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  1. Happy to do Saint Bernards for you. Send me a message :)
  2. Personally I'd take them up on the offer of a full refund.
  3. Cutie Newf pup sitting in his bowl! So typical. They adore water. The rest!!! Terrifying!!!
  4. cassie


    Gorgeous Taffy! And sorry to hear about Ed
  5. So sorry to read this Pheebs. RIP dear Lucy xx
  6. Can anyone recommend the best sort for a giant breed? Or any that come large enough for a Saint Bernard? I haven't looked into them much but a lot of other products that come in "XXXL" or "Giant" wouldn't even go close to fitting an adult Saint. Thanks :)
  7. I got a pup from NZ last year, sight unseen and have never met the breeder face to face. Absolutely no problems at all. However I have followed this breeder and their dogs for years and had some good references, and they were also given good references for me so they were happy to sell to me.
  8. Thanks to both of you. TSD - how have you gotten your dogs to that point? Ask for a sit again and again, and now they just offer it to you? Nekh - you're definitely right, we're inconsistent. I see what you mean when you say they're sitting, but still hyped up. We'll try them on leads. So would you suggest bringing in one at a time on lead, and if they act up put both back out? Or something else?
  9. Hi all. We've got a 3.5 year old Bernese and a 1.5 year old Saint. When we come home from being out, we go outside to greet the dogs (not necessarily first thing) and they are so happy to see us, they get excited and bounce around and act silly. We try to wait until they have calmed down before we let them inside, but without fail, every time they RUN inside, bound up the 3 steps (split level home) to the top storey, then back down to greet us again. This is 125+ kg of dogs running through the house and knocking into furniture and/or us and I'm sick of it! I don't know how to teach them to enter nicely so am seeking advice on this please. They only do zoomies for a minute then they settle and behave calmly inside, it's just that initial entry. It also occurs if they've been outside to eat or toilet and they are returning inside. I think they just love being inside with us that it excites them! Thanks in advance.
  10. If I was the man I wouldn't take my injured dog to a dog park. BUT he should be able to enjoy the park in peace I suppose.
  11. Loved it! Watched most of the groups but missed General Specials. Anyone get the results?
  12. work or show cassie? Once they can get the breed recognized here, he will be shown. It's a long and slow process so I'm told. And they weren't able to even get the ball rolling until he was out of quarantine and living with them, even though they planned to import him over 12 months ago.
  13. Friends of mine have just imported the first Estrela Mountain Dog into the country :) he's lovely.
  14. Excuse my ignorance, but why do they have to supervise you grooming your own dog?
  15. Thanks DDD :) I hoped that being young and otherwise healthy would work in his favour!
  16. Thanks everyone. I'm thinking of entering him soon anyway to hopefully get his title (I don't think there are any rules saying you can't if they're shaved?) and then maybe I'll leave him out for a while until he's looking good again. He's supposed to be shown at the Adelaide Royal in 2 weeks time, unfortunately I don't think we should go if he's not looking his best Such a shame as he had a ball last year and lapped up all the attention. Thanks Sags - I might look into that vitamin. The hair on his legs (where he had needles) seems to be growing back quite well but his tummy hair isn't. I like the idea of gently brushing it though to stimulate the growth, hadn't thought of that so thanks. The rest of his coat hasn't dropped, he had quite a severe coat drop a month or so before the anesthetic which may have worked in his favour. Thanks Vehs and Raineth for sharing your experiences too.
  17. Hi folks. Wondering if anyone has experience with this. The dog in question is my Saint Bernard Sumo. He suffered bloat and had surgery three and a half weeks ago, where they shaved his entire belly. I'm wondering how long should it take for his coat to grow back completely? He is a rough Saint (long coat), male, entire, 17 months old, if any of that makes a difference I'm not sure. He is 2 measley points off his champion title and I want to know when approximately I can have him back in the ring. Thanks in advance.
  18. Interesting thread :) we currently have two and I would love a third, but as you said Riverstar, it's a bit of a battle between head vs heart. We have a Saint Bernard and a Bernese Mountain Dog, and I want another Saint. In a year or so there will be a mating that I have lusted after for a long time! I'm desperate to have a pup from that mating to show (and have already been promised the pick male - the breeders are my dear friends.) I'm trying to weigh up all the pros and cons! All would be entire males. (Actually I could probably desex my Bernese as he is no longer shown but he doesn't "need" it, he doesn't have any bad behaviour associated with being entire.) Adding a third, once he matured, I'd have over 200kg of dog on my hands! I don't walk my two at the same time as it is unless OH is with me. We have a 4 berth dog trailer as of recently, so transportation isn't an issue. Obviously there are extra costs with adding a third (especially a giant). I want one sooooo badly haha! But my head keeps telling me to stop being so ridiculous
  19. I think you've got your answer, this will likely be refused too. I am unfamiliar with the condition; is it a fault? Is it the result of a mating that shouldn't happen? I would chalk the $250 up to experience, and an expensive mistake, and move on. NEVER pay a deposit until you are 150% sure of the breeder and the pup. Many don't pay deposits at all (many breeders don't take them anyway) and just pay the full amount on collection of pup. Sounds like you were uneasy with the breeder from the start, since like you say she knows nothing about you. I know it's hard when cute pictures are involved! But sometimes it's a case of thinking with your head not your heart. Sorry you're having to go through this
  20. Hello RDS I have a Saint Bernard, he is my third, wonderful breed you've chosen! Where is your puppy coming from? For the first year of his life, I fed my boy Royal Canin Giant. This food is recommended by several highly respected Saint breeders. Others I know feed Pro Plan Large Breed and are also happy with that. During his first year I introduced lots of raw foods and meaty bones, but the majority of his diet was the RC. Now he is 16 months old, most (but not nearly all) of his growth is done, and he gets more and more varied meals. The first 12-18 months of a Saint's growth is CRITICAL to obtaining a happy and healthy adult. After that, they continue to fill out until the age of 3-4 years. I'd be inclined to follow what the breeder recommends, at least for the first year. Then if any issues arise, you can query them. I love raw feeding but in all my research, I am yet to come across a diet or menu plan designed for a giant breed puppy that I am completely happy with. Good luck with your pup and please share photos :)
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