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    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2013 9:50pm (Jan 16th 2013) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Six days ago we opened our home to a little rescue pup. Someone we met through our business told us that their neighbour, who isn't a very nice person, didn't want the puppy anymore. She had been spending a lot of time outside with no shelter, and the 'owner' was going to dump her!!! So we said we would look after her, and potentially rehome her...haha ;)

    Here she is


    We think she's about 10.5 weeks old now, is mostly / all Staffy and we have named her Zoey!


    How adorable is she?! Especially in her new pink harness!!!


    Kasper *really* wasn't impressed at first, and growled a lot! However with lots of counter conditioning they play together wonderfully now, and growling only happens when it should - Kasper is far too much of a push over, and will lay on his back whilst Zoey bites his neck, the poor boy!


    And a goofy pic of Kasper enjoying the snow :)


    Zoey has had a vet visit and her first vaccination. Crate training is going well, as is house training, she has learnt touch, her name (recall), is learning sit and knows to wait in her crate until released!

    And some videos :)

    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2013 12:48am (Jan 17th 2013)
    Oh Red a wonderful heartwarming story and lovely pics and video of doggies together. I am sure the way you have trained Kasper so well he will adapt beautifully. What a dear and lucky little puppy Zoey is!!!:face-smile: well done yet again!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2013 5:12pm (Jan 17th 2013)
    Zoe is absolutely beautiful, Red - and isn't Kaspar good with her? He's so patient. And you two are fantastic for taking on poor little Zoey - how can people be so horrible??:face-sad: I'm sure she'll grow into a lovely dog, just as Kaspar did with your loving guidance. :heart: PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE keep us updated with regular pics, won't you?
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2013 6:58pm (Jan 17th 2013)
    She is beautiful and if you decide to rehome her she will be such a lovely pet with your excellent training. I still think you should take it up as an occupation. There are so many pets and owners that would benefit from your experience.

    Of course she's more likely to become a permanent member of your ever expanding family! She already looks a very loving dog and I'm sure will be a wonderful addition. Look forward to seeing her grow!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 18th, 2013 5:07pm (Jan 18th 2013)
    Oh how cute, she is lovely as CC said how can people be so horrid to such a little one she is but a baby still. Kasper is a good boy to tolerate her so quickly They will become such good friends and will make lovely play mates on their lovely walks. I loved seeing him enjoy the snow in the video and what a wonderful body swerve he did. I am sure he can turn on a sixpence. Do keep us updated so we can share them both with you.XXXX
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 18th, 2013 8:03pm (Jan 18th 2013)
    Oh Red..Zoey is soooooooo cute..I just love that darling little face. I know with you and Lyle raising her, she will turn out to be the best Staffy on the planet. :face-smile:
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2013 7:07pm (Jan 20th 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks everybody :)

    The videos above are of both dogs playing and having fun together, and I finally taught Zoey sit! Sorry they are up there, blame my tablet...

    Both pups are doing great. Kasper is amazingly patient with her and has everybody commenting on what a star he is (especially when they see the video below!). He adores Zoey, and she loves bothering him - someone predicted that by 4 months old she will be the boss, and I totally agree!

    Today Zoey travelled in a car for the firstf time and came to my grandparents' house whilst we ate. She was great and loved everyone. She didn't have any accidents, slept both ways in the car, and loved pootling around the garden on an extendible lead.

    She now knows sit, touch, go into her crate and we are working on lead training.

    We also have positive reinforcement classes booked in for when Zoey's jabs are up to date! Even better its only 2 mins walk away!! :) We grilled the trainer and she seems good, so we will pop along and see what we think.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2013 7:20pm (Jan 20th 2013)
    Red; GET YOURSELF A JOB DOGTRAINING!!! You are superb and should be using your talent! :D The dogs are wonderful, and a credit to you.
    • CommentTimeJan 21st, 2013 7:59pm (Jan 21st 2013)
    She is so cute, and Kasper is a star! What a lovely pair they make, and how lucky they are to be living with you. You must have bucket loads of patience Red, and a genuine love for what you are giving to those dogs. Fabulous!
    • CommentTimeJan 21st, 2013 8:12pm (Jan 21st 2013) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenRed; GET YOURSELF A JOB DOGTRAINING!!! You are superb and should be using your talent! :D The dogs are wonderful, and a credit to you.

    Thankyou CC :smile: Its funny you should say that as we just got a 5 day a week 'job' walking and training an 8 month old beagle puppy!! :D

    We met her for the first time last week, and her owners chose us as the pup loved us so much! :smile: We went again today to join her on a walk, and get the keys, and her owners were gobsmacked because I taught her 'touch' within 2 minutes :woohoo:

    I adore working and being with dogs, and helping their owners understand them more :heart:

    I posted more on the other forum:

    Just over a week ago Edge and I got in touch with a couple who had an 8 month old beagle. They worked shifts and were wanting someone to walk their dog during the day.

    We said we would love to do it, and were invited around to their house. Their beagle, is adorable! She took to us right away and, although boisterous and cheeky (and very funny!), she just needs some manners training. We will be walking her every week day, which I can't wait for! And I am also welcome to do as much training with her as I like - WHICH I CAN'T WAIT FOR!!!   

    We visited again today and were shown some good walks where they live. I practised some recall whilst she was off-lead, with food rewards obviously, and she responded very well. So well in fact that I think we will be letting her off-lead tomorrow, our first walk with her!

    Some of her 'issues' (not really issues, but for want of another word...) are: jumping up on people, going on the couch uninvited, pulling on lead, and a very slight fear or uneasiness due to a few slightly overbearing training methods used - which will be incredibly easy to repair and educate from!

    Whilst Edge was sorting out the practicalities (pay, keys, times etc.) I spent some time training with her. She is *obsessed* with food, which makes it easy to get her to offer new behaviours, but she can be obsessed with it, so I had to hide it behind my back!!

    Anyway, after a few minutes pup had mastered the 'touch' command, which her owners were amazed at, haha! I'll have her leg weaving and showing off in no time!! ;)
    • CommentTimeJan 21st, 2013 8:21pm (Jan 21st 2013) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebShe is so cute, and Kasper is a star! What a lovely pair they make, and how lucky they are to be living with you. You must have bucket loads of patience Red, and a genuine love for what you are giving to those dogs. Fabulous!

    Thanks Kate :blush: Haha, yes EVERYBODY has been impressed and surprised with Kasper ;)

    They match each other very well. Both very rough and tumble, listen to each other very well, intelligent - am i biased haha?!

    Our friend came around tonight and Zoey loves him as much as Kasper does!! He now has to put up with two crazy dogs :laugh:

    And yes, I do love my babies!!! :001_tt1:

    Today I've been working on Kasper waiting on the couch whilst I trained Zoey on the floor. He did great, I'm sure he'll have it perfected in no time! Then I'm gonna work it the other way, but Zoey needs to be a little older first.

    I've also had both dogs do a sit and wait next to each other today, which I was seriously impressed with! :smile: I'm gonna have to take a photo or video of this tomorrow as its way cute, but my laptop / camera is bust, grrr!

    We also worked on leave it, which Zoey is getting good at! She will ignore the covered treat, back up and sit...clever girl that one! I really hope she helps bust the Staffy stereotype for as many people as possible...already my older cousin has said "I thought they just went around killing people but she's actually cute!" :whistle:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 21st, 2013 9:44pm (Jan 21st 2013)
    Well done I am so pleased for you both, and look forward to hearing all about it.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2013 3:35pm (Jan 22nd 2013)
    What's a 'touch', Red? Not something I've heard of in dog training.
    The beagle will be an excellent first project. and from her you'll get a recommendation...then a website...then a van...then a fleet of vans... Remember us when you're rich & famous, won't you? :D
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2013 6:56pm (Jan 22nd 2013)
    Living in an area where the predominant dog is a staffy, I have seen some really well trained ones. I think they are very intelligent which is why they were bred to guard the nursery. Good luck with the beagle (my favourite pedigree!) Will you take Kasper and Zoey with you, or are you going to wait a while?
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2013 6:41pm (Jan 23rd 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks NN :)

    Posted By: chief chickenWhat's a 'touch', Red? Not something I've heard of in dog training.
    The beagle will be an excellent first project. and from her you'll get a recommendation...then a website...then a van...then a fleet of vans... Remember us when you're rich & famous, won't you? :D

    Touch is essentially teaching the dog a target, I generally start off with my fingers. It's useful in getting the dog's attention, people are impressed with it, it's great for teaching fearful or sensitive dogs that hands are a cue / mean a treat and not a scary thing! Once they have the touch understood, you can teach them to target other things (for eg, in the first vid I posted, we taught Kasper to target Zoey when he was afraid of her - so she = treats!)...the end of a stick, a post-it note you can put anywhere (to teach the dog to close a door for example)...touch can also be used for teaching other tricks, like leg weaves, or for getting a dog off furniture without threatening it.

    Ooops, waffled! :laugh:

    Ahaha I don't think I could manage that CC, I'm tired after working with three dogs everyday!! :rolling:

    Posted By: KatebLiving in an area where the predominant dog is a staffy, I have seen some really well trained ones. I think they are very intelligent which is why they were bred to guard the nursery. Good luck with the beagle (my favourite pedigree!) Will you take Kasper and Zoey with you, or are you going to wait a while?

    I love anyone who knows me is aware :001_tt2: Cool! Why are Beagles your breed? :smile:

    Zoey needs her 2nd vac first, but in a few months time (when she's big enough to make the walk!) we will definitely be taking her along. Possibly Kasper as well / separately, but we need to check out the Beagle's walk first to make sure it is Kasper-proof! The bits with seen are all around a play park, or allotments with open gates, which I don't think Kasper would particularly enjoy :biggrin:
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2013 6:47pm (Jan 23rd 2013) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Zoey turns 12 weeks old tomorrow...I can't believe we've had her 2 weeks already!!

    She's definitely grown, and isn't underweight anymore...well, maybe slightly, but her ribs are no longer visible, whoo! Today we worked some more on leave it, which she's doing really well at (it's a hard pic for a young pup to learn!), drop it (proving tricky as she now drops the object before I ask her to!!! :rolling: ) and I think that is all!

    Here she is doing sit, leave it and was supposed to be longer but my camera cut out >__<

    Her beautiful face and puppy-dog eyes

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    My puppy parcel! :tongue:

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    Puppy play! I mean honestly, look at him! :heart:

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    And my favourite pics of my babies :heartsabove:

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    And this video is hoilarious - Zoey discovers carrots! :rolling:

    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2013 6:52pm (Jan 23rd 2013) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    We got about 7 inches of snow on Monday too! :gasp:

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    It's absolutely beautiful, and for a few days all the branches on every tree had several inches of snow balancing on them! Kasper adored walking in it, we had fun sledging and even Zoey didn't mind wading through it! :)

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    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2013 8:03pm (Jan 23rd 2013)
    I saw Crufts one year and the beagles were in the show ring. I just loved the way they kicked their legs out straight in front when they walk. To be honest I'm not really that fussed about breed, personality is most important isn't it.

    I can't believe that Zoey, a baby, can do touch! It is lovely to see that (I've never seen it before, or rather never realised I'd seen it!) She is such a clever girl. I'll be interested to hear in the future who is easier to train, Zoey or Kasper (or the beagle!)
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 24th, 2013 12:52am (Jan 24th 2013)
    Beautiful snow pics and of the doggies Red. You are so good with training Zoey she is learning fast thanks to your methods. Well Done You:face-angel:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 24th, 2013 5:37pm (Jan 24th 2013)
    I love the Zoey sausage roll in a blanket! She's a total credit to you - they both are. :heart:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 25th, 2013 7:17am (Jan 25th 2013)
    Red, your training of Zoey is very impressive, I'm so proud of you and Lyle! I know you are going to change people's minds about Staffys, it's all in how you raise a dog. I so enjoyed the videos of your "kids", they are both darling. :running_dog:
    • CommentTimeJan 28th, 2013 5:28pm (Jan 28th 2013) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you all :)

    Ugh we have been so busy...poor Kasper boy had to go to the vet the other day. I found a lump on the underside of his tail, which we're hoping is an infected lump from puppy play...otherwise its an innocent cyst that will need removing, and Kasper might need his tail chopped off!!!!

    So we're really hoping the antibiotics will sort it out. Kasper *hates* the vet, especially as ours is a man, so I really don't want to have to put him through that again. I've never seen him so scared last time, he wouldn't even eat the PB last time! Otherwise he is fine though :)

    Zoey is good too. *She* had to go to the vets today for her 2nd vac and microchipping. My heart about broke when she was being held and needled, and to make matters worse as soon as she was released she ran waggy-tailed to kiss the vet, awww! I scooped her up and smothered her in kisses, she was like 'muuum!' :laugh:

    She is eating way more now as she grows bigger. When we first got her, her collar was on the tightest setting, now its on the biggest and still sligtly tight! We have her next collar ready though (of course haha!) and its really cute. She has learnt a new trick too, I say 'how high' and she stands on her back legs hahaha! :D

    We had family visit yesterday. They were *terrible* with both dogs (as ever *sigh*) one point Zoey was grabbed around the neck and held to the ground...I almost got violent then :P But thankfully Zoey is a very sociable pup, and didn't mind. They all loved her though, and all three of them are the most anti-staffy people I know, so I'm sure Zoey will be a fab educator as she grows.

    And a video - this was before how high though sorry! I can't add pics either as my tablet / photobucket are being annoys me so much!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2013 1:31am (Jan 29th 2013)
    Gosh Zoey growing out of her collar already.
    Why would anyone hold her down on the floor by the neck, sorry but I just dont get that!!!!
    I guess the good part is by having her and training her so well people will begin to understand her breed much better.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2013 4:57pm (Jan 29th 2013)
    Red; give up training Zoey - sounds as though it's the yumans wot want training!
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2013 7:58pm (Jan 29th 2013) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: Trevs MumGosh Zoey growing out of her collar already.
    Why would anyone hold her down on the floor by the neck, sorry but I just dont get that!!!!
    I guess the good part is by having her and training her so well people will begin to understand her breed much better.

    I know. It's the closest I have ever been to kick off at family. Grrr, makes me mad just thinking about it!

    Posted By: chief chickenRed; give up training Zoey - sounds as though it's the yumans wot want training!

    Haha, as ever! :face-smile:

    Zoey is learning a new command, 'cuddle'! I sit on the floor with my legs in a circle, and she runs and has to stand in the middle of them! :laugh:

    Eh, I'm a little sad tonight...the beagle's owners are thinking of rehoming her, and they've only had her 3 months...she just needs some proper good training, handling differently... *sigh* Breaks my heart...if we hadn't just found pupster we would've taken her too :crying: *sigh*

    But Zoey is doing fine. Her new collar is blue with white flowers, and it turns out the flowers glow bright green in the dark which is cool. I need to do a ton of counter conditioning with her harness, as she's terrified of it, and we'll be able to take her out in 5 days (big yay!)

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    Doesn't she look like a big grown up Staffy here?! :smile:

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    Smiley girl

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    DEVIL PUPPY!!! :rolling:

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    Snow play

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    Kasper thinks his little sister is a dope :smile:

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    Showing off his perfect figure

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    Isn't he lovely?

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    *sigh* People rehome their dogs so easily... :(
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2013 3:49pm (Jan 30th 2013)
    I love the pic of her laughing, Red - she's A beauty.
    Can you get the beagle's people to let you keep training her for a few weeks and wait to see the results? they think a working dog like a beagle isn't going to be full of get up and go? They should have got a ten year old pekinese or something.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2013 4:13pm (Jan 30th 2013)
    what a shame about the poor little beagle I do hope they keep it and you can train it up and enjoy it that way Red
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2013 7:46pm (Jan 30th 2013) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks guys, others have been less understanding about why I'm so upset, so its nice to have people that empathize...we have really bonded with her, I feel SO sorry for her. We would've totally adopted her pre-Zoey (not that I'm not over the moon at having pupster! :tooth: )

    Really tried my damndest training beagle today. I'd already been proofing a few things (wait, waiting to be invited up on the couch, getting off the couch, not jumping up etc) but today I tried so hard. I wrote two A4 pages about good dog food and the effect poor dog food can have on behaviour, training aids, the work we'd done and how to do it.

    The main thing I wanted to stop was the constant jumping. Now beagle's default behaviour is sit, and I've worked on her keeping her sit, even when people reach for her, or are handing her treats...her bum has to stay on the floor until released to get the treats. Only took three 5 min sessions! I tried to explain how much beagle enjoys this training, and how useful it is...

    Her owner contacted us to say beagle hadn't jumped up once all evening, which is good :)

    We've also added our profile to a few sites, advertising walking or training in our local area (thanks for the prompting CC!), seeing as Lyle has a bike that works now we can travel further, faster and for free!

    Did some awesome training with Zozo today, really enjoyed it :) We bought a new harness today, one that goes over the head, so I'm counter conditioning her to it. In one session we moved all the way up to touching her with it! Also introduced the clicker to all the other commands, really helped with leave it.

    Took Zoey for her first mini-walk with Kasp today. She did so much better with her brother there; pulled like a steam train on a collar though ack! We can work on outdoor lead training later though, when she's more comfortable.

    13 weeks old tomorrow!!!

    Trying to upload pics to compare, then and now :)
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2013 7:56pm (Jan 30th 2013) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    If this works , the pic above and below are from Zoey's first day here, at 10 weeks old. See the ribs after a full day's food?!

    And now, below!

    I don't know if you can tell in the face shots, but her nails have really worn down - all naturally!
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2013 11:47pm (Jan 30th 2013) edited
    Staffies always seem to pull on a lead -I've always assumed that's why they're all walked off lead round here! I'm sure she will enjoy her harness in the end.

    It is a shame that they're giving up on beagle so soon. Have they had her from puppy or was she a rehome? I hope they decide to postpone and see how it goes now that they've seen such a good result already. The only things I would say are that if they are so impatient maybe beagle is better off going to a new home, and your training will make that easier. Also, a beagle is probably easier to home than a staffie so I'm glad you've got Zoey otherwise she would've been the one stuck in kennels. It is heartbreaking that people can be so matter of fact about a pet, and as animal lovers we can all empathise with you. Give Kasper and Zoey and extra cuddle tonight -there's nothing like a pet to make you feel better. xx

    Forgot to say, we'll done on teaching beagle that so quickly, and beagle remembering it when you're not around!
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2013 1:29pm (Feb 3rd 2013) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Every dog I've ever walked, minus three (Ellie girl and two ex-racing Greyhounds in rescue), have pulled. I'm pretty sure Zoey will pull when she's an adult, partly because I fail at lead training, partly because I'm lazy :001_tongue: and lastly because I don't want to start yet as Zoey's just getting used to the lead / walking, and she's on a collar...

    Got a text yesterday, after thinking there was a chance they were keeping Beagle...they're rehoming her today :beaker::fierce:

    Posted By: KatebIt is a shame that they're giving up on beagle so soon

    ^ ^ That. They got her from a friend at 5 months, so I guess a rehome. They're nice people, it's just such a shame for the dog...mind you, maybe she lucked out and they chose a good home with lots of experience *crosses fingers*

    Shame I'll never get to finish teaching leg weaves...

    'Nuff said on that. Back to my pups!

    Zoey is fabbidab! We took her for her first few walks (which is very naughty as she's not officially supposed to go out till tomorrow *slapped hand* :smile: ) and eeeh I am so proud of baby girl! :woohoo::yay_jump:

    Today she met around 20 people - *everyone* stopped to love her, even joggers! And Zoey lapped up all the fuss and loved it. She was brilliant! She saw about 10 dogs too and was marvelous with them all. The dogs she met were all perfect, and when a group of four went racing past her Zoey tried to run after them!!! :laugh:

    She saw a HUGE GSD cross (seriously, it was massive) and did great with it, and I knelt so she could climb onto my lap for security. She is well and truly socialised haha, we just have to keep this positivity up while she grows.

    We also let her off-lead (well, she was on a 10 foot long-line that we dropped and let trail after her just in case), which she really enjoyed. She came back every time we called her name so that was great too! :yay_jump:

    Pics to follow :)
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2013 1:50pm (Feb 3rd 2013) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Filling her crate a bit more now!

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    "Mummy, are you sure that remote isn't mine?"

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    Ah, that face! I challenge anybody to feel sad or angry whilst looking at that face!

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    Strike a pose handsome!

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    A very tired & bedraggled me and my dogs!! :rolling:

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    Thanks for this Lyle! Can you spot the puppy?!

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    Zoey: I wuvs my big bruvver!
    Kasper: I tolerate my little sister...

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    More to come (sorry!!)
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2013 1:54pm (Feb 3rd 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    13 weeks old in these :smile:

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    They are gradually getting better at settling with each other

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    Daddy snuggles!!!

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    Most beautiful dog ever!

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    And finally, tired after a big day! C:

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2013 3:59pm (Feb 3rd 2013)
    What lovely pics, Red, especially the one with her 'arm' round Kaspar!
    Sorry about little beagle, I wish they'd had the patience to hang on in there just that little bit longer...:face-sad: Perhaps they'll pass your name on to the new owners?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2013 7:10pm (Feb 3rd 2013)
    I wish people would give dogs a chance to learn something before they give up on them. :face-sad: I know you could have trained that little beagle, Red.

    I loved the pictures of the pups..the one with Zoey's arm around Kasper was soooooo cute. She sure is growing fast. She has so much expression in her little face.:face-smile:
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2013 8:42pm (Feb 4th 2013)
    Great photos! She is such a little snuggle bum! :nicegrouphug:
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2013 3:31pm (Feb 7th 2013) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    People are very quick to give up on dogs these days. They expect training to work instantly, and don't understand or have the patience for months of training.

    Thankyou! I can't believe how big she is now! She's 14 weeks old today, meaning we have had her 4 weeks :smile: :_party:

    She's doing great. I've been doing lots of work with both dogs around food, and can feed Kasper just outside the kitchen and Zoey just inside, with no trouble whatsoever. Toys are another matter and we still can't have any objects or toys around as Kasper will RG, so I have to work some more on that *yawn*

    I'm making another video of both dogs playing together, they're both SO happy! :001_tt1: Added:

    I need to upload another training video too, she's made so much progress! Her harness CC is going really well, we had a kind of a breakthrough yesterday. After days and days of little progress and her still hating putting her head through the loop, yesterday she willingly put her head through and didn't mind when I simultaneously moved it backwards. If I hold it out she also runs and touches it too, and I've been doing it where the click of the harness' clip equals a treat too, so she loves every aspect of it.

    She also knows wait, and will stay sat when I'm up to 4ft away (not tried further yet!) *yay* Socialisation and walks are still going well, and she played with an 11 month old Cocker Spaniel pup on her longline yesterday, which was sweet.

    I really want her to learn lie down, but I've complicated it as when I try lure her downwards, she ignores the treat as she thinks it's 'leave it'! I might try having her on the couch and luring her by moving the treat all the way to the floor...hmm.

    I need to put the pics and videos up but I am sooo tired - it's not even tea time yet!
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2013 3:33pm (Feb 7th 2013) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Also, we are getting Kasper and Zoey new tags (well, Zoey doesn't have a tag lol, but Kasper needs a new one as Lyle's number has changed)

    Zoey's potential:

    And Kasper's:

    Oh, a beautiful locket arrived for me today too! It's an acorn with a screw-top, meaning I can put things inside it for safekeeping. I have some of Kasp's fur in it and Milly's ashes, so they can be with me every second of every day :heart:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2013 5:48pm (Feb 7th 2013)
    How lovely, Red; who does the tags? They're so individual. And what about a pic of the locket too? :)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2013 7:58pm (Feb 7th 2013)
    The tags are beautiful, Red. Could you take a picture of the locket for us? (I love that you have put some of Milly's ashes in it):heart:
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2013 9:57pm (Feb 7th 2013)
    I like the first tag for Zoey with the leaf on it, but they're all lovely. Yes, photo of your locket please!!!!
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2013 7:34pm (Feb 10th 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    They're from Etsy, you can search for anything and choose whichever you like best. I got the locket from there too.

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    Zoey really looks like an English Bull Terrier here!
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    Kasper dragging Zoey back to the dog bed! If he wants to play he will go get her and drag her to the bed...usually she ends up on her back just being scraped along hahaha!

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    My babies :smile:

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2013 2:59pm (Feb 11th 2013)
    I love the last pic - butter wouldn't melt, you can almost see their haloes! :rolling:
    Lovely locket, Red; have you looked at as well?
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2013 6:47pm (Feb 11th 2013)
    She looks a lot like a bull terrier! I love them, they always look so sad. Your babies are very cute-I'm glad hey give you so much pleasure.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2013 7:37am (Feb 12th 2013)
    great pics, fun video, lovely locket, neat tags, cute doggies and awesome owners!:face-smile:
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2013 12:51pm (Feb 13th 2013) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha I know CC :laugh: Oooh no, will have to have a look!

    Kate, EBT have been my favourite breed since I was a tiny little kid. I lovelovelove the breed, but resigned myself to never having one as they're hardly ever in rescue and have lots of health issues...a cross Staffy would be so sweet! :smile:

    Thanks TM!!

    Training videos, first counter conditioning her to her harness. These clips were taken over a period of 3 days

    And teaching her lie down. She can do it 100% of the time now, but only on high surfaces!!! I need to get her to understand it works on the floor too...I wanted her to know it by training class tonight but maybe not haha! :smile:

    Zoey in her crate eating a meal. She has a new ultra thick fleece in her crate now, which she loves. I might have to get Kasper one because his sister loves it so much!

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    I HAS TOY!!

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    Look at that face!

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    Showing off how big she is now

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    I think she's ready for training ;)

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    Also, we now have an amazing amazing amazing vet! Kasper had a vet appt and for the first time ever HE ENJOYED IT AND WAS HAPPY THERE!!! AAAAGH *explodes* such a big deal, why aren't all vets like this?!

    You can read it here on my blog, it's very longwinded ;)

    Scarlybob's blog!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2013 3:05pm (Feb 13th 2013)
    So what is the lump, Red? I note from your blog that it's nothing to worry about but did she say what it was?
    So good that you've found a nice vet who's understanding of Kaspar's problems - hooray!:cheerleader::clap::cheer:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2013 6:15pm (Feb 13th 2013)
    Red, your vet sounds wonderful..wish all vets were like this one. We have a very nice lady vet here, that comes here for our dogs, that makes things soooo much easier on the dogs.
    Does your vet think it's just a fatty tumor on Kasper's tail?
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2013 11:32pm (Feb 15th 2013) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    All vets *should* be like this one...I'm amazed that we found her, but even more amazed it took us this long!Seriously, she puts all the other vets to shame and makes some of them look downright cruel! I mean, how many vets must treat nervous or anxious dogs?! But most owners don't expect vets to be gentle or patient with them, it's just a pick 'em up, pin 'em down and dodge the teeth job! I won't have anyone treating Kasper roughly or making his anxiety worse...and we've finally found a vet that not only respects that but understands where I'm coming from, and is willing to put the effort in too! :smile:

    One of the things I loved about her was that she asked if he was aggressive, due to his fear. Instead of waiting to get bitten and then have the owner say "Oh, he's never done that before!" or even worse "Yeah, that happened to our last vet too...naughty boy!" she asked ahead what his reaction would probably be...and I was able to say he'd never shown any signs of aggression. I can understand vets getting annoyed and being rough / weary around dogs that are reported as being 'fearful', after all that could mean a dog bite...but pinning a dog and treating it rough is more likely to lead to one of those anyway!!!

    CC, she thinks it's either a fatty lump like Lynn said, or a chunk of scar tissue from a Zoey nip! Kasper is using this as evidence for his abuse and the fact his sister should be returned!!! :tooth:

    Zoey is almost going on Kasper's shortest walk currently! She goes about half the distance in the forest (on-lead, so no running) and lasts about half an hour in all. She's very tired afterwards! ;)

    We loved the snow the other day! Kasper showing off his speed

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    Just checking his recall ;)

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    Such a poser!

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    Running with Bingley in the background

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    My little angels...HA!

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    And Zoey snuggled in my dressing gown :laugh:

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    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2013 11:39pm (Feb 15th 2013) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Forgot to say, as of yesterday she is 15 weeks old! :)

    I finally chose a pic to get framed as well. Lyle bought me a photo frame for Christmas, and promised to print a photo to go in it. I'm not sure I shared which one I wanted (although it changed a few times anyway!) but in the end I chose this one:

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    I love how both dogs' personalities shine out...Kasper is focused on me, showing his love and loyalty and waiting for the next command, whereas Zoey is focused on her big brother, and trying to get him to play!! It's just perfect :smile:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2013 5:55pm (Feb 17th 2013)
    It IS a lovely pic, Red; it'll look wonderful framed.
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2013 6:26pm (Feb 17th 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks CC :D

    WAAAH WHERE HAS MY PUPPY GONE?!?!? She's not my baby anymore :laugh: Then, 10 weeks:

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    She looked so sickly looking back at her...look how big she is!!!!!!!!!!!! :(

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    And beautiful, what a stunner!!

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    Kasper has resigned himself to the fact sister is staying

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    Definitely not my baby anymore...

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    As long as she still enjoys cuddles! :smile:

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    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2013 6:29pm (Feb 17th 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, and the most amazing thing ever!!! Zoey can wear a harness!!! :woohoo:

    After weeks and weeks of counter conditioning her, we got there! I am SO happy! Here's a video, from the start, to the end with her running around wearing a harness! She got a new harness today (stupid expensive but I love EzyDog and she looks cute in camouflage) and a stupid expensive collar too...but pink suits her :smile:

    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2013 7:26pm (Feb 17th 2013)
    It's a lovely picture Red nod will look great on the sideboard! She is very beautiful and has changed such a lot in the few weeks she's been with you. I bet you can't imagine life without her now.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2013 8:57pm (Feb 18th 2013)
    Wow! Zoey has grown sooo much, Red. I love the way you have trained her to wear the harness.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2013 2:42am (Feb 21st 2013)
    My goodness how she has grown Red you can really see the difference when you look back at the earlier pics.
    That training vid is just fabulous Red, you are wonderful at what you do and to see her progress like that with your patience is really special.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2013 5:17pm (Feb 22nd 2013)
    She is a totally different little girl now and seems to be so happy and confident judging by all the photos and films. You are the best doggies Mum ever xx
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th, 2013 9:22pm (Feb 25th 2013) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Thankyou everybody :bigsmile: :heart:

    Zoey continues to thrive, we have been working on paw and she does it with a verbal command now which is awesome! Kasper has had some lovely days recently, the day before yesterday we really tired him out, we took him off-lead through the forest by the canal, joined the canal to Saltaire, walked through Roberts Park, crossed the road and up to Shipley Glen, through the woods to the forest near us, then we took the higher path up to Gilstead before walking back to our house!! I wish I'd taken my camera as there was some beautiful scenary, but it was a spur of the moment walk :smile:

    Here's some training, you can see our very first start on paw here!

    **warning - cutest pic ever alert!**

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    :rolling: I just love this photo of her, even if she does look very flat!

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    I caught her mid-shake hahahahaha!!!

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    She got to try ham for the first time today, and whilst Lyle was tearing it into small pieces she tried offering her best sit EVERYWHERE! It was so cute :smile:

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    And...Zoey goes crazy for carrots still!! :tooth:

    • CommentTimeFeb 25th, 2013 10:13pm (Feb 25th 2013)
    She is adorable and that photo is so cute! They are developing a great relationship.
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2013 1:40pm (Feb 26th 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks :) Yes, we still have a lot of work to do with them both, but to be honest I'm amazed with how they've accepted each other. Now if only Kasper wouldn't resource guard!! I'll start work when Zoey's a little bigger, our main aim at the moment are walks and doggy friends...
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2013 4:20pm (Feb 26th 2013)
    Do you dip the carrots in cocaine or something?? She's hilarious, such a character!
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2013 7:28pm (Feb 26th 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahahaha no! She just does that!!! She still hasn't eaten any, although the last one did get a brief chew...I need to get her a pepper, apple and various other fruits and veggies and see what she makes of them! :bigsmile:

    Posted By: RedNow if only Kasper wouldn't resource guard!!

    Reading back that was very cruel! It's not Kasper's fault for RG, it's Zoey's for not listening to him. 99% of dogs will tell another dog to get away from their valued items...poor Kasper, I tend to blame everything on him because he's the oldest! :tooth:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2013 7:14pm (Feb 27th 2013)
    wow, Red..that picture of Kasper with his arm around Zoey is just the CUTEST thing!!
    I love the one of her playing "flat puppy".
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2013 10:42pm (Feb 27th 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha I've been teaching Zoey "shout" (bark) today, and for some reason she's got it into her head that when I say shout I want her to jump-stand on her back legs repeatedly, bark, and then sit for a treat!!! :rolling: It's seriously funny!

    Kasper has been very playful with Zoey today, I'm wondering if it's because he didn't do as much running on his walk because it was really hot here today (yes, even though it was snowing two days ago!!!), so he had more energy to bug her...not that she minded!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th, 2013 6:07pm (Feb 28th 2013)
    Animals can be so comical
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 1st, 2013 7:51pm (Mar 1st 2013)
    Wish you could get Zoey on video doing "shout"..The only trick my little Jack Russel can do, is when she was a treat, she says "moma" and sticks her tongue out a little bit.
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2013 6:52pm (Mar 4th 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: LynnWWish you could get Zoey on video doing "shout"..The only trick my little Jack Russel can do, is when she was a treat, she says "moma" and sticks her tongue out a little bit.

    Your wish is my command :tooth:

    We're finally getting Zoey to eat more...feeding her twice a day (instead of the advised 3x for a pup under 6 months) has actually encouraged her to eat more, and mixing tastier grubin kibble has helped a little too. Stupid scrawny girl *rolls eyes*

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    Kasper looking adorable...his ear hair is really growing back now!

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    I've managed to turn Zoey into a model (it's kinda annoying haha!), as every time I try take a pic of her, she drops what she's doing and sits and looks at the camera!!! A rare pic of play

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    Then this happens!!!

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    And again

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    And again!

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    Haha, got you :laugh:

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    Do you think we have enough chews?!?!

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    And that's not even got our treats in, they're in a separate biscuit tin!!
    18 weeks old on Thursdat :)
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2013 3:46pm (Mar 5th 2013)
    Does she look at the camera because it speaks? My friend was trying to take a picture of Tuppence yesterday, and her telephone has a camera on it that says 'say cheese!'. Tuppence kept stopping what she was doing and giving it the most terrible glares when it 'spoke'!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2013 7:05pm (Mar 5th 2013)
    Red, I think Zoey is a big HAM..She's cute and she knows it. :lol:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2013 7:25am (Mar 6th 2013)
    ha ha ha a talking camera thst funny
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2013 11:18am (Mar 6th 2013)
    I am glad mine dont talk it would be swearing at me for taking it out in the rain spilling ice cream/chocolate and drinks over it as well as all the foliage I push it through and bumping it when I fall down a rather steep slope trying for a different angle !!!!
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2013 8:38pm (Mar 7th 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahahahaha CC surely that must get annoying?! And nope, mine doesn't talk or make any's just when we first got her I wanted to train her to feel comfortable having a huge weird thing pointed at her...and now she poses at any opportunity!! :tooth:

    My proudest thing to date: I HAVE TAUGHT KASPER TO PLAY THE PIANO!!! :rolling:

    Well, keyboard, but same difference :smile: I am so proud of him, he is such an amazing dog! It took two 2 minute sessions to teach him this.

    Here he is keeping an eye on his sister

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    He has such a wise face...when it's not dopey that is!

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    Zoey's face when she heard Lyle playing the piano inside! :tooth:

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    Kasper chomping a beef knuckle and cleaning his gnashers

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    Both asleep together!! :heart:

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    Hahahaha she's a dope!

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    She loves her daddy and her daddy loves her :)

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    She will be 19 weeks old tomorrow, and this week had her first off-lead walk with her brother. How much she loves Kasper is just so sweet, she truly worships the ground he walks on. She ran up a mountain after him, and they did really well together. Today she had a separate walk from him, and recalled perfectly from playing with another dog when she was off-lead - WOW! :whorship:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2013 6:11pm (Mar 8th 2013)
    Well, keyboard, but same difference

    I BEG TO DIFFER!!!!:thumbdown::_oh_really::beaker::fierce::cursing::rant_red2:
    Pianos are made of wood and metal. What you have there is what's known in the trade as a Plastic Pig!.:rolling: Good grief, Neil, ent you dragged her up better 'n that???

    I tell you what, Red, he sounds a lot better than some of the New Music they play at the Proms - put his name down! :face-devil-grin:
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2013 9:21pm (Mar 8th 2013)
    That pic of them asleep together trumps the previous 'cutest pic ever'. They are so smart, you must be really proud!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2013 2:16pm (Mar 9th 2013) edited
    I just love kasper and the piano...... here is a piece of music for him..... Doh
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2013 5:59pm (Mar 10th 2013)
    Red, you have done such a fantastic job of training, Kasper. So proud of you!
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2013 3:51pm (Mar 13th 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks all, I love telling people I have a dog that can play the piano!!! :rolling:

    Zoey is 5 months old tomorrow (I think, I'm losing track of the weeks what with walking so many dogs...), and her new tag arrived like an early birthday gift! This is the one we chose;

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    Wearing it - not that you can see it!

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    Eating from her adorable bowl :D


    Possibly my fave pic of her to date

    by Redanimallover, on Flickr" >My baby <img src=" />

    She loved the beef knuckle, her first bone. It was chewed down by Kasper then when it wasn't the size of her head we let Zoey have a chomp. Kasper is sulking now and won't chew it as he wants another :tooth:

    Hey gorgeous! :)

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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2013 6:14pm (Mar 13th 2013)
    Love the tag you got for Zoey, Red. Zoey has such expressive eyes. She just gets cuter by the day.:love:
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2013 7:32pm (Mar 13th 2013)
    The tag brought a tear to my eye! "I am loved" is just so appropriate. She's loved by us too-we love the photos of such a cute puppy!

    Does your comment about "walking so many dogs" mean the new 'business' is taking off?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2013 3:27pm (Mar 14th 2013)
    How lovely Red and such beautiful clear photos. I love her sweet little face so full of love and trust. I found a picture of some sweet little curtains you could make up for her bed ready for her birthday.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2013 2:30am (Mar 15th 2013) edited
    Awww NN you're right Zoey would look so cute in a pen like that. Get the sewing machine out Red. :face-smile:
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2013 4:08pm (Mar 15th 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw NN that's adorable! I'd love to get her something like that when she's older (not now, she pulls things in and sucks . chews them! Thankfully never damages them :smile: ) but I bet Lyle bans me!! :001_tt1::001_tt2:
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2013 4:16pm (Mar 15th 2013) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Ah, the quality of the pics, that's down to MY NEW CAMERA!!! YAY! :woohoo: I bought a really nice camera, after wanting one for about 4 years, and could not be happier...I've been going a little pic crazy as a result! :blush:

    Kate, yes, we have bookings for house-sitting two Cocker Spaniels, and do three walks a week with an elderly Cocker Spaniel (totally different family, just same breed of dog!) up on the glen, sometimes with Kasper too. It's not much but it just makes us feel busy all the time!! What with doing two separate walks ourselves, then walking to other people's dogs, walking back, doing another walk with Kasper and doing Kasper's Kitchen baking hahaha...crazy, I think my legs are getting even shorter with all the walking :rolling:

    Thanks Lynn! Do you think she'll lose that 'puppy look' soon? It's gonna be so sad when she's a proper adult dog...not that I think she'll be that big! :tooth: She's finally putting on weight since being fed adult food, and her ribs don't stick out anymore, whoo! :bigsmile:

    This is her doing 'leave it', impressive as she's not 5 months for a week or so yet!

    Doing leave it

    Can you tell she's put on weight?!

    Sleepy pup

    Snuggle bug!


    And playing with her brother hahahaha!

      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2013 6:19pm (Mar 15th 2013)
    Ooo, lookit dem FANGS!!!!
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2013 1:36pm (Mar 17th 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    What, these fangs?!?! :rolling: (this is all play btw)

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    Ahh that's more like it!

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    She always gets beached on her back :tooth:

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    Yep, little angels!

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    Honest! ;)

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    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2013 1:43pm (Mar 17th 2013) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, and we've been adjusting to a new family member these past few days. Moved her onto an old TV stand as Kasper was very excited with her to begin with, and Zoey was terrified!!!

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    She's Lulu, a 7 year old deformed Horsefield tortoise. Her shell is very unnaturally shaped, as her first home abused / neglected her and fed her on cat food (remember their diet should be weeds!). Her shell will be 'baseball' shaped forever, but we love her regardless!

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    Zoey feeling a bit more confident

    She's put weight on!

    Kasper's training to be calm around her

    And, finally, we put Ron's ornament in memory of him in with Lulu too

    Hey buddy!

    Oh, to give an idea of size, the cage is over 4 foot by 2 foot, and Lulu is about 6.5 inches!!! :gasp:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2013 1:43pm (Mar 17th 2013)
    Butter wouldn't melt...:D
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2013 1:46pm (Mar 17th 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    She never misbehaves CC. Apart from when she finds shoes and chews them, opens bins (she has learnt to use the pedal on the bins!!!), chews toilet rolls, clothes on the radiators, barks at the budgies, and collects remote controls :rolling:
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2013 7:16pm (Mar 17th 2013)
    Good as gold then Red! :wink:

    Lulu is lovely! Is there something odd at the back of her shell or is it just the angle of the photo? Did you get her from a rescue centre or word of mouth? I'm glad she's with you now and will have a proper diet and care.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2013 4:19pm (Mar 18th 2013)
    Posted By: Redshe finds shoes and chews them, opens bins (she has learnt to use the pedal on the bins!!!), chews toilet rolls, clothes on the radiators, barks at the budgies, and collects remote controls

    My customer was late home and got in to find he'd been punished; the Georgian window frame had been chewed, as had a remote control and two kitchen rolls. Apparently two kitchen rolls go an awfully long way when shredded...
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2013 4:37pm (Mar 18th 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    Ahahaha I can only speak for toilet rolls but they do too :tooth:

    Forgot to add a video of Lulu yesterday - possibly the most boring video in the world, but she's cute so it works :smile:

      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2013 3:42pm (Mar 19th 2013)
    Why do you say she's deformed? Is it her shell?
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2013 5:07pm (Mar 19th 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes, I'll try take a pic that shows it better. Half her shell is baseball shaped (the top half) and there's a ridge that separates it from the rest. That's from her first years when she was fed cat food.

    Today the dogs went on their first proper off-lead walk together (as in there was no lead trailing behind Zoey for safety!). Kasper was an absolute superstar and did great at showing Zoey the ropes. He let her chase after him everywhere, jump on him and was generally amazing. Zoey had the time of her life (apart from one part when she lost Kasper and stood looking terribly sad and alone!) and also said hello to a Cairn Terrier beautifully. She was very tired after though and needed a ten minute carry on the way back!!!

    Who can resist this face?

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    Or this one?!?!? :rolling:

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    Kasper has really grown since his adopted sister joined the pack, he really has become the big brother

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    I just love this :smile:

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    Way to spoil it goofy!!!

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    And he 'borrowed' his sisters' antler, and chewed it halfway down for her :tooth:

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    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2013 5:11pm (Mar 19th 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenWhy do you say she's deformed? Is it her shell?

    If you look in the pic on the video (without pressing play), can you see the ridge about halfway up her shell, and the shell above that is pointier than it should be? It's supposed to be a very gentle curve, like Ron's was.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2013 7:57am (Mar 21st 2013)
    Welcome to Lulu, fancy feeding her cat food and not finding out what she should really be eating!
    Good on you Red another success story!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2013 3:01pm (Mar 21st 2013)
    Lucky you found Lulu Red, she will have a good home with you and Lyle
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2013 6:40pm (Mar 31st 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    I haven't updated this thread for quite a while, so without further ado...

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    How much does this look like a kids' school photo?!

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    Hiya 5 month old pupster!

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    "Does my nose look big in this?"

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    Both dogs are good here. Zoey can still only manage teensy walks which is annoying, and makes meeting other dogs harder, but we'll get there as she ages. Having said that today we made it up to the moor and did a 40 minute walk (she manages further with big bro to push her on!) and they had a great time. Zoey's recall and direction were good, Kasper was the perfect big brother looking after her - apart from when he lost her!! - and Zoey met several other dogs. She came back brown from the face down hahahaha :laugh:

    Tomorrow we're going to try take her alone, so hopefully she can make it all the way and copes well without her brother!

    And, finally, Happy Easter from us here! Here's what the pups got :smile:

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    They're both so fantastic about eating around each other now, and if a treat is dropped on the floor Kasper will even let Zoey get it!

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    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2013 6:43pm (Mar 31st 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    I re-organised the dogs' leads, collars and harnesses today too. They used to be kept on the coat stand by the door, but it always looked a mess, so I moved all our hats and gloves to a storage box and put all the dog things in there. It looks much better and seems to work well. Leads are at the back, harnesses to the left, and the rest are collars!

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2013 8:15pm (Mar 31st 2013)
    I love the skool photo - I wish they'd had caps on! We're looking after 2 staffy crosses for the weekend; Cardi is lab x staffy and Tia is Jack Russell x staffy. Cardi is elderly and talks a lot, Tia is young and goes like a rocket after a tennis ball!
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2013 9:05pm (Mar 31st 2013)
    I love that pic too! A busy Easter for you then CC, hope they're behaving!