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  1. Dog Poo bags left at the Beach

    I’d hope people could manage to put it in the general waste bin, not the recycling bin. But at the end of the day I’m getting so much less angry as I get older that I’d just have a momentary groan, rectify the situation and move on, and be glad someone at least tried to pick up and dispose at all!
  2. Dog Poo bags left at the Beach

    I started a debate here years ago on the subject of depositing properly bagged dog doo into domestic bins out for collection. I was acrually shocked that people would be opposed to putting bagged doodoo into a domestic bin on a suburban street that was clearly out for collection, but had not yet been collected. There are so few bins in suburban back streets. To me a bin is a bin. And I’d rather find bagged doos in my bin even after collection, than people just leave it on the footpath or verge to be stepped in. Obviously bagging it and taking it home is gold standard if your out walking in the suburbs, but if you’re walking for an hour or more, and don’t find any other bins than domestic ones.... As for the beach, pick it up and remove it from the beach. And take it home or put it in a bin. I’d be a bit cranky if my kid was digging a hole at the beach, as kids do, and hit a buried treasure.
  3. Years ago when I worked at kennels we had one run set aside for aggressive & dangerous dogs. Dogs housed in that run could not be touched and the run not entered. The run had a shallow slide out tray for feeding to facilitate feeding and cleaning of the tray without having to enter or touch the run.
  4. Getting a new puppy

    I’ve known 2 Porties for grooming. One was a tiny undersized female curly coat who was pretty much the shyest dog I’ve ever met in 30+ years of pet grooming. She wasn’t even truly relaxed in her own home. She was sweet and obliging, but consumed by anxiety and crazy shy. The other was a wavy coat male. A big solid boy. He destroyed his owners home and could escape Alcatraz! Once he got out over a 6 ft metal fence and survived getting hit by a truck! He was a lovely dog but quite stubborn and a bit of a nightmare of a puppy. To a large extent, breeding, rearing & training makes the dog what you want it to be. Breed selection is still important though. one breed that popped into my head that you might take a look at is the Curly Coated Retriever. They are medium/large dog with a biddable temperament. They are trainable and will take plenty of exercise. The coat is easy care and pretty low maintenance. If brushed regularly shedding can be kept to to a minimum, certainly no worse than the Beagle and Cattle Dog. Doggy Day Care is quite accessible in most areas these days, and is an option for working people.
  5. I will never understand why people have made raw feeding so complicated! I like Ike your Happy Meal analogy. I always compare eating a whole fresh apple to eating a slice of apple pie!
  6. The downside of DNA testing

    That’s thought provoking. Unfortunately in relation to pedigree pure breed dogs, if the heart disease is found in the breed, ‘breeding away from that’ is limited to looking within the same breed, a massive restriction to work with. Eta...I only listened to the short grab on the FB page.....now listening to the whole podcast..
  7. The downside of DNA testing

    The idea of DNA testing is fine. It’s the response to the results that becomes the issue. A problem is found, but instead of looking outward into a vast pool of available material (every domestic dog on earth) for a solution, pure breed pedigree breeding by its very nature, looks inwards to an ever diminishing, narrow limited pool ( dogs of the same breed) for the solution. There becomes a point where the pool is so shallow and full of contaminates that it’s beyond salvage unless fresh material is sourced to top it up with. Yes, even that fresh material may be contaminated, but it’s really the only hope of keeping the pool at a sustainable level. DNA could equally be used as a powerful tool in discovering ways to replenish gene pools. I used to have my feet planted firmly over in the pure breed pedigree world. But as I’ve gotten older, and hopefully wiser, I’ve come to despair of what I once held in high regard. The gravity of the inherent problem of the idea of purity.
  8. Proheart 12 Side Effects nearly fatal

    When it first became available years ago, I didn’t then, still don’t, treat for heart worm, due to being in a very low risk zone , but a lot of my grooming clients were asking about it/hearing about it, so I asked my vet what his thoughts were regarding this annual heart worm treatment. His response was “I wouldn’t bloody put it in my dog” .......
  9. Nipping around butt area

    If he’s nibbling at the area at the base of his tail , esp the area above his tail on his back, it is most likely fleas, or possibly, flea. Ive been a dog groomer over 30 yrs now and I’d say 99 out of 100 times, even in the absence of visible fleas, it’s fleas. Almost always the owner says no fleas, and within a minute I can find one on the dog! If the dog has had flea allergy before, it has a compounding nature .....every time the dog gets fleas, the reaction gets more severe. Some dogs are truly allergic to fleas and ONE flea bit will have them itching and biting for up to a month as if they were still crawling with them. Id treat the dog as if it were a flea issue, and if the biting and chewing is making raw spots, or open sores, I’d also back it up with a short course of cortisone to stop it becoming a secondary skin infection. If the biting and chewing is most present directly on either side of the anus, then it’s likely an anal gland issue, which I would seek veterinary attention for.
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  11. This poor man mauled

  12. Article on Greencross sale

    The best thing that can happen to a small privately run grooming salon is for a corporate (such as Petbarn) to move in nearby, for the same reasons as outlined in the story above. I know several groomers that have been approached with buy out offers from big box corporates. They’ve all gone on to flourish in the face of the corporate competition.
  13. Raincoat

    Anything here?
  14. Pimple like thing - what is this

    Good plan. Of course it’s possible it’s something else, so a vet check will give you peace of mind
  15. Pimple like thing - what is this

    If it’s small and the hole the muck comes out of is tiny, I’d probably manage it by expressing it regularly. If the hole is or becomes larger it becomes more difficult to manage that way. Sometimes they can get quite large and impacted and trying to express it manually could cause quite a large hole and other problems. Also sometime the hole can exude material that hardens into what looks like a cutaneous horn. As a groomer I see a lot of these. Many are manageable with home care , but some should definitely have veterinary intervention. If in in any doubt talk it through with your vet.