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  1. Look everyone it’s taken me a long time and lots of training, now o can be trusted off lead and play nicely too FB425B69-D0BC-405D-A7B2-2E2125939E33.MOV 15DE81BD-11DF-4C38-A24D-13F975667B1D.MOV
  2. Progress update, 8 months in to a life long partnership and Czar (Manny) is finally starting to settle down and trust me, that said he still challenges me daily in different ways, as for accepting dogs as friends and not enemies especially with my partners GSD, there is good news, although we did give up bringing them together as there was too much aggression from the GSD which resulted in retaliation from Czar, we had run out of ideas. Now I am very lucky to have a home in Norway which is in the arctic circle so Czar and I went home to Norway, just us, leaving behind my partner and her GSD, 4 months of metre + deep snow and seeing reindeer daily and occasionally meeting the sled dogs, Czar seemed to take on a different mind set, whilst at home in Norway Czar has free run of a very very large garden which pleased him as he really could run free and mad as you know Huskies can and do, whilst out walking in and around the mountains Czar was attached to a 100 metre line, this gave him the free running room he needed to explore, and enough distance to loose sight of me at times which at first didn't bother him, but eventually he would back track to find me, he now doesn't like to be out of sight, good thing. During our stay whilst out walking we met another Husky which was a pet and not a working sled dog, at first Czar was a little reserved and quite vocal too, the more we met the more Czar befriended the Husky to the point they played in the snow together without any aggression whatsoever, wow I thought, progress at last, the more we met the better at playing Czar got, some of you will at this point be thinking Czar needs another Husky friend in his life, yes he possibly does, but at this moment in time there is too much happening in my life (buying a new home) to dedicate the necessary time to another Husky. Back home here in the UK after our time in Norway my partner and I decided to see if and it was a Big IF Czar would indeed accept and befriend the GSD, so rather than the usual park/s walk, I asked one of my farmer friends if we could have access to his arable fields, about 40 acres of unrestricted open free running, and after a few snarles from the GSD they suddenly decided to play together, occasionally the female GSD putting Czar in his place, but now they play very well together whilst out in free space yet sadly the GSD is still too guarding with Czar back at home in my garden, Czar doesn't retaliate at all to the guarding of the GSD , really not sure how to stop the GSD from being so guarding in close proximity, and as they say that's all for now folks.
  3. We have tried numerous times, and the GSD really does not like Czar, so rather than keep upsetting both dogs, we no longer bring them together
  4. Good afternoon chelseafan, thank you for researching about tails, since my last post and you’re research, Czar has started to poo easier without putting in the mileage, however that said, we did do 21.8 miles on Wednesday gone, and that seems to have helped, he had a good clear out of his bowls. He still doesn’t carry his tail high, yet he certainly can hold it high and wag it slightly when excited, he only gets excited when he discovers prey, so it seems to be a little better. I’m ex RAF and only wear Lowa military boots, and have done for over 25 years I also team these up with the Darntough socks from Vermont USA, and it’s a winning combination. Yes Czar has met the GSD and they most certainly do NOT get on, the GSD is the aggressor.
  5. Good afternoon chelseafan, when out walking he carries his tail in a straight line at the height of his spine and no higher, when he gets really excited when encountering wildlife he can raise his tail slightly higher and will wag it ever so gently, that said this is not often at all, even when I have had to leave him for an hour or two at home alone, upon my return he will greet me but with a limp tail, only very occasionally will he talk (husky growl) but doesn’t raise or wag his tail, I guess that’s just how he is. As for pooing, he won’t poo in the garden no matter what, and he always has to poo in a different area each and every time, I feed him the same times everyday, walk him at the same times everyday, yet his pooing behaviour is inconsistent and we are having to cover more mileage before he will eventually poo, our daily walking mileage is now an average of 18.3 miles. Im at a loss as is the vet.
  6. Thank you all who replied, the not pooing is getting worse, today our first walk was at 06:20 our last walk today ended at 22:40 it has taken this long for him to finally poo, and his stool was soft, he has farted all day long and the smell has progressively gotten worse until I could stand it no longer at 22:15 it seems he’s holding on to his poo, I’m not overly worried about his health just yet, so before I go to the vets, could it be a mental problem ? I ask as walking him 6-7 times a day for 2-3 miles at a time in order for him to poo is not doing me or him any good. I just feed him Wainwrights kibble.
  7. Tail update and a question; urine samples came back all clear, we were given anti inflammatory, however after one dose severe diaorreah so that had to stop, as instructed by the vet, really not sure what to do next with his tail, I guess the speculation of nerve damage is looking possible only time will tell. Feeding and pooing; even though I’m doing my very best to get Manny (Czar his new name) into a regular routine, he won’t eat until after his walks and his walks are considerably lengthy on average 4 miles each walk, they need to be at least this length before he even considers a poo, and sometimes we return home without pooing and then within a short time frame he demands to go out again, and it’s approximately 2 miles of walking before he finally poos. Is this normal or am I doing something wrong ?
  8. Tail update; still ongoing tests, anal glands were almost empty, still had them squeezed empty nevertheless, finally managed to retrieve enough urine for sample tests, furthermore the vet did spinal, hip and tail manipulation, no signs of problem or reaction from Manny, however he was muzzled just in case, awaiting test results from the urine before any further action regarding his tail, the vet did say he might have some nerve damage at the base, that said I guess it’s just speculation at this time.
  9. Thank you Chelseafan, Markie, Jo and Robke, what I have noticed today is when the wind blows his tail to almost upright while we are walking he doesn't complain, I will however be having Manny's tail checked by the vet as soon as, possible, I will keep everyone updated, until then, may we take this opportunity to wish all forum members a very Merry Christmas.
  10. Problem; since owning Manny I have noticed he never wags or carries his tail in anything other than dropped or arrow straight in line with his spine, he also will not let me touch his tail to groom it, furthermore, yesterday on a walk I had no choice but to pick Manny up to lift him over a field fence stile, as I picked him up he let out a very loud Yelp and did his very best to bite my hand which was under his tail supporting his hind legs, the upward movement of his tail beyond the line of his spine obviously was very painful for him, has anyone experienced anything similar ? Looks like a trip to the vets after Christmas. Merry Christmas to all who read this.
  11. Thank you all for your comments on the food front, it’s been a very long day so far, and yes Manny is now back in his forever home.
  12. Thank you all for your suggestions, I did indeed act upon your suggestions and called the centre, there has been a communication breakdown, Manny is once again showing as reserved on the website, I collect Manny this coming Thursday 14th December, I can now breath easy again and prepare for his return. Question; currently Manny is fed Wainwrights kibble, my partners GSD is raw fed, what’s the general consensus, raw or kibble ?
  13. Update: last Thursday I spoke with the DogsTrust manager, he agreed to reserve Manny back to me, done deal, I was also asked to call the centre with my results of my filtration system so I did exactly that, the manager also told me that if the results were favourable then he would have no doubts at all and arrange a rebooking of Manny back to me. Saturday 9th December the manager was not in the centre, so I left a message on his answering machine asking for a call back, I also spoke to the receptionist and I was told a message would be on the system as a back up to my answering machine message. Yesterday 10th December I noticed Manny was back on the website no longer reserved and looking for a new home, hmmm. Today Monday 11th December still no call back, somewhat disappointed now, I’m begining to wonder if an internal decision has been decided against all I have done in order to welcome Manny back into my home and the lack of a return call (silence) is the news. I would like to think I’m reading too much into this, yet somehow I feel I’m not.
  14. Update: last Thursday 7th December the DogsTrust manager spoke with me, we discussed everything about Manny and the lengths I have gone to in order to hopefully welcome Manny back into my home, I was asked to call the DogsTrust just after lunch today Saturday 9th December for the centre to make the final decision. Having spoken to the centre I have been informed the manager is not in today and should be back in one day next week, so I have to wait patiently now, not knowing one way or another, until I get that call and decision I can do no more.
  15. Thank you all for your positive kind comments, very much appreciated, I have a somewhat unrelated question, does anyone have Instagram for their Husky, if so how do you get likes ? Manny has an Instagram account that I've just set up, and he's had no views or lines at all, and dint know quite who to follow either. Manny's instagram is; thehuskyczar
  16. Thank you all for your positive kind comments, very much appreciated, I have a somewhat unrelated question, does anyone have Instagram for their Husky, if so how do you get likes ? Manny has an Instagram account that I've just set up, and he's had no views or lines at all, and dint know quite who to follow either.
  17. Almost, tomorrow 9th December is the day that I contact the DogsTrust with my results of how successful the filtration is at keeping me allergy free, and to be honest since I bottomed my home, removed all furniture fixtures and fitting, cleaned top to bottom like never before, installed the filtration, my home has never been or indeed felt so fresh, it’s like having the fresh country air without the countryside smell only indoors, even my sleeping has improved, I’m impressed with everything I/we have achieved, just a case of keeping on top of the vacuuming and general cleaning etc. With the results being so positive, Manny will return to my home early next week.
  18. There are two answers, yes a commercial unit is available and used in hospitals and probably very costly too, what I and my friends who have a filtration specialist company did was, create a bespoke unit, we took the basic principle of the Dyson HEPA filter as found in the animal series of vacuum cleaners, the principle of extraction filtration, recerculation and wet filtration, we draw ambient air from outside, pass this through a cyclone unit, through the various filtration mediums, lastly pushing the air through the wet filtration which traps any remaining suspended particles and stops the air from being dry, like the very dry air which you experience in shopping centres/malls for our American friends, still experimental at this stage, but seems to be doing exactly what we want.
  19. Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen firstly; thank you so very much from the very bottom of my heart for all your kind words and support, since I cleared up the contentious point about my allergy to Manny and his return, I have worked tirelessly on solutions for my home and myself, so far so good, furthermore, today 7th December I have had a long in depth conversation with all concerned at the DogsTrust, given my dedication to do all I can for the possible return of Manny to my home, Manny has once again been reserved for me and if all goes well between now and Saturday 9th December then Manny will return to his forever home early next week, so with everything crossed and my home now like a brand new home with clean fresh air filtered in and around my home, my home even feels fresh and clean, talk about a deep Spring clean, it's also a great feeling when you sort through cupboard clutter that you keep for absolutely no reason, I now have so much spare cupboard room it's much easier to find just what your looking for, LOL
  20. I think I need to clear this contentious point. When I first met Manny at the DogsTrust I wasn’t allowed to handle Manny for obvious reasons, all I was allowed to do was walk alongside Manny and one of the trust behaviourists to see how Manny might react to me, all these walks took place outside in the trusts enclosed paddocks. I wasn’t allowed into Manny’s Kennel again for obvious reasons given Manny’s past and the biting incidents, even when I was allowed to walk Manny, Manny was already on the lead, so my close contact with Manny was eliminated. My time at the DogsTrust with Manny kept both of us apart with the exception of the paddock walks, so any allergy flare to Manny was not evedient at this time. Even the day I collected Manny it was only on the long drive home that I started with a throat tickle of which I get when I come into contact with some cats and the odd horse, that said, Manny had just started blowing his coat and the car interior was full of hair by the time we reached home, so simply put my throat tickle down to the amount of hair in the car in such a confined space. After the first 24hrs of the 5 days I had Manny, no respiratory allergy flared only the slight itching between my fingers, I hadn’t experienced this itching before, it was the second night that I experienced a slight respiratory reaction during my nights sleep, and yes Manny had taken it upon himself to make my bed his bed, so once again I couldn’t be absolutely sure it was Manny’s hair, however the more hair that took over my house, the more I became aware that Manny’s hair was indeed causing me to have an allergy reaction. Yes I have a Dyson animal vacuum cleaner, and used it often to try eliminate as much hair as possible, yet when I settled for my nights sleep, my allergy flared as a respiratory issue, nothing to severe nevertheless still apparent. Before making what might have been a hasty uneducated decision to return Manny, and May I say I cried lots as this was in no means an easy decision, I did speak to lots of people including vets some of which are personal friends, I even spoke to my doctor too, and the general consensus was I must be allergic to Manny’s hair, so I had no choice but to return Manny. Now this is where the story might have a twist, one of my friends owns a filtration specialist company, he heard about my issue and contacted me, long story short, he designs and manufactures medical filtration for a whole host of respiratory conditions, I am a design engineering consultant and between us we believe we can overcome the problem with Manny and the hair allergy issue. So yesterday 5th December I and my partner emptied my entire house, yes the whole house, carpets etc etc etc, we thoroughly cleaned everything while this was going on, my friend calculated the necessarily CFM and set about designing and manufacturing a bespoke fiktration unit for my house, this was after contacting the DogsTrust and explains everything you’ve read so far, Manny’s hair might not be the issue I first thought. The DogsTrust have said if the filtration unit is a success after a couple of days, and nobody comes forth to offer Manny his forever home, then Manny will return to me and his fresh clean forever home, so fingers crossed, I have done all I can in order to reverse my return decision for Manny based on uneducated understanding of pollen cross contamination in pets. TBC......
  21. Thank you all for your comments, it’s not been an easy decision, that said even the team at the DogsTrust agreed that I can’t live with an allergy, so it’s with a very heavy heart that today 4th December I have had to take Manny back to the DogsTrust, everyone involved is in total agreement, and Manny will find his forever home. Thank you one and all.
  22. I’m not really sure where to start with this update, Manny is a fantastic loving dog he has settled in so well I’m quite amazed at how well he’s taken to me given his past. What I wasn’t expecting was my allergic respiratory reaction, itchy skin, eyes and the sneezing, now that Manny’s hair has settled in my home, ant-histamines haven’t worked, so today Sunday 3rd December, I have had to make that awful heart tugging upsetting decision to return Manny to the DogsTrust. Manny will still be with me for a few days until the DogsTrust tell me I can return him, until then I will do all I can to enjoy our very brief time together.
  23. Thank you for the kind comments Chelseafan, Jo and Markie, Manny is settling in just fine, today we have covered 7.5 miles so far with one more walk to go. Question; this coming Sunday my partner is coming to visit with her bitch GSD which is quite protective of me, any advice on the best method to introduce the two ? The view I have as I set off on my walk, Cmon dad lets go.
  24. Thank you chelseafan, Armani & Alinah, jo and Markie, for your kind words and best wishes, Manny is now home walked fed and watered, currently relaxed sleeping, here he is enjoying his journey albeit a toilet break on his journey.
  25. Hello Chelseafan as I type this Manny is still at the DogsTrust centre, today he will be having his vet check in readiness for me to collect Manny tomorrow the 30th
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