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  1. Wow that was a fast almost 11 years. From memory, was she a camp dog? I recall when you first took her in. Fly free Pickles. Sorry for your loss T.
  2. So sorry for your loss. Fly free sweet boy.
  3. So sorry to hear this Persephone. My condolences.
  4. Yesterday we made the heart wrenching decision to say goodbye to Sari. 15 years ago I saw her picture on here. She was in Hawkesbury Pound. They nicknamed her bleeding tail girl. She wagged that whip of a tail so much that it had taken a hunk off the end and she had blood all over her. There was no room for her in rescue that day unfortunately so she was left behind. A few days later the rescue girls went back but her paperwork was marked with a PTS on it. But low and behold as they walked through there she was. She wasn't being left behind this time. She was placed with Trish @ Albury rescue and that's where I got her. It was Christmas 2005. My son was almost 5 and my daughter 2.5. For the next 15 years she was an integral part of this family. After we lost Maddison our German Shepherd in 2016 she became my shadow. No trip to the toilet was complete without a Sari nose sticking through the door. She had a bed next to my chair in the lounge and a bed next to the computer. Over time her old legs decided they had had enough. She had a few lipomas but nothing major. On Wednesday I came home from work and she wouldn't get out of bed. The look on her face was all I needed. She was done. She perked up the next day but I couldn't put it off any longer. It was time. Yesterday at 11.40am we said goodbye. The vet was marvelous. One of the vet nurses we have known for over 20 years came out and was a balling mess alongside me. She had known Sari since the day she arrived in our family. Friends came over last night in tears as she was loved by everyone. Farewell my beautiful fatty girl. I have a ginormous paw print hole in my heart that may never be filled. I am so lost today. Run Free at the Bridge my girl. Maddison is waiting for you and you can chase all the chookies you like now.
  5. Just thought I would update. I have had no computer for a long time and my phone is annoying to use so haven't visited here at all. Sari is still chugging along. She is 15 3/4 years old now. Her front elbow gives her a bit of pain but we are managing with meds. She has Caprieve in the morning and the occasional codeine at night if she looks to be in pain. She follows me everywhere now. I can't pee without little feet outside the door. She is still on Big Dog Barf, half a block morning and night. She wouldn't eat her dinner for a few days and I realised she didn't like to mix her wet and dry so now she gets the barf and when that is gone we put her dry food in the bowl. Fussy old girl. She also comes back for a second breakfast, nuzzling her empty bowl looking just in case something has fallen in it since she last looked. She sleeps a lot but also goes for a good walk around our large yard often. I can't take her out on a walk due to all the unleashed roaming dogs but the yard is big enough for her anyway. She is my shadow and I will miss her greatly when she is gone.
  6. Yes that was me, I got a chicken claw in mine. Everything seems to be ok so far but the last batch seemed extremely bloody and soggy. She loves it so I will keep going with it but urgh what a mess it is.
  7. He has been feeding her Supercoat. I just wasn't sure if there was something better around the same price. He is only 19 and on second year apprentice wages. I thought I had talked him out of getting a dog but guess that didn't work. She is a younger more active version of our old girl Sari (but Sari is missing the Kelpie part). Same colouring and patches. She will probably just have dry with occasional bones and meat.
  8. No, country NSW unfortunately. No Costco around here.
  9. My son has purchased (against my advice) his first puppy. She is a staffy x Kelpie so is full of beans. I feed my dog Royal Canin and Big Dog Barf but his budget doesn't extend that far. Suggestions for a half decent food at a budget price that he can feed her?
  10. What a beautiful poem, albeit sad. Fly free gorgeous girl.
  11. Fly free little Bunter. Maddison will be up there on patrol and will make sure you are well looked after. So sorry DDD. No matter how long they are with us, it is never enough time together.
  12. Sorry to hear this, he was a beautiful boy. Fly free old boy
  13. So sorry to hear about Zephyr. Fun free beautiful boy.
  14. Sorry for the delay in replying. She is doing really well. She has been on the Big Dog Barf Wellbeing and loves it. She has half a slab of a morning with her painkiller and then half at night with 3/4 cup of her Royal Canin dry food. So she is having both and enjoys it. We haven't visited the vet as she stopped with her little vomits. She does a little dance and runs around the kitchen every morning while waiting for her food so she's still in good spirits.
  15. Thanks everyone. I contacted them via facebook this morning and they have been excellent. I sent them photos of the talon and the batch details on the box. I'm not sure what flavour it was as it was the Combo box, middle layer if that helps? They said the direction to the manufacturer was to never use feet or beaks so they're not sure how it got in there and are researching. I mentioned to them that she has been having small vomits since starting on it and they suggested I switch her from the Combo to the Wellbeing, they are giving me a box for free. They are also sending me some probiotic powder they have. All in all I am happy with their customer service. I understand that when you are relying on a third party things happen but at least this has brought it to their attention and in the long run it's probably lucky old fatty had a vomit.
  16. My mistake, it's not Cartrophen it is Carprieve she is on.
  17. Sari has bee on Big Dog Barf patties for a couple of weeks now and recently has started to have small cough ups with a small amount of vomit. She has never vomited in her life. This morning she had a little cough up on her bed and as I was cleaning it I noticed a long nail. She had coughed up a chook claw. It must have been stuck in her throat. I might just go back to giving her dry food and soaking it to see how she goes, she loves the Barf but she can't digest the nails in it. Something like this never even crossed my mind, I knew it would contain bone but not whole nails.
  18. Not sure if it was misread but it's the Cartrophen I was worried about, definitely not the Rose Hip Vital. Thanks for your reply.
  19. Thanks everyone. I bought the Big Dog Barf patties and gave her half of one last night. She turned her nose up at it until I put a handful of her dry food with it, then she scoffed it. She ate it for breakfast fine this morning. I think I will alternate between soaking her dry food and giving her Barf patties. I have a whole 15kg bag of food that I only bought last week so don't want to waste it. I also invested in a cheap off the ground bowl from the Reject Shop. She looked like she was not totally comfortable stretching her head to the ground due to her dodgy legs. She was fine with that. She is getting so attached to me in her old age. I have never been the one to feed her it was always the kids jobs but she is at the stage now that she won't eat if I am not in the house. Doesn't go down well when I go on holidays! Kids had to hand feed her when I was away in May. She went 2 days with no food. I don't think she will starve herself but she certainly makes it difficult to go anywhere. Thanks for all your suggestions, really appreciated.
  20. Tried to put a pic in but it won't work so ignore.
  21. Thanks. The feeding guide was saying she would need 3 to 4 per day, that would just about be gold plated food.
  22. She is on Rose Hip Vital and also takes cartrophen for her dodgy elbows and legs. She's been on that for 3 years now and I am happy we have been able to get this far with no known side effects especially with her kidneys and bladder. She has always been really healthy, only vet visits were for cuts and scrapes until she did her ACL the day we lost Maddison just over 3 years ago. She still has her stupid zoomies every couple of days which I love but it knocks it out of her for a bit afterwards. She is a happy little thing and is still doing well, she just sleeps a lot more and doesn't walk too far nowadays. I had a look at the Barf patties. She is fed twice a day normally, how long does one pack usually last you Snook because I think Justice would be about the same size as Sari?
  23. Sari is 14.5 years old we think, we were told she was about 12 months old when we adopted her so that's been 13.5 years. She has been eating Royal Canin dry food for years now, we just changed the type as she got older. She is currently eating 10+ years medium. She has days when she looks like she's not so fussed and I have discovered tonight that she has somehow lost most of her front teeth! This is only really recent as we had a vet check just before I went away in May. Poor old chook probably has sore gums and is trying to chomp on this dry food. She still eats it and loves it but it has got to be uncomfortable for her. I have never fed her wet food, it has only been dry and chicken carcasses/necks or sardines. I need suggestions for a not too expensive soft food that isn't going to change her bowel habits too much and make her all farty. She is so good at being inside with her toileting I don't want to throw that out. She goes at 6.30am and then doesn't go again til someone gets home which could be 4pm or up to 6.30. Sometimes we still have to push her out the door to go! TIA
  24. Sorry to hear Daisy has gone. Run free over the bridge old girl.
  25. Run free sweet girl. Sorry for your loss AH
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