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Post by Caryll2 Wed Apr 28 2021, 10:42

For those who don't remember me, I was a prolific poster on here up until 2013-ish!

Although I've had a stafford in the past, my dog then was Dempsey, a Bull Terrier. Dempsey sadly lost his fight against cancer last May, at just over 11 years old. Sad

The house was so empty without him, and we decided to start a search for another companion. I contacted a breeder (well respected & very thorough with health tests) whom I have known for about 12 years, and asked to go on her waiting list.

Long story short, she had a litter born in November & offered us the pick of a black brindle boy (there were 4 boys, two white - I didn't want white - and two b/brindles), and when we went to see the pups in December we chose Badger...

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Post by Jenc Wed Apr 28 2021, 11:00

He is absolutely gorgeous Love Struck They are a lovely breed & I would love to have one Smile


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Post by Caryll2 Wed Apr 28 2021, 11:37

Thank you!

Believe me, they aren't easy! Laughing
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Post by gillybrent Wed Apr 28 2021, 11:38

I remember meeting Dempsey at our local park - lovely boy. Sad

Badger's a nice looking boy, though. I hope he's keeping you busy?

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Post by Caryll2 Sat Jun 12 2021, 15:28

30 weeks & a maniac!

Barking at pigeons...
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Post by Jenc Sat Jun 12 2021, 15:33

He is growing up beautifully Love Struck Love Struck


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Post by gillybrent Sat Jun 12 2021, 16:17

He's lovely!

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Post by Caryll2 Sat Jun 12 2021, 16:19

Jenc wrote:He is growing up beautifully Love Struck Love Struck

He may not reach 31 weeks! angry angry devil
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Post by Nifty staffy Sat Jun 12 2021, 17:51

He is lovely !
Reaching his “teenage phase” already ? Laughing


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Post by Jenc Sat Jun 12 2021, 17:52

Caryll2 wrote:
Jenc wrote:He is growing up beautifully Love Struck Love Struck

He may not reach 31 weeks! angry angry devil

Oh I know the feeling Laughing I remember Katy aka Tasmanian Devil very well! Surprised she survived puppyhood Laughing


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Post by Caryll2 Sat Jun 12 2021, 18:24

Nifty staffy wrote:He is lovely !
Reaching his “teenage phase” already ? Laughing

He reached the 'teenage' phase at about 10 weeks! Laughing Laughing Laughing
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Post by Nifty staffy Sat Jun 12 2021, 20:18

Ouch !
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Post by Caryll2 Wed Jun 16 2021, 18:50

Ouch indeed!

He can now leap over our armchair - heaven knows what he'll be doing in a few months!
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Post by Jenc Wed Jun 16 2021, 20:51

'There maybe trouble ahead' famous lyrics dedicated to Bull breeds Laughing Laughing Love Struck


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Post by Caryll2 Sat Jun 19 2021, 17:34

First scar!

He was having a bully run around the garden & scraped his face against the corner of a low brick wall - he has a 2cm gash under his left eye. It's a clean scrape & not deep, but will probably leave a mark.
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Post by Jenc Sat Jun 19 2021, 21:04

Oh bless him, they are not delicate when running & crashing about! I'm sure it won't spoil his handsome looks Love Struck


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Post by Caryll2 Thu Jul 08 2021, 11:50

Eight months old...

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Post by Jenc Thu Jul 08 2021, 12:15

Wow he looks amazing Love Struck Fantastic condition inlove


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Post by Caryll2 Thu Jul 08 2021, 13:25

He was 100% raw fed, but we've had problems with hyperactivity, so we've had to switch to kibble, at least in the short term. We've switched him to Yora...

https://www.yorapetfoods.com/yora-insect-protein-puppy-food

So far so good - there's been a distinct change in his attitude & doesn't seem to be on a nervous 'high' all the time.

The only drawback is it's quite expensive ...£85 for 12kilos, so about £2 a day.  If it means he's calmer, I don't mind!
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Post by Nifty staffy Thu Jul 08 2021, 19:27

He is looking well.

How interesting that raw can cause hyperactivity, would have thought that it could only be inputted to processed kibble.
I’ve seen insect protein dog treats here and a brand of kibble too but it wasn’t yours.


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Post by Jenc Thu Jul 08 2021, 20:04

I'm surprised that raw food can cause hyperactivity! Sounds expensive but I have Katy on Eden Holistic Country Cuisine & that's £50 including p&p for 6kgs Surprised


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Post by Nifty staffy Thu Jul 08 2021, 20:22

My girls are on Grandorf holistic at 25€ for 3kgs …
At least quality food is the same price range wherever you are !


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Post by Caryll2 Fri Jul 09 2021, 09:21

Jenc wrote:I'm surprised that raw food can cause hyperactivity! Sounds expensive but I have Katy on Eden Holistic Country Cuisine & that's £50 including p&p for 6kgs Surprised

Mainly, it doesn't. But every so often you'll get a pup that has high levels of energy & just can't cope with the protein levels in raw. The insect protein food was a bit of luck, really - a rep came into my daughter's store & gave a talk on how the food is made, what's in it etc. She gave each member of staff a 1.5 kg bag of food for free (either puppy or adult, they could choose) and my daughter brought it home.

I'm quite impressed at the moment, the energy 'highs' have reduced & because the kibble size is small he takes a lot longer to eat it compared to the raw (which disappeared in about 10 seconds!). If he keeps his condition I'll probably stay with Yora until he's adult & then see.
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Post by gillybrent Sat Jul 17 2021, 18:23

He's a lovely boy, though!

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Post by Caryll2 Sat Jul 17 2021, 18:29

Okay, change of plan.

Turns out the change of energy levels was false - he's actually worse on the insect food!

However, after speaking to Nathan Watson (canine behaviourist) it appears that the insect food is over 50% carbohydrates. When you think that carbohydrates are converted to sugar....not good!

We've now had to do a U-turn & put him on Orijen which has one of the lowest carbohydrate levels of all kibbles.

Shame, but you learn as you go!

Ah well, here's an updated pic...

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Post by Jenc Sat Jul 17 2021, 19:39

He is gorgeous Love Struck Best to take him off then or he will be bouncing off the walls!


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Post by Nifty staffy Sat Jul 17 2021, 22:24

I had read that certain insect kibble was very high in carbs but thought it was just related to certain non-premium brands, like traditional kibble.

My girls are finishing off a bag of acana kibble I had and although there is no chicken nor eggs, Nifty is back to being picky about eating breakfast and her ears are sensitive again Rolling Eyes  Back to grandorf very soon !

Badger certainly does look well with a very shiny coat, despite the extra carbs !


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Post by Caryll2 Wed Aug 25 2021, 19:52


Just over 9 months & 23.3 kilos. He's going to be a big boy!

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Post by Jenc Wed Aug 25 2021, 20:34

He's a handsome boy & filling out beautifully Love Struck


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Post by Caryll2 Sat Oct 09 2021, 09:30

Little update.

Badger has been diagnosed with Hyperkinesis - canine equivalent of ADHD! He has been given meds (second dose today, but could take up to 2weeks for full effects) and we have a behavioural consultation shortly to help us through.

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Post by Jenc Sat Oct 09 2021, 09:38

Well that certainly explains his energy level issues doesn't it! At least you know exactly what you are dealing with now. Let us know how he gets on with the meds & the behaviourist Smile


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Post by brown Wed Oct 13 2021, 00:51

cute! im living for this kind of breed!

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Post by Caryll2 Wed Oct 20 2021, 16:48

brown wrote:cute! im living for this kind of breed!

He's a lovely boy, but extremely difficult - special needs, really.

The meds he's on haven't made an appreciable difference yet so the vet has prescribed an anti-depressant by way of a mild sedative. Strangely enough, it's the same anti-depressive my husband takes - Fluoxetine!

We'll see how it goes.
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Post by Caryll2 Wed Oct 20 2021, 16:51

brown wrote:cute! im living for this kind of breed!

He's a lovely boy, but extremely difficult - special needs, really.

The meds he's on haven't made an appreciable difference yet so the vet has prescribed an anti-depressant by way of a mild sedative. Strangely enough, it's the same anti-depressive my husband takes - Fluoxetine!

We'll see how it goes.

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Post by Jenc Wed Oct 20 2021, 20:42

It's early days, let us know how he gets on when the meds kick in Smile


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Post by Caryll2 Fri Oct 29 2021, 11:54

Seems the meds are finally starting to work, and should get even better when the Fluoxetine gains full strength, which should be over the next week or so.

He actually laid down on the living room carpet & relaxed yesterday, without being made to! Literally first time ever.
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Post by Jenc Fri Oct 29 2021, 12:39

That's great news Smile Does he have to stay on them for life?


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Post by Caryll2 Sat Oct 30 2021, 14:53

Jenc wrote:That's great news Smile Does he have to stay on them for life?

We're honestly not sure yet. Maybe in a year or so we'll try slowly withdrawing the meds (under veterinary supervision) & see how it goes.

But if it's for life then so be it. If it helps him to be happy then that's all good.

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Post by Jenc Sat Oct 30 2021, 19:00

If he's happy & calmer that's a good thing, even if he has to stay on them. As he gets older he should mellow out hopefully but if he has to stay on them it would be worth it thinking


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Post by Caryll2 Tue Jan 18 2022, 19:13

He's mellowing nicely. We're now debating whether to castrate him. Normally I would be dead set against it before about 2 years old, but his condition makes it difficult for him to be intact. His levels of testosterone-based anxiety were sky high until we got him the supralorin implant, which has worked well. Unfortunately it's now starting to wear off & I don't want his behaviour to deteriorate to previous levels - we've come so far!

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Post by Jenc Tue Jan 18 2022, 20:24

He's such a handsome boy Love Struck How old is he now? Castration may be the best route with his condition if you feel he's matured enough thinking I had Katy done at 18 months & she's fine physically & mentally Love Struck


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Post by gillybrent Wed Jan 19 2022, 17:19

He's a lovely boy!.

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Post by Caryll2 Wed Jan 19 2022, 17:23

Jenc wrote:He's such a handsome boy Love Struck How old is he now? Castration may be the best route with his condition if you feel he's matured enough thinking I had Katy done at 18 months & she's fine physically & mentally Love Struck

He's only 14 months, which is why I'm not too happy about it; I wouldn't normally even consider castration before 2 years old minimum. But to be honest it may well be the lesser of two evils. Male ADHD dogs often (apparently) have unusually high testosterone levels & he certainly suffered badly before the implant took effect
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Post by Caryll2 Thu Mar 24 2022, 14:22

Sixteen months & 26 kilos. He's beginning to widen out now.

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Post by Jenc Sat Mar 26 2022, 19:18

He's filling out nicely now, how's he doing otherwise? Love Struck


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Post by Caryll2 Mon Mar 28 2022, 07:54

Not too bad, thanks. He was at the emergency vet a week or so ago because he'd stepped on some glass & we couldn't grip it to pull it out. Nearly £300 before he even saw the vet! But they managed to get it out & they praised his friendliness.

He's going through a barking stage atm, though, & it's really irritating!

In general he's definitely improving & he's very quick to learn things so the training is going well. He can sit, down, come, bow, give paw, give other paw, chin (places his chin on your palm - useful for the vet), teeth (again, useful for the vet), turn, heal, guard, zombie (sits & waves both front paws in the air & makes weird noises!), flying bully , (leaps in the air), wait, leave, impulse control (treats thrown on the floor and he mustn't touch them until he's told), jump (usually over someone's legs), and we're now teaching 'up' (standing upright on his back paws), but that will take time because we need to strengthen his back & thigh muscles slowly.

He now doesn't try to eat us on his walks, although he'll still try to grab the lead sometimes.

It's been a nightmare, to be honest, but all in all he's a lovely lad.
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Post by Caryll2 Thu Apr 28 2022, 21:12

All grown up

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Post by Jenc Fri Apr 29 2022, 08:09

He looks amazing Caryll Love Struck Can't believe how fast he's grown Surprised


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Post by Caryll2 Fri Apr 29 2022, 09:20

I know - puppyhood doesn't last long!
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Post by Caryll2 Fri Aug 26 2022, 16:51

A couple of pics of his recent swimming session, plus one of him being his usual nosy self!


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