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  1. so sorry that you all did not have more time together. What an amazing number of gifts you have given her in the last few weeks - love, safety, care, tenderness, fun and happiness - and now you are giving her a final gift of her wings when they are needed. And she reciprocated with love
  2. no helpful info for the OP, but Rebanne, that artist is amazing
  3. We went to the beach yesterday - and it was a wonderful way to spend an hour or so. The little one is an absolute trooper - 14 years old, and nearly lost him a couple of months ago when he had an adverse reaction to the premed when he was to have a dental. Yet, he still goes anywhere (albeit a bit slower, the journeys are shorter and he needs a 'carry' every now and again - hang on, starting to sound like me )
  4. I have a dog who thinks my floors are lava - watching a rough coat collie walk backwards navigating corners, chairs, tables and everything else is somewhere between hilarious and 'seriously - what the hell are you doing?'. If she is within a few feet of a rug/mat she will go backwards. Otherwise she is 'stuck'. She will only go forward on the floor if the doorbell rings (then she runs barking without any issues until she remembers where she is in which case she is 'stuck'.) And by stuck, I mean she will just stand totally stationary just moving her eyes - I left her there one day to see if she would work it out for herself (either backwards or forwards) - nope 30 mins later I gave her a carpet tile path (and now have one to the front door ) My solution is to have a couple of large rugs in the family room so she can lie down/play etc , and then use a series of carpet tiles to create 'pathways' throughout the house. The cheapest V nicest option I found was at Bunnings. They have squares and rectangles (both work, but I tend to use the rectangles). They are 1m x 25cm and have enough weight and a solid backing (thick rubber) that they don't move, but can easily be picked up and moved for floor washing and vacuuming. I have paths throughout the kitchen/dining/family room and up the 2 hallways. She is confident enough happily walks/trot around on them. Picture for example (please excuse grotty floor and the 'needs to be groomed' dog - we went to the beach this morning so didnt bother to do the floors until I bath one and brush the sand out of the other )
  5. My 2c is that a breeder should not be opposed to price being discussed in the first contact (call or email) - as above, it is no good having a budget of $X and finding out 6 conversations later that the price is double that. To be honest, if I asked (appropriately) about cost and the breeder got cranky, that would be enough for me to walk away as I consider that as either 'mind games' or they are more sensitive/clicky/something than I care to engage with. Having said that, 'appropriate' is the key. I don't think it is appropriate to start a conversation with 'hi, I am Fred and looking for a pup - how much is it'. I see nothing wrong with 'hi, I am Fred, I am looking for a pup, this is me (where, why, what, who, history etc), I am hoping to do .........., ... ask questions you have about the pup and the breeder etc, and then say 'may I ask how much you are asking for him/her' ......'. Even if you have decided not to purchase, or they don't have anything suitable, it will give you an idea of the cost. That way you know if $X is realistic.
  6. As both an ex horse and dog 'shower', I though it might be helpful to give a comparison (I did led in breed shows with my horses (and they had a couple of registrations - eg: part bred Arab, ASSP, buckskin etc) ). I am comparing non specialty (ie: breed specific) shows - so an Ag. or all breeds show for horses and an all-breeds dog show. The three biggest differences are the number of class you are eligible for, show structure and what you have to do to get 'evidence of success' on the day Classes: With a horse, it was normal to do a couple of classes per registration (ie: their age/gender class PLUS best head and/or best trot and/or best colour and/or etc). So if your horse had a couple of registrations, you could easily do 6-10 initial classes in a day (more if you win and go back in). With a dog, you usually only have one class (eg: Havanese - Puppy Bitch). There may be a guineas etc you might be eligible for - but work on the one class only. Having said that, if they win (or come 2nd) in the class, you will continue to go against others until there is a 'final winner' (either in that category or overall). So you may go in the ring more often - but there is only one initial class you enter for Against different breeds: Horses generally compete against the breed only. Some shows have a 'ultra supreme' where all best of the breeds compete against each other, but not every show, and when I was involved it was not seen as the 'ultimate' and some people would not even stay for it when they were eligible. Dogs are entirely different. Each breed is part of a 'group' (eg: Havenese, Pekinese, Chis, and a couple of dozen other breeds are all in the 'Toy Group'. There is also a Hound group, a Terrier group etc (7 in total). At a dog show, the Havenese compete against each other as a breed, then the winners of all the Toy Group comes together to compete, and then all the winners of the various groups come together to compete to work out who is the best in the show (overall, and all the age groups etc). And the 'In Group' and 'In Show awards are highly coveted 'Evidence of Success' - I wasn't sure what the right word is, so I will try and explain. My first experience of in hand horse show was a co-worker. She would come in to work on the Monday with 2 huge tri-ribbons (and I mean huge - bigger than you would see for any BIS at a 3 day Championship dog show). I was amazed when I found out she had won the equivalent of best of breed. With a dog show, being the best male in your breed is a challenge, and if the best of your breed is just that - Best of Breed. If you are the best male of your breed in a horse show you are Champion, and if the best of your breed, you are Supreme Champion. Win a dog Best of Breed and you may get a handshake from the judge. Win a horse Supreme Champion and you get a huge ribbon. It was not unusual for me to come home from a horse show with a half dozen massive ribbons, when if I had the same success at a dog show, I may have come home with a couple of small (single) ribbons. I was never fussed about ribbons, so neither worried me - but for a 'show and tell' on a Monday, horse shows was much more impressive Having said that, a 'challenge' at a dog show gets you points to become an Australian Champion and above - and I personally found a 20 point challenge certificate very satisfying. No such thing with a horse. Both dogs and horses have point score options which is worked out on show results, but there are no 'challenge points' in a horse show I am not saying either is better or worse (and that whatever level of success you have - it should be fun) - just that having done both, these are the three things which stood out for me.
  7. Without more information, there is no way to know all the details. It would be nice for the original poster to let us know how the pup is - but given the turn this thread has taken I am not sure they will. Talk about assumptions and pedanticness with time frames - struth. 'had him for a week' could mean 6 days or 10 days. I did something a week ago but it was on the Wednesday, it is now Saturday '8 weeks old' does not mean 56 days - it could mean he is not yet 9 weeks old. A friend of mine has a 3 week old (human) baby. He refers to him as '3 weeks old' for 7 days, then he will be '4 weeks old'. I read the thread as a person asking genuine 'newbee' questions about the one of the weird and wonderful things babies do so they can learn what is normal and what is an indicator of concern - not requesting an debate with more concern about blame and timelines from people who don't know because they don't know the facts Mutter over
  8. Sandgrubber - I wasn't saying that the ring is the perfect solution. What has been done to several breeds is 'criminal' and bloody disgusting. I remember the German Shepherds of the 70's - proud, sound (mind and body) beautiful animals. Not the roach backed/down on hocks, screaming/mentally fragile beings of a few decades later. And that is only one of dozens of breeds that have been stuffed up physically and mentally (before anyone loses it - yes there are exceptions in individuals and breeders - I am referencing in general). The point I was attempting to make is that there are pups that simply aren't up to breed standard (pls note, I said the standard, not 'winning in the ring). The conversation seemed to be focused on 2 points. (A) If I pay $X,000 I should have the right to do whatever I want, and (B) if I pay $X,000 it should be good enough to show and breed from. The point I was attempting to make is that not all dogs are worthy of being shown or bred from (regardless of which registration) and that there are valid reasons for limited registrations - and that I agree it is overused (note the 2nd last line in my original comment).
  9. Personally I think limited register should not be used as the 'default', but it sure does have a place. The part of this discussion which I haven't read (apologies if I have missed it) - is that not all pups will be worthy of full registration. There are many pups which genuinely should be on limited register. The differences between registrations is (a) should not be breed from and (b) not suitable for showing. Regardless of the registration, they can still compete in 'sports' (obedience, agility etc), is a representative of the breed and the breeder (has pedigree papers and the prefix of the breeder) etc. Bottom line - some dogs are simply not suitable for the show ring, nor are suitable breeding stock. That is not (necessarily) a reflection on the breeder, their skill, commitment or the manner they care for their dogs - it is simply that some are not 'good enough'. At its core - a dog show is a beauty contest. Correctness to standard, form, confirmation, temperament etc is measured - but to be successful it is a measure against 'perfection' (whatever that means per breed) and some dogs simply don't measure up. Same goes for an animal being considered a good enough representation of he breed to be considered for breeding. Some dog/bitch combinations simply don't work, and even when they do - not all pups are created equal. It doesn't matter if the parents are dogs, cats, horses, budgies or people. I have yet to see the perfect formula where any male A is mixed with female B and the result is ALWAYS 100% uniform and exceptional. That is where limited registration has its place. Pup 'fluffy' is amazing - representative of his breed in type and temperament, an amazing animal that is breeder is proud to register as PREFIX Fluffy, and his owner is delighted with. But unfortunately, regardless of how much his owner wants it, Fluffy just does not cut it for the show ring or the breeding barn (horse reference). But it costs just as much to get PREFIX Fluffy (limited registration) to the point of sale as it does to get his littermate PREFIX Perfect (main registration) to the same point. The part that does peeve me is the 'limited registration for everything'. That is what is contributing to dwindling numbers (but that, together with 'only breed when you need something yourself' culture is a mumble for another day )
  10. Not specific to Dobermanns (or even to dogs in general) - but pricing of any product overseas has pretty much zero relevance to the Australian market. Population (and population density), transportation, access etc all impact costs. I remember speaking to an American woman re mobile phone pricing - she was going off as 'in America all calls are free, we just pay a small amount for data'. She totally didn't get that the area to cover (towers, cabling, signal etc) compared to the number of paying customers completely changed the pricing model. Looking at it from a dog perspective - if someone in Australia wants to import a dog (or semen for AI) from Europe it is expensive (quarantine, flights etc etc). Someone in UK who wants the same dog/semen can do the same a lot easier. I have never done the $$$$$ but it would be a fraction of the cost. And that is just importing new bloodline. There are many other costs (some cheaper in comparison - others dearer). The point is that comparing apples with oranges will end up with a fruit salad - but no comparison. I also agree with finding a breeder you like, and going from there. It is ok to have a price in your mind that you are willing to spend, most people have that. But deciding that anyone who charges more than that figure and uses 'dog shows' and 'bloodlines' means 'they want their pups to be sold at whatever price they are asking. All drama....!' is quite a blanket statement.
  11. The only real solution is to reinforce the house yard. I imagine you are in the bush for the 'natural' world it provides, but you now have a dog which is slowly (or not so slowly) destroying it. It is not your pups fault - it is in her nature and she is basically been given unlimited access to the 'lolly shop'. I cant believe that bones etc could ever replace the 'fun' of the movement, taste and noise of a real animal in distress (she may not have the intent to kill and maim - it may be play to her - but it sure isnt to the animals she is killing). Sorry - in my view you need to either control/stop her access or realise she is not the right dog in that environment. May sound harsh, but i dont imagine she is suddenly going to change and for it to become safe for the wildlife or for her
  12. I can understand that it must be the hardest of all decisions - a young dog who is physically healthy. But, as you said - he does have an illness, it is just that it is not in his bones, or skin etc - it is in his mind. You have done all you can, and even though it would be extraordinarily hard, from the info you have given, there seems to be only one solution. I don't think you will ever get to the point you will be 'comfortable' with the solution - and that says a lot of positive things about you - it would be uncomfortable. If doing the MRI is financially possible and would help you - then do it. But if it won't change the end decision, and the result would not be beneficial for further breeding programs, then it may not be the thing for you. My thoughts are - who is benefitting from his life at the moment. You aren't, your grandchildren aren't, and I imagine his mental state is not much fun for him either. And - he has snapped and launched at a 2.5 yo child. The consequences of the next time (there will be one) may be catastrophic. Sorry you are in this position - absolutely crap
  13. I agree with the above - books come after meeting dogs and owners. Your list is extremely diverse - in size, temperament, exercise, potential noise, training style (and trainability) and 'living with a dog' lifestyle. What drew you to them (I suspect it may have been googling 'most popular dogs in Australia' or 'which dog makes the best pet' (or something similar). Not a bad starting place - but a bit like googling 'what are the best shoes' when deciding to go from walking around the block to running a marathon - a tweeny bit of the picture. I would recommend sitting down and writing a list of pros and cons about getting a dog and deciding if *you* want one. And if the decision is yes, write another list with: how much time do you have each day - exercising (mind and body), feeding, grooming etc inside or outside what is your lifestyle (if you like to 'get a way for the weekend' often and/or at short notice, then either you need to take the dog with you or make arrangements for their care) - eg: if you like camping, as long as you go to 'dog friendly' places, then that is great. But if you 'like to go to Melbourne/Sydney/wherever with friends on short notice' then you will have to consider that do you have work commitments (if you need to travel for work even a couple of times a year for 2 or 3 days, you either need to have a friend/family who can look after them or find a good boarding kennel) hair - unless you get one of a few breeds, you will have hair around the house - only question is how much :-) slobber - are you ok with this, or is it a deal breaker grooming - do you want to brush regularly, or not other members of the household - what do they think and like aesthetics. I know some people 'poo poo' people who like a certain colour or a certain look. I don't agree with that as a blanket statement. As long as what you like is not detrimental to the dog, then why not get what you like. Big, small, long coat or short coat, boofy head and body or fine and slim etc Don't get a dog because family says you should. If you decide you want a dog, then go to dog parks, obedience trials, dog shows - and talk, watch and talk some more. You will soon find out that in every breed there are different temperaments and behaviours. In each of the breeds you have listed, I have met dogs I would love to live with - and also ones that I could not have coped with for 2 minutes. Not to say they were 'bad dogs' - just not dogs for me
  14. Thanks again everyone. He is being moved to a low fat diet (no more dinner scraps etc - mmmmmmmmm ). His weight is good at the moment - he was a tad chubby a few months ago, but that had been corrected prior to the bloodtest (but could still have impacted it). He will get another blood test done in a few months, and will ask for a more detailed one. Fingers crossed all will be better, thanks
  15. Thanks all. I will pass the information on. I think it was a standard blood test, so a more detailed one may be required
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