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Steve Mills

New addition to the pet menagerie?

Posted Sunday, November 22, 2015, at 1:38 PM
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  • One might wonder why we want another dog. PITA really misses her buddy Shelly and has been very lethargic, and lost interest in everyday life.

    She is already picking up a little and starting to play with the new arrival. Of course, she had to establish who was Queen first, but that seems to be settled and the play can commence.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Nov 22, 2015, at 2:56 PM
  • Name her "Newby", she looks like she has a little Dalmatian in her, maybe a lot! The last Dalmatian I had was totally deaf but was a super dog, smart, keen in every other way but hearing. We had to make sure she was fenced in all the time so a car wouldn't have an accident, she would never hear one!

    I lived behind a school then and the kids on the playground always came to pet her it was the highlight of her day. She was a really good pet, we named her "Spotless" on paper but the kids called her "Dolly" which ended up taking with us and that's eventual what we called her after a short while.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sun, Nov 22, 2015, at 5:58 PM
  • I sure hope the "other" part of her is Not prone to deafness but she does seem a little clueless at times. I thought she was just ignoring me. :-)

    It won't be good for her with coyotes all around. Hmmm

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Nov 22, 2015, at 7:14 PM
  • She is darling! Where did you get her?

    -- Posted by horsepoopperson on Sun, Nov 22, 2015, at 7:18 PM
  • She's a pound puppy. Shelbyville Animal Control.

    They found her laying in the middle of the road and thought she had been hit.

    They might ad more weight to Chefgrape's comment about deafness in Dalmatians. She may not have heard the truck coming.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Nov 23, 2015, at 6:38 AM
  • She does not appear to be deaf. I tested that this morning, unless it is to certain tones, but she's not getting off the hook for not obeying. ;-)

    I'll throw out the name Newby to see what we get.

    She is rapidly getting better but the cats still have an attraction. When she chases a cat I am going to use the "time-out" method and put her on her leash. It is not as immediate as a pop on the butt, but We try not to use that unless absolutely necessary.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Nov 23, 2015, at 11:54 AM
  • I've finally got Earl "my girl cat" knowing the different tones of my voice and the movements of my hands....she stops when I raise my hand and comes too me when I twitch my fingers.

    She has definitely learned "get down" and if I yell "hey" she stops what shes doing!...If I pick up a towel or the fly swatter she runs, but always returns pretty quick! She knows for sure my bark is worse than my bite! If your mean and actually hit an animal to hurt them I believe they end up losing the comfort and security they find in their master.

    I hate to see cruelty towards animals, in dogs you can tell, its like they shy away. I've seen a few I've taken in or adopted...takes awhile for them to love again!

    So glad Newby has found you, your right though....gotta set those boundaries with her! When I am working with a dog I've found it helps to have rewards in my pocket...she might actually want to hear you if she smells those treats!. Ha!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Nov 23, 2015, at 4:13 PM
  • She must already think I have the treats. This afternoon she tackled me and then would not let me back up.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Nov 23, 2015, at 5:43 PM
  • I am paying the price for her roughhousing this morning. I knew when she took me down that the opposite knee twisted (a little stiff) but what I did not catch was the middle of my back. Oooooh, that has some sharp pinches.

    When we first adopted PITA she took Deb down this way and she was hurting for weeks.

    It was not an intentional "take-down" in either case. They were both just running downhill and bumped the back of a knee. It has the result of folding that knee and down you go.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Nov 24, 2015, at 8:31 AM
  • Newby (temporary name at the moment) is quite smart. She quickly learned that digging litter out of a litter box is NOT want I smile on. PITA was whining all the time I was sweeping it up to make sure I did not think it was her.

    She has also struck an uneasy coexistence with the cats. If they won't run, she won't chase.

    I am allowing for her "puppiness" of collecting things to chew and digging. Now if I could just channel that digging to turning over the garden. LOL Problem is, she would not probably understand that there is a time to stop digging as well.

    Part of her "collection" is made up of the cat dishes. That has to be corrected since I correct PITA for doing the same thing, but it is workable.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Nov 25, 2015, at 11:39 AM
  • Aarghh! Now she is knocking over and chewing the plants in the greenhouse! At least it is getting me to re-pot some plants.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 2, 2015, at 7:50 AM
  • Just as I am about to give in and say she stays, she does something to make me hesitate. BUT the positives outweigh the negatives and I doubt that I can kick her out unless she harms another member of our extended family.

    She seems to have "selective" hearing when it come to chasing the cats. The other day she kept chasing one particular cat up a tree and when I called her away, she went deaf. She just wandered out into the woods as if nothing had been going on.

    Today she waded our goldfish pond from beginning to end. Through the main pond, then the stream and ending with the original pond that catches the water coming from the bio-filter.

    This motivated PITA to get in the pond and lay down. Nothing unusual there except it is not a warm day and they had not been running so there was no need to cool off.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 7, 2015, at 3:47 PM
  • Oh yes, the positives?

    She has PITA up and going again.

    She also has them both patrolling the yard a little further out and she is outside much more than PITA, which discourages the coyotes. (So far)

    AND she seems to have become PITA's buddy, which is something for which we were hoping.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 7, 2015, at 3:50 PM
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