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#181 D'Elle

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 01:20 PM

A temporary change of environment may be good for him. I have a "summer camp" boarder right now. He's enjoying life with me, but I'll bet he'll be excited when Kristina comes to pick him up next weekend.

Well, the expected trip got cancelled.
Now in the process of re-grouping and have decided that instead of the road trip it will be a shorter camping trip. Perhaps we will leave next week.....it remains to be seen. But I am not so worried about Kelso now that it will be a week instead of 2.
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#182 Sue R

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 04:27 PM

He may well amaze you - and, if nothing else, he will really appreciate you when you return.

Best wishes (and have a great trip)!

PS - Don't forget to give him a tee-shirt or something else you have worn (and not washed) so he has your comfy scent to content him in his crate. Works for me and my dogs!
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Posted 22 July 2011 - 06:54 PM

I am sure Kelso has never had the experience of being in control of anything before in his life. He is in the process of learning that such a thing is possible. I think once he finds out that he is not helpless, and can make choices, he will really start coming out of his shell.

You are doing wonderfully! I am sure you are right, and I suspect it will be a light-bulb moment for Kelso. Thanks for your updates, I really enjoy all the details you're sharing.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 09:17 AM

Kelso barked!

Up until a couple of weeks ago, I had not ever heard a sound from him. Then, he started making little noises when I went outside with the other 2 dogs and left him inside. The sound he made was not a whine or bark or yip, but something else entirely that sounded almost human. But this morning for the first time he barked. A nice throaty medium-tone bark, just the kind one likes to hear. I do not know what he barked at, as it was before 5 AM and I did not get up to see what was outside. But it sure was a nice sound to hear!

Kelso now comes every morning to get petted a little bit by the bed while I am having Morning snuggle with the other two prior to getting up. He is starting to catch on. :)

Today I take him to stay for about a week with another BC Rescue person here, so that I can go camping. I am very worried that he will be frightened, away from me and this home, but I also know there's no better place I could be taking him and I shouldn't worry. Just hope he will be happy to see me again. I will be incommunicado for about a week. Send Kelso some good thoughts, if you would. Thanks!
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Posted 26 July 2011 - 09:21 AM

Yay Kelso! Have a great vacation and don't worry.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 09:33 AM

I just caught up on this thread and it sounds like you are doing wonders for Kelso, D'elle! :D

Enjoy your vacation and try not to worry about Kelso too much.

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 09:08 AM

Have a great holiday...and I'll bet dollars to donuts that Kelso will be very happy to see you return....and if he barked once....I'll also betting he'll bark when he sees you :)

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 05:44 PM

We're back, and Kelso is back home with us. We had a wonderful vacation, and I will post photos in the General Discussion when I get my act together to do it.

The report was that Kelso was no trouble (no surprise to me) and that he even eventually got into the car when asked, although was still terrified once the car was moving. He seemed relieved to be back home again, but I think that the different experience was good for him. I now want to figure out some place I can take him where there are people, but not too overwhelming in number, so he can continue to get some socialization. The person looking after him took him to work every day (vet clinic).

Here's the fun news: I just watched the little video of John's Taff Half Ear doing his little squealing. This morning, when I got up to let the dogs out, darned if Kelso didn't make the very same squealing sound while he was running to the back door to be let out! It was a delight! First time I ever heard him make that sound. (Previous sounds were whiney-arfs when he wanted to come out to play with the rest of us, and one time a few good hearty barks). I just love that squeal. It's so funny how it turns out that some of the Jefferson dogs have characteristics in common. Of course, for all we know, they are all interrelated.

Final note: He was staying with a woman who has two other Jefferson dogs. One of them, a girl, immediately went into puppy-submissive greeting behavior upon seeing Kelso. Clearly they knew each other, and Alys looked up to Kelso. They do not look alike, but had some kind of relationship previously.
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And not pictured, Benjamin the cat, who thinks he is a small border collie with superpowers.

 

 

 


#189 Sue R

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 06:52 PM

Great to hear he did so well!
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Posted 06 August 2011 - 07:39 PM

Sounds like everyone had a good week!

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 08:42 PM

Here's the fun news: I just watched the little video of John's Taff Half Ear doing his little squealing. This morning, when I got up to let the dogs out, darned if Kelso didn't make the very same squealing sound while he was running to the back door to be let out! It was a delight!

Hey that's great news! Taff half ear gets excited (that's an understatement) when it's time to go out in the mornings and when we go down from the parking lot to the dog park in the evenings, If Kelso is squealing like Taff, it means he knows what is coming and cannot help telling the world that he's excited. Now you'll have to capture that on video for us!

#192 D'Elle

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 03:01 PM

Unfortunately, John, Kelso has only repeated that little squeal one or two more times. I wish he would do it more, it is so cute.

I do have a report to make, though. Kelso has started to show affection to me! This is amazing and wonderful and the first few times he did it, it brought tears to my eyes.

For some time now as you know he has followed me into the bathroom when I need to go, so as to get petted. He has become more assertive about that, even moving fast to make sure he is the first one in there, so as to get the best position close to me for the best petting opportunity. I now have another foster dog in the house, so he has become even more eager to make sure he gets into "his" spot for bathroom-petting. He will now move closer to me, asking for more, if I stop petting him to pet another dog, and even will occasionally nudge me with his nose. All of this has been feeling so great to me I cannot express it.

Just a few days ago, though, he did something for the first time. I was petting him by massaging the top of his head, and he moved his head out from under my hand, turned a bit, and gave my hand several sweet little licks, then placed his head back under my hand again. To me, this is beyond a doubt a show of affection, because he actually moved away from my petting to lick, and then moved back again. I was thrilled. He has repeated this a few times since then.

And I was even more thrilled a few days later. I was having my love-in snuggle with dogs on the living room floor in the evening, and as always Kelso was watching from several feet away in the doorway. I would always put out a hand to him to invite him, and he has always turned and gone away. But that night when I put out a hand (not looking at him, of course, and not saying his name) he moved right in to get petted! I really almost cried that time. :D

Since then he has come for petting like that again, and has also not come on other occasions. But it is marvelous progress for Kelso. The trick with him is not to acknowledge him directly. If I look right at him or say his name, he will go away. If I pretend I do not know he is there, I am just petting some unknown dog's head.....then he will come and stay. At the same time, however, I also am stopping to pet him as I go by him in the house, and occasionally I will seek him out for a little petting. He has stopped running away when I do that, and sometimes will give me his belly to be rubbed.

The thing is that all of this adds up to a very positive picture. Right now he only seeks out petting in the bathroom, but allows it at other times.....soon he will seek out petting at other times as well, and it will grow. I am so happy to see him starting to come out of his hard shell.

This weekend he will see some people: I have friends coming for brunch
Saturday and someone coming on sunday who has volunteered to come over to help socialize him. It will be a big weekend for Kelso. I bet he does just fine. :)
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Posted 18 August 2011 - 08:08 PM

What a great update! I imagine that as you pet this sweet and shy little dog, it's very poignant to visualize him living every minute of his life in a wire cage.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 09:17 PM

Excellent!

I had my dog for a LONG time (maybe 18 months or two years!) before it seemed to dawn on him that he could ASK me for stuff. Like... I want to go out, so if I go to the door and stand there, she'll let me out. Prior to that, he'd go out if I offered to open the door for him, but he only took what I was giving. When he learned he could ask and receive (petting, dinner, toys), it was a wonderful moment for me!

Kelso is going to be one happy boy.

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#195 D'Elle

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 10:02 AM

Progress Report!

Kelso will now play tug with people other than me!
It started with a volunteer for ABCR who came to the house to help do socialization work with Kelso. After he had been here quite a long time, sitting on the floor next to him and touching him (with no acknowledgement from Kelso), I brought out the tug toy and played with all the dogs, and when he had a chance, he took the end of the toy and enticed Kelso, who grabbed it and played with him. It was a real thrill seeing that. It was a First. Kelso wouldn't look him in the eye, but continued to play tug for several minutes, even getting close to him in the process.

That was about a week ago, and yesterday my good friend came over here and did the same thing. In this case, probably because he knows my friend much better, Kelso even looked her right in the eye while playing. And he played with enthusiasm, if not with the strength and vigor that he now uses with me. I am very pleased with this progress.

Kelso will still shy away and run just as fast if anyone but me puts out a hand to him, but the fact that he will play is a huge step forward. And he is more and more willing to allow me to touch and pet him as I go by him in the house, and even on occasion to allow me to approach him directly.

He is such a sweetheart, and so brave.
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Left to right: Kit, Jester, Boo, Digger

 

 

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"You gonna throw that?" --Jester:  2001 - June 24 2016. Remembered with much love.
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"I love everyone!" -- Boo

(Boing! Boing! Boing!)--Digger

And not pictured, Benjamin the cat, who thinks he is a small border collie with superpowers.

 

 

 


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Posted 27 August 2011 - 10:30 AM

The progress you are making with Kelso is astounding! A big "atta girl" to you!

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 04:14 PM

He is such a sweetheart, and so brave.

I love how you see things from his point of view and are able to truly appreciate how scary the world has seemed to him and how far he's come.

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#198 D'Elle

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 05:45 PM

The progress you are making with Kelso is astounding! A big "atta girl" to you!

:) Well, thanks, but really Kelso gets the credit, not me. He's the one who is doing all the hard work.
Atta boy, Kelso!!
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And not pictured, Benjamin the cat, who thinks he is a small border collie with superpowers.

 

 

 


#199 Sue R

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 05:54 PM

Atta, boy! Atta, girl! Atta, both of you (and all those helping)!
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Posted 29 August 2011 - 12:47 PM

It's so good to hear your guys progress with your dogs. With the 20 total we had only 2 that are failing to connect. The ones that are in homes are doing great. The 7 that are still with us 1 needs a high energy home with lots of directions. She was wild from the start and she was way too much for an a pet adopter. 2 poss 4 are ready for special needs type adoptions they are needing understanding homes who will encourage them. They prefer to still be somewhat invisible if they can. The other 2 are different not willing to accept humans. 1 will tolerate it if you can catch him. The other takes 2 people to try to get him if get away in the large yard which is often and really doesnt care to be part of the dog pack. Routine is not for him.

Does your guy stick his tounge out between his teeth? almost all our dogs do that. It's pretty endearing in a way. Originally I thought they had undershot jaws but, they dont.
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