Thursday, May 05, 2011

Thankee, thankee

To all the kind folks that gave me tips on my earlier post worrying about CharlieGodammit getting poisoned by my soon-to-be-ex-neighbors:
Thanks, some of the suggestions I will implement right away, such as suggestions about baiting him and using a shock collar which I bought tonight.
Some will go into effect in a week or 3 concerning cameras as soon as I can possibly afford them.
Some I can't do (but still appreciate) such as putting him in the garage or caging him in the house. It was 95 degrees here today and I have a detached garage. I went in the garage to get an AC filter today and broke out in a sweat after just a few seconds. The heat would kill him. I won't cage a wolfdog (or any dog, for that matter) he's just too active. Caging him would break him and I don't want that. Plus, I'm gone 14+ hours a day.
Now. Only me feeding him. He's funny about that. The Sikh market down the road employs a guy a couple hours a night to help out with re-stocking and Donnie is a little slow but he's a great guy. I have him hold CGD when I go in and slip him a few bucks and a doggie treat for CGD while I go score my beer. CGD will never accept the DT from Donnie until I come out even though he likes him.
CGD was an adult when I got him so I never got the opportunity to train to not eat anything from the yard. And believe me, that motherfucker is a chowhound. He kills and eats birds, ground squirrels, and I suspect the occasional stray cat that wanders into his yard. I try to keep his weight down so I only feed him one sixteen ounce can of dogfood a day, a couple of doggie treats and 1 piece of velveeta (at bedtime) a day. Now, that motherfucker runs his ass off all day long, patrolling his yard - I know, because I watch him when I'm off - yet when I tried to weigh him on my digital bathroom scales for this post, it wouldn't even register. I climbed on with a weight of 209, then picked him up and tried again. It wouldn't even register which tells me he's in excess of 90 pounds (the scales max out at 300 pounds) but I figure he's at about 125 pounds. He's getting his calories somewhere.
He's a big-ass wolfdog. He was a slim and trim 90 pounder until I cut his nuts off, then he gained more weight - all muscle and attitude.
And this is why I bought the shock collar - to keep him from eating shit that I don't personally give him. I plan on spending the weekend watching him from inside, and nailing him whenever he tries to stalk anything, eating shit friends and strangers (to him) throw over the fence, and anything else he may find. And I'm hoping that not only will this keep him from getting poisoned by my asshole neighbors but it may also help him to drop a few pounds.
But again, I want to thank each and every one of you motherfuckers that took the time to suggest something. I appreciate it, I really do. Y'all kick ass.