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2 Gotcha days and a birthday.

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Wyrekin, Aug 22, 2013.


  1. Wyrekin

    Wyrekin PetForums VIP

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    On the 15th of this month it was four years since I first brought Scooby home. So Happy fourth gotcha day Scooby, 15 years old and still rolling in poo!

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    Then on the 20th of this month it was Bandit's 2nd Birthday (going back 7 weeks from the day I found him). Happy belated birthday Bandit.

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    And finally, today is Malcolm's first gotcha day. One year ago today he joined my family and added a whole new level of crazy! Happy first gotcha day Malcolm.

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    And now for some attempted group shots (Scooby was still in bed...) -

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    Thank you for looking :grin:

    P.S Please ignore Bandit's grumpy face he pulls it the minute I ask him to stay!
     
  2. GingerRogers

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    They all look like a big bundle of fun, what a family you have :D.

    Its a year since we picked up ninja on Monday :eek:
     
  3. Wyrekin

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    They are and given that the three on the picnic bench are all aged under 3 years I think it's safe to say I live in a mad house.

    Sounds like the Ginger Ninja has come a long way in the year she has spent with you. :)
     
  4. GingerRogers

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    Including the chicken :p

    The first group shot looks like it sums it up, Malcom big ears yawning come on come on we have stuff to do, collie (sorry is it Sally or have I imagined that) saying sod this I am off important things cant wait, and little smart Bandit saying I am being good can I eat the chicken please.

    Ninja is finally getting there, not sure quite where there is but its somewhere a bit more peaceful :eek:
     
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    They look lovely and good fun as GR said :D.
     
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    They all look lovely,Bet they all have fun.:)
     
  7. Wyrekin

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    Haha the chicken is lonely because her two buddies have gone broody so she's decided the dogs will do as temporary friends... My chooks have no boundaries!

    Malcolm was not impressed I wasn't letting him go and look at the bin wagon collecting the works rubbish. The collie is Layla, a stray that came to stay, but you haven't made Sally up, she is my Dad's kelpie cross :) . Believe it or not Bandit is scared of the chickens and they take advantage of that! I regularly see them chasing him across the garden and sometimes they try to steal his dinner :eek: He's not a proper terrier really!

    I always have the 'there' debate whenever anyone comments on Malcolm. He's fab now but he still has his moments.

    Thank you both, there is a reason I refer to them as the hooligans! :lol:
     
  8. GingerRogers

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    Oops sorry glad i wasn't completely making stuff up though :p

    What's all their stories then. They all sound like accidental accumulations which is lovely.
     
  9. Wyrekin

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    Haha, no worries!

    They are all rescues one way or another.

    Scooby was in rescue and over bonded to me, he would drag people across the fields to see me and would only settle when I was in his room. After one failed rehoming attempt (he was returned after 24 hours for not settling :rolleyes: ) I managed to talk my parents, who I lived with at the time, into letting me bring him home. He spent his first three months being possessive of just about everything, including me, towards my two labs and was very hard work but he's such a sweet dog we persevered and he settled in the end. He is aggressive towards strangers, can be lead reactive to dogs, has separation anxiety and still has possessive moments but I love him all the same!


    I found Bandit at about 7 weeks old dumped in a box at the side of the road. It was November and very cold on a quiet country lane, I thought it was an odd thing to fly tip as the box was small enough to fit in your average bin so I went and had a look and there he was. He wasn't in particularly bad shape but he had no concept of not messing in his own space. It took me months to house train him but he's one of the best behaved dogs I've owned and I'm very proud of him.

    I fell in love with Malcolm from a picture on rescue website, wrong thing to do I know! I watched for 6 months as he was constantly bypassed. Then I lost two of my old dogs within a week of one another :( and I couldn't get Malcolm out of my head. I asked the two dog trainers who were working with him for more info and then went down to meet him. He was a nutter. He used to chew through leads, never come back (he'd stand 10ft away and not come any closer), he'd steal, he was toy possessive, collar shy and I multitude of other issues but I brought him home anyway. Now he is none of the above but not without a lot of work. He is a lovely boy who did not deserve to end up in rescue at a year old.

    Layla I found while walking about 6 weeks ago. I reported her to all the appropriate places but no one came forward for her. I've had a couple of people voice an interest in rehoming her but none have worked out. She is very nervous and poorly socialised but not in an aggressive sense. She just won't got near strangers or things that scare her which at first included the house :shock: She was filthy and un-housetrained but she's now at least clean. I still have yet to decide whether or not she is staying. We will just have to wait and see.
     
  10. GingerRogers

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    Gosh what lucky dogs and what luck you were inthe right places and lucky you. They all soundlike they have given so much in return.
     
  11. Malmum

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    Happy birthday/gotcha day gorgeous doggies - such lucky dogs to have landed themselves with you. Can hardly believe anyone could dump Bandit like that, he so easily could have died.

    Love the group pics and especially Bandits face, lol - they all look so well behaved too. Smashing dogs. :)
     
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    Ahhhhhh - always delighted to see some pics of your brood :D

    What a credit they all are to you having come on leaps and bounds and come to terms with their own issues to now be happy and loved
     
  13. Tigerneko

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    That's one of the best photobombs ever!! Damn chicken :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Happy Gotcha days & birthday pooches!

    I love Malcolms ears, they are fab, he's gorgeous - and Scooby looks amazing for his age, you can tell he's an older boy but i'd never have guessed 15!
     
  14. Wyrekin

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    I'm so lucky to have them all with me. I couldn't ask for a better family.

    Bandit was freezing when I picked him up, at that point it was the coldest night of the year so far. What gets me is he is a smashing little dog and so loyal. I just dread to think what has become of his parents :(

    They are mostly well behaved but they do have their moments! The youngsters have turned in to a right troublesome threesome.

    Aww I'm glad you like the photo's, thank you :) I'm lucky to have had a lot of support with them from some very knowledgable people. They've all helped my gain a much better insight in to dog behaviour. They make me proud everyday.

    The chickens the best trained out of the lot of them! When I'm in the garden she is my chicken shadow and when trying to have a BBQ the other week she snuck up on to the table to steal the bread rolls :eek: She brought her two naughty mates with her as well and while I was concentrating on her nicking the bread Babs (my jersey giant cross) nicked off with a corn on the cob!

    Malcolm is such a lovely boy but easily stressed and a bit misunderstood. If you were to meet him he'd love to sit on your feet and let you stroke his ears. He's so stupidly friendly with people.

    Thank you for your kind comment on Scooby. He's still up to doing two, one hour walks a day and regularly gets up to mischief but now he can pretend he doesn't hear me because he's starting to go deaf!
     
  15. AdMed

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    What a lovely bunch of dogs, I can well imagine they keep you busy ;)

    Btw have you any idea what Malcolm is? My Barney has the same crazy eared look :001_wub:
     
  16. Wyrekin

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    The really keep my occupied!

    I'm pretty sure he is a GSD cross Husky possibly with a bit of collie in there. He is about 20kgs and very lean at the moment. He has a really soft coat and pink lips.
     
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    Barney sounds like he is a wee bit bigger at around 25kg but also very lean looking and all legs and ears. Likewise his coat is very soft and snugly with undercoat which sheds around twice a year. He sleeps tightly curled into a ball which his tail over his nose when he is even slightly chilly.


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  18. Wyrekin

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    He does have a very Malcolmesque look about him. Here is a similar shot of Malc (He's about 22kgs here so a bit heavier) -

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    And a side view -

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    Malc could carry a kilo or so more without being fat. He's actually underweight for me at the moment as most of his ribs show when he is moving but even on three meals a day he isn't gaining weight!

    He also sheds twice a year and loves to sleep curled up tight in a ball. His fur comes off in nice big clumps that are very satisfying to pluck :eek:
     
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