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Had Quinn to the vet the other day so was able to get him on the scale. He is now 109 pounds. That's a 30 pound weight gain since the beginning of August when he was brought to the shelter. The vet was very pleased with EVERYTHING and I think we can finally say that Quinn is one big HEALTHY pup!!

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Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on February 3, 2016 at 9:43pm

Many have suggested that Quinn's chewing may come from anxiety. Not sure how much "rescue trauma" he retains, but I do know he is very attached to us, HIS humans, so it could be a reaction to us not being home. We're working on it. Lots of strategies and trying to limit what he has access to.

You are correct about Quinn's hair. He had very little. You could easily see his skin and that wasn't pretty either. He had scabs and a rash all over his body. He was emaciated at just under 80 pounds. With all that, he was still the sweetest happiest boy. It was heartbreaking. BUT, he is now healthy and happy and we love him to death!

Comment by Lisa Coleman on January 29, 2016 at 9:46pm

Oh my gosh! How could someone neglect him like that.  He looked so scraggly and his fur even looks thin.  Poor baby.  He looks so healthy now.  You guys have done an wonderful job with him.  About Quinn's chewing... If it helps any, Shaggy has chewed up our curtains, some shoes and I see teeth marks on a couple of the legs on the sofa table.  So, I feel your pain!  But Shaggy is only 50 lbs so he can be contained LOL.

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on January 29, 2016 at 9:32pm

He can be majestic and he can be a goofball. He's only 15 mos., so still has some puppy brain. This is a picture they took the day he was brought to the shelter. Poor boy; he was a real mess :(

Comment by Lisa Coleman on January 29, 2016 at 9:27pm

Wow, he is the size of a small horse!  He is so majestic looking.

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on January 24, 2016 at 10:12am

June does seem a bit far away, but the good thing is that I have the school holiday breaks and we have some ability to adjust schedules to keep his alone time short. I would do daycare in a heartbeat Beverly, but this is a pretty rural area and there aren't any around.

Jan, I agree with what you are saying, but I'm a bit afraid of rawhides. Quinn's goal seems to be to ingest what he eats (I am currently watching his poop for signs of the pillow cover), and I would be nervous to leave him unattended with a rawhide. Unfortunately, Gracie's very costly tooth encounter with the elk antler has left me very reluctant to leave Quinn with anything harder than a Kong. He goes through the filling rather quickly and then has little interest beyond tossing it around a bit, so that wouldn't help with the later hours. I also agree with what you read about the need to chew. I've heard from many in the IW community that at around age two, their hound just stopped. I do think it is a need for Quinn--one that comes to mind and that he decides to address after he is alone for what he deems to be too long!

I have had so many great suggestions from so many people and yet none of them seem to be viable for this giant hound. I am in the IW Club of America fb group and it seems that so many IW families either have a containment area or just tough it out. I see a lot of pics with chewed furniture parts in the background!

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on January 24, 2016 at 2:52am

Perhaps it doesn't help much, but I read somewhere (heaven only knows where) that dogs need to chew to "set their teeth" until about age 2...  I know you are probably right that is more separation anxiety than this alleged need to chew, but what about a giant rawhide?  Not the best chew, but perhaps scaled to his size and need to chew?  I know I've seen them up to 3' long...

Comment by Beverly and Eli on January 23, 2016 at 9:40pm

Ugh. I would have cried. Such a tough issue to deal with. Maybe doggie day care until you retire? 

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on January 23, 2016 at 8:12pm

Oh no! Not the couch!  I bet June feels like a long time away.

Comment by Katie, Bishop & Abby on January 23, 2016 at 11:42am

Wow, 109! Looking good:)

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on January 23, 2016 at 11:18am

Stay safe, guys!  That storm missed us by a hair (quite literally just a couple of counties!) Hope you just get "pretty and fun" and not dangerous and that you keep your power on!

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