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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 14th, 2014 11:13pm (Apr 14th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Had a beautiful, if oddly frustrating walk, with Zoey today.

    We were walking across the bottom of the Crag and cut through the car park. The dog that Zoey saw and played with about a week ago was there. The owners very irresponsibly have the dog off-lead in the car park and let it wander wherever it wants. We stood around waiting for it to come over (it took it about 20 minutes to pluck up the courage last time) and I heard one woman saying to another "You can't ever trust them dogs..." referring to Zoey. As soon as she'd said it everyone looked over and frantically started calling the dog to them...*rage* :cursing:

    So we moved Zoey along as I couldn't be bothered trying to correct them. Because we didn't want to have to go past the dog and the group of people again, we decided to climb all the way to the top of the Crag, follow the route back down and leave through another exit.

    I'm so glad we did! The weather was beautiful, the views were fantastic and Zoey loved it...I'm only gutted I didn't have my camera! So thanks to those numpties in the car park we got to do a really lovely walk :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 15th, 2014 9:32pm (Apr 15th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The numpties were in the car park again today, with the dog running around off-lead as ever. Whilst we were walking we saw someone walking past with two aggressive dogs (both on-lead) and the dog rushed up to them and was almost attacked...the off-lead dogs' owner paid no attention because it wasn't a Staffy and so were oblivious to their dog almost getting seriously hurt *sigh*

    Zoey was hilarious following the sun around the living room today so she could sleep in it!

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    Although wasn't impressed with me bothering her with the camera ;)

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    Here's Kasper doing a 'leave it' with two treats on his paws (they're tiny training treats so you might not be able to tell!)

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    This is what happened when I asked Lyle, "Shall I get the dogs' food?" Kasper leaped off the couch and sprinted to the door hahaha!

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    Eating his brekkie :smile:

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    And Zoey after her walk! :tooth:

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2014 5:42pm (Apr 16th 2014)
     
    Zoe following the sun made me laugh; I thought that was a cats' trick! She looks completely knackered; how many miles did you go?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2014 7:00pm (Apr 16th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha she was smushing herself against the wall to try follow the sun as it moved up from the floor...hilarious!

    We went about three miles, but I think the sun really helped tucker her out!

    Had a lovely walk with Kasper yesterday along the bottom of the Crag. Then we climbed the side all the way to the top of the mountain and followed the forest back down. Got some beautiful pics. Here's the Crag from the car park

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    The little man doing his very best sit (I had liver ;) )

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    On the way up the steep climb to the top of the mountain, Kasper is admiring the views over the beach :smile:

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    This is from the very top, he was *shattered* here! I had a bottle of water with me and he drank the whole thing! I poured the dregs onto his back to cool him down (he didn't appreciate it!)

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    Pic of the view

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    Following the trail downwards through the forest

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    And the view over our village

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    Zoey's walk today was horrible :sad: We saw three dogs that we know to be aggressive, so took different routes to avoid them. Then we managed to stumble into the hideous people that have the four Golden Retrievers. These dogs are huge and are very confident and pushy; they swarmed around Zoey, one came over barking and growling, and poor Zoey lay on the ground absolutely terrified.

    The idiotic owner was miles behind, on the phone and had no control over her dogs. At all. Lyle and I tried our hardest body blocking the dogs from Zoey but it was impossible. The dogs were getting more and more worked up and Zoey was getting more fearful. I was not taking their crap anymore so shoved the dogs aside and (struggling!) picked Zoey up.

    Zoey seemed to really appreciate this. Even then the dogs would not leave me alone, one continued to growl and the others jumped all over me. The owner laughed and hung around trying to chat with us, I was like "just get your horrible dogs and get out of here!!"

    Ugh.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2014 7:04pm (Apr 16th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I also bought a really cute new lead today (I can't buy collars anymore so leads are the next best thing!) It has multiple D clips so you can change the length, which are my favourite type, and is really cute.

    I got a new dog walking bag too. It's bigger than the one I'm currently using so can comfortably hold more stuff. It's also really colourful, which I love! The front pocket holds poo bags and the torch, the middle pocket holds all the treats, and the main pocket holds hand wash, body spray, a thick shoe lace to use as an emergency muzzle, a spare lead and baby socks (emergency bandages!!). There's also a back pocket to carry the house key. I love it! :bigsmile:
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2014 8:52pm (Apr 16th 2014)
     
    Red, have you ever thought about SHOWING how very well trained Zoey really is, while you are around the people who are in the car park? Put her though her paces while they watch with their badly trained dogs. Don't say anything to them, just show them. Zoey can show them what GOOD training really IS! Gawd, I hate stupid people, especially people who don't understand that it's not the Staffy's fault that they are getting a bad rap for being mean..it's the damn stupid owners fault. Some of the sweetest dogs in the world are Pit Bulls..just look how sweet little Zoey is.

    By the way I love your new dog walking bag.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2014 10:14pm (Apr 16th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's a great idea Lynn!

    This dog is highly annoying because once it comes over and says hi, it just does not leave you alone!!! And the owners do absolutely nothing to try help, this dog was bugging Kasper (and Kasper will tell a dog when to quit, although unfortunately didn't yesterday) and the dogs' owners could see we were struggling to move along with their dog pestering Kasper, and yet they did nothing...grrrr!

    I like the idea of Zoey doing all these excellent tricks whilst they are screaming their dogs' name and the dog is still moving towards us!! :rolling:

    Thanks! My only concern with the new bag is that it's really too nice for a dog walking bag haha, but oh well!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2014 10:46pm (Apr 16th 2014)
     
    Have you ever thought of walking the dogs carrying a Cricket Bat on your shoulder? :)

    I have found carrying a baseball bat made a great difference. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2014 6:33pm (Apr 17th 2014)
     
    Your bag is lovely, and those pictures of Zoey are adorable! What a sweetheart.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2014 9:48pm (Apr 17th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: LynnWHave you ever thought of walking the dogs carrying a Cricket Bat on your shoulder?<img src=" />

    I have found carrying a baseball bat made a great difference.<img src=" />


    A lot of people have suggested a walking stick or umbrella too (with the umbrella, apparently opening it up towards a rushing / aggressive dog often makes them turn tail and run!). It's an idea. I'd also considered one of those really loud horns that cyclists often use, but I'd have to counter condition Zoey to the noise first...

    Thanks Kate :bigsmile:

    A video to show how far Zoey has come with moving hands...she's a very mouthy dog and gets excited over the simplest things. Hands flapping in her face were the worst. Now I can move my hands around her, tap on the nose and check her teeth, and she will just sit there calmly :smile:

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2014 2:11pm (Apr 21st 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My parents and Nana came up yesterday and we had a lovely day. We took Zoey for a walk (so she got to maul and slobber over my nana and dad :tooth: ) and she did really well. We avoided the popular dog walking spots as there were a lot of people out with badly trained dogs as it was a sunny weekend, so instead we kept to the quieter paths...still managed to run into two groups of aggressive dogs, but at least they were on-lead!!

    My parents brought some treats and denta-sticks for Kasper and Zoey, and bought them a dog-friendly Easter egg too! :tooth:

    We also bought the pups some dried tripe, which they love.

    Also Zoey has discovered that if she steps into her crate and rolls the toys around that are on top of her crate, some of them slip through the bars and she can grab them!! Haha I knew she was a clever pup!! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2014 2:14pm (Apr 21st 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And a very unimpressed Kasper because Zoey got a toy and he didn't! :P
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2014 2:56pm (Apr 21st 2014)
     
    Posted By: Red a very unimpressed Kasper because Zoey got a toy and he didn't!

    I don't blame him; poor Kaspar!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2014 3:30pm (Apr 21st 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha, Zoey was prancing around with the toy in front of him as well, purposefully trying to unsettle him...

    Training news; Zoey did ten leg weaves in a row without stopping!! Thought I'd better not push her to do anymore in case it made her really dizzy :rolling:

    We're also working on a new trick which is balancing a bracelet on her nose. I thought she'd be terrible at this; not only is she an incredibly mouthy dog, she also has little patience and very low impulse control which I am constantly trying to work on. Well, she actually surprised me and did very well! Once she understood the concept she sat like a little champ whilst I touched the bracelet to her nose, left it there for a second etc. I don't think it'll be too long before we have this one down :bigsmile: :woohoo:

    And who knows, by teaching her this trick maybe we can work our way up to balancing a treat on her nose!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2014 11:15pm (Apr 21st 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Found some really cool puzzle toys; I'd buy them for Kasper's birthday next month but I think Zoey would possibly get more use out of them than he would...

    I love this windmill one, but as the base isn't very big I think the pups would just tip it onto its side!
    http://www.traininglines.co.uk/windmill-dog-activity-toy.html

    This one seems like a better design and it would be interesting to see how long it took them to figure it out! I also like that for the first few goes you could leave the lid off so the treats / kibble would fall out easier :smile:
    http://www.traininglines.co.uk/turn-around-dog-activity-toy.html

    I LOVE this puzzle feeder, definite contender for Kasper's birthday!
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Company-Animals-Interactive-Feeder-Green/dp/B009CKHXYU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398118642&sr=8-1&keywords=green+interactive+feeder
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2014 10:38pm (Apr 22nd 2014)
     
    They all look really interesting. Maybe you could keep your eyes open for a brick to put on the base of the first 2 to weigh them down a bit?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd, 2014 4:49pm (Apr 23rd 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Doh, so simple and I hadn't thought of it at all! :smile:

    Although knowing our pups they'd be more interested in the bricks than the toy :rolling:

    We topped up our treat tin yesterday and bought these really cute star-shaped biscuits; they're not very functional as they're quite large and too crumbly to snap, but they're very sweet looking though!

    We also adjusted the Kong Genius we recently bought as it was just...rubbish. The hole in the top and the X's are so small that you either have to use really tiny or flat treats for the dogs to be able to get them out...utterly pointless! So we trimmed the flaps of the X's and now can put much larger treats in and the dogs really have to work to get them out. You can also spread PB in there now too, so it can be used like a regular Kong.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd, 2014 6:08pm (Apr 23rd 2014)
     
    Are you still cooking your own dog treats, Red?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd, 2014 10:48pm (Apr 23rd 2014)
     
    I was going to ask that! Great minds eh?!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 24th, 2014 12:37pm (Apr 24th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes we are! :smile: We bake for a kennels in Yorkshire that used to buy from our market stall, they pick up a big batch every month or so and freeze what they don't need immediately, so that works out well! We still have our website up, but it's a lot easier just baking for the kennels as they don't ask for the fancy packaging, just the biscuits! :smile:

    I'm considering taking the site down so nobody stumbles across it and buys biscuits; the packaging never turned up after the last house move and I'm always exhausted from the dog walking / training too...

    Good news! Since showing the owners' of the Bulldog how to counter condition her to other dogs, they have stopped threatening to 'get rid' of her. We walk and train her every week day, but twice a week we've started taking her out with the owners and showing them what they *should* be doing...they actually seem to be listening and learning this time, and the dog is really improving :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 24th, 2014 9:15pm (Apr 24th 2014)
     
    Great news on the bull dog!!
    Don't get doing too much - it wouldn't hurt to put a hold on selling the treats more widely for a while, you can always come back to it.
    How are your meds now? Did the doctor get them stabilised?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2014 7:12am (Apr 25th 2014)
     
    Red, I'm so glad to hear about the improvement in the owners of the bulldog. I knew you could help the dog, it usually is the owners that need the training.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2014 9:58pm (Apr 25th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebHow are your meds now? Did the doctor get them stabilised?

    Ugh, no :( I think they might have forgotten as they had a weeks' holiday, but I don't want to phone up and bug her...I'll probably just wait until my appt next month and remind them then >__<

    Posted By: LynnWRed, I'm so glad to hear about the improvement in the owners of the bulldog. I knew you could help the dog, it usually is the owners that need the training


    It certainly is, and definitely was in this case. They had gotten so used to punishing her when she reacted to other dogs, which was because she was scared of them, that they were making her even more afraid..."Oh, now I'm getting yanked around on my collar and sprayed in the face...wow other dogs really are horrible things!!"

    It's why it's important not to punish dogs for acting fearful or aggressive, it just proves the thing they are reacting to is even more scary, or makes them fearful of you!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2014 4:49pm (Apr 26th 2014)
     
    No Red, ring up and bug them. It's their job and they shouldn't mind being reminded politely. It's not as though you're asking for something frivolous!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2014 7:42pm (Apr 26th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Do you think? I just don't want to come across as rude or pushy, I really like this GP! :smile:

    Zoey has been so lazy today; here she is lounging on Lyle's lap and, as ever, looking cute!

    I've decided on getting a new tattoo, and want it to be dog related, especially if it could be related to Zoey somehow. I've thought about adding her to the crossword on my arm, but that feels a little dull...so far I've thought of either getting a Zero tattoo (the dog from The Nightmare Before Christmas, one of my all time favourite films AND he's a dog!) or getting a little cute Staffy cartoon...or maybe just some paw prints on a track on my arm...hmmm.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2014 8:32pm (Apr 27th 2014)
     
    The chef Tom Kerridge (shepherd's pie £16.95 a pop? Mad.) was on telly and he had the pawprint of his boxer dog (no longer with us) tattooed on his inner arm. Looked very effective.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2014 11:25pm (Apr 27th 2014)
     
    I agree, give them a call. You can do it in a non-confrontational way and as CC says, its not as if its a frivolous request.
    If you're going to get a tattoo check out what work they've done before - I've seen some horrendous stuff on the internet!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2014 3:49pm (Apr 28th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ok, we'll give the GP ring and just ask what's happened so far :)

    I think I'd get a tattoo at the place that did my first tattoo, they seemed very clean and professional.

    Posted By: chief chickenThe chef Tom Kerridge (shepherd's pie £16.95 a pop? Mad.) was on telly and he had the pawprint of his boxer dog (no longer with us) tattooed on his inner arm. Looked very effective.


    That's what I was thinking of having! But wasn't sure how easy it would be to get the actual paw print off Zoey... :rolling: :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2014 4:49pm (Apr 28th 2014)
     
    Get a print on a bit of paper then take that to the tat man. They make it into a sort of transfer to work with I think. Good job she's not a Great Dane; painful!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2014 1:19pm (May 9th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Both the pups are fine, it is fast approaching Kasper's birthday, I can't believe he will be four!!

    Zoey hasn't had any more run ins with aggressive dogs, which is nice, and nor has she rolled and covered herself head to toe in poo either...always a good thing! I'm still working with her on balancing a bracelet on her nose (she's doing great but I have been slacking recently) and I'm trying to spend more one-on-one time with Kasper, with Zoey in her crate with a puzzle feeder.

    Here are some pics, most of them are of Zoey lazing around the house :rolling:

    The one where they are both in the pic and Kasper is stood on the couch, that is from when they spotted a moth...it was mayhem!! They were dashing around the room, barreling into each other, clacking their teeth trying to catch it, it was hilarious! And whenever they lost sight of it they would freeze, desperately peering around the room to spot it again...of course the moth survived, they weren't even close to catching it :tooth:
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2014 9:57pm (May 9th 2014)
     
    They are so darn cute, Red...Zoey has the sweetest face ever. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2014 1:13pm (May 10th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Lynn! I love her face in that last pic, she looks so stupid :rolling:

    Well, it's chucking it down today, and the weather forecast says to expect heavy rain all day...don't know when we'll be able to walk Zoey! She does do slightly better in the rain these days, but if it's heavily raining she's still utterly miserable so we don't force her to walk in it.

    One of the new dogs we are walking is the same, so that will make walks on rainy days interesting! :smile:

    We've been thinking about how to help Zoey feel most comfortable in her crate after the house move. This is the first house she has lived in where she doesn't whine in her crate AT ALL; it's very rare to hear a peep out of her when she is crated these days. In the past she has always whined (LOUDLY!!) for a while before settling down...I really hope that doesn't start up again after the move! >__<

    I'd love to have her sleep upstairs with us, but Kasper just tries to initiate play whilst everyone else is trying to sleep!!! He just will not stop! And we can't have her crate up there because having us sleep in the same room as her seems to make her whine even louder for some bizarre reason (99% of the time being in the same room calms the dog down, but nope, not our Zoey!!)

    Having the new house so nearby will be great for getting the dogs used to it as we can walk them over for a run around to explore the place before we actually move in there. That will be nice :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2014 5:41pm (May 10th 2014)
     
    I love The Moth Hunt pic!:face-smile:
    Sorry about the rain, it's my fault. We're having the outside of the house painted AND I had my car washed on Thursday. Sorry, everyone...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2014 7:31pm (May 11th 2014)
     
    Red, I hope you and the dogs will have a smooth transition over to the new house. Zoey is growing up a bit, so maybe she won't whine in her crate at the new place either (we can only hope):face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2014 7:43pm (May 12th 2014)
     
    Maybe now she's getting older she'll settle quicker. She's learnt to trust you, and her and Kasper are buddies so fingers crossed she'll manage with a little bit of help and love from you and Kyle!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2014 9:02pm (May 12th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ahh CC, please don't wash your car / paint your house tomorrow, the new dog we're walking doesn't like rain ;)

    I hope so too Lynn! I think taking them across to explore the new place before we move in could help them feel more comfortable...at least I am hoping so anyway!

    Thanks Kate, yes she's past 18 months now, doesn't time fly?! I can still remember taking her on the train home, a tiny bundle wrapped in a fleece blanket! :smile:

    Just had to share this pic of Kasper surveying his kingdom :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2014 9:16pm (May 12th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh I forgot to share, one of the awesome things about the new house (a small but very nice bonus!) is that just a minutes' walk down the road there is a small flock of chickens!! :woohoo:

    There's a very proud rooster with his girls, they are gorgeous! We walked past them twice today and they were all melted into pools, sunbathing! Two of his girls are Light Sussex's, but they don't look too similar to Millybobs to be upsetting. I'll have to get a photo of them tomorrow :smile:

    *sigh* I miss owning chickens so much, wish we could have a small flock any time soon!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 13th, 2014 3:57pm (May 13th 2014)
     
    Oooo Kaspar, very elegant! Talk about 'peel me a grape...! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 13th, 2014 6:57pm (May 13th 2014)
     
    Chickens?! One of these days Red, one of these days ...
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2014 3:37am (May 14th 2014)
     
    Just catching up here on the doggy antics Red, lovely pics and stories (except about the useless
    Owners who don't keep their dog under control, really silly and dangerous for all.
    Love your new bag and the toys and bits for the doggies.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2014 6:20pm (May 14th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes, he's a spoilt brat...but so darn cute with it! :001_rolleyes:

    Thank you TM!

    Kate, we both want chickens A LOT! But we'd need to be settled with a large garden and *very* secure run before we could even think about getting some, so not for some years yet...I think having some nearby the new house we can 'speak' to will help ;) Here's a pic of them by the way (sorry for the rubbish pic it was on a mobile!) all sunbathing in a heap, they are sooo cute! :smile:

    We found out we will be moving early next month so here we go again with all the packing...! Really hoping we like the next house enough to stay there for a nice long stretch of time. We visited it again and are really happy with it, can't wait to move in!

    Otherwise what with all the dog walking our own pups have been getting somewhat neglected! Kasper has only been having one hour-long walk a day, poor boy, and I haven't been doing any formal training sessions with them one-on-one...instead we've been having slightly mad training sessions with both pups at the same time, which are fun if somewhat challenging!! :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2014 6:23pm (May 14th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, and this was Zoey following a bug around the carpet today!!! See the black speck?

    Whereas Kasper will eat, or roll on / paw bugs to death (and smush them into the carpet which we then have to scrape off...!) Zoey instead follows them around the room and delicately sniffs or licks them - she's such a sweetheart!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2014 9:42pm (May 14th 2014)
     
    My cats can never decide whether to kill, torture or ignore a bug. It seems they always do the opposite of what I want!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2014 10:09pm (May 14th 2014)
     
    Posted By: RedZoey instead follows them around the room and delicately sniffs or licks them


    Tch. See? Vicious Staffies.... :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2014 9:54pm (May 16th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kasper is great for when huuuuge spiders are around as he always kills them, and when they're charging across the room towards me they're too scary to catch but I don't want to kill them myself!!

    CC it's true, she's turning into a devil dog... :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2014 6:19pm (May 18th 2014) edited
     

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    Blegh, we have been having to time our dog walks at really odd hours to avoid people and their dogs.

    Lyle took Kasper out the other morning and there was a young husky (off lead of course!) that had no recall. The owner was yelling and yelling for it but the dog just ignored and continued to pester Kasper. Kasper put up with this for ages, bless him, but eventually had to growl to get the dog to back off...I wish owners would keep their damn dogs on-lead if they don't have reliable recall :001_rolleyes:

    As it's a weekend AND sunny there are more idiots out with their dogs than ever. AND there's an ale festival going on in the village so there's drunken louts stumbling about and discarded litter everywhere. It doesn't make for nice dog walking!

    So Kasper's not getting a walk today (means a lot of extra play and training in the house!) and we're trying to hold off Zoey's walk until about 10.30pm. They do of course get plenty of toilet breaks, we're not that cruel :P

    Thankfully after an active morning they've been sleeping all evening, so don't seem too upset by the change!

    Here's some pics from yesterday, check out tired Zoey after her walk! :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2014 6:21pm (May 18th 2014) edited
     

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    And Lyle's grandparents gave us some cooked meat for the pups, so of course I made Kasper do a 'leave it' first (I know, totally abusive...)

    Did I mention he's a lap dog too?! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2014 11:03pm (May 18th 2014)
     
    My friend has a pug and told me the other day how it had run over to a big dog and the big dog (can't remember the breed) was scared of her dog. I asked her why she didn't call it back and she said she tried but he was too interested in the other dog and besides "he's only little". I told her she shouldn't be letting him off lead if she couldn't rely on him coming when called, and that it was unfair to bother the other dog and didn't she realise how bad it was? She just laughed and said it was OK, so even when you tell someone they still don't listen.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2014 4:11pm (May 19th 2014)
     
    My friend's beautifully trained spaniels were terrorised by 2 alsatians and the other owner screamed at Jo to keep her &!**%$ dogs under control!:scared::thumbdown:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2014 4:45pm (May 20th 2014) edited
     

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    Kate, god help your friend's pug if it ever ran up to one of our dogs and I'd asked her to call it back! I'm a dog lover but when it comes to my dogs' safety or comfort levels I have no problem kicking a badly trained dog away if body blocking doesn't work! If I was the large dogs' owner I would have been truly ticked off! Good for you for saying something about it to her though :smile:

    I absolutely detest the 'oh it's okay it's only a little dog' excuse...there are so many small dogs whose owners laugh off their aggression or rude behaviours, or who haven't bothered training them at all because they're so small!

    CC, how very pleasant of them! I have had that happen with Kasper before, years ago now. Another dog tried to attack him and the owner responded that "Your dog should be ******* muzzled"...oh really? :001_rolleyes:

    We've been buying treats in for a certain young man's birthday! (no, not Lyle's!!) They're having their big day/s this Friday, Kasper will be 4 and Lyle 24! We bought lots of exciting tasty treats in for Kasper, but I think we're saving his main present (some sort of large puzzle feeder) until we have moved into our new house, so I still have some time to think it over ;)

    And of course, pup pics! The first one is Zoey after her morning walk with slobber dripping from her chin - such a lady!! :rolling:

    We're all sick of this weather currently, it is just toooo warm, especially for walking so many dogs in!!
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2014 6:12pm (May 20th 2014)
     
    Darling pictures of the dogs, Red..I love the one of Kasper being a lap dog. Don't you have any kind of leash laws around there, Red. Here if your dog is off your property it has to be on a leash.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2014 11:03pm (May 20th 2014) edited
     

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    Thanks Lynn, he's the best lapdog, even if he does crush me somewhat!! ;)

    I know it's illegal to have a dog off-lead by a road (which some people ignore anyway, which is just plain dangerous!) but in forests / moors / fields dogs can be off-lead. The Dangerous Dog Act states the dog can't be 'dangerously out of control' (I think), but there are no lead laws other than in certain parks (and nine times out of ten people ignore them there too!)... :face-plain:

    So people let their badly trained dogs off-lead all the time, and aggressive off-lead dogs are common too. It makes it a real pain to walk your dog sometimes, it's pure luck which dogs you see!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2014 11:20pm (May 21st 2014)
     

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    Kasper 'helped' me wrap Lyle's birthday gifts :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2014 4:02pm (May 22nd 2014)
     
    :bdayhappy_balloons:Happy Birthday, Lyle! :bdaycake::bdayhappy_balloons::bdayparty:
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    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2014 6:32pm (May 22nd 2014)
     
    Happy Birthday, Lyle..Have a great day!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2014 8:16pm (May 22nd 2014)
     
    Happy birthday to Kyle and Kasper - the 2 K's!!

    :bdayhappy_balloons::bdayhappy_balloons:
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    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2014 6:39pm (May 24th 2014) edited
     
    Hi everyone, Lyle here just in case you don't recognise the username!

    I'd like to thank everyone for all the kind Birthday wishes that have been sent my (and Kaspers!) way. We all had a lovely day yesterday, opening lots of presents and going to the butterfly house at Williamson's park (which I think Red will be posting pics of shortly!).
    Thanks again :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2014 6:57pm (May 24th 2014) edited
     

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    Thank you everyone :bigsmile: Yes, they both had a great day!

    Here is one of the birthday boys:

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    And the other having a dance with Zoey :rolling:

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    Kasper got quite a few treats and two new toys too, which he has completely ignored!! He did agree to pose rather nicely with one though :smile:

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    Yes he got a beef and liver bar, some chopped pieces of dried out chicken / pork / liver, a dental stick and some sea jerky. Both pups were a bit suspicious of the jerky at first, but once they tried it they LOVED it!!

    The pack was £3.something, and you didn't get much, but the only ingredient was 'fish skins' (awesome), they came in slightly larger than bite-sized pieces (so no worries about our idiot pups eating them too fast and choking or causing a blockage!) and it was stinky meaning the dogs really enjoyed it, so we will definitely be buying them again.

    Zoey wanting the sea jerky

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    And both posing beautifully on Kasper's birthday!

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2014 3:04pm (May 25th 2014)
     
    Glad both boys had a good day! Sea jerky sounds disgusserous, as my friend's boys say. No wonder they loved it!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2014 5:04pm (May 25th 2014)
     

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    Disgusserous, I like it :tooth:

    Oh yes, it absolutely reeked! It was really crunchy too.

    I had a sleep in with both pups today - none of us got out of bed until just before lunch time!! :rolling: It was lovely! Then Lyle took Kasper up the Crag and I stayed home with Zoey, and when he returned it was fight time and the dogs went crazy!

    Still have to take Zoey out twice yet - not that she seems to mind, she's sleeping on the couch! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2014 5:40pm (May 26th 2014)
     
    If it's pouring like it is here, she won't want to go anywhere!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2014 5:40pm (May 26th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well taking Zoey out yesterday was a nightmare due to the torrential rain that lasted ALL DAY! Managed to get her out at about 10.30pm, then when we were about 40 mins from home it started all over again! So we had one very miserable, slightly sodden Zoey on the way back! :smile:

    Had some more birthday adventures today when my parents and Nana came up for a visit. Zoey did great, but I felt very sorry for Kasper who was barking in his crate as he wanted to say hello to everyone :sad: Hopefully once we've moved Kasper will be able to play with my dad in the kitchen / garden, and Zoey can be with Lyle in the living room, and my mum can wait outside hahahaha!!! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2014 5:43pm (May 26th 2014)
     
    Lovely pics, Red. Why was Kaspar in his cage?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2014 8:57pm (May 26th 2014)
     
    Any idea of a moving date yet Red?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2014 10:42pm (May 26th 2014) edited
     

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    Posted By: chief chickenLovely pics, Red. Why was Kaspar in his cage?


    Thanks, it was a lovely day ^__^

    Mainly for my mum's allergies / the fact she's not a big dog fan. So my dad got chance to see Zoey because she was free in the living room with Lyle, but my mum was out in the hallway. When Zoey was released from the living room she was on a lead and able to be kept away from my mum.

    Kasper's crate is in the kitchen, so when released he would have had to run through the hallway to the living room (kitchen is very small in this house so no room to play or say hi) meaning there was nowhere for my mum to hide! I'm hoping at the next house my dad will be able to go in the kitchen / garden to see Kasper, and Zoey can be away in her crate in the living room, and my mum can wait in there whilst my dad gets to shower love on Kasper!

    It's hard having two pillock dogs and a mum who has severe allergies!!! :001_rolleyes:

    Posted By: KatebAny idea of a moving date yet Red?


    Well...! We *were* supposed to get the keys the middle of last week, so we would be able to start moving things across as soon as possible, just carrying bags across ourselves and such. But the estate agents keep having to delay things (with no explanation) so we still don't have the keys yet! :cursing:

    We're hoping we'll be able to get them tomorrow, if they push us back again I will not be pleased...we have to be out of here by the beginning of next month, and I had hoped to carry across and unpack as much as possible, to make the move less stressful. I wanted to take the pups across a few times, one on one, to get used to the place too, but it's looking less and less likely :sad:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2014 4:03pm (May 27th 2014)
     
    Have you ever tried those allergy wipes for animals which make them less of a problem for allergic people? My friend desensitised her hubby to her cats like that. Thinking about it, I'm sure I've said this before somewhere...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2014 9:26pm (May 27th 2014) edited
     

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    I've never heard of them CC, I'll have to have a look online...so you actually use them on the dog, like these?

    http://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pets/allergy-relief-wipes-for-dogs--cats-and-rabbits-with-byotrol

    Not that I think she'd still like to be around our dogs, they're a little too 'excitable' for her haha! She prefers calm, ploddy dogs...and we have whizz around the room and leap about to say hi dogs!! :tooth:

    My parents brought the pups some puffed rabbit ears, which they have really enjoyed. Although they don't smell strongly (to me at least!) the dogs go crazy as soon as they sniff them, and Kasper has been hanging around the cabinet where I've put them, sniffing all along the crack in the door!

    We do have to cut up each ear into about four pieces...our dogs are useless at eating, they tend to swallow large chunks of things that cause them to be sick (especially with raw bones, Kasper almost needed surgery one time...) so that prevents it from happening! :smile:

    But no, they're great. And the ingredient is 100% free-range rabbit, which I thought was awesome!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2014 9:27pm (May 27th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, and how cute is this?! ^__^
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2014 4:48pm (May 28th 2014)
     
    Ooo lordy, I think the very idea of a puffed rabbit ear would make me feel...:_puke:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2014 12:39pm (May 29th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I think I'm just used to it now...our dogs have had chicken feet, rabbit ears, cow hooves, deer legs... :smile:

    Oh and I never posted these pics; Zoey has decided that if Kasper doesn't want his birthday toy (and he really doesn't...!) then she will gladly have it :tooth:

    She absolutely adores it, especially because it squeaks!!

    I'm thinking about going across to the new house tonight for a shower (a SHOWER!!! :woohoo: ) and taking Kasper with us. I don't know when we'll get chance to take Zoey across, and I wanted to take them a few times ideally...ah well...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2014 5:33pm (May 29th 2014) edited
     

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    Well, seeing as Kasper hadn't had a walk today, we decided to take him across the fields to our new house. He did awesome!

    He was really good with the cows, and although excited and intrigued by them he didn't get overly giddy. He was also fine at the new house, very excited to be there at first! :smile: He sprinted all over the place exploring, then conked out in the bathroom whilst I had my first shower in over three years!! :woohoo:

    He did get a little whiny towards the end, because he didn't understand what was happening or why he was there, but he was a real star. We're going to try take Zoey over on her walk tomorrow morning, so then both dogs have at least been there once...

    Here are some pics of Kasper walking to and being at the new place...can you tell he was tired?! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2014 9:30pm (May 29th 2014)
     
    First shower in 3 years?! I've got to say it - there's a funny smell down here in Birmingham when the wind blows from the north and we know what it is now!! :rolling::updown::whistle:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2014 9:31pm (May 29th 2014)
     
    Why do I get a photo of Zoey in the 'happy' vanillacons?!:laugh:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2014 6:34pm (May 30th 2014)
     
    Red, I loved the pictures of the pups. Since you were able to get a shower in the new place, I take it that you finally got the keys..will you be moving this weekend? :clap:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2014 7:50pm (May 30th 2014)
     
    It looks lovely; guided tour pics once you're in please!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2014 8:24pm (May 30th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha well don't be surprised if the smell mysteriously vanishes in the upcoming weeks! :rolling:

    Posted By: KatebWhy do I get a photo of Zoey in the 'happy' vanillacons?!>


    What, really?! I mean I guess she is a very happy pup but still...!

    Posted By: LynnWRed, I loved the pictures of the pups. Since you were able to get a shower in the new place, I take it that you finally got the keys..will you be moving this weekend?


    Thanks Lynn :bigsmile: Yes, we finally picked up the keys yesterday! Move-in day is Monday *gulp*!

    Posted By: chief chickenIt looks lovely; guided tour pics once you're in please!


    Thanks CC, will do! ^__^

    We walked Zoey across to the new house this morning. She had lots of fun racing around the the place and wasn't as anxious to leave as Kasper. She did manage to shut herself in the bathroom; it's quite small so she knocked the door as she went in and it closed on her, poor girl!! :rolling:

    I'm walking all the dogs on my own on Monday as Lyle will be busy helping his dad shift our furniture...should be interesting, but hey at least it gets me out of hefting the heavy stuff! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2014 6:59pm (May 31st 2014) edited
     

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    Zoey accompanied us to the house again this morning, she actually seemed happy to be there! :)

    And worst of all, we found a tick on Kasper!!! Aaagh! This is the first time we've ever encountered a tick, we were both really freaking out but managed to put on a calm face for Kasper. Who, by the way, did great! I fed him kibble and treats whilst Lyle re-found the tick and proceeded to try get it off. We wanted to be really thorough and Kasper was great, just lay there waiting for his treats!

    Anybody else have any experience with ticks? I asked on a forum if I needed to take Kasper to a vet, and they all said they hadn't when they removed a tick from their dog/s. That was reassuring!

    We flea and tick treated both dogs too, despite it not being due for another few days...better safe than sorry!

    Kasper got chance to play with his favourite tennis ball today whilst Zoey was in her crate. He was very happy, as you can see! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2014 9:52pm (May 31st 2014)
     
    One of my cats, Joey, used to sleep in the long grass of a house at the back of ours, and came back covered in ticks a few times. They're ugly, vile little beasts! Jenson has come back with a couple recently too (from the woods I suppose). Frontline will usually kill them off in a few days - one tick won't cause him too many problems apart from making him itch. A tick buries it's head under the animal's skin and sucks their blood which engorges their body (they go from white to a bluey/grey colour and get big and fat!), so the only problem really is if he scratches the body off and leaves the head embedded under the skin it can become infected. LIkewise if you try to remove it and don't get it out properly.

    You can get a tool from the vet or pet shop that fits under the tick and lifts it out, or you can use pointy tweezers but need to be right down by the skin and don't yank it, ease it out slowly. Another tip is to cover it with vaseline (or similar product) for 24 hours first (use a cotton bud - I can't stand the thought of touching one!) I believe ticks breathe through their abdomen so the petroleum jelly will suffocate it and make it easier to remove.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 1st, 2014 7:02pm (Jun 1st 2014) edited
     

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    Cheers Kate :) Yes, we had a tick remover and it didn't work AT ALL! The tick was too small for the remover, so it was useless. In the end Lyle had to use the dog grooming / nail scissors we have, and they worked pretty darn well. I think we're going to buy some tweezers in though.

    You'll never guess what? WE FOUND A SECOND TICK ON KASPER TODAY!!! :ack2:

    This one was right on his cheek too, I felt sooo sorry for him :sad: I had to restrain his head, quite tightly, whilst Lyle removed the tick. We released him every 15 seconds to shower him with treats, and after maybe four repetitions we had the tick off. He was uncomfortable being restrained, but sat through it like an absolute star! I was SO proud of him!! :smile:

    Ugh, really hope we don't have to deal with any more though...

    I'm also going to be doing some work with Kasper and being restrained - always a good thing to work on!

    My plan is to:

    1) Restrain him gently for a second, release with a "yes!" and reward
    2) Gradually (over a period of weeks) increase the amount of time I'm restraining him
    3) Over a period of time increase how tightly I am restraining him

    Then I need to add Lyle to the situation. Up to that point I think Kasper will be completely comfortable as he knows it is just training, but having Lyle mess with his ear / face will be like the real thing, so we will keep sessions very short at first.

    Blegh...I HATE TICKS!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd, 2014 10:47pm (Jun 2nd 2014) edited
     
    Ticks are very small when they first pick them up and colourless/white so he probably got them at the same time and could have more hidden under his fur. They do drop off eventually (when they're really big, fat and gross!) The removers are designed for when they're a bit bigger and more easy to see I think.

    Jenson currently has a tick on his chin but he won't let me get it - he's too aggressive to pin down and remove it, I'd have no skin left! He had been sleeping on my bed yesterday and moved to follow me downstairs when I happened to look where he'd been lying and spotted a flea! I have had cats for almost 20 years and can guarantee I haven't had a flea in the house for at least 18 of those years so am disappointed. I need to get a dyson again!

    PS Am now trying to put flea treatment on Kitten (ex-feral) but failing miserably. I wish I could train her - cats are so wilful!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd, 2014 3:38pm (Jun 3rd 2014)
     
    Frontline is supposed to get rid of ticks as well - are they on that?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd, 2014 8:25pm (Jun 3rd 2014)
     
    Yes, it used to work really well on Joey. The tick has disappeared off his chin now. Finally got it on Kitten's neck - she was NOT amused!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 11th, 2014 4:53pm (Jun 11th 2014) edited
     

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    I worry with ticks about Lyme disease...apparently they have to be on for 24 - 48 hours to pass it on :face-plain:

    Kate you could try counter-conditioning her to having things done to her. You'd have to use something really reinforcing (tuna, toys??), and take it ever so slow considering she was feral, but I'm sure you could do it...it may just take a few months!! :tooth:

    I used to know someone on another forum who had trained her cats to do all sorts...wave, give paw, climb to different levels of their gym, walk around them in a circle - all on a verbal / hand signal! She was amazing, and had even trained her fish!!

    Someone has suggested that instead of teaching Kasper to like being restrained, I instead teach him to stay still when I put both my hands on the side of his head and say the cue word. That sounds much easier to me, and less stressful for Kasper...plus it'd be *really* useful! :bigsmile:

    I may still do some work on being restrained for if he's ever kept at the vets etc too...

    I need to get my bum into gear and start working on it really instead of just saying I'll do it :001_rolleyes:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 11th, 2014 7:06pm (Jun 11th 2014)
     
    I've seen videos of cats doing tricks too. I think you have to be really patient to train a cat - I'm not sure I have anywhere near enough! Think it's better to start when they're little too, and have an intelligent personality!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 12th, 2014 5:23pm (Jun 12th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'd quite like to train a cat, I bet it'd be a real challenge! Not sure I'd have the patience either though, training Zoey is hard enough as she really isn't food motivated...we're trying to give her a treat every time she sees another dog but she even snubs liver!! Whereas Kasper will do pretty much anything for a piece of kibble haha, he's a dope!

    As soon as we had the crate set up I started reinforcing Zoey for stepping inside and staying in there of her own free will. I asked her to go in and out plenty of times, and she was fed all her meals in there with the door closed. Seemed to work really well as she's totally comfortable in there now :smile:

    Zoey loves this new house too because the sun stays longer on the living room carpet, so she has more time to sunbathe! And Kasper likes it because he can go off-lead in the garden which neither of them could in the last house.

    Pup pics in the new house!

    I looove the first one of Kasper, he looks so handsome ^__^
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 12th, 2014 7:17pm (Jun 12th 2014)
     
    It sounds like a great place Red! It's about time you found somewhere that would meet your needs and keep you all happy. Finally found a prince (of a house) after kissing all those frogs (lily pads!)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2014 5:55pm (Jun 13th 2014)
     
    Sounds like a wonderful place, Red. I'm glad Kasper can now go outside and play in the garden! He's such a dear boy. Love the pictures. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2014 5:59pm (Jun 13th 2014)
     
    Those poor starved dogs...what's Lyle eating that the dogs should be having?
    So glad you like the house; relief!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2014 7:26pm (Jun 13th 2014) edited
     

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    Thanks everyone ^__^

    Lynn I'm really glad Kasper can go into the garden here, he really resented not being able to go in the last house, and when I tried to take him out on-lead he was terrified! And, even better, there's no horrible dog living next door that runs barking and snarling at our dogs whilst they are going about their business! :smile:

    CC, Lyle was eating leftover pizza; you can't blame the dogs for wanting that!! ;)

    And Kasper's the starved one, look at his portion (orange bowl) compared to Zoey's!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2014 7:32pm (Jun 13th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    One of the fab things about this house is that we can walk the dogs to the beach as it's close enough. This makes for a really nice walk, once we've gotten off the country lane with blind corners, cars like to speed around there so we have to keep the pups on really short leads and close to the side. Of course that means Zoey grabs gobfulls of grass from the verge, but what can you do? :001_rolleyes:

    We do have to pass a field full of horses, and most sprint over when we pass the fence. Kasper and Zoey find running horses fascinating, but when they're up close (and snorting, Zoey really startles at the snorting!) Zoey can be a bit wary.

    The beach itself is really cool; it's a large, flat piece of land and you can see other dogs coming a mile off, meaning it's easy to avoid them if needed. Zoey also likes to stop and stare at the views and thinks the sniffs are very interesting, so all-in-all it's a very nice walk ^__^

    (the last pic, Zoey had decided to walk down by the water's edge, which was about 3ft lower than Lyle was walking...it was a real balancing act!! :tooth: )
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2014 7:37pm (Jun 13th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, and I LOVE this pic! Sometimes Lyle and Zoey go 'running' together - essentially they both sprint like loons as fast as they can, then I call Zoey and they come racing back! Well, this is the pic I snapped of them - look at that joyful smile on Zoey's face!! :bigsmile:
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    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2014 10:34pm (Jun 13th 2014)
     
    QUICKSAND !
    I have nightmares about that!
    :scared::wha::help:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 14th, 2014 11:50am (Jun 14th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ooops! Sorry Ollie!! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 14th, 2014 5:13pm (Jun 14th 2014)
     
    I love Zoey's face; she looks as though she's roARing with laughter! But if you FED her, she wouldn't HAVE to eat grass from the verges...:D
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2014 11:57am (Jun 15th 2014)
     
    I love the pictures of the beach....and the horses thanks for sharing them with us.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2014 9:04pm (Jun 16th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Bwahaha well the grass ain't so pleasant when it's coming out the other end...!!
    Thanks Lynn :)

    Phew is it hot here at the moment! I am sick of it already haha and it's really tiring Zoey out on her walks. Kasper, amazingly considering his coat is so much thicker and darker, does better in the sun than Zoey, so we have to be careful when we walk her.

    Also, guess which idiot boy decided to leap off the road and go swimming? No, not Lyle, Kasper...and he was on a short lead at the time (due to the road) so he almost had Lyle in with him hahaha!! Then Kasper started drinking the water accompanied by many cries of "Nooo Kasper, that's salt water!!" :rolling:

    Anyone would think we didn't take bottles of water with us on our walks :001_rolleyes:

    So yeah, enjoy the soggy Kasper pic, and the ones of him sunbathing in the garden...he loooves the garden, but can only stay out there whilst it's quiet as people walking past our gate scare him and he starts barking :sad:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2014 8:29pm (Jun 18th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The dogs are a little wired today as neither of them have been out for very long walks due to the heat. They've been out to the loo but that's all! Planning on taking Kasper out for about 45 minutes around 9.30pm then Zoey immediately afterwards for about an hour. We'll all sleep tonight! :smile:

    Don't know where we'll take Zoey as the road to our two longest walks is closed, and I don't want the noise of the roadworks to scare her (Kasper is fine with things like that)...we might just end up repeating the shorter walk three times :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2014 10:03pm (Jun 18th 2014)
     
    Surely they won't be carrying out the roadworks at 10pm? Unless it's gas/electricity repairs. Or, having re-read it, you mean over the next few days and not immediately! Doh!

    Are you sure she'll be scared? Maybe with all the confidence training you do she'll be OK?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2014 2:39am (Jun 19th 2014)
     
    Posted By: RedBwahaha well the grass ain't so pleasant when it's coming out the other end.


    You do have a point there Red, I'd have to agree with you..I've been scooping horse pooh for the last 40 years and it hasn't improved in odor...but in time you do get use to it. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2014 8:20pm (Jun 19th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    No Kate you were right, the roadworks are taking place from 7pm - 6am. I think it's so they don't have to close the road in the day time, as it's quite a main one.

    We haven't tried Zoey by the roadworks yet, but I'm guessing she wouldn't be a fan of them. Her ears go back when cars drive past as we pass under the bridge, as the noise is amplified, and that's exactly where the roadworks are! She also doesn't like when tractors/ lorries drive past in close proximity, we've started playing the Look At That game and that at least takes her mind off it / helps her cope.

    Blegh I can imagine Lynn...it's bad enough when the Zoey monster has "sampled" some horse poop and then decides to lick my face...truly disgusting :ack2:

    *too much information warning*

    The very worst is when Zoey eats too much grass and then has it hanging out her bottom after doing a number two (thankfully this has only happened twice :ack2: )...the only way we can prevent this is by keeping her on a short lead and moving her out of the way around long grass. That girl is just *obsessed* with grass, she will choose it over liver...I don't know if it's because she lived in the city and didn't see any grass as a young puppy or what, but sheesh! Or maybe she thinks she's a cow just because she's white with black spots :rolling: