I hope that everyone and their pets came through the storm well. As I said in the FRANKENSTORM thread, we we had virtually nothing at Syracuse and areas east. Syracuse got about .25 inches of rain and the peak wind gust was 40mph. Here east of Syracuse we had no rain Monday night and only a moderate amount of wind.
Winston is a beaut! My dog, being part lab, is a born counter-surfer. The worst thing Cliffie ever ate was my daughter's bikini swimsuit. He ate the top, beads and all and was started on the bottom part when we found him. I had spent more money than I would have liked on the suit and she loved it, but she loves Cliffie so much, she didn't even utter a word for fear she'd upset him. Now that he's mature, he doesn't chew anything that isn't his anymore. The exception is any bread or pastry that isn't put into the bread box. Now that kids are in college he seems to be getting his weight more under control.
I think i'd kill him if he ate my couch! LOL
I have an eye exam for Dec. 17th but don't want to dish out 350 if my prescription needs to be changed. I've got Brian's glasses on so I can read but they slide off my face...can you say BIG?! Hee hee he
Robin, my late, not so great airedale, ate glasses if Doug left them around...also pens, pencils, plastic bottles...but the worst was the back of my driver's seat in the Tahoe...Doug left him in the car while chatting with buddies in DD's...it cost a lot more than $350...Doug paid for it...
The only thing that Bear goes after occasionally is used paper towels. I've reached in a pulled more than one out of his mouth. It's a good thing that he isn't nippy because he could take all my fingers off in a single bite.
That's good to hear that Salem is doing well. Hope the blood work comes back good.
Jerry got into a cup of oil that had been used to cook chicken. It was on the back of one of the kitchen counters. Made a mess in the kitchen. Thought it might give him the runs, but he's been fine. He's always stealing things off the counters.
I've had Patches steal things before, but not nearly a bad or a much a Jerry does. I've resorted to bringing him in the bathroom with me when no one else is home, just so I'm sure he won't be stealing anything.
Anyone use a prong collar for big dogs? I don't want too but am having a real hard time with Winston when he sees other dogs...get soooo excited hard for me to control him with my back...walks fine other than that. I use a halti gentle leader now and have tried everything but the prong...so many pros and cons about them.
Sampson's bloodwork came back and his liver values are better! Hopefully another 2 weeks of antibiotics and the pills that have the active ingredient in Milk Thistle and he will be fine. Now if his thyroid values whould just come up!
I've used the prong collar on Jerry. Worked at first, but he got used to it pretty quick. Doesn't seem to phaze him at all not, not unless I jerk it really hard, and that's hard on my wrist and arm.
Best thing that works on him is the electronic training collar, like the one Jen provided the link to, but a different brand. He behaves so well with that on, but batteries have to replaced all the time, about every 2-3 weeks, and they are about $5 for 2, which is what it takes. Jerry will walk fine, but is bad when other dogs are around, like Winston. Hard to control then, but not with the traing collar on.
Great news, Memory...a man was walking a German Shorthair down at the dam today with a training collar on...she stayed right by her owner's side, even though Suey was straining the leash to get close to her...
You use the collar whenever you want him to do something whether coming to you, just sitting down or in correction for doing something wrong, but better to be preemptive
This is the training we went thru
5 commands ONLY
sit, down, off, come and place
That's the words Wall-e was trained to use, you should always pick command words and stick with just those words
anything you don't want the him to do is "off" whether he's jumping or even pulling you constantly tap the button and say "off"
when there's a problem of going after another dog when walking by you constantly tap the button saying off, off, off at the same time
The dogs that are in advanced training will even turn their head away from dogs as they are walking by, as if they are stuck up and ignoring that dog, it's the funniest thing I've seen
"Place" is when basically a stay command but will have them place to an actually spot, they use platforms in training in a range of sizes
I was walking with Suey one day, & approaching us was a family with a huge Rottie...unleashed...thought i would pass out, but the Rottie walked by without even looking at us...guess he must have had on a collar like that...
Thanks Jen for your info. I'm looking into a few different ones.
I've seen a few people walking very large dogs with no leashes and the dogs never even wavered from the owner. Often wondered how they did it.
I didn't go through any professional training to learn how to use the collar on Jerry. I've mostly used it for correction. I had already done some training with basic commands before getting the training collar. He knew the commands, but was responsive to them only about half the time. I was getting frustrated, so decided to get the collar. One of the best things I ever did.
Now when I take Jerry for walks off leash (yes, I can actually take him walking off leash!) I can let him run ahead, and when I say "here" or "come on", he usually comes running right back. If he ignores me, I give him a tone correction, which consists of a beeping noise. He knows it'll be followed by a stimulation correction if he doesn't respond to the command. I rarely have to give him the stimulation.
When I'm walking him on the leash, I basically do the same thing to keep him from pulling. Also keeps him from getting too excitedover other dogs, as well, and keeps him from jumping on people, which he loves to do and loves to ignore me if I don't correct him.
You all know I got a job. Anyway's I came home Sunday & Jim said "Molly is not right, she has the Shivers" We discussed all possibilities. I was very scared. I came to the point she got posioned or hurt. It was SUNDAY afternoon & a vet visit was on the table. arghhh 3 to 5 hundred bucks, but it was on the table.
I watched her, finally I gave her an asprin. 1 hour later she was back to Molly's self.
I asked Jim all questions, did she leave the yard? NO, Did she get into the garage with stuff, NO. Did she get hit by a vehicle, NO. Then Jim said he was driving & they both saw a dog & got into a dog fight in his truck.
I think she went into "shock" and probably pulled a muscle & got her ego hurt. She is fine now but I did not sleep Sunday night.
Ordered a E collar today with both static and vibration. After a horrible walk yesterday and an even worse one today, we almost got hit by a car I've had enough. Will start on the vibration only for a while and hope I don't have to use the static. I have to try something. If I see another dog I try and turn and go another way, today I had no choice but to walk by. Winston went nuts, the prong collar had absolutely zero affect on him :-(
Hope that e collar works a well on Winston as it has on Jerry. That's been the best thing ever for him.
Sherrie and Allison, I'm glad both your dogs are fine. Jerry and Patches got into it once over some leftovers that I put in one of their bowls. I thought they'd be able to share. Boy was I wrong!
I took Jerry for a nice walk art a huge wildlife management area very close to me that I haven't been to before. Went with my nephew and friend Gretchen. What a nice place that is. It's over 2000 acres. Jerry had a great time, and got to do a lot of running around. He was very well behaved with the e collar.
Oh, handsome boy, Jerry! Ronnie, I had a few awful walks with Robs like that...only it was the people he wanted to get at, not the dog! Sherrie, Suey gets the shivers if she hears gunshots...hunting all around us the past month, the poor dog is a wreck! Allison, glad the girls are OK...you never know what sets them off...Suey attacked Garret's dog, Ollie, a few months back...he's twice her size...no blood, but lots of snarling!
Cyrus is a big baby, Celeste. He sure is a beauty. I forget, did you say he was part wolf? Right now I'm reading a book called party wild, the story of a woman who raised a wolf dog. Really good book so far. True story.
Cat's are certainly different. I love how, every once in a while, they all have to change where they sleep for no apparent reason I can see.
I guess I now officially a dog butt scratcher now, at least a according to Bear. At least once a day I have to scratch - rub his back above his hips. I know I've become well trained.
Am I the only one that worries about their dog during deer hunting season. I took a walk out back this after noon, but I didn't let Bear get very far from me because even though it is our own land, and I know who should be hunting there there is nothing to stop from someone wandering onto it from either side. Give the fact that he is big and brown I worry about the hunter that works on the principle if it's brown it's down.
Eros is the sweetest dog ever.. unless he is getting ready to go to sleep.. turns into a cranky one.. doesn't want any of them near him.. just growls at them all.. even momma.. Hope is the me too me too if someone is getting loving though
Darned e collar I bought doesn't work and I have to return it, asked for a refund and have to pay a 15% restocking fee...guess I should have read there return policy before I bought it...they will replace it for free but I don't want another one. And I have to pay to ship it back grrr.
Got bloodwork back from the vet and all 3 of my cats have extremely low thyroid! I'm about to make an appointment and get MY thyroid checked. Sampson's liver numbers were up even though he had a second round of antibiotics. I will pick up another round tomorrow night.
I had a puppy once that chewed up all the bark from the bottom of a sapling apple tree in my backyard at the time. I thought it was down for, but it came back from the below where he chewed it. And he was still a little thing, too!
The worst was went that dog was grown up. I had moved to a new place and had him in the house with a new puppy (well, not really new, but fairly new). Anyhow, he was used to being able to be loose in a fenced back yard, and I no longer had one. My hubby and I came home from work and found not only the wall to wall carpet in front of the slider door all torn up, but the slider was off the track and sofa was moved away from the wall. Talk about a mess! Oh, man, I was so pissed!
Maybe that's what happened to the odorous, ampulating brown lump that keeps sticking to my leg. He has a digging project under our shed to rival anything I have done in the garden. We are planning to make a dog shower where the sump drain is in the basement, but we just can't seem to get to it. I think the smell is knocking us out of our senses.
I just made an appointment for myself to go to the people doctor and get my thyroid checked. A year ago the two without HyperThyroid were in the normal range for Thyroid. I am at a loss for what might be causing it as really nothing has changed at my house.
Where do you take him to spray peroxide, Jen? That might be our next step too. We still have to deep clean the floors and his sleeping area too. DH and I woke up with headaches, so maybe the odor we're also dealing with is why. Course it could be the weather. It's too cold today to use anything outside on a dog.
FlowAJen I recommend that you get some one else like a close friend or relative to check to see if the smell is really gone. Smells are something me become less sensitive to the longer that we are around them.
Got word that the Veterinary Endocrinologist that did the RadioIodine treatment for Sampson is going to pay for all 3 of my cats to have thyroid tests for a study he is doing. Probably won't resolve anything - but they are little pioneer kitties now.
Hope the kits are all OK...glad they're doing a study. After Robs died, I received an email from a group studying genetic diseases in airedales...I hope the study helps...Jen & Rosemary, the skunk cleaning recipe I have said to mix a cup of peroxide with a 1/4 cup of baking soda, a gallon of water & some dog shampoo...
Thanks for the dog-cleaning suggestions. I am afraid peroxide will bleach Cliffie's lovely chocolate coat, and I am at work all day when there is the most sun for treating him outside. I learned that people around here take their dogs to swim in ocean water when they can because the salt water seems to neutralize the skunk smell. We're dealing with smells from probably rolling in something a skunk sprayed. Plus the sulphur smell from swamps and rotting leaves.
I was told another idea--those sprays to hide odors from deer that are used by hunters supposedly also reduce skunk odors. I would have to find a hunting store to stop by during work hours. There's a Camper's World in Foxboro that I sometimes pass in my daily travels
Wall-e is a very handsome dog! He sure isn't blond.
We're concentrating today on putting boulders in front of Cliffie's excavations, because then for a while he just entertains himself with moving rocks, and then he doesn't smell as bad. Power's been going on and off all day, which scares Cliffie, so we're not traumatizing him with smells too at the moment.
Robin, I love going to Sturbridge too. We always stop at the Travelers restaurant when we are on the road, and Publik House is a bigger treat for a fancier meal.
If you give us a positive review for the restaurant, i can try it next time I'm driving to the mid-Atlantic along route 84.
I think teachers get good rates in motels too. I get a break by showing a government ID and they don't care if the travel is not for government work.
I find the admission to Sturbridge Village to be rather expensive, especially if its only for a short rest stop, so we seldom go. The way they show the designs of the water wheels that powered the mills is very detailed, and still interesting for a non-engineer.
Oh, how I would hate it if my dogs got into some skunk smells or got sprayed. YUCK!!!!!! Glad you guys are getting rid of the smell. I will have to remember that peroxide and baking soda with water and dog shampoo if my guys ever get into it.
Sturbridge Village is a place I'd like to see. I love Plimoth Plantation, although it is very pricey. I can get passes to get in for $5, though, at my local library.
They actually taste quite good - I'm just one of the people to whom they give gas! I make soup with them and manage to avoid the problem. They can be eaten raw, baked, boiled - just about any way. And yes, they tend to be invasive!
Shepherds are a noble looking dog...Zak, the one who lives on the blueberry farm, is a total idiot! He does love the kids, however, so I don't complain...When I travel to my art class, I pass a farm that sells beef, pork, etc. all grass-fed...you can usually see a lot of the animals from the road, guarded by a Great Pyranees...today she had 2 pups with her...so cute!
True! We always had a bell ornament on the tree...it never stayed on long when the cat got into the living room! My lab-giant schnauzer mix also ate a few ornaments off the tree...my neighbor's hose, motorcycle fenders, turtle...
I don't know why she cries. I just turn up my book and drive on.
It is confirmed - all three cats are HypoThyroid. So I have two cases of spontaneous Hypo - unrelated cats in the same household with no symptoms of Hypo. This has never been seen before - maybe they will get written up in a Journal and become famous! The youngest, healthiest of the bunch has hardly any thyroid!
Actually - they don't need any treatment because they have no symptoms. They will stay in the study so the blood work and nuclear imaging will be free. I am sending the Vet a complete list of everything they eat and he will look for some thyroid suppressor in their food.
I think dogs dressed in clothes are really cute, although I'm sure they could care less about it. I bought Patches a cute winter jacket, and now I have one for Jerry, too, although he's getting his for Christmas.
Max is adorable!
Well, it's good to know your cats have no symptoms. I'm wondering now how many cats actually have thyroid problems that go undetected for years until symptoms show up.
Re: cat thyroid levels There IS a big question on exactly how many cats have low thyroid issues. Wallingford is younger than the age where Vets ask to take senior cat panels - I just thought it prudent. I think he has had blood panels before and the thyroid was OK. However we know that one year ago HollyCat had a normal thyroid level and now she doesn't. It has got to be something that I am feeding or something in my house. I'm just thankful that they aren't sick. And yes Doug, they are special - at least to me. :)
On a different subject I just realized that not only do I have a fur kid I also have fur friends. Dogs, mostly, that I see once in a while that are friendly. A neighbors hound dog that will make a bee line over to me if I'm out and he's loose in his yard. The dog of an ex girl friend that I have remained friends with. The woman I mean. The dog is always happy to see me.
I think I posted on here, awhile back, on how Tom and I got a Neapolitan Mastiff...his name is Masso. I wanted a dog that I could have as a couch buddy, so we researched and we ended up getting a Basset Hound, Paisley. We decided we liked the Neo so much, that we wanted to breed them...after extensive talks with the breeder, we purchased a 2nd Neo, a female, named Luma. So in one years time, we went from just having Theta, to having Theta, Masso, Paisley and Luma. Masso just turned 1 year old the beginning of December, Paisley is almost 5 months old, and Luma is about 9 1/2 weeks old.
The 1st pic is Masso when he was maybe 2.5-3 months old...give or take, the one with him on the couch was taken in November, I believe. The one with Tom and the 3 puppies was taken the day after we got Luma.
Sounds like you have a full house, Thom. Neos are too drooly for me. I love Bassets. I have 2 Basset mixes. Patches is a Basset/Dalmatian (Bassamatian) and Jerry is a Basset/Labrador (Bassador). I love them both, but Patches is my favorite.
They are uber drooly...we have bar towels placed strategically throughout the house. lol. Paisley is a really friendly dog, almost to friendly, lol... We have an outside cat, we have a huge field mice, mole issue...so instead of traps/poison, outside cat. His name is Butters (forgot to mention him before), Paisley eats his catches...frequently.
Thanks, Victor. Dad took a fall at the nursing home the day before Christmas. A lot of bruising, but no breaks. He's been in pain, but was doing well when we saw him last night for his birthday. He's 83 now.
Here are some pics of Jerry and Patches with their new Christmas outfits in front of the tree (I think Patches outfit looks silly, but my sister got that for her, and I got the one for Jerry, good one for him to wear during hunting season).
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Dogs in snow are a riot. Bear had to rub his head along the snowbank and then roll on it. Then we played chase the snow ball. He also had to lay in the driveway and look like he was trying to make a snow angel.
Thanks, guys, for the compliments on my dogs. I think the red outfit on Patches is rather ridiculous, but my sister got it for her. Oh, well. I got Jerry his jacket. I have a jacket for Patches that looks nice on her. I guess I'm awfully "white".
I love watching dogs in their first snow of the year. Cyrus pushes his nose through it like a plow, then takes a big lick. When it snows fresh snow on the deck you can see lick marks all over the deck! LOL
That's not exactly what I got from it, Memory, but if that's what he meant, then he has a good point. It is more important to vaccinate your own children than your dogs. Children DDR first, and I feel it's irresponsible to have dogs if you can't afford to take care of them. A dog is a responsibility, not a possession. Did you happen to read both articles? The first one had a lot more in it.
I took Jerry and Patches walking at the Plymouth waterfront today with Ryan and Gretchen. Had a really good time.
Love watching dogs navigate the snow, same as Bear and Cyrus here. Cliffie's first step is to dunk his head in, then to roll around until he's covered, then snowplow with his nose. Then if there's not enough reason to bark at snowflakes or take a nap in the snow, he expects to be allowed right back inside, which he is, after a towel drying. If we have a fire in the fireplace, he acts very "Finnish" and alternates between hot sauna atmosphere and cold snow.