For purposes that I probably don't need to get into, I'd like your saddest and/or most heartwarming links / photos / stories / etc. on the internet about dogs and our relationships with them. [more inside]
We recently adopted an incredibly sweet dog from a local shelter-- Frances is a three year old dachshund/chihuahua mix. She's super mellow and calm when we're with her-- never barks or chews, perfectly housetrained, doesn't react to other dogs or people when on walks... basically perfect and incredibly lovable... EXCEPT... when left alone, she becomes a nightmare destructo-dog. [more inside]
I have an 8-10 year old, very strange, beagle
. Last night I found her with eyes open, but unresponsive, clawing and biting at the wall. Is this seizure activity, night terrors, or something else? [more inside]
My dog just had an accident inside for the second time this week and probably the 15th this summer after 8 years of never having one. I am getting really fed up. Warning: gross descriptions of dog poo inside. [more inside]
This is Hendricks
- he's a 55 lbs. hound/shepherd/mutt that we found at a local shelter back in January. He's pretty chill, except for a love of hunting bunnies that go across his back yard.
Hendricks needs a friend - how do we start approaching this, and how do we find him a friend that will work for him and us? [more inside]
I have two Jack Russell Terriers, both sixish years old, and both with odd licking issues. One licks the exposed skin of people: legs, hands, feet. If you push him away, he will lick the couch. He has done this since he was a puppy, and though I think it's odd and slightly embarrassing when he goes to town on an unwitting friend's shin, it doesn't concern me. Our other dog has started licking his own front legs, above his paws (what his forearm would be if he were a person), so much that they are stained pink. He's done this for a few months now. When I took him to our vet for his yearly checkup, I asked whether she thought it was allergies. She said no, that it could be anxiety or arthritis. She didn't get into much depth (she is new to our vet office, and I don't know that I love her). He walks and runs just fine, so I don't think he is in pain. Does anyone out there have experience with compulsive canine lickers? Do I try to stop them (and if so, how?), or just let them be weird? Or do I change to a new vet who might be a bit more forthcoming?
My husband accidentally exposed our dog to raisins, and I just wish he'd take some responsibility for it. [more inside]
I adopted a dog a month ago. The shelter held him for 10 days, but no one came to claim him. Now the shelter has received a call from someone claiming it is their dog, with a very sad story (death in the family) about why he was lost and no one looked for him. I feel very bad for these people if their story is true, and wonder if the dog would be happier with his original owners. I'm also very attached to the dog, as is my kitten, and have been crying a lot at the thought of giving him up. I can't get another dog now that I've started working in the afternoons - I had a lot of time this month to help him rehome. The dog was found not neutered despite being several years old, which makes me nervous about previous vet care, so I have asked the shelter to look into vet records. How can I make this decision? I have strong feelings on both sides of the argument.
I'm trying to get a sense of what daily life is like with a dog; specifically a retired racing greyhound. I'd love to hear from people who have this kind of dog. [more inside]
My dog has always been the nervous type, but this past year her anxiety has escalated to the point where she's a basketcase more often than not. We're exploring medication options. Blizzard inside. [more inside]
When we brought home a new pup from a local rescue organization three months ago, we had no idea we were getting involved with a Crazy Lady. The adoption STILL isn't finalized and we really want to make it official and never deal with them again. Help me understand if their requests are reasonable and officially adopt my dog! [more inside]
Dog owners - what tips or hacks do you have for making your home more dog-friendly? What did you consider when you bought your home in regard to your dog? [more inside]
I have a good friend who wants a dog. Here is the criteria. We are looking for ways/places to go check out/ideas on how to find a dog for her:
-My friend lives in Northern California, and is willing to travel a reasonable distance (50 miles give or take). She is willing to pay adoption fees.
-Must be male.
-Can be of any breed/mix.
-Must be young to adult, but not a puppy.
-Must be medium to large in size.
-Must have all shots/vaccines.
-Must be neutered.
-Must be a rescue dog.
Help us find places to look around for rescue dogs. We have been striking out... maybe there's some places we aren't finding/thinking of besides the pound, pet shops, rescue agencies, etc?
I am almost positive my parents made the wrong decision to put their dog to sleep, and I don't know how to deal. [more inside]
My small dog loves squeaky tennis balls and will chase them incessantly, morning and night. However, he is also quite adept at de-squeaking these toys, sometimes within minutes. While he does continue to play with the balls after they have lost their sound, these are far less alluring. As neither my budget nor my house has room for the infinite supply of fresh squeaky balls he desires, I seek to re-squeak these balls with fresh squeakers and some super glue. [more inside]
Eleven hours ago our 80 pound dog, Oscar, put both his front paws through a small pane of glass in a set of french doors which resulted in lacerations to the "back" of both front legs. Thankfully we were home and reacted quickly by summoning our neighbor who is an exotic pet veterinarian. She was able to wrap up both legs and call ahead to the ER vet. Even with this quick reaction Oscar still lost a lot of blood and did pretty serious damage to one of his legs. The ER vet was able to repair the severed (partially or completely, they did not provide specifics) muscle, tendon and artery and we were able to bring him home about six hours ago. Now what? [more inside]
7 month old puppy chewing herself constantly, huge bald spots. Any idea why? [more inside]
My dog whines incessantly when I leave him alone. Time has passed. I've tried all the things. Dog is otherwise great. It is time for my sweet pup who I otherwise adore to chill out quietly in his kennel so that I can leave the house. What to do? [more inside]
A week before my former roommate moved out her dog came into heat, resulting in my own ankle biter marking everything he could hike his little leg at. Apparently in his haze of lust he decided that bathing the house in stink would boost his chances of getting a bit of action. Defiled items include the back of my couch, my box spring and the linoleum in the kitchen (where I keep him penned up when I'm out). Also some bedding and other small items I'm comfortable throwing away instead of trying to clean.
Next week I'm moving to another property under the same management and hoping to get back most of my deposits (as well as keeping in the landlord's good grace) by getting the house as minty fresh as possible before I turn in the key.
I'm looking for some low budget recommendations on getting the stench out. I would prefer they be methods that you've used with success, so if I have further questions I can actually discuss it with someone who has experience with the specific method. [more inside]
How often is normal for otherwise healthy pets to have medical emergencies? [more inside]
Please help me find this monkey. This is my dog Frankie with her favorite toy
(and a quarter for scale). This specific monkey toy is her favorite
-- other monkey toys aren't as pleasing. [more inside]
I'm getting a puppy! Would love some advice about the first few days/weeks, especially in terms of bringing him to my office. [more inside]
What's it like to be a first-time dog owner? [more inside]
Please explain to me how my dog's butt works. Thank you. [more inside]
Please help me administer eye drops three times a day to a very skittish little dog. [more inside]
Help me name this adorable Boston Terrier puppy! [more inside]
What sorts of things should we be considering to keep an older dog amused and happy? [more inside]
Our 24-lb puggle (for scale: I am 5'6")
needs a soft-sided carrier and also to get stuffed into said carrier. [more inside]
What's the best way to adopt a Boston Terrier (without waiting months and months)? [more inside]
Name my scrappy survivor terrier puppy? [more inside]
How do I get the dog to play with the cat like its a cat? [more inside]
I want to train my dog to stay, come, and heel (or, "come in closer, but you don't have to come right up to me"). How do I do this? [more inside]
Cool or uncool: your spouse gets a second dog from a local shelter without asking or consulting you? [more inside]
I have a beautiful, fun and energetic puppy. A Husky cross (we don't know what the other half is, but it must have been small). She loves to play games. Me and my partner alternate working from home during the day. What fun games can we play with her at home, indoors, that don't distract too
much from our work? [more inside]
How do I decide how best to have my dogs vaccinated? And what vaccinations are really necessary? And possibly going against my vet’s wishes. Detailed snowflake inside. [more inside]
I need a dog harness that doesn't touch the neck. [more inside]
Any of you have any experience with high-tech dog doors? [more inside]
What breed of dog should we get? [more inside]
Looking to buy/acquire a puppy in (North) London. I am worried about vaccinations etc. and have some questions about ethics of the whole thing. Can I get a puppy from a shelter? Or should I feel happy about paying for one from a 'good' home through a website? [more inside]
Am I harming my dog by not walking it every day? And why won't she play with her ball anymore? [more inside]
Is adopting a rescued dog safe for a young family? I've never considered it before, but I am trying to expand my horizons. [more inside]
Help us name our pup! [more inside]
What do you do with a passive-aggressive, anonymous busybody neighbor? [more inside]
My dog has cancer. Am I hurting him if I spoil the heck out of him the next few months? [more inside]
Where can I take a well-behaved 70 lbs dog and go indoors (like a mall) within a 100-mile radius of Los Angeles? We already go to PetSmart and PetCo.
Help us find a great jacket (probably with hood) for our small dog! [more inside]
My friends and I are raising the cash and surprise-preserving our friend's decrepit chihuahua who will (most likely) be put to sleep soon. Help me find the best facility or company to freeze-dry/preserve my friend's dog. [more inside]
We have some friends staying with us tonight. They’ve just texted me to say they’re here, and they’ve brought their dog and they hope that’s OK. It’s not OK. How can I gently and tactfully communicate that I’m cool with it this time, I guess, seeing as it’s here, but would prefer the dog stay outside during this visit and that future visits are pet free? [more inside]
Is it a good idea to get a pet dog if I live alone and need to travel occasionally? [more inside]
Our prima donna of a puggle won't pee in the rain. Help us before I squeeze it out of her. [more inside]