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katiefranke
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katiefranke

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    1. hobbs2004
      hobbs2004
      Yup, same here. I have minces but they are more for the odd variety and when I am too lazy or too busy to make up food. I make my cat's food but I use supplements (such as seaweed powder, wheatgerm oil or some Vit E oil, fortain or eggshells) and occasionally they get some grated carrot or courgette or a bit of psyllium husks.
    2. hobbs2004
      hobbs2004
      I am in Guildford, so not that far from Camberley. Do you make your own cat or dog food? I find it so frustrating to have such limited choice when it comes to offal. In Germany, where I am from, you have not problems getting things like spleen or even tripe (fresh not the frozen minced stuff and not kilos of it either), whereas it just seems to be a right odysee to find a butchers who even gives you lung or who has chicken hearts or chicken necks or who doesn't charge a fortune for rabbit. Sorry rant over!
      Yes, taurine is found in high quantities in muscle, which includes the tongue! Do yours eat tongue?
      Do you feed your dog veg?
    3. Dally Banjo
      Dally Banjo
      Oooooooooo great, I just orderd a balance harness for Banjo as he is back on lead only & after trying my friends out on him it worked realy well so took the plunge as going to have extra long arm otherwise, but Holly has'nt got as much erm padding as him so will keep checking on the site for the fleece one. Thanks ever so much. Nicki
    4. hobbs2004
      hobbs2004
      Gosh I know! Do you feed your cats raw too? We have always fed our dogs raw but I find cats a lot more difficult.
      I have created a bookmark folder of the things that I have read (and found useful) - just stating the obvious I guess.
      What I find a lot more frustrating is all that myth stuff that is going on within the raw feeding community. Like - taurine depletes when food is frozen - there is no evidence for that.
      Whereabouts in Surrey are you if you don't mind me asking?
    5. hobbs2004
      hobbs2004
      You probably have seen this already but this lists the taurine content of a lot of foods (raw vs cooked): http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/vmb/aal/pdfs/spitze.pdf
      I really don't understand why the american nutri database doesn't contain taurine! Ah well, that would have been way too easy!
    6. Janl
      Janl
      Please read this backwards and it won't let me post much here! I've had to trim this already so I hope it still makes sense!

      Good luck with your training!
    7. Janl
      Janl
      I imagine the lessons are what would happen in a very good training class with the emphasis on going at the pace which is right for your dog. It is a complete basic syllabus for training a dog. I don't have the book with me at the moment but, for example, the sit command is taught in something like 12 steps starting with getting the dog to sit with a hand signal and treat and then gradually lessening the hand signal until the dog can sit with just the command. Each command is taught like this, starting easy and then getting more difficult as the dog's skill increases.
    8. Janl
      Janl
      Hi Katie,

      I'm loving Jean Donaldson's book, Train Your Dog Like a Pro. It starts off very basic and everything is taught in tiny steps and is progressive so the dog only experiences success. I love her Push, Stick, Drop concept. This is the first time I had come across it but if the trainer sticks to it religiously it really does ensure the dog only experiences success and not frustration because he/she does not understand what is required. It also comes with a DVD which I found was great to watch with my family who are not so keen on reading but are quite happy to watch something on the TV screen.

      Jean Donaldson realises that not everyone is keen on training and so tries to motivate the dog owner to keep on with the training too. I am fascinated with how dogs learn and, like you, I'm becoming a bit of a collector of training books too. lol
    9. Dally Banjo
      Dally Banjo
      Oh spots :rolleyes: they look realy good to. We have the Ezy ones but they are a bit wide between the front legs for Holly & she got sore :( will just have to save up for the balance one :rolleyes: Thanks anyway you saved me some £'s :thumbup:
    10. Dally Banjo
      Dally Banjo
      Hi just wondering if the harness you recomended stops them pulling at all :rolleyes: :)
    11. leashedForLife
      leashedForLife
      hee-hee-hee Pet Forums Community - View Single Post - My dog cries when i leave him its a blast from the past...
    12. leashedForLife
      leashedForLife
      hey, katie! :--) Congratulations!
      U got Honorable mention in the 42nd caption-contest, hun - :thumbup:
      come by + pick-up the prize when U get a mo... speech is optional. :)
      -- terry
    13. lauz_1982
      lauz_1982
      Aw glad to hear you are all well! I don't know how he would be with the sea. We'll take a drive down with the in laws when the weather is better. He was very wary of the river to start with but Jade (Mum and Dad's ColliexGSD) is a real water baby (she wasn't at first though) and after she had been in and out a few times Mr Mac decided to be brave, lept in the deep part and got a bit of a fright! I was worried that would put him off but he still had his head above water so he was more cautios next time in. I kept him on a line though as I would have had to go in after him knowing Mac if I hadn't! lol!

      ..... tbc .....
    14. lauz_1982
      lauz_1982
      ..... continued .....

      In some of the pics his ears look like they are fully up but think that's just the way he's looking. They are typical in the way that they turn over at the top which I love. When he was little they were so tiny and cute! When he's listening he usually has one ear right up and the other one normal - always the same ones and when he's wanting to play they are both up. When he gets a fright he pins them right back. I love the different way he holds them.

      ..... tbc .....
    15. lauz_1982
      lauz_1982
      ..... continued .....

      I was looking at the pics of Maggie again when she was younger - they are both similar coat lengths aren't they? I seen Maggie at 6 months when the feathers weren't really long yet and her tail was getting fluffier - that's where Mac is too now.

      I had to go and get him another bigger collar today. He's 16" round the neck already. That's the 4th collar! lol! The vet says he's ideal weight and build just big! lol!

      I don't like the sporn harness he has so going to get one like Maggies I think. They look nice and comfy for him. How easy on and off is it? Sporn one is a nightmare!

      Laura :)
    16. lauz_1982
      lauz_1982
      Hello Mrs! How's you and the gorgeous Maggie doing? I bet you spoiled her rotten on her birthday! lol!

      I can't remember if I said but I put more pics of Mac on my albulms on my page. He's getting bigger! lol!

      Laura :)
    17. Tanya1989
      Tanya1989
      Aww, thanks... never a truer word spoken
    18. Tigerneko
      Tigerneko
      Hello :)

      just thought i'd let you know, I got a copy of that Control Unleashed book last week, it's fantastic!! I haven't finished reading it all yet and dont want to start any training with him until i've read through it all properly but what i've read so far seems as though it will be extremely helpful :)

      Thankyou for reccommending it, I can see it being a lifesaver lol :) x
    19. leashedForLife
      leashedForLife
      thanks, katie! :thumbup: succinct + clear, REP! :D
    20. leashedForLife
      leashedForLife
      not up to jogging round the block yet, LOL, but much, Much! better, yes, thanks.
      i hope U + the lovely Mags are disgustingly healthy + shockingly happy... :D
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    Birthday:
    March 16
    Location:
    Surrey, UK
    Occupation:
    Marketing Manager (luckily one of the perks of the
    Living in Surrey with my OH & mummy to Gizzie & Mitten, our moggy sisters that we have had since kittens and the latest addition to our family is Maggie the Border Collie who we got at 8 weeks and is now 17 months old (time has flown!).

    Sadly we lost our older cat Harrie over a year ago now - run free princess xx

    Reading everything and anything on canine behaviour and healthcare/nutrition, especially alternative healthcare and raw feeding as it fascinates me, training maggie for obedience and agility, doing up the house & looking after my (fur) babies in general :) ...oh and loitering on pet forums!! lol
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