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July 24, 2013

Laura asks…

Would it be dumb for me to get a great dane and have him live w me in my 900 sq ft apartment?

I really want to get my sona dog and he wants a great dane, is it a good idea to get one if I live in an apartment….if so how big do they get, would it fit in my honda accord, are they good to take on walks?? THANKS IN ADVANCE

Administrator answers:

Lots of misinformation has been given…
A Dane can do perfectly fine in an apartment. You do need to make sure to take them out for walks so they can potty and get exercise, Danes do not require a lot of exercise, they are for the most part pretty mellow dogs once they have reached adulthood. They are inside dogs, not outside, they need to be properly socialized and trained, they need to come from responsible breeders (be ware there are many irresponsible breeders out there), they have an average life span of 10 years, the same as a Lab,Golden, German Shepherd, Doberman, etc but many live into their teens if they are well bred & well cared for. As for big eaters nope not if you are feeding a good quality food and not one of the cheap quality store brand foods…as for fitting in your Honda you would be amazed at the size vehicles a Dane can fit in despite their size..most Danes love to ride. Also as for size they range from 28″ which is minimum height for females up to 39″ and from 100# – 200# in weight.

With all of that said before you ever consider owning a Dane you need to do a lot more research on the breed and you need to meet and spend some time with real Danes.

Go to the Great Dane Club of America site to get more info and to find some breeders near you and also rescues.Contact a couple of breeders, go to a rescue meet the breed in real life..learn all you can.

Http://www.gdca.org

I’ve owned Danes for over 25 years and am currently the proud owner of 3 Danes..a 2 year old fawn boy who I show in conformation,rally & obedience, a 6 year old fawn girl who is retired from showing in obedience & rally and a therapy dog and my 2 year old harlequin rescue boy. I live in a 996 sq ft house too by the way.

Steven asks…

I have a chance of relocating to Australia – is there anyone that’s can share thei rexperience ?

I am considering making a continental leap from US to Australia in the near future- is there anyone thats done this (or moved from another country to Australia) that can offer me some advise on how to make this a smooth transistion and what problems I might want to look out for…also is your credit report in America transferrable to Australia?…what will be an ideal (and affordable) suburb area to reside in?…what’s the employment market and salary ranges like?…overall, will a move like this be personally recommended if I was your friend? – any honest input will be appreciated

Administrator answers:

I migrated to Australia from Asia in 1997 and lived in Sydney for 8.5 years until I made a second major move (due to work) to the US late last year. I have thoroughly enjoyed my Sydney experience… Sydney is a very multicultural city and there are lots that you can get out of it.

My experience has been great, in terms of meeting new people etc. People in Sydney are quite open and they are used to migrants. Migrants from US, being an English-speaking country is likely to have an even smoother transition compared to their Asian counterparts.

If you have lived in a fairly large city in the US, living in Sydney is going to be very similar. It is fairly fast-paced, being the busiest and largest city in Australia and the financial hub. The downtown area is large, infested by skyscrapers, office buildings, hotels, and shopping area, dotted by lots of good pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, and other nightspots.

Beyond downtown, there are areas that have their special ‘feel’, mainly characterised by the community that lives in those areas. For example, there is Leichhardt with a large Italian community (and, understandably, lots of places selling tasty Italian food and great coffee), Spanish quarter and Chinatown near the southern part of downtown, Brighton-le-Sands (Greek), etc.

Sydney downtown is built around the harbour – The Rocks is an old Sydney town. Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and King Street Wharf are great for walkabouts.

The beaches are also awesome – it’s gotta be one of the things that I miss about Sydney. Some of the best beaches are only 20-30 minutes car ride away. I would definitely recommend the northern beaches, Manly, Dee Why, and Narabeen… Or Cronulla at the South end, or some of the eastern suburb beaches. The most popular is, undoubtedly, Bondi Beach… However it tends to get pretty packed on weekends and there are other beaches which are as nice and not as touristy.

In terms of living place, again it comes down to your budget and what sort of accommodation you are looking for. There are lots of high-rise apartment buildings in downtown. The newest addition is World Tower, a 70-storey apartment block with average rental of probably AU$800 per week for a two-bedroom unit. I wouldn’t recommend it, though, because I have lived in the middle of downtown before and it is just way too noisy. The suburbs are not that far, much quieter and cheaper and the public transport system is not bad at all… Trains and buses run almost 24 hours and the networks pretty much cover the whole of Greater Sydney and taxis are abundant. Lots of activities are sometimes happening in the Sydney suburbs.

Sydney is ‘divided’ into a number of regions (outside the downtown / CBD area) – Lower North Shore, Eastern Suburbs, Northern Beaches, South, Inner West and Western Suburbs. Property prices in Western Suburbs are comparatively cheaper (although they are in the rise). Lower North Shore (the north side of the Harbour Bridge) is pricey, but it is a nice area. As is the Eastern Suburbs (which can be even pricier especially if you are looking at units / houses near the beaches). South is reasonably priced, Inner West is hustling with activities. It really depends on what you are looking for. Personally, I would recommend either Chatswood, St Leonards, or Mosman/Cremorne, all of which are in Lower North Shore.

Re credit report, it does not transferrable from the US to Australia. The reverse also applies.

Employment market – there are lots of demands for skilled people in the healthcare industry, accounting and finance, as well as Information technology. Salary ranges are comparable to larger US cities.

The only thing that really bothers me is the housing price, which I think is a bit on the high side (relative to people’s average income) and makes owning a house a tad difficult. Apart from that, Sydney (and Australia in general) is a great place to live, weather-wise and lifestyle-wise, so yeah… I would definitely recommend the move.

John asks…

Can I get my kitten to America and back to Australia?

I’m 18 years old travelling from Australia to America next year, for around 9-12 months. I’m having troubles as I don’t trust anyone enough to take my kitten for a whole year, and I really don’t want to give her away. I’ve found out about getting there, it’s just getting back that’s the problem. So my question is, how can I get my girl back to Australia safe and sound?

Administrator answers:

The AQIS government website gives you step by step information on how to export a cat back to Australia. Basic quarantine is for 30 days, it can be longer depending on individual circumstances, and the approximate cost for 30 days quarantine is AU$1005 (see quarantine link on website). In addition you will need vet checks, rabies injections and certificates, certification by a US government vet, and more, plus the cost of flying your cat. All this does not come cheap. Http://www.daff.gov.au/biosecurity/cat-dogs/cat4?name=the%20USA%20(not%20including%20Hawaii)

In addition, if you are renting a room or apartment in the US, it’s very likely that cats will not be allowed.

You really need to reconsider this situation, especially the stress that you will be putting your cat through just so you can have it with you for a few months.

Daniel asks…

Is Kroger’s store cheaper and better than Wal Mart (need help and education on these viewpoints)?

I am getting told by this girl all kinds of things that don’t make sense to me. She tells me that Rent A Center is cheaper than other stores that they are a better deal because they will fix your things. I tried to explain to her if your credit is good you be good to go to a store like Sears or somewhere else. She is telling me the products at Rent A Center are cheaper. She told me I was like a kid that doesn’t listen and I let people use me that it I was like talking to a wall.

She told me buying in bulk is not a good idea because she don’t eat all the food. And she had apartment before and knows that it is cheaper to shop at Kroger’s.

And I am told by her and her father both that food is cheaper at Food land and Kroger’s and even better quality than Wal Mart.

How come do some people think Rent A Center and Kroger’s are good deals? They have commercials saying food and products are cheaper at Wal Mart and good quality. Than she says you can’t believe what I hear. It is like I am not going to win with her because she ends up ridiculing me even know I know she is losing money shopping the way she and her father thinks.

Is Rent A Center a really good deal on prices and services?
I realize Wal Mart is much bigger corporation than Kroger’s. Wal Mart buys in bulk. I don’t see how she would believe Kroger’s is less expensive I can’t understand how she figures that. I been to Wal Mart and they seem cheaper to me. Her father says yes on some items. I really need some good information and knowledge on this just so I can know one way or another for sure.

Administrator answers:

First of let let me set the background for this answer …. SCREW WAL-MART …The way they treat their employees is enough to keep me away . They were the purchaser for the products that killed 1,000 employees in a building collapse . It would have cost 10 cents per garment to manufacture in a safe plant . 10 CENTS . As a corporation they have blood on their hands , DIRECTLY . They are the poster child for what is wrong with corporate America . Part time jobs with NO benefits . They shipped thousands of US garment industry jobs overseas and they want to sell their crap HERE ??? So what if I pay a few pennies more , at least the employees don’t have to take a week’s pay if their child gets sick . I shop at Kroger’s and save when their things are on sale . If you watch over a long period of time all the grocery stores compete and adjust prices accordingly . Rent A Center is probably the most expensive place to buy , but offer terms for those who cannot afford to purchase . The ” terms ” are very expensive . I bought a Panasonic TV over the internet 6 years ago and have never used any warranty . It just hasn’t broke to need to .
In summary : SCREW WAL-MART …

David asks…

$1500 to live off in san francisco, is it enough?

hey i have $1500 saved up for america, I am going for 7 and a half weeks, I am staying in the city in a 5 bedroom apartment with 4 other friends?I am wondering how much will go towards accomodation, and assuming I earn roughly $200 a week minimum, will i have enough to live comfortably and enjoy the citys attractions?

Administrator answers:

It all depends on how much rent they charge. Inside San Francisco I’d assume $1000/month each person. You should seriously find out before you go, because a 5 bedroom apt in San Francisco rents out for $4000k/mo easy. Let’s say it’s in a rundown ghetto crack house, so you pay $500/month, that’s $300 a month for everything else plus your $1500 savings. Let’s put it this way, you’ll enjoy taking the bus, BART, and walking everywhere all you want. Whether you can afford latte’s and nice dinners and drinking at bars and going to concerts is a whole other story. You can splurge once a week, but that’s about it. San Fran is VERY expensive, but if you eat $2 burritos or eat Ramen, you can get by. Depends on what you want to do. Also make sure you know EXACTLY what you’re paying for rent. If it’s too expensive, find a cheap hostel, there’s a few in SF.

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