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 Post subject: Another Gotcha day as come and gone.
PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 5:52 pm 
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My wee, brown dog and I have been together for 2 years now ( Daisy turned five in January ). A lot of bad things have happened and a lot of good. She has helped me through both.
Last August, she bit someone. We finally went to court in March and, several thousand dollars in legal fees later, we are now under strict controls forever. The controls are strict but easy, considering our lifestyle.
She has to be fenced unless leashed and muzzled. Considering that we spend most of our time on bush roads, without anyone in sight, or working, this is not much of a restriction.
We have to take a full obedience program. She was assessed by the trainer last year to go into the intermediate but the court says we have to start at the beginning. I need the training more than she does so starting at the beginning is a good idea, except for the cash outlay.
We are calling her the golden dog because this whole thing has cost me more than the most expensive car I have ever owned.
That said the good she has brought to my life far exceeds the hassle. I can't imagine what the last six months since my husband died would have been like without her. Her joy with life is contagious. Her timidity is no longer a huge issue. She approaches new things with caution but has developed the ability to assess dangers quickly and get on with it. Daisy still doesn't play by herself, no balls or chew toys, but of late she seems to be less afraid of other dogs and will initiate play, occasionally. We spend a couple of hours a day walking in the woods. She loves everything about being out there. Her human friends like to have her for play dates, so she goes elsewhere at least one afternoon a week. They are dogless people and enjoys the Daisy fix.
We are still working on nail cutting but I think that the one foot that really upsets her does justify the muzzle. One of the toes has been broken at some point so she's a bit sensitive about it. Tooth brushing is pretty good. She's great with grooming and trims, me.... not so much. I have given her a few really bad haircuts but I am getting better at it.
I don't think that I have ever had a dog that was so perfectly suited to me. I am a very lucky person.


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 Post subject: Re: Another Gotcha day as come and gone.
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 5:00 am 
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Bravo to you for being so committed to your Daisy :Clap

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 Post subject: Re: Another Gotcha day as come and gone.
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 4:39 pm 
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You know, if you weren't spending the money on Daisy and her issues, you'd be spending it on something else that may or may not be as worthwhile. I hate spending money on all sorts of things: broken appliances; windows; rotting wood - but at least you see a return on your investment of Daisy, who brings you such joy. Yes, I like my oven to work, but spending $300 to fix an oven or $300 to see a noticeable change in my dog cannot compare. Kudos to you! I hope that her biting was limited to just once and you can move forward.

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 Post subject: Re: Another Gotcha day as come and gone.
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The extra work and training for you both is great bonding and helps to build confidence for a shy dog.
I'm so very sorry about the loss of your husband. A furry companion is best for helping the heart to mend. Keep up the good work! :Clap

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