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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2015 8:10pm (Nov 4th 2015)
    I wish dogs loved soap as much as they love mud. :lol:
    • CommentTimeNov 6th, 2015 10:01pm (Nov 6th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Kasper loves soap Lynn - eating it that is!! :rolling:

    CC even Zoey enjoyed getting filthy know, the dog that's scared of rain or getting wet?? The mind boggles... :smile:

    Some pics as I haven't posted in a while - this is what Raiden thinks of me! :tooth: (seriously, look at the size of that tongue!!)

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    When he's chewing a toy he really loves to snuggle against you and smush his face up to yours'...very cute!

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    Kasper after having his nails filed..."where's the ham goooooone?!"

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    Boo snuggles :)

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    And today the weather has been appalling. We took Zoey out when the rain had finally slackened off, and five minutes after we set out it picked up again. Instead of going to the beach (where there's no shelter) we turned and took her to the play park closer to where we live, and then because the rain had got lighter again we walked on to the field.

    As it was wet and nobody else was about we dropped her lead so she could run free, but she wasn't happy about it trailing behind her, so we fully unclipped it!

    She hasn't zoomed fully off lead (with no longline trailing) in two years, and omb zoom she did! Unfortunately Lyle's phone is useless, and the camera took so long to load we had missed most the impressive zoomies by then...but she's still clearly having fun

    Her recall was perfect, as ever, and she was even offering sit stays in the mud...I don't know why, because normally she hates sitting on walks AND she hates rain / getting wet, but okay! :bigsmile:

    Forum newbies please note: Zoey has never been in any way aggressive to anyone / anything, but there are a few reasons we keep her on lead:
    1 = Large bouncy / rude dogs scare her. Instead of telling them off, which would be wonderful, she gets scared and lies on her back to show her belly. Thus we carefully manage her around dogs to increase her confidence and make sure she doesn’t have more reason to fear them

    2 = Because she is a Staffy, many people judge her on her breed. This means if an incident happened (eg. if another dog attacked her or she accidentally knocked a child over) she would most likely be blamed and labelled ‘dangerous’. Because of this 99.99% of Zoey’s walks are on lead
    • CommentTimeNov 6th, 2015 10:13pm (Nov 6th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    And then today we also took Raiden to the vets too.

    We wanted to get him in to see our vet before his neuter, so he could learn she really was a positive thing. I also had almost twenty questions I wanted to ask about getting him neutered in a few months time, and he has some retained baby teeth that I wanted to get checked on.

    Now although I have been more than unimpressed with other staff at the surgery, the vet we use is absolutely incredible.

    I didn't have to ask half the questions on my list as she covered them herself. When we asked if she could be the one to do everything with Raiden, as we trust her so much, she said she could make sure nobody else even did a thing with him! She talked me step-by-step through the procedure in great detail, and said we are welcome to stay and distract / hold him whilst he gets his first injection :bigsmile:

    She said the stitches will be dissolvable, and he will come home with pain meds. He is allowed to go for on lead walks 3 - 4 days after the neuter. They put a cone on him once he is coming around from the operation, but as we will hopefully be using the inflatable cone we bought, we are welcome to bring this in and they will slip it on him.

    It's totally fine for us to bring in a DO / DON'T list when we drop him off, and she said she can pull any retained baby teeth at the same time as the neuter

    The entire time we were talking (about 20 mins) she let Raiden wander around the room, and would say hi when he asked for attention from her. We took a Kong with us, so Rey was very happy to hang out with Lyle on the floor and empty the Kong :smile:

    Then we lifted Raiden onto the table and she did a physical check-up (perfectly fine) and we weighed him - 18 weeks old and 6.1kg!

    The consult only cost us £20, and we're feeling very reassured about his neuter now. Very different situation to when we had Zoey spayed ^__^
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2015 6:28pm (Nov 7th 2015)
    Excellent vet. Let's hope you get past the old bag on the desk!:face-smile::face-devil-grin:
    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2015 10:05pm (Nov 7th 2015)
    Wow what a great vet! I'm glad she was so good and reassuring. Shame it's too far to bring my cats!!
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2015 10:57pm (Nov 8th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    CC it's not even the receptionist, it's the other vet and nurses we have had such bad experiences with!

    I really wouldn't trust any of the staff but her Kate. Our friend took one of his mice there, and the vet tried to examine the mouse on the table whilst there was a very vocal cat in a carrier A FEW FEET AWAY!! Obviously this freaked his mouse out and the vet said he couldn't examine / diagnose her as she was so skittish!

    We got a replacement harness from Ruffwear the other day as the one we bought four months ago has begun to fray and seriously fall apart, even though the one we bought last January is fine! Here is Kasper posing with the new harness:

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    Chin rest :)

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    Raiden tried some dehydrated kidney we made, he liked it A LOT! :tooth:

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    And today we got a huge leather armchair delivered :bigsmile: The chair was supposed to cost £40, but the sellers gave us it for £30 (they were dog lovers :smile: ) and they helped us find a courier as on the auction sites we posted the offers ranged from £70 - £107!!!! The first number they gave us said they'd deliver it to us for £25 :sarcastic:

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    Rey is a fan of the chair ;)

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    Here's the little guy chewing the antler that Zoey got for her birthday last month, you know the foot long one?!

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    One of Raiden's favourite things is to be held tight and snuggled, usually as he licks you. He will stay like that for several minutes. I woke up from a nap today (I'm full of cold) and first thing I got was a puppy cuddle :heart:

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    Zoey likes the new chair too - not sure we'll ever get to use it!

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2015 4:29pm (Nov 9th 2015)
    And so now you aren't allowed on the chair; you and Lyle will be living in the shed by Christmas...:face-monkey:
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2015 9:17pm (Nov 9th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Lyle pretty much lives on the floor...the chair was supposed to be his, but it doesn't look like that's gonna happen...
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2015 5:32pm (Nov 11th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    No, the chair is Zoey's new throne...

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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2015 7:09pm (Nov 11th 2015)
    You sure got a lovely new chair for your pups, Red. :rollonfloorlaughing:
    • CommentTimeNov 16th, 2015 2:52pm (Nov 16th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    We shuffled the room around (me and the degus almost died / got crushed in the process!) and where the chair is now we've discovered me and Zoey can fit on it at the same time...super cute and snuggly! Kasper tries to fit too but...yeah.

    Bought a second hand (well, second hand but brand new, which makes it...what?) agility kit for £10 the other day...4 weave poles, a hoop to jump through, a pause circle and a tunnel. Seems really cool but I haven't had the time / energy to use it with anyone but Raiden yet...he did really well though, with the tunnel and hoop.

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    The tunnel was fun as I used shaping to get him to go at first I click & treated for him looking at it, moving towards it, poking his head in etc etc and built it up to him racing through!

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    In other news we bought Raiden two coats (yay for s**tty weather!!) and he does so good with new things or wearing things we were able to put him on it immediately with no issues at all

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    We left the neck hole big so that he could put his head through (as oppose to fastening it around his neck) as he is used to that with his harness

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    Perfect size - don't grow any more Rey!!

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    No issues with moving about and jumping on / off furniture in it!

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    He looks like a little kid on the first day of school whose mum's said ''you'll grow into it'' :rolling:

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    more coming...
    • CommentTimeNov 16th, 2015 2:54pm (Nov 16th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    This is one of my favourite photos of Kasper...I know it doesn't look that good, but to me it oozes happiness and he just looks so relaxed. His tail is in a huge loose wag to the right, which indicates he's totally at ease... :heart:

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    Just showing off how in shape Kasper and Zoey are ^__^

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    And here's me and my blanketbug on the armchair together :)

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    I have more but will stop now...
    • CommentTimeNov 16th, 2015 6:07pm (Nov 16th 2015)
    Those are amazing pictures Red, the dogs look SO happy! Raiden's coat is adorable - he looks super cute. Zoey and you on the chair is a lovely - it makes me wish I had a chair ... and a dog ... and a blanket! xx
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 16th, 2015 6:57pm (Nov 16th 2015)
    Posted By: RedHe looks like a little kid on the first day of school whose mum's said ''you'll grow into it''

    :rolling::rollonfloorlaughing: That is so right!
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2015 5:18pm (Nov 18th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Kate :) The dogs are doing really great at the moment...with the arrival of Rey, Kasper and Zoey had more things expected of them and Kasper especially was spending longer in his crate. Instead of the usual five hours a day sometimes it would be a total of seven hours in two different sittings, and some days he would only have one thirty minute walk a day.

    Things are much more settled now, and we've been working hard to do things with the dogs that each enjoys. We've hired the hall a few times and taken Kasper and Zoey, working on training, hide and seek and fetch.

    Kasper has been getting special walks and, as we've not been able to walk Zoey due to the rain, she's only been left in her pen when we're out walking the other dogs, and she gets extra play and training. The agility kit we picked up the other day is also going to come in very useful, and a 5 minute session with the weaves had Kasper panting!

    CC we bought Rey his 'big boy' harness, and it arrived today - it's the same size he's been wearing for the past few months, and the size Zoey wore when she was a puppy...but it should fit him into adulthood haha!'s Zoey looking adoringly at Lyle as she gets bum scritches!

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    She looks like she's wearing socks on her back feet :rolling:

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    And the other night we didn't lock her pen properly, so she escaped whilst we were walking Rey - it was quite a shock coming back home, opening the porch door and having Zoey ecstatically saying hello to me! She did so well home alone and we were so proud...of all the things she could have gotten into, she tore open a bag of cable ties, pulled apart a plastic bird and brought her Kong out!

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    She had access to books, notebooks, blankets, beds, shoes, pens, clothes etc etc. What a star, although I'm glad we were only out 25 minutes :rolling:

    And Lyle's been amazing and has been working with Raiden in the morning on all sorts of things. Here he is introducing Raiden to the inflatable cone we'll use after his neuter

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    They're doing so well!

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    "What's the big deal, mum?"

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    And his reaction to the reindeer jumper - "That's for me?!"

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    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2015 3:37am (Nov 19th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    The armchair is so loved by all that tonight THREE of us fit on it!! :rolling: :tooth:

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    What's that, where's Zoey? What do you think the pink lump on my lap is?! :rofl:

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    Uhuh yep, there she is! :heartsabove:

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    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2015 12:58am (Nov 20th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Raiden's new harness arrived yesterday...not sure if we accidentally ordered the wrong colour or the seller goofed up, but instead of orange we got red, and we LOVE it! :smile:

    Water is still spurting out of the drains / manholes like a mini fountain display, and as you can see Raiden thought this was fun and loved sticking his face right into the jet of water - this was his first experience with them :rolling:

    Skip to about thirty seconds before the end of the video to see a tractor driving through the flood...we had to scamper up a bank otherwise the waves would have lapped over the top of our wellies!!


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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2015 6:24pm (Nov 20th 2015)
    I wouldn't worry about the flooding; at the rate Rey was drinking he should have dealt with it soon... :D
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2015 11:22pm (Nov 20th 2015)
    I love how he tries to bite the water! Cute as a button!
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2015 5:40pm (Nov 22nd 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahahahaha CC he loved 'biting' the water :rolling: Thanks Kate, it was hilarious!
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2015 1:03am (Nov 24th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Had an incredible time at the hall with Zoey today, it was much needed and I've never felt so proud of Zoey.

    Way back when we just had Kasper and I didn't know that much about training I tried to teach him leg weaves, the one where the dog goes through your leg, you take a step forward, they go through that leg etc. Kasper didn't get it AT ALL! So instead I taught him leg weaves where you stand still, with your legs apart, and the dog weaves figure 8's between your legs. I've always just taught my dogs those weaves now.

    Today I wanted to try forward leg weaves with Zoey, and I can't explain how magical it was - I didn't lure her, I didn't use a verbal cue or hand signal, she just totally got it. I didn't have to show her the way through, not once...I started off rewarding her for one weave, then two, and after a couple minutes training she was doing six in a row! I didn't have to use my hands as guides at all, she just got it instantly. If she was busy doing something else I just waited for her to notice and come offer the behaviour again, which she was happy to do ^__^

    The wonderful thing about the video is how happy and comfortable she looks, and how her focus is 100% on me. Fantastic

    We also do some impulse control...I don't think anyone will remember, but about 18(ish) months ago I was over the moon that I could flap my hands and jump up and down without Zoey leaping at me; now I can run across the room with her at my side, and ask her to follow me face-to-face! :bigsmile:

    Started teaching her another new trick as well, putting her paws on the wall. Eventually I want to be able to send her to do this at a distance, and for her to hold the position until released. For now I'm only rewarding her for putting her paws up calmly (she has a tendency to SPRING!) and for holding her paws there for a second, instead of putting them on then whipping 'em off!

    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2015 8:20pm (Nov 26th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Big goof ball chewing an antler

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    Zoey with the same antler later that night

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    Since Zoey breaking out our other dogs have had their noses pushed out, which is awful, but there's not much we can do...
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2015 6:52pm (Nov 27th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Photos of the little to spend a couple hours with him this morning, I haven't been seeing him as much since having to stay with Zoey all the time, so it was really nice and I made sure to get pics!

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    "Uh mum, why are you taking photos when you could be cuddling and playing with me?"

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    We've been doing lots of grooming and handling work...despite having no patience he's doing well. Here he is waiting for his marker whilst leaving his paw on my hand...excuse his little, um, todger...?! :rolling:

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    'Settle' is still one of his favourite tricks to offer

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    We've been getting him used to wearing his cone (for after his neuter). A couple of weeks training and he's perfectly happy to have it put on, and can wear it for five minutes. Here he is chewing what was apparently the chewiest treat ever :bigsmile:

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    He looks hilarious!

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    Still offering tricks with it on!!

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    • CommentTimeNov 29th, 2015 7:48pm (Nov 29th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Chilling with the degus (they LOVE teasing Zoey!)

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    Within this past week he has started settling in the living room for the first time...only took him until 5 months old haha! He settles okay early in the morning with Lyle, but in the day he was always on the go and saved his sleeping for his crate...lookit him now :smile:

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    He looks so bl**dy big at the moment

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    • CommentTimeNov 29th, 2015 7:54pm (Nov 29th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    And here's a certain block-headed dog working on two puzzle feeders :rolling:

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    I love getting action shots of her emptying puzzle feeders, she really shoves them about!

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    Got the knack

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    The problem with using puzzle feeders though is that I can't give Zoey her supplements, so last night she had a blob of squirty cream with her bits added to it :rolling:

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    "Omb guys I LOVE THIS!!"

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    The face of bliss :)

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    "Any more?"

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    • CommentTimeNov 29th, 2015 7:56pm (Nov 29th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    I've had some incredible training with Raiden these past few days...some trainers say you should only ever teach one trick at a time. I have never believed this, my pups are so much happier learning lots at once. They've never been confused and it keeps them on their toes! Raiden is learning seven tricks at the moment :bigsmile:
    First we have 'wave', which he kinda chose to teach himself...I'm just rewarding it :) This is Zoey's favourite trick, and I always think it looks so cute!

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    We've been learning leg weaves (the figure 8 ones)

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    Which Raiden found highly exciting :tooth:

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    Teaching wave kind of lead on to teaching him we are at the beginning

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    He has exceptional balance, and once I had him in that position he would hold it for ten seconds whilst I slowly doled out the treats!

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    Still going...

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    HE LOOKS LIKE A MEERKAT!! :rolling:

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    However I think our most impressive trick to date is this one:

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    Basically I sit with my legs in an 'O' shape, and Raiden has to balance his paws on my legs!!

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    We spent most time on this trick and were probably working on it for three minutes. He did really well!

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    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2015 9:10pm (Nov 30th 2015)
    Love the pic of Raiden on the stripy blanket. He looks like he is so engrossed in the TV he's saying to the degus "sshhh you lot, I can't hear Jeremy Kyle read the DNA results"!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2015 7:25pm (Dec 2nd 2015)
    I can't believe how much his little brain holds - he just soaks up the new tricks like a sponge, bless him!:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2015 5:10am (Dec 8th 2015)
    Baby Rey is such a brilliant little guy!:face-smile:
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2015 4:14pm (Dec 8th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    He always has such a hilariously serious expression Kate :)

    It's amazing how quickly he learns things CC. The other day I held my right leg out to him to see if he'd touch it with his paw (he did). I marked and rewarded him three times for doing it and he's got it down pat now :smile:

    Thanks Lynn, we think so!! I just wish I got to spend more time with him, but can't at the moment due to Zoey :sad:
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2015 4:21pm (Dec 8th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Here are some photos from a walk with Raiden a few days ago. Obviously we can't go too far because we can only stay out for half an hour, but it's so nice to just be out with him :heart:

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    Running like a loon with litter :rolling:

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    Grey skies

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    Being carried home after visiting the chickens and doing some LAT :)

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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 9th, 2015 8:46pm (Dec 9th 2015)
    That is soooo cute, Red...take me home now please. :lol:
    • CommentTimeDec 10th, 2015 5:17pm (Dec 10th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    He has the cutest face Lynn!! :heartsabove:

    Sometimes I look at him and I think he's the *biggest* dog EVER ( :tooth: ), whereas other times I look at him and can't believe how tiny he is, to say he's almost fully grown now...he's such a fantastic little guy though, I'm so proud of him.

    We had a really fun walk today and climbed a mountain (okay, a hill!) that was really treacherous and practically vertical...Raiden was hilarious charging up and down! Then at the top, twice he fit through some wire fencing and couldn't work out how to get back through hahaha.
    • CommentTimeDec 11th, 2015 5:14pm (Dec 11th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Took Zoey for a huge off lead walk yesterday, because it's the first time in a week or so it wasn't supposed to rain.

    The area of beach we walk to, to let her off, is about 30 minutes away. We got there and let her off, and by god did she have a wonderful time! It was another place she's never been off lead before (she's only been walked their ON LEAD once!) and it's different to anywhere she's been before...part of it is an open expanse of boggy grassland where she can tear about like a loon, part to the right is a rocky beach shore and then as we continued we walked across some cliffs, not particularly tall ones.

    There was no lighting for about a mile but we could see by the moon / stars, and I had my torch that was being temperamental. Zoey charged down one cliff, ran across muddy ground and sprinted up another. She was racing about, we could just see this little white blob zooming! Then she'd see how far away we were and sprint back :bigsmile:

    The wind was incredible, apparently it was almost 60mph! It was so cold and strong it gave me earache, and my right ear is still unhappy today haha. The place we were walking is really exposed (we call it the end of the world because there's nothing as far as the eye can see) so the wind was battering us from all sides.

    On the way back Zoey played a brilliant game of zoom off into the darkness then run back as fast as she could with the biggest grin...for several seconds before she emerged from the gloom all we could hear was *pant pant Pant Pant PANT PANT!* She was really bad at putting on the breaks and ran into me once and we had to dodge her a few times

    Just as we put her back on her lead (so a little over a 30 minute walk home) torrential rain started. We tried to rush to any shelter, as there was NOTHING on the trees, walls, buildings :bored: As we got nearer the lane hail started, and with the wind it felt like you'd got carpet burns to your face haha!

    Zoey was utterly miserable with all of this, but we told her that's the price she has to pay for getting an awesome off lead walk whilst living in the UK :bigsmile:
    • CommentTimeDec 11th, 2015 10:08pm (Dec 11th 2015)
    Its weather like that that makes England a GREEN and pleasant land. I tell myself that every time I get soaked!!
    • CommentTimeDec 12th, 2015 4:47pm (Dec 12th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha I'll have to start telling Zoey that too :D
    • CommentTimeDec 12th, 2015 8:22pm (Dec 12th 2015)
    Don't think she'll appreciate it!! :)
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2015 7:16pm (Dec 13th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Photo dump!

    Rey doing 'watch me' / focus

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    Me and my little lad playing :)

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    Leg weaves

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    Look at that huge floofy paw!

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    We hefted a spare crate in from the shed yesterday to see if it would help teach Raiden to wait /'s the one thing we are struggling with massively! If I expect him to wait more than just a few seconds he will start whining, which quickly progresses into barking. I wanted to see if the crate would be a good way of teaching him to stay somewhere, and it worked really well! To begin with he could only stay put as I stood in front of him, but by the time we were done he was waiting in there as I walked about, stood at the opposite end of the room etc. IT'S TAKEN SO LONG TO GET HERE!!

    Oh, look who immediately ran and sat in the crate when we first brought it in :sarcastic:

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    "You're not planning on putting my little brother in here are you?"

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    "But mum it's miiiiiine!"

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    Crazy barking spudhead :)

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    Sorry, more coming...
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2015 7:20pm (Dec 13th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    "I has no eyes..."

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    Doing his Kong in the crate...I'm also hoping a crate will be somewhere familiar and encourage him to settle more on his own, as he's so used to sleeping in the big crate in the kitchen.

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    Look how big and beardy he is! :heartsabove:

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    This was the older pups' reactions to the third power cut we had on Friday night - "Oh hey the power's gone again mum!" :rolling:

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    They don't even blink when the lights go out now :bigsmile:

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    Finally we're teaching Rey to dig on cue. This is so that we can make a scratch board and he can file / trim his own nails!! :bigsmile:

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    He picked this up *amazingly* quickly, and it's a fun and useful trick!

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    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2015 7:24pm (Dec 13th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    I got to have a wonderful BIG walk with Raiden today, almost an hour and a half :)

    We went all the way to the end of the world and the little guy was off lead for almost an hour total! He was wonderful - he came when called, he didn't stray far, he dropped things when asked and he didn't jump up and bite us once, even though we were out so long...he's such a big adult dog now :tooth:

    Seriously though to say he's now an adolescent he's doing really well and I'm super proud of him. I think back to when he was 4 months old when he'd get so over-excited about being off lead that he'd jump up and hang off our trousers, when we had to carry him for every ten minutes he was off lead, and I can't believe how awesome he's become!

    He'll be 6 months old this Tuesday. Proper little man! :bigsmile:
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2015 9:24pm (Dec 13th 2015)
    Half a year?! That's amazing!! Gone so fast - he's a gorgeous boy!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 14th, 2015 5:46pm (Dec 14th 2015)
    Love the pic of Zoe with one eye open! For someone who destroyed a pen, she seems very keen to get into the cage...funny girl!
    • CommentTimeDec 15th, 2015 2:33am (Dec 15th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Kate :) He's started marking now on walks, such a big boy!! :tooth:

    Thanks CC, she didn't even budge when the power went out :rolling: And I KNOW RIGHT?! "Oh mummy how dare you leave me in this crate I HATE it in here and will chew my way out...oh wow mum you brought a crate in, oh wow I *love* it!" :sarcastic:

    More training pics (sorry...I post them here so they're all in one place and I can look back at the posts, just ignore them if you want :rolling: )

    Here's Raiden showing how well he has done...rewarding him for going and staying in the crate has worked so well, I can get distance from him without him budging - not bad to say I've had no success teaching him wait :smile:

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    Zoey's evening walk sniffing around the park before we go do some training at the hall

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    She found a football and looked hilarious :bigsmile:

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    "Mum, why are you taking photos of me instead of letting me go show daddy my football?!"

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    Posing on a bench (when we got into the light we discovered Zoey had a small nick on her paw - I'm thinking it was from smashed glass or possible a cigarette butt after this pic, the park was pitch black and we do get a lot of smashed glass around here :sarcastic: )

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    "Where's daaaaaddy?!"

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    More incoming!
    • CommentTimeDec 15th, 2015 2:34am (Dec 15th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    *YAWN* :rolling: :rofl: :rolling:

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    And look at her, oh bless her I want to cover her in kisses - she thought we were going to put her harness on so she went and hid :rolling:

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    And training footage :)

    • CommentTimeDec 15th, 2015 11:32pm (Dec 15th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    We had our first attempt at a Christmas photo shoot today, we've been doing Christmas photos for the past few years and we just had to get one for Rey's first!!

    Unfortunately it turned out to be impossible :rolling: Due to the positioning of the tree (above and behind where the dogs could sit) I couldn't stand far enough back to get the three dogs *and* the tree in...I either had to hold the camera sideways to get the top of the tree or horizontal to fit the dogs in :tooth:

    The dogs themselves were amazing though - the crate has made a huge difference for Rey and already he offers sits and downs in there, which makes it easy to take a photo as the tree is behind the crate!

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    Think Zoey's unimpressed with the Christmas photo posing :rolling: :rolling:

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    Lyle had a near impossible job trying to fit everything in :bigsmile:

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    He got this amazing photo of Kasper begging though :biggrin:

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    And then with Lyle helping Rey we managed to get a fairly decent one which is over in the Christmas 2015 thread!
    • CommentTimeDec 16th, 2015 12:02am (Dec 16th 2015)
    Maybe photoshop would help!!!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 16th, 2015 3:51pm (Dec 16th 2015)
    You should stamp something over Zoe's yawn or the anti-Staffy lobby will use it to say 'look at this vicious snarling dog...'
    • CommentTimeDec 16th, 2015 6:18pm (Dec 16th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Kate I wish I had / knew how to use photoshop!! Does it still cost a fair bit to buy? I'd love to have it and be able to play around with the moment I just use FastStone (which is free) but you can't do *that* much with it!

    I'm not too scared to post funny photos of my dog online simply because of her breed...someone with a Lab, Chihuahua or Collie (along with dozens of other breeds) wouldn't need to worry about that, so there's no way in hell I'm going to either. If someone wants to steal my photo and be a big enough loser as to say "oh look an aggressive bull breed" they can go ahead, because anyone who knows Zoey or gets directed to me will quickly understand that's bull****!

    It's sad we actually have to think about this (and I know in newspaper articles they will post photos of bull breeds playing or sneezing that look aggressive) but I've always said I'll post any photos of Zoey I want. If I can do it with Kasper and Rey then I'm not going to hide Zoey's hilarious photos away :smile:
    • CommentTimeDec 16th, 2015 7:55pm (Dec 16th 2015)
    Don't know how much it costs - I always mess about with photo editor which is no use, but hubby has some software on the computer he messes about with.

    It is a shame that people view them so negatively. There was one on Good Morning Britain this morning from Battersea that's looking for a home. He was gorgeous! Piers Morgan said "aren't they viscious dogs" and the handler explained how good staffies are with kids, how gentle he was, and how he'd make a great family pet. It was a good item -yes, the presenters were asking the so called negative questions, but that allowed the handler to answer them. I'm sure he'll get a home for Christmas!
    • CommentTimeDec 16th, 2015 11:28pm (Dec 16th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Woah it's really expensive :gasp: I bet there's other editing programmes to use that are cheaper though, I should have a look. I'd LOVE to be able to meddle with my photos! When I had the photoshop trial I remember it really comfused me too...I need an idiot-friendly one :rolling:

    Staffies have been vilified for so long now. I remember when I was a kid it was Rotties, and Dobes and GSDs had their moment of seems so stupid to me when other breeds (looking especially at you Labs!) don't seem to be able to put a foot wrong. And now because Labs are supposedly the 'best' breed of dogs we see loads of BYB pumping them out and lots of irresponsible owners getting them and leaving them untrained...

    I'm always amazed when Staffies appear on TV and hundreds of people get in touch to adopt them. They usually end up getting a home really quickly, which is obviously awesome, but who are all these people who have to wait to see a Staffy on TV before they want it? Why can't they just go talk to their local rescue and see if they have a bull breed dog that would match their wants?!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 17th, 2015 7:07pm (Dec 17th 2015)
    Red, have you looked at Corel Paintshop Pro for editing pictures, it's much cheaper. That is what I always use to my stuff with. I've used it for years. Just make sure it's compatible with your operating system, Windows 10 takes a newer version. They have free 30 day trials.
    • CommentTimeDec 18th, 2015 9:33pm (Dec 18th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    I haven't tried that Lynn, will have a look now, thanks!
    • CommentTimeDec 19th, 2015 9:26pm (Dec 19th 2015)
    I remember them issuing stats a few years ago that put labs at the top of the dog attack chart. I don't know if that was just in raw numbers (there are a lot of labs out there!) or whether it was rates, but either way it didn't really make the news. Would've been a different story wtih a staffy or Rotty.
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2015 10:14am (Dec 20th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    I haven't seen too many Labs be actually aggressive...a few reactive ones that will growl, bark, lunge or air snap...but none that actually mean to cause serious harm. Obviously they do exist, but the problem we have had with most Labs (everywhere we've lived!) is that everyone seems to have one because they're so popular, but nobody seems to train them. Some Labs are big dogs and in general the breed stays bouncy and young at heart for a long's not a good combination when you don't train them. A while back we saw a Lab go tearing across a car park and launch itself at a toddler...the dog was only being friendly but it scared the **** out of me!
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2015 5:30pm (Dec 20th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Had a great walk with Raiden earlier...he wasn't impressed with me taking so many photos though! :rolling:

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    If looks could kill...

    Here he is having a pootle

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    Really like the delicate colours of the sky here :)

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    Sometimes he has fun at the bottom of the mini cliffs

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    And other times he likes to race to the top :smile:

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    His ears are hilarious in the wind!

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    "Hai mummy!!"

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    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2015 5:44pm (Dec 20th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    And videos.

    The first is from a walk with Zoey the other night, it was pitch black. Most dogs find night time incredibly exciting as more animals are out then, to chase and hunt. Kasper's recall always used to drop considerably after dusk when we walked him off lead. So I got a short video to show how awesome Zoey's recall is, even in the darkness :bigsmile:

    Now Rey's turn. Still just a short video but you can see how he responds to the positive interrupter and he also does a wonderful recall even though he's really excited to run to Lyle

    Finally Raiden is 6 months old today and he also knows 20 tricks now! Yaaaay! :drinkparty:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2015 6:58pm (Dec 22nd 2015)
    Happy Birthday to baby Raiden:shop::bdayparty:
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2015 1:44am (Dec 23rd 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Lynn, I can't believe he's six months...he's still so small! Some pics of the little dude :)

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    He's just growing hair everywhere :rolling: I love it though, scruffy little monkey :heart:

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    My dad was amazed with how long his legs were here!

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    This is the toy from his first visit to the pet shop when he was a baby!

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    He's a happy boy :)

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    On our bus journey with him tonight the bus was the busiest it's ever been...there's only been a few people on before minding their own business; tonight there were half a dozen rowdy slightly drunk men :tooth:

    I carried Rey on as it was busy, he was wriggling like crazy wanting to say hello. One asked to say hello so I dumped Raiden on the spare seat next to the man...Rey had never met a person on a bus before, and these people were LOUD - he was *so* excited and happy! :tooth:

    I was super proud. Then we went to the back, Raiden emptied his puzzle feeder and even wandered around a little as the bus was moving. Coming along really well!

    Miss Square Head!

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    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2015 2:46am (Dec 23rd 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    You know those dog shaming pics you always see, where the dogs have signs and they always look miserable and like they've just been told off? I don't like them...yesterday Kasper got into mischief though and decided to make his own version ;)

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    He's also enjoyed having Rey's spare 36 inch crate in the room so much...

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    ...that we brought Kasper's 48 inch crate through! :bigsmile:

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    His crate also has a protective barrier around it (so he doesn't feel the need to resource guard if someone goes sniffing!) so he can have the door open whilst still having a safe space

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    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2015 2:48am (Dec 23rd 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    I took my dad into the crate to show him how big it was (we were on a video call haha) and look who joined me :rolling:

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    Heeeey Booooo!

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    The big pups also got to try out the new red puzzle feeder (early Xmas present!), because we need as many as we can to get through tomorrow, what with leaving Zoey and then my dad's coming back to see all the dogs so there's gonna be a lot of shuffling about! I plugged one end with PB, filled the centre with kibble and salmon oil, then stuffed the other with bread

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    Went down well!

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    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2015 6:17am (Dec 27th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Zoey got her presents on the 25th and she had a blast opening them, tearing the paper into tiny tiny shreds, and finally playing with the actual toys themselves.

    She was a little soggy, we just got back from an off lead adventure in the rain!

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    Her Nylabone with bristles:

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    Unwrapping the stuffy

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    Tugging on the stuffy

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    Killing the stuffy

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    Proud of her handiwork

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    Checking out the puzzle feeder

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    Waiting for her three bird roast in a can!

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    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2015 6:23am (Dec 27th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    And the bros...


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    I looove his eyes!

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    Raiden trying out the puzzle feeder I got from my Gma and Gdad...look at the size of him!

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    Each pup trying out the pigs in blankets my parents got them

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    Big dog love

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    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2015 6:26am (Dec 27th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Finally we moved Kasper's crate again to make it feel more 'den like' (it's enclosed on three sides now) and he also has a bigger pen where he can rest. Having the crate where it is has made a huge difference, he was resting in there for 40 minutes tonight whilst everyone else did their own thing!

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    Of course block head had to check it out

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    And I got my finger trapped between the roof and front of the crate. I couldn't get it out as there are heavy things on the roof, so Lyle had to rush over but couldn't see what was happening and I was in too much pain to be able to tell him clearly :tooth:

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    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2016 1:28am (Jan 7th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    I haven't posted photos of puppy lad in a long time, mainly because I haven't been seeing him. Now that I'm going on every walk with him and he's spending hours with us in the living room, I have about a million photos to share :smile:

    I'm just gonna put these up dead quick then go back to migraine's gone but I feel really tremble-y, sick and weak. The high point of being ill is that I've actually slept a lot :bigsmile:


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    He still looks adorable in his coat :)

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    We put it on inside out, oops :sarcastic:

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    Cute little bottom :rolling:

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    Look dad, Raiden LOVES the toy you gave us in the doggy hamper!

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    Get better soon cuddles - we were both ill here! Raiden had runny poop (solid now - tmi??)

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    He's such a snuggle bug these days, he loves cuddles and belly rubs :)

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    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2016 1:37am (Jan 7th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Today we tried a stripping brush we bought for Raiden, it's a Mars Coat King and seriously it's amazing!

    I tried it on my hair first, then tried it on Raiden. We've been getting him used to stripping since his first week home, by doing handling work and also plucking lightly at his fur. We've also done lots of work with brushing. At 6.5 months old Raiden had absolutely no issues with this brush, even though I could tell that it was tugging (as it removed loose hairs) as I brushed him.

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    To begin with we brushed in 20 second bursts with me only applying light pressure. The total amount of time we brushed Rey was 1 minute and 20 seconds, and this is the amount of dead hair we got off him!

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    Here's a before photo (I forgot to take a decent one but hopefully you can tell!)

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    And the difference

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    I just did his back for the first session/s. It really is wonderful!

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    Also we have seen such incredible improvement with Raiden not only keeping himself busy in the living room but settling, too. He is almost like a calm dog now! Instead of needing us to keep him occupied every second, otherwise he sits and looks bored / might yap at us, he now plays with his toys, settles in his crate, chews antlers etc. The difference is amazing, and literally every day we see such vast improvement with him around the house

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    This face! :heart:

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    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2016 1:37am (Jan 7th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    And this is the barrier so that Kasper doesn't get upset when he has a's probably not needed (in this photo he was lying down sleeping :rolling: ) but better safe than sorry!

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    Rey's looking very skinny here as we had to starve him for 12 hours after his runny poop, and today he has only had little meals of chicken and rice.

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    That's me done!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2016 7:03pm (Jan 7th 2016)
    I love the expression of bliss on his face with the chew...:heart:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2016 7:26pm (Jan 7th 2016)
    He is such a cute little baby..I love the second to the last picture of him with his blue toy, that he has murdered. LOL
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2016 9:35pm (Jan 7th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    He's just started diverting his attention to chews CC. When he was younger he was quite a fan of antlers and even Nylabones, but he lost interest as he got older. These past few days he's been quite happy to chew antlers when in the house though, and when he gets bored Lyle ties the antlers to other toys and he gets excited all over again :rolling:

    Hahahaha that was the big dogs that decimated the toy Lynn - Raiden doesn't seem to be able to do much damage to soft toys (he's broken one since he was 8 weeks old!!) but he LOVES it when his older brother helps him out! Apparently toys that have been destroyed are more fun to play with :sarcastic:

    We took Raiden on such a gigantic hike today to some fields the village over - didn't see any dogs of course :sarcastic: We let Raiden off lead in a new environment with no worries at all and he rocked; he stayed close, checked in and came when called - so good for an adolescent-puppy-dog! :heart:

    He was lagging on the way home though haha! He was so tired I thought we would have to carry him, but he just about made it :bigsmile:
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2016 5:29am (Jan 8th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Just a quick post:

    4 months in the top photo, 6.5 months in the bottom - he fits the coat a little better now I think :rolling:

    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2016 6:14am (Jan 8th 2016)
    Yes, he won't be long and it will be too small for him. My Chloe has grown a little and now can fit into a size small which are much easier to find than xxsm was. She still only weights 5.5 pounds least she is big enough that I don't keep falling over her. I can see her behind me now. I let her hair grow a little longer too, so that helps her to look bigger than she is.
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2016 6:40am (Jan 10th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Chloe weighs about 2.5kg, Raiden weighs just under 7kg...I can't imagine how tiny she must be!! On one of Rey's first vet visits I think he weighed over 3kg :rolling:

    The coat still has quite a bit of adjustment, so hopefully it will fit him for quite a while, but the other one we bought (which he hasn't even worn yet :sarcastic: ) is smaller, so I need to have a photo shoot before he gets any bigger!!

    Family are coming up for a visit today so Raiden gets to meet my mum and dad, and my grandparents for the first time. Hopefully he won't get so excited that he tries to dig people's faces *sigh*, little booger's nails are so that I've taught him to dig on cue I really need to buy some sandpaper in and make a scratchboard. Hopefully my family will stick around long enough to do some distraction training with Raiden too...

    Photos from Raiden's walk yesterday because *drum roll* IT WASN'T RAINING!

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    He loves to delicately sniff things, and sometimes they warrant a nibble too. Always has such a serious expression on his face as well :rolling:

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    Puppy bum!

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    We have had so much rain...

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    Can you spot the puppy?! :bigsmile:

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    Be gone and have fun puppy!

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    He does so good at sticking close by off lead. I really want to work at recall around exciting distractions, but we don't know anybody with a dog who'd be willing to help us. I'm thinking maybe we could do recall from throwing toys / treats eventually, and start off with recalling him from chasing after one of us?

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    Favourite photo of the walk :) :heart:

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    • CommentTimeJan 11th, 2016 9:03am (Jan 11th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Raiden was SO adorable for his first Christmas, his tail literally didn't stop wagging :)

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    It's still pretty big, you should have seen him trying to run around with it!

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    Lotsa mess = lotsa fun!

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    Obviously tearing the paper is the best bit :sarcastic:

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    I think Raiden was over the moon with his gifts ;) :rolling:

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    Kasper incoming...
    • CommentTimeJan 11th, 2016 9:05am (Jan 11th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    "What? No, I'm not shredding it mummy..."

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    Paper and stuffing everywhere!

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    "Thanks uncle Neil for my toy!"

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    I told Kasper this one looked like uncle Neil...

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    ...and he did this to it :rolling:

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    HAHAHAHA, his face :rofl:

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    • CommentTimeJan 11th, 2016 10:35am (Jan 11th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    How rude! Those poor sausages!! :)
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 11th, 2016 4:52pm (Jan 11th 2016)
    He's GRANDAD Neil, surely? :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 11th, 2016 8:54pm (Jan 11th 2016)
    OMG..I love that picture of Raiden .."Bliss" is just the most adorable picture ever!!!
    • CommentTimeJan 13th, 2016 12:24am (Jan 13th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Uncy Neil sounds so much better though CC :tooth:

    Lynn he looks hilarious with the crazy hair on his head! :heartsabove:

    Some photos from another dry walk yesterday...I'll start with a boring one ;)

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    Doing some LAT / engage-disengage with a dog on the other side of the water

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    Alongside flooding from the near constant rain it was also an incredibly high tide

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    This was one of the easier parts of the path to cross :bigsmile:

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    Such a beautiful walk :)

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    There's supposed to be quite a bit of land below the cliff

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    In fact you can see the sign post at the edge of the path here :rolling:

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    Hi cutie!

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    Seems to just keep getting cuter...

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    He looks tiiiiiny here!!

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    And heading home :)

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    • CommentTimeJan 13th, 2016 12:35am (Jan 13th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Finally here's a little off lead / training video :)

    We have been doing Look At That with Raiden since he was 8 weeks old, this is basically rewarding him for looking at distractions / potentially scary things. This worked well for lower level distractions (walkers etc), but for uber exciting things (eg. playing dogs) he couldn't come away when we marked him.

    So the past three days we have been using engage / disengage...when Raiden looks at something we let him look, and we mark & reward him for choosing to switch focus back to us. This has worked SO well, we have seen drastic improvement.

    Of course if the distraction is too close and Raiden can't / doesn't offer his attention, we go back to LAT, excitedly call him to us for a reward, then move further away so he can disengage himself. So cool!

    LAT has done really well for certain things. Now when Rey sees a low-med level distraction he will look at it, then turn and maintain eye contact with me. This is obviously awesome, and he can easily do it with people walking by, joggers, cyclists, cars etc. But I think the engage / disengage part is going to work so well with other dogs, running children etc.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 14th, 2016 6:59pm (Jan 14th 2016)
    Loved the video, he's doing soooo well with his training, Red. he's just so adorable!:heart:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 14th, 2016 7:09pm (Jan 14th 2016)
    Such lovely pictures Red xxxx
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2016 8:30pm (Jan 15th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you Lynn!! :bigsmile: His teenage months are in full swing now so we're trying hard to make the things we want him to do seem very positive and exciting, whilst always trying to remember that he's supposed to be a rebellious little git now :rolling: He's not doing bad at all though; I always hear such horror stories about a dog's adolescence but Zoey didn't have one at all, and Kasper was already a nightmare teenager when we got him :bigsmile:

    Thanks NN! Lovely to have you posting again :heart:

    Some photos showing what Kasper has achieved in the 4 years we have been working on body handling...we can now do muzzle grabs:

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    And lip lifts for teeth inspection - this is something he isn't comfortable with for a long time, so we have to increase very slowly. At the moment we do it for just a few seconds.

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    Double can also see how lovely his teeth look after almost a year of Plaque Off too, bearing in mind he's 5.5 now :smile:

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    "Am I a good boy mum?!"

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    And we finally tried the coat on Raiden we've had for 2+ months - HE LOOKS SO CUTE IN IT!!

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    Totally adorable! The colour and the little collar *squee* :heartsabove:

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    Look at that little goofball face :rolling:

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    I am over the moon to have a dog that has absolutely no issues wearing things...although Kasper can have things put on and will happily wear things, if I don't keep him busy he will chew / tug at whatever it is

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    Raiden will wear it as long as we leave it on; he will run, play, empty puzzle feeders and train in his coat :smile:

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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2016 1:25pm (Jan 16th 2016)
    such sweetie pies Kaspa sure is looking good and little one melts the heart xxx
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2016 6:10pm (Jan 17th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks NN! :bigsmile: Kasper's doing really really well...and I guess Raiden is doing even better, but that's because he's a baby and has lots to learn!

    Finally taught Kasper to balance things on his nose the other day, it only took about ten minutes...I tried teaching this a few times when he was under a year old, but I went about it all wrong. I started out with trying to balance a treat on his nose and didn't build it up at all - that was never gonna happen :rolling:

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    Hehe :)

    And there are photos of Raiden's first snow experience here!
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2016 2:35pm (Jan 19th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Who's the cutest goofball in the world?

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    Yeah okay Boo, it's you... :)

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    Or wait, is it this little fuzzbutt?!

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    This is one of his favourite things haha, sprawling on his back chewing a toy with belly rubs! He also loves cuddles as he kisses you face. I cannot believe what a fusspot he has turned into :tooth:
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2016 8:18pm (Jan 20th 2016)
    Will you be able to walk Rey and Kasper together?
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th, 2016 8:48pm (Feb 16th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebWill you be able to walk Rey and Kasper together?

    Probably not Kate, walks are our one-on-one time with the dogs and the times when we do the most training. Plus Raiden is walked off lead whereas Kasper stays on a longline - might wind Kasper up to see his little bro sprinting everywhere :bigsmile:

    Kasper tried out the new puzzle feeder today - of course I made him beg for it :rolling:

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    He *really* liked it, and even when he tried to crunch it, it didn't crack at all. Raiden tried it later in the evening and even he liked it - normally Rey gets bored with puzzle feeders! £4 well spent :smile:

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2016 6:03pm (Feb 17th 2016)
    He's so lovely...amazed it held up to his big teeth though!
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2016 5:34pm (Feb 18th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    He is a superstar. I've finally felt well enough to do some training / play with him these past few days, and we have both enjoyed it SO much! Here's a video of us cycling through maybe a dozen 'tricks'

    And some photos...Kasper was soooo happy to have a large crate in the living room again!! Lyle was ill last night and had a couple hours nap, and Kasper just went and slept in the crate :smile:

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    Raiden's wonderful too. We had another stripping session last night, and the little booger wanted to eat his hair :rolling:

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    We rough housed in the crate and I got covered in kisses and ended up laughing hysterically with my glasses hanging off!! (it's fine, I'm getting new ones soon!)

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    Raiden loves the large crate too. The 24 inch crate was his favourite den in the room, but now he likes the 42 inch - who knows why?!

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    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2016 9:54pm (Feb 19th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens


    Oh and he does beg. We love his beg :)
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2016 4:46pm (Feb 20th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Now that Kasper doesn't have a dog that he wrestles with / that could get caught on him, I bought him a new collar!

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    Now before anyone says anything, yes it's girly colours...and we love it ;)

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    Doing a bit of prop / muzzle work :tooth:

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    Must be comfy haha!

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    Looks so smart too :)

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    Oh...and he's a soggy mutt dog too ;)

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    Exciting news later regarding the fact that Raiden is 8 months old today!!
    Just waiting for some treats to set :)
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2016 5:56pm (Feb 20th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    So yes, our little scruffy man is 8 months old today - can you believe it?!

    He got a little spoilt. I'm not sure why, it's not like 8 months is any different to 5 or 6 or 7 months...but he still got spoilt :tooth:

    So the most exciting thing he got (!!) was a frozen courgette :rolling:

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    No really, he LOVED it! Now he didn't eat much of it at all, but he danced around with it, chewed it, wiped it across our faces etc. Very happy with it!

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    He also got an empty bottle filled with kibble (which he ignored because ugh, kibble) and I made him some home-made frozen treats...think they'll be more appreciated in summer ;)

    These are real simple. Stick some yoghurt in an ice cube tray and add a little peanut butter. You can swap which you put in first, too. They look better in heart shapes, but we only have a round ice cube tray for the moment.

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    A few hours later you have...

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    Tasty frozen treats that quickly melt all over your hands :rolling:

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    Kasper swallowed it in one mouthful. Yep, took it off my hand and swallowed it within a second!

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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2016 7:58pm (Feb 20th 2016)
    Love the yogurt treats you made for the pups, I might give it a try for my kids..I think maybe I'd put the peanut butter first so it wouldn't melt so fast though.:face-smile:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2016 8:14pm (Feb 20th 2016)
    They seem to love 'em whichever shape they are, Red. Does the peanut butter get stuck to the roof of their mouths? Our lab used to lie on his back to get it off the roof of his mouth...labrador logic...:sarcastic:
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2016 8:49pm (Feb 21st 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Oooh Lynn great idea! Maybe on the bottom the PB would mould to shape better too. We have been buying in baby food (works great for the blobber, and keeps Raiden's interest - he gets bored of the same treats in a few days!!) and today got a blackcurrant flavoured one...I think having it on the bottom and then yoghurt would look cool, bright white and a really dark purple?

    Hahahahaha nope CC never seen our dogs do that, they do smack their lips a lot after PB but that's pretty much it :bigsmile:

    Hey has anyone seen those studies showing that when a dog wags its' tail predominantly to the right, it means the dog is very happy and / or relaxed? Well guess whose tail language is VERY easy to read...!

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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2016 10:23pm (Feb 21st 2016)
    love the new collar. Do you still bake the doggy treat ?
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 9:29am (Feb 22nd 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    It's nice isn't it! :) Yep, although not too often anymore. Always have some new recipe ideas cooking though!
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 5:31pm (Feb 22nd 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    We're in the process of switching the dogs (Raiden especially) to a semi-raw / more exciting diet. Now Kasper is a stomach on legs and will eat ANYTHING, so he will get 3/4 kibble and 1/4 other food. Raiden on the other hand absolutely hates kibble and will snub it no matter what (he gets bored of treats after just a few days, so kibble has no chance...). As of now his diet will be a mix of 100% animal mince (lamb, turkey etc) and a high quality wet food mixed with 1/5 kibble.

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    Raiden's mix - today it's turkey mince, kibble and rabbit & cranberry wet food!
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    For the first time in forever he ate a meal, a full meal!! :)

    Of course he'll be bored of it within a few days (hahaha) but for now..."Got any more?!"

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    We've been stripping him again, he's had A LOT of hair removed...all the lighter patches have had a huge amount removed, I had a real handful of hair to bin!

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    And the most exciting thing (for me at least) is over in the nail thread:
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 11:49pm (Feb 22nd 2016)
    I'm struggling to feed the cats - 3 of them have become very fussy but I can't find anything they like.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2016 1:41pm (Feb 23rd 2016)
    Do you know my pair are just the same of late. We got a box of 44 whiskers pouches because they liked them but refused exactly the same only in tin form, They are not good enough any more. So we got "as good as it looks" yes we eat that, so again got plenty in and now they refuse to eat it. I do cook them fresh fish every couple of days and they even refused that last time so it isnt a case of getting bored with their food. They have different sorts of biscuits as well and same with them. The other thing is give them the wrong sort of dish and they are highly offended and drag the food out all over the floor just to make their point and punish me. Luckily Chewbacca is partial to left over cat food.and my sons cats eat anything you give them. Mine are just too spoilt I think. I often say we whizz through our own food shop but seem to spend ages trying to decide what cat food to buy.