Some Art, and OMG I Totally LOVE Training My Dog! - Jessie T. Wolf
Some Art, and OMG I Totally LOVE Training My Dog!|
Tim is back from his trip to Belfast. Yay! ^^ I so can’t wait to be moved to BC. February is my last month at work, which is a good thing, because it has been making me nuts lately.
Yesterday a guy came in to get some Interfuron, and was pissed off that the bottle he got wasn’t filled to the top. He had ordered 100ml, but the bottles we get to fill up are a bit larger than 100ml. So he thought that we were ripping him off, despite my manager measuring out the stuff with a syringe, just to prove to him that it was all there. Then before he left, he asked to use the washroom. Wouldn’t you know it, at the end of the night when I was cleaning up the clinic, I found that the guy had pissed all over the toilet seat and floor. Wonderful statement there, buddy. Too bad it’s not the manager (who you were mad at!) who has to clean it!!
Today I also got to clean out the cooler that the vets had used for a post mortem we did on a cat earlier this week. Did I mention I love my job…? O__O
I got my stitches out on Wednesday. Thanks for the tip, Cass. :) I wasn’t able to find any Neosporin, but I did find this moisturizing gel that is made for scars, so I’m trying that at the moment. So far it is healing up rather nicely.
I also FINALLY got a call back from the people who adopted Dakota, letting me know that everything is fine. I’m relieved, as I had been calling them for a few weeks now and leaving messages, but no one had gotten back to me to let me know how he was doing. So I’m glad to hear that he is well.
On a not-so-good note, we now have Panda back for the last time. Apparently the people at the doggie daycare left her in the shop overnight, with one of their 8-pound rescue poodles, and Panda killed the dog sometime in the early morning. -.- From what the daycare owner told me, she thinks it was a freak accident. He wasn’t torn apart like she attacked him brutally or anything. Rather, she thinks that they got into a fight over the garbage, and that Panda just happened to bite the little dog just in the right spot, hard enough to cause him to bleed to death. So she e-mailed me and asked me to take Panda back, as she can’t allow her around the other daycare dogs anymore.
I think the only reason that she didn’t order her to be put to sleep is because she realized that it was her fault for sticking Panda with another dog unsupervised to begin with, especially after I told them NOT to do that, because of the fight that Panda and Zena had last year! So, yeah. The dog will be staying with my mom now, and I am keeping Zena and Leo separated from her until I move.
Now, on a good note! First of all, some art stuffs!
This is one of the eight dogs that I’m designing for Chris, at Gemini K-9 Obedience. I still have to shade it, but this is going to be the school website’s version. I’m also in the process of painting a mural of the same dog designs on the wall of the training area, since Chris has been renovating a bit and getting the place a bit more spiffed up. The other dogs are a Malamute, a Retriever, a Chihuahua, a Grate Dane, a Hound, a Rottweiler, and a German Shepherd. Basically, the mural and website art is a trade for Zena’s protection course (since I’m flat broke, due to paying for my move).
Zena is doing totally awesome with her training! I did two classes back-to-back with her, yesterday and today, since I missed last week’s class due to my accident. We got there a bit early yesterday, and so Zee got to participate in a group class, as a distraction. It was for a six-month-old Neopolitan Mastiff
named Tongo! ;) There was also a white pit bull, and a six-month-old Doberman. For being in a group of dogs that Zena had never met, she was actually spot on with her obedience, and didn’t show much anxiety at all!
Once the group class was done, we got straight into Zee’s protection work, and having the two other trainers there was a big help in switching her routine up a bit, since she is so used to working with Chris and Rudy (who spoil her rotten). I was VERY pleased to see her responding to her “PasAuf” command pretty much instantly, even with the new people present. She is now gaining much more self-confidence, and actually beginning to lunge forward a bit when barking at the decoy, while I’m keeping her on a short lead.
Today Chris brought out “The Stick,” and Zena is still responding well even when the decoy charges forward in a yelling attack, waving the stick in the air. She stays well in front of me, and even runs from side to side when the decoy does, always keeping herself between me and the attacker. I hope that we will actually have the time to get to the “Voran” command, where she would eventually learn to run up to the decoy from a distance and keep him at bay while barking. The protection course is 16 weeks, but unfortunately I only have 11 weeks to work with, so we have to learn at a quicker pace. O.o
I’ve also decided not to get her into any bite work for now, since it took me a long time to teach her NOT to bite when I first got her, which was a result of her fear aggression from having been abused in her previous home. I don’t want her to get confused. For now, it’s all just alarm defense training, since she passed her Basic and Advanced Focus obedience with flying colors. For a dog who used to cower away in fear two years ago, she is showing a lot of promise. I’m very proud of her. :)
Man, finding a new trainer for Zena once I move to BC is going to be a challenge, since my standards have become extremely high since working with Chris at Gemini. He’s wonderful with the dogs and people who he trains, and specializes in handling the “tougher” breeds. He does everything from basic obedience, to advanced heavy focus training, behavioral and aggression problems, Schutzhund, Police dog training, and training working dogs for the disabled. He also invited me to a seminar that a friend of his from the Police force will be teaching at the school in a few weeks. Can’t wait to see it! XD
And now, some Dobies in action. :)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8S5QQ4B7E0http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuosTksXjJ4
More art and commissions updates soon!
Current Mood: impressed
That guy who pissed all over your bathroom is a total asshole and I hope he gets butt-cancer.
I'm sorry to hear about what happened with Panda and that she's back at your place. Augh... you never leave a big dog and a small dog alone together unsupervised... EVER. *sigh*
Glad to hear your lip is doing better tho'. :3
I'm not workin' this Sunday. Wanna get together at my place again? Maybe watch Watership Down or Dragonheart 2? :P
|Date:||January 27th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)|| |
I would totally love to get together again on Sunday and hang. :) I'll be swinging by Costco also, so my mom can just drop me off right at your place afterwards, with the new bag of dog food. I'll call you sometime on Sunday to let you know what time, but it will probably be before 5pm, since Costco is only open until that time on Sundays. Maybe we might have time to watch both of those movies. ;) Anyway, it's too bloody cold to walk the dogs this weekend!!! O__O
Okay! That'd be awesome! Oh, and that reminds me, does Costco still sell those big, cheap dog beds? (Taffy kind of ate the pillow you got for her... >_>')
And yeah, you're right... it's way to f'ing cold this weekend (nevermind the freezing rain) to go downtown with the dogs. Just as well we do another movie-day. x__X
|Date:||January 27th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)|| |
Finding a local trainer who does similar work, police dogs etc would be good.
Glad to hear you're healing well - just don't let those boys make you laugh too much ;)
Yay for finally hearing about Dakota. Sorry to hear about Panda - what is UP with doggie caregivers who don't follow instructions? A friend of mine recently had problems with her rottie because the groomer left her alone with a vicious little pom. The rot didn't kill the pom, but put a good enough hurting on it so as to stop the attack. Obviously the size difference is an issue - despite the fact that the pom was known to be dog aggressive (WHY would you leave a dog-aggressive dog alone with another dog?!) the rottie bore the brunt of legal proceedings.
|Date:||January 27th, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)|| |
"the rottie bore the brunt of legal proceedings."
Of course... it's a "OMFG!!! Rottweiler!!!" They're now getting the sharp end of the stick here, too, after a recent attack in Hamilton, like and hour and a half away from Toronto. Two 16-month-old Rots mauled a two-year-old boy. The owners of the dogs didn't even know that they were missing from the backyard (ya think keeping two unaltered dogs chained up in a backyard at all times, with little human interaction had something to do with the attack...?). Now a lot of dog haters are screaming for blood and wanting the Ontario Gov to add Rots to the already existing Pit Bull ban.
Why are idiots ruining my favorite breeds? :/ Before I ended up with Zena, I wanted to get a Rot for the longest time. Before I had Zena, I had a German Shepherd. Now, by chance, I still have a targeted breed - Staffie cross. Zena used to be dog-aggressive... but that was because she's been attacked, while on leash, twice by other dogs who's idiot owners couldn't control their dogs running around off-leash. It took me MONTHS to train Zena out of reacting so violently towards other dogs when I'd walk her. Now she's a champ (though she still has her bad days, once in a while...).
But damn... over 20 years experience working with dogs, and they didn't have the common sense to NOT leave Panda alone with another dog, regardless of size. Zena's smaller than Panda by quite a bit, but when they tore each other up last year, Panda got the worse end of it. I was very lucky that I didn't come home to find one of them dead, all because my mom decided to leave Zee out of her crate one night, thinking that the girls would get along. -.-
Why are idiots ruining my favorite breeds?
More to the point, why do lawmakers keep producing regulations that encourage idiots to just switch breeds, rather than punish the idiots in question?
YAY! More artstuff from teh wuffy! ...Sorry about what your doggie did o_o;;;
Heya hun, did you happen to get any of my emails that I've sent in the past month, or like, is your e-mail server being goofy still?
|Date:||January 27th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)|| |
Hrmmm... I got a mail from you dated Jan 7. Dunno if you sent any other than that. I've not had a chance to check my mail in two weeks, and when I did I had over 500 messages to sift through... O.x (am subscribed to a couple of mailing lists... I think I'm going to have to fix my preferences for receiving that kind of mail...). In any case, your badge is done, and I'll send you a scan tonight. Just e-mail me your mailing address one more time (sorry!) and I will pop it in the mail on Monday. :) I was just waiting until I had a few pieces done to mail off all at once.
Schutzund training always left a bad taste in my mouth.
|Date:||January 27th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)|| |
I'm not really fond of the *really* competitive stuff... takes the fun out of it, in my opinion. :/ If the dogs aren't having fun, because their owners are too concerned with winning championships, then Schutzhund can suck quite a bit. Though the dogs I've seen working at the obedience school seem to be really into their work, and actually have fun with it. Some of the Sheps I've seen are super driven!
The reason I like the sport is more for the high obedience and control, and the way Chris teaches helps the dogs learn to become very focused, but also maintain a relaxed and happy state of being.
There’s three parts to it – Advanced Obedience, Tracking, and Protection work. If I ever got another Shepherd, or even a Rottweiler, I don't think I would ever do full-out Schutzhund since I’m not too interested in the bite work, but I would definitely do the same advanced obedience and alarm protection stuff that I have Zena doing right now. It's literally done wonders for improving her temperament when I have her out in public. People can't believe she's so well behaved! :-P
Once I move, I want to keep her in some sort of training course, but I’d like to put her in something fun, like Agility or something. Keeps her body exercised and her mind stimulated, so that she doesn't become a fat and lazy couch-potato dog, which I could totally see happening. She’s got really sloppy posture, and wouldn’t make a good competition dog anyway. ;)
If you like schuthund so much why don't you marry it?!
As long as Sinnead could sit, down, and stay on command I was happy. The sheppie association suggested I do schutzhund training with her, but I wasn't too thrilled with the concept. Then I told them Sinnead had no pedigree and they got all snooty with me. I swear, pro dog people are fucked in the head.
Agility is really cool though. Sinnead luuuuuurved her dumbell. Run run run.
Aw cute drawing :)
Um, if someone running a doggie daycare doesn't have the sense to keep dogs separate when alone...then they shouldn't be running one O.o
Noticed your comment about the ban above..I hate it SO much. I'm just..almost at the end of my rope, I don't know what else can be done. I get so sad an angry. I've never met an aggressive "bully". *sigh*
|Date:||January 27th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)|| |
I totally agree with you on that. I was absolutely shocked. O.o
We're working on it... the DLCC is still trying to raise money for the legal challenge to pay off our lawyers, and we're STILL waiting for the judge's decision. She is taking her sweet time.
And I still want to do that “Bad Dogs” folio, but may have to try a different approach with it, since I've heard that FurBid is not as busy as it used to be, and apparently the new folks running it don't accept charity auctions... :/ Maybe there's been too much fraud. *shrugs*
Anyway, I'm thinking of just making it a CD folio, and give all artists access to the final art collection via ftp site, so that they can burn their own CDs and sell them at whatever cons or whatnot they want to. If artists choose to sell their original work, I would ask that they donate the money to the DLCC, but obviously I can't make anyone do that. It's more an honor thing than anything else, but hopefully artists who support the dogs and want to help will be the ones who participate. I will give the DLCC rights to make their own CDs and sell them at booths and seminars as well, so anyone who participates would have to agree to that as well. I'm hoping to make a LJ community about it by Valentine's Day. Just seemed kind of appropriate. :)
The only aggressive Bully I've ever known was my neighbor's dog, but then she spent her life outside, chained up in their garage all year around. :/
Well they can still be sold on Furbid, you just can't say it's a charity in the auction description. I bet selling them on a bully message board, or one of the sites against the ban would be good. I know some sites have "stores", maybe they'd want to pick it up?
A friend in my class' pit got put down because the neighbors petitioned to have her removed. Sweetest dog EVER, never did anything wrong. She was waked with a muzzle, short lead, and always had papers with her. But it didn't matter :/
PS, I'm adding you if it's cool :)
I can't even imagine how it'd feel to have other humans around me strive to have MY pet killed, dispite it being in compliance with the laws AND friendly. Just because it's one of those "evil baby-eaters"... Especially when I see so many non-compliant dogs running around, including genuinly human-agressive ones.
How could you recover from such a betrayl? How could you trust another human being again? I can't wrap my head around it! I'd turn into a basket-case hermit living in some cabin in the woods if that ever happened to me. I'd never trust another human being again.
Fuck, if someone tried to do that to my dog, I'd fucking MOVE before AC got the chance to take her. Even if it meant leaving everything else behind and hitch-hiking to B.C. Nobody is gonna touch my dog.
I hope we hear back from the Judge by March at the latest. And we better win god dammit... I'm tired of feeling like a criminal just walking my dog in public. Having to sneak around in the dark or keep close to home for fear of some yuppy dog owner getting me in trouble.
|Date:||January 27th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)|| |
Hey babe, I was just wondering if you'd be willing to accept some money to help pay for your move. I would just ask for a simple commission in return.
I know, it's a sleazy way to ask if you're taking commissions >.>
Anyways, if you are taking commissions right now, I would very gladly help you pay for your move to British Columbia :)
|Date:||January 27th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)|| |
I should really say no, and simply because I don't want to make you wait so long for your art. O.o I am not taking anymore right now, because I still have like four full-character, colored pieces from this past Anthrocon that I haven't even had the time to do roughs on yet... and that's not including the badges I still have to finish coloring... AND the trades I've promised other friends from like two years ago. X.x
You're a friend, and I'd like to say yes, but Life keeps on throwing stuff in the way of me getting art done, and so you may end up waiting for at least six months before you get your finished product... :/