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Old 10-14-2008, 08:44 AM
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I never thought I would do this so soon... Please say hello to Jack!



This is his official SPCA picture. Jeff took a couple last night but I haven't had a chance to pull those or take my own.

Jack is about a year old and has a LOT of energy (did I mention that he's very excited and energetic?!?!? Did I? Huh? Wanna play? I'm bored!). We met him last night and brought him straight home. Theory is border collie mixed with possibly lab - he's got big lab feet and labrador fur. He hasn't had much training... knows Sit and gets the basic idea of Down but thinks leash walks are sled races.

So far the cats are NOT happy. He's way more excitable than the stray we had here a few weeks ago and he obsesses on the cats and chased Katie, who has taken a "best defense is a good offense" approach from the moment he walked in the door.

Carpet shampooer already put to serious use this morning... bland diet for him until his bowels settle down some.

Oh lordy, what have we done?!?!?!?

He's really cute and I think he will be a lot of fun when we get him and the cats on better terms. Right now, everything is just plain complicated....

We just got to the point where I realized how much I not only missed Chris desperately but missed DOG IN MY LIFE desperately. If nothing else, this will keep me very focused!

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Old 10-14-2008, 09:04 AM
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Heard that Katie was reading the "For Rent" and "Free to a Good Home" classifieds this morning! They'll all calm down and Jack will get settled in.

Toodles was about his age and of about the same frame of mind when I brought him home. He's calmed down quite a bit since then--Jack will do that too once everything isn't so "new".

Even though I thought everything was out of reach, somehow Toodles started working on the phone cord. He didn't get the internet cables, so I could use that part of the phone fine--just couldn't make or take calls until I went out and got a new handset replacement cord.

Congratulations to you and Jeff, and of course to Jack, who's found a wonderful forever home!

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Old 10-14-2008, 11:35 AM
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If he doesn't chew a cat, I'll be happy! It's a zoo here right now...
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Old 10-14-2008, 11:39 AM
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You know Katie has that black belt in karate!

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Natalie! He is soooooooo cute!! Congratulations to you and Jack, who has picked the best Mom in the world
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Hmmm.......well Jack has just won the lottery probably due to his wonderful black and white coloring. Congrats to all of you. Sorry is all I can say to the cats - I'm sure it's a bit shocking to go from Chris to Jack, but in time he will settle down....hopefully!

A border collie mix....whew....better get your walking shoes out Natalie. Perhaps a halti collar would do wonders with the pulling?

Sure you don't want to get a playmate for him? He'd get out all of his energy on another dog! (instigator, aren't I???) LOL But with that breed, I know they have to be busy, 22-7!

Keep us updated - looking forward to hearing his shenanigans! Jody
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Old 10-17-2008, 07:10 AM
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Natalie - I'm SO GLAD you got another dog. I cannot survive, myself, without having at least one dog in my life. (Denise, I read Lily's escapades - lovely!) And Natalie, that's a goodly handful of dog you got there! Haha! Adolescent, possibly with some Border Collie; ha!

For any of you who adore dogs - that means absolutely EVERYBODY here - I have a suggestion. I've put many, many years into the study of dog-behavior and training. And I find that one trainer in particular has led the way to better knowledge of dogs, though she also drew on the work of the more careful, current ethologists; however, she also used her own lifelong talents, experience and meticulousness - and miles and miles of videotape - to study how dogs talk to each other, and to any other living creature.

This woman is Turid Rugaas, of Norway. She wrote a few little books that have the very essences in them concerning dogs and their body language and behavior. She ALSO developed rather simple techniques for teaching dogs, all the while communicating and making use of how dogs talk among themselves and to us, their humans. She works with and teaches dogs based entirely on who the dogs actually are. That is the salient secret of her success with dogs.

I just changed my signature to link to a page that lists Turid's works in English. I recommend them highly. If you can only get two, do get the book on calming signals, and the accompanying DVD (or video) - or ask your local library to get them. But the other books are also of unending and great value; they help you learn a lot more about dog-signals and behavior, which in turn helps you make decisions from moment to moment, and also, helps you help a new dog adapt to your family.

There are a lot of email lists (mostly Yahoo Groups) about dog-training. The one I like the very best of all of them is dedicated to over-reactive dogs; however, it also has excellent information for any dog. You can find that one here:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Pos-4-ReactiveDogs/

I'd love to see any of you there along with me, though usually, I'm too busy to post, but sometimes I do, at least for a short stretch. If you'd care to join me there, I would just love that! When you apply, you may use my name if you like (Carol Whitney).

You don't have to download mail; you can set yourself to "No Mail," and read on the web. (I prefer to download mail, which indicates how much I treasure THIS forum - where everything is online!)

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Natalie - I just reviewed your thread since last June - had missed all those posts! Very interesting, and fun to read.

Sophia Yin is a very highly-respected, board-certified veterinary behaviorist, as YOU well know! She differs in some of what she does from what Turid Rugaas does and recommends. (haha! - we've chatted about that before!)

Doesn't matter; what really DOES matter, is that you and Jack (and Jeff) should all be happy - and WELL! And the cats, too!

I'm really sorry about Jack's Bad Back. Bad luck there. Will require some rest, obviously. I'm wishing you and Jack a ton of good luck with that! It's good Jack likes mental-work, as most dogs do - that can tire them, often, even more than physical exercise does. Nose-work of any sort is great, too!

Hoping Jack feels better very, very soon.

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Natalie,
I could never get Ali to put her toys back in the box! She will pick up socks that I drop out of the drier though I bet Jack has loved all the training.

Glad to hear about the progress but sorry to hear about his back.
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Poor guy was really hurting last night. He dragged himself out to potty and when he came back in he buried his head into my shoulder and about crawled into my lap.
Awe, that's quite a sweet but sad picture. I hope he feels better real soon!

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Poor Jack. Its always something. I met a dog at animal diagnostics who couldn't get up one morning, a 4 year old weinmaramer (spelling) . He needed 2 discs removed/replaced and 5 days after the surgery, she couldn't keep him still in the office. Its amazing what they can do to help our pups. I'm glad Jack did well on your trip after his last endeavour Natalie.
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