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  1. Thats a worry - i have two syntec leashes with the brass clips thay have not let me down in years of use (also powerfuls dogs) i notice they now seem to use stainless steel fittings - they used to make a point of saying how good the brass ines were ... interesting . do we still have someone from k9pro here? I have always had good cs from them.
  2. Try putting a piece of that rubber no slip matierial under it .. i find that helps to prevent the seat protector (back seat buddy in my case) from sliding about so much.
  3. Pack does say made in Australia - they have a .au website and petshop is saying made in australia. I saw the UK site too - they don't seem to list the dry food as a product. Real Petfoods own the brand here and an Asian group bought Real Petfoods late last year ... My guys certainly like it -
  4. I think this brand might be newish? I've been feeding Blackhawk for quite a while so haven't been looking at other brands. My girl has gotten a bit bored with the Blackhawk so thought I'd try a new food to see if she'd like something else. The PetO staff member was pushing the Billy + Margo and I grabbed a small bag to try it out. Looking for analysis and feeding info on their website found nothing at all so I'm reduced to holding the bag under a strong light and peering at the tiny print - reading that the food is "Crafted in Australia" makes me gag a little but anyhoo. Anyone tried this food? Thoughts? (bag images in following post)
  5. Awful situation. Sounds like you are doing the right things - vet etc. Can you double fence the area that people and other dogs are likely to approach?
  6. Some of them are very good at doing it on the run .. made me very glad I was wearing a snowsuit owned by the tour operator ...
  7. what a lovely tribute. Hugs to you all.
  8. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/oct/12/italian-woman-sick-pay-leave-time-off-look-after-ill-dog
  9. Added direct (non-facebook) links to interviews - The Project Interview (video) https://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/the-project/extra/season-9/nelly-and-her-dogs and another (this one is text not video) Interview on ABC site
  10. Malamute rescue story on TV. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1465911956808519&id=114486931951035
  11. Perhaps you could fly with her and let Sis bring the van over.
  12. Firstly - your house, your rules - I'd probably say no also - too many unknowns. A rental property is a big investment and pets are a risk you can control to a large extent. Re yard size - We are have owned 5 akitas. City property with a yard not much bigger than the one described. (maybe 30% I suppose but still smaller than many people feel is needed for "a large dog" ). They have all been couch potatoes who don't self exercise. More like a malamute than a husky (I have fostered both, huskies never again :-) The one akita we had from a puppy was never destructive. One was a talented climber which is why we got her - she never escaped from our yard. Only one has been a serious barker - long-coat bitch who is just a more highly strung sort of dog than the current boy who is very laid back. IMO - The quoted yard size alone is not enough to disqualify an akita as a suitable dog - they can live in apartments with the right owner and exercise regime - and do in some parts of the world. They do require a savvy owner as despite the couch potato behaviour they will remind you very quickly that they are dogs, and hunting dogs at that. (We have had to take a couple of very prized ratty trophies from them recently) That puppy akita was my first dog (as an adult) and my partners first dog ever - it can go bad but we had an good supportive breeder and a very well bred puppy.
  13. i've found a few threads on the various preventives and there seems to be mixed opinions on DOL re the internal treatments - trouble is that advantix does't seem to be working for fleas anymore. My akitas have been on ivermectin for heartworm for ages with no side effects and are pretty healthy. Much as i don't much like the idea of the long lasting internal treatments, I think I might have to go that way. Any current thoughts? (i'm aware of the internet hysterics - take those with some salt) Also - given the still warm weather - what is the current tick risk on the south coast of nsw? (Shoalhaven). - unexpectedly spending some time there ....(here ..)
  14. Footnote to the issue with my harness - the manufacturer has sent me a replacement halter. I was expecting just the 'restraint' part but they sent the whole thing. Good customer service, happy with their response.
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