Take care and have a great rest of your day!
Raising a pup to become a dog always has it’s challenges. Apparently, raising a big pup has BIG challenges. This week we are dealing with one of Molly’s.
Before we brought a Great Pyrenees sheepdog into our home, I did a fair amount of reading on the breed. Since having her, I have taken Molly to the vet’s three times and have asked about any specific issues with this breed. I spoke to people who have Pyrs, as has Dan. (Apparently, they are quite a popular dog!). For all of our research, neither of us came across anything noting that since herding dogs are so intuned to their environment, they are particularly sensitive to loud sounds.
Since Dan and I are both relatively quiet, this sensitivity to sound has not been an issue – until now
A few days ago, Molly and I started daily walks. On Monday, we were walking across an open area across the street when there was a loud BANG. It sounded like a gunshot. Molly freaked out! We turned back and came out of the park and she calmed down so we went on to walk around the neighbourhood, keeping to the sidewalks. The bigger, and louder vehicles bothered her but she seemed to manage once such vehicles were past us.
That night, our new nextdoor neighbour put up a basketball net for his two young sons. They were exuberant and well LOUD. It was early in the evening and Molly seemed okay. She did coming flying into the house and spent the evening laying beside Dan on the sofa, but she seemed okay. She wasn’t.
Yesterday, Molly was terrified of going outside. I had to drag her out. She would run to the gate and peek around a cedar to the basketball net nextdoor. I brought her lunch outside, thinking that would distract her. She was too scared to eat. Dan and I took her for a walk in the park across the street and she was fine. We had her on an extendable leash and she raced and leapt around, ears flopping – having a ball! We came back home, came into the yard, and she was terrified. It was a brutal day.
This morning, Molly was slightly better. I got her to come outside to do her business and to come back in to eat her breakfast. I turned to Google and read a few articles about dogs who are terrified (terrorized) by loud sounds. One thing that sounded promising was that dogs find the smell of Vanilla calming. I rubbed a bit on my left hand and let Molly sniff at it. She immediately, and noticeably became calmer.
I put on her leash and took her out for a walk. She was stressed getting out the door and across the yard but she was fine once we were on the other side of the gate. We walked around the block, came to the back of the house through the back alley (where I knew Dan was chatting with a friend). Molly was excited to see them, and was happy to be fussed over by both of them. We resumed our walk and went through the park and back. Molly was a bit hesitant about a small tractor working in the park, but she dealt with it.
On our return home, she balked at the gate but she came in without too much of a battle. I unclipped her leash at the gate and came into the house. Molly followed within a few seconds. I sprayed Molly’s kennel, stuffed elephant, her blanket, and the carpet in the porch with diluted vanilla. It seemed to calm her considerably – until her favorite human stopped in unexpectedly.
Our granddaughter Genie was passing through from Winnipeg, on her way to Calgary, and she was fortunately allowed a few hours stop in Regina. She managed a few minutes to come by. Molly was beside herself (and on top of Genie) the entire time.
When Genie had to leave, Molly bounced out the door with her and walked her to the gate. She barely glanced at the dreaded basketball net. 👍
We seem to be heading for a gradual recovery, but if anyone has any suggestions for dealing with our fearful pup, I would love to hear them. This is thunderstorm season in Saskatchewan and The Weather Channel has a warning for tonight. 😳🌩️⚡
That is it for today. Take care and have a great day!💞
We finally did it! I took Molly for her first official walk yesterday. We went around our block and to say it went badly is an understatement. She had two speeds – fast and stop and she insisted on walking right in front of me or right behind me (perpendicular to me of course 🙄).
This morning Molly seemed bored. (Sometimes, it is hard to tell if Molly is bored or tired, but when she stole the bra out of my drawer and went racing around the yard with it flapping in the wind , she didn’t appear to be tired). I decided this could be as good a time as ever to try walking her again. I traded her a Milk Bone for my bra and got her into her harness and leash.
Today went much better. I took Molly to the ball diamonds across the street (a ways) from our house.
Molly did fairly well on the way to the ball diamonds. I took her into one of the diamonds and walked the bases with her, teaching her to walk nicely on my left side. It took about 30 sudden u-turns but she got the hang of it and walked home like a pro – even when we had to walk past the scary miniature dachshund (in the fenced in yard ten feet from where we were walking).
We practiced sitting to wait before crossing our street. Finally, I stopped for a chat with Liam and Molly sat (occasionally rolled) patiently.
All in all, today went pretty well. It will be interesting to see if she remembers the lessons tomorrow and fun to see how things progress on busier and more distracting paths.
That is it for today. Take care and have a great day! 💞🌞
Molly is three months old now (as of the sixteenth). She has tripled in size – at least! She is a firmly entrenched member of our once peaceful household. She dug the trench herself and our household is not nearly as peaceful as it used to be.
I am impressed that we still have really good days. Yesterday wasn’t one of them. She pooped TWICE in the house and peed once. She was also in one of those rambunctious moods where she insists on jumping on me and biting at me. She also managed to toss my supper plate off of the table and onto the floor and yes – my supper was on it. 😧
This morning is starting out way better, but she did come in a while ago with a big tick on her neck. 🙄
Ticks are not the only things Molly brings into our small house from our big yard. She hauls copious amounts of sand, leaves, branches, twigs, rocks, plants, and garbage that blows in from Lord knows where. It is a challenge keeping up with her. In deciding to get a larger dog, that was not something I had even considered. I had no idea how much debris one dog could haul around. 😳
All in all, life with Molly is lots of fun. She is getting really good at playing Nerf Frisbee and better at playing ball. She is relatively quiet, although these dogs have a reputation for becoming big barkers. I will be surprised if Molly goes that way. She is not the skittish, excitable sort – even when the squirrels visit. She did do some serious whining yesterday when I went out front to mow our lawn. She had to stay inside the fence and she let me know she was upset about it.
Anyway, Molly is proving to be a good companion so far and I am looking forward to whatever lies ahead for us. Seems like a keeper! 🤗
That is it for today. Take care and have a great day! 💞
It is thirteen weeks since I began my fitness routine! I continue to see improvement and to stay motivated. This week I am impressed with the increased strength and flexibility in my joints that I am noticing. I particularly appreciate the notable difference in my knees and hips. You know those old ladies who crouch down to get something off of a shelf in a store and can’t get up without the assistance of their strong armed husband? Yea, that was me a few weeks ago. Even getting off of my chair at home was problematic. Not any more! 💃
My fitness level is not the only positive result that I am celebrating this week.
It may not seem that impressive to anyone who has a manicured lawn but this is after the first good rain of the season and for the past number of years, we have been pretty much allowed our lawn to devolve into dried weeds and bare patches. Last year we decided that since I was home to give it some TLC, we would work at bringing it back to a semblance of lawn. We spread a couple of containers of hardy grass seed, applied lawn fertilizer a couple of times, I pulled weeds, and I waterer AND watered AND watered! It is a work in progress but I am loving the results so far.
Also, the training of Molly continues and we continue to appreciate the results. No inhouse accidents for two days! And… she will give a paw, touch her nose to a fist (without trying to eat it), and she knows her bed. She is such a quick learner and so anxious to please. 🥰
Here’s a link to another You Tube Zumba class I have been using. I still zig when I am supposed to zag and my leg lifts are a bit awkward. In my defense, it is rather more challenging with a growing pup walking around me and between my legs – especially when she is dragging her toys or blanket. 🙄
Last but not least…. One more result that I was super excited about yesterday.
That is it for today. Take care and have a great day! 💞