Pretty in pink

19 01 2010

Facts: 29 kg. 63 cm, 8 months old.

News: Pandora has got her own YouTube site called:

http://www.youtube.com/Pandorawolfdog

Few movies, but will grow.

Falling down the stairs
The week before last week, Thursday, Pandora fell down the stairs. I was sitting on our loft which has an open side to the staircase. Pandora was sleeping by my side. She was tired after swimming. As she woke up, she wanted to go downstairs, but somehow her hind leg slipped and all I saw was the girl falling over the edge, desperately trying to hang on to the rim with her front paws – and the she fell. On her back on the stairs and bumping down all the way to the floor.

I can’t describe my fear as I ran down the stairs to see what had happened to her.

She was laying all curled up on the floor, her tale between the legs. Paws lifted as in pain.
And not a sound came from her.

Both my husband and I ran to her to see if she was okay. She was cuddled and caressed for a few minutes, and then we got her standing up.
Nothing broken, no limping or anything. She showed no pain or problems with anything but I guess under the fur she might have had some black bruises.

The next day we went to the vet just to get her checked out, and the vet didn’t find anything to be concerned about either.
Thank who ever held a hand or paw over my girl.

Pretty in pink
After the Christmas holidays, going back to work was hard, especially for Pandora who had not been left alone very much during the holidays.
Day one she found a red ball pen to play with as she was alone. The result was fabulous.
Pink front legs – all the way to the knee. With an exhibition coming up it wasn’t the smartest time, but we had a great laugh.

Pink legs

Pink legs

Meeting the fellows – again
Exhibition in Stestrup last Saturday. Stestrup is in the middle of nowhere on Sjælland (Sealand) DK.

It took 1 hour by train to Roskilde. Then a change to another train from Roskilde to Hvalsø. In that train we met up with Rolf and his two darling dogs Xtreme and Uno.

Train ride to Hvalsø, then Taxi from Hvalsø to Stestrup. Luckily Rolf had forum a Taxi driver in Stestrup ahead of the trip.
It was a nice exhibition. Small and unpretentious.
And it was so nice to spend a whole day with the dogs and Rolf. Lots of geeky talk about our fur kids, and the dogs playing the entire day.

Watching Pandora playing with the big guys was great. Her godlike admiration of Uno last time in the beginning of October had changed into healthy curiosity so she actually dared to challenge him to play. She had a lot more guts than she had last time.
(Movie will be on YouTube soon).

The exhibition itself went well again. But as Pandora should show her teeth to the judge, she started to growl. He was a very tall man, dressed in dark clothes and he stepped sideways over to Pandora. I could feel her confusion all the way through the leach. A little growling and the judge commented it of course, saying that she should not be like that as she was a big dog that could do a lot of harm with her canine teeth.

I know. So now we must be training ‘showing teeth’ and letting big men pet her.

Pandora received Særdeles Lovende (Excellent) as a puppy and got a 3. place out of 6 puppies. One of the prices was 2.5 kg of dog food that we had to bring home by the train. And Pandora eats raw meat. Sigh!

Thanx to the boys 4 a wonderful day! Hope we’ll meet again before WDS.

Xtreme, Uno and Pandora sleeping

Xtreme, Uno and Pandora sleeping in the train on the way home.

Afraid of everything
She is changing these days.
As at the exhibition she showed fear for the judge, she now also shows fear of a lot of other people and especially children. It is such a radical change within a month that we have decided that we will go and socialize her on people again instead of dogs. Almost everybody we see these days are people with dogs, which makes her ignore the humans as soon as there are dogs.
Her ability to be with other dogs, puppies, small dogs, big dogs is so good now. Now we need people, children and big, tall men.

Heat
I am pretty sure that her changes are course by the fact that she is maturing. She is almost 9 month old. In a month or so, she should be in her first heat.
It seems like certain male dogs already find her interesting, so it may be close to happening. And how great is that as we have 2 more exhibitions this month!
(These two exhibitions will be her last attending as a Puppy, then she’ll move to Junior class)

Xtreme showed some interest in her at this exhibition but I hope we can get through the next exhibitions without all the male dogs freaking out.
I’ll try to give her Chlorophyll (Called Klarfyl) in the hope that it might remove the smell of ‘sexy girl’.

Next exhibition is Saturday 24. January in our own city, Årslev.





Happy New Year

4 01 2010

Facts: 29 kg. 63 cm, 8 months old.

The first snow
December then 15. we went to a concert in Copenhagen and Pandora was for the first time, left in a kennel for the night.
We had our concerns but if she could be there over night we would have this option in the future. Not a solution we would use very often though.
Next morning at 8.30 I parked the car at the kennel. Longing to see Pandora. A whole night without her? Terrible.
A little snow was falling and I was thrilled that I had taken the day off to be with Pandora.
Pandora wasn’t particularly excited to see me; she was desperate to get OUT! Being in a cage for so long? Not nice for a wolfdog.
The caretaker said that she had seemed unsatisfied with being trapped. I was just glad she didn’t whine or cry when she saw me. Her need of freedom was so much more important to her.
As we drove home (only 3 km away) the snow started to fall, thick and beautiful.
It was so funny to see Pandora observe it for the first time. First she tried to catch the snowflakes, then she shook her head as snowflakes hit her ears, and then she didn’t understand the concept that if she used her paws to catch them on the ground, the flakes would melt.

Pandora in her very first snow

Pandora in her very first snow

Two ours later the snow was laying thick all over. A beautiful landscape, and Pandora started to figure out what it was all about.

Pandora two in snow hours later

Pandora two in snow hours later

Later that day her best friend Bandit came and played with her in the snow. He stayed until next day and it was one tired wolfdog we had the following evening.

Pandora and Bandit playing in the snow

Pandora and Bandit playing in the snow

Xmas and new year – the fearless wolf
We had a quiet Christmas evening with just our parents. Pandora was surely wondering why a tree had to be in the living room. Great though, that her people had left nice, shining glass balls all over the tree to play with.
They were soon moved away.

Holidays were used on the fur-kid, talking long walks, playing in the snow and sleeping on the sofa.
The day before New Years Night, we were invited to dinner at some friends. Pandora was also invited and her best friend would be there, but also a dachshund. (Wiener dog).

She respected the little furry one. Her observation was probably that the dog was small and therefore should not be bullied. She actually showed signs of maturity.
We went by train to and from there. She coped with the one hour long train ride very well. On the way home she was so tired that she fell asleep on the seats.

Pandora sleeping in the train

Pandora sleeping in the train

New Years Night she managed to steal a big lump of our dinner, delicious beef tenderloin. Luckily we had enough beef so we could just laugh about it.
At 12 o’clock we went out to see the fireworks. Pandora came along by her own free will. She felt absolutely NO fear. She looked up, saw the crackling, colourful fire, and if she could have shrugged her shoulders, she would have. She didn’t care at all.
Clever, cool girl.

Exhibitions coming up
In January we will attend 3 exhibitions. She still goes as a puppy this month. After that, she’ll go as Junior and get new competitors.

Growing up
Suddenly one day I thought: It’s a long time ago since she tried to bite my hands or feet. She doesn’t do that so often anymore. And now it’s only when we play.

She also does not have ‘accidents’ indoor any more. If she has to go out she starts to breathe heavily and whimpers a little.

She met a little Irish wolfhound puppy before Christmas. She treated it so gentle and nice. Now she understands that she is bigger and older and must be careful.

Wolfish
We talk wolfish now. The more I know about the language between wolfs, the easier it is to communicate with Pandora.
Of course we shout: NO or DOWN when she jumps to the kitchen table, but if I’m really mad at her (if she runs to the street or eats another pair of shoes) all I need to do is to look her in the eyes. Staring. After a few seconds she’ll run off, with her tail between her legs..
I show my ‘forgiveness’ by smacking my lips and looking away. Immediately she’ll come back to me to check if she is let back in to the pack.
This is very effective, but I try not to use it too much. We are still a team and corporation is to prefer.

Speaking of this, I must recommend Shaun Ellis from England and his fascinating studies in wolfs.

http://www.wolfpack-management.com/

Wolf-do’s
And the fur girl also does more and more wolfish things.
She always buries bones or other big lumps of food that she cannot eat. If she can’t go to the garden, she buries it in the sofa.

Holes are important. EVERY hole we see as we take our walks is examined. If it is small, she’ll make it bigger. Last week she almost caught a mouse in its hole. Funny to watch.

She opens doors. Now we have to lock the doors. She has no problem by opening it inwards either. If she wants to go out, she’ll go out.

Next
She must learn to be with minor children. She is afraid of children below 12 years or so. It could be that they look her in the eyes or it could be that she has hardly been with any before now.
Ring training continues. We still have a lot to learn.

Swimming continues. Mostly for the fun of it.
Soon we’ll be able to attend Agility or other kind of training. That’ll be good.

So far, we just have to get through the winter without being too bored.