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  • Birthday 03/03/1948

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    To produce better with each generation
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    Cavies, Chihuahua's, Cattle dogs, horses.

    I learned the art of improving with every generation with show Cavies. Created the first true breeding pure black Cavies (guinea pigs) in Australia. The same with my Long coat Cavies.
    The first time Cavies were exhibited at Sydney Royal. ..
    They won both Supreme Champion sashes on offer the supreme smooth coat was a black all ASAL blood, Exhibited by Percy Short. Defeating even the English imports.
    The yound lady whose name i have unfortunately forgotten, exhibited her long coat and much to her delight, defeated the English imports as well.. The day I began to understand (imp) does not automatically imply “best”.

    My dogs I hope will continue to give as much pleasure and joy as mine have me.

    My horses have won both in Australia and overseas.

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  1. A Death in the Family

    yes I had a dog that his owner couldn't keep him, although in his case it was because he couldn't find a pet friendly rental. every time he came to visit, his dog cried for days after. so no, don't take them back home but stuff they remember from home should be nice for them
  2. found this. my brother never had any problems with his but maybe he was lucky? although there is deafness problems in Dalmatians and some cattle dogs neither carry the Merle gene. PetHelpful» Dogs» Behavior The Double Merle Dog and the Dangers of Merle-to-Merle Breeding Updated on September 1, 2017 Sophie Jackson more Sophie has been a freelance writer since 2003. She is passionate about history, the natural world, and her three dogs. Contact Author Red Merle Australian Shepherd puppy | Source Introduction In certain breeds of dog there is a coat pattern known as 'merle'. It is sometimes referred to as a colour, but is in fact due to a gene that alters the way pigment appears in the dog's coat. The merle coat pattern is popular because it is unusual and very unique, with each merle dog having a different coat pattern. But there are health problems associated with the merle mutation and the risk of these problems occurring increases when two merle coated dogs are mated together. The resulting litter of puppies has a high chance of containing 'double merles' or 'lethal whites', dogs that have very little or no colour to their coat at all. Double merles are highly likely to suffer from eye or ear deformities (in some cases both) which at the most extreme can result in complete blindness and deafness. Needless to say, the deliberate breeding of double merles causes a lot of controversy in the canine world and certain official bodies (such as the Kennel Club in the UK) have clamped down on the practice, refusing to register dogs that are a result of merle to merle breeding. This article explores the world of double merle genetics, the breeds affected, the health issues and the wide range of debates currently ongoing concerning the breeding of double merles. Blue merle Shetland Sheepdog (sheltie). Commonly merle dogs will have at least one blue eye, but in this example, due to the tan markings on the face, both eyes are brown. | Source What Is a Merle? A dog with a merle coat is characterised by having patches of hair with diluted pigment (colour). Though a variety of merle colours are referred to by breeders and dog owners, the two most commonly seen types of merle are blue merles and red merles. Blue merles are, in fact, grey. They appear like a tri-colour dog (black, white and tan), but with patches of the black appearing 'faded' or grey. Similarly a red merle will have faded patches of red and will often look more mottled than the blue merle. While all of the breeds with the merle coat pattern produce blue merles, only certain breeds produce red merles. The strength of the other colours in the dog's coat (tan and black, or red and tan) can vary as well, with some merles appearing to have extremely pale colouring all over, while others can have quite strong patches of colour. Blue merles with no tan markings at all are known as bi-blues, but a red merle does not necessarily have to have tan markings. Merles commonly have blue eyes. Sometimes they have one blue and one brown eye. They can also, on occasion, have two brown eyes. Sometimes dogs may appear to have normal coat colouring but are in fact merles and will produce puppies with the merle colouration. These are known as 'cryptic merles', but the exact reason why such dogs do not display the merle pattern remains unknown. The merle gene is usually dominant, so a merle dog will have inherited the gene from one of its parents. While a non-merle dog (unless a cryptic) will have inherited no merle gene. In the diagrams and examples that follow (M) refers to the merle gene, while (m) refers to a non-merle gene. For example, in a litter of mixed colour puppies the non-merles will be (mm), while a merle will be (Mm), meaning it has inherited one merle gene and one non-merle gene. This is deemed the 'safe' or responsible way of producing merle puppies. A mixed litter of puppies with non-merles (mm) and merles (Mm) | Source Health Problems Associated With the Merle Gene There is scientific evidence to suggest that the merle gene may be linked to a higher rate of ocular (eye) or auditory (ear) problems. A 2006 paper on the merle gene first published by the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America attempted to identify the gene in dogs that caused the merle pattern. Among their findings they recorded research on deafness in Dachshunds with the merle gene. One study reported 36.8% of Dachshunds with the merle coat pattern (Mm) suffered hearing problems ranging from mild to complete deafness. While none of the control group of non-merles (mm) had any hearing issues. [Audiometric findings in dachshunds (merle gene carriers)]. Another study [Light microscopy studies of the cornea of Merle dachshunds] found that merles had a "significantly greater" frequency of eye abnormalities than non-merles. Other studies cited by the article found that the merle gene was associated with skeletal, cardiac and reproductive abnormalities, but there is far less conclusive evidence for this. The same study found that in Shetland Sheepdogs a mutation of the pigmentation gene known as Silver (or Silv) is probably responsible for the merle pattern. The exact function of Silv and how it affects pigment is unknown and remains controversial. Small studies of other breeds that can have the merle pattern found that they all had the mutated Silv gene. Another study published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2009 set out to discover if there was a link between increased deafness and the Silv gene. The study examined 153 merle dogs, and found that over 8% of the study group had some form of deafness. The study concluded that merle dogs had a higher risk of deafness compared to many dog breeds, but not compared to dalmatians and white bull terriers (which have high rates of deafness thought to be linked to their white pigmentation). Limited research has been done into the links between the merle gene and eye problems, though a great deal of anecdotal evidence is presented on the subject. There may be a link between pale coloured eyes and eye problems, but so far the scientific research to back this claim has not emerged in the public domain.
  3. A well marked Merle is a glorious dog. BUT its breathtakingly hard to get. my brother bred Shetland sheepdogs and Merle was his favourite of the colours but its far far easier to get a great sable or black and tan than a well marked Merle. There are no health problems with a single gene Merle. but as others have said they should never be bred merle to merle due to the tragic results to any double Merle puppies... the gene that gives the Mexican hairless is also a lethal in double dose. although in that case the puppies do not survive so its self limiting in that respect. spotted this, interesting read even if its not discussing Merle, it is discussing in this case a lethal that is actually selected for "Hairlessness There are four hairless breeds of dog - the Mexican Hairless (Xoloitzcuintle), Peruvian Inca Orchid, American Hairless Terrier and Chinese Crested Dog. The Xolo, Inca Orchid and Chinese Crested all have dominant hairlessness, so they only need one copy of the gene to be hairless. In fact, all hairless dogs of these breeds are heterozygous for hairlessness, because it is one of the only known examples in dogs of an embryonic lethal gene. This means that a homozygous dog (one with two copies of the hairless gene) will be re-absorbed into the womb. Because all hairless dogs of these breeds are heterozygous, breeding a hairless dog to a hairless dog will result in some puppies which miscarry (the doubles), some which are normal hairless dogs (the singles), and some which are not hairless at all. Remember our Punnet squares for the merle gene? Mm x Mm results in one MM (double merle), two Mm (normal merles), and one mm (non-merle). This is the same for hairless dogs. The coated dogs which appear in hairless litters are often not allowed to be shown. The exception is the coated Chinese Crested, which is known as the "powderpuff" variety, and is accepted by kennel clubs. The American Hairless Terrier is very unusual indeed, because it shows the only known example of recessive hairlessness in dogs. Recessive hairlessness does just what it says on the tin - a dog must have two copies of the gene in order to express it. It is not a lethal gene, unlike dominant hairlessness, and because all hairless AHTs are homozygous, coated puppies will never appear when a hairless dog is bred to another hairless dog. Despite the gene being recessive, currently coated dogs do still exist in the AHT breed. As the breed is fairly new, outcrosses are done to Rat Terriers to improve the gene pool. The coated puppies from these breedings (which would all be hairless carriers) can then be bred back to hairless dogs to produce 50% hairless puppies. American Hairless Terriers are also all born with fur - however the hairs on a genetically hairless puppy fall out within a few months. This is because one of the alleles responsible for producing them is faulty, so the hairs are not formed properly. Most recessive alleles such as this are technically faulty, which is how they work as recessive - when the dog has only one copy of the faulty allele then it can use the healthy copy to produce the usual protein/phenotype (as it still has the correct information to do this), however when both copies of the allele are faulty then there is no healthy copy to fall back on, so the protein in question cannot be produced, or is not correctly produced, resulting in the recessive phenotype. A recessive hairless dog cannot produce the correct proteins for healthy fur, a recessive dilute dog cannot produce the correct proteins for black hair, and so on. This does not necessarily mean that there is anything "wrong" with the dog, as most of the locii discussed on this site affect only coat colour/type and not health or temperament. Of course, recessive genes on other locii do often cause health problems. You don't want a faulty recessive gene in the locii controlling blood cell production, for example! However, both types of hairlessness do come with some associated health problems (not necessarily genetic). These are mainly skin conditions and allergies, and obviously, dogs with no hair are highly likely to get sunburn and skin cancer unless they are protected from the sun. Dominant hairlessness can also cause tooth problems (usually less molars than normal).
  4. Which out of the 2 please

    maintenance wise you must, MUST keep your shih tzu pure or cross well groomed , ears cleaned n teeth checked regularly . cavaliers are much easier to maintain coat wise BUT you have to make sure their ears are cleaned regulary as well, or they too get thrush. neither breeds or x's have good dentition so make sure you get them checked regularly for tarter buildup both breeds are notorious for hernia's, so check for that too , most need surgery to close them
  5. with the result when they are crossed no guarantee the puppies will not have all the faults of both breeds. friend bought two samoyed x german shepherd puppies and her sister bought one too from the same litter. beautiful looking puppies .. by 14 months all three had severe hip displacia...didnt look like hybrid vigour was much help there. Looks like its also fine to "design" the name to the pup. saw a puppy on its way to someone via Jet Pets, one of mine was on her way to victoria. in the carrier beside her was the cutest blue and tan long coat, flop eared, chihuahua... considering Ive bred them since 1979 as well as helped Nancy Gate and Betty Stepkovitch with theirs fostering litters at times. think I ought to know what im looking at by now... let you into a little secret, chihuahua's can be darned big, not just all littlies. this chub was most certainly going to be a big chi, guesstamate about 8 kg. yes they can grow that big, knew a chap who paid mega for a "teacup" pup who grew that big. and he was still growing the last time I saw him..no was not from a registered breeder and I suspected when he showed me his pup, it would have been lucky to have been 5 weeks old when they let him take him home. so was admiring it, was a very pretty pup. to be told its a Cavalier x Pom??????????????????? This photo is from the internet not the actual puppy, but conformation of the head, eyes, ears and markings the same as this pup but fluffier coat n ears . coats vary considerably in chihuahuas, had pups that had to be registered as smooth coat with very heavy coat but no feathers on legs and tail. others so short you could see their skin through the coat. long coats with the feathers and feathered tail but body coat shorter than some of my "smooth coats" Had puppies with the same coat and ears as the papillion (not surprising since the original chihuahua was smooth coat, they were crossed with Papillion and Pomeranian so coats can be either and everything in between when you get the occasional throwback. bought my first in 1978 and 30 years later got the most amazing gold and white parti pom pup in a litter? his sister, lovely chi head, ten to two ears, glorious body and legs, great coat and leg and tail feather, became an Australian champion chihuahua. but not even my vet could believe he was her full brother from same litter. perfect pom head, ears, coat and conformation? Interesting breed the chihuahua. how many have ever seen a blue and tan cavalier? ditto for a blue Pom in australia?
  6. Vet warns of Greyhound Adoption Risk

    Honey's expected behaviour was snooze 90 percent of the day, wake up n go outside to toilet, then hoon around the yard at speeds that defied belief, didn't even slow doing turns, scared the daylights out of me first time I saw it, the ease she could have snapped a leg was obvious if a leg hit an object, clothesline post, trampoline leg etc, she never did, but the danger was there. Never lasted long, minutes only, they sure are sprinters only. Then back onto her lounge n resume her regal pose n snooze time again I have only seen ones like her, not the ones you describe, although could easily see how the ones trained in the videos realeased would be that way
  7. Vet warns of Greyhound Adoption Risk

    Unbelievable, I've found lost greyhounds n the most cool calm collected breed on the doggy spectrum. Want see HIGH prey drive go watch a jack Russell n foxiin action, the Greyhound is asleep majority of the day n not looking for a hunt, as for a significant number I've met, don't even chase cats, in honey's case actually afraid of them. Her breeder trains his to chase their toys. She wasn't even chasing the lure in her race's she was flying to her reward, her toy her owner was waiting in the catch pen in his hand. One race the lure broke down and the owners of the two dogs that stopped with it wanted it declared a no race, but it wasn't because all the rest of the field ignored it and flew to the finish and catch pen for their reward. Honey won all five of her race's before retiring. I bred cavaliers at the time and every one who came to buy or view a cavaliers left so impressed by honey had decided their next pet would be a Greyhound She was bred and trained by my daughter in law's Brother
  8. Why Do Everyone Hate The Rspca?

    just spotted this exchange on faceplant? Legion DX SydneyLike Page 18 August at 08:26 · Following the release of our RSPCAFail video earlier this week, Legion DX Sydneymembers and supporters will be staging a protest today at the RSPCA Sydney site. Our aim is to be a presence for ALL the animals failed by the RSPCA including the recent Lakesland Hens from our attempted open rescue with NSW Hen Rescue. We hope that by demonstrating a show of solidarity with the animals and confronting the public and any people attending the shelter with the reality of the Rspca, that animal rights will be pushed into the public consciousness and thereby influence social change. Veganism is the new moral baseline and if you're the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals you should be advocating a vegan lifestyle not mandating slaughter. It's time for the RSPCA to stand down as an animal welfare organisation and to demand an independent commission for animal rights to be on the agenda. Via The Animal Project: The RSPCA NSW failed the Lakesland hens, and how many others? Especially through their "RSPCA approved farming scheme" which offers minimalist and vague "welfare" standards. Maybe it seems counterintuitive to you? Animal rights organisations protesting a purported "Animal Welfare" organisation. Don't you have bigger battles to face? The answer is no. No we don't. Because when the enforcement of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act is entrusted to a group who promotes "humane" slaughter at a fraction of an animals life, "humane" forced impregnation and "humane" abduction of babies ... We have a huge issue. Because when the enforcement of a CRIMINAL act, enacted to offer PROTECTION to animals, is entrusted to a "charity" with clear conflicts of interest - through their approved farming schemes through which they gain MASSIVE FINANCIAL BENEFIT ... We have a huge issue. Because when the enforcement of this act is entrusted to an organisation who, according to their annual reports, pursue only 0.06% of cruelty complaints ... We have a HUGE ISSUE. RSPCA, you have blood on your hands and treachery in your hearts, and we are telling EVERYONE. ------ Stand with us today and if you're unable to make the event Share the video below, stay tuned for our LIVE streams and let's show the RSPCA that we will continue to hold them accountable for their failure. Watch video here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2181895478722258&id=2014293468815794 #RspcaFail #LegionDxSydney #NswHenRescue #TruthWalkers#Justice4TheLakeslandHens -NLIS 2111 [Isy Veira] 3 Comments Comments Jess A These guys are AR lunatics also right? Manage Deb W It's the Animal Justice Party, l won't be supporting them EVER but isn't it amazing how many enemies the rspca are making these days!!! ManagJess A Yes, I find it amusing that other AR groups even hate them lol
  9. Why Do Everyone Hate The Rspca?

    transferred from the thread I adopted a dog and now the owner is asking for him back? Posted just now · Report post Problem is many in this demographic are who rspca get the calls about (frequently by neighbours who don't want animals near or next door) and the damage they do to their minds can be terrible, it too has a name,' learned helplessness', so many of them don't even have scant knowledge about animals, just watch their tv show if you doubt that, how much of it goes to air without embarrassment beats me, as for the infamous Waterways Koala heist. they haven't a ghost of a clue about the damage done to the people they traumatise in the process of doing their job. be interesting if there were statistics done of the percentage that suicide after a visit from them v the general population. recently one came to a property after a neighbours dispute over the shared fence, inspected the chook's, praised their owner for their beautiful condition, happy with the size of their run, but was not happy that they did not have free range during the day, the owner explained the area has a high fox population, to turn them loose would mean most would be slaughered before nightfall. To be told, "then stay with them and shoot the foxes" the owner is 81! besides the risk of only wounding the fox, or a stray shot hitting a motorist, (anything can happen with a rifle and his vision isnt what it used to be)start shooting in an urban area and the police would be called anyway. rather than see them killed to placate the rspca inspector, he gave them away. they where his delight and his grand kids loved to come help him collect the eggs and take them home. He is now in deepening depression, already has ptsd to deal with. people skills, ZERO As for telling their owner to let them free range in an area where there are so many foxes they will be killed if turned loose surely is not "prevention of cruelty" surely? pretty dreadful way to die.
  10. Problem is many in this demographic are who rspca get the calls about and the damage they do to their minds can be terrible, it too has a name,' learned helplessness', so many of them don't even have scant knowledge about animals, just watch their tv show if you doubt that, how much of it goes to air without embarrassment beats me, as for the infamous Waterways Koala heist. they haven't a ghost of a clue about the damage done to the people they traumatise in the process. be interesting if there were statistics done of the percentage that suicide after a visit from them v the general population
  11. Why Do Everyone Hate The Rspca?

    A few years ago I took a litter of feral kittens to animal welfare, I had trapped them in a airport carry cage along with their mum by feeding them in it for a week to get them to go in to it and putting a string on it to pull it shut, to my astonishment the girl opened the door, it was amazing. They took off like rockets and pinghed all over the place. but they never refused to take them when I brought them in, think she must have been new and didnt realise how wild ferals are, once the cats were out of the bag so to speak, the rest of the staff did a wonderful job catching them and dealing with them, so I recommend to anyone to go to animal Welfare. took a dog I found injoured recently and they took him in immediately and were very caring
  12. gee thats low manners at the very least I reckon stay in touch, suspect it will be available soon
  13. Why Do Everyone Hate The Rspca?

    The results to the people involved even though they don't know it can be life changing. permanently life changing. In my case I ended up in Nepean Hospital, pretty much hysterical. the doctors there decided I had Bipolar so spent the next 14 years of my life being drugged for what I finally discovered after being referred to Dr Faber when despite the drugs to control bipolar seemed to be making things progressively worse. He realised I had PTSD and that was only because he had many ex military clients. We are well aware war destroys so many who left home perfectly fine, how on earth can someone who has never seen war or been in combat end up like this, he told my husband I was as badly affected as his worst cases who were unable to leave their home without someone with them. I thought once I knew what it was, that it would like Rumplestiltskin it would go away. it didnt. not until I read this forwarded to me by a friend did I finally begin to understand why. or why "get over it" wasnt working either How many tens of thousands of pet owners rely on their pets to cope with this without having a clue what is wrong with them at least now returned soldiers are allowed and encouraged to have a therapy dog. how many others are unconsiously doing the same? Yet they are powerless to keep their pets safe from the rspca. https://www.afom.org.au/images/research/V.93-3-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sethanne Howard and Mark Crandalll.pdf
  14. Why Do Everyone Hate The Rspca?

    Although there is one major change. This topic would never have been allowed existence 18 years ago What hasn't changed is the "where there's smoke there's fire" is applied to any who speak up that their animal has been taken. Even when it's returned with out any charges, even when its returned suffering pneumonia, torn trachea and so dehydrated his vet had him on a drip within minutes of arrival at his own vets. He had None of the three conditions he now needed treatment for when he had disappeared into their control 13 days before. Yet was still told that only weeks ago, even though it happened in 1999, speak up and face the negative consequences still today Actually the title might be better as fear? Than hate. Although having met one of their inspector's recently, apparently they are not allowed to accept any offers of food or drink due to the risk. Sad state of affairs.
  15. Why Do Everyone Hate The Rspca?

    Google Leon Mills ex public procecutor's recommendations to parliament, that was 2010. Its even in the Hansard, as for the politicians actually paying any attention or implementing his recommendations. Don't hold your breath, something is seriously rotten in our politicians. Just about every word of this article below, even though it is written in England applies here. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-3590931/Yes-MoS-s-victory-RSPCA-sweet-let-tell-sorry-NOT-enough.html After I went public about the theft of my dog Stringy, found people began contacting me with their stories, although the day one of their employees arrived sobbing at my door unable to cope with the realisation he had put still living albeit sedated dogs into the incinerator, he had almost finished when he picked one up by a leg and felt a strong pulse, after checking the remaining dogs that had been "euthanased" found all over medium size were very much alive reported to the vet in charge and told "don't worry they won't feel a thing" queried why are they still alive to be told," if we fully dosed them all we would go broke " He had signed a none disclosure agreement banning him from disclosure of anything to do with his employer. I know he never did, nor did I as I feared them too, but someone told the papers some weeks later so it did become public record. Not far from 18 years later still totally unaccountable or avenue of appeal even under consideration let alone implemented