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  1. I have had claims take a few days, and others take 2-3 weeks. The longest it ever took was 3 weeks. It depends on their processing load, and also your vet's response time for updated records (they need the doctor's notes from the visit you are claiming). I'm cool with it because they are clear about what they cover and they've never denied anything I thought should be claimable; and they've paid things I didn't expect to be claimable. They are always super friendly on the phone.

  2. I put a dab on his toe where the corn was and then wrapped a pantyliner on it sticky side out. Secured the liner to his foot with a piece of tape and covered the whole thing with a toddler sock. Then I used a piece of tape to keep the toddler sock up. Toddler socks are awesome for foot issues, and I have used pantyliners for leg/foot/tail issues for years. They rock because whatever you put over them has extra stick to stay in place.

  3. I have been making pillow pocket dog bed covers for a few years because they are easy for fosters. I donate most of what I make to Greyt Expectations Greyhound Rescue, and realized I could make more money for them by having an online presence. I also make squeaky toys and braided toys (braided toys aren't online yet) with the scraps and have some of my quilts available. Take a look!



  4. Sider developed corns this summer. I had them removed when he went in for a dental, but they were back within the month. I have tried all kinds of things since then with no success (my vet required anesthesia to hull and I don't want to put a 10 yr old dog under once a month). I then read a cryptic comment about using Ichthammol Ointment to draw them out within a few days. I tried it, but I couldn't keep them ointment on him when I wasn't watching him (he would pull the coverings off overnight). I was off for the last week and put it on him every day during the day and within a few days, the corns had certainly risen right up to the surface and I was able to pry one of them right out. I put the ointment on the other two the next day again and they both came right out!!! Just wanted to share.

  5. Just another idea instead of a traditional leash that can be pulled out of your hand: I use a harness and a cross-body leash. If my dog launches, I have my entire body weight to use to counteract it. I can lengthen or shorten the leash depending on the situation, and I hold it with my hand most of the time.


    There are many things you can do to counter-condition to the prey interest, and I think a lot of it has been discussed. The basic theme is that you need to make the dog more interested in you and what you are doing (using food or attention) than in what potential prey might be doing. It isn't something that will be fixed in one walk, but with time and consistency on your part and you can definitely have an impact.


    Years ago, my dog Chad was bitten on the nose by a turtle. For about two weeks, he would freak out and try to bolt away from anything turtle size (leaves and rocks). We lived in a very wooded neighborhood so it was a real adventure. Working with him with food and my attention, we were able to settle him down and then he was just fine. I would say it took three weeks (one walk a day) to get him over it. I also put out a turtle statue (painted to look real) in yard and on the deck (I would move it around every day) and that helped.

  6. Sider got his cast off yesterday evening. Xrays show bone is healed. He had a cast that kept his foot straight (pointed) and his ankle immobilized (front foot) for 7 weeks. He is not putting any weight on it (he will to go up and down steps and shows no signs of pain). I noticed that he has very little range of motion in the ankle. Any suggested exercises to help with that?

  7. We plan to keep him, so separate play isn't an option. I NEVER have martingales on except for walks. Rope is tied non-slip and loose. The fact the Tiera immediately stops interacting with him is helping more than anything I have done. His face when she stops is priceless - "hey! Come back! Please?". Yesterday evening was great. I could see him holding back from bumping her and he mouthed without touching her. :yay

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