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Karen last won the day on August 24 2015

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    Photography, drawing, painting, cooking, dog training, film making
  1. One good thing about Seattle is that almost every medical practitioner does some degree of integrated medicine. Our vet is pretty 'holistic' already!
  2. Hi Denise! You are describing exactly what my dog was like. Like Allison, we gave up the dog park for a while. After a long break we tried again and all of a sudden I was seeing the dog park differently. I don't think the whole scene was a good fit for her; in every other situation she warms up a little slower than most dogs, she likes to take her time. And she had no choice about what dogs she interacted with - the obnoxious, aggressive dogs with terrible owners were always there. It was stressful, which made it even harder for her to come to me, which was a challenge even in no-stress si
  3. It's been so long since I've visited! Life got busy and I got out of the habit of checking in on the wonderful AID world. We're still in the forest East of Seattle. 9-year-old Danza has been our only dog for a few years, and she lives a pretty quiet country life, surveying the woods from her perch on our deck, 30 ft over everything. She also tries to keep the cleared areas rabbit-free and her favorite snack is rabbit pellets, which are everywhere right now. She's always been spectacularly healthy but started slowing down and then suddenly got very picky about her food. As it turns out she has
  4. Hi folks, I haven't been around much, but my AID Danza and I have developed a nice routine that you might enjoy with your own dogs. I decided a few years ago that every time my dogs stretched, so would I. With 2 dogs, that's a lot of stretching! Now it's just the one dog, and we stretch together. At the start I made a big show of joining in with the activity. "Oh, we're stretching, are we?" and down I'd go with my hands on the floor. When Danza stretches I'll mention the word to her. Now, if I start to stretch she runs over to join me. She has learned the exact best way to 'help' me
  5. Chickens are run of the mill in the Pacific Northwest - my neighbor has some and we get a dozen eggs a week from her. You can have them in the city, you don't even need a rooster unless you want more chickens. I would hesitate before I asked my dog to guard the thing she eats, but I'm sure it's possible.
  6. What a great photo of a beautiful dog!
  7. Wow, you've got a lot going on! It sounds like you are just the person for the job, Roger is a lucky dog. I wanted to give you something to look forward to - rather than thinking about adding a pup to the mix as a challenge, try to see it as a perfect opportunity. You are doing lots of basic work with Roger, and we all know that it's hard to overdo that but dogs get bored. But when you've got a puppy and you are starting from square one, you'll have two dogs to run through their paces and it will be a whole new experience for Roger. He'll get to be the older, wiser dog, and he might just l
  8. Wow, it really does look like Snake (who is Danza's male look-alike!)
  9. Karen

    Raw Salmon/ Trout?

    I won't even let the dogs go into the woods during spawning season (we live on a salmon supporting creek). It was interesting reading about it, though, I didn't know what carried it or that it was fatal to dogs but not other animals.
  10. I never dreamed I'd see the day when Allison is a rare visitor to the forum. Hi Allison, if you are reading this!
  11. Wow, what a picture. Now I have to ask Kim if Peter would mind me sharing it.
  12. How old is Selma? Your situation actually doesn't sound much different than mine - that bark is always so close to the surface, close enough that it just comes out of her without her even thinking about it. It's the getting her to think about what you care about that is the challenge. We use the word "hush", which I like because it sounds so little like a bark on its own. You don't want to do this: Selma - Bark! Bark bark bark!!! You - Selma, don't bark! (which sounds a lot like barking. Even the word "quiet" is kind of harsh.) I've found that not every barking situation is the same,
  13. Oh, wonderful post! So many great photos and it's a heartwarming story and now I want to get an older dog for Danza. (Don't tell anyone I said that.) I'm glad you are all doing so well! Karen
  14. Sherab, I'm so sorry. It's so hard. We're hearing too many of these stories lately, it must be the increased activity of the forum (at least it feels like there are a lot more people contributing here.) Chinatola, I agree that beating yourself up over your care of Ida is unwarrented. Every animal has its own challenges and personality, and just like with our children we need to find ways of being with them that suit them. And we can't prepare for that, no matter how hard we try. I feel that one way I can really help my Danza deal with her fears is to just help her handle the emotion -
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