This is Gus:
Gus is a nearly 2-year-old American Bulldog. He enjoys walks, playing at the park, and food. Lately, he also enjoys severe allergic reactions caused by unknown stimuli:
It has happened twice now, both within the last week. His face swells like a balloon, and he develops a serious hives on his legs and neck. A shot of antihistimines at the vet has solved the problem both times, but that's a rather expensive trip to take regularly.
I have no idea what is causing these reactions, but it doesn't seem to be food. The vet seems to think it might be spider bites, but we haven't seen any spiders around the house. Have any MGoDog owners experienced anything similar? Any advice? Preferably advice that does not involve anal glands?
In between reading MGoBlog and staring at my calendar hoping it'll move closer to Sept. 4th simply under the power of my thoughts, I found time to read the book, A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron (apparently the author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter).
I've noticed many people on the blog have dogs or are dog people in general (pics, videos, MGoStalking), and having just finished the book I must say that if you love dogs, you have to read this book.
I won't ruin it by saying too much, but it's a view of the world from a dog's perspective through his/her various rebirths, as well as the search for his/her purpose in life. It will make you laugh, but be warned: it also has the power to many even the manliest of men (not claiming that I am, but hey...) cry. If anyone else has read this book, feel free to chime in.
This weekend my wife and I picked a second dog. We already had a year-old American Bulldog, and the new one is another bulldog puppy. However, the two are off to a bit of a rough start. Our older dog, Gus, has always been extremely gentle with other dogs, including puppies. He's been playing with her, and has generally tolerated her presence. However, he has already growled at her several times, and has been extremely protective of his food.
My question to the MGoCommunity is: have you tried to introduce new dogs to your homes, and do you have any suggestions? Is this a situation where they just need to work things out amongst themselves, or are there any ways to ease the transition?
(P.S. I missed the last few days; Bouje, what the hell did you do?)