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Forum => Cafe => Topic started by: Sunshine Meadows on 02 Jun 2013 02:24PM

Title: New Pets :-)
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 02 Jun 2013 02:24PM
I decided to start a new thread here in the Cafe rather than add these photos to the Pet Rehoming thread in talk.

We now have a new kitten and will probably be calling her Zuzu, but willl see how that goes first, most cat owners will know what I mean about cats having several names.

Zuzu is from the RSPCA animal shelter, which still has a lot of kittens and of course cats, dogs  and other animals available. The adoption process was easy and straight forward  eg no problems over me being disabled.

Zuzu is a confident kitty apart from when it comes to the cat tray and she has so far pooped in the pet carrier which we left on the floor for her to hide in if she wanted to and she also peed on the bed. She is still only little so plenty of time to sort out toilet training.

Photos here  >attachment< click photos to get larger version.

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Post by: Jockice on 02 Jun 2013 02:40PM
Very cute!
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on 02 Jun 2013 02:43PM
Zuzu is absolutely beautiful!

As for the litter tray issues, it could just be a reaction to her new environment, or she may simply be one of those cats who dislike being visible while using the tray. George tends to relieve himself behind hedges or in areas with long grass when out - probably to hide himself from potential predators while he's comparatively vulnerable. We use an ordinary room-screen to create a private area for the tray when he needs to be kept in for a few days. Zuzu might prefer a covered tray, and these are pretty easy to get hold of.

Thanks for those lovely pictures, and keep us updated on her progress >thumbsup< >blackcat<
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Post by: starsmurf on 02 Jun 2013 03:37PM
Awwwwww!  She's gorgeous!

I'm sorry to hear about the litter tray problems.  If she's not using the tray at all, it could also be a problem with the litter you're using.  You could call the shelter and ask what they use.  Another possible problem is if the litter is painful on her paws, she won't use the tray.  I know my sister had a problem with her cat until I suggested that she stop using the wood pellet-type of litter.   Cats usually like a litter that feels as much like sand as possible.  I use Sophistocat Clumping Gold.  It seems expensive but it clumps so well that you don't need to clean out the tray as often as with other forms.  It also smells a bit like baby powder.

If she's using the tray to pee but not to poop, then it's likely to be more about claiming her territory than litter training, especially as she pooped in the carrier and on the bed.  She can smell your other cats and is using this as a way of trying to make herself feel safe.  The bed will smell of you so she mixes her smell with yours and associating the two of you.  By pooping in such an obvious place, she is sending a visual signal that this area is hers.

It's often done by nervous cats whose owners go away for a few days and get a neighbour to pop in and feed the cat.  The cat is already stressed by the owner's sudden disappearance and is overwhelmed when there is an "invasion" by the neighbour.  The owner returns to a horrible surprise and thinks the cat has done this as a "dirty protest" to punish them for leaving.  Zuzu has been taken away from her family and knows that you have other cats, so she feels very scared.

You could try a Feliway diffuser, you can get them for less online than you pay at a vets or in Boots.  It contains a synthetic form of the pheromone that cats secrete from the glands in their cheeks and on their chin.  If you've ever seen a cat go into a room and rub against the furniture, they're making the place smell like home.  The diffuser can calm cats down and as a bonus, it is often used in shelters, so it may smell familiar to Zuzu.

I hope that's of some help.  Good luck and please keep us updated about her.
Title: Re: New Pets :-)
Post by: sherbs on 02 Jun 2013 07:28PM
Awwww Sunny, Zuzu is sooooo cute.   

She will soon get the hang of the litter tray issues.  She is very young and may just need some time to get used to your other kitties and dogs, and also her new surroundings.

I Agree with starsmurf about the feliway difusser. I used one with my cats, it seemed to make the timid one feel more secure and calmer.

I bet you are loving having a little kitty in the house again.   :-) 
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Post by: ditchdwellers on 02 Jun 2013 07:33PM
She's got a very pretty face.  I hope she soon settles down and feels at home.
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Post by: Hurtyback on 02 Jun 2013 07:43PM
Awww, she is absolutely adorable  >love< . I also use the wood pellet litter for Alfie but I know that several members of the cat forum use chick-crumb feed as litter.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on 02 Jun 2013 08:45PM
I once had a cat that looks very similar.  *sniff, sniff* He was called Timmy and I had him from a kitten.  He was just as cutsie as Zuzu and lived for many happy years.
Title: Re: New Pets :-)
Post by: Defying Gravity on 02 Jun 2013 10:03PM
Very cute indeed! Congratulations on the new arrival! The more I see photos of other kittens the more I think my Luca must have been a bit disturbed really!
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Post by: Richard_D on 02 Jun 2013 10:30PM
I wish you and Zulu Zuzu all the best.  >hugs<
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Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 02 Jun 2013 11:25PM
 >bighugs< too tired to update now will do so in morning, by which time Tigs might let me type lol.
Title: Re: New Pets :-)
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 03 Jun 2013 09:50AM
Good morning all,

Lots of good replies about the tray issue thank you. I think Zuzu was unsettle and forgot what a tray was for, she pooped and peed inside the pet carrier which is like a covered tray, when I removed that she pooped on the bedding on the floor near the covered tray we were put for her to use. I think peeing on the bed was a oh no I need a pee and then she just peed near where she was.

The covered tray was also a corner tray so that might have confused her as well as the cat litter smelling and feeling different, its a fullers eartch clumping time. I put a oblong tray with adult not kitten cat litter in and then we started with the litter traying thing of putting her in the tray when she let one off and the stinky smell indicated she need to use the tray. Her poop is very very stinky but then she is kitten.

The Feliway plug ins are a great idea and I was going to get one but then forgot when I was in the actual pet shop  >doh< should get one later today.

Starsmurf,

Your description of a dirty protest explains why the cats Kizzy looked after a while back we so messy. Zuzu has been sniffing the floor and furniture and will be able to smell the other cats and dogs even though they have not been allowed in there with her yet.

NN,

What you said about George is really interesting I have left the covered tray in one corner of the room ans the ordinary tray with less cat litter in near the door,

Milo our ginger tom seems put out that there is another cat in the house and I cam going to have to take it slowly with introductions and do better with him than last time. I want him and Zuzu to be friendly rather than have a okay you live here too truce.

Auntie,

 >hugs< Zuzu does look like Toby a cat I had years ago and also Daisy but thankfully she has a personality all of her own so I only called her Daisy once.

DG,

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The more I see photos of other kittens the more I think my Luca must have been a bit disturbed really!

Did he hide a lot?

DD,

LOL Mr Sunshine was talking about Zuzu and pointy sticks and I did not get the joke so he explained by saying Zulu, I want her to be a strong and able kitten who has a good life. Without any imperialists turning up.
Title: Re: New Pets :-)
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 03 Jun 2013 09:57AM
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Your description of a dirty protest explains why the cats Kizzy looked after a while back we so messy.

It was truly horrific - 'dirty protest'  >lol<  I like that..

 >x-fingers< for as uneventful house-training as possible (oh, and also acceptance by Milo!)
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Post by: Minniehaha on 03 Jun 2013 05:21PM
It was truly horrific - 'dirty protest'  >lol<  I like that..

Me too!  >lol<

Zuzu is absolutely gorgeous, Sunshine.  :-)
Title: Re: New Pets :-)
Post by: Richard_D on 03 Jun 2013 06:05PM
I want her to be a strong and able kitten who has a good life. Without any imperialists turning up.

I am sure that all of us will make sure no mints will go near the new kitten.  :-)
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Post by: Hurtyback on 03 Jun 2013 07:24PM

I am sure that all of us will make sure no mints will go near the new kitten.  :-)

 >lol<
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Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 03 Jun 2013 07:36PM
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I am sure that all of us will make sure no mints will go near the new kitten.  :-)

 >biggergrin<
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Post by: Defying Gravity on 03 Jun 2013 07:49PM
Sunshine, Luca didn't hide that much but he didn't really play and he was very wary. It was a whole year before I saw him asleep because he was always so alert.
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Post by: Yvette on 03 Jun 2013 07:58PM
Zulu/ZuZu looks absolutely gorgeous.  I really hope she settles down soon and leads a very happy life with her loving owner.
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Post by: starsmurf on 04 Jun 2013 01:13PM

Milo our ginger tom seems put out that there is another cat in the house and I cam going to have to take it slowly with introductions and do better with him than last time. I want him and Zuzu to be friendly rather than have a okay you live here too truce.

For that, I really do recommend the Vicky Halls book, as she writes a lot about how to introduce a new kitten.  It may take several weeks but it is the way that will lead to the best relationship.  You might never get more than a truce, although a female kitten is the least threatening to him and will have the greatest chances of them becoming friends.

I found the books fascinating for the insight they give into how cats think and behave.  The water dish thing explained why my previous cat used to only drink from my glass of water.  I actually had to give in and put out a glass for her too.  As I drink nothing but water, she got used to the idea that she could always get a drink from any glass. 

Then we went to stay with my parents for Christmas and New Year.  The first night I heard my mother shout my name followed by: "You haven't given Fudge any water!  She's so thirsty, she tried to drink some of my Diet Coke!" >lol<
Title: Re: New Pets :-)
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 08 Jun 2013 12:14PM
DG,

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Sunshine, Luca didn't hide that much but he didn't really play and he was very wary. It was a whole year before I saw him asleep because he was always so alert.

Poor Luca must have had a traumatic kittenhood before you got him, it is good you gave him a home.

Yvette,

:-) thank you.

Starsmurf,

I downloaded a sample of a couple of samples of Vicky Halls books using the Kindle app and will decide which to buy after I have had a look.

Zuzu's (aka Suzie) has become sufficiently house trained to be allowed to run about the upstairs today and she is currently bombing about. Mr Sunshine just went Aggggrrrh and I went to see what was up. Zuzu had just run up his chair and attached herself to waist.

We have been letting her out and playing with her on the landing so she has been getting to know Tigga who has been a bit bemused as to what the new creature in the house is but the introductions are going well. It helps that Zuzu is okay with being put back in the spare bedroom and settles into her fluffy bed. When we go in there and she has just woken up her head pops up out of the bed and she looks especially cute but no time for photos because she quickly moves.

Milo went off and was kind of missing for three days. It was lovely sunny weather and our next door neighbour did a lot of gardening then had a fire to burn the rubbish. There was a lot of smoke and Milo was out, I think he got scared and so could not make his way back onto the kitchen roof to the catflap. Also the neighbours at the bottom of the garden have got a new dog and there is also another dog further up the street. Maybe some of you have seen the movie Tomasina were the cat forgets who she is well I think Milo had something like that. He did come home in the middle of two consecutive nights and sleep on the bed, but in the evening when I called for him to come home he just looked at me from the other neighbour's wall or shed like ' Who are you?'

Anyway Yesterday morning Milo was on the kitchen roof and I coaxed him in the we decided to lock the cat flap for a few days. He is but looks worried and unsure. I heard somewhere that cats only really remember the last three days so I reckon in three days he will accept he lives here. He has seen Zuzu but just hissed a bit did not run away and she was suitably subordinate and back down from the idea of running towards her potential new toy.

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The first night I heard my mother shout my name followed by: "You haven't given Fudge any water!  She's so thirsty, she tried to drink some of my Diet Coke!" >lol<

I was thinking of getting the cats a water fountain but I am not sure if its just me being anthropomorphic
Title: Re: New Pets :-)
Post by: starsmurf on 08 Jun 2013 02:23PM
Starsmurf,

I downloaded a sample of a couple of samples of Vicky Halls books using the Kindle app and will decide which to buy after I have had a look.

Zuzu's (aka Suzie) has become sufficiently house trained to be allowed to run about the upstairs today and she is currently bombing about. Mr Sunshine just went Aggggrrrh and I went to see what was up. Zuzu had just run up his chair and attached herself to waist.

>lol< When my cat had kittens, at feeding-time they would climb up my jeans, squeaking for their supper.  It's difficult to walk with seven kittens attached to your legs and those claws may be small but they are sharp

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Milo went off and was kind of missing for three days. It was lovely sunny weather and our next door neighbour did a lot of gardening then had a fire to burn the rubbish. There was a lot of smoke and Milo was out, I think he got scared and so could not make his way back onto the kitchen roof to the catflap. Also the neighbours at the bottom of the garden have got a new dog and there is also another dog further up the street. Maybe some of you have seen the movie Tomasina were the cat forgets who she is well I think Milo had something like that. He did come home in the middle of two consecutive nights and sleep on the bed, but in the evening when I called for him to come home he just looked at me from the other neighbour's wall or shed like ' Who are you?'

Anyway Yesterday morning Milo was on the kitchen roof and I coaxed him in the we decided to lock the cat flap for a few days. He is but looks worried and unsure. I heard somewhere that cats only really remember the last three days so I reckon in three days he will accept he lives here. He has seen Zuzu but just hissed a bit did not run away and she was suitably subordinate and back down from the idea of running towards her potential new toy.

That must've been awful  :-(

All that - plus the new arrival - will have made him quite stressed.  Cats have very good memories and can remember much longer than three days.  Cats are reassured by routine, so try to keep things as normal as possible.  You have to find a balance between keeping him inside to prevent him going AWOL again and the stress that not going out will cause him.

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The first night I heard my mother shout my name followed by: "You haven't given Fudge any water!  She's so thirsty, she tried to drink some of my Diet Coke!" >lol<

I was thinking of getting the cats a water fountain but I am not sure if its just me being anthropomorphic

Cats prefer to drink running water and can actually taste water(!) so they prefer it filtered, especially in harder water areas.  I have a great one (Cat Mate) with three different levels, with a "waterfall" between them.  Titan drinks from it a lot and clearly loves it.  I noticed a big difference in his fluid intake when it had to be turned off for a couple of days.  The vet has told me that increasing his water intake reduces his chances of getting urinary infections, crystals in his bladder and kidney problems.  The surgery has a larger version of the fountain for dogs to drink from and every dog that comes in has a drink!  I don't think getting your cats a fountain is being anthropomorphic, it's knowing your cats' needs and wants >biggrin<
Title: Re: New Pets :-)
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on 14 Jun 2013 08:02PM
Sunshine, I'm glad that Milo made it home safely >hugs<

I've long toyed with the idea of getting a fountain-style water dispenser for George, as he has a mixed wet/dry food diet, and I do have concerns about his fluid intake. The only thing that really puts me off is the filtration aspect. A mate of mine who works for NI Water told me many moons ago that the majority of domestic contamination cases they have to investigate arise due to poorly maintained water filters, and if it was up to her she'd have them banned. If I forgot to change a filter and George got sick as a result, I don't think I could ever forgive myself!

If you're worried about ZuZu not getting enough liquids, harvested rainwater is good to try, until she is old enough to head out to the nearest fresh puddle. Sometimes cats can be trained to drink from a running tap. George is a bit old for this to be effective, so I'm considering giving distilled water a go. The water in this area is very heavily chlorinated, and is certainly off-putting for cats. It's very noticeable that when the water in Gorge's dish is changed, he won't touch for at least 24 hours, when some of the chlorine has had a chance to evaporate.   
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Post by: starsmurf on 15 Jun 2013 04:56PM
Hi NN,

You can run it without a filter if you wish to.  The filter is charcoal and a woven part to filter out all the hair!

I wouldn't worry about poisoning George, as I said, cats are able to taste water and would know if something was wrong with it.  Cats will not eat or drink something that smells or tastes bad.  They also have a much stronger stomach than we humans, so they don't get sick from things that would land you or me in hospital.  I mean, do you think you could eat a mouse or rat without getting food poisoning?  >biggrin<
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on 15 Jun 2013 06:43PM
I wouldn't worry about poisoning George, as I said, cats are able to taste water and would know if something was wrong with it.  Cats will not eat or drink something that smells or tastes bad.  They also have a much stronger stomach than we humans, so they don't get sick from things that would land you or me in hospital.  I mean, do you think you could eat a mouse or rat without getting food poisoning?  >biggrin<

Worry not Starsmurf, you're not telling me anything I don't already know. I just have a tendency to be a bit over-protective when it comes to cats. >lol<

I actually had a chat about water fountains, among other things, to the vet during the week, and he said that he recommends them for cats who have kidney or urinary tract problems. George has no such health issues at the moment, and I intend to see that it stays that way, so if distilled water doesn't do the trick, then a water fountain will be the next step. I checked out the Cat Mate model you referred to in an earlier post, and it does look like a decent piece of kit.
Title: Re: New Pets :-)
Post by: starsmurf on 15 Jun 2013 07:13PM
Try using the distilled water in a water fountain.  It triggers their natural desire to drink from running water.  I seriously couldn't believe the difference in how much Titan drank when the fountain had to be turned off for a couple of days, as the plug-point was broken.  I just left the water in the large resevoir at the bottom, so it wasn't simply not liking his new dish.  I was starting to think he was ill, until I managed to borrow an extension cable and plug the fountain back in.  He dashed towards it and drank for about three minutes solid!  He kept drinking on and off for the rest of the day and has become rather protective of it, I think he's scared I'll turn it off again.  >lol<

My vet explained that encouraging drinking can reduce the risk of kidney or bladder problems, so it's a good idea anyway.
Title: Re: New Pets :-)
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 17 Jun 2013 11:07AM
Years ago we had a water fountain for the dogs but it was one of the early versions and quite noisy. I checked the Catmate Fountain's reviews on Amazon and decided to buy one. The price was much lower than the original fountain we had and I figured given we have three cats it was worth it. It took a while for Zuzu to figure out how to use it so she was using the other water we had out too, and Milo took a big drink out of it the other day when I was in the bathroom. We have now two of these type http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000VABSD2/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and one fountain http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pet-Mate-06039-Cat-Fountain/dp/B001NYGB8W/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1371463379&sr=1-1&keywords=catmate+fountain. All three are difficult to fill so when I can I get Mr Sunshine to be the water carrier.

I would say the fountain is worth getting but it will be important for me to remember to check the filter and replace or remove it as needs be.

I have been poorly for the last few days so not decided on which book to get yet  :-)
Title: Re: New Pets :-)
Post by: Fiz on 20 Jun 2021 09:20AM
8 months after losing Tizzie I am almost certainly going to get a new puppy. I went to meet her yesterday and she's ready to collect on June 30th which isn't far away time wise so I have a fair bit of preparation to do. 

I have been very low and I do worry about the levels of my fatigue and how I will manage her when I struggle with just me but on the other hand I live alone and feel so alone and lonely and am missing having the company of a dog immensely. There's a lot of work in the first 15 months of a dog's life but after that the pleasure far outweighs the work multifold and a puppy is so trainable compared to an older rescue dog that usually arrives with problems. 

I have deliberately chosen a smaller breed so that I can hold and cuddle her and be more tactile with her than my previous large dogs. I might even let her sleep on my bed, something that I have never done with a dog!

Part of me thinks I am nuts given my health but my emotional health is as important as my physical health.
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Post by: lankou on 20 Jun 2021 10:08AM
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Post by: Fiz on 20 Jun 2021 03:29PM
Rosena
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Post by: ditchdwellers on 21 Jun 2021 02:47PM
So cute! What breed is she?
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on 21 Jun 2021 05:03PM
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I have deliberately chosen a smaller breed so that I can hold and cuddle her and be more tactile with her than my previous large dogs.
She looks fantastically cuddlesome too, how could you resist...




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...my emotional health is as important as my physical health.
I'll drink to that :coffee:
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Post by: Fiz on 21 Jun 2021 08:48PM
She's a cocker spaniel. Absolutely gorgeous! Can't believe it's only 9 days till she arrives.
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Post by: Sunny Clouds on 21 Jun 2021 09:12PM
I'm a cat person rather than a dog person, but I do think that there's something lovely about a good dog-human relationship.
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Post by: Fiz on 22 Jun 2021 07:17AM
I've emailed a local organisation that trains emotional support dogs in the hope that she can be trained. Apparently they normally train their own dogs to loan to people in the same way that guide dogs are trained and loaned so I don't know if they will agree to it. 

I'm so fatigued at the moment and there are a few important tasks that need doing before she arrives too.
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Post by: Sunny Clouds on 22 Jun 2021 10:45AM
I hope they can help, or if not, maybe experienced dog-owners will have tips to offer.

Personally, I think what dogs need most is to be clear in their minds what is wanted of them.  I'm going to contrast between a dog doing that in a way that isn't wanted, and trained dogs that do it in ways that are wanted.

I've had a mixed relationship with dogs because when I was small, two dogs unexpectedly attacked me.  In neither case was I misbehaving, running around or anywhere I shouldn't have been.  One was a guard dog with its owner but not where it usually was, so was doing what it thought it was trained to do, and the other was the family dog of a child I was visiting but who didn't know me and freaked out when I closed the door to a playhouse the other child and I were in.  That left me wary.  I'm still wary and if a dog suddenly appears in my field of vision, I've been known to leap out in front of traffic to get away.

Yet whilst still a child, I took a neighbour's dog for walks.  I also looked after a different neighbour's dog as an adult and as a student au pair walked the family dog.  And there's a slobbery thing that's moved in with a neighbour that insists upon fussing me.

I'm aware that people that deal professionally with dogs that attack say that almost every time it happens, the natural response of their owner is "But s/he's  never done that before!"

Ah, but yes, the dog has done something like it before - it's protected its owner.

So why am I going on about dogs attacking?  No, not to worry you.  You see, dogs naturally protect their owners, but why go to all the hard work of attacking if your owner's given you a pleasanter way to do it?  Look how dogs love to do all sorts of work. 

I picture it as the difference between a dog that thinks the way to defend its owner is to move towards the 'threat' and a dog that thinks the way to defend its owner is to move towards the owner and provide a safe barrier between the owner and whoever or whatever is causing concern/difficulty.

It may sound a bit potty, but I think I can relate to the "Yes, but what precisely is required of me?" aspect of many dogs.  It's the aspect of me, from my upbringing, that has left me with a desperate need to explain, explain, explain.

For me the beauty of this is you can channel "What is required of me?" into "Looking after Fiz." and "Yes, but what precisely is required of me?" into what you need from an emotional support dog.

Then you have happy dog.  And a happier Fiz than otherwise.
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Post by: Fiz on 22 Jun 2021 04:40PM
I think the temperament is largely in the breed. I've never heard of a Golden Retriever ever attacking anyone even to defend their owner for example. My Golden would have wagged her tail to greet a burglar and rolled over for her tummy to be tickled. The breed is never chosen as a guard animal. I've owned dogs all my life and have trained mine in normal obedience and housetraining. I'd been attracted to this emotional assistance dog training because they can be trained to calm you when you have been triggered, to lie and press against your chest when you're highly anxious, to wake you if you have hypersomnia, to bring you drinks and medication etc and even to stop people self harming. But it appears the dog therapy training organisation only cover the postcodes covered by the nearby city mental health services so almost certainly receive funding from that section of the mental health trust but it doesn't cover my postcode so it won't happen. Had I lived 2 miles away it could have. As so much within health services nowadays, it is literally a postcode lottery.
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Post by: Sunny Clouds on 22 Jun 2021 05:17PM
I agree that it's rare for golden retrievers to attack people, which is why it hits the headlines when it does, whereas another pitbull attacks someone story is boring, although personally I believe that the majority of instances (not all) where dogs from 'aggressive' breeds live up to their reputation come down to training.  Forgive my stereotype, but macho lad plus potentially agressive dog can equal dog behaving like macho lad does when drunk on Saturday night.  

And the impression I get is that you're the right sort of person to make sure their dog is well-trained and behaving appropriately.  Something amiss suddenly happening?  It will know what to do. 

It annoys me though that you can't get the funded professional training for the dog.  Even if one were unpleasantly miserly about it, surely training a support dog is cheaper than sorting out the problems if you have an accident trying to do something for yourelf when not up to it?

Ah, but then we're back to the 'who pays for the care' stuff.  Aargh.

C'mon doggie, you've a lovely human waiting for you when you arrive.  She'll fuss you and explain to you what to do so you can satisfy your need to be a good dog.
Title: Re: New Pets :-)
Post by: ditchdwellers on 23 Jun 2021 01:31PM
Postcode lotteries are so cruel. 

You are going to make a great puppy parent Fiz.  :f_hug: You are an experienced owner and clearly understand what you are doing with obedience training. All you need is some extra help and support to turn your lovely puppy from an ordinary pet into a dog with extra special powers!
Is there a support group or online forum with like minded people also independently training support dogs? That's the only way forward I can think of. Have you asked your vet for advice? They may have some contacts locally that you haven't heard of. 

Whatever happens, I know that having a dog is such a wonderful thing and the bond you develop is precious and something to be treasured. May your puppy bring you much comfort, joy, laughter, and companionship.  :heart:
Title: Re: New Pets :-)
Post by: Fiz on 24 Jun 2021 07:16AM
I think the main benefit to me of her being trained as a therapy dog is that I could have taken her almost anywhere with her wearing her therapy dog band which I would have found comforting. And that's not something that I could do or provide myself.
Title: Re: New Pets :-)
Post by: ditchdwellers on 24 Jun 2021 11:07AM
I understand what you mean. It's such a shame there's no way round that.
Title: Re: New Pets :-)
Post by: Fiz on 27 Jun 2021 07:34AM
Slight delay in Rosena arriving. As I am at the hospital all day on Saturday having my wisdom tooth out under general anaesthetic I am now going to collect her on Monday 5th which will give me Sunday to recover from the general anaesthetic. Collecting her this Wednesday would have been a nightmare with her home alone all day on Saturday. I'm going to attempt to remove my kitchen door today. I never ever close it and taking it off will leave enough space in the hallway for a shoe cabinet bench seat and I aim to put a stair gate in the kitchen doorway for the puppy to have the run of the kitchen when she's housetrained. 

Yesterday I managed to saw some wood and do two weeks worth of meal preps, a very productive day for me! It's so rare that I can do that much. Feeling a bit more meh today though.
Title: Re: New Pets :-)
Post by: Sunny Clouds on 27 Jun 2021 09:43PM
I hope you did ok with the door and hope you're not crashing too much after.