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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 29th, 2011 11:22am (Jun 29th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Okay! First batch: a walk around the Nature Park, and then Kasper being a clingy velcro dog :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 29th, 2011 11:27am (Jun 29th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Eating the doggy choc chip cookie my parents got him (he was checking it was his in the second pic :tooth: ), napping in the sun, and playing with his late birthday present!
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 29th, 2011 10:42pm (Jun 29th 2011)
     
    He's just the cutest kid ever, Red..I love the one where he is laying on your foot! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 29th, 2011 11:16pm (Jun 29th 2011)
     
    Lovely pictures again Red! The one of him swimming is great!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2011 8:46am (Jul 1st 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ugh the next few days are going to be very difficult...

    So yesterday morning on a walk, about an hour after we got back, we noticed Kasper was limping. We checked his foot and found three pretty nasty cuts (I'm fairly certain they were from glass, the way they look). Phoned the vets and asked whether we should take him in, they said no as they weren't bleeding (they're really good for not just dragging you in there).

    But then he managed to get a licking in before we put his Bite Not on, and was limping more after that and made the flappy on bleed. So we decided to take him in anyway. Took him up there and the vet almost ended up stapling or stitching the one on his ankle! She trimmed the flap off the paw one and then cleaned them all, which the dog hated 'cos it must have hurt a lot. Then she put a huge bandage on.

    We also have antibiotics and painkillers for him, and are going back on Saturday to have the dressing removed, checked and possibly another put on.

    As if all that wasn't stressful enough for the dog, we then got told he can't be walked a lot at all, and shouldn't be let off-lead...OH GREAT! Walking back Kasper was obviously not happy about the whole ordeal and the fact he hadn't had a second walk, so was grabbing his lead in his mouth, tugging at it, jumping up, flinging himself everywhere and not listening to us no matter how angry we got...we have potentially several more weeks of this!!

    Unfortunately I just don't think we're going to be able to do as the vet says. We can keep his walks to a minimum, but he can't not have any...he's a 13 month old Border Collie X Springer!! He's also gonna have to go off-lead, we'll just do it in places where he can't run in water or undergrowth, which is what the vet was worried about.

    Our stupidly clever dog has also realised that he can reach the bandage to lick and chew, even when wearing a collar / cone, by bringing the bandaged leg to his face rather than him trying to turn and reach the leg...stupid clever boy! :smile:

    So yeah...should be fun -__-
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2011 11:18am (Jul 1st 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well we took him out for about 30 minutes with his bandage on and his No Bite collar and let him off-lead just in the field. We played fetch and it all went fine and hopefully that got some of his energy out! He's already managed to tear some of the bandage off overnight though *sigh* :smile:

    Poorly boy enjoying himself!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2011 11:55am (Jul 1st 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Lyle has taught Kasper the "look at me" command, so that whenever the dog shows interest in his bandage Lyle gives the command, Kasp immediately looks to him and gets rewarded. Working really well so far!

    Means we can't leave him alone today though...hopefully he'll be okay when we go out tonight. We'll be leaving around 10pm and he usually gets put to bed at 10.30pm so hopefully he'll just go to sleep...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2011 6:32pm (Jul 1st 2011)
     
    Poor Kaspar; I hope he heals quickly - which he should, being a young healthy dog. Can you give him arnica poills? They'll speed up the healing process.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2011 9:56pm (Jul 1st 2011)
     
    Posted By: Redhopefully he'll be okay when we go out tonight. We'll be leaving around 10pm and he usually gets put to bed at 10.30pm so hopefully he'll just go to sleep..


    Sorry to hear this red but i think he will be fine after all he has you an Lyle to care for him :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2011 11:54pm (Jul 1st 2011)
     
    I'm sure if you exercise him in a field he'll be fine. It might be boring for him, but it's better than no walk at all! They are an intelligent breed and will find a solution to their problems. My childhood dog, Judy, had collie in her and she was extremely clever!

    I hope he heals quickly!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd, 2011 8:33pm (Jul 2nd 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks everybody for the get well wishes :)

    Today has been a niiiiiiightmare!!

    He'd chewed the end of his bandage in the night, but the cuts were fine. We went to the vet appt at 9am (after stumbling home at 4am from the night out!) and saw a different vet who was great. She nderstood that there was no way a bandage would last (we've tried him with a cone and Bite Not collar and he still gets to it) so said she wouldn't put another on, and kept calling him 'monkey' :tooth:

    She glued the flap on his paw and just said to keep the other cuts clean. Still no walks though aaaagh!!! It's driving the dog crazy and he's acting absolutely terribly out of the house on walks...we know it's not his fault but it's so hard to deal with, and we just hope he doesn't continue to act like this when he's back to normal walks. We do not want to reinforce this behaviour and have it happen often!

    A walk that should have taken 15 minutes took 45 today because he was yanking and tugging at the lead, jumping up etc. Very very annoying :P We let him off-lead just in the field again for about 5 - 10 minutes on both his walks, and the wounds are still okay, didn't open up.

    The faster they heal the sooner we can walk him properly again, because this is driving us all crazy!!

    CC, I'll look into the arnica pills, thanks for the tip! Although I'd better check with a vet first as he's on painkillers and anti-biotics already...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd, 2011 9:05pm (Jul 2nd 2011)
     
    There isn't really a solution to the 'no walks' directive from the vet, except to wish for a speedy recovery! What does he keep cutting his feet on? Is it sharp stones or glass? Has he never got to grips with walking on a lead? Maybe that's something you can work on over the next few days.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2011 8:59pm (Jul 3rd 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We think the last ones were glass as they were different from any other cuts, and we had just walked him around the nature park (there are areas where chavs hang out, so lots of litter and broken glass)

    Lead walking, he walks fine on the lead 99 times out of 100, but sometimes grabs and tugs the lead in his mouth, as a reaction to certain stimuli. It's always out of frustration; so if he's on a lead and sees another dog he can't say hello or play with, if he thinks he's going on a walk but is actually only going to the toilet etc etc. Doesn't do it every time, it's normally a rare occurrence.

    Obviously having to have very minimal walks, he's a VERY frustrated dog, so it's been happening A LOT!! We've discovered that ignoring the behaviour works very well, or redirecting him onto something else (tug toy, ball etc) but because he's so frustrated it's not been working at all.
    Having said that today it's not happened once :cheer: Reason why? We disregarded the vet's 'no exercise' :blush: After talking to other dog owners they've said vet's wouldn't even follow their own advice, haha, so we've bent the advice just a little!

    He's had two 25 - 30 minute walks today (so still short and still just in one grassy field) and you should have seen the relief and happiness on his face!! The cuts are healing nicely, so the day after tomorrow if all's going well we're going to increase his walks to 30 - 40 minutes.
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    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJul 5th, 2011 1:16pm (Jul 5th 2011)
     
    Heal up soon Kasper:face-monkey:
    very frustrating or you all Red but you are doing an excellent job with a difficult situation.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 5th, 2011 3:34pm (Jul 5th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks TM, I'll give him a hug from you!

    Another good day today, we took Kasper for his first 'proper' walk (that is out of the fields) and got all the way to Bucknall Park. About a 35 minute walk. Kasper LOVED it, and for the first time since he hurt his paw he got to say hello to another a dog (a little Border Collie pup). We got back and checked all his cuts, and all but one (the flappy paw one) is almost fully healed now :bigsmile:
    No lead biting today either (so far) as he had a proper walk! :cheer:

    Last night we met Bonnie and her owner (Bonnie's a 7 year old Rottie) and the owner was saying what a shame Kasp and Bonnie couldn't play together - Kasper was going crazy at this point trying to get to Bonnie to play and we had to say no, bless him! Bonnie's owner was watching Kasp with his mouth open as well when we said the vet had told us not to walk him at all; he had a Rottie cross hurt it's paw once when it was 3 years old and he said that was bad enough :tooth:

    Kasper spotted a hot air balloon flying above the field too, and it was amazing, because he just didn't know what it was! He got so excited by it and would stop running every few steps to gaze up at it - I've never seen a dog so aware of the sky before
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 5th, 2011 3:40pm (Jul 5th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He's being daft today too because there's a fly in the house (just a little one) and he's running about everywhere looking for it and trying to catch it. It landed on some clothes on the couch so now he's obsessed that that must be where it is and keeps knocking the clothes around :001_tongue:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 5th, 2011 10:56pm (Jul 5th 2011)
     
    My dog used to catch flies. It was amazing to see - she would just sit still and wait for it to come within striking distance. They usually did. Then SNAP! CHOMP! GULP! down it went. Bleugh!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 6th, 2011 11:29am (Jul 6th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He runs around the room sniffing and checking all the surfaces and looking up at the ceiling...constantly! Then the moment he does finally forget, the fly appears again!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 7th, 2011 10:04pm (Jul 7th 2011)
     
    When Jay came home from work he spotted a big horse fly on the ceiling. He picked up a piece of board to kill it with and a big spider fell straight of the board and down his Tee shirt sleeve. Ugh it makes me shiver just thinking about it. He whipped his tee shirt off and gave it a good shake. I have a horrid feeling the spider is now under my settee.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 7th, 2011 10:05pm (Jul 7th 2011)
     
    How is his foot now Red. I hope it is a lot better.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJul 8th, 2011 1:12am (Jul 8th 2011)
     
    uugghhhh a spidey down the sleeve, not a fun thought NN. When I was showering about 2 years ago I looked down to see a huntsman crawling up my leg. Because I was in an enclosed space I just freaked and lost it, squealing and screaming. Brian rushed in, opening the shower door as I madly flung my leg to flick it off, it flew up in the air and landed on the back of his bathrobe. I was then screaming at him to 'get it off, get it off'. I am fairly level headed but not around spidies. Always wondered what the neighbours thought.:face-sad:
    (oops off topic I am.)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 8th, 2011 12:59pm (Jul 8th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ugh that's horrible, I'm not a big fan of spiders, although I will deal with them...I was in the shower once and happened to look down and there was the biggest spider I'd ever seen climbing along the shower curtain so I couldn't get out. Lyle eventually came to see what had happened to me because I'd been frozen to the spot in the shower for forty minutes! :laugh:

    Kasper's foot is much better NN, in fact the gaping foot on his ankle, the scab seems to have come off and it's fully healed :smile: We took his neck brace off yesterday too and, even though we emailed the manufacturers to make sure it can be left on when a dog sleeps and goes for walks, it's rubbed his neck something awful, we feel so guilty :( We checked everyday that it was loose enough (by fitting two fingers up) and it still did that, so I am NOT impressed!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 10th, 2011 1:08am (Jul 10th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Today at Bucknall Park Kasper met what he thought was the scariest dog ever!! He's not a fan of big dogs, they really make him nervous. We can't blame him because the two dogs that attacked him were large, and a few other overly dominant dogs were also bigger than him (labs and border collies...)

    This dog was MASSIVE! Like huuuge! He was called Max and really young with long shaggy black hair and gorgeous big brown eyes...sooo cute :smile: He leapt over a four foot fence to get to Kasper haha and kept running across the field to see him! Kasper boxed him away with his front paws and cowered by my leg, but eventually he realised Max just wanted to play, and by the end of it was running circles around Max and playing with him. It was very cute, and we wanted to bring Max home with us!
    :)

    Hopefully that will help him be more confident with big dogs in the future!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 10th, 2011 12:45pm (Jul 10th 2011)
     
    That's good; if a big dog picks up that he';s frightened, it could encourage aggressive behaviour I'd imagine, so you did well to work up his 'immunity'! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 10th, 2011 9:45pm (Jul 10th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks CC; he has such little confidence anyway so we're constantly trying to build his self-esteem up! Since the attack if a big dog's too intimidating he will flee to my side and lean against me, then box at the other dog and air snap if it doesn't listen. He's a good lad :smile:

    He saw another big dog today, and this time I was more scared than he was!! It was a HUGE American Bulldog cross, leapt over the same fence and came barging towards us whilst it's owner screamed it's name. I didn't like the situation and told Lyle to get ready to kick the dog back if necessary.

    Just before Joey (the dog) reached us his owner called "it's okay, he just wants to play!" which settled me a little, and sure enough he was just a bouncy young boy! Kasp wasn't too afraid this time at all (not sure if it's just because it looked very different to the dogs that have attacked him though) and they played nicely.

    Joey's owner finally caught up and put him on a lead. Joey looked even more hard work than Kasper, and his owner said he broke two of her ribs once by pulling her over!!

    Kasper has been very calm and well behaved these past few days, finally getting over his frustration at being poorly and cooped up we think.

    He's been very good with lots of other dogs too; this evening walk he saw two 12 week old Staffy pups (aaaaah :heartsabove: ) and he stood still whilst they jumped up excitedly and pawed and licked at his face. It was so cute, what a good boy he is!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 10th, 2011 11:06pm (Jul 10th 2011)
     
    I think big dogs make everyone feel like that when they're first approaching. It's better to be that way than assume everything is fine and dandy and then find out to your (his) cost that it isn't. Glad he had a nice walk today!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 11th, 2011 12:12pm (Jul 11th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    This one looked threatening as well as it's size...Max from the day before bounded over grinning, tail wagging...Joey had an evil stare and looked aggressive! Looks can be deceiving though, as we've found out many a time :smile:

    It's just knowing which dogs to trust, isn't it? Especially round here...there are far too many aggressive dogs left off-lead so you can't just think 'oh that dog's roaming free, must mean it's fine with other dogs' which I do in most other areas.

    We've been seeing a lot of that useless dog trainer who walks the really aggressive German Shepherd off-lead. It's a huge dog and she has it running about playing fetch. When she sees us she yells to get our dog on a lead whilst she has to grab the snarling dog's collar and drag it off!! If I knew her details I would report her...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 11th, 2011 10:31pm (Jul 11th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some cute cute pics of little dog from today :)

    Oh and one from the other night when he was being exceptionally clingy :tooth:

    I love my dog ^_^
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 11th, 2011 10:36pm (Jul 11th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Clingy dog :P
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    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2011 7:33am (Jul 12th 2011)
     
    Lovely photo,s Red true love!!!!!!!!!!! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2011 3:01pm (Jul 12th 2011)
     
    Can he play that yellow flute yet, Red?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2011 11:04pm (Jul 12th 2011)
     
    That second one is so funny! Should have a speech bubble on it saying "Derp"!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2011 11:17pm (Jul 12th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ha, thankfully not CC, he gets way over-excited when I play the gemshorn!!

    Aw, he's started doing this heartbreaking thing where if he anticipates we're going to put him in his crate, he will look at us all sad and then slope off and put himself away!! And we have to call him out and make such a fuss over him! If he ever does anything wrong (get a sock or get something out the bin) and we say sternly, "Er, no, I don't think so," he drops it and slinks off to his crate! Another adolescent phase, but a very sad-cute one!

    He's gotten much better at dropping forbidden items (socks are a favourite) as he knows know that when he drops them or gives them up he gets praised afterwards! I hope that continues.

    Some photos of the posh dog treats my parents bought for him, and of when Kasper claimed our new double sleeping bag :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 13th, 2011 3:43pm (Jul 13th 2011)
     
    Ben, our old Lab, used to do that; we called it the Tragedy Queen. He'd get all excited because he knew we were going out then Mum would say 'We're going shopping,' at which his ears would droop, he'd go and sit in his basket and turn his face to the wall and refuse to talk to us...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2011 1:43pm (Jul 14th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Awww! Kasper sulks at 'bed time' because he used to get locked in the kitchen, which he hated. Whenever we say bedtime he goes and hides.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 15th, 2011 5:25pm (Jul 15th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kasper said hello to a few of his favourite dogs today, which was nice as he hasn't met many dogs lately.

    First off was Blonde Dog, who is huge...he has such long legs he can run effortlessly fast. Kasper and Blonde Dog have this funny way of greeting each other; Kasper watches and eventually lays down, and Blonde Dog races past full pelt, growling. Then Blonde Dog walks off and Kasp runs around madly, looking at us and grinning as if to say, "Wasn't that awesome?!" :bigsmile:

    Then just after we'd left Blonde Dog, Willow the whippet came out of nowhere! Kasper was in heaven, Willow (and her older sister Frankie) are his favourite play mates. Willow is gorgeous; she'd sprinted across from the other field just to come see Kasper!! So they had a good play together...we'd only been out 5 minutes and our dog was tired :smile:

    We climbed up onto the train tracks and bumped into Blonde and Grey Dog again. Kasper immediately ran over and sat at their owner's feet, giving his very best sit (tail straight, chest out, head upwards)...Why? Because their owner always gives him sausage :tooth:

    After he'd had his treat we were off on our way! And when he got back, it was breakfast time:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 18th, 2011 8:26pm (Jul 18th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well, we had our first dry walk in about 3 days of constant rain here today! The river has burst it's bank and the pond was flooded and gushing along...Kasper decided it was a perfect day to go swimming (aaagh!) and I stood watching, holding my breath, until he got back out safely!

    He was sooo funny on this morning walk! First there was an upturned traffic cone in the underpass, and d'you remember how the first time he saw a cone he was a little nervous and wagging it's tail as if it was alive? Well he was *very* suspicious of an upturned one, so we called him over to come see it was safe and was much happier afterwards and we carried on our way...

    On the way back through he raced over to the cone, and we were very proud of him for being brave haha. He was jumping on the cone and playing with it (boxing and chewing), then somehow he managed to get it upright with his nose and was jumping up and chewing the top so it looked like he was hugging it!

    After that he was in a very giddy mood and was racing along dragging this huge sheet of plastic that the stupid builders have left littering the footpath for weeks on end...it was hilarious to watch and I got a video of it :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 18th, 2011 8:29pm (Jul 18th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some pics of him about the house too...how *cute* does he look in the towel?! :tooth:

    And nomming his tea and a 'dog kebab' which we got for 50p and he loved - lasted longer than a mini-hide bone! :smile:

    On a walk too - we've started leaving his harness on whilst he's off-lead so that at the end of a walk we can clip his lead to that (if he pulls with a collar I always worry about him hurting his neck; impossible with the harness and he doesn't pull on it really either!)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 18th, 2011 9:45pm (Jul 18th 2011)
     
    Love the traffic cone story. Reminds me of being at Twycross Zoo last week with Caitlyn. We went into the Gorilla house, and when she'd seen enough we went to go out of the door and she ran ahead. Suddenly she noticed a life-size 'plastic' gorilla sitting in the corner and freaked! She ran straight back to her dad and hid behind his legs to get out of the door! (We tried to show her it was fake, but she was still suspicious!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2011 1:26pm (Jul 19th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha! I have a life-like cat that I told Tom and Joe was real when they were little...they both believed it for years, especially because I would move it to different rooms of the house! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2011 9:28pm (Jul 19th 2011)
     
    :rolling: That's sort of cruel, but very funny. When Danny was little I told him I was the drummer in Josie and the pussycats (an old cartoon) and he believed me for years! (He still won't forgive me for that!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 20th, 2011 4:01pm (Jul 20th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha!

    We bought Kasper a cheap squeaky toy from Jen's pet shop today, he LOVES it! Can't believe it's not wrecked yet either, it's actually lasted more than five minutes :O He's quite happy keeping himself busy alternating between holding his bone in his mouth and kicking the squeaker, or chewing the squeaker and rolling the bone!

    They had some cuuuuuute animals in at Jen's today too. A lot of gerbils; two were being sold in this starter cage that wasn't big enough for any animal ever, it was tiny...not even 30cm in length :cry: Made me very disappointed as it's usually so good for cages and how the animals are kept there...

    There were 9 week old male and female ferrets, and they all came to say hi! Soooo cute, me and dad have always wanted a ferret! My dad told me to reserve one for him and he'd get it after our holiday haha! They had some gorgeous Himalayan (Sp?) rats too, all female. And a sweet African Grey who said hello when I greeted him; apparently I'm the only person he talks to other than Jen :laugh:

    Some poor quality pics from the webcam of Kasp enjoying his toy :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 26th, 2011 4:09pm (Jul 26th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We bought a muzzle today to try prevent Kasper from chewing his bandage (so he wouldn't have to wear the cone) but he worked out how to get it off no matter how tight we fastened it...he is a stupid clever dog!! :tooth: We haven't had to use the cone on him yet though as he's been busy with hides and his raw bone!

    We also bought two chain leads today, because various dog owners have said that most dogs that bite leads don't like to bite metal ones. Seeing as Kasper is going to be a very frsutrated dog over the next few days we thought we'd try it out. My dad suggested we buy two (because all chain leads seem to be stupidly short) and chop the handle off one, then clip it to the other. We tried it and it's worked really well...took him out and, sure enough, when he realised we were heading back to the house after he'd relieved himself Kasper began biting the lead. He stopped as soon as his teeth touched the metal! I don't know if this will happen every time though.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 26th, 2011 10:29pm (Jul 26th 2011)
     
    It worked on my dog many years ago Red - she would chew a leather/material lead constantly, but hated the metal ones. She'd still try every time, but would give up and, of course, couldn't bite through it anyway!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2011 12:02pm (Jul 29th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I once had to walk Buddy on a material lead (he always has to be walked on a chain lead as he can chew through material ones in a few minutes, and as he is walked by the side of a very busy road that's a risk that can't be taken!) Anyway at the point of the walk where we turned back, Buddy began to bite at his lead. I was like "aagh no, stoppit!" so I had to have him sit, reward with treat, and then walk the whole way back feeding him treats every few steps!!

    Some photos of Kasper inside the house and on his first walk off-lead since his injury! You can see his chain lead too, and where one lead is attached to the other :bigsmile:

    He has been so so good since getting back from holiday (well he was good on holiday as well actually), he's such a gem. We've now taught him two commands (sit and lie down) using hand signals, so we don't have to say a word - pretty cool! I'm working on it with the others too.

    Oh the collar we got him for his birthday is a little cracked too, so I managed to persuade Lyle to let us get him a new one :001_rolleyes: At the moment he is wearing a spare red one, but whaddaya know it's too big for him! Haha, seriously though it is! Especially as at the moment the lead's clipping onto his collar as Kasper somehow lost his harness on a walk (I know, I can't even begin to imagine how...) :rolling:
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    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2011 12:11pm (Jul 29th 2011)
     

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    Oh, and if we had to sum our dog up in one photo, this would be it!! :tooth:
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    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2011 7:30pm (Jul 29th 2011) edited
     

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    He got a new collar and harness :tooth:

    His harness is bright red (not only an awesome colour but hopefully easier to see if it comes off again!) and a pale brown collar. I wanted to get him a 'mature' grown up one...after all he is almost 15 months old now!! :bigsmile:

    It looks silver in the pic but is actually a pale brown chocolatey colour with a darker brown pattern...very sophisticated :cool:

    He had a fun walk today, went swimming quite a lot and also met Herbie and Molly. Herbie is a 12 year old JRT who is SO well behaved for his age but gets a bit grumbly when Kasper is trying to play with him (can't blame him!) and Molly is a GORGEOUS Dogue De Bordeaux who is all big and chunky. Kasper LOVES her and got very OTT but Molly didn't care at all, she is so chilled...she's one of the very few dogs who Kasper has tried to *ahem* have his way with! :blush:
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    • CommentTimeAug 1st, 2011 12:00pm (Aug 1st 2011) edited
     

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    Aw Kasper was very poorly yesterday :(

    We weren't sure whether it was because he was picking up on Lyle's feelings though (he was stressed yesterday and was pacing around a lot) but poor pup did lots of runny poo's and was sick once too. He was fine in himself, but it does mean we can't feed him for 24 hours!

    Some pics from a dog walk, wearing his bright red harness! (it looks so cool!) And of him snuggling in the house with Lyle, showing off his collar.

    If it looks like he's running around like a loon in these photos, that's because he was!
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    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeAug 1st, 2011 4:26pm (Aug 1st 2011)
     
    Posted By: Redpoor pup did lots of runny poo's and was sick once too.


    Looking forward to this part Red :_puke:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 1st, 2011 5:28pm (Aug 1st 2011)
     
    I love the way his ears fly out as he runs!
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    • CommentTimeAug 4th, 2011 7:52pm (Aug 4th 2011)
     

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    Haha! Yeah, he is the cuuuutest dog ever CC, his ears are spectacular :bigsmile:

    I have some photos of the dog enjoying when our friends stayed to put up, but it'll have to be after a dog walk! He LOVED Josh, who is the loveliest person ever, he was glued to his side for most the time.
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    • CommentTimeAug 4th, 2011 9:09pm (Aug 4th 2011) edited
     

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    Photos of our little dog enjoying his new friends!

    He found another half-alive pigeon on the walk yesterday (the foxes around here are USELESS!) so I posted on the dog forum asking what we could do about it, and they said just leave it with him, it's a fresh and organic meal!! Makes it easier for us I suppose!
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    I fell asleep on the living room floor last night and he came and slept next to me, which was very cute.

    He had such a late walk this morning, bless him, and he did really well. We were all totally hung over and he didn't end up getting taken out until 1pm, but he coped so well bless him, so I took him out for two extra big walks to make up for it!
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    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeAug 5th, 2011 7:25am (Aug 5th 2011)
     
    You both look so peaceful Red :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 5th, 2011 7:06pm (Aug 5th 2011)
     
    How's YOUR new addition doing, Lee?
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    • CommentTimeAug 5th, 2011 8:37pm (Aug 5th 2011)
     

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    It was a good kip - I tried to argue he should sleep in bed with us, but Lyle said no way! :tooth:
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    • CommentTimeAug 8th, 2011 11:24pm (Aug 8th 2011) edited
     

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    Kasper has been absolutely amazing on his walks these past few days!

    There have been a number of distractions...today there were two terrible owners (one's a dog trainer *sigh* ), and we called and he came straight away. There was also about seven horses who had broken free of their field (they do this pretty much daily, and the owner does nothing about it) and were in the football fields. We didn't see them until we'd climbed up the grassy verge, and Kasp was stood staring at them - he LOVES horses. We called him (they had foals so we turned and went the opposite way) and he came immediately, even though they're his favourite distraction!

    He also met a little Cairn Terrier, who we see quite a lot, when the other dog was on an extendible lead and for the first time ever didn't get himself wrapped up in it! Normally if we see another dog on an extendible lead, we put Kasper on his lead, but the woman who owns the terrier simply loves Kasper - he can do no wrong in her eyes!

    I'm working on teaching him Bow at the moment too - bows down his front half with his bum in the air. It means having the clicker close by so I can click, praise and reward whenever he stretches naturally! I've been doing it for the past two days so we'll see how quickly he gets it!!

    He now knows hand signals for sit, wait, lie down (quite cool as it's a gunshot motion so looks like we've shot him down ^__^ ) and come here. We're teaching him one for Leave It too. We also taught him 'respect' the other day; someone holds their fist out and says "respect" and Kasper bumps his nose against it!! :laugh:

    We've left his bed in here for the past few days too (Kasper destroys beds; he sleeps on blankets in his crate. The past week we've been training him not to shred his bed, and now we can leave it in the room all the time) and he adores it. Now whenever he gets given something good (or gets told off!) he goes to his bed C:
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    • CommentTimeAug 9th, 2011 5:28pm (Aug 9th 2011) edited
     

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    Another good day for recall with the pooch dog! We found out as well that two of the worst dog owners in our area, they're actually not owners...THEY ARE BOTH TRAINERS!! Absolutely unbelievable...

    There was the horrible Border Collie woman, who's a trainer, we had to avoid (one dominant dog and two aggressive dogs, all walked off-lead) and he came both times immediately. Then there were the 4 month old Staffy pups who he came away from, even though he loves them.

    On the way back we came round a blind corner and they were right in front of us, so Kasper charged off to play with them. Awww they are so cute!! He got pushed about by both of them (even though they're a third of his size!) and one of them scared him because it played too rough hahaha! One of them was absolutely adorable and kept running over to me and climbing on my lap and jumping up, they were sooo cute!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2011 8:23pm (Aug 12th 2011)
     

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    Cor, we saw a baby dear streaking across the fields today, and were relieved that Kasper didn't see it, so carried on...he caught one whiff of it and was off like a bullet!! What is it with dogs and deer?! He flew over the fields and didn't come back for about fifteen minutes - but he did come back bless him and we didn't have to walk him very far after all his running! :tooth:

    My Aunt's perfectly trained Collie Cross, Ellie, (best behaved dog I've ever known) once disappeared after some adult deer, and even she didn't come when called! I wonder what that's all about it?!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2011 11:32pm (Aug 12th 2011)
     
    They must have a really irresistible scent!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 19th, 2011 9:10pm (Aug 19th 2011)
     

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    I guess so, although Kasper seems to find most scents irresistible, and will ignore our yells if he's after something!!

    Here are some pics from our little fur-baby enjoying his walks around his new territory :tooth:

    "It's time for another walk? But I'm tiiired..."

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    "I am not used to all these hills...what's the deal here?!"

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    He was very intrigued by the hay holder!

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    What's along here...?

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    SUPER DOG!

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    Plenty of places for him to explore, he's loving it so far! He's learnt the joys of chasing rabbits, which he'd not seen before, and has smelled some interesting sniffs so far. He's seen cows and not shown that much interest from a distance, but we've kept him away from sheep!

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    In one field there's a huge German Shepherd that gets walked there (our dog looks like a Jack Russel next to him!) called Kaiser. He's the loveliest dog ever; two years old and already so calm, lolloping and obedient. He is *so* gentle with our dog and Kasper loves him, he's already Kasp's new best friend :laugh:
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    • CommentTimeAug 19th, 2011 9:13pm (Aug 19th 2011)
     

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    Oh, and enjoying his beef knuckle :)
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    • CommentTimeAug 20th, 2011 7:20pm (Aug 20th 2011)
     
    I'm happy Kasper found a new best friend, Red. It's always great when they like there new home.
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    • CommentTimeAug 21st, 2011 3:04pm (Aug 21st 2011) edited
     

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    Well he'd never seen wild rabbits before and the fields around here are FULL of them. First time he saw them he turned to us as if to say "Oh what are they, can I please chase them?!" then sprinted off after them...it's how he tires himself out on walks now!!

    My nana picked us up yesterday and we walked around St Ives too, what a brilliant place that is to take dogs! I've been walking there my whole life but never with my own dog before! Kasper met hundreds of other dogs on the walks, although we steered clear of the ducks and lake ;)

    Kasper's hoover fear has greatly improved - he just lay in his bed as my dad did the vacuuming then! He's still scared of strangers though, especially men. He was very scared of my Grandad every time he visits, and huffed at my Grandma, but he soon comes round each time to get fuss of them! Very sad someone made him so scared though :sad:

    He tore his back nail right off today (!!) on his morning walk, but it didn't bleed too much. Looks horrible!
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    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2011 7:22pm (Aug 23rd 2011) edited
     

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    Well the last few days we have been working on pulling on the lead (which started with the move to a new exciting place with much more exciting walks!) and careful socialisation with cats!

    The first is going very well to say we only started yesterday. His pulling had gone right back to how it was when we first got him (to him trying to drag us down the street!) but now we have got him back to polite walking with infrequent pulls. We'll soon have it sorted again!

    The cat socialisation is going even more surprisingly well! It's quite easy to initiate meetings with cats seeing as there are so many about. Usually Kasper spots them running away or up people's drives etc, and his first reaction is to chase. So we do what we do with the pulling; freeze and stand completely still. Wait for a while, try again and repeat if he persists in pulling. His behaviour is a bit here-and-there for a few minutes after seeing the cats (with him checking all the driveways!) but he soon calms down.

    Today he met three cats in very close proximity - two hissed but did nothing more (they didn't seem too bothered really, no movement, arched backs etc) and the other one sat very calmly and confidently. Kasper behaved amazingly well, there was some pulling towards them but no jumping or whining. With all three his tail was wagging like crazy showing he just wants to play, and he almost touched noses with one. When we told him to carry on he did so, albeit with a little more pulling than usual!

    His nail still isn't looking very nice. We're debating cutting the top (useless) part off, and one of his walks is just a short half hour one on lead. We've been washing it daily at least too. Ah well, we'll see! If it doesn't improve or gets worse it's our first vet visit in Yorkshire!

    Oh, we also contacted a local dog trainer today to ask if she has any training classes suitable for Kasper (for confidence boosting and socialisation with strangers) or if she does the KC Good Dog Citizen Award. Just waiting to hear back from her :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2011 12:10am (Aug 24th 2011)
     
    I used to have some powder that I could use on the rats if they were bleeding and it would stop it instantly, but can't remember what it's called. Think its used on horses too. Is it worth washing his nail with betadine / iodine?

    Dogs chase cats because they run. With most dogs if the cat sits still they don't really know what to do and will ignore it (or whine at their owner in a "its not fair mommy, tell it to run!"
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2011 8:36pm (Aug 24th 2011)
     

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    Kasper wanted to sniff and initiate play with the cats that didn't run! :laugh:

    Well, it was the vets at 4pm today! Kasper was terrified of the vet, shaking and slinking with his belly to the floor (the vet was a tall man). The vet did great with him though, and we fed him treats constantly like we do every time, so all in all it was a positive experience.

    The vet was fab, very no nonsense but kind and calming to Kasper. He took a look at Kasp's nail, whipped the useless shell part off (Kasper yelped!), then gave him a 48 hour antibiotic shot. He said don't walk Kasper on grass for a few days, as the blades will aggravate the wound, and try stop him licking it. I asked if we needed to clean it and he said no - oh, and Kasper doesn't have to wear a bandage!!
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    We managed to distract Kasper up until 8pm from licking, by giving him hides and visiting my nana, but then the dreaded cone had to go on! He was trying to lick his foot and whining when he couldn't reach it, but then he found a way, stupid clever dog...thankfully it seems quite hard to get to as he's not managed it often!

    Oh, and the vets only cost £35! Amazing!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2011 10:58pm (Aug 24th 2011)
     
    That was a bargain visit Red! Glad you've found a new vet you're happy with - does he realise he's going to spend a lot of time looking at Kasper's feet?!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2011 1:33am (Aug 25th 2011)
     
    I reckon you should get Kasper to a farrier and have him shod! So pleased you've got a decent vet.
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    • CommentTimeAug 29th, 2011 4:03am (Aug 29th 2011)
     
    I'm glad you found a good vet that doesn't charge an arm and a leg for a visit, Red.... CC might be on to something with finding a farrier for Kasper.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 31st, 2011 3:15pm (Aug 31st 2011) edited
     

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    That would be a good idea if Kasper didn't walk like an idiot if there's ever ANYTHING on his feet! It's brilliant, next time he has a bandage on I'll video it - he walks with the bandage foot lifting right into the air at a right angle, then back down!! :laugh:

    Here are some photos of our gorgeous little boy - who is still having to wear a cone! I'm beginning to think maybe Mr No-Nonsense vet was a little bit too no nonsense, and perhaps Kasp should have had a bandage...

    We walked him on concrete for three days (longer than the vet said) and kept them short. Then took him on a short field walk (just once around the field, about 15 minutes) and his nail opened up. Since then even on short on-lead walks, on concrete, it's opening him up. Looks like it's going to take a long time to heal, phooey...

    Yesterday we made him some cheese and peanut butter crunchies, which he loved. He showed how well he could 'sit pretty' and 'leave it' for us!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 31st, 2011 3:21pm (Aug 31st 2011) edited
     

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    And this is him just being cute and dopey! The first pic of him wearing a cone, do you see he has one back leg purposefully sticking out to the side? That is because he's learnt when he sits like that he can lick his foot...he's so annoyingly clever :smile:

    Oh, I taught him a new trick too - 'crawl', where he shuffles along on his belly :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 31st, 2011 3:26pm (Aug 31st 2011)
     

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    Oh one last thing, we've had him for over 5 months now!! :cheer:
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    • CommentTimeAug 31st, 2011 9:05pm (Aug 31st 2011) edited
     

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    Sorry everyone, he's in a very cute mood today, hence all the photos! He was sat like this earlier for about half an hour!! We baked some more treats too (we're thinking of selling them!) these are honey and PB flapjacks - we even managed a donut! :smile:

    You can't really tell but the larger circular ones are flowery / frilled, and the small round balls are specially designed for training, smaller so you can use more as rewards! The training ones are going to be made with stinkier ingredients too, to make them more appetising.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 31st, 2011 11:32pm (Aug 31st 2011)
     
    You have made such a difference to his life in those 5 months! It seems like he's been with you longer.

    Nails do take a while to heal - there's nothing to knit together, you just have to wait for it to heal over. Is it a main claw or one on the side of his leg (dew claw is it)?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 31st, 2011 11:59pm (Aug 31st 2011) edited
     

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    Thanks Kate :) It does feel like he's been with us forever ^__^

    It's the one of the nails on his toe on a back paw. It's annoying because there's no nail left really, so the wound's on top of the foot, and yet it manages to open up when he's running (or even just walking) on concrete - how?! Nothing goes anywhere near it!!!
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    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2011 7:49pm (Sep 1st 2011) edited
     

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    Some cute pics of the Roodle dog from Lyle's phone - isn't he gorgeous?! :)

    He's eating his tea out of a plastic bottle at the moment, but we have him on Lathams and the pieces of kibble are massive so he's really struggling to get them out!

    It's a nightmare trying to find good quality dog food that's a decent price around here! The food we got him before was made by the pet shop and cost £24 per 15kg. Around here the cheapest brands like Pedigree, Wags, Iams and Bakers (which oddly enough are terrible quality!) still cost more than that!

    We bought a small bag of James Wellbeloved when we first moved in to last us, because we knew that was good quality, and he's on Lathams now (bought two bags as it was on offer at Tesco, a 10kg bag for £12!) and after that we'll swap him to Wainwrights, which is P@H's own version of James Wellbeloved...I think it's about £34 per 15kg so not *too* bad.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2011 1:06am (Sep 4th 2011) edited
     

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    Some more pics of doggalogs! And check out that happy smile!! :tooth:

    And he had such great fun with a cardboard box today :001_rolleyes:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2011 1:14am (Sep 4th 2011) edited
     

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    And enjoying his dog treat donut! Well okay, so we made him wait for it first... :bigsmile:
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2011 6:11am (Sep 4th 2011)
     
    Kasper has turned out to be such a great dog, Red. You ad Lyle should be very proud of the job you have done with him. Loved the treats you baked for him...you should sell them.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2011 10:16am (Sep 4th 2011) edited
     

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    Thanks very much Lynn :) :blush: We're thinking of selling the treats actually! We contacted the council to ask what legislation we'd need to fill in :smile:

    We had a bit of a nightmare last night, my dad was over late and the alcoholic man who lives above us came down...he's done it four or five times now, reeling drunk so we can't understand him, he's not nasty or anything I think he's just a lonely old drunk...but obviously our dog who is already scared of men is absolutely terrified of him. It's a horrible horrible situation and it's the one bad thing about this place, but it leaves me always scared and worrying about when he's next going to come :(

    We've decided that from now on we're not going to let him in (it's just not fair on the dog after we've been working so hard to improve his fear with men) and Lyle's going to go talk to him on the street, and say we can't have him in because it scares the dog. If it continues after a few times we might have to talk to the landlord / authorities...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2011 3:02pm (Sep 4th 2011)
     
    Poor man...but you can't let him undo all the fantastic work you've done with Kaspar. If the authorities know perhaps they could get him the help he needs.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2011 6:59pm (Sep 4th 2011) edited
     

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    Thanks CC :) Hmm, we're just not going to let him in again. It's annoying that he's still trying to socialise with us, but I guess he's just lonely, he doesn't seem to have any family or visitors.

    We met a fantastic guy out on the walk today who made up for the other few bad experiences. He was unloading shopping from his van and got really excited with our dog, who accepted him only a little afraid, then went and sat by his feet and let him stroke his head! I was chatting to him about breed mix and age whilst Lyle tried to control our hyper dog!

    Kasper also met my parents and Grandma today, and he readily accepted my Grandma too, whereas he huffed at her last time. Small steps and all that!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2011 11:38pm (Sep 4th 2011)
     
    I'm so sorry your neighbour is causing you some stress Red, but you've got to do what's right for Kasper, and there's no harm in speaking to him outside of the flat, but I definitely wouldn't let him in. Is he easier to understand if you see him in a morning? Just wondered if it was the drink making it difficult or if he's like it sober too! Does he look to be elderly? Maybe Social Services or the local Safeguarding Adults team could be a point of contact to make sure he's getting some help and support if you do want to contact someone.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 5th, 2011 2:33pm (Sep 5th 2011) edited
     

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    It's easier to make sense of what he's saying in the mornings, but I think he's still quite drunk even then...night times are definitely the worst though!! He looks really old but I don't think he actually is, probs late 40's / early 50's.

    This is Kasp enjoying a chew present my 'rents brought him back from Cornwall. They got him a carob stick and a bottle of dog beer too, but it gave him an upset stomach :(

    The last two totally need captions...Kasp says "it's very important to brush your teeth" and "you have to make sure you get the teeth right at the very back!"
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2011 4:51am (Sep 7th 2011)
     
    OMG, Red I LOVE these pics of Kasper..my favorite is the next to the last one..it's the cutest ever!!!! He does look like he is making a commercial for a dog tooth brush.

    Priceless!! He just looks so intelligent.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2011 3:46pm (Sep 7th 2011) edited
     

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    Hehe thanks Lynn! :) Maybe we should try start up Kasper's career as an actor!

    He's got an upset tummy today (he was sick in the night bless him), but to counteract the bad news his toe seems to be fully healed! We left his cone off overnight and have been walking him off-lead on the viaduct, and will try through the fields tomorrow!

    I love it when he looks so happy!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2011 3:27pm (Sep 15th 2011) edited
     

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    The pulling on lead work is not working, heh! We've been working on it for about three weeks now...he improved dramatically in the first day (no pulling!) then decided he liked pulling too much! After a few weeks he improved again, only to fall back into pulling! Never mind, we're just being consistent and even if it's not working it feels better than doing nothing!

    Today on his walk Kasper chased a squirrel...UP A TREE!! He was about 7/8 feet off the ground, I thought he was going to break his neck getting down but he managed it fine :smile: He also said hello to this old lady on a mobile scooter *so* politely. He sat and wagged his tail and sniffed her hand, let her give him a fuss, and didn't pull or try jump up at her or anything. I was very proud!

    He's being really annoying in the house though...he's not misbehaving as such, he's just whining and saying he needs the toilet when he doesn't! And if we take him out, often he won't go (or will force out a little wee to shut us up!) then come back in and whine again! So we just put him in his crate where he has to settle, and he doesn't usually whine after that.

    I posted on a dog forum about it and they didn't have any suggestions. He does it every few days in this 'phase'; he's done it before and then stopped for a few months. Little terror :tooth:

    Oh there was the cutest moment ever the other day too (I really wished I'd had my camera!). Kasper jumped up against a dry stone wall to see what was in the field, and this cow walked over and they touched noses! It was so cute and Kasper's tail was wagging like billyo...then the cow ruined it by having a poo though :001_rolleyes:

    Think that's all the Kasper news for now!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2011 3:46pm (Sep 15th 2011)
     
    ha ha ha the cow ruined a special moment, so funny Red. Your perserverance and patience will pay off though with his pulling, keep up the great work you are doing with him.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2011 5:21pm (Sep 15th 2011)
     
    If he's a nice disposition with strangers, Red, you could perhaps register him as a PAT (Pets As Therapy) dog!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2011 11:50pm (Sep 15th 2011) edited
     
    My sis-in-law's springer does the "I need a wee, I need a wee" thing all the time, but doesn't go. I think he does it because he's attention seeking and just wants to go out and sniff the air. Does he drink enough? Just wondering if dogs can get cystitis.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2011 6:23pm (Sep 16th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks TM :) CC, he's good with strangers but he wouldn't work as a therapy dog because of his terror with certain men...if he sees someone he's scared of he barks like crazy or growls and tries to run away.

    Really Kate? That's interesting, I wonder if it's a dopey springer trait. Kasp's dead weird with water, he only drinks three or four times a day (which doesn't seem like a lot to me) but he'll drink a whole bowlful. He's also scared of his water bowl, especially if it's brought towards him. I don't know if maybe he didn't always have access to water or there's history of trauma to do with it, but it means we have to limit his water intake and only give him half a bowl at a time.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2011 6:26pm (Sep 16th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We've discovered a great game today! On the viaduct we play fetch with Kasper using two golfballs (he chases after one, brings it back, and drops it so we can throw the second). Today we played golf football!

    Kasp brought the first back but we let him keep it in his mouth, then me and Lyle stood a distance apart with the dog in the middle and kicked the ball to and fro! The dog LOVED it and it tired us all out. We're all rubbish at football so the balls were skittering off in all directions. Sometimes Kasper would swap which ball he carried or he would steal both till he got bored :laugh:

    It was even better this evening because the viaduct was flooded with all the rain so the balls were sinking in the puddles and Kasper was diving in nose first! We all got absolutely soaked but it was great fun :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2011 4:40pm (Sep 17th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    This is me and doggy on the morning walk :)
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    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2011 12:29am (Sep 18th 2011)
     
    You are both smiling:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2011 11:45pm (Sep 18th 2011)
     
    I have another thought Red, some dogs don't like the reflection in the water, so a non-reflective bowl helps if that makes sense.

    I think springers just do the 'let me out' dance because they always want to be on the go!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 27th, 2011 1:39pm (Sep 27th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I missed posting this due to lack of laptops, but on Sunday it was six months since we adopted Kasper!! :bigsmile: :cheer:

    It feels like we've had him forever! We were counting up all the things we've learnt since then and all the ways he's improved, and it's quite amazing...his behaviour with other dogs is much calmer now, he plays very politely, his recall has improved, he is much much calmer in the house, his behaviour on lead has improved, he's learnt lots of new tricks...he's done okay for himself I guess, no matter how many other issues we have to work through :tooth:

    We got him a new bed and baked some iced honey and fruit cookies for him to celebrate, and he got a present from my parents brought back from their holiday which he loved destroying :smile:

    I can't post any photos which is a shame (can't get them off my camera with Lyle's laptop) but I'm sure I'll be able to get them up soon.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 27th, 2011 11:49pm (Sep 27th 2011)
     
    Is there any more news on your treat making venture Red?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 28th, 2011 2:03pm (Sep 28th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh yeah, it's all systems go! :bigsmile:

    We've finalised the recipes and have 10 products for sale so far (all available in different sizes), ranging from training treats, birthday iced treats, donuts and low fat treats for overweight dogs! We've registered the domain and are in the process of designing the website (my dad's helping!), this is it so far:

    http://www.kasperskitchen.co.uk

    We have designed and printed some business cards and are ordering our packaging. The weekend after this we will hopefully be selling our goods at market :smile:

    It's been very busy here, but having the internet has made it all somewhat simpler!!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2011 8:13am (Sep 29th 2011) edited
     
    Brilliant Red its going to be great looking forward to buying some treats for Dodger.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2011 5:36pm (Sep 29th 2011)
     
    Awwwww! :heart: Those eyes! I bet he gets anything he wants! :face-smile: