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by Nettle
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 3193
Views: 360071

Re: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2

He's lucky to have such a thoughtful owner. 8)

Mine get a long walk in the shady woods first thing and then veg out. Too hot to do anything except wag a tail now and then.
by Nettle
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog eating
Replies: 40
Views: 2490

Re: Dog eating

We used to have a Board member from Alaska, and he taught us lots about the countryside there and about mushing. Really really interesting.
by Nettle
Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog eating
Replies: 40
Views: 2490

Re: Dog eating

Very tricky (as are so many things) as soon as religion is brought into it. Personally I think welfare trumps dogma, but then I am not religious. However, if the origins of any religious instructions are examined, there are often differences in practice compared with "the book".
by Nettle
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog eating
Replies: 40
Views: 2490

Re: Dog eating

I've BEEN in slaughterhouses, and no they don't, not over here. Don't believe all you read in leaflets from animal "rights" groups. :wink: The slaughterhouse experience over here - transport, holding areas etc. isn't the best experience animals can have, but it's the best it can be made. The actual ...
by Nettle
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog eating
Replies: 40
Views: 2490

Re: Dog eating

I particularly agree with your last paragraph, JudyN. I would have to be very hungry to eat a dog, the same way I would have to be very hungry to eat insects (popular and unremarkable in some parts of the world) cats or horses. But in theory I would have no objection to others doing so, as long as t...
by Nettle
Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 3193
Views: 360071

Re: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2

We're all here for you. Quite a few of us will have been in a similar situation and know how hard it is, but one day you'll be looking back at it knowing you got through and triumphed.
by Nettle
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Breed Questions
Topic: Hyper?
Replies: 1
Views: 303

Re: Hyper?

People don't always say what they mean, and many people have a poor vocabulary. So it's best to draw out the conversation to see what they mean when they say "hyper" as often the subtext is more like "are its exercise and training needs more than I am prepared to give?".
by Nettle
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Breed Questions
Topic: Question about Lara?
Replies: 3
Views: 696

Re: Question about Lara?

Comparisons are not really useful as it's all about the degree of illness each individual owner is prepared to manage. What some see as perfectly tolerable would be a deal-breaker for others.
by Nettle
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?
Replies: 10
Views: 854

Re: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?

Very sensible advice.
by Nettle
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?
Replies: 10
Views: 854

Re: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?

Assuming they would take the dog to a vet whenever it became ill, yes they would be going to the vets. How often would depend on which illnesses the dog develops in what order, and whether the owners would want to prolong its life with treatment or euthanise to avoid further suffering.
by Nettle
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 3193
Views: 360071

Re: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2

Well done Ari-RR on your weight loss! And great news Erica on your apartment - wonderful to have your own territory at last. MPB, it's good to know that sometimes it goes well - makes up for all those other times dancing the Watusi to avoid other dogs and people. I love the way you and Jas are so on...
by Nettle
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?
Replies: 10
Views: 854

Re: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?

Depends what you mean by "healthy". It might be possible to find some that are less unhealthy than others, but it would not be possible to find one with an average-for-a-dog lifespan and free from inheritable illnesses.
by Nettle
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Breed Questions
Topic: Let's talk sighthounds
Replies: 37
Views: 2492

Re: Let's talk sighthounds

Lol, Shalista! :lol: I ws also thinking this morning that training is a bit like sculpture. A lump of marble and a lump of clay can both be sculpted into something beautiful, but if you try to use a chisel on soft clay or mould marble with your hands, you're not going to get great results :wink: Bea...
by Nettle
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Breed Questions
Topic: Saw this today
Replies: 3
Views: 400

Re: Saw this today

Ludicrously inefficient "research" based I suspect on KC pedigree registrations not actual facts. The Show greyhound is a hideously exaggerated breed and not many, thank goodness, are bred, but as JudyN says, the country is lifting with strong healthy correctly-proportioned greyhounds that are regis...
by Nettle
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?
Replies: 10
Views: 854

Re: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?

A very unhealthy breed with a short lifespan in comparison to most other dogs, and plenty of information in the public domain. the Bernese is not a very unhealthy breed and the health issues are world wide not just in the UK Contradictory. Either it isn't unhealthy or there are worldwide health issu...