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    I’d welcome any constructive advice please….

    A year and a half ago, when our house was finished being built, my husband and I went to the RSPCA to choose a dog to join us in moving into our new home. We managed to narrow it down to two who had been there quite a while and ended up taking home a beautiful four year old Dalmation x Greyhound who we named Jedi. A month later we found out that the other dog, Pepper, a six year old Staffy x Cattle Dog was still there, so we went and picked her up too.

    Having no other real family, we’ve always considered the four of us to be a family unit. The dogs are beautiful and fit in easily; we take them on holidays with us and enjoy our time together. However, my husband now wants to sell our house and move to China. I’m happy to follow him, excited even but after doing some research, taking our dogs just isn’t an option. I’ve spent a lot of tears trying to work out what to do and would appreciate any advice anyone may have.

    I will not return them to a Shelter and I will not euthanise them. We have no family and the only friends we have that like/want dogs, have two already. It seems that re-homing them is the only option but it just seems like so many things could go wrong. How do you know they are going to be taken care of? I know they will be fine without us, they love us and are happy with us, but they are not bonded as such and the times we have gone away without them they have been perfectly happy to stay with friends (not a permanent option unfortunately) and aren’t that fussed by our return!! It seems that as long as they are cared for – they don’t mind where they are and I presume this mentality comes from having been at the RSPCA for quite some time. I honestly feel that I will be more heartbroken then they will.

    And I have so many questions. What if we go and we hate it and we come back in two months time? Is it possible to find someone who would have them temporarily so that once the one year contract for work is up we can come back and all be a family again. Can we have our dogs back? Do we deserve them back after leaving them behind in the first place? Or what if we find a temporary home and then we choose to stay in China – what then?

    I’m really at a loss and can’t think straight. Any suggestions would be welcome. Please don’t berate me for being a bad dog owner – I’m already feeling that way and if it turns out that there is no other option for the dogs then I will just stay here in Australia.
    And divorce isn't an option - he's a great husband.
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    How long will you be living in China? Long term or short term? If short term perhaps boarding in a good (and I stress the word good) boarding kennel might be the answer.

    When I worked in a boarding kennel we had two dogs boarding for a year while their owners were overseas. Rex the GSD x Lab was adopted from a pound as an adult and Bobby the GSD had been raised by the owners from a pup. Both dogs settled in very well and as they were long term boarders a special fuss was made of them. The owner's contract was extended and in the end we had Rex and Bobby for three years. Naturally the owners came to visit the dogs whenever they were in Australia and took them on holiday a couple of times.

    Three years in kennels sounds a long time but if you pick the right place your dogs could be very happy. Rex and Bobby had plenty of freedom, went for regular walks and were taken out for drives and to parks and beaches by staff in their own time. They probably had more fun than the average pet dog.

    Most of the staff cried the day Rex and Bobby went home. It was amazing how quickly they settled back in with their family. Within a couple of weeks it was as if the 3 year seperation had never been.

    Hope this helps a bit.

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    aww hope everything works out fine for your dogs

    Just 1 piece of advice...pls dont take the dogs to China

    Why anyone would want to take their dog out of beautiful Australia to live in such a horrible scummy place like China is beyond me, do you know how dogs are considered nothing in China, don't think that race will respect your dogs or treat them humanely....

    & now for those of who are thinking that i'm not serious about the animal slaughtering that goes on in fooked up China, in which the commy gov does nothing to stop it, pls just watch these vids.

    WARNING VERY GRAPHIC IMAGES


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OVu4...eature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77OXe9HBWBo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiJQF...eature=related
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    If they are desexed, you may be able to find a rescue organisation who is willing to assist you. Most rescues in Australia work with a foster system. The dogs are placed with fosters who have them in their home, just like they would be living with you. They are not kenneled. We do have some that have kennels but the majority have foster carers.
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    Aussie Floyd, I was in Beijing not long ago and saw lots of Chinese people with their well cared, much loved, "well dressed" dogs promenading them in the streets.
    Bmpdesigns, which state do you live in? I know someone here in Melbourne who is very good .. she lives on a large property and has dogs boarding for any length of time. She has had a dog for two years as its owners moved to Singapore for work. A friend has her 2 dogs (maltese/Shitzhu) there regularly as she jetsets around the globe.
    You will LOVE China... which City are you going to live and work in?

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    Our dogs are desexed but I don't want to leave them at a shelter or for someone else to be responsible for homing them. I have read conflicting things about China and pet ownership, yes they have well loved pets but they also have issues with rabies and have been known to order culls of animals in a 5 mile radius of hot spots - even if they are vaccinated. Either way, it's a long flight to put our 2 through and finding a house where they have a yard will be quite difficult.

    Mimi, that sounds like a lovely idea for them - especially if she has a large property. These two happily entertain themselves all day and love to run around. We are in Brisbane, but I am happy to transport them on the East coast of Australia if it's going to be a good fit for them. My husband wants to go and teach English in China and hasn't selected a city - it will depend on what work is available but I imagine we would start in one of the large cities like Beijing, Shanghai or Chongquin and then go from there.

    How much does it cost to board dogs at this lady's property?

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    Yeah if you are looking at 12 months, you will be able to board them somewhere fpr sure. Put an ad in teh Brissy paper even - I did that once when personal circumstances forced me, in a different situation to you though, and got over 60 replies. Lots of people wanted a dog but planned to go OS in 12 mths etc etc or just could not afford the vet expenses and so on. There are lots of reasons somebody might want a "temporary" dog. I ended up having a great relationship over 2 years with a US pilot and his wife on a work deal that obviously could not have their own and take back to Florida.

    Consider too what you would be going through bringing the dogs BACK into Australia from a rabies country.

    If they don't have a separation anxiety and settle in easily then find board for them and also they will be there for you to come home to. That will be nice to look forwrd to.
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    Aussie_Floyd, many many people in Australia think that dogs are nothing. Please don't be a racist by singling out Chinese, because that's exactly what you're doing and I, for one, find it extremely offensive.

    I have seen those videos before, and I must tell you, please don't be so naive as to suggest that this only happens in places like China. I have personally seen things like this happen in Australia to animals including cows, cats, crocodiles and snakes (including skinning these animals alive). So, I must say, please don't be so narrow minded.

    As for the last video, people in counties that cannot afford land to graze livestock often eat "domesticated" animals such as cats, dogs and even things such as parrots. I don't condone it, no. But our meat is treated just as cruelly.

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    Why does it do this!!! Just composed a lengthy post for bmp and I couldn't send it as the session obviously terminated.... doesn't take long!! Furious as it happens to me all the time!!!!
    bmp. As I was saying, I sent you a private message with details of that lady in Melbourne. I don't know what she charges but as far as I know, your dogs will be very well looked after. Please give her a call and chat with her.
    On the other hand, and as far as I know, Australia (possibly New Zealand too) is the only country that I know of that has no rabies. Rabies is a horrible disease. During my time in Africa, our dog happened to venture out the gate and it was shot instantly by patrolmen. This is what happens to all dogs that are roaming around without their owners. It is sad to lose a dog this way but I can understand also the need to protect people. I would hate to be bitten by a dog that has rabies and suffer the agonising consequences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvershadowwolf24 View Post
    Aussie_Floyd, many many people in Australia think that dogs are nothing. Please don't be a racist by singling out Chinese, because that's exactly what you're doing and I, for one, find it extremely offensive.

    I have seen those videos before, and I must tell you, please don't be so naive as to suggest that this only happens in places like China. I have personally seen things like this happen in Australia to animals including cows, cats, crocodiles and snakes (including skinning these animals alive). So, I must say, please don't be so narrow minded.

    As for the last video, people in counties that cannot afford land to graze livestock often eat "domesticated" animals such as cats, dogs and even things such as parrots. I don't condone it, no. But our meat is treated just as cruelly.
    Well good for you for thinking that i'm being racist,what makes you think or say that,I fooking find it offensive that i'm being accused of being racist, in even if i was "its my god given birth right to freedom of speach"...

    i was just saying what goes on in commy China with their gov approval, & no i will never support such governments that turn a blind eye to any type animal cruelty.

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