Carla becomes one of the famiy

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 27 February 2011 | 3 Comments


Last weekend, we adopted “JayJay”, whom we’re now calling Carla. I just thought you would like an update on how she is settling in to her new home.


She seems to have bonded well with all our family members, and is very affectionate. She has lots of good qualities and we are pleased that she has had some good training. She responds quickly to “sit” and has obviously been trained not to go into bedrooms, the kitchen or to beg at the table, which is wonderful. She doesn’t bark much – just when visitors arrive. However, she has shown little interest in playing, in fact just showing her a ball sends her into hiding. She has such a fluid and energy-efficient walk of walking which is beautiful to watch, and her fur is silky smooth.

At first, she refused to eat any biscuits at all, despite them being freely available. Only the polony-type dog food was eaten, although she is now starting to eat a few biscuits, and we’re trying a variety of chew-type things to find out what she will chew. She does bite and scratch a lot, but it doesn’t appear to be because of fleas. She was happy to be washed this morning, so we’ll see if there is any improvement. In the meantime, do you have any suggestions for a good body wash for her?

What I love most is the tail wagging every time we talk to her or walk past (often it’s the only movement) and when we come home her whole body wags! She seems really happy in her new home.

Kind regards


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  • full body wiggles would be a great indication she\'s very happy! I used Aloveen with my girl and that helped. if it\'s not enough, talk to your vet about suitable antihistamines (there are 3 that are ok). my girl was on 2mg Polarimine for years, and didn\'t need her steriods that were initially prescribed.

    Posted by Nat, 02/03/2011 12:18am (8 years ago)

  • Hi Helen
    I wouldn't leave the food down for her to freely have but instead mix them with something high value to her such as chicken in a kong. I would take her to positive reward based training to build her confidence as all dogs should play. Biting and scratching can be behavioral so if she isn't allergic to her food and is up to date with her flea treatment a trainer may be able to advise you. I go to Pawprints pet training. I may see her there. Thanks for giving her a home.
    Emma from the Ref

    Posted by Emma, 01/03/2011 2:28am (8 years ago)

  • It looks like she is settling in well Helen!

    As for a suggestion on a good body wash for her, you might like to try Aloveen. I used to use that on my kelpie x, Sam as he had dry skin and dandruff which used to make him scratch. Aloveen is made from oatmeal and coconut, and it soothes their skin to stop itching, smells lovely and gives their coat a wonderful shine. You might also want to try Omega 3 capsules, my Sam used to crack them and eat them like a treat, but with Carla you might like to break the capsule into her food. Omega 3 helps maintain their skin and aid in a shiny coat.

    Of course you might want to discuss this further with your local vet or vet nurse first to ensure that Carla doesn't have any underlying skin conditions that require other treatment.

    Posted by Melanie Yarnall, 27/02/2011 9:58pm (8 years ago)

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