Well...Ive always had the usual pets ie dogs, cats, russian hamsters, 100 mice, black mamba snake...oh sorry that wasnt a pet that was just an unwanted visitor!! Ive been looking around for an unusual pet for years and I think Ive finally found what I want but dont know how to get hold of one....soooo...if anyone knows where I can get hold of a Hu-doggie-catimus (pictured below) give me a shout! He is soooo cute eh? Thanx
Hey animal lovers I have 3cats. 2 boys names saphire, and bear, and a girl cat name snowwhite. She dose the weirdiest thing she lies beside me and nibbles my ear. I think she thinks I her mom or something. My animals brings out the best in me. I love animals so much I feed 6 street cats, they are always at my door.
Rubenesquetotty write: Hi Hotmama! Your Samantha sounds really cool! As well as my 3 dogs,3 cats & a Horse, I have a very 'Handsome' water Dragon called Vinny, he is only a baby, 6 months now & he is so tame (well as tame as a reptile can be..lol) I think our lovable cold-blooded little critters are becoming more popular as pets & it'll be interesting to see what other unusal pets folk have on here?.... I had a snake a few years ago, just a little corn snake called Nelson, I lost him in a custody battle though..lol No doubt if another one comes along up for adoption (I am very involved with animal rescue centres over here) Being the s~ucker I am, it'll end up coming home with me...
Stay Lucky ;o)
my god woman u are like ellie mae clampett with all them critters
If I lived closer - I wouldn't need begging.. I'd beg you to 'let me at her' lol
This parallel walking method works a treat, just takes patience from you & acceptance & tolerance from Izabel, which she will gain from you anyway, which is why is is important for you to stay calm... If her 'Master' is calm..she'll follow suit..
I get ya... Without knowing all the facts, ie her age, whether she is entire or neutered etc, it sounds more like Under-socialized rather than dog to dog agression, allowing her to mix with dogs is a step in the right direction, but introductions will need to be strictly controlled. Try asking a friend who has a sociable dog to go walking with you.. walk parallel with dogs next to each other but at a distance, on loose leads (This is important as tight leads cause frustration & intensity) but with no contact with both dogs, don't let them touch each other.. When you feel that the dogs are not focused on each other, or in your case, when Izabel eases off shouting & eyeballing the other dog.. this may take some walking together before she'll feel comfortable enough, slowly get closer, still walking, if things stay calm, you can allow the dogs to contact - on loose leads still.. & try to remain silent, human interferance can instigate anxiety - dogs communicate better with each other when left to it, watch Izabel to see how focused she is on the other dog & try to end on a good note, she wont know how to act if she is not well socialised, so just check her body language, if her ears & tail are down or she l~icks her lips, she's being submissive, but if she's standing tall with tail erect, she's dominant.. keep the inital contact very brief then take her away from the other dog, as long as there's no drama tell her she's a good girl, after you pull her away from the other dog do this a couple of times or how ever many times it takes for her to accept the other dog in her company.. Then when you feel she's not so focused on the other let them off together but again stay quiet, she may come to you for reassurance & as hard as it seems try to ignore her initially at first let her work it out for herself.. It will take time, but as long as the associations remain good, she soon learn how fun having doggie friend can be... Let me know how it goes...
Thanks Ruben. Izabel does not do well with other dogs both males and females. She gets very excited when she sees one. I think she just want to play but she is rough and dominant and will approach barking, with fur up and her tail wagging. She doesn't know how to introduce herself properly. She is getting better but still needs work. I would appreciate any help you can give me. TIA...Bill
I love GSD's (German Shepherd Dogs) I am currently looking after one called 'Rock' while his family are on holiday (He is in a pic on my profile) He had alot of issues when they got him - Nervous aggression, chase, & re-directed aggression all very common in GSD's. I gave the family a work programme to work with him & now 16 months later he is a fabulous dog - I don't want him to go home! lol
The loyalty & partnership a GSD owner has is truly remarkable, you see if someone knocks at my door, my 3 dogs would want to rush & see who it is & want to l~ick 'em all over.. But Rock will take a back seat & watch me for a reaction, not the visitor, when he sees me ok - he's ok. I feel so safe with him here.
When you say Izabel is still a bit rough around edges, what exactly? GSD are very good dogs to work with due to their craving for mastership, tell me about her issues.. I'll do my best to help?
Izabel is beautiful! & a good example that not all rescue dogs are scruffy mongrels (although still very adorable they are too) There are alot of pedigree dogs in shelters too. People tend to get dogs a lot of the time by 'looks' etc or fashion accessories without doing the adequate breed research first. There's so many breeds of dogs which are what I call 'Specialist Breeds' you have to know the breed traits & what to expect etc...
I remember about 6-10 months after the film 101 Dalmations was released, we had a surge of unwanted Dali's brought into the home (27 at one time) After seeing the film - everybody wanted one.. 6 months down the line, when those cute puppies started to mature into highly strung, demanding, destructive & energetic juveniles, the owners couldn't cope & we got them!! Don't get me wrong, Dali's are very nice dogs, if you know the breed, you can't go wrong...but if you go & buy a Dali, (coz your kid saw one in a film & liked it) then go out to work all day & leave it alone, don't be surprized to come home to find your couch in like a 1000 pieces!! lol
Half of my job is training dogs, assessing their behaviours & re-habilitating the dogs with issues (mostly of which are owner induced, learnt behaviours) etc, but the other half is training 'the owners'!! who in my opinion need more guidance than the dogs!!
Anyone out there needing doggie advice? Just ask me - you can have some for free! lol
Thanks for doing us all a service with your very knowlegeable critique on the subject. I almost didn't take Izabel because she was wild and totally untrained. I had German Shepherds before so I knew what she could become with some love and training. It's been 1 1/2 years now and she still has a few rough edges, but she is really a great dog. I figure another 6 months and she will be really mellowed out. Keep posting. Your posts are more important then a lot of the stuff a lot us post...Bill
LOL. Sharp. I don't think you live at the North Pole. You look much too good to remind me of Santa Claus. I just thought coyotes were mainly in the southwestern U.S. You had a pack. I usually see one and sometimes two. I am more conerned about Izabel or me encountering a rattle snake. I had quite a scare a couple of weeks ago. I was on my way out the door to get my mail. Izabel was already out and as I was stepping through the door I heard the rattle. I froze and not 5' away was a very big, very upset, coiled rattle snake. I thought for sure Izabel would get too close and get bit. I screamed at her to come and fortunately she came straight to me. The fire dept. came and removed it. Talk about a wake up. I sure didn't need a nap that day. I am LOL now, but I sure wasn't then. I suppose you have rattle snakes as well...Bill
billzeke write: I was surprised to learn that you have coyotes that far north. They are all over the place where I live. Fortunately my dog is large enough to be able to handle herself. She just runs them off.
Bill...where do you think I live, the North Pole? lol
We have deer, coyotes (tons), wolves, bears (brown, black & grizzly - highest population of grizzly), cougar, ducks, geese, rabbits, bluejays, lots of birds, etc. lol
Indigo, my Aussie X Border collie can also handle herself with coyotes...not my golden. Indigo is wise & cautious with them now. 2 yrs ago, I went away for 2 days, borded the golden & left her at home as the previous owners always left her out. She came with the property! lol Anyways, she had a run in with 2 or 3 coyotes...the ambushed her. She never even let on she was injured. I noticed it when I ran my hand down her side. 10 days at the Vet, first 5 on antibiotics to get the swelling down before they could stitch it closed. 10 days later after the first stitches were removed, they had to stitch a second time for another 7 days. It was a bad wound! She'll never let them ambush her again.