I have to tell you this!

21 08 2013

Sometimes fantasy cannot compete with reality.

I our nearest city we have a shopping area. Stores lie side by side. Car equipment, clothes, Pet shops, furniture etc.

Today my husband went into the city to buy a (for a man very important) gismo in the car equipment store. He brought Pandora along, leaving her in the car as he went for the shopping spree.

Pandora is in heat. When in heat I feel instinctively that I cannot trust her the same way as usual.
She gets a little restless, lacks attention and seems to have her mind somewhere else. Probably in the neighbours garden.

Break out

This afternoon, she complains a little as my husband leaves the car, Pandora often whimpers a little when left.
But today, as soon as ‘daddy’ is out of sight, she starts working.

Throwing herself against the cage door several times to shake the handles loose. She has succeeded once before a couple of month ago, so why not again?
Soon she’s out of the cage and in the main of the car.
A small opening between the window and the doorframe has been left open. She starts to work on that, too, and finally the window opens enough to let her out.

The nearest shop? The Pet shop!
The well-known paradise with all the goodies, bones and toys. Pandora’s been there many times.
She enters and before anyone understands that this dog is WITHOUT a human, she steals the biggest goody in the shelf and runs back to the parking lot.
People from the shop follow her as she crosses one of the biggest and heavily trafficked roads in town, and vanishes into a small wood.

My husband leaves the car shop and is surprised to meet three people in the parking lot that ask him:
– Do you by any chance own a dog that looks like a wolf?

After chasing the crazy girl for a couple of minutes, my husband finally succeeds and captures the culprit.

I am now indifferent whether I should laugh at the theft in the pet shop or feel terrified because she crossed a potentially deadly road.
I think I’ll choose the first as nothing happened.

Czechoslovakian wolfdog Pandora van Goverwelle

Pandora van Goverwelle, thief and culprit

New training and experiences

Though Pandora is in heat, she did surprise me last night as we went to training and she was so very alert and clever.
We started this seasons ‘click and motivation’, tricks and positions based on Dog dancing themes.
We tried dog dancing in the spring and found it challenging and educational. (The correct term is actually Heelwork To Music — HTM)
Pandora found it funny too, and since we haven’t been training for about two month, Pandora is now very motivated.
Everything went well last night, she obviously learned stuff and went all the way without getting unconcentrated after half an hour.
I was proud as a Olympic winner when we went home with a fabulous experience.

Wolfdog camp and rescue training

In June we had a private wolfdog camp. The first in Denmark in many years.
Me and Dariusz’ daddy Arne planned the camp with help from Auntie B.
Everything went very well. The dog owners thought it all worked out well.

The highlight of the weekend was a surprise event I had arranged Saturday afternoon.
All dog (we were about 13) went to a Rescue training site for rescue dogs.
I can still feel the longing for that day.

This was Pandora’s training paradise. Climbing into burned out cars and houses, finding people buried in piles of bricks, searching rooms filled with soot and old stuff. All these things she did so well. No fear of heights or moving platforms. It was like a miracle.
The combination of using: the snout, the intelligence and the body, was like she was made for exactly that.
Oh, how I wish we could train that way instead of obedience and meaningless stuff.

Guests

Lately we have had the pleasure of spending a lot of time together with Rolf and his two gorgeous dogs, Uno and Xtreme.

Pandora, Uno and Xtreme by the lake

Pandora, Uno and Xtreme by the lake. Photo: Rolf

Uno being 8 years old and Xtreme 5, is great company for Pandora. She has now reached adulthood herself and doesn’t need to play all day long. A few minutes of trying to kiss the boys every now and then, and an occasionally running in the meadow is perfect. These three dogs together hands found peace and relaxation between them. They enjoy each other’s company but can also work separately.
They have been swimming, playing, traveling, been with us at museums, in parks, in the forest and so on. Treetop walking was a funny experience and again Pandora did it without hesitation.

Czechoslovakian wolfdog tree top walking

Pandora, tree top walking. Photo: Rolf

It’s very exciting to watch the differences between the three dogs. The quiet and calm Xtreme, the energetic and ‘I’m right here’ Uno. Pandora is something in between.
But also what differs the sexes. What the boys do and what the girl does. How they interact and what sort of signals they use.
It has been a very entertaining and educational time.

Two weeks in June, we took care of Dariusz. For a while we had four dogs under our roof and it wasn’t always easy, especially as the two males, Dariusz and Xtreme didn’t actually love each other. But it went out fine, also.

Czechoslovakian wolfdogs sleeping

Pandora and Dariusz sleeping on the sofa

Now we’re back to normal. My husband goes back to work in September and Pandora will go back to her routines.
May you all enjoy the late summer.

REMEMBER you can follow Pandora on:

Facebook: Pandora van Goverwelle
Twitter: @PandoraWolfdog





Rescue 911

13 04 2010

Facts: 64 cm. 32.5 kg. 11 months old

Rescue dog
Last Wednesday we went to an information meeting about rescue dogs.
I have considered taking the entrance examination with Pandora, to see if that would be an appropriate way to train her. Her ability to climb and tracking are great, but her liking to bite a little and her lack of will to bark is not so good.
The test is next week and I’m not sure if I’ll go. I’m pretty sure she will fail.
Another thing is: I’m not actually ready to sacrifice my dog in a potential dangerous situation.

Exhibition
Sunday we went to Køge, Denmark to attend the exhibition there.
Pandoras first ‘Junior’ approach was paid with an ‘Excellent’.
Unfortunately she didn’t get a top 4 in ‘Best In Opposite Sex’ or ‘Best Junior’.
Never mind that, she’s still beautiful.

The best part of the day was her meeting her best friends Uno and Xtreme.
I just really like these dog days together with other ‘nerds’ (sorry Rolf) and the sheer joy of watching the dogs play and interact. These wolfdogs internal language is so special, and it is so good for Pandora to be a part of that, once in a while.
Do I have to tell that it was one tired Wolfdog we brought with us home on the train?

Czechoslovakian wolfsdogs playing

Pandora bites Xtreme and Uno is watching

Training
Monday evening we went training in the boxer club again. We now train two evenings per week instead of once on Saturdays.
It’s so great that the snow is finally gone and the sun brings a little warm light to us.
Well, the training went pretty good. Pandora is now among the best of the puppies. She can walk nicely in the leach.  I can walk a few steps away as she sits or lay down, recall is very good if we use the tugger, and Monday evening she was as always very excited to play with the other dogs, but I could calm her to just sit down and be excited in stead of jumping around.
Whether it was because of the good treats and the amount of them or because of her being stimulated with the dogs the day before, I don’t know, but I could just feel this change.
It was her 5. training session.
Goodies: I use ham cubes (processed though we barf) and sometimes cheese or small sausages.
The pieces have to be very small so it takes no time to chew (or swallow) them.

Health
Monday we also went to the vet to get the results of the rabies test. It was very fine (above 0,5 – whatever that is?), and at the same time we brought a urine sample as Pandora has piddled inside three times lately and one day we thought we saw a little pus or secretion in the. The vet assured that it was very likely because she would soon come in heat. It’s normal to see pus leak from the dogs virgina as they mature.

Czechoslovakian wolfdog resting

Pandora resting in between fights

Guarded
Spring also means that we are fencing in our whole garden.
It takes a while, but hopefully Pandora is no longer able to do her ‘invisibility trick’ from the coming weekend.
It would be so nice to be able to let her out without keeping an eye on her or force her be tied up in a leach all the time.