My girl and me … and Dariusz

1 03 2013

Well, not much new happens when you’ve got an almost four year old dog, but I’ll update you anyway.

A new cat

Today, this afternoon we’re going to have one more cat. We lost our beautiful Oden half a year ago and Shiva, our feline female has way too much energy for her own good. Now she’ll get at friend.

I’m very excited how Pandora will react. When she came to the house four years ago it took two YEARS to make her and the cats respect each other. Hopefully it won’t take this long this time.

Breeder? NO!

My warning on this blog, you can read under WARNING!, well it seems this guy has decided to spit out wolfdogs to complete defenceless people.

So far I have been in touch with three of his buyers. People who now have a wolfdog but think the bought a Labrador. I cannot say it clear enough: Stay away from this guy. It is so completely idiotic to sell Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs as ‘easy’ dogs. That is disrespect for the breed and a very unsympathetic way to make money, which seems to be all he wants. Thank god I also know of people who chose not to buy from him.

From now on, I’ll be in constant fear that these new owners don’t know what they are dealing with and therefore will create bad dogs with bad temper. Why the hell make puppies when all you can do is ruin the breed?

The Love

My girl has a boyfriend.

The small, cute wolfdog Dariusz is no longer a small cute puppy. He is a big, gorgeous 73 cm tall teenager.

I loooove when my girl and her boyfriend meet and they scour the areas together. Especially our grave pit is a paradise for these two.

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Dariusz and Pandora scouring

Then they walk or run shoulder by shoulder, sniffing to the same plants, bath in the same small ponds and then kick each others arses.

They are the perfect couple and it is so obvious that this is the same breed, they talk the same language.

I must say though, when these two wolfs play, people around them think they are in heavy fight. They always greet each other standing on the hind legs, showing teeth and snarling. That is real lov!

Often they are misunderstood because of thier rough play and sounds, but they are really harmless.

Allergy

I told about Pandora’s allergy some time ago.

By now we have tried homeopathy, change of food and lately we ended the vaccination program from te vet.

Nothing has helped.

She is now on Medrol whit is adrenocortical hormone and not very good for the body. We try to only medicate her Sunday and Wednesday, and that is perfect, the doctor says, if just the body get a free day in between, she won’t be hurt. Oh my god, my little girl.

I’ll keep looking for solutions the rest of her life. Any ideas are welcome.

I could have danced all night …

Here it comes. We are going to attend a course in Dogdancing.

People look at me and say: A wolfdog dancing??

Well I haven’t told Pandora that dancing is girlie, and that music to training sessions is a no go, so she’ll think we are doing funny things just for her so who are YOU TO CARE (husband?) 🙂

As Pandora is very good at clicker training, Heelwork to music ( which it’s also called) is going to be fun. It’s just a weekend but we look forward to it. I’ll let you know all about it when we’re done.

Intelligence

Two things I’ve seen since last time:

Winter, dark, almost black nights. Pandora sees all. When we go for our evening walk, at a specific point we turn left via another road. Twice this week, a person was walking behind us. Far away, hundred meters or so.

When Pandora and I turn left, she observes this person whom has not yet turned our way. She can hardly walk as she has to look at him, observe him. The exact same second that man walk straight out, NOT turning our way, she stopped paying attention to him. That means she knows he is no longer a thread and she knows which direction he is heading. Smart!!

One day we were having a cosy time on the couch.

Pandora was licking a small plastic bowl with whipped cream (Well it was weekend), the bowl starts to slip over the edge of the sofa. Then Pandora takes it in her mouth, gently, like this was the most natural thing in the world, she moves it back to sit in front of her legs.

I cannot describe how controlled this look. The movement were so gentle and conscious, like a humans controlled moves.

My girl never stops to amaze me.

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LOVE!





If it looks like a wolf …

3 06 2012

Pandora comes when I call.
Forget about guys walking on the moon, this is a much greater step for mankind.
My little girl has grown up obviously, and I still don’t trust her 100 %, but she has been so clever these last couple of weeks.

Apart from that, we had a great wolfdog week last week.

Darius
Thursday we met a little Wolfdog boy, Darius, 8 weeks old and just arrived to Denmark to live with his daddy.
Pandora was a little rough with him at first, but as she figured out that he was in fact a baby, she treated him nice and started to teach him to dig holes.

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Darius and Pandora digging holes

He was already capable of killing plastic bags and hide under the chairs.
He was such a darling, and I hope to see him  again soon.

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Tired puppy Darius

Medieval Days
Saturday we went to the Medieval market in Copenhagen. Bethina joined us this year and we all went by car together with my boyfriend.
As we arrived a little to ten o’clock Saturday morning, Pandora immediately hated to be there. Too many people, too many smells, too much smoke coming from campfires and grills. She was shaking. Terrified and wildly stressed.
She didn’t want to talk to anyone apart from me, Bethina and Morten.

Later in the day she calmed down somewhat, but she hated every minute there. Again and again people in ‘our’ camp, tried to caress her, but she growled at all the men, so did she as we walked around in the market to see all the tents where stuff was sold.
A few selected (what they were selected by I have no clue) was allowed to touch her and had Pandora-hugs (those where you face gets all wet).
All people coming towards her saying:
– What a cute little dog, bending over her, dressed in armour, weird hats etc. were all stopped by her growling.
She never bared her teeth, but she did warn them all.

Kasan
In the evening we had the first Wolfdog date. We met with Kasan, a 15 month old male outside the market area.
Pandora and Kasan played so well together. Pandora lured him to the little pond where they could bath, and afterward we went to Valby Stadion where these two dogs had all the play room they could ever dream of. Not a person or dog in sight. And so they played.
It was a positive end of the day for stressed out Pandora, and Kasan’s dad said he was very happy with their play, too.

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Crazy guys playing

Kasan is a little uptight towards people, but has a lot of self-confidence towards other dogs. I think his self-confidence will grow when he gets older. All he needs is a lot of trustworthy people around.
Kasan is a tall boy, and he is very good looking.
Thanks to his daddy for a couple of great hours.

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Kasan is a tall boy, and very good looking :>

Detour
As we came back to the market, all tourists were gone, it was turning dark and I sat down quietly with Pandora nest to me. Now she relaxed completely. And she was so tired.
She fell asleep, and some people sat next to us and caressed her. Now the fear was gone, she didn’t growl at anyone.

At night we slept in a tent. It was freezing cold and I woke up several times during the night shaking of cold. Finally I fell asleep, but was awaken by one of the attendances in the camp:
– Pandora is running around at the parking lot! Hurry up and get her, seven people are out there but they cannot catch her.
No of course they couldn’t.
In panic I hurried to the parking lot and saw Pandora trying to get away from everyone.
I had 1 tiny snack in my hand, and when she saw me, she ran away into a small wooden area.
I followed her, having flash backs to when she was two years old and was an expert in staying an arm’s length away from me.
She wouldn’t let me near this morning, so instead I went ‘normal’.
– Come on, Pandora let’s take a walk.
I turned away from her and started to walk.
She came running after me.
We came to a meadow and I found a small branch so we could play.
– Are you ready, girl?
I tossed the stick and Pandora ran for it. She returned it and I tossed it again. I could almost see normality seeping back into her body.
She returned once more and I could grab her and caress her.
My little girl hated the market.

Guard
But we had to go back for a short while, and as the number of visitors increased Pandora got more and more uncomfortable.
But luckily we had one more Wolfdate.
At one o’clock we met with Guard. This means, Guard was this crawling excuse for himself. His mum said that he was  always this submissive in the beginning, and he especially had some fear for female dogs as he had been attacked by some not long ago.
But Pandora is a heroin and a kind one. We started walking with the dogs side by side and before we had reached the Stadion from the day before, Pandora had charmed herself into Guards heart.
As we let them loose on the lane, they played with fun and much respect. Guard no longer feared her and they had such a good time.
Actually the dogs were together for almost five hours and I swear, when we finally separated them, they were in love.
Guard was the most kind dog towards people. Everyone could caress him, but he hated other male dogs.
Somehow this was complete upperset of Kasan from the day before.

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Hello Guard. Hello Pandora.

This just shows that no wolfdogs are alike. And you’ll never know what you get.
Socializing is very important, both with other dogs and with people.
And still your dog can change into a wild animal if he or she is frightened.
They all showed us that.

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We are friends, yes we are!

Is one enough?
It was a great experience to meet all these dogs. Unfortunately Pandora seamed a little sad being without friends monday when we returned home.
I seriously think that if Bethina (now auntie B), wasn’t going to have a puppy this summer, I would get one myself. I am a little insecure wether I have done the right thing only having one wolfdog in a country where this breed is so rare that there’s months between they meet their own kind.
It makes my heart bleed to think she is lonely.

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A wasted Wolfdog, full of good experiences





WARNING! DO NOT BUY FROM THIS GUY

24 11 2011

I need your help!

To buyers of Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs from Denmark.

Don't buy czechoslovakian wolfdog from this man
Without going into details, I had an argument with at Danish wolfdog owner this weekend.
I have known of him for while, but late Saturday he really pissed me off.
I normally don’t talk ill about other people, and especially not on the Internet, but this guy really crossed my line of decent behaviour.
We met at an exhibition and he asked if I would help changing the rules for breeders in Denmark.
In Denmark, your dog have to have certain certificates at exhibitons, in order to mate and get the puppies registered legally.
This guy wanted to mate a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog he has with a bad, bad temper and he wanted my acknowledgement to do so.
I told him I could not agree less, and that he was the worst representative for wolfdogs that I ever met.
  • His aggressive dogs are the reason that our breed are now on the observation list, in danger to be illegal in Denmark.
  • His dogs has got viewable hotspots (skin condition) and lousy fur with clear signs of neglect and bad nutrition
  • He has earlier been bragging about using electrical dog collars. They are not just forbidden in DK, they are the worst kind of abuse.
  • Everything he does he does for money, and he admits it.
  • He threatened me saying he would make illegal dogs and sell them in the capital to gang members.
    He actually said that!
Therefore:
If you hear of anyone buying a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog from Denmark, please don’t hesitate to contact me, and I’ll provide you with the need informations about this breeder.
He lives in the North of Jutlan (Nordjylland).
Spread the word to other wolfdog owners so we can ban and stop him from ruining our breed.




Seasons ending

7 11 2011

Deciding what to do

I still love my wolfdog. Regarding my last post.
But it has made me rethink our situation, and as it is almost the end of the season, we are considering not to attend obedience training next year. Agility on the other hand, we will definitely join, because the last two times we were there, Pandora did so well. Didn’t run away and did the rehearsals perfectly.

Now I consider trying to train Rally, which doesn’t demand a perfect obedience, but more intelligence and fun. Actually, I think Pandora would find Heelwork to Music funny, but I can’t find any courses near us. And somehow a wolfdog dancing sounds a little silly, but if she has fun, who am I to judge?
I still dream of building an action park for dogs.

Natural born leader

Two weekends ago we went to meet two Tamaskan dogs (Matsi and Sølve) and our Saarloos Wolfhound friend Loup (former mentioned here when he was a puppy) in the dog park in Odense.
Last year, Pandora would have submitted to any dog trying to dominate her. She doesn’t any more.
Among these dogs, no one else claimed the leading position, so Pandora took it her own very gentle way.

It was like she wanted the only male, Loup (the Saarloos) to join her in an alpha role, but he refused. He is young and still a little insecure.
Pandora seemed to really enjoy Matsi (the Tamaskan puppy) following her everywhere.
Oh, if Pandora and Matsi was together every day, Matsi could learn soooo many dirty trick from Pandora. Be aware, Hellan [Matsi’s daddy]. 🙂

Twice that day I saw Pandora go between first Matsi and another dog, then Loup and another dog. Like she was saying: This girl/guy is a part of my pack, don’t hurt them.
The other dogs respected that, and there were never any controversies of any kind.

I must say, I was very proud of Pandora’s ability to keep track of her own little pack and her gentle way to let the other dogs know, she was in charge.
If anything she is the smartest leader I’ve ever met. Dog or human.

It was a great day, I hope we get a lot more of those.

Here you can see a film from our trip.
Enjoy!


Czechoslovakian wolfdog, Tamaskan dog and Saarloos wolfhound in dog park





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





Second week with Pandora

23 07 2009

It has been a good week.

Finally Pandoras diarrhea is wearing off and she can eat more different kinds of food.
Three days ago she had an off-day. The whole day was: NO, NO, NO. Not too much pleasure and way too much nagging. Poor dog. But these last two days, she’s been showing remarkably progression.

Now she actually obeys the word: NO. I can stop her from running after the cats with that exact word. In the middle of the run, actually.
She’s also stopping biting in our hands and clothes. She understands NO, and in reverse she is given a bunch of chewable toys, cow hide bones, rubber bones, a crying duck and so on, to have something allowable to chew in. It works.

She is constantly told: CLEVER when she does the right things, and more and more of these are emerging.

She’s been with us at different places: A summer house with friends, looking at a fire show, sleeping in a camping wagon. Everything with success.

She is a happy and trustful little dog to both humans and other dogs. That’s great and promises good for the future.

She get many caresses during the day, kisses on the nose, a petting on the head. And especially as she is eating bones or her food, we pet her to learn her that it is all right, and we never remove her food or bone. It’s hers, not ours. But we should be allowed to be around her as she eats.

Other words are now slowly added to her vocabulary. Like: “Jump”, when she’s jumping into the car, “to the side” as she has to walk a the sidewalk to avoid the cars, “digging” when she digs, “sit” when she is coming for goodies, and so on.

Yesterday we activated her by spreading food at the lawn so she should search to find. Good activity for the nose. Today she has been swimming for the first time. For almost ten days we have gone to the lake. She takes absolutely no notice of getting her feet wet. Rain doesn’t concern her, neither does the shower!

But when she felt the cold water on her little tummy today, she was more reluctant. But with the use of goodies (little bites of her favorite food) she managed to get herself wet all over, and to swim ten metres or more. As she got up from the water she was told: CLEVER, FINE in a light tone and she jumped proudly around like a young cow entering the fresh grass in the spring. Very amusing and cute.

She is learning every day and loves it. She is getting a little more independent and can now be in the garden without us or in the house as we are in the garden. Good for her.

She is now also left alone in the car as we shop, but only for 15 minutes or so, and of course not in a hot car. She howls but she is adjusting slowly.

She is also adjusting to the cats as they are to her. (Sometimes I think they tease her just to see her frustrations. Silly cats.) And she also knows that the cat food is off limit.

Right now she has fallen asleep under my chair. It has been a very good day. Not so many “I’m bored”-happenings, but a lot of quality time.
It looks good for the days to come. She is so loved. And she knows.

Pandora at the sea

Pandora at the lake





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.