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Title: Dog Stories
Post by: Monroe Native on September 23, 2015, 04:58:51 PM
I have two dogs right now - but I don't recommend it to anyone.....

They don't listen to me when they are distracted, they are more interested in each other most of the time, but they are the best of pals.  They have their own little pack.

But I could totally see them doing something like this!

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VASHON ISLAND, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state animal shelter says a dog dutifully stood guard for a nearly a week on Vashon Island to protect another dog that had fallen in a cistern.

Tillie, a setter mix, only left Phoebe's side to try to alert people of her trapped friend.

Amy Carey of Vashon Island Pet Protectors says the two were found Tuesday after they were reported missing by their owners last week. Vashon Island Pet Protectors says volunteers looking for the pair received a call about a reddish dog being seen on someone's property a few times before promptly heading back into the ravine.

Carey says the Pet Protectors followed the tip and found Tillie lying beside an old cistern. Inside rescuers found Phoebe, a basset hound, on a pile of stones above the water.

The dogs were cold and hungry but otherwise unharmed.

"It's really quite remarkable," Carey said.

Read more at: [url]http://www.monroenews.com/news/2015/sep/19/dog-stands-guard-for-week-protecting-trapped/[/url] ([url]http://www.monroenews.com/news/2015/sep/19/dog-stands-guard-for-week-protecting-trapped/[/url])


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Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on September 23, 2015, 05:20:43 PM
Great story......and one that reminds me of the first book to ever make me shed a tear, Where the Red Fern Grows!
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Monroe Native on September 23, 2015, 11:04:17 PM
Great book, and it makes me cry every time I read it.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on September 24, 2015, 01:59:21 PM
LOL.......I was devastated for the entire summer the first time I read it.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on November 11, 2015, 10:45:03 AM
This is one of the things my wife finds on Facebook and sends me early in the morning:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CSFXQaUWwAEZnIR.jpg)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on November 11, 2015, 10:51:05 AM
Amen......to this day Barlow touches my heart several times a week.  I catch myself calling Sadie Barlow often.  Getting dumped by my high school love didn't hurt this bad for this long.  RIP my friend!
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Brian Beneteau on November 11, 2015, 02:42:40 PM
Not looking forward to that day! My black Lab is 14-1/2, but still going. Her eyesight is fading, and she is deaf as a rock. She can't duck hunt anymore, so that made me stop as well. Just not the same.

Want to know who loves you more, your dog or your spouse? Lock them both in a closet for an hour...then see which one is happy to see you when you let them out!
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on November 11, 2015, 04:02:00 PM
LOL

That was about the age of my little buddy when things started shutting down on him.  He was a lab mix as well and I only had one regret in how when the time came that I waited a day or two too long.  The last few weeks I would see signs that he was doing OK, and I believe I was in denial that he could make it longer.

I had the vet come here to the house to put him asleep, but that last 36 hours he didn't deserve at all.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Tiny on November 11, 2015, 05:47:06 PM
We lost our Jack Russel last week. She was only 7 years old but put up with a lot over them years. She was vaccinated back in May which caused her immune system to go nuts, then it was disease after disease. Finally got them under control, then had to taper her off Prednisone which took 6 months. Two days after stopping the Prednisone she got Pancreatitis. Spent 3 days in the hospital and came home worse than when she went in. She couldn't eat and got weaker and weaker till we had her put down. She slept with us every night and I held her everyday.  :'(
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: CatLady on November 11, 2015, 07:03:26 PM
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

I look forward to seeing my friends again.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on November 11, 2015, 07:17:45 PM
Nice!

I bet my Barlow is up there right now chasing kitty cats around that meadow.   ;)

We lost our Jack Russel last week. She was only 7 years old but put up with a lot over them years. She was vaccinated back in May which caused her immune system to go nuts, then it was disease after disease. Finally got them under control, then had to taper her off Prednisone which took 6 months. Two days after stopping the Prednisone she got Pancreatitis. Spent 3 days in the hospital and came home worse than when she went in. She couldn't eat and got weaker and weaker till we had her put down. She slept with us every night and I held her everyday.  :'(

My condolences Tiny.......wish I could say the pain goes away soon, but it doesn't.  Took me a long time to be able to think of my buddy and smile,,,,,but the day comes.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: blue2 on November 11, 2015, 07:22:34 PM
I still remember all the dogs we had and wish I still had them..you never stop thinking about them but the pain will go away
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: arpydave on November 11, 2015, 07:44:48 PM
Boy did this open a Pandora's box of emotion for me. Give me a few minutes.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Tiny on November 11, 2015, 08:47:56 PM
Nice!

I bet my Barlow is up there right now chasing kitty cats around that meadow.   ;)

My condolences Tiny.......wish I could say the pain goes away soon, but it doesn't.  Took me a long time to be able to think of my buddy and smile,,,,,but the day comes.


It's bad at certain times like when we come home she would howl and squeal in the window excited because we were back. Then she would paw at the door knob trying to open it up. If we carried in any bags she would stick her nose in each one to see if we brought her anything. The kids called her bag inspector. In the evening while sitting in the Lazboy she would curl up in my arm. She would sleep between my wife and me every night right tight up against my leg. These times are the hardest.

(http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/ab249/ka8ebi/50c794a8-3e84-42f6-8229-cd2445af13e2_zpsxdmnrikc.jpg)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: CatLady on November 11, 2015, 09:01:18 PM
I greet my girl twice a day as I go by her grave.  I still have my horse's blanket hanging in the barn - it doesn't smell like him any more but it makes me feel like he's still here.  I miss them all - the big and the small, the abused and the neglected.  Mostly I miss the unconditional love.  They are all very special.  My condolences, Tiny. 
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: arpydave on November 11, 2015, 09:04:38 PM
When my "Bud" and I were integrated to a Unit we were always treated with suspicion. But once "my team" proved ourselves out in the field we got treated like royalty. Downside is that you were always targeted by the Bad Guys

Thanks BRD for your 10:45 post. Hit it on the head.

I now live in an apt. complex with a dog area outside. 4 out of 5 couples are amazed that I can teach their dogs to obey commands within 15-20 minutes. Everybody here says I need to get a dog.

Still too soon in my heart. If you've ever had a real working dog, not just a companion, that would and did take a bullet for you it takes awhile. And  I bet bet your wife and kids say they would do it, but in real life they may not.

Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Monroe Native on November 11, 2015, 09:40:26 PM
We lost our Jack Russel last week. She was only 7 years old but put up with a lot over them years. She was vaccinated back in May which caused her immune system to go nuts, then it was disease after disease. Finally got them under control, then had to taper her off Prednisone which took 6 months. Two days after stopping the Prednisone she got Pancreatitis. Spent 3 days in the hospital and came home worse than when she went in. She couldn't eat and got weaker and weaker till we had her put down. She slept with us every night and I held her everyday.  :'(

I feel for you Tiny.  I lost Reese when she was only 6 to cancer, and I still think about what a grand old dame she would have made.  She was "my" only dog, I got her when I was single, and it was just her and me for a few years until I got married.  I still remember when I took an assignment in Japan how excited she would be when she saw me come out of the airport - and then five or ten minutes later she would remember she was mad at me for leaving and ignore me for awhile, but she always warmed up after a few hours of being mad.

Hardest thing I ever did was to take her to the vet the last time when she was just not enjoying life anymore.  I wanted more time, but it wasn't fair to her anymore.  I've had to do it since then, and it doesn't get any better, but I'll take the bitter end for the journey, even when it was as short as it was with Reese.

After Reese my wife said she would never do another dog - losing her was too hard.  Within two weeks she told me that someone was bringing some puppies over that evening for us to see, and that night we had Maggie, and a 12 year relationship started - certainly not the same, but equally delightful in its own way.

Now we have Moxie - who sometimes we swear is Maggie reincarnated into a Chessie - which is strange to have a Chessie act like a Golden.  I see a little bit of Reese in her too - she has a mischievous side to her, she likes to get into trouble.

She could certainly use some training from Arpydave.  She knows what I want her to do, but she has to be in the mood to do it sometimes.  We have to establish that I am alphadog at times.

Anyway - I had a good cry thinking about Reese and Maggie.  Its still tough and I still miss them, but like I said - it was worth it.

Hang in there - and get yourself another pooch when you feel the time is right.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: arpydave on November 11, 2015, 09:48:18 PM
MN and Tiny I feel for you both.

Get over the bad time and move on. Trust me  :'(
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Tiny on November 11, 2015, 09:48:54 PM
We had a Rat Terrier before this one that lived to be 16 years old. My wife said the same thing. NO MORE DOGS too hard when you lose them.  It took a few years but my wife finally wanted another dog. Now she is saying it again but I think she will change her mind later.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: arpydave on November 11, 2015, 10:15:56 PM
Tiny, choosing to invite a pet into your family is not like deciding to become pregnant. Both are, and should be, long term obligations.

Glad you guys are communicating and deciding.


Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: arpydave on November 12, 2015, 01:45:30 AM
MN: ya don't need expensive things, like Beggin' Treats. A couple of pieces of regular dry kibble at intervals is all it takes. That and a favorite play ball or whatever. 

They have a firm memory. But think of them as autistic 7 year olds. Not meaning to be offensive, but realistic.

They love to be loved. Just like all of us.  :)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on November 12, 2015, 08:08:11 AM
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

I look forward to seeing my friends again.


Here's a YouTube about Rainbow Bridge...

different words but similar idea!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3COrHRJuo9Y (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3COrHRJuo9Y#)


Here's another YouTube for dog owners...   but if you search YouTube you will find something for just about any pet!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_fSeQ6CbyA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_fSeQ6CbyA#)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on November 12, 2015, 08:13:23 AM
I've downloaded this graphic and have printed it out or made a sympathy card for friends when they've lost a critter...

(http://www.breezysnowdogs.com/rainbow_bridge.jpg)

Plenty more to choose from just by searching 'Rainbow Bridge' ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on November 12, 2015, 08:15:35 AM
LOL.....I may have to block this tread, too much of an emotional roller coaster for me.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on November 12, 2015, 08:35:34 AM
LOL.....I may have to block this tread, too much of an emotional roller coaster for me.

The videos can get to me pretty quick!!!
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: blue2 on November 12, 2015, 10:22:50 AM
On a happier note I see on a friends Facebook page 2 dogs were found on his friends front porch.  Turns out the dogs wandered about 3 miles from home in Ottawa Lake.
The dogs were located with Facebook page:  Toledo Area Lost and Found Pets.
I wasn't aware of the page.  It works
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Monroe Native on November 12, 2015, 06:17:23 PM
MN: ya don't need expensive things, like Beggin' Treats. A couple of pieces of regular dry kibble at intervals is all it takes. That and a favorite play ball or whatever. 

They have a firm memory. But think of them as autistic 7 year olds. Not meaning to be offensive, but realistic.

They love to be loved. Just like all of us.  :)

I know!

Reese - the Golden I had when I was single - I worked with for an hour or two every night.

She had it down pat - and was eager to please.  I could command her to do something that was driving her nuts, but she would sit there and wait until the release before she would go.  She would have been a great hunter.

Moxie - my Chessie - first one I've ever had - I must admit I don't give the time to, I just don't have it, but I love her and have fallen in love with the breed.  She picks things up fast, but she doesn't appreciate the repetition, you have to mix it up with her.  Sometimes she decides that a battle of the wills is the way to go, and perhaps you are not the master, and no doesn't mean no, and that rule you gave her perhaps doesn't necessarily apply to her today.  She will quickly fall in line if you pull rank on her, but she just decides that a little test is in order. 

Her favorite is my wife decided when we got new furniture that it should be a dog free zone, and that seemed like a good idea.  Both dogs tend to disagree with this rule, but Bailey prefers to be sneaky about it - doing it when she thinks no one will catch her.  Moxie on the other hand doesn't really care.  She will lumber on up there when you are watching her, and then look at you to see what you are going to do about it.  If you give a voice command to get down, she takes it under advisement, weighs the risk against the reward, and the likelihood of someone getting up to enforce the edict.  If you walk over - she might even think about making a threatening sound - but she knows that will bring down the wrath of alpha dog on her (me), so she tends to stay away from that move anymore.  Typically anymore she will act like a two year old cripple getting off the couch, getting down while making moaning and crying sounds, and my wife will bemoan that she is going to have hip dysplasia, and die young of this or that disease, and that is why she was around for us to pick as a puppy.  I know she is just playing to the crowd like the ham she is.  She has personality, which is why I like her.

My wife took both dogs to dog training at the local public school.  She took Bailey the Golden, who eager to please did everything she was told right away, and she would do it over and over.  I got Moxie, who was far more interested in the room full of puppies, but would pay attention to the instruction, but didn't really feel like doing any of it for me.  I got disgusted and said it was a waste of time - I'd train her on my own, not like I didn't know how, and less distractions was better for Moxie.  My wife took Moxie, and sure enough, just to tick me off, she did every command for her, no problem.  It's not a matter of knowing them....  it's a matter of being willing to do them. ;D

Man I love that stubborn dog!

But believe it or not - she is a sweetheart.  If you don't feel good or you had a bad day - she is right there for you.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on November 12, 2015, 06:26:32 PM
We took Sadie out to Petsmart for training, they did a pretty good job but I strongly suspect Sadie is a Liberal Democrat and would vote for Hillary if she could.

Barlow on the other hand was a mellowed out middle of the road kinda dog like me and most likely would have voted Independent if they would have let him enter the booth with me.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Tiny on November 12, 2015, 11:52:20 PM
We took our Jack Russel to a training class, but determined she was ADHD because she was always bouncing off the walls. She had no time for training.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Monroe Native on November 13, 2015, 06:51:16 AM
We took our Jack Russel to a training class, but determined she was ADHD because she was always bouncing off the walls. She had no time for training.

I always heard good things about Jack Russels.

Energetic, Stubborn, Smart.

My kind of dog.

If I ever decide to downsize - I think I'm going to try one.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Skittelroo on November 13, 2015, 07:10:05 AM
My condolences, Tiny.   She sounds a lot like our very active greeter, a rat terrier (we were told she was a fox terrier when we got her  :o ). 
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Tiny on November 13, 2015, 10:24:28 PM
My condolences, Tiny.   She sounds a lot like our very active greeter, a rat terrier (we were told she was a fox terrier when we got her  :o ). 

Thanks Skit, we had a Rat Terrier before this dog she lived 17 years and was always very active. Both of ours seemed to have an attitude that they would be trained on their terms only. We could train them but it took a lot of time. They had a short attention span.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Tiny on November 13, 2015, 10:28:08 PM
I always heard good things about Jack Russels.

Energetic, Stubborn, Smart.

My kind of dog.

If I ever decide to downsize - I think I'm going to try one.

Great dogs, sometimes too smart for their own good and very good watch dogs. She would never relax when a stranger was around, always on duty.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: blue2 on November 13, 2015, 10:46:17 PM
I've know two people with Jacks.  Neither one bothered to train or discipline them. I can't wait to leave their houses
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: arpydave on November 14, 2015, 03:49:24 AM
Agree on the Jacks, but terriers are terriers. Just like a German Shepard, and most especially a Belgian Malinois :'(  will always be a working and herding dog. A Lab will always want to play and get wet. Realize that they will always be what they are inside themselves. They are not snakes. They shed their coats, but not their skins. Maybe like us, huh?  ???

Look into Boston Terriers. My Ex kinda inherited the father/son team of them. And like my link says, both of them have different personalities.

http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/reviews/bostonterriers.html (http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/reviews/bostonterriers.html)

Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Skittelroo on November 17, 2015, 12:09:40 AM
Thanks Skit, we had a Rat Terrier before this dog she lived 17 years and was always very active. Both of ours seemed to have an attitude that they would be trained on their terms only. We could train them but it took a lot of time. They had a short attention span.

Ours seems to learn most things pretty quickly, but if a "hunting" opportunity happens to catch her attention, nothing will distract her.   We had to fence off part of the property so she didn't catch all the birds, and rabbits or squirrels are definitely on her radar.   She caught a vole once.    She loves to play catch and is the most athletic dog I have ever had.   Toss her a treat and it will rarely hit the floor.  If we won't play with her when she wants, she will get a toy and toss it up in the air, chase it around, and pounce on it.... as though she has live prey, I suppose.  I wish I had the time and energy to take her for agility training, I thnk she would do well and would enjoy it.   

The terrier is definitely on the opposite end of energy from our beagle/chihuahua mix... laid back critter, that one.   
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Tiny on November 17, 2015, 12:18:06 AM
Ours seems to learn most things pretty quickly, but if a "hunting" opportunity happens to catch her attention, nothing will distract her.   We had to fence off part of the property so she didn't catch all the birds, and rabbits or squirrels are definitely on her radar.   She caught a vole once.    She loves to play catch and is the most athletic dog I have ever had.   Toss her a treat and it will rarely hit the floor.  If we won't play with her when she wants, she will get a toy and toss it up in the air, chase it around, and pounce on it.... as though she has live prey, I suppose.  I wish I had the time and energy to take her for agility training, I thnk she would do well and would enjoy it.   

The terrier is definitely on the opposite end of energy from our beagle/chihuahua mix... laid back critter, that one.   

I agree. We always had to put ours on a leash when she went out or she was gone in seconds. If she wanted to play and we didn't pay attention to her she would pick up her toy and rub it in your face till you played with her. Would not be ignored. She loved to roll the cat and stand over it like it just pinned it in a wrestling match. The cat would give up and wrap it's paws around the dog until she left. She had lots of energy.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: arpydave on November 17, 2015, 12:33:03 AM
Boy Skit, did you hit it on the head with your description and your pup's personalities.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on November 17, 2015, 06:15:49 AM
I thought about teaching our big red dog to do the 'dock diving' thing when she was younger.  She would have been easy to teach because she loves the water (except a bath...  go figure) and she would chase after everything you threw.  We were working on a project out by the barn one day and I had cut the end off a 2x6...   maybe 30" long...   and tossed it off to the side in case I needed it later.  I turned around to make another cut and about that time I got blind sided right in the back of the knees...   she had 'returned' the board to me!!! 

Anyway, she would have been easy to teach I think but I knew she wasn't going to be setting any records either.  She was built just a little too heavy for that sport. 

We had a dog we home sheltered for Planned Pethood from Toledo that I'll bet could have been a record setter back then if there had been any way to funnel his energy.  He was gorgeous to watch running across a field where he could really pour it on.  He looked like he had some greyhound in him.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5z7BinjoF8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5z7BinjoF8#)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: arpydave on November 17, 2015, 08:15:44 AM
As I've stated, I'm having issues doing embedding videos. But check this video out. All dogs are rescues. And the Belgian at the opening and then later open old ...wounds.

https://youtu.be/nHlJODYBLKs
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on November 17, 2015, 09:44:46 AM
As I've stated, I'm having issues doing embedding videos. But check this video out. All dogs are rescues. And the Belgian at the opening and then later open old ...wounds.

[url]https://youtu.be/nHlJODYBLKs[/url] ([url]https://youtu.be/nHlJODYBLKs[/url])


Maybe Frenchfry can jump in and comment more or explain the reason 'why' but I have noticed that the videos with the link formed as a "youtu.be/" can't be embedded directly...

but if you open them and start and then click on that link you should get something that starts with "https://www.youtube.com/"...

Now, if you copy and paste that link you're still not done...   you have to remove the leading "https://" and then the video will embed without you having to insert any code or anything. 

I'm not sure of the 'why' on removing the https...   Ff explained it once but it was over my head but I do know it has to be done or just paste the link and let people watch it outside of here.


www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfBdMXhpQnU&feature=youtu.be (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfBdMXhpQnU&feature=youtu.be#)


Thanks for the link to the John Prine video...    I've got some more of his stuff playing and I'll post a couple over in the 'what song is stuck in your head' thread!!!
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Skittelroo on November 17, 2015, 10:45:30 AM
As I've stated, I'm having issues doing embedding videos. But check this video out. All dogs are rescues. And the Belgian at the opening and then later open old ...wounds.

https://youtu.be/nHlJODYBLKs

Great video.   If you also watch the out-takes version of it you can see that it took a lot of work to get it right.   The little black and white terrier is a lot like our little one.   Her little stubby tail goes so fast when she is happy. 

Tiny, you have made me appreciate our girl even more than I realized.   If she wants attention, she will put a tiny paw on your cheek until you talk to her, then grabs a toy or ball and you cannot refuse to play.   I was getting frustrated that sometimes she would walk nicely to get in the car, but if she saw a squirrel in the back yard she was off like a shot and out at the far corner jumping up the tree... one day she just might climb it...?  We now put the leash on her just to get in and out of the car, to save my sanity.   I think I will give up trying to go leash-less.   I have appreciated your comments and how much she sounds like your beloved pup.  Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on November 17, 2015, 03:19:31 PM
As I've stated, I'm having issues doing embedding videos. But check this video out. All dogs are rescues. And the Belgian at the opening and then later open old ...wounds.

https://youtu.be/nHlJODYBLKs

Hope I'm getting this right, but Fry said if you remove the "s" out of the https;//" it will post.  I've tried it before and it worked for me.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: arpydave on November 17, 2015, 03:44:40 PM
Thanks Fuzz and BRD for the hints and tips. I'll be trying them out.

Glad you enjoyed the link Skit. Yup the outtakes show the work involved. And if you see some of their other video's you can tell they put a lot effort into them. Great producer/director/videographer.

And +2 karma in advance to Fry to sharing this info to others.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Tiny on November 28, 2015, 12:00:11 AM
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Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on November 28, 2015, 06:52:51 AM
The loyalty of a dog.......can't be matched.  I had a somber moment yesterday when cleaning out some drawers in the garage, ran across my old buddy's collar with his name Barlow on it and our phone number.  What a great friend he was!
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Monroe Native on November 30, 2015, 08:21:22 PM
The loyalty of a dog.......can't be matched.  I had a somber moment yesterday when cleaning out some drawers in the garage, ran across my old buddy's collar with his name Barlow on it and our phone number.  What a great friend he was!

I found a softball in the trunk of the convertible with Reese teeth marks in it.  Brought a smile to my face. 

I put it back in so the current K9's didn't defile it by tearing it apart.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: SidecarFlip on November 30, 2015, 09:12:35 PM
My buddy Boodlie (the hound I never wanted but love dearly) is devoted to me.  She's blind now but what a nose and ears.  Greets me every time I get home.

Problem with dogs is we get to watch them grow up, get old and pass and it's always a pisser.  Cookie and Budda are our last ones.  No more.  We are done.  They never leave though.  All are out in the yard in various spots.....
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Monroe Native on December 01, 2015, 08:11:51 PM
My buddy Boodlie (the hound I never wanted but love dearly) is devoted to me.  She's blind now but what a nose and ears.  Greets me every time I get home.

Problem with dogs is we get to watch them grow up, get old and pass and it's always a pisser.  Cookie and Budda are our last ones.  No more.  We are done.  They never leave though.  All are out in the yard in various spots.....

Never say never!

You guys seem to have lots of critters around.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: John Kopke on December 01, 2015, 09:07:45 PM
I had Buster. At the time I lived out in Lasalle in the semi-country. Buster was owned by a couple who lived two doors over. They didn't give a FRA about Buster. He had a small doghouse and was hooked to a 15 foot chain. The area around his doghouse was just dirt. They let him off the chain maybe once a year and then got pissed off when he went crazy. Go figure. I felt sorry for Buster being chained up and started visiting him to provide him with a little love. One day the woman saw me and asked if I'd like to take Buster for a walk. I readily agreed. At first it was a struggle because it was hard to control Buster, but it got better over time. Then one day, a couple months later, we were out in a pasture and Buster was running all out, hit a dip, and came up lame. I took him to the vet the next day and was told he tore his anterior cruciate. I called his owner's and told them Buster need a n operation to repair the damage and I would pay for it. They said OK. Well pre-operation tests indicated he had heartworm. I said treat that, and do the operation. The operation was successful, but Buster needed to be stationary for 30 days. During that time I built a doghouse. When the time was up, and the doghouse was built, I walked over, unchained Buster, and walked him over to his new home. The previous owners never said a word. Good thing because I would have punched their lights out.

Buster was 5 at the time and virtually every day we took our walk of about 3 miles. He would run free 50-100 yards ahead of me while I followed reading the newspaper. We did this for 9 years, whether it was summer or winter. Today I remember the joy Buster experienced running down the trail we blazed. But Buster is gone now, and just thinking about him tears me up. He was the best buddy I ever had.     
   
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: arpydave on December 02, 2015, 06:22:01 AM
THAT is an incredible story Mr. Kopke. And I bet that Buster believes that YOU are the best buddy HE ever had.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on December 02, 2015, 07:00:12 AM
My buddy Boodlie (the hound I never wanted but love dearly) is devoted to me.  She's blind now but what a nose and ears.  Greets me every time I get home.

Problem with dogs is we get to watch them grow up, get old and pass and it's always a pisser.  Cookie and Budda are our last ones.  No more. We are done.  They never leave though.  All are out in the yard in various spots.....

None of our critters ever leave either...  they're all here somewhere...   so far I can still remember where a critter is although I can't remember which ones are where anymore. 

We're saying too that we're on our last 'round' of critters.  I know that's not likely because we'll always have an outdoor 'watch dog' as long as we live anywhere 'in the country'.  We have traveled back and forth to Florida in the car with the big red dog and the smaller black lab we have.  She lays down and goes to sleep the second we turn out of the driveway...  to say she loves to ride would be an understatement.  On the other hand the black lab (male) is nervous and would watch out the back window all the way to Florida...   we've always figured he was dropped off out here so we joke that he's afraid we're taking him to drop him off again :D :D :D

Both of them shed and even if you brush them every day for a week before we go somewhere they'll still shed all over the car.  I guess while they're still with us I'm going to find a van I can convert into something more comfortable for them.  Kind of a mobile kennel. 

It can be a hassle sometimes finding a motel that will allow them too. 

My guess is we'll ultimately end up with 'smaller' dogs again...   when the kids were little we had a few miniature Schnauzers...   maybe go back to them :-\ :-\ :-\

Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on December 02, 2015, 07:25:44 AM
I had Buster. At the time I lived out in Lasalle in the semi-country. Buster was owned by a couple who lived two doors over. They didn't give a FRA about Buster. He had a small doghouse and was hooked to a 15 foot chain. The area around his doghouse was just dirt. They let him off the chain maybe once a year and then got pissed off when he went crazy. Go figure. I felt sorry for Buster being chained up and started visiting him to provide him with a little love. One day the woman saw me and asked if I'd like to take Buster for a walk. I readily agreed. At first it was a struggle because it was hard to control Buster, but it got better over time. Then one day, a couple months later, we were out in a pasture and Buster was running all out, hit a dip, and came up lame. I took him to the vet the next day and was told he tore his anterior cruciate. I called his owner's and told them Buster need a n operation to repair the damage and I would pay for it. They said OK. Well pre-operation tests indicated he had heartworm. I said treat that, and do the operation. The operation was successful, but Buster needed to be stationary for 30 days. During that time I built a doghouse. When the time was up, and the doghouse was built, I walked over, unchained Buster, and walked him over to his new home. The previous owners never said a word. Good thing because I would have punched their lights out.

Buster was 5 at the time and virtually every day we took our walk of about 3 miles. He would run free 50-100 yards ahead of me while I followed reading the newspaper. We did this for 9 years, whether it was summer or winter. Today I remember the joy Buster experienced running down the trail we blazed. But Buster is gone now, and just thinking about him tears me up. He was the best buddy I ever had.     
 

Thanks for posting that story John...

gives me a different perspective on you after all these years!!!

I always figured you just sat around at home all day sharpening your pencils...

you really should venture out of the 'politics' board a little more often 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on December 02, 2015, 01:02:27 PM
LOL, I thought the same.  Good story.

I just figured though that it was Fluffy Bunny who tapped into John's account and told the story.   ;D
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: arpydave on December 09, 2015, 06:29:52 AM
And the circle of life continues around. I'll always have a soft spot for the breeds under the Shepard-related umbrella

Russia hands over puppy to France to replace police dog killed in Paris attacks

http://tass.ru/en/society/842101 (http://tass.ru/en/society/842101)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Skittelroo on December 09, 2015, 08:54:11 AM
John Kopke, that was a wonderful story.   We need more of them around here.  Thanks for sharing.   :)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: livewire on December 09, 2015, 10:45:22 AM
Great story, John.  Sounds like me and my long-lost buddy, Buck.  Buck was short for Buckmiester Von Deusenberg.  He was a German Shorthaired Pointer.  And he was the best dog I've ever known.

Buck is out in the woods behind my house, now.

We currently have a Buster, too!  He's a very feisty Shorthair as well.  Plus we have Kayla, a Black Lab rescue dog, and Dobby, a small, very lovable Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix. 

I love dogs.  I'll go to someone's house, and they'll have a dog in their back yard, and the owners tell me to stay away!!!  He bites, and he hates strangers!!!  I'll walk right up to the dog, and pet him, with his tail wagging so hard it shakes his whole body!

The unconditional love that a dog gives it's owner is indescribable.  The best example I've heard is this:
Try locking your dog in the trunk of your car for an hour.  Let him out, then lock your wife in the trunk for an hour. 
Now, which one greeted you with affection when you opened the trunk?
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: John Kopke on December 19, 2015, 06:35:45 PM
Here is a Buster story about one of our walks. Our walks consisted of walking to the end on my yard, then through a pasture (we made a path through the long grass) and then along a farmer's road with corn or soybean fields on either side. Well on this day we were proceeding through the pasture, Buster was running probably 25 yards ahead of me. Well all of a sudden there was kind of a screeching sound along with the rapid flapping of wings. Apparently a wild turkey had nested right next to our path and Buster had scared the hell out of it. When I arrived on the scene there was Buster, and I swear he had a big grin on his face (if dogs can grin). Well we went on with our walk into the fields for about a half an hour. On the way back, when we got to the edge of the pasture, Buster took off like a bat out of hell down the path. You know what he was thinking, ROUND 2! Well about 30 seconds later back comes Buster running full tilt with that Turkey right on his tail chasing him. Fortunately, for the "Great Hunter" the Turkey was scared off when it saw me. You might say the Turkey wiped the grin off Buster's face.   
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: arpydave on December 19, 2015, 07:26:47 PM
LMAO Mr. Kopke, LMAO!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on December 20, 2015, 07:42:59 AM
Here is a Buster story about one of our walks. Our walks consisted of walking to the end on my yard, then through a pasture (we made a path through the long grass) and then along a farmer's road with corn or soybean fields on either side. Well on this day we were proceeding through the pasture, Buster was running probably 25 yards ahead of me. Well all of a sudden there was kind of a screeching sound along with the rapid flapping of wings. Apparently a wild turkey had nested right next to our path and Buster had scared the hell out of it. When I arrived on the scene there was Buster, and I swear he had a big grin on his face (if dogs can grin). Well we went on with our walk into the fields for about a half an hour. On the way back, when we got to the edge of the pasture, Buster took off like a bat out of hell down the path. You know what he was thinking, ROUND 2! Well about 30 seconds later back comes Buster running full tilt with that Turkey right on his tail chasing him. Fortunately, for the "Great Hunter" the Turkey was scared off when it saw me. You might say the Turkey wiped the grin off Buster's face.

I would guess it was one of two scenarios that happened...

In the spring when the hens have little ones they get very defensive so she may have been just 'defending' her nearby nest.

Then later in the summer the turkeys all molt.  Some apparently lose too many feathers at one time to be able to fly so they're stuck on the ground until they grow more feathers. 

Although their normal defense is just to fly away you and Buster happened to have met up with a more aggressive bird.

Just think from Buster's perspective what that all must have sounded and looked like :o :o :o
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: John Kopke on December 20, 2015, 07:18:02 PM
I would guess it was one of two scenarios that happened...

In the spring when the hens have little ones they get very defensive so she may have been just 'defending' her nearby nest.

Then later in the summer the turkeys all molt.  Some apparently lose too many feathers at one time to be able to fly so they're stuck on the ground until they grow more feathers. 

Although their normal defense is just to fly away you and Buster happened to have met up with a more aggressive bird.

Just think from Buster's perspective what that all must have sounded and looked like :o :o :o

Well Buster loved the first half, not so much the second. I don't know the reason why the Turkey stood up on the second go round, maybe it was just pissed off. In any event, I would say it was a draw. However, I did notice that Buster (the Great Hunter) stayed by my side until we cleared the pasture for the next few days. In any event, if I had the Turkey chasing  Buster on camera, I'm convinced I could have won the $ 10K on the funniest home video program.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on December 23, 2015, 09:36:06 AM
This is a neat dog story with some local connections (Romulus):

http://www.wxyz.com/news/family-reunited-with-their-dog-after-three-years-yorkshire-terrier-found-in-romulus (http://www.wxyz.com/news/family-reunited-with-their-dog-after-three-years-yorkshire-terrier-found-in-romulus)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: blue2 on December 23, 2015, 09:47:23 AM
Nice,  I wish i had our first yorkie back. he was such a nice dog.
Title: 25 most loyal dog breeds
Post by: BigRedDog on December 27, 2015, 10:01:43 AM
I'm not sure who did the judging for this story...

some of the breeds mentioned are pretty rare...

still interesting to see them though!

http://yupdaily.com/25-most-loyal-dog-breeds/?utm_source=gemini&utm_content=31590240812&utm_term=ron_c&utm_medium=native&utm_campaign=25-most-loyal-dog-breeds&ssrt_ps=bucket_25-most-loyal-dog-breeds_gemini_native&device=c (http://yupdaily.com/25-most-loyal-dog-breeds/?utm_source=gemini&utm_content=31590240812&utm_term=ron_c&utm_medium=native&utm_campaign=25-most-loyal-dog-breeds&ssrt_ps=bucket_25-most-loyal-dog-breeds_gemini_native&device=c)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: arpydave on January 02, 2016, 10:02:47 AM
Happy New Year's to all MT posters!   ;D

Here's a good one to bring in the New Year!   :)

Elderly Dog Abandoned at Shelter Spends New Year in a Home


http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/elderly-dog-abandoned-shelter-spends-year-home/story?id=36032252 (http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/elderly-dog-abandoned-shelter-spends-year-home/story?id=36032252)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Monroe Native on January 08, 2016, 04:09:09 PM
Cool!  A Michigan contestant to root for in the "Puppy Bowl."

 ;D

http://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/television/2016/01/08/puppy-bowl-animal-planet-michigan-dog-rescue-animal-shelter/78508650/ (http://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/television/2016/01/08/puppy-bowl-animal-planet-michigan-dog-rescue-animal-shelter/78508650/)

(http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/d3a5e45acecfd6c7b1a08ef94f8ce7b9eaa5dd92/c=261-0-1635-2453&r=583&c=0-0-580-1031/local/-/media/2016/01/08/DetroitFreePress/DetroitFreePress/635878547574141464-Brooklyn-Team-Fluff-German-Shepherd-13-weeks-Canine-Companions-Rescue-Center-Michigan.jpg)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on January 08, 2016, 08:44:26 PM
What will they try next?

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-drove-weapons-filled-truck-to-d-c-to-kidnap-one-of-white-house-dogs/ (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-drove-weapons-filled-truck-to-d-c-to-kidnap-one-of-white-house-dogs/)
Title: 7-year-old boy’s life was saved by Jedi, his diabetes-sniffing dog
Post by: BigRedDog on March 10, 2016, 05:18:35 AM
Amazing what a dog can smell...

and tell 8) 8) 8)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/03/09/while-his-parents-slept-this-7-year-old-boys-life-was-saved-by-jedi-his-diabetes-sniffing-dog/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/03/09/while-his-parents-slept-this-7-year-old-boys-life-was-saved-by-jedi-his-diabetes-sniffing-dog/)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: blue2 on March 10, 2016, 09:30:10 AM
It's still amazing to see how smart animals really are.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Monroe Native on March 25, 2016, 08:27:25 PM
Nice story about how a family got their dog back after he went missing 3 years earlier - and they moved across the country.

The Microchip was gold!

(http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/pilotonline.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/54/65471546-ce3e-54ca-940c-5a3b05f9e719/56f4c050b71b0.image.jpg?resize=1200%2C873)

http://pilotonline.com/news/local/dog-that-disappeared-years-ago-is-reunited-with-tearful-owner/article_e017535f-032c-5f9c-8473-7f81acb3c6f0.html (http://pilotonline.com/news/local/dog-that-disappeared-years-ago-is-reunited-with-tearful-owner/article_e017535f-032c-5f9c-8473-7f81acb3c6f0.html)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on March 25, 2016, 09:22:03 PM
Interesting the variety of 'critters' that have lived in the white house over the years...

mostly dogs but quite a wide variety of other critters too (and that's not even counting all the bad presidents)!!!

http://www.monroenews.com/zz/lifestyle/20160325/nearly-every-president-kept-pet-in-white-house---heres-look-at-all-of-americas-first-pets (http://www.monroenews.com/zz/lifestyle/20160325/nearly-every-president-kept-pet-in-white-house---heres-look-at-all-of-americas-first-pets)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on March 25, 2016, 09:24:51 PM
I hope our next President has a 3 legged dog with mange.  Just to make a statement.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on March 25, 2016, 09:34:10 PM
I hope our next President has a 3 legged dog with mange.  Just to make a statement.

The young firefighter I just posted about in the news thread even had a 3 legged dog 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Tiny on March 26, 2016, 04:25:16 PM
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NEW HOME WANTED !!!!!
This is Lexi, she’s an 8 week-old German Sheppard, I bought Lexi as a surprise for my wife but it turns out she is allergic to dogs so we are now looking to find her a new home.
She is 39 years old, a beautiful and caring woman who drives, is a great cook and keeps a good house.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: blue2 on March 26, 2016, 05:07:46 PM
Lol.  I might be interested.  I have an extra bedroom
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: CatLady on March 26, 2016, 06:25:40 PM
I'll take either one!
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on March 26, 2016, 07:51:30 PM
That's hot!
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: SidecarFlip on March 26, 2016, 09:38:01 PM
Fuzz...  You should be ashamed of yourself..... ;D
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: arpydave on March 26, 2016, 11:14:58 PM
Tiny, I'd offer to help ya out, but I have allergies also.

I found out with my ex that I'm allergic to menopause....(Ba-doom-poom, tiss)  ;D
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Monroe Native on March 27, 2016, 07:31:00 PM
Tiny, I'd offer to help ya out, but I have allergies also.

I found out with my ex that I'm allergic to menopause....(Ba-doom-poom, tiss)  ;D

No doubt a leading cause of divorce.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: CatLady on March 27, 2016, 07:52:32 PM
No doubt a leading cause of divorce.

Yep - MALE menopause!
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on March 27, 2016, 08:14:08 PM
Why is it always the man's fault.......unless it is a woman who runs for city council later in life?
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Monroe Native on April 03, 2016, 07:28:43 PM
Yep - MALE menopause!

No such thing.

Males have been known to reproduce on our death beds in our 90's.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: CatLady on April 03, 2016, 09:18:27 PM
noun: male menopause - also known as andropause (andro means male).

a stage in a middle-aged man's life supposedly corresponding to the menopause of a woman, associated with the loss of sexual potency and a crisis of confidence and identity.

It's more than the ability to reproduce - such as attitude!
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on April 04, 2016, 10:12:03 AM
Totally off subject, but gotta comment on that.

I think it hits male and female alike, but the hormone imbalance/change seems to affect women physically more than it does men.  Men, it hits our minds......and women too for that matter.  It is dealing with the circle of life that suddenly there is a realized sense of mortality that was seldom considered when we were on the first half of the circle.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: John Kopke on April 08, 2016, 08:38:27 PM
Nice story about how a family got their dog back after he went missing 3 years earlier - and they moved across the country.

The Microchip was gold!

([url]http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/pilotonline.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/54/65471546-ce3e-54ca-940c-5a3b05f9e719/56f4c050b71b0.image.jpg?resize=1200%2C873[/url])

[url]http://pilotonline.com/news/local/dog-that-disappeared-years-ago-is-reunited-with-tearful-owner/article_e017535f-032c-5f9c-8473-7f81acb3c6f0.html[/url] ([url]http://pilotonline.com/news/local/dog-that-disappeared-years-ago-is-reunited-with-tearful-owner/article_e017535f-032c-5f9c-8473-7f81acb3c6f0.html[/url])


This woman is fighting cancer. Can't help but do her good to have her dog miraculously reappear and then be there to provide her unconditional love as she goes through the ups and downs in winning her battle against a scary disease. Dogs are the best.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on April 26, 2016, 10:19:57 AM
We were on our way home and had stopped in Kentucky for a stretch and to get some more fuel.  My phone rang and I saw that it was the person that was taking care of our critters while we were gone.  Our soon to be 16 year old bird dog was having trouble standing and walking. 

I figured we'd be home in 4-5 hours and traffic (way too much construction on 75 in Ohio) did not co-operate with us and we were almost twice that long.  When we got here I ran to the barn and the old boy was literally laying outside on the grass.  Apparently he had tried to get out to get some water.  We brought him inside and covered him up and kicked the furnace up to 70 (rough to think about after having the AC on for a month!!!

He was doing better by the next morning and has been progressing regularly every since.  My wife did go over him with a bath and a brushing looking for a tick (tick paralysis can happen) but found nothing.   Got him into the vet who gave him a good going over and especially checked his ears (the dog is stone deaf) and couldn't find anything other than my initial diagnosis of a stroke.  His head was definitely hanging low to the right.  At first we didn't realize it but after a few days he started barking...   we hadn't realized he hadn't been barking so it came as quite a shock inside!!!

Yesterday he even started raising his leg to pee again...

definitely getting better on his balance and he's eating pretty good.

The vet did give him a prescription for Prednisone (steroid)...

very inexpensive and so far it appears to be helping him. 

He'll be spending some time in the house so that will give me a chance to make a few updates to his kennel in the barn!
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on April 30, 2016, 08:48:24 AM
Our dog that had the stroke is doing great!!!  I think he only has one more pill to take (weaned down to one every other day now).  He seems to be as strong as he was just prior to the stroke and moves around just fine although he was a bit wobbly on his legs before too.  He's got a lot of miles on those legs over the years.  He's always been a runner and I'm curious how fast he could go again now.  But not curious enough to just let him loose either because he might still be hard to keep up with.

He still has a slight 'dip' to the way he holds his head...   he may just have that the rest of his days :-\ :-\ :-\
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on May 01, 2016, 09:18:22 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/FFwyqKU.jpg)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on May 01, 2016, 10:40:13 AM
This would be the Big Red Dog!!!

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Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Monroe Native on May 25, 2016, 05:56:56 PM
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/britains-loneliest-dog-poor-pooch-8045808 (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/britains-loneliest-dog-poor-pooch-8045808)

(http://i1.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article8045890.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/PAY-Lonely-Dog.jpg)

What a poor pooch!

6 years and no takers.  18,000 rejections.

I hope the article generates a home.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Monroe Native on May 25, 2016, 06:10:42 PM
This seems fair.

15 people want this Heroin addicted clown, but 18,000 people passed on the last dog.

Quote
ORANGE (CBSLA.com) — Bubba is back, running, playing and getting belly rubs after detoxing from drugs at OC Animal Care.

Police found Bubba with his owner in a Tustin motel room in March. Test showed the terrier mix was high on heroin and methamphetamine.

Officers arrested Joshua West for drug possession and animal cruelty.

“I would say looking at his video today, his prognosis is excellent. I think if he can avoid being exposed to addition drugs in the future with his new forever home, things will be perfectly fine,” said veterinarian Matthew Wheaton at the Alicia Pet Care Center in Orange. “If the dog was truly ingesting these things in relatively large quantities, I think he would probably be more than just lethargic.”

“It’s hard to know because you see the dog now, and he’s doing so great that lethargic for that particular dog might have actually been pretty messed up on drugs,” Wheaton added.

He said as more dog owners use drugs, especially opiates and marijuana, he sees more and more dogs coming into his animal hospital high.

“They’ll go really really high, and then they’ll kind of have that crash. So there might have been a lot of neurologic stimulation going on with the dog that at the end of the day, really short circuited things,” the veterinarian noted.

Five rescue organizations are in line to take care of Bubba.

So far, 15 people have signed up to adopt the dog.

He will be up for adoption as soon as the Orange County District Attorney files charges against his owner.


http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/05/24/first-look-at-dog-after-detoxing-from-heroin-methamphetamine/ (http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/05/24/first-look-at-dog-after-detoxing-from-heroin-methamphetamine/)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on June 07, 2016, 08:15:35 PM
The very last (known) seach dog from the 911 attacks has died.

Thank you for your service Bretagne!!!

http://nbc24.com/news/nation-world/last-known-living-911-search-dog-dies-in-texas-at-age-16-06-07-2016-105419870 (http://nbc24.com/news/nation-world/last-known-living-911-search-dog-dies-in-texas-at-age-16-06-07-2016-105419870)

(http://static-33.sinclairstoryline.com/resources/media/c6de92bf-de82-40be-8c99-68455439b793-large16x9_Obit911SearchDog_DiMa3.jpg?1465297045622)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on June 18, 2016, 09:14:14 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ClNAilyWEAE1KOx.jpg)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on June 18, 2016, 09:20:49 AM
Keep your eye on the ball ;D ;D ;D

http://nbc24.com/news/offbeat/more-than-12-million-have-watched-this-dog-standing-around-in-a-pool-so-will-you (http://nbc24.com/news/offbeat/more-than-12-million-have-watched-this-dog-standing-around-in-a-pool-so-will-you)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on June 18, 2016, 01:44:11 PM
LOL....funny stuff.  The red lab never moved....just waiting and saying "Throw it near me you moron".
Title: Dog crashes car into Walmart...
Post by: BigRedDog on August 02, 2016, 06:46:25 PM
maybe they quit carrying the dogs favorite food :o :o :o

http://www.13abc.com/content/news/?article=388868772&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_13abc (http://www.13abc.com/content/news/?article=388868772&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_13abc)

Back when the BRD was younger she went everywhere with me and I'd lock the door and leave the AC running to keep her cool...  I knew there were very few people that she would let in the truck...

but she never drove off with the truck either ;) ;) ;)

I remember the '99 Ranger had an electric lockout that you had to put the brake on before you could shift but I don't remember how long before then that they had the lockouts.  Everything with an automatic since then has had one.

At least no one was hurt and the car wasn't too bad off.

Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on August 14, 2016, 09:41:37 AM
Looks like there is no end what they can train a dog to do:

http://www.13abc.com/content/news?article=389998891&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_13abc (http://www.13abc.com/content/news?article=389998891&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_13abc)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on August 31, 2016, 09:46:28 AM
I was one of those people that already knew that a dog could understand what we're saying to them!

http://www.freep.com/story/life/2016/08/30/good-boy-dogs-know-what-youre-saying-study-suggests/89585300/ (http://www.freep.com/story/life/2016/08/30/good-boy-dogs-know-what-youre-saying-study-suggests/89585300/)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on August 31, 2016, 04:10:46 PM
Here is a feel good story!

http://www.wxyz.com/news/dog-swims-over-6-miles-walks-12-more-to-find-family (http://www.wxyz.com/news/dog-swims-over-6-miles-walks-12-more-to-find-family)

Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on August 31, 2016, 04:49:07 PM
Here is a feel good story!

[url]http://www.wxyz.com/news/dog-swims-over-6-miles-walks-12-more-to-find-family[/url] ([url]http://www.wxyz.com/news/dog-swims-over-6-miles-walks-12-more-to-find-family[/url])


I don't know that the big red dog could survive the 6 mile swim today and I know she couldn't walk 12 miles in one stretch...

might take her a few days but I have no doubt when she was younger she could have and would have done this.  She's spent some time swimming in Lake Erie which is warmer than Lake Michigan this time of year.

I've actually spent some time around Beulah and Frankfort but not while I've had her!
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Monroe Native on September 27, 2016, 08:03:30 PM
Another Long Distance dog reunion story - made possible by a microchip.

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2016-09-26/story/dog-reunited-jacksonville-woman-after-disappearance-1100-mile-journey (http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2016-09-26/story/dog-reunited-jacksonville-woman-after-disappearance-1100-mile-journey)

I'd love to know how the dog got from Jacksonville to Boston.....
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on October 27, 2016, 10:06:30 AM
A hundred years ago many fire stations had Dalmations to help with the horses...

an now someone has 'discovered' that dogs in the station are a great therapy for firefighters ;) ;) ;)

http://www.13abc.com/content/news/?article=398687531 (http://www.13abc.com/content/news/?article=398687531)
Title: If I have to ride in an ambulance this is the one I want to go in!
Post by: BigRedDog on November 04, 2016, 08:50:55 AM

http://nbc24.com/news/local/combat-veteran-brings-new-service-dog-to-his-job-as-a-promedica-emt (http://nbc24.com/news/local/combat-veteran-brings-new-service-dog-to-his-job-as-a-promedica-emt)

(http://static-10.sinclairstoryline.com/resources/media/fdef763c-a754-40d6-90b6-68fa3718bcc6-large16x9_thumbnail_FullSizeRender.jpg?1478211750341)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on November 04, 2016, 12:40:00 PM
Cool story!
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on November 04, 2016, 12:57:39 PM
Cool story!

I'm curious if he only responds in Lucas County (Toledo) or if his crew also responds to southern Monroe County at times.  Not sure how to find that info.

I will definitely be keeping my eyes open for them.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: whispers on February 04, 2017, 02:45:03 PM
For the past 3 weeks our dog had been vomiting and had loose stool (diarrhea) and she was in and out of two different  vet offices five times over the course of that time. A couple of thousand dollars later, and two separate regimens of prescribed drugs, her condition did not improve, she continued losing weight and refused to eat, but she couldn't seem to drink enough water.     

We took Kendall to the vet again Thursday evening, and realized when we left there we would be making some tough decisions. Yesterday morning I told my wife what I had considered all last night, and that I believed it was time to put her down, and we did this morning. She came to us as rescue dog from Detroit, and nearly starved to death when she was found.

Kendall was eight years old Friday, and though she had some issues we made her part of our lives. We provided her with a nice home with lots of love and she in turn gave us her loyal undivided companionship.  What we don’t know is what type of environment she was raised in.

Emotions aside … I have some harsh feelings toward the some of the vets too. Some of these people have demonstrated a willingness to take advantage of people so emotionally involved with their pets by not being more blunt and frank about the prognosis.

Rather than tell people there is a serious and chance she would not recover from whatever was destroying her and there is minimal chance of full recovery they are more than happy to keep running endless amounts of tests and raking up mounting costs ... and I think that is wrong, unethical and unprofessional.... 

... To me some (not all) of the vets are motivated by cash and money rather than diagnosing and being honest frank and forthcoming in the dogs diminishing quality of life and chances of getting well. In this day and age money has so corrupted the balance between "Hippocratic Oaths," human doctors are sworn to in their "do no harm" purpose and I beginning to doubt that exist with some of these veterinarians. That to me is the greatest travesty and animals suffer greatest.

Who knows if veterinarians are even taught "Hippocratic Oathes" before leaving grad schools .... or even if they are sworn to believe their "do no harm" purpose, they certainly believe cash is best from what I witnessed, and I believe as long they treat your pet as though you were in a convenience cash in and cash out party store your pet suffers .... Just Saying!     
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: blue2 on February 04, 2017, 03:03:14 PM
I know what you were dealing with..I'm going thru that right now with a shi shu.  Everything but the vomiting..  When he started to loose weight and drank water all day I went to the Lambertville vet.  $300 later for a blood work up I found out he prob had a stroke for one thing and that his kidneys were only functioning at 35%.  Dr Taylor said he could live maybe 6 months or it could be less.  He is now starting to cut back on food.  Even when he ate the normal amount he went from 20 lbs to 12.. Unfortunately Dr Taylor just retired.  There is a husband and wife team there now but I don't know if they adopted Dr Taylor's principles..
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: CatLady on February 04, 2017, 08:45:14 PM
Whispers, sorry about your loss.  It's a tough call to make.  As one of my favorite vets used to say "It's the quality of life, not the quantity."  I have been fortunate to have a vet who tells me straight....and hands me the tissue box.  Knowing when to let go is part of being a responsible pet owner...a painful part.   My sympathies.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: blue2 on February 04, 2017, 09:09:00 PM
It's a fine line. I hate to do it but I don't want to see the dog suffer either. 
Sorry for your loss Wispers.  I think a lot of people have been thru this a few times. 
I'm on my 7th. Only 1 died without us really knowing there was something wrong. The other we took to the vet..
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: whispers on February 04, 2017, 10:37:59 PM
Thanks for the encouragement Cat Lady and Blue, it is very tough. It doesn't seem fair in a lot of ways but then again, we knew going in they don't live forever. We were there with her touching, petting and talking to her when she went  to sleep and  this morning we found ourselves almost calling for her as we typically would but caught ourselves.

This evening we went out for a community play and relaxed with friends but, we still feel a bit stunned, and still feeling a little dazed by all this. It was so sudden.

Last night I confessed to my wife I found myself looking at a few adopt a pet websites and she did as well. In all frankness though, I told her I guess I wanted to see if there was another Kendall look-a-like out there that needed a good home ...  but in reality I know we're just not ready for another one right now.

Today was a better day than yesterday and tomorrow always gets a little easier still.   
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Newport-Bill on February 05, 2017, 09:35:43 AM
We put our dog to sleep over 15 years ago and even now there isn't a day I don't miss her.  When no one wanted to go with me for a walk around the property summer or winter, she always went.  When I went up to the cabin for a weekend and no one else wanted to go, she always went.  She was a constant companion other than while at work for 13 years.  So I know exactly what you are going through and I am sorry for your loss.

I have toyed with adopting another but I just can't make that step but there is one thing that may help with the grief.  If I asked you do you want your loved one to go to heaven I am sure 99% of people would say yes - can't say 100% because some folks don't believe in heaven.  And to go to heaven it means you need to die.  So death is part of the deal we have to take as the bad with the good.  And as the Disney movie tells us "All dogs go to heaven."

Kendall will always be with you in your heart.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: whispers on February 05, 2017, 11:54:32 AM
Thanks for the kind words Bill, so true ... I believe when we go these friends will be there waiting to follows us around and happy to reunite once again.

I still a lot of snow in the back yard, I see either very red blood colored urine or diarrhea, I can't say which. I used to always walk around the back yard shoveling up her stool every week, sometimes more often than that to keep the yard clean. Now I have to wait for the thaw and melt to clean up.

This dog was always fed "Rachel Rae" organic dry food. Seems to me her symptoms such as diarrhea weren't pronounced until I inadvertently serve her some "Rachel Rae" venison lamb dry food in November, and about the same time I had Terminex come out and lay down some bait traps for mice in mid-December.

Both the vet and Terminex agree the poison for mice would not harm pets. They say its so minimal it would pass through their system in a week, if they came in contact with it. I simply don't know, but Terminex had called Friday pleading no responsibility and asking what they could to "make things better" and to be frank about it, we were in no mood for it Friday. 

Let me preface this by saying, we are not dirty people. We have newer home first owners about 16 years ago. We had an attached garage with a vast wide open Detroit Edison type easement in the back alley. Everyone always get some field mice in the fall and throughout warmer months getting into the garage. For that, I place down four bait traps partially concealed.

Kendall was never allowed in the garage. We have a completely fenced backyard. I have two bait traps in the basement but I have a seep seven foot walls and she cannot reach them and rarely ever went down in the basement. On occasion I would scoop a dead mouse from the garage when I found them.   

Then of all this vomiting and diarrhea occurred. It was horrible to witness and we felt helpless to stop it. We tried canned food, cooked chicken breast, ground beef and rice and nothing ... no amount of visits to the vet was helping this dog, in the meanwhile her weight dropped from 50 pounds down to 36 ...

I asked the vet if whatever she had is contagious to other pets and he told me not unless the other dogs eat the stool ...
When ever my daughters dog came over Kendall and Piper were inseparable, both kindred spirits of destiny as they were both unwanted rescue dogs. 

I don't want Piper to come over here and get whatever Kendall caught. So I'm wondering if anyone might have any ideas on that? Once we have a thaw and the snow melts, and I clean up whatever stool is there to scoop up, is there anything I put down to cleanse the area?



Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: CatLady on February 06, 2017, 08:50:12 AM
You may want to look up Virkons.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on February 07, 2017, 12:20:50 PM




A young man named Donald bought a dog from a farmer for $250.The farmer
agreed to deliver the dog the next day.



The next day, the farmer drove up to Donald's house and said, “Sorry son,
but I have some bad news… the dog died.”



Donald replied, “Well, then just give me my money back.” The farmer said,
“Can’t do that. I went and spent it already.”



Donald said, “Ok, then, just bring me the dead dog.”



The farmer asked, “What ya gonna do with him?” Donald said, “I’m going to
raffle him off.”



The farmer said, “You can’t raffle off a dead dog!” Donald said, “Sure I
can… Watch me… I just won’t tell anybody he’s dead.”



A month later, the farmer met up with Donald and asked, “What happened with
that dead dog?” Donald said, “I raffled him off”.“I sold 500 tickets at $5 a
piece and made a profit of $2495.” The farmer said, “Didn’t anyone
complain?”



Donald said, “Just the guy who won. So I gave him his $5 back.”



Donald has now moved into the White House.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: SidecarFlip on February 07, 2017, 05:00:42 PM
No issue with me.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on February 07, 2017, 05:49:08 PM
Well good......I was worried you might and was afraid to post it.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: SidecarFlip on February 07, 2017, 10:12:25 PM
Never seemed to impede your posting in the past..... ;D
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on February 08, 2017, 07:42:10 AM
Nope, that's the way it should be!   ;)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Tiny on March 30, 2017, 04:11:37 PM
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For all you Roomba owners....Not Me!

Haslemere Rants
Like This Page · March 25 · Edited ·
 
So, last week, something pretty tragic happened in our household. It's taken me until now to wrap my head around it and find the words to describe the horror. It started off simple enough - something that's probably happened to most of you.

Sometime between midnight and 1:30am, our puppy Evie pooped on our rug in the living room. This is the only time she's done this, so it's probably just because we forgot to let her out before we went to bed that night. Now, if you have a detective's mind, you may be wondering how we know the poop occurred between midnight and 1:30am. We were asleep, so how do I know that time frame?

Why, friends, that's because our Roomba runs at 1:30am every night, while we sleep. And it found the poop. And so begins the Pooptastrophe. The poohpocalypse. The pooppening.

If you have a Roomba, please rid yourself of all distractions and absorb everything I'm about to tell you.

Do not, under any circumstances, let your Roomba run over dog poop. If the unthinkable does happen, and your Roomba runs over dog poop, stop it immediately and do not let it continue the cleaning cycle. Because if that happens, it will spread the dog poop over every conceivable surface within its reach, resulting in a home that closely resembles a Jackson Pollock poop painting.

It will be on your floorboards. It will be on your furniture legs. It will be on your carpets. It will be on your rugs. It will be on your kids' toy boxes. If it's near the floor, it will have poop on it. Those awesome wheels, which have a checkered surface for better traction, left 25-foot poop trails all over the house. Our lovable Roomba, who gets a careful cleaning every night, looked like it had been mudding. Yes, mudding - like what you do with a Jeep on a pipeline road. But in poop.

Then, when your four-year-old gets up at 3am to crawl into your bed, you'll wonder why he smells like dog poop. And you'll walk into the living room. And you'll wonder why the floor feels slightly gritty. And you'll see a brown-encrusted, vaguely Roomba-shaped thing sitting in the middle of the floor with a glowing green light, like everything's okay. Like it's proud of itself. You were still half-asleep until this point, but now you wake up pretty damn quickly.

And then the horror. Oh the horror.

So, first you clean the child. You scrub the poop off his feet and put him back in bed. But you don't bother cleaning your own feet, because you know what's coming. It's inevitable, and it's coming at you like a freight train. Some folks would shrug their shoulders and get back in bed to deal with it in the morning. But you're not one of those people - you can't go to sleep with that war zone of poop in the living room.

So you clean the Roomba. You toss it in the bathtub to let it soak. You pull it apart, piece-by-piece, wondering at what point you became an adult and assumed responsibility for 3:30am-Roomba-disassembly-poop-cleanups. By this point, the poop isn't just on your hands - it's smeared up to your elbows. You already heard the Roomba make that "whirlllllllllllllllll-boop-hisssssssss" noise that sounds like electronics dying, and you realize you forgot to pull the battery before getting it wet.

Oh, and you're not just using profanity - you're inventing new types of profanity. You're saying things that would make Satan shudder in revulsion. You hope your kid stayed in bed, because if he hears you talking like this, there's no way he's not ending up in prison.

Then you get out the carpet shampooer. When you push it up to the rug - the rug that started it all - the shampooer just laughs at you. Because that rug is going in the trash, folks. But you shampoo it anyway, because your wife loved that damn rug, and you know she'll ask if you tried to clean it first.

Then you get out the paper towel rolls, idly wondering if you should invest in paper towel stock, and you blow through three or four rolls wiping up poop. Then you get the spray bottle with bleach water and hose down the floor boards to let them soak, because the poop has already dried. Then out comes the steam mop, and you take care of those 25-ft poop trails.

And then, because it's 6am, you go to bed. Let's finish this tomorrow, right?

The next day, you finish taking the Roomba apart, scraping out all the tiny flecks of poop, and after watching a few Youtube instructional videos, you remove the motherboard to wash it with a toothbrush. Then you bake it in the oven to dry. You put it all back together, and of course it doesn't work. Because you heard the "whirlllllllllllllll-boop-hissssssss" noise when it died its poopy death in the bathtub. But you hoped that maybe the Roomba gods would have mercy on you.

But there's a light at the end of the tunnel. After spending a week researching how to fix this damn £350 Roomba without spending £350 again - including refurb units, new motherboards, and new batteries - you finally decide to call the place where you bought it. That place called Hammacher Schlemmer. They have a funny name, but they have an awesome warranty. They claim it's for life, and it's for any reason.

So I called them and told the truth. My Roomba found dog poop and almost precipitated World War III.

And you know what they did? They offered to replace it. Yes, folks. They are replacing the Roomba that ran over dog poop and then died a poopy, watery death in the bathtub - by no fault of their own, of course.

So, mad props to Hammacher Schlemmer. If you're buying anything expensive, and they sell it, I recommend buying it from them. And remember - don't let your Roomba run over dog poop...

Credit to : Jesse Newton — with Carson Allen, Kostyantin Rogozin, Suzanne Thiedeman and 36 others.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: SidecarFlip on March 30, 2017, 05:19:03 PM
That is nasty ;D
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on April 16, 2017, 08:34:18 AM
Article in the Free Press this morning...

I'm not sure how anyone could just turn loose of their 'old' dogs but it's what the story discusses...

I give big kudos for the woman who is taking these old dogs in to share some love with them.

Warning...  parts of this story and video may make you emotional :-\ :-\ :-\

http://www.freep.com/story/news/columnists/john-carlisle/2017/04/15/dogs-hospice-silver-muzzle-michigan/99490688/ (http://www.freep.com/story/news/columnists/john-carlisle/2017/04/15/dogs-hospice-silver-muzzle-michigan/99490688/)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on April 19, 2017, 07:51:07 AM
I found this interesting and full of little facts by breed.

http://frank151.com/the-most-loyal-dog-breeds/?utm_source=taboola&utm_campaign=taboola_US_desktop_frank151-mostloyaldogs3-us-d-taboola_24_5afj_20170307_dl_4859&utm_term=usatodaydemo&utm_content=https%3A%2F%2Fconsole.brax-cdn.com%2Fcreatives%2Fc257b396-7bd6-476c-bac6-6ad061526256%2F17587137_1466016196803481_6179860732331425792_n_02bf2ec05c6824ded00fa2f10686b747.600x500.png&utm_medium=usatodaydemo (http://frank151.com/the-most-loyal-dog-breeds/?utm_source=taboola&utm_campaign=taboola_US_desktop_frank151-mostloyaldogs3-us-d-taboola_24_5afj_20170307_dl_4859&utm_term=usatodaydemo&utm_content=https%3A%2F%2Fconsole.brax-cdn.com%2Fcreatives%2Fc257b396-7bd6-476c-bac6-6ad061526256%2F17587137_1466016196803481_6179860732331425792_n_02bf2ec05c6824ded00fa2f10686b747.600x500.png&utm_medium=usatodaydemo)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on April 19, 2017, 08:07:21 AM
I found this interesting and full of little facts by breed.

[url]http://frank151.com/the-most-loyal-dog-breeds/?utm_source=taboola&utm_campaign=taboola_US_desktop_frank151-mostloyaldogs3-us-d-taboola_24_5afj_20170307_dl_4859&utm_term=usatodaydemo&utm_content=https%3A%2F%2Fconsole.brax-cdn.com%2Fcreatives%2Fc257b396-7bd6-476c-bac6-6ad061526256%2F17587137_1466016196803481_6179860732331425792_n_02bf2ec05c6824ded00fa2f10686b747.600x500.png&utm_medium=usatodaydemo[/url] ([url]http://frank151.com/the-most-loyal-dog-breeds/?utm_source=taboola&utm_campaign=taboola_US_desktop_frank151-mostloyaldogs3-us-d-taboola_24_5afj_20170307_dl_4859&utm_term=usatodaydemo&utm_content=https%3A%2F%2Fconsole.brax-cdn.com%2Fcreatives%2Fc257b396-7bd6-476c-bac6-6ad061526256%2F17587137_1466016196803481_6179860732331425792_n_02bf2ec05c6824ded00fa2f10686b747.600x500.png&utm_medium=usatodaydemo[/url])


We had Schnauzers for years...   they are everything that article says they are. 

We didn't have any rats for them to hunt but we did have ground moles.  Old 'Gus' would sit on our front porch for hours just watching around the yard.  Eventually he would see or hear something and he would slink down off the porch and go in the direction of whatever he had seen or heard.  About 30 feet away he would get right down on his belly and do the low slow crawl and finally stop.  Then he would wait and finally 'pounce' and dig with his front feet like crazy for a few seconds...   9 times out of 10 he would come up with a big old ground mole. 

Maybe it's time for us to get a Schnauzer again...   the ground moles are making a return ;) ;) ;)

They are bred as Miniatures, Standards and Giants.  Even though Gus was papered as a mini he was the size of most standards. 
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: The Fuzz on April 19, 2017, 08:19:18 AM
When the time comes to get another dog I'm not sure which way we will go.  I don't think it will be a big dog, I think I am ready for a smaller lap dog of sorts.

If size didn't matter, I do believe I'd go with a mutt again......a Lab mix.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on April 19, 2017, 08:20:55 AM
My wife had a Sheltie when she was quite young.  They raised cattle and it was so cool to watch that tiny (by comparison to an Angus steer anyway) dog literally herd those cattle.  She also had a horse and sometimes the dog would try to herd the horse...   but the horse didn't want to be herded so he would try to get the dog directly behind him and then try to launch him with his two back feet.  The dog was way quicker than the horse and it was fun to watch them play their game.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on April 19, 2017, 08:24:21 AM
When the time comes to get another dog I'm not sure which way we will go.  I don't think it will be a big dog, I think I am ready for a smaller lap dog of sorts.

If size didn't matter, I do believe I'd go with a mutt again......a Lab mix.

We're not going to rush into another dog right now either.  We have our youngest daughter's Staffordshire Terrier (talk about a loyal critter) for the time being.  I'll be on the lookout for another outdoor alert dog though.

Most likely we'll go back to a Schnauzer is my guess right now. 
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Monroe Native on June 28, 2017, 09:00:25 PM
http://www.mlive.com/sports/2017/06/check_out_all_these_very_good.html#incart_m-rpt-2 (http://www.mlive.com/sports/2017/06/check_out_all_these_very_good.html#incart_m-rpt-2)

I can't imagine taking my bad azz dogs to a Tigers game.....

They would be chasing the ball all night long!!
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on July 28, 2017, 09:29:46 AM
Here's a lost dog story with a happy ending.  I know it's in Toledo but one of the gals does live in Bedford.

http://www.13abc.com/content/news/Dog-reunited-with-owner-after-more-than-a-year-437089003.html (http://www.13abc.com/content/news/Dog-reunited-with-owner-after-more-than-a-year-437089003.html)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on August 28, 2017, 09:30:44 PM
Muskegon is not one of my favorite Michigan destination cities but I might make an exception to go see this:

http://www.monroenews.com/news/20170826/museum-display-honors-military-dogs?start=2 (http://www.monroenews.com/news/20170826/museum-display-honors-military-dogs?start=2)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on August 30, 2017, 10:08:51 AM
EMD just finished the 'last Wednesday 10 am' siren test.  We've still got quite a bit of fog outside and we have the front door open so the dog could really hear the guy talking before the test.  He stood in the door looking around...   trying to find the 'intruder to his territory'.  Once the siren started he calmed down and just stood there.  We had a dog that would go crazy anytime he heard a siren up close and literally start howling at it. 
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on October 24, 2017, 09:31:58 AM
Found on Twitter:

(http://78.media.tumblr.com/3e67f0bdd845173f99ac160af3fcaa5a/tumblr_oxzufb23Ls1qewacoo1_540.png)

Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on October 25, 2017, 08:13:15 PM
Found more photos and this article about a Facebook group on the UPS Dogs:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/tanyachen/ups-drivers-and-the-dogs-they-meet?bftw&utm_term=.xhVDedPR#.gvGj37gL (https://www.buzzfeed.com/tanyachen/ups-drivers-and-the-dogs-they-meet?bftw&utm_term=.xhVDedPR#.gvGj37gL)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on November 09, 2017, 08:34:14 AM
Another one from UPS dogs:

these two must be related...    they have the same 'smile' ;) ;) ;)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DOIqhDVXkAUHIVS.jpg)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on November 15, 2017, 01:50:28 PM
Another from UPS dogs:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DOegDRQX0AEcCVK.jpg)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: SidecarFlip on November 15, 2017, 03:10:07 PM
Our pup has many issues besides being blind but she knows out UPS driver and when he drops off any package, she's right by the gate to get her biscuit and her tail is about falling off...

Must be something on the pre-employment test that has to do with dogs because our previous driver who retired, was the same, dog friendly.  Even the Fed-Ex guys all have dog treats and the pup is always waiting.

Now the mail person, she could care less about and the mail person and her have no interaction at all.

Being a dog person, I can tell right away if any dog is friendly, scared or just nasty and I always act accordingly.

One of my chipper customers has a not so nice Doberman that I was warned about right away.  I have always ignored him and now he comes right up to me and wants to be rubbed.  I always let the pup decide.  I never decide.

A dog is a much better judge of character than a human is anyway.

Great pictures BRD...
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on December 27, 2017, 09:08:26 AM
We were heading north on Monroe St yesterday and had to stop for the light at Dunbar.  A Blue Escape turned the corner heading north.  Their back window was down and there was a huge dog hanging his head out the window and enjoying the nice fresh air.  Not sure what it was but looked like maybe a Malamute.  Once the car got back up to speed the dog did pull it's head back in but he gave us a big smile when we pulled up beside him at the next light!
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on December 27, 2017, 10:15:18 AM
I just went to let the dog out as EMD was starting the 'last Wednesday' siren test.  The recording was talking and it seemed especially loud...   maybe the cold still air?

The dog stopped in his tracks and was really listening.  Must be confusing to a critter!
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on March 13, 2018, 09:59:22 AM
A very faithful critter!!!

https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/international/loyal-dog-waits-outside-brazil-hospital-where-owner-died-over-four-months-ago-staff-says (https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/international/loyal-dog-waits-outside-brazil-hospital-where-owner-died-over-four-months-ago-staff-says)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on June 24, 2018, 10:36:10 AM
This is pretty cool if you're into training your dogs to do some complicated things.

This appears to be in Madrid and looks like some kind of a demo at a sporting event. 

The pup is an official police dog and you can see his little blue bubble light on his back. 

It appears to be a Rottweiler so he will definitely have enough weigh to perform effective CPR when he grows up. 


https://twitter.com/SAOFreq15/status/1010878829567643648
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on August 01, 2018, 10:52:07 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Djhat8TWsAEnFZm.jpg)
Title: Dog Names
Post by: BigRedDog on August 16, 2018, 11:39:55 AM
https://thestacker.com/stories/1477/most-popular-male-dog-names#1

I guess we're pretty normal.  We've had a lot of critters over the years and plenty of male dogs on that list.  We've had 5 of the 50 names they're listing.

Not so many female dogs but my big red dog was hands down my favorite all time dog and she knew it.  I definitely played favorites with here.  Snickers didn't break the top 50 on the list but she'll always be #1 on my list.

These are worth looking through just to see some beautiful dog photos.

https://thestacker.com/stories/1475/most-popular-female-dog-names
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: blue2 on August 16, 2018, 03:14:53 PM
Wow,  #50 Gunner looks identical to the last dog we had,  His name was Mace..
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on August 17, 2018, 03:39:58 PM
Wow,  #50 Gunner looks identical to the last dog we had,  His name was Mace..

I went through all the pictures and saw a couple that looked like dogs we've had over the years.  Definitely brings back some good memories.

I don't think 'Mace' made the top 50 list in either gender but that is an interesting name.  How did you happen to choose that?

We've had some interesting family discussions naming puppies but usually a name just naturally sticks!  We had a registered English Setter puppy (lived to be 17) and we were having a cookout in the back yard while we were all debating a name.  Someone had carelessly tossed an empty Bud Light bottle aside and the puppy started sticking his tongue down the neck of the bottle.  All at the same time I herd 'Bud' and 'Bud Boy' and both stuck.  He was Bud for short and Bud Boy when he misbehaved.  That really wasn't very often other than he went deaf fairly young so he was hard to control by voice.  Still obeyed hand signals though 'if' you could get his attention.  He was our outdoor guard dog for years.  We had ducks too and the ducks would rarely all sleep at the same time so they'd start talking if they saw something and then Bud would happily announce it to the world!
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: blue2 on August 17, 2018, 06:39:56 PM
I'm  not sure about Mace. My wife chose it. It was her dog. I only fed it, groomed it, trimmed nails, walked it,bathed it and took to the vet. And it sat in the chair with her every evening
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: BigRedDog on August 17, 2018, 07:47:15 PM
I'm  not sure about Mace. My wife chose it. It was her dog. I only fed it, groomed it, trimmed nails, walked it,bathed it and took to the vet. And it sat in the chair with her every evening

That's about the way it was with our big red Snickers.  My wife did all of the above except I took her on long, long walks.  She was a hunter at heart and loved to walk and explore.  Some days we'd walk 3-4 miles and she was still always ready to go for one more lap around the woods if I would take her.  She liked my wife and would be very protective of her but there was little doubt whose dog she ultimately was. 

One day I was taking photos of a woman's house and she busted me.  One of the few times I ever got busted but this gal got me good...   or so she thought.  We had our Ranger pickup which had jumpseats in the back and Snickers loved to sleep in the back.  The woman must have seen me when I was taking pictures out the truck window when I was out in front of her house.  When I went around the block and went through the alley she was waiting for me by the garage and she decided it would be a good idea to get in my face and yell at me.  Snickers went from sound asleep to full on 'defense' in about a half a second.  Fortunately the dog was just too big to get out of the back through what little opening there was in the side window.  That woman sure went into full retreat in a hurry.  She was still talking but I was so busy laughing and Snickers was barking so ferociously I couldn't hear the gal as I drove away.  The dog just turned around and laid back down on the floor and let out a big 'sigh'.  She had done her work for the day.
Title: Tiny Piglet and Tiny Puppy Become Best Friends
Post by: BigRedDog on September 09, 2018, 07:02:30 PM
Tiny Piglet and Tiny Puppy Become Best Friends

Another twitter find.

My Dad raised pigs on the farm when I was little.  They're an incredibly smart and crafty critter.  Occasionally the electric fence around their pen would short out and when it did they were like escape artists.  If there was a place they could squeeze through or bust open they'd find it. 



http://time.com/4234079/abandoned-piglet-friends-with-puppy/?xid=time_socialflow_twitter&utm_campaign=time&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social (http://time.com/4234079/abandoned-piglet-friends-with-puppy/?xid=time_socialflow_twitter&utm_campaign=time&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: John Kopke on October 26, 2018, 08:51:23 PM
Saw a picture in an article where a cop was saying goodbye to his dog just before he was put down. Took me back to when I had to have my Buster put down 7 years ago, and even after all these years tears are streaming down my face. Man I loved that dog. Best friend I've ever had.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: SidecarFlip on October 27, 2018, 08:49:17 AM
Problem with dog's in general is they live a much shorter lifespan than you do, so you get to watch them 'grow up', get old, and finally expire and it's always heart wrenching.  We right now have a 9 year old 108 pound chow / lab mix 'Mr. Quincy' that is a wonderful dog that someone abandoned in our driveway over 2 years ago for what reason, I have no idea.

He's well trained, housebroken, loves cats and kids and people, sleeps in the bedroom with us every night, looks mean and nasty but in reality is a milk toast.

Great dog that CL and I are very attached to.  Problem is, he will die here just like the others have and get laid to rest out back with the others.

We look at it as we are just providing him with a nice end to his life.  Being comfortable and wanted is a good thing for any dog (or cat) for that matter.

He's laying by my feet right now, taking up a lot of room and snoring away.  Very content.  Great pup, glad he came to us.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: John Kopke on April 02, 2019, 09:45:07 PM
Just read the "It Never Gets Easier" post/topic by Halo. Post was back in July 2018. She had just had to have a beloved cat put down. Wasn't the first cat she had to put down, but she was all done this time. Couldn't take the heartache of losing another again. I understand. It hurts real bad. Real bad. Been there, and been there.

Thing is when I lost my beloved Buster (a dog), and I still get choked up when I think about him, it wasn't the whole story. I rescued Buster (a dog) and gave him 10 really good years for both of us. The end game does suck, big time, but you have to remember the 99.5 % of your time together. That was the best.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Monroe Native on April 03, 2019, 06:25:27 PM
The end game does suck, big time, but you have to remember the 99.5 % of your time together. That was the best.

Which is why I grieve, I miss my old pooches, but I love the silly playful puppy that comes next.

It's mostly good.  I wouldn't give that up for anything.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: SidecarFlip on April 04, 2019, 09:16:45 AM
We prefer grown dogs especially cast off's.  Already trained so no messes.  Why I don't like kids either, especially babies.  babies only do 3 things, pee, poop and puke....  and then they grow up to be liberal snowflakes.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: blue2 on April 04, 2019, 09:17:20 AM
maybe 4,,,,,,,,cry
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: SidecarFlip on April 04, 2019, 09:19:40 AM
maybe 4,,,,,,,,cry

Stuff a pacifier in it's trap and no crying.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Monroe Native on April 04, 2019, 09:14:33 PM
We prefer grown dogs especially cast off's.  Already trained so no messes. 

Only if you are lucky - and some idiot didn't ruin them.
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: Monroe Native on April 16, 2019, 07:51:34 PM
What a tough dog!

https://apnews.com/a4e0bf519d094444b11146afdebcd202 (https://apnews.com/a4e0bf519d094444b11146afdebcd202)
Title: Re: Dog Stories
Post by: SidecarFlip on April 16, 2019, 10:15:00 PM
Only if you are lucky - and some idiot didn't ruin them.

You've met our latest family member.  What do you think?  I'd say Mr. Quincy is pretty well a pushbutton dog.