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  1. Thanks for the stories - the skinned mouse wins the prize for grossness factor! My dog has been having watery stools since it got cold, and has troublesome issues with her anal glands that she didn't have the first few months I had her. I'm putting 2 and 2 together (poop + mouse eating + gland problems) and tentatively diagnosing worms. She'll be up for a check today.
  2. So, my little girl Cricket was billed as a "border collie/terrier" mix when I adopted her. Ahem. Try, "terrier/terrier" mix. Anyway... She loves to run in the woods and chase chipmunks and squirrels. But I didn't know she was an effective hunter until today, when I saw her swallowing a mouse. ::Shudder:: I suppose this is what wild dogs do, yes? It's disgusting to me (and disappointing, given my selection of expensive, grain-free dog food!). Anyone else have a dog who's gone wild and started hunting for himself?
  3. So sorry! It is so hard to lose such a dear friend.
  4. I don't have much good advice - only can tell you that you are NOT alone. I used to walk reactive Buddy on his leash, and off-leash labs (seemed to always be labs!) would charge at us, and Buddy would snap and tell them IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS that they'd better get away or risk their health. And those stupid dogs would come back, over and over, even after having been roundly corrected. The owners would be embarrassed, because even to them it was clear what Buddy was saying. ::Shrug:: With my new dog, she's small and likes to be chased. But not by giant dogs, and not by packs. I can see her body language is fearful and an attempt to escape, but a lot of the bigger dogs don't read it at all.
  5. That's so FABULOUS! We all have such a soft spot in our hearts for Kelso, and in that video he looks like he's always been a happy-go-lucky dog. Amazing!
  6. Thanks for the info! For clarification, when I say Cricket is "running," what I mean is, "Running in insane circles faster than all the other dogs can run, and quickly dodging and changing directions to throw the other dogs off her path." She is really, REALLY fast, and she takes great joy in being chased, but this means crazy dodging and weaving, too. This is her great thrill in life. I can't even imagine trying to keep her still for weeks or months if someone suggest surgery! She did get "chased down" by a pack of three large dogs a few weeks ago - off-leash forested park, stupid humans! - and ended up slipping and crying at one point before she actually showed teeth snarled to drive the dogs away. That might have been when she pulled or strained something. I'm thinking this is an old injury from her past life that gets aggravated when she overdoes it.
  7. So, my little dog Cricket has occasionally "skipped" on her right back leg once in a while. At first it was just when she was going over the raised threshholds in my house. As she's gotten reliable and I let her off leash more - and she plays HARD with other dogs, running fast and hard - it's gotten more frequent. I just googled it, and apparently this is a classic sign of luxating patella (floating kneecap), which is common in small dogs. The Internet, as always, has conflicting advice: "immediate surgery" vs. "it'll be fine; leave it alone." Anyone had any experience with this condition? Thanks in advance!
  8. 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 something rubbery and soft. I have played many hours of tug and fetch with one, and Cricket is a DEMON of a terrier mix who will let me pick her up and swing her when she's playing tug. She doesn't seem to be able to rip it or bite pieces off it, though she's tried.
  9. 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 unsupervised when meeting others.
  10. So sorry! The well-loved dogs leave such a hole in our hearts. You're in my thoughts.
  11. 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 took off into the woods after some scent. She came right back, as she always does, but the Chesapeake pup was off like a streak. Still, she was only gone maybe 3 or 5 minutes before she came charging back at us, happy to have had her little adventure. The owner was plenty glad she came back; I'm not sure his wife would have let him come home without the dog.
  12. mbc1963

    Hoarding

    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 right in my car when I went to pick her up, and obviously understood before she met me that it's more fun to ride in the front seat than the back seat. ;D I have a feeling that the hoarder in this case was an older man for whom things just gradually got out of control. It's very sad. I think of him, and wonder if he thinks about what happened to all his dogs. I would like to send him a letter, letting him know how happy Cricket is, and wishing him well.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 was very fearful of other dogs - would pull to the end of her leash to get away from them. But living with 50 dogs, she obviously learned dog mannerisms and behaviors. As time has passed, she's shown that she loves meeting other dogs, and I feel like her body language says, "It's cool, guys! I just want to be friends and play chase!" We met a pitt bull mix yesterday. Her owner was really tense because the beautiful young dog is fearful and reactive to most dogs and people. Cricket approached and then backed off, slowly moving in until she did a play bow. The other dog was nervous, then relaxed, then playful. They had a game of leash-tag. Best of all, the other dog came to me, and eventually gave kisses and cuddles. The other owner was so happy and excited that her dog had been able to make a dog and a human friend. It feels like the universe has given me the exact inverse of the dog I had before - a perfect complement - and that my experience with Buddy lets Cricket be a little joy in the lives of dogs who are anxious and fearful. It's been a really lovely gift these last couple months!
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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 blanket I lay on top of it. She tends to tug her blanket around while wrestling with her toys, and I think a bath mat will soften up her area and hold the blanket in place. These are always available at Marshalls and TJMaxx for something like $10: http://www.aliexpress.com/item-img/New-Arrival-Microfiber-Chenille-40CM-60CM-bath-mats-mini-Mats-for-doormat-carpet-non-slip-in/32467699127.html (I've never had a small dog before, but I've gotta say: her ability to squeeze into small areas and lie on small things is highly convenient!)
  18. 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. ;-)
  19. 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.) Thanks Mara for a good story.
  20. 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.
  21. 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 stimulation and exercise he got.
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