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Old 11-06-2009, 02:15 PM
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My Dr. had 2 and had to re=home one .....double terror !
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Old 11-06-2009, 04:18 PM
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Thanks Boemy! you put some since it to me. I have three rabbits that run loose in the house (they use a litter box) a cat, and I do some fostering of rabbits too!

And you are right about Ruckus with his redirection issues. a poor little westie puppy would be traumatized.

as you can tell this was a sort of spur of the moment thing. I would put much much more thought into getting a puppy if hubby gave me the okay.
LOL Hubby would finally give me the okay, and I would say "actually babe, I changed my mind"

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Old 11-06-2009, 04:37 PM
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It might be a future puppy, you never know.

As for terriers, and being a groomer, the westie is probably one of the calmest of the terriers I've encountered. I've never had a bad westie, and I've groomed a lot of them.

It's funny how westies come into my life often. When I was younger, a guy I used to date's mother wanted to get me a westie. (she bred and showed fox terriers and always thought I would match up with a westie) And now my husband built a home to a well known westie breeder/shower and she keeps telling him she wants to convert me to westies. lol
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Old 11-06-2009, 05:04 PM
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Wow, I didn't realize rabbits could be taught to use the litterbox. That's neat!
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Old 11-06-2009, 06:03 PM
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Wow, I didn't realize rabbits could be taught to use the litterbox. That's neat!

I have a freeroaming bunny as well, his cage is open for a place to escape and hide when he wants to though. He is also litter trained. It isn't that hard and makes cleaning up after them easier.
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:36 PM
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whats hard is rabbit proofing your WHOLE house. Well, other than the laundry room and bathroom. they are not allowed in there, and neither are the dogs.

And I just thought of something. We were talking about how a westie puppy might not be a good idea because of Ruckus. But he lives and sleeps with three rabbits whom he has never redirected aggression or anything like that too.
but the rabbits dont go on walks with us either, or out in the yard with the dogs...
so that logic might be flawed. LOL
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Old 11-07-2009, 07:45 AM
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whats hard is rabbit proofing your WHOLE house. Well, other than the laundry room and bathroom. they are not allowed in there, and neither are the dogs.

And I just thought of something. We were talking about how a westie puppy might not be a good idea because of Ruckus. But he lives and sleeps with three rabbits whom he has never redirected aggression or anything like that too.
but the rabbits dont go on walks with us either, or out in the yard with the dogs...
so that logic might be flawed. LOL

Another voice of reason ... you might run into redirection issues ... but with the Westie as it grows up. I had one (my ex has him now) and when the Collies barked aggressively at something, he'd get excited and attack the closest dog. Of course, they squished him to the floor and he stopped quickly , but I'd be afraid a terrier would imprint off of Ruckus and possibly develop his same issues ...!!
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Old 11-07-2009, 08:14 AM
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i know that you're infatuated and i get that, but i think it would be extremely unfair both to ruckus and to the puppy for you to get a puppy while ruckus is having so many problems. the last thing you need is to have ruckus redirect on the westie and have the westie thoroughly prepared to give it right back, because that's what terriers do. then you've got a dog fight on your hand plus a westie who is likely to become reactive to other dogs, etc and it just amplifies.
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Old 11-07-2009, 08:31 AM
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I know how puppyitis can really get to you. I get bouts of it all the time, but have to resist because I know that it would be too much for me in many ways.

I hate to be a downer, but I think your hands are over-the-top full, as it is with Ruckus and Lyn. If I had the issues you're having with your dogs, there is no way I would get another dog. It's just too much work, you would be spread too thin. You truly might wind up with a puppy that gets screwed up. It's just too much. And that's not even to mention the rabbits you have to care for.

You're young, right? You have time in your future to get a Westie. In the meantime, I would recommend you put all you've got into the two dogs you've got...training, working on issues, giving them the attention they need.

Sorry....It's probably not what you want to hear.
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Old 11-07-2009, 10:14 AM
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no, that IS what I want to hear. And I actually know that. but its soooo soo hard not to get a puppy!

but I do know better. I have two fruit cake dogs with issues as it is. And I dont see a terrier being buddies with three rabbits either.

so yeah, i know better. but its still hard!

I think i should just wait until Ruckus passes. Hopefully that will not be for at least another 10yrs. I will be 32 then!
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