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  1. Cricket is a destroyer of toys. So, I've been trying to find things that will keep her occupied but don't cost me $10 or $20 a week! I don't know the forum consensus about Nylabones, but I find that Cricket loves to chomp on the ends of those. They last a really long time and she doesn't seem to be able to destroy them, except for small flakes that come off here and there. Softer for her teeth than normal bones, but I think they do a pretty good job of buffing the teeth, too. For tug of war and fetch, I've found those Bumi toys last a very long time. They're an S-shaped toy made of
  2. I won't repeat what a lot of others have said, but I agree that for THIS dog, the dog park stimulation is too much. My old boy could play with a single dog, sometimes, on a good day. But once it was a group of three, he turned into the "dog police," trying to stop the others from enjoying what looked (to him) like greatly excessive roughhousing. Ditto with any situation - one might be fine, two might be a bit fear-inducing, three might tip him over the edge. You can have a rich, rewarding life with a dog who is never let loose with small children, never goes to the dog park, is not unsu
  3. So sorry! The well-loved dogs leave such a hole in our hearts. You're in my thoughts.
  4. I might be an outlier here... but with all my dogs since my teen years, I've just taken them to a safe field or wood... and then let them go. None of them has ever run off for more than a few minutes, and they've all intentionally come back. I wouldn't try this near a road or in a city location - and not until I have some sort of bond with the dog - but they do seem to understand who they belong with. My little dog has made friends with a pretty Chesapeake mix, four months. The first day, they ran and played. The other day, we let the Chesapeake off leash to play again, but my girl to
  5. I never gave much thought to hoarders until I brought Cricket home. She came out of a house where a man was evicted, leaving 50 dogs in the care of the local shelter. I think 31 of them made it to rescue, Cricket being one. She came up on a transport in June with 10 or 12 of her relatives, many of whom were adopted but a few of whom are still in foster homes, awaiting adoption. Everyone assumes Cricket suffered in the hoarding household, but I'm not sure that's true. She probably didn't have the best diet... but I think she was relatively happy living with a canine family. She jumped
  6. I have a fabulous blanket that's fleece on one side and thick plaid something (cotton/acrylic sweater like stuff?) on the other. Got it at a yard sale for $1. It's meant to be a human blanket - looks like something you'd use on a sleigh ride - but it's the best car dog blanket ever. Maybe look for something like that? In human stores? In the house, my dog does well with those cheap fleece fuzzy throws they sell at all home goods stores. I make a donut out of them, and she snuggles right into the middle. So easy to wash and dry, too.
  7. My old boy Buddy was fearful and reactive. Meeting other dogs was a problem his whole life, and meeting people was difficult, then tolerated, then accepted. I used to feel like Buddy walked around with body language that said, "Stay OUT OF MY FACE!!" I'd be so happy when we met that one in a hundred dog that he chose as a friend; seeing him play and have fun was such a joy and so rare, especially in his early years with me. My new dog, Cricket, came from a hoarding case (50 dogs removed into a local shelter after the owner was evicted from his property). The first few weeks with me she
  8. Good luck! Buddy had Lyme early on and always tested positive for it after that, but it didn't seem to cause any long-term problems. I've never had a smooth-coat dog before this one, but I must say the coat makes tick issues much simpler.
  9. My sister's dog was doing a little better this morning at the animal hospital, but my sister got a call this afternoon that she'd had a downturn and was dying. They're driving to the vet now to have her PTS. Such a crazy, fast thing! Thanks all for the information. I'm better educated, if nothing else.
  10. I bought a shredded memory foam bed for Buddy when he started to get achy, but he would not set foot on it. Literally. I put it on Craigslist for free and a very happy dog owner came and got it. Cricket will lie on anything fabric that is on the floor. After she gets wet, I put a towel on her folded up blanket and she rolls all over it; then it stays on the floor for a while and she treats it like her second bed in the living room. I'm thinking that since this dog seems content with blankets, I'll buy one of those microfiber bath mats I see everywhere as an "anchor" for whatever b
  11. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1678248989088510.1073741851.1589851137928296&type=3 I continue to follow this Facebook page; the woman has multiple athletic dogs of her own that she shows, and she takes in multiple fosters for both border collie and cattle dog rescues. (It's worth following her just for the beautiful photos of her dogs on the farm!) Anyway, a couple of really, really lovely border collies popped up this morning as "available soon," if anyone happens to be looking right now. ;-)
  12. They have run blood tests for tick-borne stuff - around here (NE), our first thought with almost any illness is Lyme disease, because it's so prevalent. They said the tests came back negative for TBD, but they started the dog on doxycycline anyway, just in case. Also has had two blood transfusions and was stable as of this morning. Not sure how today went. So weird. This can be triggered by eating a penny (zinc poisoning), onions... so many toxins... and then by apparently nothing at all. (My guess is doctors say "idiopathic" when it's been triggered by something they don't understand
  13. My sister lost her old dog about 4 years ago, and she got two puppies that summer. One of the girls was fine on Sunday, and lethargic on Monday, and deathly ill yesterday. She's at the emergency vet clinic, diagnosed with IMHA, and a very grave prognosis. Has anyone ever had a dog with this disease and a positive outcome? The disease is horrible, and the treatment is expensive and damaging in itself. After losing my Buddy last February, I felt like we were going to have a long run of young and healthy dog time together between my new girl and my sister's two dogs.
  14. I don't live in the city proper, but a city-ish neighborhood. My old BC was very frightened of thunder and fireworks and guns... but despite being very reactive, he did eventually get used to the constant sounds of trains, cars, and people passing by. Even though I have a yard, he wouldn't stay outside without me, so all his good exercise happened when I took him to wooded parks where he could run. Later, he got enough exercise walking on leash with me through my neighborhood. I may as well NOT have had a yard for that dog, because he didn't utilize it, and he was fine with what stimu
  15. So sorry for your loss. Lovely tribute.
  16. My old dog was terrified of thunderstorms and fireworks from the time I brought him home. He would bark, loudly, as long as the noises were happening. The only thing that would quiet him would be for me to sit and have my hands on him. (He was still scared, but would settle that way.) I gave up, and let him come into bed with me on thunderstorm or fireworks nights, and he would sleep as long as I was touching him. Eventually, when he'd hear the noises, he'd just go up to the bed of his own accord, jump on it, and settle - whether I was there or not. I figured he'd learned that the bed
  17. My trainer's main point on things like this is to teach the dog that she doesn't get the rewad she's seeking when she does the inappropriate behavior. The trainer leashes the dog to a doorknob (tree, whatever), and starts to approach to give the dog attention (the reward). As long as the dog is sitting, he continues approaching. As soon as the butt comes off the floor to begin the jumping up, he turns around and walks away. Repeat, repeat, repeat. I've seen this trainer consistenly stop puppies from jumping up to greet - have them waiting patientily with butts on the ground - after
  18. Hi, http://deafdogsrock.com This group does a lot for deaf dogs, has a network of people who know a lot about them, and also keeps a very active Facebook presence. They might know of some resources or foster homes for the deaf ones until permanent homes can be found.
  19. I had a BC who was fearful but was also the "fun police." Like other dogs described here, he could NOT allow rough play from other dogs. If two dogs got rambunctious, he tried to break it up immediately. Doggie day care would have been his worst nightmare: lots of strange dogs PLAYING ROUGH! AIIEE! Reading stories about how poorly some daycare owners read dog behavior always makes me reluctant to think about it.
  20. Thanks for the replies! I spoke to the vet on the phone; they're prone to think this is a matter of the glands expressing too quickly/easily rather than being impacted, but I'll keep my eyes open for scooting or chewing. I'll also work on adding fiber; her poop is largish but has never been particularly firm. Yes, it's very unpleasant. She's an utter delight but this is a black mark on her perfect record.
  21. My new dog came up from the south on a transport; one thing I noticed was that she smelled disgusting! Gave her a bath the first morning she was with me, because I couldn't bear the smell. Since then, I've seen at least three incidents where her anal glands just suddenly squirt fluid. Once, two neighbor dogs (big) charged us, and I picked her up, and when we got home I realized she had expressed her glands on ME. Two other times, she's been lying on the couch and bed, and acted rather surprised and started licking her butt... and the stuff was on my blankets. (So disgusting in the midd
  22. And on a side note: My new, 20-lb dog came out of a hoarding case. In the first few weeks, she was overwhelmed and scared of this entire new world. She literally shook for 2 days; I thought she might have Parkinson's. Big dogs charging at us at the park is an issue. And I came off 10 years of having Buddy, and my behavioral and emotional responses to the world are shaped by his "normal," which was very different from real "normal." But! My new girl? After four months, she's learning to love greeting other dogs. Plays rough with the 85-lb labrador up the street. Greets friendl
  23. I am another person who owned a fearful and reactive dog and had NO emotional reaction or lead-in that might have caused uneasiness in the dog until after I'd seen a few (naively allowed) bad interactions that could have gotten extremely bad. I blithely took my old boy Buddy out into the world expecting him to act normal. Upon the first visit to my sister's house, he nearly bit my brother-in-law. Upon the first visit to my father's house, he nearly bit my father. Upon meeting several dogs over the first weeks, he flew into reactive mode (reacting to a bounding young dog as if the dog ha
  24. That's a fanatastic update! I'd love to see some photos of Odin and his kitten.
  25. Having previously owned a reactive dog, dog parks aren't something I could even consider. (And by dog parks, I mean the small, enclosed area for dogs to run and chase - not the beautiful parks with hiking trails where you might let your dog off leash.) My new dog is getting to be kind of dog-friendly, and LOVES to play run-and-chase with other dogs. She'll try to engage play with most dogs we meet, including a Great Dane we saw at the hiking park yesterday. But I've seen lots of dogs at the dog park nearby running roughshod over other dogs: big huskies humping small dogs with obliv
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