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Posted 06 February 2010 - 07:25 AM

what a beauty, and I love his dots (beauty marks?).

one thing I regret not doing with Ursula was taking a picture of the bottoms of her feet. She had the most adorable little pink and black polka-dotted pads. they're still cute, but now calloused and more of a peach colour.
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Posted 06 February 2010 - 09:00 AM

Yeah, those ears just started growing--all the better to ignore me with.

Thanks for the tip, Andrea. I will do that.
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Posted 08 February 2010 - 08:50 AM

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 10:47 AM

This morning, Sitka did the sit, stay and come, to hand signals, only. Smart little bugger.
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Posted 08 February 2010 - 01:28 PM

This morning, Sitka did the sit, stay and come, to hand signals, only. Smart little bugger.


...only after a spirited and loud rendition of Slim Whitman's greatest hits at 5:00am.

We should named him "Karoke".
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Posted 08 February 2010 - 02:00 PM

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AWWWWWWWW littlr brother big brother .here one of Malachi he like to wait at the door to come in he look so big look at his legs and feet
he constintly has the hick ups I look at pic from when I first got him and he looked so small and sweet hahaha

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 09:02 AM

Well, thought I'd give you an update on our little monster.

Sitka is growing, getting that curly dog hair along the spine, and learning to be part of the household. He is getting through the biting stage, and is good about staying in the yard.

Here is a picture of all my boys:

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My husband has really taken to the little guy, and it's a new phase of life for all of us. If you look closely, you will see that Sitka has hold of his beard:

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Coyo and he are still working out some kinks, but are getting closer all the time. It is interesting how they are alike, and how they are different. Sitka worships Coyo:

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He is smart and beautiful and headstrong as are all of your pups.

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I know there was more I've been meaning to tell you, but I can't think of it, now, and he's been quiet, too long.

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 11:28 AM

love the pics Allison looks likeSitka like to play tug o war with hubby hahah
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 03:36 PM

Little Monster is what my husband calls Chhaya too!!!! She has sure kept us hoppin!!! Those teeth can get interesting at times.....the raw bones help keep her busy though!
Love the pics!!!!!!!!!!!!



Well, thought I'd give you an update on our little monster.

Sitka is growing, getting that curly dog hair along the spine, and learning to be part of the household. He is getting through the biting stage, and is good about staying in the yard.

Here is a picture of all my boys:

alltheboys.JPG

My husband has really taken to the little guy, and it's a new phase of life for all of us. If you look closely, you will see that Sitka has hold of his beard:

sitkabbeard.JPG

Coyo and he are still working out some kinks, but are getting closer all the time. It is interesting how they are alike, and how they are different. Sitka worships Coyo:

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He is smart and beautiful and headstrong as are all of your pups.

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I know there was more I've been meaning to tell you, but I can't think of it, now, and he's been quiet, too long.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 12:47 AM

Yea, photos! He's looking great, and it's nice to see coyo, too. Thanks for posting them.
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 08:11 AM

Yea, photos! He's looking great, and it's nice to see coyo, too. Thanks for posting them.



Allison,
the expression on Sitka as he tugging on your husbands beard is priceless.
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. ~John Muir

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 08:13 AM

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And this one looks like Groucho Marks :Bwahahaha: .....I am really dating myself. Anyway you are getting some great photos with TONS of personality.
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 09:15 AM

Haha! Groucho Marks... I'll think of that, forever.

I've been working on a report. Look forward to hearing your advice.
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Posted 04 March 2010 - 10:10 AM

First of all, little Sitka is doing great. Probably, like the rest of your pups, the biting phase is on the way out, and he is able to stay in the house alone, for short periods of time.

As I think I mentioned, our house is not too conducive to house training. The poor little guy has several flights of stairs to navigate, in order to reach the outdoors each morning. So early on, we were carrying him. A couple weeks ago, he started doing the stairs, and that helped tremendously.

Then I made my first mistake. I relaxed my schedule, glad to get back to my own routine. He, however, was still keeping to the schedule, even though I wasn't. I got a bit frustrated, but then realized, that it was my fault, and not his. He still had not learned how to tell me that he needed to go out, but was quietly scooting down the stairs while I wasn't paying attention.

So back to the schedule, we went, and soon he was able to trot up and down those stairs, instead of that little two-legged puppy hop. Another hurdle passed, and he has not had any accidents, since then. He is still very quiet about his needs, although he has learned to ring a bell, and it's simply up to me to keep paying attention.

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During this time, we had some people over, and a friend saw his little collar, and thought it was so very cute. I had explained that he hadn't had it on yet, and thought that would suffice, but before long I hear,"Arrrr, Arrrr, Arrr!"

I come in to see the little guy scooting and rolling around under the furniture, screaming bloody murder. Yes, you guessed it, she had put the collar on him.

So for the last three weeks I have been trying to get him used to this collar, but he is freaked out, over it. I started by making it something fun--he gets to go in the truck when he wears it. At first this seemed to be helping, but then it turned, and created the opposite effect. He acts like he's got a cone on, and cannot walk or move, and whines.

So once I saw that it was not working, I took my own advice, and tried something new. I put it on, day before yesterday, and have left it on him. He can eat, he'll take treats, he forgets about it occasionally, but still acts paralyzed. Especially first thing in the morning, when he's got to get down two flights of stairs to pee. I had to start carrying him again.

It is getting better, and so I will stick with it, but it seems kind of cruel, and not the way I would have preferred the collar training to start. If any of you have some anecdotes that might ease my conscience, or help, I would love to hear them.

Coyo's collar slips on and off easily, so we have been showing him that.

Now on to my second mistake. Coyo started barking....a lot.

"Here he comes!"
"There he goes!"
"Don't touch my feet!"
"He's on the bed!"
"He's moving!"
"Someone's on the porch!"
"I hear a dog in the distance!"
"He's digging!"

You get the idea. Three days ago, I said to him, if you don't stop that, you're going to get hoarse. Two days ago, he lost his voice, and sounded like a squeak toy.

I used to be able to say, "No Barking", and he would stop. No more. Once again, I thought I had better try something else. He was learning to bark right after I'd say "No barking"! So, I thought of all the times he has laid beside me while I was ill, and I decided to treat him as though he was ill, and needed special attention.

I kept him apart, and quiet, and kept saying "easy", when he would try to bark. His voice is returning, and I think he is coming around about this barking thing.

I also, have started being very careful to be sure he always gets treats, food, greetings, eye contact,...before the pup. I did not realize, (you know they are so cute), that I had been looking at the pup, when I used to look at him.

Also, the pup was so wiggly, I'd feed him in his crate, and then put Coyo's dish down, just to give him some peace. But now I make a big deal out of feeding Coyo first, and I am trying to notice all the tiny ways that life has changed for Coyo, and reinstate those special things that he and I shared.

Coyo does, obviously, enjoy playing with the pup. Tails are a wagging! The daily tug-of-war has been an amazing education. I see Coyo teaching him manners, hierarchy, and a number of lessons through this game.

I feel that when the pup is able to walk in public, that will make a big difference. Coyo will take the lead, as always, and things will right themselves.

Again, any advice or thoughts are appreciated.

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 04:15 PM

I'm on the way out the door so am just posting real quick, one thing.

About the whole "who goes first" thing, I totally get it. The older dog gets short shrift for quite awhile, and then I think we might go overboard at first trying to make up for it.

We never fed Danza in her crate, so I'm not sure how this can apply, but we made the dogs each work for the food thing a la Cesar Milan, which determined the food order all on its own, and still does. Whoever sit-stays and waits for the food and is calm and ready gets it, and it is almost always Danza who goes first if they don't go at the same time. But Roscoe only has himself to blame for that. He's a hog.

If you can modify this somehow for Coyo, it would be good for him, since he'd probably do better than Roscoe and he could show Stika up and feel good about it.

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 08:55 PM

OK, I have another minute and another thought, this one about the collar.

Is his collar OK? Is it too tight (not likely, I know), too jangly, too stiff, or otherwise objectionable? Are there distracting tags hanging from it? Can you switch to a simple ribbon for awhile to get him used to the feeling of something on his neck, and graduate to a collar later? If it is one of those collars that has a slidey chain at the front, maybe the noise bothers him. It is something specific. Danza could not leave the tags on her collar alone - she bit them in half and I had to get her a collar with her name and our number embroidered on it in case she got lost. She's outgrown that, and now has a name tag (a really sturdy one, just in case). She is very attached to her collar and gets upset when it is off, and can't wait until I put it back on, it is the weirdest thing.
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Posted 05 March 2010 - 10:44 PM

Coyo is the same about his collar. After a bath, or having it off, he is asking to have it replaced. I was surprised, but do love it.

In the last 36 hours many things have changed. These dogs are so interesting and fun. They really rise and respond to stimuli.

I'll write more tomorrow. Too tired, now. Great dogs.
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Posted 06 March 2010 - 03:20 AM

you know Karen and I have said this before when Snake is out in open or wooded areas he is very much at home and is a whole different dog at home he shuts down and would rather crawl in the corner of the couch we just have people over lateley to meet Malachi and they could not believe he was the same dog cause at the park they call him wiley coyote he runs around like a crazy dog happy as all



These pups all sound gorgeous! I am so envious! We now take Shunka and Holly down to the river bank every morning for a 3 - 4 mile walk, they run free in the fioelds along the bank - rabbits!

I have a look to see what birds are about, we have egrets, herons, ducks and other waders and loads of skylarks. It's lovely on a good morning, but it is is so open when it is cold and wet1

The dogs don't mind, they will go as far as we wish, Shunka rolled the other day, the tide has been very high and it left a lot of muddy sticky sludge on the bank, guess who needed a bath! me too when I had finished!

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 09:21 AM

Liz, that does sound beautiful, minus the sludge, that is. Say hello to Mike for me.

Well, yesterday was like a new day for us. Seems that trying something, almost anything different, gets a response.

I had meant to tell you that when I got frustrated after dropping the house training schedule, Coyo swooped in and rushed the little guy down to the kennel. He never uses that anymore, so after those initial few days when the pup arrived, he was just letting the pup have it to himself, and waiting upstairs for us. But now he's acting the big brother, and of course, little brother follows him without hesitation.

Also, it was another glorious Spring day, yesterday, and I continued work on some garden beds. The brothers came out and stayed all day with me, and it was like old times-- silent. I could have cried from happiness.

Every now and then I'd call to one or the other of them, that I could not see, and up would pop a head.

Coyo seems much happier, too. Those few changes made the difference for him. Sitka, also, is challenging him less, and appears to accept his place....for now, at least.

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I can't help but notice that Sitka lags behind some of your pups. I think he's just smaller. He recently jumped onto the bed for the first time, and was quite proud of himself.

His new game is to run full bore through the house, jump onto the leather footstool, slide across it, to land on the other side.

Oh! The collar! Kim said the same thing you did, K, that I might try a light string. The collar is very loose, very light, and by the time I asked for ideas, he was already coming through it.

So yesterday morning, he could not walk....because he had the collar around his neck. I carried him downstairs, as before, to the kennel. I continued to distract him with fun, which works very well, and so did Coyo. Then mid-morning, before we went out to work, he started to whine, again, and roll onto his back. So I took the collar off. 15 minutes later, I put it back on, no hassle, no struggle, and that seems to have been the end of it, more or less.

Fingers crossed. It might come up again, when the leash is attached, but I am counting on Coyo to distract and engage him when we take that first walk.
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Posted 06 March 2010 - 05:45 PM

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