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Wolfhound Discussions & Pictures / Re: Introducing Brougan, my IW
« on: November 07, 2008, 09:09:52 am »
Welcome and it's exciting to see another IW owner.  I have such a special place in my heart for them, even though the ones i have greatest experience with have been mixed breed wolfhounds.  They are such gentle giants and so lovey.

Group Discussions & Photos / Re: Pictures of the Pack
« on: November 06, 2008, 02:24:24 pm »
What a cutie!  I love that wire haired look!!! They are just so beautiful and so full of character.

Group Discussions & Photos / Re: Pictures of the Pack
« on: November 06, 2008, 08:16:20 am »
Brew is actually really surprising us.  Ever since we took him to the dog park last weekend, he has really been opening up, even to hubby a little.  He was attached to me almost right away but this has become stronger in the last month or so.  Yesterday he followed me out into the aviary to see what the squawk was all about and the night before he followed me into the bathroom when I went to give the kidlets a bath.  This morning when I let him out, he got silly again and then started barking at something (unknown to me) which is the first time I have heard him bark at anything.  Last night I was feeling a little down and he came and laid on me which made me feel a lot better.  He's such a snuggle rug.

Group Discussions & Photos / Re: Pictures of the Pack
« on: November 05, 2008, 03:43:06 pm »
I'm not for breeding "designer dogs" on purpose but Brutus' mix is just amazing and I would be thrilled to see that mix turn into a new breed.  He is beautiful, graceful, affectionate, and just has all of the wonderful qualities of the different breeds.  Not to mention he's huge. :)

Group Discussions & Photos / Re: Pictures of the Pack
« on: November 05, 2008, 01:39:34 pm »
Did this post get lost...?

Buy a baby monitor and set it up in the kitchen.  turn the speaker up to full blast so you can hear her whining to go out at night. 

Brutus was used to being an outdoor dog much so that he even marked our walls a few times when he first arrived. :D  Day by day though, he is really coming to love being an inside dog.  Like your dane, he prefers the kitchen for now and we are not pushing him to explore other areas.  He'll do it when he's ready.

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: Why would you eat your bed?
« on: November 04, 2008, 10:59:32 am »
Our St. Bernard/Irish wolfhound mix Barron used to chew - but he didn't chew up his doggy bed.  He chewed my sofa coushions to swiss cheese once when we left and he chewed up one of our dinning room chairs once too.  For him I think it was more anxiety related as he was a very anxious dog most of the time.  I would have been so much more relieved if it had been his dogbed, but what are you going to do?  Our new couch is more comfy anyway.

Group Discussions & Photos / Pictures of the Pack
« on: November 04, 2008, 10:41:33 am »
When I let Brutus outside and he doesn't have to go potty, he has been making a bee line for the side of our house.  I went outside to play with the dogs earlier this afternoon and discovered why!  Brutus has made himself cozy in his very own doggy den.

Here is a photo of both Penny and Brutus so you can see their size difference.  Penny is a little bit bigger than a pure bred corgi.

These two are getting to be best buddies and follow each other around.

While I was out there with them, Penny asked Brutus to play!

This is something I don't think Brutus has been comfortable with to date, as he is still adjusting to his environment but he surprised me and let his inner puppy lose!

Brutus and Penny aren't the only ones who are best buddies.  Someone else is completely in love.  ;D


Anything Non-Dog Related / Katie, Gabe & The Hoover Monster
« on: November 03, 2008, 12:47:08 pm »
Since I am new here, let me first introduce to you my precious two children.  Gabe is 2 years old and Katie just turned 1 a few days ago.  They are both into birds and horses and of course katie likes anything pink.  Gabe is independent and Katie needs lots of cuddles and attention.  Both kids are fantastic and very well behaved - which I'm so proud of.

So onward to my story of the day -  I have been vacuuming our livingroom much more frequently than I used to be because with a 130 lb shag rug wandering around, hair seems to accumulate everywhere, inspite of my brushing him at least daily. 
See shag rug here:

Gabe thinks the vacuum is great.  It's a fun game to run away from the loud monster or bouce around on the sofa while squaling at the thing that's trying to "get him."  He even thinks it's funny when I suck up his belly button with the hose. 

The other kiddo on the other hand?  A picture is worth a thousand words so you can see for yourself.  The funny thing is that every time she see's the Hoover monster she screams at the top of her lungs until the moment that I turn it on.  I think she then gives up and decides she can't scream over it, so she just lays down somewhere, scowling at me and the evil thing that scares her until it's all over.  what a precious, precious child.


Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Re: Brutus & Me
« on: November 03, 2008, 12:26:54 pm »
I would usually TOTALLY agree with you Re: parrots harder to care for than dogs because they are much more complex and needy, but I have to admit - Brutus is a pretty big handful.  If I don't brush him twice a day his fur starts to turn to dredlocks and loose hair flies everywhere! His behind turns into curly clumps of fur that would make any real Jamaican proud, but it is not terribly becoming on him!  We also feed him 3-4 times a day instead of once or twice a day to avoid any gut twist issues.  He's such a long dog, I really worry, even when he isn't active after eating.   

Here is a picture of Brew when we first got him.  I doubt he had ever been brushed:

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Re: Brutus & Me
« on: November 03, 2008, 11:25:12 am »
Moluccan cockatoos are a real challenge and though I don't know you, the majority of pet owners out there cannot handle living with one and end up broken hearted and feeling forced to give them up.  I feel a little sheepish to admit that I am usually relieved when I hear that someone passed one up but some people do wonderfully with them and those are also happy stories to hear.  We get lots of cockatoos at our rescue and it's heartbreaking to see them in captivity where they drive themselves nutty with bordem.  Some of the other species of cockatoos are not as complicated though and make better, more stable pets.  We have a Triton cockatoo (about as big as that big pink one) and a smaller Bare eyed cockatoo - both are wonderful!
I love cockatoos!!!! There was one I met years ago (as a broke grad student) that I wanted to own SOOOOOOOOOOO bad. He was huge and pink and liked to lay in your lap and be scratched like a dog. Instead I adopted a Meyers that hated everyone on earth but me and my best friend. Man did she torture the dogs (she’d call them over, bite them, and then laugh; they fell for it every time).

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: Submissive Peeing?
« on: November 03, 2008, 11:02:54 am »
Oh, and thank you everyone for offering encouragement that it is possible for Brew to like others, especially men.  Hubby will be very happy to hear this.  I will do my best to work with friends who come over to visit and see if they will be willing to cooperate in helping him to gain trust the right way.  I think I will just tell my folks to leave him alone as my dad doesn't really seem to understand the concept of loving an animal that's "broken" and my mom just can't stop pushing the issue.  Both of them were seriously alarmed that Brutus peed because they tried to say hello and although my dad really liked him before, he no longer seems interested in having anything to do with Brew.  Very sad - but I do have some wonderful friends who understand and can cooperate when they are over.

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: Submissive Peeing?
« on: November 03, 2008, 10:58:08 am »
It's great to hear that we are likely on the right track with Brutus.  The first night we got him home we set down some ground rules - like no yelling or corrective measures to be taken.  It is rather scary to see this 130 lb dog running from the scene and you can only hope that he stops before hitting something or taking a wall with him!!!  I have noticed that even the happy, upbeat tone is upsetting to him, so I have been keeping it really low key.  We work with abused parrots a lot and I have been treating him a lot like my birds that have fear biting issues and the like.  The only way to win them is to let them approach you. 

Any suggestions for taking him on walks or to the dog park?  I'm unsure if I should continue walking him as I don't want to break any trust, but I was THRILLED with how happy he was to go to the dog park and think that might be worth getting him out to the car without incedent.  Again though, he seems to do pretty well as long as our other dog is there and he can follow her lead.  He is certainly more afraid of hubby than me, and ithurts hubby's feelings a little, but he understands that Brutus just needs time.  Brew did walk up to him last night and put his head in his lap which was a HUGE step for him.  He even put his paw up on hubby's lap which melted him.  We are thankful that Brew does not have other babd habits like chewing, barking, or jumping.  He is a very, very well mannered guy and we are so thrilled to have him.

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Submissive Peeing?
« on: November 03, 2008, 08:55:20 am »
A little over a month ago we adopted the most amazing dog in the world!  His name is Brutus and he is a great pyr, wolfhound, st bernard mix.  In his previous home, Brutus was left outside in the yard with 5 other dogs and he seems to not have very strong people skills.  He is very comfortable around other dogs but is very skittish with people, even some people he has gotten to know.  I am forming a really special bond with him and he really adores me and wants to be near me - so I think this is certainly a start.

A few days into having him home, Brutus started doing submissive peeing whenever we insisted that he do something or go somewhere that made him nervious.  We learned quickly that if Brutus is going to do something, it has to be at least part his idea.  He responds some of the time when I am kind but firm with him - assertive I guess is the right word.  I can sometimes get him to follow me into another room or outside if I just get up casually and annouce "come on, Brutus, we're going now" without making a big deal about it. As soon as Brutus feels he is getting too much unwanted attention for anything, he panics and tries to run away.

Let me give you an example of the submissive peeing.  The other night my parents were over for Halloween.  we went out with our kids and left them home with the dog.  Brutus was "hiding" in the kitchen but eventually got brave enough to go investigate the company.  As soon as he got up and my parents saw him, they made a big deal over him approaching, calling his name and telling him what a good boy he was.  Brutus stopped in his tracks, peed, and then ran away.  At first Brutus became very easily overwhelmed by us when we would come home because I would always greet him with enthusiasm.  After cleaning up several large doggy puddles we decided it might work better just to let Brutus adjust to us being home again for a while before showing him attention.  This worked beautifully and now Brutus approaches us when he is realy for attention of any kind.  I know he does want attention, because he wanders over frequently for a little scratch and to put his big paw up into my lap.  (What a lover.) 

Does anyone have any advice to help correct this behavior and build confidence in Brutus that people are safe?  We have another dog and Brutus has done beautifully when asked to go to the car or go for a walk or go into the other room (he hangs out mostly in the kitchen) when our other dog is so willing to cooperate.  We are looking for any tools we may be able to use to better this guy's life.  He is a sweet heart and a big gentle giant and I am really confident that we will be able to better his world.

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Re: Brutus & Me
« on: November 03, 2008, 08:39:39 am »
We do rescue and have 22 right now.  14 of those are our flock - the others are fosters.  cockatiels to cockartoos and everything inbetween.

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