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    Photography, volunteering, writing... Hiking backpacking kayaking sewing crochet gardening baking and a variety of other things. I dabble.

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  1. Daisy the terrier had incidents - what the vet believed were either seizures or episodes of syncope. She'd stand up from her bed and then just kind of go stiff and lay back down. Sometimes shaking with stiff legs, sometimes just shaking, sometimes it just looked like she was struggling to stand up. Her eyes rolled back. She'd come out of it in a couple minutes and be a little confused for a few minutes, and then she'd recover with no post ictal phase. Sometimes she'd walk a little before this happened, and sometimes she'd stand up and go right back down on her bed.
  2. Such creativity! Such art! I have a neighbor beagle who is a street pooper. Her person rolls her eyes every time and says "If it's in the street, you know it's hers." She gave up on bags and now carries a pooper scooper.
  3. I don't think you gave up too soon. If it's obvious that she's not happy and you're not happy, it's best to remedy the problem as soon as possible. I think you should take a break and let yourselves breathe. For me, it's been a year since Tessa (more or less) and I'm only just now starting to feel truly prepared to take on a dog. Tessa was a lot - in addition to the SA, she had some other, uh, quirks. She didn't want me to leave her alone, but she was also extremely sensitive, so if I stubbed a toe and said "Ow!" she'd take off running and hide from me. I know two of her former trainers an
  4. I've been where you are, and it's incredibly difficult, but try not to be too hard on yourself. SA can be extremely difficult to overcome. I had my SA girl for 6 months, but I followed her race career for years before I actually adopted her. Her first month was fine. The second month had a little anxiety. It was downhill from there. I increased exercise (biking 2 miles at a run with at least a mile walk!), added meds, worked on alone training... Nothing helped. I finally made the decision to return her and then a couple months later I got in touch with her former racing trainer, who was very s
  5. Agree with the others! My neighbor gave her dog a pork chop recently and the poor pup got really sick. She bounced back in a couple days, but she was pretty miserable for a while there.
  6. Oh no! They need a new hauler! They broke down near here a couple years ago. Well, their AC broke. But AC, then transmission... Someone needs to donate a new vehicle for those folks.
  7. Another wonderful PRH pup crossed the bridge a few days ago - Rory. Osteo
  8. Have you tried 101 Things To Do With A Box? I've heard it can be great. Mine was afraid of the clicker and the box, so didn't work for us, but most don't have that problem
  9. Please add Moon (aka Blue Moon) who was a fixture at PRH for years before finally getting adopted 6 months ago. Everyone, volunteer and adopter alike, loved him. He was our go-to event dog. He was wonderful. He passed away suddenly yesterday
  10. This. Except it's also possible that he's not resource guarding in these instances, but is in fact reacting out of fear. His reason for being afraid doesn't have to make sense to you, but cowering, avoiding eye contact, looking away, etc are all signs that he's extremely uncomfortable (and holding up a piece of trash, sternly saying "No", and moving towards him can all definitely be seen by a dog as threatening). I shared my house with a hound who would flip out for seemingly no reason. She was more "flight" than "fight", so if something scared her, she'd take off running. I bumped my elb
  11. Yeah, sleep startle and she likes her space all to herself. It's possible she wasn't "fine" when you were petting her the second time and you misinterpreted her signals. It happens! Especially with a new dog you don't really know yet. Agree with instituting the "pet only when standing" rule for a while. That'll prevent space/sleep startle incidents and give her a change to learn to trust you. She may, in time, be a snuggler, but it's also possible she never will. One of mine was so determined to have her own space that I couldn't stand near her bed when she was laying on it. Her growls le
  12. 1. I had a grey in a townhouse for a while and she would have been fine if she was the right fit. Sadly, she was very high energy and needed a yard! I know plenty of people who have greys in townhomes or condos. 2. Tessa did stairs just fine. If your stairs are open-backed or hardwood, you might be more concerned, but regular carpeted stairs are no problem as long as you train your pup how to do them without leaping. 3. Dog parks are usually a no-no. I know people who take their greys to dog parks without issue, and I know others who have had horrendous experiences. See if you can find any g
  13. Could you try messaging the people on Ravelry who have posted in "projects"? I've never done it, but Ithought of it the other day as a possible solution. Maybe send a couple project posters messages asking if they saved the pattern somewhere and if they wouldn't mind sharing.
  14. Those treat snuffle mats are great (or so I hear) for dogs who love food but aren't too motivated to work for it. It's fairly easy, but does take sniffing and nosing around to get the treats. The box game is also a great one! And yes, walk walk walk. Walks are the best for engaging the snoot in some sniffing exercise.
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