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PostSubject: Polly   Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:07 am

This is the new Girl that was got out of the pound yesterday she was going to die yesterday

She is a Boxer X and is thought to be around 10 months old

She is staying with Janice at the moment and although very early days she has not been there a full day yet this is what she has to say

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She's settling with mine, fingers crossed, although I think she'd like to be full on by trying to stand over them, she's too young to back it up, so she'll submit. She's very friendly and sweet with me, but I don't think she's had much interaction with people because as soon as you show her a bit of affection, she's immediately over the top










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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:29 pm

UPDATE FROM JANICE


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I've had the crate up, but she has major issues with it, she wets and has even defecated at one point, and all I'd done is open the flaming door. At the moment I've got it covered in blankets so it's less like a crate. She's been watching the others go in and take out the treats I've put in there, so hopefully that might help her get used to it.
She's been good with the dogs, a couple of rumblings at first, but she's settling. I don't think she's had too much interaction with dogs, because she's a bit OTT when playing, but she knows to back off when told.
She knows all her basic commands she sits immediately, lays down, gives paw etc. She very respectful and on the timid side, but as soon as you show encouragement, she'll try to get full on, so until she realises she's safe and understands that being petted and made a fuss of is a part of life and happens all the time rather than once in a blue moon - she's better off thinking that OTT isn't an option, although I have to say, as soon as she's pulled up on anything, (apart from the cat), she'll stop what she's doing straight away. She's very timid when approaching me, and very quick to cower.
She's not food aggressive and I've safely taken her food away, with no comebacks. I left her today, (took the cat in a carrier with me - lol), only because I think the cat being here may stress her. Anyway I was away for 4 hours, and she was fine, no sign of any disruption.
Sooo all in all, she a nice dog, friendly, respectful and will fit into any family home, (no cats),
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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:21 am


lots of luck Polly!

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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:00 pm


Cats seem to be this girl's only issue. She's settled in the house, but as soon as you're not looking, she's up trying to get into the bedroom where the cat is. I've purposely stayed away from the room and only feed the cat when Polly, (I have no idea where the name came from, I was told pound staff were calling her 'Girlie'), is in the garden.
My cat hasn't been out for a good few months, (her own choice), but I suppose that's because she's 17yrs now, which is another issue because she's not as fast as she used to be. I was barricading the bedroom door, but its clear she's trying to get in, I know its sounds daft but my only solution is to put the cat in a carrier and take her with me when I go out for any length of time. It's getting a bit stressful, but I don't know what else to do - lol
She gets on well with all my dogs, has no problem with food and plays well, there's no hesitation or wariness in her body language and loves people. Apparently, she's met, and gets on well with children, she's only met the little girl over the road since she's been with me, but she was fine.

It's just getting a little stressful with the cat - lol
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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:12 pm

Someone said her name was Polly so I just went with it

Will put up a request for a cat free foster home Janice, think she will feel the cold going into the kennels have had to put loads of bedding out today for the ones that are outside

Anyone on here that does not have a cat that would like to foster this young girl please let us know
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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:22 pm


Cheers Sharon - its getting a bit of a strain. As for the Polly thing, I think someone on the run, took it upon themselves to name her.
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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:28 pm

Polly is now with me,

Polly needs a home without cats

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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Tue Dec 27, 2011 2:25 am

Polly will be spayed and start her vacs on Thursday
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PostSubject: Polly   Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:44 am

Walked Polly yesterday evening. She is a very pretty girl and knows how to work those big dark eyes Wink
She is quite pully on the lead but this was her first trip out, in a new place . With some proper practice and training she is bright enough to learn. She is very keen to meet the other dogs, so needs to learn how to take things more slowly.
Welcome Polly Hi
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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:35 pm

Polly has now been spayed and has started her vacs
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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:47 am

Polly's assessment

Dogs Name: Polly Breed: Staff X Sex: F Age: Approx 1 yr Date: 04/01/2012
SITUATION Dogs reactions
Person casually walks past dog while dog is eating (meal or special food) Polly appears to show no issues around food
Person tries to pick up bowl while dog is eating (meal or special food) Polly is reasonably well mannered around food and will easily let you take her food bowl away from her
Person tries to pick up food that has fallen to floor while dog is trying to reach it Polly rushes for the treat, once the treat is covered she nuzzles the hand trying to get the food, shows no signs of aggression
Person tries to touch or take away high value food that dog is eating or holding Polly was given a pigs ear, she refused to release and growled
Person tries to touch or take away a toy that dog is playing with Polly showed no aggression however it was tough for her to give the toy up, she tried to turn it into a game of tug of war
Person reaches hand towards dog Polly has no issues with hands reaching towards her she perceives it as affection
Person reaches over dog’s head Same as above
Person tries to put on leash and/or collar Polly has no issues with having a collar and lead put on her
Person grabs at dog’s collar or neck Polly shows no reaction at all either aggressive or appeasing
Person pulls on dog’s collar or neck Same as above
Person hugs dog around neck

Polly became a little excitable, no aggression shown
Person pushes down on dog’s back Polly freezes and resists against the push, shows slight appeasing behaviours
Person pushes down on dog’s rump Polly resists going into the sit shows slight appeasing behaviours
Person tries to get dog to lie down by voice command Polly doesn’t know the down command
Person tries to get dog to lie down by physical pushing Polly resists and pushes back up against hands, shows slight appeasing behaviours
Person tries to get dog to roll over on its back by physical manipulation Not tested, Polly does not know the down command and unable to physically do it
Person tries to groom dog’s head , torso, or legs (ie other than feet) Polly very accepting of grooming, shows no unwanted behaviours
Person touches dog’s feet or uses comb or scissors on dog’s feet Polly has no issues of her feet being touched, shows no unwanted behaviours
Person clips or tries to clip dog’s toenails Not tested
Person tries to bathe dog, including towelling off after bath Not tested
Person tries to open dog’s mouth Polly not to happy with her mouth being opened, shows slight appeasing behaviour but will let you
Person stares into dog’s eyes Polly is very reluctant to maintain eye contact
Person shouts loudly near dog

Polly not bothered by that, looks in general direction shows slight appeasing behaviours
Person threatens dog with object such as newspaper or with hand Polly winced a lot, however didn’t show any real signs of aggression
Person drops an object near dog Polly wasn’t bothered, investigated the object showed slight appeasing behaviours
Stranger knocks on door or rings bell at dog's home Not tested
Stranger enters house On first initial meeting Polly can be weary, she can bark and growl
Stranger in house tries to pet dog Once she settles with that person Polly is happy to be given attention
Stranger approaches dog in car Polly seems to have no issues
Stranger approaches dog on street
Not tested
Another person touches or hugs person with dog No issues
Stranger shouts loudly in dog’s presence Not tested
Dog walks past familiar non reactive dog Polly is fine with, non reactive dogs, seems to show them little interest, she has lived in a foster home with 5 other dogs with
no reported incidents
Dog walks past unfamiliar non reactive dog Same as above
Dog walks past familiar reactive dog Polly will react to any dog that is having a go at her
Dog walks past unfamiliar reactive dog Same as above
Polly appears to be very nervous with new people, Polly appears to have very little training throughout her life, Polly is not an aggressive dog however it can be perceived that way given her nervousness, Polly is apparently not good with cats, Polly appears to have a very high play/prey drive. All these behaviours were shown at the time of this assessment conducted by Shaun Aldridge (Ruff Diamond Dog Training); however these behaviours may change in different circumstances.
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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:30 am

Polly went out on the group walk last night with all the other dogs.
We tried her on a head collar and she was much better. Still pulled
at first but by the time we was on our way back she was walking fine.

She's a bit unsure of the other dogs around her and barks at them but
I think its just excitement or maybe nerves - she's still settling in and
finding her feet.

Polly is a real sweetie. Shes very pretty and she loves cuddles! She
will snuggle up against you for ages while you fuss her.

With a little more lead work & socialisation Polly will be a great little
bundle of fun for someone

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PostSubject: Pretty Polly   Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:01 pm

I walked Polly with the group on Tuesday. After some initial strange noises, something between excitement and protest she really settled and walked well most of the time on a chest harness.
She was much more relaxed with the other dogs thumbs particurarly when she realised that none of them wished her any harm. She is a sweet girl who is a bit wary of life. With a kind and patient owner she will blossom thumb up
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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:24 am

Polly is not coping well in kennels so we are looking for a foster or forever home as soon as possible, please share her far and wide

As Polly is not our normal large breed we will not be asking the FULL adoption fee for her
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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:16 am

If we have a poster for her and some of the other smaller ones Ican get them up at various places. Poor girl, I wish I had room she is a sweet heart.
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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:11 am

Can someone make some posters please
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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:51 am

Hello ... please see my assessment of Polly at week 4 using the Ruff Diamonds format:
Context .. i a fostering Polly. House has a one dog (Rotty), two cats and one loud flippin bird who just wont go into the light!!!


Appologies for spelling, grammer errors below. I am submitting the following via blackberry.

SITUATION Dogs reactions
Person casually walks past dog while dog is eating (meal or special food) : Polly shows not issues around food though she does rush eating her food
Person tries to pick up bowl while dog is eating (meal or special food) : Polly is well mannered around food and will easily let you take her food bowl away from her
Person tries to pick up food that has fallen to floor while dog is trying to reach it : Polly used to rush to the treat but is much more calm. She has watched our other dog and now she reacts the same now, ie a gentle take from the hand
Person tries to touch or take away high value food that dog is eating or holding : At the start Polly held on to he chews (rawhide) however now she freely lets me take them away and give them back to here. Other members of the family have not tried this however I believe once she is accustomed to the 'family' unit (and a little bit of time and patience) I believe this should not be a problem.
Person tries to touch or take away a toy that dog is playing with : Polly used to grip hold of balls and 'clamp' down however now she releases them quick easily. We have not given her to many 'tugging' options to pursue as I have purposely not tried to promote any dominance aggression tendencies within her.
Person reaches hand towards dog : Polly has no issues with hands reaching towards her she perceives it as affection
Person reaches over dog’s head : Same as above
Person tries to put on leash and/or collar : Polly has no issues with having a collar and lead put on her in fact she relishes it as she recognises this as an indication to be going out
Person grabs at dog’s collar or neck : Polly shows no reaction at all either aggressive or appeasing
Person pulls on dog’s collar or neck : Same as above
Person hugs dog around neck : No reaction
Person forces hand into dog mouth : Polly is fine with this. I have purposely attempted to do this every couple of days, i.e. brush my hand around front and rear teeth, play with her tongue, etc. Then I give her praise. The idea being for her not to be concerned about people dealing with her mouth. Also I regularly 'play fight' with her and put my hand and arm in her mouth. She presses onto the skin very gently and I have never had a cause to be concern. The idea is also been to increase a stronger bond and trust between Polly and the family. I want to teach her dog to play gently rather than not at all. When she gets a little to 'energetic' and playful as short sharp "stop" is all that is needed for her to release and stand to attention.

Polly became a little excitable, no aggression shown
Person pushes down on dog’s back : I have not seen encountered this doing the same action. Person pushes down on dog’s rump : Polly resists going into the sit shows slight appeasing behaviours. This behaviour has receded over time as it is usually coupled with a 'sit' command.
Person tries to get dog to lie down by voice command : She is getting better … baby steps with this activity .. and baby steps we are taking
Person tries to get dog to lie down by physical pushing : No response. She freely moves out of the way.
Person tries to get dog to roll over on its back by physical manipulation : Not tested via command but many times I have rolled her over on her back. No issues encountered.
Person tries to groom dog’s head , torso, or legs (ie other than feet) : Polly very accepting of grooming, shows no unwanted behaviours
Person touches dog’s feet or uses comb or scissors on dog’s feet : Polly has no issues of her feet being touched, shows no unwanted behaviours
Person clips or tries to clip dog’s toenails : Not tested
Person tries to bathe dog, including towelling off after bath : Not tested
Person tries to open dog’s mouth : At first she was resistant but now she opens her mouth more freely.
Person stares into dog’s eyes : She winked ….no seriously she was very reluctant to maintain eye contact
Person shouts loudly near dog : Polly not bothered by that, looks in general direction shows slight appeasing behaviours
Person threatens dog with object such as newspaper or with hand : Not tested.
Person drops an object near dog : Polly wasn’t bothered, investigated the object showed slight appeasing behaviours
Stranger knocks on door or rings bell at dog's home : My rotty barks as the door bell being rung. Polly just copies my other dog but is not so animated as my own.
Stranger enters house : Polly was weary. Has growled at one visitor (he was @6ft 7 and just as wide!! ) but she rescinded very quickly once the visitor greated her with a treat and stroke of the head.
Stranger in house tries to pet dog : As
Stranger approaches dog in car : Polly seems to have no issues
Stranger approaches dog on street : Polly seems to have no issues
Another person touches or hugs person with dog : No issues
Stranger shouts loudly in dog’s presence : Polly seems to have no issues
Dog walks past familiar non reactive dog : Polly is reactive but quickly diffuses once the dog goes past. Only observed with distance @5 metres away.
Dog walks past unfamiliar non reactive dog : Same as above
Dog walks past familiar reactive dog : Polly will react
Dog walks past unfamiliar reactive dog : Same as above
Polly appears to be very nervous with new people, Polly appears to have very little training throughout her life, Polly is not an aggressive dog however it can be perceived that way given her nervousness, Polly is not good with cats. She has improved however I would not suggest the lucky owner of Polly to have a cat. Polly does have a very high play/prey drive. She does court human attention and I do sincerely believe her mental maturity is less than her physical age. I do believe she wants to 'bond' with he keeper and expresses her will to be close to the owner many time. Case in point when I sit on the floor with her with her body touching me, I move away, then she revises he position to a point that she again has physical contact with me. Also likes sleeping close to my son on his bed, when he moves in his sleep Polly then 'align' close to his new sleeping position. I believe one of the major issues we have, if you call it an major issue, is that she does not recognise her name. This is important in getting her attention with all the words being expressed in the home or outside. We are working on it … baby steps and all. She is a terrific dog and will be a great, loyal companion for someone. Just lucky own just has to be mindfull that she, in my mind, is mentally young; no cats, could do with doggy socialisation; off-lead and on-lead training (a must); and is keen to please even if the manner in which is aim to please is incorrect (i.e. jumping up for attention/affection). She mixes with my dog ok and with a toy poodle fine. Polly, I believe, just needs to find that lucky owner who will give the her the care, attention, patience and 'investment' to shape this girl into the 'polished' girl that evidently exists within her.


Last but not least ... she needs to burn off a lot of energy ... so I am going to tie her to my motorcycle and give her a bit of a run .............. only kidding .....going to tie her to the car instead as it might rain and I do not want to get wet ........ surprised
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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:04 pm

Some updated pictures on Polly ....

sorry if you have to twist your head to see pics in their full glory ....





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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:20 pm



She looks fab, much happier, can see it in her eyes gold tooth

How bloomin' difficult is it to put pics up the right way round?? thinking

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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:06 am

Nice photos with the daffs, have crick in neck though big smile
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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:59 am

yeah ... sorry I dont know how to change the orientation on an iphone pic file. Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:27 am

She looks very happy Kevin.
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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:24 pm

a couple more with Polly playing tug-of-war with Tyler .... she lost !!!!!!! gold tooth






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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:56 am

How is she doing with the cats??
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PostSubject: Re: Polly   Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:53 am

Against my existing time with Polly it has to be said she is not good with cats. She has a high prey drive for anything that walks which has already been observed by Shaun. We have had one occasion where one of my cats (who has no fear whatsoever) go close to Polly ... Polly growled, ran to the cat ... the cat did not respond ... and Polly just sniffed her ... then the cat was removed from the room. Is Polly all shout and no action ... I don’t know but I am not in a position to test at this juncture. My cats are generally ignoring Polly when she is crated up ... and Polly generally works herself up a little bit ... then after a while calms herself down. This girl is a BAG FULL OF EMOTION. Anyhow ... I would not advise her going to a family with cats unless the new owner REALLY understands the investment they'll have to put in to ensure Polly and cat can cohabit safely. I am confident it can be done, maybe by directing her attention to a play toy or something (substitute on drive for another) however I believe it is the ‘investment’ in her that is key.

..... but I still have not cracked the issue with her not recognising her name ......... Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes thinking
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