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    Yes - that is a shame and that is my wish also that people tell the truth and not be con merchants. But I think that I will have to just keep on dreaming on !

    Anyway - need more info about this pup ! How are you all going ?

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    Hi there R.J

    we are doing quite well. I have managed to convince Serena that its more fun to sit on the passenger seat looking out the window than it is lying in the footwell where she can't see anything. It took a few well placed liver treats, some praise and a scratch under her chin to convince her. She obviously still has the option of retreating to the floor but so far she enjoys looking out the window. I am a bit reluctant to have the window wide open in case she jumps out. I will probably buy a doggy seat belt adapter if I do this (might get one anyway).

    I think she is getting a bit fitter and although she is still quite solid, she has lost a little bit of weight so she looks less of a wombat.

    Interesting aside - I was at the beach yesterday when I saw a big, beautiful entire make staffy. A very good looking dog. I had a quick chat to the owner and she commented on how lovely Serena looked and, get this, would I like to mate Serena with her staffy. I didn't think much of it and just politely said that Serena's breeding days are well and truly over. Go figure.

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    Really love reading your updates ! Keep them coming - please !

    Pleased she likes the car rides as a real pup now. Yes - probably a good idea to get a harness to attach to the seat belt mechanism.

    I never have the window all the way down - mainly for safety - but you can get inserts for the windows so you can roll them down lower. Riley prefers the aircon on - so I have no arguments in the car if the windows are all up !

    Not surprised that you were approached regarding breeding Serena. Some people have more hide than a rhinoceros and are only looking at the $$$$$ !

    Any photos of the pup - please !

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    8 years old makes more sense as that is the ANKC upper limit for breeding bitches - or near enough...

    so yes, her breeding days are over. now I have to go back and check at the beginning whether you said she'd been desexed or not.

    Nice of them to send the papers over. You could show her in "veterans" class... if she'd be willing to stack and all that fancy prancing stuff they do in conformation rings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    8 years old makes more sense as that is the ANKC upper limit for breeding bitches - or near enough...

    so yes, her breeding days are over. now I have to go back and check at the beginning whether you said she'd been desexed or not.

    Nice of them to send the papers over. You could show her in "veterans" class... if she'd be willing to stack and all that fancy prancing stuff they do in conformation rings.
    Hi Hyacinth. yes, Serena was desexed before I got her. I got her vet certificate saying she was de-sexed along with her pedigree papers. I don't care that she is 8 but just on principle that they misinformed me. Serena is too much of a lady to prance around and enjoys her sleep too much. If she was better with kids, she could go around to children's hospitals and help to cheer the kids up a bit. Right now, though, she is enjoying the good life over here in WA. Maybe thinking about a purebred Stafford pup sometime down the line. But definitely not from that place.


    cheers

    Adrian

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    If you're thinking about getting another SBT, maybe consider going to a few social events or even joining the WA SBT club.

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    That way you can get to know the best breeders and dogs in your state and they can get to know you and you can make a much better informed choice. Not all club breeders are into showing - it sort of depends but they are all obsessed with their breed and care about their puppies. Well I hope they do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ados View Post
    If she was better with kids, she could go around to children's hospitals and help to cheer the kids up a bit. Right now, though, she is enjoying the good life over here in WA. Maybe thinking about a purebred Stafford pup sometime down the line. But definitely not from that place.


    cheers

    Adrian
    Mate, give her time and I'll bet she becomes the mum of all your human kids. That is the natural Stafford behaviour and although you've got some work to do(and from what I can tell you are doing a damn fine job of it) to re-socialise her into her new environment, I have little doubt she will come around soon enough. Certainly take care while she's still unsure of your kids as she can do significant damage to them if she decides to, but she will soon see them as the best thing since dried liver. Whenever my nieces/nephews come around, Brock is all over them, to him they represent excitement and fun and he simply gravitates to that ... same deal if I let him out in the street while the neighbours kids are playing .. can't help himself but go check out what fun is going on.

    It's very nice to hear she's now found a home where she's enjoying the good life, you effort and patience will be rewarded in time.

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    p.s I'm assuming you got Serena from the kennel that's website has nice blue neon type colours all over it? I certainly looked at them when Jack was going downhill and I was sussing out breeders and quickly wiped them from my list. Please ask the people here for advice if and when you decide to get a new pup

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    Hi all,

    just thought i'd impart a few snippets of our progress last few days. Serena walks beautifully and is now happy to have my 5 year old or one og his mates, under my supervision, walk him . Yesterday we went to a playground which was packed with school holiday ferals (including my own). We took Serena because I didn't want to leaver her home all alone. I thought she would baulk at going into the area but she just walked nicely with my son with the lead and me walking close by her side. Whilst I can't say she was totally comfortable, she certainly didn't dig her heels in and refuse to keep walking, which is what she would have done only 2 weeks ago. She knew I was there and I suppose she trusted my judgement.

    She now readily accepts treats from my five and two year old with no dramas at all. Also, just today, we had a bunch of kids over. We leave the doors open so Serena comes and goes as she pleases and today she chose to come outside many times and seemed happy to run around and accept treats near the kids. I think though, she had enough and is now asleep in her safe spot. Boy can she snore.

    anyway, until next time thanks for reading

    Adrian

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    Boy can she snore
    My brother's SBT snoring didn't bother me as much as her farting...

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