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Old May 13th 2013, 9:00 am
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Everyone bar the nearby dog breeder keep their dogs inside. Oh there was the neighbour who had two inside and one outside but that one is no longer there after a certain neighbour complained to the council.
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Old May 13th 2013, 9:03 am
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Originally Posted by moneypenny20
Everyone bar the nearby dog breeder keep their dogs inside. Oh there was the neighbour who had two inside and one outside but that one is no longer there after a certain neighbour complained to the council.
I like my neighbors dogs better than my neighbors.
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Old May 13th 2013, 9:30 am
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Originally Posted by Pollyana
The vast majority do though. Like Zen, I've encountered several Aussies who shudder at the thought of dogs in the house at all, even when they claim the dog is a pet and part of the family! Working dogs are different, obviously, but I can't see why they have this dislike of pets being inside.
But noone can vouch for all suburbia. I can't actually speak for all the suburbs, but I can't say I've actually noticed dogs outside (or barking) when I have gone past them the houses. In fact, never. It's only when you go in through the gate you might draw a dog - but most are inside - during the day. It's quite possible that they get kicked outside to a kennel for the night.

In fact the only place I know where we have a problem is one particular dead end road (acreage) which descends a hill at the back of our village. It might be a security thing - perhaps they feel less secure. It's funny how the feel and behaviour of people can change and morph from suburb to suburb and in suburbs. There is not a dog bark problem at night. It's only when I run down this particular road - but then it's nomally frequented by car traffic, and so foot-traffic would be suspicious - and it's not all houses clearly.

Personally one of my childhood memories was of smelly houses where the whole house stank of dog - so I can understand why some people want them outside.
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Old May 13th 2013, 9:41 am
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Just to reiterate Zen's point I think it might be a cultural, historical and demographic thing.

Australia has a long history of farming and colonisation and anyone who owned land (either from the start, or worked their work up from convict origins) was doing well. You needed dogs to work a property or provide security - so keeping dogs outside is a sort of status symbol and part and parcel of your station in life. Despite suburbanisation many Australians still dream about a country property even if it's a few acres in the middle of nowhere with a shed.

In the Australian 'psyche' keeping dogs inside might be seen as a bit 'naff' and so surbanites aping their 'social superiors' would want to keep them outside....or they see dogs as inherently 'working' (due to the history) so outside they go.

...this sort of behaviour is not limited to dogs, or Australia, clearly....if we looked closer we can see this behaviour everywhere. Of course, there are people with show dogs who keep them inside...there is always an exception..

...us we keep our little dog inside...because she would be useless outside - and - she is no trouble.

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Old May 13th 2013, 9:55 am
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Originally Posted by Beaverstate
I like my neighbors dogs better than my neighbors.
I think we're the only ones in the area that allow our mutt inside. He is really a surrogate small boy though, spoiled rotten by the O/H who has let him sleep cuddled up to her since he was a pup. His bed is next to the log burner & he's laid asleep on his back atm his back legs in the air & front paws over his eyes. As soon as Deb goes to bed he's there snuggled up with her.
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Old May 13th 2013, 10:05 am
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... you find yourself with an appointment for a citizenship test on things you know **** all about.

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Old May 13th 2013, 10:15 am
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My friend whose house we are sharing at the moment, doesn't allow dogs inside, so our dog has become an outside dog. She does have a large sheltered patio and now has a canvas dog-crate for night-time as she was being a bit of a pest if she was left alone, which incidentally has stopped her night-time barking. Funnily enough we were talking about her daytime barking or lack thereof today, she just doesn't take any notice of people walking past the fence in the day, I think she thinks she's off duty apart from when I'm at home Because DestructoPup isn't allowed in the house, YoungSOB and I spend our evenings out on the patio with her, otherwise what's the point in having her if we never spend with her. One day we'll have our own place and she can become an indoor dog again

I was going to say the downside to this arrangement is that I never get to watch TV (in fact I didn't have one until a few weeks ago) but bearing in mind what people say about Australian tv, perhaps it isn't so great a loss
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You see the sun!
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Old May 14th 2013, 5:47 pm
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You see the sun!
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Thats the same sun thats been shining over the UK this week then?
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Thats the same sun thats been shining over the UK this week then?
I must have blinked and missed it!!!
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Old Jun 17th 2013, 11:05 am
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You can't read the care instruction labels in you clothes after a few washes.

You stop wondering why every (well nearly lol!) cheese is called 'Tasty'

Grey rainy days make you happy.
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Old Jun 19th 2013, 7:11 am
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You know you are in Australia when

The people working for Aussie Farmers Direct are on 457 visa's

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Originally Posted by RedDragon2008
You know you are in Australia when

The people working for Aussie Farmers Direct are on 457 visa's


Hmmm the ones that come to my neighbours look like they could be as well.... Wonder how big their run is.... Dusky looking Man and Woman in the van ?
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The people working for Aussie Farmers Direct are on 457 visa's
Hmmm the ones that come to my neighbours look like they could be as well....
How can someone "look" like they hold a particular visa type?
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How can someone "look" like they hold a particular visa type?
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