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01-16-2014 08:59 AM
JerryLeeK9 Thanks I'll look into that

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01-15-2014 07:43 PM
GrammaD My lab has a tight coat and I use a hound glove/grooming mitt or a zoom groom on her.
01-15-2014 11:30 AM
JerryLeeK9 The frozen Kong idea is a HUGE help. I can now leave the house on occasion without him knowing (or caring should I say). I don't stuff it that much because I basically give him one once every other day now. I just feel so bad when he barks, knowing that I'm about to leave for work or the store. I can't wait until I can just have him hop in the car and hit the road with me.

I've really learned that taking up as much time as possible with things that he enjoys is key. I'm really hoping he will like to chew on a actual bone we got for him, but his drive to chew things so far seems to be non-existent. If its not food, he doesn't care... will that ever change?

Anyone have any brush suggestions for a Dutchie's short coat? All my brush does is organize the hairs in nice rows on him haha
01-13-2014 04:17 PM
GrammaD I stuff them and freeze them. They last longer and seem to be more soothing than exciting when they are frozen.
01-13-2014 03:59 PM
JerryLeeK9 Thanks for the tips. Its really hard making him go into his crate even though he will happily go in barring a treat or two. He is showing signs that he really wants to play and its super hard for me to say no.

I have a few Kong type toys and have been using a little PB much to Jerry's liking. What is this Kong-sicle you are talking about? Do you just freeze it?
01-12-2014 11:36 PM
GrammaD I am so sorry Jerry Lee and you are going through this. I foster for a rescue and I had 2 HW+ fosters in 2013. The restrictions are difficult for both dog and caregiver. I relied a great deal on frozen kong-sicles for making the crate more tolerable for the dogs. Low cal stuffing like banana or pumpkin and non-fat yogurt with just a smidge of peanut butter were a hit with my girls.

Best of luck to you both!
01-12-2014 11:03 PM
LifeofRiley Nice pictures, I am so glad he is now home with you!

I suspected Jerry Lee would be pretty mellow the first few days. My dog was neutered and treated for heartworm within a week of arrival in rescue and then he came to my home (I was his foster home).

I found it actually pretty easy to keep him mellow for the first couple of weeks because he was recovering from all the procedures and adjustments in his life and was... well mellow!

After about one month, you wouldn't think he was the same dog. He really blossomed. It was great to see.

It was also a good lesson for me to apply to my observation of future foster dogs... depending on the medical procedures underwent, and the background of the dog, it is really hard to get a good read on the dog before at least 2 weeks to a month.

I look forward to more of your updates!
01-12-2014 08:42 PM
JerryLeeK9 The first few days home JL was pretty reserved and just seemed very calm. I can see now he is still a shepherd and he has really perked up. He's definitely taking interest of his territory and his vocabulary of groans is expanding, haha.

Here's a little Jerry Lee surveillance and just before nap.

Edit: Oops, sorry for the pic repost, can't take it off on my phone.

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01-11-2014 12:18 PM
JerryLeeK9 They usually would not allow an adopter care for the dog but because he is so calm and knew I wasn't completely clueless and had done research. I spoke to them for a long time and I think they really felt comfortable with the match. They brought it up when I had assumed I'd have to wait at least until the second 30 days. I accepted without hesitation.

There can be many signs but no I didn't post them. Its kind of second nature to notice them I feel. Coughing excessively is a biggie but there can be a lot of things like fatigue, loss of appetite, diarrhea, noticeable depression etc... Anything out of the ordinary at this point is on my radar and Jerry has shown none of it. He seems totally normal after the injection site soreness lessened.

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01-11-2014 11:42 AM
JeanKBBMMMAAN Right - that's what I'm saying - a light load can still be deadly because all it takes is one clot. So I did the same thing with 3 fosters in terms of keeping them quiet, and 1 of 3 almost had a full on embolism. It is inevitable that it will happen - no one is meant to have that kind of stuff breaking off in to their systems - but we can improve the chances that it won't "blow up" my keeping them quiet.

I will also say that because I had a baseline of no activity, I was able to evaluate that there were problems immediately, because I didn't have to adjust for anything.

I am always surprised when a rescue has a new owner do the treatment.

What are the signs of problems - do you have them printed and posted anywhere? I do that so I don't miss anything.
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