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  1. New Puppy - Transport - Fly or Drive?

    I would definitely fly if possible.
  2. Absolutely! the concept of standards as we know them present an insurmountable problem in this respect
  3. They might be off putting, but they are important. As @moosmum states, it’s not easy to shift perceptions, be that from inside or outside, of the mind or the space.
  4. And as for “how long will people support that” ...... it seems people crave it! Some of the most “expensive to buy, expensive to run, nothing but heartache & expense, very short lived” breeds are booming in popularity at this moment in time. It’s fashion baby
  5. OMG I’m so sorry to read It seems we have come to think that ‘alive’ equates healthy. I groom dogs everyday that have multiple chronic issues who would be described by their owners as healthy. We’ve got to pull our heads out of our arses.
  6. Is a breeder responsible or irresponsible when they remove genetic material that throws non standard, but non health threatening traits such as off standard colour markings, low ears or high tails?? or when they remove genetic material that has tested positive to health issues?? I know ANKC breeders who operate on one side of this fence, both sides of this fence, or either side depending on the objective at hand. Breeding to standard can only go one way. I despair at the genetic material that’s been lost in dogdom, in the name of purity & standards. It can only ever end badly. I think there really is no way to breed for purity, to standards, responsibly. Think about that. I admire a beautiful pure breed dog, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve come to see the sadness & terrible loss in it too. The purebred fraternity has shot itself in the foot. It’s a slow bleed but the wound is terminal. But I see thing are changing. Dogs are clawing their way back. The strange ways of the universe are seeing a contemporary dog emerging. And it’s generally not a dog steeped in purity or standards. I am quietly confident in the future of domestic pet dogs. But It doesn’t look like it does now. It can’t.
  7. Rescue dogs in SA

    I sent you a message
  8. Thank for posting @moosmum. I reckon a lot of people get a bit lost reading your posts, but I like them and hope people give them real consideration. Hopefully after taking off the rose coloured glasses, should they be wearing them.....
  9. Lowchen! They are fabulous sturdy small dogs. And I think there are a couple of breeders in SA.
  10. Welsh Corgi

    Yes definitely approach breeders now and discuss things. also another breed I thought of maybe to look at is the Schipperke.
  11. Fish diet for dogs

    I’d go with the one kibble meal and one fish meal, or a mix of both at each meal. I had a dog who loved salmon heads and had them every day or so. I’d rather feed them exclusively than have a yeasty itchy dog! Also if you can source rabbit that might be worth investigating.
  12. Separation anxiety

    Sorry I’m just popping in here based on the last few posts and have not read Kane’s back story.......but was wondering if Kane could/would wear a well fitted basket muzzle for a while so he could be safely outdoors with Scout? You’d probably need to do some conditioning regarding accepting the muzzle. And obviously not a solution for times when you are not home. Just thought of it as an option for him to be able to hang outside with his buddy.
  13. The Cost of Puppies

    Yep it’s true. Whenever I hear ANKC breeder whining about puppy farms, I remind them to go home and breed some dogs then! “oh, I only breed when I want something for myself” seems to have become the catch cry of the ‘show’ breeder. There it is all in one little statement. I don’t have a problem with that if it’s what suits them, but don’t bloody complain when someone, anyone, steps in to fill the market!
  14. 3 year vaccination

    Adding, after re reading you OP, if the last vaccine you had was an ‘annual’, and only signed of as such, although that same vaccine, if labelled triennial, could be signed off for 3 years, if it was only labelled and signed for annual, the kennel will not accept it if it’s ‘overdue’ whether you know it’s the same vaccine or not is not relevant in the liability sense, for the vet signing it off or the service accepting your pet into care, such as boarding and daycare etc it makes me really angry that vets are still not explaining the vaccines adequately. It makes me angry that any vet is still even offering an annual core vaccine regime for the vast majority of normally healthy pets. Even angrier that vets are still vaccinating, often annually, extremely senior pets
  15. 3 year vaccination

    Labelling for liability. As far as I’m aware the core vaccine is the same but labelling allows triennial to be legally signed off for the 3 years.