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  1. Northern hemisphere, middle of summer here now.
  2. Thanks for the comments. My concern was/is that the bald butt seemed to happen rather quickly.
  3. I didn't see anything about this on the forum, so I'll pose the question. Our 2 yo female has been with us for a little over three months. She has settled in well and has made herself at home. Over the time we've had her, she seems to be losing hair on her rear end. The fur on the upper portions of her back legs and her butt seem to be getting thinner. Maybe I just recently noticed it, but the condition seems to be advancing more rapidly recently. Is this a seasonal thing, a normal aging thing, or what? FWIW, she is solid tan, no brindle.
  4. No particular reason I crate them that long. I probably exaggerated the times, but they do stay in their crates a lot. They seem to enjoy the crates and are willing go in and lie down. I'm referring to the Cocker and the Corgi, not the grey. She's out most of the time, usually sleeping on one of her beds. I'm not a cruel master.
  5. Thanks for the comments. I guess I was baffled by how easy it was to crate train an older dog yet the difficulty in crating a dog I thought was familiar with it. Perhaps greysmom has the reason; the crate at our house is not the same as the one that our gray was accustomed to. All crates aren't created equal.
  6. There have been many comments (on other sites) about adopting a grey because of the way they are treated. Often cited is that they are kept in crates up to 20-22 hours a day. We adopted a 2yo female grey about three months ago and already had a Cocker Spaniel and a Corgi. So we rearranged our dog living arrangements to suit the new composition of our "pack." Long story short, the Corgi (3yo female), the Cocker (11yo male), and the grey were given crates to sleep in. The Corgi had no problems with the crate. I suspect she was crate trained by the breeder we bought her from at about 8 weeks old. The Cocker had to be bribed with food or treats to go into his crate but within two or three days, he was perfectly happy in it. He's still a happy, friendly, lovable dog and shows no ill effects from being in the crate. Both of these dogs are now in their crates 20-22 hours a day during the week and 12-16 hours on weekends. Meanwhile, the grey is very reluctant to go into her crate. She'll go in for a while with a bribe, but starts complaining within a few minutes. So she sleeps on a bed at the foot of our bed. I'm surprised about how easy it was to crate the Cocker at age 11 while the grey is so reluctant to go into hers. I would have thought the opposite would be the case.
  7. Typical: (Insert dog's name), you know you're not supposed to do that. Often: (Insert dog's name), get your nose out of there.
  8. Thanks for the replies. The pup doesn't sun herself for too long at a time, maybe five minutes max. But she certainly seems to like the feel of the hot grass.
  9. Our 2 yo female Hailey has taken to lying on the backyard lawn in the heat of the sun. It's been hot here for the past few weeks, mid-90s. While our other other two pups (a Cocker and a Corgi) are busy sniffing around and doing their business, Hailey lies on her side, legs stretched out, warming her belly. I thought greys were supposed to be temperature sensitive, but this one seems to love the heat. She stays like that for not too long, then comes in when the others do. This happens several times a day. With her thin coat on her underside, is it possible for her to get sunburned?
  10. The point I was making in the previous post was that even though the rear hatch and the driver's door flew open during the impact, my wife and the dog remained in the car because both were restrained by the seat belt and dog harness.
  11. I can't comment on a specific restraining system. But whatever, do something to secure the dog. About a month ago, my wife was driving to work and had her Corgi restrained in a dog seat in the back seat of her car. It was dog day at work. She was tee boned on the drivers side by someone who drove through a stop sign. Her car landed on its roof and she and the pup were left hanging upside down for a few minutes until someone got them out. Both were OK, but it could have been a lot worse. Scared the heck out of the dog. I shudder whenever I see a dog riding in the bed of a pickup truck.
  12. https://striphair.com/collections/striphair-gentle-groomer-original-and-sensitive/products/striphair-gentle-groomer-sensitive The dog loves it and it works. I couldn't believe a grey could have all that dead hair under that thin coat.
  13. Somewhat along this topic, so I'll add this. My wife (Hailey's REAL owner) somehow tracked down and contacted the trainer of our dog via Facebook. He remembered her and remarked how sweet she was. He also asked about how her foot was healing. Hailey had broken a couple of toes on a rear foot and one had been amputated. I was surprised that the trainer would remember her and the injured foot. There must have been a fairly close relationship between the dog and the trainer. So I have to believe that she was called Hailey all her life.
  14. Plain yogurt and canned, raw pumpkin are our dog's treat/food supplements. A big dollop of each on top of her kibbles makes her happy. And the pumpkin helps keep her stools firm (I'm told).
  15. How many folks gave their adopted dog a new, name, different from the one the dog had when you adopted it? Did the dog adapt to it? We got Hailey (2 YO female) a bit over two months ago and let her keep the name she came with. The name fits in with the theme of our other dogs (Cockers and a Corgi) over the years by having two syllables ending with ee. I originally wanted to rename her Obie, which is an extension of ob (representing her overbite). My wife would have none of that so Hailey is still her name. I did have my way with our Corgi who is named Phoebe. An extension of fb, which stands for fat butt. So I can't complain.
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