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  1. Can anyone recommend a good dog neurologist in North Brisbane please? My jrt X has been diagnosed with nerve root pain by our regular vet and they say nothing more can be done, but he's in pain and can't live the rest of his life like this so we need to explore our options. I'm in North Lakes so anywhere from North Brisbane up to Caboolture is fine.
  2. Just wondering what the best DNA test available in Australia? Looking for the likes of embark etc that shows breed and possible generic issues. Can we get the embark here? Thanks.
  3. Looking for some rally-o classes and support with the goal of competing. I know there is an obedience club in the area that does rally-o, but I don't like their training methods, so just wondering if there's anywhere that does either classes or maybe an informal group that trains together? I'm in Burpengary and very time poor so would rather not travel very far. Thanks.
  4. Thanks for the replies. I certainly don't want to badmouth a reputable business, but they haven't really met the standard I expect from online stores. For instance, if they hadn't received payment from me within a week, an email to check if I still wanted the item would be in order (either automated or manual), with the option to cancel the order. And I did enter the correct details, I always double check, and I have since checked my statement. The money was sent to the correct account number. I entered the invoice number as the reference. There shouldn't have been an issue. A confirmation email when they received payment would have been nice too. I fully expected to have to wait a while, being so close to Christmas, but they haven't instilled a lot of trust when I have sent them money and they have then proceeded to ignore me since the order was placed. Also, running a business and not even checking emails for two weeks is crazy. For a few days that are public holidays and weekends, all good. But to not even check your emails for that long? Weird. I run a business and I'm taking time off for Christmas, but I still check emails every day. A fast response to people's emails instils trust and makes them feel looked after. Also, if they are not going to check emails, how about an auto-reply that informs people of this? Very easy to set up. I didn't see the message on their home page, as I got to their website through a Google search for a toy I wanted. And I placed the order well before they went away on holiday, more than 3 weeks before. I would expect to hear from an online store within 3 weeks of placing an order. They may be nice people and everything, but they are not really meeting the standard set by many other online stores.
  5. Good to know, thanks :) Is there a similar thing in place for cats?
  6. I ordered a couple of toys on their site on December 6, and paid by direct deposit the same day. I still haven't received the toys, nor a confirmation email of any kind. I emailed them about a week ago asking how my order was coming along, but there has been no reply. Anyone else ordered from them? They seem pretty dodgy to me.
  7. Thanks, I was looking into the breeder option just before, and you are still limited to the max number, which is 4. I then had a look at being a registered foster carer, but the limit is still the same - 4. You are not limited to 4 if you get an affiliated breeder permit quote from website below 2. Affiliated Animal Breeding Applicants must be a member of an affiliated/recognised breeder association. Approved affiliated animal breeders will be allowed to keep above the number of animals described in number of animals allowed by property size tool. Applicants must complete the affiliated animal breeder permit application and submit it to council by mail or at any council customer service centre with the prescribed fee. Applicants who are granted an affiliated animal breeder permit may also be eligible for a concession on their animal registration fees. For more information on animal breeder permits, please contact Council. The property size tool tells me I can have a maximum of 4 dogs. Our property is 3500 m2, so it seems like no matter how big your property is, you are limited to 4 dogs. Unless I'm reading it wrong? I checked with the tool yesterday and it tells me I can have 2, and an additional 2 with a permit. So as a breeder, I would still be limited to 4. ETA: Sorry, I've been reading that as "you will still be limited to the max number". But it actually says you can have more. I totally misread it, even after reading it multiple times. Oops!
  8. I was telling hubby just before we may need to move to a more sensible council area.
  9. The MBRC doesn't care about animals. They recently tried to blame the decline of Koala numbers on 'wild dogs', even though they've allowed most of their habitat to be cleared. I rung up once to report a stray dog. They put it down as a roaming dog complaint, I said 'I'm not complaining I just wanted someone to rescue it because I couldn't'. Nope it had to be a complaint, which makes for incredibly misleading statistics. Also Major Sutherland was caught on tape trying to set-up his opposition with a sly donation from his developer buddies. From what I have witness, I wouldn't trust MBRC as far as I could throw them and would document all dealings with them. I hadn't heard of that case. That's just despicable. Also crazy to have to complain about a roaming dog.... I guess it would be better to call RSPCA rather than the council? Although might not do any good, as RSPCA runs some of the pounds.....
  10. Thanks, I was looking into the breeder option just before, and you are still limited to the max number, which is 4. I then had a look at being a registered foster carer, but the limit is still the same - 4.
  11. Thanks for your replies. Our block is 3500 m2, so plenty big enough. The site tells me: Dogs & cats Dogs: 2 (additional 2 with prior approval) Cats: 2 (additional 2 with prior approval) I just can't believe they would actually make us get rid of our pets when we have had no complaints. They would rather have more animals in the pound and being put to sleep? I noticed in Brisbane you can get a cattery permit to keep up to 10 cats. Is this a possibility in MBRC? I can't find anything about it on their site. Note that this is a hypothetical scenario, we haven't had any trouble with the council.
  12. Does anyone know what happens if you have more cats or dogs than allowed in your council area? If you are a responsible owner, there have been no complaints from neighbours, and the animals don't bother anyone, can they seize additional animals? What happens if you have ended up with more than the max permitted number of animals? In my council, you're allowed 2 cats and 2 dogs, and you can get a permit to keep 4 cats and 4 dogs. So what happens if you have 4 cats, and you meet someone who has 2 cats and move in together? Are you expected to surrender 2 of the cats? I have been researching this for the last hour, and the only thing I could find is that animal ownership is now managed by QLD state government, with the Animal management (cats and dogs) act 2008, but I can't see anywhere in there about the number of animals allowed. On the QLD gov website it says to check with your local council. MBRC where I am says the above - 2, with a permit needed for a maximum of 4.
  13. Wouldn't it be better to borrow one of the puppies from the other litter to raise with the singleton puppy?
  14. Yes, that's an online handling class. I also heard she's returning to Aus in April, but this hadn't been confirmed last time I heard of it.
  15. From what I've heard, SG's handling class will start in Aussie autumn, and I'm planning to do it. I did part of her handling workshop in November and it all made perfect sense and is based on making everything extremely clear and easy for the dog.
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