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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2016 4:30pm (May 14th 2016)
    Lovely pictures Red, its a fantastic camera on your phone
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 15th, 2016 12:04am (May 15th 2016)
    The camera on your phone is awesome, Red. The pictures were all wonderful.:face-smile:
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2016 7:00pm (May 18th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks guys, it's an amazing camera. It was an expensive phone (and took bloody weeks and weeks to arrive!!) but very much worth it now haha :)

    So a few days ago we found a puppy. She was tied to a tree, in the middle of nowhere...we would have missed her if it hadn't been for Kasper constantly looking in her direction and whining.

    We stood about for ages, not knowing what to do. I went and gave her water; she was tied up with rope around her neck, and there were claw marks all around the end of the rope.

    We took Kasper home then raced back to her (about 50 mins total). We sat by her, fed her just a few treats and gave her more water, then phoned our vets and took her in...they looked her over (she had to have her neck treated as it was sore), then we phoned the council, and now she's with us.

    The vet said she is about 12-14 weeks old, she looks to have a lot of sighthound in her. She's gained weight, she's gained a ton of confidence...she was quite timid, but now she almost never approaches us with fear :smile:

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    She's a really gentle soul, VERY calm...she hasn't jumped up on us ONCE. In fact when I make puzzle feeders for her, or if I was eating, she would get scared when I looked at her...I've been rewarding her a ton for being calm and close by, and she's so SO much better.

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    We've been doing a lot of work with her, at first it was mostly just confidence building and showing her we would never hurt her, but now we're working on body handling, harness work (she doesn't care at all so far!), getting her used to her name, housetraining, sit, touch etc etc

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    As she gains confidence she's getting funnier and funnier :)

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    She snuggles now

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    And we play

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    She sleeps with us

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    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2016 7:05pm (May 18th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    We've called her Nyx / Nyxie.

    Today we really worked on making her crate a brilliant place, as she's obviously had bad experiences with the we've been building it up since we found her, and today we moved the crate and have started doing all sorts with it.

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    Beautiful brindle girl!

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    Videos. She learned sit in one day!

    We would love her to become a member of our family, but first we need to be sure her and Kasper will get along, and we need to see how she settles and what her personality is like. Her and Kasper have seen each other from opposite ends of the hall, and today for the first time they said hi through just one barrier - Nyx was shy but polite and intrigued, Kasper ROCKED it for the first few minutes, then get excited and barky...I think it might work though.

    Nyx and Rey will be kept separate for the foreseeable future, as Raiden is just too young and lively, and I don't think their interactions would be good for either of them training-wise.

    We're tired, but she's so easy it's not felt too bad AT ALL...the hardest thing is mainly that we have three dogs to keep separate, so if Nyx and Kasp can be together that would be perfect.

    Who knows.
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2016 7:07pm (May 18th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    And the boys are great.

    Kasper could walk for hours despite the heat, so we have to walk him places where he can swim and stay cool...he's a happy lad though :P

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    And Rey gets so tired in the heat. He's been really good recently though; not ignored his recall once, checked in all the time, followed boy :smile:

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    And that's us. Thrown for a loop, trying to keep everyone happy!
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2016 7:22pm (May 18th 2016)
    She's beautiful - looks like the dog my hubby had when we met (Smudge). Very similar body type, same colour, and very like her personality too.

    If she can't be with Rey isn't it going to be the same problem you had with Zoey where you can't get enough time with him, or will it be OK if she gets on with Kasper? I assume she's not microchipped (will you have to do that now to comply with the law or is there a grace period?)

    It's so lucky you found her - I dread to think what could've happened to her (well done Kasper!) Look forward to all the updates!!
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2016 7:42pm (May 18th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Nah, we crate and rotate as it is, so we're used to splitting time between everyone...the problem with Zoey was separation anxiety, so a human had to be with her EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY...obviously that wasn't feasible, and I couldn't spend time with Raiden because I always had to be with Zoey...if we kept Nyx, she'd be in her crate when Rey was out, just as he's in his crate when Kasper's out. Right now we're crate and rotating all three, and because they can all cope spending time alone, it's no hassle. If she stays this chilled we're hopeful it'll work out :bigsmile:

    She'll be microchipped alongside vaccinations, they just couldn't happen on the first vet visit because she wasn't healthy enough. Hopefully we can begin this week though.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2016 7:48pm (May 18th 2016)
    Thank God you found her some people are so cruel Poor little mite I so hope she gets on with Kasper and friends xxx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2016 7:49pm (May 18th 2016)
    Oh PS I love thae last picture of little Rey he looks like he is just hoovering along xx
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2016 1:50pm (May 19th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    NN we absolutely could not believe it, but apparently because a lot of sighthounds are worked in this area abandoned puppies do happen. So far Nyx and Kasp are doing amazingly fantastic :bigsmile: I'm so proud of that big goofball, he was being SUCH a good big bro *oozing pride* Hahaha yes, I love when I get pics of Rey 'flying'

    Update from the mad house ;)

    As I said we had been doing intros with Kasper at one end of the hallway and Nyx at the other, then we progressed to having just one barrier between them...

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    These were from yesterday

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    Today we were doing the same, and I felt they were ready to say hi properly.

    We moved all the toys from the floor, and then just plopped them down...omb it was SO FUNNY!!

    Kasper was his usual 'bull in a china shop' self and excited to finally get to say hi, and every time he ran over to Nyx she would yelp in fear :rolling: Bless her! After a minute of Kasper bouncing about he calmed down, and Nyx would start prancing up to him, puppy-barking, and trying to play - then Kasper would go to play and she would yelp and cower :rolling:

    I started calling her to me, and showing her that I was her 'safe zone', whilst making sure Kasper didn't mind me having her on my lap (he is a resource guarder remember). Kasper calmed down very quickly, he really was outstanding, and we sat side-by-side for about 20 minutes, just chilling, letting Nyx gain confidence.

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    They got intermittent treats, and even when Lyle accidentally gave Kasper a treat when Nyx was very close, Kasper showed no guarding / anxiety at all!

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    By the end of it Kasper was on his back asking for belly rubs and trying to show how unthreatening he was, so Nyx would play with him. Nyx chewed on his paw and his ears a few times :rolling:

    She started getting too big for her boots and barking at him from my lap, so I put her on the floor and she would be play bowing and doing that puppy thing of chewing on the footstool to try entice Kasper to play, then she would bark at him and flee to hide behind mummy / daddy in case Kasper ran after her :rolling:

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    Really promising start though, fingers crossed!

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    And Nyx had a vet check today, and vaccs have begun. She coped very well, poor little mite. Need to start some very gentle, consistent socialisation with her, but I'm not sure she will ever be as completely confident with people as Rey. She's doing well with housetraining, she's learning her name, sit, touch, crate, and gently getting used to being out in the rain. She sleeps wonderfully with us at night...and now she's next to me squeaking her crinkly pig 10000x in a row
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2016 6:24pm (May 19th 2016)
    What a beauty! Looks like a lurcher/staffie cross. Aren't people gits though? How on EARTH could they do that to a defenceless puppy?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2016 7:52pm (May 19th 2016) edited
    Gosh Red! Three dogs now.
    What is the total sum of all your creatures? I have lost count lately.
    Would be interesting to have a peek round your home and see them all in one message, with pics if poss.
    That is quite an ask from me and be quite a task to compile.
    What a roll call!
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2016 8:06pm (May 19th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenWhat a beauty! Looks like a lurcher/staffie cross. Aren't people gits though? How on EARTH could they do that to a defenceless puppy?

    That's what we think CC!

    She's pretty small (pics and video make her look bigger) so we think small Lurcher (ie. mainly Whippet) cross SBT / bullbreed. I know someoe who has a friend with a dog that apparently looks a lot like Nyx and is a Doberman x ? so who knows. It would be nice if she could stay and we could continue to guess her breeds :smile:

    CC apparently it's quite common, the warden we spoke to said they picked up four lurcher pups dumped in a box not too far from us.

    Ollie I don't have a number but I can try take you around the house and count who is in each room :rolling:

    Upstairs we have the chin girls, Seth (Crestie) and Nyx's crate.
    Across the hall we have the quail girls, then Aubree with Omri on top of her BUT that's going to be changing so Omri is on the floor and can exit his crate easier. **edit** - forgot the young ratty boys!!
    Downstairs we have the piggles, all three.
    In the kitchen we have Effie (Syrian), goo boys, and Archie (rat) was also in there but unfortunately passed away recently.
    **edit** - forgot, Kasper & Raiden's crates are in the kitchen too, although we are thinking about moving Kasper's to the other room downstairs.

    Nyx is doing incredible - she has changed sooo much in the almost-week she has been here.

    She hasn't cowered at us once today, she hasn't looked fearful when coming when called, she's really beginning to love her crate (at the point where we can close the door for a few seconds, or have her in there with puzzle toys whilst we eat).

    Today we carried her around outside and she said hi to her first stranger - she did so much better than expected, there was little fear, she took treats, and remained calm. I'm aware that might change as she settles (and of course as she ages) but I'm pleased with how quietly confident she was...the fact she was in our arms probably helped, but looks like she's off to a good start.

    I'd love to get her to a point where she could have some confidence and trust around strangers. I know it's a big ask with her start and timidity, but we'll try our hardest.

    And I'm ending this randomly with a video of Raiden recalling mid-chase, because it's bloody impressive!

    Good egg ;)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2016 8:20pm (May 19th 2016)
    That was a fantastic drive through your house hold.
    Very many thanks.

    The neighbours will be renaming Lyle to Mr Noah. I don't know Mrs Noah's name.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2016 8:32pm (May 19th 2016)
    Would any of the local schools be interested in having demos from you?
    Eg., work with dogs, especially the way you do it with friendship rather than shouting and slapping.

    Then the smaller creatures handling styles and gaining their trust.
    I know we have a hygiene prob with children handling pets at petting farms, so that is a consideration.

    There may be too much paperwork and regulations for you to have a try at this but what a difference it could make to the way these children interact with their pets.

    I don't think you would be allowed to invite them into your home until you obtained those child protection certificates - forgotten the proper term.

    Anyway, think about it as possibly something in the future to strive for.
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2016 8:32pm (May 19th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha no worries :) We have a small house, but our current layout feels really good for space. Our main 'living' room upstairs is *really* tiny (about 10ft x 15ft) but we manage fine, and with it being connected to the bedroom 24/7 it feels bigger than if we just had one large living room...I think the hardest part is that we give our pets such large cages, we have three different pets in XXL dog crates, and the chin palace reaches the roof :rolling: Lyle can be Noah and I'll be Noette :rofl:

    Oh we have a few pond fish outdoors too, I forgot them :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2016 8:36pm (May 19th 2016)
    Thinking a little deeper into this education programme.

    A video/film would overcome a lot of the problems with actual hygiene physical contact problems, though would lose out enormously on the real contact, which is a huge part if this kind of project.
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2016 8:45pm (May 19th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Sorry Ollie, double posted and missed this...

    Posted By: ollie in UKWould any of the local schools be interested in having demos from you?
    Eg., work with dogs, especially the way you do it with friendship rather than shouting and slapping.

    Then the smaller creatures handling styles and gaining their trust.
    I know we have a hygiene prob with children handling pets at petting farms, so that is a consideration.

    There may be too much paperwork and regulations for you to have a try at this but what a difference it could make to the way these children interact with their pets.

    I don't think you would be allowed to invite them into your home until you obtained those child protection certificates - forgotten the proper term.

    Anyway, think about it as possibly something in the future to strive for.

    Ollie I would love to do something like this.

    I don't think I'd actually have the confidence, but I always wanted to go around schools and talk about bite prevention, and dog behaviour / body language, but it seems schools put zero effort into teaching kids about safe dog interaction, and I wouldn't want to take any of my pups in to be a demo dog so it wouldn't have the 'cute dog!' drawing their attention.

    I'd also love to offer advice on handling and housing rodents (I've always wanted to work in a pet shop for as long as I can remember) but I don't think that'd work out because I'd end up telling them all the hamster cages in the store were too small :rolling:

    I think it's why I quite like blogging *shrug* because it's articles I can leave online on a variety of topics (dog training, rodent housing etc) and people can stumble and possibly learn from I just love writing and sharing photos in general haha, and I've met some good friends through there.

    I love helping people train their dogs, but it's interacting with the dogs I enjoy most...some owners are great and get awesome results, others can't be bothered and then whine because their dog hasn't transformed with zero effort. I think it's why I like walking / training rescue dogs - dogs in need, and with no owners to have to go through!!! I'd love to help out at a rescue, educating the public and socialising the animals - the dream was always for me and Lyle to have a sanctuary / petting farm hahahaha!
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2016 1:59pm (May 20th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Another great day for Nyx and Kasper, Nyx is gaining confidence and they walked together in the garden today.

    When I took Nyx out this morning she said hi to a stranger in their garden (we know the person she said hi to haha) and she was wonderful. Then as I was carrying her someone's Lab ran over, so I had to shout and check their dog was vaccinated then put Nyx on the ground (huge lab jumping up and recently dislocated knee = no!), and Nyx was AWESOME with this unknown huge dog, she bounced a little, then we parted ways when the Lab's owner finally reached us.

    This aft we carried her into town. She went in the pet shop and ROCKED IT, she did well walking around, she picked her very first toy, and she greeted the owner well with minimal nerves.

    Interestingly when we told the owner Nyx's story, she says in the village less than a 10 minute drive from us, they have a huge problem with Nyx-type dogs being dumped...Greyhounds, Whippets, crosses of such etc. She told us they often find abandoned and even dead puppies

    After we had a vet pop-in, all good, more nervous but still a hundred times happier than she even was with us when we first brought her home :smile:

    Also today we've continued to work on crate training, and I've cut almost all her nails while she was sleeping. She had zero issues.

    It's really hard to cut her uber-tiny nails though, I have to get the smallest shavings off - look at the size of my thumb next to them!!

    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2016 2:02pm (May 20th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    I should hopefully be able to start walking Raiden in the next day or two, and in a similar sort of time frame Nyx and Kasper should be able to be spending about 50% of their time together, if all goes well. She's been the easiest puppy ever, but very different from every dog I've's really hard to put into words. She's beautiful and sweet, and just lovely though
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2016 9:46am (May 22nd 2016)
    So glad all is going good Red. She sure has the dinkiest little paws. It is awful that people think they can just discard animals like that, The laws regarding it are much to lax also it is catching the callous sods that do it. She is such a beautiful little dog as well.
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2016 2:19pm (May 22nd 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    My parents got to 'see' her for the first time last night via video call, they couldn't believe how well she was doing or how she had been dumped. I think the scariest thing was how easily we could not have found her that day...we almost didn't walk that way, we almost ignored Kasper acting weird...

    Most puppies at Nyx's age are into everything; new things might make them a little nervous, but they bounce back quickly and love pretty much everything. This openness fades around 14-16 weeks old, and that's the window of socialisation closed. After that puppies greet everything new with caution, and anything they had bad experiences with before that age the treat fear.

    Nyx is 13-15 weeks old now, but since we got her she has been a very timid puppy, and certain things make her nervous. The first time she saw children they were all the way across the field, but she was anxious of them. With consistent exposure and lots of treats, kids bother her far less now, and that's what we need to try do with as much as possible.

    The other issue is that she isn't vaccinated. Most puppies you can get them on walks and off lead by 11-13 weeks old; obviously this will take longer for Nyx.

    A lot of vets say you should not take unvaccinated puppies outside, some don't even like you taking them into the garden (which seems beyond ridiculous to me). However almost all well respected dog trainers advise puppy owners to get their pups out there, and I fully agree with this.

    We have been carrying Nyx EVERYWHERE, but it wasn't enough.

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    Alongside this we took her to the child's play park today, then sat at a picnic bench at the pub alongside it. Nyx could hear children, she watched people pass us, and she got used to being still outdoors.

    It is imperative we expose Nyxie to as much as possible, gently and positively. Nervous puppies need fast action, as nervous adult dogs are easily fear biters. We are putting all our effort into this, and Nyx is doing well...she has been nervous of a lot of things, but none of the fear has stayed yet.

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    The other issue is recall. We're almost certain Nyx will not be able to be walked off lead, at all.

    Not only is she mostly sighthound, but with puppies you get them on off lead walks as young as possible - they're like little magnets and will never run off. Nyx 100% would run off. She does not understand interaction with humans and, if she did take off after something, she would run for miles at speed before stopping, and realising she was lost.
    Far safer to accept longline walks, whilst working on recall for emergencies :)
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2016 2:30pm (May 22nd 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

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    It's Lyle and Kasper's birthdays tomorrow, but we can't leave the house for long due to Nyx's crate training (which she is still rocking :smile: ) and we have zero money....Flair and an unexpected puppy hehe. Lucky for Lyle I bought most his gifts pre-Nyx, but Kasper only has a new bed bless him...oh well, treats and extra walks will do :P

    So we're putting off seeing anybody tomorrow, although a friend is gonna come around and should be able to spend a couple hours with us, so long as Nyx can handle it.
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2016 8:45pm (May 23rd 2016)
    You got Kasper a new friend to play with!!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2016 11:08pm (May 23rd 2016)
    Happy Birthday to Lyle and Kasper!!!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2016 3:16pm (May 24th 2016)
    Have a happy day, you boys!:bdayparty::bdayhappy_balloons::bdaycake:
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2016 7:38pm (May 24th 2016)
    Happy birthday to you both! Hope you have a lovely day! xx
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2016 10:14pm (May 24th 2016)
    Rather late in the evening but a very happy rest of the day to both.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2016 10:40pm (May 24th 2016)
    Sorry to be sooo late been out gadding !! anyhow..... wishing you a happy birthday each Hope it was a lovely day all love and hugs xx
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2016 6:44am (May 27th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks everyone :)

    The boys both had good birthdays. Neither of them got much as we have no money, but we had a nice time nonetheless! Kasper got three puzzle feeders holding various goodies instead of presents (well he got a new bed which we ordered pre-Nyx, but I think he'd have preferred more edibles :rolling: ).
    He really loves these bed so he has two now, one in each room :)

    And Lyle had already opened his gifts, but we had a friend come around so that was fun. This was the first person Nyx would meet and then spend time with, so we had to plan it carefully...we had our friend sit on a bench, then Lyle went and sat with him whilst I walked up with Nyx.

    Nyx raced to her daddy and ignored our friend, she was sprinting between me and Lyle, then after a few minutes cautiously sniffed his feet as he ignored her, just like we'd asked him to. After more careful sniffing we all went for a walk together.

    It took Nyx about 15 minutes to say hello to him; she kept going over then at the last minute getting scared and cowering and bolting away. Eventually they said a very gentle hello, and we came back to the house. Nyx played with me, ignoring our friend, and then after about 20 minutes she played a little with him, then slept next to him for 45 minutes.

    So although she didn't choose to interact much with him, it was a roaring success :)

    Everyday she still continues to improve; a few days ago she said hi to a stranger with absolutely no fear, which was a first. It was a postman who was absolutely amazing with her, I was so grateful, and we chatted about Whippets as he had two at home and initially asked if she was a Whippet puppy.

    Amazingly her ears started changing about three days ago, which was absolutely crazy to see and completely unexpected...first the left one started standing up on walks, then they both started, and then a few days ago they started standing up most the time when she was awake...I have no idea what breed this means she has mixed in there!

    She's now said hello to more dogs in less than 2 weeks than Raiden did in his entire puppyhood - how sad is that, for Rey? It's entirely down to luck...I think it's really tragic and unfair. Nevertheless Nyx has been fantastic with every dog she's met; she says hello well, she comes away wonderfully, and engages in LAT perfectly. I really do wish Raiden had had the chance to do the same though...

    And finally here's a video of Kasper and Nyx's intros:

    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2016 6:54am (May 27th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh I forgot the most amazing thing, she went off lead for the first time ever yesterday :)

    If you'd asked me if I'd ever let her off lead even a week after bringing her home, I would have said no. It's really only in these past few days she has understood giving us attention on walks, staying close by on a longline, and recall and focus training.

    Anyway I told Lyle yesterday I'd been thinking about trying her off lead, and he was like "NO WAY!" Then we talked about it some more, I told him it'd be fine, we could have a longline trailing, she's been doing good etc.

    We went into a completely enclosed very large field and let her off. Within ten seconds I'd taken the longline off her because she was rocking it, and she didn't put a foot wrong - boy can you see the sighthound when she runs!!!!

    This does not mean she will be an off lead dog on walks. She has after all had a tough start, and as she reaches adolescence her recall may well become hit and miss, and we cannot risk that with her being able to run so fast. We have decided we will only let her off lead in that one place, and if she blows off her recall a few times, she will be a longline only dog.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2016 12:29pm (May 27th 2016)
    You are making the most amazing inroads with her and she sure is rewarding you for your trust. What a little beauty she is I just can not believe how some people just discard their animals as if they are unwanted soft toys. I feel so grateful to Kasper for alerting you to her plight and to you and Lyle for taking her in and giving her a home. We all just need to win the lotto now so we can get you a proper animal shelter. Love to you all xx
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2016 6:52pm (May 27th 2016)
    Half staffy, a quarter lurcher and a quarter fruit bat. :heart:
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2016 7:41pm (May 27th 2016)
    I don't understand why, if she's so good when she meets other dogs, she can't meet Rey? Isn't he good with other dogs too? I can do cats but know nothing about dogs!!!!
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2016 8:45pm (May 27th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: nanny northYou are making the most amazing inroads with her and she sure is rewarding you for your trust. What a little beauty she is I just can not believe how some people just discard their animals as if they are unwanted soft toys. I feel so grateful to Kasper for alerting you to her plight and to you and Lyle for taking her in and giving her a home. We all just need to win the lotto now so we can get you a proper animal shelter. Love to you all xx

    Thanks NN! :heart:

    She is a total love, we can't believe somebody could dump her either...even when we first found her, and she was scared of everything, she was adorable. Kasper is absolutely wonderful, and he has been so good with her...everyday he amazes me :smile:

    CC you're the second person to suggest fruit bat :tooth: She looks a lot less bullyish in person, and much more Whippety. I think there's a fair amount of Staffy in there, but certainly more sighthound. The postie thought she was a pure Whippet puppy (he has two at home) although that was before her ears evolved :bigsmile:

    Posted By: KatebI don't understand why, if she's so good when she meets other dogs, she can't meet Rey? Isn't he good with other dogs too? I can do cats but know nothing about dogs!!!!
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    Kate, Rey isn't good with dogs per se. As I said above he met so few dogs when he was a young puppy that he never learned to act appropriately with other dogs. Nyx has actually met more dogs in just over a week than Raiden did in six months, it is completely down to luck.

    Rey is still a very rude player, he can't disengage, and he is vocal. We are putting 110% effort into teaching him to be calm around dogs, but he is not even at the point where he can greet them yet, never mind play or interact further. If allowed he would bounce all over a dog, yap and yap and yap, and be very hard to extricate.

    Is Raiden friendly with other dogs? Yes. But it's not always about whether or not your dog is friendly.

    Him behaving that way is not fair on any dog and Raiden shouldn't be allowed to practice this behaviour. Technically he is friendly, yet if we left him to behave as he wanted to another dog and the other dog bit him, it would be Rey's fault. Now it's not at all his fault that he is this way, as no matter where or when we walked him when he was little we didn't see any well socialised / friendly dogs he could greet, and again Zoey messed us up in that area too - it's unfortunate, but there you have it.

    Mixing Raiden and Nyx would be a terrible idea, as Nyx is a nervous puppy. Raiden would terrify her, and if her confidence eventually increased they would rile each other up to such an extent it could be dangerous. It's far better to keep them separate, and have Nyx spend time with Kasper, who is an extremely good resource for puppies.

    We would have introduced Rey to Kasper in the same way as we have introduced Nyx to Kasper, but it wasn't possible at the time because of Zoey being ill, which is why we crate and rotate.
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2016 10:46am (May 28th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Perfection :)


    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2016 12:35pm (May 28th 2016)
    Lovely Vid thanks for sharing xx I take it little Rey was all of a jitter excited about somethingxx
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2016 1:17pm (May 28th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    No probs NN, thanks :) I think you can see she looks more Whippet-like in the video than in photos...we had another dog owner come up to us today and ask if she was a Whippet puppy :smile: And Rey wasn't excited about anything, he literally just NEVER stays still unless we're training, and even then it's for a second or two :rofl:
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2016 9:53pm (May 28th 2016)
    I see, makes perfect sense! Though I wouldn't be surprised if, in a few years when they've all aged a bit, they are able to be intro'd, especially with your skills. I'm watching Britain's Got Talent and the owner of Trip Hazard (gorgeous little dog!) was asked how she managed to train him, and she replied "with kindness". Best comment ever.

    I agree that she is very whippet-like. My childhood dog, Judy, was half whippet and she had the same look about her.
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd, 2016 5:19pm (Jun 3rd 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    That's a perfect answer Kate! What breed/mix is Hazard? Nyx is reeaally Whippety, but I swear in videos and especially photos it can be really hard to pick it out!!

    We've had a right time of it here, I'll try do a quick update post but Lyle's off out to walk Rey and I think Nyx is in the mood to play so I might have to leave it half done!!

    First my parents came up to visit Nyx, and Nyx ROCKED it! This was the first time she genuinely greeted a stranger with too much enthusiasm haha! I'd told my parents to sit on a bench and ignore her, and she'd ignore and probably sniff them - she actually raced up to them and began leaping to kiss their faces :rolling: :rolling: :rolling:

    So it's great she's got over her fear with a lot of strangers now, but now we have to begin working on manners...thankfully she's not too jumpy-uppy a dog at all :smile:

    Anyway we walked to the pub with my parents and Nyx, over the fields, then grabbed a drink as we got Nyx's mat and toys and water bowl out (my mum thought it was so funny and cute all we brought for her :rolling: ) then walked home and left Nyx in her crate. Good time was had by all!

    Then a few days later, bearing in mind Nyx had been doing really well with housetraining and crate training, all of a sudden one time in her crate she threw the BIGGEST strop and got really stressed...I was really upset and tearful, but the next afternoon Nyx began peeing constantly and obviously had a UTI, so most likely it was the beginnings of that that had her upset.

    That day was exhausting, as Nyx was peeing every ten seconds so we were constantly having to clean up after her. We put a waterproof cover over most the room, and attached a section of pen to the front of her crate, so if we did have to leave her / shut her in, she could pee somewhere other than her bed.

    We phoned the vets but it was bank holiday Monday, and the vet said to wait to bring her in, and that it was probably Nyx not drinking enough that had caused a UTI (she's the world's worst drinker!!). We then did a lot of research and found a few things to add to Nyxie's water that could help, and began getting a lot more fluids into her, and the next day she was SO MUCH BETTER.

    My parents were up in the area and wanted to visit, but at first I said no because of Nyx's UTI, then Lyle bless him said I should go out and he'd look after Nyx. So I walled Kasper with my family, LET HIM OFF LEAD FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS, then went and had a nice time whilst Lyle looked after Nyx. When I came back I was told Nyx was doing so much better - lots of yay!

    She improved to the point where on Wednesday she was piddling as normal, then last night she began peeing all the time again, and yesterday and Wednesday she had also been hyper as hell. We had a sudden thought that it could have been the cranberry juice we'd been giving her, so we stopped with that and today she's back to her usual chilled self and we've only had one accident in the house :smile:

    Crate wise we took it all way back, and obviously we couldn't leave her anyway when she was feeling off from her UTI. Then yesterday we left her for the first time since (just 15 minutes in the morning) and Lyle recorded her - she did very well. In the evening we left her again when she was exhausted, this time for 30 minutes, and she whined for less than 4 minutes then slept

    Pics of everyone to come!
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd, 2016 5:28pm (Jun 3rd 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    We have been getting Nyx used to wearing things - this is her in Rey's coat and jumper, see how she's too big for them?! :tooth:

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    At about 14 weeks (we think a little older) she's still a lovebug

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    And today she lost her first tooth!!!

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    She did amazingly well walking through town today, as it was heaving with people, and at the pet shop we picked up a chew stick for her - her first ever chew, and we wondered afterwards if it was this that helped her tooth out!

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    Nyx now knows 8 tricks, including "stick 'em up", where she places her front paws up against a wall and stands on her back legs :bigsmile:

    Today we spotted a scab on her elbow which we will keep an eye on in case it's a skin infection, but hopefully it is nothing...and that's our Nyxie-news over!
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd, 2016 5:33pm (Jun 3rd 2016) edited

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    Raiden is soooo scruffy at the moment (Lyle's fault :rolling: ) which means he looks far too adorable and teddy bear like!

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    :heartsabove: :heartsabove: :heartsabove:

    I walked him with Lyle for the first time since Nyx yesterday, which meant I was able to get photos of him and our's kinda hard to manage everything and take pics when I'm on my own :P

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    And then obviously Kasper went off lead for the first time outside of a securely fenced area for the first in years the other day, and he was amaaaazing!!!

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    This new field we've found is great as there are no farm animals nearby (it's surrounded by a river, then fencing) and it's all very open with just one exit, making it perfect for puppies or dogs that would take off after anything that moved ;)

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    I was nervous firstly about letting him off lead, but secondly because my family was there too haha, but honestly Kasper has never behaved better off lead - although he strayed further than our other dogs, he came every single time I called, and one time he had his heart set on running after something and I called and he turned on a dime and ran back

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    Video of my Boo-dog!

    • CommentTimeJun 3rd, 2016 8:04pm (Jun 3rd 2016)
    Keep an eye on her with the UTI - they can hang around if they're not treated with antibiotics sometimes. I'm wondering if that's why she was abandoned - a piddling puppy is far too much trouble for a lot of people.
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd, 2016 8:13pm (Jun 3rd 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    We've spoken to vets almost every day since we realised she had a UTI so are in touch with them, and almost every site on the internet (particularly places I trust like Dogs Naturally) say a UTI should be initially treated at home, with natural methods, to begin with. If it doesn't get better or if it's already far gone (eg. blood in pee) then take them to a vets.

    A significant amount of time anti-biotics don't help a UTI, or more commonly the vet doesn't test the urine properly to see which anti-biotic will help, they just prescribe a standard which does nothing. Anti-biotics should never be given willy-nilly so it's always best to try clear something up naturally first when there's a fairly decent chance it could fix it - a lot of times UTIs can be cleared up just by getting extra fluids into the dog.

    I doubt the reason Nyx was abandoned was a UTI - firstly she didn't show any symptoms until about four days ago (2.5 weeks after coming home), and considering a huge cause of UTIs is dehydration you would think she would have symptoms after being tied to a tree with no water. Secondly I think someone who wanted to get rid of a puppy due to a UTI would rehome her through a site such as Preloved or hand her over to a rescue. Or even left her outside a rescue / vets in a box. Most people are in no way evil enough to leave a puppy tied to a tree in the middle of nowhere, hidden out of view, just because they have a UTI...piddling and puppies are part of the parcel.
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2016 11:30pm (Jun 4th 2016)
    Yes, antibiotics and UTIs are the same for humans - the wrong drugs are given and have no effect until the test result comes back and they're changed to the right ones. I didn't realise there were home treatments for dogs or that cranberries could work on them! Cats are quite prone to UTIs too, and it's so sad to see them in so much discomfort. Anyone who has ever had cystitis can sympathise I think. You have such a good vet - mine would insist on me taking the cat up to be checked and charge me for the privilege!

    Maybe I'm a bit jaded with abandoned animals - we see so many with awful stories at rehoming and people dumping cats for the most stupid reasons. Someone was evil enough to tie it to a tree - I doubt they care about what the reason was. And you're right, she would've had / exhibited symptoms when you found her, I didn't think of that.

    How is she now? Is she doing OK?
    • CommentTimeJun 5th, 2016 12:56pm (Jun 5th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    She's doing great now :)


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    I'm really starting to think she's older than we think though - she's supposedly 15 weeks old now, but if it wasn't for her tooth coming out the other day, I'd put her as much more like 16-20 weeks old. I gotta list of reasons here if anybody's interested:

    Her ears are still all over the place! :heartsabove:

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    And I finally got a photo where she looks Whippety!!

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    Kasper had some poor intros the last few days, he's been overly arsey with Nyx and telling her off for all sorts (another thing that makes me think she's older, and her 'puppy licence' has already run out) but today he did really well. They played beautifully for about five minutes, then I called Kasper away and Lyle had to grab Nyx as she can't call away yet.
    We were going to repeat the intro after 15 minutes rest but now Nyx is sleeping :)
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 5th, 2016 3:27pm (Jun 5th 2016)
    Is she WINKING in the first pic? :rolling:
    • CommentTimeJun 5th, 2016 4:08pm (Jun 5th 2016)
    She's a goof!! She is so lovely Red and I'm glad she's feeling better. It's so hard to age a stray and is always just a best guess but I can see how it impacts on interactions.
    • CommentTimeJul 8th, 2016 9:53pm (Jul 8th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    So, Raiden celebrated his first birthday on the 20th June :)

    This post may just be mainly photos because I have the most wonderful migraine that just won't go, so I'm getting this over with as fast as possible!
    Someone was THE HAPPIEST boy on his big day :heartsabove:

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    He learned to fly for the big day :rolling:

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    One man and his heart dog :heart:

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    Footage from his birthday walk:

    Present time!!

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    He was soooo cute with his gifts, he got really excited every time we told him he had another coming haha :D

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    Sometimes he needed a *little* help ;)

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    • CommentTimeJul 8th, 2016 10:01pm (Jul 8th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    In the past month or so, Raiden has evolved into a completely different dog - it's like all the engage-disengage finally paid off, and he's just a really mature, chilled little guy!

    He can walk past almost everything without blinking and walking perfectly on lead - the one exception is other dogs, but even there we have seen 1000x improvement. Just today for example we walked round a Corner and bumped head on to a reactive Staffy, and Rey came away when asked, didn't lose his head or bark, and after calmly watching from a little distance away, continued as if nothing had happened!

    After his socialisation with people was scuppered, we had a lot of difficulty with him being waaaay too over-excited when greeting people, to the point where there was no point trying until he was calmer. The last time he greeted a stranger he was about 7 months old, and it went terrible. Maturing and 5 months of engage-disengage have REALLY helped!! About a week ago we had our friend over and decided to risk a walk with Rey; after an excited greeting, Rey walked beautifully on lead and acted as if it was the most natural thing in the world!!!!

    Finally his stamina is improving (at last!!) and after almost a year of having to do smaller walks and often having to carry him, he can finally do fairly big walks all by himself!

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    We were looking at the cows here!

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    Those eyes and that smile :heart:

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    What a beautiful and fantastic pup we have :)
    • CommentTimeJul 8th, 2016 10:03pm (Jul 8th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    And finally here is Mr Doofus himself, my big lovable lummox!

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    I'd just shaved an unholy amount of hair off him here, as he was getting warm in this heat...he was FAB during the trim, and wow what a lot of hair!!

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    All this was from his back

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    Love my boys' smiles :bigsmile:

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 9th, 2016 4:19pm (Jul 9th 2016)
    A skinny shiny dog! They are both gorgeous. And Lyle's looking well too - you must be looking after him well!
    • CommentTimeJul 9th, 2016 10:40pm (Jul 9th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha, I love all my boys! ^__^
    • CommentTimeJul 10th, 2016 5:07pm (Jul 10th 2016)
    Can I ask some advice from our expert doggy trainer?!! My sis-in-law has got a scotty puppy. I've met it twice and both times it was nipping, jumping, biting laces and trying to bite my foot (he got his teeth stuck in my trainer). The in-laws are useless at training - their reaction to all of this is to either say "come here baby", or pick him up (he then struggles to get down), or give him treats (which distracts him for the amount of time it takes to eat them). Their previous dog was terrified of the grandkids and would growl at them constantly so I didn't take them round - it wasn't fair to the dog or the kids - but I'd like to be able to visit with them in future. Is there anything we can do when we go to prevent this behaviour, or is it down to them? I've tried to make suggestions (of things you did with Rey) but they've always had dogs (all have been uncontrolled) so won't listen to anything. Perhaps I should buy them a book - any recommendations?! (If only you'd written yours!!!)
    • CommentTimeJul 10th, 2016 7:31pm (Jul 10th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    How old is the puppy? Thankfully those are all entirely normal puppy behaviours.

    One of the best things they could do is to teach the puppy a really good sit - you want that to become an automatic sit, so when the puppy is older and they want something, they sit without being asked. You really drill home that sitting is a wonderful thing - not only do you practice asking the puppy to sit numerous times a day, but you also reward the puppy every time he chooses to sit. Sitting is AWESOME to him :smile:

    Ideally you would practice sit in at least half a dozen short training sessions a day (by short I mean just a few minutes at a time), and you'd use really high value rewards, such as chicken, cheese, or a game of tug - whatever he likes.

    As puppy gets better at sitting, you can start asking him to sit when exciting things are happen - maybe the dogs' owner jumps up and down, then asks the dog to sit. Maybe you're having a game of tug and you drop the toy and ask the dog to sit. Similar to this, this is me and Kasper years ago, working on four paws on the floor when exciting things are happening:

    He needs lots of opportunities to chew. Lots of Kongs, frozen Kongs, Nylabones, antlers, carrots, whatever. If he likes ragging shoe laces, teach him to enjoy tug of war and that also offers a great opportunity to work on leave and drop it too.

    Picking up can be a valid training tool when done properly. Raiden was extremely vocal when he was a very young puppy, so if he was barking repeatedly, we would pick him up and put him down when he was calm and quiet. Picking a puppy up can be a useful way to reset them and teach them that 'naughty' behaviour means the end of their fun, but you don't want to rely on it too much because you don't want them to dislike or fear being picked up, and it doesn't teach them what you WANT them to do.

    The problem is going to be that the owners won't put the training in. There's very little you can do to change the dog overall if they're not going to follow through.

    If you want the puppy to be good around the kids, they need to get socialising the puppy NOW! Socialisation can't wait, the window ends around 14 weeks old, and you need to teach the puppy not only that kids are fantastic but also that being calm around them is fun too, by that age. Giving the puppy treats for watching nearby kids, giving him a kong when kids are nearby and making sure they know not to go near him, are good ideas. Keeping the kids quiet, and telling them to move slowly and don't accidentally scare the puppy, will all help. Alongside that it's good to think of some fun things the kids and pup can do together; tug of war generally isn't a good idea as it's a high excitement game, but throwing toys for the puppy to chase after, asking the puppy to sit etc are fun for both.

    Kikopup on YouTube has a lot of puppy training videos, from how to teach them sit, to love a crate, to walk nicely on lead and to stop puppy biting:

    Sophia Yin has awesome YouTube videos too, and if you go on her site you will see a lot of info-graphics, some of which are aimed at parents with children and are really good. She has books too, and I'd happily recommend all of them.

    For books specifically on raising puppies or puppy training, check out:

    How to train a superpup

    The happy puppy handbook (I love this book!)

    Before and after getting your puppy (this book has a lot of good information, but focuses on the 'if your puppy doesn't see 100 people before 12 weeks you are on the road to ruin!' standpoint - it can be good to shock puppy owners into taking things seriously!!)
    • CommentTimeJul 10th, 2016 7:40pm (Jul 10th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Photos of the wee man from today's walk...we managed a huge walk today, I LOVE that Raiden has such good stamina now! Only took a year hahaha :tooth:

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    Crap, I really am going to have to find a way to trim his face hair soon!!

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    Doing engage-disengage with a dog that just passed us

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    Off lead time!!

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    Here I am taking a photo of a ladybird, and guess who else wanted a photo?!

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    More engage-disengage with another dog

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    • CommentTimeJul 10th, 2016 7:43pm (Jul 10th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Holding a stay off lead...yessss finally got there!!!!

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    Being calm around people

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    Beaming on our bed! :heart:

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    Using the scratch board with Lyle :smile: :heart:

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    This is a natural flea and tick product, and Raiden was eating it out the tub, and it really smelt of herbs and spices!!!!

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    Do you see it on his beard?! Hahaha

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    • CommentTimeJul 10th, 2016 8:44pm (Jul 10th 2016)
    Thanks Red, they're great ideas! We were going to call round today but my sis-in-law wasn't well so mum-in-law came here instead. I'm wondering if she just didn't want the kids around her puppy, but that's just the paranoid me!

    There's no way it will meet that many people. It's quite sad that they love their dogs but are unable to control them or enable them to have good interactions with people.

    (Sorry for any typos today - am typing whilst fussing Kitten who's sitting on my feet!)
    • CommentTimeJul 10th, 2016 11:07pm (Jul 10th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Sometimes it's not possible to do what the books say you 'have to' for puppies. I know with Raiden there was no way in hell we'd be able to get him to meet that many people - I only have one friend in this area! We did our best by taking Rey to shops and meeting people there, but obviously it was nowhere near 100...the dog's personality plays a part too, but for me 100 is unrealistically high.

    Similarly socialisation calls for the puppy to meet and interact with hundreds of dogs, but again for us that wasn't possible - 99% of dogs in this area are untrained, rude or aggressive.

    Socialisation was impossible for us, but we did what we could. We put a lot of time and effort into training him to be calm around things, and socialised him whenever we could...we ended up with a fantastic dog in return who greets everything with confidence and excitement :smile: It's certainly possible to socialise a dog even in difficult circumstances, but if an owner doesn't want to put the effort in, there's not much going for the pup...
    • CommentTimeJul 15th, 2016 5:51pm (Jul 15th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Some Kasper-doodle photos, now that he is able to go off lead on every walk ^__^

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    He *exhausted* himself on this walk as me and Lyle had to go very slowly due to lots of hidden holes on the path, and Kasper kept racing ahead then running back to check we were okay!

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    Ears :rolling:

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    My big beaut :heart:

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    Speck in the distance!

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    By the time we made it out the first field he was already exhausted haha, so we had a long rest

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    And Kasper got to go nekkid for fifteen minutes and run about with no harness on!

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    Cuddles galore!

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    • CommentTimeJul 15th, 2016 5:51pm (Jul 15th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    On with the harness...

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    ... and we followed the loop around to a gigantic field where Kasper had a grand time doing loon sprinting...he's never been any good at realising when he's tired :rolling:

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    Video footage of him leaping madly, sprinting, being fab with recall, and paddling :)

    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2016 1:50pm (Jul 19th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Yesterday at 6pm it was 20*C when we walked Kasper, and still too hot to walk far!

    We went to a nearby field where there was water Kasper could lie down in and just let him off lead to do as much exercise as he wanted.

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    I'm so pleased with how responsive Kasper is these days, not only does it mean he can go off lead almost everywhere (which he loves) but it's made the bond between us even closer and we love to do training off lead on walks now :smile:

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    When we sought the shade of one lone tree he chose to lie next to us for 20 minutes :smile:

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    He posed beautifully in my sun hat :rofl:

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    And Kasper is the first dog who has ever been off lead here, because he's so damn good :)

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    One last stop off at the footie field, then home.

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    Today it's a whopping 29*C - that's 9*C warmer than yesterday!! Not venturing outside today...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2016 2:46pm (Jul 19th 2016)
    ah bless him he is maturing up a real treat now and all your hard work is repaying you ten fold. Too hot for me also.......... went and picked a big punnet of raspberries from the garden about nine this morning and that was plenty hot enough for me then. take away for tea tonight thats for sure.
    • CommentTimeJul 20th, 2016 9:09pm (Jul 20th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes NN he's grown into a beautiful, responsive and totally adorable boy. Seems weird to think how terrible (well not terrible...difficult? Fearful?) he was as a baby now! Blimey it was warm yesterday, hit 31*C here, what about where you are?

    We are fostering a dog for a few weeks.

    Neighbour came around a few days ago and asked if we could take in her elderly neighbour's dog. I asked for more info and was told she's a girl, vaccinated, spayed, playful, good with cats and dogs, and 8 months old. Oh, Chi x Dachshund.

    We said we'd try and look after the dog if we could, because the other option was a rescue or kennels. I thought she would bring the dog around, but she can't because "the dog is too scared" - wait, WHAT?!?!

    So we went around yesterday and spent several hours in the house, but the little girl was SO SCARED. We sat in a different room and just ignored her, and threw treats out into the hall. She wouldn't come within 15ft of us for the first 30 mins and just barked repeatedly. Eventually the barking stopped but she would not come close at all and was very, very fearful.

    This morning we met up with the lady's sister who knows the dog, and WOW. She dragged the dog out from under the table by the collar and was just really harsh with this absolutely terrified dog :sad: She got the lead on Pixie and we sorted stuff out then headed home - less than 5 minute walk took 20 minutes.

    We left the lead on her to drag for emergencies, and she is in the living room on her own - boys other rooms downstairs (and access to outdoors via back garden), cats upstairs. She is extremely scared, but has been quiet and settled fairly nearby eventually.

    She'll be here a week or two if we can manage...I don't know what the plan is if we can't, rescue I assume.

    Will try get pics if she gains any confidence. It'll be a day or two before we even think about intro's. Not sure how to leave her as have no idea how she is or what she's used to. Think we'll set up a small area of pen with a small plastic 'den-like' crate in, and leave her with lots of tasty chews.

    Bless her, her whole world has been turned upside down.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2016 10:56am (Jul 21st 2016)
    poor little mite I so hope she looses some of that fear, I know you will do your very best for her. Will she go back to your neighbour or will she have to be rehomed ? I think you should rename your house REDS ARK as the animals all keep acoming some even two by two.
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2016 11:57am (Jul 21st 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Omb NN I LOVE that, what a cool house name!! Yes we'll only have Pixie for a few weeks, then she'll go back...not sure what sort of a life that is for her, but oh well, you can only do what you can do. First night with her went really well; she fell asleep around 9pm next to me on the bed and I got ridiculously tired just after 10pm.

    She wasn't in the crate / pen and she hadn't been to the loo, but sometimes you have to make the best of a bad situation - no point waking her up and dragging her out the house, scaring her, for either of them. If she had an accident in the night so be it, we just fit ourselves around her on our 3/4 size bed and went to sleep.

    Woke up at 3am and she was snuggled right into me!!
    Woke up after 4am and she was shivering a little, not sure if it was because we couldn't shut the window as it would mean scaring her, or she was just scared. She had a few shivering moments earlier in the day but I tucked the duvet over her just in case, and grabbed me and Lyle some blankets as it was cooler.

    At 5.30am she climbed on top of my chest, and I was very careful to pretend to continue sleeping. She settled up there, 3/4 on with her bum on the mattress, for almost an hour then Lyle woke up. I asked him to shut the windows and the kittens breached the top barrier when they heard us talking (they're SO unhappy they can't be with us all the time!!). Pixie saw them coming down the stairs and did great, but not sure if that's just because she's still so scared.

    I got some hotdog pieces and left them by Pixie, which she ate, and she then ate half a dozen in a row from my hand. Yay! I even got a few strokes in when she was on my chest earlier, but they weren't making her happier she was just tolerating them, so I stopped.

    We put the boys in the cat room and closed the door, stayed up for a few hours, then I fell back to sleep and Lyle walked the dogs. Pixie slept beside me. It's almost 12pm now and she STILL hasn't been to the loo, but is just about waking up, so no doubt we'll have to get her out soon.

    We'll have to drag her out the front and walk her, and hope she goes - can't get her to the garden as the boys' are in that room and we can't pick her up, obviously.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2016 7:41pm (Jul 21st 2016)
    Poor girl. And what a horrible woman!! Little Pixie is evidently traumatised, and with treatment like that I'm not surprised. Just give her all the love you can, bless her. :heart:
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2016 11:07pm (Jul 21st 2016)
    It's so sad that she's so fearful. I wonder if she's only ever with the old lady so really doesn't know what to do with other people. I've also notice at rehoming that elderly people can be quite sharp with animals - they don't mean to be nasty, they just think that's what they're supposed to do.

    I hope she can have a nice couple of weeks with you. She obviously wants some comfort and is probably so scared wondering where her owner is. Nice or not it's all she's known so she will be upset and be suffering separation anxiety. She's in the right place now for a while. xx
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2016 8:59pm (Jul 22nd 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Combination of crappy breeder, lack of socialisation and gross rough treatment...really sad because she's such a love as well CC :(

    Kate although we get a lot of people being horrific with dogs in this area, a very large percentage of them are older people...really really sad. Some of the dogs around here have such miserable lives, but there are a few we know whose owners really love them and devote so much to them.

    Bit of a breakthrough with Pixie here:

    And today's wonderful progress:

    Now excuse me as I go sleep forever XD
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2016 9:26pm (Jul 22nd 2016)
    Fantastic break through Red Bless her its so nice she is having a happy holiday and being shown true love, patience and understanding. You are a wonderful person xxxxx
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd, 2016 6:27pm (Jul 23rd 2016)
    Well done,Red; you have the patience of a saint! She is a lucky little girl...I hope she doesn't have to go back.
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2016 10:59am (Jul 24th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks guys :)

    So we have come to the decision that we don't want her to go back...I literally cannot stand the thought of her going back. We're going to wait and see how long the lady is in hospital and then if she wants Pixie back, broach the subject of her letting Pixie go. There are three options:

    1) She wants Pixie back, and we suggest that we'll go walk and play with Pixie a few times a day (pose this as helping her out?)
    2) She stays here, and possibly Pixie can visit the lady if she doesn't find it scary...this would depend on Pixie getting on with the dogs or cats (only so much crate and rotate you can do!!) and being able to cope when alone. If this didn't work out...
    3) We foster her until her forever home comes along

    It's all very confusing and I keep flitting between just letting the lady take Pixie back, but then I think of Pixie being scared and broken all over again and it's just heartbreaking.

    I dunno. Very confusing. We'll figure it out I'm sure.

    Had a great start to the day today!

    Pixie had a PROPER play session, she was even more confident than yesterday and doing so many little huffs to get me to play - soooo cute! Sometimes when she huffs she wants belly rubs (and will let me know by rolling to show her belly when I look at her) and sometimes she wants play. When she huffs if I say "what?!" all excited, she now huffs again louder and wags her tail!! First tail wag yesterday!

    She was doing proper puppy huffy-play noises again today and batting at the toy, and she even (very very gently) mouthed my hand in play!!! Finally, it's like we have a real dog!!!

    This morning she let the big scary boyfriend stroke her for the first time, and squished up against him for physical contact :smile:

    She still spends a lot of her time very scared, and we still have to ignore her much of the time, but the difference is just outstanding ^__^

    From this on day 3 (looking away, ears back, squinting eyes, all signs of fear and giving off calming signals):

    To this - I mean look, look at those bright eyes! :heartsabove:

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    Most the day is still spent sleeping, but she's definitely doing a little more, and she sleeps on me almost all the time :)

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    She's checking out the ledge we've created so she can look out the window :smile:

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    First playing!!!

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    I mean look...she's so sweet :face-crying:

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    Everything we're doing is about showing her we can be trusted, and that as much as possible is HER choice. She's never had this before, before it was always being yelled at for doing anything herself, and being dragged and forced everywhere. It's all new and scary to her, but I think she approves ;)
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2016 11:05am (Jul 24th 2016) edited

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    And we brought the kitties down yesterday for the first meet and greet!

    Pixie was initially terrified and began trembling, so I moved close to offer support, and kept Pecan away - that kitten has zero fear, I'm so glad he's not gonna be an outdoor cat, he'd be running up to everyone and everything outside :rolling:

    There was a cat like that in the village we lived when Kasper was a year old, every time the cat saw Kasper it would come running over as Kasper was literally trying to kill it (and he would have done at the time!!) and this cat would just look at him disdainfully as we tried to keep them apart, and move closer!
    I let the boys explore to see if Pixie's trembles would die down, and they did :) She was accepting treats and very curious, if scared, of the boys! I brought Pecan close to play with a toy after about five minutes, and Pixie said a careful hello

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    When Pixie would move to watch the kittens, if they looked at her, she would roll and show her tummy to let them know she wasn't a threat at all...I mean, how sweet is that?! :(

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    Enzo retreated to the cat tree after properly noticing Pixie...he was absolutely disgusted :rolling:

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    And that was it :)
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2016 8:29pm (Jul 24th 2016)
    Oh, Enzo's look is amazing!! Such disdain in that little face!

    It's such a quadary with Pixie. I suppose legally she is the old lady's dog, so you don't want to challenge for her as you would lose and not be able to see her at all. Is the owner quite old and infirm? It may be that she isn't able to do everything that needs doing, so offering to help would be a really good starting point. Pixie may be her only real company so she is unlikely to want to give her up.

    She is so sweet! It's lovely that she was so calm and sweet when she met the kittens. Would you intro her to the dogs?
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2016 9:11pm (Jul 24th 2016) edited

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    Oh Kate, he *hates* Pixie :rolling:

    We did another cat intro tonight and Pixie was far more confident this time, whining at the cats and wagging her tail like billio, really wanting to play. Pecan was fine, just playing and wandering about and almost ignoring her. Enzo was okay for the first five minutes then retreated to the top of the tall cat tree we have down here and just growled at her repeatedly :rolling:

    I don't know how much the old lady will abject to us asking her to let Pixie go though, because last year she rehomed two Spaniels that she was keeping living in her shed, and before that she rehomed another small dog too...yep, seriously, the mind boggles, Spaniels in a shed *sigh* Then she got Pixie on the 'spur of the moment' (her sisters' words) so I'm worried she'd just get another dog too!

    Haha it wasn't so much she was calm meeting the kitties, just that the fear made her appear calm!! I'm sure that will change hahaha. Seriously though she really is a love, she's just so scared of everything no matter how much she wants to play or interact with it :(

    I bought her a new harness today because the smallest we have in doesn't quite fit her, and a harness would make getting out for walks so much easier as she is terrified of having the lead clipped to her collar - can't blame her, she was yanked about her whole life by the collar! A harness is just that bit more secure too.

    I had to whizz getting the harness on to keep it as minimally scary as possible. The process almost had her shut down, but she recovered very quickly and was moving about fine in it. Within fifteen minutes she was sleeping on my lap in it :smile:

    We walked her on the slightly-too-big harness this evening and she was very scared by the feeling of walking in a harness outdoors, but after 15 minutes she stopped trembling and was walking with her usual...confidence, if you can call it that!

    Today she smushed herself up to big scary boyfriend for the first time too, and he got to stroke her for the first time! :heartsabove:

    • CommentTimeJul 26th, 2016 10:30am (Jul 26th 2016)
    She's coming on so well! The lady sounds like a nightmare - if you home Pixie she'll probably replace her with another poor thing, unless her health is such that she realises it's not a good idea. I think offering help and support would be the best option. I know you want to make everything better for Pixie but you can only take on so much and it's hard to break the habit with old people. At least she's not in the shed! Maybe as her confidence grows the lady will be better with her too, and you don't need to worry about intros so much, vet and food bills etc. Plus you're in place then if she does need to go into hospital again or long-term care. She may also naturally decide that it's too much and you may as well have her. I think she will be lonely otherwise and get another dog. It all works out in the end though, so keep your pecker up!! xx
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 26th, 2016 6:33pm (Jul 26th 2016)
    I hope her owner will just let her stay with you and know that is what is best for Pixie. She seems to have come a long way in a short time. She's a darling puppy.:face-smile:
    • CommentTimeJul 26th, 2016 9:32pm (Jul 26th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    I wouldn't be surprised if she got another dog if we managed to get Pixie off her - best result (which feels sinister to say!!) would be her to be too frail or whatever to not be able to keep Pixie, and not to be able to get another dog...yes, I am a horrible person :P

    I honestly don't think I can let Pixie go back to her. It is too heartbreaking for me to even think about. How can you begin teaching a dog - a PUPPY no less - that the world isn't as scary as she has known for 8 months, and then send her back to be scared into submission all over again?! I would rather rehome her to a really good home, with the promise that they'd give her back to us if they couldn't cope, than send her back to her owner.

    I phoned up a rescue and the dog warden and spoke to them today, I'm also waiting for a call back. I'm not going to talk to the owner yet, I'm going to wait to see what the outcome of the hospital visit is and see how we can respond to that before outright saying 'you shouldn't have a dog!' :rolling:
    Thank you Lynn :) Even if we aren't able to keep her, I know we could find a great home for her, much better than the one she had. Yes, we've had her a week today and although there's still a million things that scare her greatly, she's a totally different dog!

    For the first time today we had a walk where she didn't tremble once. She still stopped walking every now and then (still less than before) but there was no pulling backwards or trembling!

    Oh, despite using all this yesterday (two sleeves and a nervous lead)

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    there was still a man who insisted following us WITH HIS DOG as we obviously tried to duck out his way. I called over "Can you stop please, my dog is extremely scared" and he replied "Is she a puppy?" I yelled back "Seriously can you stop please, she's a rescue and extremely scared!" - by this point Pixie was trembling - and he said "Doesn't she look like my dog?" By this point I'd got us to a narrow exit, so glared and walked off.

    My parents laughed at this story and said bless him, as he was obviously just wanting to talk dogs, but I firmly explained that that's not really an excuse, is it?!

    It does not matter if that man was lonely and wanted a chat, or if he’s a dog lover and enjoyed seeing a dog with similar colourings. What mattered is that I asked him to stop, and he didn’t.

    What matters is that my girl is extremely fearful, and we have put a weeks’ effort into helping her gain confidence, and although she’s doing great, walks are still where she is most scared.

    What matters is if that man and dog had reached us, and trapped Pixie, Pixie could have been forced to react. If she had bitten the dog or the man, it would have been counted as her fault, and she could even have been PTS for it.
    Today I was actually able to take photos of Pixie on walks, because she's doing that much better :)

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    See the Dachshund in her when she's standing?! :bigsmile:

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    More to come!
    • CommentTimeJul 26th, 2016 9:39pm (Jul 26th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    And today was cat intro four or five? and Pixie is doing really really well :)

    At the first intro she cowered every time the cats looked at her, and trembled. Today she got excited when they came downstairs, and was trying to play with them! Fast wagging tail and play bows :smile:

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    When she got excited she would run in circles and dash around me. She was very respectful for such a young puppy though, and didn't try and chase them or obsess over them. When I told her what a good girl she was, she would come for scritches and that would keep her still too.

    Enzo spent most his time atop the cat tree (he really understands it's his safe zone) but there was no growling from him for the first time! Pecan mooched about pretty much ignoring her. Sometimes he would come say hi, especially if Pixie was doing something 'interesting'.

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    If she followed him or got too close, he would fluff up and hiss, but was very confident.

    Then Enzo surprised us by choosing to come down to floor level, and he only growled a few times!

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    They were all together about 40 minutes, no issues - yet!
    • CommentTimeJul 27th, 2016 6:31pm (Jul 27th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Day 8 with Pixie and the best day so far :face-angel:

    I think kitten-puppy intros are pretty much done. They've been together several hours at a time largely unsupervised, with us sat nearby but doing our own thing.

    Pixie calmed right down and decided to spend most the time chilling on my lap. She even stayed calm as the boys got used to her presence and both began play fighting right next to her!

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    Pecan enjoyed eating the dry dog food *sigh* but it was cute as he managed to coax Pixie into the wire dog crate for the first time and got her eating the kibble :rolling:

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    Enzo was much more confident with Pixie today and enjoyed that we had provided more 'safe zones' for him up high out of her way. Enzo on top of the crate, Pecan inside!

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    Pixie resting on my lap

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    Pixie thought the cat food smelled delicious but she was still wonderfully respectful, and the boys appreciated that! As soon as they'd eaten their fill Pixie clambered up and finished off the last few blobs :rolling:

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    Pixie had her happiest walk so far :)

    Zero trembling and only one instance of standing still!! She was fine with a person walking past, a dog walking away from us, and a cyclist looping around us. She was sniffing and walking with confidence, and she does enjoy choosing which direction we walk in :heart:

    Next on the list of positives: we left her alone in the house for the third time today. We've built it up to eight minutes, and we record her each time. In eight minutes, the first two minutes she explored and used her step to look out the window, and for the last six minutes she just sat on the armchair!!!

    And finally-the BEST positive! - she clambered onto Lyle's lap for the first time ever!! :heartsabove:

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    We were both totally over the moon!! It took eight days but she's beginning to trust both of us ^__^

    How cute is this?

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    • CommentTimeJul 27th, 2016 9:13pm (Jul 27th 2016)
    The pictures aren't loading for me but the descriptions give me the gist and I'll catch up with them later.

    I know just what you mean - it's easy for me to say give her back and support, but I know darn well I wouldn't be able to! She is doing very well with the cats - the golden rule for cat/dog intros is to give the cat somewhere high and Enzo is demonstrating that really well (Pecan just bucks the trend!!). It helps that Pixie is such a respectful dog, and what joy you are getting from seeing her improvement! It really is your forte.

    I received my Dogs Trust magazine today (Waggs!) and they were talking about fosterers that rehab nervous dogs until they're ready and able to be homed, but I don't know if you're allowed to do it if you have your own pets. Cat Protection don't like you to have a cat if you're a fosterer.
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2016 5:43pm (Jul 28th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah we brought the tallest cat tree down for the very first intro and Enzo loved it right from day one. He's spending more time on the floor now but still really loves being up high - back of the chair, on top of the crates, cat tree etc :smile:

    And yes, Pecan is a special little boy hahaha ;)

    I think most rescues that place dogs with fosterers accept other dogs and generally cats (as long as the dog isn't reactive obviously!), but I don't think rabbits, chinchilla, rodents, birds etc would be okay hahahaha :rolling:

    Today's progress: cats and puppy can be together perfectly fine.

    Enzo was in the crate at one point and omb this is hilarious; Pixie was going over to look, Enzo growled so she backed off, Enzo growled again so she rolled to show her tummy, when he continued to growl she put her head under the duvet wagging her tail frantically!!! :rolling:

    It was so funny and so sweet! She's hilarious with Pecan too and so desperate for him to play with her. Her tail wags like crazy and she does play bows and little 'play with me' huffs...adorable. Pecan walked across her back as she was chewing a split antler today (no reaction from her again) AND, big news, Enzo came and lay on my laptop right beside her! He growled when she looked up at him, but she'd turn away and go back to chewing :bigsmile:

    She had a scary experience on the morning walk (head over to my blog but it's not that exciting) but did great on the second walk. Saw people walking by, lots of dogs, and she would turn to me, which I'd ecstatically praise her for, then I'd ask her to move away (increasing distance so she doesn't get as scared) and she would do so immediately, looking relieved. She's so happy to have someone helping her overcome her fears :smile:

    Fiiiinally! left her for 10 mins in the house today and she didn't move off the footstool she was on when we left - dozing sat up, dozing lying down, then we got back :smile:

    Oh oh, and Rey has said hello to two dogs in the past few weeks, and done GREAT! Yay for a mature dog where the training is finally paying off :rolling: :heart:
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2016 6:14pm (Jul 28th 2016)
    Got the pictures to load today - they're fab! Love the one of her and Lyle having a doze together!

    Does Enzo growl at Rey and/or Kasper, or has he not met them yet? Just wondered if it was because she's a dog or because she's new to the house. Well done on all the intros. xx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2016 10:58am (Jul 29th 2016)
    Looks like you are doing wonders there Red I will read the posts and have a good look at pictures later I got to get Mallory ready to go out all love xx
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2016 1:22pm (Jul 29th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Kate! :) Oh I replied to your question about Enzo growling in the other thread hahahaha, I thought I read it over there :rofl: He's never met either of them as Rey's a chaser and Kasper would catch, kill and eat them *ack*

    Thanks NN :bigsmile: Have a fun time out with Mallory!

    Here is Miss Pix chilling as the kittens do their mad kitteny dashing

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    Daddy cuddles happen more and more :smile:

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    She got her very first antler yesterday, a split one, and she loves it!

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    You can see her bowed front legs here

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    Enjoying a pre-breakfast chew :heart:

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    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2016 1:23pm (Jul 29th 2016) edited

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    Trying to get the cats to play!

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    Loooves :)

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    When Pecan's attack!!!! Deffo not gonna be long before they play :rolling:

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    And look who's losing weight :bigsmile: She was obese when she came to us, still can't feel her ribs but she's starting to get a visible tuck!

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    • CommentTimeAug 4th, 2016 4:39pm (Aug 4th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Over two weeks with Pixie now!

    She has a new harness, which was a huge farce as no size fits her...I've contacted the company and we're waiting for them to get back in touch. For now this one fits well enough, but as Pixie continues to lose weight it will only get worse so we really need a solution!

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    She looks soooo cute in it though ^__^

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    She also has her first EVER dog tag, which reads 'Pixie - I am very scared!!!' Unfortunately she can't wear it at the moment, as the tinkling noise as she walks absolutely terrifies her!

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    Pixie is much better with Enzo

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    Still loves her snuggles and is insanely affectionate with me now :heart:

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    We've started training in earnest now, and she has already learnt sit :) She's learning touch, positive interrupter, up, and her name / recall. She's doing really well.

    And finally, she's getting to know Rey!!!

    Read more here, and see video below!

    • CommentTimeAug 4th, 2016 11:44pm (Aug 4th 2016)
    Oh bless her! She looks so submissive when she's playing with Rey, (and so tiny!) but it looks like it was going well. It is so good to see her coming around and getting such positivity from you, and she looks happier and healthier! Lovely girl!
    • CommentTimeAug 5th, 2016 3:56pm (Aug 5th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    That was their second meet and greet I seem to recall, and she was much happier than their first - running up to him when Rey would turn away to be less threatening etc. They play better and better everyday :smile:

    I wish Pixie would eat better, she's such a crappy eater! Loves her treats but doesn't each much proper food...not wet, not dry kibble, not even much cat food! She approaches the food bowls so timidly (I've tried loads of different types), and I've put them all over the room...but I'm at the point now where I'm leaving it all as is and saying she'll eat when she's hungry enough!

    She's not losing weight too drastically and does regular, good sizes number twos (HAHAHA) so she's eating okay. She's still losing weight, but I guess that's okay as she's chunky hehe!
    • CommentTimeAug 5th, 2016 8:33pm (Aug 5th 2016)
    Animals can't starve themselves can they? In which case she will eat when she's hungry. Does she like cheap food as opposed to the good stuff?
    • CommentTimeAug 6th, 2016 11:42pm (Aug 6th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    I think she's used to getting the majority of her calories from table scraps and very large treats, such as pigs' ears and the large Pedigree foamy dental chews. A lot for a little dog and probably meant she didn't have to eat much else!

    I now have a mat with two platters of a mix of cat food and dog food - 3/4 cat food of various types, 1/4 dog food, then the opposite on the other. The cats and Pixie can just pick what they want but, as Pixie seems to prefer most cat food to dog food anyway, she usually eats a few mouthfuls of the cat food mix. There's a bowl of dog kibble down 24/7 too, but only Enzo is interested in that so I have to keep moving idea why Mr Fussy likes the kibble?!?!?!
    • CommentTimeAug 7th, 2016 2:00pm (Aug 7th 2016)
    Maybe he likes the bigger kibble and the crunch? I'm told that before it's packaged they spray it with something to make it attractive by scent. I thought cat food wasn't good for dogs (or is it dog food isn't good for cats?!) but my childhood pets preferred each others food too and they did alright!
    • CommentTimeAug 7th, 2016 4:32pm (Aug 7th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Up to this point Enzo has refused to eat anything but wet cat food, so I find it so bizarre that he'll eat the dry kibble?! Feeding either of them a lot of the wrong sort of food regularly or permanently is a bad idea...I think cat food is worse for dogs as it's so high protein and such, but a little for Pixie will be fine :smile:

    Pixie's new harness arrived today...we had a lot of trouble with CosyDogs so I just bought a cheap jacket harness from amazon. Omb she looks SO cute in it! :heart:

    Hopefully it will help keep her warm if it ever gets colder too! :)

    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 7th, 2016 8:59pm (Aug 7th 2016)
    Pixie looks darling in her new harness, Red. I have a couple like that for my little Chloe. I have problems with Chloe eating her regular food too..all she wants are her treats.:face-sad:
    • CommentTimeAug 7th, 2016 10:19pm (Aug 7th 2016)
    She looks so sweet!!!
    • CommentTimeAug 8th, 2016 7:37pm (Aug 8th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Lynn :tooth: I'm hoping as she stops being so scared her appetite will return, but if it's because she's used to large high-calorie treats we'll just have to starve her out!! >__<
    She wears it well Kate :)

    She 'met' Kasper for the first time the other day (between a barrier as Kasper is so big compared to her) and bless her she was absolutely terrified, but excited and wanting to say hi too...when she went near the barrier to see Kasper she weed a little bit, and then as Kasper was just focusing on me and being very happy and relaxed, Pixie would cower even though he wasn't paying her any attention. Bless her she did really well, they both did.

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    As time passed she did better and better

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    And by the end Kasper was doing all he could to entice her to play :rolling:

    And today I started teaching Pixie that the camera is an awesome thing...because let's face it if she stays, she's gonna have to get used to the camera!! First pic:

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    You can see she's gaining confidence :smile:

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    • CommentTimeAug 8th, 2016 10:01pm (Aug 8th 2016)
    A curiosity question. If you'd gone to the kennels looking for another dog and Pixie had been there amongst many others, would she have been the one you chose? I suspect it is impossible to answer now as you've come to know her and to love her. I am always amazed at the rewards we get from animals.
    • CommentTimeAug 9th, 2016 6:45am (Aug 9th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Definitely not :smile: I'd have been attracted physically, because I like small dogs and Chi's are one of my faves haha, but for whenever we were ready for a next dog, we wanted an EASY dog...which oddly enough she hasn't been hahahaha!! And I can only imagine how badly she would present in kennels, so we'd have most definitely passed her by...but she's such a little love :smile:

    If it had been Kasper in kennels, I suspect we'd still have been drawn to him. There's just something magical, and I can't help but fall in love with him over and over...but I don't think I'd ever have seen Pixie and thought 'wow, there's the dog for me!', but here she is and she's fab
    • CommentTimeAug 9th, 2016 9:58pm (Aug 9th 2016)
    It's difficult to show some of the cats sometimes because they are so fearful in the pens, but in a home they're fantastic - it's a leap of faith. I can imagine Pixie would sit in the corner and shake and would need a special owner. She's lucky she came to you via another route - hope she can remain as it's been so interesting to see her develop and improve. I'm not sure I'd have chosen any of my cats in kennels, so I'm glad they all wandered in by themselves!
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2016 5:09am (Aug 11th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: Kate

    It's difficult to show some of the cats sometimes because they are so fearful in the pens, but in a home they're fantastic - it's a leap of faith. I can imagine Pixie would sit in the corner and shake and would need a special owner. She's lucky she came to you via another route - hope she can remain as it's been so interesting to see her develop and improve. I'm not sure I'd have chosen any of my cats in kennels, so I'm glad they all wandered in by themselves!

    Pixie would have been a dog we definitely avoided...looking for a dog we would want an easy dog, and with Pixie being so fearful in her previous home environment, I can only imagine what she would be like in rescue. And whilst she's a good dog for me, she's an absolute wreck and I imagine most other people wouldn't be able to cope with her fear at all. There are times with us when it's a struggle, situations we flat out can't manage anymore - for example we won't be able to have people around anymore, at all. I definitely would not have chosen her...and of course in kennels she would have been trembling and explosively barking at people passing by, an instant no! :bigsmile:

    Pixie has yet another new harness! This time a coat-style harness, which she looks utterly adorable in!

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    She adjusted to this harness quickly and, just like the smaller jacket one, it seems to have a Thundershirt-esque effect and give her confidence. For the first time on walks she's actually showed signs of happiness amongst her nerves...exploring, sniffing, and bounding about on lead!!!

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    "Am I the coolest dog ever yet?!"

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    Oh leaving her alone at home is up to 45 minutes now too :woohoo: