you focus on colour it may be to the detriment of something else.
  7. Breeding for colour

    Well yes, what the article mentions, but should emphasise is that it is the inbreeding causing the problems, not the colour itself. Whilst always a problem when trying to breed specifically for colour, its compound with Labs, because breeders will usually only breed Chocolates with another chocolate or pure Black. (Mixing Chocolate and Golden lines can produce Dudleys)
  8. Vet warns of Greyhound Adoption Risk

    All Dog Breeds are not the same. It's the same with most "domesticated" animals, but more so because Dogs have been bred for such different purposes. Furthermore, many breeds, originally bred for a particular purpose, have over recent decades been bred as pets for temperament and companionship. Greyhounds haven't. To this day, they are bred to race. Their reputation as "couch potatoes" is not surprising. Even the fastest champion spends most of its life waiting around. So I would imagine that "patience" and "calmness" would be characteristics inherently enforced. (eg a dog that was constantly agitated would presumably not make a good racer and so would not be bred.) But they are still sighthounds with a huge prey-drive. I have Flatcoats. A wonderful gentle, passive, breed. But they can't be let lose anywhere near ducks, because, guess what, they want to retrieve them and break their necks. Go Figure. And I still come back to my original point, and I can't believe you would use the horrible euphemism "wastage." Surplus dogs, especially those not good enough to race, are simply murdered. It's horrific, and it should be stopped. GaP is simply a very small band-aid.
  9. What to feed a Puppy (& other questions)

    Just FYI, long story short, she's a farm dog. Mum's pure Lab, Dad half Lab half Kelpie. They THOUGHT they'd kept Mum in whilst on heat, but obviously not. Interesting mix in the puppies. We chose one who leans more towards the Kelpie side. So her diet at home was mostly rabbit (and Mum.) Bit hard to replicate so we went with Chicken.
  10. Some predictably knee-jerk reactions. I own Pedigreed dogs of a particular breed, always have and hopefully always will. The simple fact is that the vast majority of dogs are pets. The next largest population, in Australia, would be working dogs. Yes, a lot of Pet Buyers are ignorant, and these associations COULD have a huge role in educating them, I just wish they would do more to engage with the public outside their own small clique. I'm sure, that as within any population, there are wide variety of individuals within these organisations and clubs. I've met some wonderful people over the years; open, friendly, welcoming, informative. I've been invited to their homes, their kennels, and their shows. Unfortunately I have also met some rude and ignorant snobs. I guess that's just the human race. If only the associations were run by the dogs themselves we wouldn't have a problem. Keep in mind that my OP was regarding the response from the association rep that (via their website) publicly invites queries and questions.
  11. I need advice

    So sorry for your loss.
  12. Great Post, thank you. I fear these breed associations are fast becoming an anachronistic irrelevance. They claim to occupy the moral highground, and pontificate at length about the evils of everything, but actually do precious little to protect or promote their breeds. They need to lose their arrogance and understand that THEY are the aberration. Dogs are pets or working dogs. The vast majority of owners have no interest in breeding, and fewer still any interest in the arcane art of dog shows. Unless they can find a way down out of their ivory towers, and start engaging with the REAL dog owners, they will be reduced to a sideshow. IMHO that would be pity, and to the detriment of the breeds, but the ball is in their court. The sad thing is that they seem to not even realise how out of touch they are.
  13. Dogs will often dig out cool holes to lay in when they are hot, usually in shady parts of the garden. Otherwise they dig when they are bored or anxious. If you leave a retriever alone for extended periods, digging is common. Keep in mind that it is also a habit, and once started it may continue even though the anxiety has decreased. So it may have started with anxiety over moving house, and has simply become a habit.
  14. Weird Vomit LOG

    Its the same (low allergen) kibble she eats for breakfast. What concerns me is WHERE it was sitting for approximately 12 hours, to form the log. Its as though it were sitting in her oesophagus rather than in her stomach.
  15. Weird Vomit LOG

    Sorry, can't think of a better way to describe it. Came home one morning after an early trip to the ariport, to a fresh surprsie from Chloe. She had vomited on my bed. But what concerns me is the nature of the beast. It was like a giant elongated turd. Now, it turns out, we rand out of wet food, so my son fed them kibble for dinner. That soggy kibble was now compressed into the aforementioned giant log. But where did it come from? I'll admit to some ignorance over the specifics of canine digestions, but I assumed they had a stomach like most mammals. Certainly in my experience, when they vomit it comes up as chunder. So how was this compressed log shape caused? My concern is that for some reason it was sitting in her oesophagus all night? If so, why would this happen?