Wednesday, March 12, 2008

My dog ate my flossing tool...

True story. Limo ate my first flossing tool, completely mangled it and I caught the replacement one in her mouth. I've been meaning to throw that one in the dish washer and keep forgetting! Lim Lim doesn't chew on *our* stuff as bad as you would think, it's just occasionally so it's not enough for me to really clean house and keep everything in it's place:-) - I had to go to the dentist today and they laughed at my excuse of why I hadn't been flossing...

She's spending LOTS of time on a leash or in the crate these days. She's not happy about having "house" guests. Outside she is perfectly fine and loves the company, inside during the mornings and evenings she is raging beast. The thing I find funny is in the afternoons when Jetta is HYPER and jumping around and sometimes bumping into her and he's trying to jump on me she's just wagging her tail and happy as can be- I really think she is fearful of him in this state. But if Jetta comes up for loveings and things are mellow and Limo see's that she is snarling in an instant. I don't know what to do sometimes I mean I can discipline and correct them all day long if need be, I have no problem with that, BUT Limo does not stop. I would have taken video of her last night, but I think that would have inferred with Matt's "dog whispering" and Matt would have snapped at me :-) The thing is that during our *correcting* she will not stop. I am not kidding when I tell you she enters into a whole new zone and "she" is no longer with us. Matt laughs at me because when I have the leash and Limo is about to go into her redzone I will try to keep her "with me" with distractions kinda like not wanting an injured person to go to the light! It's bizarre behavior. Once she has entered this redzone you have to literally snap her out of it before you can even attempt to get anywhere. Her eyes go red, her body goes rigid and when you can snap her out of it she immediately licks and chews and her eyes soften and her body loosens up. Last night just by muting the TV snapped her out of it. Course she started right back up again. Any tips? Let'em rip.

This pic cracks me up:-D doesn't it look like Jetta just mowed down Limo on his way to the door? Ha, don't worry he didn't, she's about to roll over or something.

4 comments:

Maria said...

Denise, I couldn't find where to leave a comment about your tribute video to Spooky. It was so incredibly touching....I felt the immense love you had for each other, and the great emptiness left here on earth without her. An amazing job. Thank you.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

You might be missing the early signals and only reacting when it has finally escalated. Its easier to stop them before it escalates. I know that when we are visiting the parents, I am constantly disagreeing with Limo for the little things she does while all of you think I'm just being mean to her. I would stop her as soon as she looks in the direction of Jetta. That is the one thing I find myself constantly picking on her about. The simple fact is that she should be paying attention to you and looking at you...... not watching the other dogs. Jen

Denise said...

Thank you so much maria, commenting about Spooky is apprecieted everywhere!


NSNG- I get what you're saying, and I do think I'm better at home at spotting signals and not allowing her to do or act on many things now. When you're around it's easy to give up the alpha status and relax! ;-) I try and distract her so she doesn't go into the redzone behaviour and if you try and praise her by petting her during a "calm" moment it sets her off again. Come stay the weekend with us:-) I'll buy you pizza!

greytblackdog said...

Poor Lim-ozilla. She's just frustrated that she can't figure out how to get her go go gadget legs to grow so she will be the same height as everyone else. Bless her heart.