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When a dog has half it's ears hacked off, it called cropping.
When it has it's tail hacked off, it's called docking. As you can see, i'm dead set against both of these mutilations as with declawing in cats. We don't do declawing or ear cropping in the UK though. They aren't allowed but tail docking still goes on. More and more of the population are turning against it though. Hopefully, they will ban it fully some point in the near future.

I love dogs. Wolves are my favourite animal and I own Border Collies. I have 2 at the moment. Mist and her daughter, Jess. They are my best friends. I used to do agility and all that with them but I don't get to go anymore. I still teach them stuff like tricks and things like that.
Jess let me get a thorn out of her paw the other morning with a needle without so much as a murmer. She was as good as gold.
I have 2 cats as well and I love them, especially Gizmo, but they just don't compare with the dogs. My dogs understand me much better than the cats.
Our family has a brittany dog named Joey and he is a sweet ole boy.Of course he is a fat ole boy too,but that can happen when you're 11 years old and you're fed too much leftover spaghetti!Sadly,he can hardly hear a thing anymore,but he has always been an obedient and loyal dog who makes sure that strangers aren't going to harm us--course even a dog can make a mistake!He has ripped a few pantlegs and scared a few mailmen in his time. Puppy Smilie It will be hard to say goodbye to him when he passes away Very Sad Smilie
Well, it is now officially Summer in Texas, at least according to the temps we have been getting. My poor Nala (part lab and part chow) she is still trying to lose her winter coat, and her fur is coming out by the handfulls. The other day when I brushed her, I had enough fur to fill 2 1/2 trash bags. My house looks like it is shedding too. I just can't keep up this season. I have brushed Nala, so much that she won't come to me when i call her anymore, because she is tired of being brushed. She is outside now, and I can't even get her to come in the house when it is at the hottest part of the day. I mean 43+ C is just too hot for that type of dog, and if it is even a little bit humid it feels even worse. I had to drag her in the house the last few days, which is not an easy thing to do when she weighs about half of my weight and comes up to my hips. At least the sun is going down now and I don't have to worry about her too much.
i"ve trained my dog to speak up five times when i use the comand*who let the dogs out*, thought it would be kinda funny.....or is it just creepy?
Big Laugh Smilie Rofl! That is brilliant Rhodry! Big Laugh Smilie
I have had only two dogs....the first one was a female ALL-BLACK German Shepherd...her name was Wanda and I loved that dog so much I even when I was 6yrs old held a little ceremony to include her to my family....I made her my little sister.....well she died for about 5yrs ago but I still start to cry when I think about her....

The second dog I had was completely crazy.....it was a mixture between pitbull, labrador and german shepherd.....it was named Sheida.....but I thought she was funny because she was really energetic....but oh well....she had to be given away.....

[Edited on 5/6/2003 by AulŽ]
Hello all. I was wondering if all you dog-lovers had any suggestions for a good breed of dog for young children? My son desperately wants a dog, but I don't want somthing as big a labrador, but not a lap dog either. Any ideas? Big Smile Smilie
Get a Mutt Ally, Bo's a bona fide, pedigree mutt, and about the best tempered dog I ever met. Gets on really well with the kids, though I never expected him to, even got through a 10th birthday party featuring about 25 kids and a bouncy castle a couple of weeks ago. Nobody got bit, and he got in the way a lot, and got battered about, and took it like a nice dog for once.
I always say he's quite small, he's just under most labrador's size, depite being a lot Alsatian as well. But Mutts are definitely the best tempered dogs you'll find.
Cocker spanials are also good around children. They are smaller than the working dogs, are usually even tempered, and are lovable. We had a couple when I was growing up on the farm.
Border Collies are good dogs around Kids, they're intelligent and patient, though they're not cheep and are only slightly smaller than labs.
I too think a mutt is a good choise, they are healtier and live longer than breeded dogs. Nature knows best you know. Wink Smilie A lot cheeper too.
I am rather partial to spaniels, though my parents had a cocker with a lot of medical problems (too inbred, probably). Has anyone had any experience with cavalier spaniels?
Rednell wishes to announce with the greatest of pride that Pippin has graduated from Doggie School, sucessfully completely his obedience fundamentals. Certificate is suitable for framing and grad pictures are forthcoming. Dog Smilie Pary Smilie Jumping Flame Smilie Jumping Flame Smilie Pary Smilie Dog Smilie

[Edited on 6/7/2003 by Rednell]
YEA PIPPIN!!!!!!!!!!!!


Gimli stands up for a standing ovation for the doggie. Big Smile Smilie:
PIP PIP Hooray!
PIP PIP Horray!
PIP PIP Hooray for Pippin!
HOORAY FOR PIPPIN!
If only Bo could go to doggie school, but you can't teach an old dog new tricks....

Ally, I know a few Cavaliers, and generaly they are the soppiest dogs you'll ever meet. The ones on my old round at work used to run up to me, and lie on their backs, and try to come home with me, they're really, really over-friendly. Though I've heard of the odd one that wasn't. As to medical problems, all the spaniels I've known have been pretty much okay, no worse than any other dogs really. Labs and their arthritic legs are much more common than anything with a spaniel.
Hooray for Rednell!!
..who was able to resist Pippins puppy-eyes, and by so giving him a strong leader to love and obey. Good work Nelly hun! *hugs them both*
I have two dog, Pippen ,and Champ. All though champ ran away today, but I found him. i had to ride my bike around a few miles though Very Sad Smilie Besides that Champ is the smartest dog i've ever seen....and All Pipen does tear up trash Tongue Smilie
I want to share a funny story I heard. My boyfriends uncle had pionter dog of some kind. They lived on/next to a little sheep farm owned by the uncles father (boyfriends grandfather), and the dog never chased the sheep, untill one day when he suddenly took off and started running after a few of them. Then they noticed that the sheeps he chased were the neighbours sheeps who had jumped over the fence, he was just chasing the intruders! Isn't that cool? He knew exactly which were "his" sheeps and which weren't. Good doggie! Big Smile Smilie
Rules for Non-Pet Owners Who Visit and Like to Complain About Our Pets:

1. The dog lives here. You don't.
2. If you don't want dog hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture.
3. I like my dog a lot better than I like most people.
4. To you, she's a dog. To me, she's an adopted daughter who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly.
5. Dogs are better than kids. They eat less, don't ask for money all the time, are easier to train, usually come when called, never drive your car, don't hang out with drug-using friends, don't smoke or drink, don't worry about buying the latest fashions, don't wear your clothes, don't need a gazillion dollars for college, and if they get pregnant, you can sell the pups.

The same applies to cats, except they ignore you until you are asleep.
I really like spaniels there great around kids & all, but very hyper & disobedient which is why doggie schools where invented Big Smile Smilie .
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Rednell wishes to announce with the greatest of pride that Pippin has graduated from Doggie School, sucessfully completely his obedience fundamentals.

Thats great,Rednell! Wiggle Smilie
We have had a Brittany dog for 10 years, hes the sweetest and most laid back dog ever. They are wonderful around kids.
But one side of there hip gets very sore & tender the older they get which can lead to health problems,thats the only problem that I know about with the brittany breed.btw, they make very nice sporting dogs,too.

( Paranoid Smilie Once again I had to go back and correct my spelling...)

[Edited on 24/7/2003 by LadyFeawen]
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Rules for Non-Pet Owners Who Visit and Like to Complain About Our Pets:

1. The dog lives here. You don't.
2. If you don't want dog hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture.
3. I like my dog a lot better than I like most people.
4. To you, she's a dog. To me, she's an adopted daughter who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly.
5. Dogs are better than kids. They eat less, don't ask for money all the time, are easier to train, usually come when called, never drive your car, don't hang out with drug-using friends, don't smoke or drink, don't worry about buying the latest fashions, don't wear your clothes, don't need a gazillion dollars for college, and if they get pregnant, you can sell the pups.

The same applies to cats, except they ignore you until you are asleep.


Hahahha Grond that was some funny rulesBig Smile Smilie Especially number 1: The dog lives here. You don't. hahahaha

Cheers!
A person that lives near me has at least 7 Great Danes that are full grown,so as you can imagine taking my evening walks down there can be a bit nerve racking.The owners do not always keep then in there yard either *gulp*
I imagine this is old news to anyone in England now, but I'm not sure how far news like this travels.

I heard on the radio last week that a couple in the Lake District had been raided by the RSPCA after a tip off from the neighbours. They lived in a three bedroom cottage, but incredibly they had managed to cram in something like 180 dogs, numerous cats and other small furries and nine species of birds.

When you sit back and think about it... well it just blows me away. How do you even fit that many animals into one cottage, let alone have them living there. The place must have stunk. Apparently the couple have some sort of mental disorder, but you would have thought the RSPCA would have been alerted sooner.
That's ridiculous! I've heard of cases where people had that many hamsters or birds, but never dogs! At the shelter where I volunteer at, we once had 15 puppies brought in, they all lived in a apartment, but they were puppies, not full grown dogs! That makes me mad when I hear things like this, you can't give an animal proper treatment and basic nessecities, then you shouldn't be allowed to have them!
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That makes me mad when I hear things like this, you can't give an animal proper treatment and basic nessecities, then you shouldn't be allowed to have them!
Amen to that!!
It also bugs me that (some) dog owners have no though for the people who are afaid of dogs. "So what if my dogs run up to strangers, he's not going to hurt them". How are they suppose to know that? I tried to discuss this with my boyfriend one da. He grew up with dogs and therefor knows their "language" and can "read" their behavior and he didn't understand what I was trying to say, cause dogs wheren't scary to him. Aaargh!! Dog-people!!! (Not all of course. Wink Smilie )

A dog snapped at me when I thought I was being calm and non-treathing and dog-friendly. Bf then yelled at me for touching the dogs head when the correct way to greet a unknown dog was to pet him under the chin (like he did). And he said it like it was common knowledge like "the grass is green". (And I yelled back, belive me! He was the one going over to a strange dog without the owner being around!) How was I suppose to know that going for the dogs throat was considered friendly? How is a kid suppose to know when seeing a big, fluffy, cute dog standing alone outside the mall? It is not common knowlegde, someone has to tell you or you might have to find out the hard way! (And I'm not mad at the dog, I treated him wrong and he didn't hurt me, and if he had it wouldn't be his fault, rather my boyfriends fault for knowing and not telling me.)

I'm really for adding dog-classes as a compulsory subject for school children to teach them how to handle dogs!
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It also bugs me that (some) dog owners have no though for the people who are afaid of dogs. "So what if my dogs run up to strangers, he's not going to hurt them". How are they suppose to know that?


Heh, I do that all the time. I think it's very funny when people look scared at Bo. And he will try and take their arms off if they try and touch the top of his head. Maybe I'm just sick but i really do think it's funny. Half the kids near my girlfriends house are scared of him now cos of his fearsome woof and big ol' teeth.

And a friend of mine who is really, really scared of dogs, is Rambo's favourite target, everytime he comes over, Bo is straight up to him, licking his hands and sticking his face into him. It's so very, very funny. And my girlfriend (who is a cat person) hates him licking her, so he does it constantly. And some people say Dogs have no sense of humour.
Yes I'm not scarred of dogs, but cats and dogs are abit like kids. If they no you don't particularily like them they come up and try to be friendly with you. All my mates cats and dogs do this with me. I annoyed my friend when I put their cat in the loft to keep it from bugging me. I did let it out again, honest Wink Smilie
Don't hug dogs because they think you are trying to lord it over on them. Also don't smile at a dog, for showing your teeth is considered aggressive behavior in the dog world. Ask permission from the owner prior to touching a dog and offer a hand for it to smell prior to touching it.

Those are the only rules of dog etiquette that I can remember. Dog Smilie
That's what I learned too, and not to look them in the eye either, because it's considered a threat. Just back away slowly.
Food also helps in winning a dog over!
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Heh, I do that all the time. I think it's very funny when people look scared at Bo. And he will try and take their arms off if they try and touch the top of his head. Maybe I'm just sick but i really do think it's funny. Half the kids near my girlfriends house are scared of him now cos of his fearsome woof and big ol' teeth.

Sophie does that too, she'll growl and bark her deep scary bark, but since she's old and fat, you can just walk up to her and she'll give up and roll over for a belly rub!
Wow, talk about digging up old threads! ...but it seemed like a good thread to announce my dog's achievement.

Lola (my border collie) earned our first "Q" in Starters Jumpers today at an agility trial. To Q, the dog and handler must complete the obstacle course clean under the time limit alloted. We had 37 seconds and did the course in 26.44 sec. I knew she could run that fast, wasn't sure if I could, though. Big Smile Smilie Puppy Smilie

This a very special accomplishment because Lola was recently diagnosed with cataracts and this will be her last year to run.

I am so very proud of my special little girl. Smile Smilie
Congratulations Nell, well done Doggy.

I was very impressed with our wee doggy the other day too, I had lost a number of cows in the bush(Forrest) and several attempts to locate them by myself only got me a handful. So I decided to take Poppy with me to see if her doggy senses could locate them and within a few short minutes she found them, when I walked straight passed them she kept going back and looking at me as if to say "they're this way!!, can't you hear/see/smell them you silly human??"
Dogs are so great! I have a German shepherd mix but she is a chicken-dog. Very timid.
Congrats Rednell! I myself have 2 dogs at home. We used to have 4 but we lost 2 of them in successive years.
Knick-knack paddywhack, give those dogs a bone!

Well done pup-dogs, you done well!

Ah  darlingest Grondy.

Dogs and cats and children for some reason, just LOVE me. I love children and care deeply about the welfare of all animals, but I confess I don't much like the thought of any of these inside my house. It is not as if I have not rescued probably over fifty in my time, it is just that I think they should have been left alone in the wild to live, have their own families and carry on, with us only intervening if they are harmed or starving. And honestly I feel 'ill' at the thought of 'cleaning up' after the darlings. it is disgusting to me.  I confess I love a very clean  , not ridiculous, but elven sort of home with harmony and order and beauty and so don't want animals in my home. Also I feel sad at thinking they must depend upon humans to live and such when they should not have to.

So you can imagine my chagrin when I cannot even walk down a street without a dog running up to me to lick me and follow me(please go away doggie, oh great now I am worried about you and have to find out where you belong) or a cat rubbing against my legs and following me(go away kittie I don't want any bad cars to hurt you ) and children, honestly you know something is wierd when they ring on the door bell and ask if I, not a child, if I can come out to play. sigh. I get so little peace. Smile Smilie

A few years ago I noticed a great many abandoned cats in our area and before you know it I was getting family members to buy just bags of cat food and left it out in bowls in our pretty yard, especially at night. I noticed all these cats going from scraggly shakey and crying to sleek happy and mostly visiting me by the dozens. We got a humane trap and gradually were able to catch most of the dear things and take them to the spca where I think most were adopted. So that was wonderful.

We have a neighbor cat Tilly who scratches at our door and comes in and acts like a dog, sitting in front of the fridge. She is so adorable, the neighbor rescued her from being put down.

And very late, 'congratulations Pippin and Lola!

The only dog I ever owned was a wonderful Labrador called Tinker.He died peacefully in his sleep when I was fifteen I guess.

We were crazy about each other.Everyday back from school Tinks would be waiting eagerly at the door and even when we got him settled every night at his station,he would end up in my bed or I would sleepwalk and get him(I was slightly scared of sleeping alone at timesSmile Smilie)

He was a friendly,adorable dog and we played many games under my bed,and everywhere else in the house,me trying to grab one of my many slippers and he trying to bite my hand lol.

I miss my darling dog.It's been so long I visited my parents' place that when I occasionally do visit I think Tinks will come and get me as I open the gate.

Bad feeling.Love this thread though.

A hug for you Odette, to help with the bad feeling.

Once, when I was watching a baseball game, I was about fourteen and my mother had died, I got too hot and put down my brand new totally expensive mohair jacket on the bench beside me. I turned around to do something and when I turned back there was this  boy taking off with my jacket. I was really frightened because  I would get into terrible trouble. I jumped up and ran after him. He turned a corner and really flew down the street so I did something I was taught never to do and never had even considered in the whole of my life. I cut through someone's yard, knowing in my heart it was wrong, no matter what. About half way through the neat and well groomed back yard I heard a sound and the next thing I knew a German Shepherd attacked me and bit the inside of my leg. A man came running out of his house and said something to the dog and the canine impressively sat quietly and just watched me. It turned out that the gentleman was a police man and the dog a police dog. He called for an ambulance and .........well the jacket was gone.

A few days later i was walking to school , no home from school and an enormous boxer dog looked at me from across the street. I have no idea where he came from or who his owner was or why he was unleashed. At any rate he came bounding across the street, leapt up and put his forpaws on my shoulders...........and licked me. It was that wierd thing I have of dogs loving me. I was totally traumatized and just stood there. The dog refused to get down for a moment and then finally he did an d after a few more licks loped away. I was undone and for years I would feel tense and fearful if I saw a strange dog. 

We had a beautiful golden retriever/black lab mix. Her name was Sophie, she passed away this past summer from a stroke, at 13 years old. One of the funniest things she would do was her tricks. When she was  puppy, we trained her to sit, lie, beg, and speak, before we would give her a treat. As she got older, she developed a method of doing all of them almost instantaneously so that less time was spent waiting for her treat.

A couple of months after her passing, we ended up adopting a schipperke from the pound, and her name is Jade. She is the most stubborn, headstrong, mischievous dog I have ever known. She is very independent and loves going on walks... and chasing birds.

I'm trying to get my mom to agree on adopting a rat terrier that we called the dog catcher on 5 weeks ago, and she's still at the pound.

I have three dogs in my house: a border terrier (mine), a lhasa apso (my moms), and a rhodesian ridgeback (my brothers). All of them are great, but mine is undoubtedly the best trained. She turns 3 this year and we've had her since she was 2 months old. Her name is Princess Leia (lay-uh, like Star Wars, not Leah like so many people say), though she responds to Leia, Princess, Puppy, or Doggy. Pretty funny.

The lhasa is almost 14 years old, she's blind, deaf, and has heart problems. It's getting to be that time. Very sad, it's weird thinking she's been in my life longer than I've been alive. Yeah she was really annoying until she got older, but it's still weird. My brother never bathes his dog so he usually smells pretty bad, but he's pretty well trained, except his bark is comparable to thunder whenever someone opens the front door. Sooo loud. Wakes me up when he's in the basement and I'm upstairs.

Love them all dearly though, but Leia is just too damn cute, the others don't even compare...

I promised to start posting more when I came back from holiday. So that's what I'm doing now. This isn't really a Tolkien related post but who cares...? At least this website will look a bit more active again.

I absolutely love dogs. I've always wanted a dog but it was only last year that my parents finally agreed on getting a dog.
I now have a Golden Retriever who's official name is ''It takes two to tango'' but we just call her ''Tinka''. She's almost 16 months now and still as adorable as when we got her. She's not your stereo type Golden. ''Princess'' describes her best. She's sweet as long as she can do what she wants. But sometimes she can even try to bite us. We are working on this and it's getting less. Of course she also has normal Retriever behavior like being an absolute sweetheart when playing with other dogs, especially with puppies. And she loves food! (although she's really really fussy!)

(For anyone interested here's a link to some pictures of my dog. Tinka)

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