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Old 09-17-2013, 10:03 AM
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Blossom's fecal came back negative for any parasites, including giardia. I expected that but was still secretly hoping that maybe she just had a really stubborn case of giardia.

On the plus side she did have a firm poop today, which really surprised me. But anyway, now... we wait. Hopefully we'll have the results of the GI blood panel by the end of the week or beginning of the next.

In the mean time, I've decided her new nickname is McRib.
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:57 AM
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Elsie AND Zobby decided that this morning was cuddles times when I woke up, which is unusual. Zobby doesn't usual try to take over Elsie's morning petting time.
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Previously mentioned calm border collie puppy comes from a sports kennel I've had my eye on and have always been thinking they'd be way too much for me. Hmm. Interest piqued again.
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Old 09-17-2013, 05:00 PM
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Previously mentioned calm border collie puppy comes from a sports kennel I've had my eye on and have always been thinking they'd be way too much for me. Hmm. Interest piqued again.
Ooooh which one?!
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Kind of sad that I think my walks with all four dogs at once have to come to an end. :-( Unless I start getting up at the crack of dawn so that I know for sure nobody else will be at my park/field. Or just scope out whether my field is empty or not first, or just put a leash on him when I see another dog... I don't know.

Ripley's becoming increasingly not trustworthy with other dogs as of late. Mostly males, but some females too. And he won't instigate a fight, but if he hears any growling or anything he wants in on it and has attempted to 'attack' two dogs now. I knew this was a possibility with his breed, but I always hoped it would never happen. We don't go to real dog parks, but the field I do walk in does have a few other people and dogs in it, and the one and only dog we ran into on Friday he was not nice to. Granted, the other dog snarked at my girls first because it apparently didn't like being greeted (even politely) by multiple dogs, but Ripley came flying across the field from where he was and tried to aggressively grab the dog. He used to avoid confrontation at all costs... not anymore. I guess I should be happy that he didn't actually do any damage and I was able to call him off and put his leash on him, but still, not a reaction I ever really expected of him (based on personality and not breed) and I'm a little heartbroken that it's come to this. But I just feel like it's asking for trouble to continue to take him, and I don't want to be the moron at the park who takes a dog there known to not always be friendly with other dogs. He's still dog friendly most of the time, but there have been a couple of moments now that have concerned me.

And I don't know how to exercise him now, which makes me even sadder. I don't want his life to deteriorate, and he's still a young, active dog. If he was old and didn't care whether or not he got to run, I wouldn't care, but he loves to just run and frolic. And there isn't really anywhere to do that around here that allows dogs. So I'll have to do some searching and come up with a solution.

It's just so much easier too just to take everyone together after work. I only have two hours between the time I get home and bed time, so it'll be a bit challenging.

Also, I want to move out with my girls as soon as I can and I don't want to make my mom feel inept, but I do worry about her ability to have a mildly DA/SSA dog with mild leash reactivity to boot. She's not a bad dog owner, but she's not as good with body language as I am. I probably shouldn't worry and just let her live with him her way, but I can't help it. Ugh.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:17 PM
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I broke Abrams.

He holds completely still for every kind of medical procedure...but he submissively urinates. I've tried to make everything a positive experience for him, but he refuses treats and just shuts down. Ugh. I don't know where I went wrong or what I did, and now I have to figure out how to fix it, because being peed on by him when I clean out his ears is not fun.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:57 PM
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Kind of sad that I think my walks with all four dogs at once have to come to an end. :-( Unless I start getting up at the crack of dawn so that I know for sure nobody else will be at my park/field. Or just scope out whether my field is empty or not first, or just put a leash on him when I see another dog... I don't know.

Ripley's becoming increasingly not trustworthy with other dogs as of late. Mostly males, but some females too. And he won't instigate a fight, but if he hears any growling or anything he wants in on it and has attempted to 'attack' two dogs now. I knew this was a possibility with his breed, but I always hoped it would never happen. We don't go to real dog parks, but the field I do walk in does have a few other people and dogs in it, and the one and only dog we ran into on Friday he was not nice to. Granted, the other dog snarked at my girls first because it apparently didn't like being greeted (even politely) by multiple dogs, but Ripley came flying across the field from where he was and tried to aggressively grab the dog. He used to avoid confrontation at all costs... not anymore. I guess I should be happy that he didn't actually do any damage and I was able to call him off and put his leash on him, but still, not a reaction I ever really expected of him (based on personality and not breed) and I'm a little heartbroken that it's come to this. But I just feel like it's asking for trouble to continue to take him, and I don't want to be the moron at the park who takes a dog there known to not always be friendly with other dogs. He's still dog friendly most of the time, but there have been a couple of moments now that have concerned me.

And I don't know how to exercise him now, which makes me even sadder. I don't want his life to deteriorate, and he's still a young, active dog. If he was old and didn't care whether or not he got to run, I wouldn't care, but he loves to just run and frolic. And there isn't really anywhere to do that around here that allows dogs. So I'll have to do some searching and come up with a solution.

It's just so much easier too just to take everyone together after work. I only have two hours between the time I get home and bed time, so it'll be a bit challenging.

Also, I want to move out with my girls as soon as I can and I don't want to make my mom feel inept, but I do worry about her ability to have a mildly DA/SSA dog with mild leash reactivity to boot. She's not a bad dog owner, but she's not as good with body language as I am. I probably shouldn't worry and just let her live with him her way, but I can't help it. Ugh.
Ugh that sucks I don't know what sort of options you have, but when I want to be alone, I'll bring my guys to baseball fields or soccer fields or outdoor ice rinks - just big open parks that people generally aren't using unless there is a baseball or soccer game going on. Juno gets to frolic to her heart's content without anyone else getting in the way. "Technically" dogs are not supposed to be off leash in these parks but you know, I've let her loose while cops sit in the parking lot and watch... I think they find it entertaining more than anything and probably don't care as long as she's not bugging anyone.

Hope you figure something out that keeps everyone happy.
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:17 PM
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:19 PM
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There is a boxer that comes to my work named Niko. I ALWAYS call her Juno before I correct myself and call her Niko. You'd think that since she essentially has the same name as MY dog that that would be an easy one, but no, it's always Juno/Niko.
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:30 AM
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I'm starting to get worried about how the addition of Puppy is going to effect Wesley. This past summer when my sister lived away from home/him, he got really, really attached to me. Initially when she came home, he went back to being clingy with her, but it wore off and has now turned into following me everywhere, even when she is home and available. Like right now, he's asleep on top of me while she's accessible in another room. Once the puppy comes home, I won't be able to spend nearly as much time with him...I just worry because I think he's thinking I'm his primary care taker. Bleh.
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