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  1. Here is a link to the Kennel Club Find a Club section. There are three links there which will be useful in your search. Breed clubs are a good place to start because they know all about the inherited problems associated with the breed and relevant screening. They will also be able to give you advice. I hope your search goes well and don't forget to post back if/when you get your puppy.
  2. Thank you for that information HelenaC. I am not sure what you mean by KC registered breeders being puppy farmers. Do you mean members of the Kennel Club Assured Breeders Scheme? If so then yes, it is not all it should be. As I have already said, it is for the purchaser to do the homework whether the pup is acquired via the scheme or even via a member of a breed club. These 'covers' (for want of a better word) are not proof positive of respectability and many of us will know that there are better 'hobby' breeders out there who just breed the odd litter in their own home. If the OP returns to this thread here is some KC advice on purchasing a pedigree puppy. Of course none of this helps our OP who has provoked some interesting and valid discussion but has sadly disappeared from his/her thread. The reason being that according to that unfortunate article linked to above, Rescue would not have rehomed one of their puppies to them anyway because of the children. You obviously care very much for your lovely breed and I hope that you don't take offence but (in my view) that sort of article on your rescue site doesn't do much for your breed. It just reinforces the notion of the cute little toy dog and is a tad puerile. I think the modern term is 'dumbing down'. Although very pretty and loveable Bichons are dogs and ought to be respected as such. Dogs Trust have also highlighted just this problem in the toy breeds. People are buying them for the wrong reasons and handing them in when very young because they quickly realise that they are not cuddly toys but dogs with all that that entails care-wise.
  3. @HelenaC I really don't think that anyone is surmising anything. Many of us know that occasionally puppies do come into rescue but they are few and far between, the majority of rescue dogs being older. Puppies that do come into rescue are usually older ones. For most people requiring a puppy they could indeed contact rescue but it is not the most obvious choice and they might have to wait a while before one comes in. I work with a breed-specific rescue and these sort of dogs always get snapped up. With reference to post by spotty dog, I would say to the OP that if you do go ahead and purchase a puppy, please obtain one via a reputable breeder. As I have said before, contact the breed clubs and also look at the Kennel Club puppy finder pages. See the puppy with it's mother and make sure that all is above-board. The Bichon has unfortunately been the subject of puppy farming and I am sure that you would not wish to perpetuate the suffering of these dogs, let alone possibly end up with a puppy who may have health problems and potentially cost you a lot of money.
  4. Becca - your post is well balanced and I suspect that there are many other people out there with Bichons and children living happily side by side. It is all down to the work the parents do with both child and dog. The term 'child' can refer equally to 14 as to a 4 year old and to say that Bichons should not be homed with them without qualifying this statement is strange. I am surprised that a rescue website should use a rather twee item like this as IMO what people need when considering having any particular breed is information and facts.
  5. The OP did not say that he has small children - only that he wanted a small dog, and that he or she has children. It appears that some research has been done and they seem to be aware of the pitfalls in acquiring a puppy. It may be that the children are older and responsible enough to care for and enjoy the company of a puppy. The link referred to above on the rescue site is quite entertaining to read but hardly authoritative and informative. To say that a breed is not recommended for homes where there are children is a pretty blank statement. I agree that by and large puppies are not suitable for homes where there are children under five years of age but this is true of any breed, not just Bichons. The link was probably not what the OP was looking for anyway because it is a puppy that they want, not a rescue dog. Perhaps if the OP contacts the various breed clubs and also looks on the Kennel Club puppy finder website he or she might gain more support and some one to one advice. Continue to do your research, learn as much as possible by reading and talking to experienced breeder/owners, and above all, continue to be patient.
  6. 1. MailStore Home is free. or 2. Create a new folder in Documents, highlight all the emails for archiving and drag them into it. Windows Live Mail will relabel the ones with the same subject by adding (2)(3) etc but some clients will just overwrite them so needs to be done carefully. or 3. If using Windows Mail, create an empty folder in documents and label 'Archived Emails' or similar. In Windows Mail go to > File > Export > Messages. Follow the wizard, locating the empty folder for the store. This method will not preserve the subject heading as the messages are given a new file numbers. or 4. Have the emails routed via webmail e.g. Gmail/Zoho/Hotmail and leave a copy on there.
  7. No, you cannot remove your Beagle's dew claws. What you can do is keep the nail clipped (you'll need clippers) but be careful not to go too high and cut into the quick because if you do it is very painful for the dog, it will bleed and could become infected. If in doubt, have it done at the vets or by a groomer. Puppy dew claws can be removed by the vet with a sharp pair of scissors or similar and antiseptic lotion if done before the third day of life. Some experienced breeders do this themselves. If this opportunity is missed they have to be removed surgically by the vet after the age of 6 months. If you wish to have your Beagle's dew claws removed, book him in for this procedure - it is usually straightforward with just a stitch or two in the wound. Usually the legs are dressed with cohesive bandages until the wound is fully healed.
  8. It is difficult to know what to say to help you because each of us has our own way of coping with the loss of a pet. Two of ours died at the end of 2010 and we are still upset but coping. Not much time has elapsed since your dog died - remember she was with you for many years. It will probably take a lot longer to come to terms with it so you need to be gentle on yourself. It is normal to feel how you do and in time you will become less sad and your thoughts will turn to the good times that you had with your girl. It sounds as if you have your family around you - try to talk through these feelings with them or with your close friends but choose the ones who are animal lovers because anyone else might have a hard time understanding. Meanwhile, would it help to perhaps do some voluntary work with one of the rescue organisations or maybe some fostering? It would divert you from your grief and if you decide that you would like to share your life with another dog, you would be in a good place to find one. Some people might think that getting another dog is insensitive or they just couldn't cope. To my mind, having another pet is a great compliment to your one that has died because it's like saying 'I had such a wonderful life with you that I want to share that with another'. However, don't make any big decisions yet until you are sure it is right.
  9. Oh, that's sad - I can see how difficult it must be for her to get in the car. Would a ramp be helpful do you think? I've seen these advertised but have no personal experience of them. I suppose that they fold up to fit inside the car after use. Just a thought.
  10. Thank you very much for the link to the company who make these. The products look very strong indeed. Strix is correct - any slight back end shunt could spring the catch, leaving the dogs free. Much better to use a good strong crate as it will give more protection.
  11. Well done to the OP for teaching her children the ethical side of breeding dogs. However, I wonder if the lesson might have been taken further by suggesting that the children themselves contribute towards the requested sum? That is if they get pocket money. It's good for children to learn to give as well as receive. I agree with this rule for the same reason as mentioned by Rain Rescue - i.e. to stop time wasters. Although money is tight for most people these days the sums requested are not much really and if they are serious about rehoming a dog they will need to pay a lot more than that to adopt, feed and care for one.
  12. Please can you post these details? I have a crate but would like a new, better fitting one. They are a much better option than just using the boot because a)the dog can't jump out as soon as the hatch is opened and b)in the event of an accident the dog is still restrained so can't get out and run off on a busy road.
  13. Re: Land Registry. Yes, it will tell you who owns the property but not necessarily where they live. The address on the title may be incorrect, in which case it is probably not of much use.
  14. This is an unusual case so might be of no relevance to your enquiry. If you are thinking of purchasing the freehold of a flat in a leasehold block you would need to consult a solicitor. As a matter of interest, why would you wish to do this even if you could? @J Shaw - thank you for the link - useful to know.
  15. Thank you for that information - I have amended my post.
  16. @Cyclone - Thank you for your comments about the legal situation. I would imagine that you are correct in your assessment that it is the duty of the local authority to make clear its rules and bylaws. The subtle differences of knowledge of the law to which you refer are ones that I wouldn't care to test. Not that I would because my dogs don't like busy roads anyway. Most of them are evil places to walk and many a dog has his or her nose exactly at the level of the exhaust fumes.
  17. Yes, that is good advice Medusa. With your own yoghurt you know exactly what has gone into it. I really should have a go at that myself because it is a very good stuff and I do like it. The Xylitol issue is one that was brought to my attention fairly recently by a friend who takes Dog World (it was discussed in there). I had never heard of it either and was disturbed to learn that it is being used increasingly for even products such as preserves. It emphasises the need to be very careful giving dogs human food.
  18. If it is plain, organic yoghurt then that is fine but I am led to believe that this is the only type that a dog should be allowed. However, many people buy flavoured yoghurt and these are best avoided unless you know 100% that it doesn't contain Xylitol.
  19. The title of this thread is at odds with the OPs original comments about walking dogs off lead on main roads so would just like to return to the actual concern. The acerbic post (number eighteen) by Strix in response to my own on the legal situation regarding this has prompted me to do a little more research on the subject. What the 1988 Act does is to pave the way for local authorities to enact their own bylaws in respect of walking dogs off lead in the environs of a main road. What sometimes happens is that certain roads in a borough are designated as such - whether they are signed or not signed is another matter. Anyway, it is feasible that the off-lead (road) dog walker could use several streets with no problem then walk onto a road that has the bylaw attached to it. As ignorance of the law is no defence it is for the person to do the research. Another possible scenario is that the person may live within a LA that has no such bylaws only to perhaps move or go on holiday and find him or herself prosecuted because the LA in which they find themselves has enacted such bylaws. Meanwhile the Highway Code has this to say about the subject: . There is another law which I cannot reference that states that a dog must be under control in a public place so presumably the off-lead road dog walker could be required to prove that he or she does indeed have control of the animal. At some point I intend to make more enquiries with my local authority highways department in respect of whether there are any such designated roads in our own borough and if so, where they are.
  20. Best not to let the dog lick out yoghurt pots. Many yoghurts contain Xylitol which is toxic to dogs. This substance is a sweetener and is being used increasingly in manufactured products, including some tablet coatings. The kindest thing to do is to remove the dog into another room when you are eating and simply to stop responding to his begging - he will get the message in the end. When he is not begging, you could treat him randomly but I would suggest fish jerky or similar as it is low in calories. Fish4Dogs sell it in various forms - strips/cubes etc. Well done for trying to get on top of this and also his weight problem. In time you will have a much happier and healthier dog.
  21. I own a flat and it was only the fact that it is leasehold that prevented alterations being made to the neighbouring flat which would have had serious and detrimental consequences on the property. LA Planning gave permission but fortunately the freehold reversioner company refused this as the work was in breach of the terms of the lease. My advice would be to buy leasehold and to become acquainted with the contents of the lease.
  22. The word 'daft' is not one that I would use, particularly in this situation. In fact I had no idea who had used the word 'babies' as I didn't check. Possibly it indicates how someone feels about pups and how emotionally attached they become. This is not a bad thing but it makes it very hard for the breeder. You made the way very clear for the new owners to return him if it did not work out and I wonder why they did not do this? It would have been a much easier solution to their problem. Possibly they did not return him because they made money by selling him on. I would not be inclined to believe anyone who purchased a pedigree puppy and moved it on after a mere week. What I do find sad is how you are blaming yourself for this. You made a mistake but then we all do. Please try to come to terms with it and to be a bit easier on yourself. When I am preoccupied with something I find that my dogs take my mind off things. You have your other dogs to love and care for so hopefully that will be a comfort.
  23. Something that one of the earlier posters said has reminded me of a situation that occurred earlier this year: Woman 1 went to experienced breeder wishing to buy 2 pedigree bitches. The woman, having several breeds alerts breeder's suspicion and she refuses to sell. Woman 2 comes along, purchases 2 bitch puppies and goes on her way. Experienced breeder finds out (can't remember how) that woman 2 is a proxy purchaser and has passed the puppies on to woman 1. Breeder creates a lot of fuss and demands the puppies back. Fortunately, woman 1 complies, they are returned and (I suppose) money refunded. Anyway, as the original owners had the OP's dog for such a short time, I do wonder if they were working in a similar fashion and have actually made money out of him. This would explain why they 'can't remember' who they sold him to. There is money to be made in stud work. If an experienced breeder can get it wrong then it demonstrates how difficult it is to make good judgements. Personally, I am surprised that she sold two bitches to the same person anyway - it is a recipe for disaster. As for criticising the OP for selling the pup to these people in the first place, she is perfectly aware of that. Breeding puppies is a 24 hour a day job and is absolutely exhausting. By the time they get to 8 weeks most breeders, no matter how conscientious, are very glad to see them go. It is a constant round of feeding and cleaning up - smelly and unpleasant, particularly if they are in the house. In these circumstances people do not always think clearly.
  24. The Road Traffic Act 1988 makes it quite clear that it is an offence to walk a dog on a road without a lead. See here. Having never seen a woman doing it I assume that it is a 100% male activity. Not sure why this is - perhaps someone might enlighten me? With regards to using Flexi leads, I know of one dog who was killed by a passing car because his owner was using one. Much better to reserve these for off street situations.
  25. @ Strix: This is something that is being pushed by the Dogs Trust (as I am sure you know) and I agree with you 100%. Even though it is not a perfect solution it may well be helpful. However, in this case it would be of no use at all as it is unlikely that the chipping company would give any information to our OP - again, due to data protection. Looking at the broader picture there is a lesson to be learned for anyone who is considering breeding their bitch. It is not all about fluffy balls of fur (or 'babies' as referred to above) and making money. It is about breeding and selling livestock and wrapping it up in emotional terms is not helpful in my view. Along with this there are responsibilities and down sides, as has been shown by this very sad thread. The OP is clearly very distressed by this and I do have sympathy for her. If this is difficult to handle then it may be that breeding is not for her.
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