today i met Bandit, the GSD from the farm that borders the far side of our property. he had run down the field to see Hershey (the neighbor's Lab), when he must have noticed Manu and i in the yard. suddenly Manu was dragging me over towards the neighbor's yard. and then he stopped. very still. tail up, twitching a bit, chest forward, legs very stiff. yeah, not exactly my favorite posture for him to be in. well, Bandit thought it was an invitation to come on over and show us how big he was, so here's Manu, very aroused, with a big, young, intact GSD boy sniffing at his nether regions, and Hershey, the older Lab, overlooking things.

i decided it was time to go inside, and started moving Manu in the direction of the house ("right here, Manu. good boy! hey, look at me, puppy. good boy!"), but Bandit kept coming with us, kind of staring at Manu while walking abreast of us. luckily the SO saw my predicament through the window and came out to chase Bandit off so Manu could come inside and relax a bit. poor boy, it must be pretty hard to have a new strange boy dog poking around your yard like that.

especially with Manu on a leash, when he'd rather be showing the new boy who's really boss (or who he thinks is boss, anyway).

it's interesting that Manu was fine around Hershey, but totally aroused around Bandit. i think part of it must be Hershey's advanced age. he's not dominant, not threatening, and Manu sees him and just wants to play. but as soon as a young, cocky male comes around (especially if he's bigger than Manu), it's time for trouble. i'm sure glad i had him on a leash. there go any thoughts i had of letting them play in the yard before the fence is up.

the neighbor kid brought Bandit up to his owner after the non-incident. i hope he told the owner that we have eevil pit bulls and he should keep his dog better contained.
yeah, we really need to get that fence up.
-kelly
today i met Bandit, the GSD from the farm that borders the far side of our
property. he had run down the field to see Hershey (the neighbor's Lab),
when he must have noticed Manu and i in the yard. suddenly Manu was
dragging me over towards the neighbor's yard. and then he stopped. very
still. tail up, twitching a bit, chest forward, legs very stiff. yeah, not
exactly my favorite posture for him to be in. well, Bandit thought it was
an invitation to come on over and show us how big he was, so here's Manu,
very aroused, with a big, young, intact GSD boy sniffing at his nether
regions, and Hershey, the older Lab, overlooking things. i decided it was
time to go inside, and started moving Manu in the direction of the house
("right here, Manu. good boy! hey, look at me, puppy. good boy!"), but
Bandit kept coming with us, kind of staring at Manu while walking abreast of
us. luckily the SO saw my predicament through the window and came out to
chase Bandit off so Manu could come inside and relax a bit. poor boy, it
must be pretty hard to have a new strange boy dog poking around your yard
like that. especially with Manu on a leash, when he'd rather be showing the
new boy who's really boss (or who he thinks is boss, anyway). it's interesting that Manu was fine around Hershey, but totally aroused
around Bandit. i think part of it must be Hershey's advanced age. he's not
dominant, not threatening, and Manu sees him and just wants to play. but as
soon as a young, cocky male comes around (especially if he's bigger than
Manu), it's time for trouble. i'm sure glad i had him on a leash. there go
any thoughts i had of letting them play in the yard before the fence is up.
the neighbor kid brought Bandit up to his owner after the non-incident. i
hope he told the owner that we have eevil pit bulls and he should keep his
dog better contained.
yeah, we really need to get that fence up.
-kelly
nice to see u went outside but why do we have to hear about it ?

you don't have to hear about it. the solution is simple. killfile me. please.
-kelly
nice to see u went outside but why do we have to hear about it ?

you don't have to hear about it. the solution is simple. killfile me. please.

Is he still here whining?
I guess he hasn't figured out the name of this group yet, "dog.behavior".
Anyway, our fenced yard has become a fenced lake.
Yesterday, we received @ 6 inches of rain and since it's all basically swamp at sea level here, it goes nowhere. (I stuck a half empty water bucket under the eaves during the downpour and it filled up in less than 5 minutes.)
Between the house and the deck is where most water accumulates, and it was 3 inches deep of standing water.
Of course, THIS is where Luke and Mojo like to hang out best, grazing for insects and splashing up mud.
The floor is a mess and the boys are muddy, but happy.

Taffy, OTOH, has shown that she hates water in a most passionate way previously unknown to us.
Remember: The annual precipitation in Idaho was @10 inches a year and here, it's @ 10X that.
So, she's seeing water in a whole new way.
To get her out to pee during the deludges requires that one of us actually go OUT there, in the rain,onto the grass. (I won't mention that someone actually held an umbrella over her so she could pee in relative comfort.)
Also, during this rain we had an awesome display of thunder and Mojo decided that he would be safer if he knocked open the door to the laundry room, bumped into me as I was bent over the dryer door and thereby pushing my upper body into it.
From there, he proceeded to get fresh doghair all
over my wet, (but clean laundry), that I had hung up to air dry on hangers.
He would NOT move away from me. His brain just shuts down and he needs to have some part of his body touching some part of ours for comfort.
After I had re-washed things, the thunder and rain quit and he was content to hang around in the other room,
of course.
Terri
Don't you just love/hate it? The winters are sloppy, messy here, my least favorite time of year. But wait til early spring, it will literally swoon you off your feet. No other place on earth, makes such a pretty spring showing..
Perry