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28 November 2006 @ 04:58 pm
Pics of Boo  
Here are some pictures of Boo. Sorry they aren't posted right. I'm computer stupid and lucky I could figure it out at all.





Things aren't going to well. He is an awesome dog but is OBSESSED with humping. I took him to the vet today and she said he is about 2 lbs. under weight but otherwise healthy and heartworm negative. I have scheduled to have him nuetured on Thursday. Does anyone know how long it takes the hormones to settle down after that. I am soooo distraught and depressed. My husband is ready to divorce me over getting the dog and everyone is trying to make me feel guilty for rescuing him. I just had to and now I don't know what to do. If I can't make this work between Tini and Boo what can I do? I can't just abondon him after all he's been through and he's so sweet. I don't know anyone that I would even trust to give him to. All advice is welcome and please wish me luck.
I am feeling: depresseddepressed
asavasasavas on November 28th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
I don't think one day is enough time to judge how the dogs will react to each other. They will probably need several days or weeks to become pals, especially if the new guy hasn't been socialized. If he's a humping machine, maybe you should keep them in seperate rooms when you're not around to supervise. I think some male dogs hump to display dominance so maybe he is doing it a lot just because he isn't comfortable yet and wants to seem tough.

Don't be discouraged! I think you did a good thing. If he's got issues, it's so much better that he is with someone who will think of his safety first instead of just getting rid of him some way or another. The way I see it, as long as a dog is not overly agressive and dangerous then there are tons of behavioral ways to overcome most problems -- even humping! It just takes a little work. Good luck!
Sara Rae: life is hardsarakenobi on November 28th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
how old is he? is he neutered? if you've only had him for 24 hours you shouldn't be complaining. the dogs are testing each other to see who will fit where in the pack. the humping is easy to break, we have a doxie in our house who humps our boston all the time. he's stopped for the most part simply by telling him no. you shouldn't have gotten him if your husband didn't want him.

where do you live? I'll take him in a heartbeat to save your marriage.
tini_smomtini_smom on November 28th, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
I am not complaining....only saying I wish it had gone better. I suppose you are right that I shouldn't have gotten him without my husbands consent but he wasn't around (he was on a 4 day fishing trip). I am an overly submissive wife who always serves my husband and I also bring in half of our income. He always does whatever he wants and I don't complain. Call me stupid but I thought he would be okay with something that would bring me joy. I also know that 24 hours is not long but I've always had dogs and I know all about fitting in the pack and dominance humping. This is NOT the same.
That Lynda Girl: molly-hamburger bitemisslaurapalmer on November 28th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
I hope things work out for you and the new pup, good luck!
Sara Raesarakenobi on November 28th, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
like i said I have a doxie at my house right now. he is not ours and is not neutered (which bothers me a lot) and he humps Lucy all the time, her face, her side, her back... whatever he can get at. he was really bad when we first got him, but after telling him NO constantly and distracting him with a toy he only does it once in awhile
Sara Raesarakenobi on November 28th, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)
you rescued him?
tini_smomtini_smom on November 28th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
Yes sorrda....read my post from yesterday and it'll explain it better. Do the doxie and Lucy play a little or is it all about humping? How long have you had the doxie? I am going to do whatever it takes to be able to keep Boo, I just want everyone to be happy and get along.
Sara Raesarakenobi on November 29th, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)
the doxie has been around on and off for the past 2 months. I think his urges are definitely sexual, and not trying to display dominance. he is about...6 months old? maybe 5. they play a ton, and fight some too, Lucy wants to be the boss, but she is kind of a sissy
figglesfiggles on November 28th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
He looks like a great big sweetie! He's very lucky.

I'm sure you've done your research and anything I tell you will be old information, but I've heard it can take up to 2 months for dogs to "settle down" in their new homes with other dogs. And the neutering should help; for some reason I think I remember my vet telling me you should see some difference in behavior in a week or so. Best of luck to Boo and Tini, and to you and your husband; may you all settle into a happy family soon! I'll be thinking/praying for you.
tini_smomtini_smom on November 29th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
Thank you for your kind words....I've been crying like a baby all day and I'm a 45 year old woman :)
Agatha Higginbotham: boston from teensprincezna on November 28th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
A shot of lemon juice in the mouth can work wonders for training. It helps to get those little plastic lemons full of juice.

Don't listen to those jerks who give you crap for rescuing a sweet bostie! There are better friends out there. If your hubby divorces you over something so lame he is goofy and I think you can find someone better too! Don't be submissive- show him you're the boss and let him know daily how stupid he is (because all men are stupid). That's what I do with my man and he does what I say. What I learned from "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" is that "The man may be the head of the family but the woman is the neck and she can turn the head any way she wants to!" ha!

Have fun with your Boston! It's all going to be just fine! Don't worry!
Agatha Higginbothamprincezna on November 28th, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC)
ps- the humping will probably greatly decrease after the neuter- don't worry!
tini_smomtini_smom on November 29th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
Your post made me laugh and boy did I need that! My whole family tells me that I shouldn't take the Bible so literally and be so submissive but it's really because I just don't like contention and sometimes it's just easier to let others have their way. I feel VERY strongly about this matter and I think my husband actually understood when I tried to explain how important this dog is to me. I think you're right and it is going to be fine.
w y n o a h: The pups!wynoah on November 29th, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
"The man may be the head of the family but the woman is the neck and she can turn the head any way she wants to!"

This was the BEST line in the movie!!! And SO TRUE!!!
I'm just a girl: fightcute_bunny on November 28th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
Any one who makes you feel guilty for rescuing an obviously ill-cared for dog needs to re-evaluate their priorities. I know how you feel though; many people can't understand my love for animals either!

I don't think it's *NOT* working between the pups, because it's just too soon to say otherwise. Yes, sometimes dogs hit it off immediately but that's not always the case, just like sometimes people don't hit it off immediately. Definately give it some time cause really a day or two or even a week isn't enough to determine how they will be towards each other.

Spray bottles, with a quirt to the face, pennies in a can, and going "UH!!!" might stop and hopefully prevent his humping. Tell your husband and those doubting you to remember that this poor little guy has NO CLUE what's going on, and there's no way to tell him. He's in a strange house with strange people and a strange dog that he must compete with. It might take a bit, but once he settles in I'm *sure* you'll all wonder what you ever did without him!! Good luck!!
tini_smomtini_smom on November 29th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
I guess I just hoped everything would go perfectly but I think you're right. I guess I forgot that Tini and her sister Maggie (my sister's dog) didn't even like each other at first and they are from the same litter and love each other to death now. I like the pennies in a can idea - I'm going to try it. Thanks for the encouragement, I really needed it.
I'm just a girl: fightcute_bunny on November 29th, 2006 06:46 am (UTC)
No problem! Dogs have a complex social structure like humans, and just like humans some dogs hit it off, some don't, some get to know each other, and some dogs never get along. It's great when 2 dogs take to each other immediately, but if they don't it's not an immedate failure.

Getting him neutured should help with the humping. My two spayed girls hump each other from time to time though, so it may not be a 100%!! I know I was told that it would take about 6 months for all the "femaleness" to be out of their system after the spay. But with boys I would assume it's less time.
w y n o a h: The pups!wynoah on November 29th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
Please don't let anyone make you feel guilty for rescuing a dog... what a WONDERFUL thing to do. You should feel so great that you are giving this boy a wonderful home.
One thing to keep in mind is this... since you rescued him, you might assume that he didn't have a good life until he was blessed to find you. You don't know how his other owners treated him. I read your post from the other day, and anyone who sells a dog over a divorce tells me that they obviously didn't love this dog that much, which is sad.
Boo just has to learn what love is. He has been bumped around recently, and now he has to learn that where he is is "home."
I've introduced many dogs to each other, of all ages, and I can tell you that it usually just takes time. Give it some more time. Love this dog. Spoil him for a bit. Show him what a good life you are going to give him. I'm sure that in a few days/weeks, he'll start to calm down and show you his true nature.

I can't tell you enough, though, how good you were to get this dog. You did good. Don't let anyone tell you differently.

Good luck, and please keep us updated!

tini_smomtini_smom on November 29th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the encouragement. It's nice to know that you have experience as I have VERY little to zero. Can you always make it work in due time?
tini_smomtini_smom on November 29th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
Sorry I forgot to ask you another question. If the neuturing doesn't totally help do you think it would be cruel for me to put Boo in a crate so they can at least sniff and check each other out without humping involved? I know that crates aren't cruel, I just don't want Boo to think he's being punished inside the crate while Tini gets to stay outside of the crate. I don't have one anymore because Tini hated it but I'd be willing to get one if this is a good idea.