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  1. Remembering Gypsy - 7 years on...

    Thinking of you
  2. Link - no pics Originally thought to be a homicide.
  3. 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?
  4. antinol - how to feed

    "Many dogs will eat Antinol right from your hand or straight from the bowl along with their regular meal. If your dog eats around the SoftGel, simply cut it open and mix it in with the food" Taken from this website, so they can do either. https://vic.pharmacy/product/antinol-dogs Hope that helps.
  5. Words don't come easy

    So sorry to hear about Jarrah Sandgrubber, sometimes words just don't explain the loss we feel.
  6. The Evil Beagle

    Really sorry to hear about Daisy Huski, she was certainly a bit of a legend around DOL in the earlier days. Run free at the bridge girl, such a good life you've had but we humans think it's never long enough with us.
  7. Aww, she looks very dashing in her tartan coat, one must keep up appearances even when recovering from major surgery.
  8. Thanks for the update LMO, so glad she came through the surgery okay, and fingers crossed she heals well in time
  9. any word on the gorgeous girl yet LMO?
  10. Good luck Sooty, sending calming vibes to you LMO.
  11. Dogs are sentient beings

    Thanks, we were lucky to have had her, she was just a happy girl with such a personality. Yeah, the MCT's are nasty, Minty was on a daily dose of anti-histamines, but hers was quite advanced, I opted not to have an ultrasound or bloods to see if it had spread to other organs etc, because she wasn't going to have Chemo, so there wasn't much point putting her through more (very expensive) tests at her age either. How old is Justice now?
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Hi, We are renting, and a small section of the backyard fence (around 3 and a half feet width) is shorter than the rest of the fence. Our pup is going to be quite tall (he's 19 weeks old and 2 weeks ago he measured 14" high and he's grown a heap since then, has Mastiff x Staffy and who knows what else in there, we adopted him from a rescue ) Any ideas on how to make that section of the fence taller, it has to be temporary as renting you can't alter anything. There is fake grass, so no dirt there to dig a post into. Im stuck on ideas, I had thought of some bamboo/brush type screening from Bunnings, but I'm worried he will chew it, as everything at the moment is chewable in his mind. Here's a pic of that area, the other fence is a pool type fencing which goes into the side yard, so we could attach something at that end.
  15. Picking a breeder

    Oh my gosh, she is just so tiny yet full of beans, how can she run so fast?
  16. yay, what a generous soul
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Goodbye my gorgeous girl

    The house is eerily quiet. My bed feels too big for me. There's no Staffy bum parked next to my pillow, no feet in my back in the middle of the night, pushing for more room. No face watching me intently each morning for my eyes to open, and when they do, pricked ears and a hopeful look, before a stinky breath slurp and lots of tail thumping. There's no head cheekily poking around the door when I'm on the loo, waiting to be invited in for pats. There's no feet dancing up and down on the kitchen floor while I get breakfast ready. No slurping of the water bowl, leaving a trail of tiny puddles. There's no head shoved in the fridge door when I open it, inhaling all the food smells, tail madly wagging. There's no dog stretched out beside me when I have a drink on the verandah enjoying the cool breeze after another hot day. No sharing of zooper doopers, no puppy dog eyes watching me eat pizza, well, eat anything really. There's no tripping over tennis balls which magically appear throughout the house and yard. There's no one laying on the bathroom mat contentedly while I shower. There's no throwing of balls, endlessly brought back with a wiggly bum. There's no scruffing of soft toys, one of your favorite things to do. No playing hide n seek, seeing your happy face when you found me. There's no Staffy ears to rub, or give belly pats, no more stroking of your boofy head. There's no slurping of the cats face after he's eaten, despite his protests. There's too many 'no mores' to list. There's no you, my shadow for 13 years, my dog, my friend. I'm going to miss my cat poo eating, floor cleaning, icy pole eating, farting, snoring, ball obsessed, happy faced, wiggly bum beautiful girl. Run free at the bridge Minty, Charlie would have been there to meet you, with lots of face slurps and bum sniffing no doubt, before running off to see what you could get up to. I wish I could have been there to see it. Minty my darling girl, it was a privilege to have been your human. Minty was adopted through ARF (ACT Rescue and Foster) as a 9 week old puppy. ARF had rescued the heavily pregnant Mum 'Cookie' and her puppies were named after sweet things, Oreo, Fanta, Minty etc etc. Another Doler adopted one of the puppies as well. For 13 years and 4 months, Minty has been a part of this family, she adored her fur brother Charlie, who passed away 2 years ago at age 16. Since then, she has been my shadow, literally. I'm so grateful to have had her in my life. She survived her Spindle Cell tumour removal, outliving the 2 year prognosis by 7 months. Unfortunately a Mast Cell tumour was hiding in a fatty lump, and surgery to remove it wouldn't have got clear margins. So we opted for Palliative care at her age, lots of spoiling (more than usual) and we were thankful for every day we had, which ended up being 2 months. On Friday the vet came to our house, and helped her over the Bridge. I miss her so much.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Goodbye my gorgeous girl

    Thank you Avanti
  24. Goodbye my gorgeous girl

    Thanks @Snook, she sure was one of a kind. I think about her everyday.