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mornington
oh (((polly))). I now have the fear for when I leave Indigo alone all day for the first time.

We met some puppies today - a boxer and a staffie. And he only freaked a little. I think he understood they were puppies, so he didn't snap. Thier owners told me that there are puppy training classes in the park on a sunday... I know he's not a puppy, but he could do with the training as well as the socialisation. I'm going to take him. And his muzzle.



Indigo is fascinated by the squirrels. He hasn't tried to chase one yet, except for the stupid one who ran across the path in front of him. There is still time.

treehugger
((((polly)))) the only thing I can say, is, been there, done that. Lady was obsessed with trash for her entire life. Even at 16 if I left her alone for even ten minutes, she'd have the trash spread on the floor.

Sorry about that mess. Thank you for sparing me the poop pics. smile.gif
turbojenn
((((((polly))))) Oh, dear, your little guy definitely had a good time while you were gone - ICK! I'm so sorry he made a big mess. Those basenjis are just so smart and busy little dogs. The one in our 'hood that I dogsat for one afternoon - I swear he was exerting his willfull revenge on me for his dads leaving him at our house - he tried to chew *everything* he could find. Yikes. You are a better woman than I for caring for such a smarty pants firecracker of a dog.

Mornington - most greyounds aren't chewers - keep your house relatively picked up, and leave a few squaky toys laying about, and you should be fine. When we were weaning turbo off his crate (after 4 days home), the most he ever did was take laundry out of the hamper, and pile them on his bed to sleep with. Greyhounds can be very magpie-like in their collections, and they just like to have your stuff with them. But turbo's never chewed a thing.

If you're a knitter, do keep your knitting well out of the way - turbo's nabbed more than one project from my bag, and strung yarn all over the house! I do use needle protectors, so he's never damaged my piece, he just trots the yarn all over the house!
faerietails
Ouch! ((((polly)))) That bathroom photo brought back some serious flashbacks to when my Randall was a baby. And he'd always go straight for those plastic used tampon insertion shafts too. Grossed me out everytime! He definitely used to be a crotch kinda guy...thank goodness he grew out of that! biggrin.gif
ginger_kitty
(((polly))) That scene looks really familar! When my pups were younger I had to crate train them b/c they were horrible chewers. My hound once tore up an entire jumbo package of toliet paper, it looked like it snowed in my living room! You couldn't even see the carpet. Not to mention the potting soil incident......
sidecar
(((polly))) ouch! Before we had a crate, I left Sophie out without a babygate up, and came home to a similar, though less intense, day of carnage. I wish I had half the energy dogs have to tear shit up! ~~~cleaning vibes~~~

Hope Indigo is settling in well. Sophie wouldn't eat much at all for the first three or four days we had her, and getting her to go the bathroom was a big pain. I think some dogs, especially shy ones, just have an adjustment period. Now she's not shy -- and she gobbles her food in about thirty seconds flat.

She's been climbing into bed with us about a half-hour before we get up, and snuggling until it's time to walk in the morning. It's so cute and sweet, and so hard to get out of bed!
pollystyrene
Well, we cleaned it up and managed to not do bodily injury to the dog (j/k!)

I don't think I could make that big a mess if I tried. He seems to be okay, digestive system-wise. When he had his last "dietary indiscretion" last year, it caused some big problems. Le Boy stayed home with him today to monitor the situation (and I think he wanted an excuse to not go to work) and the dog seems to be fine. I gave him a bath tonight- he's at his end-of-summer shed and there was sooooo much fur in the tub, I don't know how there's still a dog left! I'm thinking of emailing those pictures to Ira Glass after that This American Life story about the basenji. Wily and undomesticated indeed!

Glad to hear Indigo is making progress in his adjustment. I can't imagine a greyhound making such a mess. They're so laid back! I doubt you have anything to worry about.

OT: sidecar, any chance you'll be able to make it to the Busties get-together....we're still pinning down details in Midwestern Mamas.
yuefie
Polly, the picture of the bathroom trash all shredded is a daily occurance in my home. I have to always remember to shut the bathroom door or there is carnage. I would crate her but seeing that she is about 14 and never been in one, I can't bring myself to start now. I've been giving her these homeopathic anti anxiety drops and putting a couple drops of Bach's Flower Essense Rescue Remedy in her water. It seems to help a little.
mornington
oh god, Indigo has gas today *gag*.

He's still not eating when I put the food down - he seems to like to eat a bit after an hour or so... and a bit later etc etc. As long as he eats it eventually, I'm not going to worry - I have a feeling that was the way he ate at the rescue.



I've bought him a kong - and one of those hide bones (and a pig's ear - he loooved that). He is bemused by the squeaky ball, however. He seems relatively unbothered by toys and whatnot... he does, however, like to take biscuits to his bed for later. I've not bothered with a crate as they don't have them at the rescue, and he seems to be getting on fine, apart from peeing on the kitchen floor this evening (as I was putting my shoes on to go for his walk). He's never done that before and I'm hoping he won't do it again...



What I actually came in to ask though was does anyone have any ideas for toys to keep him busy - he wanders around the house and I think he's bored, but I can't entice him into any games that I can think of.

sidecar
Nylabones are good, especially if he likes to chew. The Kong was an excellent investment. You can put biscuits in it, or other stuff. We like to put ice cubes and peanut butter in ours, and our neighbor recommended freezing chicken broth into cubes and putting it into one. Anyway, you put something in it, and the dog has to figure out how to get it out, so it's intellectually stimulating AND delicious!


turbojenn
Oh god, greyhound gas can be the *worst!* Yeah, greyhounds aren't big mess-makers. The worst I've seen is dogwatching my friend's two greyhounds, and my friend is bi-polar, and the dogs are really affected by her cycles. But we watched them one time when she was on a down cycle, and they decided to "read" one afternoon, and I came into the house to pick them up, and they had taken every paperback off the shelves in her living room, piled them up in the middle of the floor, and they each chose one book to "read," which they each shredded in their beds. It was so bizarrely funny, I just stood there laughing for a few minutes before I did any cleaning up.

Turbo will occasionally go "shopping" in the house, and collect things of mine and put them in his bed to sleep with - my underwear, pillow, random objects of mine, whatever...but he's never chewed anything, he just likes to nap with my stuff.

Oh, as for toys and games...greyhounds don't do that so much...turbo plays with his toys as soon as I come home, for about 1 minute, and then he's done and back to his comfy bed. he loves a frozen raw marrow bone from the butcher every once in awhile, and I let him chew it for a half hour or so, to keep his teeth real clean. But greyhounds don't really need much entertainment, they're very feline, can be aloof, and mostly just lay around. I know when turbo first came home, I thought he was depressed, he wasn't interested in anything, but it was just his adjustment period....now he happily lounges about the house!

I also free feed, and turbo nibbles throughout the day, a bite or two at a time...and that's fine with me - he doesn't have any competition for food in the house, so why rush it, right?
LoveMyPugs
pollystyrene

I feel your pain from your exhibits. I have two pugs and they can get into so much in five minutes when you're not watching. Every trash can in my house is either tall or has a lid that they can't get their little bad ass noses in. My Pink Floyd likes my dirty underwear (I know it's gross sorry). My Shelby girl likes toilet paper. They can make quite a mess in a matter of minutes. They both like used sanitary napkins which is what made me switch to small bathroom trashcans with lids. They can be terrors. Then again they can be really cute and funny as hell. Pugs...WOW.
yuefie
my baby is part pug and she can be a holy terror. sometimes at night I will take her with me when i go somehwere like the store since it's cool out. she will *find* something to tear up and she leaves it on MY seat, like she shredds it and in the back on her bed and then drags it up to my seat!
pollystyrene
Yep, we have garbage cans with foot pedals in the kitchen and main bathroom, but we had a surplus of garbage this past week, so there were a couple of bags that weren't in the cans that we hadn't taken out yet.

When my dog had his case of garbagitis last year, it was because he ate parts of a couple pairs of boxers and parts of one of those flannel drawstring bags that flannel sheets come in...it took a month or so for all that to work its way out (finally got over it when the drawstring rope worked its way through- EWWW! That was gross. About 4 inches of partially digested rope coming out of the dog. Yeah.) Since then, we've been mostly vigilant about keeping the bedroom door, where the laundry is, closed, and that also keeps him out of that half-bath that's in the pictures. Well, the day he got out, the bedroom door wasn't closed, so he was able to go into the bathroom and rip apart the garbage- fortunately, there were no menstrual-related items in there, otherwise he would have gone after those. The funny thing is, he had complete access to all the laundry in there and he didn't touch any of it- I think he learned his lesson about eating underwear.

My friends (who, coincidentally, are the ones who owned my dog before me) now have a beagle. She's sweet, but not the brightest dog. Recently, they've let her have free-rein of the house and they leave her out when they're not there. A couple weeks ago, they came home to find several poopy diapers half-chewed and strewn around the house, the diapers and poop everywhere. Eww. They now immediately put those in the garbage in their garage.
mornington
eww, polly...



Indigo just caught Pete (the bunny). It's partly my fault; Pete normally runs away and Indigo was just watching him (he is also muzzled whenever the bun's loose because he's too interested in him so no actual damage was done). I feel a little guilty; I told Indigo off for chasing him, but I know it's just instinct so I'm not angry with him. Pete, however, has all the instinct of a carrot, and actually hopped toward the dog so really all Indigo had to do was put a paw out.

sidecar
Sophie used to grab books off bookshelves and tear them into bits--hardcover or softcover. (She once tore "Being and Time" in half.) She also likes to nibble on my heels. The first summer we had her, I lost nine pairs of shoes. She'd grab them while I was sleeping or I'd kick them off under the couch and she'd find them.

We have a garbage can with a top, but she's figured out how to use her nose to open it (this is the downside to having a big dog). Sometimes, in the morning, we'll find stuff like old green pepper carcasses or bags that had cheese in them on top of the guest bed with chew marks. She's a pretty good dog and doesn't cause much trouble, but she's still a dog, you know?
pollystyrene
Sort of an aside, I was at Target, and they have these dog squeaky toys that are rubber shoes, the exact size of a black high heel, and they say "Isaac Mizrahi" on them, since he's their resident "haute couture" designer.....how can someone give that to their dog, then be surprised/pissed when the dog chews on their actual shoes? I think of all the idiots out there who give that to their dog, then the poor doggies who in turn get yelled at after chewing on the real things.
ginger_kitty
mornington, my pups are the same way, I always scold them if they chase something, but it is in thier nature. Last week, my coonhound mix, saw a racoon and pinned it under my nieghbors car, then barked in this blood curdling tone until I came to see, what he had done. He was so proud! It was like 6 am so I felt really bad, I am sure all my nieghbors hated me!

My pups have mastered all trash cans, as well. I have to close doors and put the kitchen trash on the porch or under a cabinet, when I leave for work. Or else!
kelkello
When my dog was a puppy she chewed her way through all my favorite shoes. The final straw was when she got my last comfy yet stylish pair. I raised such a holy ruckus, waving said shoe about, that she cowered in the corner and never touched another shoe. I don't know why that fit worked so well, but it did. She must have truly felt the full tilt of my fury. However, she DID (teehee) chew my jackhole boyfriend-at-the-time's wallet and credit cards. She knew he was an ass before I did.
hellotampon
I have a mutt, Isabelle, who's around 6 years old and we're really attached to each other. She used to be a REALLY hyper obnoxious dog but she's calmed down in the last couple years. Earlier this week someone gave me a 4-month old pug and he's driving her CRAZY. I thought the main issue was going to be jealousy, but I don't think she has the energy to care about that right now. He doesn't leave her alone. They'll play for a few minutes, then she'll get annoyed and want to lay down and he keeps jumping on her. She'll tolerate this for a few minutes and then she'll start to grumble at him. She's starting to smell bad from all the stress.

So far I've been tying him up away from her or closing them in separate rooms, letting one outside and not the other, etc. But this doesn't feel like enough. Oscar is SO obnoxious that I feel really sad for my big dog. Is there anything else I can do? How long does it take for puppies to mellow out?
turbojenn
Well, the pugs I sat for last weekend are 2 and 3 years old, and they are still somewhat crazy. I think you just have to wait and see if this match is right for your older dog...and if she continues to be really unhappy, then you need to make a decision about what's best for your dogs. I'd recommend employing baby gates to keep the puppy in a designated area for periods of time, and especially when you leave the house, so your older dog has a space that's her own, and puppy free.

You might also want to go to your local natural foods store and get a bottle of the Bach Flower Essence "Rescue Remedy" - you put a few drops on the outside of each of your dog's ears and rub it in, and it helps to take the edge off stress/anxiety. We use it for thunderstorms for turbo.

Good luck with your pup!
ginger_kitty
I forget where I was reading this, but I read that you have to be very careful with dogs and sweetner subtitutes. Xylitol like is commonly found in sugar free chewing gum can be fatal to dogs. It triggers thier body to release large amounts of insulin. I know my pups are always curious, so I after I read that I'm going to be extra cautious with putting stuff out of thier reach.

Just a heads up.
pollystyrene
That was in my ASPCA newsletter recently, ginger. They also mentioned polyurethane-based glue being highly toxic to animals.

Turbo, the Bach site doesn't have any info about giving the Rescue Remedy to dogs- do you have any info about it? Do you know if you can give it to cats, also? Do they sell it at Wild Oats? Have I asked enough questions yet? tongue.gif
turbojenn
yes yes yes to all questions, polly! I've taken it, given it to dogs, and have several friends who've given it to their cats....if it storms here again tonight, I've got 3 greyhounds here that will be getting a dose. Last night I got no sleep, 'cause one of them was crying *all* night. ugh. Guest doggies go to the kennel tomorrow though - I can't take a week of crying doggies. And I buy mine at Wild Oats.

Here's the pet info: Bach for pets
mornington
I gave indigo a dose of bachs the last time there was a storm, and he didn't cry once. he looked terribly wild-eyed at the first clap of thunder though. I put a drop on his nose as well, and he licks it off.

I'm trying to get indigo to "lie down" (we've skipped "sit")... he's not easily coerced with treats so any ideas. He tends to take biscuits and run away...


yuefie
I usually use the Bach's Rescue Remedy for Sashie when take her to the vet or when there is a storm or fireworks. I also got these homeopathic anti anxiety drops from her previous vet's office, which I used on her today for her traumatic vet visit. They seem to work somewhat. She was still anxious and whimpering but she didn't snap or try to attack other dogs. Or crap on the floor or pee on herself, which she has done before. Of course she hates going to the vet, but today she was a model patient and charmed them all. It beats the heck out of having to give her Acepromazine, which is like doggie Xanax.
turbojenn
Mornington - good luck on the greyhound training!! I know some owners have taught their greyhounds to lay down or "sphinx," but I have never had any luck. Turbo is a 75lb cat...he could care less. He is not food motivated in any way, which makes training a little challenging. Thankfully, I really don't "need" him to do anything, so I guess it works out!
ginger_kitty
I had a scare yesterday...we accidently left some empty carry-out boxes on the stove, and my ever curious pups pulled them off the stove and manage to turn the knob on. When I got home from work the burner was on all the way and ticking.....the house was super hot so I am assuming it had been on for quite awhile....it scared the crap out of me......from now on when I leave the house I am taking the knobs off the stove just in case...
pollystyrene
Ooo, scary, Ginger! Be careful- there was that dog last week who went for some donuts that were on top of the toaster oven, he accidentally turned on the toaster oven, burned the house down. His owners weren't home, and he didn't make it out. sad.gif
kcrile
Haven't been checking lately, but I saw this story and thought of all you lovely doggie people....

Plus it is a great laugh.



Haven't been checking lately, but I saw this story and thought of all you lovely doggie people....

Plus it is a great laugh.



I should definitely preview my posts before sending them.

Anyway, I'm sorry I can't seem to figure out how to make the link to this website. But here is the address and I hope you get a giggle out of it.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6376594
pollystyrene
Lol! To quote Homer Simpson, "I'm not not licking toads!"
candycane_girl
kcrile, that story is hilarious! I always thought my dog was a bit weird but not that weird. But then again, who knows how he would react if there were toads in our backyard!
mornington
Indigo just gave me a heart attack by catching Pete - poor bun was minding his own buisness, sitting under the sofa, when the hound stuck his nose under and just grabbed him! I'd pulled Indigo away, but as I let go he just grabbed Pete (I think the bun must have hopped towards the dog - he's a little fearless). I think the bun is ok.

I actually came in to say that I just got Indigo to sit for the first time.
turbojenn
Eeeeeep!!! Poor bun indeed! I'm glad everyone is okay! And you got Indigo to sit ----holy moly!!! That is one talented greyhound you have there! Turbo doesn't care for training at all - there is nothing that motivates our lazy hound - not treats, bones, nothin.' Oh well, we love him anyway, and its not like he misbehaves at all....he doesn't do anything at all! heee!
mornington
Pete's fine - he greeted me this morning with a thump and he's eating now. phew.

I do have to push Indigo's back end down still - he's only done it twice. I've discovered these little "gravy bones" biscuits (I suspect they're made by pedigree, but the stall on the market sells them loose) that he'll crunch up even if he's not in his bed. I'm going to experiment with peanut butter as well. We're also joining the puppy training classes in a few weeks, even though he's not a puppy - hopefully he'll lose his fear once they become familiar. I'm really only bothered about sit/down and stay... ok, maybe come, but he's got that - so he can come to lectures with me and play with the uni hounds.
karianne
Hi pup owners! I have not been in here for a while, so I hope you don't mind me barging in to ask a question. My dog has some sort of sore on her tail. I noticed she kept licking it, so I checked it this morning. It looks really gross, and I don't know if I should wait for it to heal on it's own, or take her to the vet. It is about the size of a pea in diameter, but it looks raised up & like the skin possibly split. She has been licking it too though, which probably has aggravated it. Any advice from this (I know very vague) description?
turbojenn
I'd clean the wound with peroxide, then put some neosporin on it, and maybe a small gauze pad to cover it, then wrap it in vet wrap when you're not home/asleep so she won't lick. When you're home, remove the bandage, and just put the neosporin on it, so it can get some air and heal up.

Turbo cuts himself all the time when he runs, and his nails catch the thin skin on his rear legs, and if he starts worrying at one of them, this is what we do.
mornington
what jenn said... although if you haven't got any neosporin/peroxide, tea tree oil will do (but then take her to the vet). Is the sore on the topside of her tail or facing her bum? Is it weeping or bleeding at all? If it's bumside and weeping, you'll need to take her to the vet - there's a danger of infection. Is she in any pain when you put pressure on/near the bump? Pain could indicate an infection as well. It sounds like it might be a bug bite or something, and it's itching so she's worrying. sorry I'm not too clear... far too late at night for me to be thinking clearly.

Today I discovered that Indigo knows his way home. He went to explore the bowls club in the middle of the park, and I didn't see him go in - so I start calling him. He got lost trying to find me, but found his way out of the courtyard and ran all the way home and waited on the doorstep. I ran all the way round the park, shouting his name and asking people if they'd seen him. Luckily he's recognisable. And apparently able to cross the road on his own. I'm not sure which of us was more stressed.
kcrile
Wow, Mornington! Just reading about you running around trying to find Indigo made me stressed. I was so happy to hear that he successfully crossed the road and found his way home. Although I'm sure you would have preferred that he just stayed by your side!!! By the way, good luck with his training!
turbojenn
OMG - mornington - thank cod nothing happened to Indigo!!! We were told *never* to let greyhounds offlead unless in a fenced area, because if they decide to run - you just can't catch them, and too many end up hit by cars. And I've seen it happen, so turbo is never offlead here unless in the fenced in doggie park. You got lucky with Indigo that time! Yikes!!
mornington
all the greyhounds in the park are let loose - and he's normally very good about not letting me out of his sight, coming when called and so on. I also found it increased his confidence with other dogs; he cowers if he's with me, but off the lead he makes friends. The park is fenced in too, except for a couple of gates. He's just a sucker for the bowls club (I swear he can read the "no dogs" sign). they don't normally leave the gate he went through open - it was just *too* tempting for him. Since then he hasn't left my side even when he's off the lead.

karianne, how's your pup doing?
turbojenn
Ah, I'm glad its fenced in! I bet you'll check those gates everytime now! Turbo's only escaped off lead once in the 3 years we've had him, and that was when another greyhound momma was watching him for the weekend, and some idiot let him out of the double gated dog park, and the sitter found him waiting at her apartment building door. Smart pupper! As you might imagine, she's never watched turbo again. dry.gif
ginger_kitty
This is sad sad.gif

http://articles.news.aol.com/news/_a/chine...S00010000000001
lucizoe
God, ginger_kitty. I can't even read things like that without bursting into tears. Good way to gauge my depression, though. Can I handle reading this? *skims* nopers. Must be down. Stupid SAD.

Makes me want to drive all they way to my parents' house just to hug my puppies. (God, do I miss having dogs. I really love the cats and I love the Mister and the two come together, but I wish he only had one. Then I could have a dog. And now I feel guilty and have to go cuddle the kitties).

Anyway, what the fuck is wrong with people?
mornington
oh god, that's just horrible. and so pointless and cruel and *sigh*

I'm gonna go cuddle my hound. who rode the bus so quietly people kept saying "I didn't even know the dog was there". and is feeling a little sorry for himself after being castrated this morning.

jenn, yesterday he met up with the college dogs and had a good run round. He adored thier handler - which is strange as he's not good with men usually - and was an angel. When we went to uni today - him to the vet, me to lectures - he was so cheery and wanted to go visit them.
pollystyrene
Does anyone have advice on how to transition a dog from one type of food to another? I know you're supposed to do it gradually, but I wasn't sure how gradually and in what proportions.

We took our dog over to see his former owners (our close friends) and they were aghast at how heavy he is. He's probably only about 4-6 pounds more than when we got him from them, but he doesn't carry it well (I understand- I have the same problem! rolleyes.gif ) I know part of it is that he doesn't get enough exercise, or at least not as much as he was getting when he lived with them, but it's hard when you live in a condo and he had a backyard with them. He is 8 years old, and they say once they hit about 7, they're in the "senior" category, and the senior food has less fat. There's also a low-fat version of the food. I want to stay in the same brand because, according to our friends, it's the only one that didn't make him sick- he has a sensitive stomach- and didn't make his coat bad.
mornington
polly, the way I do it is this - take how much of the food you give him, and every time you put food down substitute a cup (handful, whatever) of the old for a cup of the new. You might want to do it two cups at a time. If he starts to get a little sensitive, arrowroot power mixed in with his food seems to help a lot.

Eight is a good age to switch onto senior (basenjis are medium-sized, right?) - it also has good stuff for bones, teeth etc, as well as being lower in fat.

I have finally discovered how to keep the buster collar on Indigo. He keeps licking his stitches... and taking his collar off.
ginger_kitty
Okay, so when I let my dogs out this morning, one of my nieghbors dogs had gotten loose. It was a huge sweetheart Pitbull mix but it didn't get along with my dogs. So I put my dogs inside and leashed the pup to take her home. I had to knock on a couple doors b/c I'd seen her in the nieghborhood but I wasn't sure which house, but someone pointed me in the right direction. Her owners weren't around so I just put her in the yard since it was fenced. I couldn't stand to think of her wondering around or getting by a car, we live by some pretty busy streets.

So I went to the store, ran some errands, and when I got back she was out again. She saw me getting grocries out of my trunk and charged me jumping on my chest. I was talking to her and I was like you have got to go home. Well she jumped in my trunk and wouldn't get out. So I went to take my bags in, and she followed me, trying to get into my house. I felt bad since no one seemed to be watching her, but I went ahead and walked her back to her yard, and let in the gate. I didn't want to call Animal Care and Control, b/c in my city they put all pitbulls down, no matter the reason they go to the shelter. I hope she is okay.
ginger_kitty
sad.gif The owner just came and told me she got out again and he can't find her. She dug a hole under the fence.
turbojenn
ginger.....did your neighbors find their dog???


Oh my cod, my dog has the *worst* gas this morning...he is smoking me out of the living room, here. eee-gads...I think I need to convince him to go sleep in the bedroom. sheesh.
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