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Haha, the stuffing is the best part!. The selective hearing made me smile as I seem to remember a certain Mr B doing something very similar

I hope you all have a great weekend together and thanks for the cyber socks Chum I received them earlier x


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An interesting encounter

I feel like I am stuck in a pattern - I'm stuck at home in ANOTHER blizzard, so I'm updating Chumlee's thread. Hopefully the blizzard pattern is nearing the end for this winter, anyway...

Yesterday, in advance of the impending snow storm, I took Chumlee for an extra long walk, knowing that we probably wouldn't be going out today in the middle of it.

As I've mentioned, Chumlee is dog-reactive so I have to be very selective about the places where we exercise. One of our favorite places belongs to a friend. It is a large (5+ acres) fenced area with woods and fields which he uses to train his beagles for rabbit hunting. I always text him and get a response before we go and it is posted as private property so I feel ok with letting Chumlee off leash.

Chum was so excited and energetic. He ran and played and had an amazing time. We played a few games of 'hide and seek' where I hide and Chum finds me. It definitely keeps him on his toes when I "disappear"

Near the end of our walk, Chum raced up ahead out of my sight. As I came within sight of him, I froze. Chum was standing face to face with an enormous Malamute!

I thought I was going to faint with fear, waiting for them to begin fighting. I felt sick to my stomach but mentally I began to gear myself for breaking up a fight. I've watched so many videos and read so many articles about this to try and prepare myself just in case.

Instead, of fighting, they did lots of butt-sniffing and greeting!! I stayed back and watched their body language. Both dogs looked surprisingly relaxed. The other dog's owner appeared and I shouted to her to leave the dogs alone - don't approach. She complied and we each continued our walk in opposite directions. Chumlee and the other dog (almost) played together for a couple of minutes, then each of them turned away to follow us!

I have no idea if the Malamute was male or female - it had so much hair! But from the size of it, I'd guess it was male. I was so thrilled that my dog-reactive Chumlee didn't try to fight! He acted like a regular, ordinary Golden!!

For those of you with "ordinary", non-reactive dogs, this probably sounds dumb, but it was such a huge relief to see Chum behave nicely with another animal. The rescue group that I adopted him from had warned me repeatedly that I would always have to be on guard and I have taken their words to heart.

I have seen Chumlee play respectfully with a small female beagle who wandered into our yard one day, but I wasn't sure if it was just a fluke or not.

The behaviorist we visited a couple of years ago said that Chumlee's re-activeness was most likely anxiety-related rather than true aggression.

I called my friend when I got home and it turns out his wife had given her friend permission to use the area recently but the person was supposed to call first - she didn't. Anyways, we are the only 2 people they have given permission to use the property and I think we have it straightened out now so it won't happen again.

I wouldn't have wished for the encounter with another dog to occur, but now it gives me a little sense of relief that I don't have to be QUITE as paranoid as I have been. I will continue to be watchful, though.

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'bark, bark' What's that, Chum? Timmy's in the well?!

When we go for walks, I have Chumlee dragging a long lead so that I can get hold of him if necessary (like when he ignores a recall...) Occasionally the lead gets stuck and Chum has this very demanding bark (like Lassie's special "Timmy's in the well" bark ) he uses that lets me know he is stuck so I will go and fix the situation.

Lately, however, he has used his "I'm stuck" bark to trick me! I obediently turn around at the sound of that bark and walk back to him, only to have sneaky Chumlee dart away gleefully! It seems he just isn't ready to leave yet! I asked DH if Chum ever pulled that trick with him and DH admitted he had been fooled more than once.

It makes me think of another thread when posters asked themselves "Are you smarter than a golden retriever?" I guess my answer would have to be "No, not this time!"

Anybody else have a clever, sneaky senior? (or youngster? )

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That's cute and clever, I think Chum has definitely been talking to Barnaby!


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That's cute and clever, I think Chum has definitely been talking to Barnaby!
Ummmm, yes! When I typed the phrase "clever, sneaky senior", an image of the handsome Mr. B came to mind! That dear Barnaby is so helpful to his friends!!

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How did I miss this! I'm not on a lot and usually glance over topics picking and choosing and when I saw Chumlee -- well I had to start from the beginning. He is so handsome and now with a little sugar face he can charm his way out of anything. His story is so much like that of Harley. Harley had a bad start in life and lucked out when a neighbor stepped in and asked the owner to consider rescue. He was probably 2 at the time and then he was adopted by a family with another golden and two small children. Well that didn't work because he stole food from the kids and didn't get along with their golden so he went back into rescue. The rescue then said no children and he prefers to be the only dog, yep dog reactive. When his foster Mom brought him over, he walked into the kitchen and carried a bowl of water into the living room, then climbed on the sofa and looked out the window while we talked. I mean talk about making yourself at home. When we let him outside he ran around the yard like it was his. He was perfect except that like you I had to be on high alert walking him. Oddly enough he liked the small dogs on the block but mid-size or larger he looked for a fight and he was a solid 89 lbs. so I always had 2 leads in case he snapped one.
Your area is beautiful. Maine always strikes me as being something special. I even have to get my garden seeds from Pinetree in Maine!
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Ha ha ha - I had a senior dog with selective hearing as well... my GSD mix when he got to be older gave up "coming when called" but he had no problem coming for dinner and yes I do think they tend to get sneakier! lol I think they feel like they've "earned it" once they get to a certain age.

Good for him and the interaction with the malamute! I think it helps when it's anxiety and both dogs are either on leash or off - that way they feel the playing field is "equal"... I know it can be that way for Fitz.

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How did I miss this! I'm not on a lot and usually glance over topics picking and choosing and when I saw Chumlee -- well I had to start from the beginning. He is so handsome and now with a little sugar face he can charm his way out of anything. His story is so much like that of Harley. Harley had a bad start in life and lucked out when a neighbor stepped in and asked the owner to consider rescue. He was probably 2 at the time and then he was adopted by a family with another golden and two small children. Well that didn't work because he stole food from the kids and didn't get along with their golden so he went back into rescue. The rescue then said no children and he prefers to be the only dog, yep dog reactive. When his foster Mom brought him over, he walked into the kitchen and carried a bowl of water into the living room, then climbed on the sofa and looked out the window while we talked. I mean talk about making yourself at home. When we let him outside he ran around the yard like it was his. He was perfect except that like you I had to be on high alert walking him. Oddly enough he liked the small dogs on the block but mid-size or larger he looked for a fight and he was a solid 89 lbs. so I always had 2 leads in case he snapped one.
Your area is beautiful. Maine always strikes me as being something special. I even have to get my garden seeds from Pinetree in Maine!
I look forward to Chumlee's updates.
I didn't realize your Harley was dog-reactive. It sounds like he and Chumlee have a lot in common. They even look like twins - both of them devilishly handsome. It takes a lot of work to manage a reactive dog. Chumlee has taught me a lot. Thank goodness Harley found you!

In the other thread about "Chewy the rescue dog" I kept thinking about how much he looked like Chumlee and Harley and how wonderful it would be if he went to live with you to steal a spot on your sofa!

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Hi Chum and Mum, hope you're having lots of fun!


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Enjoyed reading the story so far and look forward to hearing more. Thanks heavens the snow has finally stopped eh? We are loosing the last of it here and soon it will be down to the cottage for six months or so.
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