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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-04-2016, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Sophie has never barked "at" anything or anyone. Even mailman coming to door, dogs running by in front of the house, etc she has never once gotten real excited or made any peep at all just watches hopefully and tail wags. Unless someone she knows comes on the porch then she goes nuts but still no barking.

I have only ever heard her bark in play when she is all wound up but it is a totally different kind of bark from an alarm bark.

Yesterday the goodyear blimp was flying very low over our house for the 4th. Sophie saw it and went bouncing like a cartoon dog across the back yard staring up at it as she did and then she BARKED at it! Only a couple of times and it was kind of an awkward bark like she needed some practice.

We went out later and she saw it again and didn't bounce but did do another bark at it. I got the video camera out (what I wouldn't have given to gotten that first run and bark on video) but she was over it by then and just lay down and watched it calmly.

A little later a neighbor dog went down our alley, usually she will run to the cyclone fence gate and visit the neighbors dog through the wire wagging her tail but not making noise. Yesterday she saw the dog, raced into the back yard and along the fence (the dog was continuing down the alley and our fence is 6 ft and solid but tiny cracks between the boards so can see movement). And she barked AGAIN. Still an awkward bark.

It was so cute and so sad at the same time lol. Little girl is growing up and finding her voice. I can no longer say she has never barked "at" anything. I like it that she has enough confidence to not bark.

Thankfully also she didn't even acknowledge the big loud booming going on all around our house last night. Just slept thru it and even when we went to yard to potty she pretty much ignored the noise.

I hope all the forum pups have a safe stress free 4th too!
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You are so lucky she isn't scared of fireworks...so many dogs are. I used to enjoy the Fourth of July until Whimsy came along. People blow them up for three whole days around here even before the 4th ugh..I can't hardly wait until it's over.
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Ricky rarely barks either, but when he does, we have identified about 5 different bark styles that he communicates to us. See my current post on the 4th of July thread about Ricky's most recent barking.

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Awww poor Whimsy. I am SO sorry she is afraid of the booms! I loved fireworks too until I learned how many dogs suffer from the noise. Now I hate to hear them and worry about dogs taking off and getting lost. I think it's ridiculous they allow people to set fireworks off it's so dangerous, I wish they would only let the major fireworks displays set them off and far away from residential areas where animals get so freaked out. Will be saying a prayer for Whimsy tonight and hope she won't find it as scary as usual.

Ricky I was just telling a friend of mine about your name today. She had met two cats at a vet clinic, Lucy and Ethel and I told her I knew the real Ricky Ricardo!
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Poor Whimsy! I hate fireworks. It's terrifying for the horses too. I was checking on them at 2 AM last night. Zoe doesn't seem to react to them, unless she just doesn't let 0n. Thankfully, thunderstorms don't bother her either. As for last night, it sounded like a war zone! They were coming from all directions. And then the drunkin' partying all night! Ugh! Whatever happened to peace and quiet!
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Dee Dee,
I think it's so cute when they bark. We laugh at her, especially after having 3 big dogs.
Are you using bison because it is a leaner meat? I am curious as to your choice of raw veggies. I am using raw veggies also but I use a variety. Good luck with slowly introducing bison. I am guessing that after the Royal Canin Sophie will scarf up the bison in a nano second and look up at you for more. LOL! May I ask if you are using a commercial calcium, etc. supplementation? I am using one that I found online but am open to better ones. Sounds like you have a good plan. I have a feeling she will be fine!
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I recently read about how fireworks are not only upsetting to our pets but also to wildlife. The saddest thing was how some animals are even orphaned due to panic stricken parents. Birds can become disoriented, fly into buildings and abandon their nests. Most animals have hearing far superior to ours so the sound is magnified and they don't know where it's coming from.

It's good to know that with all Sophie's been through that she wasn't stressed by the fireworks. Neither was Lola. I feel so sorry for Whimsy. I've had dogs who were severely frightened over the 4th. It's just so sad to have them so fearful.
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Poor horses too! I can see how fireworks could be so terrifying to so many animals.

I am doing Sophie's diet with the guidance of our holistic vet. I wouldn't trust myself to get it right. As I'm sure you know if the diet isn't well balanced, they can do well over time until their body is slowly depleted of certain things, then it can hit them a couple years down the road. Dr Donna is suggesting bison because it's one of the few proteins she is not intolerant of. I am going to boil it to get all fat out I can. The greens we can change up but choosing these right now because dill and basil are soothing to the gut. I am supplementing her with 300 mg calcium citrate powder a day. I use the "now" brand of calcium powder.

Dr Donna also has her on Happy Earth and of course probiotics (synergy ultra flora) also have nux vomica on hand and will be adding marshmallow powder.

Here an example of a home cooked meal from her web site.

Cooked Food Recipe for Dogs - Whole Pet Vet

I am sure too that Sophie will scarf up the bison after this bland food! I am going to be adding it one tablespoon at a time.
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I have heard that about wildlife too! They can have a hard enough life without us exploding things around them. We'll all be glad when this is over.
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Thanks for the info, Dee Dee. This home cooking stuff is a lot of work. but I have no choice as I had no luck with dog food. I too intend to work with a vet on this stuff because I agree it's hard to wing it. It sounds like a great diet for Sophie. She should be even sillier and super healthy!
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