Dog Whispering Decision

by Naomi on December 28, 2010

in Daily Life

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Full credit to Dave for making the final call and getting it done. In fact, his nickname among certain work associates is get-it-done-Dave. Not for nothing. I might well have faltered, muddled by a mix of emotions. I’m talking about returning one of our puppies, Quilla, to their breeder. Regular blogging friends will remember her pretty little face. Well, that disguised unmitigated mayhem – mostly due to the dynamic between the two.

Sibling rivalry resulted in her inappropriately submissive behaviour, and constant hounding of our cat, and older dog. That’s when the puppies weren’t riling one another up. The peace that was impossible around both of them, has been palpable since she left, a few months ago. (Roof of Africa, re-opening our photographic studio and hosting a constant stream of visitors put blogging on the back-burner for a while.)

Don’t get me wrong, though. Quest is no angel, as you may see from his expression.

He had his sister’s help to disassemble the entire electric gate motor and distribute the sorry pieces around our property. Not so for the heap of hose ends, drain pipes, assorted car parts and my special pair of Silhouette glasses . . . the list goes on, but we love him πŸ˜€

We’ve also learned something about canine behaviour. You’d think we’d get it first time around, with Tex and his sister Pippa. She never seemed happy, succumbing eventually to ailments that plagued her from puppyhood. We put it down mainly to her personality, and the fact that she was a far more hyperactive, working dog type than her brother. In hindsight it was probably, at least in part, from being dominated by him.

The same scenario was playing out with Quilla. Our fabulous dog whisperer, Justin Jardim of Echo Personal Dog Training, our vet and various others in the know endorsed the decision to let her go. While siblings together can sometimes work, it’s apparently not the best idea. Understandable when you imagine spending your whole life with your own!

She is no doubt happier in her new home and Quest isn’t complaining. He’s spoilt with personal attention and one-on-one training. Here’s Justin in action, teaching him “Down”:

JUSTIN teaching QUEST the dynamics of "Down"

He’s catching on quickly, but we have a way to go with the chewing issue. Vix vapour rub isn’t standing its ground, so we may try chilli, following a post by the hilariously brilliant Kate Shrewsday. Visit her blog for outstanding writing and a serious LOL!

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy December 28, 2010 at 8:28 am

A tough call to have made, but all for the best.


Naomi December 28, 2010 at 8:51 am

Exactly πŸ™‚


souldipper December 28, 2010 at 9:01 am

What an insight, Naomi. I imagine it almost broke your heart in spite of the dire consequences around the situation. I hope Quill now has a better chance to blossom.

This shines a bit of light on why a friend of mine who kept 4 sibling kittens finds they pee in any shoe they can find. She is beside herself with embarrassment when she forgets to remind guests to keep all shoes on or tucked safely away. A vet explained that it is sibling rivalry.

The lone female takes off for months and comes back happy and sassy. Where ever she goes, it does wonders. After a while she just cannot take her three brothers any longer and off she goes.


Naomi January 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm

OMG, Amy, 4 sibling kittens sounds like a serious handful, much as I love cats!

“Blossom” perfectly describes our wish for Quilla…hopefully she is πŸ˜€

Big hug across the miles from us both, XO


the WORST mother December 28, 2010 at 9:13 am

Hey Naomi…. we had to send our dog Chewy to ‘boarding school’ for three weeks to solve some ongoing behavioral issues. He’s better now but it’s been an ordeal… luckily for us he’s ten pounds soaking wet, otherwise we could not have kept him. BTW the Dog Whisperer is pretty much king in our household! The kids love that show… so do I, actually. Best to you in the New Year! L


Naomi January 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Thanks so much, Lin & very best wishes back to you and your family!

I second that about the Dog Whisperer and sympathize about Chewy (so glad he’s improved)…although I’m questioning our wisdom in naming our dogs πŸ˜€


kateshrewsday December 28, 2010 at 11:02 am

Naomi, thank you! I’m honoured! It sounds like you have made the right decision: it is always hard to say goodbye, but it is good to see Quest, Jina and Tex are settling so well. Hope life is much more peaceful. And good luck with that chilli. Hope you have more success than I had….


Naomi January 2, 2011 at 3:47 pm

You’re most welcome, Kate – always love to read your blog!

Other friends of ours have had success with chilli, but we decided to go straight for the big gun in the form of the most bitter stuff ever, sold by our vet (called “Avert”). Sorry to report it isn’t doing the trick! Perhaps chilli will work (she says with little conviction)… πŸ™‚


kateshrewsday December 28, 2010 at 12:06 pm

PS: today’s blog has obscured yesterday’s, and it is a very serious and straight-faced one, so here’s the direct link to the one with laughs:


Naomi January 2, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Thanks, Kate – I’ll be over soon for a read…


Jingle December 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm

hope you well,
Glad to see you post…
Happy New Year…


Naomi January 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such kind wishes, Jingle πŸ™‚ Wishing you a wonderful New Year in return! I’ll visit your lovely blog asap…


nrhatch December 28, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Sounds like the right decision for all concerned . . . albeit a bit sad. πŸ™


Naomi January 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Quite so, thanks Nancy, xo


viewfromtheside December 28, 2010 at 8:59 pm

well done. it seemed hard to make the decision, but she and you all will be happier.


Naomi January 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Thank you, Mel, I think so too πŸ™‚


Tokeloshe December 29, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Oh dear, I’m so sorry Naomi.

Big Hug


Naomi January 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Thank you, sweetie πŸ™‚ Big Hug back to you across the miles, XO


Me December 30, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Howdy there Naomi!

I’m sorry to hear about your pup but I’m sure it’s for the best as you and Dave seem pretty savvy about thinking those types of things through. Lovely pictures too I might add.

I’m sorry I haven’t been over in a bit. I have a few days left here in California before I head back to Alaska to work on the boat. I just wanted to stop by to thank you and your wonderful family for sharing beautiful Africa with me and for being so kind. You are an excellent ambassador for the gorgeous South Africa, to say the least!

Thank you also for sharing so many lovely photos and for popping in to read my little blog. I won’t be posting while I’m gone but I will have some pre-scheduled posts (hence the reason the comments have been turned off). Thanks again for everything Ms. and when I get back around a computer I’ll be sure to pop in to say hello and howdy first thing. Send my best and a great big Happy Holiday to you and your’s…

Until then my super cool South African friends, do please take care, be happy in all that you do, and continue to love life as you have and capture it just as splendidly as you always have ~


Naomi January 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Ah, Brett…thanks so much for leaving such a wonderful, thoughtful comment. What a darling you are – it’s our absolute pleasure to share a little of Africa with you!

I popped over to your blog recently to find the comments off, so figured you were rather busy. Please take care in those seas. Our thoughts will travel with you, especially since my father sailed so much, giving us a tiny insight into what it’s like. You’re a brave man πŸ™‚

Warmest wishes to you and yours too, for a wonderful 2011. May your deepest dreams be fulfilled. You deserve it!


Tammy McLeod December 31, 2010 at 8:05 pm

You’ve done the right thing despite the difficulty. Am a bit tickled by Souldipper’s friend and the peeing kitties.


Naomi January 2, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Me too, Tammy! Thanks for your kind endorsement πŸ™‚


Heart January 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Sorry Naomi, for all the troubles you went through, I was laughing my a** off here.. !! In fact Quest looks like an angel.. And Vix vapor rub?! Ha ha..
I am sorry it must have been the pair of Silhouette glasses that led to the decision.. They sound so exotic, what are they, sorry for the lame question πŸ™‚
Stopping by to wish you and your entire family of “wild” animals a very very Happy New Year.. No pun πŸ˜‰


Naomi January 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Thanks, Rachana, how lovely of you – and best wishes back to you for a stunning 2011!

Unfortunately, Quest seems immune to any deterrent, so we continue to pull our hair out! I included that link to the Silhouette site, so you can guess just how stylish those spectacles were. Especially so for me because I wore glasses since I was two, decades before there was anything like eye fashion…at least it’s a new year now and I can approach our medical aid for new ones πŸ™‚


Heart January 5, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Thanks, yes now I know how posh you look πŸ˜€


Jamie Dedes, all rights reserved January 5, 2011 at 8:35 am

Such a hard thing to do, but all is well with pups and people. What matters!

We used cayenne to good effect.


Naomi January 5, 2011 at 10:55 am

Absolutely…and thanks for the tip!


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