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Old 05-13-2015, 06:13 PM   #1101
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PF, we have a fence 3/4 of the way around. All our previous dogs were trained to stay in the yard. DH said he will not fence that last part. I will keep on him about it. It's only a space about 15-20 ft across.
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Old 05-13-2015, 07:23 PM   #1102
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PF, we have a fence 3/4 of the way around. All our previous dogs were trained to stay in the yard. DH said he will not fence that last part. I will keep on him about it. It's only a space about 15-20 ft across.
Then the only way Rusty will get to be outside by himself will be at the end of a tie down. Or DH can drive around looking for him all each time.
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Old 05-13-2015, 07:44 PM   #1103
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Then the only way Rusty will get to be outside by himself will be at the end of a tie down. Or DH can drive around looking for him all each time.
That's what I was thinking.
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:17 AM   #1104
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Mom and Dad had a long chain that ran along a wire from the back porch post to the corner of the garage. Our dog would bark to be let out, we'd grab the end of the chain that had the clasp, hook it to the loop in her harness, then send her on her merry way! She never got out, rarely tangled the chain, and could stay out as long as she wanted to...or at least until we called her in.
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Old 05-14-2015, 07:45 AM   #1105
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So far, Rusty will go out on the tie-out, but wants someone out there with him. I don't mind going out with him, and I actually prefer to be out there in case he finds a way to get off that tie-out. Unfortunately, he only wants to go in the direction where there's no fence, not to the other side that is all fenced in. It's a really strong tie out, and he's only 11.5 lbs, but you know where there's a will, there's a way. We have until fall when the cold weather comes back to get this straightened out.

Now that I've calmed down and started thinking about yesterday I've started wondering which neighbors saw me running up the street screaming like a banshee. Last night we went out to eat. I don't know if DH was being serious or just kidding me, but he said he overheard these people at another table talking about a woman screaming over in the Penns Woods area...that's where I live. LOL Maybe he was kidding. If any of my neighbors mentions seeing me, I will die of embarassment. Most of them are too old to come out and help me.
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Old 05-16-2015, 08:12 AM   #1106
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The last of our pugs, Pandora, crossed over the rainbow bridge yesterday. We've known it's been coming for a long time, she was almost 16 and had a collapsing trachea, which caused her to cough. The condition got much worse in the past 2 weeks plus she started pacing incessantly until she would just collapse from exhaustion, besides the fact that she's had arthritis for a long time. I put it off too long because I was being selfish and didn't want to lose the last of my babies. Hopefully Cleo, Circe and Sampson were there to meet her and they are all playing and having fun. Hopefully our Keena is there with them too. She was a half golden lab and malamute mix that was Cleo and Dora's special friend and playmate when they were puppies and young dogs before she passed over.
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Old 05-16-2015, 09:39 AM   #1107
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I'm sorry for your loss, medtran and Craig. It's always difficult to let them go.
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Old 05-16-2015, 10:00 AM   #1108
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RIP, little Pandora. So sorry for your loss, Medtran and Craig.
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Old 05-16-2015, 11:41 AM   #1109
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Sorry to read about the loss of your Pandora. RIP. Condolences to you, medtran and Craig.
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Old 05-16-2015, 11:33 PM   #1110
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Today there was a show on just how intelligent are dogs. Do they get their intelligence from their owners that teach them or do they figure out things for themselves.

So after watching it I realized that there are certain things Teddy has figured out for himself. When he needs to go out, he always goes to Spike's left side. Or he will jump up on the bed when Spike is sleeping and start to nudge Spike's left hand. Spike has never taught him to go to the left side. But Teddy knows it is the hand that holds the leash while they are walking. Spike usually brings along a paperback book and reads while they are walking. He holds the book in his left hand and the leash in his left. Just before he leaves here, Spike uses the bathroom. Teddy will try to follow him. "Go see Grandma." I am out of sight by then. Teddy knows the word 'Grandma.' I don't call him, he listens to Spike and just comes and jumps up on me. I never have had to call him. Spike tells him to go see Grandma. He also knows "Grandma is sleeping." He will not bark at the door when Spike tells him that. Any other time we almost have to put a muzzle on him to stop his barking when someone is out in the hallway.

In the four years since he was born and Spike has had him, he has picked up a lot on his own. He is very sensitive to any moves Spike or I make. And he certainly knows a lot of words without even being taught directly. Spike talks to Teddy (so do I) in a conversational manner. "Are you ready to go out?" Teddy will either turn his head away and lay back down, or get all excited.

So if you really pay attention to your pet, you will be (or maybe not)surprised at just how much it has learned on its own without you even teaching them.
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