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Old February 9 2013, 04:48 PM   #61
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Re: The Dog Thread: Our Furry Family and Friends

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My Rockford. Apparantly I only take pictures of him when we are camping
If you have a lot of pictures of Rockford, do you keep them in ...

wait for it...

your Rockford Files?
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Old February 9 2013, 04:51 PM   #62
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Old February 9 2013, 05:33 PM   #63
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Good luck with the newbie, Pegaritaville!
Thanks. Brought her home last night and things are going well so far. My Azul just loves her. Here's Azul (right) and her new sister Wilma:

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Old February 9 2013, 05:36 PM   #64
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Wilma what a nice name One white paw?
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Old February 9 2013, 05:44 PM   #65
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Wilma what a nice name One white paw?
Azul has one white paw and one blue eye. I don't care for the name Wilma, but I didn't want to change her name (she's been through enough already). And the name is starting to grow on me.

Here's the two at play. Azul looks like she's about to leap on Wilma:

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Old February 9 2013, 05:45 PM   #66
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Both on the same side? (the white paw and blue eye)
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Old February 9 2013, 05:52 PM   #67
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Opposite sides: White left paw, right blue eye.
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Old February 9 2013, 09:34 PM   #68
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they are two beauties!
I like the name Wilma. I once had a hamster from a sanctuary who was called Wilma. She kept rattling on her cage day and night and drove everyone insane, hence the name - "Wiiiiilmaaaaaaaaa!!!!!"
Turned out that she was incredibly intelligent and simply bored to death in her cage. With the aid of a bag of almonds it took her 5 minutes to understand that she ought to come when called. She then kept following me around (why should she run to me for an almond when it was quicker and more efficient to stay near me - and the almond bag?) - All I had to do was to connect this behaviour with the command "heel". Teaching her all the other dog commands (except for "attack!" - rodents have razor-sharp teeth that leave nasty wounds) came as a natural consequence. Within only 2 evenings she got them. And better than many a dog I've worked with. She was really amazing =)
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Old February 10 2013, 01:28 AM   #69
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My brother and his wife have two French bulldogs, one of which's name is Stella. Unfortunately they did not name it based on On the Waterfront. But, rather, the beer, which I consider unimaginative.
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Here is my brothers pooch Sadie.
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Old February 10 2013, 06:44 PM   #71
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they are two beauties!
I like the name Wilma. I once had a hamster from a sanctuary who was called Wilma. She kept rattling on her cage day and night and drove everyone insane, hence the name - "Wiiiiilmaaaaaaaaa!!!!!"
Turned out that she was incredibly intelligent and simply bored to death in her cage. With the aid of a bag of almonds it took her 5 minutes to understand that she ought to come when called. She then kept following me around (why should she run to me for an almond when it was quicker and more efficient to stay near me - and the almond bag?) - All I had to do was to connect this behaviour with the command "heel". Teaching her all the other dog commands (except for "attack!" - rodents have razor-sharp teeth that leave nasty wounds) came as a natural consequence. Within only 2 evenings she got them. And better than many a dog I've worked with. She was really amazing =)
A "Hamster Whisperer"- That's pretty cool. I had no idea you could train hamsters to that extent. Then again, I never tried training the ones we had as kids.
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Old February 10 2013, 11:39 PM   #72
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normally you can't. I'm sorry to say that most hamsters have a rather low IQ. Wilma was a huge exception. However, every hamster can learn to come when you call him/her. With a few treats you can get amazing results The trick is to find out what treat your hamster would kill for. Almonds or sunflower seeds usually work with gold hamsters. Freeze-dried mealworms are popular with dwarf species. My current one has a weakness for smoked trout and for wholemeal cookies - but then he's always been rather eccentric
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Just curious....has anybody in the thread ever owned a dog that lived to the age of 20 or even beyond? I know that's a rarity with any breed and an uncommon story to hear from owners, but I've known a couple of families whose dogs lived rather exceptionally long lives and made it to ages such as 17 or 18 before they passed away from natural causes or had to be euthanized because of illness.
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Old February 11 2013, 08:36 AM   #74
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alas no. We always have German Shepherds. This breed usually has trouble going beyond 10 Jears. 12 is rare and the oldest one we ever had was 14.
They tend to age rapidly once they passed the 8 year mark and then develop cancer, serious heart conditions or arthrosis. As far as I remember none of our dogs died of old age but every single one had to be put to sleep for medical reasons.

As a general rule mixes between different breeds are much healthier and longer lived than pure-bred ones. Often more intelligent, too.
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Old February 11 2013, 09:30 AM   #75
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Oh, so do I, but Marley has unintentionally scared the hell out of several people over the years. What really makes us laugh is when we're walking him on the lead/leash and people with smaller dogs cross the road to avoid us. Marley's afraid of our cats, for crying out loud, and is submissive to practically every dog he's ever met, no matter what size. The thought that anyone thinks he's vicious is hilarious.
It's funny...I'm a lot more scared of small dogs than I am of big ones. Almost every mean dog I've encountered has been a small one or even a toy dog. Large dogs like Labs I am not bothered by. I would never, ever own a dog, but I do enjoy playing with others' dogs. As long as they go home to their owner when I'm worn out.

Unfortunately when I was little, I was terrified of the family dog, a Labrador with poor training and absolutely zero self control. My parents couldn't understand why it was terrifying when a dog twice my weight would come running at me. So unfortunately I only got to really know and like the dog when she got old and slow, and more like having a really, really large cat than a dog. I like to hope that at least that made her last year of life that bit more pleasant.
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