Jump to content

Heads up for Spikey


  • Please log in to reply
56 replies to this topic

#1 FiveAus

Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:19 PM

I hate seeing ads like this, a beautiful and valuable pet being discarded like it's yesterdays news. Wondered if you know a group who might be interested in responsibly rehoming her for the owners.

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/eltham/dogs...ound/1012542829

#2 Guest_Dinah_Harris_*

Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:23 PM

sad.gif What a beautiful dog.   Two years and then dumped?    That makes me really mad mad.gif


#3 MrsLexiK

Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:28 PM

Nawww what a cutie! I got my boy because the owners were moving and he bolts (and kills chicken if you have any hence why the chicken farmers got rid of him) I did feel sorry for these owners as they were moving to a main road and her kids used to just let him out (they were young) and she was worried he would get killed.

#4 beaglebaby

Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:28 PM

At least she is sterilised so won't have already been snapped up by a puppy farm mad.gif

#5 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:33 PM

I will finish swearing a LOT, and then pass on the links to the breeders I know. I'm not sure why they haven't asked the breeder to assist with rehoming.

God I hate people sometimes. "Downsizing". We had our first elkhound in an inner city terrace. Its not really an issue. Bet they haven't trained her. mad.gif

#6 FiveAus

Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:35 PM

QUOTE
At least she is sterilised so won't have already been snapped up by a puppy farm


Yes that's true, although I doubt if Norwegian Elkhounds are puppy farm material.

They are a rare breed and often the breeder will request the dog be returned to them if the owner can't keep it. And often a breed club or group will know of people waiting for one to come up, and not everyone wants a puppy.

She's a lovely girl.

Edited by FiveAus, 17 January 2013 - 05:37 PM.


#7 FiveAus

Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:37 PM

Judging by the background and the stance, she looks like she's been shown.

#8 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:55 PM

That's what I was thinking. Bet she isn't in that condition now. sad.gif

If I get a response, I may ask my brother if he'd hang onto her for a day or so while we get organised. I can't really fit another dog in here, but would hate for her to be dumped or worse.

#9 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:58 PM

QUOTE (*Spikey* @ 17/01/2013, 06:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
God I hate people sometimes. "Downsizing". We had our first elkhound in an inner city terrace. Its not really an issue. Bet they haven't trained her. mad.gif

I couldn't believe they got rid of Bandit away at only 8 months old! DF's guess was that they didn't like that he got so big (even though they previously owned Rottis) and/or they didn't train him at all. We don't think he's a purebred. My Mum reckons he's mixed with Great Dane LOL He's very tall, long and skinny.


QUOTE (FiveAus @ 17/01/2013, 06:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Judging by the background and the stance, she looks like she's been shown.

That makes it really strange that she's being given away for free on GUMTREE!

#10 kadoodle

Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:05 PM

Grrrrrr.  

I'm really upset right now.  This is kind of local to me and I'd love a dog like this, but we're not in the position to get one for another few months.

#11 beaglebaby

Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:12 PM

I doubt that is even a photo of the dog being rehomed, it's probably copied from somewhere online.  Surely anyone who had shown their dog would know that breeders and breed clubs will help however they can in this situation.  It all sounds very strange really as they aren't really a breed that you can just buy on a whim.

I hope she finds a loving home.  I've met some lovely Elkhounds.

#12 FiveAus

Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:51 PM

Maybe not so unusual. Not all dogs kept for showing turn out good enough, or sometimes they simply don't like it. Usually it will be a tiny flaw such as a slightly crooked bite, or an incorrect tail carriage, or the wrong shaped feet, too tall or too short.......lots of things can make them unsuitable to keep showing.
And breeders will often make these young ex show dogs available as pets for the cost of having them desexed, or not much more. My son got a gorgeous English Setter this way......18 months old, $200.
If this particular dog is an ex show dog, I'm surprised the breeder wasn't asked to help rehome her.

#13 TillyTake2

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:02 PM

I don't really get why people are having a go at the owner. Many things can change in 2 years & they may not be in a position to care for the dog anymore. They are being responsible & looking for a new home. They aren't "dumping" her!

#14 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:08 PM

Um, because they've had a dog with an expected lifespan close to 20 years for less than 2. Unless you're talking about illness or major disability, etc, then the dog is just a 'disposable item' that they're getting rid of because they don't want it any more.

You don't need a large backyard for an Elkhound.

#15 Jellyblush

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:16 PM

That is a gorgeous dog. I wonder if it'd get along with Roo.....

#16 TillyTake2

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:17 PM

QUOTE (*Spikey* @ 17/01/2013, 08:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Um, because they've had a dog with an expected lifespan close to 20 years for less than 2. Unless you're talking about illness or major disability, etc, then the dog is just a 'disposable item' that they're getting rid of because they don't want it any more.

You don't need a large backyard for an Elkhound.



Or they are in financial difficulty & are "downsizing" to a unit where dogs are not allowed...

#17 Guest_Dinah_Harris_*

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:20 PM

Because when you choose to bring dog (or any animal) into your family,  you do so for life.    They are not disposable items to be discarded when you decide to move into a smaller house!  Or they've decided the dog no longer fits their lifestyle.  Would you give away a child because you lose a job and its terribly inconvenient to have to keep feeding him/her?
I'll bet the dog hasn't been trained properly, too.

#18 FiveAus

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:23 PM

They are being irresponsible. Not only in rehoming her, but offering her up on Gumtree as "free".  She is very young, and in that regard, you don't take on a dog then decide once it's two that it's no longer convenient to keep it. They're "downsizing"......so why aren't they getting rid of kids too? Oh yes, that's because it's illegal. Easier to off the dog.

My blood boils when I see ads like this.

#19 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:26 PM

I'll take her!
God knows I have the room!
The kids would love her and although I have the time for training housetraining a dog is beyond me while I got one in nappies
Is this breed ok with kids

#20 TillyTake2

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:27 PM

QUOTE (Dinah_Harris @ 17/01/2013, 08:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Because when you choose to bring dog (or any animal) into your family,  you do so for life.    They are not disposable items to be discarded when you decide to move into a smaller house!  Or they've decided the dog no longer fits their lifestyle.  Would you give away a child because you lose a job and its terribly inconvenient to have to keep feeding him/her?
I'll bet the dog hasn't been trained properly, too.


I'm sorry but I don't put a dog at the same level as a child. If I had to move into a unit to keep a roof over my human family then I would (very sadly) rehome my dog. It would be heartbreaking but I would do it for my kids.

I have had many dogs over my life & fortunately never had to rehome one. My only experience of rehoming was being the new home to a beautiful 2year old ridgeback. She was posted for rehoming in an ad like this. She was in fact beautifully cared for, perfectly trained (embarrassingly actually better than our own staffy wink.gif) and her owner was absolutely distraut to give her up. She used to email us for photos every month! She was giving her up because she had bought her with her then husband (2years earlier as a puppy) but they had since divorced & she was having to downsize to a unit which would not allow dogs.

Don't assume you know the full story or that the dog is poorly cared for or unloved. A dog is not a child and sometimes people have to make difficult decisions sad.gif

#21 shelly1

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:38 PM

They are probably too embarrassed to contact the Breeder for help. Would be interesting if this ad was linked on Dogsonline if a breeder would recognise her. I also wonder if her microchip has the breeder details on it as a backup. I know a few breeders who do that

I am sure these people have their reasons  - sure it may be more than just the fact that they dont want her anymore but GUMTREE and FREE is possibly just condemning her to an "impulse" buy then another rehoming in a few years. Even asking for a token amount of money will give her some value and may stop people who arent really interested in taking her for the hell of it just because she is a freebie

#22 Stellajoy

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:39 PM

Their full story should have included a place for their dog.

Some people shouldn't be allowed to own pets.

#23 Guest_Dinah_Harris_*

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:42 PM

I've been there - I know what it's like.
We couldn't find a rental for love nor money which would accept dogs.  But I'm not going to give up my dog.  So we kept looking until we found a house which would accept her.  She is part of our family.  She is seven years old, and although much is changed in our lives, including drastically reducing income levels due to the GFC, a change in living circumstances and the arrival of two children, I would never, ever get rid of her.  Never.
If everything in the world went upside down, I would contact the breeder.  My dog wasn't suitable to be a show dog because she was too friendly and smiled too much.  But if we had any problems, I know the breeder would take her in an instant.




#24 FiveAus

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:45 PM

If I had to "downsize" it would be to a place where I could have dogs. They are around.....they might not be in the most convenient locations, they might not be the most modern of residences, but they are there if you look hard enough.
Dogs don't take up much space.....mine each take up the equivalent of one section of the couch.

#25 beaglebaby

Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:53 PM

Even if I had to downsize and really really really couldn't have a dog anymore there are so many better ways to find someone new to love your pet.  There are breeders, breed clubs, rescue groups, foster groups, shelters, even the pound etc, all of whom will do checks on prospective owners and their homes and will offer trials to ensure the dog is placed in the right home.

Then again, maybe the publicity of how many dogs wind up is shelters and how they are doomed has pushed people into thinking rehoming them themselves on gumtree or through the paper is a better option.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Tot meets his heroes, falls apart with excitement

Two-year-old Quincy finished his potty training last week, and as part of his reward he was able to meet his idols.

Beautiful in our eyes: Georgia's story

I will never deny the fact that grief has a place when you give birth to a child who brings a set of circumstances very different to what you imagined. Because for nine months, I thought I knew my Georgie.

'It's been phenomenal': widower dad of quads thankful for support

There was nothing Erica and Carlos wanted more than a baby.

Vin Diesel names daughter after actor Paul Walker

The actor said there was "no other person" he was thinking about when he chose the name.

How midwives can help women who experience domestic violence

More than half of women who live with abusive partners experience violence during pregnancy.

Mum describes giving birth during Cyclone Pam

A new mother was told she must flee Port Vila hospital with her baby as Cyclone Pam bore down.

6 signs you're done having babies

There were a few signs I'm never going back to the land of maternity jeans, breast pumps and bassinets.

Marta Dusseldorp reveals breastfeeding cost her an acting job

Australian actress Marta Dusseldorp has revealed she was forced to withdraw from a Sydney Theatre Company production because a director did not approve of her breast feeding.

Female celebs (or their babies) with traditionally male names

Looking for a name that's a little bit different for a girl? Turn to names that have been traditionally used for males, as these celebs (or their parents) did.

'If you're anti-immunisation ... take a look at this picture of my son'

Greg Hughes is "an absolute shell of a man" as he and his wife Catherine struggle to come to terms with the loss of their newborn son Riley to whooping cough.

How an extrovert can raise an introvert

Introverts are often misunderstood as shy, and sometimes even rude. A timid child can be difficult to build rapport with, but it's important we nurture their sensitive natures.

Sheryl Sandberg's advice

'Choreplay': Help out at home to get more sex, Sandberg tells men

Forget foreplay. The new and improved route to intercourse is "choreplay" - it's good for your spouse, good for your house, and comes with the imprimatur of feminist du jour Sheryl Sandberg.

How to play with your baby

The first time your child learns a new skill at playtime is very exciting - for both you and your baby! Play is important to your child's development for a variety of reasons - here are some simple ideas for you to try at home.

I'm a single mother by choice

For me, being the best mother I can be means being a mum alone, at least for now. Thinking of my friends with inadequate partners, I wonder why more people don’t choose single motherhood.

Awkward wedding photos

Weird poses, surprise photobombs, bizarre editing: these are the wedding photos that should have never seen the light of day.

Four-week-old baby Riley Hughes dies of whooping cough

The mother of a four-week-old Perth baby who died after contracting whooping cough says her family has been left devastated by the loss of her "gorgeous, sweet" son.

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, we are giving away five DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Oh boy! Video shows family's reaction to baby surprise

Little Peyton Williams thought she was getting a baby sister named Charlee. But the two-year-old has had to settle for a doll dressed in pink after her baby "sister" turned out to be a boy.

How to help build up your baby's immune system

We all know that having a strong immune system is the best way to stay healthy – but what can we do to help it along?

'Nick, you need to call an ambulance': home birth mum's tragic death

A Melbourne mum who died after the home birth of her baby pleaded with her husband to call an ambulance because she felt she was going to die, the Victorian Coroners Court has heard.

When dads believe their baby doesn't 'like' them

Q: My two-month-old baby doesn't like me. He's perfectly content with my wife, but when I try to hold him, he gets upset and cries. I've backed off a little, thinking that he just needs a little time to get used to me, but that doesn't seem to be working. I'm starting to think I'm just not a very good dad. Is it too late for me to build a relationship with my baby?

When was the last time a stranger praised your parenting?

Wouldn’t it be great to get some nice feedback every now and then? After all, everyone likes to hear positive praise, particularly when it comes to parenting.

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

15 names on the verge of extinction

If you're looking to revive an older name, or don’t want anything near the top 1000 list, check out these rare monikers for your unique baby.

5 characteristics of great dads

It’s great to see a generation of dads who are more actively involved with caring, nurturing and loving their kids.

Why doesn't Australia have more breast milk banks?

When there’s no question that milk banks are important, why don’t we have more of them in Australia?

Carrie Bickmore announces birth of daughter

Television personality Carrie Bickmore has given birth to her second child.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Sign up to our 30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.

Man faces jail after giving woman abortion pill smoothie

A Norwegian man is facing jail after putting abortion pills in his ex-girlfriend's smoothie, causing her to have a miscarriage.

'He's a blessing': family of baby born without eyes

Jordy Jackson was born without eyes. He has anophthalmia, which affects one in every 100,000 babies born.

Win one of 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers

With Easter fast approaching, Cadbury are giving away 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers. Enter Now!

Super fit model Sarah Stage defends her pregnancy body

Model Sarah Stage has defended her pregnancy body after critics claimed her slim figure at eight-and-a-half months pregnant wasn't "normal".

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom and Peppa Pig prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, Essential Baby and Entertainment One are giving away five bumper DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Why I post breastfeeding photos online

I love to take pictures of my children. In some of the pictures, my younger son is nursing.

The day I broke my baby

There are things I wish I didn't know. I wish I didn't know that companies make tiny braces, small enough to hold necks no bigger than a wrist.

The place just for dads of multiples

When a couple discovers they're expecting multiples, the dad can sometimes be almost forgotten in all the excitement and preparation. But one group offers a space just for dads of twins and higher-order multiples.

Brave mum calls for domestic violence law reform

A brave mum of two has shared details of the harrowing attacks she suffered at the hands of her partner in a bid to help other victims of domestic violence.

Why I had the new test for Down syndrome

Early last year I turned 35, and having just found out I was pregnant, I opted to have the new test for Down syndrome.

Geeky baby gear

If your family is more into Star Wars, gaming and the periodic table than most, you might want to check out these geek-chic baby items.

2015: the year of the sheep

According to the Chinese zodiac, babies born in the year of the sheep are creative and enjoy spending quiet time with their own thoughts.

Breakthrough genetic testing now available in Australia

Pregnant women will for the first time have access to locally analysed, accurate, non-invasive pre-natal genetic testing when the first Australian clinic to offer the services opens its doors next week.

Grandbabies: the babies born looking old

Not a day under 65 and a lifetime of struggle! That's the look of these newborns, who look adorably older than their real age. Social networking site Reddit recently featured user submissions of adorable grandbabies, here are our favourites.

Family kicked off flight after toddler seatbelt drama

An entire family was kicked off a Cathay Pacific flight when a misbehaving toddler refused to put his seatbelt on.

Stolen baby found after 17 years

A baby stolen from her mother's arms shortly after birth has been found through an astonishing coincidence.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Sign up now!

30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Receive a daily email from Essential Baby during April with great play tips and ideas, then submit your baby at play photos to our Playwall, Instagram or Twitter for your chance to win.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.