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  1. A source of support is Alcoholics Anonymous who have support groups for family members who are affected by or live with an alcoholic. They would probably have contacts for advice and/or support where you could discuss issues or potential issues as well as specialist counseling advice.
  2. Raw eggs are an excellent source of protein and the shell is added calcium. Egg shells put into the oven when cooling down and then crushed can be added to dog food at any time to get the benefits of the additional calcium. Mine have eggs at least once a week, but are now fussy blighters and won't eat the egg shell. They have a habit of licking the shell out and then crushing it before walking it all over the kitchen floor instead.
  3. So very sorry to hear of your very sad loss.
  4. Thanks for all my Birthday wishes, especially as I haven't been on here much recently. I am now 'owned' by three husky furkids and there never seems enough time in the day. Coat blowing and living in husky fur tumbleweeds has brought on a completely new meaning. I promise to post some pictures when I can work out how to download them off dropbox.
  5. Congratulations, which one is which? There is a saying "second hand dogs, give first class love" and I am sure you are going to get loads of husky cuddles and kisses along with the added extra of fur in your coffee, food and clothes (as well as loads of other places too!)
  6. Possibly some, but not all of their dogs are tested as they would be advertising the fact when selling their pups. Unfortunately I do not believe the Kennel Club of Great Britain is particularly interested in ensuring that dogs are hip and eye tested to ensure the quality of the Siberian Husky continues, as if they were they would make it a policy that any breeder who KC registers a certain number of dogs has these tests done. They are charging top price for their dogs and at the same rate as those that do have their dogs tested. The only organisation who would be interested in the business side of bulk breeding would be the Inland Revenue as they would expect to be paid tax on the profits being made. I have heard of one bulk breeder who was closed down not because of the way that the dogs were being poorly treated as breeding machines (no RSPCA intervention) but intervention from the Inland Revenue.
  7. I have two Siriniki dogs. One a rehome (taken on at 13 months) and one a rescue (adopted at 9 months). The rehome is not KC registered, probably due to the fact that he is potentially a second litter pup. He initially cost me a fortune in vets bills due to stomach and swallowing problems and still has to have his meat cut into small pieces due to swallowing issues. The rescue is KC registered and came into rescue after being in a number of different homes. KC registration means nothing. What is important is to ensure that you get a pup from parents who have both been hip and eye score tested. My rescue dog recently underwent surgery at Fitzpatrick Referrals (TVs supervet) to remove a bone chip frm his elbow and to have poor quality bone removed from the area. Without the intervention of Fitzpatrick Referrals this dog would have had a very poor life prognosis as the problem causing his chronic lameness did not show up on traditional x-rays and was found under an MRI. Thank goodness for pet insurance as this treatment was not cheap and there are not many vet practices around with the type of equipment and knowledge that Fitzpatrick Referrals have. Poor breeding along with poor nutrition in early life contributed to his problems. I have been told by two independent vets that he only effectively has one good leg due to skeleton issues = ?poor breeding? I would not swap my dog for the world, but he will be lucky to make old bones even with a good diet and regular exercise. A good breeder ensures that their pups are placed in good furever homes and will have a policy of taking back a dog if there is a problem. Unfortunately this is not appear to be the case with this breed line as a number come into rescues. I am not saying that Siriniki is the best or the worst UK breeder or breed line, but whatever dog you get check that its parents are hip and eye scored to ensure that the quality of huskies remains high and that we do not go the route of a number of other breeds of dog with common serious health issues such as hip dysplasia.
  8. Glad it had a happy ending. Lucky the other two didn't decide to go walkabout with the door wide open. You walking back with Darwin trotting along without a care in the world and you trying to keep your trousers up would definitely been a youtube moment.
  9. Zara and Foxy are just practicing to be the first huskies to land on the moon when Richard Branson expands his tourism in space to having hotels on the moon as well as the fact they want to come to the UKs 2014 husky camp.
  10. :cake: Happy Birthday Linda, hope you have a fantastic day with lots of lovely pressies. I wonder how many will be husky related? :cake:
  11. This is what the annual Iditarod race commemorates and the fastest time to date is under 9 days for a team of 16 sled dogs to cover (between 710 and 715 km depending on which route is chosen.
  12. Invest in a grooming attachment that attaches to your vacuum is my advice. My Ollie had to have an op a few months ago and has a lovely off the shoulder number to foot. His undercoat is slowly growing back,however still no sign of the top guard coat. As huskies have less layers of skin (dermis) they will suffer from skin problems unless their skin is protected by the double coat, so I am having to be really careful with him, even mud can cause irritation. The double coat acts as an insulation both when hot and cold. One good thing though no-one will want to sit in your chair at work. I also believe Nix is the Queen of the Lint Rollers (she posted a great picture a couple of years ago of her supplies) and that is another good investment. Welcome to the world of husky owning.
  13. Thanks for this NIx. Don't usually shop in Top Shop, but will definitely go in to see if I can pick some up.
  14. Thanks for all the Birthday wishes. It has been very hectic at this end, but hopefully I will be able to spend some time on the forum getting up to speed on what has been going on.
  15. There is a really good facebook group called A Raw Start Explained or A.R.S.E. There are also companies such as Natural Instinct and a new company called Nurtament, both based in Camberley, Surrey who sell different types of ready prepared raw feed with all the necessary additives for a healthy dog if you don't want to go down the preparing it yourself route. @Molly's_Dad's Timber and his other two love their salmon. I have tried the chicken as well as the turkey and one of mine will eat it and the other, just refuses to eat it, but then he is a fussy little s*d. Last foster pup loved it.
  16. We are now in the process of putting multiple locks on the back gate so this doesn't happen again. Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts. I got a flat tyre hunting Ollie and it has just cost me £67 for a new one. The one that got damaged was only 6 weeks old. Anyways what is £67 when we have him safe and sound.
  17. Found out what happened next door neighbour attached a short fence and post to my post which was for the gate and this pulled the huge post I have backwards and so the bolt came away from its hole. Gate and lock have been there for 30+ years. Had previously told neighbour not to attach anything to my fence. Unfortunately the house is rented out and they just get maintenance people in.
  18. He's been found. My son found him scavenging in gardens/bins about 1/4 mile from where we live, after being lost for 2 hours. He'd been fed already!!!! I have never felt so sick in all my life. Came back wagging his tail and because he wasn't allowed out in the garden decided to dig in his water bowl instead and so I now have a flooded kitchen. One flat tyre from being out driving down back alleyways looking for him and god knows how many more grey hairs. Ollie needs a bath as he is covered in god knows what.
  19. Ollie was out in the back garden before 7.00 am and I get a knock on the door from the neighbor with Levi, but no Ollie. He has been missing for over an hour now and we cannot see how the dogs managed to escape from the garden. Have an 8' back gate and the garden is secure. Trying to all all the vets, Dogs Lost etc,
  20. Mine are diggers and even lie down next to a hole while one of the foster pups digs!!! My garden looks like a re-enactment of the Battle of the Somme. Some people suggest that if you in fill the hole with their poop this will deter them from digging, but they may start digging somewhere else though, but it might be worth trying.
  21. Biggles


    Trellis fencing which can be attached to your current fence might be a solution. @Molly's_Dad and @Molly's_Mum are currently helping me fence in my son's 1/4 acre garden with 6' fencing after cutting down, no kidding 30+ large conifers. Digging the post holes has been an absolute nightmare for tree stumps, tree roots and stones. The furkids are going to have one hell of a party when its finished. They have been helping by supervising us humans as well as showing us how to dig holes, unfortunately they are always in the wrong place. I'll be glad to get back to work for the rest - the things we do for our human and furkids!!!!
  22. Biggles


    The school used in the Inbetweeners is just around the corner from where I live. In one of the episodes which is a disco a number of the kids I used to teach are in it as extras with speaking parts as well as being in other episodes. The latest BBC offering of Big School with David Walliams and Catherine Tate is filmed at the School I currently teach at and a number of the students from my School are in the show. Got paid last Easter for a day's chaperoning. The cast were really very friendly to the students.
  23. It's their gorgeous eyes, they all look like they have got eyeliner on to emphasis the colour of their eyes.
  24. It is not so much being on the thin side that would concern me, but the ongoing runny poop which needs to be investigated and problem resolved. Chicken wings are good for not only putting on weight but also for helping to bind. Best fed as an evening meal from my experience of putting weight on pups. (I've had 5 foster pups this year). Be careful with tripe though and if you feed it only give a small amount as it can cause gastro problems, but is a fantastic food source.
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