General Dog Chat
Discussion in 'General Dog Chat' started by Toedtoes, Jul 27, 2021.
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So today, Aunt C, Tornado-dog, Cat-dog, and I, went to our local apple orchard region. Lots of bake shops. Not too many craft items as it wasn't the weekend.
Tornado-dog and Cat-dog each got a Pup Cup (cup of whipped cream with a biscuit topper) at one stop and a couple apple donuts. They got 1/2 a donut each when we got home and will get their second halves tomorrow.
At one stop, Tornado-dog had a scary encounter with a horse. He had to bark at the horse and refused to approach the horse. Cat-dog, on the other hand, immediately touched noses with the horse. Finally, after we had lunch, Tornado-dog agreed to approach the horse, with some treats as encouragement.
Oh, and here is the horse...
Sounds like your pups had a good day out.
Tornado-dog and Cat-dog got invited by their Aunt C to the river yesterday. Tornado-dog was very excited. When we arrived, Aunt C went into the river and splashed, Tornado-dog did NOT approve:
Then Nessie and I got in too, Tornado-dog had a big decision to make:
He decided to join us but he wasn't happy about it:
This was as far as he would go:
Then he found something on the shore to roll in:
And then we threw the stick in the water:
He decided the water wasn't so bad if there was a stick! It took a while for him to understand how the stick flows with the current. If the stick went farther out than he was willing to go, he just turned to Aunt C and had her catch it for him:
Meanwhile Cat-dog got comfy on the shore:
Afterwards someone was very very tired:
He's been sleeping ever since. And when do I love Tornado-dog the best?
When he's sleeping
When he's asleep
And when he's not awake
Oh, at one point, he saw a big blue river monster and had to get out of the water and bark at it:
I did not get a photo of the monster, it was a very clever monster. When it walked out of the river, it somehow turned into my foot in a blue sandal and was no longer a river monster.
Lovely photos Toed, and what a super spot for water games. I wonder whether Tornado dog will ever be confident in water. My Eddie loved it and was a strong swimmer - we had to be aware of the dangers for him. Merry after three or four years would only go in as far as she felt her feet touching the bottom. I only once saw her 'swim' for one yard - and only because she spotted a stray tennis ball on the lake! Tally shows little interest, she will paddle for a drink, that's all.
I do love your GSD cross - she looks a real sweetheart.
What river is that? I feel like all the rivers and creeks local to me are not very clean. My dogs don’t particularly like water anyhow. When we’ve gone to the beach they’d run from the surf, which I found funny. It’s been awhile since I’ve taken them, it’s a lot to handle them on leash’s and try to avoid the off leash dogs that want to say hello.
Thanks. Tornado-dog was funny about the water. He really didn't want to go in further than up to his knees. But when we started throwing the stick, he forgot he didn't like it deeper. A couple times, he got almost to the point of having to swim to get the stick. Then he decided that Aunt C would catch it if he didn't, so he only went as far as he could touch bottom - which was most of the river as it was very shallow.
But when we stopped throwing the stick, he didn't want to go in the river further than his knees again.
So, I'm not sure if he will ever be a swimming dog, but in time he may be willing to swim to get a stick or ball. We're going to just keep doing like we did yesterday and let him decide. And next time, he will be wearing his shark fin life jacket as the current was pretty strong in places.
Cat-dog is a very beautiful girl. She's actually purebred. It was great to see her relax enough to lay down while outside. Her dog fear is still bad, but between the fluoxetine and the zylkene (given right before outings like this), she is able to enjoy being out as long as there aren't any dogs around.
This is the American River. Off highway 50 just east of Sacramento.
Since the river is fed by snow melt and there are many rapids, it stays fairly clean in the less populated areas. When you get into Sacramento and the Discovery park area, it gets dirtier and the shoreline is not clean enough to be safe for dogs.
My akita loved the river. He liked to just get his feet in and cool them off. He wouldn't go further than that. But he'd rush to get to the river and soak his feet.
I took my dad's first akita to the ocean when he was little. He had so much fun running from the surf. And the seaweed was scary and exciting.
My apologies to Cat Dog. I thought you said that there was another breed in her dna - my mistake. She has such a gentle expression, must be the effect of the Prozac. I was on it for a few months some years ago. It made me feel pretty chilled too!
The prosac has made a huge difference. With her dog fear, just being outdoors put her over the stress threshhold. The prosac eases that enough so she can manage basic functions when outdoors. I give her zylkene before we do outtings and that helps a lot.
My other trick is to find spots where she is protected on a couple sides. In this case, we had an enbankment at our back and a bunch of brambles and tree roots blocking access from one direction of the shore. That allowed her to focus her attention in the one direction a dog could approach from and not stress that she'd be jumped from behind.
It was nice to see her relax like that - it hurts to see the fear and anxiety on her face all the time.