What to do, (if anything,) about a hedgehog trying to get into the house? About 6 weeks ago, a hedgehog took up residence in my garden. A couple of weeks ago, I went out to dinner, forgetting to close the door from my kitchen to the garden and he apparently wandered in. After I found him, I left the door open overnight so he was back in the garden by morning. Now, he tries most evenings after dusk to get back in, scratching at the door and making my dogs crazy. I'm starting to suspect he may be a domesticated variety that was simply dumped. If that's the case, I'm a bit worried about him come winter. What do? Is there any way to easily tell if he's wild or actually an abandoned pet? [more inside]
I would like to get a dog sometime in the next few years. My cat does not like dogs. I don’t want to adopt a dog and realize later that she’ll never come around. Is there a way I can acclimate her to dogs now, before I own one? [more inside]
This evening, a friend brought me a plant she bought at the grocery store, but didn't know the name of. While my back was turned, my dog (a 50 lb shepherd/hound mutt) bit and swallowed one of the leaves before I could grab it from her. From a cursory google search, the plant appears to be a "dreadlock" croton (it has wavy leaves that are vibrantly/neon red and yellow in the middle). Does anyone know how seriously toxic this plant is? [more inside]
The vehicle I'm considering purchasing has Active Noise Cancelation, a feature that apparently can't be turned off. I'm worried that it might be disturbing to my dogs but don't really understand how it works. I have heard people complain about feeling like they need to pop their ears when using the Bose noise canceling headphones and wonder what is at work there. Can anyone shed any light on this? I'll put the manufacturer's description of the system inside. [more inside]
My dog is a runner. When someone finds her and gives her back to me, is it appropriate to offer them a small reward for their trouble? [more inside]
We (two humans + our dog master) had loosely planned to take the ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles next week and spend 5 days roadtripping around the Olympic Peninsula, but the park itself isn't very dog friendly. Is it worth going over anyways and checking out other spots? Anyone spent time out there with a dog, recommendations on places to explore? [more inside]
My dog and I were in Missouri last week and I didn't even think about pest control as we do not need it in Colorado where I am. He became covered in tiny (what I think are) dog ticks and few dear ticks. I was driving back to colorado and didn't know what to do. So I put advantix on him. Now what? [more inside]
Have you had any luck with getting apartments to accept dogs? [more inside]
Please help me reduce the stress/separation anxiety and improve the behavior of my 3 year old dog. More inside. [more inside]
I have a beloved bag that I carry with me when I walk my dogs - but it is showing its age - can you help me find a replacement? [more inside]
My puppy is a collie x king charles spanial cross. Her recall when out on walks was really great until about a month ago. We moved from a suburb to a city and started walking more along rivers and in parks than in quiet fields. Her recall has deteriorated a lot. The biggest problem is birds and ducks, nothing will get her attention. If on the lead, with a bird in sight, I can hold a high value treat against her nose and she doesn't even blink. If off the lead she will chase the birds persistently. [more inside]
What to do with 2 hound mixes for a week in and around Winter Harbor, Maine, in July? We're booked into a dog-friendly tiny house on the ocean in Winter Harbor, and I've been reading up on Acadia. We'd like to include the dogs as much as possible in our jaunts around the area. One is reliable offleash and the other is probably not. (No intention of going offleash anywhere it's not legal or without permission from the owner/caretaker.) Hikes in Acadia are the obvious choice, but what else is there? How dog-friendly is the area in general? [more inside]
I adopted a 4-year-old Shar Pei a week ago who has been nothing but friendly to everyone so far. Today we went to the vet for the first time and he lunged at her (no contact made and I'm not sure if he was really trying to make contact) with fairly ferocious growling. [more inside]
I want to save my dog's ears after she dies, but I'm not sure what I need to know & do. [more inside]
Naming multiple puppies, difficulty factor: Aircraft that start with C [more inside]
We have until May 4 to take a 4 day weekend getaway. We live in MD and are thinking about heading South to warmer weather. We want to take out 2 dogs. They are well trained. We like places to swim with our boys. We enjoy a hike of not more than 6-8 miles. We enjoy walking places and eating at dog friendly out door cafes. Bonus points if there are doggy spas or gyms. Dog lovers please tell me about your city and why we should visit? I know about bring fido.com, but want first hand experience.
Now that Amtrak allows pets on board, my boyfriend and I will be taking our tiny dog to Boston from Penn on the Amtrak in a couple weeks! I've perused the rules and regulations on Amtrak's page, but I was wondering if any of you have taken a dog on the train yet. [more inside]
We have two awesome indoor-only cats. Both of them are rescues - one of them grew up with dogs and LOVES DOGS and the other one doesn't know what dogs are. Both are very large ragdolls (a breed that tends to like dogs). We're interested in considering adding a dog to our home and would be grateful on advice regarding breeds and the age of the incoming dog. Thanks! [more inside]
We're 99% sure we're bringing home a new dog tonight, to be a companion to our beloved dog already in residence. Following Metafilter regulations, pictures of current dog, Birdie, and new dog are here. [more inside]
We're concerned that neighborhood malcontents might be trying to hurt our dog. More inside. [more inside]
My dog is a mutt (possibly some Aussie shephard and border collie in there, very high energy, working dogesque) my fiancé and I adopted at 2 months old. He is now 2 and a half. Training him has always been a bit difficult, because he doesn't react the way trainers say dogs "should." [more inside]
My wife and I are interested in getting a dog. We sort of thought of it as something we'd ease into, especially since we had heard that adoption can take a little bit of time. We stopped by a nearby animal rescue this weekend just to see what was involved, and met a very sweet, gentle 7-year-old pugle. We were very surprised to be told that the rescue does same-day adoption, and we could potentially take her home that day. I balked a little bit because our apartment isn't really set up for a dog, but we're both first time dog owners, so don't really know what that even means. [more inside]
Trying to pinpoint my dog's origins. [more inside]
I need to knit/crochet my dachshunds some sweaters since regular dog sweaters aren't long enough for wiener dog body shapes. Our dogs would wear these every day (not just as occasional costumes on holidays) and thus these sweaters would be subjected to a lot of wear and tear and go through the wash frequently. What kind of yarn would be best for this particular application? Thanks!
I am having a reoccurring memory of reading about an Native American Indian creation story but I can't remember specifics or what book I read it in. I do remember the topic of the book or this specific part of the being about creation stories and liminal time and space. [more inside]
Has anyone else done a "two week shutdown" with their new shelter dog? Although our new pup (35 adorable pounds of dachsund and possible beagle) will whine at the gate to go on a walk, he definitely gets stressed out and intense while we're walking him, and the shutdown would mean that we only let him outside in the yard for the next couple weeks. Would that be too frustrating, or just the relief he needs? [more inside]
My family has just received approval to adopt this adorable little guy, and we are in the process of selecting a name. We have a tradition of giving dogs floral and botanical names. I am allowed to put two names on the ballot for the family to vote on, and I'm turning it over to y'all. [more inside]
For xmas, we'd like to give a donation on another's behalf to an organization that helps with refugees fleeing that have brought their pets with them. [more inside]
Ugh. I don't know why I'm having such a hard time making this decision. I'm being an over-protective dog mom and need some advice. [more inside]
It really sucks, doesn't it. [more inside]
My pooch was eaten the heck up with fleas, and after about two months, some laundromat trips, a trip to the vet, etc, we've been flea-free for a couple of weeks now. I'm having a heck of a time trying to get rid of the flea dirt he had picked up, however. [more inside]
This is really a multiple-part, branching question. 1. Are wolves that afraid of thunder? 2. If they aren't, why are dogs? (Subquestion: Did we have something to do with it?) 3. If they are, why haven't they evolved out of it? And it goes on from there. Cats in my experience don't freak out nearly as much. I don't know about things like elephants or hyenas, who also must face grave threat from lightning. There doesn't seem to be a shred of anything worth reading about this anywhere.
Can you recommend some good dog-friendly outings (short hikes, dog friendly beaches, destinations, trips, etc) in southern/southwestern Maine? Bonus points for those who can also recommend: a) things to do with the pup this weekend, and/or b) good resources (online, print, or other) to discover more of dog-friendly Maine. [link to adorable dog photo inside] [more inside]
Mrs. Demon and I both remember reading, in either a book or a periodical, in the early '80s, an article about an Englishman who found himself with a dog he didn't really want, which dog then had puppies. To keep the puppies in one place, he made a pen by stapling chicken wire to his living room furniture. Does anyone remember anything like this?
My (new) husband and I have decided it’s finally time to live the dream by stepping back from our jobs and traveling the world for the indefinite future. We would like to spend at least a month each in cities all around the world. Difficulty level: 14 year old Scottish terrier. Looking for advice of all stripes. [more inside]
We have two big dogs and will be adding a second carseat in the next couple weeks. Our crossover is already not cutting it space-wise. What large SUV should we get? [more inside]
Is it safe to make dog and cat toys from recycled leather* jackets and bags? Googling is not helping here. I feel like my little buddies would love some leather toys, and I could probably give or sell some to friends/neighbours, but I just want to be on the safe side. [more inside]
My mother's 13 year old dog has stomach cancer and has been throwing up every day. Given the way the past two dogs died within days of my father last year, I'm pretty sure this is going to hit her really hard. How do I help? (Snowflake details inside) [more inside]
My dog is about 5 years old. I've had him for 3.5 years. In the last month or so he has started barking in his sleep. Sometimes he's puppy-dreaming and quietly yipping and moving his feet. About half the time he barks really loud and wakes himself up. This is a definite change in his behavior. Should I be worried? [more inside]
Say you have two pure-bred dogs: a pug and a beagle. If you breed them, you will end up with a crossbreed of two purebreds: a puggle. Is it possible to breed two true puggles and end up with a dog that is by breed standards (or genetic standards?) identical to a pure-bred pug or beagle? Thank you.
We're headed on a family vacation next week that will take us down the east coast from Connecticut to Florida and back. The trip will last about 14 days and we'll be in a Mazda5 (micro minivan with a 3rd row) with 2 adults, 2 kids (8 & 10) and our adult rescue dog, Henry. We've never traveled with a dog before and so are looking for suggestions on how to make this process go as smoothly as possible. [more inside]
A local dog park as a very large quantity of edible berries (chokeberries and chokecherries to be exact). They're located right inside the dog run, though. I'm curious weather or not the concentration of dog poop/pee might effect the berries in terms of flavor/nutrients? Is there such a thing as too much "fertilizer"?
A friend had a very odd experience at the vet and it's now costing him tons of money and I'm questioning my own use of the vet. What are the options? [more inside]
I had a ton of questions about our feral rescue when he first came to live with us last spring. And now I have a new one. He has become super unruly lately and I'm not sure what to do. In particular, he has been getting really weird with people who cut through the off leash area. He'll run over and start barking at them. He runs in circles around them and barks loudly. When he's this keyed up, he won't listen to me at all. I can usually eventually get a stick in his line of vision and convince him that the stick is way more interesting than this poor person, but I don't like it. I'd love some advice about what we should be doing about this! [more inside]
We got an emergency foster on Friday, a young Boxer who had just had a hind leg amputated. I am fully aware that she will be fine, but I can't seem to find information on what to expect through recovery. [more inside]
What are your go-to measures of comfort for the overheated summer dog in your life? [more inside]
My cat acts like a dog. Is it possible that he was raised by dogs? [more inside]