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Everything posted by sandgrubber

  1. No lockdown in NZ. Puppy prices are up, and mixes are often more expensive than purebreds. Trademe prices seldom exceed $4k (this seems to be the going price for a daschund). I've been following Springers.... usually $1500-$2000. Lab Springer crosses are a bit more expensive, as are pups near big cities. Huntaways and heading dogs and mixes thereof are still under $1k.
  2. Curious. Is the fear of GST levy another factor driving people away from pedigree breeding?
  3. I agree, in general. Harsh punishment to a baby puppy for wound up behavior is like giving a human baby a belting for messing its diaper.
  4. At 10 weeks, be very careful about freshness, especially with chicken. Healthy mature dogs can handle Salmonella. It can kill baby dogs. I've encountered chicken mince sold for dogs that smelled putrid.
  5. Thought : might be worth trying a whistle. I've been doing whistle based recall training with a Springer who does more alert barking than I'd like. She gets a treat when she comes. If she's barking when the whistle sounds, she immediately stops barking and comes.
  6. Can't you talk to a vet nurse?
  7. I don't know about mini poodles, but bitey Springer babies can often be convinced to cuddle and stop biting.
  8. I think once you have had several lipomas diagnosed, it's fairly safe to assume further lumps that look familiar are more of the same. Of course there's a risk, and a lot of dogs die of cancer. But I don't think many of the cancer deaths present like a lipoma. Based on experience with Labs, yes, some old dogs get lipoma like some teens get pimples.
  9. Probably not, unless you can restrict him to a tick free area. Given the big coat on a Newf, tick control will be a challenge. Diet has little effect on the blood suckers. Rural VA offers great tick habit. You're lucky not to have paralysis tick.
  10. Absurd. Too many hoops to jump through. Restricting entry is the last thing clubs should be doing when membership is in decline and unregistered pups are costing thousands.
  11. Sympathy. I'm not of the hugging persuasion and not about to gush. I've lost two dear dog friends to cancer this year (diagnosis complicated, never clear, but it was clear that the future was bleak and painful, even if I chose to spend big $ on further diagnosis). It's hard to decide, when they still wag and show pleasure, when to make the awful choice.
  12. IMO it's an evil trend. Breeders want monopoly and are closing the field to newcomers. One reason that puppy prices have risen. If you have no interest in having puppies it's not a big problem. I would ask them to sign a contract with you saying that they relinquish all claims to ownership and simply cross out the bit saying that they hold the papers.
  13. They aren't concerned about F2 because they clearly don't want buyers to breed from their dogs/bitches. At least they have stopped doing early neutering and are doing some cash back thing when mature dogs are neutered. It would be interesting to see their health guarantees. I didn't spend enough time with the site to try and determine whether their own breeding program is going towards the FN cross as required to establish a new breed.
  14. From the website... looks better than most designer dog breeding, indeed, many pedigree breeders. "Our commitment to you is to provide you with a top quality Lykos puppy, whose parents/grandparents etc have been hip/elbow x-rayed, temperament tested and fully DNA screened against every possible disease or trait available. This commitment is made to you in writing in our of Puppy Sale Agreement and Guarantee." Grandparents being hip/elbow screened is above ANKC standards. Giving a written guarantee on hips/elbows is also unusually good.
  15. Opinion: cross a husky and a GSD and you get something that looks like what people think a wolf looks like. There's no reason to think the result will be unhealthy. It's anyone's guess what the temperament will be. Personally, there are good things about both breeds, but there are also problems with both, and I wouldn't take the risk, especially not for a high price.
  16. Only if you are allowed to take the pup as cabin luggage (carry-on).
  17. It's a hard one. I had a neighbor whose favorite Rotty bitch would kill her puppies, given a chance. They literally had to strap her down and muzzle her to let the pups feed. The puppies survived through a mixture of bottle feeding and nursing, but the whole thing was pretty traumatic. Here's hoping your problem isn't that bad.
  18. Said goodbye to Bonza this afternoon. She developed a small lump on her belly. The vet aspirated it and found the wrong kind of cells. She had been waggy, but clearly uncomfortable. There seemed no hope of getting better and certainly of getting worse. Sad... but relieved it's over.
  19. A couple years ago I bought an ESS, and, as I don't know a lot about the breed, have joined a couple of Springer FB groups. I am absolutely amazed by the diversity of the breed. Seems like it's more of a landrace than a breed...straight long coats, short curly coats, broad chests, narrow chests, big boned, little boned, even some legs that are very long or quite short. (Everyone, however, seems to have difficulty with pulling on the leash). The question of pedigree is mostly politely avoided. When it does come up it's usually a pedigree advocate scolding. I suspect that papered dogs are in
  20. Thanks for the suggestion. Worth a try, but didn't work. I've had three vets do clinical inspections... all agreed that she shows a little pain in the shoulder, none in the paw. Toothpaste didn't show anything irregular on the pad, though she wagged a lot when I put it on.
  21. You're not alone. I'm going through this now with Bonza. The vets can't figure out what is wrong with her. She has avoided putting weight on her left front foot for a couple of months now and her muscles are atrophying. She mostly just lies around, but still eats regularly and wags. Sometimes breathes heavily. If it were osteosarcoma she should be dead by now, and X-rays show no signs of it. It's so depressing to watch her, yet I can't say for sure that she's in pain, and I worry that pts would be more to ease my anxiety than to end her pain. The vets seem to be clutching at straws. They
  22. IF I SHOULD GROW FRAIL If it should be that I grow frail and weak And pain does keep me from my sleep, Then will you do what must be done For this – the last battle – can’t be won. You will be sad I understand But don’t let grief then stay you hand. For on this day, more than the rest Your love and friendship must stand the test. We have had so many happy years, You wouldn’t want me to suffer so. When the time comes, please let me go. Take me to where my needs they’ll tend, Only, stay with me till the end. And hold me firm and speak to me Until my eyes no l
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