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Now, as a general rule
a "bitch" is usually female dog, not so sure about a "dog." So
what is it we are discussing? We'll have to find out by asking a few
* Does he sleep on a
"couch," or on a bed or in a crate?* Can
he jump onto and off furniture?* Can he pull off a tie?*
Do you feel safe leaving him in his crate alone for an
hour or two?* Can you walk by a dog and
it doesn't greet you with friendly kisses?*
Does he sleep with his nose on your
foot, and if so, how often?* Are you free to
take him home, or should you go look for a dog with
plenty of experience and a track record?*
I'm sure you can find at least one
or two questions that apply to your particular situation.
I was given him as a gift from my
parents, they also gave me two dogs as a gift. They didn't think I could
take care of three dogs.
A dog's first question is, will you
trn me? After that is, where do I eat, will I be left alone all day
and where will I have free roam of the house?
We always had two dogs, when we
got a new dog, we took a break. My husband and I both had careers and
we had our kids young. We were tired out every day.
The first couple of months I took
a break because of the kids.
Once our youngest daughter was
married, the kids had a schedule, she was gone, at least two hours
each night. My husband did not like that I would go stay with
friends when the girls and I had a day off.
You see, I had three dogs at
home. Three dogs meant a lot of time to be trned and socialized.
It meant one, not a single moment of solitude. We always had
them out in the yard, even the young one who had no idea what a
dog was was out in the yard and he always had people watching his
behaviors. He was taught to be obedient.
When our oldest daughter was six
years old, her brother was two, I went back to work. My youngest was
seven at the time, the oldest, seventeen. I still had my dog out
and about in the yard.
I used to have a big yard.
I'm a bit behind on this, but I had
a house with a yard that was about a quarter of an acre and I had
it fenced in. It was just outside the fence, they would ride the
bicycle and they could go for hours.
I was gone three hours most
days. I was busy all day and I didn't have time to trn. I went to
the dog class when I could. I also trned the young one in the
yard. When they were five they were taken out. By the time they were
eight and the oldest was seventeen, they were both taken out.
That house is still there. I
still have the old ones out. In the spring, they would come back
into the yard. I would spend another hour after my husband got home
and took the younger one to her friends and then I would spend an
hour with the one I still had out in the yard.
It was not a lot of time to
trn them. It was just a couple of hours a day that they knew how
In the last couple of years,
this has changed. I have been a stay-at-home mom and my younger
daughter goes off to school with her younger brother and
I was so blessed to find a
job that I enjoy and was able to provide for my family. I have
always been an animal lover, but I had never been much of a horse
person. I wanted to make sure that if they had to be
gone, I wanted to know. I also didn't want to see them
in the auction.
I went to see a horse that
I wanted. I would have bought that horse for my daughter. My
daughter wanted that horse. I was offered a lease, and I took it.
She was only a two and a half year old. I was looking for an
exercise rider. The girl who was with her seemed like the one for
me. She was an old lady, but she had a lot of energy.
So for two and a half years,
we rode and we had a lot of fun and they became a great
bond. They were inseparable. They were together for
hundreds of hours. She loved him as her horse. She
taught him his lessons and she showed him his tricks. She
gave him hugs and kisses, and she would sing and dance with him.
He would follow her everywhere she went, and that is when she
found out that he had arthritis. He was very lame on the hind
quarters. She found out he was blind in one eye, and she
didn't know how bad. His other eye was blind, but she
knew he could see. It's amazing that a two and a half year old
can understand what's going on with someone they've been with
from the very beginning. It was important to her to
make sure that he was loved and taken care of. She would walk
him, and he would stop, and she would give him kisses. She
would sing to him, and dance for him, and he would follow her.
He was her whole world, and she was his. She loved him
as her own child.
When they were a year old, we
took them to Dr. Doss. He diagnosed her with arthritis
and she had three things happen:
#1-Her arthritis was
treated with medication.
#2-She was taken off of
her work, and given time to rest and to
#3-She had someone to
take care of the horse while she was away.
This was very important to
her, because she felt like he was her child. She wanted to
give him love and nurture, and help him, and to heal him. She
came home to find he was not well. There were sores on his
belly and he was limping.
Dr. Doss put him on
medication, and the vet gave him antibiotics. It was at
this time that he was found to