LOL - I have been here 40 years and have NEVER seen a live snake except in the zoo or a wildlife park. A couple of dead ones on the side of the road a couple of hours out of town, but not in the suburbs unless you back onto a conservation park or something like that.
Originally Posted by Paul MacKeddie
What kind of dogs do you have? We were looking to bring our 2 with us (German Shepherd and Newfoundland) when we came over but there was a really hot summer in the UK just before we came and they struggled then so we thought they would really struggle here so we re housed them with family friends... which I really regret now...
However it is so much less humid here so they probably would have been fine and when it is a really hot day you just leave them inside with the aircon!!! anyway we now have a Bernese mountain dog and he is fantastic loves the beach and swims everyday loads of people with dogs over here.
I have never seen a snake either you just have to be a bit mindful in the spring I'm told.
If you have any questions just ask as lots of people have bought their doggies with them. Have you looked into transit for them yet?
Good luck with all your plans
Last edited by Damms; 02-06-2011 at 11:48 AM.
Internet full of advice and scare stories on snakes. I have no issues just worried bout dogs so good to get a touch or reality.
Thanks for info Kim. We have 2 springer spaniels. They're great but constantly have the nose down exploring. Got a good quote with Petairuk and they give me plenty confidence so looks like we're well on way to getting set up. Also lining up some dog walking while they're in quarantine...they'll go mad for 30 days without exercise
Originally Posted by Damms
The sad fact that is that the average life expectancy for a dog here is two weeks. Dogs that run around 'nose-down' would be even more at risk. But not to worry mate, K-Mart sells a product called Dog Guard, which consists of 4 little stilts that you attach to your dog's legs so that it elevates your dog about 4ft off the ground. You can also buy the Nose - Guard, which is like a little crash helmet that you attach to your dog's nose.
I'll be there...also purchasing doggie hayfever tablets turtle wax for shiny coat...nice one.
Originally Posted by Squareman
We have a dog out here, Ridgeback X Rottie and she loves her uns on the beach there are some dog friendly beaches here where you can let your dog run of the lead....a 20 minute mad runaround tires ours out for ages.....
As for snakes i have only seen one we were walking in the Aldinga Scrub...but thats where they live so that comes with the territory i suppose....
The one big difference you will see here is that aussies keep their dogs mainly outside they dnt let them in the house...
anything just shout out mate...
I actually find that there isn't a lot of people with dogs here. This may have something to do with the fact that I lived in South Africa for most of my life, where the average person has to have a pack of blood-thirsty hounds as a first line of defence. Bullets are dead expensive, you know.
Paul, keep an eye on the board for the Scottish get-togethers. I intend to make them a regular thing. Bring the dugs! bring the weans! Ye can even bring the wife!
Will be good to get a good social circle going. I'll keep an eye out.
Must be exciting for you knowing your visa is coming so quickly, good luck with the move. We're from Hamilton, just near Glasgow and are hoping to be out by next autumn/winter. We would love to go on some scottish meets too when we get over xx