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Shepsky5 last won the day on July 19 2019

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  1. Mikey apparently can hold a big Grudge!! 😁 Maybe you could bring Just Mikey somewhere and leave Marley at home, and give him a special treat while you're out together, and he'll forgive you? ( My dog seems to be unable to hold a grudge for more than a few minutes, and the grudge is easily forgotten with a cheese tidbit. )
  2. Our guy has a pattern where he sheds bagfuls of fur for a couple of months. I can pull out fur by the handful. (My husband calls it the "Fur-pocalypse." 🙂 Then, nothing for a few months. House stays bare and clean, no fur in vacuum cleaner. Then it will start up again in a few more months. So he's in the twice-a-year coat blow pattern. Maybe your girl is changing to that pattern and you are in between Blows? Enjoy it while it lasts!!!
  3. Our dog is not a fan of fireworks either! He has gotten better...we just play it very low-key (don't act any special way) and also we offer a favorite chewy. His anxiety seems to have gotten better through the years. Although we haven't had to use it, we have Trazodone in our closet (for vet visits). I used to plan that if his anxiety was very bad, we would give him some trazodone in the afternoon before the fireworks start up. It just makes him somewhat sleepy/relaxed...
  4. Ouch! Will you need antibiotics...? Poor Marley! what a way to spend a Sunday...it's always on a weekend, isn't it? Or, late at night?!
  5. Well, there are always the classic questions... "is he good with kids?" "does he like other dogs?" "has he ever bitten?" "is he housebroken?" "is he crate-trained?" "what training has he had?" And I guess, checking out his overall energy level (mellow vs wired) and friendliness. We passed on some of the first dogs we met (i.e. beautiful girl dog, but wants to kill other female dogs / big male with an extremely high energy level / smaller female, spent the whole time hiding under the foster's chair). I think it's important to find a dog that will match your lifestyle & energy level & personality because if not, it can get pretty miserable!
  6. Opposite gender seems to be better generally for getting along.... Hmm, a young male pup seems like it would be a safe guess, to go with an adult female? But personality matters, too... My male dog tends to be "dominant" - he will fight with other large dominant male dogs, but he does great with easygoing, laidback, more submissive males.
  7. A basic obedience class? That's where we learned how to train "looseleash walking". But it didn't work for us exactly the way the trainer predicted...when my dog saw/smelled something exciting, he would pull no matter what treat I was waving! The "we only walk when the leash is loose" game worked for us...I pretended to be playing Red Light/Green Light with my dog to keep from getting annoyed. Another method I used was, when he forged ahead and pulled, I would just make a sharp 90-degree turn. He'd have to correct course and follow me. Of course you can't do this on a sidewalk beside a busy street, so the first method was used a lot more... If the dog is beside you and leash is loose - act rejoiced, praise, give treats! (Check out YouTube for "loose leash walk" training videos?) And I think having enough exercise, in general, helps with the pulling (like being able to run flat-out somewhere, regularly...) There are no-pull harnesses or prong collars (prongs are banned in some places?) ( If using prong collar, need to fit it properly (high on neck, not at base) and learn to use it properly/humanely...I've never tried one, but my neighbor stopped her dog's crazy pulling when she changed him to a prong collar.) She is pretty! Love her markings and coloring.
  8. Thanks wolfpup, really interesting article! He already loves beef trachea chews, and is taking Dasuquin (has glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, green-lipped mussel) I'm going to try making Bone Broth! I do agree with you vs "natural"... hoping to use minimal meds for as long as possible.
  9. allergies? sarcoptic mange? I agree with suggestion to let vet take a look!
  10. You sound very ready and responsible to me! 🙂
  11. I have been reading a lot of good things about the Adequan injections... Vets really like them...very few/no side effects, and can actually repair and improve the joints. It's expensive, but you can save a lot of money if you learn to do the shots yourself. (They say it's not too hard, ha) I am trying to work up the courage to do that someday... I don't think he needs them yet, but I think it may be in our future! Yea, my friend's dog (much older than mine) had arthritis and both of his hind legs did that rolling-in thing when he walked...I think he was 14 or 15 years old.
  12. I think your pup is becoming more attached/bonded to you and is also starting to understand her environment... she just wants to be near you at night! Our rescue slept in a crate in the living room at first, and he would bang/rattle the crate all night long. When I moved to the sofa, he would sleep peacefully through the night. He just felt safer and more relaxed if he could see/smell me and know that I was nearby... (It's been years since then, he just sleeps wherever he wants now...)
  13. Well, I've never been through anything exactly like that, but our dog has arthritis and it started so gradually...with things like, he was stiff and would limp a few steps when he first got up from a nap. It didn't come on suddenly. With arthritis, I don't think it could progress so quickly (go from a limp, to being "so bad that he can hardly walk.") If he was fine and active and running around before these last few weeks, I doubt that it's arthritis. You say "his energy level dropped"...sometimes when dogs are in pain, they react by sleeping a lot more than usual... When our dog had a sudden bad limp (from running too hard with my husband), our vet prescribed very short leashed walks, an NSAID(carprofen), and a painkiller (gabapentin). It cleared up in about a week. Based on how he was walking, we went from supershort walks (in our yard) to longer walks (up and down our street) to longer walks (around block) then back to his usual mileage. Hopefully his blood tests came back normal? If it's a certain leg that he is favoring...does your vet think that leg should be x-rayed? Hope he feels better soon!
  14. Wow, you got her a new car! That's quite nice of you! 😀 My guy has his "stiff" days and good days. On good days, he will even play Chase and run Zoomies in the yard. On bad days, he gets up slowly and hobbles around for the first few minutes...and we noticed that sometimes an extra long walk, or too much trotting/running, will make him extra-stiff the next day. The medications have side-effects like upset stomach, drowsiness... so, I'm trying to keep the dose to the minimum and see how he can do with a low-impact, healthy lifestyle. The way we give carprofen...I break the pill in half, mix it in his dog kibble, and mix in something like ground beef or boiled chicken.....he gobbles it all down without even noticing! (My theory is that the "fresh meat" smell drowns out the smell of everything else?) Hope Skyla is doing well, and will have good blood test results!
  15. Poor girl! Hope she keeps feeling well, it sounds like her vet is on top of it. Dealing with joint issues over here in the US, too...our life involves: - carprofen, which is an NSAID ( half-dose broken into his kibble once per day. I experimented to find lowest dose to keep him comfortable) - dasuquin supplement (recommended by vet) - XL memory foam orthopedic dog bed ... he loves his bed - a thick cushion (8” high) that he uses to climb in/ jump out of car (we first tried a ramp but it was so heavy and hard to use! cushion, I pick up with one hand and throw it in the back) we are watching his weight too...extra weight is hard on the joints. That means, no more eating human snacks together 😞
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