Saturday, April 30, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Molly Wahoo.....
Until recently we were a one Cairn family. Scout was the little guy who was getting all the attention and was loving it. We saw Molly (Wahoo) in January and put in an application for her. We knew she had heart worms and were willing to wait for her to get her clean bill of health. For two months we thought her name was Wahoo, two days before we picked her up we found out her name was Molly. So, Molly Wahoo came to live with us. Being new to each other I wasn't sure what to expect. She rode quietly in the car and was good in the hotel also.
When we got home, Scout came out to the street to meet us. After some sniffing all seemed well. Once inside, Molly settled in real nice. She had her toy and didn't bother with Scout's. She also found her place to hang out and she has a new memory foam bed where she sleeps with her Col. Potter blanket (even I don't have one of those). She is a daddy's dog, everywhere I go, she is right there and don't even think the word outside. She runs to the door and wants to almost run everywhere. She is quick to finish her business and the wants to keep moving.
Molly and Scout don't mind sharing the attention. They both get plenty. They don't play together but they don't fight either. Maybe that's because they are both teenagers (you know how they are).
She is the missing piece to our furmamily. She learned the routine quickly and has the run of the house with Scout. She hasn't had any accidents or tore anything up. She is perfect.
In closing, I would love to thank the Col. Potter Rescue group for all their hard work and especially the foster mom Marie who without her love and devotion this fine young lady might not be with us today. Becky who came to make sure our home was Cairn ready, Rebecca who checked our references, Joanne, Director of Placement Services, Beverly, who pushed the application so we could get her the day we did and Sandy, Post Adoption Coordinator. Without you and all the wonderful people in the network these little bundles of joy may not have the happy homes they have now.
Roger & Janet B
Sunny Winter Haven , Fl.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
She has also met her match with the golden retriever across the street-he is a 1 yo "puppy" and loves to play, and they have been having a couple of rounds of tag with the vocal "play growling" it is very funny to watch. Yesterday Madison (my 11 yo daughter) and I started a training class at the Bucks County SPCA with Kricket, and she is doing very well. Madison has hopes of getting Kricket to pass CGC Award and progress to some agility work, catching a frisbee…..so Kricket wont be bored. We are also working on her being calm when we come home so she is learning that jumping up and carrying on is not going to get our attention. Once she is calm, she gets all the love and attention she could ever ask for.
She is still pulling when we walk, but getting better……no accidents in the house, no problem with other kids, dogs, and she is now respecting the cat and doesn't chase him..the cat will actually sit on the deck when she is there and she doesn't pay him any mind! So progress!!!!!!!
I know she was the best choice for us and I am so glad she was able to come to us, enjoy the photos and video, when we progress in our training I will send you some updates so you can see how much she has grown!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Behavioral Signs of Pain Your dog may be saying “Ouch!” By Karen B. London, PhD For the first couple of weeks, our dog Bugsy enjoyed playing with our foster puppy. Then he changed, tiring of her quickly and often avoiding her, even growling if she approached him while he was on his bed. He stopped playing in the snow with her, and would go to his bed rather than lie next to her on the rug. We figured that when she left, he would stop being sulky and return to his usual upbeat, playful self.
When Bugsy remained grumpy after her departure, we suspected that something was wrong. And it was. The veterinarian determined that he had a partial tear in his anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL (a knee ligament), and was probably in considerable pain. The way Bugsy was acting should have told me that he was hurting, because although most dogs are not obvious about it, there are many behavioral signs of pain. 1. Changes in behavior. Any change can mean something is wrong. If your dog is less energetic or less cheerful than usual, doesn’t engage in the activities he usually enjoys, acts restless, becomes unusually clingy, or stops socializing as much or as happily as he used to, he may be experiencing discomfort. 2. Nighttime grouchiness. Even minor injuries or maladies can be exacerbated by the day’s activities, resulting in a cranky pup in the evening, when things slow down. 3. Good days and bad days. If your dog acts like his normal self some days but is grumpy, aggressive or otherwise different on other days, pain may be the cause. 4. Unusual behavior after strenuous activity. Dogs who exhibit unexpected behavior after they have had more exercise than usual may be in pain. An injury or any kind of soreness may become worse with additional exercise, so if your dog is unpredictably out of sorts on such days, pain may be the culprit. 5. Suddenly behaving aggressively. If a fully mature dog suddenly exhibits aggressive behavior, it may be because he’s in pain. I’m especially alert to the sudden onset of aggression in a dog over the age of four, because dogs that age (or older) with no history of aggression rarely behave this way unless something is wrong. There are exceptions, of course, but out-of-the-blue aggression in an older dog can often be linked to pain, in my experience. 6. Unwilling to play. If a dog who usually takes any opportunity to play with reckless abandon ceases to be interested in playtime, it could be a sign that something hurts. 7. Avoiding other dogs. Sometimes when dogs are in pain, they don’t want other dogs near them, especially if those dogs are young, bouncy or exuberant. If it is inconsistent with a dog’s personality to shy away from other dogs, doing so might mean he’s protecting an already tender area. 8. Loss of appetite. A dog’s refusal to eat, which can have many causes, will almost always result in a trip to the veterinarian. Though sometimes the diagnosis is serious—liver failure or cancer, for example—not eating can also be a sign of pain from other less-alarming conditions. 9. Reacting badly to being touched. If your dog reacts negatively to a touch that he would normally like (or ignore), that reaction may be due to pain. Typical negative reactions include yelping, leaping, whining, licking your hand, pulling away or even growling. A pain based reaction will usually only be displayed when a specific spot is touched. If you have any reason to suspect that your dog may be in pain, make an appointment to see your vet right away, as we did with Bugsy. It was a relief to know exactly what was going on with him, and to be able to ease his misery. Only a veterinarian can diagnose a medical condition, but with astute observations of the behavioral warning signs, you can help save your dog from unnecessary suffering by seeking speedy medical help. This article first appeared in The Bark, Issue 59, Apr/May 2010
http://www.thebark.com/content/behavioral-signs-pain Karen B. London, PhD, is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Pet Dog Trainer who specializes in serious behavioral issues in dogs.