Thank you, Ren. I know you speak with lots of knowledge behind your words. Personally, I have come to believe it is pretty serious. I don't think it will get like "killer" because we won't let it get that far; however, Daisy is VERY determined and she is pretty strong-willed in other ways. Plus, she seems to have the capacity to wait for just the right moment when we relax a little and then she pounces. I do feel sorry for Maggie because she has become pretty non-assertive when around Daisy and doesn't come to us for attention very much unless we ask. I think when Daisy is around, she is fearful. I suppose a good experienced trainer could tell if we are strong enough to make this work. I actually think it is that we just aren't Alpha people and don't ooze that message that we are in control. I don't want you to work on research until we DO have our heart set on working it out. Daisy does pretty well in the guest cottage where she is Queen now. I am thinking of renting it out "rent-free" if they take care of and love Daisy! Good grief!
Kelli is probably chuckling because we came to her 4 1/2 years ago asking for a gentle, non-assertive dog because we had spent 10 years with an EXTREMELY alpha Rottie that we loved dearly. However, it took a tremendous amount of continuing daily workouts and positive reinforcement for him to learn to WANT to do what I thought was right rather than what he thought. We always felt he was dangerous, but he never hurt anyone though he did pin the delivery guy to the door one day until I told him to give! Long story...but he was a great dog and we loved him. We had previously had a Rottie that was gentle as you can imagine, so I have come to believe it is all about breeding which is why we contacted Kelli. We were definitely ready for a gentle loving animal and Kelli provided just the one for us, Maggie. Now we just have to love and protect her and try to meet our other obligations as well.
I am so grateful for this forum. What a blessing to have this kind of support from hugs to professional recommendations! I LOVE McDoodles and their owners!
I will start by saying that Maggie is fine. So don't worry about the subject line. This will be way too long, but it has been growing for awhile. My brother who lived in Texas became ill (strokes,... more
Thank you Betsy (Mom of Maggie),Tue Jun 12 9:44pm
Funny how the death of a close family member has such long lasting impact and changes your life. I have to consider my brother's age and poor health and accept that it was time. However, he was such... more
about http://www.petrescuebyjudy.com/ I live in Altamonte and know people that found their rescues through her. They even have a section for Senior dogs. Can't hurt to gve her a call. I feel so bad... more
I have heard of her and actually have seen her at a few places. That is a good suggestion. I am still trying to get my brain around giving her away, but I am a little more open to it. Of course, if I ... more
with finding Daisy the perfect home near you so you can visit her? I love the idea of renting out your guest house, but let me ask you, would Daisy and Maggie share the same back yard still? You'd... more
Hi Crystal, It has been so great to discuss this here because I feel like I am gaining some perspective and getting some great advice...which I really needed. You are so sweet to offer to find her a... more
What an awful thing to be dealing with on top of the loss of your brother. I'm so sorry for your loss. I really admire that you decided to adopt your brother's dog. But I'm sure that you had no idea... more
Hi Jen, Daisy has really surprised me. She seems docile and sort of easy-going and then she goes for the blood! She is just very assertive in many ways and it really shows in her interactions with... more
should be an only dog. She's older and used to being the "leader". That being said, the only thing I would suggest would be a dog trainer. Sometimes an objective eye is needed. Good luck. What you're ... more
Thank you Betsy (Mom of Maggie),Mon Jun 11 5:06pm
I tend to agree with both of you that Daisy should be an only dog. She would be insanely happy. Maybe I just needed permission to give up but it may take awhile. :-) I know Maggie thinks that would... more
Oh, Well. We have two amazons (1 yellow-nape and 1 blue-front) that are 33 years old. I think they live to be 80. I guess I'm in it for the long haul. I just need to live to be 100 like my mother and ... more
You are an Angel for bringing him and his family to be with you guys! I'm sure you made some forever memories during that time for sure.. It's a very noble thing what you are trying to do with Daisy, ... more
Thank you Betsy (Mom of Maggie),Mon Jun 11 3:22pm
Thank you, Crystal, for your warm hugs, understanding, and ideas. I must admit I have wrestled with the idea of finding a home for Daisy. I guess I'm not there yet, but I agree that she would be... more
Have you tried lots of praises and possibly some high value treats when the two of them are relaxing nicely together, or even playing nicely? I wish I could be more help, and really look forward to... more
We do praise and offer their favorite treats when they are ignoring one another and are in the same area. They really have never played together at all and pretty much avoid one another and keep... more
Have you tried walking both at the same time? Having Maggie lead the way? They do say that dogs leading the way ARE the pack leader. Perhaps you walk Maggie just a few steps ahead, while someone else ... more
LOL..I guess I can relate. Creasey is only 8 months but he's just a big goofball. You can so tell he's the gentle type and not an aggressive Alpha male. He'll puff up his chest and bark, and it's a... more