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  1. I crate my dog because of his separation anxiety. It keeps him safe and my house doesn't get destroyed.
  2. I agree, Mara! Thank goodness Jack isn't an exercise junkie because he had ACL surgery in November and it would have been difficult to manage him if he wasn't content to settle inside. We provided mental "exercise" and he was satisfied to easy back in to his regular active life.
  3. Thanks! I should have looked there first before posting. I also saw there that the dog was not in danger of being shot, just needed a new home.
  4. My dog has been on Clomicalm for about 4 years for severe separation anxiety. This has helped take the edge off of his fear of thunder as well. Now he just curls up tightly and growls at the really bad booms. The "loopiness" doesn't last forever---once they adjust to the medication, you can't tell that they take something.
  5. Thanks, Angie, I should have refreshed my memory about the timeline before I posted. It sounds like the reporter is going to keep tabs on Swa**ord and follow up. I hope lots of other locals have their eyes on him too.
  6. The man has a serious problem. Hope they throw the book at him ......again. Glad the citizens in Portland have their eye on him.
  7. This is but one of the many reasons I detest retractable leashes. When dropped, it scuttles after the dog or pops and hits them. I also can't stand waiting in line at the vet while an owner checks in and their dog is stretched out on the stretchy leash, up in my dog's face, even though I am waiting several feet away. Or, worse yet, a child is holding the leash and can't understand how to brake and retract the leash to a safer distance. I would never use one where I needed good control over my dog. I threw DH's in the trash can (the one he likes to walk the dog with---I don't use a stretchy leash on my husband ). There are so many nice nylon or leather leashes on the market. For sheer sturdiness, you can't beat Lupine and their excellent replacement guarantee. I also like my soft German traffic leash for comfort and handy hooks.
  8. My experience having a puppy was that it was just like having a toddler all over again!
  9. Seeing this late, but offering heartfelt condolences nonetheless. Good dog, Zippy.
  10. Oh, I can top all of these........the Marshalls in my town allows dogs!!!! I stopped by recently to see what was new for spring and as I parked, I saw a woman with a dog on a leash, walking him in one of the grassy medians. As I was walking in, she turned and walked in with the dog! While I thumbed through the racks, I could see Ms. Dog Owner walking around shopping too (and of course Fido was on a despised stretchy leash). Finally, my curiousity got the best of me and I asked one of the associates at check out, "Do you allow dogs in here?" She laughed and said, "Hahaha, someone just complained about that! Yes, we do...there is not a law that says we can't." I was stunned. The next day I called Marshalls/TJ Maxx corporate headquarters and asked my question again of a customer service manager (I skipped over the regular CS rep). I received the same answer--yes, dogs are allowed. I pointed out that I didn't especially want to be shopping at Marshalls and dodging dogs or see that someone's dog had lifted his leg on the comforters on the bottom shelf. She said that many of their stores are in the same shopping centers at Petco or Petsmart and the owners like to shop with their dogs. I then pointed out the times I've been in one of these pet stores and rude pet owners have allowed their dog to poop/pee on the floor and have left it for someone else to clean up, despite the presence of clean-up stations, and that Marshalls did not have paper towels, etc., for this purpose. The CS manager said of my imagined dog messes, "THAT'S WHAT ASSOCIATES ARE FOR! THEY WILL CLEAN IT UP!" I couldn't believe my ears.
  11. I would definitely heed Sue R's advice! I would also search the board archives for other discussions we have had about flying with dogs. My dog also has "separation anxiety issues, large ones"------when I had to begin crating him again after he chewed my house up while I was out of town, he snapped most of his teeth off chewing inside the crate. After working with a veterinary behaviorist for several years and LARGE doses of Clomicalm, prescribed by the VB, he is able to tolerate the crate. He is NOT happy, but he is able to tolerate it. If I were you, I would be hesitant to put my severely anxious dog through an experience that he will be unprepared for and definitely frightened during.
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