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Old 02-05-2013, 07:46 PM
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Default Is Your Dog High Maintenance?

Is your dog HM? lol...

What I mean by this, I guess, is that ... let me think of a way to explain this:

example: these two Golden Retrievers I used to dogsit for are just very easy in that you can take them to the vet, and they don't stress about it or care. They can easily find anyone to come into their house and let the dogs out if needed. While they need exercise to be content, even if they don't get it, they are fine to go lay down. If they need to be boarded, fine, no problemo. Daycare? they love it!

Jackson, on the other hand, hates to be handled by strangers. If a stranger walks in this house, he will just bark and bark and then go hide under the bed if they approach him. I could NEVER board him or bring him to daycare, I'm pretty sure he would freak out. The one time he had to be overnight at the vets, I picked him up a hot mess. His butt was a mess (from leaking what I call his "nasty anal juice" all over the place out of fear) and a panting fool. He's been seeing the same mobile groomer for 2 years now, and he still shakes like insane crazy when I hand him over to her. He is a nervous wreck at the vets and tries to lean into me as far as he possibly can when the vet is checking him out. He's quirky and noise sensitive towards anything remotely sounding like a gun shot or firework.

So in other words, he's very high maintenance! He's not just the kind of dog that would be okay with me needing to call a friend to go let him out, or someone else picking him up, putting him in the car and bringing him to daycare (like I do for some of my doggy 'clients'). Sometimes I'm jealous -- my friend text me the other day and told me she dropped her dogs off at daycare to wear them out, and sleep at home, LOL... never could I do that with Jax.
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