Thursday, September 27, 2007

A new kind of peace - a long post, but am just thinking

Maddox's mum here. I decided to write the post tonight first to thank everyone for helping me so much first with Maddox, and then with Shelby. Saturday it will be two weeks since she started living with us. It has has its ups and downs and violent moments (mostly thanks to pesky puppy boy. Any impressions of his toughness are appreciated.) Here's a video from tonight's play session in the kitchen. Okay, it is below. Dang it.

After awhile, I separated them. Shelby still has the stitches and I don't want those ripped out on accident. She's done great with those, has been leaving them alone completely. The incision looks nicely healed, and I am sure she will get a clean bill of health on Saturday. I swear she is already putting on weight.

Maddox gets neutered Tuesday. I had debated about when, not if, to do this, and have decided that now is the time. I know there is a lot of discussion on when it is the right time to do this, so any thoughts on the matter are appreciated. Everyone has a different opinion, I know. I posted a note to Sibernet-L too about the matter though of course it is ultimately my decision as to when.

Been reading an awful lot about nutrition, and feeding dogs, coming up with what works best for my pack. I've developed a ritual for breakfast and lunch. Really for the whole day.

Who needs an alarm clock with a pup like Maddox? While Claire sleeps next to me most of the night, Maddox and Scotty sleep on the floor. Around 5:45 a.m., I am awoken by a puppy with a full bladder and lots of licks and kisses and snuggles. It is an amazingly sweet time, pleases me enormously how loving he is. And, how regular he is with this part of our ritual. I get up, toss the three outside, leave the door open a bit, then crawl into bed until 6:30. Get up and go get Shelby, toss HER out just with Maddox, then go back to bed. No... just kidding. I usually start to struggle awake. While the two wild ones are outside, I get breakfast ready for the dogs, put Shelby's upstairs, and then shower, THEN let the others inside. When we leave, Maddox and Shelby go to their crates with their food, and the two Springers to the back room.

In the evenings, the ritual is pretty much the same. Everyone outside, I take Shelby's food upstairs, let everyone in, Shelby goes upstairs to her crate, then I feed the other three. I have not tested the waters re: food aggression, and don't intend to anytime soon. I prefer feeding her and Maddox in their crates--Scotty is a food stealer, always thinks he is starving, so this makes sure the Sibes get what they need.

I started adding hot water to the dry food and it seems to be a real hit. Canidae itself is a HUGE hit. I shake my head that Shelby just didn't like the barking at the moon. I may try her again on it, adding some of it, but the canned Innova Evo is adored. Scotty especially seems to like that even though he only gets a spoonful. I think he likes the softer meal because of his teeth. I had absolutely no problem switching everyone to the Canidae. No tummy problems, no diarrhea, nothing. It went flawlessly. But now I have this very expensive Barking at the Moon sitting in my kitchen.

I swear that Shelby is already gaining.

So, there's been some adjustment that had to be made by adding the fourth dog, but it hasn't been that bad at all. Moving her crate upstairs and keeping her separate at night from the others keeps the peace. The only other problem I've had with her was with the toy I gave her. She went ballistic when Maddox tried to play with it, and I took the toy away. No other toy seems to be a problem, maybe because the others have the scent of everyone on them. I don't know. But out of sight out of mind seems to work in this case. Too bad as it is a very cool toy.

Tonight I sat in the kitchen with the dogs and just watched them. It really is fascinating to observe how they move around each other, interact, and interact with me. I admit I still do not trust Shelby 100% like I do the others, so I got up on the counter to watch. I know that we are still in the process of establishing ranks in the house.

Scotty, the goof, is pretty obviously bottom of the totem pole in the house. He is still quite fascinated with Shelby. She seems to like him just fine, and they get along well. He is not an aggressive boy though he does try to dominate--to no avail. He is always the outsider with Claire and Maddox when they play, but Shelby seems quite interested with playing directly with him. He just doesn't seem to know how to handle that! Maddox always dives in and breaks up the fun. Silly puppy.

All problems between Claire and Shelby do seem to be pretty well resolved. No one seems to be messing with Claire. She sits off to the side, regal and aloof. There has not been any snarling from Shelby now that she feels better. I've been doing some things different with the dogs all around, like how I treat them when they are around me, the noises I make, even the way I pet them, and when. I no longer give any treats--at least not now--of the food kind. It all seems to be coming together, at least for now. As Maddox grows and Shelby gets stronger, I know things will change, and Maddox is giving some interesting signs already of wanting to be dominate over Shelby. He is a very strong little fellow (but my baby).

Anyway, here's the video from the kitchen. I tried to put it up THERE (points up) but don't seem to know how. LOL.


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Maddox and the Springers...Still...

Mom Person says she thinks Shelby likes being up with the boy all the time, and she thinks we'll still be Maddox and the Springers.

Maybe once Shelby is allowed to play with me, it will be different, but I don't know. She likes to lay around alot, and on the Boy. Guess I'll just keep yanking Claire's ears.

MP says I'm 'a little beast' tonight and I need to be tossed outside to run and I am being too hard on Claire tonight and I need to calm down and why was I such a quiet puppy last night and tonight my name should be MadMan not MadDox?


Monday, September 24, 2007

Vehicle Tag!

Holly Bolly the Malamute Extraordinaire tagged me and Shelby Woo too to play Vehicle Tag. We thought about it lots and we came up with this!

First of course is me. Mom says I am, without doubt a Karmann Ghia. She had one years ago, Cherry Red like this, and she said just like me it was sporty, silly, fun, and made lotsa noise.

Shelby says this one was EASY! She IS a Shelby!!! SEE??? It even has her name on it! And she likes the color cuz it is a dark version of her one blue eye. It is tough and growly! Although she is turning out to be really sweet, the Boy says, now that she is eating and feeling better. Her snarky growls are turning into happy growls. Makes us ALL happy.

And of course, there are the Springers. Old, Reliable, packs a lot of weight...what else can you say about Volvos and Springers? Alot alike. *nods* Don't you think?

Oh, and.... Out with the old:

And in with the new!

The pretty blue bag is for Shelby. Why does she get the pretty stuff? Hmph.

Maddox, waving to his new friend Ivy!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Mom Person is HAPPY!!!

Yay, Shelby Woo ate today! Mom Person got LOTS of great advice from everyone on Sibernet-L and Husky-4-Life about Shelby and how she was starving herself to death. So, since nothing else worked, this morning Mom Person went to the store and got some Cheap Chicken and cooked it for Shelby. In the meantime, she made her breakfast--and me too but hmmm, I didn't get the exact same thing, not fair. But Mom says I am 'just the right weight' and I don't need to gain extra.

Anyway, this morning, Shelby got eggs, cheese and dog food moistened with hot water. She ate about half of it. Mom celebrated!!!!

Tonight Mom made her the chicken with the chicken broth heated up and poured over her food, and added chicken. I got my puppy food with the hot water over it and so did Scotty and Claire (they didn't get puppy food, they got their food)...and then of course it was cooled off, and we gobbled it up! SO DID SHELBY! Mom was SO HAPPY!!! She danced around like a crazy person and made me BARK!!!! Tomorrow, she's going to get us Canidae. She says she is very excited that we will all eat the same thing. I am too. Does that mean I get chicken broth on my food, like Shelby does?

Everything has been going a bit better. Mom read a really cool thing called No Free Lunch (silly title huh) and some thing about the Joy Method and she is using it on us. She says it is really helping the girls with their snarky attitudes. Of course, we boys are just fine with everyone. Girls are so silly. She is making us WORK to get ANYTHING. I had to sit to get my food sit to go out sit to go on a walk, sigh, but she didn't make me sit to come in. She is very proud of me. I use the bells on the back door ALL the time now. She grumbles, something about Slave to the Dog but it works great.

Now to teach Shelby. Turns out she is not housebroken!!! I AM!!! Well, almost.

The Boy was just here! With Shelby! They came downstairs and cuddled with us! Aren't we ADORABLE together????!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! (Mom says 'ignore that clean laundry there on the bed please.)

That's the Boy's hand. He learned something today--do not blow in a dog's ear. It makes her snap. He nearly lost his nose, but mom showed him where it says on the internet that that is like a 'knee jerk reflex' and he is not to do that again.

And last, because I am the most adorable puppy in the world, here is MEEEE being CUTE!!!!! I love my bucket of water!

Oh and Juneau is my friend, yes he is he is, HI JUNEAU!!!!!