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Divine Daisy
December 11th, 2014, 09:50 PM
We adopted Luli who is a 12 year old border collie and brought her home on Sunday. We had been told she was nervous of noise but by Tuesday we were convinced she was not nervous at all about very much. That all changed on Wednesday.

I have to say that it has rained, hailed and blown a gale since Sunday but tough and devoted as we are she still got 4 walks a day, 3 of them a mile at least with the last a quick wiz before bed. Aren't we brave little soldiers?

So.......after 4 days of being with us, what IS Luli scared of?

1: The clicker.
She was so scared she leapt on Mr Daisy's lap and he claims he will never be the same man again.

2: The Camera
We think this is to do with a similar noise to the clicker. She is having non of it!

3: The Butcher's Shop
She will not will not walk past the Butchers! The breaks go on about 2 meters away and she will NOT move. We have to cross the road and walk by on the other side.

4: The Conservative Club
As above......... she will NOT walk past it! Now I am a good socialist myself but hey I am prepared to walk PAST the Conservative Club! Its not like I am asking her to go in!!

5: Visitors
My friend arrived today to lend me a door gate. Luli ran half way up the stairs and sat there. Refused to move or say hello. She just sat with her ears pricked and her head on one side looking cute. Caroline left her alone......she would come around. I tried a Boneo, put it two stairs below her. She came down the two steps, picked it up and took it back to her original step. Hmmmmm so much for that. Left her alone for an hour, she is still sitting there so I made her dinner (it was time by then) and she came down and through the sitting room to the kitchen for that. But then she stayed in the kitchen looking at Caroline through the door. Man!

Finally she came in and after 10 minutes Caroline was the bestest thing she had ever come across, apart from Mr D of course. He apparently is utterly divine.

So there we are, 5 days of Luli in Daisy World.
We love her. We would never be without her. But.............

We kinda do need to go to the Butchers!


K. McEuen
December 11th, 2014, 09:56 PM
Maybe if she realizes that bones come from the Butcher's she will go there eventually.

Divine Daisy
December 11th, 2014, 10:01 PM
Maybe if she realizes that bones come from the Butcher's she will go there eventually.

I know right! Paul (the butcher) is a bit hurt cause he sent her a lovely bone as a welcome on Monday!

December 11th, 2014, 10:59 PM
It will take time. Try to socialize her as much as you can.

Sandy Navas
December 11th, 2014, 11:35 PM
Don't you wish you could take a glimpse of what is going through her mind? Like I do, when DeeOGee gets up from his usual after dinner spot, wanders over by where I'm sitting, gets all comfortable and then lets go with a big one. And then he'll get up, give me a dirty look and move . . .

She'll come around - sorry about the state of Mr. Daisy's . . . uhmmms.

December 12th, 2014, 12:38 AM
Who knows exactly what happened in those previous twelve years.
If she was on a farm, I can think of a lot of reasons that clicking sound would be frightening, and the smell of the butcher might not be a pleasant one for her. One of you may have to go in while the other holds her leash outside.

I'd say you are doing pretty well for 5 days in.

December 12th, 2014, 07:08 AM
Sorry double post

December 12th, 2014, 07:08 AM
When our baby (cinnamon, a yellow lab, who is now 9) was about 9 months old she was petrified to jump into the lake from the back of our boat. She loved the water if we handed her off to someone who was in the water. So we (ok me- when hubby was sleeping) made a trail with cheese doodles from the front of the boat to the swim platform and had a child stand about 6 feet away in the water holding another cheese doodle. it worked instantly!

The only problem is now if the kids are in the water anywhere in the vicinity of the boat she wants to constantly dive off the boat then be carried back onto the boat then dive on and on

Long story to say maybe as you approach the butcher you can leave a trail of HEALTHY Treats leading to the butcher

Btw, yes I know cheese doodles aren't good for my baby BUT we didn't have anything else to give Herat the time. At other times for similar situations we used carrots, celery, cheese etc. She will do practically anything for people food ( she rarely gets any people food - salad and veggies if I am preparing them in small quantities).

Congrats on your new addition

December 12th, 2014, 07:48 AM
Oh my goodness Daisy, you sure make me laugh with your dogcapades.

She will come around, who wouldn't while in your care. I must say I might be more scared of her than her of me, if I came to visit.

December 12th, 2014, 09:50 AM
It will take some time with your special new baby. it sounds like her spirit has been damaged by a previous owner or circumstances. Give her plenty of time and train her gently. She will train much more easily with loads of love and small rewards. She's an older pet and sometimes they are easily traumatized by change. Good Luck. She's lucky to have you.

December 12th, 2014, 11:00 AM
It will just take time. We got a breeder rehome puppy in June. He is an Irish Red and White Setter named "Guinness". This breed is normally very friendly but he was and is skittish of everything, especially men. I know that he was never abused or mistreated but he did spend most of his life before us in a kennel. He is from a show/hunting breeder and because she was heavily involved in the show circuit at the time and he couldn't be shown because of a birth defect on his tail he was not as socialized as he could have been. For whatever reason he attached himself to me and I have become his person. We have carefully been exposing him to all sorts of new places and people and he is slowly coming out of his shell.

If the clicker sound scares Luli use the word "yes". It is just a marker that she has done something good and a treat is to follow. Also find a treat that has a very high value. For ours biscuits are good but they will turn themselves inside out for cheese. I use the cheese for more difficult situations. I would walk as close to the Butcher Shop as she is comfortable and when she is calm give her a treat. Little by little get closer and closer treating her frequently. Eventually she will discover that if she goes by or to that shop she gets a treat so it's a good thing. With visitors I tell everyone to ignore Guinness. When he does come up to them to investigate they give him a treat. He found people coming to him scary but if he goes to them it's okay. Now after all these months he loves having people come to the house and greets everyone.

What a wonderful home you have given Luli. Dogs are such a blessing and fill out lives. Love hearing your stories.

December 12th, 2014, 02:46 PM
Aww, Luli sounds so adorable, hopefully she warms up to the camera soon so we can see a picture :) But I have to wonder, how does our dear Seamus feel about Luli? lol

Divine Daisy
December 12th, 2014, 04:11 PM
Aww, Luli sounds so adorable, hopefully she warms up to the camera soon so we can see a picture :) But I have to wonder, how does our dear Seamus feel about Luli? lol


Seamus and Luli are currently playing Grandmother's Footsteps. Do you have that game in the States?

He is being officially offended but she wants to be friends and he is curious too. They will arrive at an understanding soon I am sure. He likes dogs a lot. He just got a fright to wake up and find one in HIS house instead of him going into theirs.

You know Luli wants to be friends , she took her teddy upstairs and gently placed it on the bed in front of him. He went eeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwww (it was covered in dog spit) so she was all hurt. I have to say though if she was hoping he would throw teddy for her she is always going to be disappointed. Opposable thumbs and all that!