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?

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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





Finally home

12 07 2009

She is finally here!

The world’s cutest doggy baby.
After a long trip to Holland Friday (702 km) we landed at the Goverwelle Kennel and saw our baby for the first time. Of course she was completely adorable. After that we went to a camping place near by, got into the city Apledorn and bought some food and stuff, and went back to be with Pandora at the Goverwelles house in the evening.

We took the puppy for a walk and she did quite well. The collar was annoying her but she went from scared to brave within 10 minutes.

Back at Goverwelles we let her stay the night so we could go and get her the next morning. And so we did. We left the Goverwelles house half past 11 the next morning to go all the 702 km back to Denmark.

Here I must say:

Thank you so much to Letty and Koos  for the handeling of the little dog with love and care. It was SO good to see that they spend a lot of time caressing and nursing the dog. All the time she was handled with care and love. Being caressed, cuddled and played with. It made me so happy as I know that it would bring up at better dog, a more trustful dog and actually a more intelligent dog. Thank you van Goverwelle for your way of treating your beautiful dogs. I can not be more specific: That’s the way to treat a dog from it’s early days. Well done!

Long trip home, but we only had four stops. She never cried or seamed unhappy. She was sitting on my lap for 30 minutes, then she wanted to lay on the back seat of the car. We stopped for short walks, she had one accident in the car, but was doing everything she should when she was out. She ate and drank and was so delightfully calm all the long 9 hours drive to our home.

As we got home in the evening, it was like Paradise? I have never seen anyone freak out the way she did. She was so overwhelmingly happy. The entire dog jumped up and down for half an hour. She knew somehow that she was home and she love it.

A little later we took her into the garden and let her free. She is still so attached to us so she wouldn’t run away. Everything was curiously searched.

And then she fell in the pond 🙂

1 x 1 sq. meter and 30 cm deep it was no problem for her to reach the bottom but she couldn’t get up. We had quite a laugh and she took it calmly.

She did get tired around midnight and so did we.

And to our big surprise she slept the whole night through. Not one time did we wake up to hear something being chewed at, not one time!

As we woke up this morning she peed on the floor as we didn’t make outdoor. Never mind that.

We went to the lake to meet some friends with their Rottweiler and Pandora felt in love with him immediately.

She looked at the water with interest, but didn’t go in except for the feet. But she was curious, I’m sure she’ll bath before the summer has ended.

Next we went to get our old dog (14 y.o.) and again, Pandora felt in love. This is now her pseudo mother and they get along fine.

Now she’s been sleeping for an hour and is now waking up to explore new parts of the wold. We are outside and she’s is next to me all the time.

I have no doubt that she’s an intelligent little one and she seams to feel completely safe here. No whining, no tears, no problems.

Is it really that easy?

Welcome Pandora, we are glad to have you here.