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About sandgrubber

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  1. What should I do?

    I'd jump back in if you are convinced that health risks are low. IMO the best cure for the empty spot is another dog. It's impossible not to love a puppy, and if you set your mind to it you can celebrate the pup you lost by loving the new one.
  2. Seller needs advice

    Inquire at Fair trading nsw https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/help-centre/online-tools/make-an-enquiry Guess: it depends on the contract, if any. Interpretation is up to the courts
  3. New mutations : an ethical question

    If the kennel clubs maintained pedigrees digitally, and linked internationally, it would be quick and easy.
  4. Seller needs advice

    Normally refunds require return of merchandise, and under law, puppies are merchandise. Often breeders are generous and agree to pay some vet costs or give a partial refund if the pup isn't returned. Of course you can do a full refund, but as others say, you need proof. Not just detection of a minor heart murmur, either. I suspect you are entitled to demand a second opinion from a specialist.
  5. New Puppy - Transport - Fly or Drive?

    I'd say it depends on how much you like to drive. My guess is that the pup will be fine either way, especially if somewhat used to being crated.
  6. I've been trying to understand the additional genetic testing suggestions and requirements for Labradors. CNM (centronuclear myopathy) is especially interesting. The geneticists find a lot of carriers (between 10 and 25% depending on what country). They also conclude that it's a new disease that probably arose from a single mutation, and that it's dissemination is mostly due to a 'very famous' UK stud dog ~50 years (17.5 generations) ago. I can understand why the dog in question isn't named. But it's annoying as hell that instead of concentrating efforts on pedigrees that descend from the stud in question, CNM testing is on the way to being required / recommended by LR Clubs around the world. I'm also bothered that I'm not seeing this mutation discussed in conversations about line breeding and popular sire syndrome. Warning : the article is highly technical. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3465307/#!po=2.02703
  7. Golden Retriever Breeder

    Small Claims is cheap (if you don't hire a lawyer) but a pain in the arse. The fear of having to go to court again may be enough to stop a mildly shady breeder, even if they win the case.
  8. Golden Retriever Breeder

    ? No idea. This site says 'a reasonable length of time'. How long is a piece of string. https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/publications/guide-consumer-rights-when-buying-pet
  9. The Cost of Puppies

    These days it's getting harder to get a puppy when you want one, and the lure of buying from a non-ANCK breeder is rising.
  10. Golden Retriever Breeder

    Doesn't law concerning defective merchandise apply? If she can show that the breeder is knowing selling puppies with a high risk of ill health, I'd think that Small Claims Tribunal would be a way to send a message.
  11. I recently posted this to a Labrador site, but it applies to all breeds. The point is not to skip testing, but to be sure to look at the whole dog. A PLEA REGARDING TESTING I've retired from both uni teaching and Labrador breeding. One insight from teaching side is that it's tempting to test for what is easy to test, as opposed to what is important. In the case of health testing, big pharma tends to offer a suite of genetic indicators that are easy for laboratories to find, as opposed to those that are important for health. Narcolepsy and centronuclear myopathy are so rare I've never seen or heard of them apart from genetic testing websites. On the other hand, cancer kills more Labs than any other disease, diabetes, epilepsy, and allergies are far too common. Bloat is relatively uncommon, given that Labs are deep chested and notorious gutsers, and I hope that it remains uncommon. Likewise, it would be great if geneticists could get a handle on the genetic components of osteoarthritis, dysplasia, etc., so we could better separate genetics from environment. Temperament is a whole nother can of worms. Here it's sufficient to say that it has a strong genetic component, and as an owner I'd rather have a dog that goes blind in late middle age than one that is absurdly anxious or aggressive throughout its life. Testing is needed to preserve quality. But if we test only for the menu big pharma is offering, we may end up throwing the baby out with the bath. We must think critically about the role of testing in responsible breeding, and learn how to weigh the value of a given test by its importance. Also, we should not loose sight of the factors that are extremely important, but less amenable to simple genetic tests. This includes the temperament factors that define the breed, and the history of health and disease in the bloodlines of an individual dog. Commercial genetics is now going for the low hanging fruit. In time, the science will improve on its ability to understand and predict the complex inheritance of immune system capabilities, bone structure, and temperament. When the science matures and the commercial products address our primary concerns, we should take it seriously. Until then, much of it is a distraction, and we need to get better at weighing test results by their importance to the whole dog.
  12. Good that Oz has strict import regulations

    It's frightening to see how brachy breeds have moved up the charts. Still, Oz is lucky that it's unprofitable to import puppies, especially of the fashion breeds, from puppy farms in Eastern Europe and elsewhere.
  13. The Cost of Puppies

    Also try rescue groups. Sibes are a breed that people buy with romantic / cosmetic ideas, but no clue about need for fencing, exercise, etc. Often they find they can't manage and end up rehoming.
  14. Golden Retriever Breeder

    Get a second opinion from a specialist before getting serious. Sometimes vets make mistakes, especially in matters where they aren't experts.
  15. Want to contribute to the news?

    WAPO is doing a story on dog adoption during the pandemic. https://hosted-washpost.submissionplatform.com/sub/hosted/5ef23915b5cdd9002aecdf5c?utm_campaign=wp_read_these_comments&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_comments