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  1. Not quite what you asked but I paid $250 from NSW to SA for non urgent transport. As it turned out it was here in about 3 days as they had another shipment coming over that it went with. Non urgent was for within 3 weeks, it was more if I needed it transported within a week. Eta - that was just last week.
  2. And then there is SA where the laws have been changed requiring desexing before sale Can be delayed with a vet certificate and I will be vet shopping if mine doesn't think an exemption is required. Having said that, I can absolutely understand why some breeders, especially of popular breeds used in designer crosses take this course of action. And while it is not my choice and I strongly believe in leaving the hormones intact until growth is finished early desexing is not new and has been performed by shelters and rescues for many years. And yes there can be issues but there are also many that never have a problem.
  3. When I read the comment on Autism, contacting an Assistance Dog organisation immediately came to my mind as well. The dogs are well trained and thoroughly temperament tested then carefully matched to a person with needs. The risk with an adult dog is that very few people rehome perfectly behaved adults - and most of the things on your list are a result of time being put into them and bringing them up right. Dogs begin rehomed are far less likely to come from this environment, the main reason for rehoming is "behavioural problems" which in most cases means lack of training, interaction and/or mental stimulation.
  4. I get a 10kg box for $6.00 or 2 boxes for $10.00. That is from a pet food place but they get them from Inghams on a daily basis - they are still in the Inghams boxes when we get them.
  5. The wait for a well bred border collie in SA can be very long. A popular breed, not a huge number of breeders and quite a few of us that only breed occasionally. Just beware of anyone claiming certain colours are worth more, are rare, unusual or special or calling them by anything other than their actual colour name. Eg red and whites can get advertised as honey, champagne, wheaten, gold, caramel etc. All of these are shades of red. Also those breeders who are selecting purely for the colours they can produce in a particular mating - colour should be a by product of the mating when selecting the best dog for the bitch, not the sole reason for doing the mating. Good luck!
  6. That is the link I was going to share as well. Significant reduction in spillage around the bowl with it.
  7. I think even if they were a disqualification they would still use a registrable colour on the papers to enable them to continue to breed unfortunately
  8. I have had the Double K for about 10 years now and it is still going strong. I love that the way they nozzles connect they don't blow off. I give the filters a regular clean but have never had to do any other maintenance or replaces hoses, nozzles or anything.
  9. I think the Aldi 1s were $60 each. Quality on them is excellent. Much much better than my previous soft crates. But yes, a special buy item so who knows when they will be in stock next. They only had 1 size at the time too - luckily for me it was perfect BC size.
  10. 36" vari kennel used for my border collies too. I think you will be fine.
  11. I first saw that about 2 weeks after I bought 2 brand new 1s at Aldi, which I have only just used for the first time today about 3 months after buying them so definitely can't justify it. But i often stop and look at it if I am in there.
  12. Raw feeding and kongs is easy :) Use any mince, meat chunks you normally would and pack it in tight then freeze/semi freeze. I have even managed to wrangle a chicken wing in and leave the tip sticking out then jam mince all round it and freeze. Took them ages to be able to get it all out. If you use yoghurt you can also mix that through too. If you do veggie mix (I know some people do, some people don't) you can put that in there too if the dog likes it. I used to mix tinned sardines, yoghurt and egg in. If too runny just add some meat. Just make sure the kongs are washed regularly in case they don't get it all out - to make it easier to start with you can feed them fresh not frozen and then up the difficulty s the dog gets better at it.
  13. I have tried lots and Equinade Glowhite or Cowboy Magic Yellow Out are the 2 I go back to. Champion Tails Sliver Highlight is also good. So all horse products here too :)
  14. I use the grain free in conjunction with a raw diet. For a while the were pretty much totally on the Kirkland kibble and maintained weight well and coats were great. Raw food supplies near me have improved so I have moved back to my preferred option of predominantly raw but if supplies become an issue for me again I will happily go back to the Kirkland grain free.
  15. Wow. Looks like a truly incredible experience with stunning photos to remember it by.
  16. I would be asking for a refund along with telling them, of course, how their inappropriate dosing nearly killed your dog. And, I think you should write to the AVA as well. People make mistakes of course, but overdosing to that extent is not just a mistake. I agree - I would be presenting the bill to your regular treating vet as well. Their error nearly cost her life!
  17. Fabulous news. And got to love the power and knowledge of DOL :) Well done Shoelace!
  18. This just came up on my facebook feed and I thought I would share I love Chris's work and would love to do his workshops. I'm not sure if these will only b available for a short period or not but so far there are 5 videos up with another 5 to come. Topics include intro, basics, composition, exposure, depth of field, ISO, shutter speed, lighting, lenses and practical applications. http://chrisbrayphotography.com/courses/
  19. I know a few people who have sent theirs to Dr Jenny Richardson in WA and been happy with the speed of service and the results. She apparently trained with Wyburn.
  20. I would definitely be looking for breeders who have at a minimum hip/elbow scored, gonioscopied (eye check) and have either DNA tested for CL, TNS and CEA or are from lines where the parents are clear. Hip and elbow dysplasia most definitely does happen in border collies and while it can happen even if parents are scored, a puppy from sound parents and generations of dogs with low scores is less likely to have problems than 1 without that background history.
  21. I would just contact breeders and make an enquiry - many don't advertise as they don't have to. I also second Suziwong - don't be afraid to look interstate. The trip here is easy on them and the additional cost minimal for the added benefit of a well bred puppy and good breeder support if you can't find someone locally. ETA: Lots of SA breeders on Dogzonline https://www.dogzonline.com.au/breeds/breeders/labrador-retriever.asp?page=1&state=SA There are 4 or 5 on there I know of and would happily recommend. Will send you a PM.
  22. I have organised a few and ended up deciding that through a club was easiest due to insurance. And also in terms of limiting liability for cost (mind you all have sold out and more than covered cost). You do need a good relationship with the club and clear outline of what you get, what you provide etc, what they get, what they provide. So the arrangement we had was it meant that the clubs instructors could have auditing places so the club got additional benefit in that way.
  23. I gave mine to a rescue who had a dog on the same medication long term. I think the thing is though you need to be confident that it is going to be used appropriately. I'm not sure if vets do what yo are asking but it definitely wont hurt to ask and I am sure someone would appreciate your very kind gesture.
  24. The thing that confuses me is why the calcium supplement? With a raw diet, you should be including nice meaty bones in there so that he gets the calcium naturally as well the dental benefits associated with chewing and tearing.
  25. Diet can play a part. You say your pup is the only 1 on a kibble diet. I know with my guys when they get kibble they go through significantly more water than if they are fed a raw meaty bone meal. So if your others are on a BARF type diet or moist food they will drink less than the 1 on kibble. But as with anything a vet check never hurts.
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