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BS: Our Amazing Dogs

Senoufou 24 Dec 18 - 07:27 AM
Rusty Dobro 24 Dec 18 - 06:41 AM
keberoxu 22 Dec 18 - 03:43 PM
Thompson 20 Dec 18 - 08:51 AM
keberoxu 17 Dec 18 - 02:02 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Senoufou
Date: 24 Dec 18 - 07:27 AM

We were sitting up in bed having our morning cup of tea when we saw a girl of about eight years old go by with a lovely large dog we'd never seen before. Same shape as a Dalmatian, but white with brown patches. He was pulling her along a bit, and she didn't have an adult with her.

Then, two minutes later it was like Groundhog Day, because exactly the same vision went past the window. Same girl, same dog, going in the same direction.
It took us a while to twig. There are identical twin lassies up the road; they've grown quite a bit since we last saw them. And they must have got two identical dogs!
Can't wait to see them again. This should prove most interesting!


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Rusty Dobro
Date: 24 Dec 18 - 06:41 AM

It's Christmas, so we have had our annual surprise from Benny the labrador. Last year he demolished the cake, and ate half of it before we found him. We still have the vomit stain on our cream carpet.

This year he ate a whole box of Ferrero Rocher - the vet says we can expect him to vomit and defecate copiously, activities which are usually my speciality at this time of year.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: keberoxu
Date: 22 Dec 18 - 03:43 PM

Oh yes! The Fianna Fail and their magical wolfhounds!

I wonder how Bonzo3legs and his Dreamy are getting on.

And StillyRiverSage is ringing in the holidays
with three dogs, like last year, only
one of the three is a newbie.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Thompson
Date: 20 Dec 18 - 08:51 AM

No, no, he's Oscar from the Fianna, very doggy people. I got a Gentle Leader head collar and he's settling in fairly well to it, though every now and then he crouches down and tries to scratch off the nose bit with his front paws.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: keberoxu
Date: 17 Dec 18 - 02:02 PM

Thompson has disclosed the name Oscar for his "demon puppy" elsewhere on the forum.
At least he isn't Oscar The Grouch (Sesame Street).


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Senoufou
Date: 25 Nov 18 - 01:30 PM

Yes Bonzo, how is Dreamy getting along?


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: keberoxu
Date: 25 Nov 18 - 01:12 PM

haven't heard, for days, about
somebody's lovely new rescue pet, a greyhound wasn't it?


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: keberoxu
Date: 23 Nov 18 - 07:12 PM

Well, Stilly got an LOL from me
on another BS Thread That Must Not Be Named
(advice is duly noted) for declaring,

"My Labrador Retriever just gushed into the room
and pounced on my lap ... telling me it's time for dinner."


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Mooh
Date: 18 Nov 18 - 03:26 PM

A couple of my dogs (Rosie and Cosmo) responded very well to the Gentle Leader but it has absolutely no affect on Otis the Lab/Golden cross, he is just too strong. He gets a body harness with the leash attachment on his back and sometimes a secondary attachment on his collar. Otis will also wear the harness for days if he has to but won't tolerate any down time in the Gentle Leader.

Whichever is used, fitting is key, and dogs change weight often enough (usually seasonally here) for the harness to require readjustment. Harnesses can loosen in use too. Or maybe I'm just fussy.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Nov 18 - 02:25 PM

The thing about the Gentle Leader is that they can't back out of it, it fastens around the muzzle and behind the ears from a point under the chin/neck area. I use a backup of a simple chain that is clipped onto the leash with the head collar and is looped through itself and around the head. I think the clasp on the head collar may have popped open once or twice in the last dozen years (operator error, getting hair into it or not fastening completely). It's our system so I keep it up. All three dogs wear these collars. They all love walks, but when we get home the lab always makes a big deal of rolling around and rubbing his face on the ground or carpet.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Thompson
Date: 18 Nov 18 - 12:53 PM

Interesting! I must look at the Gentle Leader head collar. I think that's the name of the old harness I have from my lovely old dog, who died last year - but it's a harness that tightened gently on the chest rather than on the head. Very reassuring for a jumpy dog.
Presumably I'd get the small size for a puppy? He's doing pretty well, but LIFE IS TOO EXCITING!!! at the start of a walk. Perhaps I should tire him out with vigorous Fetch before walk time.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Nov 18 - 10:04 AM

I watched The Dog Whisperer back when I first got my pitbull, Cinnamon. She was out at the end of the leash pulling, out of control. He makes it clear that the walk is the dog's job and if you're pack leader the dog(s) have to walk beside you. So I trained her to walk with me, and then Poppy came along and I trained her. Zeke had been walking with us for about a year (owned by my friend Susie) before he came to stay, and he already knew pretty much from seeing my dogs with me (and once I put the Gentle Leader head collar on him he settled down to our routine). We lost Cinnamon, age ~14, last December and I adopted Pepper in June. The new dog seems to either already know or is a very quick study because she simply started doing what the others were doing. Someone had worked with her before she was lost or relinquished, she came from the city animal shelter with some skills (she's about 3-4, the vet guesses).


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Thompson
Date: 18 Nov 18 - 06:51 AM

Stilly River Sage, how did you train your dog to walk nicely on the leash?


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Nov 18 - 07:41 PM

She does tear things apart, however. I've had a couple of dust cloths (rags from the bin in my laundry room) shredded and left for dead under the dining table.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Senoufou
Date: 17 Nov 18 - 02:30 PM

Mooh that's such a sad story but with a very happy ending! She's lucky to have found you after her difficult life.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: keberoxu
Date: 17 Nov 18 - 01:25 PM

actually it's probably an improvement in quality-of-life
for your neighbor to be walking his dogs rather than laboring,
too bad about the income though.

At least, Stilly, Pepper doesn't ingest the towels,
as your notorious Zeke does...


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Senoufou
Date: 17 Nov 18 - 01:23 PM

A village resident was out walking 'Nellie' this morning. She's a teeny little thing, possibly Chihuahua crossed with a Jack Russell.

Her owner is young and rather tough-looking (ripped jeans, some facial piercings and tattoos) but when I started chatting to him over the summer he turned out to be ever so nice, and devoted to his dog. He lives alone in a rented place near the fields.

He looks more like a Rottweiler type of chap, but this little dog scuttles along beside him looking really happy.

Logie was indeed a bit of a concern keberoxu, as he was alone some of the time and Ruth-across-the-road used to take him out and feed him during the day, but now, sadly, her male owner has given up his quite physical work completely due to arthritis (he's not all that old either) and his wife only does three short days a week, so both Logie and Molly have human company all the time. The chap can walk quite well though, which is good for their dogs!


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Mooh
Date: 17 Nov 18 - 11:41 AM

In August we rescued a mutt bitch that had found its way to a shelter, haggard, underweight, listless, shy, and looking like she'd just had a litter. She's beefed up a bit now, full of energy, and affectionate in the extreme. Apparently (from the shelter vet and our own vet) the thinking is she was used to make a couple of litters and discarded. She's a Rottweiler head on a Basset hound body, which is an odd look, but it seems it's a bit of a thing in designer dogs. No idea of exact age but maybe 3-ish. Doubtless had the first litter too young. She loves the aforementioned Otis


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Nov 18 - 11:33 AM

I have a new blue heeler as of June 2018, probably 3-4 years old, and she came with a set of skills that we are still learning about. She walks beautifully (ala Cesar Millan's training), sits, she now waits to eat like the other dogs, and she fetches! Wholeheartedly! I have two dogs that fetch and have worked out a system so they don't steal the bumpers from each other (she usually takes it from the larger Labrador retriever).

The holidays are coming and I have a few ornamental figures (wooden soldier nutcrackers) that are put on the hearth. This year I think they'll go on the mantle, to keep them from being dragged out the dog door like she does with some of the rugs, towels, and household objects she finds.

Her name is Pepper.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: keberoxu
Date: 17 Nov 18 - 11:13 AM

I remember, Senoufou,
how deeply concerned you were about Logie
before Molly came to live with him and his humans.
That story at least has had a happy outcome.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Senoufou
Date: 15 Nov 18 - 07:39 AM

I think one of the most important things for dogs is enough exercise and walks/runs. I hate to think of a dog shut in a house all day, not walked much and feeling lonely and bored. I reckon it makes them frustrated and bad-tempered, maybe even vicious.

Logie and Molly are taken out very early each morning for about an hour's run over the fields around the village then again in the evening. They go to training classes twice a week (collie and spaniel, both are intelligent, purpose-bred breeds that need activity and 'things to do')
During the day, their owners are around and play with them in the garden. They do have a lovely life.

Molly seems to be a very popular name for a dog. I know three Mollies!


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Thompson
Date: 15 Nov 18 - 04:53 AM

I love Karen Pryor’s book on animal training, Don’t Shoot the Dog. Very funny and useful.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Senoufou
Date: 13 Nov 18 - 02:58 AM

I'm pleased that 'The Dog Whisperer' (Cesar Millan) is being repeated on one of our UK channels. I've seen all his TV shows, but they still fascinate me.
His idea of the Human being the Pack Leader seems to work with unruly dogs.
I wonder how he's faring after his divorce and re-marriage to another lady. His first wife Illusion seemed to be a key figure in their Dog business. He lost a lot of money in payouts to her for the Divorce Settlement.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: keberoxu
Date: 12 Nov 18 - 08:45 PM

refresh this thread


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: keberoxu
Date: 18 Jun 18 - 10:16 PM

On television the other night, while channel-surfing,
I stumbled across a dog show, don't know what show.
Gorgeous Australian herd dog, whatever breed that is.
Anybody else see that?


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Jun 18 - 06:26 PM

Newbie is settling into QUITE a nice service dog for mobility assists. She also is welcome now, with or without vest, at all my local stores. She has to come in not to help me there, but because I don't want her stolen if I leave her outside; also my loaner-car doesn't hold her crate AND it's often too hot to leave her anyway. There are security issues precluding leaving her behind for more than an hour or two. And she is needed when I'm using my scooter to get back and forth.

So every time I take her inside when I may not directly need her, I focus on training. Currently she's learning to tolerate being between the scooter and a narrow check-out lane, patiently, pressed snugly against the side of the lane.

Her official vest is helping reduce the number and insistence of folks wanting to pet her, and she's learned not to solicit petting when I take her to a lunch meeting.

I love scootering past a gaggle of store employees and hearing them talk about how pretty she is-- she's the prettiest ugly-gargoyle-face I ever saw, and it's neat to hear that others see that too!

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: keberoxu
Date: 18 Jun 18 - 01:27 PM

I'm only refreshing this thread
in order to
play the Name Game on another BS thread.

And that's a fact.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: keberoxu
Date: 16 Jun 18 - 02:05 PM

Backwoodsman, did you say his name is Baxter?
How is life with Baxter the border terrier?


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 16 Jun 18 - 11:06 AM

"I find dogs to be better company than most humans and I hope I never have to live without one. We're looking for a second dog now..."

And I'm in complete agreement with Mooh.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jun 18 - 10:35 AM

We lost Cinnamon last December, one of those trips to the vet you dread, but know the time has come. She was having so much trouble doing things, and was losing interest in regular food. I took all three for a short walk across the road to Cinnamon's absolute favorite walking place, the woods. She didn't sniff around as much as the others, but I didn't expect it. I took them home and put Cinnamon in the car and we went down to the vet, and the vet could see the time was here also.

Zeke and Poppy are companions but don't play together; Cinnamon was the official kiss administrator, offering up love frequently. These two will kiss me, but not each other. That third dog really was the lynchpin in the pack (me included in that pack). She also energized them.

The sheriff called me at work last month to say I'd left my garage door open, so I told him about the button inside the back door of the garage (separate from the house). I have a stall area in the garage around that door and the gate is kept closed to keep the dogs out of the rest of the area. I told him there is a stick to use to reach the button and don't worry about the dogs, they'll bark but they're friendly. But there wasn't a dog in sight. The entire time. These two spend most of their days in the house now.

Two weeks ago I learned of the city animal shelter putting all dogs on a $10 adoption fee because they were so over-crowded. The next step is the inevitable euthanasia, so I decided to act and researched the breeds and ages they had. I ended up coming home, after several hours in the hot, noisy, crowded, and stinky shelter, with a blue heeler mix I've named Pepper. She's about 3-4 years old, is a little over 40 pounds (could stand to gain about 5 more), has had puppies at some time in the past, was spayed about six weeks ago, is heartworm positive (as are most of their animals).

My vet saw her a few days later, says she's looking good, and says he can go along with the "slow kill" approach to heart worms. The shelter put her on a 1-month Rx of an antibiotic to kill a bacteria in the blood stream that the heartworms feed on, and they give the monthly treatment to kill larval heartworms. After a few months there have been no new young ones and the older ones have slowly died off. If she exhibits symptoms, then we think about the more expensive fast-kill vet method (that requires she not run around for four weeks as the worms are absorbed into her system).

So, Pepper is a pip. She and the others greeted each other at the door, the others are okay, though Pepper would like to be the main dog. There have been a few growls and a couple of snaps, but I think that is mostly past, because she knows I'm the pack leader (primarily because I control the food). I've taught her what the others already knew, to wait to eat until I tell her (the bowls sit on the ground until my "eat" command). She is trained already to the Invisible Fence, because we don't know if she's a climber or jumper or digger, however she got out or was dumped or whatever, we don't want to have happen again. A couple of months at the shelter was pretty rough, but Cesar Millan says dogs live in the now, and this sweetheart is certainly doing so.

First thing when she arrived, we walked out back so she could take care of business, then I put her in the tub because her coat was full of dandruffy debris and dirt. Mud flowed down the drain as I rinsed her. (Everyone is getting a bath today - there will not be joy in Mudville!) That evening before I fed them I took all three for a walk, with Poppy and Zeke on the double lead leash and Pepper on her own on the other side of me. She walks beautifully - like Cesar Millan himself has taught dogs. This dog has had attention at some point, was house trained (though she is a counter surfer), sits. And to Zeke's astonishment the next morning, when I threw his large black and white training bumper for him to retrieve, there was a blur of black and white that flew past me, past him, and grabbed the bumper from him and returned it to me! We tried a couple more times and she tugged the bumper from Zeke and returned it. There was one point when I threw it for Zeke and he sat, dejected, as much as saying "what's the point?" His depression is past, as we're working on sharing - I grab Pepper by the collar, call out "Zeke!" then throw the bumper, then do the reverse for Pepper to fetch. They're getting the hang of it.

For the first week, especially while I was training her to Invisible Fence, I kept Pepper in the hall bathroom at night so she wouldn't go into the yard without me, and she stayed in there while I was at work. What a change from the noisy shelter. She was okay with that, but after a week there was some crying that she wanted out, and the next morning I found Zeke, who usually waits outside my door for me, lying outside the bathroom door waiting for Pepper.

So she's loose in the house at night now, and when I'm at work. I leave my bedroom door open at night but the dogs know it isn't an invitation to sleep in there (unless there is thunder and lightning, at which time Poppy comes in to sleep). One morning midweek I hear the clatter of claws on the tile and Pepper's head pops above the mattress edge. "Where's Zeke, this is his job?" I ask her. Darned if she didn't turn around and head into the hall; moments later both Pepper and Zeke clatter into the room to tell me it's time for their breakfast.

Poppy is okay with Pepper, but she's a lot older and is also part blue heeler, so also wants to be my main dog. They are very faithful to their owners, that's why I got another blue heeler instead of another lab mix or pit mix. (I feared too many comparisons to Cinnamon if I got another pitbull right now.)

The new dog met the mail carrier the other day and was happy to do so, but a day earlier there was an unexpected knock at the door and there was a burst of dog barking at the door, they then came to bark at me in the office to tell me there was someone at the door. I opened the wooden door, leaving the steel and glass security door in place, and they barked a couple more times before settling down to hear the conversation, in which I told a guy who wanted to discuss cable versus fiberoptic infrastructure to get me to change my Internet provider, that he needs a permit to peddle in the village. I'm sure he had no clue as to why the four of us were so pleased with ourselves over our performance at the front door just then.

I think this about catches the Mudcat world up to my dog situation.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Mooh
Date: 16 Jun 18 - 09:27 AM

Many years ago Rosie The Wonder Dog with the occasional assistance of Cosmo The Other Dog would post here. They are both gone now, a few years apart, the former at age 14 by a twisted stomach (she suffered for a few hours before a vet could put her out of her misery), the latter was riddled with fast growing tumours but didn't suffer long. We now have Otis, a 90lb Lab/Golden cross who got the goofy of both breeds but is sweet and fun and obedient most of the time.

We like to have our dogs overlap in age so that we're never without. Having said that, Otis was terribly distraught when Cosmo died, moping about, wimpering, off his food, and constantly searching for him. In time he got over it, but we have to be careful still even mentioning Cosmo in Otis's presence.

I find dogs to be better company than most humans and I hope I never have to live without one. We're looking for a second dog now, probably a female, to be a friend for Otis.

Yup, when I don't sleep with the dog he's beside my bed. He licks out bowls and plates, isn't caged, and I let him bark at people who he doesn't trust. He sounds huge and mean but he's actually gentle and submissive most of the time. He loves to greet my music students as they come and go.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: keberoxu
Date: 15 Jun 18 - 06:34 PM

Well, I may never again be owned by a dog,
but I enjoy hearing about everybody else's dogs.
So, I refresh this thread.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: keberoxu
Date: 20 Jun 17 - 06:57 PM

And a gentle but heartfelt congratulations to Acme's Cinnamon who killed a rodent while the Labrador watched.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Gda Music
Date: 20 Jun 17 - 12:23 PM

I did read about a magic dog
it was an ABRACADABRADOR

GJ


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: leeneia
Date: 19 Jun 17 - 01:08 PM

Read a CBS story about a dog who saved the life of a little girl:


peanut


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: leeneia
Date: 19 Jun 17 - 01:02 PM

Keberoxu, apparently there are fake service dogs, and that terrier sounds like one.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Jun 17 - 12:57 PM

Dog days of summer ?


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: keberoxu
Date: 16 Apr 17 - 11:46 AM

Happy Easter, and I just met a service dog -- complete with red blanket/coat saying SERVICE DOG -- and his humans.
He is largely terrier, and a stocky muscular bodied fellow.
And I said, "Is he supposed to be working?"
cause he had his outfit on.
And he was straining at the leash trying to get past the person with the lead, and greet me.
"It's okay," they said. And chided him tenderly when he bounced on his hind legs and wanted my face. I had just washed, though, so my face didn't smell interesting to him.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Mar 17 - 04:06 PM

What's new with Beau?


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Rusty Dobro
Date: 17 Mar 17 - 03:51 AM

Two labrador guide dogs at last night's session - far better behaved than some of the performers...


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: keberoxu
Date: 16 Mar 17 - 01:13 PM

Tami??


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: keberoxu
Date: 15 Mar 17 - 02:19 PM

Separated from Beau in a snowdrift!? No wonder puppy was unhappy. Tell more.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: keberoxu
Date: 15 Mar 17 - 10:32 AM

Ranger1, good to hear that you got through the blizzard in one piece. How is Beau doing?


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: keberoxu
Date: 14 Mar 17 - 05:22 PM

Yes, it really does wonders for a dog's self-respect when it can do what it was bred to do.

There is a breeder of border terriers with that philosophy, in Canada. One of her stud dogs never did well in the show ring during those pup years -- the show circuit makes a big deal of young dogs -- but excelled at "earthdog" events and rallies and the active stuff. Time went on, and the breeder entered this dog at a show in the Veterans class, since his age had advanced. He beat out all the other veterans, not by being a compliant show dog, but because he had a healthy self-regard from years of happy hunting, and because he had been well-bred and kept in top shape.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Senoufou
Date: 14 Mar 17 - 03:17 AM

I'm sure our domestic pets (dogs, and cats too) haven't really left their instinctive behaviours behind, it's very near the surface. A farmer we know demolished an old rundown barn on his land, with the help of his two sons and numerous terriers. The rats apparently were streaking out from the debris in their dozens, but the terriers went wild with excitement and got the lot within minutes.

At the Norfolk Show, they always have a lovely turn where an entire Hunt comes into the arena, about thirty foxhounds, and huntsmen/women in red coats mounted on beautifully-groomed hunters. They sound their hunting horns, and the Whip controls the pack while they bay all round the ring. I know foxhunting is cruel and I'm glad it's been banned, but that is always a lovely sight at the Show!


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Ebbie
Date: 14 Mar 17 - 02:52 AM

I missed seeing the show. I try to make it a point to see the Westminster show and that other one...

Speaking of working dogs versus the pampered house dogs reminds me of my old miniature poodle, a well-loved dog I had for many years. Mimi was a house dog but wise, loving and alert. My daughter and I have lots of stories about her.

Once I was at my brother's house, out in the paddock behind the barn. He had seen a rat and was dismantling a pile of old lumber where it had holed up. Yankee, his big Catahoula, was eagerly leaping from one side of the pile to the other trying to reach the rodent.

My dog stood by my side watching the excitement interestedly.

Suddenly the rat exited the lumber and dashed straight past my dog. Instantly Mimi's head flashed out and she grabbed the rat by the neck.

She held it until a moment later when my brother's dog bounded over and took the rat. Mimi surrendered it, obviously aware that the rat was the other's prize and that her role was making sure it didn't get away.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: keberoxu
Date: 13 Mar 17 - 09:28 AM

I remember the year that Westminster was won by the beagle.
Don't know what the beagle was like in the field,
but he loved baying and howling at the audience.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Senoufou
Date: 13 Mar 17 - 07:18 AM

I agree pfr, it was a rather strange-looking animal, and I felt its head was a bit small for the rest of him. I also feel sorry for the dogs who are groomed to within an inch of their lives for these shows, it must be horribly boring and tiring for them.

At the Royal Norfolk Show, they have a section for the Dog Show, but it's generally real working dogs such as terriers, cocker spaniels (English type) sheepdogs, border collies and the like. They actually spend their lives out in the fields and on farms doing what they do naturally, retrieving game, herding stock, catching rats and vermin and so on. I imagine they have happy lives.


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 13 Mar 17 - 05:55 AM

I fell asleep during crufts
[I could only hear the wife saying "oh isn't it cute...!!!" so many times before i drifted off], and woke up just as the winner was announced...

wtf... it looked more like a cartoon sloth puppet... or a ventriloquist's dummy...!!!???


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Subject: RE: BS: Our Amazing Dogs
From: Senoufou
Date: 13 Mar 17 - 05:41 AM

What do people think of the Crufts Winner, an American cocker spaniel?
He has the strange name of Afterglow Miami Ink. Lovely dog, but I can't imagine him working with the guns in a muddy field, or crossing streams to retrieve game etc. His silky, flowing fur looks as if it needs a daily visit to the hairdresser to manage it.
The judge apparently used to breed this type of dog, so was he biased?
There's big money in Crufts - a Winner can command thousands in stud fees and advertising...


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