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  1. I just checked my email all the way back to November and didn't see anything from you. But, regardless, I don't have many foster homes anymore and wouldn't be able to take a dog for a year. I would check with one of the groups that waffles posted, since they are specifically set up for that purpose.
  2. Julie, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your tribute to Maia was beautiful. You were lucky to have found each other.
  3. Thanks for the replies. Julie, the property is fenced - five-foot, fixed-knot fencing. So, I thinks it's pretty goat-proof. I never though of a goat being loud. My neighbor has one (just one) and I don't think I've ever heard it. But, I can definitely see that a goat might want a companion. I would just love to see a goat take care of some of this brushy vegetation.
  4. There is a goat available for adoption at our local HS. I've been wanting a goat for awhile, but I'm not entirely sure what I'd be getting myself into. I would like a goat to help with veg management. We have a lot of "trashy" vegetation at our new place and I was hoping that a goat might help get rid of some of it (instead of using chemicals). Is that practical? Also, are goats usually friendly towards dogs? I wouldn't want to turn a goat lose on our property if it is going to be aggressive towards the dogs. I know my dogs would probably be a bit freaked out by a goat initially, since they've never really been around any. But, I think they'd get over it once the newness wore off.
  5. Thanks, all. He seems better this morning. He wasn't vomiting and no diarrhea (that I saw). But, he was obviously in a lot of discomfort. He was licking the floor, windows, boxes, anything he could get his tongue on. And he was not acting normal. He slept curled up against Steve last night (not his usual sleeping position), but is acting OK this AM and ate his breakfast. If he were vomiting, then I probably would have fasted him for a day. But, so far, so good. Thanks for all the suggestions.
  6. I think Skittles has a tummy ache. Is there something I could give him to help settle his stomach??
  7. I agree with you about the vaccines, but Parvovirus is very persistent and an infected dog can continue to shed virus in his/her stool for up to 6 months. So, the caution about not exposing Bonita to potentially unvaccinated dogs for 7 months does not seem that off to me. It's a shame about socialization, but it's not fair to potentially expose other dogs to the virus, either. Interaction with known vaccinated dogs should be fine, though. I'm glad Bonita kicked Parvo's butt and is back home now. Parvo is so nasty and so many puppies (mainly from shelters) aren't so lucky.
  8. As others have said, some dogs graduate out of the crate sooner than others. My youngest is over a year and a half now and he still has to be put in an x-pen when no one is home. He's potty trained, but his problem is that he'll eat things. I almost lost him last year due to eating string. I tried several times to give him free roam of the house, but after several incidents of having to give him hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting because I'd come home and find that he'd eaten half a pillow case or something, I gave up and now he has to be in the x-pen. I don't like it, but it's for his own safety. The dog that I got before him has been loose in the house since about the age of 5 months with no issues. So, each dog is different.
  9. What I tell people who adopt dogs from me and ask if they are house trained is, "S/he is house trained at my house, but that doesn't mean s/he is house trained at your house." Dogs don't necessarily generalize from one house to another. You have to establish house training at your house. You say that she doesn't pee in her crate, correct? It could be that she was always crated in her foster home (when no one was home) and so, as far as they could tell, she was house trained. Dogs can also have relapses and there are many reasons why a dog can have an "accident." I have a foster dog that will soil her crate if she becomes stressed. And as Alchemist said, house training is a process. For some dogs, it takes longer for it to really "stick."
  10. My border collie, Charlie, abuses the bell sometimes. But, I know when he's ringing it because he needs to go outside and when he's ringing it just to get attention (that's how he abuses it). When he's ringing it just to get attention, I tell him to stop and go lie down, which he does. That doesn't mean that he won't try another tactic to get attention, though, LOL! But, at least the bell ringing will stop. One night, Charlie kept ringing the bell and I kept getting up to go let him outside. He normally wouldn't ring the bell late at night unless he needed to be let outside. I would get up and open the door to let him outside and he would just stand there, so I'd go back to bed. Then, he'd ring the bell again. So, I'd get up and open the door again and he'd just stand there, staring at the bookcase next to the door. Finally, I thought to look under the bookcase and, sure enough, there was a hoof under the bookcase that he couldn't get to. So, he knew that if he rang the bell, that would get me to come to him. I guess he figured that eventually I'd figure out why he needed my assistance. Charlie also taught one of my foster dogs how to ring the bell. I thought that was pretty smart of my foster dog to figure that out just by observing what Charlie did.
  11. I'm so sorry for your loss. What a tragic, cruel twist that he was almost home. I can't imagine your sorrow.
  12. This video demonstrates two weird things that two of my dogs do. First, Charlie ALWAYS attacks my suitcase. If he even sees me reaching for it in my closet, he'll begin his attack and won't stop until the suitcase is physically out of the house. Skittles ALWAYS exits furniture the way he does in the video. Always, even if he's in a hurry. To this day, it makes me chuckle every time he does it. I don't have a photo of it, but the weirdest thing that Ollie does is act like a cat. If you are sitting in a chair or on the couch, he'll climb to the highest point on you (the shoulders) and lie down. I'm sure if he was small enough, or your head was big enough, he'd climb up there to lay down.
  13. OMG! Too funny. Duh, I hadn't even realized that the thread was so old.
  14. I know this is a bit of an old post, but Paula told me to take a look at this, as I've been having a problem with Charlie limping on his right front leg for some time now. I'm wondering if maybe this is his issue, too. Charlie will limp after he has run around. But, if I rest him for a few days, the limp goes away with regular walking and moderate activity. But, if he ups the activity, he'll start limping again. The vet diagnosed a soft tissue injury and put him on anti-inflamatories and restricted activity for 4-6 weeks. After 4 weeks, I started to let Charlie be more active (he was NOT diggin' the restricted activity nonsense). Everything was OK for a couple of days, but then he started limping again. I'm pretty sure that the issue is in his foot or with a toe(s). Do his symptoms sound similar to those of you who had a dog diagnosed with a seasmoid injury? Did your dogs limp all the time or just after some running/jumping?
  15. Supposedly, they will are (will be) importing some from Europe to help with the shortage. http://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/vet-breaking-news/2011/09/30/merial-to-import-limited-quantities-of-immiticide-from-europe.aspx Some vets still have some, but you may have to shop around a little. I just had a dog treated, but they only did it for me because he was a rescue and I didn't want to keep him in rescue indefinitely.
  16. Jo, Boots sounds very similar to a dog we had in rescue several years ago. I didn't feel safe in my own home with him lose and was cornered more than once and needed help to get out of the situation. Thus, if ever I was home alone, he was crated. We chose to put him down. He was not adoptable and we didn't have unlimited time, money, and other resources to rehab him, if even that were possible. I know that we made the right decision for everyone involved. But, yeah, until you are the one holding the paw, it's not such a simple decision to make. Though I don't know you personally, that behavior just sounds too similar to the behavior of the aggressive dog that we put down. And I've followed your posts over the years and believe you are a capable handler and have a good understanding of dog behavior. I believe you are making the right decision.
  17. Yeah, something similar happened to a dog of a friend of mine. He and his friend were quail hunting with their dogs. His friend's dog ran into a stick. His dog wasn't so lucky. The stick must have hit the heart or a major artery. The dog died within minutes. Ever since he told me that story, I've always been freaked out by dogs bounding through thick vegetation. I hope Willow has an uneventful and speedy recovery. Poor thing.
  18. I shared Willow's story on my FB page and on my rescue's FB page.
  19. I'm glad to hear others say that they'd rather hear bad news than no news. Several years ago, my dog went missing while on a hike at a state park. I searched for him for hours, knocked on doors of all the houses near the park. I put up signs on all the telephone posts near the park. I called the local radio station and BEGGED them to put his story out there (they refused). I tracked down someone with a tracking dog and asked if they could used their dog to find mine. They told me that their dog didn't work like that. I couldn't sleep. I couldn't eat. I pretty much couldn't function with the not knowing. A day and a half after my dog went missing, my brother got a call from one of the people who lived near the park whose door I had knocked on and left my info with. I was living with my brother and his family at the time. This person had found my dog. He had been killed by a coyote. I've always felt guilty for feeling a sense of relief on finding out the fate of my dog. But, the not knowing was excruciating. I feel for anyone who loses anyone, be it pet or person, and never finds out what has happened to them. I can't even imgine having to live with that feeling for any length of time.
  20. I saw your FB post about Zoe and had high hopes that it was something minor and she was getting better after the fluids. I would definitely get her on doxy as soon as possible in case it is a TBD or something like Lepto (we did have all that rain recently). Did she have a fever? Is she vomiting at all, or just acting blah?
  21. Not everything is a matter of training, or lack there of. Not all dogs are created equal. I have a dog that can be fear aggressive towards strange people. His fear and reaction to his fear is not a result of lack of training. With him, it's a matter of trying to work with him to overcome, or at least, work through his fear without reacting. Saying that someone who uses [non-abusive] training aids to help achieve a goal or manage an issue has somehow failed to successfully "train" their dog is parochial mentality, IMO. That's like saying that a parent with a learning disabled child that uses special tools to help their child achieve the same goals as a non-learning disabled child has somehow failed to properly teach ("train") their child. Or, that the child that needs those special tools is somehow less learned than the child who doesn't need the tools, even if they both achieve the same goal in the end.
  22. I clicked on the link and opened the article. It's way too long for me to have time to read right now. If you want to summarize the main points, I'm happy to respond. But, I don't have the time to read it right now.
  23. What does "trained" mean? I consider my dogs trained, well, except for Skittles. But he's not a dog. He's the love child of Steven Segal. My dogs will all follow voice commands and can be trusted off leash. But, if I were to take them somewhere where there could be a risk to their safety (e.g., walking down a busy street), I'm going to have them on a leash to be safe (Plus, people tend to get really snotty about a dog that is off leash, even if it is under control). Does that make them not trained? Can ANY dog be trusted 100% of the time in every single situation? I highly doubt it. They are, after all, living creatures and living creatures sometimes make errors in judgment.
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