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The tale of a dog.
Fri 2-Dec-11
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seth
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wavedog  We progress slowly , Vets on Wednesday no trouble at all didn't react to the needle . Thursday walk pulled all the way especially coming home , so today we went on a new walk. No trouble in the car walked with slack lead sniffing and showing curiosity for the first time ,turn for home and she could jump start a tractor ! She is beginning to learn that it's futile and gave up after a while when I got her on the opposite side of the track and she was not back-tracking herself. I either need a circular route or a blindfold (put it on her and spin her round 3 times )  dog sloe_gin

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Fri 2-Dec-11
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sounds like progress is being madedog

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Fri 2-Dec-11
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Here is a newer photo of her little ladyship, lying in the debris of a nice cardboard tear " tubes are just right. We've got the kids next door saving all their loo roll middles for her!

I would have agreed with those kind folk who suggested a cage " I was thinking along those lines myself " somewhere where she could retreat to, but she doesn't need it " the cage is in her mind. She has her corner, with an old mattress cover on the floor, and she only leaves it when invited by being put on the lead and taken somewhere. In her corner, she is relaxed and pretty much bomb-proof. Crashing saucepans or loud expletives from the cook don't really register. They just don't concern her. What really saddens me is that she doesn't come sneaking out to the kitchen at all " not even when I am cutting up meat. The day that happens we will really rejoice. Our old dogs used to come to the kitchen as soon as I put my knife into an onion, knowing that there was probably some meat around as well!

The other thing we are longing to see is a wag of the tail " that hasn't happened yet. When she is taken out into the garden to make herself comfortable she roars around in circles at the extent of the lead until she does the necessary " I said to Roy today, we could do with a Swing-Ball post to hook the lead onto " it would save him getting dizzy. It has gone from being a panic to a necessary ritual.

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Fri 2-Dec-11
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wave It may be slow progress, but it is progress.  Your patience and understanding of her is amazing.    big_hug to you and to Heidi

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Thanks for the update you two.  It seems that she is settling in however slowly.  Good luck.  Do let us have regular news of her please.

I'll try that again!

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aw, poor dog, what a life she must have had! But she's in good hands now.

Sat 3-Dec-11
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Keep on with the updates....

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Ahhhh.... lovely pic. Sounds like she is making good progress.

Sad about the lack of a waggy tail though.

Poor dog, she's forgotten what being happy is like.

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Sun 4-Dec-11
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Oh dear, this has been a two steps back morning.

She was taken out, fed and settled in her corner, when Roy realised that the odd sound was her snipping through the telephone wire. Told her calmly that it was a no no but too late. He went and sat in her corner to unpick the wire and see how to mend it. She fled. She was running as though hunted all round the downstairs,being totally uncatchable, then, on her third circuit of the kitchen, intestinal meltdown, caused by fear. Trouble is we didn't want to open the back door to let her to her bed, since we  both thought the outside door was open.

She is back in her corner now, denying herself her dentistix, and feeling very sorry. It is going to take a lot of cudding to set this right.

I did forget to say in the previous post that she is very easy to cuddle - she doesn't offer any affection in return but accepts it with obvious pleasure. We also get some very good strong eye contact at times.

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Sun 4-Dec-11
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Oh dear poor you, having to clear up after her & mend the wiring etc & poor Heidi for being so upset. I am sure your love & experience will eventually triumph. I have had sad cases in the past when I have taken on problem dogs. I don't have any nowadays as I can't cope with giving them the exercise they need. Still I do have my cat & my chickens so I mustn't complain.

Good luck with the training, I love hearing about it.  wave

 

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Good stuff, Roy & Jean. Hope it all turns out well quickly.

My only experience with a "rescue" dog was when somebody dumped a pup into our back garden over the wall from the road. After Christmas. Charlie was not abused and was easy to house train. Poor guy got run over by a truck a few months later.

That was 30 years ago in Dublin.

Looking forward to hearing updates on Heidi's progress big_hug dog

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Rescue animals are never simple- she looks a lovely dog and is lucky to have found some really patient and loving owners, but it will take time for her to realise that!

Our Fred is still recovering from his past- I'm having to be very careful with his food as if he sees a plate with food in it, he eats it- he's getting WAY too big- and if he sees a plate with no food in it he wants food in it. He is clearly very pleasantly surprised that, now it is getting colder, he doesn't have to be outside.....mmm,radiators.....

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Fri 9-Dec-11
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How's Heidi doing Seth?

I'll try that again!

Fri 9-Dec-11
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wavedogStill not very good on the lead , but getting more confident indoors ,food is taken in instalments and not bolted . She has learnt that longing gazes produce corners of toast or biscuits .She's started to play with her ball and other chewy toys but only on her own so slow progress continues. dog  

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Progress of a kind then.  You knew it would be slow and I'm glad that you both have patience.  I expect it will all come right in the end.  big_hug

I'll try that again!

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