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I have found this topic interesting as before Molly we always had male IS and my husband used to think they were sexually dysfunctional as they seemed to show no interest in females in season....even the little hussy who one day came thru my front window screen when she was in season.......neighbors still tease her owner about what an eager little hussy she was! Poor Shilo just thought she came over to play like she usually did but was rather alarmed at her entry into our living room that day.
hope things improve. Molly is our 3rd female IS. The previous two had coat problems and also inconience at a very young age. It was through reading that desexing can cause this issues in a female IS that I made the decision not to desex Molly. If she develops medical problems then that is different story. She will be 3 in December this year and comes into season regularly about every 6 months. As I am at home at the moment I can deal with it and keep her in doors. Good luck with your Reuben he looks georgeous.
good luck with your exam... I am sure Reuben did not mind being the special subject for your exam.
Shrry's story reminded me of our second irish named Casey. He was intact and at about 16 months we had to get pills to calm him down because our neighbors black Lab was in heat and he was crying and pacing all day and night. One day that neighbor was walking her dog past our house and Casey jumped out the first story living room window. It was open with a screen on it. He cleared some very large bushes and a flower box but startled all of us. I was outside talking to her. He jumped on that poor surprised Lab and they were stuck there! The questions all the little kids had as both our dogs were in a panic and another neighbor ran inside to call her vet to ask what should we do! The dogs were freaking out trying to get apart and it wasn't happening. Eventually we just held them steady and talked calmly to them and they finally came apart after what felt like an hour! That black Lab had 9 puppies. She was spayed right after it and my dog was also neutered after that. I just couldn't go through it again. He was very randy! And more so after getting some. That might have been one of my more embarrassing moments in life.
Sue that had to be a wonderful education for those children....and like you I would have been embarrassed. Our boys just loved to play and never seemed to figure out there was anything else to do with a female dog.....even Daisy when she came to visit her favorite playmate when she was in season....her owner was so worried our Shilo might have violated her little princess......but as screen was pushed in from the outside the story was plain to her who was pushing the issue. Shilo after being startled by her arrival headed for the patio door so they could go play like they usually did....outside while I was shooing her out the front door! Figured we had enough damage for one day and Schnauser mixed with Irish Setter would have been quite a sight! Daisy was spayed before her next season as her Mom decided she was going to escape and find a male somewhere who would oblige her wants and might not be so lucky to come visit my clueless Irish the next time. These Irish never cease to amaze me at how similar they can be while at the same time being so different.