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  1. Poo bags and plastic waste

    We also currently reuse grocery shop plastic bags for "poo-patrol" (in the yard), but I use dog poo bags for walks. (A family member put some in the dogs Xmas stockings haha and they've lasted ages!) Once they have used up I also want to buy biodegradable ones. (Which is confusing because half of them aren't actually biodegradable under realistic conditions) We can't not use bags for "poo patrol" either because of the risk of maggots in the wheelie bins...
  2. How do they know?

    Eek! You'll have to keep an eye out, probably will be a few more coming out and about now that it's warming up!
  3. Kelpie Information

    As mentioned above, not quite 60km a day. I have a staffy x who could keep up with lots of exercise and would be happy to spend the day doing agility, going for big walks, fetch etc. but he is just as happy to laze in the sun all day with just a few quick games of zoomies with his fur-brother. Of course it depends on the individual dog, but maybe a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, an American Staffordshire Terrier or a staffy mix would be suitable.
  4. We Welcomed a new Dog to our home on Saturday

    Hello Lola!
  5. She should've been fined too for calling 000 when it wasn't an emergency... she should've probably just called the local police if she needed to be quite so dramatic. Generally if you put a bub down in an offleash beach (with strange dogs whose temperament you don't know) you are asking for trouble... I think it's not particularly sensible for parents to bring small kids (like under 8yo or so) to a dog park, it's risky because they're so small so any medium sized dog can jump up on faces etc. plus children and strange dogs both have unpredictable behaviour at times so easy for injuries and upset! The dogs are going to be rowdy and fast and kids might not be used to that so no wonder dog bites occur...
  6. Dogs of Vietnam

    Here are a few snaps of some dogs I've seen in the past 2 weeks in Vietnam (Hoi Ann and Saigon/HCMC) Thought I'd share. Vietnam definitely needs some sort of education in how to treat animals though, I have seen several casual minor cruelty issues here and know of some that are much more severe (like pet snatchers and the dog meat trade (more in the north I think)) But I have seen some lovely people with pet dogs who are well looked after, and seen several poor street dogs roaming about. Mostly mutts. Lots seem to be short legged with curly tails. Today I saw a tiny wiry terrier sitting on a motor scooter while its mum was eating lunch, he was in a little jumper (poor thing though it was 30°+!) And another little pug/terrier kinda thing.
  7. Personally I think that's a bit prejudiced and I disagree... (thats like saying staffies are all killers) There are lots of purebred puppies and dogs in rescue regardless. A dogs personality is individual, sure breed comes into it a little bit, but it doesn't guarantee a personality because it's a certain breeds (e.g, there are happy labs, calm labs, aggressive labs, hyper labs, lazy labs) If you look in the right places and get the carers to help match a pup/dog to the potential owner and if the right animal suits your circumstances then there are no issues. If you adopt or buy a dog that doesn't fit your circumstances then you'll have a very difficult time! My rescue I got when I was in primary school, was 12 weeks old and the perfect dog. Sure it was a major learning curve, but of course it's going to be as the first dog. We both progressed and learned lots along the way as we got older. So don't think that a rescue isn't an option, there are plenty of purebred or mystery mutt puppies and dogs who need a loving home. They already have vet work done and they are a much more achievable price range for a teenager/child. But for the OPs situation her daughter really seems keen on rough collies (lovely looking dogs!) I wish her good luck with finding her new little mate, puppy hunting is super exciting! Has she got some ideas to help her save up? Maybe family members can chip in some money for Xmas & bdays etc and she can get some pocket money? Good luck
  8. Perhaps for her first dog she could get a rescue puppy/dog? (Look on petrescue) They have all the vet work done and need a home anyway, and they're A LOT cheaper than a pedigree if she's looking to buy by herself. (Usually $100-$600, whereas pedigree pups are usually into the thousands.) That way she has more $$ to spend on fun dog stuff like collars, equipment, walking stuff etc. (which is fun to browse for!) My first dog was a rescue when I was 9, and I've been a crazy dog lover since haha! But breed-wise there are many people who are much more experienced/knowledgeable first hand on here than me.
  9. Lovely article http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-02/meet-the-retirees-who-have-raised-18-guide-dog-puppies/8999554 ARTICLE: When Ian and Eileen Henderson's family pet died 15 years ago, the Sydney couple was devastated. But from that loss came the idea for training puppies to become guide dogs, and now the pair has been recognised for helping visually impaired people win back their independence. The veteran trainers have been featured in a new book celebrating the 60th anniversary of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT — and they're not done yet. They are currently raising their 18th puppy, a 15-week-old male golden Labrador called Feris. "Like any new dog, we have to teach Feris toilet training, commands like sit and stay, walking on a leash," Mr Henderson said. "But we also have to make sure he can ignore distractions, like traffic on a busy road or a group of excited school children." After 12 months, Feris will be handed back to Guide Dogs NSW, who will decide if he can care for a visually impaired person. "Returning the first dog was very hard, but we learnt after so many years that if we do the right thing with this animal, then it's going to help someone less fortunate than us," Ms Henderson said. While celebrating the couple's journey as trainers, the 60 Tails book also features stories about people with sight loss and how they've benefited from having a guide dog. "We were really touched to be part of the 60th anniversary of Guide Dogs NSW. I always get very emotional when I look back at all the dogs we've raised," Ms Henderson said. "Seeing our dogs at graduation, you feel like a proud parent and you get a bit teary. I just think, 'there's my baby', it's quite emotional." 'We couldn't do it without volunteers' Guide Dogs veterinarian Dr Caroline Moeser said it cost about $35,000 to breed and train each guide dog. "We rely so heavily on volunteers like Eileen and Ian because we receive less than 2 per cent of funding from the government," she said. "It's thanks to the generous support of the public that we can continue to provide crucial services to visually impaired people." Mr and Mrs Henderson would like to see more retirees get involved in raising puppies to become guide dogs. "It's a great way to enter retirement because you only have the dog for a year, so you don't have to worry about whether you'll still be around," Mr Henderson joked. "After that year, you can then go on holiday or do something else, but you do have to really commit yourselves to the pup for that period." Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is currently looking for 60 people to help raise puppies to become full-time guide dogs.
  10. Raw and kibble together?

    Yeah, I forgot to say that not every food works well for every dog. I said the brand just to say what we feed, not saying OP has to feed it too. I am aware that the ingredients for Meals For Mutts are really good, the ingredients in Black Hawk are still decent. Could be better, but for the price it's good (considering brands like hills are so exxy but full of rubbish). My dogs did poorly on MfM (which is a shame), but have done very well on Black Hawk for the past few years. They did well on SavourLife too, despite the average ingredients. So every dog does differently.
  11. Raw and kibble together?

    We feed kibble (usually Black Hawk) for breakie & raw for dinner usually (big dog, chicken bones or homemade). Sometimes if we don't have enough raw we'll add a little bit of kibble. Our dogs have never had an issue with that. Our dogs both have pretty much iron stomachs though thankfully. I'd consider feeding a dobe puppy whatever the breeder says for the first fortnight or so, then maybe kibble mostly. Sometimes things like poultry bones, and a premade balanced raw mince. (E.g Leading Raw or Big Dog) every now and then. I'm no expert but I feel this is a safer bet for large breed pups (unless you're an amazing experienced raw feeder)
  12. (As RP said, it's sort of against the rules.) She could be anything really, but considering she's a rescue it's probably more likely to be a mix of reasonably common breeds. My dogs are a bit the same haha. I'm no expert, but to me; her fur looks like staffy/amstaff. Her face I think has hints of Labrador. Her ears could just be like that from staffy but possibly kelpie made her ears upright. She does look like she could have some kelpie in her... She was no doubt a sweet old "mystery mutt" as I call my Monty! She'll be running over the rainbow bridge now, sending hugs. When the time is right, perhaps you can keep an eye on who's in your local shelters and rescue groups, and perhaps another lovely mystery mutt who needs a loving forever home will pop up and fill your heart. (Also to be more specific; 'Petrescue' has almost all the listings)