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by emmas_mom
Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Not sure what to do - ailing best friend
Replies: 31
Views: 3745

Re: Not sure what to do - ailing best friend

Thanks for the update. With my dogs, I've often found it was "one step forward, two steps back" near the end - Just as I say to myself 'it is time' , they will have a burst of energy, or show their silly happy side, or clearly be content with life even if their body isn't working for them. A healthy...
by emmas_mom
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Not sure what to do - ailing best friend
Replies: 31
Views: 3745

Re: Not sure what to do - ailing best friend

Yes, what Sherri said.
How did the vet appointment go today? Were they able to get a look in his mouth? I'm guessing an abscess - or hoping that is all it is, rather than anything more scary. They often feel like a hard mass, and can be very painful to the touch. Keep us posted.
by emmas_mom
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Not sure what to do - ailing best friend
Replies: 31
Views: 3745

Re: Not sure what to do - ailing best friend

Catherine, I'm so sorry. Having adopted and said goodbye to a multitude of geriatric dogs, I have seen a variety of behaviours during their last little time on earth (or, as a friend called it, when they are 'in god's waiting room'). Some that are pretty common are the ones you describe - losing bow...
by emmas_mom
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 67
Views: 7577

Re: Cancer clinical trial

Aw, I'm sorry. I hope it is just a temporary and mild infection causing the elevated rates, and all will be well on the recheck.
by emmas_mom
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Diapers
Replies: 2
Views: 744

Re: Diapers

Last question first - yes a blind, deaf, wobbly 16 year old pug can learn to find ramps (I had to do this for Belle for the step down from the back porch when I moved here - she picked it up pretty quickly. She wasn't blind, but I've had blind foster dogs who also used it. If he is treat motivated (...
by emmas_mom
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: June 2018 Training Challenge: Leave It
Replies: 19
Views: 2296

Re: June 2018 Training Challenge: Leave It

Oh, Amanda - an idea for a challenge - I've been watching Heather's and Emily's videos (on facebook) on heel, having their dogs right by their sides left and right, etc - I am SOOOOOO impressed. I would love to see some sort of challenge based on something like that as I have no luck making Mags und...
by emmas_mom
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: June 2018 Training Challenge: Leave It
Replies: 19
Views: 2296

Re: June 2018 Training Challenge: Leave It

I tried showing her the source of each sound, when possible, but it doesn't seem to help. Her reaction is very specific - for example, the neighbour has SIX vehicles (yes, six - though only two people live there), and she only reacts to ONE of the cars when the driver slams the door. And my kitchen ...
by emmas_mom
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 67
Views: 7577

Re: Cancer clinical trial

I'm glad you are in the trial, and look forward to hearing how it goes.
by emmas_mom
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Are there more reactive dogs now, or am I just way more crabby?
Replies: 12
Views: 2057

Re: Are there more reactive dogs now, or am I just way more crabby?

Where I live, there are certainly more dogs of unknown histories (imports, dog brokers, as well as legitimate local rescues), many of which likely did not receive any socialization and/or training during their first months/years of life. That can lead to dogs who have bad manners, and/or don't know ...
by emmas_mom
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: June 2018 Training Challenge: Leave It
Replies: 19
Views: 2296

Re: June 2018 Training Challenge: Leave It

Congrats, Jovie and Rheese! As for the next challenge, the two things Maggie really needs work on are: (1) barking issues - when someone comes over, when a neighbour slams a car door, when kids go down the street, when we walk past a dog she decides is EVIL, etc - but she is a sheltie, or shoutie as...
by emmas_mom
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Resource Guarding
Replies: 36
Views: 4832

Re: Resource Guarding

Even with a home without kids, the adopters need to be well advised - because they might have visiting neighbour kids or visiting grandchildren or just not be dog savvy enough to know what to do if something happens. Thanks for following up on this, Sherri. Too many dogs die (or are rehomed by the a...
by emmas_mom
Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Photos & Videos
Topic: Happy Canada Day!
Replies: 5
Views: 5018

Happy Canada Day!

Maggie wishes all her ODO friends a very happy Canada Day!
by emmas_mom
Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: June 2018 Training Challenge: Leave It
Replies: 19
Views: 2296

Re: June 2018 Training Challenge: Leave It

I wish I had taken a video, but Maggie came through with flying colours on the very last day. She's always had a good leave it, but can't tear her eyes away from the object she is to leave despite tons of work on "look at me". Then today, I was making sandwiches with some freshly sliced roast beef -...
by emmas_mom
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Resource Guarding
Replies: 36
Views: 4832

Re: Resource Guarding

Sherri , PLEASE make the report accurate. This isnt just for the benefit of any potential foster or adopter, but for the reflection on all rescue groups should things go wrong and someone, especially a child, gets seriously injured. It is unethical of a rescue to leave such important info out of a r...
by emmas_mom
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: June 2018 Training Challenge: Leave It
Replies: 19
Views: 2296

Re: June 2018 Training Challenge: Leave It

Way to go, Dee! Maggie has an impressive 'leave it' , but less succesful with learning to 'look at me' rather than staring at the treat to make sure it doesnt disappear. Funny girl sometimes doesnt even touch it when i say 'take it' , and i either have to repeat the command a few times, or move it t...
by emmas_mom
Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Resource Guarding
Replies: 36
Views: 4832

Re: Resource Guarding

Sherri, looking at your last comment, I wondered if it could be a sensory issue - sight or touch - rather than true resource guarding? Is it ONLY when someone goes to move something that he reacts, albeit unpredictably? Is he okay with hands moving around his peripheral vision or within the vicinity...
by emmas_mom
Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Talk to me about skin/allergy problems
Replies: 28
Views: 3546

Re: Talk to me about skin/allergy problems

Thanks for bringing me back to this thread, Barksalot. I would say that Maggie and Lady have similar experiences - environmental allergies for which Apoquel seems to work well. So....this is eleven weeks after we started her on Apoquel, and I just refilled the prescription for another three months. ...
by emmas_mom
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: June 2018 Training Challenge: Leave It
Replies: 19
Views: 2296

Re: June 2018 Training Challenge: Leave It

I'm been thinking on this one, because I've never had a need for a 'leave it' command - if I accidentally drop something on the kitchen floor, a quiet 'uh uh' from me causes Maggie to sit nicely in front of whatever I've dropped until I either give her the okay to eat it or give her a treat while I ...
by emmas_mom
Thu May 31, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Got Stay? May 2018 Training Challenge
Replies: 23
Views: 4828

Re: Got Stay? May 2018 Training Challenge

My work on this challenge was a bit haphazard due to being away for part of the month and some other things. She is up to about 35 seconds in a stay with me in sight (so an improvement of 15 seconds), but the stay with me out of sight is...well....a sheltie has to find where her sheep has gone, does...
by emmas_mom
Thu May 31, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: How can I un-create the monster I created?
Replies: 16
Views: 1874

Re: How can I un-create the monster I created?

The only solution I've ever used for the occasional peeing or marking dog I've looked after has been crating them when I'm not there, or using an x-pen to confine them to a washable floor area. It will be interesting to see if Entitled Sir Alex chooses a different spot to mark now that he can't get ...
by emmas_mom
Sun May 20, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Got Stay? May 2018 Training Challenge
Replies: 23
Views: 4828

Re: Got Stay? May 2018 Training Challenge

Maggie isn't too focused on the learning, only on the rewards - she is a quick learner, but once she sees I have treats hidden on me she will run through every trick in the book hoping to hit on the right one and get her treat - so 'stay' becomes sit, lie down, twirl, roll over, come, away, all roll...
by emmas_mom
Sat May 19, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Heartworm treatment
Replies: 33
Views: 3842

Re: Heartworm treatment

I'm glad he is doing well, and that you have found a routine that works for both of you to ensure he is not "impersonating a potted plant." :grin: I hope he continues to do well and this is the one and only time he will have to go through this.
by emmas_mom
Tue May 15, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Heartworm treatment
Replies: 33
Views: 3842

Re: Heartworm treatment

Thinking of you and Rowley today - may it all go smoothly, and successfully, today and in the months ahead.
by emmas_mom
Fri May 11, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Got Stay? May 2018 Training Challenge
Replies: 23
Views: 4828

Re: Got Stay? May 2018 Training Challenge

We were away this week and sharing a small cabin with a friend and her two not-at-all-trained and very barky poms, so trying to practice stays has been a challenge. However, I did observe that Maggie was sooooo relaxed there, and was not barking at every little sound (inside or out) like she does he...
by emmas_mom
Fri May 11, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Acupuncture expectations
Replies: 28
Views: 2806

Re: Acupuncture expectations

Judy, I'm sorry you and Benson had this experience. Sounds like Benson picked up on something the acupuncture vet was giving off - a smell, a state of mind, a muscle tension or something - and it also sounds like the vet didn't know her stuff very well (including not knowing to listening to the pet'...
by emmas_mom
Tue May 08, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Peeks the rescue Merle Girl is intact and in season!
Replies: 24
Views: 2746

Re: Peeks the rescue Merle Girl is intact and in season!

They should, but none of the rescues or shelters that ive worked with have ever done that - ultrasounds are really expensive here and most dont have the resources if there is reasonable grounds to think they would be spayed. However in Peeks case, and in Maggie's, an ultrasound would sure have been ...
by emmas_mom
Sun May 06, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Peeks the rescue Merle Girl is intact and in season!
Replies: 24
Views: 2746

Re: Peeks the rescue Merle Girl is intact and in season!

In response to Max's Mommy - often there is no noticeable scar on dogs. I think only one of the spayed seniors I've adopted had even the faintest of scars - the rest were no longer visible. It is such a small incision anyway, and often fades to nothing, with the fur growing back over it. Sometimes i...
by emmas_mom
Sun May 06, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Old dog, two story house
Replies: 8
Views: 1552

Re: Old dog, two story house

Bella is an old, creaky dog already? How did that happen - seems like only yesterday she joined your family! But in response to your concerns, I think the biggy would be if you had to carry her up and down those stairs. Even with one of those harnesses that help you lift their rear end, it is still ...
by emmas_mom
Thu May 03, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Acupuncture expectations
Replies: 28
Views: 2806

Re: Acupuncture expectations

While I've used acupuncture for two dogs, neither was for this specific problem. In one case (arthritic old Belle) I saw almost an immediate improvement - but I think we did acupuncture twice, two days apart. In the other case (Caleb with cancer), I didn't notice much difference except he was more r...
by emmas_mom
Tue May 01, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Photos & Videos
Topic: My birthday card
Replies: 6
Views: 2027

Re: My birthday card

:lol: :lol: :lol: Benson peeing on a chair leg :love:

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