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BS: man's best friend

Backwoodsman 04 Nov 19 - 01:43 PM
Bonzo3legs 05 Nov 19 - 02:20 AM
Bonzo3legs 05 Nov 19 - 09:01 AM
Steve Shaw 05 Nov 19 - 09:32 AM
Stilly River Sage 05 Nov 19 - 11:44 AM
Stilly River Sage 05 Nov 19 - 12:32 PM
Bonzo3legs 05 Nov 19 - 01:04 PM
Mrrzy 05 Nov 19 - 05:12 PM
keberoxu 05 Nov 19 - 06:59 PM
Steve Shaw 05 Nov 19 - 07:06 PM
Neil D 05 Nov 19 - 07:21 PM
Amergin 05 Nov 19 - 11:43 PM
Bonzo3legs 07 Nov 19 - 07:45 PM
Charmion 08 Nov 19 - 08:21 AM
keberoxu 10 Nov 19 - 03:48 PM
keberoxu 12 Nov 19 - 12:39 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: man's best friend
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 04 Nov 19 - 01:43 PM

Oh, it happens. But I donít blame the dog which, when allís said, knows no better - I blame the selfish, inconsiderate, anti-social A-hole thatís the dogís owner. And, if I see someone walk on without picking up when their dogís just had a dump, I call them back and offer them a poo-bag - works wonders!


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Subject: RE: BS: man's best friend
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 05 Nov 19 - 02:20 AM

I do the same.


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Subject: RE: BS: man's best friend
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 05 Nov 19 - 09:01 AM

Problem this morning - side effect of the calming paste given to our Dreamy the last couple of days is very loose poo, which she decided to do on the pavement just a few yards from the park! Good job I had a supply of kitchen roll and poo bags to clear it up - went back after the walk with water & disinfectant to properly clear up. You see that's what dog owners should be doing!


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Subject: RE: BS: man's best friend
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 05 Nov 19 - 09:32 AM

Good luck with that. You still left plenty of pathogens lying around.


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Subject: RE: BS: man's best friend
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Nov 19 - 11:44 AM

The world is pathogens fighting each other. Eat healthy and keep a good gut flora going and you'll survive.


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Subject: RE: BS: man's best friend
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Nov 19 - 12:32 PM

This puppy has been here for seven weeks and has basically left a path of destruction. I don't recommend Steve get a puppy if he ever changes his mind about dogs. She is still a sharp pooch who figures out how to get into the compost (I reinforced it over the weekend after she pushed down the side and simply walked into the enclosure), was chewing up a tree I'd been planning to prune to a single stem (I did that, then wrapped it and staked a piece of chicken wire to keep her from girdling the tree), and tore up the cushion on my old leather chair. I'll have to stitch it together again then reupholster the seat with something she can't dig through).

As we have gotten to know each other better the other dogs have totally accepted her as one of the pack, and recognize she's a puppy, clear in how they play with her. They haven't figured out how to tell her not to do stuff, but they have taught her important things like the boundaries of the Invisible Fence (she's trained with the collar that gives a noise and a sharp static charge if she gets close to the signal around the edge of the yard).

If I find something she has destroyed and/or dragged out into the yard (the list is too long to enumerate) she gets scolded and put in time out in her kennel. I'm always careful to simply put her in there, no swats or scolds or anything to make the kennel seem a bad place. It's where she spends the night so she doesn't chew up the house or play with the other dogs as I try to sleep. When she hears that tone of voice she heads straight for the house and now, straight into her kennel, putting herself in time out. This morning I found her in the kennel THEN found the destroyed sock nearby. Counting the days till she grows up and stops so much of this destructive puppy stuff, because she really is a very good dog. She has learned the mealtime routine (I put food on the floor, then tell them when they can eat) and is much better, more patient, than the blue heeler, who I've been correcting again and is also finally improving from pacing until I put the food down. After the first week she learned that a nap on the couch is just that - my afternoon power nap is when she needs to plop down and go to sleep, not play. My goodness but that dog can sleep! She's still a terror to the dogs who want to play fetch (she chases and takes away the bumper), but one of these days she'll figure out about bringing it back and I'll have to be sure to have enough of these heavy plastic bumpers for all three of them to play the game.


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Subject: RE: BS: man's best friend
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 05 Nov 19 - 01:04 PM

As a rule greys don't play fetch, especially if they are ex racers. Our Dreamy has some small fluffy toys, all of which she has killed (!!) and sometimes throws them around as part of her zoomie routine. She also has a giant fluffy caterpillar which also gets thrown around, but she has shown little or no interest in a ball.


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Subject: RE: BS: man's best friend
From: Mrrzy
Date: 05 Nov 19 - 05:12 PM

Read The dog that bit people by James Thurber. Well worth the 5-10 mn.


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Subject: RE: BS: man's best friend
From: keberoxu
Date: 05 Nov 19 - 06:59 PM

Apart from the puppy mayhem --
well, pups will be pups --
I believe that sort of canine thinking is often called
'problem-solving,'
as when your Cookie figured out
how to get into the compost containment.

As for instance,
some breeds of terriers,
who don't give much thought to certain things in life,
but who become monomaniacal when given certain puzzles to solve --
a combination of
problem solving and prey drive, I guess.


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Subject: RE: BS: man's best friend
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 05 Nov 19 - 07:06 PM

I've lived in this house for 33 years now, and no dog has ever, or ever will, darken my doorstep. The occasional visitor with cur has objected. Arrogant bastards! My house, no canine contamination!

(No-one has ever partaken of tobacco in our house either...)


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Subject: RE: BS: man's best friend
From: Neil D
Date: 05 Nov 19 - 07:21 PM

Speaking of people who don't like dogs, Trump is the first president since the 1890's who does not own one. Maybe if they tie a porkchop around his neck they can get one to play with him.


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Subject: RE: BS: man's best friend
From: Amergin
Date: 05 Nov 19 - 11:43 PM

I don't imagine any dog being that desperate.


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Subject: RE: BS: man's best friend
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 07 Nov 19 - 07:45 PM

12.40 am just taken our greyhound for 10 minute walk, her body clock is all over the place as a result of fireworks and her shaking fright. Hopefully she will settle down now!


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Subject: RE: BS: man's best friend
From: Charmion
Date: 08 Nov 19 - 08:21 AM

I like dogs, especially those (well) cared for by other people. I will happily scritch and make much of them. But Iím with Steve on the subject of frantically barking sofa-scramblers whose humans coo and chuckle as the wretched hounds destroy any attempt at conversation. I am keenly aware of the constant effort required to keep a dog happy, confident and engaged, not unlike a small child.

I love cats, although they are not always quiet, sometimes irritatingly intrusive, and ó okay, I admit it ó sometimes *really* hard on the furniture. Itís their air of self-possession that gets me, and the sleek beauty of their form. The sight of Watson (black short-haired tomcat) leaning into the kitchen sink to drink from the tap never fails to make me smile.


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Subject: RE: BS: man's best friend
From: keberoxu
Date: 10 Nov 19 - 03:48 PM

Cesar Milan has done much to rehabilitate the image of the pitbull in particular,
and dogs in general.
It made an enormous difference when
the criminal investigation began
concerning Michael Vick and his breeding of pitbulls for dogfighting.

Cesar Milan's well-publicized work
made it possible to see the poor dogs as innocent victims
rather than as a pestilence to be eradicated,
although there are still people with that mindset.

As it is, various diseases have done for
many of the rescued Vicktory dogs,
such as the disease "babesia;"
quite a number of the rescue dogs have since died.


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Subject: RE: BS: man's best friend
From: keberoxu
Date: 12 Nov 19 - 12:39 PM

Twenty-two of the fifty-one dogs rescued from Michael Vick's business
were taken to the Kanab, Utah animal sanctuary of the
Best Friends Animal Society, over ten years ago.

Of their twenty-two admitted animals,
sixteen have "crossed the Rainbow Bridge,"
some of them -- like 'Mel' and 'Layla' -- lived until this year, 2019.

This link goes to the Best Friends webpages and particularly
to the onsite links to follow-up stories
about the 22 "Vicktory" dogs, deceased and living.


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