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A Sudden, Brutal Loss Takes it's toll......

Started by Judith in Portland. Last reply by David (dns) Sep 6. 6 Replies

Older Dog- Hearing Problems

Started by Carly. Last reply by Bambi Sep 2. 6 Replies

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Comment by jrtpup on August 20, 2012 at 4:19am

What a looker! And I think she knows it ;)

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Comment by Carly on August 14, 2012 at 10:58pm

Jrtpup, Mistresskiny & Bikette,

Thank you both for you input. You are all right!! They are little great little actors. The only time they don't get along now is when someone is home. If you aren't patting both of them at the same time Zeus gets a bit snippy with Chico. All my SIL has to do is raise her voice and tell them that "his brother needs love too" he walks off and sits by her feet. As, for a box of cold water..neat idea but she is worried he will drown. ( I told her not to worry) I am getting my brother to find some mesh to put on the top of the gate to make it taller. We figure since he can escape and then reappear on the deck that part of steps need to be blocked.Too. Thats my quick update and Thank you. I will post again maybe with a pic to go along. =)

Comment by mistressbinky on August 13, 2012 at 9:55am

Cold water? Maybe in 3 digit humidity.

Comment by bikette on August 13, 2012 at 9:49am

The little fakers! We currently have two critters - both cats but one of them thinks she is part dog and plays a lot of doggie games with me. But when we're around, the two of them hiss and spit at each other like bratty kids - "Waaa - she hit me" "Waaaa! - she smacked my tail first" yadda yadda yadda... But all we have to do is leave the house for 5 minutes and when we come back, the two of them are cuddled up on a chair together like best buddies. I bet they even groom each other when we're not around and probably play all kinds of fun stuff - just not when we're here!
When we come in we can almost hear them tap each other - "They're Baaaack!" and the little pretend war begins anew. One invariably blocks the path of the other (and me) and then gives us both a nasty snarl when we try to edge past her. So don't buy into that "dog eat dog" grumpy stuff, Carly, it might all be a big show for us dopey humans.

But I do agree with binky's pat-sharing. I mean we have two hands ... you have two heads to pat... what's the problem?

As for the escape artist, have you tried leaving something unpleasant on the other side of the gate? Our Houdini lab used to get a bit grumpy when he'd manage to fly over our barriers and land in an even stickier pile of two-sided tape. Lining up some really noisy wobbly cans will also make him think twice before checking out the grass on the 'greener side'.
Use your imagination. Cold water might not be fun for a little dog to land in, but then he might like it - and it's a bit messy to clean up. Another, even higher gate might be a bit demoralizing but effective - so is a deep box for him to land in. Nothing sharp, of course, and nothing you're going to slip on yourself every time you go by! Although the entertainment value might actually keep the pooch in the lockup longer just waiting for an encore.

Comment by mistressbinky on August 13, 2012 at 8:10am

If you rub the head of one, you have to rub the other. Same goes for sweet talk, and playing. My dog chases the cat if I don't rub his head at the same time. When I'm away for a few hours they cuddle on the couch. When I return the trouble begins. The cat blocks the dog's entrance by sprawling across his path; and the dog is afraid of walking pass. So he just barks until I remove her.

Comment by jrtpup on August 13, 2012 at 5:10am

Carly, a good training class for your SIL and the dog. It's a great bonding experience, as well as good socialization. Have her let the instructor know what's going on, that he needs to learn to 'take turns', that his turn will come.

A higher gate :)

Comment by Carly on August 12, 2012 at 11:34pm

Hey all..it has been some time. I have a question for you. My new sister-in- law has gotten ( been left at her place ) a new dog. He is a 3 year old Chorkie ( Chihuahua Yorkshire Terrier Mix ). Now he has a few issues..1. He runs away by leaping over a very high gate..2. He has is grumpy moments with his new "brother". They now fight for her attention. Okay, does anyone have any experience with this breed or ones like it? Help.

Comment by Pastelpainter on January 30, 2012 at 2:44pm

Lovely photo, Judith. That's a keeper for sure.

Comment by Linda G on January 30, 2012 at 1:17pm

Judith....what an adorable photo. Our little furiends bring such joy and solace ♥

 

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