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Old 12-13-2012, 11:00 AM
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She got the box off the counter and shredded it on the carpet. So now my beige carpet has a wide swath of magenta dye across it, right in the middle of the room.
O.M.G. I can't.

Actually, yesterday I came home from work and was confused about why my floors were so filthy. It took awhile, but finally I realized that my cats had gotten to a new bag of catnip, tore it open, and spread it through three rooms. Three rooms! What a party it must have been! Catnip orgy.
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:44 AM
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I just got back from taking mine for a romp on a trail in the woods up the hill from town. She needs to have a good run off-leash a couple times a week or she is impossible to live with, lol.

Anyway, on the trail there were mud puddles from the recent rain we have had. And it got pretty cold last night, so the puddles were frozen over on top. She thought it was great fun to run full speed up to a puddle and jump, breaking the ice. She must have done this on twenty puddles and it was cracking me up. Then--she came upon a puddle that was frozen a lot more solid. She pounced on it and the ice didn't break. OMG! I wish I had a video! Front legs splayed out, hind legs backpeddling at full speed, then a couple of rolls before she finally came to a stop at the other end of the ice! I tell ya, who needs TV with this kind of entertainment? LOL

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Old 12-13-2012, 11:45 AM
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Oh Florence... I bet those cats were on cloud 9 out of their minds!
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O.M.G. I can't.

Actually, yesterday I came home from work and was confused about why my floors were so filthy. It took awhile, but finally I realized that my cats had gotten to a new bag of catnip, tore it open, and spread it through three rooms. Three rooms! What a party it must have been! Catnip orgy.
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I can laugh because it has happened to me!!! We have SIX cats, quite unplanned, & 4 of them are from the same litter. I have never raised an entire litter before & they are a hoot!! They play, interact with & groom each other like kittens, even at 2 yrs old & they are downright devious when they work together toward a common goal!!

The latest was when I left a 20ish lb bag of cat food in the kitchen instead of in the closed pantry & they decided they wanted what was inside more than the food in their dishes. I came home to a very hole-y bag & food spread across the entire room. I've got a great pic somewhere of 2 of them sleeping/leaning against each other so closely that they look like Siamese Twin Cats, connected at their necks.
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:12 PM
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Lizatola, what a cutie pie!! Aren't puppies the greatest? They are a hell of a lot of work but so what, the payoff is worth it.
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This thread made me smile on the outside and the inside. Thanks for the anecdotes! I hope to be able to have a dog soon.
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Having had as many dogs over these many years as I can I will say this:

Go to one of the pet stores or buy on line an air kennel big enough for when he hits his full growth and start CRATE TRAINING HIM NOW!!!!! It is easy to do really, start feeding him in his crate with
the door open, then in a few days close the door while he is eating and lock it. When
he is done eating,leave him in the crate for at least 10 minutes more. Increase the
time each day until he is in his crate for at least a half hour.

Then start giving him his 'treats' in his crate. Again lock the door and leave him in
there for longer and longer periods of time until he is staying in his crate with a toy
or two for several hours (up to 4 or maybe 5 )

Then when it is bedtime, after his last potty for the night, put a treat and a toy in
his crate and tell him "crate" or "kennel". Over time he will become very
comfortable in his crate andit will become his 'cave.'

Every one of my dogs is or has been 'crate trained' over the years and they love
their crates!! Usually if I don't see one of my dogs (I have 4 at the Moment) and
I go looking I will find them sleeping in their crate with the door open. When
Shania (the dog in my avatar) wants to be left alone she will even hook one of
her nails in the door and pull it closed roflmao as her means of saying "leave me
alone."


I have found that even with a puppy, crate training is a wonderful way to start
teaching the pup some restraint and the pup starts to learn how to behave and
that his//her crate is their sanctuary.

I also have crates in my Blazer so if I am taking them anywhere, (the vet, the
park, the river) they ride in their 'car crate'. In case of an accident, they will be
safe in the crate/air kennel that is proved and successful for air travel, so they
are very safe in my vehicle.

There are places that have some real fancy, oak or cherry or walnut, to match
with ones decor and can be used as 'end tables; to a sofa or loveseat. That way
dog is not 'locked away' but can be with y'all but not with y'all. They are not
cheap, but I am thinking about getting 2 of them for the 2 of my dogs that want
to go into 'protective mode' when I have people over that they do not know.

As you can tell I am a 'strong' advocate for 'crate training' one's dog and as young
as possible. Now I have to admit that two of my dogs were 3 1/2 and 5 when I got
them from Rescue, but both 'crate trained' in under 3 weeks, and are very happy
with their crates.

I would hope that you are going with him when he 'sees the trainer' and that the
trainer is allowing you to give the commands so that you become 'alpha' to him.

He is a cutie but with his breed mix is going to be a fairly good sized dog/ I had
two one after the other, that were shepherd/dobie cross and both of them got to
be a slim, lean, dog of 90 pounds. This is the perfect time for him to learn 'manners'
among other humans and dogs. Socialization is a MUST and once he finishes up
his 'shots' is a good time to take him everyware. Stores like Pet Stores like
Petco and PetSmart, hardware stores like Lowes Home Depot, feed stores, and
anywhere else that dogs are allowed, other than the dog park.

Based on the pics you posted he is going to be a very handsome specimen of
the two breed cross. If you avoid playing with his ears, they may stand on their
own as he gets older and they may not. Either way his coloring shows his breed-
ing and what a handsome boy he will be.

No you are not being codie with him YET, this is a wonderful time to teach him
how you want to be treated, ie no jumping up to greet, that greeting means
sitting in front of you to be petted. It would be hazardous if he were to jump
up on a younger smaller child. Manners are a MUST.

Enjoy your new puppy, they can be SO MUCH FUN and to me it is a treat and
an honor to have a dog that wants to be with me. You are truly blessed to
have this cute puppy in your home.

Love and hugs,
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Laurie, we started him on crate training from day one. Actually, he took his toys in there on the first day. He naps in there without a fuss and he sleeps in there at night. And, yes, if I lose track of him for a bit I know to look in his crate first.

We crate trained our lab and our shepherd years ago and it really pays off in the end. It's a big crate and I have a box in the back to take up space for him and then I'll take it out once he takes up more space on his own.

Hope this thread brought some smiles today! I love talking about our animals!
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:16 PM
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I would much rather talk about my fur kids than any of the A's in my life!!!!!!!

My fur kids bring me lots of joy. peace. and serenity!!!!

I do believe this thread will bring smiles to many faces.

Thank you for starting this thread!!!!!

Sounds like you a pretty good handle on that little guy, who one day not too far in
the future will be a BIG guy, lol

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Our Girls love their crates too! They each have their own but they share a bedroom. They also eat in there. I feed RAW so I have to lock them in to keep them seperated. lol If they look at each other while eating, you hear crunch, crunch, crunch, growl. Usually, they feel pretty comfortable with an occasional growl... more lip smacking n bone crunching than anything. I love asking them if they are ready to eat! They get so excited to see the meat clever n cutting board coming out!
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:53 PM
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Ooh are we telling crazy pet stories? Lol my cat pepper has destroyed the tree my mom JUST gave me, half of the branches are bent. She thinks she's still a tiny kitten, not a fat, lazy house cat.

The puppy is adorable liza.
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Since we're sharing stories and Christmas is upon us, I'll bring out these two pictures of Peaches from two Christmases ago. I don't have any pictures of Cream available right now.



They don't get in as much trouble as they used to, but that's mostly because of changes I have made to remove things they could get into trouble with.
I believe Peaches has also (FINALLY!) been re-trained not to pee on me to get me out of bed. She finally learned that she'd be locked in the bathroom and given a bath at the same time as I took mine, and finally she figured out that it's not worth it.
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We crated trained too and I would not do it any other way. In both cases, the dogs loved their crates.

For our first dog, the kids were still small and they were being trained as much as the puppy. They learned that when the dog was in the crate it was like she was invisible and they had to leave her alone. The dog soon learned it was a refuge from the kids when she needed one, as well as being where she was sent when she misbehaved.

However, we made the mistake of calling it her "bed". After one particularly frustrating bedtime with the kids and me yelling "GO TO BED!" numerous times I walked by the crate to see our beautiful dog in it looking at me with her "what did I do wrong" eyes? Oh well, at least someone in the house was listening to me!
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Found the pics..... lmao!
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Okay, if we're posting pics, you know I can't resist! LOL

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FireSprite!!! That cat pic is awesome!!!

The Girls know their crate as bed n house. It's house when leaving n bed at night. Jim was playing with Boo one night telling her to get in bed n when she got there, he'd call her back n she'd come n he'd tell her to get in bed n she'd go n he'd call her back, she'd come n he'd tell her to get in bed... lol! I had a good laugh that night!
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This is our youngest baby, Boo Boo. She will be 2 years old on June 15th.



Here is a pic of Mummy. She loves sitting on Jim. She just adores him! She'll be 4 years old on December 27th.



This is a pic right after we brought Boobie home. She was 4 months old in this pic...



Me n Boo chillin on the couch...



Mummy...
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And last but not least... this lil baby Rottweiler is CoCo. She belongs to my brother. I go down on weekends and check up on her and I'll be puppysitting in May when he goes on vacation.

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Oh me too! Here's my pups!

Here's my almost 1 year old, hanging out watching Animal Planet. Seriously - this dog watches TV!
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