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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2011 10:03pm (Apr 19th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks everybody :)

    Well, Lyle's parents have been and gone!

    They couldn't believe how bad Vince was with Kasper, but we've seen him like that before so weren't shocked. Thankfully our dog is the most submissive dog ever and was really not bothered by Vince's behaviour, so it all went okay. But Vince was snarling and snapping and chasing Kasper, and Kasper soon realised that he could force Vince to 'play' by going near him, then Vince would chase him off!!!

    Vince was so stressed throughout the day though, and when the dogs were in the boot of the car together and Lyle stroked Vince he growled because he thought it was Kasper touching him!! *rolls eyes* Vince panted constantly and his obsessive behaviours got worse with things like stones and twigs, because he was so stressed...and he got dandruff (stress related) too, so he looked a bit of a mess bless him!

    It was funny seeing them together though. We thought Kasper was going to be loads bigger, but they're actually close to the same size. Lyle's parents loved Kasper and his little brother wanted to take him home instead of Vince :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2011 10:11pm (Apr 19th 2011)
     
    Its a shame that Vince gets so stressed like that - he needs some help getting over it. Maybe you should offer your new-found abilities! Though people don't usually like to be told what to do with their dogs - my sis-in-law is a prime example of that. Glad Kasper behaved well though!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2011 10:49pm (Apr 19th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hmm, they laugh at him and don't know that he gets upset and stressed by it all. I wouldn't know where to start with Vince and his obsessive behaviours; it's not just your ordinary dog's possessiveness where they tell other dogs to get away, with Vince it all seems much more complex...he has to chew his ball a certain number of times before he puts it down to be thrown (compulsive chewing like he's already worrying about losing it) and he won't drop it for anything. If you don't take a ball on his walk he just walks in front of you looking up, waiting for you to produce a ball! And he turns into a slobbery mess!

    There's a Springer cross Lab we see quite a lot (Jake) and he loves his ball and has to have it on a walk with him. But he'll happily drop it to go say hello to other dogs, and he doesn't mind other dogs picking it up - we do though, it's flipping hard getting it off Kasper!! :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2011 4:02pm (Apr 20th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Soggy dog went swimming in the river!!

    Another haul at the pet shop too. And then doing what dogs are born to do.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2011 4:08pm (Apr 20th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Cleaning your teeth is fun when you're a dog :)
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    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2011 6:05pm (Apr 20th 2011)
     
    He is a lovely colour isn't he Red? Having a nice chew there on his bone, great for his teeth and then he wont chew other things.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2011 7:17pm (Apr 20th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He is a *gorgeous* colour TM, very much agreed! I've never known anyone who has owned a dog that colour before. He's a very 'chewy' dog too, so we have to provide him with lots of things otherwise our socks get it!!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2011 12:10am (Apr 21st 2011)
     
    I can see you trying to sort the wash, 'Lyle have you seen my purple sock and one of my green ones is missing too. *Kasper looks up innocently*.

    Why do they always disappear in singles?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2011 1:40pm (Apr 21st 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We've given up trying to wear matching socks, slippers must be kept in the wardrobe...and the toilet roll has to be kept on top of the toilet, not on the holder! ;)

    The new toy we bought yesterday called 'chew proof' and that cost almost £7 was destroyed in less than half an hour! He enjoyed it though and it's not completely shredded...we put it in the freezer so it feels nice on his teeth :)

    This is before he wrecked it XD
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 24th, 2011 9:49pm (Apr 24th 2011)
     
    We used to get pigs ears from the pet shop for Charlie, he used to love them.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2011 9:38am (Apr 25th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah, we've given Kasp a few pigs' ears but he scrafs them in seconds! So instead we get him bones, but have now found a local pet shop that sells massive 'beef knuckles' for 40p each, so we're going to give him then to gnaw on :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2011 2:03pm (Apr 27th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh wow, prepare yourselves, there are a LOT of Kasper pics coming up!!! I've finally got my laptop back as the charger arrived, so I can get the photos from it :bigsmile:

    These are some very very cute pictures of our little pup :>)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2011 2:10pm (Apr 27th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And these are more plebby dog activities! Chewing his hide ring (which has lasted so much longer than the bones!), his own leg (which he does when he needs the toilet) :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2011 2:21pm (Apr 27th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We have recently discovered that although Kasper is friend of frogs - after stumbling across one in a field he lay down, touching its' nose, and wagged his tail! - he is a foe to all ducks!!

    Several times now he has gone crashing into the water in an attempt to catch a duck. Yesterday was the final straw when he dived in the river after a mother duck with ducklings...thankfully she was very clever and took Kasper right upstream, away from her babies.

    When he eventually returned we put him on the lead and then waited to check that the mother duck returned - she did and all was well, but from not on we keep him on his lead all the way through the forest. Kasper absolutely hates it because he used to love charging through the bushes chasing squirrels :P

    Also, his old owner hasn't been in touch since she failed to turn up to see him, so we're not sure what's going on there...And today we're leaving him for thirty minutes! He's almost good to be left for a few hours :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2011 5:16pm (Apr 27th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well we ended up leaving him for 35 minutes in the end - awesome!

    Kasper also discovered his all time favourite toy: it rolls, you can play fetch with it, it's good for chewing and cleans your teeth...an apple!! :laugh:

    It was hilarious, he went crazy for it! You'll have to try and imagine all the growling he was doing too seeing as the video doesn't have sound :P
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    He also got his teeth cleaned today. I was a bit miffed as the only doggy toothpaste we found was mint flavoured, and dogs aren't supposed to like that...you can usually find them in peanut butter and chicken flavour but none of the pet shops near us sold them, so we had to settle for mint. He was very well behaved though, but he didn't enjoy it bless him!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2011 10:15pm (Apr 27th 2011)
     
    Maybe his previous owner has realised it might confuse him, or perhaps she would get upset so has decided not to visit. I think its better that way - at the end of the day she surrendered him and didn't want him anymore and he's with a new owner now who loves him very much - don't you!!

    Great to see more Kasper Kuteness!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2011 6:37pm (Apr 28th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He is the cutest little pupster ever! :cool:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2011 6:41pm (Apr 28th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Eww he's chewing a beef knuckle at the moment and it's like the size of my head! :x
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2011 6:52pm (Apr 28th 2011)
     
    I love the chasing the apple clip Red.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2011 7:57pm (Apr 28th 2011)
     
    We were roaring at it too; I wish it'd had sound!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2011 11:00pm (Apr 28th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It was sooo funny...I know, I wish it had sound too CC! I don't even know why it doesn't! Glad you enjoyed it :)
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 29th, 2011 2:32pm (Apr 29th 2011)
     
    Grate apple clip Red, does he actually eat some apple then?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 29th, 2011 10:28pm (Apr 29th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah, he had about half of it before he got bored TM :P

    Well, today we realised we'd created a little problem. With most dogs, to stop them pulling, you can use the 'tree' method; essentially any time they pull you stop moving until they relax. However because our dog is stupidly clever he understood this in a different way: "every time they stop walking, that means I have to sit down or look back at them (his 'relaxed' poses) before I can walk again." So he didn't see the connection between pulling and being stopped. Ah oh dear!

    We asked on the dog forum what to do and most people recommended getting a harness and trying him on that (one person suggested a prong collar and I was like "not a chance!"). So we picked up a harness and put it on him, took him out for a walk where he'd be on-lead for about 15 minutes and WOAH!!

    Couldn't believe it, he didn't pul!!! I don't know how or why but the harness really worked!! It's amazing, and when we're ready to let him off-lead we just unclip the harness and it falls from his legs, simple!

    Very impressed, will have to get some photos of him in his snazzy new attire :)
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2011 1:30am (Apr 30th 2011)
     
    That is great Red it seems there is an answer to every question. what a good doggie, sometimes he is too clever for his own good ha ha ha:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2011 3:05am (Apr 30th 2011)
     
    Yep, you have your hands full there Red, that's for certain!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2011 1:06pm (Apr 30th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Most times he is too clever for his own good!! :laugh:

    Wow, I can't believe how nicely he walks on a harness, it's amazing!

    CC, talk about having our hands full, last night was mental...I turned Ron's dirt over, watered it, and put him in a bath. Then I cleaned out Bam's cages and Lyle cleaned out Pearl's. Thankfully Kasp was exhausted so he wasn't too inquisitive, but it was all a mad rush of "Scarl do you know where the bedding is?" "Yeah it's here, have you got the sawdust...?" XD

    Some photos of Kasper chewing on the beef knuckle (it's about half the size it was now as he's been chomping on it for a few days!).

    We stole a coat hanging thing from the wardrobe (it wasn't being used) and now it's on the kitchen door as a lead and harness holder!! Before they all got stuffed on a shelf in the kitchen but they were forever getting tangled so it works really well :smile:

    Oh and we got him some doggy fish-flavoured noodles for his tea last night!!!! He was a bit unsure at first but soon gobbled them up, and five minutes later he was all hyped up like a little kid!! Had to take him on a massive walk - we won't be giving him them again, he doesn't need any extra energy :P
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    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2011 8:46pm (Apr 30th 2011)
     
    Yes all your babies keep you busy indeed but at least you keep up with everything and dont neglect the all important cleaning. Fortunate that Kasper was in a quieter mood.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2011 9:49pm (Apr 30th 2011)
     
    Ah, the down side to pet ownership - pet cleaning!

    I don't know why a harness works but Ceasar Milan often uses one in his programme for that type of problem.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2011 1:06pm (May 1st 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I don't really like some of The Dog Whisperer guy's methods. I like the It's Me Or The Dog person though, and a lot of people don't like her...Animal Care has always used harnesses for their strongest dogs but I always thought it was to manage the pulling and stop the dogs choking themselves, rather than solving it.

    Someone said they help because the lead is attached to the front of the dog (their chest area, under his/her chin) so that when the dog pulls it's forced to walk sideways, and they find this annoying...but this doesn't make sense because Kasper's harness attaches to the lead on his back!!

    We've been looking at dog-friendly B&B's in Yorkshire today; we're heading back at the end of this month for Lyle's birthday present. My Aunt and Uncle have kindly offered for us to stay at their house, but the only problem is they restricted Ellie to the kitchen and dining room, and Kasper really wouldn't understand the fact that he couldn't go in the family room. He'd get quite upset at being separated from people but able to hear them. So we thought rather than have to spend all our time in the kitchen with him (and possibly end up sleeping there if he wouldn't settle!) we could maybe book into a B&B.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2011 9:40pm (May 1st 2011)
     
    Yes, I really like her too - Victoria Stilwell. I just googled her to read a bit more about her and I didn't realise she lives in Atlanta, but I have seen her programme where she works with Americans. I think she has the best methods, but I like Ceasar too because, like her, he believes in training the owners too!

    The Dogs Trust web site have a link to dog friendly holiday places - don't know if it would be of any use to you.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2011 8:30pm (May 2nd 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'll have a look Kate thanks! It'll be useful to see which different places there are for when we want to go on our hols :smile:

    Bless my mum she has said that she will pay for the B&B as part of Lyle's birthday present, and she's already taking us to the theatre! S'gonna be a great time :bigsmile:

    We found a new park today, too: Bucknall Park, which also houses a small City Farm. Wow, it's great! Seems such a nice place with lovely dog walkers and no yobs or motorcycles!! Even better the animal pens are all fenced off so securely that dogs are allowed off-lead still. We went for the second time for his afternoon walk and met a young Collie cross Whippet called Charlie. He was 8 months old and is one of the few dogs who can run faster than Kasp can!

    They had such a great time playing together it was so cute, and by the end of it Kasper couldn't even run after the other dog!! We pootled back and he still managed to muster up the energy to chase after some ducks in the river :laugh:

    For his evening walk we took him to the field with the stream and climbed the massive hill to chuck his ball for him. It's really funny because he fetches it, runs to the top of the hill, and then drops it so it rolls back down!! After ten goes at this he's shattered and we can head back.
    Now he's lying quite happily chomping on a bone :heartsabove:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2011 8:37pm (May 2nd 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    These are from Bucknall Park:
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    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd, 2011 1:47pm (May 3rd 2011)
     
    That is one huge stick Red I love the pic of him walking off into the distance with it, that shot really speaks to me.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd, 2011 7:49pm (May 3rd 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha, thanks TM. He picks up some daft things, one time he picked up quite a thin branch that, when we stood it up, was actually taller than me!! :tooth:

    He always tries to dig up tree roots or pull branches of fallen logs, too. He's a very special dog in so many ways haha...today some ducks were taunting him in the canal, and he spent a good five minutes dithering, desperate to get them. In the end he just had to jump in, then realised he couldn't get out and began to panic. I couldn't help for laughing so Lyle had to go haul him out and get covered in water...the ducks didn't even swim away they just stood there laughing at him :laugh:
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    • CommentTimeMay 4th, 2011 1:10am (May 4th 2011)
     
    What a brilliant image that is.!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 4th, 2011 5:17pm (May 4th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We spoke to the Anti-Social Behaviour team about some of the dog owners round here. Horrible louts with aggressive dogs who say we'd better keep our dog away from theirs otherwise it'll get savaged, and then shout and swear at us as we pass...

    The 1871 Dog Act states that a dog which is aggressive to others must be kept on a lead and should be muzzled. There's also the Dangerous Dog Act whereby aggressive dogs can be put to sleep if they're not properly managed. We spoke to the Anti-Social Behaviour team asking what we could do about this, and they said not much really other than report the people to them and try remember them and their dogs. It just felt good to rant and offload about them really, because it does annoy us both so much and get us down.

    Good to know the law is on our side but a shame there's no way to enforce it...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 4th, 2011 11:16pm (May 4th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Here's some Kasper 'before walk' and 'after walk' (being dried) photos, and a video of him at the barrow hill playing fetch with himself :rofl:

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 5th, 2011 11:23pm (May 5th 2011)
     
    What terrible people Red, I am shocked that other dog owners could be like that. They are the sort that have 'trophy' dogs rather than pets I suppose.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2011 1:09pm (May 6th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I've never met dog owners like that before, either in Yorkshire or Morecambe...but it happens quite regularly in Stoke. It's very scary and makes me not want to walk Kasper on my own. I'm not saying there aren't any similar horrible dog owners elsewhere, just that there are more here *scowl*

    My dad helped and finally the Kasper vid is ready!! You might need to turn your sound down a little, as the music might be a bit loud:

    http://www.hencam.co.uk/videos/kasper_the_movie.wmv
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2011 3:46pm (May 6th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's very very cute, could be used as a "dogs become a part of the family" type video! :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2011 10:55am (May 7th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks for helping with it, it was right getting on my nerve!

    Haha, Kasper gets jealous if me and Lyle are hugging or snuggling and comes and forces a way between us :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2011 3:53pm (May 8th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We got all the pics and a video off Lyle's new phone - mainly because a certain little someone found the honking chicken that CC gave me!!! :bigsmile:

    He was tearing around the house honking like crazy (it's SO loud!!) but I didn't think to get a vid till he'd calmed down a little C:

    And some pics from out on a walk and the 10p toy he destroyed in seconds - it's the one that looks like it's wearing dreadlocks at the end of the video in the above post :laugh:

    "My favourite toy EVER!"
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    You can see him wearing his harness too :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2011 1:30pm (May 12th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some pics of the little man! I really like the pics of me and him sat together :)

    Kasper's had an exciting week so far, we've had a friend staying over (on our couch!) and then have also met up with some friends for a BBQ (with the dog) and he's had about four walks with other people there with him. He's loved all the extra attention. It's his birthday in a few weeks too :)

    We also left him for 3 hours last night and met up with some friends to go to the cinema! It was perfect because it was a late showing so it was when he'd usually be sleeping anyway.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2011 1:34pm (May 12th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Also, as a funny Kasper story, we were walking back through the forest the other day and Kasper saw a bright orange traffic cone. He'd obviously never seen one before as he approached it with his body low, tail wagging (like he would approach an other dog) and then tentatively gave it a sniff. We were all in hysterics! :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2011 4:51pm (May 12th 2011)
     
    That's a great story Red! Dogs are so funny when they come across unexpected items.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 15th, 2011 8:08pm (May 15th 2011)
     
    Lovely pictures Red. He is such a bonny dog.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2011 7:08pm (May 16th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He certainly keeps us on our toes!!

    It's his first birthday soon, we ordered his present today. It's the mental exercise toy that you hide treats in, but this one doesn't have any small parts that come off to be chewed!



    We had a great time with my nana and parents. We took him out for a few walks, then left him whilst we went out for tea.

    Photos of pest dog too...he thinks he is a lapdog :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2011 9:03pm (May 18th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We've had to phone round about ten different places, but we finally have a solution to the problem of the microchip! We just need to send a letter with our names and address, and six pounds, and they will change the details on Kasper's microchip :bigsmile:

    Took some doing but we found a solution in the end!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2011 9:09pm (May 18th 2011)
     
    Oh glad you are sorted out now well done.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2011 9:27pm (May 18th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw poor little Kasp's cut his paw (again!) :(

    He's scraped some of the skin off the side of one toe, we think it happened whilst he was chasing ducks (he loses all rationality in the thrill of the chase!), we noticed it when we were drying him off after his walk.

    We cleaned it with salt water and are leaving it to scab over. Hopefully by tomorrow it'll have scabbed enough so that it won't open again on his walk. If it does we'll have to cut some socks into bandage strips (the Co-Op don't sell bandages and that's all that's open close by!) and work with what we've got. Sudocrem is safe to use on dogs too, so that'll help prevent infection. If it's not healing within a few days I guess it's another trip to the vets, although we might be in Lancaster at the time! :laugh:

    That's another point, Kasper has to survive (and behave on) a two hour train journey this weekend...oh dear, hahaha!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2011 9:42pm (May 18th 2011)
     
    It should heal over nicely Red. Charlie always used to be cutting his pads on the sharp flints. Just keep it clean. Get some anti-biotic powder or a spray with iodine in it like I used for Jeanies bumble foot.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2011 10:14pm (May 19th 2011)
     
    How is Kaspers foot tonight Red ? I hope it is a lot better.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2011 12:30pm (May 20th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kasp's foot's a lot better NN. The bandage you recommended (sock with string wound through it) worked really well, it lasted a walk and overnight, up until we could get him a cone.

    Wow, he REALLY hates his cone! I know no dogs like wearing them, but I've never seen a dog dislike it this much :P The entire first day he had it on, he was growling and fighting, using his paws to bend the plastic so he could grab it in his mouth...nightmare! We have to leave it on for his walks too, because it's far too complicated to take on and off!! You have to thread his collar through some loops, then fasten three different slidey bits - flipping heck!

    Today he's done much better though, and has only attacked his one once :smile: We've ordered a NoBite collar off the internet which seems a much better design, not to use this time but it'll just be useful for next time he needs to wear a cone, which he inevitably will. It looks like this:



    Here are some pics of our rushed bandage, and poor Kasp in his cone too :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2011 12:33pm (May 20th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The cone looks a lot more battered than that now, I'm surprised it's lasted this long to be honest!

    Some pics of a new toy we got him (it's a microchip haha) which he destroyed in minutes, but he had fun :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2011 6:52pm (May 20th 2011)
     
    He looks as though he had a wonderful time with the microchip Red; shame it onlt lasted seconds! :D
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2011 8:34pm (May 20th 2011)
     
    oh my word he sure trashed your room with the microchip.!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2011 11:26pm (May 21st 2011)
     
    I love the one of him on his back with his ears flopped up and teeth showing!! Don't you have a spare collar so that you could put the cone and collar on and off as a single entity?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2011 2:55pm (May 23rd 2011)
     

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    Kate, I like that one too :smile: We took the cone off on Saturday and, although he's licked it a few times and got the scab off, it hasn't bled. Still, if he licks it worse over the next few days we'll put his new neck brace on.

    NN, he trashes our room with any toy!! LOVES making a mess, he does :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2011 3:07pm (May 23rd 2011) edited
     

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    Well we just got back from a mad weekend at soggy Morecambe!!

    Kasper was an absolute dream on the trains. We had to make four changes, and he didn't act up once, just sat or lay down all the way. On the first train a man brought over his five-year-old cocker spaniel and both dogs played together in the corridor of the train! Everybody loved him and we were very proud :heart:

    But oh, it was difficult in the house! Vince, Lyle's parents dog, doesn't like other dogs. Kasper loves other dogs. Disaster! Lyle's parents were horrified at Vince, growling and snapping when Kasper even just walked past!! Unfortunately Kasper thought that Vince's behaviour was a form of play, and he adapted his own version of play, growling and barking at Vince and mimicking him. They did settle down after the first day or so, but Vince constantly growled whenever Kasper went to say hello.

    For the first two walks we took them out together, but then on the second walk Vince picked up a stick (he obsesses over a ball on his walk, and if he doesn't have a ball he picks up other things and is very possessive over them). Kasper thought he was playing and ran fowards towards the stick, and Vince dropped it and went for him. I had to get Vince off with my feet!!

    So then we just took Kasper out. He loved the beach!! He dug and rolled in the sand, and splashed through the pools of sea water, and chased the gulls. He didn't get to see the proper waves though because the tide was right out. He had a fab time :smile:

    On the Sunday quite a few guests came round, including bear dog Star! She's a 9 year old chocolate Labrador and she's the most calm, relaxed dog ever! Funnily enough, because Vince has known her since he was a puppy, he gets really excited when she comes over. Kasper of course loved her, and she's so patient! She was adopted when she was 2 years old after being used for a breeding bitch, she's just gorgeous.

    Kasper was going crazy what with all the people (including an 8 week old baby, and a 3 year old who had the same name as me, but spelt with two T's!) so all the dogs were sent out into the garden to play. Kasper had a ball of a time out there, and I was dragged off to entertain a hyper three-year old girl :laugh:

    Then it was the long drive back. Kasper slept for almost all the journey, and sat looking out the windows for the rest! We're off to the post office later to hopefully pick up his birthday present :bigsmile:

    Since getting back Kasper has been very depressed and is obviously missing Vince a lot, the pleb!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2011 3:09pm (May 23rd 2011) edited
     

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    And these are the three dogs outside :)
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2011 8:28pm (May 23rd 2011)
     
    So glad you had a good time Red, Given time the dogs will settle together as they get older. Vince was guarding his territory and was probably a bit jealous.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2011 10:06pm (May 23rd 2011)
     
    So Vince was OK with Kasper when Star came round? Sounds like she's a calming influence over him. Seems they settled down in the garden.

    Maybe Kasper is exhausted after the weekend! Mind you, a lot of people get post-holiday depression when they return to the normality of home so I'm sure he'll come around.

    What's his birthday present? Is it the treat puzzle?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2011 5:34pm (May 25th 2011) edited
     

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    Vince was a lot better when Star was there, but he still growled a little - no snapping or chasing though. I'm fairly sure after the week we are spending there in the summer they will have settled. Vince did much better when I sat with him and gave him lots of positive reinforcement, but that winds Kasper up more because I have to ignore him and all he wants to do is play!!

    Kate, Kasper has got a new collar and the puzzle toy for his birthday. The toy's not got here yet which was a massive disappointment, but Kasper enjoyed the party last night and he even got a party bag with dog treats in instead of cake! The plastic bottle next to him is full of kibble for his tea :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2011 5:38pm (May 25th 2011)
     

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    Also this is the postcard my parents sent to Kasper - think it's his long lost twin on the front!! The writing on the postcard was actually just "grr woof woof wooooof growl grr"...I told you my parents were daft :smile:
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2011 8:47pm (May 25th 2011)
     
    I love his new collar very smart indeed. It looks like he had a super time and enjoyed every little tasty mouthful. The card is real good and I do like the personal message in dog speak.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2011 10:53pm (May 25th 2011)
     
    Yes, he looks lovely in that new collar! Your parents are very funny - my friend is very good at that sort of thing too. Her son is away at Uni so she sends him cards with ginger cats on (he misses their ginger cat, Sid, who is still at home with my friend) and writes them as if they are either from the cat, or stories about things the cat (could have!) got up to! I am sure Kasper understood the message!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2011 11:33pm (May 25th 2011)
     

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    Thanks both. I really like the colours against his fur colour...I know that shouldn't be important, but he does look very smart in it! :tooth:

    He's acted up all day today. Think it was the excitement of the birthday party yesterday!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2011 5:56pm (May 26th 2011)
     
    Martin just looked at that pic of the boggle eyed dog over my shoulder and burst out laughing; good one!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2011 5:05am (May 27th 2011)
     
    ha ha great card Red, just the sort of thing I would send to someone. love the googley eyes!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2011 2:43pm (May 30th 2011) edited
     

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    :tooth:

    Well this weekend we were back in Yorkshire!

    Had a great time, but was very busy! Saturday we checked into the hotel, which was really nice and the receptionist loved Kasper :smile: Then it was a walk up to Shipley Glen and along the canal.

    Next we drove over to Tom and Joe's house and had some tea, then off to the Alhambra theatre, with my dad babysitting Kasper. He did very well and sounded like a he really enjoyed it too! Joe still hasn't seen Kasper because he was too lazy tog get off the couch and come see him, grrr!

    Then it was back to bed, all very tired, and getting ready for the next day! Up bright and early to take Kasper to Shipley Glen again, this time with my nana. After that we went to my Grandma and Grandad's and stayed there for lunch and tea, then train home! We got back at 11pm totally exhausted :bigsmile:

    Kasper behaved perfectly the whole weekend, even around my Grandad who has a broken Achilles tendon at the moment. These are photos from the train, under the bed at the hotel, and Shipley Glen
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2011 2:48pm (May 30th 2011) edited
     

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    Posing at Shipley Glen :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2011 2:52pm (May 30th 2011) edited
     

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    And this is from Bierley Woods, my Grandma's house, and heading for the train(s) home. He looks bigger in that photo 'cos my mum's so tiny :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2011 4:55pm (May 30th 2011)
     
    Did you have to take your own cage or did the hotel provide it? Lovely photos - Kasper must've had a good time!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2011 5:26pm (May 30th 2011)
     
    That dog is just full of delight, you can see it. Such a difference from when you first had him, Red; it's as though a light has come on in his eyes.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2011 7:25pm (May 30th 2011) edited
     
    You are quite right about his eyes CC, I have noticed it as well. He is so happy and confident now. It is a joy to see the change in him.

    I meant to say he loves your Nanna's rug looks like that should be his next pressy !!!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd, 2011 6:58am (Jun 2nd 2011)
     
    Kasper really does have the light of happiness in his eyes now, you can just see how happy he has become comparing the first picture of him to the most resent ones.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd, 2011 5:16pm (Jun 2nd 2011)
     

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    Thanks everyone :laugh:

    We've just got back from a long (and hot) dog walk. He's still soaked even though I used three towels to dry him! We're both sweltering too so I gave him some frozen carrot and broccoli to chomp on to cool him down. Seems to have done the job, he's asleep now!

    We have some fairly exciting news in that soon he'll be meeting up with a trainer and a behaviourist. We're going to start going to classes to try get the KC Bronze Good Dog Citizen Award (!) which should be great fun, and we're going to talk to them about raising his self-confidence and how to help him stop being fearful, as a result of events in his life. It should be great fun and hopefully he'll love it! He might not get it first time round, but man will he enjoy himself :smile:

    He's been an absolute gem recently, well he did try and chew a hole in the carpet today, haha! But his recall is getting better and better (apart from when it's the end of a walk!) and his 'wait' is really good now, we can leave him on a slack lead to cross roads, and he waits at the curb when told.

    Not sure when the meeting is just yet, but I'll let you know. Me and Lyle are popping along to a Bronze class to see what it's like as well, which should be fun!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd, 2011 6:33pm (Jun 2nd 2011)
     
    Red this is fantastic i love people who grasp life and deal with it, as what your about to take on is not going to be easy but in the end will feel like you have won the lottery!!!!! good look :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd, 2011 7:39pm (Jun 2nd 2011)
     
    That sounds really good Red, keep us up to date with how it goes.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd, 2011 10:52pm (Jun 2nd 2011)
     
    What great fun! I hope you enjoy it too Red, that's very important. I am sure Kasper will do well and it sounds like a great 'next step' in your training.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2011 6:02pm (Jun 4th 2011) edited
     

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    It is very exciting, I can't wait to get started :)

    Today we were walking in the field and ahead of us I saw two young guys with three Staffies. Straight away I was worrying and wondering whether I should put Kasper on the lead (a few times Staffies and young guys have been a bad mix around here) but in the end I left it as the other three dogs were off-lead, and they were short-legged Staffies so Kasper would be able to outrun them if he wanted to! :P

    Anyway he ran up to them and lay down and waited patiently for them to notice him, which they did...and they played beautifully together!! One was 9 years old and wider than it was tall, haha, and the white one was the daughter of the other two. Kasper LOVED playing with them all, even though Deedee (the white thuggish one :tooth: ) bowled Kasper over and even though he loves rough play he yelped, so I bet she stood on him, she was quite chunky!

    There was a really annoying elderly man today who had a collie cross GSD that wasn't on a lead. Not a problem. But as we were walking past it was snarling and trying to attack Kasper, and because the guy didn't have a lead he just had to hang on to its' collar!!! Not a good idea, it should be on a lead and muzzled...

    Kasper cut his paw again this morning too, doh! He was trying to play with this 10 month old Springer Spaniel called Charlie (who really wasn't interested in him haha) and then when I was putting his lead on I noticed his paw was bleeding the nitwit! He only had a 45 minute walk this evening so it wouldn't put too much strain on it.

    He's having a special tea tonight because it's so warm in the house: a frozen raw bone! So yeah , he's happy
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2011 8:55pm (Jun 4th 2011)
     
    What does he cut his paws on, Red? Round here on the Chilterns it tends to be flints - do you get flints up there?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2011 11:50pm (Jun 4th 2011)
     
    Poor thing. Have you learnt to dress it yourself now to save on vet bills? Hope it wasn't too deep.

    I heard about dogs being poisoned somewhere up Yorkshire way - hope its nowhere near your dad. I'm amazed they can't find out what it is - it must be very worrying for the owners in that area. Who would be that cruel? There are some evil people around.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 5th, 2011 9:39pm (Jun 5th 2011)
     

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    CC, sharp pebbles, litter (glass, cans...), sharp sticks, anything! Most times it happens when he chases ducks in the rivers, he loses all logic when going after them :P

    Kate, it had already stopped bleeding by the time we got back so I cleaned it, creamed it and left it at that. It hasn't opened up since, but it's the same leg that Deedee must have hurt, he's been limping something tragic when he gets up today, my poor baby! :laugh: After a few minute's walking it gets the stiffness out (I think it's the joint) and he's running as usual, but we're still going to go to the vets, just to be safe. We've been calling him Sir Limp-A-Lot today :tooth:

    Oh yeah, it's happening near Keighley isn't it. The guy who owned the springer cross collie that Kasper was playing with, he lived in the area where all the dogs had been poisoned. Both owners think it's this farmer who's absolutely horrible and hates dogs walking through his fields (which are public footpaths), they seemed very sure, and they knew several of the dogs that had died. Said the only reason Ben (their dog) hadn't was because he'd hurt his paw and had been told no walks for a few weeks. How horrible is that?

    Kasper learnt a new game tonight, the 'find it' game - I'll make a search and rescue dog out of him yet! :laugh: I hide the toy somewhere then tell him to go find it and make a HUGE fuss out of him when he does. He got too good at it and I ran out of harder hiding places - what do you do after in a shoe and on top of the toilet?!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 5th, 2011 9:43pm (Jun 5th 2011)
     

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    CC, what are flints?

    I forgot to say, Kasper was incredibly cute last night! Lyle came back from work, and Kasper was shut in our flat whilst I let Lyle in the main door. We opened the door to our flat expecting Kasper to burst out to say hello to Lyle (he always goes crazy, but rarely jumps up) but nothing happened.

    I walked into the living room and Kasper was sat with the huge bone in his mouth (I really don't know how he managed that!), tail swishing. When Lyle walked in Kasper raced forwards and circled him, rubbing it against Lyle's legs, he'd wanted to show Lyle his bone!! Aw, it was so cute ^__^
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2011 12:06am (Jun 6th 2011)
     
    Flint is really sharp stone - in ancient times they used it as a knife. It splits off in shards so you can guess what happens when its trodden on.

    Your friend is lucky his dog was hurt - it is a terrible thing but surely it must be possible to test the dogs for poisons? It must be absorbed through the pads of their feet because if it was put on a food source it would be either seen by an owner or found in the stomach of a dog. That's unless they're expecting the owners to pay for a post-mortem which is horrendously expensive and they'd need to test several of the dogs. You would think the vets would get together on this to find the cause.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2011 11:31am (Jun 6th 2011) edited
     

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    Oh flint, it's a bit like slate isn't it?

    I dunno, he guessed that the farmer had laced something interesting and foody with poison. They met one of the dogs, a Doberman, in the morning and then by the afternoon he was dead :(

    Well, we're not taking Kasper to the vets today because the limp has completely gone! It was really bad on his last walk of the night, because he'd been resting lots, but today it's fine. So we're gonna see how it goes over the next few days.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2011 4:39pm (Jun 6th 2011)
     
    Flint is what prehistoric man used as tools before they discovered metal...very very hard grey stone which flakes. Often seen in the form of prehistoric axe/arrow heads. And the Chilterns is covered in it; LSE was paid as a kid to go flint picking for farmers before they planted the crops.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2011 4:02pm (Jun 15th 2011)
     

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    Haha, awesome! Not for a dog though, I can't imagine!

    Kasper is continuing to make progress. He has learnt the command 'other paw' now, which makes putting his harness on a lot easier. He used to fight and mess about when putting his harness on indoors every time, but now 9/10 times he behaves perfectly ^__^

    'Spin' has pretty much been mastered now, providing you give him the hand signal, and we're working on his 'leave it' command too :smile:

    He seems to be going through a slight fear period at the moment, which is normal with adolescent dogs, so he finds some people scary. Usually old men or people looking unusual, eg. baggy clothes, hoods, caps etc. And of course there is his barking too *glare*

    My parents and grandparents are coming down this weekend so he'll get well and truly spoilt then :P
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2011 8:23pm (Jun 15th 2011)
     
    I know just how he feels - I don't like scary looking people in hoodies or baggy clothes either!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2011 2:41pm (Jun 16th 2011) edited
     

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    Haha, yeah you can't blame him! We took him on a two hour walk this morning and he met the cutest little Yorkie ever, it was SO submissive! It's belly was scraping on the floor as it shuffled up to say hello - bless Kasper he was really good with it, sometimes he can get a little OTT with little dogs!

    This massive chocolate lab came racing over from miles away too (it was so big we thought it was a Rottie at first!) and it was very very dominant and confident; pushing its' face into Kasper's, sniffing his privates, headbutting him etc. Poor Kasp was terrified! He air snapped after about 5 minutes to tell the dog to go away, but it took no notice :laugh:

    It's owner had a right time chasing after this huge lab trying to put the collar & lead on it! I don't think Kasp's a fan of choc labs anymore after the first one attacked him...

    He had an awesome walk though, we explored loads of new fields in the nature park and he went swimming about ten times so he was happy! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2011 10:19pm (Jun 17th 2011) edited
     

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    I can not describe how good Kasper has been today - he has been an absolute angel!

    A few photos from yesterday, and a video of him playing with his tomato - he loved it! He spent at least ten minutes with it and was so gentle :laugh:

    Ignore my voice, I didn't realise this video would have sound... >__<

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    He caught this MASSIVE spider the other day, too. It had been terrorising me and Lyle for days, and this time it scuttled right across the living room floor. Kasper loved it! He caught it so gently and plopped it on the floor, chased after it and did it all again.

    This happened three times before he managed to kill the thing! He then decided to fling the body across the room to 'play' with it, and promptly rolled on it and smushed it into our carpet!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2011 10:54pm (Jun 17th 2011)
     
    What a hero - saving you from a spider! Does a better job than my cats. Has he passed out from the smell of the trainers?!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 20th, 2011 11:32am (Jun 20th 2011) edited
     

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    No, he just likes sleeping in the most uncomfortable place you can imagine! Another of his favourites is on top of all the wires and plugs *rolls eyes*

    These are from his walk this morning:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 20th, 2011 11:38am (Jun 20th 2011) edited
     

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    And playing with the toy Joe bought him :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 20th, 2011 11:13pm (Jun 20th 2011)
     
    He is so spoilt, but who can resist that look?!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 21st, 2011 7:59am (Jun 21st 2011)
     
    He has the sweetest face, I'd spoil him too.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJun 21st, 2011 12:37pm (Jun 21st 2011)
     
    He was so funny with the tomato Red, did he actually eat it, how cool!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 21st, 2011 3:16pm (Jun 21st 2011)
     

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    He did eat it eventually TM :P

    I know, he can do the *cutest* puppy dog eyes ever. It's hard to stay cross with him when he misbehaves, cheeky imp ^_^

    He got three new toys when my parents came up, and then four special treats from the posh dog shop (a gingerbread man, a donut, a chocolate bone and a choc chip cookie ) I have photos which I'll have to post!

    We bought him a belated birthday present today too, a huge indestructible red ball which he LOVES but which he'll have to play with outside because inside it leaves destruction in its' wake! I have photos and a video too which I'll have to post also :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2011 6:25pm (Jun 28th 2011)
     

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    Oh, there's gonna be a photo EXPLOSION in here later, I have so many to post hehe, but don't have time just yet...ye have been warned!! :tooth: