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Stanley
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Posted -  14/10/2004  :  09:57
Jack is making a lot of friends in Barlick. I don't know why, maybe it's his face markings but people on the street feel the need to stroke him. Women in particular fall for him.

As you know, I had a bad experience with Joe, the lurcher from Irlam. I was very wary about taking another feral dog on but I'm beginning to think that Jack will make it as a member of the team. He's good at coming to hand when off the lead but I'm not saying he'd take any notice if he was distracted.

He's fast and very agile and seems to have lungs as big as a bucket, I haven't heard him pant as though he's out of breath even after a hard run. As for jumping, he's like a cat. Here he is on his favourite perch. Someone asked me the other day why I don't stop him doing it. It's easier to clean the drainer twice a day!


[This topic started as Jack's blog but in Jan 2008 I had to put him down because he started attacking strange dogs.  His successor is Black Jack. a Patterdale pup, no point erasing Jack the Lurcher from history....  he was a good dog and what happened wasn't his fault.  He had too bad a start.....]


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moh
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Posted - 11/11/2010 : 10:42
Obviously a breed who likes to be in charge!!


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Bradders
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Posted - 19/11/2010 : 00:15
Darned Dawg !......I can't see the screen for his head now....

Seriously though....when he's dozing , or asleep,  this guy twitches , quite a lot ....I've had dogs before, that "dreamt" (where they woof a bit and wriggle or twitch )..but Dexter is almost always in motion.....I wonder why !

I'm reminded that the Swiss Watch company MOVADO...use that name because it is the Esperanto word meaning "always in motion "....Good name for my dog too ! So....

From now on he's going to be known as "Dexter Movado "...That  has a certain ring to it , I think !

 

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Stanley
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Posted - 19/11/2010 : 06:38
Try shouting that on a wet night in the dark when you can't see him! Lots to be said for white dogs in winter. I always think it's a good sign when they are dreaming. If it gets serious I wake jack gently and give him some TLC, he drops off again immediately.


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Posted - 30/11/2010 : 10:17
Jack's behaviour was puzzling me. Nothing obviously wrong, just slightly loose stool and he was spending a lot of time licking his right fore paw. I had a look but couldn't find anything and put it down to salt in a cack in his pad. (Big Jack used to het that!) Nothing wrong with his gait and he was running round with a Border Terrier bitch this morning no problems. However, being a nosey bugger I had a closer look this morning and found the problem, he had broken the end off his outside claw and it was hanging loose and nattering mim. The quick of the claw is showing but doesn't seem to be damaged so a quick couple of snips which caused him no pain and problem solved. Ive rubbed some Neosporen in, a very useful ointment you can get over the counter in America but which is not available here. It contains an antibiotic and an anaesthetic as well so just the ticket. I think he will survive! I've never knowingly had this happen to a dog of mine before. Anyone else seen it?


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Posted - 01/02/2011 : 09:45

JACK AND THE SINK PLUG

We've had a lot of discussion on the site about dogs recently and only this morning I recounted what I had heard on the radio about the Labrador with the 95% success rate in detecting bowel cancel. Animal behaviour has always fascinated me and in my various jobs working with them it has paid me to become fairly adept in weighing up their condition, behaviour and psychology. If that sounds far-fetched think of 'One Man and His Dog'. The task can only be accomplished if there is an almost perfect understanding of the sheep by both the dog and master and also understanding between the man and the dog. It's a very complicated matter. So when I see unusual behaviour in an animal I start from the point that it's happening for a reason, then try to puzzle out what that reason is. I have an example for you as it happens.

It all started yesterday when I finally admitted that the rubber sink plug in the kitchen had reached its sell-by date. Simple, call in at Briggs and Duxbury's and get a new 2” plug. No such thing, not a sink plug in the place! So, at dinnertime, on my way down from Letcliffe Jack and I called in at the Shambles on Town Square and while they didn't have a 2” plug, they had one of those universal plugs that rely on water pressure to hold them in place. So I bought one.

Back home, out with the pliers, old plug off and new one on and I settled down in my rocking chair to an afternoon with Ernie Bevin, Jack, as usual, curled up on the sheepskin on my computer chair and slept off his exercise.

We have good routines and at 15:40 Jack jumped down, stretched and announced he was ready for his tea. I went through the usual routine, bowl of cooked mince out of the fridge, a slice in his bowl, into the microwave for one minute, handful of biscuit on top, stir it up and then go through the daily routine of teaching him to eat again. This is a Patterdale thing I think, Mrs Marsh the vet has them and has the same small problem. You dip your finger in the gravy and smear it on his teeth, he licks his lips, gets the taste and decides he isn't being poisoned! Then he eats what is in his bowl.

Yesterday there was something different. Instead of sitting under the table and waiting for his tea he stood beside me at the sink and worktop watching what I was doing. He stayed there when I put his bowl down and I had to call him over to eat up. Usual teaching to eat and he put his head down and started but I could see he was distracted for some reason. Half way though he stopped and went over to the sink again. I had to repeat the calling and teeth wiping and he cleared up.

The usual routine is that after he clears up, I wash his bowl, dry it and then get his ball off the top of the fridge and throw it to him because this is playtime. Yesterday he stood beside me watching me working at the sink and ignored his ball. He stood looking up at the sink while I went through my usual routine of transferring essential aids to TV watching to the front room; a fresh pot of tea, four pieces of fruit, a sandwich for tea and my smoking tackle. No interest in his ball at all. He even stopped in the kitchen watching the sink when I left for Midsomer Murders so I came back in the kitchen and tried to weigh up what was going on.

Unlike Big Jack, Black Jack can't jump onto the draining board so, as his attention was on something up there, I lifted him up and put him on the draining board. He want into full ratting mode and his investigation took him to the new plug! I had to grab him to stop him attacking it and put him on the floor. To cut a long story short, I left him there and he sat guarding the sink for about half an hour, no whining, no agitation, just undivided attention. There's nothing quieter or more patient than a dog waiting for a rat to pop out of a wall! Eventually he reverted to routine, brought his ball into the front room and issued his usual command for me to keep kicking it across the room as I sat watching TV until he was satisfied. Nothing untoward for the rest of the evening or this morning. He has forgotten it.

So the puzzle is what was going on. It wasn't scent because if it was he'd still be interested. He had seen me buy the plug, put it into my pocket and install it at the sink. It must have been curiosity about the object, something had triggered him into thinking that the plug was an interesting object and he was, for about an hour, totally fixated on it. As I write he is asleep at my foot and not bothered at all. Has he made a decision that the return isn't worth the investment of time and effort? Is a dog capable of making a decision like that? I think that this has to be the case, it's the only explanation I can think of that fits the case. Animals are fascinating creatures and close observation of them can teach us a lot about how their minds work. More going on in that little brain pan than most people would admit. Notice that I didn't try to work it out in human terms. I tried to see it as he sees it.


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moh
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Posted - 01/02/2011 : 14:06
There is a Patterdale advertised in today's Burnley Express - free to good home.


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Posted - 02/02/2011 : 07:34
Go for it if it's a good one. very intelligent but assertive breed.


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Posted - 02/02/2011 : 08:07
Would that be a Lab Report? I heard they were training cats to do a similar thing but cat scans can be very expensive... 


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We've had a lot of discussion on the site about dogs recently and only this morning I recounted what I had heard on the radio about the Labrador with the 95% success rate in detecting bowel cancer. 
 

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Posted - 02/02/2011 : 12:28
Jack's interest in the plug could still have been due to smell even though it was only temporary. Plastic and rubber materials often give off odours which disappear with time. If the plug had been wrapped or kept in a confined space it would have kept these odours until you released it into the world at large. Perhaps he didn't like the smell - it was probably much stronger to him than it would have been to you - and decided he wasn't having that in his house. But then it went of its own accord as far as Jack was concerned.


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Posted - 02/02/2011 : 13:50
No thanks Stanley - no more dogs for us.


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Posted - 19/02/2011 : 16:40
I know this isn't about Jack , but I have to tell somebody.

Since I got Dawg (Dexter ) at the beginnung of November ) I haven't felt able to let the poor devil off the lead when we go out  , due to his un healthy interest in sheep ..(We have loads in the fields neihbouring the house)...

The beech is only a couple of miles away , but on each occasion we have visited , there have been a large number of big male dogs in evidence. He's never had a fight with anything yet but the noise can be blood-curdling ....

Leap of faith time today......I took him to Daymer Bay and thought "sod it , it's not fair, if he gets into a scrap I'm sure he can  look after himself"........so I let him off and he was as good as gold , had a great long run and kept me in sight at all times (came back to a whistle with no problem)...Excellent !

Bearing in mind I got him at 5 years , virtually untrained , I'm chuffed .....Now about those sheep !


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Posted - 19/02/2011 : 18:44
Well done Dawg, and you too Bradders. I was scared to let our dog off the lead when we took him away from home ground (where he is always off the lead, no problems with sheep). It didn't take long to realise that he was fine, and always comes back (eventually). I love to see the interaction between dogs when they meet up. The only time Alfie is met with aggression is when he makes the mistake of approaching a dog carrying a toy or stick. On rare occasions he will drop to the ground when seeing an approaching dog. What's that about?
Incidently, there was a case in the local paper a while back about sheep being savaged by a Patterdale.


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Posted - 19/02/2011 : 19:20
Thanks W . I'm keeping him away from stock for the time being ......but we'll get there !

Incidentally , I notice that you will get the key to the executive loos with your next post ....Ha !  I qualified for  mine last week but it doesn't seem to have  arrived yet , can't think why !


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Posted - 20/02/2011 : 05:10
Weny. it's a sign of non-aggressive interest, not quite submission but a postive message to the other dog.

Brad, glad Dexter is off the lead. Walk him through sheep on the lead and let him sniff lambs, see what his reaction is. Jack isn't a chaser he's a hunter and furtler, just like Eigg my old Jack Russell. Go for a walk with someone rabbiting with a running dog and let them work together. I think you'll find that Dexter puts them up and the running dog does the hard work! That was how Eigg worked with her old mate Rosie the greyhound. Never trained to it, just natural. Black Jack ony chases other dogs when he's playing with them. Totally cat-proof and the local cats know this, he can walk within a foot of them and they don't bother moving.

Mick, my new next door neighbour has an old bull terrier sort and we must get out together so we can let him and Jack get to know each other.

As for the key to the executive loo, don't hold your breath! I haven't got mine yet!


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Bradders
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Posted - 02/04/2011 : 13:40
Maybe not quite a Patterdale...! But this fella (?) has all the traits....

I'm surprised he didn't tell 'em off for taking so long !

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12944317


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