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February 8, 2009

Lassie learnt SCOFF!

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Sorry about the hiatus. The heat has been barring us down and I felt like doing nothing but laze around.

Since my last post, so much’s had happened with Lassie. She knows to reject treats from our hands now, only eating when we tell her to.

We tried today, and she did it so well. Even moving her head around our hands when we pushed the treats forward to her mouth. Of course it’s not ppuuurrrrfffeeeccctt. We needed to incorporate a little ahah-ing to remind her. But, she got it!

I’m ecstatic!! Considering she’s a complete foodie. I didn’t think it’d be that smooth to teach her. Guess all the discipline training before she could eat her meals paid off eh?

Oh, and she knows how to shake both her left and right paw now too.

Her “shake-a-left-paw” is absolutely solid. But she still needs some cues with her right paw i.e. using our left hand to make her shake her right paw. That’s understandable because we’ve just started incorporating her left paw in shake after we’ve built her foundations on just “shake-a-paw” with her left paw. She’s getting there though, and I’m just so proud of her!

Aside from that, during the last week, Lassie and I made a small trip to the Vet too.

I found a chicken-butt size lump at her rear end. Prior to that, we’ve seen her scooting but didn’t think much of it because it looked like a normal itch since she was doing it just once every few days. Not often at all. I wouldn’t have thought much of it if not for the lump.

I recalled learning how sometimes the dog’s anal gland have to be squeezed out if they’re noticed to be scooting. It meant they were not able to excrete as smoothly and thus retain fluids in their anal gland which causes the itch. I had no idea what are the other tell tales symptoms to watch out, so immediately related the occasional scooting and the lump near her anus to that.

I got a bit worried too since the lump was rather prominent, thus booked an immediate consultation with the Vet for that evening.

When the Vet checked it out, she had no idea what it was. Definitely nothing to do with the anal gland needing to be squeezed. She said the occasional scooting was alright. To learn what the lump was, she took some cells from the lump and looked at it under the microscope (which by itself cost AUD$37).

I was told the lump was made up by some “m” starting cells, white and red blood cells which happens when foreign objects enters the body. She suggested maybe Lassie got bitten/stung by some insects in the garden. She gave us antibiotics to feed her for now and will check back in a weeks time to see how’s Lassie doing. If her lump hasn’t gone down, she suggested to push forward her desexing so they could check it out under anesthetic. Possibly sending it to the laboratory to examine.

It’s been at least 3 days since and the lump has evidently reduced in size, so it’s possibly as the Vet had said. Just a sting. Probably from the bees when she’s playing in the garden.

The whole consultation cost AUD$138. Considering I’m still a full-time student and I’m covering all of Lassie’s expenses by myself, that’s quite a hefty amount. Given that, I’m still glad that I checked it out immediately and the lump is showing signs of disappearing. Better be safe than sorry!

On a side note, her anal gland really needed squeezing. The Vet recommended adding Metamucil to her meals to up her fiber intake. I was surprised since her favourite treats are actually fruits, especially bananas and she’s currently on Science Diet which is claimed and recommended by the Vet to give a complete, balanced diet.

I told the Vet and apparently fruits doesn’t work on dogs like how it does on humans, and that despite a complete diet, some dogs are more susceptible to this than others. I was told better to stop feeding her too much fruits, in case it had any bad effects on her. Occasional bananas are fine though, so I guess that wouldn’t be so hard on Las.

January 27, 2009

Bones

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Arrgghhh….

Training’s on Thursday and I haven’t even gotten her the right collar and leash, not to mention train her. What with the Chinese New Year frenzy and my weekend camping trip to Wilsons Promontory.

I’m slacking sooo behind!!

To add to that, Lassie’s digging up random bones from god-knows-where.

According to mom, she came home after shopping on Sunday to discover Lassie munching away on a fairly large marrow bone. Strangest thing is, she couldn’t have gotten it from the once-was-compost area because mom never bought meat with bones like that.

Immediately the next day, she found another bone.

And today, she went out this morning and found another thinner bone.

We have no idea when or where she’s finding these bones.

My sister’s actually worried that there might be a body buried in our garden without us knowing. HAH! Not to worry though, they look like animal bones.

For now, I guess all we could do is keep our eyes on her to find out where she goes to find her bones.

January 23, 2009

A Visitor…

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Yesterday, my mom brought home her colleague’s tiny maltese/shih-tzu to dogsit over the weekend. She’s 2 years old, but compared to the 4 months old Lassie, she’s SO TINY!

Her name’s Maya.

She’s quite a timid little thing too. She just wouldn’t play with Lassie!

She’s probably 1/3 Lassie’s size, and on that fact probably intimidated by the sheer difference in size. Granted, Lassie can be a rather enthusiastic player. She’d pounce and bark and jump everywhere. Still Maya, Lassie meant no harm…

She’d run and Lassie will chase. When Lassie gets too close, she’ll growl and try to nip her. Lassie’s either too worked up to care or too naive to know that Maya’s in no way welcoming her presence. If she’s growled at or stop from getting too close, she’ll just pounce back and do her play-bark-crouch.

Personally, I just think Lassie’s loves the cat-and-mouse chase going on between them.

I asked the trainer what was going on and was told that it was normal for a grown dog to try to keep a younger pup in line. Really Maya?

My mom asked her friends about it and was told that they’re just trying to pull ranks. I’d just have to stop them if they get to aggressive by voice or pushing them to the ground. Especially if they’re both females. That’s why it’s best if you have 2 dogs, to have 1 female and the other male, vice-versa. I kind of doubt Lassie’s trying to pull ranks. She really just wants to play.

In conclusion, I reckon Maya’s just scared. She does only play with cats back home. She even eats cat food!

For now, we’ll just be trying our best to keep them apart. As long as Lassie stays away, they’re fine.

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A little advice to new dog-owners out there.

If you’re looking to buy your new pup a collar and a leash. Be aware NOT to buy plastic clip collars and nylon leads.

Plastic clip collars apparently snap at the most inconvenient times, and nylon lead just hurts your hand. It’s terribly painful to do proper correction snaps, especially you have big strong dogs like mine. They do slip and cause rope burns on your palm.

I too just found out about this yesterday at the training centre. No wonder I could never properly correct Lassie. I could never snap it hard enough before it hurts my hand. And walking her if she’s pulling on the leash? One word. PAINFUL.

The best bet is to opt for leather or tech-free leads. As for collars, buckled types, just like the one on your belt.

If your dog still doesn’t heed to corrections. A correction chain might be in line. Just make sure to consult a professional on how to properly use it, if not it may hurt the dog’s throat or desensitise them from it.

Oh, and your leads should only be about 1.5m long so you won’t have too much lead in excess which makes controlling your dog difficult.

Till next time.

January 22, 2009

My baby loves fruits…

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The weather was incredibly hot two days back. Scorching with heat.

We were all stuck outdoors cleaning up for Chinese New Year. At the end of the day, I thought it well deserving go on a photo spree. After all, she IS such a poser…

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Pose 1

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Pose 2

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Grr…

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She’s sooo big now!

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Say cheese!

And because it was so hot, we decided to give her some lychee pears’ cores to munch on. Boy, did she love it.

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January 21, 2009

She HUMPED Me!

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I was woken up today by her stepping onto my bed, and was told to put her out to wee. Apparently, according to my dad, she has been whining and barking at the door.

I love how fast she has picked up toilet-training!! I know females generally are much easier to train, but she was excellent! Save for the first week and a little bit of the next of occasional “mistakes” in the house, there was no trouble trying to get her out to do her potty. That may also be because of our constant supervision and scheduling so she would almost always be outdoors when she needs to go. Nonetheless, I’m still so proud of her!!

After feeding her, I brought her indoors while I drank my morning cup of water. In the meantime, I started playing with her using her dolphin plush. That’s when it happened.

I was squatting on the floor while she circled me with ‘dolphin’ in her mouth. That’s when she suddenly jumped on me. Front paws on my head. I tried pushing her off and realised, in utter surprise… that she was HUMPING.

I won’t go into details, I couldn’t get a good look anyway because she was in the way, but she was basically just vibrating in the position she was in.

My sister did inform me of a similar occurrence a few weeks back although back then I really didn’t believe she was actually humping. I mean, she’s a female! And a 4 months baby at that too!! I knew some un-desexed (she’s not desexed yet) puppies hump regardless their gender, even though males tend to end up with that habit more often than females. But I thought that would only happen when they reach sexual maturity, at about  6 months.

I’d probably have to check out if this is actually normal with the dog trainers at her training this Thursday.

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Come dolphin, play with me…

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Bring it on!

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Mommy, why are you looking at me with that thing?

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