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  1. So, I wanted to update folks a bit again. Abbie is really eating well now, she likes Lamb Pate and eats plenty of kibble as well as some chunk meats. She is also riding consistently now with no signs of carsickness, and actually seems to enjoy the ride! She rides with my lab, and rides alone too, as long as she has her bed in the truck to lay on. She fits in perfectly here now, takes part in all training and play sessions and is outgoing and engages strange people and strange dogs alike. She is even learning basic commands well. This dog is turning out to be a very sweet and affectiona
  2. If the dog is genuinely underweight, which I don't think yours is, talk to your Vet first to eliminate medical reasons. Abbie, my little girl, was only 18 lbs when I rescued her at 9 months. The Vet cleared her medically, and then recommended baby food mixed with her kibble to increase weight and get her eating. After a month of that, she gained to 30 lbs. Now, though still a picky eater of wet food, she readily eats kibble and some raw foods (my feeding method for decades), and occasionally steals canned food from my lab (who's a bit overweight, so though I work to stop this, it doesn't threa
  3. I mis-typed. Should read she lived "to 17 years", not "another 7 years"
  4. One of my last two, Shadow who was also born blind, had a murmur. It was a watch it type of thing that never did progress beyond that. It was diagnosed when she was 6, about the same time she went into treatment for cancer in her liver, and with both against her, she lived a happy, entertaining 7 years beyond that with no drop in physical activity due to the murmur. (She did have about a year of slow-down due to the cancer, but resumed her normal after that.) I hope the best for yours, and for clean re-checks.
  5. Just an update. We're sitting in the truck now with it running and no longer shying of it, nor is she getting violent reactions to just going near the truck. We're still taking it slow though... She's eating great now btw. She just doesn't want soft foods, though she'll eat more chunky meat foods readily and devoures her kibble and the occasional treat. She's really fit in here now, and is a great little girl. Even my Lab loves her.
  6. Yes, handsome dog. Retrieving isn't always in the blood so to speak, but can indeed be taught. I've had a few over the years that were not retrievers naturally, and except for one, who was born blind, they all learned to love the game.
  7. I have used Frontline for years with good results.
  8. Abbie and I are still working on the car sickness, which I know will take time, but I wanted to update folks on her eating at home and keeping it down. She simply does not want soft foods, but she is eating kibble mixed with baby food (per my Vets recommendation) and keeping it down well the last few days. She is having regular BMs now as well. I think she is adjusting well to her new home also, though she remains a bit shy with my Lab, but she wants to be held and she's eager to play with toys now. Slowly, I think we're making progress for only being three weeks in.
  9. Thank you. It was a long time ago, and I've lost many since, but she is the reason I still give time and love to a new herder today.
  10. Glad the vet didn't find anything serious. Hope she does well.
  11. Never knew what breeds she was, nor cared. When I was 10 I had 2 sheep at my grandparents farm, and this little dog to herd 'em... She was my constant companion in all kinds of mischief till I went in the Army at 16. She died while I was on my second tour and I never got to say goodbye to my best friend. I've loved herders ever since her though...
  12. Well, at the moment all I have to try her with instead of the truck is a bigger, rougher riding truck. I may see if my friend will let her try a ride in his car if she'll go to it, but right now I'm taking it slow with her...
  13. Thanks folks. I'm about as emotional as a dead fish, so my praises and reactions are probably right where they should be.
  14. For the car sickness, he gave the same advice I've gotten here on continuing the de-sensitization training. We, both of us, are thus a work in progress about that. He also echoed your thoughts on it being partly due to the change in her surroundings, and feels the recent lack of appetite and getting sick at home may have the same root cause. She is eating well today, and last night, and has kept down what she ate. He feels I am being a bit over concerned with both problems and we are giving both more time to resolve. I'd always rather be safe than sorry though, even if it costs an office v
  15. That sounds like a good idea. The only place she HAS to go right away is her vet appointment tomorrow. I'm going to try my best to make that trip as stress-less as possible, but I'll be loading up the towels too. I'll probably have to carry her out to the truck from the house, but expect that won't stop her getting sick. I'm hoping I can get her into the truck though first doing it that way.
  16. I haven't tried crating, yet. I may though.
  17. I am sorry for your loss ramp. I hope you find peace in the good times you had together, it is what helped me.
  18. Sorry I failed to mention in some very important things in my first post. Yes, I've had her about a week. ( closer to ten days). I wasn't jumping on the meds, by any means, and have been trying to desensitize her to the best of my ability. I also stop when she shows initial signs of distress, but she still gets sick. I try to make a positive experience after the training attempt, but with her getting sick immediately, it's hard. I don't want to force sensitize her, by making her get in and take rides, as I feel this will make matters worse, nor was I looking for an "easy way out" in teach
  19. I hadn't thought of that. It is possible she was traumatized, in which case you're right and it'll take a lot of desensitizing and re-learning. I've got my work cut out for me I think. Thanks again for the time replying.
  20. The king of dogs in my book, Rags was orphaned at 2 days old and bottle raised. Rags herded sheep and Jerseys before I gave up farming, loved to swim and chase sticks, loved camping and hiking and lived to be 19 years old. It's been 3 years, and I still miss my lil' buddy...
  21. Yes, I should have been more clear in my post. This car sickness starts at the sight of the truck, and is in a non-running vehicle. I know it seems a little impatient of me after only a week. I'm just really concerned at the violence of the sickness and the fact that even the thought starts it. I've never had a dog get so sick, nor refuse food as she does, and am just searching for additional ideas. Thanks for the reply. Tom
  22. tokeefe2


    The poem didn't post. Sorry folks. "I know our world she cannot see Green grass or blue of sky So tell me now how can there be such soul in Shadows eyes Her little nose my hand does find more often times than not but her tiny tongue the air does bind not my face with breath so hot She finds her way on familiar ground by hugging to the walls But when a strange place she's around her walk becomes a crawl But still she finds her place at night In sleep I hear her sighs and in first mornings happy light see soul in Shadows eyes"
  23. tokeefe2


    She was my little blind girl, loved by me and her working father, Rags. Blind from birth, but sweet and healthy otherwise, she lived just she of 17 years here... "Ode to a blind dog" "
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