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It's been awhile since I have posted - so I thought I would just check in for those who have followed my Shaggy drama.  Some big news - I took Shaggy to get him neutered.  He was attracting allot of attention and broke a window to get out of the house.  Thank God he didn't get cut or hurt himself!  I didn't realize that when female dogs go in heat he would go crazy.  Anyway - I found him roaming the country side with 3 female stray dogs - I immediately took him to get snipped.  But - the girl dogs kept coming around and wouldn't leave.  I found out that our county doesn't have any type of animal control and since we live outside of the city limits the city won't pick up strays out here and you can't drop them off unless you live inside the city limits.  No wonder there are so many stray dogs - because they have no system in place in my county to help these dogs. 

 

My husband said NO to building a shelter for them on the other end of the property.  ( Probably because we can barely figure out how to take care of Shaggy LOL)  I just feel so bad for these dogs - they are hungry and scared.  I loaded them up and took them to my mother in laws house (in a different city) and we called the no-kill shelter there to report the strays and they came and picked them up.  I do feel a little guilty about fibbing and telling them that the dogs came to her house. I didn't want these poor dogs to die out in the streets.  Plus, they were all female and Shaggy had been sowing his wild oats so I had to assume they were pregnant.  The shelter is no-kill and have a foster system put into place that takes special care of the dog if they suspect she is pregnant. 

 

So, the Shaggy drama goes on and on.  He has chewed up and gotten out of yet another kennel - chewed the trim off of the front door - chewed another set of curtains (that I just replaced).  Hopefully we will calm down a little since he has been neutered.  I need a kennel made of steel! 

 

Overall Shaggy is still a very loving dog, he is funny and goofy and just all around my best buddy.  I love him so much - it's hard to be mad at him.  He has learned how to sit and now he listens to me more.  I had to get a stern voice when he jumps up on people and he now will get down and sit and wait to be petted. 

 

Signing off for now... will check in with more stories.  

-Lisa and Shaggy

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Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on October 26, 2016 at 12:41am

Lisa, I haven't been on the community for a while. Too many things going on in life lately, all good, but busy. Good to see many familiar faces and pups and so nice to read about Shaggy and your continuing efforts to save poor pups. You are such a compassionate, caring lady. Thank you for them and for me too. I sure hope Mr. Shaggy will calm down now that he's had the surgery. Pedro had it when he was 7-8 months and other than his Daddy's full compassion and sympathy, he did very well. I hope that Shaggy above all, overcomes the separation anxiety because you are certainly doing everything right. Sending hugs and loving paws! - Alessandra & Pedro

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on October 17, 2016 at 3:40pm

Okay, here it is. I was able to copy it from my sent mail . . .

Wonderful to hear from you Lisa; I've been thinking about you and "Bad Shaggy"-- Still think you should start a series! Haha! First, kudos to you for taking care of and likely saving those poor girls, and as Jan said, you should definitely not feel any guilt whatsoever. Shame on your local officials for not having a plan for strays and lost dogs.

Neutering might eventually calm Shaggy but it might take some time. Quinn didn't get neutered until about a week after he was with us, and during that time he frequently tried to mount Gracie. After he was neutered, he still tried, but gradually it became less and less, and now he has stopped completely. So, if Shaggy doesn't change right away, don't give up hope ;p

Quinn also still has some separation anxiety; I know what you mean about you also feeling that anxiety when you leave the house! Just like Shaggy, he doesn't put one paw out of place as long as we are around. It seems we can leave him for about 3 hours before he starts to chew, but we continue to block off the upholstered furniture (his favorite) and we try not to leave him for too long. We are still hopeful that he will grow out of this, but we're not holding our breath. All I can say is thank God I retired at the end of last school year! One of the best perks is more time with the pups!

I am so glad Shaggy is listening to you more. I have no doubt he wants nothing but to please you. I'm not a believer that dogs are destructive to "get even" or because they "are mad." I think you are correct that this is related to how he was treated before he found you and I think dogs have a very long memory. You are his safe person and when you leave, he starts to worry. Unfortunately, being the safe person is a tough job!

So when Shaggy isn't undoing your work, how is the renovation coming along? It must be awesome to watch the transformation. I don't think I have that kind of job in me anymore, but I am envious. If you ever have the time, I'd love to see some photos. I've been pretty inconsistent with keeping connected to this wonderful community but I do look for signs of you and I hope you stay in touch. Love and licks for Shaggy from Quinn and the wonderfully perfect Gracie :)

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on October 15, 2016 at 9:04pm

Hi Lisa! I sat and watched Property Brothers and typed up a very long comment to you, but I was on my iPad and I forgot that for some reason, I have trouble adding comments from there. So I copied and pasted it and sent it as a message to you. THAT, for some reason, I can do. Geez! Anyway, it was great to see your name in the Blog Posts!!

Comment by Lisa Coleman on October 13, 2016 at 10:30am

Turbo sounds like a sweetheart!  Since Shaggy's a stray and I don't know his past - I think he may have had a very bad experience with the create or being confined.  He is a perfect gentleman when someone is home with him, he doesn't chew on anything but his toys.  He runs around on the property and stays by our side.  He is usually playful and full of energy but calm inside because he gets so much exercise.  I really think his anxiety and destruction comes from his past since he only does it when he is left alone.  I am fortunate to be able to work from home sometimes but I have to go to the office for client appointments too so now I have developed anxiety when leaving home LOL. 

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on October 12, 2016 at 10:16pm

Thank you for taking the time and effort to save those strays!  You don't have anything to feel guilty about, you saved their lives, and ultimately that's the point.

As for Shaggy, yes neutering him will likely calm him down a bit.  He certainly won't be as likely to respond to the next female in heat in the area...  That's a good thing!

Take care & best wishes!

Comment by Lisa Coleman on October 11, 2016 at 4:00pm
He had to stay in doors for 10 days and that was not easy. I walked with him on a leash several times a day (which he loved) He couldn't swim in the pond and I had to be careful not to get that area wet when I bathed him - which I only did once during that time. I think he just enjoyed someone being with him all day, every day during that time. He got lots of attention and loved hanging out.
Comment by DonMarie & Picco on October 11, 2016 at 2:48pm

Good to hear from you and Shaggy!   3 girlfriends what a stud!  His life is so good, best of both worlds -comfy home & vast outdoors- so it's hard to give up and be totally domestic!  Sounds like you are making some progress with training.  How are you keeping him calm after his surgery?

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