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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-12-2009, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Dog Sitting...

We have our friend's little mix, Lilo, staying with us this weekend. We have also doggy sat havanese, and find it a bit different. I find my guys a bit of snobs...especially when a dog is stronger than they are.

Riki wants to play with Lilo, but each time he makes an attempt...Daisy starts dominating him. She won't allow it. Poor Lilo, she doesn't know what to make of this. Yesterday they didn't play with her at all...today she included simply because she cannot resist. I think Riki would play with her fine...but his girlfriend, Daisy will not have it.

Daisy doesn't really play with other havanese either. She sits on laps or plays with Riki.

This is sort of a good experiment to see if I could foster...but I find it a bit tiring. My dogs are trained not to go out the front door or over a curb without my okay. They also stay close to me or behind me on walks. Our little guest is quite strong and has a big bark that makes Riki seem quiet. She is their size but about twice their weight as she is much more muscular. She probably has terrier and poodle in there with a bit of something else as she is chocolate with green eyes. She is very pretty but quite a character.

You trust your own dogs not to chew anything up or pee in the house...which she hasn't. I'm just vigilant because I know havanese. She is good and barks at the door when she wants to go out. Wish she would teach Daisy this!

She barks like mad at other dogs on a walk, which I have also worked hard and long to train mine not to do. Sometimes Riki tries to ignore other dogs but Daisy will jump on him and make him nuts and they sort of fight. Argh. Also three on a leash makes for braiding! It is funny. How do people walk a bunch of dogs?

The big challenge comes at night. My dogs try to sleep as close to my head as possible as this means top dog in their language. Having two is hard enough, having three is a lot! Also she is heavier so I am glad she slept on my feet and not on my chest!

It is fun though to have three. There are lots of doggy antics and running around.

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Of course, they will not pose together!

What kind of a dog do you think Lilo is? Her papers said poodle dachschund mix...no way. She has poodle definitely, some kind of terrier. She is the same size as my dogs only heavier and has a docked tail. She does not shed. He hair is chocolate that is turning blonder.

Of course, they are running around and will not pose together.
Lilo and of course, my two, Riki (silver) and Daisy (black)

Lilo's hair is cut really short right now, but it grows out like mine. Her back is a bit coarser, but her ears and legs are soft like havanese.
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Cute pics! I had to do a double take my Sophie looks A LOT like your Riki!
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schnauzer or cairn terrier? Not sure, maybe the haircut is confusing me. She's super cute, though. I personally don't know if I could handle a 3rd dog. I like the idea of fostering, but I'm sure it's really hard work.

Off topic, but how do your dogs do on all wood floors? We are going to take up the rug in the l. room when new puppy comes, and I am imagining her sliding everywhere and not being able to get a good run going. There are no rugs in my breeder's house, so it's not like she's used to carpet.
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We have Pergo

They do slip a bit on the Pergo...and it does swell if they pee on it and you don't wipe it immediately. It was just so much less than hardwoods and doesn't scratch. We put it in ourselves. We would probably not do it again, because it doesn't hold up that well.

There is a snap in kind that is better. With kids, dogs, cats, and lots of art...we figured the carpets were out and so were good hardwoods. My dogs actually run around on the furniture, this way they can go fast and not slip at all! I have it in a semi-circle...they are silly nuts.

Our visitor just went home much to the happiness of her family. Riki and Daisy are fast asleep. No third to change up the mix!

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Thanks Linda. We do have the original hardwood which we had beautifully refinished when we bought the house almost 5 years ago, it's quartersawn (spell?) red oak and is still in perfect condition. Maybe not for long... ??? It has some cracks from swelling and shrinking during the seasons, so it could be just as big of a challenge for urine odors. I'm not sure what it will do to the finish if I don't find it right away.

I bet you are relieved to see your guest go home, much as I'm sure you enjoyed the visit.
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Linda, Daisy, Riki and Lilo were all so cute! Daisy and Ricki have beautiful coats, and Lilo was a cutie Gina

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