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Ruin Maniac

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    My dog has his bones, and I have mine

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    History, palaeolithic and pleistocene archaeology, SWFs, octopi, lychees, jogging, ceramics

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  1. Thanks again everyone for your kind words, advice and considerations. I am trying to pull myself together, I still get upset now and then. I know it will get easier. Thank you.
  2. I have the very same problem, and with friends that have a fear of dogs (not so extreme that the sight of them makes them panic, but certainly not the kind of people who want a dog that's half their height on his hind legs jumping on them) it is really, really frustrating that people just cuddle and coo and play with Sully when he jumps up.
  3. Depends on the circumstances. Dangerous dog in dangerous dog collar out and offlead attacking a pedestrian and her two dogs? You're going to get reported. 6 mo german shepherd earlier today, escaping out the side gate as someone was leaving and pottered down the driveway to say hello? Not going to get reported.
  4. Goodness. I completely understand wanting to save a dog if it is being brought in for euthanasia for ridiculous reasons, and I'm sure there are people that make excuses. But that doesn't mean you can just make the assumption. What if the dog is suffering? What if its a danger to people and their pets? Why would you be willing to save one life at the risk of making the animal or others suffer and even put other lives at risk? I gave my oldest friend his wings just this week. He needed them. I would be furious if anyone for a moment thought of "saving" him, unless they had a miracle cure for
  5. Fortunately our ravens are very friendly. Sully sleeps outside when it's sunny and, if he's too lazy to stop them, the ravens will fly down a few feet away and peck around, or steal some of his water or food if he brought any with him. The other day I left a bag of wool out so the birds could use it for nest making, but it was the ravens that were most comfortable coming down and taking their pick. One flew off with a piece almost as big as she was. Quite funny :)
  6. Thank you, Dogmad. I'll do just that, it sounds like a wonderful idea. Suleiman is a great comfort to me, and knows something is wrong. He's been cuddling me, trying to engage me in play and even appears to be trying to share things. Hasn't stirred up any trouble that he normally attempts when he wants me to notice and is very quiet rather than super vocal. I'm not sure if I'd cope at all without his company right now.
  7. Thank you everyone. We followed the recommendation for the anti-biotic and he was put on some stronger painkillers. For a while he was perked up, eating and enjoying himself, jumping up to play sentry on the balcony whenever anything went by and we thought he might be okay for a while. Unfortunately he took a very serious turn for the worse yesterday. My parents were kind enough to contact me and ask me what I wanted them to do. He was given his wings at 6:00 PM. I wanted to be there so badly. I thought about booking a flight there today. But I thought I might just distress him as I am al
  8. Hi everyone, My childhood dog has been getting on in years - he lives with my parents, since he was too old to come here with me, having never travelled such a long distance. Over the course of six weeks, he's been losing his appetite and subsequently his body weight rapidly. He became lethargic and appeared to be depressed. The house he lives in was undergoing renovations when it started, and my parents thought at first that he just didn't like the noise or the change, but when the renovations stopped he didn't improve. He went to the vet, was diagnosed with a fever, had bloodwork done and w
  9. My biggest concern is ***holes reporting dogs for "charging" them because they don't have to prove it happened with a medical bill. I know some people who hate dogs enough to file a false report. There was a discussion regarding dogs on our campus the other day and it's unbelievable the amount of fear and ignorance people had of the animals. They were advocating that dogs shouldn't be allowed in public at all.
  10. The other issue would be if they were being kept where they might be noticed, and the publicity got them scared because they had more to hide than dog thefts.
  11. What I saw was the dog only lunged when the officer himself appeared to lunge at it as if to scare it off. Bad. Plan. More than anything what infuriates me is that, in four shots at close range, this officer was unable to put the poor thing out of its misery. If his aim, when uninjured, is that terrible and his conduct even after it was totally disabled that cruel, then he should not have a gun.
  12. Sarcasm alert! Don't you silly people know? Dogs are animals! They breed in the wild, they can do it themselves, there's ZERO human intervention needed, EVER! Dogs don't need C-sections (and that's the ONLY thing breeders, like, actually ever do for their pregnant dogs, that's all their efforts surmount to), that's totally UNNATURAL. If they needed surgery in the wild, they would die, duh. You OBVIOUSLY don't care about them if you're breeding dogs that would DIE in the WILD because they are WILD ANIMALS. Oh, did I mention we need to stop breeding them anyway? We should make it so people ca
  13. As I said, Whippet. It's not necessarily the buyers who are posing a threat to the PB dog, it's the lawmakers. As long as there's this strong perception that pedigree breeders are greedy, contemptuous, self-absorbed and cruel, then the law is going to do you no favours. We have well-meaning idiots and not-so-well-meaning animal rights advocates to thank for that.
  14. If you want it to survive, and with current legislation that writes breeders off as criminals because people know no better (it's true! The number of people who give me the most horrified looks when I talk about purebreeders is astounding), you have to educate and be open to the public. So many people don't know. Just recently someone at my university was talking to a group of students, myself included, about getting a new dog. He had a very, very specific temperament and set of qualities in mind (low shedding, active enough to go on bicycle rides, playful, intelligent and responsive to train
  15. I think that discussion warrants its own thread?
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