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  1. Dogs are sentient beings

    Thanks @Snook, you could always ask your vet if they would come out to do it when the time comes. We also had to consider her age/anxiety at the vets, she had already gone through a big op 2 years earlier, it was a Spindle cell tumour, removal with clear margins, which she outlived her initial prognosis by 3 months at the time the Mast cell was discovered. Minty's MCT was a sneaky devil, it was inside a fatty tumour, at the bottom of it actually, on her back leg, once it was biopsied it grew very quickly and the skin at the bottom of the tumour was black/dead, and that's what she knocked and it burst. We were warned that it could and would eventually happen, and when it did, that would be basically the end, as they wouldn't be able to stop the bleeding/oozing. We had 3 days, which were full of joy (for her) because she got to eat anything/everything, pizza, ice cream, we played ball endlessly (her favorite thing) she had her favorite visitor come over with more food, and on the afternoon before the vet was to come out, we took off the dreaded bandage, so she could go for a run in the park, it was lovely to see her run and do zoomies and we just dealt with the mess by putting maxi pads under and around the tumour and good old duct tape to hold them together.
  2. Dogs are sentient beings

    When my old girl Minty (who was 13 and a half and on palliative care for a Mast Cell tumour) had to be booked in to be put to sleep at home, (mast cell tumour burst so we only had a few days left with her) I asked my vet if she could give me some tablets to calm her down on the day, as she was a nervous dog. I didn't want her to be anxious or stressed when the vet came to do it, even though it was being done at home. She gave me two separate tablets (sorry, can't remember the name of them offhand) to be given one hour, and half an hour before the vet came out. She was maybe a tiny bit calmer, but still had to be muzzled and restrained to have her leg shaved and the cannula put in. She went very peacefully, just drifted off to sleep it seemed, though I wish now I'd done a trial run with the drugs, because on the day they didn't seem to have much effect, but I'm thankful that it didn't have to be done at the vets, she hated going to the vets after being poked/prodded/bandaged, biopsied etc in her final months.
  3. Picking a breeder

    Oh my gosh, she is just so tiny yet full of beans, how can she run so fast?
  4. yay, what a generous soul
  5. Harness or Collar, what do you use for walks?

    Thanks everyone for your replies, it's good to get different views....much food for thought, and as always, what works best for your dog is what is important. He walks well on the flat collar to the puppy park (short walk) and I take it off when we get there. He knows where he is going, and is quite happy to walk on the path without veering off, so no pulling there. He also goes for enrichment/sniffing walks in the park which is just over the road from our place, and I use the flat collar and just allow him to take the lead (mostly) so to speak. When it's time to go, or a change of direction (away from something disgusting, half dead bird etc) I'm finding I get his attention away from it with an enthusiastic 'come' and with a treat and that's about 80% success rate (so far). He doesn't go for long exercise walks as such yet, but when I eventuate to a walking trail or similar, I'll see how he goes with the flat collar and maybe reassess if needed.
  6. In regards to walking your dog, what do you use? My 6 month old pup (large breed rescue cross breed) I use a flat collar, as he (mostly) walks nicely, and doesn't pull ( unless he wants to sniff something in the park that is near him but we are walking the other way kind of thing) but we also do a short walk (2 mins) to the puppy park a few times a week, so I always just take his collar off to play there. In recent posts I've read that prongs/check chains etc can be less damaging than a flat collar if used correctly. ( I won't use either of these, as there's no need for me to do so, and I'm not a fan of the Halti collar either for my dog) But I've heard that the front attaching harnesses are quite good, I do have a few different harnesses from when I had my old dog (car harness, back attached harness etc)....so just looking for suggestions, as I don't want to potentially hurt his neck with the flat collar. Any suggestions for a good front attaching harness? What do you like/dislike about your preferred equipment for walking your dog?
  7. Goodbye my gorgeous girl

    I forgot to reply to your post, sorry @stellnme. I'm sorry you lost your girl too. Thanks for your kind words, there's quite a few dogs over the years that are tucked away in that corner.
  8. You'd think people would use common sense when it comes to choosing a breed, sadly a lot of them don't. As an aside, I wonder why the GSD owner was using a prong collar? To me, that's the mean part. Just MHO.
  9. Italian Greyhounds

    What a sweet face he has, glad he settled in and his new mum is happy with him. Love the name Floyd it suits him...., and good to see you back Kirislin.
  10. My boy choc lab

    It could be fleas, mange, ringworm, anything. You really need to see a vet, your dog is in discomfort/pain. Ring around and See if you can pay the vet in instalments, it's pretty cruel to leave the dog like that.
  11. Goodbye my gorgeous girl

    Thank you Avanti
  12. Goodbye my gorgeous girl

    Thanks @Snook, she sure was one of a kind. I think about her everyday.
  13. Ideas to extend part of fence height in rental

    Thanks Hannah, it would be a bit tricky as there's nothing to attach it to really. I ended up using a bamboo fence screen, which is 6 foot high and about 9 feet in width. Attached it to the side pool fence once end with cable ties, and the other end of the fence with some twine. Managed to find a few small screw holes in the colorbond fence as well, so used some thin wire to attach the fence screen to it. I put concrete pots at either end and a sleeper at the base. Will find a pic and upload it, for now it looks good, is secure and the dog hasn't even looked twice at the fence since.
  14. Goodbye my gorgeous girl

    Thanks PM, I miss her smiley face and soft ears, but I had the privilege of being owned by her for over 13 years. They take a piece of your heart when they leave, but it's a small price to pay.
  15. Jonah & Jesse go to Cape York

    Oh CT, we will miss you, I always loved coming in to read/see of his latest adventures with Jesse and Jonah. RIP buddy.
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