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About PointyPupNose

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  1. Oh that's good to know! I hadn't heard of the veterinary diets before. Perhaps I will look into that/ask the vet. Yes he is! Got that checked recently.
  2. Quick Context: Sammy is a (nearly) 11-year-old tripod who adopted us about 2 months ago. He has adjusted wonderfully to our household and has had zero issues EXCEPT FOR his problems with food. He is an old man whose mobility is fairly limited at this point and who no longer goes on walks. His "big excursions" are exploring our property during potty time. He is always supervised during this time because of his mobility issues- thus he doesn't eat mysterious/unknown things. Past Food History: 1) Sammy raced until he was five and then was adopted by an elderly couple who pretty much fed hi
  3. Just thought I would update everyone on Sammy: it has officially been one month since he adopted us and thanks to all of your suggestions WE ARE NOW SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!!!! I never thought I would feel so refreshed after a standard night's sleep but I feel like I can take on the world!! LOL Amazing! We are so, SO happy he is sleeping through the night now! And we get to be in our room (he is not with us) AND keep the door closed. No cats stomping on our heads either! YAY! A few specific things we did in case anyone is going through something similar: -Left lights on. We leave a la
  4. For everyone in this wonderful community who has been SO helpful these past few days, this slew of pictures is for you!!
  5. I'm so happy to hear that the alarm strategy worked! This gives me hope. The past few sleep-deprived weeks have definitely been rough. We have actually thought of the screen door possibility! Keeps cats out + he can see us. I think we'll try this other stuff first and see how it goes. Can you send me a link to where you bought your ex pen? That definitely sounds like a better idea.
  6. I completely agree with this. I think we'll try x-pen, blanket that smells like us, perhaps a housecoat, and a few other small things. But at the end of the day, it really seems like he just needs to understand that the morning starts when we want it to- not when he dictates it. Also, we won't be running to him the second he whines and sleep on the couch for hours. That's honestly not conducive to either of our sleeping and we can't function like that on a daily basis (no idea how his foster's did it but I'm pretty sure they were literally angels). We have accommodated him in pretty much every
  7. This is actually a good idea- I'll try to maybe sleep with a blanket or something for awhile and then hand it to him. Similarly, he does have what he came with from the fosters but he doesn't seem to care/want that anymore. It's definitely the issue because he did the same thing at his foster's house for 6 months. :/ Unfortunately, he pretty much had them trained: he whines at 3:00 a.m., somebody wakes up, goes downstairs, sleeps next to him on the couch, he shuts up forever until you actually wake up to start your morning. That's pretty much exactly what he wants here.
  8. I have been trying to figure out how to post a picture on this site since I joined! LOL I will definitely do so as soon as I figure it out! THISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHIS!!!! This is the advice we have been looking for!!! AHHHH thank you so much!! I knew it wasn't going to happen overnight but I just needed somebody to tell me what to do to finally get him there because it was looking kind of hopeless for awhile. THANK YOU SO MUCH! We will try this and I will keep this thread posted.
  9. LOL definitely not people jerky but a good question because I'm sure someone has made that mistake at some point! XD
  10. We will definitely order a housecoat! Thank you for that recommendation. The cats can definitely jump over pretty much any gate whatsoever. I really do wish he could do a crate because I think that would help him since he was crated forever prior to his amputation. This is probably unfamiliar place + now I have no crate + where did everybody go. It's totally understandable why he does it; I just have no idea how I can help him. :/ I really like the idea of placing a new bed in our room throughout the day and just seeing what he does with it. I think part of the problem here may be that no one
  11. Thank you so much for your sweet words!! The baby gate is definitely an idea, I wish the closed door would work for him because it's always kind of weird sleeping in your bedroom with the door open in a ranch-style house where everyone is on one floor and all other family members have pretty much a direct view into your room... but that's also something to consider! As for locking the kitties away, hahaha! I don't know if you are familiar with Oriental Shorthairs and their vocality, but their meows rival his barks LOL Our cats are 8-year-old litter mates; they are already locked away during h
  12. Thank you so much for your response and your kind words! He honestly is the perfect dog at every moment of the day- it's literally only at night (and specifically, at around 4:30-5:00 a.m.) that we're having issues. We definitely haven't tried the "shhhh" you're mentioning so we will try that tonight. As for other concerns, he was with his foster family for 6 months and pretty much consistently performed this behavior the entire time. (With that being said, they gave him attention each time he did it, thus reinforcing that behavior...makes total sense why he's trying it with us.) We've tried g
  13. Oh! Maybe there's some hope in him just being in the central room then? Perhaps we need to get ear plugs and honestly just play the Ignore Game and wait for him to figure it out. It really would be so much easier and better in the long run if he could sleep in the central area instead of our room because of how things are at our house. Last night, my husband did open the door, say "NO" in a loud, firm voice and Sammy went directly back to bed and didn't let out a peep until we got up at 7:00 a.m. ...something tells me he's done this before and is used to this reaction. Perhaps with his p
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