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I tell you when I get home and these two kids come to the front door and wag thier little tails and one jumps up to my knee to get a scratch. I have to come in and sit down and give them both love and they eat it up. I can have had the absolute worst day in forever and they make my heart happy again.

I have been off work for 10 weeks and I tell you these two are going to be really spoiled when I go back to work. I don't know what they will do after I go back to work. I am trying to ease them in gracefully by being gone for longer periods of time but I think that they will know when I "sneak" out at 4am LOLOLOL:paw::paw::paw:

But believe me I am getting ready to go back to work....I am getting really bored with being home and starting to get more and more range of motion in my arm again.

:dance::dance::lol2:

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good thinking re: baby gate. i have them all over the house as it is (even though they can go over anytime the mood moves them) never thought of using for the office....duuuuh!

we had a rough day today. i thought they were being good until i closed the door for the day and witnessed the carnage....two rakes from my zen garden (not relaxing at all!) one shoe, and one post it pad. i do buy them toys but....

anyways, here's the infamous bunch...

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WHO ... ME???!!!! NO! not me Mum!

Cute little rascals! :)

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Dria - Oh, yes!! I remember the infamous baby gates! My last dog was a rescue that I got at about 2 months or so. He was a 1/2 golden retriever, 1/2 cocker spaniel and was SO sweet. He had a bad habit of getting into my laundry basket, running through the house with a few socks or panty hose in his mouth. He was TOO funny! One am, I got up and started getting ready for work. I forgot the baby gate was up - I had to put one up to keep Sam getting into the laundry basket - anyway,I forgot it was up in the doorway and tripped trying to clear the top of the baby gate. My foot got caught in the top of it and I went head first over the gate and landed face first on to the tile floor. Of course blood was everywhere, and I got a big lac that ended up getting 7 or 8 sutures. Let';s just say I was REALLY careful after that!

Anne, RNC

The culprit is below - just too cute to get mad at!

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he is a little cutie pie!! i tell ya, if i had a nickel for every time i tripped over one of those baby gates, i'd be retired already!

they have calmed down a bit since monday. i wonder if the long weekend threw them off?

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Crate training worked great with both my dogs. The idea being that a dog won't pee/poop where he/she sleeps. If you make the crate too large, that defeats the purpose. He will pee/poop anyway initially - because your right, he's too small. You'll have a mess to clean up and probably a puppy to bath almost every day for a bit. By the time he's three months or there about, he should be able to hold it for 8 hours. If he's anything like mine, you'll have to crack open the crate door and carry him outside in one fluid motion, he'll probably be weeing on the way out the door.

He's adorable. Never use the crate a punishment. Give him a soft blanket, a chew toy and a treat. By the time mine were one year, I was able to stop the crate altogether.

Good luck

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I used to breed and show champion Collies but now I just do rescue. I presently have 3 that were surrendered after the Husband was deployed to Iraq and the Wife was 'phased out' of a well-paying job and into a lower salaried position so she could spent more time with her kids. Younger girl is having all sorts of emotional problems with Daddy in the war zone; older son was witnessed being aggressive with the dogs who did not fight back.

In any case, these three all show signs of the hard times -- heartworm positive and in need of a good groomer. Once these are done, the two males will be looking for new forever homes; the female is not mentally stable [has lost her trust in people] and it has been recommended that she be put to sleep. I am just waiting until after Christmas to get started on it all. I know that when these leave, there will be another call and more sad cases to treat. :sniff:

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good thinking re: baby gate. i have them all over the house as it is (even though they can go over anytime the mood moves them) never thought of using for the office....duuuuh!

we had a rough day today. i thought they were being good until i closed the door for the day and witnessed the carnage....two rakes from my zen garden (not relaxing at all!) one shoe, and one post it pad. i do buy them toys but....

anyways, here's the infamous bunch...

n541171934_136249_6933.jpg

cute looking 'who me mum' bunch :)

usually getting into a routine will settle them and to baby gate will help keep them calm and they can still see you

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he is a little cutie pie!! i tell ya, if i had a nickel for every time i tripped over one of those baby gates, i'd be retired already!

they have calmed down a bit since monday. i wonder if the long weekend threw them off?

yes, sam was a real sweetie! he's been gone a little over 2 years, and it still seems like we just lost him the other day. he was almost 16, and ended up paralyzed from arthritis. i couldn't even go back up to the vets with my dh when they did it, and now i hate myself for not going, after all, i was his mommy.

i got sissie, my mini daschund after sam passed and she has helped me get over some of the pain. it was weird going from having a dog that was almost 50 lbs to one that is 10 lbs.

anne, rnc

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I am shocked that so many here seem to think it is OK to leave a dog for hours on end, alone, in a cage whilst they are at work. A dog is a social animal, NOT a 'cuddly toy'. A dog has needs and rights. Could YOU hold your bladder for eight or more hours? Would YOU like to be imprisoned for a whole day with no social contact? I doubt it.

In the UK we have an animal welfare act that would mean you could be prosecuted for leaving your dog that length of time. It is the law that an animals needs MUST be attended to. This includes excercise, grooming, feeding, social contact, PSYCHOLOGCAL NEEDS, and so on. I can assure you that no welfare organisation in this country or reputable breeder would let someone have a puppy/grown dog if they were going to leave it alone for even 6 hours.

No doubt some will imagine that a dog from a pound will be so grateful to have a home it will not mind such treatment. I somehow doubt it!

Perhaps some of you should consider whether or not you should have a dog at all if this is the kind of barren life it is provided with. Yes, barren, for I doubt after a long, hard shift you are willing or able to give your dog a couple of hours excercise or any training.

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I am shocked that so many here seem to think it is OK to leave a dog for hours on end, alone, in a cage whilst they are at work. A dog is a social animal, NOT a 'cuddly toy'. A dog has needs and rights. Could YOU hold your bladder for eight or more hours? Would YOU like to be imprisoned for a whole day with no social contact? I doubt it.

In the UK we have an animal welfare act that would mean you could be prosecuted for leaving your dog that length of time. It is the law that an animals needs MUST be attended to. This includes excercise, grooming, feeding, social contact, PSYCHOLOGCAL NEEDS, and so on. I can assure you that no welfare organisation in this country or reputable breeder would let someone have a puppy/grown dog if they were going to leave it alone for even 6 hours.

No doubt some will imagine that a dog from a pound will be so grateful to have a home it will not mind such treatment. I somehow doubt it!

Perhaps some of you should consider whether or not you should have a dog at all if this is the kind of barren life it is provided with. Yes, barren, for I doubt after a long, hard shift you are willing or able to give your dog a couple of hours excercise or any training.

Sorry but I lived in the UK and left my dogs for hours and they didn't suffer for it. Just because I work didn't mean I couldn't love and look after them. So many dogs are put down because people who really love dogs work are told they can not look after them when they are probably the best ones to look after them. Surely better to have a good loving home than be put down.

Many times at work I have had to go several hours without going to the bathroom, dogs will get into a routine and I lived on my own for several years with dogs and they was my family and company and I worked regular nights and they did get exercise

I once rang RSPCA because I found a dog and it was injured and they didn't want to know. I already had 2 dogs and if I thought I could look after that one I would have done.

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Sorry Silverdragon, but you would say your dogs didn't suffer from being left alone for hours wouldn't you. All of you who leave your dogs for very long periods of time manage to justify it to yourselves somehow. A dog is intelligent and social and needs to be occupied. Yes, there are unwanted dogs - and one of the main reasons is that they have been left alone and start trashing the house, barking continually, dirtying in the home, psychological problems due to lack of socialisation. So, yes, some of these animals may be better off being put down rather than live a barren life.

You might well have 'once called the RSPCA' and they did not immediately rush to your aid but times are different now with the new legislation which has very wide ranging scope.

You yourself have said how your dogs cannot get enough of the outdoors now. Are you saying they were living a full life before when they were left for long, lonely hours?

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