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  1. Yes it alarmed me when I looked at some pics of some of the show rotties... some of them have such short muzzles! I'm not too knowledgeable on Rottweilers as although they are lovely they are way too big for me at the moment, so I thought they had reasonable length snouts. I know they have a big boofhead but I didn't know that people were breeding Rottweilers for shorter muzzles too
  2. You're welcome re the books. I was accidentally pushed over and chased by the lovely little dog next door when I was a toddler. She was apparently a really sweet gentle thing but she didn't really know how to act around kids and I didn't know how to act around dogs. I think I instinctively ran, and she instinctively chased! Then got crash tackled haha. Left me with quite the fear when I was little. Parents were overly confident I think, they grew up around dogs their whole life. Dad told me the other day one day when he was only 4yo he was playing out on the street with his dog, another loose dog came by and they didn't like each other and had a bit of a tiff. He saw his best buddy being bitten by another dog so he just went in to help and of course got bitten too! Didn't phase him though haha!
  3. I just read it... so heartbreaking!!
  4. We feed usually chicken bones (drummies, wings, feet or something) as all the other bones I can get at my Woolworths and butchers seem way too hard & sharp and I don't trust my dogs not to try to eat the bone. Vet always says my dogs' teeth are good, last time "I think his are cleaner than mine!" Which I think is pretty good going for an 8yo. I need to buy some bones this week, they haven't had a bone for about a fortnight! (Oops) Maybe keep feeding the bones, but also get one of the dog toothbrushes and use that too?
  5. When I was a little girl I was afraid of dogs, and was quite nervous around them til I was about 8yo. Which is weird because now I'm a crazy dog lover haha! I know you said she can be a little timid around them, and isn't too scared, but it still would be a good idea to get your little girl some picture books about dog body language and how to behave around dogs etc. So she can boost her confidence (and excitement) before your new dog comes home Probably a bit too grown up: I haven't seen this one before but could be good. I think a lab puppy would be too boisterous, our cousins just bought a lab puppy in January and he is exhaustingly boisterous, I'm not sure if most lab puppies are like this though. Perhaps you could contact some rescue groups who could find one of their dogs or pups that they know would be fitting, some of the foster carers have their own kids so they know whether or not the dogs are well behaved with kids. Someone mentioned a corgi... our corgi x was a great dog growing up! My Dad got a corgi x kelpie for his 2nd birthday (that was a while ago... not something I'd recommend) but he was so good with them apparently. They do like to herd though... if your daughter and her friends like running around and squealing, or if they try to run away in fright, a corgi will chase them. Terriers could be good too! Or a sweet laid back staffy, our boy is a big love bug with people. Whichever breed, it will need to have been tested with kids (or grow up with yours). You will need to teach it not to jump up or nip if it tries to. Also important to teach your girl not to share food with pup/drop food, and teach the dog not to steal food. (Also 'leave it') When you're little, you're a bit of a target for dogs snatching goodies right out of your hand
  6. He was ok for a while, but the seizures came back today I saw on her Instagram
  7. Yes. Don't they recommend something like under 10% fat? Would you think feeding lamb (the leaner bits) would be ok? Her neighbour who has greyhounds feeds them lamb. By the sounds of it though I'm not sure if they feed any offal or bone though which is concerning... I'll definitely make sure my friend knows it needs to be balanced. Did you feed your mini raw or kibble/wet? If you fed yours any bones what would you reccomend?
  8. True. I hadn't thought about that yet. The Big Dog BARF "Kanga" flavour is 16.5% protein, 4% fat. The others are around 13% protein and much higher levels of fat. The "Wellbeing" flavour is a much more normal/low 12.5% protein and a hopefully low enough 6% fat. Bugger, I just realised also my dogs are having a bit of kangaroo overload at the moment... oops! I just bought new kibble (trying savourlife kangaroo) and the Big Dog patties we have at the moment are kangaroo too
  9. She isn't overweight, she isn't super super lean though. Hard to tell from the fluff and I haven't seen her in a while haha. Her owner's mother used to work as a vet nurse, and they are dog/horse "savvy" family. I'm assuming she did have an attack of pancreatitis once, I'll have to double check. Must've been when she was young because I've known her since she was probably 2yo, and I'm pretty sure she's had it since I've known her. I've made up a list for her of raw foods that should be ok; Big Dog BARF sells Kangaroo (4% fat) and "wellbeing" (6% fat) versions. The "wellbeing" one is aimed at dogs with pancreatitis and other illnesses like that. A lot of the different roo ones are fine since it's so low in fat.
  10. Yes it wasn't aimed at those particular kids. Just general opinion.
  11. Hmm okay, it seems like the ones we get around here must be different. Our woolies sells beef soup bones but they are all hard and sharp... thanks Karen
  12. I was replying to dogsandthemob's comment. They said the kids could've been out hunting feral animals, and that people do allow their children to do that. I wasn't saying "I think these kids definitely had HUNTING knives and were DELIBERATELY killing things" That may or may not have been the case. Regardless if they were real weapons, or toy arrows & a butter knife... they were still armed... and still used it to stab a dog (whether it was before or after the dog attacked) I was simply saying that in my opinion, children (in general) shouldn't be a) Allowed to go hunt like that unsupervised. b) Have access to weapons w/out rules. Obviously the kids either weren't taught rules, or were and then broke them. An 11yo should know not to break into someone else's property or go near strange unattended dogs. It wasn't as though they accidentally walked onto an unfenced yard, or that they were retrieving a ball from over the fence. I respect the opinions of responsible hunters, the animals they hunt usually have a much better life than animals raised on a factory farm, as long as people are hunting enough meat to keep themselves fed and not over hunting or hunting endangered animals I think that's fine And what I was meaning before was that people who do hunt responsibly would teach their kids how to do it properly and safely, and have rules. Responsible people would teach the kids not to hunt unsupervised, not to play with the weapons, how to do it safely/humanely/properly, and wouldn't just let them go off on their own messing about on other people's properties with the weapons. And no, I've never actually had an ethically sourced organic latte in my life.
  13. Yeah, we freeze our dogs raw food most of the time anyway so that's handy.
  14. (Asking for a friend) One of my friends has been getting into eating raw/vegetarian etc, and she is thinking of putting her dogs on a raw diet too. (Her neighbour is a greyhound bloke who feeds raw, and so do I) She has 3 dogs. Two young males; a 25kg sighthound (adopted as a chi x whippet... he was the biggest at the whippet meetup apparently ), and a welsh terrier who has all kinds of mental health issues poor boy. Both rescues. And a middle aged Mini Schnauzer girl with pancreatitis. They have just been fed the usual kind of dry and tinned foods I suppose, trying to get the lowest fat versions for the schnauzer. My friend was saying though that they won't be able to feed bones to the schnauzer because they're too high in fat... But I was wondering how they could ensure a balanced diet? I know Big Dog raw sells kangaroo versions which have 4% fat, and a sort of "health" version which is 6% fat and suggested for dogs with pancreatitis. Although feeding purely these can get a little pricey. Any experiences of raw feeding dogs with pancreatitis, and what to avoid and what works, would be great, thank you
  15. Might be a helpful video for those who want some cheaper backyard agility equipment. They also have videos for weaves, see-saws, jumps etc if I remember correctly. I made some jumps which can be converted into 3 weave poles each, using their video as a vague guideline and a bit of making it up with what Bunnings had. One day I want to get into agility, but we're a little too busy at the moment