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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Dog fight at the shelter but no one got hurt.....
Casper

Just cause I'm- big dont mean- I'm mean
 
 
Barked: Tue Aug 25, '15 12:14pm PST 
I was scared half to death but so glad that Rugar did so well. I did tell the shelter manager and she was glad that the dogs nor us humans got hurt. Whats weird though is that just before the attack the Boxer had been playing in one of the outdoor play runs with another dog. I wish I knew what had caused the boxer to attack. Rugar the Pit Bull was an owner surrender so they think that he is depressed and has separation anxiety bad. He has a wonderful demeanor and is so sweet and lovable.
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Dog fight at the shelter but no one got hurt.....
Casper

Just cause I'm- big dont mean- I'm mean
 
 
Barked: Sat Aug 22, '15 10:18am PST 
This week I was doing a temperment test for a friend who needs a stable tempered low shedding non dog aggressive dog who could become his Service Dog. All the breeders I know have shepherds or labs so I told him I would check with the shelter where Casper came from. They happened to have a handsome Pit Bull named Rugar who was an owner surrender. I went and met Rugar and he is amazing very sweet and calm. Hes a very striking brindle dog with a very broad head. He heels well on the leash and loves car rides. Anyway the shelter manager allowed me to take Rugar out away from the shelter and work with him away from all the chaos. As I was walking him to the car another of the shelter dogs Rickki Bobbie a boxer got out of one of the big fenced in play yards. I didnt even see the boxer until he was right on top of us. He sniffed Rugar and then attacked him. Rugar thankfully didnt react or try to fight back until the boxer jumped on his back and went for his neck then Rugar turned around and just tried to get the boxer off him. It took four of us to get the two apart but it was the boxer that was the hardest to get away from Rugar. After they finally got the boxer leashed and drug off to his kennel they came back and checked to see if myself or Rugar had been hurt. We were both fine as were the two shelter ladies and my husband. The rest of the temperment test went smoothly including my husband dropping his cane three times, Rugar never even flinched. I made noise and Rugar was calm as all get out we took him around bunnies in cages and bins full of pigs ears that were unwrapped and he just sniffed then looked away. He even saw another dog in the park and never even tried to get near it. Which is good because his possible new owner's son has a lab/ pit mix and Rugar will have to be around Lucy all week every other week when the kids are down because the boys bring Lucy with them. My question is though how would you all have handled the attacking boxer?
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Service & Therapy Dogs > Remind me of the difference between Service and Therapy dogs....

Queen- Belladonna- PSDiT

I'm a Queen who- works like a- pesant
 
 
Barked: Mon Jul 20, '15 2:49pm PST 
Thats pretty much what I thought. I have trained 3 Service Dogs for my husband one of which was stolen one died of a heart attack and the other has been down sick with an allergy to something in his food. He is starting to get better now that we have changed his food. Its strange how some people just think that just because there are issues that require a dog to help them that they can have one dog that is set up to do it all. And its also sad that other people think that they can turn a profit taking unsuspecting people for a ride by providing "Service Dogs" with barely any training and passing them off as Therapy/ Service Dogs.
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Service & Therapy Dogs > Remind me of the difference between Service and Therapy dogs....

Queen- Belladonna- PSDiT

I'm a Queen who- works like a- pesant
 
 
Barked: Sun Jul 19, '15 5:20pm PST 
A week ago I was skimming the pet ads on craigslist and saw an ad for a lady who was looking for a pit bull to be her "therapy dog". She said in the ad that she is only paying between $1500 and $2500 for the training and when the 8 weeks of training was done the dog would be a registered "therapy dog" that she could take everywhere. Now I know the difference between the two as my husband is a disabled veteran who has a lot of issues that I will not talk about here. The lady listed her issues that require her to have a "therapy dog", such as being bi-polar to the point of sitting down and crying uncontrollably and rocking back and forth. I emailed her being very nice and explained that what she needs is not a therapy dog but a Service Dog and that a pit bull might not be the right fit because she has anxiety issues and she would have a lot of access issues with a pit bull then she would have with any other breed. I also told her kindly that her trainer is a joke as it takes more than a year to properly train a SD and more than the $2500 that her trainer was asking not to mention that the certification is fake because there is not a national registry for Service Dogs. She replied to me telling me that her trainer told her that every therapy dog is automatically a Service Dog. I made mention to her in my email that this is not true because a SD needs to be taught to ignore other people and to focus on the handler or it could cost the handler their life. I guess I have two questions here. 1) Did I do the right thing by trying to educate this person? 2)Just because the dog is a Therapy dog doesnt automatically make it a SD does it?
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Behavior & Training > Storms freak him out HELP!!

Casper

Just cause I'm- big dont mean- I'm mean
 
 
Barked: Tue Jul 7, '15 2:56pm PST 
@Sandy you are right. I am getting to the point that most times I only the the blue one so that I can sleep through the storms and it helped me through the 4th pretty well. There was a couple times that foster mom ended up just giving me the Ace to get me through because of the booms and the cats got on my crate and knocked the other off.
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Service & Therapy Dogs > New to the forum
Queen- Belladonna- PSDiT

I'm a Queen who- works like a- pesant
 
 
Barked: Sun Jun 21, '15 6:05pm PST 
First welcome! And on the other thing the site has been going through some changes in the last couple months so yeah you are gonna have that. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
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Food & Nutrition > Zignature dry dog food and Natural Balance dry dog food?

Abrams Tank- SDiT

I'm trying to- fill some BIG- paws
 
 
Barked: Sat Jun 20, '15 8:50pm PST 
Right now they are on Pedigree adult and have been since January when I bought enough food, 2 pallets full, to get the pack through the winter and part of the summer. We tried other foods for a while none grain free though, each one of the others they were on over a year and didn't have much problem till they just decided they didnt like it. We have one dog on canned dog food and that is all she will eat but the others eat dry food.
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Dog Health > Update on Bunny's panting

Casper

Just cause I'm- big dont mean- I'm mean
 
 
Barked: Wed Jun 17, '15 9:00pm PST 
Bunny if it is anxiety maybe your poor guy will end up like my Casper. Yes he finally ended up becoming a foster failure after last night its really for sure. I didnt know that there was a big storm coming and so I didnt give him his doggie nerve pill and went to bed. Half an hour to an hour later I hear him thundering down my hallway. He had busted out of his wire crate and I had to first give him his meds then put him back in his crate and figure out how to fix it for the night. Fortunately I was smart enough to NOT sell Maggie's crate that I got when I got her six years ago. Granted its a plastic one but I don't THINK he can get out of this one. Of course it was in storage in the back of my garage and had to be sprayed and washed out before the next thunderstorm hit. He is now napping quietly after having been given his nerve pill and I am hoping that I dont have to give the tranqulizer as well.
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Food & Nutrition > Zignature dry dog food and Natural Balance dry dog food?

Abrams Tank- SDiT

I'm trying to- fill some BIG- paws
 
 
Barked: Wed Jun 17, '15 8:51pm PST 
Recently Tank and Bella have started getting really itchy to the point that Tank has chewed all the hair off his back and the base of his tail. Bella has a couple red spots on her chest near her front legs. I have seen them chewing at and licking at their paws so I figured pretty much right off that they have an allergy to something. I guessed that its got to be something in their food. I went to a local shop that sells grain free and holistic feeds. They gave us some samples of Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets food Sweet Potato and Bison and some Natural Balance LID Potato and duck and Zignature LID foods Trout and Salmon , Lamb and Duck. I was wondering if anyone has ever tried these foods and if so what their results were with the foods. I have to find something that will help because Tank and Bella are my husband and I's service dogs and we cant even take them out as they are so itchy that they are almost constantly scratching. I give them each 1 benadryl every other day and have bathed them in an oatmeal based shampoo.
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > my thoughts on rehoming
Casper

Just cause I'm- big dont mean- I'm mean
 
 
Barked: Sun Jun 14, '15 7:16pm PST 
I did't realize when I signed the foster paperwork for Casper that I was going to fall so deeply in love with his personality. I dont think that because of his partial dog aggression and his terror of storms that he will ever be adopted by the right home so I finally called the shelter and asked them if I could just go ahead and keep him as my foster failure. The shelter manager says to me with a laugh "what took you so long? Come in and sign the adoption paperwork, but we have him as yours as of Feb.11,2015. We just knew that he was meant to be yours." I have brought him so far in the four months that we have been together but even then we know that he still has so much farther to go. Would I ever send him back to the shelter? NO! I am committed to making him a part of the family and helping him overcome his aggression. I wouldnt trade any moment of life with him and I think back to the life I had with my beloved heart dog Maggie who I miss every day and I think that I wouldnt trade one moment of the life we had together seizures and all. The only thing I would change with her is being there to hold her when she passed away.
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