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Dannyalcatraz

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THAT DAMN DOG!

The younger one went scavenging again. Yesterday, she chewed up Mom’s check register- the second one this year. Today, she shredded a paper towel out of my folks’ bedroom trash can.

And in the past 45min, she did likewise out of my (lidded) bathroom trash can...and then went into my room and destroyed a hidden box of chocolate truffles I bought back in February and had no intention of sharing.* I hadn’t even broken the seal on them.

I hope she’s fine...so I can kill her later.




* my favorite flavors, from a chocolatier in a different county
 

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Dannyalcatraz

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I mentioned my Mom’s dog Darren, helped her meet Dad. He was a very smart, well-trained standard collie. (Still looking for pix.)

This is MY first doggie, Ming. A sweetie, but he never really learned his name, and didn’t understand the difference between air and glass.
 
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Dannyalcatraz

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So Mom bought the grrrrls some gingerbread-man shaped squeaky toys made with a wool-like exterior. I gave them to the dogs during the first part of Jeopardy.

15 minutes later, both had been torn open, and the older one was tearing the stuffing out of hers like a kid ravaging a present on Christmas morning. Stuffing was being tossed left and right. I got on the floor when she was about halfway through, and showed her the squeaky she’d already removed.

squeak squeak

She looked at it, then looked at me as if to say, “Do I tell YOU how to have fun?” and resumed eviscerating the toy.

Her furry housemate gave me a similar look, then resumed to demurely dismantling hers like a guest at high tea who suspects something is amiss with her cucumber sandwiches.

They clearly had a blast, but we’re not buying THOSE toys again.
 



Desdemona. The one on the right. (Obviously.)

Photo 2019-05-12, 10 59 10 PM.jpg


My first "puppy".
I'd puppy-sat one before for a month by Dessie was my first real dog, that I had from puppy to old lady. (And only. Not likely to ever have another.)

Taken a year ago. I haven't seen her in four months, but I'm assuming little had changed.
She's been blind since early May 2019, after glaucoma claimed her other eye. We were worried she would adapt and would be sad and lost in the dark, but she adapted well enough and has been a relatively happy doggo since. Lots of love and always happy to lick her people.
 


Dannyalcatraz

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My folks just got a Mazda CX-9, and it’s simply too tall for our grrrrls to jump in and out of. So we bought a ramp. Last night, I started the process of ramp training our Border Collies. We’re starting off with the ramp fully extended, but lying flat on the den carpet.

It’s going to take some time, especially since the older one wanted pretty much none of it and quickly wandered off. But after a half hour or so, the younger one was chasing her wiggle giggle ball on it...and bringing the toy to me.

We did night #2 of ramp training. Little dog is getting it- we took her from level ground to using it to get on and off the den sofa.

Big dog...is progressing slowly. We got her to go 4-5 times down the length of the ramp, but only one way. And after the last trip, she snuck off to hang out with Dad, never to return.

Perhaps seeing her younger compadre conquering the ramp will prompt her to ”dog up” and work with the ramp a bit more. That is, after all, how we got our second Border Collie to take the lead over our third on bath night.
 


Dannyalcatraz

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Ramp training day #3:

Little dog is having fun going up and down the ramp after one of her stuffed squeakies, but she’s clearly not quite ready. She jumped off the other end of the couch a couple times- working smarter, not harder, from her perspective- and did crowd the big dog off the ramp once in her enthusiasm.

To her credit, big dog did stick around for a while. After some initial reluctance, we did get her to go up and down the ramp on a level surface several times. But she balked at it when I elevated it to the sofa. She’d only put 1-2 paws on it while reaching for her toy. Then Dad left the room and she gave us the big adios.

Thankfully, we’re not in any real hurry. I haven’t gotten the weather tech liners for the Mazda yet, and we still have a small sedan we can use if we need to get either of them to the vet in the near future.
 






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