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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2014 3:52pm (Oct 8th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some photos of the cone dog :)

    His food has plain yoghurt mixed in, which is why it looks a little odd :P
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2014 4:15pm (Oct 8th 2014)
     
    It's a shame you couldn't ask for the vet to meet him first to assess if he thought he'd need a muzzle - if the vet is confident he's not going to bite him it would've been OK. I can see their point - a dog bite isn't nice (from experience a cat one is bloomin' awful!)but it would've been nice if they'd given him a chance.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2014 9:25pm (Oct 9th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's exactly what me and my parents thought...surely they should realise they're less likely to be bitten by a dog whose owners are being so careful and phoning up beforehand?!

    Ah well...

    Kasper's foot looks fantastic, you can hardly tell his back paws apart now! Huge difference from what it was like originally :smile:

    We have a friend over tonight, a male friend that Kasper hasn't really met before. Kasper has done really well; when the friend first came in Kasper barked from the kitchen, but then we took them on a walk together and Kasper readily accepted the stranger as a friend. Throughout the night Kasper has gone to M for fuss and love, and has slept all night otherwise - what a STAR!! :bigsmile:

    The most amazing thing was that our friend fit the type of person Kasper is most afraid of - wearing a hood, dark hair and has a beard. It was so incredible to see him doing so well :D

    Just goes to show that even very fearful dogs can really change with plenty of work put in :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2014 2:20pm (Oct 10th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kasper really did excel last night. Later that evening we walked our friend to a bus stop that's about 15 minutes away and we got there a little early so had to sit down and wait. Now, anytime when he was younger and we stopped moving on a walk Kasper would be whining and pacing and generally stressing out. This time he sat there good as gold, very calmly, and wagged at someone else at the bus stop :bigsmile:

    And, not to forget Zoey, she did fantastic last night too. She was content to chill out in her crate, even though a stranger was in the house (this usually sends her into a frenzy as she wants to say hello :rolling: ). She got a long walk halfway through the night and then happily settled in her crate again!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2014 6:26pm (Oct 10th 2014)
     
    You've been so patient and loving in your training of both of them and now it's paying off. Well done! :flowers:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2014 7:53pm (Oct 10th 2014)
     
    Well done Red..CC is right your training has paid off big time.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2014 1:27pm (Oct 11th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aww thank you both ^__^

    The pic of him sleeping is from when our friend was over.

    The walk pics are his special congratulatory walk he got the next day :P
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2014 3:38pm (Oct 12th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Very short video of me doing some muzzle training with Kasper...the filming of it is very poor as I had the camera, muzzle, treats and clicker in my hand!! But you get the idea ;)

    Zoey makes a brief appearance at the end; she'd found a lollipop stick Lyle had left lying around, and does a 'drop it' in return for some goodies :smile:

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2014 12:57pm (Oct 13th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    This video is so badly out of focus...my camera is supposed to focus itself whilst filming! :cursing:

    Ah well...

    Shows Kasper doing some confidence training around his crate. I'm using peanut butter as an easy to eat, high value reward. I've kept the session nice and short, and I mix up the difficulty so Kasper isn't constantly being pushed to work harder and harder.

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2014 7:25pm (Oct 14th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Photo of Zoey looking after Lyle when he was really poorly :heart:

    And we created a doggy relaxation area :rolling: Complete with two duvet dog bed, buffet and cushion...Zoey loves it!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2014 7:30pm (Oct 14th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ordered Kasper a basket muzzle today with express delivery, so it should be here by Friday. Quite excited to start work with it - just hope it's the right size as the guide was awful!!

    We've gone as far as we can with the material muzzle...Kasper willingly stuffs his nose into it, but the material wrinkles so it's not as if he's actually wearing it. Hopefully a basket muzzle will help that, and I can smear PB on the end of the muzzle to help the conditioning process ;)

    Omg I *hate* washing Kasper's foot with salt water...Kasper despises it, and there's not much training we can do to counter condition him as it needs doing so often! He's really good about it...just spins in a circle to try avoid me and the saltwater whilst he licks PB from Lyle! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2014 3:59pm (Oct 15th 2014)
     
    He's getting you trained, isn't he, Red? :D
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2014 7:15pm (Oct 15th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ha, yes :bigsmile: If any of my teachers at school ever taught me as much as Kasper has I'd be a genius, I've learnt so much from that doofus!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 17th, 2014 3:55pm (Oct 17th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The basket muzzle is *awesome*! The only negative I can think of is that to fasten is a buckle instead of a quick-release clasp. This means when we eventually get around to fastening the muzzle whilst Kasper is wearing it, he'll have to stand there a few minutes whilst we size and fasten it!

    It's perfect in every other way though :smile: The gaps in the muzzle leading to the nose are even big enough to post treats through!

    I did a mini muzzle training session with Zoey yesterday, and she was FANTASTIC! She did far better than Kasper! She was much calmer about it all, and was already willing to push her nose right into the muzzle and wait a few seconds before getting her click / treat...what a star! :heart:

    Walked Zoey to the pet shop about 20 minutes away today. We had to walk through the town centre, it was busy, there was lots of people and traffic, and Zoey excelled! She was fairly calm, wagged hello to everyone, and sat outside on a bench whilst I went and shopped!! Considering this is the first time we've walked her to a town centre since she was about 4 months old, she did really, really well :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2014 9:28am (Oct 20th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My Grandma bought me a wonderful patchwork quilt for my birthday...guess who's comandeered it already?! :001_rolleyes:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2014 3:51pm (Oct 20th 2014)
     
    I can categorically say that at this rate you WILL end up sleeping in the shed and the dogs will take over...:D
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 21st, 2014 11:33am (Oct 21st 2014)
     
    I hope you two have a nice comfy shed to live in Red, I think the puppies have won this game.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2014 2:20pm (Oct 23rd 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh man, I haven't even told you about the bed yet...

    So since Kasper has his cone on he takes up SO MUCH room in the bed!! Remember we only have a 3/4 bed and not a double bed. We brought our giant footstool up to the bedroom thinking we could have the bed and Kasper could sleep on that, right next to the bed...not a chance!

    What actually happened is that Kasper sleeps on the bed, and I have my head on the pillow, with my body lying vertically across onto the footstool!! :rolling:

    And if I ever want to have a nap on the couch, THIS is what happens!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2014 2:22pm (Oct 23rd 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some photos of Zoey stealing my blanket and dressing gown, and both pups outside. I thought Zoey woulda freaked out over the container in the garden (she tends to get scared of silly things - on her birthday she was terrified on a walk when she saw a motorbike under a cover!!) but she wasn't bothered at all.

    Both pups continue to excel at muzzle training. Need to order Zoey her own muzzle, she can't reach treats through the end in Kasper's because her nose is so short and stubby!!! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2014 5:23pm (Oct 23rd 2014)
     
    Is that a pic of the new water feature - outside your new home? :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2014 9:16pm (Oct 23rd 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha yes, ignore the wonky top! :rolling:

    I've been looking for rescue fish (which, believe it or not, do exist!) but they're all miles away...I need to clean the exterior of the pond too, looks a bit grubby atm. Maybe I could get some waterproof bunting to tie around it?! :rolling:

    Actually maybe not, can see Kasper & Zoey playing a lovely game of tug with that...!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2014 4:56pm (Oct 24th 2014)
     
    Why don't you paint it with acrylic paint?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2014 6:32pm (Oct 24th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh that's a great idea! Do you think it would seep through the plastic or any fumes would be problematic? It would be outside though :confused1: (I'm used to having birds and small rodents in the house - can't use any smellies / sprays near them!)
    We'll have to wait for this rain to stop too! :(

    Both pups have had tuna mixed in with their kibble...first we soak the kibble in water, then we add yoghurt and they got some tuna to try too. Zoey especially loves it, which is bizarre for her, but makes us happy! We have some pineapple slices for them to try tomorrow too :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2014 6:53pm (Oct 25th 2014)
     
    I painted my friend's dustbin with squiggles and her address years ago and it's still there. Just cheapo acrylic from a craft shop.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 26th, 2014 12:02pm (Oct 26th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We'll have to get creative then :smile:

    The pups had pineapple yesterday. Kasper hoovered it up (now there's a surprise!) but Zoey wasn't a huge fan...she did eat all her food eventually, but it took her about an hour! I'm not sure if we're not just encouraging her to be a fussy eater by trying to mix new things in with her kibble...I'm wondering if we should just give her dry kibble, leave it with her for 20 minutes and if she doesn't eat it take it away, and that's it. She might refuse food for a few days but sooner or later she'll get hungry enough to eat :smile:

    Some pics of the snuggle-pups too...our house is actually cool enough to want to wear jumpers some of the time, which is nice, but Zoey has decided this is far too cold and she must snuggle into things any time she can!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 26th, 2014 5:03pm (Oct 26th 2014)
     
    Can't see her in the last pic; she's hiding behind the bone...:rolling: What a sweetie she is... My friend had an English bull terrier who would wrap herself up really tightly in her basket in an old candlewick bedspread - she used to look like a ball of candlewick, you'd never know there was a dog in there!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 26th, 2014 8:00pm (Oct 26th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha she slept with her face smushed into it like that for ages :rolling:

    Oh I love English Bull Terriers! I've wanted one since I was a very young child...always wanted my first dog to be an English Bull Terrier called Monty!! And look what we ended up with instead... :001_tongue:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2014 3:54pm (Oct 27th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I want these soooo much for Zoey:

    https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/197059011/dog-harness-fleece-lined-with-matching?ref=shop_home_active_11


    https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/193090293/dog-harness-fleece-lined-with-matching?ref=shop_home_active_6


    There was a blue one I'd have considered for Kasper, but it wasn't as adorable as those...not that either pup needs a new harness, but...!

    I was hunting for a dog bed that I saw in our local pet shop and somehow got distracted by harnesses :001_rolleyes: The pet shop was selling the bed for £40, and even the owner admitted it was 'very expensive' for what it was :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2014 4:09pm (Oct 27th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2014 5:27pm (Oct 27th 2014)
     
    They've got more harnesses than I have t shirts! :D
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2014 1:11am (Oct 28th 2014)
     
    I love the halters that you found for the pups, Red..I think they are adorable too. I like the pink one more than the orange one for Zoey. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2014 2:32pm (Oct 28th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha I haven't bought them (yet!) CC, I think I'll get them for the pups for Christmas...it'll be like when you were a kid and your parents got you clothes, they'll be just as disappointed they got harnesses over treats! :tooth:

    Lynn you've sold it then, when we do buy the pups a harness each Zoey can get the pink one - both you and Lyle like it best! :smile:

    Went back to the pet shop today after walking a client's dog, and the bed had been reduced to £35...so we came home with it!! :tooth:

    Good thing it was in a plastic wrapping too as it has been TIPPING it down! We were planning on walking the client's dog to the forest today, but she's another one that's scared of rain so there wasn't a chance we were making it there :sad: Managed to get a coat on her and got her out for an hour though!

    The bed is really cute and is a perfect size for Zoey! She's fallen head over heels in love with it and is curled up sleeping on it as I type :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2014 2:34pm (Oct 28th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And Kasper must have realised he wouldn't really fit on it as he went and settled on the couch and didn't even glance at the new bed! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2014 4:31pm (Oct 28th 2014)
     
    The bed's a definite hit with Zoe, Red...she looks in seventh heaven!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2014 1:18pm (Oct 29th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    "I love my new bed!"
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2014 1:29pm (Oct 29th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Even Kasper got to try it out...I think he *could* fit in it, but it would be a tight squeeze!! :smile:

    Kasper had his cone off for a few hours yesterday and the dogs had a mega play session, it was brutal! Kasper was flipping on and off the furniture, Zoey was speeding around the room, hilarious! I tried to get a video but it was too dark so you can't see anything.

    Also did some more crate confidence games with Kasper. You can see in this video he races into his crate without me even having to say anything, whereas last video I had to ask him to go "in" every time. Great improvement
    :)

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2014 3:14pm (Oct 29th 2014)
     
    :rolling: What excellent pics - I love the one of Kasp trying the bed out and Zoe hanging out of it!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2014 7:56pm (Oct 29th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks - and yeah, I have no idea how that was comfortable!!! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2014 5:54pm (Oct 30th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kasper being absolutely obnoxious to Zoey today!



    He was trying to get her to play, and still highly excited at the novelty of having his cone off. They'd already been playing for about half an hour so Zoey wasn't that interested!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd, 2014 12:04am (Nov 2nd 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Starting to use 'Plaque Off' with the dogs today / tomorrow. It's made from seaweed, is high in vitamins, and is supposed to help keep the cat / dogs' teeth in good shape AND eliminate bad breath. Seeing as Kasper is still a pillock with having his teeth messed with (I can pull his lips up to look at his teeth, but that's it - and that's after MONTHS of training over about two years!) there's no chance I'll be able to brush them...so plaque off it is, along with tough chews and antlers.

    Anybody else used this product?

    It has surprisingly great reviews, so fingers crossed...you add a tiny amount to the cat / dogs' food; knowing Zoey she'll sniff it out and turn her nose up! :rolling:
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd, 2014 1:48am (Nov 2nd 2014)
     
    I've never heard of it, Red..I hope it works alright for them. I tried forever to get my pups to let me brush their teeth for them with no luck at all.

    Zoey looks soooooo cute in her new dog bed..love all the pictures!!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd, 2014 7:27pm (Nov 3rd 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Brushing teeth is such an odd experience for a dog, and we expect such a lot from them...sit still whilst I open your gob and attack your teeth with a strange brush!!! We should have trained Zoey to be used to it from a puppy, but we never thought...

    Haha thanks, I do love her in her new bed! :heart: Kasper has also settled in it, and AMAZINGLY, he fits!! I got a pic to prove, there was even some extra room...has Kasper shrunk in the rain?! :rolling:

    I had hotdog sausages in my bag toady...the dogs' reactions were priceless, Zoey stuck to me like glue (see second pic)!! They each got a chicken foot with their tea, too. Zoey ate hers immediately, whereas Kasper flung his around the living room for about half an hour and play growled at it :rolling:

    He did however get a new antler this morning whilst Lyle was out walking Zoey that he looooved! He gave it a real good gnaw, and it must be a good one because he wasn't able to break any chunks off - always a good sign!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd, 2014 7:32pm (Nov 3rd 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We also had a terrifying experience the other night when the lead came off Zoey's harness on a dog walk. We discovered afterwards that the connector clip was loose and easily opened, so must have brushed against something...so scary though!!

    Zoey was off like a shot and disappeared into the darkness. Luckily we were on a quiet street and it was late, I'm so glad we weren't on the main road. I grabbed a handful of treats and yelled "Zoey, heeeere!!" (feeling pretty sorry for the nearby houses as it was about 11.30pm!)
    And Zoey came back straight away! :)

    She is SUCH a good girl with recall! I'm so glad! :smile: She got lots of goodies as a reward, and luckily we had a spare lead to use for the rest of the walk. Didn't half have our hearts pounding though!!

    This is the lead we're using now - it might be a bit feminine for Kasper, although he doesn't seem to mind! ;)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2014 5:46pm (Nov 5th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Got to take both pups (separately) to the beach today. Usually we just walk them on the grass before you get to the beach, as a lot of the dogs that get walked on the beach are either not trained or aggressive and all walked off-lead, so we avoid it altogether.

    Today it was empty both times, so both Kasper and Zoey got really long walks! Kasper was really funny on his, I said to Lyle "Shall we let him go paddling?" and he immediately leapt across the path and into the water, dragging Lyle behind him! :rolling:

    He was sodden when we got back so had a good dry before settling for a nap in Zoey's bed!!
    Took the camera phone on Zoey's walk so have some pics to share :) Zoey had a paddle too, rolled on lots of stinky things, and even sat when I asked her to...showing great impulse control there as usually she can't stand to sit still on a walk, no matter how smelly a treat I have for her!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 6th, 2014 5:02pm (Nov 6th 2014)
     
    Kasp looks filthy! Did it take long to get it clean?And the phrase 'butter wouldn't melt' was made for Zo!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 6th, 2014 6:15pm (Nov 6th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thankfully dork dog has self cleaning fur, so no matter how muddy he gets he only needs a scrub down with a towel and the rest seems to magically disappear! In fact Kasper's only had a proper bath once, and that was when he rolled on a rotten birds' egg and STANK! :beurk:

    We walked Zoey on our new lead that arrived today. It's one of those with multiple D clips so you can change the length during the walk. We had it on the longest setting and it's sooo long - it's longer than our longline! It's easily 12 foot long, Zoey had some real fun racing around at the end of the lead and doing mad sprinting :smile:

    And of course she rolled in a massive dollop of poo and got her harness filthy :001_rolleyes:

    Here's plebby dog!

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 6th, 2014 6:20pm (Nov 6th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And some photos of Zoey doing some muzzle training...

    Kasper's second basket muzzle arrived today and didn't have any holes in the end to post treats through. I used a soldering iron to cut a larger hole in the plastic, the perfect size for treats! Afterwards I wanted to take a pic of my handiwork...well, Zoey saw the muzzle and raced over :rolling:

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    Unfortunately her fat stubby nose ( :rolling: ) doesn't fit in that muzzle, so we had to use the other one. Even then she can't reach the end because her nose is too short! Zoey is fantastic at muzzle training, not only does she do well at it but she LOVES doing it too!

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    She's very calm when putting her head in the muzzle, unlike Kasper. She's also willing to wait with her head in the muzzle for a few seconds before I mark and reward her.

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    Just to reiterate, for newbies, Zoey doesn’t need a muzzle. She is in no way aggressive, to people or other animals. The only reason I am muzzle training her is because it’s fun for both of us and could come in handy in the future if she ever gets badly injured and is in enough pain to snap at us. Both muzzles are actually for Kasper :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 6th, 2014 6:34pm (Nov 6th 2014)
     
    ...who isn't aggressive either but hates going to the vet and the vet gets twitched!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 6th, 2014 6:37pm (Nov 6th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha, yes exactly CC! The muzzles are for Kasper, who has never so much as raised his lip or growled at a vet before, even when he cut an artery and they were messing with his paw...yet he now needs to wear a muzzle to be seen :001_rolleyes:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2014 5:29pm (Nov 7th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The pups had some more excellent walks today. Kasper got to go swimming on his as the tide was right up, and the new lead is so long he got to go quite far out from the shore. It's the first time he's been proper swimming in deep water in about 9 months and he really enjoyed himself :smile:

    Zoey had a fantastic walk too. The tide wasn't up when we took her out but there were puddles EVERYWHERE. So she splashed through all them (including face-planting the water when she didn't realise how deep one was!). She kept shaking herself off in the puddles and just making herself even more sodden :lol:

    She also found a dead frog, poop and bird poo to roll in / on and was a lovely brown-y green colour upon returning home :001_rolleyes:

    Needless to say both dogs needed a scrub down...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2014 6:19pm (Nov 7th 2014)
     
    Bless her, she does love her stinky stuff, doesn't she?:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2014 4:07pm (Nov 8th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Unfortunately, yes she does!! :rolling:

    Some videos to share today. The first is me training Zoey & Kasper to go under the table onto the dog beds on command. I was teaching Zoey it because she was scared of going underneath the table (soon got over that! :smile: ) and then taught it to Kasper because teaching Zoey it was so fun!

    Zoey picked it up much faster than Kasper, surprisingly. The footage of her was taken within a minute of me first starting to teach her the command. Clever little fuzzball that she is!



    And Kasper playing with me today...LOVE the part when he grabs his harness as a toy! :rolling:

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2014 4:14pm (Nov 9th 2014)
     
    Love it. And the toybox - they have more toys than a lot of kids!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2014 10:55pm (Nov 9th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks CC :bigsmile: They have a toy bin that is bursting at the lid too!! I so need to chuck away some of their older toys...

    Some pics of a playfight today. Seemed to last for hours haha!

    The first pic is of Zoey shoving her bum in Kasper's face, this is what she does to try entice him to play...and 99% of the time it works. She also wags her tail so it slaps against his face :lol:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2014 6:16pm (Nov 10th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some random pics of the pups. Kasper's crate is so big he can sit in it sideways! :P
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 14th, 2014 4:58pm (Nov 14th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    So yeah, I mentioned in another thread I might be getting Zoey a coat. I'm guessing it'll take a month or so to get her used to wearing one and not be afraid, if I work on it a lot...possibly longer. She sure would look cute in a coat though ;)

    These are the top two contenders. It was hard to find a variety as most had a hole to put the dog's head through rather than a velcro opening, and Zoey hates having things put over her head...





    As well as that Zoey has been yawning, posing and, oh yeah, shredding up a fairly important letter!!! :rolling:
    Little monkey stole it off the table and wouldn't even drop it :face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 14th, 2014 5:06pm (Nov 14th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Also I'll have to post a photo of Zoey's baby coat, it's soooo tiny!! To think she would have fit in it at one point is crazy...not that she ever wore it, we bought it before we knew how much she hated things like that! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 14th, 2014 5:40pm (Nov 14th 2014)
     
    The purple one!!!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 15th, 2014 12:06pm (Nov 15th 2014)
     
    To give you more choices, consider cutting open the front of the head hole and adding a Velcro-ed strap, like the ones in the picture.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 15th, 2014 6:18pm (Nov 15th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's an awesome idea Ollie, although I'm not sure I'd be up to it, I'm terrible at DIY projects...I'm sure a family member would help though :smile:

    Bought Zoey a light coat today for training purposes. Idea is as this is such a lightweight coat she will mind it less than a bulky one to keep her warm. It's utterly adorable and was really cheap too, I just hope it fits! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 15th, 2014 6:19pm (Nov 15th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some pics of Zoey's baby coat as promised...look how tiiiiny it is!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 16th, 2014 6:46pm (Nov 16th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well, Zoey noticed Kasper's Christmas stocking hung on the curtain rail today...for some reason once she sees something that has eyes and isn't real, she becomes terrified of it?!? :rolling:

    The other one was a stuffed Mario we had on top of our wardrobe. She was soooo scared! We had to move it. And today she noticed the Christmas stocking, so that has been banished to the kitchen too! It's really bizarre because once we bring it down and show it to her, she isn't fearful, in fact she wants to play with and destroy it...but up high, she shakes with fear bless her!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 16th, 2014 7:03pm (Nov 16th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, we slept downstairs on the sofa bed last night too, as it was tipping it down when Zoey was supposed to get her bedtime walk...and if she doesn't get her walk she whines! It's easier to sleep downstairs than upstairs as there are more places for the dogs to sleep / fit down here.

    Look who claimed the sofa bed as soon as it was out :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2014 5:48pm (Nov 17th 2014)
     
    Posted By: Red we slept downstairs on the sofa bed last night

    Look who claimed the sofa bed as soon as it was out


    I've got a fiver says you're in the shed by 2016...:tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2014 11:07am (Nov 18th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :rolling:

    We unexpectedly had a friend around yesterday. We let Kasper out of his crate and let him meet the friend in the living room, as he's met him a few times before. Kasper was AMAZING! He loved our friend; he was sitting on his lap, ransacking his bag, stealing his hat...life and soul of the party!! :smile:
    And after an hour of racing about and trick-training, Kasper was more than happy to chill on the couch - GOOD BOY! :)

    Zoey was a pain, but that's because she wanted to say hello so much!! We kept her harness on and put her on a longline so we could reel her away from him.

    When she had calmed down (ever so slightly), we let her go say hi and she went mental...seriously, I think it was the most fun she's ever had in her life :tooth: She was chewing on him, leaping at him, covering his face with kisses (his face was shiny afterwards!) and having such a fun time she was making little excited whining noises :smile: And our friend absolutely adores Zoey so it was really cute!

    After half an hour of going crazy, Zoey was more than happy to sleep on the couch under my dressing gown, and didn't even stir when we were eating pizza :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2014 4:50pm (Nov 18th 2014)
     
    I love the way she wraps herself up...:face-smile:
    That's such good news about Kaspar; I knew you'd calm him down sooner or later.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2014 6:37pm (Nov 18th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He's really grown in confidence over the years, it's amazing. And he didn't even get too over-excited; he tried to hump our friend twice (Kasper humps people when overly excited / anxious :001_rolleyes: This has zilch to do with 'dominance' ) and normally once he's got to that stage he'll try mount them continuously. This time he calmed himself down very quickly, and went back to getting fuss and love. VERY proud of him :smile:

    Now if only we could get somewhere with Zoey's "AAARGH MUST LOVE ON YOU!"-ness :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2014 7:15pm (Nov 18th 2014)
     
    Isn't there a training that will stop a dog from humping???

    It sickens me when a dog does that. I can't understand the logic of it.

    I'm open for education.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2014 10:08pm (Nov 18th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh jeez, really? Remember, dogs aren't humans. Their behaviours are so, so different to ours. It's not a sexual thing when a dog humps a human, and it's nothing to do with a dog trying to "dominate" a person. It's when the dog becomes so worked up, they don't know what else to do. It's either usually:

    - When a dog becomes overly anxious

    - When a dog becomes overly excited

    - To do with hormones, for example in adolescent dogs

    - I think it can be an OCD behaviour too

    It's what's called a Fixed Action Pattern. Humping is a life skill for a dog, the same as chewing, digging, eating, circling before laying down etc etc. Dogs do it, some more than others.

    As for training a dog not to do it, all you can do is redirect (stop the humping and focus the dog on something else) every single time the dog tries to hump. Eventually, depending on what the dog gets out of humping (eg. attention) this should extinguish or at least lesson the behaviour.

    So Kasper humps when he is over-excited. Smudge (the puppy I originally wanted to adopt before we even knew about Kasper) humped for the same reason at about 4 months old. Humping is very common when a lot of dogs get together for the same reason.

    An article:

    http://www.michaelbaugh.com/2011/11/06/the-truth-about-humping/

    And a thread about different ages and humping behaviours ( :rolling: )...yup, even females can hump!

    http://www.dogforum.com/general-dog-discussion/what-age-did-your-dogs-start-133962/

    I'm pretty sure I even posted something on the last page :tooth: Did I mention we use a positive interrupter? If so, you can see in what one is in the video below:



    And finally, a great, concise comment from Tess on this thread: http://www.dogforum.com/dog-training-behavior/puppy-humping-130730/

    "Humping is not always sexual.

    Its called a "fixed action pattern".

    I've often seen dogs of either gender, hump another dog, of either gender, just out of overall excitement and arousal... not sexual arousal, just excited play arousal.

    I would not worry about it, just manage as you did."
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2014 8:27pm (Nov 20th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Photo of sleepy Kasper and a cute one of both pups together - a rarity!

    Of course Zoey looks huge, because this always happens when I take a pic of Kasper and Zoey beside each other...I have no idea why :P
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2014 9:07pm (Nov 20th 2014)
     
    Because she's a poser and tries to get closer to the camera...floozy! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2014 6:31pm (Nov 21st 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ah yes, of course! :001_rolleyes:

    Had a bit of a disaster the other day. Lyle was out walking Zoey and me and Kasper were playing tug and fetch whilst they were out. I had a bowl of pasta on the table so that when we heard Zoey return I could give Kasper the pasta (ha, that rhymes!) and quickly pick up all the toys before Zoey came inside.

    Well, stupid greedy dog (aka Kasper!) jumps up onto the table, knocks the bowl onto the floor, where it lands against a glass bottle and smashes AND TRIES TO EAT THE POTTERY SHARDS!!! Aaargh! Managed to get him away with only mild resource guarding, but why oh why is he so greedy?! :rolling:

    I've probably told you all before, but whenever I've finished soap carving he wanders around the room hoovering up any dropped soap shavings!! :bored:

    Nightmare dog he is, he's always been obsessed with food! Makes training him easy, but jeez!

    So, here is Zoey's new food bowl (it's the huge slightly Christmassy one :smile: )
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2014 6:32pm (Nov 21st 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And Lyle doing some training, I love how attentive both pups are :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2014 6:22pm (Nov 22nd 2014)
     
    Was Kasp a rescue dog? Tey can be fixated on food if they had to fight for it/go without.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2014 9:33pm (Nov 23rd 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He's a rescue dog in the sense that he's adopted, but he was never a stray or in a shelter or anything...no situation where he would go hungry. We adopted him straight from his previous home.

    Miserable Zoey alert! We were getting ready to take Kasper for a walk, and she thought it was for her! She goes all hunchy and miserable when it's harness time, bless her.

    Haven't been able to feed her properly as she had a runny poo today, so we're starving her a little until she's better...not that we can afford for her to lose any more weight :001_rolleyes:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2014 4:13pm (Nov 24th 2014)
     
    What a tragic little face...such a drama queen! Bless her, hope she's feeling better soon. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2014 4:35pm (Nov 25th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Right as rain now thanks :)

    She is amazing at looking miserable. It's 'her' expression. Kasper has the 'OMG I'M SO HAPPY' look down, whereas Zoey excels at looking tragic :rolling:

    Kasper stole a packet of Quavers from a rucksack today, and was prancing around the room crunching them. Pillock. Got them off him eventually :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2014 3:08pm (Nov 26th 2014)
     
    I think I said this before; I'd taken Ben (Mum & Dad's dog) for al ong walk, we'd been to the river and he'd had a swim, a customer had made a fuss of him and given him biscuits and I'd bought him a huge marrowbone from the butcher. Popped into the petrol station and came out to find him hanging his head out the window of the car looking utterly tragic and a lady patting him and saying 'O you poor boy...'
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2014 6:08pm (Nov 26th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :rolling: Some dogs just do "I'm abused" so well!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2014 7:38pm (Nov 26th 2014)
     
    My Frodo has a really sad look...the old "I'm not loved at all" look..he can look soooo pitiful. :rollonfloorlaughing:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2014 4:55pm (Nov 27th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Is it one of those looks that makes you reach for the treat jar?! :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2014 6:54pm (Nov 27th 2014)
     
    Red, how did you guess.. :face-smile: the treat jar motivates most of what he does...but he is turning into a great dog now..still slightly a goofball however.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2014 5:16pm (Nov 28th 2014)
     
    still slightly a goofball


    He'd be boring if he were perfect!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2014 7:23am (Nov 30th 2014)
     
    I'm hoping someday we'll give up the goofball part..I could live with boring. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2014 12:30pm (Dec 3rd 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I have a lot of photos of the pups to share...sorry :P

    Zoey met a BFF on her walk yesterday. It was an elderly man who at first bent over and stared at her, and I was about to say "Oh wow, what a clever thing to do to a dog, an animal that finds eye contact intimidating!!" when he asked if Zoey was friendly. I said yes, if over-excitable! Well, for the next ten minutes he stood with us, just totally loving on Zoey :tooth:

    Zoey was in heaven, and the man was just saying "Oh you are a good girl! Aren't you lovely; yes, you're VERY friendly!" :rolling:

    For the rest of the walk Zoey got excited whenever she saw a man with white hair, it was very sweet :smile:

    Did some more work with Kasper and his crate about a week ago. He's doing great. He now goes in and stays in there, and will wait in there for up to two minutes before I reward him with a treat! And as soon as I open his crate door he rushes in...very proud!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2014 12:34pm (Dec 3rd 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aaargh, just lost my post! >__<

    Some pics of the pups lazing around, and of some treats my parents brought for them (they visited this weekend :smile: ). The treats are really good, the ingredients are awesome...only problem is Kasper and Zoey! They don't chew treats like these properly, but instead swallow huge chunks and either choke or puke them up! So we have to be very careful feeding them certain things - they do, however, LOVE them!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2014 5:11pm (Dec 3rd 2014)
     
    Lovely pics as usual Red. Those two are doing so well...you should be a full time dog trainer (if the mousing doesn't work!:face-monkey:).
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2014 4:19am (Dec 4th 2014)
     
    Loved the pictures of the pups, Red. My dogs don't chew things either, so I have to give them tiny bites of their treats, so they don't barf them up on the rug.:_puke:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2014 7:01pm (Dec 4th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you CC and Lynn :bigsmile:

    Ugh, Lynn it's so annoying...I remember the last time Kasper had a raw bone, he was sick four times, once on his bed, twice on the couch, and once on the same bed just after we'd cleaned it!! :rolling:

    Our pups also eat...things. It can be anything. Zoey loves things that crinkle, so bits of plastic or packets. Kasper finds tiny pieces of gravel in the house (from where?!) that he will sit and chew on...we're constantly grabbing goodies from the treat jar to trade something stupid from the dogs!! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 5th, 2014 5:12pm (Dec 5th 2014)
     
    Posted By: Red...we're constantly grabbing goodies from the treat jar to trade something stupid from the dogs!!


    They really are getting you trained, aren't they? 'All I have to do is pick up a stone and the humans swap it for a treat...' :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2014 2:43pm (Dec 7th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha well it's either that or encourage resource guarding :smile:

    Had a beautiful walk with Zoey the other day. The evil bitey horse was gone from the field so we could take her through it. There were huge puddles with ice over them and Zoey was fascinated, she hasn't seen ice since we lived in Yorkshire. I have some pics to share but they're on Lyle's phone so we'll get them off later...
    Bitey horse is back now so no more going through that field :(
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2014 2:56pm (Dec 7th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Zoey is getting the pink version of this harness for Christmas, I wanted to get Kasper the blue one so they would 'match' but the sizing wasn't big enough :sad:



    And we're going to get this one for Kasper:

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2014 7:41pm (Dec 7th 2014) edited
     
    You're doing it again - stop telling them!!! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2014 9:14pm (Dec 7th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aha I love these collars too, but our pups don't wear collars so it's pointless buying them...and they cost £22!! So cute though! :blushing:

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2014 3:44pm (Dec 8th 2014)
     
    They're lovely, but they wouldn't stay clean for long and they don't look as though you could whack 'em in the washing machine, do they?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 10th, 2014 7:58pm (Dec 10th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    No, that's true, another good reason not to buy them :smile:

    Kasper and Zoey have coped so well this weekend. Kasper didn't have a single walk for THREE DAYS due to one of us being ill and the other looking after them, and he was soooo good! Zoey coped with one 20 minute walk a day, and slept in bed with us so she wouldn't moan in her crate. Kasper slept in his crate and bless him he didn't mind at all! :heart:

    Kasper had a full walk today, whereas Zoey had a shorter one due to the rain.

    Some photos from a quick modelling session, I love the ones of them both sat / lying together :smile: On the close up of Zoey you can just make out her scar from when she dived into a chair and split her head open as a puppy!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 10th, 2014 8:00pm (Dec 10th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, and here they are looking after poorly Lyle! :face-angel:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 10th, 2014 10:12pm (Dec 10th 2014)
     
    Ah, nothing like a bit of TLC and sympathy when you're not well. Is Lyle allowed on the furniture, Red...?:face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 11th, 2014 11:34am (Dec 11th 2014)
     
    I didn't think Lyle was allowed on the furniture either...:face-smile: I loved the pictures of the pups,too cute.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 11th, 2014 11:23pm (Dec 11th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, he's allowed on it when he's sick, otherwise it's mine and the dogs...mainly the dogs'!!

    Actually in all seriousness, when I was ill I was sleeping on the couch with Zoey, both of us tucked up under the duvet. I woke up and could hear Lyle snoring but couldn't see him, he was asleep on the floor right next to me!! Aaaw, poor abused Lyle! :rofl:

    Zoey's new harness has been dispatched today, it should be here soon! *happy dance*