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Date Posted: 07:47:48 11/12/06 Sun
Author: S. K. Dixon
Subject: The kennel crate sounds like a good idea!....
In reply to: Connie 's message, "Re: Could you consider keeping her in a kennel crate ...." on 00:38:26 11/12/06 Sun

Girl Dog gets to sleep near her owners and Mr. Big and Company stay alive and well! I have a friend up in NC who has these for her two dogs; and, just as you mentioned, Connie, they even take their naps there--by their own choice!








>>I swear by Airline Cabs for house training and other
>uses; every dog likes to have its area, as long as it
>is possitively introduced! I tell my dogs "nite nite
>time" and they run right to thrir crates ! Not a
>problem at all, they even sleep in the crates w/the
>doors open!! They have beds and toys in that area, so
>it is their area!(Could you consider keeping her in a
>kennel crate
>>....), next to 'your side' of the bed? I used to keep
>>my German shepherds next to my bed, by using an
>>'accordian' style gate extended from the wall to the
>>bed's footboard. I had their 'doggy' beds alongside
>>mine, and that worked well. (My dogs were not allowed
>>on the bed, and knew better than to jump up. But, if
>>such a temptation would be too much, for your dog,
>>then perhaps the wire crate would make her feel near
>>you, but preventing her from getting away while you're
>>asleep ...)
>>
>>>The problem is the way my house is constructed,I
>>>guess....It's a log cabin with logs that are of
>>>varying widths..so the walls are not perfectly
>>>even...so there are gaps between the logwalls and the
>>>back of the baseboard radiators....there are also
>>>small gaps between the rooms,just enough space for a
>>>determined flyer to be able to run from room to
>>>room,and if the doors are opened,out into the hallway
>>>and the rest of the house..........I dont know what
>>>else to do-I try to keep the doors closed,but my cats
>>>sleep on my bed during the day,and they need access
>to
>>>their litter boxes in the basement..Also,my husband
>>>wont sleep with the door closed,and,of
>>>course,nighttime is their active time....I dont know
>>>why my dog does this..I have 2 Golden Retr. and the
>>>other one couldnt care less........
>>>I have to find where Mr. Big spends his
>>>days.........I've been looking,but havent found a
>nest
>>>yet..........I do put food out for him in one of the
>>>closed off bedrooms.....
>>>What else can I do to ensure his-and any other FS
>that
>>>may drop in-safety?My dog-female,by the way-would cry
>>>all night if she werent able to stay in our
>>>room...despite her taste for FS,she is really a big
>>>baby when it comes to being left alone.........she
>>>once tore the door off a bathroom to get to me during
>>>a thunderstorm.....
>>>
>>>
>>>>I share your concern for Mr. Big's safety, since the
>>>>dog has already killed several of the flyers. Is
>>>>there ANY WAY to secure your dog in a space where he
>>>>cannot get to the flyers? As to males and females,
>I
>>>>have both and my sweet Barney has NEVER been
>>>>aggressive or hostile; in fact, he is the sweetest
>of
>>>>the sweet. I only have one FS who consistently
>earns
>>>>her name--Zoe Warrior Princess--and even she has
>>>>mellowed over time. Bonding can be accomplished
>with
>>>>either sex at any age (a very wise hillbilly woman
>>>>with tobacco stained teeth told me that and she was
>>>>right) with lots of patience and love on the part of
>>>>the HOF. Actually, I think it could be the other
>way
>>>>around; in any event, mine have me trained to a five
>>>>star rating! LOL!
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>Is it considered a no-no for closely related FS to
>>>>>have babies together?I used to have cats that would
>>>>>interbreed before I got them all spayed and
>>>>>neutered....there were never any genetic
>>>>>defects....they all were healthy and lived to ripe
>>>old
>>>>>ages.......I guess there's no way of knowing,is
>>>>>there?It just seems to me that the two of them are
>>>>>intent on getting together...for whatever their
>>>>>reasons are.............
>>>>>I have only had Squiggy for @ 10 weeks.........What
>>>>>little I know about FS I have learned from the very
>>>>>knowledgable folks on this forum.........
>>>>>I'm just hoping I catch Mr. Big before my dog
>>>>>does..........
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>>Yes, they go into heat if it is a female from
>about
>>>>>>age 1
>>>>>>year to about age 13 years and they have not been
>>>>>>neutered.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>She was likely trying to communicate with another
>>>>>>flyer she
>>>>>>could hear.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>You might want to keep in mind the male you are
>>>>trying
>>>>>>to
>>>>>>capture could be her father if they both came from
>>>>>your
>>>>>>attic...
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>I mentioned before that another (wild) FS showed
>>up
>>>>>in
>>>>>>>my house a week or so ago.....that's not
>>>>unusual,they
>>>>>>>have been living in the ceiling of my house for
>>>>>>>years....I once called a "Nuisance Wildlife
>>Control
>>>>>>>Officer" but they wanted to eradicate them in a
>>>most
>>>>>>>unkind manner...something I was not comfortable
>>>>>>>with....So we have been co-existing pretty
>>>>>>>well....occasionaly one will drop in to say
>>>>>>>"hello"....Unfortunately, I have a Golden
>>Retriever
>>>>>>>that finds them most delicious...wish I could
>>break
>>>>>>>her of that habit......Anyway,that's how I got
>>>>>>>Squiggy...I've had her for probably 10 weeks
>>>>>>>now....she's been so sweet....Well, BIG (he
>>appears
>>>>>to
>>>>>>>be twice Squiggy's size,thats why I figure he
>must
>>>>be
>>>>>>>a "guy")Mister Squirrely showed up last night in
>>>>>>>another bedroom....I tried to coax him with all
>>>>kinds
>>>>>>>of yummy treats....could not convince him I meant
>>>no
>>>>>>>harm....(other than to use him for breeding
>>>>stock!!)I
>>>>>>>finally gave up around 2:30 a.m....
>>>>>>>When I went into Squiggy's room to feed her
>>tonight
>>>>>at
>>>>>>>5:00 pm she was really agitated,leaping around
>the
>>>>>>>cage like she was shot out of a
>cannon........then
>>>>>she
>>>>>>>did something I've never seen (or heard) her do
>>>>>>>before....she made this wierd,high-pitched noise,
>>>>>with
>>>>>>>her mouth opened....at first I thought she was
>>>>>>>choking...sounded a little like a cat hacking up
>a
>>>>>>>hairball,but softer.......I figured she was
>>calling
>>>>>>>Mister Big....is this possible?She had attatched
>>>>>>>herself to the bars on one side of the cage which
>>>>>>>faces a bookcase........she was looking intently
>>at
>>>>>>>it,with her little schnoze sticking out of the
>>bars
>>>>>>>and her little hands (they look just like hairy
>>>>human
>>>>>>>hands to me)gripping them...she looked like a
>>>>>>>desperate prisoner...I must say,Mister Big looked
>>>>fat
>>>>>>>and happy when I saw him last night..........I'm
>>>>>>>thinking that he visits Squiggy at
>>>>>>>night..............she probably tosses him a few
>>>>>>>nuts,apples and sweet potatoes....Hey,they say
>the
>>>>>way
>>>>>>>to a man's heart is through his stomach,so I
>guess
>>>>>>>that would hold true in
>>Squirrel-World,too.........
>>>>>>>So, I was wondering,is she acting wierd because
>HE
>>>>is
>>>>>>>around....How do they behave when it is "Their
>>>>>>>Time"?And can they "do it" with one inside the
>>cage
>>>>>>>and the other out?I remember when I was a child,
>a
>>>>>>>neighbor of ours had a single female rabbit in a
>>>>>>>hutch outside...Come Spring time, Honey Bunny had
>>>>>>>multiplied!Either she was sneaking out after
>>>>>>>dark,coming home and locking herself back in her
>>>>>>>hutch,or...............
>>>>>>>So, Can I hope for babies in the spring?
>>>>>>>I am still going to try to catch Mr.
>>>>Big..........But
>>>>>>>he is a big tough looking Dude,I am currently
>>>>>carrying
>>>>>>>around my leather gardening gloves just in case I
>>>>>spot
>>>>>>>him and have the opportunity to make the
>>>grab......I
>>>>>>>know I cant house them together immediately,
>>>>>right?But
>>>>>>>chances are they are old buddies from before I
>>>>caught
>>>>>>>Squiggy....
>>>>>>>I have a small hamster cage I can use
>>>>temporarily....
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>Oh! I am so sorry to be so long-winded...I've
>>>gotten
>>>>>>>carried away again.........

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