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OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Mar 29, 2020 1:29 PM
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       OT: Dog recommendation (by Nicole [PA]) Mar 29, 2020 1:51 PM
       OT: Dog recommendation (by plenty [MO]) Mar 29, 2020 2:00 PM
       OT: Dog recommendation (by LindaJ [NY]) Mar 29, 2020 2:11 PM
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       OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Mar 29, 2020 2:13 PM
       OT: Dog recommendation (by Sue [IL]) Mar 29, 2020 2:14 PM
       OT: Dog recommendation (by JEN [IL]) Mar 29, 2020 2:14 PM
       OT: Dog recommendation (by Larry [MN]) Mar 29, 2020 2:23 PM
       OT: Dog recommendation (by JAC [OH]) Mar 29, 2020 2:24 PM
       OT: Dog recommendation (by Frank [NJ]) Mar 29, 2020 2:30 PM
       OT: Dog recommendation (by fred [CA]) Mar 29, 2020 2:53 PM
       OT: Dog recommendation (by Lana [IN]) Mar 29, 2020 2:57 PM
       OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Mar 29, 2020 3:15 PM
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       OT: Dog recommendation (by Ken [NY]) Mar 29, 2020 4:25 PM
       OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Mar 29, 2020 4:26 PM
       OT: Dog recommendation (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Mar 29, 2020 4:26 PM
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OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 1:29 PM
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My good friend Theo, a labradoodle, passed away recently and I’m looking for a new dog for me, a sometimes-lonely landlord, my wife and two cats. Do you have any suggestions for a medium energy, healthy, affectionate, smart dog, around 40lbs, that doesn’t go crazy around people (my old friend Theo did) and who barks when a stranger approaches our house? Also, I work with seniors at an assisted living facility, and would love my new dog to spend some time with the seniors.

Our two cats are from shelters, so I’m not ruling out a shelter dog, but I’m leaning towards a breeder for this dog. My reasons for not getting another labradoodle are: labradoodles are a bit too high energy for me, especially around people, “true” breeders of labradoodles are hard to find, and my dog died at 4 years old, from kidney failure, and I'm thinking getting a dog with genetically tested parents, from a good breeder, may have prevented that.

I’ve considered an English Springer Spaniel and an Australian Shepard, but I think they may be a little too high energy. I’ve also considered a Corgi and Cocker Spaniel, but read the Corgi can be a constant barker and the Cocker Spaniel is a little small for me.

Any thoughts you might have on a good dog breed for me, and how to find a good breeder are appreciated. Heck, if you know a good breeder or have a dog in mind, I'm happy to drive a few hundred miles. Thanks!

--72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by JKJ [MA]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 1:39 PM
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Sorry about your dog. I suggest going to the shelter and picking yourself a mutt. I have had nothing but pound mutts my entire life, currently have 3. All have been great dogs! Unfortunately the problems you had with Theo are more common than you think. --72.93.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 1:51 PM
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I agree with a SPCA type dog - not necessarily one from the rescue organizations that ship dogs around the country. they have their place but too many unknowns.

what about a beagle? --72.70.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 2:00 PM
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Belgium Malinois.... or blue/red healer. --99.203.xx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 2:11 PM
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When we had to let our Labrador go last year, I seriously considered a shelter dog. She was the 5th Lab in my life time. I always had a lab. However, between the hoops you have to jump through with the rescues, the costs, and people who have told me about things that the rescues did not tell them... Plus the fact that most of them are pit or part pit. I decided not to go pick out a rescue.

I found a yellow lab, my 6th! She is such a wonderful dog. A companion, mellow in the house, yet barks when someone comes, although once they are here, she would probably only hurt them wagging her tail! She can be a bit crazy if you play fetch with her and loves to use her nose outside. Gets along fine with the cat, although the cat will tease her and get her going.

In my years of Labs, I suggest you look for the English Lab. The English a smaller (she is 63 lbs, but comes from bigger parents) shorter legs, stockier and what it called the blocky head. American labs are more energetic, longer legs, slimmer head and bigger (my previous was 80 lb female).

I also prefer females, they seem to be more people/owner oriented. I was lucky to find one that was 4 months old. Past that puppy pain, but still not set in her ways. Sometimes breeders keep a few puppies to see which looks like a better show dog, so they may have some older ones. Check the AKC website for breeders in your area.

I characterize labs as "I will do anything you want, if you just pet me (or feed me) dogs. Very smart, but also very people oriented, not as willful as some smart dogs. --108.4.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 2:12 PM
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I would also suggest the Black, then yellow labs, but stay away from the chocolate. They seem to be more energy. No science to that, just observation. --108.4.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 2:13 PM
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Yeah, some advantages to an adult shelter dog vs breeder puppy. Like I wouldn't need to do the "like having another child" work. Also, I've read mixed breeds tend to be healthy, since they come from a diverse gene pool. I am concerned as Nicole mentioned with "too many unknowns" but that can happen with a "breeder" too, I guess.

Nicole, I was considering a beagle, as I've read they're a healthy breed. I crossed it off the list though, after talking to my cousin who's owned one. She said the dog was not affectionate, and always seemed most concerned with finding food. If the dog got out of the house, they would find it across the street, sniffing around outside the supermarket. Thanks. --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Sue [IL]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 2:14 PM
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Before I became a landlord, I used to raise and show dogs. Both are very time consuming, and I stopped showing dogs when I started a family. When my kids were older, I started the landlord business, which, by the way, is far more lucrative, but much less fun!

If you do decide to get a dog from a "breeder," may I suggest that you go through the American Kennel Club to get connected to a specific breed club in your area? Some people call themselves breeders, but are not much more than glorified puppy mills. The club secretary can give you names of their members who may have a recent or upcoming litter. (You can probably do all of that online.) You live in area of the country where you should have no problem finding a reputable breeder. I would say that any "breeder" who does not belong to any club, be it conformation or obedience, is likely not established and reputable. You don't want someone who is just breeding to sell pets. They are in it for the money. Find a show breeder who cares about the dog's temperament and health and is selling puppies that don't quite meet all the show criteria. Sometimes you can get a slightly older pup, one that they kept, but for some reason later didn't quite turn out to be show quality. These types of "faults" are typically things that have no bearing on the dog being a terrific pet!

Once you decide upon a breed, do the research to find out what are the common genetic faults. A good breeder will have had their dogs tested to rule out those problems. This includes things such as hip dysplasia, heart problems, cataracts, etc. Ask to see the test results from the parents of any prospective puppy.

Another option would be to contact a rescue group for a certain breed in your area. You may be able to get a purebred dog of a specific breed that is currently being fostered by a family. This would give you the opportunity to learn about the dog's temperament and behavior from the family who is fostering it. A local breed club may also have connections with a rescue group.

As far as which breed to choose... How much time and effort do you want to devote to grooming is a big consideration. I love Cockers, but they do require regular grooming and are prone to ear infections. A Springer Spaniel is a larger, similar breed with less coat.

I would stay away from the herding breeds (Australian shepherds, heelers, border collies, etc.) unless you can provide frequent exercise. They need a lot!

Corgis are essentially a big dog; they just have short legs!

I'm sure many people will chime in about their favorite breed, and truly, although there are generalizations about every breed, each dog has its own unique temperament.

There are many dogs in shelters needing homes, though I've heard that most are being fostered out during the virus. The main issue you have with a shelter dog is that you won't necessarily know anything about its background.

Good luck and let us know what you decide!

--73.110.xx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by JEN [IL]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 2:14 PM
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Please, please, please get a recuse dog. They are languishing in shelters everywhere. All my shelter dogs have been spectacular because there is usually none of those inbreed genes that pedigrees have because they are mixed breeds. --192.82.x.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Larry [MN]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 2:23 PM
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Go to petfinder.com. Enter your zip code and you can see what is available near you. You can also view on specific criteria. --73.164.xx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by JAC [OH]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 2:24 PM
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A dogs temperment has some to do with their behavior but what you asking to eliminate is programmed into the entire species genetic code. They bark to communicate, to announce their presence to other animals inside and outside the their pack. They protect the pack. They socialize. All those things you find annoying as a human is the essence of dog behavior. You might get lucky to find one that conforms somewhat to your expectations but the odds of that are pretty low. You might be able to train some of that behavior to what you find acceptable but remember evolution has a timeline that eclipses your 10-20 years with a single animal. --166.216.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Frank [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 2:30 PM
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I can't advocate strongly enough for a poodle. Miniature or Standard....not a toy. We have had 2 and they were absolutely unbelievably intelligent intuitive and loyal. Biggest drawback is yes they need grooming every couple months. They are hypoallergenic. I would stay away from the mixes and go with a breeder. Our first I found on the street in Asbury Park. The other came from petfinder.com Too many pits rescue groups try to pawn off mixes as pure breeds so a breeder is a good idea They are not cheap...we got real lucky.

I miss ours to this day even after almost 3 years. Good luck --174.225.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by fred [CA]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 2:53 PM
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Australian Shepherd will be a close fit to what you are looking for. --99.59.x.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Lana [IN]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 2:57 PM
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I have a big rescue dog who is a golden retriever/german shepherd mix. Great for a farm, but likes to play rough.

Sweet disposition, smart, very easily hurt feelings I call her marshmallow center. It took 2-3 years though to overcome the emotional trauma she sustained by being in a 4' by 3' cage for 2 years.

My other dog is a Sheltie named quite appropriately Augustus Caesar or Gus. They are a wonderful breed. Smart, good with cats, loyal, manipulative. They need a lot of grooming especially around their butt and they are barkers.

I love Labs, but they are puppies from hell and it takes about 4 years for them to mellow. --216.23.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 3:15 PM
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Thanks, Linda J, you put a smile on my face with "I characterize labs as 'I will do anything you want, if you just pet me (or feed me) dogs.'" That is great. It sounds like you’re very happy with your Yellow lab. It seems she’s affectionate, which is important to my family and me. Any downsides? Does she droll much? Only at the dog park, my Labradoodle would constantly drool, then shake the drool over nicely dressed people in the dog park. I think it was stress from being around other dogs.

And good to know your thoughts on Female vs Male labs. I had in my mind that males were more loyal, but I’m gona rethink that. Any chance you recommend a breeder or how to find a good one? Thanks again!

--72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 3:36 PM
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Plenty, I’ve haven't heard of a Belgium Malinois before, but I was just reading they’re very intelligent, ok with cats and have a long lifespan for a dog that size. Maybe a little too big and energetic for me, but I’m gona check the akc website, and see if there’s any breeders around. Thanks! --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 3:58 PM
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Thanks Sue, the akc site has been my sole source for finding purebred breeders, except for the labradoodle type dogs that are not listed there. Interesting tip on a slightly older pup. I wonder if any of the pups are trained at all? And yes, I have been thinking about requesting documentation for genetic testing of the parents. I read breeders doing these tests separate them from the more puppy mill type breeders. Thanks for the reminder on the herding breeds. I watched a dog trainer show once, and the dog owners had problems with their herding dog’s behavior. The solution was simple, they just needed to bring their dog to a farm a few times a week, to herd some livestock :-) And gee, I never thought of the Corgi that way :-) --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 4:00 PM
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Also look for dog training clubs ( when we can socialize again.) I second what has been said about looking for specific breed rescue organizations. We’re a beagle household, and we get ours through Houndsong out of Indiana. The Houndsong organization gets calls from humane societies when a hound is turned in, because the humane society knows, all breeds have quirks, hounds are no exception. The hound rescues will know how to screen potential hound owners. And the Labrador rescuers know how to find a match for a lab, Goldens, Dachshounds, almost every breed / breed group has a rescue organization that gets those purebreds, or nearly purebreds out of the all-breed shelters and gets them in foster homes where the foster family knows SOME the quirks of that breed.

I truly think that any breed of dog, even pit bull breeds or Heinz 57s COULD fit your needs, AND that no ONE particular breed , including Heinz 57s will for sure be ‘the one.’ It’s going to be a smidge more about the temperament of the particular dog than the breed. Our beagles were a hit at the nursing home when my mom was there years ago. One beagle loved it, the other one more driven by snoot, snoot, snoot, tolerated it. We still have the ‘ highly motivated to snoot’ beagle, and have another beagle who wants everyone to be her friend, wants to be everybody’s lap dog. So, out of these three beagles I’ve experienced much time with, two would work for nursing home visits, the other not so much.

The dog we had that for certain would have been exactly what you were looking for was a Keeshond and Springer Spaniel mix. Very smart, fabulous with kids, all people, but don’t try to sneak in our house late at night. Miss that old girl! She was the best dog!

You thought finding a great life mate was tough. Try finding the perfect dog....Nice thing about dogs, most are willing to learn.

Oh, I think dogs do best in pairs... that’s just me. Maybe because I am so paired with my DH ( dear husband) . --70.92.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 4:25 PM
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I prefer my golden retriever,our previous golden passed away and I found this one advertised online for free.The lady was a breeder and I think she got caught with too many dogs in the town and she was going to court.My girl had 2 litters of pups the first of which was 16 in a litter.The lady gave her to me at about 5 years old and we have had her for 2 years now.I expect that I will always have a female golden,she is very affectionate as was the first one we had.If I sit on the floor with the brush she comes running to get in my lap.We have 2 ST Bernards also but they are way too big for what you are looking for --104.229.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 4:26 PM
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Jen, a shelter dog is still on the table. I do love our two shelter cats. One problem I had with shelter, in addition to what others have mentioned, is I felt limited in the interaction time the shelter allows you to have with your future dog or cat. If I could spend more time with my future dog, on and off leash, that would tilt me towards maybe getting a shelter dog. Would be nice to skip the caring for a baby at 4am part :-) --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 4:26 PM
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You want smart, that is the herding group. You want sociable, that is the gundog group.

For a dog that is smart, easy grooming, good with kids and sick people, and really tuned into you as a partner, I recommend the smooth collie. You will need to have time and attention for the dog; they aren't dogs you can out on the shelf and ignore.

Spaniels would be a good match. Not cockers because they are grooming intensive, but an English springer, Welsh springer, or a large spaniel like a Clumber. The Clumber is pretty mellow and likes people, so good for that therapy work. --98.146.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by JKJ [MA]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 4:35 PM
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BillyW & Plenty - First of all its a Belgian Malinois, Second, are you serious!!!! Don’t get me wrong, great dogs, very smart, loyal, a favorite for police and military K9’s. They are also very high energy dogs that can be protective. Without a ton of exercise, and mental stimulation (a job to do, I.E..security, herding, agility, police work) they will tear your house apart and be a very unhappy dog! Good luck if you think that a Belgian Malinois will be the ideal “medium energy, healthy, affectionate, smart dog, around 40lbs, that doesn’t go crazy around people (my old friend Theo did) and who barks when a stranger approaches our house? Also, I work with seniors at an assisted living facility, and would love my new dog to spend some time with the seniors.” I can’t believe that was a breed even suggested based on what the OP is looking for in a new dog!! Please, please, PLEASE don’t even consider this dog if you think it’s a good fit based on what you’ve described you’re looking for in a dog!!! --72.93.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 4:36 PM
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Thanks, Frank, for the vote on the poodle. My labradoodle Theo was part poodle and there were so many wonderful qualities he had. Things like being able to pick up on the meaning of words so quickly and that head tilt!! And I think it would be a lot easier to find a good breeder for poodle vs labradoodle. And yeah, the grooming is a lot but no shedding is nice. My concerns on the poodle are too much barking and too much energy. What’s your take on that? Thanks. --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Susan [OH]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 4:56 PM
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Please do your research before you commit! I raise and show "show" Beagles, and, of course, I think they are the best of all breeds. (A "show" Beagle does not have nearly the hunting instinct the hunting Beagles do). IMHO, they are also closest in most ways to a Lab.(Biggest difference is that a Beagle needs a fenced yard or some method of containment).

PLEASE-DO NOT GET A BELGIAN MALINOIS! You and the dog will both NOT be happy! WAY too much energy!

I would not recommend ANY herding dog-they are nippy (think of how they get the sheep to move). I don't think you'd be happy with an Australian Shepherd either-too much coat.

If I were you, I'd go to a breeder and ask for an older, finished Champion. We who show like to do so, but not every dog that is a Champion is able to go on to a long career, or needs to be bred. This dog will be trained, out of the puppy chewing stage, and you will have the wealth of information that the breeder knows at your disposal.

We train and show our Beagles in Conformation (think Westminster dog show), obedience, rally, and Agility (think jumping jumps and going up and down obstacles). Google Sunbriar Beagles for pictures of some of our dogs, if you like. (and, no I don't have any available at the present time) but I would be glad to help you find a new dog-even if it isn't a Beagle.

I also owned and operated a boarding kennel back when dinosaurs ruled the earth and have taught conformation, obedience, and rally classes. ( included that so you know I understand different breeds-plus, I like to toot my own horn!)

Good luck! --76.189.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by JKJ [MA]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 5:01 PM
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BillyW, just because I get the sense you think only adult dogs are in shelters, they have puppies and younger dogs too you know, right? Every dog I have had, 7 plus the 3 I currently have came from a shelter. Everyone of them were between 3 and 5 months old. Don’t ask me their breed because I have no idea and would only be guessing. Regardless of what breed dog you decide on or where you get it, you are responsible for its behavior. If you don’t socialize, train, and exercise your dog it doesn’t matter if you spend $4000 for the best puppy in the litter, from the best breeder in the world, breeding the best bloodlines of the breed! Selecting a breed that’s characteristics meet what you are looking for in a dog are only a small sliver of the pie that makes a good dog, the rest is up to you. Socialization, training, exercise, and love are the main pieces of the pie that make a good dog. Anyone that tells you otherwise is lying. --72.93.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 5:26 PM
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Yes Lana, labs are: “puppies from hell”, my sister had a lab she adored for many years, and warned me, before I got my labradoodle puppy, that it was like having another (human) baby in the house. My wife will tell you when Theo was young, he was always doing something bad: either biting you, an accident, or destroying something you cared about. But after that time, Theo got better each day and eventually become a good friend who encouraged me to get outside, was always glad to see me, and was enthusiastic about joining me on any adventure, except the vet and the groomer. --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 5:55 PM
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The American Kennel Club (AKC) website is a great resource for any purebred you might be interested in. You can search the dog breeds to see what the characteristics are. Then look for puppies through them. You search by distance from your zip code. Most of the ones that come up will tell you what ages they are. The also have info about the breeder and most have price listed. Some are very expensive, but some are reasonable.

Big difference in temperament and activity level from English and American Labs. I never realized until I got an American Lab. It was not the "I will do anything for your attention" dog that I always had previously. Which is why I recommend the English.

Advice that was given to me since I had not had a puppy for 14 years, and I highly recommend it. Teach "sit" and teach it well, for everything. I always tell people she needs to sit before you pet her and she does because she knows that is required. (sometimes I have to train the people that interact with her) with this the dog will learn that when it isn't sure what to do, sit.

Do let us know what you decide. What ever breed or mutt, they are priceless. 3 days after letting our dog go, we were out looking for another. Nothing like the dog sitting at the door wagging its tail when you come home. Or these days, just laying at your feet keeping them warm, because we are all staying home. --108.4.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 7:02 PM
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BillW: Since you may consider a shelter dog - except for the short visitation period - I suggest you volunteer to be a foster family for the shelter's dogs.

Then you would be able to take the animal home for the weekend or longer for sort of a test drive.

Here, there are "weekend warriors" who take dogs for a weekend, as well as volunteers who go take dogs for walks and interact with them a lot more than a typical adopter would. And also, full-blown foster care that can last for a longer time.

I suggest contacting your local shelter and just asking what they offer / allow. --68.10.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 7:54 PM
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I second JKJ's thoughts on Belgian Malinois. I've worked around them for years in a Security Organization. They are great working dogs in the Security Industry. Highly sought out for their ability to train as a working police drug/explosive dogs. Not so much as a house pet. I don't know how many times the handlers came in with bite marks where their dog got a too aggressive during play time. --50.26.xx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Frank [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 8:01 PM
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Hi Bill. Our last poodle was unbelievably quiet. The first one was too. Watchdog... yes. Somewhat aloof with strangers until he sized them up. We were so lucky. #2, Jasper was aboy 2 or 3 when we adopted him. We went thru the rescuers mill and most of them lied about age/mixed breed and the application process was obnoxious.

The day we brought home home we all went in the house and I placed him down and one of us forgot fully close the front door. We saw the open door, dog was gone and we freaked out. Got to the door in seconds just in time see him on the lawn finishing a pee shook it off and bounded into the house. He was hard wired! Over his 14 years with us he went EVERYWHERE. We used to do a weekly 2 day antique show in NYC. He had is own chair greeted regular customers and become a market mascot. On only 2 occasions dud he ever get angry and that was with aggresive customers.

I read a book about the breed long ago and discovered that as they were often circus dogs they were at home wherever the master put up his feet at the end of the day.

Good luck with your decision

--174.225.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 9:20 PM
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Linda, I have been at the AKC site quite a bit to see dog characteristics and to look up breeders. I did some reading on the English lab and like what I see. A small percent of Labrador puppies on AKC are English, but may be worth the wait. A good to know for them to sit before receiving anything. I’ll let you know how we end up. A no, nothing like the dog sitting at the door wagging its tail when you come home. Tis great. Thanks! --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 10:34 PM
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I have some thoughts for you and you are not expecting these. Just want to tell you that I have been able to see dog spirits since I was a child. He is still right there with you but is a little confused that no one is paying attention to him. They look the same but they are lit from within. Your dog does not know he has passed and feels much better. I wish I knew about your dog's illness because I could have referred you to a group of people who help with kidney disease for dogs through diet and adding IV fluids. So you have a dog spirit in your house. They like it when we keep their beds and toys. He will be able to manifest in the next dog that you get so you will see his behaviors in the new dog. Since you work with people, the calmest dogs are Labs according to what I read but they don't live as long as others either. Small kind dogs would be Shih Tzu but they are inbred now and have expensive ailments. I want to suggest you visit any shelter right now because they are trying to place dogs due to the virus because people have to go to work and care for them. Could you take a foster for a little while? See if it's one you like and you can return it after the virus is over? It will give you time to think about this. I have some photos of dogs as spirits that a kidney group member sent me. They look the same but are see through. They used a Nikon Coolpix P80 with the flash off, in regular room light, and very important, after sundown or before sunup. I would show them to you but have no way to put them up here. Other cameras may work. They never leave us. He's right there. Now I will read the other posts. --173.61.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by JKJ [MA]) Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 11:07 PM
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Ally I can respect you believe in spirts, reincarnation, and ESP. That is your right and I’m not gonna say anything disrespectful to you for believing in that. But don’t you think you should take others feelings into consideration before you go and post stuff like this to people you don’t know or what their beliefs are? I can’t speak for the OP, but if you posted that to me after I expressed on here that 1 of my dogs died I would be pretty upset, much like I think you are gonna be after reading the comments others say to you after you post this sort of thing. --72.93.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 4:00 AM
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Bill Wils,Doesn’t matter what other say, all dogs are extremely intelligent and don’t ever forget that..Most understand English and also have their own language by barking,Do you know what they’re saying.Didnt think so .We had three Samoyeds .The grandmother dog lived to be18 years old.Her son and his daughter lived to be in their 16th years.I bought the Grandmother dog when she was a pup from an adv in the local paper from a home owner ,back-yard breeder.If you want to talk to me,I’ll post my cell number in a later post...........charlie......... --32.214.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Rick [IN]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 8:04 AM
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Partial to dachshunds, especially the miniature ones myself.

--68.51.xx.x




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 9:23 AM
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Thank you Busy, what you mentioned about dog training clubs and humane society are organizations I didn’t know existed. “Heinz 57s” That’s great. Thanks for laugh and I get your point about “a smidge more about the temperament of the dog vs the breed” And sounds like your Keeshound and Springer was a sweet dog (except for people sneaking in at night :-) And “dogs best in pairs” I like that a lot, but doubt I could get my DW on board with that. I'm am going to give it a shot. Maybe after a glass of wine and a back rub :-) Thanks again! --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 9:30 AM
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Ken your golden sounds just what I'm looking for. That’s amazing, I never would have guessed a retriever would get on your lap to be brushed. And another vote for a female. And 2 ST Bernards! You are living the life! Thanks! --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 9:41 AM
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Oregon Woodsmoke, I ran a comparison of the Smooth Collie and the Clumber and I see both dogs are super friendly and would be good with my cats and the seniors I visit. And I like the medium energy level vs. the high level for some of the dogs I’ve been looking at. I see the Clumber may not stay around off leash and a bit of a droller. What’s your experience been? Thanks! --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 9:45 AM
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JKJ, thanks for the heads-up on the Belgian Malinois. I don’t think there’s enough squirrels around my houses to keep a Belgian busy for long:-) --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 9:58 AM
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Susan, your post and the others here have given me an awesome broad and detailed view of the dog world. I thank you all!

I guess my cousin’s experience with her Beagle and your experience with many Beagles shows the variance of dogs within the breed, as many have said on this post. Great idea on the older finished Champion! Would be nice not to go through raising a puppy stage. :-) I googled and I see you have several award winning dogs. That is great!

--72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 10:52 AM
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Hey Frank, that is a great story of your new poodle running out the door and back in after taking care of business. Growing up we had Brittany spaniels, and if the door was open, they would be gone gone. I’d be out there holding a pork chop to lure my dog back. That is one of the things I loved about my labradoodle, he stayed with me when outside

Neat stuff about your dog having its own chair and greeting customers. There’s a big smile on my face thinking what that would look like :-) And interesting on the circus dogs. The poodles really do have that show look. Thank you.

--72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 10:55 AM
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AllyM, You’re right, I was not expecting those thoughts from you :-) But super interesting stuff. I haven’t experienced my dog’s spirt yet in the house, but I’m gona be on the lookout, and I’ll report back if I see him. I hope I do. --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 11:12 AM
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Thanks Charlie, I checked it out and those Samoyeds are super cool dogs. Gee, I hadn’t considered a “sled dog”. I see they are energetic and, I’ll bet they are loyal family members. I see they’re great watchdogs. I’m going to look more into it. Thanks. -Bill --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 11:24 AM
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Rick I've heard good things about dachshunds and I've also read the're a generally healthy dog. Thanks. --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 11:33 AM
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[[[[[[[[.......... Oregon Woodsmoke, ........ I see the Clumber may not stay around off leash and a bit of a droller. What’s your experience been?........]]]]]]

I've never owned a Clumber. My spaniel experience is that my son owned an English Springer and a Welsh Springer, both imported from Britain from 100% field trial championship lines. Hunting lines have more energy than the show lines. With both of those Springers I had a bit of a problem teaching them to come when called because they wouldn't get far enough away from me to do a recall from a distance. Then, as soon as I decided it was time to call them, they would be coming to me before I could call. Something in my body posture tipped them off.

Springers have been bred for many generations to work really close to their hunter. They are bred to stick close.

The Brittany mention above that was a runner: Brittanys are Pointers, not flushing spaniels. They are bred to work far out in the field.

Clumbers have been bred to work slowly with a hunter on foot, and they are a flushing spaniel, so must work close to the hunter. I would expect a Clumber to stay close. (fence required for all and any breed of dog, though)

I would expect a Clumber to drool. I currently have a Bracco Italiano, who is an affectionate, cheerful, close-by dog who is always wherever I am. She does drool a little bit, mostly about food. We make jokes about slobber and keep spit rags available around the house. She is a pointer, but she prefers to work close, and I think that close work is bred into European gun dogs because the fields available to hunt are small. --98.146.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 11:44 AM
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The dog that meets all of your requirements is the standard size poodle from a good reputable hobby/ show breeder. Except that grooming requirements are intense.

It is not enough to take a poodle to the groomers every couple of months to be clipped short. The coat should be brushed daily because it mats quickly and the mats are uncomfortable and unhealthy for the dog.

If you are willing to take on the grooming, then a standard poodle is what you want.

I never ever recommend the miniature and toy poodle because so many puppy mills specialize in those breeds and puppy mill poodles come with a massive number of possible health issues and possible temperament and house training issues.

The standard is right at the size you want, any way. --98.146.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 11:52 AM
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Anyone who has any question about Malinois as a family pet, I suggest that you watch America's Top Dog. Available with some cable services on demand and it appears to be available for free on the A&E channel website.

Police dog Olympics and the Malinois excels. But you can see the energy level and hear the officers talk about how many hours of training they put in each and every week. Those dogs work hard 8 or more hours every day. Not the sort of time that a normal family can put into training.

At any rate, I highly recommend the show. The dogs are beyond amazing, what they can do. Some of the dogs competing have made hundreds of arrests and seized many hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of drugs. It's well worth the time to watch. --98.146.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by JKJ [MA]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 1:23 PM
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Oregon Woodsmoke, I watch America’s Top Dog with my kids, the bond between the dog and it’s handler is amazing, the part where the dog has to do the take down then be called off to the handler always amazes me. If you watch you’ll see that even after the buzzer goes off and the handler is being interviewed by 1 of the shows hosts, the dog keeps lazer focused on the threat, (the guy it was just commanded to take down). Many years ago I had the pleasure of doing a ride along with a buddy of mine that is a K9 officer, his dog Blitz was a Belgian Malinois, I can testify that, that breed of dog is brave enough to take on a full grown 200 plus pound man alone, and tough enough to win! --72.93.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 1:31 PM
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Thanks Oregon Woodsmoke. My wife doesn’t ask for much, but her one big requirement for a dog is one she likes the look of, and unfortunately, she doesn’t like the look of a poodle. I agree, it meets all my requirement, and would be a smart, close friend like my old buddy Theo was.

I thought I had a good match in the English Lab. LindaJ had a lot of good things to say about them and they’re lower energy than the American Lab, but my daughter and wife are giving me the thumbs down. I guess I could pull rank as the person who spends the most time with and cares the most for a dog, but I try to keep the peace.

Your Bracco Italiano was interesting, but it doesn’t look like they’d get along with my cats too well. What’s your thoughts on your dog for me?

--72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 2:37 PM
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Bill, do you like the look of English Setters? They are just lovely dogs. I don't know much about their day to day behavior. They are hunting dogs. The daughter of the hardware store owner has one and she is at the store now with it. She went to college for Wildlife Management and was out west working with Prairie dogs. Unfortunately the entire colony got the plague and so did she. They gave her antibiotics but not the colony???? Anyway she found this lovely dog wandering in the desert and with broken ribs. Looks like he was kicked for not performing the job the hunter wanted. Happens a lot I have heard. Knew someone years ago who hunted with one. Anyway I was impressed with this particular individual in the store. Maybe your missus would take a look if you found one on line. I am looking forward to hearing from you when your Doodle makes himself known. --173.61.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 2:37 PM
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Bill, do you like the look of English Setters? They are just lovely dogs. I don't know much about their day to day behavior. They are hunting dogs. The daughter of the hardware store owner has one and she is at the store now with it. She went to college for Wildlife Management and was out west working with Prairie dogs. Unfortunately the entire colony got the plague and so did she. They gave her antibiotics but not the colony???? Anyway she found this lovely dog wandering in the desert and with broken ribs. Looks like he was kicked for not performing the job the hunter wanted. Happens a lot I have heard. Knew someone years ago who hunted with one. Anyway I was impressed with this particular individual in the store. Maybe your missus would take a look if you found one on line. I am looking forward to hearing from you when your Doodle makes himself known. --173.61.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 6:12 PM
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Big decisions and a lot of choices Bill,I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes..................Charlie......................?.......?.......? --32.214.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Lana [IN]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 8:29 PM
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A shelter. I have never had a bad shelter animal, although most were cats. I walk around until I meet the right one. Things seem to work out. --216.23.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 9:40 PM
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Lana, I have be leaning towards a shelter. I'm also looking at doing DJ's recommendation of volunteering as a foster home for a dog. And someone else mentioned there's shelters for different breeds, like labradors and labradoodles. It is getting interesting to me. No promises:-) And your right: take your time, walk around and find the right one (or two :-) Thanks.

Charlie are you making fun of me? It is difficult, not only do I have to live with a mistake for 12*365*24=105 thousand hours, but then, I'll need to give in on all my wife's requests, to make up for my mistake.

AllyM, I checked them out and it looks like the English Setter is a strong contender. Smart, loyal, loving, good size and cat friendly. They do seem to have a wanderlust, and maybe bark and too much energy, but of course with any dog (or person) there are tradeoffs to be made :-) Thanks. --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 31, 2020 8:42 AM
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They are beautiful. Whatever breed or dog you select, you might want to avoid red dogs or red and white dogs especially with pink noses. My lovely red and white Shih Tzu, Mamie, with the pink nose, was a hormonal stew. Figure there are 6 to 8 pups packed in the small space of the mom. One gets more nutrients, others get less, and one is the last one conceived. That would be my Mamie. The owners told me she was the first one out and not breathing and it took some effort to get her to breath. Besides her elevated hormones, cancer, what took her life was congestive heart failure. Her little heart was just not formed properly. So if you go to a breeder, see if they know what the birth order is and try not to get a red one or largely red, dog. I belong to several dog disease groups and it seems like red dogs are more highly represented in those groups. Tan and black and white dogs, not so much. --173.61.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Mar 31, 2020 11:42 AM
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[[[[[[[........ Your Bracco Italiano was interesting, but it doesn’t look like they’d get along with my cats too well. What’s your thoughts on your dog for me?......]]]]]]

I don't think there is a problem with a Bracco and a cat. Almost all dogs must be taught that the cat is a valued family member. Some learn it easier than others do, but Bracci are very social and gentle natured, I wouldn't expect a cat problem.

The Bracco Italiano is much bigger than what you want. My Bracco is a very small 68 pounds. Most will be over 80 pounds and some get to 100 pounds. Only 68 pounds, but my Bracco is very big dog. She has long legs and a very long neck, so she can get her eye high enough that she can see the top of the kitchen counter while she still has all 4 feet on the floor. They are not a medium size breed.

Grooming is a big plus. Her hair is about 1/4 inch long and fits very tight to her body. When she sheds, it is like little blond eyelashes that are not very visible and she only sheds twice a year, not constantly.

A big negative is that you can not take the dog for a walk without being stopped by every person who sees you and wants to ask about the dog. Honestly, it gets tiresome. I can't go to the grocery store and leave her in the car without someone stopping me to ask what she is.

--98.146.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Mar 31, 2020 11:50 AM
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By the way, my Bracco is orange and white and has no color gene for black at all. Her coat is orange and white, her toenails, flews, nose, and eyelids are all orange. She is extremely healthy and strong and agile. She is intelligent. She can run for hours at a time. (actually not run, the Bracco is gaited and they do a special flying trot to move at speed) and has no heart or breathing problems.

It is just nonsense that a dog with no black color gene is going to be unhealthy. Never use color as a criteria to choose a dog. Color is the least important thing about a pet. --98.146.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 31, 2020 12:31 PM
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AllyM, sorry to hear about your Mamie passing:-( Good to know about the coloring. Thanks.

Oregon, you’re right on the weight, my labradoodle was 50 lbs and I’m looking for something a bit smaller, though Braccos look like neat dogs. I could see the grooming a big plus and getting stopped by every person would not be bad for this many times lonely landlord. Thank you.

--72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 31, 2020 2:50 PM
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About the red coloring, there was a news report of a Russian fox breeder, breeding for fur, who was trying to also breed for temperament so the foxes would be easier to handle. So when they did that and bred individuals who had a better temperament, most of the puppies born were black and white. A lot of pure white cats are deaf, as another example. It happens. --173.61.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Mar 31, 2020 6:40 PM
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Bill Wilso,If you ever want to take a ride up to Connecticut,your welcome to stop stop by,Just get on 95 and get off the exit for the YaleBowland continue to Elm Street then left ,we’re the Last House on the Stree,if you miss us,you’ll land in the Park.........charlie...... boy will you land........................ --32.214.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Mar 31, 2020 6:54 PM
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Bill Wils,After 6 months or so,most dogs take on the characteristics of the Owner,If you’re laid back ,then so will the Dog,if not,then look @ out.....Charlie........,, --32.214.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Mar 31, 2020 8:48 PM
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Sorry for the loss of your furry friend. I just lost mine last February. She was an awesome basset/beagle mix. She was 15 years and1 month old. She actually had shorter ears and a fluffy tail so there may have been something else in her as well. She was happy to be petted and go for walks but also would lay around a lot. The one thing she loved more then anything was ridding down the road in the old deuce. Every time I fired it up she would go crazy wanting to go for a ride but as soon as I put her in the truck she was happy as ever and would look out the window and then lay down sometimes. Awesome dog. Not to small and not to big. If you get one with big long ears like a full blooded basset then you have to keep there ears clean. They love to chase rabbits and squirrels. I hope you find a new friend. --73.120.xx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Pmh [TX]) Posted on: Mar 31, 2020 8:59 PM
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why don’t you go to the pound and rescue a mutt dog instead. All our dogs, big & small, have been from the pound. they do know they have been saved and are the best. I have no countenance and have total disgust for anyone here who feels they should have foofoo dogs --107.77.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Mar 31, 2020 10:47 PM
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Bill Wilso we always gave the dogs daily Vitamins that we got at Walmart’s, think that’s why they survived so long,along with a mile long walk every day,even though we may not have felt like going..........charlie..................... --32.214.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2020 6:53 PM
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Thanks for the invite Charlie, it would be great to see you. I’ll be in the white Volkswagen. And thanks for the heads up on the vitamins. But hard to believe on the dog taking on the characteristics of the owner. My Theo would get so excited when new people walked in the door, that he would jump on people and sometimes pee on the floor. I never did that.

Thanks 6x6. I’m sorry for the loss of your dog. She lived a long dog life. Sounds like she was a great dog. That’s something, how she got excited to ride in your deuce Coupe, the fastest set of wheels in town.

PMH, one of the nice folks here make me aware of shelters that rescue specific breeds. I completed an application for Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue. I spoke with someone there and the seem a really caring group.

--72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2020 7:21 PM
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Actually Bill it is the slowest set of wheels in town. It is an old Vietnam Era Military 2 1/2 ton 6x6 truck better known as the deuce and a half. --73.120.xx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2020 7:33 PM
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"slowest set of wheels in town" Thanks for laugh. I needed that. I looked it up and that is some truck. It's huge. I can see why it's the slowest "The compromise of this capability is a lack of output because the big engine makes just 126 horsepower (94 kilowatts) and 330 pound-feet (447 Newton-meters) of torque. The redline is technically at 4,000 rpm, but the owner says things start sounds really bad beyond 3,000 revs." for the 1970 M35A2. Really interesting to me. --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Apr 2, 2020 10:01 PM
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It is interesting to see the amount of feed back that dogs will provide --24.101.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Apr 3, 2020 9:01 PM
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Bill wils ,the invite still stands,just remember I don’t get up too early. I used to arise at the crack of dawn,but not anymore, some people might even say lazy,I just say tired. Yeah tired is the word........Charlie.......met more people because of the dogs................from the panhandler tot the United States Senator,he still asks “How are the Dogscharlie”?dorsnt ask how are you,just the dogs!....... --32.214.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 4, 2020 12:50 PM
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Thanks Charlie, I'd like to, if your serious.I looked it up, but couldn't find YaleBowland in google maps.

--72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Apr 5, 2020 2:57 AM
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It may not be on Google,but ask anyone who went toYale,they’ll tell a different story,we even went there to see BobHope,was disappointing,better to see him on the old TV in the Den..........Charlie............you have your directions.....,,,,,,,,,will be expecting you and the white van....... --32.214.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Apr 5, 2020 3:02 AM
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Oh! AndBil anyone in a white van has an exemption from the Coronis thing...........Charlie.............. --32.214.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 6, 2020 8:51 PM
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I was pretty close to contacting you, then getting in my white vw and heading to YaleBowland. Though I thought if I came, and we went to have a beer, in our full face snorkel masks, we'd have to poor the beer into the snorkel to drink it, and maybe one or both of us would drown in beer. But very seriously, I thank you for the invite. --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by JKJ [MA]) Posted on: Apr 6, 2020 9:31 PM
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BillW, Just an FYI, there is no YaleBowland, it’s the Yale Bowl, as in where Yale University’s football team plays their home games. I think Charlie just missed putting a space in between “the exit for the Yale Bowl and continue to Elm St”. --72.93.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 7, 2020 9:21 AM
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Gotcha. Thanks JKJ. --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by JKJ [MA]) Posted on: Apr 7, 2020 4:36 PM
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BillW - No worries. --72.93.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Apr 11, 2020 1:46 AM
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jKj,If Harvard comes down to play theBulldogs,on a Saturday,you definitely can’t. find a parking spot around this area,or Brown,might have to push the van further into the driveway to make extra space......charlie....... --32.214.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Apr 11, 2020 1:09 PM
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Any Updates on the furry friend (s) ?

A old quote that I believe is true:

Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And everyone is right.

Indeed. --70.92.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 12, 2020 4:06 PM
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Well, thanks Charlie, I'll be on the lookout for Harvard:-)

Busy, I just re-read your older post and it was great. Love the last part: "you thought finding a great life mate was tough. Try finding the perfect dog....Nice thing about dogs, most are willing to learn.

Oh, I think dogs do best in pairs... that’s just me. Maybe because I am so paired with my DH"

As for a new furry friend, hard to believe but it seems puppies are in big demand these days. I guess people are home all day and are looking for some company.

I did apply at the "Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue" but no word yet. I'm leaning towards the English Golden Retriever or English Goldendoodle, as I read they have lower energy levels, but nothing so far.

And you're right, I thought my dog Theo was the best dog.

Thanks again! Bill

--72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Pmh [TX]) Posted on: Apr 13, 2020 11:53 AM
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a pound dog --107.77.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 14, 2020 5:11 PM
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Pmh, I was just walking with my wife and talking about getting a dog at a shelter. I think as long as I can spend some time with the dog and get to know the dog, I'd be good with a shelter dog. I like the idea of not going through the puppy stage, also I've read that mixed breeds tend to be healthy dogs. I think I'll need to wait until after this virus thing is all over. And I'll take my wife with me to look at a dog. She's the voice of reason:-) --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Apr 14, 2020 8:51 PM
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Bill,yea,this corona thing is a real pain,and maybe dangerous too,just take your time,one step at a time........charlie --32.214.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 14, 2020 8:57 PM
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Thanks Charlie. --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2020 3:51 AM
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Bill,back where I come from in CoDerryI lived about half a mile in off the main road from Draperstown to Plumbridge ,About two miles before Plumbridge there’s a very ornate sign with an arrow pointing “Ancestral home of Woodro Wilson”Apparently Woodro Wilson’s grandfather walked several miles to the port of Derry,got on a ship in the early 18th century and arrived in Southern Georgia.from there he made his way up to JerseyThe rest is history,American History,that is.............charlie --32.214.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2020 2:19 PM
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Bill, that is good of you. There will be orphans. --107.77.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Apr 24, 2020 5:20 PM
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Bill,

We had two dogs go deaf. Vet said it's related to white hair on the dog. One was all white, the other was multi with white and other colors.

Having a deaf dog is weird - the doorbell rings and nobody barks!

BRAD

--73.102.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Apr 24, 2020 5:23 PM
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Hair. Labradoodle is known for non-shedding so other than cats you are probably used to minimal hair cleanup.

Our mutt had more of a fuzz than fur. When shorn his coat was like felt, not hair to brush. As it grew it was just fuzzier. (and VERY soft!)

BRAD --73.102.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Apr 25, 2020 2:00 AM
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OH, and obedience training, the real stuff, not just the "good Dog" classes at Petco.

Makes a WORLD of difference in behavior and enjoyment. They say the dogs love it because as a pack animal they know their place in the pack and how to act.

It also taught US how to talk "dog". No more "Oh come sit by me little cutie" The dog hears "mwah mwah mwah". Instead "Rascal, come". He knows his name and the command COME. He comes.

When Mom died we took her dog. He was a holy terror. Our friend is the obedience trainer and she gave us some tips like ONE toy, and he has to do something to get his dinner like lay down and wait while we dish it.

Those 2 simple rules changed him into a joy.

BRAD --73.102.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 27, 2020 12:37 PM
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AllyM, believe or not, there seems to be a shortage of dogs at the shelter. I guess all the folks at home are bored, so they decide to adopt a dog.

BRAD, interesting on the white hair and deafness, was the dog an albino (I think that’s the word)? I guess the loss of hearing had it’s pros and cons. I lost my sense of smell after surgery years ago, and my daughter reassures me that “dad 80% of what you smell is bad anyway”. I wonder if the 80% applies to hearing as well:-)

And good tip on “the real stuff” training. I think, like with kids, dogs are a lot easier to love when they’re well behaved. Good to know on the one toy and sitting before dinner. Sound like those rules would be good for kids too :-) just kidding.

--72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by JKJ [MA]) Posted on: Apr 27, 2020 4:26 PM
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Bill, The shelters in MA have seen a lot of adoptions since COVID-19. The news interviewed the head of Taunton’s shelter and he said that there are actually NO dogs currently in the shelter, all have been adopted out, so I would agree with you that there is most likely a shortage of dogs. Be patient though, there are/will be good dogs available. As I said before, all I have ever had were pound mutts (7 in total) and they have all been great dogs. --72.93.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 27, 2020 4:46 PM
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Thanks for the encouragement. I guess I'm still a kid. I get excited about something, and hate to wait, but good to remember: “all things come to those who wait” :-) I suppose the pendulum might swing in the other direction a few months from now. --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by JKJ [MA]) Posted on: Apr 27, 2020 5:27 PM
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Bill, I get it, I’m the same way when getting a new dog. --72.93.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Apr 28, 2020 2:09 AM
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Bill, the Samoyeds are all white,if they’re not then you better fill up the tub and give them another bath.Around here you won’t find any of them in the shelters.I know a girl a teacher from New Haven,She teaches out West and is also ahead of a Samoyed rescue group where she teaches.Whenever I want another Samoyed,she says to just give her the word.She says they have usually 8. or 10 a week They’re supposed to be a high maintenance dog,but we never found them to be!They did own the house.We just only paid the mortgage and the taxes...................charlie --32.214.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: May 3, 2020 3:27 AM
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OH and again,All dogs have to be brushed every day .Anyone who says something different is just “pulling your leg”. The dogs look forward to it,and it won’t happen unless you do it...............charlie.......... --32.214.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: May 4, 2020 2:49 PM
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Thanks Charlie for the reminder on brushing your dog. I'm embarrassed to say, with my previous dog, I didn't brush him and when I brought him to the groomer, they said they needed to shave him, since his hair was too matted to be trimmed normally.

At this point, I'm leaning towards a Sheltie, which requires a fair amount of brushing. --72.88.xxx.xxx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: May 10, 2020 9:34 PM
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Bill,the other Charlie in Buckingham Palace has a Korgi,high energy just like the Shelti and a brushing every day..........Charlie --32.214.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: May 12, 2020 12:03 AM
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Bill,Anything yet?Ya gotta keep looking,especially with this COVID 19 -20 -21-22-23and maybe 24...........charlie.........maybe even25???? --32.214.xxx.xx




OT: Dog recommendation (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: May 12, 2020 3:19 PM
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Charlie, I have about given up the search. With everyone home, there is a shortage of puppies available, from both breeders and shelters. I guess people are bored and looking for something to do, so they get a puppy. --100.1.xxx.xx





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