lefty's random dog thread. - Page 151
For either, prepare to exercise, i.e., run the beast for inordinate amounts of time for a few years. They can be great dogs if they get enough exercise. If they don't, then prepare for destruction.
I saw a dalmatian this morning and her owner told me that she takes her on at least two 1 hour walks a day. Great looking dog but I'm not sure I could handle the time commitment. I take my basenji out for an hour on some off leash trails and then he mostly just sleeps the rest of the day.
Doesn't he spend the rest of the day destroying your house and pissing in your bed?
Haha he has only pissed on my bed once (maybe twice?). He really isn't that destructive though. If I leave flyers or a plastic bag hanging around he'll tear them to pieces but that's about it. Oh and clothes hangers. He likes chewing on the wooden ones from Ikea. Overall I'd say he's pretty good for a (basenji) puppy.
Normally, I would say put the puppy down, but I'm getting softer in my old age.
This is Harper, a happy and mostly healthy pit bull puppy. However, it was only a few weeks ago that Harper was all but given up for dead. Her story began when Erica Daniel saw a man selling puppies outside a Save-A-Lot. When she approached him, she noticed strange noises coming from a garbage bag the man was holding. After forcing the issue, he opened the bag to reveal a small, deformed dog. This was Harper.
Harper has pectus excavatum, or “swimmer puppy syndrome.” Dogs with this disorder have a deformed chest cavity, causing them to lie flat on their stomachs and are often unable to even move their heads. Generally, afflicted canines don’t live more than three weeks, which was the grim prognosis that Daniel was given when she brought the dog into a Florida animal shelter. With that in mind, Daniel took Harper home for one day of love and care before following the vet’s advice and having her euthanized. After that single day, however, Harper had improved dramatically.
Daniel says that she bought Harper some toys, and started massaging her stiff limbs to help relieve some discomfort. She was surprised when after a few hours, Harper seemed to have a much greater range of motion than before. She was even holding her head up and, incredibly, trying to walk. Emboldened, Daniel called The University of Florida in Gainesville. After determining that Harper wasn’t suffering from the most severe complications of her disorder — which could include a heart murmur or brain abnormalities — Daniel enrolled Harper in a hydrotherapy class at Hip Dog Canine Hydrotherapy & Fitness.
The results speak for themselves. Harper is thriving, and can manage to walk on grass, carpet, and other textured surfaces. She’s still struggling with tile and hardwood floors, but Daniel is confident that she’ll continue to gain strength and confidence.