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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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Stanley
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Posted - 03/03/2008 : 17:56
I feel sorry for the dog.  I hope he has a good overcoat.  BJ is well on the road to recovery, he's eaten normally today and I don't think he'll die of starvation during the night.  Next thing now is concentrated stool watching.  Over the years I have got to be an expert on squit!


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moh
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Posted - 03/03/2008 : 20:16
He's OK  - had a bit of a problem when the biscuits he likes were no longer available from our usual supplier - but we went to the place down near the motorway at Burnley and thank goodness they have them.

Edited by - moh on 03/03/2008 8:18:26 PM


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Stanley
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Posted - 04/03/2008 : 06:05
Jack is back on form, eating and sleeping!  Still waiting for the first proper stool.  The suspense is terrible........


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Stanley
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Posted - 04/03/2008 : 06:44
Good news.....  A quick trot produced a normal evacuation.  We can now start to relax.  This child care is too much for an old man.......


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Stanley
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Posted - 05/03/2008 : 06:48
Fascinating watching Jack develop the bond with me.  For instance, he likes to spend part of the evning gnawing on a rawhide chew that'a bigger than him.  The thing is that it appears as though an essential accessory to the experience is to do it using my feet as a tool to position the chew.  His favourite stance is draped over my feet with the chew balanced against my foot.  I think I might have been right about the chill last Friday.  It is coming out as a snuffle every now and again.  Not often a dog gets a cough, usually it's a sign of worms but I shall see how he goes on with good grub and plenty of exercise. 


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Posted - 05/03/2008 : 06:49
PS. It won't be worms because I wormed him.


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Cathy
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Posted - 05/03/2008 : 09:07
If anything develops Stanley, I'm sure you'll nip it in the bud.  It all sounds  good. 


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Stanley
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Posted - 05/03/2008 : 17:00
Whatever it is on his chest, it's loose.  He is coughing well.  Nature is taking its course.


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Anni
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Posted - 05/03/2008 : 17:15
Sounds to me like Jack is happier than a pig in sh*t - snuffles or not. Laughing

Probably you are too Stanley Wink


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Stanley
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Posted - 06/03/2008 : 07:38
Anni, you're right, he is a very happy dog and because I got him so young he's had no trouble bonding with me.  When he's off the lead he never strays far and does what Eigg used to do, if he runs ahead of me round a corner he keeps popping back just to check I am still with him.  Doc baby sat for me yesterday while I went to the Butts Clinic and they were both as good as gold.  We took him up the park and Doc was impressed by the way BJ has worked out the proper use for a thrown ball......  He learns fast.


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Posted - 13/03/2008 : 17:40
Two curiosities.  Earlier today Jack emitted a very tiny high pitched fart which frightened him to death!  He shot about a foot in the air and examined his bum very carefully.

Jack learned to fetch very quickly and today I decided to get him used to the whistle by whistling him every time he started back with the ball.  He came back a lot quicker.  Later in the afternoon I took him out for a bit of a supplementary exercise, I threw the ball and he wouldn't fetch it back until I whistled!  Talk about a fast learner, bit too fast if you ask me!  If I forget the whistle I'm going to be in trouble.


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Posted - 18/03/2008 : 11:21

Progress report.....  Well, I think I've got Jack properly stable now in his new routine.  Big change for a little pup from a sedentary life with no proper routine to lots of exercise and a completely new diet.  He's coped well and is thriving but it's only in the last few days that I am confident I have his grub right.  The big problem was very loose stool and I decided that this wasn't pathological but mechanical if you will.  His gut wasn't populated with the right bugs.  So I have stuck to one diet and persevered with him, getting him used to two small feeds a day and cleaning up each time.  It took a while but we are there now.  In case anyone is interested, I cook four chicken carcasses in the pressure cooker till they fall off the bone.  Pick most of the bones out and drop a pack of El Cheapo supermarket mince in plus a handful of plain biscuit.  Pressure cook again for half and hour than turn out into a couple of bowls and store in the fridge.  It sets solid like a hard pate and can be cut into chunks.  He gets some of that with some high energy Cobby Dog biscuit and a little bit of gravy from whatever I am eating.  The last is an indulgence but makes sure he is interested.  I think he likes to see a touch of whatever I am eating! 

As for the whistle, still works when I need to use it but I have got him back onto fetching without it.  He's developed one more trick though.....  I keep the ball in a plastic bag in my pocket and if he sees me get the bag out while he is running in he'll stop and refuse to shift!  He knows that this signals the end of playtime.  I have to wait while he is back and whip the bag out at the last minute.  Smart pup!

As for condition, I can't fault him.  He shines like a pair of army boots and his beard is growing well.  He's stopped the fast gain in weight but is gradually creeping up as he puts even more muscle on.  He's a shade under 21lbs now and fit.  On the whole, what we have to report is progress.



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Gloria
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Posted - 18/03/2008 : 11:44
Sounds as though everything is going brilliantly Stanley.
A bit of advice for anything/one with a dicky tummy---live yoghurt, sorts out the bacteria in the gut.


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mporter
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Posted - 18/03/2008 : 12:18
Dad,  can we have an uptodate photo please.  Katie would like one to have in her room at the hospital.  She has photos of mick, Laura and the cats on her door but none of me.  Maybe it's because I visit nearly every day....byt he way if you can get a photo of YOU and Jack she would like that even more.  Mags


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Posted - 18/03/2008 : 12:22
I'm sure there are plenty of photographers on here who can "do the deed"........


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