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Here's Nicky! Finally!

Mahealani770
September 17th, 2006, 03:35 PM
Hey there! I finally have pics of Nicky, I hope you can see them, as they were taken with a camera phone. When I first saw him, I said, "Pomeranian!" Everything about him says Pom, except his face. His body, his legs, everything, says Pom. His fur is blonde and red and it is brushing the ground. The only thing that let me know that he may be mixed with something, is the fact that his muzzle is too long. It's not short and "lion-like", like a purebred Pom. This thing will only let me upolad one pic at a time, so I'll have to make new threads per pic. Anyway, what do you think?

chico2
September 17th, 2006, 03:37 PM
I think he has a Chihuahua face,an adorable little fur-ball:love:

Mahealani770
September 17th, 2006, 03:37 PM
Another pic of Nicky.

technodoll
September 17th, 2006, 03:44 PM
beautiful boy! more photos please :D

might he have some maltese in him? by the coat and maybe face... or Lhasa Apso? :shrug:

jesse's mommy
September 17th, 2006, 04:08 PM
He's beautiful! We definitely need more pictures!

Mahealani770
September 17th, 2006, 04:13 PM
I was thinking Chi as well...I'm not experienced enough to guess anything else..lol He's just sooooo Pom...I've been in denial for a long time that he's mixed with something, but I've come to terms..lol
I'm having a hard time uploading pics. I'm gonna go try something, and I'll be right back with more of Nicky.

Mahealani770
September 17th, 2006, 04:28 PM
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l118/mahealani404/Nicky6.jpg

Mahealani770
September 17th, 2006, 04:38 PM
Here are 2 more of Nicky:
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l118/mahealani404/Nicky5.jpg
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l118/mahealani404/NickyRunning.jpg

rainbow
September 17th, 2006, 04:49 PM
I'm always bad at guessing the smaller breeds so I'll just say PomXCutie. :D

Mahealani770
September 17th, 2006, 05:07 PM
haha...I just can't stop..look at my sweet boy! lol
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l118/mahealani404/NickyTongueF.jpg
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l118/mahealani404/NickyToyF.jpg
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l118/mahealani404/NickySlippas.jpg
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l118/mahealani404/NickyBath.jpg

Mahealani770
September 17th, 2006, 05:11 PM
Awww...thanks everyone...he's my little man!

Cygnet
September 17th, 2006, 05:11 PM
My best guess is that he is a purebred pomeranian. I really don't see any reason to think otherwise. He is obviously oversized and not breed standard but there are a whole lot of people breeding pomeranians that look a lot like him.

Anyway, he is certainly cute. What is his story?

Frenchy
September 17th, 2006, 05:36 PM
I'm always bad at guessing the smaller breeds so I'll just say PomXCutie. :D
Hey,that's what I was going to say :p

Prin
September 17th, 2006, 11:08 PM
Very cute! :)

btw, if you click the little image button (yellow with grey mountains) beside the quote button when you're posting and put your photobucket link in the pop up box, it'll display the pic directly.:)

normag
September 18th, 2006, 06:36 AM
He is beautiful, such a cute little face, I wish my dogs would accept a little
guy like that, but I can"t take the chance enjoy him I know you will.

Skryker
September 18th, 2006, 08:34 AM
He's beautiful! Cutie little lion dog.

Mahealani770
September 18th, 2006, 01:03 PM
Originally Posted by: CygnetAnyway, he is certainly cute. What is his story?

Nicky was found in a ditch on a busy highway, here in Atlanta. My co-worker was driving down this highway one Saturday evening and barely saw Nicky's head pop up out of the ditch. At first he said he thought it was a fox or something, but as he got closer, he realized it was a little dog. So, he pulled over, stopped traffic, and called to Nicky. He came to him!
Nicky was very matted and his long fur was tangled with briars and all kinds of crap. He had no collar on, was not mircochipped, and had no tattoo. It was as if someone simply dropped him off on the side of the road to fend for himself.
Anyway, my co-worker brought him to work on Monday (December 2005) and kept him at his desk as he had nowhere else to put him. My co-workers wanted me to take him because they knew I had just lost my pug, Suki, when my house burned down 4 months prior. So, I spent a few minutes with him here and there that day and fell in love. My co-worker wanted to do everything he could to find his owners before giving Nicky to me, so he had him for about a week or two. Obviously Nicky's owners weren't looking for him, because my co-worker did everything in his power to find him. He even had some people trying to pretend that they were Nicky's owners, but my co-worker kept catching people in lies, soooo....Nicky became my little son..lol

It was 3 days that I had Nicky when I found this site and if you look back at my original posts, you'll see how completely frustrated I was and how ready I was to give him back! lol Nicky and I have both come a long way since then and I owe it all to the wonderful people of this website. I have completely changed my thinking around about pets and have become inspired to want to foster special needs animals because of this site.

Nicky couldn't be alone without barking incessently. He peed and pooped in the crate I had to keep him in when we would go to work or leave for any reason. He had to be put in a crate because he would pee all over the apartment. So, since I had no idea if Nicky had ever been in a crate, I began to crate train him using positive reinforcement. He also had guarding issues with his chewies and he also guarded my partner. Everytime we came near his chewies, or if I tried to get close to my partner, he would growl and/or attack my feet. He was an aggressive little thing and I was at my wit's end with him. I spent hours on this website learning how to NILF and Alpha train him, with the help of everyone here. Nicky no longer guards anything. I broke him of that by hand feeding him his kibble one piece at a time and then plunging my hand into his food bowl while he ate. I also practiced exchanging one treat for his chewy, until he realized that I was the boss. Nicky also sits before he gets ANYTHING.

I could tell that Nicky had already been somewhat trained because we can take him outside without a leash and he will stay right beside us. He also knew how to sit. The only thing he doesn't know how to do is to play. Nicky is somewhere between 4 and 5 years old and it seems to me that no one has EVER played with him. He also continues to pee in his crate and once in awhile he'll poop. He has a small kitchen and his crate to roam around in, which is baby-gated from the rest of the apartment. Nicky does not bark anymore and is finally comfortable being alone. That took a lot of walking in and out of the apartment to get him used to the fact that we were not abandoning him. He's a great little man now, but I still can't break him of soiling his den. Who knows why he does it. It kills me that I'll never know what kind of environment he came from, but the fact that he practically army crawls to us, with his head down, when called, tells me a lot. When he does this, I give him tons of praise, I gently put my finger under his chin, raise his little head, and I say to him,
"Hold your head up high little man, mama loves you, and you are safe here..."

So, that's pretty much Nicky's story. Sorry it was so long! lol

~Mahealani~

Mahealani770
September 18th, 2006, 01:11 PM
Thanks Prin! But the pics come out so huge that I feel like I should only do that for one pic at a time..lol

Prin
September 18th, 2006, 01:17 PM
lol never! We don't mind big pics of little doggies.:D

chico2
September 18th, 2006, 03:36 PM
Mahealani,thank's for reminding us,now I remember little Suki and that terrible fire:sad:
I am glad Nicky is doing better and that you stuck with him,never gave up:thumbs up

Mahealani770
September 18th, 2006, 07:12 PM
Thanks Chico, I really appreciate you remembering. That means a lot to me.
*tear* :sad: I also appreciate your encouragement with Nicky. He is a handfull, but he's worth it. :thumbs up

Prin
September 18th, 2006, 08:04 PM
Sorry, I hadn't read that post earlier- just passing through.. :o
I remember that too (I never forget a pug). That was so sad. :grouphug:

I'm glad Nicky has somebody to teach him how to play.:grouphug:

Mahealani770
September 19th, 2006, 07:27 AM
Thanks Prin, Suki, Nicky, and I appreciate it! :candle:

Mahealani770
September 22nd, 2006, 01:59 PM
Ok, so I guess it's settled? Nicky is a non-standard purebred Pomeranian crossed with cuteness? lol

angeldogs
September 23rd, 2006, 03:27 PM
He is very cute.I like the bath tub pic.Lucky little man.:thumbs up

Mahealani770
September 25th, 2006, 07:56 AM
Awe, thanks Angeldogs. That is my favorite pic too. I have it up on my wall in my office and everytime I see it, it makes me laugh. I think it's because of the way he has his little head cocked to the side..lol..it kills me!

vel
September 25th, 2006, 07:04 PM
Just had to say, what a sweet little guy...The story of how you and he got together made me cry.......especially the part where you said "he'd army crawl to you with his head down and you raise his little head, praise him and tell him he was your boy now" ......man......I'm a sucker for a sad story :sad: I'll never understand as long as I live how humans can throw away these little lives.........I'm so happy you've taken him in....God works in mysterious ways.:angel:

Cinnabear
September 26th, 2006, 01:08 AM
Very gorgeous dog. My sis had one but more red color, he lived until he was 17. I'd say a cross with some Papillon in him.

Mahealani770
September 26th, 2006, 02:29 PM
Awwww Vel! :grouphug: You're so cute...lol I'm sorry I made you cry, that was not my intention, but thanks for the sentiment..lol Nicky is a special little boy and he continues to be a mystery to us each and every day. We belive that Nicky got put out of his home because he cannot stop pottying in the house. It's a guess, but I bet that's why. Nothing we have tried works and you know as well as I do that most people don't have ANY tolerance for a dog that is not housebroken, especially at 5 years old. Anyway, all we can do is try to raise his self-esteem and give him lots of love and keep correcting him in positive ways. Thanks for your comment. I'll give Nicky a good tummy rub for you!

~M~

Mahealani770
September 26th, 2006, 02:31 PM
I was thinking Papillon as well. I think it's because of the way his fur hangs from his ears maybe? Who knows! Yes, 17 years is a long time and I hope that Nicky lives at least that long. Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it.
~M~

SarahLynn123
September 26th, 2006, 04:52 PM
Nicky is sooo cute. I can definatly see alot of Wolf in him. (Not a real Wolf, my Pom's name is Wolf!!!)

I cant remember if you tried this or not for the pottying, I've never tried it myself (or even seen one!) but what about a belly band?

Apparently they are suppose to help male dogs go pooty outside and not inside.

Well good luck, and Id say he is definatly Pom, or part Pom!

Sneaky
September 26th, 2006, 05:48 PM
Heres a couple pics of my Dog Muffin,
she was sold as a purebred pomeranian,
but later we found out her mom is pom and her
dad is a long haired chihuahua.
i think your dog is the exact same cross,
a pom-chi. Even looks to be about the exact
same size, about 10-11 pounds.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b101/SoSnEaKy/assorted%20junk/muffininthesnow.jpg

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b101/SoSnEaKy/assorted%20junk/PicsNewPC27008.jpg

Mahealani770
September 27th, 2006, 07:58 AM
Hey SarahLynn,
Thanks for the advice. I was going to try the belly band and have completely forgotten about it. However, Nicky is back to pooping right in front of his crate again, and then on the carpet right in front of us this morning!! I don't know why he's doing this!! My partner is absolutely FURIOUS and it's causing us to fight all the time. I just don't know what to do with Nicky. I have no explanation for why he's doing this. I'm going to go buy a belly band tonight. I don't know what else to try. Thanks!
~M~

Mahealani770
September 27th, 2006, 08:00 AM
Hey there SneakyPete! It's the fish guy! lol
You may be on to something there. Nicky and Muffin look soooo much alike. Nicky is exactly 11 pounds too! Thanks for your input!

~M~

Prin
September 27th, 2006, 11:34 AM
little dogs, eh? :D So hard to housetrain sometimes.:o :grouphug:

Mahealani770
September 27th, 2006, 11:43 AM
lol..so true Prin..so true! :yell:
Insert icon for banging head into brick wall here, please..lol :frustrated:

Puppyluv
September 27th, 2006, 11:49 AM
Since I don't have any advice, I'll contribute this: http://bestsmileys.com/frustrated/4.gif

SarahLynn123
October 3rd, 2006, 04:06 PM
Does he go in the exact same spot everytime?

My other dog, Belle does this. We really haven't figured out why and its not all the time so we put one of those plastic runners (4$ at walmart in the carpet section) in the spot she always goes.

She still goes in the same place sometimes, but now we just wipe it up and the house doesn't smell.

We tried everything with her, crating, spaying natures miracle, keeping on an extremely strict schedule, and so far nothing has worked more then a month or two.

ILoveMutts!
October 3rd, 2006, 08:02 PM
I'm thinking cocker spaniel...

He's very cute! :)

Mahealani770
October 4th, 2006, 09:58 AM
Hey Sarah!
Um..does Nicky go in the same spot every time...He goes in the same basic area. We have his crate in the laundry room and we have to newspaper the walls, washer, dryer, and area in front of the crate because it's as if he just stands in that area and lifts his leg or poops. He's able to keep in on the newspaper, except for the pooping..but it's close to right in front of his crate. The other place he pees is ON the baby gate that keeps him in the kitchen. So, it ends up on the carpet just outside of the gate and all over the gate. I used to think that he was paper trained at some point because he's pretty good at keeping it on the newspaper, however, that doesn't explain peeing on the baby gate or pooping in front of his crate. Also, if we didn't have newspaper down surrounding his crate, he'd pee all over the walls and washer and dryer, so that pretty much kills my paper-trained theory. I don't know why he does it but I wish he'd stop! I'll be going out to buy him a belly band tomorrow, but they say you shouldn't leave your dogs alone with a belly band on in case it gets full and starts constricting, but the whole purpose in us needing one is because we aren't home to catch him in the act! So I don't know what to do. Any suggestions? Get the belly band anyway?

Mahealani770
October 13th, 2006, 08:19 AM
Ok, I've had the belly band on Nicky for almost a full week now and no accidents! Wooo Hooo!

Mahealani770
October 13th, 2006, 11:53 AM
Ok, I spoke too soon. Nicky didn't poop lastnight and he refused to poop this morning so what did I come home to at lunch time today? You guessed it...he pooped in his belly band/diaper! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! :yell: WTH??
He hasn't peed in it yet, but that doesn't really make me feel any better. :frustrated: I just don't get it.

Prin
October 13th, 2006, 01:21 PM
Wait... He pooped in what? :o

Mahealani770
October 13th, 2006, 02:17 PM
LMAO..Prin..it looks like a little diaper on him! And he pooped in it! WTH?
So apparently he doesn't mind having poop attached to his body!

Prin
October 13th, 2006, 04:51 PM
That must suck! That's going to make housetraining even harder.

(HUGS)

marjrc
October 15th, 2006, 08:32 AM
New to the forum here, but had to stop in and tell you how beautiful your Pom is!! What a gorgeous dog!

I can only imagine the frustration and questions about him soiling so much where he shouldn't. You seem to have a very big heart and in search of the right way by this dog. I loved reading your story... sad and inspiring at the same time.
Courage! :)

marj

Mahealani770
October 17th, 2006, 10:06 AM
Prin - Thanks for the hug! I need it! He's 5 years old and still soiling! :yell:

Marj- Thanks for the kind words and encouragement and compliments on my beautiful boy!

~M~