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    HURRAY! And yes, I'm shouting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaTwinn View Post
    HURRAY! And yes, I'm shouting!
    Me too, although not too loudly, because loud noises still startle him. I will admit to a face-splitting grin, and a tear in my eye...he really enjoyed his outside time today (and even ate a leaf. LOL), and I am beginning to hope he'll be able to be outside unsupervised with Gracie at some point in the next few weeks (or maybe even days...).

    He's back on the hearth, snoring away. Seems the outting tuckered him. LOL. But it was soooooo great to see him just wagging his tail, happy to be out there, sniffing and peeing and just being a dog. How very, very cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaTwinn View Post
    HURRAY! And yes, I'm shouting!
    Me too!!!!!


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    Catching you all up...

    Romi and I did another backyard great adventure yesterday evening, and he pee'd again. He also seemed to really enjoy the backyard, as long as Gracie was around. Again, I brought him over the threshold to the den, and then let him go. He seemed to be very unnerved about exploring more territory, and didn't come out of the den, even when dinner was served. So, I picked him up and put him in the living room, where the hearth is, and he settled down. But his tail didn't come down at all while outside, and he seemed to be excited and (dare I say it?) happy when he was cruising around with his bodyguard Gracie.

    He bedded down on the hearth, and spent the night there...

    This morning, he met me and Gracie from the bedroom about 1/2 way across the living room. He was excited to see us...wagging tail, expression of "oh HAI! Gud ta SEE YA!" There was a potty occurrence where it usually is, so, instead of cleaning it right up, I put the messed wee-wee pads and poop into a bag, and took the bag, Gracie, and Romi out to the backyard.

    And OH was he happy to be outside this morning. Did the perimeter check, making sure everything was where he remembered it and the fence hadn't fallen overnight, and then just trotted around, tail up, nose down, tasting leaves and exploring.

    I called them both to me, as I was going inside to get breakfast, and neither one seemed to want to come inside. Romi lifted a leg, Gracie stood guard, so I went in, and watched from the den. Romi was trotting, Gracie was watching, and so...Romi had his first "unsupervised" outside adventure.

    When I did go back outside, lo and behold, Romi came right over, and not just that, but came over and went onto his hinds to paw my thigh for some petting. And I swear, he whined for some lovies. I'm not positive I heard it, but I am positive...if that makes sense. He did whine, he did. And that made it all the sweeter.

    I got everyone breakfast, and they're done now. Romi is back inside, tucked up on his hearth; Gracie is outside, sprawled on the concrete (one of her favorite spots), the cats have been fed, and I'm drinking my coffee.

    It is a good morning here at the "Crazy Animal House", as the pet sitter put it. It is, indeed, a good morning. Romi is making huge strides, just huge strides.

    Just thought I'd share...

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    Wow... just Wow! Thanks for sharing -- I am practically speechless with happiness!


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    Herding Cats that is so wonderful! Little Romi certainly has stolen lots of hearts!
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    Yeah, MWC, I am pretty excited. He's outside now, before I run errands this morning, and outside with Gracie the Bodyguard. He's made some huge strides these last 24 hours...and I can't be more pleased. This is the start of potty training, and of integrating, back into the world he belongs to.

    I just wish I could get him to eat treats. I put peanut butter out for Gracie, took a bite off my finger and offered the rest to Romi...he looked at me like I was crazy. Refused to touch it, even when I put some on his paw. Gracie licked his paw clean after it was clear Romi wasn't going to...LOL.

    Well, we'll just keep on working away at it...I'm just so pleased with his progress and getting happy outside, you know?

    YAY Little Romeo!

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    Yay for lil romeo! He is making such strides and so quickly.

    Molly joined the household wenesday. She is going on an immediate diet. Poor girl she is so heavy and unfit. She decided I am her alpha and is so far up my butt a colonoscopy couldnt pry her out! She cannot get enough attention. Simply cannot.

    She has had an accident her first night (omg bull mastiff poo is not pleasant to wake up to) but seemed suitably embarrassed by it. She also destroyed three phone books and a stack of dh paperwork. Not enouh sense to be shamed about that, lol

    Overall, so far so good.
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    HC - I haven't been on WS all that much following the Casey Anthony Case (or debacle??) but somehow managed to find this thread today. Completely made my day - you totally !!

    I have 2 beagles who are the most spoiled but lovable dogs you can imagine. They love all people, other dogs, cats, everybody really. One is an AKC registered female that we bought and the other is a gorgeous full blooded guy that someone dumped at our deer hunting ranch. He was full of heartworms (in his heart and lungs) and very near death, but he pulled through treatment and is just THE sweetest and most playful dog you can imagine. He had been horribly neglected but not actually abused. He's not shy around people at all. He is the most beautiful blue ticked tricolor hound - he looks like he should be in an oil painting. Can you tell that I LOVE beagles??? They are truly special dogs! Romi definitely seems like he is starting to act more and more like a beagle, which is fantastic!!

    The only difficulty I have ever had with my beagles is having trouble with them darting out the front door on occasion as someone is going in or out. This is a disaster as they will follow their noses and hunt until they decide to quit and come back. They can be in the next county in the blink of an eye - they are faster that they look! We've spent a few sleepless nights and miserable days looking for our dogs and we've been really lucky that they managed to evade the coyotes and bobcats we have in the area (not to mention the traffic!!). We've finally gotten smart about having baby gates up to block them from getting to any doors that lead to unfenced areas, so we managed to put a stop to that. As Romi gets bolder and wants to explore and sniff (and hunt!!) he might want to try the same thing. Doesn't seem like he'd want to do it now but it sounds like he is getting bolder and more 'beagle-y" by the day. They love to sniff and hunt. If mine aren't curled up and snuggling with us and demanding to be petted, they are on the hunt. Constantly. We gave in and now have about four acres under fence so they can hunt to their little hearts' content every day (safely). They have woods, open pasture to run in, and a barn they can get into with beds in it for their midday nap. I don't even want to know how much we've spent getting things set up for them!!

    Thanks for what you are doing for this precious hound - keep us posted!!

    ETA - just thought of something you might try as a "treat" for him to get him used to the idea. You can try braunschweiger (not sure I spelled that right) from your deli and form it into a little ball for him. Our vet gave us this idea when our female beagle was recovering from a rattlesnake bite and wouldn't eat anything. We had to get meds down her, and that did the trick when nothing else would. (and yes, she survived the bite, after a whole vial of antivenin and a stay at the emergency clinic followed by 3 weeks of being really, really sick). Did I mention how much we have managed to spend on these dogs???
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    OK, so now I'm sure he whined for lovies earlier. Because he does whine. LOL. And, much to my surprise, he has NOT been debarked...just a quiet soul. I know this because he barked...while standing at the den door, inside, wanting to go out.

    Because I don't want him barking, I didn't let him out...but a few minutes later, I did. He and Grace just romped and played...that little guy can move when he wants to; I saw his run for the first time a bit ago. And I swear - just swear, he was smiling.

    And yes, he does indeed come up onto his hinds for lovies...he uses Gracie as his 'wall', but he wanted some lovies badly a bit ago, when Gracie wanted some. I believe she is trying to teach him how to be a dog...including all the dog stuff we don't want (like jumping...LOL). But I'll let that go for now, because I want him to just get used to being a dog, and not so tightly wound he won't do anything, you know?

    Anyway, it looks like shortly we will do a real unsupervised backyard event. I've been standing in the den watching them out the window, but he's looking pretty good and happy, and Gracie is really good with him...so...I'm hoping that it will go well.

    YAY little guy. And yes, Tally, he is getting more beagly daily. Almost hourly, today. LOL. He still doesn't like to cross thresh holds, though...so I'm not too worried about him darting out. Maybe tomorrow, or shoot, in an hour...but not just yet. LOL.

    I'm just so happy for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herding Cats View Post
    Yeah, MWC, I am pretty excited. He's outside now, before I run errands this morning, and outside with Gracie the Bodyguard. He's made some huge strides these last 24 hours...and I can't be more pleased. This is the start of potty training, and of integrating, back into the world he belongs to.

    I just wish I could get him to eat treats. I put peanut butter out for Gracie, took a bite off my finger and offered the rest to Romi...he looked at me like I was crazy. Refused to touch it, even when I put some on his paw. Gracie licked his paw clean after it was clear Romi wasn't going to...LOL.

    Well, we'll just keep on working away at it...I'm just so pleased with his progress and getting happy outside, you know?

    YAY Little Romeo!

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    WHY do you want to feed him treats? I'm at a loss here. I have had and still have lots of rescued animals that live with me and on my property and NONE get treats. I would estimate I've had over a 100 dogs (12 current), 1 mean azz donkey, 3 current horses (many before them .. all discarded to some auction house before I bought them), + assorted other critters.

    I taught all my dogs (that had a good chance of going to a forever home) to SPEAK (bark) and then I taught them NO SPEAK. I rewarded them with good boy/good girl/praise and lots of head scratches/loving when they obeyed. IF they didn't want to work (play in their world) ... I walked away and tried it again at a later date. The 12 dogs I have now, I cannot trust around anyone with children or even other adults. They are too badly "damaged" to go to another person as I am the only Alpha they know. They are fine with me and DH, but when my kids come home, they know to leave those dogs alone or LEAVE IT as I taught them as little tykes with all the strays I took in.

    I wish you well with your endeavors. I truly do.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Herding Cats View Post
    I believe she is trying to teach him how to be a dog...including all the dog stuff we don't want (like jumping...LOL).
    Yes, I think that Gracie knows more about Romi and what to do to help him that we can currently understand as humans, and between the two of you, you will heal Romi as best as can be done. When I introduce a puppy into my pack, the older dogs are so influential in the puppy's training and in teaching the puppy all that is necessary to be a dog.

    Thank you for what you are doing to help Romi -- you will be blessed for your efforts.

    Happy New Year to you, Romi, Gracie, and all your loved ones!


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    HC- you being happy makes us happy!
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    Great question, Ransom.

    I want him to take treats because he doesn't respond to human touch. Or rather, didn't. He does now, but it's still tenuous. If I move too fast, or there's a noise, or I stand up suddenly, he shies away from me, and it's tough to calm him down enough to resume whatever we were doing.

    It's also a trust issue, I think. If he can trust me enough to take a treat from me, after all the stuff he's obviously had put down his throat in the lab, then he's starting to believe that I am not out to hurt him, and that is the beginning of a good, solid rehabilitation.

    Because I have very few resources with him, I am wanting to establish another route that allows him to be reassured that he's o.k., and that he can relax a bit. Food, in all animals, does that. Food is comfort, and security. Treats are reassurance that "there is nothing to fear, here, have a bite of X" because in the wild (and in the home), animals don't tend to eat when they're stressed and overly worried. Food allows them to establish that the place is safe, and whatever they're concerned about is nothing, really...

    I don't know if that makes sense. I won't fall over and have a heart attack if he doesn't ever take a treat, but I would love to have that reassurance weapon in my arsenal, you know?

    It also makes training easier, but I'm not too concerned about his manners and obedience just yet. I'm just overjoyed that he's starting to expand his "safe places" and learn that there are other places than the hearth that he can be all right in. Once he establishes himself as a dog, he can start learning things...but I'm not worried about that just yet.

    Just to update quickly: blessed little Romi slept like a lump last night. Snoring, quite loudly, and muttering/twitching in his sleep. LOL, cracked me up. He had a big, big day, with all the outside time, so I'm not in the least surprised. I'm also fairly sure he's sore...he is not in shape, but he'll get there. LOL. Stayed on the hearth for the night, too...but after breakfast, he's getting outside time with Gracie, and it will probably be for a good hour. I'm looking forward to seeing how he does with some longer stretches of time out there.

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    Final update for the year 2011...

    Little Romi is now approaching me, nudging my hand for pets, and, when I don't pet him long enough, he puts his paw on my arm or leg.

    I've gotten several kisses from this lovebug today...very dry (compared to Gracie kisses, everything is dry. LOL), and very, very fast, but definitely deliberate and without question meant.

    And, possibly the neatest thing of all, he got to waggin' that white-tipped tail of his so fast that it became a blur. Or maybe that was the tears....but I think it was the speed. The sheer exuberance of that little guy running around with Gracie (when she's not trying to tackle him) is glorious to watch.

    None of the cats are bothered by him in the least. They just kinda accept that he's not gonna bother them, and I've caught Malachi and him sharing a food bowl many more times than once. And Eeyore, too. It's very funny to watch, but I never have my camera around.

    He has given me his version of a grin several times today, too. Not sure it's a real "smile", but definitely a completely different expression than he had when he got here.

    He is totally taking advantage while he's outside to use the potty, too. I still keep the wee-wee pads down, but he's using the proper bushes and spot of lawn for his potty...and I am hoping that soon, he will be pretty much house-broken...and then we'll start on leash-walking. One thing at a time, right?

    And, what's about the neatest thing, is he comes a-runnin' for me when I call him over from the back yard jaunts. Just tearing across the yard, and, when he reaches me, he goes up onto his hinds and that tail is going so fast and he's smiling and having fun...I could swear he's hollering "whhhaaaa- hoooooooo!!! This outside thing is pretty cool!" Such a dramatic change from the totally frozen, trembling dog he was...totally, 180* different.

    I am sooooo proud of this guy...

    Happy New Year to all of Romi's "fan club"...thank you, and the prayers and thoughts you've sent have really made a difference to this guy...and thank you from me, too.

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