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About Sasha'sMom

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  • Birthday 04/01/1977
  1. OMG! Sasha's new EasyWalk arrived in the mail about, oh, 30 minutes ago! I am loving it already! Of course, we had to fit her, but then off for a slooow walk around the block... she hasn't heeled like that since, oh, the instructor was watching in puppy class! (Hopefully it wasn't the brisk run earlier today that did it, but usually no) We've been using the Gentle Leader on her since she was a pup, but she HATES it and acts like she's mortified to be seen in it and terribly annoyed that it's on. Not to mention, she rubs her nose in the ground for the first half-mile of our runs.
  2. My GSD got a chipmunk once, and the "pack" managed to kill a rabbit once and a squirrel once as well. (It was awful! Sasha did most of the chasing and killing...and we were out of town and our housesitter called and said that he'd been chasing her around the backyard to try to get the squirrel's dismembered head away from her...) He's never let us forget that. We do discourage it, and it's why I always make noise just before I let them out in the morning, just in case there's a stray cat within our fence. When we run, as long as I see the cat first and command "leave it," or "not your cat
  3. I use the Gentle Leader. Sasha is very strong and walking her is like maneuvering on a Nascar circut. I also usually walk all 3 of mine at once, so have developed a system which works really well. My setter/lab was also a big puller, and with the GL on (and sometimes off now), she has a perfect heel. Sasha still sort of hates it, but has figured out that she gets to go for a walk or run if I pick it up. I am going to look into the easywalk harness, too. To be perfectly honest, I've also changed... more often than not, we go for runs now. A mile or three with the crew wears them out, is be
  4. Guilty. The pack are definitely our babies. We don't have any human children, and I don't know that we will. We use "mommy" and "daddy" occasionally when talking to the dogs (ie where's daddy?? Go get him!) but as we've referred to each other by pet names for so long, it was a pretty easy stretch. And yes, both my parents and his are the grandparents to the grandpuppies. We don't have a lot of friends with kids, so there isn't much comparing. Danielle, Nik Grumpy-butt, Sasha-wigglebutt, and the Sassy-frassy-Lassie. (Nicknames ever evolving, of course!)
  5. I don't know that I'd specifically rule out anything. I grew up with a bossy Westie, and just figured that's how dogs were. (My mom did a great job training her, I might add.) When I was looking for my first dog as a "grown up," I never imagined that a scary looking brindle GSD mix (probably some pitt in there) would win out. He's my baby, but I love the wide berth people give me when we run. And then I never thought I'd end up with a Border Collie. (Lord only knows what she's mixed with, but I'd bet chow, actually.) And then the dumbest, sweetest dog on the planet smoozled her w
  6. I figure that I take about 30 pictures for each good one I get. Thank goodness for digital cameras! And I do wish that my crew would tolerate the vacuum a little better. Rather than just standing there or barking at it, they collectively think "AAAK! THE NOISY-THING! RUN FOR THE HILLS!" and run butt-tucked away as fast as they can.
  7. We bought our current house in a crazy housing market when it would have been much, much, much easier (and cheaper) to get a condo. And then we dropped several thousand on a 6' privacy fence to keep the jumpers in (when we should have spent it on the leaky roof!) To make it even more obvious, we bought both this house and our last home with the most important factor being a place to put our massive saltwater aquarium. Make your housing decisions based on you and what's important to you. And if a dog is important to you (duh), make it a priority. I don't know what I would do if I lost
  8. My vet recommended trying it, as Nik, the resident GSD is getting on in years. My mom bought it for him - she swears by it. I use the Sam's brand (Maker's Mark) Glucosamine/Chondroiten complex. (750 G / 600 C) The bottle says humans get 2 pills a day. So my 75 lb GDS gets one pill a day. I toss it on top of his food, and he gobbles it down. The girls are both barely 3; Nik is 8-10. I think it's helped him, although he's always raring to go. I just noticed (like, yesterday!) that the NutroMax large breed has it already added. I have been feeding regular NutroMax, so I picked up
  9. All 3 of mine are rescues... and I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm glad I missed the interview... "Solo hugs" are pretty similar to what my guys get... except Sassy. She's an attention whore and will take anything you dish out. Sasha has grown to learn that it means Mommy might let her on the bed or give her something really yummy. We've handled her a lot since she was a puppy so she'd get used to us messing with her ears or paws. Nik wasn't ever keen on them, until one day on a walk a couple of years ago that our 6 year old neighbor walked up to him and threw her arms aro
  10. Good luck you guys. We are new to this hurricaine thing, but Dennis sure made us think about it. (We're much more used to tornados) Be safe, Danielle
  11. Nik (GSD mix) spent 7 months in a shelter before I found him. Sasha was dumped in an industrial part of town and found by our neighbors. She was about 6 weeks old, and had 15 big ticks on her. Husband insisted we keep her. We think she's a BC/chow blend, but Lord only knows what else is in there. Sassy (Irish setter/lab) was an urgent rehome. Her prior owners (down the street) had let her out, and let her be picked up by animal control. Another neighbor (we have great dog-loving neighbors) recognized her and got her out. Family said that they didn't want her back. Rescuing neighbor cal
  12. This is Nikolai, my heart dog. He spent 7 months at a no-kill shelter before finding us, and is the best dog I could ever have. He's about 6 or 7, and he's been with us for about 3 years. This pic was taken during some exasperating puppy days. This his her royal highness, Sasha Wigglebutt. She was rescued at about 6 weeks old. Someone had dumped her in a field and my neighbor found her and a littermate covered in ticks and very weak. She's about 20 months old now, and is thankfully outgrowing some puppy tendencies. And last but not least, our Sassy Lassie. She was surrend
  13. Well, you might be surprised... (in a good and happy way) I went to a shelter and told them I wanted a big ol' lap dog - no puppies, please. They said "A-Ha! Someone for our Nikolai!" And BAM (to quote Emeril) a match made it heaven. Of course, I had looked at a different shelter at first, and insisted on seeing a few other dogs at the one where Nik was, but for the most part, they knew him, and knew what home he would fit into best. They knew he was housebroken, older, walked well on a leash, was cat-safe, etc. And because I knew sort of what I was looking for, they were able to put two and
  14. In that case, I hope you are able to find some good groups out in Texas.
  15. I can only speak to my own experience, but after deciding that the time was right for me (I should say "us" - but husband was mostly just "informed" that we were getting a dog) I found myself in the same boat. I ended up visiting a couple of shelters, and found my heart dog, who is lying at my feet at this very instant. He'd been there for nearly 8 months (thank goodness for no-kill shelters), and he sort of picked me. He's a scary looking GSD mix, but is a big teddy bear underneath it all. He's the best companion I could have ever asked for. My BC came to me about a year later as a re
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