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3/28/16 9:42 P

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I never crated my first two dogs and they were really good and didn't get into anything. Annie chewed a roommate's shoe (and the roommate beat her half to death), so I got her a crate for when I was gone. Only needed it as long as that roommate was here. I think she chewed the shoe because she knew what a horrible person that roommate was and was stressed. My others I had crates for because they fought (other than Ben, who didn't get into things either). Cassie does get into things sometimes, so goes in the crate when I am gone or any time she feels like it or when Orzo says to.



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3/28/16 5:39 P

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Henley loves his crate. He doesn't mind it a bit. I too crated from the time we brought him home. The first 2 nights he slept with me though. After that Sarge slept by his crate. Henley was contented with that.

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3/28/16 3:33 A

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I refused to crate my first dog (of my own), because I was gone 13-16 hours a day, so I gave him his own room, to move about in. He was a lab/dalmatian rescue. He had a bed, toys, food and water. It was about 10 x 10. He ended up eating the molding and tearing up the carpet from the middle. Lesson learned. One CANNOT have a high energy dog and be gone all the time. Point blank. That was on ME! Regardless of the space they have, they NEED stimulation and activity or they will be destructive! He was most happy when I was running with him, 3-5 miles a day.

I have since crated as necessary. My 3 year old lab has JUST earned the privelege to be out for short periods. He has done well, so we increase it as tolerated.

My puppy KNOWS to go into the crate when I am going to bed or if I am leaving he house. He goes right in because that is the routine. He knows that is his "bed", I crate him at night as well. He cried his eyes out the first night, now it is like a relief...a place he can rest and not have to be "good" It's hard being good and not eating up tasty things humans have!!

That all being said, they ALL still could have gotten a toxic supplement! Just don't have them and take a regular pill!

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3/21/16 12:06 A

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Dogs are just like kids. Some more responsible then others. Henley we too crate at night. He has a Bloodhound nose, and would be into everything after I fall asleep. Otherwise, he is a good dog. Sarge, I never had to worry about him.

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3/20/16 2:33 P

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Holly, that is funny that your girl goes and bangs the crate door if you don't lock it. My Blue would run and get in his crate even if we were out in an open field and he was loose. He would run to the pickup, hop up and get in his crate. I tried closing the door (not latched), but he would just stick his claws in and open it to get in. He could be so smart, yet fought with his brother and was afraid to do things like agility (which I thought he would be good at).

So true that things can happen no matter how careful.



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No no Kathy not at all..it was MY first questions when she called me all frantic, too, because i know is always is when shes not home..and its a good point. I know so many who REFUSE to crate...like i used to. But my first guy, after a year, didnt NEED to be, ever.
My current girl? She will always be crated at night and when i'm gone..we made it fun and safe..so she will even go in for naps, she shuts the door herself and if you dont lock it she bangs on it till you do!!
I just have learned that no matter HOW careful you are things can happen...we were so lucky this time.


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I accidentally gave my dog MY pills once! We were both on meds 2x a day and I grabbed the wrong pillbar! He was fine.

I don't have anything with Xylitol in the house anymore after hearing about this a few years ago. It messed with my blood sugar anyway like real sugar (reactive hypoglycemia).

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3/19/16 11:22 P

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Holly - hope I didn't offend you. I was just curious if he is used to a crate, and again THANKS so much for sharing the information about this very very dangerous additive !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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He IS crated when she isnt home. But they are away...at a place they have been to with him more than once..same suitcase, same room..and he has never done this before. they went out for at most an hour to get a pizza. The suitcase was locked and secure..he destroyed the stiff heavy side of it. Hes never gone near it, she always takes the same things..no food in it. nothing different from the other times.

Every other time they have been gone to this place Tucker has been fine. No incidents, no chewing, He and Riley just sleep. This time that didnt happen, but there wont be a repeat.He cant be trusted obviously. But the post was so people were aware that there is Xylitol in places we would NEVER think to look. so please, please be aware of EVERYTHING....yogurt. chewing gum. i'm sure diet jello or pudding could have it. that granola bar its so fun to share....whatever...check EVERYTHING that would go in a mouth.

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3/19/16 9:58 P

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Thanks for the warning. I don't have chewables, but will check mine anyway.



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3/19/16 9:05 P

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That's scary, Holly! Thanks for letting us know!!

Doesn't she crate the pup when she's not there herself?

I'm so glad that both dogs are ok!

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Thanks for the tips. Glad her pup is ok!

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Hi all...this is something i never thought about but everyone SHOULD.
Last night my daughters weimaraner pup, while she was out for an hour, got into her secured overnight bag. It is still closed and secure,,,he got in through the side and ate an entire bottle of gummi vitamins and 2 pills of her prescription meds.
On arriving back, she immediately gave both he and her older weim peroxide, the pup threw up whole vitamins but no sign of the pills, the older, being the good boy he generally is, had nothing but a lot of makeup all over him (thanks Tucker puppy for decorating your big brother)
ANYHOW...point is..i gave her the number to doggy poison control, and my worry was the prescription meds he ate. (child proof doesnt equal doggy proof) and what they were really concerned about were the vitamins. He destroyed the bottle so she couldnt read the lablel, but she knew the brand and type so they could look it up.
Thank goodness they were not sweetened with Xylitol or he would be dead. I immediately went and checked MY vitamins to be sure. Many are sweetened with it...especially kids vitamins..and i NEVER would have thought of it. Gum, yes. Yogurt, peanut butter..normal stuff we consume i always check. but i never ever would have thought to look at vitamins...so heads up.
We can be as careful as anything..she was. but if they want to get in something they will...unless they are in a room with NOTHING (and even then they can eat the wall lol) check everything for this deadly poison to dogs...

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