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Amazed this hasn't been done. Dogs are awesome. Which is your favourite? Write-in votes also accepted, pictures and campaigning positively encouraged.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Corgi 3
Basset Hound 3
Schnauzer 2
Pug 2
Jack Russell 2
Boxer 1
Greyhound 1
Border Collie 1
Labrador Retriever 1
English Bull Terrier 1
Old English Bulldog 1
Husky 1
Bichon Frise 1
King Charles Spaniel 1
Poodle 1
Foxhound 1
Cocker Spaniel 1
Dachsund 1
Swiss Mountain Dog 1
Japanese Spitz 0
Japenese Tosa 0
Maltese 0
Mexican Hairless Dog 0
Papillon 0
Pekinese 0
Rottweiler 0
West Highland Terrier 0
Whippet 0
Bull Mastif 0
Akita Inu 0
Pit Bull Terrier 0
Staffordshire Bull Terrier 0
German Shepherd 0
Yorkshire Terrier 0
Beagle 0
Old English Sheepdog 0
Bloodhound 0
Chihuahua 0
Chow Chow 0
Dalmatian 0
Doberman 0
Red Setter 0
Springer Spaniel 0
Afghan Hound 0


Matt DC, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:29 (thirteen years ago) link

dunno what half these look like

someone do a pictorial guide

nax arrrrrgh (nakhchivan), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:30 (thirteen years ago) link

this really hasn't been done before?

where is the Shiba Inu?!

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:31 (thirteen years ago) link

Write-in votes also accepted

nax arrrrrgh (nakhchivan), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:32 (thirteen years ago) link

oh God you just reminded me that I had a dream last night in which I had a dog but really didn't want it and kept asking myself "why the hell did I get a dog?"

Zsa Zsa Gay Bar (jaymc), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:32 (thirteen years ago) link

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The Shiba Inu is looking sad at its exclusion from the poll. As is the St Bernard.

Matt DC, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:33 (thirteen years ago) link

http://seattlest.com/attachments/seattle_courtney/st-bernard.jpg

:(

Matt DC, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:34 (thirteen years ago) link

SO SAD!!!

OK out of the choices listed here in no particular order

pug
corgi
boxer
old english bulldog
husky
akita
lab

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:35 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm just going to use the Swiss mountain dog as a stand in for the Bernese but I do so under protest.

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:37 (thirteen years ago) link

I had a Jack Russell growing up so I suspect mine will be the only vote.

http://cdn-www.dailypuppy.com/media/dogs/anonymous/3542/200805083542_1.jpg_w450.jpg

mauricio kagel exercise (corey), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:37 (thirteen years ago) link

I am so gay for Jon's dogs :'((((((((((

buzza, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:38 (thirteen years ago) link

and and write ins for shibas and bernese mountain dogs

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:38 (thirteen years ago) link

WRITE-IN VOTE FOR SHIBA INU

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:39 (thirteen years ago) link

my mother's dog is a tibetan spaniel, where are they?

http://my-doggy.com/images/articles/Tibetan-Spaniel.jpg

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:39 (thirteen years ago) link

OMG WAIT

I can't believe I forgot a very important one

FRENCH BULLDOGS

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:40 (thirteen years ago) link

Let's just petition for an "all" option

mauricio kagel exercise (corey), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:41 (thirteen years ago) link

ok so my list is actually

pug
french bulldog
oe bulldog
shiba inu
akita
husky
bernese moutain dog

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:41 (thirteen years ago) link

x-post

no way

some dogs suck

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:41 (thirteen years ago) link

for example - really small rat-like yapping dogs. they suck.

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:42 (thirteen years ago) link

dachshunds are pretty incredible, so ridiculous. i always wonder whether they realise it.

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:42 (thirteen years ago) link

That's right E, I forgot about chihuahuas. My sister had one that you couldn't even pet and it just pissed everywhere. Useless animal!

mauricio kagel exercise (corey), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:44 (thirteen years ago) link

Write-in for "non-Border" Collies.

http://images.paraorkut.com/img/wallpapers/1024x768/c/collie-1352.jpg

Jesus Christ, the apple tree! (Laurel), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:44 (thirteen years ago) link

Even prick-eared ones. ^^ <3

Jesus Christ, the apple tree! (Laurel), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:46 (thirteen years ago) link

oh but I remembered two more

brussels griffon
affen pincher

LOOK AT THIS RIDICULOUS BEAST

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c287/expatrica/Brussels.jpg

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:48 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah I'm not too keen on chihuahuas

I was in the park with Benson the other day and this little asshole chihuahua came out of nowhere and started barking and nipping at him. The thing was so nasty! I had to pick B up because the little jerk was really starting to bite him.

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:49 (thirteen years ago) link

That last dog looks like a German politician.

Matt DC, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:50 (thirteen years ago) link

LOLLLLLLLLL

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:50 (thirteen years ago) link

Shiba Inu stans can vote Akita Inu if they want, it will be counted. I went via images on Wikipedia so obviously the whole size thing got a bit confusing.

Matt DC, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:50 (thirteen years ago) link

i'm not going to stan for small yappy lapdogs but i feel they often get unfairly slated cuz of their rep - cuz they're such girly dogs, and have those associations w/being kept in handbags etc

way prefer them to pitbulls or whatever

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:51 (thirteen years ago) link

See, okay, that ridiculous beast is actually a puppet/mask from The Dark Crystal. Look, you can almost SEE where the hairs were glued on around the eyes. DQ.

Jesus Christ, the apple tree! (Laurel), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:51 (thirteen years ago) link

lol laurel

Yeah I hear you Lex but I've just never really met a little yappy one that I loved whereas I have met some really awesome pitbulls (who also get unfairly slated).

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:53 (thirteen years ago) link

English Bull Terrier is surely the worst dog. I saw someone walking a huge one the other day, it was about the size of a small pig.

http://mywhitepaw.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/bull_terrier_h03.jpg

I also automatically assume that everyone who owns one of these is a racist.

Matt DC, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:54 (thirteen years ago) link

Small dogs: I really really hate the lack of dignity in the small dog that insists on bullying and shouting down all other dogs. Some people think this ridiculosity is "cute," apparently? I think it's repugnant, and my first reaction is to want to hurt them until they get a better idea of their place in the world.

I also think "ugly" means "ugly," and not, "Gather round and pity this creature before we put it to death for its own good."

Jesus Christ, the apple tree! (Laurel), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:55 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah Yorkshire Terriers are nasty little shits.

Matt DC, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:56 (thirteen years ago) link

http://www.greatdogsite.com/admin/uploaded_files/1191990474pembroke_welsh_corgi.jpg

Corgis though, all the awesome. Too good to be associated with the Queen.

Matt DC, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:57 (thirteen years ago) link

lack of dignity in the small dog that insists on bullying and shouting down all other dogs

Yeah, I know. I don't think I'd ever really noticed this before recently but it's pretty horrible when they do this. I hate Yorkies.

Also I know you hate ugly dogs but the thing is that I don't think pugs, frenchies or bulldogs are ugly at all - I think they're adorable. You want ugly?

This is ugly:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/12/16/article-1339113-0C81AC84000005DC-395_634x908.jpg

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:59 (thirteen years ago) link

I really really hate the lack of dignity in the small dog that insists on bullying and shouting down all other dogs. Some people think this ridiculosity is "cute," apparently? I think it's repugnant

i think it's sweet!

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Friday, 17 December 2010 16:00 (thirteen years ago) link

i like bolshy attitudes

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Friday, 17 December 2010 16:00 (thirteen years ago) link

re: pitbulls — There's this awesome pitbull I would visit every day in the summer who lives down the block who would always have his head stuck through the bars of the metal fence in front of the building. Once I was walking to the bus stop and I saw his owner walking him and the doggie recognized me instantly and jumped onto me, mortifying his owner.

mauricio kagel exercise (corey), Friday, 17 December 2010 16:01 (thirteen years ago) link

"i hate yappy dogs" is just a bit of a let-me-prove-my-manliness/coolness cliché to me

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Friday, 17 December 2010 16:01 (thirteen years ago) link

It's Little Man Syndrome. If they were human those dogs would be like particularly repulsive contestants on The Apprentice.

Matt DC, Friday, 17 December 2010 16:02 (thirteen years ago) link

I think it's more that people dislike things that show their fear so blatantly. Like a giant Great Dane is probably the most loving thing ever but probably not afraid of anyone.

mauricio kagel exercise (corey), Friday, 17 December 2010 16:03 (thirteen years ago) link

Stayed with a friend in Spain who had a Yorkshire terrier, a German Shepherd and some kind of bloodhound, and the Yorkshire terrier was the undisputed leader. It was weird but possibly not uncommon.

http://www.we-love-dogz.com/boxer.jpg

Repping for boxers here. They're like a pug's older cooler brother. Manly without being thuggish.

Matt DC, Friday, 17 December 2010 16:04 (thirteen years ago) link

I LOVE boxers (but the pug is just as cool ;p). There is one who lives next door and he's the cutest thing ever.

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 16:05 (thirteen years ago) link

I esp love boxers with normal flappy ears like that one. :)

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 16:05 (thirteen years ago) link

Love boxers as long as they belong to other people. :D I just couldn't make room for that much drool in my life, but I'd like to visit it occasionally.

Jesus Christ, the apple tree! (Laurel), Friday, 17 December 2010 16:06 (thirteen years ago) link

Like when they've just been at the water bowl and then you sit down and they trot over to put their chin on your knee and gaze up at you...and that's the end of whatever your knees are wearing.

Jesus Christ, the apple tree! (Laurel), Friday, 17 December 2010 16:07 (thirteen years ago) link

I think it's more that people dislike things that show their fear so blatantly. Like a giant Great Dane is probably the most loving thing ever but probably not afraid of anyone.

― mauricio kagel exercise (corey), Friday, December 17, 2010 10:03 AM (5 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

otm

Since moving in with my gf and her Dane I am continually amazed what a giant lovey doofus he is, but some people are just fucking terrified of the dude. I don't know if it's possible to be licked to death but that's probably the extent of the damage he could willingly do. He does tend to knock things over occasionally.

dan m, Friday, 17 December 2010 16:10 (thirteen years ago) link

also otm wrt drool

dan m, Friday, 17 December 2010 16:10 (thirteen years ago) link

It's one of those little miracles of the universe that we were born in different time zones xyzzzz__, so I don't have the opportunity to actively engage in your foolish posting lol. Go get a dog, it'll make you happier

H.P, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 01:22 (two months ago) link

Also sorry I engaged in my bit first dmac, but yes i concur, wonderful doggo who clearly knows a think or two about exfoliation

H.P, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 01:25 (two months ago) link

In awe of any dog owner that keeps their house clean. Peach isn't a dirty girl, but the daily beach trips brings an ungodly amount of sand into this house.

Witnessed a jack russel going turbo speed trying to catch a seagull at the beach today, really didn't know they had that energy in them. Can absolutely see how they could tear through anything the same size/smaller than them that doesn't have wings.

H.P, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 01:34 (two months ago) link

guys its ok i was just tryin to distract the scrapping posters

all the dog pics are good, all the dogs pictured are good dogs

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 08:34 (two months ago) link

Depends on the owners.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 08:36 (two months ago) link

fuck off, good lad

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 08:52 (two months ago) link

You don't sound happy. Get a cat

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 08:53 (two months ago) link

lol touche tbf

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 08:57 (two months ago) link

It's alright, will leave the thread. You all behave with the cat posting, though. Peace.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 09:00 (two months ago) link

He came in like a bulldozer, but left with style and grace. Peace returned

H.P, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 09:12 (two months ago) link

My anxiety around dogs has eased in middle-age, perhaps in inverse relation to my anxiety around ppl, who knows.
Anyway, I've encountered some charmers recently...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/53502319792_fe5b874c26_c.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49139200976_3ac468b167_c.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52577717597_4e27a6e853_c.jpg

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 14 February 2024 12:42 (two months ago) link

Recovering-dog-with-too-much-energy has taken to barking desperately from downstairs beginning at 7am

I drowsed awake thinking that her cone had turned her into an autophonograph, a fusion of both dog and phonograph from the HMV logo

I did sit and think “I wish in the mornings I was dealing with an ‘I am your hat’ cat, or a ‘kneady-paws’ cat, anything but this desperate ‘look at me now’ alarm clock dog”

a hyperlink to the past (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 14:45 (two months ago) link

our young one has a physiology that predisposes him for this vomiting syndrome, so I have to feed him a snack and take him out before 8 most mornings unless we want a pile of bile on our rugs. i wake up early so don’t totally mind, but February cold makes it especially yuk.

butt dumb tight my boners got boners (the table is the table), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 14:54 (two months ago) link

Have you tried a little snack/treat before bedtime? Widget gets a treat right after we come back from last call, so no bilious voms in the morning.

steely flan (suzy), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 15:32 (two months ago) link

Oh! Good idea, suzy— yeah, he is a foxhound mixed with something, so has similar physiology to a whippet. I will try late night snacks! The problem is that his older sister is an AmStaff and will also want a snack, but she definitely doesn't need one lol.

butt dumb tight my boners got boners (the table is the table), Wednesday, 14 February 2024 15:55 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

wife and I inherited a one year old kokoni spaniel who wasn’t really getting the structure or amount of exercise he needed… he’s an absolute sweetheart and he kinda resembles chucky from the rugrats.

Super intense separation anxiety, poor thing whines and hollers even when I just go take the trash out. Also an absolute champion tugger on the harness, full on world’s strongest dog under 20 lbs.

I am getting way more exercise than I have in a long ass time. Going to have to take up running again to take care of this bad(ass) boy. Lots of great places to take him through/to where I’m at, though.

brimstead, Friday, 8 March 2024 22:38 (one month ago) link

I’m looking after 2 adorable but terrible corgis for 3 weeks

https://imgur.com/a/XuOAXZx

They bark at every little sound, the little one needs her ass wiped after every poop, the bigger one has intense anxiety.

just1n3, Friday, 8 March 2024 22:58 (one month ago) link

Xp that's so great. Dogs such a great way to force yourself into doing that stuff we all know is a good idea for us: getting outside + exercise. Nice to have an accountability partner whose judgements of you are so sincere that they pierce right through to the heart. Have fun with your spaniel! He's young top, the separation anxiety and crazy-energy will probably recede over the year (maybe)

Good luck just1n3 lol

H.P, Friday, 8 March 2024 23:09 (one month ago) link

Nara, the little girl, has a hole in her heart and sleeps 98% of the day, the other 2% is spent going absolutely wild: humping and ankle-biting her brother, pouncing around like a kitten, generally being a tiny terror. Tsunami sits and stares at me a lot, likes to carry a sock around in his mouth but sometimes the sock-carrying triggers an anxiety attack and he has to come up beside me on the couch or bed, shivering and crying, and bury the sock in the cushions/pillows. Then I have to ASMR him with a soft whispery voice till he calms down. They don’t appear to like each other very much but if you try to separate them, they absolutely freak out. They also can’t be separated from me or my husband - they follow us around very closely and have to be in our room at night. Tsunami freaks out if he sees us even cuddling. Oh and Nara has to take 4 medications 3x a day.

just1n3, Friday, 8 March 2024 23:52 (one month ago) link

:(

All my love to zara and tsunami.

H.P, Friday, 8 March 2024 23:54 (one month ago) link

Nara

H.P, Friday, 8 March 2024 23:54 (one month ago) link

My sweetie Roux has had varying degrees of separation anxiety since I adopted her over a year ago but about a month ago she started getting incredibly nervous and destructive in the middle of the night trying to escape. I took her to the vet and now we're a few weeks into weaning her onto doggie prozac (flouxetine). It seems like it's helping some and she's at least not being destructive at night even if she makes a racket whining and trying to get into inaccessible places. I'm really hoping that when we wean her onto a higher dose it helps her calm down and be happier, though. She shouldn't have to be nervous about anything, poor thing.

Chyiv Kyiv (Fetchboy), Friday, 15 March 2024 18:26 (one month ago) link

Do you let her sleep in your room?

steely flan (suzy), Friday, 15 March 2024 22:04 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

I bought a white noise machine, not for my dog but it has reduced his barking by about 90%. It's half term and he has been barking at noisy kids all week and driving me insane. The industrial fan noise works perfectly, he was so zoned out(or zoned in?) he didn't even notice the noisy bleeping bin van doing the collection - that is a first.

vodkaitamin effrtvescent (calzino), Wednesday, 3 April 2024 08:54 (one week ago) link

Widget forfeited evening meals twice last week because he counter-surfed a) a pack of unopened pitta breads on one afternoon and b) an entire brioche loaf a few days later. Twat.

steely flan (suzy), Wednesday, 3 April 2024 10:21 (one week ago) link

It pisses me off when I've cooked extra veg to mix with his dog food and he pays me back by emptying the contents of the bin all over the floor looking for bits of stale pizza and greedily plotting to steal my food the second my back is turned. He's basically a fucking arsehole.

vodkaitamin effrtvescent (calzino), Wednesday, 3 April 2024 13:22 (one week ago) link

Mine tried to eat a tampon today (fresh, not used!!) He's really more a himbo than an asshole

salsa shark, Wednesday, 3 April 2024 19:42 (one week ago) link

Somehow we've had two dogs in a row where you could leave like a whole pizza on a coffee table and walk away and they would only stare longingly at it, not go eat it immediately.

The first one definitely got into some trouble in his early years, though. He was a Great Dane and ate entire plastic bags of food, including the bags. He also got into a bag of uncooked rice once with very unpleasant results.

our girl will not touch food she knows/understands to be destined for humans and will leave food if told to

but if she gets to something on the ground before the chance to order her against, she will devour absolutely anything, as several instances of three day constipation and one almost fatal stuffed toy event have proven

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Wednesday, 3 April 2024 22:58 (one week ago) link

those vacuum cleaner dogs are a flippin' menace! i had to pry a rotten fish chunk out of a dog's gullet one time, getting stabbed under the fingernails by fish bones in the process. you'd think i'd at least gain some zombie werefish powers but no, all i got was a lousy infection (and what kind of person is just strewing fish parts through the park like johnny fishyseed, that is extremely uncouth)

and there are dogs who eat rocks!?

"enthusiast" (cat), Thursday, 4 April 2024 23:09 (one week ago) link

we are once again contemplating placing our younger dog back in a rescue.

while he is a silly lovebug and very affectionate towards all people, none of the training we have done has helped with his dog aggression. this means, in essence, that we cannot bring him anywhere— every time we leave the house, we have to check around to make sure there aren’t any dogs within a block or two. we cannot travel for more than a day or two without placing him in expensive dog boarding, and when we do travel with him, we need to bring a portable crate and tons of dog sleep aids because he will growl at every sound if we stay in a motel.

he is also strong enough that when he pulls, he has started hurting me— i am an active 39 year old, athletic and “jacked” even, and this motherfucker has really done a number on my shoulders.

weighing the positives against the negatives is just becoming more stark.

we also initially got him because we wanted our older pitbull type dog to have a friend— but now he is her only friend, because we can’t meet other dogs due to his aggression.

butt dumb tight my boners got boners (the table is the table), Friday, 5 April 2024 00:01 (one week ago) link

that's so sad.

have you seen a behaviourist at all? we did for our dog's aggression issues with mixed results but i do know other people for who it has been a game changer. we were also lucky our pet insurance covered most of it.

stirmonster, Friday, 5 April 2024 00:05 (one week ago) link

i'm so sorry, table, that's really hard. wish there were some surefire fix for traumatized dogs (and animals, and people), especially when there's so much love in them that gets short circuited by that fear response

"enthusiast" (cat), Friday, 5 April 2024 00:39 (one week ago) link

sorry to hear that table, I can sort of relate, I hope it works out for you and the doggo.

brimstead, Friday, 5 April 2024 02:04 (one week ago) link

it makes my doggo problems seem as trivial as they are, also wish you + the doggy gl, table.

yesterday my dog found a bone in the park. I was furious that there was a bone in the park - like what kind of scruffy bastard discards a steak bone in the park. Once he gets a bone I have to cut the walk short because there is no way he is going to relinquish that bone and he will growl at anyone who approaches while it is clamped in his gob. Which makes tying him outside the onestop while I get an ice cream milkshake not really an option and he becomes so hyper focussed on guarding his bone, the walk is effectively finished for him. I had to drop him back at home and venture back out again, after reminding him that he is not a vgb, he is in fact a bit of an arsehole!

vodkaitamin effrtvescent (calzino), Friday, 5 April 2024 05:59 (one week ago) link

I am fortunate that any bone Widget grabs in the park can be prised from his mouth in seconds, because he won’t listen to ‘drop it’. At this point I don’t even break stride during a removal. But this does mean that he can’t go off lead in our local garden squares, because they are full of people with picnics/lunches, who either litter or throw away huge amounts of food, which crows, foxes and gulls pilfer from the bins and wind up strewn across the park. Or there are bread morons leaving crusts for birds, who can’t read the many signs forbidding it.

We need to work on his selective reactivity on lead: there are a few local dogs he HATES and two of these dogs are owned by complete schmucks who think leads are for other dogs, or that it’s OK to follow us when we are obviously trying to avoid an interaction.

steely flan (suzy), Friday, 5 April 2024 06:38 (one week ago) link

"Or there are bread morons leaving crusts for birds"

disgusting savages, I have nothing but contempt for these idiots.

vodkaitamin effrtvescent (calzino), Friday, 5 April 2024 07:03 (one week ago) link

"I am fortunate that any bone Widget grabs in the park can be prised from his mouth in seconds"

used to be able to do this, but now I could lose fingers - I guess he has won, but I'll get the last laugh when I finally drop him off to vets for castration. It has taken me way too long to make this decision but it is DEFINITELY happening now.

vodkaitamin effrtvescent (calzino), Friday, 5 April 2024 07:10 (one week ago) link

that pair of swinging troublemakers are history!

vodkaitamin effrtvescent (calzino), Friday, 5 April 2024 07:15 (one week ago) link

WRT bread morons, people confront them ALL THE TIME about ‘feeding the birds’ because rodents are the true beneficiaries plus you haven’t lived until you’ve seen a giant fucking rat just moseying through a central London park. Inevitably one of the foxes kills the rat, and Widget finds the desiccated corpse, circle of strife etc.

steely flan (suzy), Friday, 5 April 2024 10:04 (one week ago) link

also putting food on the ground for birds, even if it is bird appropriate food makes them vulnerable to furry predators - especially this at the idiots who throw bread over their back fence in my local park - where there are always cats lurking about. And also I end up with a spoiled walk with my dog clamping a weeks old french bread loaf with green mold in his gob, like his life depends on it.

managed to get a castration date at the vets - one day before my birthday. This dog castration is my birthday present to myself!

vodkaitamin effrtvescent (calzino), Friday, 5 April 2024 10:12 (one week ago) link

tabes thats rough i hope it turns around for ye

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Friday, 5 April 2024 11:06 (one week ago) link

thanks yall. we are just discussing it at the moment— like all aggressive dogs he has good days and bad days. he wants to be good but the animal fear/stimulation feedbacks he gets into are intense and hard to deal with.

but for example, this morning we had a lovely walk.

butt dumb tight my boners got boners (the table is the table), Friday, 5 April 2024 13:33 (one week ago) link

It's tough, for sure. I have a friend who works in a dog rescue, and the last two dogs she had were long-termers from that rescue. She gets up at 5am to walk her dogs every day when there's nobody around, then spends her free time thinking up enrichment games and toys for them so they can have at least some happy life. She and her partner never go away together.

The only fortunate thing is that there's been a bit of a mini-boom in privately owned dog parks here, where you can pay an hourly fee to run your dogs in a couple of acres with no other dogs around. They're expensive, and only accessible by car, and the rules around them are really strict, but they seem to be constantly booked up.

trishyb, Friday, 5 April 2024 14:01 (one week ago) link

Yesterday Widget had a blast with my friend C’s tripaw Staffie girl who was happy to chase him across Hampstead Heath. She is really fit despite the lost leg and I’m so glad he’s found a dog of that breed that he likes.

Widget’s faves are anything shaped like a Pointer (Dalmatian/Vizsla/Weimeraner), other sighthounds, lurchers, Dachshunds, Jack Russells, Poodles, Border collies and Bernese mountain dogs. He is variable on spaniels (Tracer Hand’s Springer good, neighbour’s wayward cocker bad), cockapoos, Schnauzers, and Chihuahuas. He loathes bull/mastiff breeds, most Shepherds, retrievers on lead, and EBTs.

steely flan (suzy), Friday, 5 April 2024 14:24 (one week ago) link

Nora has a new game. "I'm going to grab the other dog's toy and play keep away. For an hour." Like, she won't drop it, won't respond to commands, and the other dog just gets more and more agitated and heartbroken at her ruthless toynapping. If the other dog starts to lose interest, or feign interest, Nora gets this smug look on her face and starts squeaking the toy in her jaws. What a mean girl!

Premises, Premises (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 5 April 2024 16:48 (one week ago) link

Ha, Teddy does that to Howie’s toys too… “that’s mine now, gonna play with it and make you sad!”

brimstead, Friday, 5 April 2024 17:36 (one week ago) link

Widget showed me a new talent yesterday: he runs off with a small stuffed French bulldog toy in his mouth, and will play keepy-uppy with it, tossing it in the air and catching it over and over while going off at top whippet speed. If he does it next time, I’m filming it.

steely flan (suzy), Friday, 5 April 2024 18:15 (one week ago) link

That sucks, table. I know there are some sites & apps for pet sitters and house sitters that will come to your dog while you're away, unless you don't trust them to keep your dog away from other dogs.

I also have an extremely problematic rescue dog, he's a little psychopath and has been one for the last 8 years. Has issues with other dogs, sure, whatever, although he's been able to make friends with small dogs with repeated exposure. The real issue is he's violent with people, especially us. Triggers include moving the wrong away, letting him sit on your lap, asking him to kennel up at the end of the night, doing any number of activities that may lead to other activities that signal the end of the night, and of course any sort of grooming. He's burned through every groomer in town and last week once again only got half-groomed, even loaded full of drugs (the resultant haircut is admittedly hilarious though).

We've tried behaviorists and lots of training approaches, but he'll always be crazy. Of course he's incredibly sweet when he's not being murderous (and two seconds after he's done biting he acts like nothing happened), but it feels like being in an abusive relationship.

Jordan s/t (Jordan), Friday, 5 April 2024 18:34 (one week ago) link

Luckily he's only 11 lbs, if he was a large dog he surely would have been euthanized by now.

Jordan s/t (Jordan), Friday, 5 April 2024 18:35 (one week ago) link


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