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    1. unregistered back-yard breeders
    2. puppy mills
    3. mass production via registered breeders
    4. owners who let their dog have 'this one litter'...or two...
    5. accidents from dogs not de-sexed

    Firstly the bolded groups above are all one in the same.

    Secondly I'm really confused as to how you come to the following conclusion...

    Furthermore, it is very likely that actually the desperate efforts, trying to rescue every dog possible, contributes heavily to the indeed unethical breeding culture: as long as there are some kind of takers, irresponsible breeders will keep on going fueling the market!...in other words: the more dogs you save, the more they breed...

    You made some vague mention of BYBers "replacing" pound dogs because they are going to rescue?!

    You're kidding yourself if you think irresponsible and unregistered breeders have any knowledge of their dogs ending up in the pound to being with let alone have any idea if they go to rescue or are destroyed.

    Rescues are 3 steps away from the typical BYBer (BYBer > First Owner > Pound > Rescue) which means any link you try and make is tenuous at best.

    You'll actually find that as rescue's are providing another option when it comes to sourcing a pet that there are therefore less people looking for cheap BYB puppies


  1. If you're looking for a sturdier kennel we'll be wanting to get rid of our's at the end of May

    it's not the best photo but essentially pine frame, marine ply on the sides, top and bottom and tin roof which sits over the top of the ply roof on an angle. Size wise it's about the size of a standard kmart bed, we've had up to 3 cocker spaniel sized dogs in there at once.

    it's looking a bit worn out these days but nothing a lick of paint can't fix

    IMG_1036_zpsb84f8ac5.jpg


  2. Can anyone suggest how I might word a petition on this subject?

    What do you want the petition to accomplish? how are you proposing to change the situation? Unless you have a viable solution to remedy the situation an online petition is only going to inflame the situation and encourage pounds to keep these dogs out of the spotlight and away from FB where they are much more likely to get PTS due to lack of exposure.

    If you want things to change then look at the list I posted earlier about how you can encourage rescues to get involved with individual cases or better yet maybe volunteer at a pound and get some hands on experience with ALL the issues pounds face everyday.

    It's easy to be a keyboard warrior, if only everyone that wanted things to change were actually prepared to do something about it (and by this I don't mean create an inflammatory petition)

    Your post is not at all helpful. I am asking about the wording of a petition not whether or not I should write one at all. My petition would go to the government. It would not be an online petition via Facebook because I don't have the IT skills for that, but maybe that is a good suggestion. Perhaps I could find someone who could set up one on Facebook. Your post is helpful after all.

    I asked you what you wanted the petition to accomplish and how you were proposing to make that happen. How is anyone supposed to help you write a petition without knowing those key things.

    Who is the target of your petition? One specific pound? All the pounds in NSW? What about the ones that are already fostering out pregnant dogs? Which government are you planning to sent it to? Local, state or federal? Which government employee will you be addressing it to?

    Thank you for your interest. I don't read your posts as friendly which makes me wary (hypervigilance possibly) so I will not be answering your questions.

    the rescue I work with has established relationships with lots of pounds in NSW and there are many individuals that through their attempts to better the system have threatened to derail these relationships. You're not the only one with cause to be wary.


  3. Can anyone suggest how I might word a petition on this subject?

    What do you want the petition to accomplish? how are you proposing to change the situation? Unless you have a viable solution to remedy the situation an online petition is only going to inflame the situation and encourage pounds to keep these dogs out of the spotlight and away from FB where they are much more likely to get PTS due to lack of exposure.

    If you want things to change then look at the list I posted earlier about how you can encourage rescues to get involved with individual cases or better yet maybe volunteer at a pound and get some hands on experience with ALL the issues pounds face everyday.

    It's easy to be a keyboard warrior, if only everyone that wanted things to change were actually prepared to do something about it (and by this I don't mean create an inflammatory petition)

    Your post is not at all helpful. I am asking about the wording of a petition not whether or not I should write one at all. My petition would go to the government. It would not be an online petition via Facebook because I don't have the IT skills for that, but maybe that is a good suggestion. Perhaps I could find someone who could set up one on Facebook. Your post is helpful after all.

    I asked you what you wanted the petition to accomplish and how you were proposing to make that happen. How is anyone supposed to help you write a petition without knowing those key things.

    Who is the target of your petition? One specific pound? All the pounds in NSW? What about the ones that are already fostering out pregnant dogs? Which government are you planning to sent it to? Local, state or federal? Which government employee will you be addressing it to?


  4. Can anyone suggest how I might word a petition on this subject?

    What do you want the petition to accomplish? how are you proposing to change the situation? Unless you have a viable solution to remedy the situation an online petition is only going to inflame the situation and encourage pounds to keep these dogs out of the spotlight and away from FB where they are much more likely to get PTS due to lack of exposure.

    If you want things to change then look at the list I posted earlier about how you can encourage rescues to get involved with individual cases or better yet maybe volunteer at a pound and get some hands on experience with ALL the issues pounds face everyday.

    It's easy to be a keyboard warrior, if only everyone that wanted things to change were actually prepared to do something about it (and by this I don't mean create an inflammatory petition)


  5. Oh and re training - I think one day I'd like to be bothered to train my dog/s not to got into the kitchen even if there's no physical barrier. People do it so I know it's possible, I'm just too lazy :o

    OH has recently decided he wants the dogs to stay out of the kitchen, fair enough as Collie can be a bit of a hazard around hot items. Only problem is is he always waits until the dog has followed him into the kitchen before telling him to get out :doh:

    Finally getting around to teaching Sarah not to jump up, I don't usually have a problem with it (coz it means I can pat her without bending down) but her claws can really dig in if I'm wearing shorts :p

    Other than that ours don't have the best manners but they are 10 and 8 so old age pretty much means they don't get themselves into too much trouble


  6. Another way to look at the maintenance aspect...

    Short haired dogs, maintain themselves through shedding which means your house is going to need more maintenance.

    Dog's whose hair continual grows are often low shedding because the hair is on a longer shed cycle, these breeds require brushing to remove dead hair (the regularity of this will depend on the hair length) and trips to the groomer.

    So based on that finding a dog that is both low shedding and low maintenance would be extremely rare, a lot of owners with long haired dogs can achieve this through regular trips to the groomers or the other option is to look at hairless varieties


  7. Sad :( and I know exactly what you mean.

    You could try the surrender thing but if kids are involved the usual answer is that he's the kid's pet so no thanks.

    RSPCA ... not sure. They would need something other than a scared dog but you could definitely ask if they can make sure his pen has shelter, water and food, tell them he was roaming.

    I think they also run the local pound there. Some RSPCA's work with rescue so I'd also call the local rescue people at PMAWS.

    If he's been picked up a few times before there could be a nuisance order him - which makes fines steeper and could be why he is kept in a pen.

    loveyrdog; I'm afraid you're partly advising illegal theft of property.

    Sorry but if you find a dog that is continually roaming the streets

    take it in

    no one comes forward and wants it

    which unfortunately happens

    just ask the shelters

    then I say good on you for caring about that animal

    Just ask the shelters what? Shelters don't just hold animals and hope owners come searching, they make reasonable attempts to locate the owners and in this case the owner was very easy to locate and immediately arranged to pick up their dog.

    Yes it can be distressing to see a dog cowering in front of it's owner but I assume that there was no physical evidence of abuse so for all we know this is a guy with some old fashioned views of dog behavior with an escape artist dog, it doesn't mean he's not loved and wanted.

    My parents spent thousands trying to keep our dog growing up in our property and my brother and I spent more than 1 afternoon cycling around the neighborhood after school looking for him. He never experienced anything harsher than a stern 'go to your kennel' but he knew when he was 'in trouble'


  8. I think the traits I like in him are typical of the breed.

    I decided on a JS because I've known a couple and they were both delightful.

    The Vaccination papers say C5 and that a booster is due in 4 weeks (May). I'm not sure if that was done.

    Maybe I should go to the vet and speak with them.

    I desexed him at 6 months and have been giving him flea and heartwork tablets as recommended by the box.

    A vet check sounds like a good idea, some vets do what's called Titre testing which checks the dog's current immunisation levels with a blood test so you don't over vaccinate unnecessarily although unfortunately this can sometimes be more expensive that just giving them a booster.


  9. there are a few signs pointing to your dogs breeder being a backyard breeder or from a puppy farm in this instance, mainly the lack of chipping from the breeder, likelihood he didn't receive his puppy vaccinations and being advertised on gumtree. The puppy, if from an ANKC breeder should have also come with pedigree papers.

    Personally I don't think this hunt for your dog's breeder is going to turn anything up, most likely the traits that you love in Aki are typical of the breed so you are probably better off talking to registered breeders when you're in the position to add another dog to your family.

    On a side note what do the vaccination papers he was vaccinated for? Without any earlier records I'd be concerned he's under vaccinated


  10. Well we've had a much better day/night, I checked her plaster closely and found some of her long strands of hair

    stuck under it. I have cut them away so there is no pulling on her skin, I also used a small amount of medical tape over the joins so there is no edges of plaster to try and grab.

    We didn't have to use the puppy pen once yesterday and she's happy over night because she could sleep in her normal crate.

    I've also bought a kong cushion collar incase we need it.

    Thanks everyone for all the good ideas, my fatigued still pregnant brain is not functioning too well.

    :thumbsup:


  11. Maybe a cloud collar for when she's not being supervised. Takes up a lot less room than a plastic e collar and doesn't restrict their visibility or movement

    http://www.kongcompany.com/products/for-dogs/grooming-and-recovery-collars/grooming-and-recovery-collars/cloud-collar/

    Sarah's had a couple of surgeries over the last year, the cloud collar works great to stop them licking or chewing rear end injuries and we also have a comfy cone to protect the face when she had a lump on her eye lid removed.


  12. My Cocker Spaniel does a thorough ear clean if anyone is interested.

    He regularly cleans Sarah's ears and I've never had the need to do them myself, he even treats his toy puppy dog Charlie

    He's especially skilled at this task as due to blindness he's able to use his overly heightened sense of smell to track down any speck of dirt, bacteria or wax

    For an extra fee he'll check your floor for microscopic crumbs


  13. Some of you know I help out a rescue called Rainy Day Rescue, a low turn over special needs rescue in Victoria.

    Well yesterday was a perfect example of what can be accomplished when rescues and pounds work together

    and at the end of the day it's actually nice not to be needed

    From Blacktown

    https://www.facebook.com/BlacktownAHF/posts/855091981270283

    What happened behind the scenes...

    From RDR

    https://www.facebook.com/rainydayrescue/posts/1079916485393570:0


  14. Yeah I haven't been for a couple of weeks so was thinking about heading down this week.

    A friend shared it on FB but it is on the Yarra Ranges Council FB page.

    I am slightly baffled though as apparently there are signs up saying no swimming. Which I can't say I've seen. But if they don't want people swimming in there why the hell did they build 2 beaches??? Heaps of kids swim in the lake.

    yeah I don't remember seeing any no swimming signs either, plenty of kids going for a dip and dogs swimming and drinking the lake water.

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