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About asal

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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. The Cost of Puppies

    I did not say a fraction of what you are going on about. go jump to 14 litters in 5 months? gee dont breed like you, just only for yourself or churn out 14 in 5 months? Nothing in between eh? Exaggeration in all things that dont hug your idea of ethics. So you can cannot even conceive others may not do all the dreadful crap you imagine and just said. That's called massive over reaction, but then anyone else has already been accused in your previous post which I quoted. Never said your accusation. "I just love your presumption of me being "one of those "people who will ruin the future of ANKC ." Never let the truth get in the way. gee what a waste of angst as usual you have no idea or intention to agree to disagree that you way is not the only way. Trouble is the sheeple think agree or be dammed. You dont know me at all either, petal. unlike you, I queried your very words. I did not embellish them, did not exaggerate them to the ridiculous as you have flung, so in a way, you have helped me understand you better.
  2. The Cost of Puppies

    Joe public aren't creating the need for puppy farms, no ankc puppies to be found is doing that. People deciding they are not welcome is doing that, hence the growth in alternative registers. 99 percent of the population want a pet, they don't want to show or breed anyway, so to so actively discourage the minority who would is shooting ankc in the foot. Been very successful too, its all laid out in each year's statistics.
  3. The Cost of Puppies

    The trouble is, people who "don't have litters yearly" And only "breed when we want to for ourselves " Contribute little to nothing to the continuation of the ANKC into the future, in income, genetics or new members joining. The apparent assumption from your words that any who don't do as you are. "Breed the guts out" "View their girls as money" "move them on for the next batch" Is pretty nasty , no matter what angle. You have the right to do whatever you want. But to insinuate any who are different to your parameter, are less ethical or responsible than your decision for yourself is pretty unethical and denial of their rights to make their own decisions. Particularly the people who actually breed regularly and don't desex every puppy AND sell on main register are the only way the ANKC's can survive, the gene pool cease shrinking along with memberships growing in line with the population of Australia So wrap yourself in your cloak of piousness, certainly. But you and your group will contribute little or nothing to the breed's or future of the ANKC. The ANKC is to record pedigrees AND encourage new members, Sadly been precious little of either each proceeding years since the us and them mentality arrived in the membership.
  4. "or if this is just your own personal crusade ." Pity you chose the use those words. You are assuming something with no reason what ever to form that opinion. the poster has been very polite. what you said is not. another reason to add to the other assumption's and comments made here, this place can be so unwelcome and sadly why so many dont come back
  5. my no bedisde manner vet has another view of what constitutes puppy farmer. He made the comment. "If I was an rspca inspector, I would seize any dogs that are not kept fit. " to given you some context. This chap is a fitness fanatic. he runs km's every day, cycles km's , every day, swims every day. His dogs are muscled up like greyhounds in training., To him mine laying around in the sun snoozing are neglected. so you see, every one has a different opinion of what constitutes good care of themselves and their animals. The problem with here, is it seems, so many are implacably opinionated, is there is so little wiggle room for different opinions. Never heard his one expressed before though. Here or anywhere else. He certainly astonished me, as he has never said this real opinions on dog management before. Certainly made me realise how wide the spectrum's are in peoples opinions. Think, was double startled because this guy despises the rspca with a passion. As has battled them on many occasions to save his patients for the client who owned it. (he is not a dog and cat vet incidentally..) Large animals vet, Never forget the day I took him to a friends injured horse, n after examination, rattled off "how long it will take to recovery, the chances of returning to soundness" and in his opinion, "Better to put it down and with the thousands you saved, use it to get a good horse". as I said, no bedside manner. Thought she was going to pull the shotgun to use on him that day. come to think of it, maybe then on me next for bringing him
  6. just the assumption that anyone wanting a female pup that so many quickly assume they plan on becoming a puppy farmer is so prevalent here. Is guaranteed to alienate the majority who dip their toe in and dont realise how savagely they will be attacked if they dont say the safe things. No welcome here to newbies who would like to become an ankc member and register a prefix. Have to grovel or else Without the magic words, "I want to show." "I will only breed a litter to replace my oldie" the teeth start showing in seconds Sadly. not much bedside manner to be found here
  7. one of my favourite vets has no bedside manner, but when Percy Sykes asked me why hasn't he seen me in ages after I moved and said, too far away now. Asked me who is my new vet, when I named him Percy referred to him as "the best one that got away," after he left working for him. says volumes eh.
  8. wow.......Yes This is exactly whats going on... scary times , yet so few realise its happening and what it means too focused on thinking they are ethical and responsible.... n its only others who arent and blind to the fact others think they are better and damming you as inferior to them.... https://quillette.com/2020/06/26/neo-totalitarianism-and-the-erasure-of-history/?fbclid=IwAR2etrX9G7yacr3HUNB5KGXSlERvnRpMrCANTBwJpJI5ftQgOAc0vovHQ7s Published on June 26, 2020 Neo-Totalitarianism and the Erasure of History written by Benjamin Kerstein We are watching the era of the new iconoclasm take shape, no longer in the form of the destruction of religious icons, but in the demolition of historical memory via the toppling or desecration of statues and memorials across the West. While the removal of Confederate statues can be justified—though it should be accomplished by political consent rather than vandalism—it is clear that this new outburst of iconoclasm is in no way confined to the punishment of historical traitors. Most notably in this regard, a statue of Winston Churchill, perhaps the greatest anti-fascist of them all, was desecrated. Along with it, a statue of Ulysses S. Grant was toppled, despite his legacy as the man who crushed the Ku Klux Klan and fervently defended Reconstruction and human rights. What we are seeing, in other words, is not an attempt to force the past to answer to the present, but the emergence of something else. Over 2,000 years ago, Plato described it in part when he said, “Bad men, when their parents or country have any defects, look on them with malignant joy, and find fault with them and expose and denounce them to others, under the idea that the rest of mankind will be less likely to take themselves to task and accuse them of neglect; and they blame their defects far more than they deserve, in order that the odium which is necessarily incurred by them may be increased.” This, however, is clearly only a tactic in a larger struggle. In his book The True Believer, Eric Hoffer pointed toward the origins of this struggle in his description of “the militant man of words.” Such a man, wrote Hoffer, “prepares the group for the rise of a mass movement” by “discrediting prevailing creeds and institutions and detaching from them the allegiance of the people” and “undermining the convictions of the ‘better people’… so that when the new fanaticism makes its appearance they are without the capacity to resist it. They see no sense in dying for convictions and principles, and yield to the new order without a fight.” For at least a generation, militant men and women of words have been laboring mightily to do precisely what Hoffer described. They have raised up a culture dedicated to the idea that our civilization is a monstrous aberration in human history, an industrial machine of dehumanization, the ultimate product of which is mass murder. It must be destroyed, they said, and replaced by something left vague but that is purged of sin and corruption, bereft of the inherent flaws of being human. No one disputes that there is great sin in the history of our civilization. But historical sin demands a moral struggle. In their erasure of history, the new iconoclasts render that struggle obsolete, and in doing so leave us with nothing but power. And the idea that everything is power is, perhaps, the most essential and absolute principle of totalitarianism. The indications, then, are ominous: Out of the new iconoclasm, a new totalitarianism is being born. And this neo-totalitarianism has learned from the past: It has its inquisitions, its auto-da-fes, its purges and cultural revolutions, reeducation and self-criticism sessions, and above all the ostracization and ultimate erasure of dissidents. It is true that, for the moment, this is a soft totalitarianism—a totalitarianism suited for an age of social media spectacle. But the essence is the same: The penalty for even the weakest sin is damnation, and the sin always remains unknown. The goalposts are ever-moving, and the unspecified crimes admit of no redemption. Forgiveness has become a word voiced by no one. Perhaps most important: if the sin is unnamed, then it is also absolute. Anything can be a sin and everything is a sin. And this leaves all of us vulnerable before the inquisitors, once the mob arbitrarily turns against us. And it can always turn against us, because it demands saints, and there are no saints. They have never existed and never will. What the neo-totalitarians cannot admit is that this is a good thing. Because in being more than human, a saint cannot be human, and as such, his example is useless to us. In response to all this, there is probably only one way forward: People must begin to think again. We require a revolution of nuance. We should admit that historical injustice is real and must be addressed. That there are indeed some beliefs and opinions that are beyond the pale and must be shunned. But we must demand overwhelming evidence before doing so. And we must allow for the possibility of repentance and forgiveness. Above all, we must reject the demand that we accuse ourselves of crimes we did not commit, and reject the idea that there can be such a thing as universal crime or a crime that bears no name. We must assert that anyone has the right to establish a religion, but no right to compel others to recite the catechism. If there is one great and absolute enemy of totalitarianism, it is truth. And to reach the truth, one must think. It is only here, in the solitude of our own minds, that we can begin the slow process of resistance to those who would impose their will on anyone who demands the right to choose the difficult struggle and not the easy bonfire of the vanities. Benjamin Kerstein is a writer and editor living in Tel Aviv. He holds degrees in Jewish and Israeli history from Ben-Gurion and Tel Aviv Universities. You can follow him on Twitter @benj_kerstein.
  9. The Cost of Puppies

    if both parents are blue and neither has blue gene alopecia chances are the pups may not either. a blue pup from other colour parents still has inherited a blue gene from both parents so despite the assumption that using non blue parents is somehow superior to blue to blue is a furphy, a blue pup has two blue genes, regardless of what colour are its parents, exactly the same as a pup born of two blue parents. I've seen non blue staffies with alopecia anyway? so in some lines it is occurring despite them not being blue? I remember my vet commenting when he sees such dogs nine times out of ten when he names the breeder he has seen the most displaying this problem that's where it came from. So some lines have it regardless of colour. I know many friends do believe to put blue to blue or chocolate to chocolate will weakness the puppies in every generation? Blue and chocolate are a recessive gene, it takes two to be able to express, it does not accumulate, two chocolate parents can not give their pups four or three copies of the chocolate dilution, they can only contribute one each, exactly the same as to other colour parents that carry the dilution but cannot display it. I found it was great for me, could get outstanding pups from friends who firmly believed either colour was a sign of weakness. Gave up trying to explain genetics of them and how it works. remarkable how so many believe either one means the resulting puppy is automatically inferior to its other colour siblings. as if the expression of that colour some how changes its type and conformation for the worst? In the chihuahua standard it even states, " Eyes: Large, round, but not protruding; set well apart; centre of eye is on a plane with lowest point of ear and base of stop; dark or ruby. Light eyes in light colours permissible." Yet, one of my friends believed unless a dog had a black nose it should never be placed at a show..... no ruby eyed dog can have a black nose, it will be either, chocolate, blue or liver.
  10. Depends on what you mean by "responsibility"? so far ankc members making the rules now see "responsibility" as shutting down breeding as much as possible. eg less litters born per bitch, regardless of litter size in the toy breeds and smaller litter number breeds especially.. Examining the yearly reduction of puppies registered in these breeds has been highly successful as the numbers continually drop.. The most vocal believe no bitch should have more than one, perhaps two, at most three litters before being desexed. In breeds with from 1 to 5 pups is the norm for a litter and most if not all are limit registered anyway, it is a recipe for extinction. Promoting the majority of those born to be limit registered and Desexing of as many puppies as possible to prevent "falling into the hands of puppy farmers" to the extent a significant number of kennels will not sell any on main register. With the resulting yearly reduction of puppies registered as the available pool of main registered adults continues to reduce along with the number of members. I am not sure what you mean by "that its too costly to support breeders for the value offering in return" What is too costly? I am unaware of any money spent to support breeders? in fact we are often told if you sell to make a profit is to be a puppy farmer? It seems the inference is you need to be wealthy enough to be able to do so at a loss with independent income from other source or sources to support your hobby or otherwise you are a at risk of being called a puppy farmer? and what is "the value offering"? in return for what? Apologies if I sound extremely dumb, had a terrible day and extremely tired so ability to think what you mean, is at a low ebb
  11. ridiculous, you know the parentage and have to pay to verify your honesty. we ought to be buying the labs shares at least then get some of the millions wasted back in our pockets
  12. I remember Nancy Gate discovering a 7 month old boy had climbed into the pen with one of her in season girls... she had 4 pups. she was pretty stunned a pup that young could. She looked up his birth date and he was exactly 7 months and 2 weeks. so never underestmate a chi boy anyway. when I bought my cream girl, my first chi in 1978. My brother bought Chip. He was three months younger than my girl. so we were pretty stunned when she started showing in pup after her first season. We worked out by dates . Chip was only 8 months old when she was in season. no one spotted them up to mischief
  13. Pretty telling this paragraph. Exactly whats occurring here in Australia. The reason so many up front Puppy Farms are being licensed and built here. Otherwise flights like these will be next. "Because a growing number of larger U.S. dog breeders are shutting and smaller-scale hobby breeders are retiring, some of “our breeding has been outsourced to other countries,” said Patti Strand, founder of the Oregon-based National Animal Interest Alliance, which advocates for breeders and other animal businesses."
  14. The Cost of Puppies

    I'ts sad that so many feel they have to "check the breeder is ethical" before they will even think about looking at getting a puppy from them, as you just said, the breeder of your pup is as you said " I checked they are registered! " Lady whose puppies I chip is not happy with the attitude of many of the people who come to see a pup, they look at her with suspicion, check her premises, her home, make her feel very judged, before they decide to buy a pup. I said to her, "Ever get the feeling your viewed as a prostitute? They want their pup, but despise you as the supplier of what they want?" She looked at me in surprise and said, "YES! you nailed it. I hate this atmosphere of today, I've been a member for 41 years and it was never like this. Im thinking of giving up its no longer a pleasure to show off my puppies to so many people who are not those I already know anymore.. I never forget the lady who with her newly purchased puppy, hugged to her chest, ask me "how do you live with yourself? Forcing your furchild to get pregnant and then selling your furgrandchild? " Frankly who wants to deal with such people? The deamonisation of ANKC members in the belief, so many are unethical and irresponsible, is pretty damming of how low the opinion and trust in anyone who is an ANKC member has sunk over the decades since the call to eliminate from our ranks anyone accused of being a backyard breeder and or puppy farmer, that it has come to this is so sad. If anyone bothered to compile the statistics of how many actual members are targeted by the rspca in comparison to how many tens of thousands of members............(Then there is the fact a large percentage of the targets are innocent of the charges anyway). I sure know that first hand. I was targeted in 1999 and its only taken 18 years before dogzonline finally allowed a thread like "RSPCA in the news Started by Two Best Dogs!, December 21, 2018" was permitted and the writer not banned from posting for 12 months with the codicil when allowed back that they must never mention that name. It's taken that long to be recognised that place is not the paragon of virtue it makes itself out to be. Their targets are still assumed to be guilty until proven innocent though. Unfortunately a significant number still believe any target had to be guilty. Doubly galling to see George Pell innocent until proven guilty and now slate wiped clean, not because hes proven innocent but out on a technicality? Even now 18 years later I still have to endure the much loved "where there's smoke there's fire" tag if I talk about what happened to my poor dog Stringy, yet all he had was blue gene alopecia and their stupid inspector and even their stupid vet not only had never heard of it, but refused to listen to anyone (the dogs vet, the Dogs NSW Liaison officer or the Chihuahua club either) in their zeal to charge me with neglect? Yet when they finally surrendered him back to me, 13 days later. (he was lucky, today they dont ) and he survived the Pneumonia, torn trachea, dehydration and spent the night on a drip and antibiotics to save him. My vet wanted me to sue them for aggravated cruelty, but there was no way I could have afforded the court costs. Even the enquiry into the RSPCA revealed a large number of targets although not guilty of the charges plead guilty because they have to make a choice. Fight and lose everything, or plead guilty and at least still have a home to go back too. The mental damage to them is permanent regardless of which choice they make. Perhaps remember, to become an ANKC member the person who bred your pup did so to continue the heritage of the breeders before who created the dogs they are lucky to have. Today its easier to be a puppy farmer and not be an ANKC member with all the hoops and suspicion to deal with AND they charge more from what the websites quote. Get your pup and have a wonderful life with him/her.
  15. Cavalier or toy poodle?

    .Sadly, 7 seems to be the average for many cavaliers, remembering the first book i picked up titled "Cavalier King Charles as pets" in the first pages said "average lifespan 7 to 8 years". My first thoughts on reading that, was, "ridiculous, toy breeds live far longer than the larger breeds?" Unfortunately its true for so many darling cavaliers. oh and that book I spotted was now 20 years ago so their short lifespan for many was recognised by that author that long ago