The ghost in the cabin

1 03 2011

Well I guess I’ve mentioned it before, but this crazy dog of mine? She is intelligent!

She’s got this weird affection for toothpaste. As we brush our teeth in the evening, the dog is standing on her hind legs, hoping to get a taste of this peppermint stinking cleaning thing.
Delicious: If I drool a drop in the sink, she’ll eat it. I’m just saying. She’s so delicious, right?
Well, one night I sneaked into the bathroom to brush my teeth and I almost succeeded to get away. As I spit out the rest of the toothpaste into the sink, Pandora stood next to me, and quickly I turnen on the water so the tooth paste would be washed out – and then this happened:
Next to the sink, behind a glass wall, is the shower cabin.
This means that the plumbing from the sink, runs under the floor into the shower cabin, so water from there, will run down to the same plumbing tubes. When you let the water run into the sink, you can faintly hear it passing under the shower cabin passing the drain under the floor.
Pandora stood there, watching me washing out the tooth paste she so wanted. Then she tilted her head a little, left the sink and went to the shower cabin. She stared down the drain, listening to the water passing, probably able to smell the peppermint.
Do I have to tell I was gobsmacked? How the h… did she figure out where the water went? I know children at the age of eight that would never have made that conclusion.

The new sofa
It was with much excitement we went to buy a new sofa in January.
I wanted one so bad as the pieces of the old one was nothing less but embarrassing. That is, if people would have actually discovered that it was the leftovers of a sofa and not some weird ‘wood and textile art Deco’.
Last summer we made the deal: In January we buy a new sofa and take the chance that Pandora will not eat this one. And do you know? The last three-four months she’s not been tearing anything apart being home alone.
New sofa in the beginning of January. NOT an expensive one. We’re not that much idiots.
The wolfgirl has been alone with it for two months now, and nothing has happened … until yesterday.
My mom called and said that Pandora had been eating the sofa as they went to pick her up in our house.
Knowing it could happen I still cursed her sitting at my job not able to see how bad it was.
When we came home it turned out that she had made a little hole in one of the pillows and nothing more.
It’s repairable, but the thing is:
Why does she suddenly bite in something? How come she forgets about it for months and then she suddenly has to chew in something again.
One of her weaknesses is, like with many humans: if she finds something that is sticking out, a threat, a little patch, y’know something that you can fiddle with, well Pandora starts to fiddle.
Just a little bit. With her teeth.
Perhaps there was a fiddling feature on the new pillow. Perhaps she was just bored that day. But she fiddled. A little too much.

New old friends
Something else has changed radically.
Since the beginning of December, Pandora and the cats, mostly the male cat (Odin, the guy from Lost I and II), have accepted each other in a very profound way. Now they greet each other as the cat enters the room. He is cuddly and rubs himself against her legs, and Pandora sniffs and licks him.
Sometimes they fall asleep next to each other on the sofa and there seem to be a new acceptance between them.
Like: If I can’t get rid of him/her, I might as well use it for my advantage.
I have never had a dog that couldn’t get used to cats. But I have also never tried that it took almost 2 years.

Czechoslovakian wolfdog and a cat

Pandora and Odin, can you see Odin?





Bark at the moon

24 09 2009

Facts: 55 cm, 17.8 kg, 4.5 month old

Lost 2 teeth this week

Stars shining
I think I mentioned it last time. In the morning Pandora always has at least 10 stars in her ‘book’ and sometimes she looses them all half an hour before we go to bed. But not this week.

She seems to be more and more competent at: being alone, not peeing in the house, in our beds or where ever.
She’s been very good.

Growing fast – loosing teeth
To my big surprise I measured her Monday evening and discovered that she had grown 3 cm in one week! That’s crazy. But I’m certain that as I look at her last weekend she suddenly looked like an almost grown up dog. Her features were suddenly matured and her chest had broadened. And I was right. 3 cm is quite a lot in such a short time and I started to get a little anxious that she could be in pain. Sunday morning she seamed a little tired and worn out. That was also when I discovered that one of her teeth was very loose, so she didn’t want to eat her own ‘hard’ food. We gave her a little boiled chicken and raw salmon. In the evening she lost the tooth. We heard her playing with it at the wooden kitchen floor, so we actually found it.
After that, she could eat her normal food again and she brightened.
Yesterday she lost one more. Now she looks a little silly as one of her canine teeth is missing.

Rabies vaccination
Wednesday we went to the vet to get her second and last Rabies vaccination. In 120 days (not less!) she’ll have take a blood test to see if the anti bodies are in her blood.

Explanation: Rabies and worms
To go to Sweden a dog has to be rabies vaccinated. After the vaccine it has to be confirmed that the antibodies are in the blood. Sometimes the first vaccine can be a little too weak, and therefore our vet (most vets I guess) vaccinates the dogs twice, to be sure that it’ll make anti bodies.  After the second vaccination there has to be 120 days before the anti body confirmation. NOT 119 days but could be 125 days, it’s ok. The vaccination will be written into Pandoras passport so that she can go with us to Sweden next spring.
Just before we go, she’ll have to have a worm treatment also as Denmark has a sort of worm that Sweden does not have.

Over exercising
I walk 6-10 km once every week. I’d started to bring Pandora with me as her fitness level is increasing, but suddenly I got afraid that I might have overrated her ability to walk 6 km. Now I’ve talked to friends, vets and pet letterboxes and they all seem to agree that 6 km is a little too long, but if we are careful and she doesn’t jump too much it’s ok.
As she was vaccinated, the vet also tested her joints to see if she felt any pain but she didn’t. There were no reactions what so ever.

By the way she loves to climb big stones and she spends a lot of time examining water. All kinds of water.

Clicker training
This week I bought a clicker to use for training.
I’ve heard a lot of good and bad about clicker training. I understand the different opinions. Clicker training is only for people who know exactly what they are doing or are guided by an experienced trainer.
The clicker is used to guide the dog in the exact moment she does the right thing, but first she’ll have to connect the clicking sound with something positive, so all Saturday and Sunday she ate sausages and listened to clicks. Yesterday I accidently pushed the clicker and Pandora came to me for sausage, so the training worked. I haven’t done much into it yet, but I’ll tell more as we use it more. I think it’s good training for her. Especially because she’s having trouble with ‘COME HERE’ commands. And with the clicker I can guide her the instant she’s doing the right thing.

Little wolf by the lake

Little wolf by the lake

Pandora at the stream next to our house

Pandora at the stream next to our house





Locked up! Latest news from Pandora the Wolfdog

17 09 2009

Sunday morning my friend and I went tog the bakery for bread. With us was of course Pandora, as she’s beginning to really like driving with us in the car.

Parking next to the bakery, leaving the key in the car, shutting the door. When we came out Pandora had obviously jumped around a little as she always do, and by accident (?) she had hit the locking pin in the door and thereby locked the entire car. And the key was inside.

Luckily my friend had her cell phone and as we only live 3 kilometres from the bakery my boyfriend took the bike and met us after 20 minutes. But Pandora was utterly confused. Why did we stay outside the car looking and did NOT open up for her?

Maturing and learning
No no no, she is not at all mature or anything like it yet, but she doesn’t bite our hands anymore. Her small teeth in the front are all new both upper and lower mouth.
She last one of her canine teeth but no new ones are in sight yet. And I guess the teeth ain’t itching that much any more as she’s stopping the biting thing.

She is also beginning to have more faith in the ‘cursed’ words: COME HERE.
If she’s playing and freaking out, she doesn’t hear it, but if we are relaxed and ‘laid back’ as we call, she is beginning to obey.
Now she can run around the entire house without running into the street. Of course she is not 100 % strict but its getting MUCH better.
One day I was doing some gardening as a terrier passed by and Pandora stood next to me in the garden. She didn’t move a hair. No running after the other dog, no body language signalling that here was ‘a new best friend’. She was so cool.
Later that day she also went to the garden entrance, but didn’t cross the invisible line.
Perfect.

In the evening she ran into the street twice! Arrgh!

But it’s like that, almost every day. She starts the day with ’10 golden stars in the book’.
10 minutes before we go to bed she looses more then half of them by running after the cats or peeing on the floor etc.
But we moving forward in the teaching/learning process and it’s great.

Crazy Dog, Funny Dog
If we shout too much at her or stop her from doing something she really would like to do, she growls. It’s so cute and the reaction is like a disappointed child. She’s got many different sounds.

Long uncut grass is equal to HAPPINESS. She can run around totally freaking out when we walk or play in long grass. It’s hilarious.

Last week, my boyfriend and one of our friends was sword fighting. Pandora didn’t like it. People fighting are normally upsetting dogs so the reaction was fine.

Watching TV is a new hobby. We haven’t seen much TV during the summer and Pandora haven’t paid much attention to it.
Now it’s like she can focus on other dogs on the screen and is curious.
Sounds are of course easier, and watching dogs barking makes her tip her head first to one side, then to the other. It’s so sweet, but everyone with a dog knows that.

Wolf howls makes no sense to her. No reaction.

The not so good dog
Last week she peed in my bed, next night in my boyfriends’ bed. Last night she peed in the bed again.
It seems to be either at dominance problem or a ‘fear of being alone’ problem.
Never the less we have to look into it.

Physical facts:

Height: 52 cm

Weight: 19 kg

She is 4 month or 19 weeks old and changing teeth.
Her head is quite small but her paws are fully grown.

She is now very looong in her body as you can see in the picture below.

There are small groups of black hair just abowe her two middle nails on all four paws. I have no clue why. Looking more dangerous?

I also think that she’s got more skin between the toes (webbed feet) than other dogs (except for the New Foundlander). Is she made for swimming?

Pandora watching friends in fight

Pandora watching friends in fight

Pandoras body is looong these days

Pandoras body is looong these days

Black hair above the nails. Is it a trick?

Black hair above the nails. Is it a trick?





Dog silence

2 09 2009

Not much to report this week. Every thing has been going fine. No problems, no accidents, no trouble. Nice, right?

49 cm is her height now and using the cat flap is now completely out of the question.

Alone with daddy

I went away last Saturday so only my boyfriend was at home to cuddle Pandora and they did fine of course. Though it missed her like crazy I also thing they needed a little time together without me.

And thanks to my dear boyfriend I had pictures of the beautiful dog coming in via the iPhone during the day. You can see them here.

We also bought a cage to her, a cheep one to bring with us as we go on tours. She now has two weeks to get used to it before she has to be locked in it for 30 minutes or so. It might be very handy to have sometimes, but it’s interesting to see if she can cope with it at all.

She went into it last night without any fear and we have started to feed her inside it.

It is app. 1 x 0,6 x 0,8 metres with two doors and is collapsible into ‘nothing’ within 30 seconds.

By the way …

Pandora has her own Facebook profile, and she is now getting friend invitations form people I don’t even know. That is really funny.

You can become Pandoras Facebook friend if you search for Pandora Van Goverwelle

Loved and missed

These days at work I really miss her. I feel like I need a long holiday to have enough time to spend with her. It must be the same feelings as a mother/father have for their newborn baby.

I just miss her when I can’t reach out and caress her.

Alone with 'daddy' at the lake. Watching!

Alone with 'daddy' at the lake. Watching!

Hiding upstairs

Hiding upstairs





Man bites dog

24 08 2009

Facts:

Weight: 13 kg

Height 45 cm

Vaccination

Last Wednesday Pandora went to the vet to get the vaccination against Rabies. He checked her bones, eyes, ears and so on and said she was completely healthy and fine.

And she is changing her teeth right now.

We hadn’t noticed that her small front teeth’s had already changed!

This weekend she lost two more teeth’s. One in the upper and one in the lower part of the mouth.

The canine teeth’s are still milk teeth’s.

Shape

Her physical shape is growing. Thursday we went for a walk. It was hot as hell, and after 3,5 km she was thirsty and tired. Until she met a 9 month old bulldog at the lake and with whom she play pretty roughly with for 15 min. I was scared for her health as the bulldog was quite overweight and she suddenly looked fragile. But no worries.

After the play we left the lake and met an Irish Wolfhound. Her ‘supposed enemy no. 1’. But no. It was just another ‘best friend’ – as always.

(Wauw it was big. He must have been close to 1 meter).

Last night we went for a walk and the weather was perfect. Not too hot, not too cold. We walker 3,5 km again and she could have walked twice as much. She was crazily happy, jumping in the air, surveying the fields, catching insects and so on. If complete happiness was ever there for a dog, it was that exact situation.

I’ll walk her tonight again, and Thursday we’ll walk app. 8 km. So I’ll see how well her shape is.

Swimming

Yesterday we also went to the sea (the ocean) for the first time.

The water is app. 18 °C now and we went bathing. Pandora went into the water, and suddenly she was actually swimming on her own initiative. That was great. She didn’t for long as I think she started to freeze a little and not being able to touch the bottom is still scary, but she swam and it looked great. Of course she is a great swimmer, but almost all dogs are.

Teaching

SIT, SHAKE PAW and LAY DOWN is almost in place. STAY and ‘walking in line’ is almost perfect. COME (here) sucks. The upcoming week will be with the focus on COME (here), first in line, then without. In line its easy, without she get’s immediately death. Perhaps her ears are attached to the collar?

UP and DOWN is also important now as people no longer find her cute as she jumps up.

BARK takes a little longer and isn’t that important right now. We train it, when the situations is there.

A little love

Pandora gives us so many hilarious situations, makes us laughs and smile.

The other day she went to sleep in an apple box belonging to a dachshund (Wiener dog).

Sometimes it’s really hard to correct her as she is more amusing than bad.

We love her very much and every day at work I miss her as if she was a little child I had left at daycare.

Sleeping in an apple box.

Sleeping in an apple box

Climbing timber in a nearby area

Climbing timber in a nearby area