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Luna-tic last won the day on September 29 2019

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  1. We've had Luna about two and a half years and we both love her. She's never been an affectionate dog, doesn't come for cuddles or to be petted. In all that time we've never shouted at her or raised our voices to her, never told her off for anything even when she killed 2 hens, just shown her love and kindness because she's a lovely dog who deserves it. Last year we nearly lost her when a bladder stone ruptured her bladder, worrying times, but she's right as rain now. That said I am concerned about her. We have a dog flap and she's always spent a lot of time outside, coming in around our meal times and in the evenings to sit in the lounge. In the last 3 months or so though she spends almost all her time outside, lying behind the garden door even in pouring rain and wind. She's walked twice a day and becomes very lively when she knows she's going out and while out is doing all the doggy things like sniffing, digging and being sociable with any she meets. When she comes back though, she lies down again, she won't engage at all if you speak to her and the only thing that she'll move for is food. I tried to get her to come in this morning because it's sunnier in our back garden but no, wouldn't budge. She's clearly a dog who has never been played with, I've tried to engage her to play with squeaky toys, tug ropes and a sort of frisbee, not interested. She will occasionally chase a ball but loses interest very quickly. I'm actually worried about her and find it upsetting but can huskies be like this, just so insular? Another thing I've mentioned before is her weight, I've cut back on portion size and have bought in ready made raw so I know exactly how much she gets, she's not a big fan and will eat some but leave some. No table scraps, no biscuits, 2 small Spirit treat sticks a day. Should I be worried? I'm sad for her that she just doesn't seem interested in being involved with us except for walks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I am on bed number 4 for Luna. She has the camp bed raised off the floor, wouldn't use it, a big fat memory foam bed like a big pillow, won't use it, a big rectangular memory foam square, won't use it, the bed inside an cage with a nice soft fleece on top, used about twice. She will lay on a fleece blanket occasionally, comes in at night and gets on the sofa or armchair but during the day and evening is mostly outside on tarmac. I want her to have her own bed but I'm not buying another, spent £100s already only to have them piled in the spare bedroom! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. That’s just the worst news, poor Titan, he was only a youngster wasn’t he. I think everyone already knows the danger of parvovirus, are you sure that’s what took him? Either way, I know your pain and I feel for you and your loss. So sorry you had to lose him, you clearly loved him to bits. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. As you’re asking lol ... Kibble is the one thing I wouldn’t feed my dog unless there was absolutely nothing else, even those which are grain free are not carb free, they still have undesirable fillers. Raw could not be easier, you can buy good quality ready made raw packs which you defrost as needed. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. I long ago decided that repeat vaccination had no purpose except to enhance the coffers of the vets. Down the years I have read quite a bit on vaccination and revaccination, none of it good. Dr. Karen Becker is an holistic vet in the US. She has written that yearly vaccination is worthless and unnecessary and no longer endorses it in her practice. I have also read articles that pointed to vaccination being the cause of such inflammatory disorders as arthritis in later life, especially if repeated annually and also causative of hip dysplasia in pups, saying that you don’t see pups up to the age of 8 weeks with dysplasia only after their first vaccination. It certainly gave me food for thought and my thought was that I couldn’t see the point. I don’t have the flu jab either. So I will continue not to give my pets boosters, as most of them are likely to be rescue or rehomes I won’t be making the decision for any pups or kittens and I can’t turn the clock back for any that I take in. When you consider just how many dogs and cats have arthritis it makes you wonder why doesn’t it! I think poor food choices are as relevant to pets as people but it wouldn't surprise me to find that repeatedly injecting a pet with a foreign substance is likely to cause harm. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. It was I thought my worst nightmare having agreed to take a 6 year old Husky, knowing little about the breed, to read about their high prey drive, I have 2 cats, and how they’d kill a cat given the chance. Over 2 years later I still have 2 cats, a now 12 year old Maine Coon and a 7 year old Bengal. The Maine Coon was on her 3rd dog and whilst initially very wary, just didn’t run but was careful, the Bengal also on his 3rd dog took flight as soon as the dog was near. Initially Luna was very keen but I’m presuming she has had past training and when admonished, stopped. She tackled him once, we shouted, she let go without having done any damage and now all 3 co exist, both cats will step on and over the dog as they come and go through the dog flap, the Maine Coon sleeps on the dogs beds all the time. It may not work for everyone but as you have a pup and monitor his behaviour, I don’t see why he couldn’t be friends with the cat. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Funny I was only thinking the other day about whether there is a gizmo you can use to track a dog. Do they make blue tooth trackers? Nothing worse than having your dog vanish in the blink of an eye and depending where you are you’d be clueless where to start looking. It is definitely the worst feeling ... Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Me too, I have just bought a few packs of Cotswold raw, Luna isn't keen and will eat some under protest but I'm throwing some away too. I'm trying to slim her down, she's now 37 kg which is ridiculous. I always weigh her food carefully and make sure there's a good range of meat/fish and some bone but she keeps increasing, she's walked twice a day. Anyway off to look. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Luna loving the frost. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Dr. Karen Becker is quite clear that both sexes should not be spayed until they are around 2 to give time for their hormones to do their work in setting them up for life, if you start removing them too early it seems it causes problems in later life. Both bitches and dogs can be just sterilised, that’s tubes tied rather than complete desexing, all you have to do is find a vet willing and able to carry it out. Lot less invasive for a bitch and keeps them both intact. here’s a video link for information or a link if you prefer to read - https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2017/01/11/age-of-spaying-neutering.aspx Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. I remember the second time we took Luna out while she was still in vet hospital, I nearly cried! She wobbled, she fell over, she swayed about, I’m sure it bothered me more than her but I honestly thought she was a goner because she was so unstable. The vet told me it was because she had been mostly lying down for nearly a week, I have to say I didn’t believe them lol. Anyway once she was back on her feet even indoors there was a big improvement and now she runs! Dogs are just amazing. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. I agree Paul, when we got Luna she was six and had lived in a town all her life and latterly I don’t think she was walked much. Her owner said that of the two huskies she had she would trust Luna more to come back when called than her brother Zeus. I was very careful with her for months, I had been letting her off, round here there are sheep in the winter months but in the spring they go back to the hill farms. I started to walk alongside the brook by our house, Luna was off lead as she had been and then suddenly she was gone. I got to the fields, I could see her in the distance but she took no notice of me at all. I followed her across 3 big fields, shouting like a loon, totally ignored me, she stopped to sniff a couple of times but kept going until she came to a fence, on the other side were sheep, lambs, cows and calves, I’ve never been so frightened in all my life. She didn’t seem able to get through the fence, she went and had a look at the gate, then from one side of the field a farm hand appeared and stood in front of her on the other side of the fence. I was almost hysterical by then. She made no attempt to get over the fence and she wasn’t looking as though she was desperate to get in but I know if there’d been a gap she would have been through it, the stock would have bolted and she would have chased them. I can’t tell you how relieved I was, the farmhand just said did she run off and I said yes, we were the other side of the brook. You learn a very object lesson when something like that happens, it’s not an experience I ever want to repeat. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. She’s lovely! I know one thing after looking at those, your dogs are spoilt lol. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. I just mix different meats together so some chicken with pork or lamb to include the occasional duck neck, liver or kidney the odd bit of heart, beef, no mixer now because it contains dried sweet potato, only veg is a raw carrot occasionally. I have been adding a powdered supplement called Meal Mix which contains trace elements and minerals, her size and food portion suggests one dose a day so that's what she gets. She's not into fish, I've tried salmon, it gets left, she has eaten sardines in the past but I can't find them fresh or frozen now. She will eat whitebait but even that has vanished except for in batter and that's a no no. 1 treat stick twice a day, 85% meat and the rest is veg. Something called spirit sticks, they're about 10 cms long and 4mm across. The chicken is a thigh with skin but bone removed. Rest is human grade raw, the lamb is probably the fattiest. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Wonder why I can’t get the photos on here most of the time, at best I can get small faint squares which I can click and then a “follow the link” box which takes me to them one at a time, some though take me to a page which looks like another thread saying I can’t access them! Anyway, I was curious to read this thread because since I got Luna and changed her to raw she is awfully fat. Even when she was so sick and didn’t eat for a week and was then on liquid feeding she didn’t lose anything. She’s currently plateaued at 37kg. She currently has raw meat with the odd bone, in the morning she has a small tin of Butchers in which to hide her tablet, in the evening she gets 500g of raw including bone weight. She’s walked twice a day. I’ve mentioned it over and over to the vet and it’s like they don’t hear me, not one has ever suggested what I could do to trim her a bit. As she’s a woolly she looks even bigger! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. Lovely looking dog. I know what you mean about the blue eyes, daughter has a Merle border collie with blue eyes and I don’t trust him because I can’t tell what he’s thinking. I hope Mikey continues to settle, he hopefully will realise how lucky he’s been this time. It must be awful for dogs who are moved around and if they’ve been mistreated how on earth do they ever get over that? Luna was very head shy and is still, better with us but dodges just about everyone else. Loud noises upset her too and if I shout at the cat (which I do a lot cos he’s always vocalising lol) Luna often gets up and leaves. I hate to think what she endured in her home before us but I’m fairly certain it wasn’t always kind. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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