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  1. It always amazes me how patience, routine, dog speak and love can turn the most damaged dog around. Thank you for all your time and effort....as the starfish saying goes, you cannot save them all but you can certainly make a difference for this dog.
  2. I am so sorry, this stress you do not need now....with a baby on the way. Do you think Charlie would have stayed calm if he had been on a very short leash? I know you have a plan of action when you can step aside.....but I wonder if you went to a really short leash with a mantra of Easy if he would have been okay. Another option, step on the leash with him right next to you keeping from the harness or collar clip, under your foot to the leash in your hand taut. This limits his movement and you can achieve this restriction quickly ( great to practice). Also, it would not help in this instant....but a service vest that says in training, no touch, no talk may give you extra space.
  3. I know your pain. I try to figure out where they consider their safe space....for one dog it is the tub, another the closet. For those scary planned fireworks times, I set them up in their spot with toys, put classical music on, pile stuff like pillows around them. A random backfire on a walk, I try to be upbeat and encourage courage. Patience is your best tool. Good luck.
  4. No advise, just wanted to tell you I am so so sorry.
  5. You have gotten really good advice. Sometimes the improvement are baby steps. I took in an eight year old border collie mix in January that needed a home, one month after losing my heart dog (BC) to cancer. I repeatly remind myself they are two different dogs and to not put my expectations on this dog by comparing him to a dog I had for seven years ( who spent 24/7 with me) and lived to please me. My new dog has so many traits that I am really grateful for...but the leave it command when he is hunting chipmunks, and rabbits totally non existent. If a rabbit goes running by and I am not being vigilant he will try to chase at full speed. I feel pretty confident with my dog training skills, but I look like an idiot when I have to go lift him away from a hole he has his nose buried in sniffing for the chipmunks. I try to remember we are only together eight months and prior to me he got very few walks in his life. So few, that originally he would only venture a very short distance from the house and insist on returning home. Now, his walks are the favorite part of his day. He will go all day exploring. Just wanted you to know to give yourself a break....it takes time. I understand the safety and snow issues. Maybe you can identify areas of danger ( snowy stairs) and start training that as soon as your dog makes it to the bottom of the stairs he sits and waits for a treat. One rescue of mine that had awful recall got all his treats on a mat inside the front door. That dog could not wait to get into the house for his treat. Good luck.
  6. Thank you for rescuing this pup. Hope you continue to update your progress. Really lucky the vet check went so well.
  7. So, so sorry. I had a pit attack my BC/Pyrenees while I was kneeling next to her. I thankfully avoided getting bit, and had help right away....but I shook for a good five minutes afterward and suffered a hip injury for about a month. Now there are very few dogs she is friendly with. I wish I had good advice, I don't...so, so sorry this happened.
  8. I would say the majority of his run is a trot- I am getting old. We have moments of sprints, when he sees something he wants to check out. I am just amazed that a senior dog that did not appear to be to athletic when I got him has morphed into super dog. He has even climbed mountains this summer, when I had planned to turn him around if he showed the slightest sign of tiring. Never happened and he summited better than me. I keep on thinking it is like a 60 year old couch potato person becoming a gym rat. I am watching him like a hawk, just amazed at the transformation and not wanting any harm to come to him.
  9. Lost two 8 yr old dogs to cancer 2015. Adopted 9 yr old border Jan 2016, he needed a home and stole my heart. Was surprised when I got him how poor of a jumper he was, since my BC could almost levitate. Now the 9 yr old can jump 4 ft from a standing position. But my real question, he loves to run with me. We started with 2 miles, now we are doing 5 miles.....but he is nine years old.My husband thinks he has found his true spirit. I carry water for him, so that is okay. He is running on dirt road. It is not hot here. One part of me thinks he will tell me when the miles are so much due to his age. Another part of me thinks - he is nine- I don't want to do anything that would hurt him. Sooo... Anyone have any knowledge of how much activity a healthy (vet checked) nine year old can safely do? Can I keep on increasing our mileage? The whole run he is in front of me about 6 feet...he sometimes has to wait on me, never the other way around.
  10. Had our 11 yr old teeth cleaning done with no anesthesia, they evaluated her first to make sure her teeth were not to bad and her temperament good. The work is done by a team that travels around to different vet offices. She is really not a easy dog, but the team raved about her and her teeth now look great.
  11. I have had fearful dogs, adopting them because I feel I can make a difference for them. My heart breaks for you, you did everything possible to speak on your dog's behalf...everything in the best interest of Star. They failed you and some how did not understand what you communicated. I have no medical expertise so I cannot help there...but I just wanted you to know it was not your fault. Sometimes inside games help to entertain. One I use is hide go seek in the house, I hide they find. My pups think it is great. Frozen peanut butter in kong. Another, I hide a treat under one of three cups...they put their paw on the cup with treat. Hope Star is getting back to her old self. Good luck.
  12. Thanks for the update, shows there is goodness in this world.
  13. Sending good thoughts, prayers, toes and paws crossed for good luck. Hate, hate, hate cancer......wishing you both good luck.
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