The Marty Report

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July 21, 2005

August 6th 2005 7:20 pm
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I just got back from a nice walk with Marty. He was such a good, obedient dog this morning! He didn't jump up on anyone unless they stopped and stooped down to talk to him, and then, of course, he went crazy. He did chase 2 crows... :( ("We DON'T CHASE BIRDS!!") He did the "mad dog" thing all by himself with a candy wrapper. He socialized with a couple of border terriers...until a bigger dog came by and they decided to pretend to attack him. He ran around a bit with a couple of old corgis. He came each time I called him, and stayed when I told him. When we got to the car, he jumped in the back and stayed while I closed the gate. Such a good puppy!! :)

He really is adorable, you know. There were two women there who were just SOOO impressed with how obedient and well-trained he was. Oh, and I forgot to mention that he peed and pooed, too. :) In the park. :D

I think someone exchanged him when we weren't looking.

 

July 15, 2005

August 6th 2005 7:17 pm
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You wouldn't believe how well Marty is behaving all of a sudden!! He's a different dog. He's still happy-go-lucky, but he doesn't jump all over people anymore, no accidents in the house.... Amazing! They say it's because he got fixed. Hmmmm.... I wonder if that works with humans.

We went to Clover Point. There were a lot of big dogs and I was nervous at
first, but then we met a medium-sized dog who let Marty run circles around
her for a while. On our way back to the car, we met Jackson, an 11 week
old lab. They had a GREAT time. He met several big dogs, some on leashes,
and all were pleasant, but no one wanted to play except for Jackson. I met
a nice couple with a 5-yr old dog who tolerated Marty. The good thing? He
pooped and later he LIFTED HIS LEG TO PEE. Well, he didn't lift if REALLY high.

Marty is pretty tired out, believe it or not. Both puppies stopped playing after a while, it was so intense. Marty had more stamina than the other, though.

 

July 12, 2005

August 6th 2005 7:14 pm
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You wouldn't believe how well Marty is behaving all of a sudden!! He's a different dog. He's still happy-go-lucky, but he doesn't jump all over people anymore, no accidents in the house.... Amazing! They say it's because he got fixed. Hmmmm.... I wonder if that works with humans.

 

July 10, 2005

August 6th 2005 7:11 pm
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Marty is now healed and none the worse for wear--still eager to play with all the other dogs, except for Buster, the culprit. Every time he sees him or his owner, he takes a time out, and growls at Buster and his owner, much to the delight of the onlookers, who are rooting for Marty, the brave and noble underdog. Everyone thinks it's hilarious that he would remember.

 

June 19, 2005

August 6th 2005 7:09 pm
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He's his old self. We took him back to the vet because, in spite of his cone, he easily got at his back-end wound. The nurse tried more sizes, and ended up giving him one 3 sizes bigger. He has such a long neck!! In the meantime, he was begging to play with all the other dogs. He still has no fear!! Marty seems no worse for wear, except for the cone. He still wants to play with any dog he meets, but is not allowed for 2 weeks. No running or jumping...!!!

 

June 18, 2005 ATTACK

August 6th 2005 7:02 pm
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Marty was bitten on the face by another dog (an old Corgi named Buster) late this morning at the dog park, and is being sewn up under anaesthetic right now. They are neutering him and tattooing him at the same time.

Later: He's fine right now, but hampered by a cone. They took the oportunity to neuter and tattoo him at the same time. I found out from other dog owners in the area that at least two of them have been bitten by the same dog. Unfortunately the owner is really nice, and I had to be the one to complain, but my dog did nothing to his other than try to beat him to a treat. The wound was on his nose, and was pretty serious. Luckily I bought PetInsurance.

I'm completely stunned. It just didn't occur to me that this would happen. Yes, the man said he wasn't good with puppies, but I didn't know it was THAT bad... I just thought he'd nip him, and Marty would learn a lesson.

The owner is very nice, and so is his other dog. At first, when we appeared there with Marty, he'd take the dogs for a walk, rather than be in the play area, and told us he wasn't good with puppies. I hated the fact that this man wasn't able to have his dog play with the others, just because of Marty. In the past couple of weeks, Marty has learned to leave the older dogs alone, and so the man has been staying there for a while, and we discussed the fact that Marty might need a lesson to keep him away from the other dog. I thought it would be like what the other older dogs do with puppies. Actually, Marty didn't bother him. Someone was giving out treats, and the dogs were all there, begging... (This is an off-leash park.) The owner was mortified and offered to pay the vet bill. I felt physically sick over the whole incident--even more as the day went on. The vet showed me the wound. It was SO deep!!!

 

June 17, 2005

August 6th 2005 6:58 pm
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Marty is back to square 1 as far as training goes. Marty is happy to be back, but relearning his potty training. Grrrrrr. He's much calmer.

He can now climb over the barrier that used to keep him in "his" area in the kitchen/garage.

 

May 31, 2005

August 6th 2005 6:53 pm
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Upon our return from our trip:

Hi kids

We got in at midnight last night. We wonder which of you lucky inividuals has Marty at the time. Allan is sure you are enamored with him and do not want to part with him, but if for some reason you do wish to part with him, you can reach us on Joan's cell. She, for some strange reason, REALLY misses him.

Thanks!

Allan (Dad) and Joan

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Alas... i do not have Marty. I actually AM enamoured with him, but i got busted in my building with a dog and threatened with a $200 fine. *sigh*... he was nice to have around.

Talk to aliza & bryan. And tell Marty i miss him. *sniff....

I was attempting to make it my mission to train him in 6 days, before you got back. I heard a rumor you two were getting tired of him. He chews a little, but he's just a puppy! He just needs some attention and play-time. And some room to run around.

Lets see, i got him on Wednesday after work, then i took him out on Thursday to visit a friend who has a little dog too, and got busted sneaking him back in... he barked for like a minute solid while i was saying goodbye to my friends. So Friday evening aliza came and picked him up again. So sounds like about 2 days.

He's a cutie. I wish i could have a dog. But i'm not home enough for one anyways i suppose... I think i am just starved for dog-attention. I miss cecil, and not having a puppy around is wearing on me. I am so a dogperson.

Hope you had fun!

erica
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Hi Erica,

I admire your intended mission, and am sorry you didn't get the opportunity to implement it. Oh well...

I'm not getting tired of him....yet. Exasperated? At times, yes. I'm too old for this. But he's adorable. We were taking him out every day, a couple of times, and tried as best we could to find playmates for him. He really loves to play, even with big dogs. He has no fear, which is kind of scary at times.

Thanks for enjoying The Martster,

Joan

 

May 9, 2005

August 6th 2005 6:48 pm
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Marty is doing ...better. I think. We had a "heel" lesson today... about 90 minutes of it. He does NOT get the idea. We have puppy class tonight, so hopefully that will help. Now, of course, he has discovered barking.

 

May 5, 2005

August 6th 2005 6:46 pm
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I bought a bitter repellant for Marty. It tastes AWFUL. (Don't ask how I know.) It doesn't seem to matter much to him, but we'll see. At least he doesn't lick it off with relish, like the last one. I have sprayed the furniture. I sat out in the living room with him and his toys. We had a serious talk... I also bought a booklet that has some good ideas in it.

I also bought him a toy. He LOVES it. It's a stuffed dachsund, very long, with a quiet squeaker in it.

I put his harness on. It barely fits. It will probably be too small in 2 weeks.

We went to Saxe Point dog park today. There were several big dogs, and he made friends...sort of...with a young German shepherd and a black lab. They were good with him, and he was not intimidated at all. He played a bit with the shepherd. He played more with a 20 lb. something-or-other who's name is Sam, and he's a regular. Sam's owner says there is a big "little dog" meet there around 3:30 or 4 each day, which should be perfect for Marty. Marty got lots of attention. He has been a good boy today....so far. He has been nice when I have picked him up, and did not bite. Sometimes I think he's getting it.

If you saw Marty right now, you would never believe he is/was a "wild dog." He is being SOOOO good.

 
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