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User Topic: Separation anxiety in rescued dog (chihuahua). Thundershirt?
Too_Trusting
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Default  Posted: 6:57 PM, May 3rd (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

^bump^

Need. More. Maisy. Updates.


"Anyone perfect must be lying; anything easy has its cost. Anyone plain can be lovely; anyone loved can be lost." Barenaked Ladies

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Default  Posted: 8:14 PM, May 3rd (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

She's in my lap right now, as I browse SI and do homework.

She only leaves our laps to chase the cat around the house (they are now BFF!!!), then she comes back and settles down.

I'll post new pics soon, i promise!!


BS- me.
FWS- him.
DDay 6/07 (immediately separated)
RDay 8/07
OC born 3/08
OC Adopted 2014
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Too_Trusting
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Default  Posted: 8:48 PM, May 3rd (Saturday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

That is just AWESOME, Want. Thanks for my little Maisy fix. Sounds like she is quite enjoying her new home and BFF cat. SWEET!


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Default  Posted: 2:57 PM, May 4th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

It's illegal in some states in Australia to have unrestrained dogs in your car and in all states for the dog to be on the drivers lap.

I tried Vasily with a car harness, he hated it so now have a car hammock on the back seat. It makes a barrier so they can't jump into the front and won't fall on the floor or travel through the front window in an accident. Works for us as he can still check out the world from both sides of the car. He loves to run across the backseat to look out both windows, it seems he is worried that something amazing will happen on the side of the road he isn't watching!


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Default  Posted: 8:34 AM, May 5th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My goodness, she is adorable!!!

I have a chi who is a little over 7. Some things I can tell you - the shaking could very well just be because she is a chi. Our does it and I can tell you he is a spoiled rotten pet. The same for the submitting. We live in New England and if he knows it is cold, snowy, rainy - he will roll over and submit when you try to get him outside. And sometimes he will be lying in my lap, eyes closed, being petted - and shaking like a leaf. They don't shake because they are small or afraid - they shake with the power of their might!!

You could also discuss a treat from Pet Naturals that are called "Calming". I heard about them through a rescue network for a different breed, and the people who use them swear by them. I have never tried them, as ours don't have separation anxiety to the level you are talking about - plus I am a SAHM so mine are rarely alone - so you may want to discuss with your vet before you try them. They do offer a "small dog" size treat.

Good luck - and you are wonderful people for letting her become your new owner.


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Default  Posted: 8:29 AM, May 15th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hi want

Just shamelessly bumping this thread in hopes of getting a Maisy update and perhaps some pics of her new and improved self???


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Default  Posted: 6:23 PM, May 25th (Sunday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hi Want,

I know you're dealing with a lot of crap with the attorney, grad school, etc., but just wanted to check on Maisy??? I'm dying to know how she's doing!!


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Default  Posted: 1:58 PM, May 26th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

How did I miss this??

Maisy is doing great! She's once again in my lap as a type this (I'm taking a break from the loads of end-of-term homework professors like to give right before final exams). I don't have a ton of pictures to post, because my daughter's cat chewed the charger to my Macbook, so it's dead until I can go buy a new charger.

She's doing SO well, her potty training is coming along great! She does have some behavioral issue we need to work on, she's a digger, and she likes to pull on your pants legs if you walk through the house without giving her any attention. If pulling on your pant legs doesn't work, she'll jump up and nip you in the bum!
So we've got our hands full trying to break her of that. She also doesn't know any commands, not even coming when called. So we have a long road ahead of us.

We did learn the hard way that she has the stereotypical chihuahua "I'm a big dog" attitude. We were walking her the other night and a big German Shepherd mix came bounding out an open front door, all teeth and snarls at us. Someone woman was yelling from inside the house "He won't bite! He's never bitten before, he won't bite!"

Well, my daughter (she's 5) was so scared she dropped Maisy's leash and dove to my arms. Our elderly Beagle basically hid behind my legs, and my husband went after the dog head on, but not before Maisy came around behind him and went after the giant, snarling dog! My husband was screaming and chasing after her leash, trying to get her under control and keep her out of the jaws of this dog, and the big dog was backing up, still showing his teeth at us and barking at us, while the idiot woman yelled from the safety of her own house. It was very close to being a tragedy, our daughter is no longer allowed to walk either dogs, and we now know Maisy is a little fighter.

Anyhow, here is a picture of her in my lap, and here is her last vet visit:



BS- me.
FWS- him.
DDay 6/07 (immediately separated)
RDay 8/07
OC born 3/08
OC Adopted 2014
"That which can be destroyed by truth should be." -P. C. Hodgell

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Default  Posted: 2:01 PM, May 26th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

It's also worth noting that my brother came over for coffee this morning (for the first time in weeks) and couldn't believe the difference. He kept remarking on what a confidant little dog she is, and how "majestic" she looks, sitting in the sun, chest puffed out (as opposed to being in the "fetal position", cowering as though she expected to be hit or kicked at any moment).

We love her immensely, and she gets a lot of attention from everyone. We are trying to get her acclimated to life outside the house, but she has a hard time walking on a leash period, add in the sound of traffic (or mowing lawns or kids or....), so it's a process.

ETA: and her ears stand up all the time now.

Thanks for checking, it helps get my mind of all of the CRAP I'm dealing with.

[This message edited by Want2help at 2:06 PM, May 26th (Monday)]


BS- me.
FWS- him.
DDay 6/07 (immediately separated)
RDay 8/07
OC born 3/08
OC Adopted 2014
"That which can be destroyed by truth should be." -P. C. Hodgell

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Default  Posted: 8:05 PM, May 26th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Oh Want,

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I wish you could see me giggling and cooing over Maisy through my screen! I'm grinning like a Cheshire cat just typing this!

Those little dogs with big attitudes are something, for sure. My JRT, weighing all of 15 lbs, went after a 120 lb Malamute! I don't know if I was more shocked or terrified. Your encounter with the charging GSD certainly sounds scary. Good that your H thought fast and protected everyone. I'm just glad it all worked out OK for you guys and Maisy.

I can't tell you how much it warms my heart to hear of Maisy's progress and how well she is fitting into your home and hearts. I said on knightsbff's thread about her rescue - there has to be a special place in heaven for those that help and rescue needy animals. What you have done for Maisy is AMAZING and I'm sure your special place has been reserved with gold stars on your wings.

I just LOVE the pics and seeing her little outfits too. I see she was dressed up for her vet appointment.

She just looks GREAT!!! Bless you for giving her the home she so richly deserved.

Edited to add:

she likes to pull on your pants legs if you walk through the house without giving her any attention. If pulling on your pant legs doesn't work, she'll jump up and nip you in the bum!

ROFL!! That really made me LOL, for sure! I know it's not funny when she nips you in the bum, but the mental picture was just priceless.

[This message edited by Too_Trusting at 8:07 PM, May 26th (Monday)]


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Default  Posted: 9:21 PM, May 26th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Oh no, the bum nipping is HILARIOUS. It's bery difficult not to laugh, even as it's happening. I have to try really hard to keel a straight face to give her a stern "No!".
She really is the sweetest little dog I've ever met, she is now giving soooo much affection, we love her so much. She gets so many kisses and cuddles.

We had a bunch of people over for our daughter's birthday, and my husband's friend (a body builder) was carrying her around like a baby, nuzzling her, I wish I had a picture, his wife and I were just dying. She told me recently she caught him on the internet looking at adoptable "purse dogs".

The The jacket she's pictured in is her Thundershirt, which I'm pleased to say she doesn't need anymore. No more howling when we leave the house (or at night), no more trembling, nothing. She still cowers quite a bit, but I'm hopeful that one day she won't feel the need to do that any longer.

I saw knight'sbff's little rescue, what a darling!!


BS- me.
FWS- him.
DDay 6/07 (immediately separated)
RDay 8/07
OC born 3/08
OC Adopted 2014
"That which can be destroyed by truth should be." -P. C. Hodgell

Posts: 2262 | Registered: Aug 2008 | From: PNW
Too_Trusting
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Default  Posted: 8:14 AM, May 27th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

WOW. It sounds like Maisy's confidence is growing by leaps and bounds! She has come so far in a really short time with no more howling, whining and quivering. I predict her cowering will lessen over time by just being in such a loving and supportive environment.

I really laughed at your friend's bodybuilding husband looking for "purse dogs" to adopt! See - Maisy's love is contagious!!!

Thanks for this wonderful update. I just love stories with happy endings! And, adorable Maisy pics are always welcome, of course.


"Anyone perfect must be lying; anything easy has its cost. Anyone plain can be lovely; anyone loved can be lost." Barenaked Ladies

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Default  Posted: 8:19 AM, May 27th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

She is adorable! Love the shirt - keep it around, because we are heading into actual thunder season where I live.

My corgis also turn into snarling idiots when a large dog is around. Idk if it's the protective instinct, or just "little man syndrome". Either way, it's kind of funny.


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