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About Rascalmyshadow

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  1. Where to advertise

    It is a huge relief and honestly I don’t think he really ever fit in here properly, my cats are so happy not having him constantly chase them. As much as I love poodles and have owned them for 20 years I’ve come to realise unfortunately they are no longer suitable for our lifestyle.
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    I know this is an older thread but I thought I would give it one last update. I have been staying in touch with Hugo’s new owner and he is doing amazing!!! She has an adult son with autism ( whom I met before Hugo went on trial) and Hugo adores him, he was so gentle and had a wonderful vibe about him, she also has a Mum in a nursing home so she takes Hugo in for visits, he gets to go to so many places, beaches, bush walks, holidays etc. the most perfect life. I want to say thank you to those of you that helped me with support and pointing me in the right direction to rehome him in the right way, I have done my fair share of rescue and rehome but when it’s your own dog it is so much harder.

    You have been given a lot of very good advice, please please get her checked over thoroughly by a competent vet, make sure they check everything, eyes, ears, teeth, bloods etc. We had a little chi who had very similar behaviour which gradually got worse, she had a nasal tumour that spread to her brain, we luckily knew about it before the behaviour escalated.
  4. I saw this story, horrible dog owner he should be charged.
  5. I would recommend Andis clippers they are the quietest and lightest which makes them easier to use if you have no or little experience. For a Maltese you need a 10# blade for belly and armpits and a 40# blade to put under your plastic combs, I use prefer Oster blades. For the length you want look at Big K blade combs/guards. Before starting to clip make sure your dog has been bathed and blow dried (do not leave any damp spots they must be bone dry) and has no knots, always clip the direction the coat grows not against it.
  6. Hi have also been in this situation myself and as Snook and asal suggested definitely get a vet check to rule out any pain, also a proper check on his eyes, our old poodle girl started similar behaviour once she lost most of her eyesight, she could see movement but was often unsure what or who it was. I would also suggest a visit with a good Chiro or similar, often vets miss issues that chiro’s etc will pick up on.
  7. Coping as an only dog

    We have seen a small improvement in the last week, not sure if it’s because the weather has been better or because he is settled in our new routine or because I am recovering so not as unwell and stressed. Thankyou for your offer Bundyburger I will keep you in mind if we have to be gone for any prolonged periods, we are going to be staying at Ronald McDonald house in Melbourne for a couple of nights next week while my son has heart surgery, luckily my parents in law have offered to come and stay with Rascal and the other three kids.
  8. Coping as an only dog

    No need for apologies I didn’t take it that way, just explaining the whole situation so I can get the best advice. I think you could be right about the change of mood, Rascal is exremely sensitive if I’m not feeling good and if one of the kids aren’t well (especially my youngest) he will stay by their side so I guess even though we are trying to keep everything as normal as possible he will be sensing we are all a bit worried.
  9. Coping as an only dog

    He has been enjoying the one on one without any competition but we did notice a few changes within a couple of weeks of Hugo leaving, me going into hospital has definitely not helped the situation but he didn’t react like this when I went into hospital to have my daughter which is what leads me to believe being an only dog has something to do with it. My son hasn’t come home from the hospital and at this stage he’s not likely to until he has his heart surgery in January so except for us visiting him every second day everything else is back to normal, Rascal has been going with my husband to do the school run, we have taken him to visit the grandparents and we have been taking him to the oval where we would normally go for a walk. While he is a friendly little dog I don’t think he would enjoy doggie day care, he doesn’t interact with dogs out in public except for a quick sniff or bark and he’s only really been interested in playing with two other dogs (both were fosters) in his life. He is predominantly my dog, I make sure I have time for him every day no matter what else is going on and he will happily interact with everyone else, if I’m busy he’ll go and hang out in my sons room or play chasey and tug o war with my almost three year old or chill out on the couch with my older daughter or go and supervise my husband outside, although our lives have been turned a bit upside down he has still been a main priority.
  10. Coping as an only dog

    Not considered crating he has not been taught to be crated and I think it would add more stress, our property is dog proof he only managed to get out because my husband stacked bricks against the gate so not worried about him getting out again now they have been moved. I could leave some of my clothes for him, not sure how I would record my voice and be able to play it back.
  11. Coping as an only dog

    I’ll pick some up on Fri along with the collar hopefully both help.
  12. Coping as an only dog

    Is this ok to use along with the Dap collar?
  13. Coping as an only dog

    I’ll look for the collar on Friday and if it works I’ll buy a few online. I really hope it helps normally we would only leave Rascal to go shopping otherwise he’s with us and he has been fine with that but the hospital is so far away we are gone for 4-5 hours. This is one of the main reasons I never had just one dog (except when I was still living with my parents).
  14. Coping as an only dog

    Yes his world has been turned upside down in the last month, we have tried our best to make sure he is either with us or he has someone home and between my husband and my father in law they did as much as they could to keep his routine normal while I was in hospital.