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May 27th, 2012

04:00 pm - Goodbye my handsome boy.
I'm not sure how many people still watch the community. For those of you who have been members for a while I thought i would let you all know that JT passed away today. It was his 14th birthday and he went peacefully which is all i can ask. Everyone got to see him and spend time with him and i was there when he went to sleep.

This community was such a great place to share and learn and i really appreciate all the love everyone showed JT.

So goodbye my handsome boy. Thanks for all you did for me and all you gave me. Hopefully i made things worth while on my end as well. I will see you one day but not soon enough.


Current Mood: sadsad

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September 2nd, 2011

04:14 am - Neutering question
Hi everyone,

I honestly feel like I'm taking over this community, lol... why does no one else post here anymore?

Anyway, I wanted to let you all know how much I appreciated the responses I received on my prior post about controlling the boundless energy of my new mini Aussie puppy, Rigel. I am pleased to say that he is getting better, especially since I've moved into a calmer household with fewer people coming and going. He still has a pretty bad jumping problem, but his other issues are thankfully more under control.

Anyway, though, on to the topic I really meant to bring up here- neutering.

I have heard/read so many conflicting things regarding the right age at which to neuter a dog. Some vets have said as young as 4 months, others no sooner than 6 months; I've seen at the most extreme end to wait a full 2 years to allow the bones to fully develop, since the sex hormones are what close all the gaps.

I'm asking this mainly because he's incredibly humpy towards other dogs, and I've also seen him mark a bookcase once in the house very recently. Luckily, no books were harmed (lol), but I definitely don't want the behavior to continue. If I can erase it now, I'd be thrilled, but I don't want to harm him by neutering too early. He's now 7 1/2 months old, so well passed the 6-month rec, but pretty far from the 2-year one.

Basically, as Aussie owners, what do you recommend? If I hear enough okay's, I'm ready to make his appointment as soon as tomorrow xD I remember that when Luca, my late Aussie, was neutered (at 18 months), his dominance behavior towards other dogs completely disappeared. He was not as bad with the humping, though, and never marked, so I was willing to wait longer for him. Rigel, not so much... :P

So basically, advice?

Also, since I haven't posted any yet, here are a few pictures of him growing up -

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Current Mood: curiouscurious

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July 3rd, 2011

05:50 pm - the adventures of JT :)
Hey everyone! It's been a while since i shared pictures..thought it was time :) My fiance and I took JT to the local botanical gardens this spring. Here are a couple pics from the day.

My man is getting old. He turned 13 this year and is finally showing signs of old age. He isn't seeing things as well and his hearing isn't what it used to be. But he's still full of energy and likes the occasional outdoor adventure :)


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Current Mood: hothot

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08:28 am
my dog had a little rendezvous with the Aussi of an friend... and then she became fat... and now I have 11 puppies.
They are 5 weeks old now, can somebody give me some advice, what I have to think about to make them good socialized dogs?
They play with other dogs, cats, horses, children. What else can I do?

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August 1st, 2010

06:11 pm - New here
I don't have an Aussie myself, though I love the breed and it's possibly my dog is mixed with Aussie (or BC and various retrievers...who knows, really!). I did a transport today for an Aussie who is on his way to Ontario to a rescue and he was so amazingly gorgeous I just wanted to share his photos with everyone! So enjoy!


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June 25th, 2010

01:12 am - Cone of shame :(
I got my Aussie, Boone, neutered today. He's about 10 months old now and I've been putting it off because I feel bad. I understand all the pros of neutering, believe me... I just feel sad about putting him through it. Poor honey.

Needless to say, he's fine :) I think he's in some pain because he's been whining a little so I'm going back to the clinic tomorrow to grab him some pain meds. They shaved a weird section of his butt, which is sad, because now his fluffy breeches are all patchy looking. His incision site looks fine, a little red and swollen but I'm expecting that to go down tomorrow. I have to ask, though...Those of you with neutered dogs: did the vet leave the...er... scrotum behind? Like the testicles are gone but the skin is all still there? It is sort of weird looking and I wasn't expecting it.

So, the best (and by best I mean worst) part about all this? The cone. Having a young, high-energy dog whose house manners are still less than awesome wearing a cone is like giving him a bulldozer. I shot a short video of him trying to walk around in the kitchen today (and he's still somewhat drugged up here, but he's perked up considerably and is wreaking havoc even more now, haha).

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May 11th, 2010

09:47 pm - Newb
Hey guys! 
I just found this community and am so excited about all the cute dogs! 
I finally got my puppy a couple of weeks ago!!
She's an Aussie Shepherd/Pyranese mix, shes about 9 weeks old now and she is a handful but so worth it. :) 

Anyway, Hi there!

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May 8th, 2010

09:39 am - gettin older...
Hey there everyone!!!!! it's been FOREVER!! i promise to post some pics today. but got some news. JT is going under the knife next monday the 17th :( he has a weird growth on his back paw. The vet tested it and it's not cancer but the damn thing keeps getting bigger and bigger. They're worried that if it keeps on that it will mess up his movement and things.

He's starting to show his age more too. my man is 12 this month and lookin a little slower, and a little lazier. Still happy and healthy but just getting old. It's sort of sad but i know he's still happy. Just hoping the old man pulls through at his appointment next week!!!!!

send happy thoughs and i promise to take some pics today when i visit :D

while i'm at it...how are the presidential puppies doing?!!?!?! i haven't seen many pics or entries and i miss jefferson!!!!!!!
Current Mood: anxiousanxious

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May 5th, 2010

09:54 pm - New Here!
Hello! I own a 1 year-old Mini Aussie named Zanzabar. He's a Blue Merle and I got him from a breeder in AZ. I live in SoCal and I've only ever seen ONE other mini and 3 standards. It makes me sad. :(

Anyways, here's a video I took of him as an itty-bitty pup!

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Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

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02:32 pm - Raw feeding!
I took the advice of the comments in the last post I made and went to the natural foods grocery store in an attempt to find a corn-free dog food for Boone. None of them seemed right! The ones that didn't have corn had a low fiber percentage and he has extremely loose stools if he doesn't get 4% fiber in kibble. Not to mention that some of them were ridiculously spendy--about $50 for a bag that would have lasted roughly a week. So, I went to the butcher and checked out their meat selection. I snagged a ton of turkey backs and necks, a ton of turkey kidneys, livers, and hearts, as well as some marrow-filled beef bones for treats. I also got canned pumpkin (100% pure pumpkin, no additives, flavoring, or preservatives).

I've been feeding him about 1lb a day (which is 2% of his body weight) and he's doing fabulously. He gets a turkey back or neck (plenty of calcium, fat, and protein), a little bit of organ meat, and a healthy scoop of canned pumpkin every morning. It is less work-intensive for me to feed him once a day and he hasn't seemed to care. He seems to really enjoy eating it and his digestion has been great. The turkey seems to be an improvement on the raw chicken he was eating before, as that gave him the runs. The pumpkin is also providing the fiber that he needs. And it has the hilarious side effect of making his poo bright orange... makes it easier to spot in the yard for pickup, I suppose. Haha. I also sprinkle brewer's yeast on his food once every few days. I haven't experimented with blended leafy greens (which are supposed to represent the stomach contents of herbivores) yet but I might give that a try next time I go to the store. The butcher raw feeds his dogs (six Aussies!) and recommended raw oats, too, but I haven't looked that up yet to see if it's a good idea.

All the meat and pumpkin cost about $25 and has lasted about a week and I think I have about another week still in the freezer to feed him. So, pretty cost effective, if slightly more expensive than the kibble I was feeding him, but the kibble wasn't an awesome quality anyway.

I've been following the rawdogs community but I thought it would be ok to post this here :D

And for your time, here are some pictures of the little troublemaker!Collapse )

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