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Old 20th May 2019, 22:56
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I swear mine could run horizontally round the garden fence.
We had a Jack Russell who used to do the same thing but he was absolutely tireless. If there was any possibility to get out he would find it. He could squeeze through the smallest opening and run into the neighbour's backyard where he would find another hole in the fence and go into the next neighbour's yard and sometimes the next backyard. But we absolutely loved him in spite of the grief that he caused.
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Old 21st May 2019, 15:18
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Sorry to hear about your beloved dog's passing. They certainly take a bit of your heart with you when they go. I've had a GSP (stunningly beautiful, loyal, clever, but awful separation anxiety) and a working cocker (the happiest, most loving little dog I've ever met). You do realise you're now going to have to keep us updated with lots of 'baby' pictures, don't you?
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Old 22nd May 2019, 14:03
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A Red Setter tried to stick its nose into the back wheel of my motor bike yesterday. Itís owner was twenty feet behind, on the other end of the expanding lead. Fortunately I realised it was going to have a go and managed to swerve to a distance of twenty one feet away. Crazy Mutt. The owner was no better....
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Old 22nd May 2019, 21:18
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Thanks, Rather be, it's always tough loosing a pet. I lost my Jack Russell last September. He was only 4 years at the time and I still miss the little rascal. Anyway, I will post pictures. Still a week and a half before she's ready to go.
Shy, sounds like a really dumb owner. I never let my dog go near bicyclists or motor bikes
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Old 22nd May 2019, 21:41
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As an owner of two beautiful dogs from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, I empathise with those who have lost their beloved companions. I would also like to take this opportunity to transmit the “adopt, don’t shop” message, loud and clear. Awful things are done by puppy farmers, while fit and able dogs of all ages and breeds languish in shelters trying to find that elusive “forever home”. I urge anyone considering taking on a pet to give very serious thought to adoption.

I also echo the remarks above about training. It is absolutely essential to train your dogs well, and that, for many, begins with learning how to be a dog trainer. Having trained many professional aviators, and others in specialist roles, I can safely say that the most rewarding training I have done has been of my dogs. The obvious pleasure they get from executing their tasks well fills my heart with abundant pride.
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Old 22nd May 2019, 21:44
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Originally Posted by rotornut View Post
Shy, sounds like a really dumb owner. I never let my dog go near bicyclists or motor bikes
Same here. The dog was out of control, it nearly pulled her over.

I would also like to take this opportunity to transmit the “adopt, don’t shop” message, loud and clear. Awful things are done by puppy farmers, while fit and able dogs of all ages and breeds languish in shelters trying to find that elusive “forever home”. I urge anyone considering taking on a pet to give very serious thought to adoption.
Our two rescue dogs were found wandering the streets at different times and both had suffered badly as young animals. The older of the two (now in her fourteenth year) has cost us a fortune in medical treatment (still does - she has private health car; I don't)!
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Old 22nd May 2019, 23:18
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My Lab x Poodle was a sort of rescue dog - his owner developed dementia, and when she had to go into a home, he had to go somewhere else. Fortunately, her nephew paid for him to go into kennels until someone else took him, but no one wanted a 9 y.o. dog, and everyone was worried that he would be put down. My daughter heard about him, checked him out and asked if I would like him (knowing what the answer would be).
He had been well trained and has a beautiful temperament, but had been overfed and allowed to sleep on the owner's bed. He learned quickly that he had his own bed. A diet solved the weight problem. At first, he had terrible separation anxiety, but that went when he learned that we always came home. However, when I'm home, he won't leave my side.
Sadly, he, like the rest of us, is now slowing down and hurt his hip after a fall on the stairs. He's still happy and mobile, but I'm not looking forward to the inevitable.
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Old 23rd May 2019, 21:10
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I have great respect for people like you who rescue dogs. Our little Jack Russell was a rescue and I know a number of people who have rescued dogs and given them a good life. There were a few Jacks available for rescue here and I would have taken one. However, my wife badly wanted a setter but there were no setters available for rescue here, It turned out that a local breeder had one extra puppy available, the rest of the litter was sold. So we felt it was an opportunity. The breeder is one of the top setter breeders in the world so I think we will be getting a good dog.
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Old 24th May 2019, 09:48
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Along with places like Battersea dogs home, just about every breed has its own dedicated rescue society. For example, as a life long Springer Spaniel lover, my last two dogs have come from English Springer Spaniel Welfare. They take in Spaniels, assess them and pair them with people on their list (who have also been assessed!) Both my dogs had hard beginnings but proved truly magnificent pets. Just a thought.
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Old 27th May 2019, 21:51
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Good for you, Flypro. To be honest I really miss my little Jack who went prematurely and would have loved another Jack, even if fairly old. But my wife didn't want to go through losing a dog again, at least for a while.
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Old 28th May 2019, 05:24
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While I was away at college, my parents had an Irish Setter to replace two dearly-departed English Setters.

They loved her - but had 20 acres/8 hectares of hilly farmland (some wooded) for her to roister around in. Probably helped burn off the excess energy.

They named her "Treacle" for the coloring - which of course no one else in the States understood.
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Old 28th May 2019, 15:47
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I always thought Irish Setters were beautiful but not very bright until I met Spencer. Spencer was owned by a professor of English literature who named him after the famous poet, Edmund Spencer. He was a great dog and my wife loved him and that's why she wants an Irish Setter. I might add, what would a professor of history call his dog?

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