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About Bogwoppit

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  • Birthday 01/17/1988

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    Derbyshire, UK
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  1. Any thoughts on this sort of food? They bill it as a good alternative for raw feeders who forgot to defrost their meat. http://purepetfood.co.uk I'm not sure if it counts as "raw" or not. I've used some and it is inoffensive to the nose, and looks like instant noodle powder and ingredients. Yet somehow comes out the other end of the dog far far bigger than when it went in.
  2. Just a thought, you could try "hiding" water from her (as long as you don't forget and trip over it). Cats and dogs like to find their own water, and she may think she'd being very clever by finding a bowl tucked around a corner of a bookcase or under the basin in the bathroom. I do this to make sure my little radiator hog doesn't dry out too much.
  3. I'm not against older dogs at all, I just would indeed like a few years with them before saying goodbye. I'm considering anything from 2-8, actually less keen on 18 month old dogs.
  4. Is there any pattern to the spot he uses if he's sneaking one indoors? Wilkos do a spray called 1001 cleaner, that is the best thing ever for wiping out scent spots where pets have done a dirty protest. Something about the scent and type of cleaning ingredients. They did a pet version and having seen the safety data, the only difference was that one was certified for use near animals and cost slightly more. Just a possibility, but the stinky citrus cleaning spray could help reinforce the point that we don't go there?
  5. Thanks for all of your replies, it's been lovely reading them! I'm glad to hear about the name being easily changed - I like to give a name that suits the animal. Our first cat for example was named "Kizzi" which was a ridiculous name for our scared little patchwork feline. She's now named after a small dancer. What my expectations are, rather than the dog's. I'd like a friend who can hang around with me during the day and be interested in what I do. I love the company my cats provide, but they're asleep most of the daylight hours.I'd like to use it as an excuse both to go out at lunch
  6. Is there an age you guys wouldn't recommend I exceed? Do you think it's possible to train a new name for an adult dog, or is it never quite the same as their first? I realise the older a dog, the firmer the expectations it has of a home life, and potentially the more it must adjust/cope. I'm patient, but I'd like to feel I can help from the get go. Thank you for all your support. Honestly it's starting to feel really good rather than worrying. I'm a little prone to overthinking things and having a plan of action is very reassuring. I don't mean to be doom and gloom but there likel
  7. I think a lot of the appeal (to those who are experienced more than me) is watching progression and attempting to tailor outcome. I'm not convinced that without a lot of external help (classes and trainers) I would be capable. I'm not bothered by "young", I'd take any age of adult that can still wag and is biddable. I can't offer an end of days sort of deal because I'm unprepared mentally and financially, but anything up to. I will be attending classes or 1:1 training for basic manners and control, adult or pup. This is for me more than the dog.
  8. Cass, you have pretty much confirmed how I feel. I don't know if my lean was obvious from my original post, but my worries about a puppy (and how much of my life it would take over) are far outweighing my worries about a rescue adult. At the moment: Puppy concerns: Growing pains (teenager) Responsibility of early socialising / training / exposure House training (poop) Chewing Cost Health as an adult Space for a pen Dog concerns: Seperation anxiety / noise Personality not meshing ultimately Striking a balance on what I can have (cat savvy, crate trained, potty trained) a
  9. This is actually making me a little unhappy at the moment, trying to work out the "right" answer so I can start building things ready. As soon as I settle on a conclusion so I can start building on it, my brain goes, "But..!" and I start chewing it over again. Up until recently, I'd resigned myself to getting a puppy this year. I was not 100% thrilled with this idea, after reading up on how hard some time periods are, decisions like neutering early, and the joys of various bratty moments. I thought it was the only way for my partner to feel happy (he openly does not like dogs but doesn't
  10. Cats can be excellent liars. One of ours learned as a kitten that if she squealed, the oldest cat would get squirted with water for trying to bite her. Unfortunately she started doing it when she was bored to get him punished, and I had no idea until I heard a squeal, turned with water in hand and my mother called to me not to "shoot", that it was a total frame-up and the adult cat had merely been sitting nearby.
  11. Well done, Kolt! I'm not sure I know many kids who'd behave that well.
  12. Well today is the first time I've come to bed feeling upbeat about moving forward. I was physically and mentally fatigued after 4-5 days of her, so felt very defeated. However my parents have been over, helped me rearrange the ground floor (it's completely open plan) and throw out tables, cupboards etc. It feels like a new home and I'm even picking out crate and pen layouts in my head. The important part is not to press the idea with my OH right now as he is also fatigued and the recent pup is raw in his mind. We're also having a terrible time getting our oldest cat to take her meds. It al
  13. It's a point of great amusement at the moment that we're not in fact married. His 80 yr old father accidentally played a long running practical joke on us by buying a huge "to a special Son & Daughter in law" Christmas card, which has caused everyone visiting the house to say, "Oh! Congratulations!" - At one point in rapid succession when we had the Monday night gaming group come over. He'd be mortified if he knew, the lovely old gentleman. Anyway, I'm giving it a resting period before trying again. I said before bed, "if I had a dog that didn't smell heinous, and didn't whine cons
  14. It was a bit of trial by fire. The entire time I was tense, and I think even by the 4th day we hadn't bonded. On my first walk with her - the first walk in about ten years for me, a small terrier dog jumped a broken fence and started following us. Every time we took a pace, he'd match us. I kept telling him to go away, blocking him with my legs, and (probably stupidly) putting my foot on his butt and pushing him away from her. She was very calm but he was incredibly rude. Can you imagine trying to say "No! Go away!" loudly and firmly to a dog whilst the one who can't see who you're talking t
  15. Your comments are entirely fair, Chene, no worries in the slightest. What I will say before it looks like I'm painting the rescue negativity is that they had a back up plan from the beginning, and were able to pull her out within 12hrs of me saying I was done. She is now with an exceptionally patient foster lady and her family. However I was originally asked if I could look after a sedated, calm dog who would need 24hr bed rest straight after surgery. I had not anticipated 2 weeks of getting to know her first. It made sense but by the time I found out, she was on the way to my home. My mi
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