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My friend has decided that this puppy was just not ... going to either buy one of those or adopt one"

He's going to need a new wife. Or a different, less time-intensive job. Or maybe he'll learn to enjoy living ... dog that both makes and enforces its own house rules. 'Cause those are his options, even with an adult ACD.

That's pretty much what I told him. I don't think I had any impact, though. He just wants what he wants, and nothing anyone else can say is going to change his mind.
Speaking of ACDs, I'm worried about Ranger. Nothing I can point to, specifically, but the boy just ain't quite right ... being able to diagnose a vague "Ain't Doin' Right" when I've got nothing more than an impression to go on?

Hey, as others have said, my vet goes on that all the time. Sometimes she finds something, occasionally she finds out that I brought a pet in for a bad case of gas. Either way, she's awesome, and she takes what I say seriously enough so I never feel stupid about it.

I've found that for those who are really in tune with their pets, that vaugue "somethine ain't right" is always on target about something. Might be a simple thing that's causing discomfort, or it might be something that he needs help with..but you've never struck me as a hypochonriac by proxy, so I'd probably make an appointment.

Tara
Then again, what's the likelihood of my vet being able to diagnose a vague "Ain't Doin' Right" when I've got nothing more than an impression to go on?

Mine have always taken my vague observations like that seriously, and usually been able to figure out what is going on. I've had friends give me grief about taking my dogs in when they see just fine, and then be astounded that there was in fact, something wrong with the dog. Then again, I don't understand just how it is that raging UTIs, staph infections, joint problems, etc. can go unnoticed until someone who doesn't live with the dog points it out.
Suja
Then again, what's the likelihood of my vet being able ... I've got nothing more than an impression to go on?

Mine have always taken my vague observations like that seriously, and usually been able to figure out what is going on.

That's three votes for "hie thee to the vet" (diddy, Suja, Tara). I've been sitting here, talking myself out of a visit to Dr. Donna, so it's helpful to hear that I'm not just being an over-reactive "mommy".

Trust the gut instincts. Check. If he's not back to obnoxious by tomorrow, we're going to go a-visiting.
I've had friends give me grief about taking my dogs in when they see just fine, and then be astounded ... UTIs, staph infections, joint problems, etc. can go unnoticed until someone who doesn't live with the dog points it out.[/nq]Heh. One time, Regis-the-horse was just not quite right. Well, gait irregularities weren't unknown to him, but this was more irregular than his usual "how the hell does he move like that?" ambulations. I looked him over, didn't see anything. My horse vet looked him over, didn't see anything. We stood next to him, chatting, trying to brainstorm what might be the problem. She put a hand on his stifle to look under him (thinking that his slight off-ness might be a plumbing problem), and just happened to put her hand on a seroma (probably from a kick) the size of Texas that conformed exactly to the contour of his stifle joint and was, therefore, really hard to spot.

Once she felt it and pointed it out to me, it was HUGE and OBVIOUS and how he managed to walk without limping like an arthritic old man first thing in the morning is one of the mysteries of the universe.
Sometimes the glaringly obvious gets overlooked when you're too close to it.
Oh Believe me Tara..I have went round and round about this entire thing with my husband already. In my previous e-mails you will see that I mentioned I didn't bargain for the puppy and that we already had one outside..yes I have many many times wished our outside Lab would be more interactive with us..seems the inside dogs we have get the most attention..they have the real cream of the crop in terms of living conditions. I will break my story down not to make excuses or to ask for sympathy but only so that you will see it from my point of view.

We moved in to our first home five years ago and recieved our first puppy as a "house warming" gift from friends of ours..nice gift huh? We were in no terms ready for a dog at that point as we had plenty of things to do in our new residence but did not have the heart to refuse her either..first off because we knew our friends would be hurt but secondly because she was so damn sweet..My husband trained it some (not nearly enough) and I exercised it and played with her as much as i could .

Has she had the misfortune of spending too much time secluded outside in her kennel?? Yes she has and I am READY to make a change on that end..I can't say that she will be in the house because it just won't work out for various other reasons not to mention she really doesn't seem to care for it...she isn't used to it..but I am definately ready to give her what she needs..TLC..my husband on the other hand? He loves animals..but expects a ton out of them (like they should instinctivly hunt on their own with little training)...etc..or they shouldn't get tired out from the hunt after five minutes (even though they haven't trained to get ready for it)..now this isn't a husband bash but it is the way he operates.

We have had more than ONE confrontation on the matter. Our housedogs came to us as we fell instantly in love with them. Did they make for more lack of time with our outside dog? yes I suppose but not much because we weren't out with her much anyhow...(again a bad thing on our part)...those two like I said are no concern..they have the perfect life..Now the puppy..my husband felt that he was READY to train a dog now so yes instead of working with our other one..he thought a fresh start would be better.

Is this a concern of mine??YOU BET it is and again it has led to many heated discussions. At this point in time I have NOW decided that I am going to take action on all ends and step up to the plate to see that all of our dogs have equal joy of life..but I WILL be demanding the same from my husband or ELSE the puppy will have to go. I REFUSE to see another dog out in a kennel with little attention.
Also Tara, yes I can see that I will need thick skin on the group because I am obviously on a site where I am a minority and up until this point thought I was a good animal person but now feel like scum. I am willing to make changes though and that is a good thing. But I tell you what it is going to be awfully hard because my life is already very full with a toddler and full time job amongst other things..I just wish my husband shared the same feelings as I do. I assume there will be another discussion this evening and this time I am putting down my foot!!
Sometimes the glaringly obvious gets overlooked when you're too closeto it.

Totally true.Just went through this (in a different way) with the Cat of Bitchiness JJ. She was slightly more cranky than usual for a few days. She was visiting the cat box a little bit more often (she's still a wee bit obsessed with the concept of indoor cat "plumbing" though anyway, so it was hard to tell. She's not terribly friendly, and there are only one or two times a day when I have "permission" to Touch The Goddess. So, that those times were shortened from one minute at a time, to 30 seconds didn't immediately signal a major problem.

The last sign was that she stopped sleeping on the foot of my bed and spent the night in the bathroom. I made the vet appointment feeling kind of stupid about it. Turned out she had a really uncomfortable UTI, which we dealt with. She was also having some ulcerations around her vaginal area (hell, if she was a NICE cat, I still wouldn't be pulling the fat folds open to check that are regularly..and I'm certainly not chancing that with the stray biatch).
A couple weeks of antibiotics and *** regualr *** washing later and she was much better, but still not quite "right" (plus now she HATED me), so back she went. Since we had already done urine culture and bloodwork, Dr Bonnie picked Xrays and a sonogram (didn't charge for the latter..one of the many reasons I ove that lady) and found a fair amount of constipated impaction. Not full blockage, but enough to be uncomfortable. Two days of enemas at the vet's, more *** washing and a week of Metamucil (why do I have pets again?) and she was not only back to her old self, but so happy about feeling better that she gave me two free days of actual lubbin'. Lucky me!
And I've said many times, with Finn I was so used to seeing him unwell, that if I had been able to see him with "new" eyes, I probably would have released him a few months sooner than I did.
We can only guess at what's going on with them, no matter how intimately we understand their behaviors. We do the best we can, and some of us wear the "Nervous Nellie" badges at the vets and don't care who knows it -)
Let us know how he's doing.
Tara
Then again, what's the likelihood of my vet being able to diagnose a vague "Ain't Doin' Right" when I've got nothing more than an impression to go on?

I once took my cat to the vet because he "didn't smell normal" it wasn't anything anyone else would notice and he turned out to have an upper-respiratory tract infection (without other symptoms other than a bit of lethargy). So sometimes they can find the cause. I'd trust my instincts if I were you.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the Pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico cat
Then again, what's the likelihood of my vet being able to diagnose a vague "Ain't Doin' Right" when I've got nothing more than an impression to go on?

Probably not good, but I've gone to the vet with no more than that. "She's just not right," got me raised eyebrows in the front office, but she wasn't right.
I hope it's all a figment of your imagination!

Shelly
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Trust the gut instincts. Check. If he's not back to obnoxious by tomorrow, we're going to go a-visiting.

Good! At worst, you'll be a little poorer, but it's well worth the peace of mind. Hopefully, it'll be nothing, but you'd be unhappy with yourself if you found out it was something.

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