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  1. Free looks like Ash's dog (in my sig) Laurel looks like no other dog I've ever seen here...
  2. Free: MAKE MY DAY...... Laurel: did you say food? food? can I have some of yours?
  3. they are amazing, arent they? I see so every day when I hear stories like this. they just KNOW somehow...
  4. Neither of mine growl at me, except Free does when we play rough. but its a wimpy growl at that, and more just a vocalization. mine are not allowed toseriously growl at me for any reason.
  5. my father was abusive. perhaps he is too. no one ever crossed him for fear of being beaten up. sometimes kids, no matter how old, are unable to intervene in what their parents do...I'm just glad both kids and dogs are outta there. hopefully they'll get him good on the child endangerment. unfortunately the laws arent good enough when it comes to pet endangerment. can I have an ...um..."word" with him? about both the kids AND the dogs..... :evilbat:
  6. he's home, on high powered antibiotics, and inhaler and some expectorant to cough up the crap....damn kid....well, his girlfriend knows now and she'll rag him to no end if he does this again. he listens to HER (figures)...... Free is the healer dog. I'm sure her anxiety set Laurel off, and you'd have to be DEAF to sleep thru that bay.... he sounds better already. but I am counting the antibiotics to make sure he takes them all til they're gone. I told him they have to stay in the medicine chest so the dogs wont get them.... :evilbat:
  7. my son is in the hospital. pneumonia, in both lungs. he's had a bad cold and been coughing roughly for 2 days. worked both days tho I said he should stay home. came home from work, took cold medicine, passed out on the couch. I have been ragging and offering to take him to see a doctor, typical male, not necessary. Free woke me up an hour ago. whining, demanding. Laurel was also whining, baying. Kyle was on the couch, shivering, freezing and with a high fever. I just got back from the hospital. He'll be ok, he's on antibiotics and willbe there until tomorrow. If I dont beat him to death for stubborness, he'll live. listen to your dogs. they know more then we do.
  8. and you did see the laughing icons...no harm.,no foul... :lol: :lol: :lol:
  9. docking and cropping had purpose in hunting and guarding dogs that goes way back. the tails were docked to prevent injury, and I have seen hunting dog tails mangled and broken. cropping was done mostly in guarding dogs to prevent the ear from being a point of grabbing by an assailant. today, unless the dog is working, it is not necessary, but I will advocate a dock for a hunting dog that has had problems with his tail in the past. Laurel's tail is permanently kinked, and had been broken while she was hunting. the vet says its ok, just watch the bump, but since she;s not hunting now I see no reason to dock it.
  10. I MAY have to take a road trip to Indiana.... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
  11. [quote]LOL No, you're wong! I agree with you! I already knew what you would say. If I ever meet you though, I'll bet I will be the politest guy you have ever met in your life[/quote] ok thats just wrong.....you have a completely wrong opinion of me. I am not aggressive day to day....I actually try to help people with aggression problems...things to do other than kill people...like throw dishes and enjoy the sound of their breaking....relieves stress, trust me... you set up a scenario where my dog (or my kid, or my friends) were snatched. and asked what I would do with a loaded gun at my disposal... I answered what I would do in that situation. thats only one situation. I might not do any of that in a different situation. I might choose to cut off the car, or wait for the police...depends on the necessitty of the situation. there is no perfect answer. all situations require well thought out responses...
  12. if we include things that are not really food, then Laurel takes the cake. she is the countersurfer supreme....I cant leave dishes in the sink or on the counter or they'll be on the floor (broken) in a heartbeat. she has also chewed up cat food cans, plastic pop cups, straws, anything that smells remotely edible... the other nite she grabbed a can of dog food off the counter (that I was going to mix with their dry) that has a pop-top. she pulled the pop-top off and started eating it!!! :o :o :o :o :o
  13. [quote]Oh, a combination, I'd say. People, more and more, seem to want to train a dog to protect their home. Quite frankly, I think this is ridiculous, as most dogs are naturally territorial already. They'll come to your aid if you need them to, without the aggression training. Making them more aggressive is just asking for trouble[/quote] I couldnt agree more with this, and I have been telling people this for decades...they just DONT get it that a guarding breed dog (a dobie, a rottie, to some extent a GSD) will guard NATURALLY upon reaching maturity because thats what it was bred to do....its in their genes already, and unless you are police or military, and need a trained guard dog to help you do your job, there is NO reason to do it. a watchdog and a naturally protective dog is good enough for the average household.... :roll:
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