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Last Post 08-06-2012 10:01 AM by  Sheena
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26-05-2012 12:38 PM

    Benson will be coming home tomorrow

    He is a 14 year old lad i discovered at my local RSPCA and couldnt resist.

    Had to get my gardenfence higher ( their policy) what was done yesterday, had a homecheck today and a call 30 min later i can pick him up tomorrow at 2.30

    Looking forward to it ( bet my cats dont lol )

    Been walking him since 10 days daily... he is soooo lovely and deserves a few more years in a good home. he was with same owner for 14 years and was found beside her dead body in January

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    26-05-2012 12:39 PM
    Well done you, I am smitten too. Enjoy him!!
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    26-05-2012 1:12 PM
    Lucky Benson to get a new home and a new mum. Enjoy him, he's lovely.

    Resized the pic for you. I hope I kept him in proportion. If you resize on photobucket using the edit function to about 500pixels square, it will fit the forums beautifully.
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    26-05-2012 1:23 PM
    He does look a real cutie - unfortunately I'm allergic to dogs.
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    26-05-2012 4:06 PM
    He's gorgeous Kerstin, no wonder he won your heart.
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    27-05-2012 1:12 AM
    So glad he has found you.  Lots of oldies get pts so he has been a very lucky lad.  Hope he settles in fine.
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    27-05-2012 2:38 AM
    Awww bless him and well done you for taking him on, I'm sure he'll spend the rest of his life happy.

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    29-05-2012 9:04 AM

    Well, he is home and cats not amused, while he loves them really but my old one would kill him and he noticed. he dont pass her when she sit on landing before the stairs lol

    He is very protective and doesnt let anyone in the house or garden. We have to work on that, he has to learn people I let in are okay.

    He is almost deaf so i really have to shout to get his attention lol

    And he sneaked into bed with me while i was sleeping hehehe

    he gets a bit more settled today - he did check on me every few minutes last 2 days to see if i am still there if he couldnt see me straight away.

    Guess once he realize all is good he will calm down a bit more.

    Thanks all for the lovely comments xxx


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    29-05-2012 1:37 PM
    Awwww Kerstin it sounds like he's worrying that you'll disappear and leave him.

    But like you said in time he'll realise that you're him forever mummy.

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    29-05-2012 1:47 PM
    Remember, the last person he truly loved died. He will be insecure for a while worried that you might leave him too. Lots of love and attention will go a long way with this little old man I'm sure.
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    30-05-2012 1:09 AM
    awww poor Benson must be awful for him having anxiety issues that you are going to leave him as others have said due to his last owner dying. We took in a stray dog from our local doggie death row, she had been found wandering the streets and she had issues when we first got her 3 approx yrs ago. You never know what they have been thro if from a rescue kennel though she had kennel cough and had only been in 2 days apparently when we first got her. She still has her moments where you know she is thinking she will be chucked out again or lost. I am sure that your little Benson will soon calm down and then you will wonder how you ever lived without her in your life.
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    06-06-2012 6:58 AM

    So Benson is with us now 10 days and i am in doubt if I did right thing in taking him home....

    I know its only 10 days but... cant leave him alone for even a short shopping trip ( 1 hr) , he is crying,barking and makes a mess of house.

    He is very active for his age - good for him,not for me wanted an older dog cause i got Arthritis myself and not as mobile sometimes but Benson is very active .

    Hardly can hold him when he sees other dogs as well.

    Hard work as he is almost deaf, so when the parrots scream and whistle he gets very confused.

    On top of all he loves cats but my old cat doesnt love him and on Monday i stuck right between them when they had a fight and ended up at minor injuries with 7 stitches in my lower leg

    So i am thinking what to do - i love this old lad, he is gentle and lovely but... maybe to much in a house with cats and birds....

    i dont know, what do you guys think after this update ?

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    06-06-2012 7:54 AM
    When my old lady went deaf, she couldn't hear me call but I could clap to get her attention, then could give hand signals when she saw me. They had to be big as she couldn't see too well either.

    I can't rememer what we did for the separation anxiety but she had this difficulty when younger, maybe leaving him with a treat to occupy his mind until you have gone.

    It's tough with an old dog, I know. Mine lasted until nearly 14, amazing for a GSD but it was really, really hard going.
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    06-06-2012 1:57 PM
    Hi Kirstin

    Have you thought of leaving an old item of clothing with Benson when you go out so there is something smelling of you with him. What about having him in one room with your item whilst you quietly sit in the other room with the door closed for short periods at first then gradually building the time up to longer periods. What about feeding him just before you go out so he has something to occupy his mind or one of those activity balls that you can fill with his favourite treats to play with instead of your posessions.

    You have my mobile number if you want a chat you're welcome to give me a call anytime out of office hours - I have to keep it free for our reception when I'm away from my desk.
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    07-06-2012 2:19 AM

    Hi Maureen,

    thanks for your advice hun...

    tried all that..well most of it..he has a jumper and a shirt... he is not a good eater anyway so the food doesnt work.. cant leave him in one room and close the door as he opens doors and i have no locks on doors inside the house

    He gets confused with parrots whistling ( guess due to his hearing) and then he dont stop barking

    and the constant fighting of the oldest cat and him.. i dont want to be in middle again ..i cant risk to be injured again and have stitches as those now will take me 4-6 months to heal due to the meds i take with my arthritis ;(

    dont know really.. and they said he is 14 and dont like to walk..well i tell you he can walk for hours... and i cant... so there are more con's then pro's really i am afraid ;(




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    07-06-2012 4:30 AM
    Hi Kirstin
    Sorry to hear you are havng problems. When you go out, have you thought of a dog cage with an old duvet or blanket in it. That way he cant wreck the house. You can start him off in it while you are around so that he gets used to it, then when you do have to leave him try leaving the tv or radio on so that he has company. As for the barking, I saw a prog on TV a while ago. Cant remember what the ladies name was but she trains difficult dogs. This one barked at the tv and everyone who went to the house etc. What she did was put his lead on and remove him from the room each time he barked then brought him back in when he stopped barking. this did work. It has to be done a few times to get the message into his head. As for the pulling when out walking, try a 'HALTI' this is a nose strap that the lead fastens to, it isnt a muzzle. When the dog pulls all it does is go round in circles as the leed connects to the side of the strap.
    Cats & dogs, you will find that as they are both aged they will both believe they are king pin. Does the cat go outside??? If so when cat is out let Benson have the house when cat comes in put Benson in dog cage.
    Hope some of this is helpful

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    07-06-2012 8:20 AM

    Thanks again for the reply Gillie...

    My cat is used to dogs so i am even more surprised she acts like that... she goes out sometimes but not much - she is 18 now

    The pulling is really bad but mainly when people or other dogs pass us... and then i hardly can hold him.

    And he is far too active for me not like they told me.

    I cant walk him 4 times a day for 1hr... and he needs to run... he is fit for his age.. even if i get everything else worked out more or less i will struggle with walks..

    I have the RSPCA coming tomorrow morning and she will get a picture herself and we will have a chat and i go from there.

    I dont want to sound selfish but i wanted to do something good for an older dog as well by giving him a home but i also wanted and stated clearly it has to be a dog who isnt that active anymore due to my mobility

    oh well will wait what tomorrow brings x


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    07-06-2012 9:31 AM
    If it were a bird we'd placed, we'd be telling you it was not the bird for you.

    It sounds as if sensible head knows what the decision needs to be but that it's a difficult decision to take, so they willl probably have to take it for you.

    Hope it goes as well as can be expected tomorrow.
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    07-06-2012 12:07 PM
    Hi Kerstin. You have to do what's best for you in the long run. You can't go walking a very active dog two or three times a day with stitches in your leg. It sounds like they were desperate to place an old dog and they haven't taken your needs into account.

    You should foster a few extra parrots instead. ;-).

    Keep your cats happy if they are getting old. Sounds like they are used to having the run of the house and are very jealous of the dog.
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    07-06-2012 12:12 PM

    Cheers all

    I been crying like a Baby on phone to RSPCA today..like said..not easy to make the right decision.. and i know he really likes me

    my head was spinning last 3 days trying to do the right thing... i spent a lot of money before i got him due to their policy... new gardenfence cost me 183, his bed, foodbowls, lead,collar, food -   but hey if it doesnt work it doesnt work

    I will let you know how it went tomorrow - she is coming about 10 am


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