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    Let's Be Controversial

    I have no problems with docking and cropping. I also have no problems with spaying and neutering young (like 6 months) opposed to 6 weeks. Of course I understand some people wait for growth plates to close, etc, but if I'm not getting a dog for sport, I'm not against a relatively early...
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    Getting to know you 2016 edition

    Nickname/Preferred name: Michi/Jade Occupation: Student/Teaching Assistant Age:25 About your dog(s): Nia! She's 7 years old now, and still as happy and active as ever. For those that don't know her she's a sable papillon and a ball addict! Interests: classical music, comic books...
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    Lark's next litter

    I want a Lark puppy! I love all the puppies (and your pictures) from the Lark/Hawkeye litter!
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    What do you drive?

    I drive a Volkswagen Golf Wagon, it's a larger version of the regular golf. It's called the Jetta Sportwagen in the US. It was one of the roomiest cars I found in that range and I liked the station wagon set up a bit better than an SUV (I don't like high cars because I don't like the angle of...
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    How much do you spend on dinners out?

    We also have a lot of sushi for not a lot of money. There's literally a hundred plus sushi restaurants within a 30 minute drive from me. Most of them are around 30-50 for 2 people. Out of those 100, there are 20ish that are very good quality and cheap, but also another 5-10 on top of that...
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    How much do you spend on dinners out?

    Usually it's between 30-35 for the 2 of us to eat a meal out. Of course, if we ordered something more expensive off the menu that day it could be 35-40. But we usually don't order drinks and we only order 2 entrees which are between 10-15 each. We just drink water or tea if the restaurant...
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    The Venting Thread

    Did you get needles before they put on the sticky pads? The needles are the most important part, but unfortunately most IMS practitioners use a very very conservative method that treats very few muscles on your body. An aggressive form literally will involve stimulation using about 100...
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    The Venting Thread

    I don't know whereabouts you're located but it might be worthwhile to try a type of physiotherapy called IMS (intramuscular stimulation). I have a lot of back problems from a severely herniated disk and my cousin had a lot of back pain from a fractured tail bone a while back and IMS was able to...
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    Endless, pointless licking.

    Nia does the same thing and I have no solution to the problem either. It's pretty annoying and sometimes I don't even think she realizes she's doing it. For example if for some reasons she wakes up at night or can't get to sleep very quickly because she's not that tired she will literally...
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    Stacked Dogs

    I'm sure I have MUCH MUCH better stacked photos of Nia than this one??? But I can't seem to find any of them in my online albums at this particular moment in time... Here's one that makes Nia look quite butt high. Breed: Papillon Age: 6.5 (at the time of this picture, I think around 4)...
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    Maintaining a professional appearance on social networking

    Ever since I stared using social media, I've made an effort to not post anything controversial or much about myself to be honest. I will post the occasional dog photo, maybe the odd complaint or funny situation but that's it. I try to stay away from social media other than having a linkedin...
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    When do you stop training your dog?

    Depends on the dog I guess. Nia doesn't really like training she isn't really food motivated and shuts down very easily. I pretty much stopped training her at 3 years old since she already knew everything I considered to be crucial like sit in busy situations, recall, stay, etc and had great...
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    Does your dog meet standard?

    Conformation wise, Nia is for the most part. Nice head, well set ears, good fringe. The only thing is that her front feet are a bit east/west, it's not a fault but not ideal. I think if we're only speaking conformation wise, she would be able to finish, although I can't say how easily having...
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    Rhodesian Ridgeback Breeders

    What do you mean by top of the line? What do you want to do with the dog? Agility, obedience, therapy work, conformation? Different breeders breed for different abilities and jobs, depending on what you're looking to do with the dog our suggestions will likely be different.
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    Just out of curiosity, does mosquito spray on the body like Bug Off or something not work? We were just camping for a few days last weekend and there were tons of mosquitos but applying mosquito spray every 2-3 hours seems to help for the most part. It does smell horrible and makes me feel...
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    The Venting Thread

    I need up boarding her anyway since the trip was already planned. Now I'm super super stressed about her not being with me. I keep wondering if she's drinking and eating... And if she's going to be ok with the water in the kitchen of the boarding place and not in the bedroom. But I don't...
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    The Venting Thread

    Ahhh so frustrated! Suddenly decided we might go away for a few days (June 30 to July 4th) since the bf got a few days off for Canada Day. My mom usually takes Nia but she's away that week too. My suggestions to my mom: 1. Have a dog sitter from a reputable company or one of my...
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    The Venting Thread

    I feel the same. I didn't go to my high school graduation or my bachelor's degree graduation. I doubt I'm going to my Master's degree graduation either.
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    The Venting Thread

    This literally sucks so much. Here in Vancouver, Canada, we have almost no dogs that are available for adoption. The local SPCA has around 10 dogs total and around 100 applications almost at all times for the incoming dogs. I don't know many shelters either although we do have a few breed...
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    Lola spaying issue

    Although silent heats do happen, I don't think based on your info that she is in heat. A lot of small dogs go into their first heat quite late too, our Cav didn't have her first heat until 14 months old. If you don't notice anything that might indicate to you that she's in heat, I would...