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  1. Mercsmom

    unicorn pose

    From the album: Crafts and stuff

  2. Mercsmom

    unicorn snood

    From the album: Crafts and stuff

  3. Mercsmom

    Ice ream social

    From the album: Mature Mercury

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    From the album: Mature Mercury

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    From the album: Mature Mercury

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    From the album: Mature Mercury

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    From the album: Stuff for WFUBCC

  9. One year ago today, my husband and I set off for nearby Connecticut to "see some greyhounds" (WAG, check them out). I thought we'd go home with a black boy by the name of Linus (super cute and sleeps with a blankie) but it was DKC Dave who was destined to come home to be our first boy dog and first purebred greyhound. (By the way, this photo taken on the way home from Connecticut, was the last time Merc was seen in an "off the rack" collar". He was immediately rechristened Mercury. I had chosen that name as the Messenger of the Gods but didn't know if it would be suitable for him. Upon getting home, Mercury quickly helped himself to a peach out of the fruitbowl (which no longer resides on the kitchen counter) and Iearned that Mercury is also the God of Thievery.. So... the name was perfect. The past year has been a lot of no-stealing training, obedience school, house training (that's more about not letting him drink all the water he wants in the morning), dressing him up in costumes, snoods, and "stupit pokie dots". He's become the darllng of the Marist College faculty where he often attends faculty meetings and my office hours. He's destined to become a therapy dog and while we continue to struggle with: house training, spooking, and sheer stubbornness... I wouldn't be without him for the world. I love you, Mercury
  10. I have sooooo been avoiding starting this thread. Partly, I wanted to try to narrow down the behaviors (get to the root and all that) and partly because I didn’t want to have to catalogue all of it but….. Main issue: peeing (his not mine) where it isn’t appropriate, namely inside house, crate and car. (You want a laugh about the car – check this outWithout too much detail, maybe I can streamline this discussion. There seem to be two factors at work here: (1) his drinking habits and (2) the combination of his subtle signs (“excuse me, I glanced in the direction of the door, twice what more do you want me to do?”) and his nonchalant attitude of “hey, if you can’t read my mind, then you can mop the floor”. This is coupled with a relatively high intellect, a placid disposition (we’ll be in training for therapy dog soon), and a high desire to go to work with me whenever possible. His drinking habits (which seem to mirror the track) are camel-like, large quantities, twice a day (followed by several pee sessions. If I let him drink what he wants in the morning and let him have a couple long piddles before I leave for work, I could not be gone for more than two hours before he pees again in or out of the crate, with or without a belly band). On days when I take him to work, I limit his water (as much as he wants the night before, some in his kibble that morning, some available in my office – which he has no interest in). I hate the thought of limiting any animal’s water intake but he truly seems uninterested in his office water dish. Then, we came home. He drank a lot. We both took a nap, during which he got up and peed on the floor – a lot. It was so light in color and odor it I couldn’t identify it as urine until I had eliminated (no pun intended) every other possibility I even checked the ceiling for a leaky roof! Mercury has been with use about 7 months. He’s 3 years old, seems very healthy (complete with some SA and greyhound stubbornness), and just had a urine culture which came back normal except low specific gravity (some days his pee is nearly waterlike, other days quite dark which fits his camel-like tendencies). Can you change a dog’s drinking habits to better suit your preference for his bathroom habits? How can you strengthen his desire to hold it or his misgivings about peeing in the house/car/crate? (Even catching him in the act seems to have no effect.)
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