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A New Beginning for Rosie

After 6 months of trying, I finally found the yard dog a new home over the weekend. He was a pit-bull mix stray that found his way to my house last fall. Don't even want to know what he cost me in Vet bills (neutering, shots, heartworm, etc) and in advertizing for him a home. Then I have a wonderful fenced back yard that Rosie couldn't go in because he tried to kill her. I think he thought she was a rabbit. Anyway, I had trained her to the pee-pads and never let her outside off leash--too close to a major highway. Well yesterday as soon as we came home from work, I put her in the back yard and told her to go pee-pee. It took forever for her to go and I really bragged on her. Then last night before bed, I took her out again; but she is afraid of the dark and wouldn't go. But this morning, I put her out first thing and after standing by the door for a while, her little bladder called her and success! However she came inside an pooped on the pads. She will be a year old next week, so this may take a while; but hopefully by the end of summer she will have it down.

Also, because of the matting and the bald spot on the top of her head, I think was caused from the topnot, I gave her a scissor cut and bangs. She doesn't look like the same dog. But with the backyard to play in and a swimming pool, it will be much easier to take care of and we can let it grow back in the fall. I don't know about the topknot though. It pulled her hair out right above her brows. Looks real funny. I combed all her head hair forward and then cut so she could see. The bald spot doesn't show much. Have any of you had this problem? The hair there is silky and very fine. I guess it just came out because the topknot was to tight.
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I'm glad you were able to find a home for the dog and hope it's a wonderful new beginning for him. As for Rosie, don't worry about the missing head hair. I had a real issue with that when Milo was young. There was a thread about it sometime in 2008 (I think). I laughed at the time that he'd be the only hav with a toupee, but it was frustrating. I didn't know at the time whether or not it would grow back. Thankfully over much time it did.

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About the missing head hair, the vet thought it might be ringworm and I treated it as such; but when I took down her LAST topknot, a big hunk just came out. It was then I realized that it was the topknot. The skin there is very thin and so is the hair. But as to it not growing out, I told Rosie I would have black tattoed on it so the other dogs would not laugh. Course, she is hoping for hair growth. LOL
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We are currently going through a loss of head hair (ears and tail included). It was never very long but it was nice and thick. I had blood work done just to rule out any medical reason for the hair loss (it returned normal). I believe our situation is playmates biting, chewing and pulling it out. I too am hoping for regrowth.

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We are currently going through a loss of head hair (ears and tail included). It was never very long but it was nice and thick. I had blood work done just to rule out any medical reason for the hair loss (it returned normal). I believe our situation is playmates biting, chewing and pulling it out. I too am hoping for regrowth.
That was what happened with Bailey's topknot, his playmate grabbed at it, etc., and at times I would see Bailey scratching at it too, I wondered if it was too tight and would loosen it..but had a problem with breaking off, etc...
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I use the terry bands and I never put them in tightly...but still something for them to grab on to and pull.

I notice I have to put the bands down lower on Bentley's top knot so obviously his is getting broken off too. He just has so much hair it's not very noticeable.

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What a wonderful way for Rosie to start out spring & summer!

We could never put topknots in Kira's (yorkshire terrier) hair, because she would rub them against furniture or the carpeting to get them out and it would pull out hunks of hair.

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Well, it seems that Rosie is up to her highjinks now in the back yard. Yesterday, she must have rolled in every poop that the yard dog left. Talk about smelling....and it was stuck to her hair along with the dried grass and leaves. Talk about a velcro dog--she must be the worst. And she is blowing coat. I like to have never got her clean. And this morning she came in again with the grass all in her coat. (I was watching about the poop). ****ed if I hadn't rather her eat it. Husband had no sympathy. He said she is a dog after all. Guess you know what I will be doing this weekenk--scooping up poop and then mowing and sweeping the yard to get the grass up. Not a good day and to top it off, I am at work and my bra is killing me. Everybody go ahead and laugh.

The only consolation is she is not a baby and I don't have to change diapers and get up in the middle of the night. Oh yes, I forgot, she threw up all her dogfood this morning just as we were walking out the door to go to work. God, I love this child!
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I know what those bad days feel like. And there is nothing like an uncomfortable bra to aggrivate you all the more! Change into a sports bra as soon as you get home. Or better yet, no bra at all! That always makes me feel better. :-)
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Ha! I love it....I no more than got in the car to come home from work tonight than I was yanking the bra off underneath my sweater. It just had to go!

As for Rosie? I'd be ashamed for anyone to see how disheveled Murray is right now....it is dreadful.

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