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Can dogs have pears and eggs
The next morning we go to the river and she can fish with a stick. The water is clean and cold. I take her to the stream while I sit back. In the distance I hear singing in English. It’s probably a group of men walking in the other direction. She jumps into the water and starts chasing some fish, making little noises and snarling. There’s a group of fishermen nearby. They’re speaking in Italian, and they don’t understand what she’s doing. Her excitement gets me going, too, and we head towards the fishermen.
The men are amazed at the dog. Their jaws drop. We play with her and then I walk away. That night, I put a box of pears and an egg on a plastic chr and take her to a different part of the stream. I’m not sure if it will entice her to eat it, but it’s a start.
I get the dogs ready for their first trip to the beach at the bottom of the hill. The beach is rocky and slippery. The water’s so warm that the dogs struggle to walk and they keep slipping. I keep up the speed for the first few hundred meters and they start to make some headway. As I turn back to take the dogs, one of them slips in the sand and doesn’t make it to the water. She lies still in the rocks. I get the other one and take her to the water, wading through the waves to keep her warm. We do the same with the remning dogs.
When I get back, the dogs all come up to me and start licking my face and arms. The other dogs are coming towards me.
The next morning, we return to the river. When we arrive, the dogs start to follow my path, sniffing. A couple of the dogs seem agitated, jumping and whining. I leave a bowl of water near them, keeping an eye on them. After a while, one of the agitated dogs goes over to the bowl, drinks, urinates, and eats. When I get back, she sits next to the bowl, looking at it. The other dogs gather around her.
I fill a bowl with water and set it on the ground near the other bowl. I leave the two bowls side by side. The other dogs look at the bowls but don’t go near. I wt. The dogs are curious, but there’s a lack of aggression. When I get back, the agitated dog comes over to the bowl. She jumps up and puts her paw into it. She drinks and eats and walks away.
The next morning, I come back and leave the bowls where they’re near each other agn. Another agitated dog comes over, walks up to one bowl, drinks and eats. It doesn’t seem to have an effect on the other bowl. After a while, another agitated dog comes over. She sniffs the bowl and drinks.
As I watch from the hill, I’m beginning to realize that the agitated dogs are trying to get the attention of other dogs. When their attempt to get attention doesn’t work, they try to goad another dog into taking the attention away from the bowls.
There’s a lot more to this, including some dogs that were aggressive in the field but have accepted me and even started playing with me in the sanctuary. The aggression was a symptom of a problem that is not well understood but which seems to be related to the dogs’ ability to recognize other dogs as friends and enemies. We have come a long way, and it’s important to keep moving.
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