How Are The Two Dogs?

Yesterday I told you all about how I introduced Ushi to Ash, and that they seemed to get on.

Well dad braught her up today. She first of all sniffed around, then went out to the kitchen to drop her load. That was exactly what Ushi did yesterday too, so maybe they were marking their teratory? It’s a bit weird that they both decided to drop their loads as a greeting. I think Ushi was just holding on, though.

After about an hour, I braught Ushi down to see Ash again. Their tails were waggling away. They basically ignored each other. Lots of sniffing of bums has happened throughout the day by Ushi, but as one enters the room, the other one goes out of the room!

I would much rather have this though, as it’s far far far better than growling or anything like that. Maybe i’m just being crazy for thinking this? I do think that it will work though. There is absolutely no growling or anything like that at all. I think it is mainly the size difference that is making Ash so nervous. I’m not worried about them though, and if something was going to happen surely would it not have happened by now?

My brothers love her, and she seems settled. She is lying on her bed at the moment downstairs, and Ushi is up here chewing her nylabone. (Ash can’t get up the stairs, bless her).

So here’s to a successful mix with them, and hopefully it stays that way! Sorry for the post being so short, but I just thought i’d update you all on what the situation is with them.

I’m not sure if I should let the team know of guide dogs, but at the end of the day, as long as it’s not affecting Ushi workwise, then they shouldn’t be too worried and it can wait til the next aftercare later this month.

One more thing before I go-Ushi has a bed that’s like a big pillo thingie. The cover can be washed in the washing machine, but the bed is getting a bit wiffy. What can I use on the main bed part? I’d be scared of it falling apart if I put it in the wash. Even just something to spray on it to take away the wiff and kill any bacteria? It would have to be something pet friendly as she is quite a licker.


A Successful Mix

Well today I took Ushi down to meet my grannys dog.

I decided to work Ushi before taking her down to meet Ash. I thought it would tire her out. She hadn’t spent in the morning, so I let her go again before our walk. Yet again no spending, (I did it off lead this time). I thought i’d be there all day so decided to try and do the walk.

We just did the church route. I was thinking that it was a fabulous route, when we came across a dog across the road, so I stopped Ushi before she got distracted and waited until they were further on. There is this part near the church where you sort of drift round to the right, before picking up the straight line again. Of course Ushi decided to take me up near the estate again that she took me to in the snow. She has been doing that for the past couple of days. While trying to get her back on track, she does a big massive jump! I really corrected her for that. I then had to check to make sure it wasn’t a person, which thankfully it wasn’t. There must have been a bird she was after. The rest of the way home was uneventful.

We had a little rest for a bit until dad came up. Ushi still hadn’t spent, but I was going to give her an opportunity to do it on the journey as it’s quite a long walk down. So near to grannys I let her go, and she just peed.

When we got to grannys house, I didn’t mix the dogs like i’d planned. Ash was wondering round anyway, so I thought i’d see how they got on. I took off the halty and decided to take off the lead too. They had their introductory sniffs, before Ushi ran out to near where the kitchen was, and decided to drop her load. I was a bit annoyed as she had plenty of time to go, she was just holding on. I was really sorry and kept apologising. I sounded a bit angry towards Ushi, and granny was like “it’s alright, if the dog has to go, it has to go”. I explained that I didn’t like her doing it though. We let her outside to see if she needed to go again, but she just came wondering back in again.

Ash came over to us, wagging her tail madly. They then had a bound, and Ushi started chasing Ash. Ash wanted to go to bed, but she came out again shortly afterwards. Tails were still wagging, and there was no growling or anything from either dog. They did seem slightly nervous of each other, but they still came close, and sniffed each other. I think Ash was more nervous cause of the size of Ushi compared to Ash. Ash is a springer, so quite small compared to Ushi.

Whenever Ash went over to the other side of the room, ushi turned her head and was like “where has she gone?”.

So I think it was a successful mix. There was no growling, and Ushi wasn’t submitting herself to Ash or anything. So a much better result than when we introduced Ushi and Sally! So Ash is coming home tomorrow. I’m thinking of letting them have a wonder/play again tomorrow, and I might even have Ushi out the back just so there won’t be any accidents. I thinnk she spent cause it was all the excitement and that. It was solid though compared to when she did it in the shopping centre.

I may be doing all this wrong, but I think they will get on. Maybe i’m doing the introducing thing wrong, but they seem pritty comfy with each other. I’d say if something was going to happen, it would have happened within the first couple of minutes.

So my little brother will be happy!

In other news, my phone is being rather weird. It keeps saying “no mail box defined. Define now?” when I haven’t pressed anything. Plus when I go to text, it only says a letter, then it’s like it doesn’t register me pressing the keys. I’ve turned it off, taken the battery out, left it, but it’s still being weird. My menus work though lol. I might take it into vodafone if it continues.
All in all it was a good day!

A Puppy Compromise

Remember back when Ushi first came home? Well if you don’t, let me refresh your memories…

We had a pet dog called Sally fo a couple of years. She was a boxer/staffordshire cross. This meant that she was very very boysterous to ahndle, and generally not too good to take for walks etc. When Ushi first came home we hoped we could mix them okay.

We tried introducing them on lead in the garden, then off lead. That didn’t work at all, and Ushi just wanted to hide. We even tried taking them to a park, but that wasn’t successful either. The decider was the next day, when Ushi
Got a puncture wound for her trouble
From Sally. I wasn’t comfy with having Sally around, and mum agreed that that wasn’t practical. So Sally found a new home.

Mum had said to my little brother that once Ushi was settled that she would get a puppy for him. He was thrilled about that. However he soon got bored of doing things like grooming Ushi, and never mentioned the pup again. That was until last week.

We had a major discussion about why it wasn’t a good idea to get the pup now, and that when Ushi was an adult dog, we could consider it.

Mum then started saying about how much she would love a pup. I tried to explain to her that it would probably be good to wait at least a year to give Ushi time to really settle in, and just to make sure things were right. Also I was told by the instructors that if I got the pup too soon, it could mess up Ushi’s spending routine, in that if, say, she smelt pee on the carpet, that she could be likely to do it. My arguments seemed to fall on deaf ears though.

My aunt who died of cancer a couple of months ago had a little dog. She lived with my granny, but now that my aunt had passed, granny felt she couldn’t cope with the dog any more. She tried looking for a home, but because she is an older dog nobody would take her. My dad asked if we would like to take her. I said I didn’t mind, as long as we could introduce the pair of them (Ushi and the dog) to make sure they were okay. We talked it over with mum, and she says that she will take her. This means that puppy gets put off for a while, at least which gives Ushi the most opportunity to get settled, and there is probably less likelyhood of her spending being messed up.

So someday this week, I will take Ushi down to grannies and introduce the two dogs. From what I remember this dog isn’t too boysterous which is good. The dog is called “Ash”, as she is black. She is a black springer type. She is 12 years old, but is in pritty good health. She does get the odd ear infection, but apart from that, she is grand.

I’m hoping that the two of them will get along. I wouldn’t want my brother getting his hopes up for it not to work. As the dog is quite old it shouldn’t really bother with Ushi, and shouldn’t be much of a distraction.

I’ll let you know how it goes, and let’s pray that the mix is successful! I want it to be as much of a stress free experience as possible. Anything I should do apart from introducing them first? Was planning to walk Ushi down with the halty on, then take that off in the house, introduce on lead, and then if that is successful, maybe let her off? If that is successful, and she isn’t too boysterous for Ushi, then she comes home.

Thanks for any suggestions, and i’ll keep you posted!

Oh and almost forgot…. On a side note:
My friend
Got Tia the cat back home the other day. They still aren’t any closer to finding out what the bug is, but I want to let you know of a compitition they have been doing. They got a supply of
Soft claws,
Which are little plastic things that slip over a cats claws, to stop them scratching you/ the furniture/other people/themselves. They don’t hurt a cat as they just slip over the claws. I think there are “Soft paws” for dogs too.

On the blog, Tia the cat sets different chalenges every week for you to win a packet. All you have to do is visit the website they put up for that particular compitition, describe something you have done, for instance, pick your size of claws or paws, and head back to
Her blog
And leave a comment with the answer to whatever chalenge it is plus your size and colour. It couldn’t be simpler!

They are taking a break from the compitition for a couple of weeks as they weren’t having much interest. So please use this time to spread the word, and do come back to
Carlies blog
After christmas to enter the compitition. You’ll get more visitors, plus a packet of soft claws if you win!

Thanks, and I know she would appreciate this!