Training days – nails & socialisation

We’ve had some great training successes recently 🙂

Firstly, KASPER’S NAILS ARE AT A NORMAL LENGTH!!

Up until he was about three, Kasper kept his nails short on walks, but as we had to tone his walks down, they grew longer. I spent a lot of time with Boo doing crucial training (fears, recall, resource guarding etc), so nails fell out of the picture.

When I did get around to working on handling, as with everything I had to take it extremely slowly. Kasper had a huge fear of having his feet touched, and it took over two years to get to the point where I could use a clipper on them.

But now here we are, not only can I comfortably use a clipper AND a dremel on Kasper’s nails, but I’m able to do sessions long/often enough that we’re pushing back the length 😀 😀 😀

Finally, his nails are at a length where vets and most dog owners wouldn’t even glance at them! I still want to get a decent amount off them, obviously, but they look SO MUCH BETTER than they ever have these last three years!

This was his right foot after yesterday’s session, before I trimmed them further

And his left paw after today’s session!!

Yay Boo!

As for Mojo, he excelled a trip to the supermarket yesterday and it was HEAVING!!

We worked on loose lead walking, focus, and exposure to crowds, trolleys, kids, all sorts! He was really wonderful, he reacted once to some annoying brat running about making truly bizarre growly noises, but other than that he was as close to perfect as he could have been 🙂

The best of best days

Yesterday my parents came up for another visit, as the hand washer they ordered for my partner’s birthday had finally arrived (unbeknownst to us it was shipping from America!!).

Before they arrived, we decided to tire everybody out by a morning in the pool…as usual it was A LOT of fun 😀

Kasper had immense fun bobbing for kibble 😛

Toller enjoyed basking on her own private island 😉

And Mojo fell in the water and was miserable XD

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Toller soon helped him dry off chasing him about and wrestling with him though (also look how amazing Sasha is as the little uns play 🙂 )

Lots of happy tired pups!

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Look, size order!! Only missing Spud, but we don’t have Kasper out around her as he WILL knock her over!

Once my parents arrived we went to meet them, and just as last time Sasha was super confident with them. Yay, progress!

We walked through the fields to a local pub, and sat in the beer garden. It was such a beautiful space and we had it all to ourselves! Sasha was mostly on a longline, although we did go for a mooch and do some training off lead, but she was amazingly well behaved.

Off lead!

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Just as our food had been brought two extremely aggressive Labradors began barking at us, from behind a low wall but down a large drop. My dad went and loudly exclaimed what horrible dogs they were, making them bark more, and guess what?

SASHA DIDN’T MIND AT ALL!!

Other than her unease with people, barking dogs has been her biggest fear. Even way off in the distance, a barely audible dog barking would make her skitterish and fearful. These dogs were less than 6 feet away, and Sasha sat there grinning at me, happy to do training and totally at ease 😀

On the walk back we bumped into the Leonberger puppy that we saw over a month back.

At 16 weeks old this dog reached Sasha’s shoulders, now 22 weeks he towers above her!! Sasha was overwhelmed at first with this GIANT over-the-top puppy bouncing in her face, but I thought she could adjust. I left her to it and sure enough a minute later she was charging about and had made a new BFF, it was so sweet 🙂

Their play style was hilarious, Sasha would literally run laps around us all, then dart to the Leonberger so that he could feel included XD

He was very big and clumsy and calm, and the few times he accidentally knocked into me almost had me off my feet hahahaha!

Once we’d walked back we dropped Sasha off at home, then went for a trip out to the zoo!!

I haven’t really been anywhere other than local pet shops and on dog walks for about a year, so to have a proper day out including a meal and a zoo trip was just phenomenal!!

There was a stretch of rooms at the zoo that had glittery floors that seemed to flash as you walks, which triggered a seizure, but I bounced back quickly and the entire day yesterday I only had FOUR seizures…honestly don’t remember the last time I had so few 😀

Zoo pics…this place is so weird because some of the enclosures are awesome, such as the harvest mice, degus and fossa (the fossa has a second part of equal size connected via a shed)

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But then the chinchilla cage was AWFUL, and the spiny mouse cage was a little bare too, it used to have a load more branches but now they’re all very low and there’s just a few :/

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Meerkats

Striped squirrels (which just looked like chipmunks to me?!)

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And what wild creature is this?!? XD ❤

After the zoo we came back home, I took Mojo out for a quick hello, then my mum and partner headed to the supermarket to do some shopping (I can’t go in supermarkets due to the lighting), and me and my dad took Sasha to the nearby field. She was already pooped so we just sat about 🙂

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Once we all met up again there was time to take Tolly for her biggest off lead walk yet, and then it was back home to rest before bed! 🙂

(her ears still don’t know what they’re doing!! ❤ )

Look at this photo my dad took – he says she looks too cute to be real!!

It was truly a fantastic day, made even better by so few seizures ^__^

Summer fun & happy pups!

Recently we bought a 6ft pool with some of my partner’s birthday money.

It arrived a few days ago, but the weather’s been kind of meh until today. At the first hint of sunlight we broke the pool out and started filling it with water 🙂

Of course we started it in the wrong place, which threw the whole thing off and meant we couldn’t fill it properly, but it was good enough for us!

Boo was our only water dog, our only pup to venture into the pool and have fun splashing about 🙂

Sasha spent most her time sulking inside (she was not a fan of the paddling pool), but occasionally I managed to get her out and snap some photos with the others!

The boys ❤

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Kasper went into his crate then as we were getting Tolly out, and Kasper’s too much of a whirlwind to manage around TWO teeny dogs! Sasha kept him company lounging on the armchair, sulking XD

Toller wants to play with her big sister so much, she will jump up against Sasha, so far Sasha has shown restraint and knows she needs to be gentle 🙂

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Little uns in the pool!

Wrasslin’ XD

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Following big-but-soon-to-be-little sister 😛

Mojo stood against the side of the pool, it caved in and a deluge of water cascaded all over him…it was so funny, and his bewildered face was even more bewildered than usual!!

He went toddling off all dripping wet and surprised, I was howling with laughter!

I did chase after him, scoop him up, and we had kisses so he felt better 😉

It was a fun day. If it’s warm tomorrow, we’ll be filling that pool up again!

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Boo: happiness in dog form

Wow, how hot have these days been?!

28*C today, and I know I bitch about our house every summer, but the entire row of houses we are a part of are all phenomenally warm. This means barely having to use your heating in winter, but barely being able to cope in summer.

Today we, along with all the other houses, had our double rear doors and our living room window open, and it barely made any difference. We stripped down and misted ourselves with water, because it really is that unbearably warm.

And, of course, you can’t even escape on dog walks, because it’s too hot outdoors for the pups!!

At 8pm it was finally cool enough to manage a fairly short walk that takes you past a pond (for swimming and drinking) and a trough that Boo can drink from too. So me and my Doodle-dog headed out.

It’s always risky letting me walk him alone, because he is NOT the sort of dog I can manage if I’m at all seizey, but today had been a good day, I was feeling solid, and I had the lead hands free around my shoulders. As safe as possible.

And the walk was fab!

Check out all these Kasper smiles, we had a blast!!

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Had a “yay training pays off!” moment on this walk too.

We were down at the watering hole, and we turned to leave, Boo sprinting ahead, and there was an old guy hiking that must have snuck up on us. Old men were Boo’s biggest fears back in the day.

Well, Boo saw this guy and before I could even react, automatically turned and ran to sit at my feet. Hell. Yes. Good boy Boo!!

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And two of his favourite activities. Mad rolling.

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Scratching the crust off cow poo to get to the warm gooey centre HAHAHA

2 days after amputation

Toller is still doing great 🙂

Her pain meds make her very sleepy, so we have to adjust how long she is out her crate. Usually it’s 20-40 minutes. Our vets seem to be really strict about crate rest after amputation (some places are much more lenient) so for now at least we’re following their advice.

This means Tolly’s still on crate rest at least until her check up on Monday. Eventually she’ll be spending time in the 42 inch crate we’ve set up as her play pen, and the next step is spending more time free in the house. At some point we’ll begin special exercises to strengthen her core muscles, and building her up to walks 🙂

Spud’s gonna be meeting my parents tomorrow. That will be nice for her 🙂

It’s Boo’s birthday in a few days, he’s going to be seven! Unfortunately his main birthday gift won’t arrive until a few days after (we forgot to order it with all the Tolly stuff, ooops!). He’s getting a food dehydrator so we can make all sorts of treats and chews for him, he’ll LOVE that!

We did order some new puzzle feeders which will arrive on his birthday though, so at least he has something.

Kasper’s had less walk as we prepped for Toller’s surgery. Once her amputation was done we got back into the swing of it, and he was SO HAPPY to have his walks!!

He might be seven, but he can still go as far as Sasha, and he SPRINTS everywhere vs her leisurely pace. He has crazy stamina and walking him is always such a joy.

Smiles all round 🙂

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And I’m going to do a training post/update for Sasha at some point. For now here are some photos from a very wet walk today!

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And whilst we’re talking about wet dogs…check out Miss Sashie splashing through the sea on a hike the other day!!

Picking ourselves back up!

Admittedly we’ve had an AWFUL week (two weeks?) so yes, I broke when we found out Toller’s leg wasn’t as healed as we had hoped for.

BUT, I’m picking myself back up, my partner has been wodnerfully supportive, we have a plan and I think we can make it work 🙂

Things are improving. I’m tired and in physical pain, and mentally still a little fragile, but I haven’t cried today…which is a huge frickin’ achievement hahaha!!

So yes. We’re waiting on the basic £70 wheelchair to arrive (2-5th May) and I’m honestly so excited! Some of the reviews said the chest straps dug into their dog, so we will be padding those, and that it’s very cheaply made and won’t last long…but we’re aware of that. It’s hopefully just a temporary measure whilst we save and raise money for a custom chair, which we could get months down the line 🙂

Her fund jar!!

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Please check out her go fund me here!

We spoke with the head nurse of another surgery today, who agreed a wheelchair was a good way to go and that amputation should have been offered from the start. She was really lovely and reassuring, and we chatted to her for a good 20 minutes ^_^

Anywho. Pics of everyone 🙂

Kasper played PROPERLY with Sasha for the first time yesterday. As in fluid movements, play bows and chase. It was lovely!

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Puppy dog eyes!

Unfortunately in less than two minutes he’d gotten overly excited, which resulted in over-aggressive play and attempted humping. Immediate time out for Boo with a frozen apple puzzle feeder!

This apple was stuffed with peanut butter, wet dog food, and coconut oil 🙂

Speaking of frozen treats, ice cube treats are SO EASY to do!! And our three go barmy for them, I actually don’t know who loves them more…and they’re a perfect crate treat for Toller too! They come highly recommended from our pups and are so easy to make.

There are three varieties here: coconut oil, salmon oil and peanut butter, & salmon oil and wet dog food.

Sasha walk

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Tired pupper 🙂 You can see a little of my dog gear wall behind her too haha!

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Spudder playing with loo roll 🙂

Happy-ish days!

Happy easter

and what not 🙂

I don’t remember what I last posted, so I thought I’d share some beautiful photos from a walk with Kasper the other day.

This walk was actually a HUGE flop.

We had an hour-long hike planned, with Sasha being left at home, but from five minutes after we headed out I had awful ‘seizure rage’. With seizure rage I feel uncontrollably angry even though I have no reason to be, it’s just an emotion that proceeds certain types of seizures I have. But I will be extremely vicious and verbally abusive, and inside I’m hating myself for it and tearful because I don’t want to say these things and I don’t understand the anger.

So 40 minutes of the walk was wasted, 30 with me being angry, then 10 with me having seizures. Thankfully I recovered pretty fast so we were able to enjoy some time walking off lead and having fun 🙂

I took my good camera (wrong walk to take that out on haha!) and managed to get some lovely photos.

This dude is SO MUCH FUN to train, and I love photo shoots with him because he really gets what I want him to do. Plus his impulse control is awesome so stays are no prob 🙂

First thing he did was leap into the river haha, so then of course he had to do his special, incredibly vocal rolling XD

AAAGH THIS PHOTO 😀

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Also adore this photo. And this dog ^_^

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I was supposed to be getting him a beautiful custom lead for his birthday next month, but I’m kinda leaning towards the idea of getting him a collar in the pattern instead. His EzyDog collar has always been huge and only worn for aesthetics, and I do love buying collars for him 🙂

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Spring sure has sprung!

My Spudder puppy.

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I wish I could feel more comfortable interacting with her. Atm I’m just so scared she will flail too much in excitement and re-injure her leg, or that I’ll drop her if holding her etc. The fact that her foot is so obviously wonky doesn’t help, as it’s all I see when I look at her 😦

And finally, me and my partner discovered a hobby we had never heard of and wanted to try: needle felting!!

Here are our creations so far. My partner made the brilliant yelling face, and I made the other two 🙂

The process:

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Happy Easter / Sunday everyone 🙂