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Post by gbste on Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:55 pm

Duncan was found by a nice woman on July 5. She tried to find an owner, but had no luck. She and her children fell in love with him, but she had to keep him kenneled all day, so she turned him over to SCARF. We advertised him in all the local media, but no one was looking for him. Duncan is staying with us. He gets along great with the boy dogs, and Walt likes having a buddy to play with. Skippy is just happy that Walt doesn't expect play from him. Here's a link to his Petfinder page: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/26693942
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Re: Duncan the collie/aussie

Post by bpaquet on Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:28 pm

I wish I were closer. He sounds perfect for my house!
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Re: Duncan the collie/aussie

Post by Suzzzz on Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:56 pm

He's adorable and sounds like a real gem. I can't believe someone's not frantically looking for him. Wishing him the very best possible outcome! I love you
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Post by Sue Short on Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:31 pm



He does sound sweet.
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Re: Duncan the collie/aussie

Post by gbste on Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:04 pm

Now that he's settling in he's gotten a little snippy with the other dogs around food. Even though he's fed in his own kennel, he will show some teeth as he goes to his kennel. I will be working on this. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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Post by Sue Short on Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:33 pm



WOW!! I don't know I've never had a dog that was food aggressive.
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Re: Duncan the collie/aussie

Post by gbste on Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:28 am

Our animal coordinator suggested that I make him sit for his food, so that's what I did this morning. He ran into his kennel as usual. When he saw that I had his dish, his behavior was odd. He went clear to the back of his kennel, and was almost fearful. I got him to sit, and put the dish down. I had to talk him into coming over to eat. He allowed me to pick the dish up partway through without incident. I wouldn't say he's food aggressive, but he is stressed about it somehow.
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Post by fiffur on Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:42 pm

Could it be his former home punished him somehow at mealtime?

He has an adorable face, and seems smart from what you've described. He should learn pretty quickly how to properly behave like a furry lil gentleman.
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Re: Duncan the collie/aussie

Post by gbste on Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:48 pm

His behavior seems more like anxiety than aggression. We'll work him through it.
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Re: Duncan the collie/aussie

Post by bpaquet on Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:36 pm

My parents had a dog with similar behavior. They had success with sitting, but no kennel. She would sit, they would pat and tell her she was good. Then, they'd put the food down and walk away. She never got over bolting down her food in 1 gulp, but she did stop showing her teeth and growling at supper time.

Maybe letting him eat in the open would help a bit at least for now?
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Re: Duncan the collie/aussie

Post by gbste on Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:56 pm

He eats in his outdoor kennel.  There's plenty of space.  He's snippy with the other dogs on his way to supper is all.  I always feed my foster dogs on their own anyway.  I just don't want there to be an issue when he goes to his forever home.
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Post by bpaquet on Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:51 pm

Ah. Poor little guy. I'll bet that patience and kindness will make a world of difference for him. Once he realizes that only good things happen at food time, he'll probably be fine. I guess he had to fight for his supper at some point since he's snippy with other dogs.
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Re: Duncan the collie/aussie

Post by gbste on Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:55 pm

Well, this afternoon he ran right out of the back yard for supper without snapping at the other dogs. However, that done, he ran up the street instead of into the kennel for his meal. He let me catch up to him ok, though. He didn't really run off. He sat right down for his food, though, and sat twice more. He let me pick up the dish with no argument. Baby steps.
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Re: Duncan the collie/aussie

Post by Suzzzz on Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:54 pm

You're an angel to work with him; it can't help but help. He clearly has feeding issues, and whoever adopts him will have to deal with them in his new home no matter how far you take him. Poor little guy. I wish he could say.
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Re: Duncan the collie/aussie

Post by bpaquet on Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:03 pm

Smile He has some mischief in him too.
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Re: Duncan the collie/aussie

Post by gbste on Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:41 pm

Suzzz, he'd fit in well here but for Abby the evil schnauzer, who has seniority. bpaquet, he definitely has his own agenda at times.
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Post by fiffur on Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:58 am

He's clearly learning fast. Not surprising considering Collies and Aussies are known for intelligence.
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Re: Duncan the collie/aussie

Post by gbste on Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:03 pm

We took Duncan in to be neutered this morning. When we went this afternoon to pick him up, he hadn't had his surgery yet! We have to go back later today. Meanwhile, he could have had his breakfast AND stayed inside out of the heat. He's been waiting in one of their outdoor kennels, and it's over 100 today. Sheesh.
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Re: Duncan the collie/aussie

Post by bpaquet on Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:52 pm

Oh no! Poor little guy. Sad
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Re: Duncan the collie/aussie

Post by gbste on Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:56 pm

He's resting in his crate with a fan on him. He was still too doped up to stand when I picked him up. Some boys who work at the vet's carried him out to the car, but I had to carry him into the house. He's not a huge dog, but I'm not as young as I used to be.
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Post by bpaquet on Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:33 pm

Smile Totally understand THAT. Glad he's resting comfortably. You should do the same. Stressful days call for a glass of wine and some good music.
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Re: Duncan the collie/aussie

Post by Sue Short on Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:03 pm



LOL!!! I'll second that.
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Re: Duncan the collie/aussie

Post by gbste on Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:02 pm

We were totally out of wine, and I was not about to go out in that heat again. Duncan finally wanted out a little after midnight, and he mainly wanted to drink a lot of water, have a potty break, and come lie on the floor by Kevin. We stayed up for awhile with him before we crated him back up. He ate a nice breakfast this morning. Walt was happy to have him back home. Our other 2 dogs are too old to enjoy playing with Walt.
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Re: Duncan the collie/aussie

Post by fiffur on Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:41 pm

Poor little Duncan! To go through all that, and in the heat too. Poor you too, all those trips back and forth.

Glad everyone is doing well, and things are getting back to normal.
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Re: Duncan the collie/aussie

Post by Sue Short on Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:17 pm



Glad to hear that all is well. Don't forget the wine when you're out and about
today.
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