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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Can dogs & cats have ADD?


Do you think like people, dogs and/or cats can have hyperactivity/attention deficit disorder?

Or do you think such behaviors are the result only of breed characteristics?

As veterinary medicine gets more and more like human medicine and more can be done for our pets, do you think we'll uncover more disorders in pets previously not even considered or thought possible?

Now medicine is available for dogs with separation anxiety or fear of storms. These are psychological problems that now can be treated, just like people take all sorts of mood-altering drugs for depression, bi-polar disorder and so on.

So, I was wondering about attention deficit. As I watch my three dogs, it's always Scooter who can't seem to sit still. He doesn't do anything bad, really, he just wants to always be on the go, meaning go in and out constantly. At bedtime he usually settles down, and he seems to be in a routine as far as knowing when I am getting ready to leave for work. Then he'll lie down and nap, to wait for Daddy to come home. But when I am home with him, he always wants to go out. And back in. And when he's out, he never just lies down and relaxes--he's on a constant yard patrol and investigation.

In his case, I think his behavior is more a result of his breeds than his head, though he does have seizures and I often wonder if some of his behavior comes from that. Like a border collie or shepherd breeds, Scooter likes to keep busy. In fact, if you have such an active breed and don't give them something to do--they'll find something to do, and it usually won't be something you like. I always joke and tell The Boss we should get a few goats or sheep for Scooter to herd and boss around.

And I do feel guilty that I don't walk him as often as I should. By the time I get up, it's too dang hot!

Maybe once the weather gets cooler those of us with dogs can meet at the RiverWalk or Dunbar Cave trails and take a nice, long group dog walk! Anyone game for that when cool weather returns?

posted by Sandy at 8/19/2007 04:26:00 PM

14 Comments:

Blogger pearcehart said...

I think dogs and cats have learned behaviors and I think they can have maladjustments just like people. Our Charlie was malnoursihed for a good part of his life and I think that his brain suffered. However, he does create his own games. he takes his tennis ball and drags a blanket or towel or whatever is handy over it and then barks at the little lump and then uncovers the ball and proceeds to throw it up in the air and plays with it and does the whole thing over again. He makes a big deal out of the ball under the cover and prances around it and then digs it out. I have never seen a dog play with himslef like this. Max will only play with his squeaky ball with me. he makes me take it forcibly from him, then I throw it, he runs to get it and so on and so on. But he never plays by himself. Charlie also seems to dream a lot. He barks little woofs in his sleep. Max and Aimee rarely bark in their sleep.

The cats... well... they are cats.

Sunday, August 19, 2007 5:20:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

How funny that this would be the topic. Just this morning I said "I think Hunter has ADHD." He can't lay down for more than 30 seconds and you can just see the wheels turning in his head for something to do and get into.

We play with him non-stop when we are home but it still doesn't seem like it's enough. He is the typical retriever and has to always has to have something in his mouth even if it's an ear or tail of one of his siblings. Some of this is him just being a puppy, some is his ADHD!!

Sunday, August 19, 2007 9:57:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Well, Scooter ain't a puppy! But he does have retriever in him like Hunter--plus the herding breed/s. Double trouble!

Alice, your story reminds me of Peanut with his massive ball collection. He just loves them. He doesn't hide them but he'll get wild over them sometime and he ALWAYS carries one with him everywhere he goes.

Sunday, August 19, 2007 11:47:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Alice, I think your story on Charlie is just so funny! I would love to see him in action with his ball and towel…

Sheba likes a challenge with her mice toys. She likes to take them and place them behind something then work really hard to get it back out. Her favorite is to bat them under the trunk in the bedroom and then try to get them back. Of course, she will only do this when we are in the bed! I get tired of hearing her claws on the wood floor so I get out of bed and get the danged mouse and throw it into the hall. Within a few minutes it is right back under the trunk again! My next trip from bed the mouse goes to my nightstand! At times I find the little mice under the throw rugs but have not seen that in a long time.


I think Skeeter had a bout with Alzheimer or dementia before he went to the Rainbow Bridge. He would sit and look at us at times with a confusing look on his face. As if we were total strangers to him! We would also find him sitting and staring at the wall until I intervened. He also mistook his kitty bed for his potty box! It would break my heart to see him like that…

Monday, August 20, 2007 10:16:00 AM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

Yes, my old girl, Baby Girl, I am sure had dementia towards the end of her 18 years with us. She would get "lost" in the house and would cry piteously until one of us found her and showed her where we were. I still miss her very much. She was with longer than I have been married to the Professor. I always joked that if it came down to him or my Baby Girl, she would win.

Since we go to bed very late (or early) about 2am, it seems to be primetime cat play time. As we are drifting off to sleep, we can hear Scootie and Herbie chasing eah other in the kitchen or playing with an annoying cat toy that rattles or jingles. It is nice to hear them play together, just not when we are trying to sleep!

Monday, August 20, 2007 10:38:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I too enjoy the sounds of happy babies both furry and two legged, but as you Alice, not when I am trying to sleep! The kids next door wake us up early on Saturday mornings sometime when they are jumping on their trampoline! On the positive side, they only seem to play outside when they have company, which is not that often. I think it is kind of sad that the kids don’t seem to play outside that often. I think that exploration in the wild helps us to appreciate nature more as adults. As kids we never stayed inside but we did not have all the electronic vices that kids today seem to have...

Monday, August 20, 2007 11:01:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I am glad I live in the country, because kids playing and making noise would drive me UP A WALL. I could never ever live in a neighborhood with a bunch of kids! Even when I watch home movies of myself and friends when I was a kid (yes, my dad had one of those old-fashioned movie cameras and reel-to reel) it gets on my nerves. And that's silent video! LOL.

I agree about the playing outside thing. I loved my childhood, when that's all we did all day--stay outside, play, explore the woods and be creative. No lesson in life is as good as that lesson. I feel sorry for kids today, but I guess every generation feels that way about the new one.

Monday, August 20, 2007 11:27:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

Alice I love your account of your Charlie and "cat play primetime". Both my Charlie and Lucy have dreams and will either let out little cries or muffled woof in thier sleep. For Lucy, I know she's dreaming of the squirrels in the yard, and that she's chasing them all around. With Charley? WHo knows--he's the one that loves to create his own little games and past times. He's clever sometimes with the things he does. Hines favorite game? JUMPING JACKS!LOL!

Monday, August 20, 2007 12:18:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

WHAT HAS HAPPEDN TO STACEY?
Has anyone else noticed that she has not been here since her 40th birthday??? Did she party too much or what??? We need our coordinator to get the Pet People Party all straight for this Friday!!!
Yohoo, Stacey where are youuuuuuuuu?????

Monday, August 20, 2007 10:12:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Sorry, Pet People, I have been so spastic, I haven't had time to even think about you all!!! This Friday is my last day at this job, and I have been working tons to try to get alot of loose ends tied up for my supervisor before I leave. My absence will put him in a pretty good bind, and since he is a good guy and not a jerk, I'm feeling guilty about that.

PLUS, as you know it was my 40th birthday last Thursday. Well, I knew Sweetie was plotting something, but I had no idea what. He wouldn't let me go home after work before dinner on Thursday, which really sent up a red flag. I'm thinking the worst (you know, all the 40 birthday trappings, etc). So, we are out doing out usual birthday dinner thing and all of a sudden my brother pops around a corner!!!! He came all the way from Louisiana!!!! I had no clue, and I was so excited. I called in sick on Friday and we had a great three days visiting. They left on Sunday. I barely even got online for those 3 days. My brother has only come here to see me once and it was 8 years ago. So, needless to say, I had a GREAT birthday present!!!

But, as a consequence of all this, my coordinating has fallen to the wayside. Sorry. I had planned to post on the gathering sooner. I would like to get an idea how many folks are coming to the VFW. We will need to snag a large table away from the bar. I figure we should do schnitzel at 6:00, because they serve from 5:30 to 7:00. Then everyone can plan to be at Brett's at 7:00ish. How does that sound???

If you are planning to come, please let me know, so we'll have a head count. I'm going to depend on B to email directions to his place. Maybe Sandy will have to fire me and appoint a new Events Coordinator????

Oh yes, the VFW does have a full bar, so adult beverages will be availble there. For the Jamboree at B's house, it is strictly BYOB. So, if you want to drink it, bring it!! I personally can't wait for Skeeter's pecan pie!!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 9:19:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Skeeter and the Saint will be there will bells on our toes! Okay not really but just wanted to see who was listening out there...
We are TN bound when the Saint get’s off work Wednesday... I have the makings for TWO pecan pies at Brett and Jeremy’s house! Can we say YUM???

Ah Stacey, Sweetie done good honey! What a true Sweetie indeed! I don’t blame you for forgetting your friends when your bro was in town. We will forgive you one day....
I just wonder how Sweetie was thanked for that one… Hummm….. Okay, I may put those bells on after all to shake, rattle and roll on Friday….

See ya crazy Pet People soon!!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 5:43:00 PM  
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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.
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