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Post New additions to the Family
Just thought I'd introduce our two new additions to the family. Yes, we had a weak moment ;)

Here is Rex our 10wk old Cattle cross from the RSPCA. Um.. Cattle?? I'm wondering what they were looking at when they say Cattle Dog. I think it's glaringly obvious that he's STAFFY cross LOL! Anyway, he's a gorgeous little boy. A little shy at times. I think he may have been the runt of the litter (there were 9 pups!) He was the last one. Sitting there very miserable up the back of the cage. Couldn't resist that face.

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And Roxie the (again) Cattle Dog cross. The RSPCA have a thing for Cattle X's LOL! Anyway, I can kinda see it in her colouring. I'd say Kelpie as well? What do you think? She's a sweetie. Very active and alert. You can see a lump she's got on her head from rumbling with her brother. I'll have to get the Vet to look at it. It's quite solid. Hope she hasn't done any damage.

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They're obviously from different litters and get on well. In fact Rex get's quite upset when she gets too far away from him LOL! I hope he'll grow out of it and relax a bit. Poor baby.

Anyway, I'm starting them on a Raw Fed diet. Currently on chicken until I can get to my local butcher friend to pick up some more suitable cuts. Anyone else here feed Raw?

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yep- raw is definitely best.

Meet Simba- our newest addition too- he won't really replace Donatella- but ......have to move forward. Maremma are just like any other working asset on a farm, like a piece of fencing that is down- it has to be replaced. sounds clinical, but that is the fact.
He is a nice natured pup- but people couldn't tell me exact date of birth, and he has had no vaccinations or veterinary care at all. Parents looked like well socialised and well built dogs- but very thin. I doubt the bitch had sufficient milk for her litter of 9 and thats why these pups have all been sold off so early. I wonder why people who have no idea about what is needed to ensure good health in these dogs do this? Not taking on these pups doesn't help them either- at least good nutrition and spaying early will save the individual. Don't know what to do about backyard breeders though.

Almost a resuce pup, our Simba......so after a check at the Vet's on the way home we have a plan- he is very light (5.1 kg and needs to be around 8 at this age) has ear-mites, fleas (easily dealt with ) and incredibly rickets already as well.
So Simba is on raw roo and beef, minced chicken frames(for the extra calcium) eggs and cheese as well as puppy biscuits and fortified milk on demand. at 6 weeks (allegedly) we will get over all of these issues and hopefully build a great future guardian.
I am keeping him very close for a few weeks to know the family and our little dogs first- they were unimpressed-then he will go out to be with some hens and new lambs in a training yard till he is about 30 weeks old. then by increments into bigger and bigger paddocks with more animals introduced over time. We will be at the Vets regularly to monitor the bone density in particular.

but back to the raw diet- definitely the best way.
And congratulation on taking a pair of babies from the RSPCA- they do such a special job- but um, I agree cattle cross?

OMG! i just noticed how grubby the hallway floor is in that photo- better get some housework done eh?


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Post Re: New additions to the Family
Aww .. look at that little fluff ball! Goodness you have to wonder about some breeders don't you?? Rickets already??? They should be reported.

Sounds like he's found a wonderful home. :thumbright

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yes I hope he recovers and has no lasting issues. lots of love and good nutrition.
thinking i may even test the boundaries of how hard it is to be sacked from the public service and take him with me to work tomorrow- don't want to take my eyes off him!!! Kidding. that wouldn't be doing him any favours. he is just like a big fluffy poodle after his bath!

Now. off the computer and get this house clean!!!

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Post Re: New additions to the Family
I'm a big fan of Raw too, and have been feeding it for years. I also have some great books on the topic if you ever want a loan.

Very lucky, cute looking pups all round.

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God I love puppies they always look so cute :)

Congrats on the new additions

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Thanks Jayups, I'm happy to purchase some books (thanks so much for the offer though), could you recommend some?

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The look great ;)

Simba looks like he belongs on someones bed - surley thats a stuffed toy right ;)

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I can see the reasoning for the Roxie being a Cattle X but Rex.... yeah right :lol:

Ive had a coupel of dogs as pets thatwere the runt and they were the most loyal and loving dogs Ive had.

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good to see some pups saved from a not so nice life..... roxy and rex look like trouble with a capital T ...... you can see the glint in their eyes!! :lol:
and Simba , looks like a big fluffball, gorgeous ...

good luck with pot holes in the yard, missing socks and sleepless nights !! :lol:

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