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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-12-2010, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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I am new to this forum as well and have enjoyed the discussions. I got my two havs from a breeder, but they were older and not well socialized (I had some folks ask if they were abused). It has taken close to a year to get them used to us and they are finally becoming the dogs I read about I researched for about a year before getting another dog to fit our life, which includes 5 grandkids under the age of 4, and they are around a lot, so I wanted a dog that would be good for us and them.
The bigger one likes to chew on grass outside, and then will hack it up later. However, recently he did this and could not get it up. We were preparing to take him to the ER vet because he was becoming distressed from his efforts, then he starting sneezing like crazy. By the time I got to him he was bleeding out his nose which scared me to death. As I was picking him up to head to the vet, he sneezed again and the blade of grass came out his nose enough for me to pull it out! WHEW! He was fine after that, and since then he wants to be in my lap every time I sit down I think he is just thanking me, but it has brought us closer together.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-12-2010, 08:36 PM
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What a scary experience! I'm sure he was panicking and he knows now that you will take care of him. I wonder what caused the blood?

Welcome to the forum. What are your dogs names? Do you have pictures to share?

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Welcome to the forum. Thanks for sharing. Yeah that sounds like it would be have been a good scare. Congrats on turning them around. It can take a while but it is so rewarding. They do this for various reasons ,one of which is to deliberately make themselves throw up because their stomach is off. Usually not a problem unless they over-do it.and so long as you don't have lawn chemicals on. Hope you enjoy yourself here. Lots of good helpful people. Enjoy.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-12-2010, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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I was looking for a black/white female like your little Piper. The breeder had a puppy I wanted to view, but instead she brought some older males and made an offer I could not refuse, so I ended up bringing both home with me. Since I love the show NCIS, I named them Gibbs & Probie
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That's a very scary story. I'm glad you had a great outcome. Our Snoopy loves to chew grass too and while I try to watch him he tends to grab a bit every time my back is turned. So far I've only seen him get a bit sick once from over indulgence - and that was a stinky ugly mess to clean up :-(. Snickers isn't much help -- she encourages (and feels that anything she finds on the ground outside is fair game for chewing and tearing apart...) Snoopy to prowl around under the shrubs looking for any twig, leaf or branch that the gardener missed to pick it up and avoid my intervention.

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Welcome to the forum! I see you are in Georgia, too - what part? Your dogs are so cute! We also got Havanese because of small grandchildren. Have yours turned out to be good with your grandchildren? Abby loves ours! She was from a breeder, too, but older (8 mos.) and acted like so many of the puppy mill dogs I have been reading about on the forum. It took us a long time to get her as far as we have but she still acts very wary when we call her to us and will not come unless we have a treat. She has improved so much since we got her nearly three years ago!

Abby likes grass, too, but never throws it up - just little munchies once in a while, though. One of our former dogs (peek-a-poo) would eat grass and throw it up.

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Welcome! Your dogs are so adorable. I'm glad to hear they are so good with your grandchildren.
We have the eating grass problem with Finnegan. It's his favorite thing to do. I worry a little, because he always throws it up when he comes inside.

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Katie, I am near Marietta! They are good with the kids, but don't really play "with" them. The little one is still wary too, except for when he comes up behind the youngest ones and barks to scare them I am beginning to think the is sly like a fox, because I put him in his pen when he does that, and I think that is exactly what he wants me to do- HAHA!
We got the boys when they were both 18 months and have had them almost a year now. I didn't think they would EVER come around, but they go out without leases now and I don't have a fenced yard. My bigger one is the alpha dog and sometimes he temps me by sitting and staring until he decides to come.
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Sounds like they were probably from a commercial breeder who does it for $$$ and not love. Their traits see to be very similar to puppy mill dogs -- although perhaps they got to go in runs or something. What they did not get is socialization. Sounds like they have come around fairly well though -- they are very cute.

Both of my puppy mill rescues liked to eat grass. The first summer the first one would also eat mulch. The second summer she laid off the mulch, but still will eat grass but not nearly as frequently as she did. The second seems to have pretty much stopped. I have no idea if this is right but I thought they viewed it as food, as I am sure they were poorly and sparsely feed.

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Abby doesn't really "play" with the grandchildren but she loves being around them. They live in Charleston so we only get to see them every month or so and she gets so excited to see them!

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