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]
posted by deus ex machina
on Jul 28, 2014 -
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]
posted by SNWidget
on Jul 19, 2014 -
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?
posted by hippychick
on Jul 13, 2014 -
My husband accidentally exposed our dog to raisins, and I just wish he'd take some responsibility for it. [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum
on May 24, 2014 -
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.
posted by anonymous
on May 3, 2014 -
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]
posted by cranberrymonger
on Apr 13, 2014 -
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]
posted by geeky
on Jan 30, 2014 -
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]
posted by samthemander
on Jan 22, 2014 -
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]
posted by NoraCharles
on Jan 21, 2014 -
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?
posted by nurgle
on Nov 19, 2013 -
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]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 25, 2013 -
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]
posted by zachxman
on Sep 13, 2013 -
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]
posted by FlamingBore
on Aug 24, 2013 -
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]
posted by Sara C.
on Jun 11, 2013 -
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]
posted by myShanon
on Jun 5, 2013 -
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]
posted by lunasol
on Feb 22, 2013 -
Please help me administer eye drops three times a day to a very skittish little dog. [more inside]
posted by scody
on Dec 16, 2012 -
What sorts of things should we be considering to keep an older dog amused and happy? [more inside]
posted by Pomo
on Nov 27, 2012 -
What's the best way to adopt a Boston Terrier (without waiting months and months)? [more inside]
posted by amoeba
on Oct 21, 2012 -
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]
posted by jsturgill
on Sep 24, 2012 -
Cool or uncool: your spouse gets a second dog from a local shelter without asking or consulting you? [more inside]
posted by fatllama
on Sep 7, 2012 -
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]
posted by 0bvious
on Aug 29, 2012 -
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]
posted by Quincy
on Jun 29, 2012 -
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]
posted by bollockovnikov
on Jan 9, 2012 -
Am I harming my dog by not walking it every day? And why won't she play with her ball anymore? [more inside]
posted by kanata
on Dec 7, 2011 -
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]
posted by MustardTent
on Dec 5, 2011 -
My dog has cancer. Am I hurting him if I spoil the heck out of him the next few months? [more inside]
posted by werty
on Oct 13, 2011 -
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.
posted by millerizer
on Oct 11, 2011 -
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]
posted by kumazemi
on Aug 25, 2011 -
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]
posted by t0astie
on Aug 16, 2011 -
Is it a good idea to get a pet dog if I live alone and need to travel occasionally? [more inside]
posted by madman
on Jul 28, 2011 -
Our prima donna of a puggle won't pee in the rain. Help us before I squeeze it out of her. [more inside]
posted by griphus
on Jul 25, 2011 -
We're most likely euthanizing our dog this week. I've read previous posts, but want some reassurance. Much much much more inside because I want you to know the whole story. [more inside]
posted by k8t
on Apr 3, 2011 -