HEY DEB ITS MELISSA GOSS JUST IN AVON PARK JUST WANTED U TO KNOW DIXIE IS DOING SO GOOD SHE IS THE BEST DOG I HAVE EVER HAD SHE IS SO LOVING AND SHE LOVES MY YOUNGEST DAUGHTER IF U LOOK FOR HER IM FOR SURE U WILL FIND DIXIE RIGHT NEXT TO HER. HOPE U ARE DOING WELL AND THE DOGGIES ARE ALL WELL ALSO
October 5, 2007
Hey there, just wanted to say a quick hello. We looked at your new site and really like what you have been able to do with it so far.
All is well with the wieners,, Buddy is doing well and has almost no lasting problems. Dixie is the lady of the house as always, and I am convinced that the new blonde male is retarded. Well maybe not totally, but he is a spaz, total energy and on the go 24 hrs a day. I am not sure he ever really slows down enough for actual sleep.
March 20, 2007
How are you doing everything is going good here. Buddy is doing very well thank you so much for asking about him. Dixie is doing really good also she is very spoiled just like buddy. But she does not like anybody other than my girls daniel and I she is always scared of everybody which is ok with me. That way I know that no one can take her. Daniel thought she would always want to be with him but she is always with the girls and when they go to bed she likes to cuddle up next to me. Which I really like that to. Of course buddy and dixie have tried kicking Daniel out of the bed almost all the time. I really have enjoyed having her. Both of my girls love her so much. I have bought her so many toys and she has destroy all of them about 30 minutes to an hour after giving it to her and for my shoes about 3 pairs and the girls about 2 pairs each but I still love her so much! She has also followed buddys thing about chasing lizards the other day she brought one in for us to see. I will have Daniel take some pics this weekend of her and buddy together and send them to you.We just got new computer not sure how to put pics in yet. Sure sounds like you have been pretty busy wish I was there to help I love to cuddle with dashounds they are so lovable whenever I'm down I just cuddle with Dixie and buddy and things doesn't seem so bad. I am taking classes online for vet assistant I just really enjoy animals and hope to one day be able to spend a lot of time with them.
Guess better go buddy and Dixie are both jumping on the side of my legs wanting me to pick them up .
Melissa and Dixie
love you my first mommy
November 6, 2006
Hey Deb,,,, In answer to your question yes, Dixie is
doing much better with her #1&2 potties... We believe
the week break was just too much for her while Melissa
and I went on our honeymoon, and add in the fact of no
Buddy for that week. She is still quite a timid and shy
little lady, ,, not so while we are here by our
selves, but when company arrives she heads for shelter.
It takes a couple of hours for her to start socializing
again. But as soon as they leave she is back to running
and bouncing around like a sprayed roach...We do watch
your website frequently, and love to look at the new
As far as the Spay,,, well,, I just don't think I am
up to the dedication and time involved with showing
dog's again. And with having her done before her first
heat I have been told it removes all chances of her
deveoping breast problems down the line.
Buddy is now getting able to play with her again
somewhat,,,, or at least when he is not spending his
time romancing one of the cats. He has recovered
complete control of his #1 & 2 also, which is a great
relief off my mind. And is getting around pretty well.
Still not 100% with his ballance in back,, and
sometimes wobbles a bit, but his mussle tone is
recovering wonderfully. And we are very pleased with
his condition only 7 weeks out of surgery. .
November 5, 2006
Hey Deb,,, just a quick note to say hello. Just wanted to say hey and let you know that Dixie is doing well... Buddy has recovered to probably 75%/maybe 80, of his previous self. We were so very lucky when we were getting our advice for treatment and the timing could not have been better for us. We had him in the right place, staffed by the best people in there field. Melissa's asleep with Dixie, (enclosed pic) and it's an evening of football for me. Hope all is well for you and your little ones..
p.s. you may notice fresh stitch marks on her belly. We have decided no showing or breeding is to be in her future. Two dog's are plenty especially with Buddy's health. So we have had her fixed before her first heat. She was sore for a couple days, but seems to be as happy as ever now. And that's just fine with us.
October 10, 2006
My Answer to their question
I am glad to hear that Dixie is doing good for the most part. I am really happy to hear that Buddy is doing so good.
As far as the potty training is going, I guess the first question that I have is about when the problems started for you. Was there something that triggered her change in behavior about going outside. I have added the question and answer section about potty training. Did this start after Daniel had to go back to work, I know that he was on a vacation when you first got her and maybe she is acting out because he is not home as much.
This will take a lot of patience, love and attention. Some scolding which is always hard to do. When she goes inside. I would take a paper towel or a potty pad and soak or scoop it up while telling her this is a no no we go outside to potty and then pick her up and go outside to the spot you want to use and put the paper towel or potty pad down and tell her this is where you go potty, not inside the house. You will need to do this immediately, later on she won't understand why she is getting scolded. Leave that in the spot. When you take her outside, first take her to that spot and tell her to go potty. If she does, praise the heck out of her, give her lots of love, tell her what a good girl she is and maybe even give her a treat. Then let her down and tell her to go play then bring her in. You will have to continue to repeat this process. If she is not use to crating that may increase her anxiety about the changes, if this was caused by a change in what was going on at home.
The other options are to continue to use a potty pad. I just had one family tell me that they litter box trained theirs and it is working successfully. You may want to put a potty pad in the litter box and then if she uses that, put another one outside. Or just continue to do the litter box.
I am not by any means saying that anything was done wrong. It could be that something scared her outside also, or she is just being a stubborn little stinker.
I hope that some of this will help, it can be frustrating. Once in a while a have an older dog that thinks they just don't want to go outside it is too much trouble and I have to scold them and take them out. I understand they are 9 and 10 years old it is cold or wet outside, but, they still need to go. I usually get them straightened up in a day or so. So, I guess I am saying it should be fixable. Keep me posted and maybe we can find some other things that may be helpful if this doesn't work.
Looking forward to the pictures.
I hope Dixie co-operates and Buddy continues on track to a healthy back again.
How do I potty train my puppy?
That has been started for you. Expect some accidents, but, not as many as you might think. Figure out where you are going to put a potty pad and make sure that your puppy knows where it is. I would suggest at first you may need one in each room. I would definitely put one by the door that you are going to take the puppy outside the house at. I would take one outside where you want the puppy to go potty. If you take your puppy to the same spot to potty all the time then that will be their spot and you won't have to go through a mine field in your yard all the time. When you take your puppy outside to potty, when they do, pick them up praise them, give them lots of love and then let them down to play and explore a bit. If you don't give them the time to explore or play a little bit, they will learn, I get to go outside, yeah, I do what I am suppose to do, yeah, then it is either, they scoop me up and I go inside, boo, or I get to play a bit, yeah. If you scoop them right up and take them in then they will learn, goof off till I can't stand it anymore so I get some play time outside while they wait for me to do my thing and I get scooped up to go inside. I have been told that they are very quick to transition to going outside. I have had several reports of with in a day or so, they get it and are more than ready to go outside. You would still be able to use the pads inside when you are not able to take them out while at work or have to leave. They can only control their bladders and such for a few hours. If you are going to use the pads all the time because of apartment living I would highly suggest putting the pad in a cat litter box and teaching them how to use it that way to protect your floor.
How are you doing? Things are good here Buddy is doing well recovering very well trying to keep up with Dixie. I do have a question how do you train the puppies to go potty outside. We have had trouble with Dixie she did pretty good for a while when we got her now she will go outside for a little while and not go to the bathroom but as soon as we get inside for a few minutes she goes on the floor. We have been keeping her in a create to see if that would work but I feel so mean doing that. If you have any ideas please let me know. Buddy was already pretty trained when I got him so not sure how to handle it.
As for everything else pretty good she is weighing in at 8 pounds and the vet said needed to take her off puppy food because we do not want her to get to big. I will send you pic's this weekend.
Hope all puppies are doing well keep trying to get Daniel to let me have another but has not work yet but will keep trying:).
Melissa & Daniel
October 5, 2006
Hey Deb, Just a note to let you know Dixie is doing great, Weighing in at 8.3lbs, and now completely finished with her shots. She's still shy around new people but that's to be expected. She's quite a little lady. Everything she does shows her feminine side more and more.
And while it's great to report Dixie's doing well we must add that we are having some trouble with Buddy our 5yr old Male. He herniated a disk L1/L2 on Saturday the 23rd, and lost all use of his hind leg's and or feeling. We rushed him to Florida Veterinary Specialists in Tampa (division of University of Florida), and they took great care of him. His surgery while long and quite expensive has seemed to worked pretty well. We got him back on the 30th and now 12 day's out of surgery he is ambulating pretty well and even lifting a paw to pee. And once you get by the Frankinpuppy (17 staples in the back) thing he' is in pretty good spirits. We go back middle of next week to remove the staples and hopeful that we get a clean bill of health. Although he is going to be on cage rest for another month/6weeks, we are sure of a great recovery.
That's about it for now..
September 7, 2006
Hey Deb, All is well here in sunny Fla. Dixie is
doing well and weighing in just shy of 6 lbs. Growing
like a weed she is.
Her and Buddy are great friends now and hardly do you
see a blanket moving when both are not under it.
We have been working on walking and going potty while
on the lead as I have removed all our fencing and have
had contractors bringing in 10 truckloads of fill and
re-sodding our back lawn. We will be increasing the
size of there running area by three when we are done.
And we are hopeful that just shy of half an acre will be
good for her.
She sure has some energy. And she has been great for
buddy also. He is getting tons more exercise now, and I
think it's helped his breathing. I get a kick out of
watching them just take off running. He will chase her
one way and she will chase him back. Oh to be young
Well, that's about all for now, will get you updated on
some pictures soon.
Update sent August 17, 2006
Hey deb, just thought I would send you a pic of Dixie
and her new lunch buddy.
Update sent August 16, 2006
Just thought I would touch base with you and let you
know how Dixie is doing. She has adjusted wonderfully
and now is happy as any little pup has ever been. Potty
training is moving ahead slowly, but steady. She will
go outside, but only when we take her. She's no dummy,
it's hot out there.
We had our second checkup with our vet this week,
and he is very pleased with her progress. We got our
next booster and a clean checkup for our ears and
weighed in at 5.3 lbs.
She has become a master at the game of fetch, and will
play it till long after we tire of it. She also play's
it with Buddy. He steals her toy's and hides them under
the bed, and she brings them back to the carpet next to
the couch. Sometimes they pass each other during this
game, it's pretty comical. Will enclose a pic of her
napping on her favorite couch.
Talk to you later on..
Update sent July 28, 2006
Greetings Deb, We got the paperwork today, thanks a
bunch for your prompt service.
Dixie is doing well, spoiled to death but I would not
have anything to do with that at all. Must be someone
Today she found the doggy door to the back yard and
while timid, she has used it a couple times for a quick
peek. She and Buddy are starting to play some, but she
gets scared pretty easily. However she is becoming
quite assertive in sneaking to the back room and
stealing back her chew toys.
Our house cat has kittens that are 6 weeks old and we
have them corralled off in our walk-in closet with a two
foot high plyboard. They can't get out but she sets on
our bed and looks in and watches them play. Her whole
body shivers with excitement, she wants to play so bad.
But Momma cat is pretty protective so we keep some
distance between them.
She is using her puppy pad almost mistake free at least
for #1. #2 is about 50/50. That's about it for now..
Thanks for everything,,
Update sent July 26, 2006
Here's the pic of the day.
Hey Deb, good morning, I see that yesterday you
sent me a message reguarding paperwork. My system threw
it in the trash and I am not able to retrieve it. So if
you don't mind could you send it again. I also sent you
a message with the subject line "This and that". I see
it also went to my trash file with a scanning error, so
incase that did not reach you I will copy and paste it
Hey Deb, received your message last evening and
thought I would send a few lines your way.
No the vet did not say why she had the yeast in her
right ear, only that we would treat both just in case.
Dixie is receiving a dab of ointment in each ear in the
am and massaging into the ear folds. The name is
"Otomax Ointment 7.5g. She had a slight reaction to the
booster shot and ran a slight temp last night. All was
solved with half a tablet of Teramil P. (antihistamine)
and a 1/8 tsp of children's Motrin. Within the hour she
was bouncing around again.
She has really taken to Melissa and I have been
reduced to the guy that get's the treats down. Buddy
has always followed Melissa around the house, but it's
pretty comical to watch Buddy and Dixie do it together.
She and Melissa have also decided that I only get
the right 1.5' of the bed and no covers at all.
Today we applied our first dose of Revolution, and I
am pleased to report no adverse affects. So I think we
have it licked. We will try to get some pic's out to
you in the next few days.
Take care , and have a great afternoon.
Update sent July 24, 2006
We had our first vet visit this morning, and all is
good. Weighing in at 4.7lbs, she has some yeast in the
right ear, but we are treating that now.
We have been having some problems keeping Buddy's food
down (Dixie getting into it) and keeping Dixie's food
down (Keeping the cat's from it)... So since we are at
the last of the cat food, and the extra protein won't
hurt Buddy we have a official change of menu in the
household with exception of the Dane outside. Oh well,
I guess we can't win them all.
The vet you use was very helpful and faxed down
complete records to our vet with no problem and Please
tell him thanks next time you visit. She got her third
booster and we started her on Revolution
flea/tick/heartworm combo, was neg for worms and in
great health. We are having great luck with the puppy
pads for both #1 and #2. As she gets older and starts
exploring outside we will gradually move it further
towards the door.
As for now she is primarily inside, and we keep her in
her crate when we are not home to avoid any potential
problems. She seems to be adjusting very well. that's
about it for now..
Have a great afternoon.
Update sent July 21, 2006
Just writing a few things down for you as to Dixie's
first day. After such an exhausting trip she slept most
of the night through, but was ready to play this am. We
are really enjoying her and although quite timid and shy
most of the time, We think she is making great progress.
So here goes..
Dear MOM. What a night. Hannah and I were loaded
right next to each other on the plane and were off to
our new families. The people on the plane who took care
of us were great. But I think the guy driving got lost
becouse we kept going up and down, but he could not find
a good place to park so it took an extra 4 hours to get
to where I met my new Dad.
He was cool and let Hannah and I play for a bit while
he was talking to her new Dad, then He and I took off to
my new home. It was very late and way past my bedtime
when we got there so I don't remember much. I was
pretty tired and mostly went straight to sleep.
But first thing this morning I got to play for a bit
with one of the little girls that live with me. But
then the strangest thing happened, we got in the truck
and went to the vet, but it was my new Dad that got the
shot and I got to meet all the doctors and nurses that
work with my new Mom. I didn't quite understand this
but it was great not to be the one getting poked.
Then we went to one of the coolest places ever,, Burger
King drive through, I got to experience a lot of new fun
smells there, and the bag's we got there smelled even
better but I didn't get to taste any. Not sure why but
I will work on that later.
Then we got to go to a place called Home Depot and I got
to ride in a cart through the whole store and say hello
to lot's of people while Dad picked out new celling
Then at noon my new Mom came home and I got to play and
she took me to meet some new animals. A huge Great Dane
named Baby? (very nice dog but pretty bouncy). A nice
cat called Prissy (she said hi and went on her way). A
grumpy barn cat named Callie (she was not very nice and
I don't think I will talk to her much). But the most
fun was another doxie named BUDDY. He keeps stealing my
toys but my mom get's them back for me. I think he
likes me but sometimes he's just weird, (must be a guy
I used the puppy pad twice today and got a treet each
time. And I enjoyed taking a nap with little girl named
****. My new Mom is going to send you a picture
following this letter. And now I am curled up in her
nap watching some tv.
A pretty good first day I think. OH I forgot,,, they
give those bath things down here too. bye for now,,
Thanks again Deb for our little girl Dixie. She's
quite a little lady. We will keep you posted as to her
progress and will keep the pic's coming.
Thanks for all you have done..
Daniel, and Melissa.
Update sent July 20, 2006
just a quick note this evening while Dixie is playing
in the kitchen. Made it home in great time once all was
sorted out. And the airline staff made everything as
fast and simple as possible.
I guess the whole thing was started when they were
late leaving Houston.. The airline called and told me
that they were an hour late, and that was fine. Then we
had a tremendous lightning storm that closed the airport
for a bit and the plane had to divert to Orlando for
fuel. It finally landed at 7:53 and we had Dixie by
8:25. A long drawn out day but worth every bit.
Dixie and Buddy seem to be off to a great start but
we will take it easy for her for a bit. Will talk to
you later on ...
Have a great eveing.....