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  1. I'm talking about people who bring a dog into a large crowd, then tell me to keep my incredibly polite dog away because theirs doesn't like other dogs. That was Fergie, who would even sit and wait for the other dog to come to meet her! Dixie is another story. We have yet to get her to have dependable manners. She doesn't jump to romp with other dogs - but she sort of romps in place until the other dog joins in. And stops if the other does doesn't. But it often upsets other owners. Even if we are on the other side of the street when this goes on. So we don't take Dixie to crowds - or anywhere off leash except in our kids' homes.
  2. It's one thing walking in the neighborhood , in Eno River State Park, or on the American Tobacco Trail. There, I expect other dogs to be kept apart from mine unless we all agree that the pups can schmooze or romp. But to take a dog that isn't comfortable - or polite - with people or dogs to big, crowded events like Crop Walk (we get several thousand walkers) or a City Fest? Honestly, is that not ruder than one dog sniffing another? Of course, we have seen service dogs at such events. And, as it is clear that they are working, we let them do their jobs. But I have seen at least one snappy dog try to dominate a service dog at a crowded event. "he doesn't like other dogs," was significantly less than an excuse.
  3. OK, I've read only part of this thread. So slam me if I missed something pertinent. This post applies to only some of what I read. I used to take Fergie (RIP) to the Komen Run and to Crop Walk. She had her own sponsors - including snakes and a goldfish. These are massive events. As we progressed, we would come up to other people with dogs. Most were great. But there we always a few who said, "Oh, keep your dog away! Mine isn't friendly." Are you crazy!?!? No, I never said that - but I sure thought it. You take a dog who is unfriendly or uncomfortable to a crowd? Heck, I don't take Dixie these days. Not because she is unfriendly, sensitive, or uncomfortable. Because she loves everyone - especially young boys. Way too much. Granted, most boys also love her. But parents are often a tad worried. If I had a dog who was not happy to just schmoose with other dogs - maybe then decide to romp if it were mutual - I would not take my dog where it would meet a dog who was. Especially if any were off leash.
  4. I wonder if Villa Lobos (http://www.vrcpitbull.net/dog/) would be able to handle this dog? They seem to do well with all types of pit bulls. I sponsor a dog there as a gift to my great-grandson. I give to a charity for each of my grandkids.
  5. nancy

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    So sorry. He was a good boy. And you gave him a good life. Guess that's the best one can do.
  6. We live in suburbia. So Dixie and I have to walk on the neighborhood roads. So I cannot teach her to avoid the roads.
  7. In the crash tests, I notice that a big difference in safety seems to be the length of the strap to which the seat belt attaches. Dixie's is quite short, but I may just stitch it shorter. I do know that the seat belt catches fast. Because it makes it hard for me to get her in and attached. I am sensitive to this whole thing because my kids rode in harnesses back in the late 60s and the 70s. The only car seats hung over the passenger seat - and most had plastic steering wheels. I harnessed the kids in as infants. They could lie down - lots of pillows. As they grew, they could sit, stand, or lie down. We had a VW van: oldest kid in the middle seat with the dog; younger 2 in the back - harnessed in opposite corners with pillows in between. Kept the fighting to, "He's breathing my air!"
  8. Fergie wanted to chase cars. I was able to teach her to sit, then to just stop, when a car went by. I'm definitely thankful that Dixie doesn't want to chase. But knowing that she will just walk out in front of a car (or truck) with no idea that it is even moving is quite frightening.
  9. I have tried yelling, "CAR!!" and even acting scared when one comes by. Dixie just looks at me like I'm an idiot.
  10. How can I teach Dixie that cars are moving and are dangerous? She's 3-1/2 years old and has no inkling about cars. She would just step out in front of one if she were ever off leash. She sure wouldn't chase one, but she seems to have no idea that a car is actually moving. If a neighbor honks, she reacts just as if a waking neighbor yells hello.
  11. Dixie is ~3-1/2 years old. But folks think she's way older because she has so many greyish-white hairs on her face. She has had them since we adopted her when the vet agreed with the foster that she was about 6 months old. She has real white feet and front legs, neck, chest, and front of the belly. And she has those grey-white hairs in her face, around her neck, on the feathers of her back legs, and (a really big and dense patch) under her tail - the whole area under her rectum. Not that it really matters, but I've been wondering if this could indicate some merle somewhere in he background.
  12. We used a harness for 15 years with Fergie. And we are now into our 3rd year of using it with Dixie. The dog can sit, stand, lie down, look out the side and back windows, and even nudge your shoulder. But, in an accident, the dog is secure and safe. My kids (who are now in their 40s) taught me that the car doesn't start until every passenger is buckled in. That was because I failed their test. My excuse was that I grew up before seatbelts. They allowed as how I must be too old if I was too old to learn. So I follow their rule. And a dog is a passenger.
  13. DH has downloaded several episodes of a Brit show called "Flockstars". We have watched his first episode. It seems to be a sort of "Herding with the Stars". People you Brits would know from TV who have spent 6 weeks leaning to work with working sheep dogs. Then they do a little indoor course: take sheep over a little bridge, around a topiary goose, and into a pen. Kind of silly but kind of fun. Better than the dancing shows where the men are fully clad and the women are as close to naked as possible. Here the "handlers" are fully clad and the dogs are fully naked.
  14. When we got Fergie - years ago when we were still working, she was ~10 weeks old. And we did crate-train her. I walked her a short way before breakfast. Then Chuck went to work (~7 AM)and I took her for ~1-mile walk. Then I crated her. One of us came home at lunch and did another 1-mile walk. Chuck returned home ~3:30-4:00 and walked her. I got home later and walked her after she had dinner. And one of us took her out before bed. Luckily, we live close to about anywhere that would hire us back then - 15-minute drive tops. Heck, it kind of matched what we did when we had the kids. Except that I was at work by 6 or so, so I could be home when the youngest got off the bus.
  15. Like Julie, I use a Lupine martingale collar. I can use it as a regular collar or hook it so it tightens about 2 inches if Dixie is on a walk that will include "little grey terrorists". She will save the world from squirrels! Lupine stuff is fantastic. Great designs - wish they still made tho one with lighthouses I swear are all from North Carolina. And the guarantee is for real. My brother used one collar on three successive dogs - each of which lived long. The last one chewed the collar. He lives near where Lupine makes the stuff, so he took it there. He expected a laugh. He got a new collar!
  16. I could put up with a barking dog rather than what I usually get: someone in the next room who has the TV at top volume all night, on some stupid channel. Maybe I need to take a barking dog on my next trip? Competition can be fun.
  17. We use a harness when we take Dixie in the car. I wouldn't let a pet ride loose any more than I'd let a child. I don't want her getting slammed around in an accident. And I don't want to have to post the sad newspaper request for a dog that ran off after an accident. Fergie gave up using a crate in the house, although I could crate her if it were necessary. Dixie likes her big airline crate: it's her private room. Unless the cat claims it for a while. Dix did once step right in while Maggie was in - and really startled Mag. For travel, we have a big wire crate that folds down and fits nicely flat in the trunk. Last time we used it was for a week at the beach. As soon as I got it into Dixie's bedroom (yeah, she had her own room), Dix stood right next to me to watch me set it up. And as soon as I unfolded it, she got in. DH had to snuggle he a ways away so I could finish. As Virginia Woolf said, everyone needs a room of one's own.
  18. My pagan kids and we Episcopagans will get Crow into our prayer groups. And our pups, cats, snakes, spiders, and fish will definitely speak to their deities.
  19. Dixie got really upset last night. We stayed in and watched "Yankee Doodle Dandy" - 1942, starring James Cagney, with fantastic dancing - which is my personal Independence Day tradition since ~1958. Then I took her out for her potty walk. We heard fireworks. And she tried her best to drag me to them. If they'd been in our neighborhood - heck, even the one down the hill, I'd have let her. But they were across a rather busy road, with no sidewalk, and in a neighbor with a distant entrance. I was not going to even see if we sat on the busy road we could see stuff. So I dragged her home. What a sulk! I must have the only border collie who LOVES fireworks. Well, she is a mix. And best guess for 'with what" seems to be jackal.
  20. With Fergie, we used Benedryl/diphenhydramine and let her hide under our bed. Dixie loves fireworks. The first summer we had her, she actually dragged me down the road to watch what the kids were firing off. last year, she was disappointed because all they had were cherry bombs. She seems to like the light display and not be bothered by the noise. Well see what the neighbors d this year. Maggie Da Cat never noticed noises or low pressure. Until Fergie died. Now Maggie is the one who lets us know if a storm is coming.
  21. Where in New England? I might could (a Southernism) con my brother and sister-in-law.
  22. I fed Fergie and now feed Dixie 1.5 cups of lamb & rice kibble a day: 3 meals of .5 cup a day, with 1/8 can of wet food added at dinner. Ferg weighed ~50 lbs; Dix is ~40 (Ferg was taller). I give half a small dog biscuit and trimmings from our fruit (quite little) when we eat breakfast; two small treats when we have lunch, and a big dog biscuit when we have cocktails. I buy the cheapest hot dogs, cut each in quarters the long way, then slice those into little slices and nuke them - about 450-500 treats from one package. Tiny but high value (just ask Maggie da Cat who hunts them down). Our vets have always been surprised at how lean and healthy our dogs are. We have a number of mile walks: one before breakfast, one after breakfast, on after lunch, one after dinner, and one before bed. And most days we also do our neighborhood 5K.
  23. Fergie's favorite safe place was under my bed table. The bottom shelf is maybe 6-8 inches above the rug and maybe 12x18 inches. This 50 lb dog managed to be totally under that! Second choice was under our double bed. No higher, but roomier.
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