I just got a dog last week. He is a sweet little boy, but he won't eat too much! And he is scared of my cat (no suprises!). We also got two guinea pigs and...um...let me count...21 catapillers! They are all doing fine, but I just want some help or happiness on my new pets. Not too many peeps have been nice to me
I just wish you all could be...nice...for once(scared about what they say...)
the caterpillars are fine-and guess no niceness here,huh anyway-suggestions for getting our dog to loosen up? he is a fiest terrier mix and the lady at humane society said he was surrendered by a breeder-he seems to be afraid to eat, and very timid-he is very sweet-i want him to be happy-thanks for any advice
How old is the dog? It may take some time to break him out of his shyness if he had a bad life before. At a breeder (at least the type of nasty breeder who would surrender her dog to a shelter), he may have been kept in a cage and not been socialized at all or treated as a pet. My Max was abused when I got him so he was very shy. For the eating thing, you could try sitting quietly on the floor with him and encouraging him to eat. Make dinnertime an activity you share with him as opposed to pouring food in the dish and leaving him on his own. Assuming it's dry food, feed him some pieces by hand. Don't let him get the idea that he will always eat that way, but give him some show him the dish and then sit with him while he eats from the dish. You will need quite a bit of patience as you introduce him to a normal life as a pet dog if he was never treated to that kind of life before. And as I have stated before. If you have legitimate questions and leave out the obnoxious chatter, people will help you. They just don't know how to take you and consider you to be a troll who is just out to annoy us.
thanks for the answer btw-my daughter loves animals and bugs-she was "saving" the caterpillars from some kids who like to step on them for fun. we were just watching them a while-we will let them go - anyway-our dog is loved and we will continue to try to comfort him. how can people treat animals so cruelly. i don't get it.
That's what's so bad about shelter animals, you don't know how they were treated before coming to the shelter. Some of them have never experienced any human kindness. Also shelter life can be very frightening to some. Usually shelter food is crappy so the food you're feeding him now might be upsetting his stomach. Sounds like you just need a period of adjustment and time to build some trust between you and your new pup. As far as the caterpillers, kids really like to experience the metamorphosis experience. Grade school teachers have been doing it for years in the classrooms. Good luck with the pup ad soon to be moths.
Be careful with the caterpillars. Some types have little spines that can stick in your fingers if you handle them. Then if you happen to rub your eyes, it can cause real damage. I'd find a nice patch of milk weed to put them in and let them go.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.
Opie911, I just always assumed you were a high school student, sorry for the mistake. It's a great thing you did saving a dog from a shelter,and you are to be commended for that. I can see why you saved the caterpillars too. When you release them, make sure you take them back to the general area you found them, and then put them in the trees, or bushes. Maybe the birds won't see them. Good luck with your dog.
I think it is great you are letting her keep the caterpillars. I had tons when I was a kid, they were always escaping and had chrysalises built all over the house-long suffering mom! Watching them hatch into butterflies was SO cool, and a memory I still treasure.