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Falina 12-26-2007 05:51 PM

Sad circumstances, but a lovely wee dog.
Yesterday I received a rather unexpected but very nice Christmas surprise. I inherited a dog called Lisa. On Christmas Eve my mum's fiancee's mum died. Was very sad and unexpected. I had never met her but really feel for my and her fiancee. So her wee dog, Lisa, was homeless. My mum and iain (her fiancee) couldn't keep her because my dog Bonnie (who stays with them) is too jealous to live with another dog so I was asked if I would take her. Of course I was happy to oblidge.

She's about 5-7 years old. A mongrel (bit of everything) but it looks like there might be a bit of german shepherd and/or some sort of terrier in her and she's really good. Very obedient with all the basis commands (sit, stay, come etc) and she's 100% housetrained. The only things we need to work on are her barking because she was used to living on a farm where there was nobody about much, and if there was then they might have been an intruder so she barked. Now she lives with me in a flat where people come in and out the building a lot and she always barks. Not her fault of course because she was previously trained that she should bark if there was somebody about. That and her weight. She's rather fat. Iain's mum had altzeimers (sp?) and used to feed her, then forget that she'd fed her and feed her again etc. And used to feed her a lot of chocolate biscuits so she's on a bit of a diet, and going on a lot of long walks to try and get the weight off. She's very eager to go walks though, so it shouldn't be that hard.

Photos to come later, just wanted to let you all know cause I'm really pleased with her. :)

herefishy 12-26-2007 07:46 PM

And we all thought that you were a bit soft in the head. Comes to find out it was just a soft heart, eh? It seems as though you've found a friend for life. She may stop the barking once she realizes that it is not needed and won't be tolerated. Let her know that it is bad behavior to bark and she will get the message. She sounds very smart.

Falina 12-26-2007 08:14 PM

Yep. She knows the word no, so when she barks and I say "no" then she stops, then starts again and stops when I say no and it goes on 2-3 times so she is beginning to realise that i don't want her to bark. It's just a bit confusing for her just now since it's always been a good thing for her to bark if there's anyone about and now all of a sudden it's a bad thing. But with me telling her no, and even just as she gets used to there being people about more often she will probably stop quite soon. When somebody comes in the door to my house, rather than just the door to the building, I don't stop her barking. She stops herself when she sees the person has my approval. I think it's a good thing that she barks at these times just in case anyone who isn't supposed to be here tries to get in.

As for the weight thing. I had a packet of crisps earlier and she was begging for some. Not harassing me type begging. just sitting at my feet looking intently at me hoping and praying for a crisp style begging. I felt terrible, LOL! but she's had her dinner earlier so she can't have anymore. I certainly don't mind her having a treat now and again but just now she's seriously overweight so has to cut down drastically.

All in all she's settling in very well. She seems happy and she definitely likes me. All dogs so mind you. I have such a soft spot for them and they can tell when you like them. She also likes being allowed up on the couch which he never was before. :)

And she snores...

willow 12-27-2007 02:53 PM

aww,well done you. :)
look forward to pics.

Amphitrite 12-27-2007 03:47 PM

Sorry to hear about the sad circumstances Julie, and all the best with her - I'm sure she'll love her new home. Can't wait to see the pics :)

jeaninel 12-28-2007 12:00 AM

I'm sure you will give her a very loving home. She sounds sweet. Can't wait to see pics.

Mirta 12-28-2007 12:15 PM

She barks also because she is confused - everything is new to her. Time will pass and she will calm down. Also patient training will help. All the best to you!

Falina 01-02-2008 05:34 AM

She only barked the first day really so she must have gotten used to her new home. She's been doing really well since I've had her - been no trouble at all.

Well, here she is. :)

Amphitrite 01-02-2008 05:43 AM

She's lovely Julie., and she's got such a cute little face!

Falina 01-02-2008 06:52 AM


Originally Posted by kateyoup
She's lovely Julie., and she's got such a cute little face!

Thanks Kate, I think so too, LOL! :)

That chair that you see her on has become her favourite spot. When she tires herself out from playing with her toys or if she's been out a long walk she goes up there and snores away.

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