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Maximus Ferret

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  1. Don't know about blown dogs but rhabdomyolysis is common enough in overworked lurchers, even in this part of the world. To my shame I have had two dogs suffer from it myself when I was a lot younger and lived in good hare country. Both were collie bred lurchers that ran multiple hares. The first was retrieving a hare after a good run and another hare got up. She chased it, beginning with the first still in her mouth. The second was a first cross dog, not yet fully fit and running on a hot day, early season.

    Both recovered to work again, seemingly none the worse but it could have been a lot worse.

    One of the advantages of running saluki bred dogs if hare is your quarry.

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  2. 2 hours ago, jukel123 said:

    Anybody read Finn the Wolfhound? It's a good yarn about a  feral wolfhound running with dingoes.  Read it when I was a kid and just re- read it. It's like Call of the Wild set in Oz. 👍

    I have a copy of that somewhere. If you like that you'll like a book....."Jukel" I think it was called, possibly by Frank something??? Years since I read it. It's about a lurcher that goes feral on north york moors, I think Helmsley area. I've tried to google it for you but no luck. Copy I read was borrowed from Malton library in 1987.

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  3. Blitz variable. The old type variable with the little turn wheel. I'm very careful with it and keep it on a cord round my neck and even hold it up short in my teeths when climbing over gates and the like.Worth more than gold now 😆.

  4. Labour..... Conservative..... , all either care about is getting the most votes. I very much doubt that either care about the fact that many areas suffered a decline in hare population after the ban. Even Richard Course knew that would happen and was thrown out of the LACS for saying so.

    So the countryside alliance is supporting this? Doubt they ever cared about the welfare of wild hare populations in the first place.

    Keep on as best you can. You only live once.

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  5. There are variables here. If the bitch was a sighthound breed like saluki or deerhound then a fast hard striking type. Maybe fendog or quarter bull. If the bitch was a gundog, herding type, or bull type, then almost certainly a pure greyhound, preferably from lines tested on track or field. If there were more of Sandy's galgos around I'd definately be considering that.

    Are you thinking of breeding a litter?

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  6. 21 minutes ago, FUJI said:

    Plenty of bad ones too trust me 😂 the old dog is fast closing in on retirement & I've decided we'll call it a day together 😁 it's been a great journey but both his & my body are as good as f###ed matey unfortunately.


    By bad ones you just mean "ones with character".

    I have the books ordered but they may take a day or two longer to reach Ireland. Can't wait!

    Get your book/books out soon mate. The minshaw thread was epic and photos on it are gone.

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  7. 2 hours ago, sandymere said:

    No it's a virus that effects  rabbits and hares not dogs.



    You never do know though. Wasn't covid 19 a virus that only affected pangolins and bats or something like that. Don't think they ever sorted out for sure where it came from. Seems a big coincidence that it popped up in the town where the CCP viral research lab is located.🤨

  8. 2 hours ago, sandymere said:

    No, just watch a few YouTube videos. Train to release on command. 

    Best not train the release too soon as it puts some pups off tugging altogether. You can let the dog pullit out of your hands regularly to build it's drive for the game and if you play with the pup on a long lead it can't feck off with the tug. Use the lead to gently encourage the pup to bring the tug to you and the game resumes. If/when the pup starts to get keen, watch out for your fingers.

    Think of it as a game between you and the pup rather than between the pup and the tug.

    When you want the tug back you have to hold it solid lifeless and immovable. The pup will then let go. I crouch down and brace my forearms on my knees.

    You'll probably need to start with something soft like an old child's sock stuffed with other socks.

  9. Have you tried wrapping the nails before working? The process is detailed in Skycat's book and involve wrapping the base of each toenail with a narrow cut strip of medical sticky plaster so it overlaps the nailbed and finishing each wrap with a tiny spot of superglue. I've never tried it myself as I've only one bitch that ever gets this problem and it seems like a lot of farting about. Can't find my copy of the book so can't describe it better. Might be worth trying on one dog if this is giving you a lot of trouble.

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