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by Ausbird
Sun May 26, 2013 2:05 am
Forum: Tamaskan Photos
Topic: Dokken (Hawthorne Albert Einstein)
Replies: 41
Views: 3982

Re: Dokken (Hawthorne Albert Einstein)

Here he is discovering the joy of a springy doorstopper today. Cute!


by Ausbird
Fri May 24, 2013 4:10 pm
Forum: Tamaskan Photos
Topic: Dokken (Hawthorne Albert Einstein)
Replies: 41
Views: 3982

Re: Dokken (Hawthorne Albert Einstein)

Cornelia1986 wrote:Sweet Baby-Boy!!! Glad he is with you!

The collar on the last three pics is strange! Does it have a function or are you just waiting for him to grow into it :?: :lol:
It's a Tagg GPS tracker that snaps onto the collar. A little big for him at the moment but he doesn't seem to mind!
by Ausbird
Fri May 17, 2013 4:42 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 85
Views: 9481

Re: Insurance

Not claiming that the option I chose is optimal for everybody, but it was recommended by my veterinarian. Embrace Pet Insurance out of Ohio. The coverage is basically $200 deductible, 90% reimbursement, $10000 per year accident and illness coverage, and covers routine visits, prescriptions, and vac...
by Ausbird
Thu May 16, 2013 6:04 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 85
Views: 9481

Re: Insurance

Not claiming that the option I chose is optimal for everybody, but it was recommended by my veterinarian. Embrace Pet Insurance out of Ohio. The coverage is basically $200 deductible, 90% reimbursement, $10000 per year accident and illness coverage, and covers routine visits, prescriptions, and vac...
by Ausbird
Sun May 12, 2013 10:32 pm
Forum: Lounge Room
Topic: Packlove
Replies: 11
Views: 1136

Re: Packlove

I notice the first featured Tamaskan Dog listed is Rikku. Nice verification process. :roll:

What's on offer there, exactly? Hard to tell from the home page.
by Ausbird
Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:03 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Annual vaccinations
Replies: 31
Views: 4045

Re: Annual vaccinations

Yeah, in these guidelines lepto and bordetella are considered "non-core" but have a recommended interval of one year when given.
by Ausbird
Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:03 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Annual vaccinations
Replies: 31
Views: 4045

Re: Annual vaccinations

I've been doing a lot of my own investigating the past couple days to satisfy my own curiosity. There appears to be strong evidence from several studies and updated vet organization guidelines that a 3-year interval core vaccination schedule is safe. I found these updated guidelines from AAHA to be ...
by Ausbird
Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:13 am
Forum: Lounge Room
Topic: New York Times addresses puppy mills and the AKC
Replies: 10
Views: 1106

Re: New York Times addresses puppy mills and the AKC

Apparently the humane society released a report along these lines last year. Didn't realize the humane society took such strong positions publicly! Good for them.

http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdf ... eeders.pdf
by Ausbird
Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:38 am
Forum: Scams & Warnings
Topic: Can't we do anything to stop RPK?
Replies: 182
Views: 14660

Re: Can't we do anything to stop RPK?

"The complaints, he said, came from people affiliated with a competitor. He added that his kennel had been inspected repeatedly by the American Kennel Club"

Hah! Right after press about how the AKC is inept at inspections. It all falls into place.
by Ausbird
Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:36 am
Forum: Lounge Room
Topic: New York Times addresses puppy mills and the AKC
Replies: 10
Views: 1106

New York Times addresses puppy mills and the AKC

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/sports/many-animal-lovers-now-see-american-kennel-club-as-an-outlier.html?pagewanted=all Interesting read about a couple cases of the AKC failing miserably on inspection to identify inhumane conditions at registered breeders before a raid ultimately rescues the mist...
by Ausbird
Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:16 pm
Forum: Birthdays
Topic: Ausbird!
Replies: 5
Views: 885

Re: Ausbird!

Thanks guys! :>
by Ausbird
Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:30 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 85
Views: 9481

Re: Insurance

Okay, PetAssure it is for us then. The merchant discounts make it a no-brainer. I did some sleuthing and just by getting Orijen food every month from a particular online vendor (w/ free shipping) at a 10% discount off standard retail price through PetAssure, the program has already paid for itself a...
by Ausbird
Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:49 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 85
Views: 9481

Re: Insurance

We use ASPCA pet insurance. They were actually the only company that had the Tamaskan breed listed. I was also able to get a package that included shots, and heartgard and flea & tic. I just quoted an 8-week Tamaskan on both. 90% reimbursement bronze, $200 deductible for Petplan. Level 2 ASPCA. ASP...
by Ausbird
Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:25 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 85
Views: 9481

Re: Insurance

I ran across PetAssure (http://www.petassure.com) today in the course of reevaluating. It's $100/year for a flat 25% off all vet costs with no deductible or exclusions. Ran some more calculations and assuming an average $155/year standard vet procedure and vaccination bill provided by lab owner frie...
by Ausbird
Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:39 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 85
Views: 9481

Re: Insurance

So, when an insurance company asks breed-type and Tamaskan is not an option (PetPlan), which breed is closest? Vlack is shown as purebred, would that be closest? There's an option for Mixed Breed - Large as I recall. That's what I was using. May as well take advantage of the mixed breed discount (p...
by Ausbird
Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:42 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 85
Views: 9481

Re: Insurance

Huh, I wasn't aware of that factoid about Jackal. Good to know. Lower risk does not equal no risk, of course. Still, financially we're prepared to float a major emergency if need be. I'm willing to be convinced of its worth. From anyone with experience (hopefully not personal experience), what sort ...
by Ausbird
Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:59 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 85
Views: 9481

Re: Insurance

My partner and I ran a pet insurance cost analysis as part of Tampup preparations (and out of curiosity). Petplan is indeed the best choice. Their rates were far lower and they didn't require costly add-on packages just to obtain hip dysplasia coverage. Pet plan has an annual $200 deductible -per in...
by Ausbird
Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:19 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Help me. Puppy training books?
Replies: 6
Views: 1344

Re: Help me. Puppy training books?

I just picked this one up on Kindle and as a novice I've been really impressed with how straightforward and no-nonsense it is. The author is well-vetted, the training methods are positive and I feel like I'll be comfortable using them in combination with a weekly training class. Good luck! http://ww...
by Ausbird
Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:07 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: Freyja x Zephyr litter planned
Replies: 42
Views: 4032

Re: Freyja x Zephyr litter planned

Excited to hear there will be a Tamaskan puppy cam! Best wishes to Freyja for a healthy litter. :)
by Ausbird
Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:32 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Recall Training
Replies: 76
Views: 7610

Re: Recall Training

I once threw myself on the ground and rolled around and laughed like a mad-woman. Made the dog come back :lol: Hahah, I really like that suggestion, and it's so true! If you makea spectacle out of yourself, your dog's much more likely to come back to you. I also heard that crouching or lying down f...
by Ausbird
Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:55 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Extra bedroom -- what to do with it?
Replies: 6
Views: 1166

Extra bedroom -- what to do with it?

The townhouse we're expecting to move into in the summer has two bedrooms, but we only require one for living comfortably. I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions for the best use of this room were we to intentionally assign it to the dog. My initial thought was using it as a replacement for a crate...
by Ausbird
Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:52 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: A second hello from Milwaukee!
Replies: 8
Views: 3014

Re: A second hello from Milwaukee!

Welcome! How exciting for you to be meeting Tams for the first time this weekend. If you think they're beautiful in photos, just wait until you see them in person. :D Viewing things online for a long time always seems to trick the mind into having a strange sense of proportions, so it'll be nice to...
by Ausbird
Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:16 pm
Forum: Diet
Topic: Kibble (Dry Foods)
Replies: 115
Views: 13713

Re: Kibble (Dry Foods)

Who knew dog food was a topic so fraught with controversy online? I'm glad there's more of a consensus on this board. I as well am considering Orijen or Taste of the Wild for a future Tamaskan. When I got to looking more about it there seemed to be concerns among large dog owners about the high prot...
by Ausbird
Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: A second hello from Milwaukee!
Replies: 8
Views: 3014

A second hello from Milwaukee!

Hi there! I've been lurking around here for a couple weeks, but since the TDR referred me here from Facebook I may as well use that as an excuse to introduce myself. I'm a grad student living with my partner noxbird in Milwaukee, WI, and we're hoping to obtain a Tamaskan puppy from a TDR-registered ...