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Old 07-30-2009, 08:10 PM
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You didn't mention the breed of your dog. 8 years is pretty old for some breeds. It could be that she is senile. I took in a couple of rescue cats from a friend who couldn't keep them 8 years ago. They were 16 and 17. My friends told me the older cat was senile. The older cat spent a lot of time staring into corners or at walls. After a few years, those symptons became less and less so I don't know if he was senile or traumatized. I did know that my friends husband was verbally abusive and I noticed that for years when there was a man/woman arguement on the TV both cats would hide. Perhaps that was the problem.
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by luvmycat View Post
It was an instantaneous connection...as soon as I saw her little one-eyed face looking at me from that cage I knew I had to take her in. Once the doctor told me the story about her awful ex-owners it only reinforced my determination to give her the happy, loving life every animal deserves. Even though the 1st 8 years of her life were sad, at least her remaining years will be fun and full of love...I wish more people realized how great it feels to save an older dog...if every dog lover rescued just one, imagine how many could be happy instead of sitting there feeling lonely in a cold cage somewhere!
I agree and wish more people would consider older dogs. Our Bandit was around 6ish (no one really knows for sure) when we got him and we believe he was a puppy mill breeder. It was obvious that he wasn't used to a house, or grass, or love. Now at 14 I don't think I've ever known a more gentle, loving and NOBLE soul than he is. Thank you for taking your girl in. I truly believe it will come back to you in good ways a thousand fold!

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Old 02-01-2010, 08:10 PM
Location: South St Louis
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I'm bumping this thread so I can share details about my OCD dog.
My 3-year-old terrier (female) displays the following symptoms:
-fixating on (and chasing) reflections and shadows on walls
-turning in circles before eating
-running back and forth from tree to tree in the yard
For those unfamiliar with trancing... it's a rather odd behavior found in only a few breeds. With my dog, it happens when she walks beneath certain outdoor plants, such as tall ornamental grasses. Once underneath the plant, she will become virtually "frozen" in place, then slowly move an inch, and become frozen once again. The whole process usually lasts for a minute or so. Then sometimes she'll turn around and do the same thing a second time. Not sure what causes it, but I guess it has to do with the plant touching her back as she moves along. It's a strange sight!
Anyone else have a dog that exhibits these behaviors?
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