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grizabella

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About grizabella

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    Saluki Mum
  • Birthday 15/05/1993

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    Salukis! Other dogs, great apes, animal welfare and conservation.

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  1. To be honest, I think $750 is too much to pay for a mixed breed puppy from your average backyard breeder. I'd want to know before committing that much- deposit or not- whether appropriate health testing was done on both parents, what the reasons behind the breeding decision were, and if the breeder is committed to take the puppy back for rehoming at any age should your circumstances change and you be unable to care for her any longer. I'd expect these things from a purebred breeder, and wouldn't take a pup from anyone who could offer less. A breeder should allocate homes based on suitability; if it feels as though the monetary deposit is their main interest, I'd look elsewhere. Especially considering you are recovering the loss of a beloved pet, I think it is really wise to make sure you purchase a puppy from someone prioritising health. The last thing you want is to go through another heartbreak. For the breeds in the mix you're looking at, I'd like to see that the parents have been tested for the following: eye exams to check for entropian, retinal atrophy etc., renal dysplasia testing, hip and elbow certification, and potentially heart screening. I think you would be rather more likely to find such a commitment to health in a purebred breeder, but it's something to ask about whichever route you choose. Here are some recommendations from the American Shih Tzu Club: http://americanshihtzuclub.org/breeder_guidlines
  2. 52/2018

    36/56 Of all the dogs I know who aren't my own, this lovable goof is by far my favourite. She will be having surgery soon to remove a suspected hemangiosarcoma; I'm crossing everything for a positive outcome. Arya by Amy Atherton, on Flickr
  3. 52/2018

    34/56 Enzi is a good boy while Zombi cleans behind his ears Zombi and Enzi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr 35/56 Saluki boy Bowie is growing up fast, and getting super handsome! Bowie by Amy Atherton, on Flickr
  4. 52/2018

    33/56 Beautiful Zuri on her sixth birthday. Zuri by Amy Atherton, on Flickr
  5. More Monarto Chimps

    Some photos of the chimps from today. Enzi, Zombi and Zuri by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Gombe, Boyd and Sandali by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Hannah by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Enzi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Lani by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Zombi and Enzi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Zuri by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Tsotsi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Zuri by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Sandali by Amy Atherton, on Flickr
  6. 52/2018

    Perse, those are gorgeous! Euros have always been one of my favourite macropods; they have such friendly-looking faces.
  7. More Monarto Chimps

    Some more chimp pictures from yesterday. Galatea by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Gombe by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Hannah, Boyd and Enzi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Boyd, Tsotsi, Gombe, Sandali and Galatea by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Zuri and Lani by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Zuri by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Boyd by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Gombe by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Hannah by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Lani by Amy Atherton, on Flickr
  8. More Monarto Chimps

    Enzi is getting to be a big boy! He seem to have inherited his dad's way with the ladies. Zombi and Enzi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Enzi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Zombi and Enzi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Lani and Enzi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Lani and Enzi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Lani and Enzi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Enzi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Enzi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr
  9. 52/2018

    31/56 Mama Zombi Zombi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr 32/56 Gali Galatea by Amy Atherton, on Flickr
  10. Adventures of Bella Saluki

    Beach time. Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr
  11. Low down on labradoodles

    If your old girl would do better with company, I agree with juice that going with a mature adult would be a good way to go. The older dog could be a great role model to a pup, but retriever pups can be little whirlwinds and could be overwhelming. I definitely would steer clear of a young lab/poodle mix in this situation; all the ones I've met (including professionally as a dog washer) have been very bouncy and energetic, often extremely so. As you don't know for sure what you'd get temperamentally, it'd be a gamble, but both labs and standard poodles can be full-on while they're growing up. In your situation, I'd look at contacting breeders with regards to a mature adult of a breed that suits.
  12. Low down on labradoodles

    I would steer well clear. What does the breeder require of the dog that makes them sure they are breeding quality (health tests, structural soundness, sporting ability, temperament)? Three-four litters within the first five years of a dog's life is huge- most breeders I know would wait until a bitch is at least four (so fully mature) to have a first litter, and there would be gaps between litters of over a year. Aside from the fact that this breeder sounds very profit-driven from the little information given, with that number of puppies being bred I'd wonder how committed the breeder is with regards to lifetime support for the dog. Obviously, with 'doodles' there is a great deal of variation in size, temperament and coat type, which is really something to consider. Everything about this has me seeing red flags up. What are you actually looking for in a second dog? What draws you particularly to poodle/lab mixes, or is it more to do with the timing of this particular puppy? This being a purebred forum, I doubt anyone will recommend you go down this route, but could assist with finding a dog from a reputable source.
  13. 52/2018

    Week 30/56... just a bit of Bella Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr
  14. Adventures of Bella Saluki

    They're amazing!! They are most definitely not the average dog personality wise, but I find there's something about them that just stirs the soul- they get so in tune to you emotionally, and it means a lot as they are not remotely slavish. Not for everyone, but they are just beautiful in so many ways.
  15. Adventures of Bella Saluki

    Bowie's only sweet and innocent because he's realised he's met his match! He can hoon with the best of them when he's got his cat brother to play with- it'll be no time at all before he's giving Bella a run for her money. I love how Bella's still a complete nutbag at seven, entering middle age with all of her puppy crazies still intact. And no one does regal like Bella does regal!
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