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Topic 13 of 58: Dogs

Thu, Sep 23, 1999 (18:00) | Wolf (wolf)
A topic for dog lovers.....
216 responses total.

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 Response 1 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Fri, Sep 24, 1999 (20:12) * 7 lines 
i am crazy about dogs! especially big gigantic dogs. they're not too fragile to really hug on.

have two dogs. Bro looks like a miniature golden retriever. he was the runt of the litter and as far as we know, the only one who survived. his 11 years old and a gemini...have had him since he was 5 months.

KoKoMo is half german shepherd and half black lab. she's my baby. she was 5 weeks when we got her. i believe she owns me and not the other way around. very gentle lovable dog.

both of them are affectionate and gentle. they positively grin, frown, and get grumpy. and they're both crazy about their mama! love 'em so much!!

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 Response 2 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Fri, Sep 24, 1999 (20:12) * 1 lines 
oh, koko is 9 years old and an aries...

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 Response 3 of 216: John Burnett  (mrchips) * Sat, Sep 25, 1999 (02:12) * 1 lines 
I love gentle dogs and disapprove of people who turn dogs into vicious killers. I realize that dogs in their feral state are hunters, but don't have to be when domesticated.

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 Response 4 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Sat, Sep 25, 1999 (09:40) * 1 lines 
there is a way to train a dog to protect and the dog telling a threat from a non-threat. unfortunately, most people don't get it.

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 Response 5 of 216: Riette Walton  (riette) * Mon, Sep 27, 1999 (03:42) * 1 lines 

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 Response 6 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Wed, Sep 29, 1999 (17:14) * 1 lines 
As a consequence, people like me are terrified by them...I am not dog-chow and do not know how to convince them of that fact when I am shaking all over with fear and dread.

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 Response 7 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Wed, Sep 29, 1999 (18:03) * 7 lines 
dogs are smart. they know you're scared. you have to bluff them out. also it's good to know how not to appear threatening and the dogs will leave you alone.

1. do not approach a dog you do not know.
2. when approaching a dog that's eyeing you, don't eyeball them back. assume a position of aloofness. if the dog checks you out, stop and allow them to. they'll walk off when they're done. DO NOT RUN OFF! this is provoking to them.
3. if approaching a strange dog in order to help them or something, approach them slowly, talk very softly about anything, and allow the dog to smell your hand, palm up. DO NOTE: a dog with a very serious injury or broken bone is liable to bite. this is a normal reaction and even the sweetest dog can act this way. use a blanket to pick the dog up, don't just grab and go unless the dog is in danger of being run over.
4. do not tease any dog. this is provoking and they will react one way or another.
5. respect they're space.

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 Response 8 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Wed, Sep 29, 1999 (18:15) * 7 lines 
1. count on it!
2. I stand and look elsewhere - like heaven-ward - hoping for divine intervention.
3. I call someone better equipped to handle this situation.
4. Absolutely out of the question...If they do not tease me, I do not tease them.
5. They can have the entire side of the street! Just let me get out of the way.

Good points, Wolfie...I do as you say, but occasionally I meet with one not leashed who owns the place and likes no one. People here do not train their kids...their animals are no better treated!

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 Response 9 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Wed, Sep 29, 1999 (19:53) * 3 lines 
i know. i got hollered at because my little Bro, who'd never mean to harm anyone unless they're messing with his mama, was waiting at the door for me to bring in my (then) baby girl. i already told him to stay put but he saw a man run by the house on the street and took off. i called to him and told the man to stand still. of course, did he listen? (the man) no way jose, he thought he knew everything. my poor Bro is still thinking this man is gonna get his mama. the man tries to kick Bro and that not work
ng decides to bend over and push him. well, the man gets a nip in the meaty part of his palm. he comes to tell me it's my fault. i tell him, ok, Bro has his papers, go wash your hand. the man then comes back to my house to tell me again that i should have controlled my dog and i present him with the papers and he's got nothing more than one tiny puncture wound in his palm. i know that he was right to be upset, however, he didn't follow any of the rules for meeting up with a strange dog. Bro didn't know
what was going on, just that his mama was safe now.

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 Response 10 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Wed, Sep 29, 1999 (20:13) * 1 lines 
This is true - I learned this as a child, as all children should. All animals need to be met on their own terms and given their own space. I am afraid your neighbor did not learn anything from that encounter, unfortunately! You are a VERY GOOD Mama!!!

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 Response 11 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Wed, Sep 29, 1999 (20:16) * 1 lines 
aw, thanks my dear! *big fat wolfie hugs*

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 Response 12 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Wed, Sep 29, 1999 (20:18) * 2 lines 
As I have said before Dogs are not my thing, but Ray had one who liked me (and I mostly ignored.) One day when just the dog and I were at his warehouse, a bunch of teenage guys walked by quite close to where I was standing in the doorway and they were making a lot of noise. Moochie got between me and them and began a low growl - just to alert them that I was being protected and they best keep going straight ahead. I felt so privileged to be chosen like that by is an incredible feeling, and I w
ll never forget it!

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 Response 13 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Wed, Sep 29, 1999 (20:36) * 1 lines 
isn't it though? once, my KoKo was playing out back. well, i snuck up on the outside of the fence gate and peeked in. she started this growl to make your hair stand on end. she was a bit confused because she recognized me a bit but she wasn't taking any chances. she started to bolt towards the fence still with her growling. then she saw it was me and bounded over and i swear she was laughing at herself!

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 Response 14 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Wed, Sep 29, 1999 (20:42) * 1 lines 
If each person could have an experience like the ones we have had, there could be no animal cruelty...How could there be?! I am all chicken-skin (as they say here) just thinking about it.

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 Response 15 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Wed, Sep 29, 1999 (20:54) * 1 lines 
because humans are ignorant and do not take the time. i know people who can't stand animals. i believe it's related to something that happened to them at one point but they won't hear of it. i don't understand how they can NOT stand animals. i love them! sometimes i'd rather be around them than people!!

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 Response 16 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Wed, Sep 29, 1999 (21:03) * 1 lines 

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 Response 17 of 216: Gi  (patas) * Thu, Sep 30, 1999 (03:55) * 2 lines 
(wolf)they positively grin, frown, and get grumpy.
wolf, my dog sometimes smiles, his teeth showing, like a human, when he greets me.

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 Response 18 of 216: InfoSpryte  (infospryte) * Thu, Sep 30, 1999 (10:35) * 10 lines 
Here are a few doggy web sites you might like to visit.

To learn about teaching dogs tricks, visit:

To learn about companion dogs, visit:

The American Kennel Club's site is:

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 Response 19 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Thu, Feb 10, 2000 (12:07) * 91 lines 
"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot about little puppies." --
Gene Hill

"In dog years I'm dead" -- Unknown

"Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car,
in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right
in your ear." -- Dave Barry

"The scientific name for an animal that doesn't either run from or fight
its enemies is lunch." -- Michael Friedman

"To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of
dogs." -- Aldous Huxley

"A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three
times before lying down." -- Robert Benchley

"Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that
is how dogs spend their lives." -- Sue Murphy

"I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give
the wrong answers." -- Unknown

"I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts
to bite people themselves." -- August Strindberg

"No animal should ever jump up on the dining-room furniture unless
absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation." --Fran

"Ever consider what they must think of us? I mean, here we come back from
a grocery store with the most amazing haul- chicken, pork, half cow. They
must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!" -- Anne Tyler

"I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious
cult." -- Rita Rudner

"My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can.
That's almost $7.00 in dog money." -- Joe Weinstein

"Some days you're the dog, some days you're the hydrant." -- Unknown

"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have
known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons." -- James Thurber

"You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with
pets." -- Nora Ephron

"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are
wonderful." -- Ann Landers

"Women and cats will do as they please and men and dogs should relax and
get used to the idea." -- Robert A. Heinlein

"In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should
have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him." --
Dereke Bruce, Taipei, Taiwan

"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face." --
Ben Williams

"When a man's best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem." --Edward

"Cat's Motto: No matter what you've done wrong, always try to make it look
like the dog did it." -- Unknown

"Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his
tail.." -- Unknown

"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the
dog does." -- Christopher Morley

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves
himself." -- Josh Billings

"Man is a dog's idea of what God should be." -- Holbrook Jackson

"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person." -- Andrew A.

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his
life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the
last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion"
-- Unknown

"Heaven goes by favour. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your
dog would go in." -- Mark Twain

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 Response 20 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Thu, Feb 10, 2000 (20:35) * 1 lines 
marcia, thank you for posting that here!

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 Response 21 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Thu, Feb 10, 2000 (22:33) * 1 lines 
Most welcome, m'dear! I am hunting other clever things to get this place jumping again - even if we have to relive nasty stories of creepy crawlies again.

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 Response 22 of 216: Maggie  (sociolingo) * Fri, Feb 11, 2000 (13:38) * 1 lines 
Oh dear am I never going live that one down!! I'll see if I can think up some doggy do.

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 Response 23 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Fri, Feb 11, 2000 (13:47) * 1 lines 
I am as guilty as you are with the mop-handle story and the one running up my arm...Yeesh!!! Um...perhaps I should have posted the pillar box mistake story here?

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 Response 24 of 216: Maggie  (sociolingo) * Fri, Feb 11, 2000 (14:17) * 1 lines 
I haven't got a dog now, but I did think about taking the two guinea pigs we were fostering out on leads. I thought I could adapt cat leads. Ah, but they returned to theor true owners before I had a chance to try it out.

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 Response 25 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Fri, Feb 11, 2000 (15:31) * 1 lines 
We tried to leash-train our cat when I was young but she wove herself in and out of the hedges and I was constantly untangling her and me and the lead.. I came home looking like the loser in a cat fight, so we pounded a stake into the back yard and put her on a long light chain.

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 Response 26 of 216: Maggie  (sociolingo) * Fri, Feb 11, 2000 (15:51) * 1 lines 
Maybe it was just as well we coundn't walk the guinea pigs - they run fast!

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 Response 27 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Fri, Feb 11, 2000 (16:48) * 1 lines 
couldn't you have used a ferret waist leash?

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 Response 28 of 216: Maggie  (sociolingo) * Fri, Feb 11, 2000 (17:09) * 1 lines 
Possibly, but I didn't think of that. I think the cat leash I'm thinking of is quite similar, it goes around the shoulders and looks quite comfortable. I just loved the idea of walking the pigs up the street! Unfortunately one is in guinea pig heaven now and the other is getting rather geriatric.

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 Response 29 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Fri, Feb 11, 2000 (20:13) * 1 lines 
i've got one in gp heaven. her name was charlotte and she loved my big dog, KoKoMo. everytime koko walked by her cage, charlotte would squeal with delight and give her kisses. it was the funniest thing. this 10 oz rodent loving on my 100 pound guard dog! koko loved her though. she would always put her nose up against charlotte's cage to get her kisses.

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 Response 30 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Fri, Feb 11, 2000 (20:13) * 1 lines 
the shoulder harness was actually what i had in mind when i was talking about the waist leash....

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 Response 31 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Fri, Feb 11, 2000 (20:19) * 1 lines 
Gotcha (thought you did!) How adorable...big fierce dog and tiny GP in love...reminds me of something...*smile*

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 Response 32 of 216: Maggie  (sociolingo) * Sat, Feb 12, 2000 (08:54) * 1 lines 
That's lovely.. Some dogs are really soppy aren't they. I had a lovely beige labrador once. He was a rescue dog and we got him to look after me when my husband was working nights. Trouble was he was a scaredy cat! We had a burglar came across the back of my house, I dragged the dog (euphamistically called Gunner) to the back windows and he actually growled at me and ran back into his basket with his tail between his legs - and wouldn't get out again! Fortunately the burglar ran.

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 Response 33 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Sat, Feb 12, 2000 (10:13) * 1 lines 
well, it worked even if not the way you'd hoped. koko is a big teddy bear too but she will stand her ground.

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 Response 34 of 216: Maggie  (sociolingo) * Sat, Feb 12, 2000 (12:51) * 1 lines 
My husband used to walk him at 2.30 a.m. when he finished working and the darn dog was forever finding courting couples in the dark - he was not appreciated! He left for a new home in Brighton together with our cat when we went to Africa. It was dreadfully sad, but lovely that the people who came to see Gunner wanted to take the cat as well. we heard from the Labradour rehoming service that he settled really well and loved the beach.

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 Response 35 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sat, Feb 12, 2000 (13:13) * 1 lines 
Those Labs are so happy if there is a big body of water nearby. You did him a great favor in finding him that new home. How fortunate for you and the dog and the new owners, as well!

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 Response 36 of 216: Maggie  (sociolingo) * Sat, Feb 12, 2000 (14:41) * 1 lines 
I think he really was a beach dog at heart, and he and the cat were great friends.

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 Response 37 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Sat, Feb 12, 2000 (16:00) * 1 lines 
i'm glad that his new owners didn't separate him from his buddy! that's so sweet!

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 Response 38 of 216: Maggie  (sociolingo) * Sun, Feb 13, 2000 (13:36) * 3 lines 
Mmm I still have nice memories - and photos.

What's your dream breed of dog?

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 Response 39 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sun, Feb 13, 2000 (15:08) * 1 lines 
Moi? I'm a cat person, actually, but really like other people's cats...! They make me sneeze, and dogs are worse for my allergies. So, I admire them from afar. Yours?

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 Response 40 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sun, Feb 13, 2000 (15:10) * 1 lines 
But, the nicest dog I have ever met was a golden retriever / blond lab. Lovely disposition.

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 Response 41 of 216: Maggie  (sociolingo) * Sun, Feb 13, 2000 (15:59) * 1 lines 
I rather fancy a lap dog of some kind - not a yappy one. If I was on my own I would definitely get a dog because it would make me go out! However, I don't think I could cope with another boistrous labradour. We have a dog rescue place near us and I see some really nice mongrels being walked.

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 Response 42 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Sun, Feb 13, 2000 (17:12) * 1 lines 
those are the ones i love, mutts! i love big dogs because they can be hugged vigorously and we can lay on the floor and rough house easier. but my little dog is a lot of fun too. he loves to play the hand under the covers game with my husband. both of them love hide and seek and have learned to look for the kids when we ask them by name instead of just dad. and now that the kids are older, both dogs run to the door to greet them as well. oh, and they count how many people walk in. my little dog will go to the last person in line to see if anyone else is coming. and the both of them mope when i'm not home. they watch out the window. and when dad isn't home (esp at night) they sleep with one eye open and are even more vigilant. them's good dogs! i love them both soooooo much!

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 Response 43 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sun, Feb 13, 2000 (17:36) * 1 lines 
Wolfie, if I ever find myself living alone, I'm gonna get out your post 42 and read it. Then I will take my anithistimines and head for the Humane Society and adopt me a doggie. Mutt, specifically. I don't think I would feel very safe with all this dark vegetation hiding my house and the walls all around. Good idea!

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 Response 44 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sun, Feb 13, 2000 (17:38) * 1 lines 
Your dogs are more like family than the one I grew up in with two older sisters. It shows what love you gave those lucky dogs that they return it so eagerly and steadfastly. Good for you! Wish there were more like you...*hugs*

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 Response 45 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Sun, Feb 13, 2000 (17:51) * 7 lines 
i don't know about that, but thanks marcia *hugs* these dogs have good personalities to begin with.

bro, the little one, would always lay in my lap from the day we got him. he slept in the crook of my arm at night (now he sleeps on my feet). while pregnant with both kids, he knew not to jump up on me and he would lay his head on my belly to get some love. koko wouldn't jump up either (and those were the days when she was able to jump up). we've had her since she was 5 weeks old and now she's going on 10 (in apr). we've had bro since he was 5 months but we knew the family he came from so we actually knew bro since he was a few weeks old. he is the only one to survive of the litter and he was the pup. he'll be 12 in june. for an old man, he sure has a lot of puppy in him (and cat and rabbit we think).

and if anyone tells me you can't tell what a dog is feeling or that they don't have feelings will be in for it with me. these dogs talk with their whole bodies and let me know what they want. they wait for me to say the right word and then go nuts so i'll know exactly what they need.

gosh, i could just go on and on. i love those mutts! they are family and are just like two other kids (only they listen better)!

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 Response 46 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sun, Feb 13, 2000 (18:08) * 3 lines 
(They probably won't leave you when a cute member of the opposite sex wanders into view, either - at least, not for very long! *lol*)

Gi convinced me with Patas that dogs communicate and make faces and smile. I am definitely a believer! You may go on and on about your furkids. I love hearing about them!

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 Response 47 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Sun, Feb 13, 2000 (20:52) * 5 lines 
(i had meant to say that bro was the "runt" of the litter as well as the "pup")

and those guys grin! big wide toothy grins, tongues hanging out, ears relaxed held back a bit and eyes a bit sleepy looking. both of them wink at me and will wink back if i wink at them. we can make each other yawn, and if i pretend to sneeze, koko will sneeze.

and both of them throw themselves on their backs and sprawl like horses!

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 Response 48 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sun, Feb 13, 2000 (21:00) * 1 lines 
...and the runt survived? Musta been some grit and gristle he was made from. Let's hear it for the under dog *lol* Lucky pup! That is hilarious that you can evoke such things as sneezes and yawns. I guess it is not just human that sympathizes with the sleepy...! They sound absolutely adorable! "our" cat throws herself on her back on my feet whenever I go outside. She expects and almost demands I rub her tummy! I know all about that! I Love this stuff, Wolfie!

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 Response 49 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Mon, Feb 14, 2000 (08:37) * 5 lines 
when the dogs are in trouble we send them to their "room". their room is the front entrance 3x3 foyer. if i come home snorting and stomping, they immediately go to their room to hide until mom's storm is over.

koko is afraid of thunder. she knows when we're gonna get a storm because she hides. if i'm home, she'll follow me all over the house, even the bathroom where she'll butt the door open just to be close to me. we find her in our bedroom should it be storming when we come home. bro could care less about thunderstorms and that stuff.

one thing that i can't stand: folks who get puppies, the puppies outgrow the owner's expectations, the owner puts the dog in a kennel cage even when they're home and then leave the dogs outside without playing with them. then complain that their dog is too wild. dogs love people. yes, some are more hyper than others. but the way to keep an outside dog from losing it is to play with it everyday. give it lots of love and attention and the poor dear won't attack you with requests to play.

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 Response 50 of 216: Maggie  (sociolingo) * Mon, Feb 14, 2000 (12:48) * 1 lines 
Ooo stop it - you're making me feel deprived!!!! *grin*

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 Response 51 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Mon, Feb 14, 2000 (15:50) * 2 lines 
Me too... People should be as dedicated and as insightful. Usually, when you have a bad day, your kids have had one, too. They cry and wail at you before you get yourself entirely inside the door. The dogs are much smarter. Lay low until the storm is over, indeed! Love these goodies, Wolfie. We are vicatiously joining in your fun. Thanks for sharing. *hugs*
Got any more???

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 Response 52 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Mon, Feb 14, 2000 (20:18) * 1 lines 
loads but the mood isn't good for me right now (it's the v-day let down, happens every year).....

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 Response 53 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Mon, Feb 14, 2000 (21:11) * 1 lines 
...I too. Wish we could have "done" lunch...or dinner, for that matter *Big Hugs*

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 Response 54 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Tue, Feb 15, 2000 (19:00) * 1 lines 
me too!

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 Response 55 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Tue, Feb 15, 2000 (19:10) * 1 lines 
*sigh* Perhaps we should send all of the insensitive chest beaters off and keep the lovely fur-and-feather friends around, light the candles and let it all hang out. Sounds wonderful. Next time, Wolfie!!!

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 Response 56 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Tue, Feb 15, 2000 (19:33) * 1 lines 
ohmygod, there's a remember button at the top and bottom of this conference! *GRIN*

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 Response 57 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Tue, Feb 15, 2000 (19:45) * 1 lines 
Only for you...not for me!

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 Response 58 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Tue, Feb 15, 2000 (19:46) * 1 lines 
btw, isn't it amazing when it happens? ...*sigh*...

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 Response 59 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Tue, Feb 15, 2000 (19:55) * 3 lines 
*hugs* I miss...and now I feel depressed worse than before. I am Happy for you, though!

I have just created a topic I think needs to be linked to ParaSpring but I cannot telnet in anymore (they only have one account.) Don't know what to do about that. Check out Geo 27 and see if you think it would go with your conf.

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 Response 60 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Mon, Feb 28, 2000 (19:26) * 7 lines 
hey, guess what i learned today?????

arnold vosloo is a major dog lover and is interested in dog genetics and breeding. see his related topic at


so hug them dogs, they're loved by all sorts of people!

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 Response 61 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Mon, Feb 28, 2000 (19:29) * 1 lines 
oh, i learned why the remember button showed up....i did a "all" click in this conference to find dogs (you'd think i'd have the topic number ingrained in my brain) and it wasn't there. so i clicked "forgotton" and lo and behold someone forgot this topic so i had to click "remember"......

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 Response 62 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Mon, Feb 28, 2000 (19:36) * 1 lines 
Ahhhh! Never messed with those buttons...expecially in other people's conferences! I do have a lava "remember" button but don't know what shows up if I use the fortet one. (There are enough topics in Geo that I have to look up the upper ones and the ones I do not use very often...*sigh*)

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 Response 63 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Mon, Feb 28, 2000 (19:39) * 1 lines 
Darcy had two Great Danes in Pride and know, the Colin Firth thingy..?! Must be a good-looking guy thing (but there is one who has 2 cats who outdoes them both *grin*)

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 Response 64 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Mon, Feb 28, 2000 (19:43) * 1 lines 
*grin* yes, and he's real, not unreachable like those other two *grin*

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 Response 65 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Mon, Feb 28, 2000 (19:59) * 1 lines 
*s i g h* Ummmmmmmm!

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 Response 66 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sat, Mar  4, 2000 (19:31) * 9 lines 
Sniffer Dog Survives 600-Yard Avalanche Fall
VIENNA (Reuters) - An Alsatian sniffer dog survived a 600-yard fall down a
mountain when it was swept away by an avalanche in the Austrian Alps, a
newspaper reported on Friday.
A helicopter plucked Mona from the mass of snow on the 12,400-foot
Wildspitze in Tyrol province, the Taeglich Alles said.
The dog, which had been accompanying a group of Alpine trekkers when the
avalanche ripped her away, came through her ordeal with only a few scrapes
and bruises.

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 Response 67 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sat, Mar  4, 2000 (21:24) * 45 lines 
Spring Weather Greets Alaska's Iditarod Mushers
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A record 81 mushers and their dogs trotted
through downtown Anchorage in relatively warm weather on Saturday to start
the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Temperatures hovered around 40 degrees Fahrenheit, as a relative heat wave
gripped Alaska's largest city.
Some mushers embarking on the 1,112-mile trek to Nome fretted about the
weather, which has reduced much of the area snowpack to puddles and is
much warmer than their northern-breed dogs prefer.
Emmitt Peters, the 1975 champion, returned to Iditarod competition this year
after an eight-year hiatus. Peters said he planned to take it easy for the 20
miles from Anchorage to the next checkpoint.
``In the previous years, I used to go make it to Eagle River as fast as I can.
But that ain't going to be the case this year,'' said the musher from Ruby,
Alaska. ``If a team wants to go past me, no problem.''
The Anchorage-to-Eagle River stretch does not count in the race standings, a
rules change instituted in 1995.
It is a significant improvement for the mushers, Peters said, allowing for a
warm-up run and giving more time to think about strategy and avoiding
Timed competition will start Sunday in Wasilla, a town about 40 miles north
of Anchorage.
Five-time champion Rick Swenson, of Two Rivers, Alaska, said he was not
worried about the warmth and predicted it would create a fast trail and a quick
Swenson, who finished fourth last year, said his dogs were well-trained for the
race and that his team has a good chance to grab this year's title.
Max Hall, a veteran musher from Manchester, England, predicted another
victory for Doug Swingley, who won last year's race and the 1995 race. Hall's
team is made up of dogs from Swingley's kennel, and he said they are fast.
``I run his B Team. I've seen what they can do,'' said Hall, who finished 37th
last year.
Along with the heat, the huge field of competitors might also create problems,
at least in the early running, he said.
Anchorage is by far the most crowded and urbanized of all Iditarod
checkpoints; on Saturday the streets here were lined with spectators who
came from around the country to watch the world's most famous dog sled
Few of them had complaints about the weather.
``It seems wintery to me, plenty wintery to me,'' said Ray Tennant, a tourist
from West Liberty, Ohio.
Swingley holds the race record of nine days, two hours and 42 minutes, a
mark the Montana musher set in 1995.
This year's winner will take home $60,000, part of a total $525,000 purse.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 68 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Sat, Mar  4, 2000 (21:47) * 1 lines 
i'm so glad mona made it! you know those sled dogs love what they do! have you watched a race and seen them grinning from ear to ear?

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 69 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sat, Mar  4, 2000 (21:53) * 1 lines 
Thedogs are so eager for the race that when they get the reins out (traces? whatever those leather leads are called) the dogs yip and dnace around and can hardly stand still! I thought you might enjoy the stories *hugs*

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 70 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Sat, Mar  4, 2000 (22:07) * 1 lines 
that i did! thanks!!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 71 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Tue, Mar  7, 2000 (22:10) * 25 lines 
Gebhardt, Defending Champion Swingley Lead Iditarod
ROHN, Alaska (Reuters) - Alaskan native Paul Gebhardt and defending
champion Doug Swingley are in front through Rohn River, the ninth of 25
checkpoints at the 28th Iditarod sled dog race.
Gebhardt, who also was the first musher to reach Rainy Pass, was the first to
navigate the 48 miles to get to Rohn. The leg from Rohn to Nikolai, the 10th
stage, is the second-longest on the trek, trailing only the 112 miles between
Cripple and Ruby, the 14th and 15th stages.
Five-time champion Rick Swenson struggled Tuesday, dropping from among
the leaders to 12th, while three-time champion Jeff King remained in the hunt
in sixth. Alaskan Mitch Seavey is third with Charlie Boulding fourth and Martin
Buser, another three-time champion, fifth.
Thirty-six mushers had reached the Rohn checkpoint as noon local time
approached and 81 were competing over the 1,151-mile course that ranges
northwest from Anchorage to Nome.
Swingley claimed his second Iditarod win in five years last year at the age of
45, finishing in nine days, 14 hours, 31 minutes and seven seconds. The
native of Lincoln, Montana won a new pick-up truck worth $38,000 and a
check for $54,000.
The 2000 winner gets a $39,000 truck and $60,000.
King holds the Iditarod record for the fastest time by finishing in nine days,
five hours, 45 minutes and 13 seconds in 1996 his last win. He needed more
than 20 days in each of his first two wins.
This year's Iditarod consists of 70 men and 11 women, including DeeDee
Jonrowe, who finished second in 1998.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 72 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Wed, Mar  8, 2000 (11:12) * 11 lines 
This morning, on my favorite radio show, they had a comedic sportscast and
the announcer mentioned the Iditarod. He said the "French" team -- which
included a sled being pulled by 30 poodles in a straight line -- had dropped
out of the race. Apparently, in the training process, the poodles had never
been taught the proper way to slow and come to a stop. So, when the first
checkpoint came along, the first one stopped and the rest came crashing in.
"Ohhh, it was horrible. Ohhh, the humanity...I mean the canine-ity." The
reporter went on to say that the team was forced to withdraw -- not because
of the carnage, but because the remaining poodles were so angry...."and once
you get a poodle angry with you, you just cain't do anythin' with 'em."

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 73 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Wed, Mar  8, 2000 (17:31) * 1 lines 
no way! did they use standard poodles (i hope so, miniature would be a bit extreme, if this isn't already)

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 74 of 216: Cheryl  (CherylB) * Wed, Mar  8, 2000 (17:48) * 1 lines 
Poodles racing across the frozen tundra. Tres bizarre. I think all the dogs have to be Alaskan huskies, which are more or less mutts, being a mix of Siberian husky, malamute, hound, and mutt. The dogs also wear little boots on their paws.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 75 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Wed, Mar  8, 2000 (19:16) * 1 lines 
I trust it was a joke, but who knows? People are weirder than anybody!!!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 76 of 216: Maggie  (sociolingo) * Thu, Mar  9, 2000 (15:38) * 1 lines 
There was a little pink furry pig with socks on wandering round a store in the shopping mall on saturday. he had a notice on saying that if he was found in x, x or x shop would they bring him back to his home store. He oinked rather nicely, and sidled up to customers who were taken unawares. i know it's not dogs but I thought you'd like it. He did have sockies on (I was reminded by cheryl's posting).

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 77 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Fri, Mar 10, 2000 (12:01) * 1 lines 
....Only in Britain do they use pink piggies with socks on to do the advertising. Actually sounds adorable, but how did they keep him from getting trod upon?

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 78 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Fri, Mar 10, 2000 (17:34) * 1 lines 
and what about messing the place? (btw, a friend of mine had a pot-bellied pig named sadie. she was smart too! unfortunately, something happened and she passed on. she was their baby)

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 79 of 216: Maggie  (sociolingo) * Sat, Mar 11, 2000 (01:30) * 1 lines 
well, since he was electronic the mess wasn't a problem. he's big enough not to get trod on but still quite small - the best piglet size! He kept stopping and oinking and wrinkling up his nose. He could obviously detect when he was coming to obstacles. They had him for sale in other colours too minus the sockies. Esther said I couldn't have one! sigh

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 80 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sun, Mar 12, 2000 (18:40) * 1 lines 
Pooh! You NEED one!!! Pigs are smarter than any other domestic animals that I know of. Butm I think sheep are. They have never found the wild progenitors of the domesticated sheep. Clever animals are worth more live than dead for their wool, and someone takes care of their food and shelter and medical. Not bad!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 81 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Thu, Mar 16, 2000 (18:53) * 2 lines 
well, flea season has hit (due to the nice warm weather) and both the dogs have been dosed with a flea spray (the drop on the neck and rump). well, KoKo is suffering really bad from itchy skin. the poor girl itches on her belly, mostly. she'll be laying there and her rear leg goes to scratching the floor like we were tickling her. i've put some aloe on the dry spots in an effort to relieve her discomfort. she has nicked her opposite hind leg during these scratching episodes. (she's kinda big and has trouble getting herself all the way over to really scratch well). i've sat with her the last couple of nights examining her belly for what may be the cause of this and nothing has been found except pink skin. no fleas running loose on her underside. she suffers from dry skin but mostly on her back. you should see her face when i hold her leg so i can look without being scratched myself. pooooor baby. all i can do is hug her and rub aloe. we're gonna take her to the vet as soon as the AM has a spare moment to m
ke sure nothing serious is going on.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 82 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Thu, Mar 16, 2000 (19:18) * 1 lines 
Poor baby!!! There must be something which will sink into the skin and lubricate it like some form of lanolin. Wow! Betcha some cortisone might help, as well...but the aloe can't hurt and neither can your TLC *hugs*

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 83 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Thu, Mar 16, 2000 (19:30) * 1 lines 
Oh, btw, in Hawaii it is 'uku' season all year long! (Uku can mean fleas or lice....or both!)

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 84 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Fri, Mar 17, 2000 (14:07) * 27 lines 
Reward in Dog Death Nears $110,000
SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters) - A man who allegedly hurled a dog to its death
in California traffic in a bizarre case of road rage now has an nearly $110,000
price on his head thanks to contributions from infuriated animal lovers around
the country.
Leslie Baikie, a spokeswoman for the Humane Society of Santa Clara
County, said Thursday that contributions to the reward fund had ballooned
after an animal welfare group from Virginia ponied up a huge check.
``We had a $50,000 pledge from 'Our Animal Wards', and that comes on top
of about $59,000 in cash and checks we have right now,'' Baikie said.
The money is earmarked for anyone who provides information leading to the
arrest and conviction of the man who allegedly murdered Leo the Bichon Frise
after a minor traffic altercation outside San Jose International Airport in
Leo's sad saga was publicized this month after Sara McBurnett, owner of the
10-year-old fluffy white dog, related how she lightly bumped the vehicle in front
of her.
The driver of the other car, a sport utility vehicle with Virginia license plates,
stormed back and began berating McBurnett. When she opened her window
to respond, he reached in, grabbed Leo the dog by the collar and threw him
into three lanes of oncoming traffic.
Local newspapers, radio and television stations took up the story,
transforming Leo into a cause celebre which has touched people as far away
as Norway and Australia.
Police Wednesday released a composite sketch of the culprit, described as a
white male between the ages of 24 and 28 of medium height and wiry build.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 85 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Fri, Mar 17, 2000 (19:21) * 1 lines 
this is horrid!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 86 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Fri, Mar 17, 2000 (19:24) * 1 lines 
You did not see the original story?! Horrible enough that a huge reward has been collected to catch this troll. Are our children safe at this rate?! I do not think this much rage has been engendered by any other such abduction story - of any species of critter (even the two-legged little dears to whom we are so attached!)

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 87 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Fri, Mar 17, 2000 (19:25) * 1 lines 
yes, i saw the original but it still is terrible.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 88 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Fri, Mar 17, 2000 (19:26) * 1 lines 
It is downright frightening!!!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 89 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Wed, Mar 22, 2000 (14:11) * 18 lines 
'Dog Training' for Postal Workers
LONDON (Reuters) - A British animal charity has offered to train postal
workers in handling dangerous dogs after a postman booted a Yorkshire
terrier into the air when it bit him, the London Times newspaper reported
The charity dropped a court case against postman Billy Ace, who kicked the
dog so hard that its skull was fractured and it had to be destroyed, but said it
would be pleased to offer advice on dealing with animals.
``It is a natural tendency for dogs to feel protective of their property, but there
are things that postmen and women can do to help avoid conflict,'' a
spokesman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
(RSPCA) told the paper.
Ace, whose kick sent the dog flying almost four meters (12 feet) though the
air, said he was defending himself against the animal and that his actions
were ``reasonable.''
The Times said almost 7,000 postal workers were bitten by dogs in Britain in
1999 and almost one in 10 were forced to take time off to recover from
dog-inflicted injuries.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 90 of 216: Cheryl  (CherylB) * Wed, Mar 22, 2000 (15:48) * 1 lines 
A Yorkshire terrier? Oh yeah, now there's a vicious dog. Aren't they a little smaller than housecats? Poor dog. Yes, dogs are territorial and the little guys can get into "macho dog" mode, but Ace's action was extreme.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 91 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Wed, Mar 22, 2000 (16:40) * 1 lines 
Ask Gi...her Yorkie is a full-fledged furperson of the first rank and member of the household. They are, ounce for ounce, the fiercest members in the canine family, I think.

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 Response 92 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Tue, Apr 11, 2000 (18:59) * 28 lines 
Saint Bernard Nears Record With 16 Puppies
PHILMONT, N.Y. (Reuters) - A Saint Bernard dog in upstate New York gave
birth to 16 live puppies, tying for the second-largest puppy litter in recorded
history, her owners said on Sunday.
The 2 1/2-year-old dog, King Triton's Ariel, originally delivered a litter of 17
full-blooded Saint Bernard puppies during 12 1/2 hours on Friday, but one of
the puppies died shortly after birth, said her owner and breeder Greg Howard.
``She is doing great and all puppies are doing fine,'' said Howard, who has
only been breeding Saint Bernards in Philmont, south of Albany, New York,
since last year.
He said the pups are ``feisty and hungry.''
The Albany Times-Union reported that Ariel's litter tied the record for the
second-largest litter of surviving puppies in recorded history. The latest
Guinness Book of World Records noted that 16 Great Danes were born in
June 1987 in Little Hall, England. That litter originally totaled 23 but seven
puppies died after birth.
The largest litter ever was recorded on June 19, 1944, in Ambler,
Pennsylvania, when 23 American foxhounds were born, the Times-Union
Howard said he and his wife, Renee Wendover, were taking turns with
three-hour shifts to satisfy the insatiable new puppies. Ariel is recuperating
from her laborious birth on a blanket in a blue kiddy pool and the puppies are
brought to her for nursing eight at a time.
``She's a great mom and so is the daddy,'' said Howard, who said the dad
was very interested in the birth of his 10 sons and six daughters.
Last year, Ariel's first litter yielded eight puppies, which will grow to 180
pounds (82 kg) each when they are fully grown. They will be sold for $600
when they are 8 weeks old

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 93 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Tue, Apr 11, 2000 (20:40) * 1 lines 
16 puppies! geez....

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 94 of 216: Maggie  (sociolingo) * Wed, Apr 12, 2000 (04:24) * 1 lines 
I had trouble nursing one - imagine two relays of eight!!! wow!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 95 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Fri, Apr 14, 2000 (22:59) * 1 lines 
Tell me about it... Poor Mom!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 96 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Fri, Apr 14, 2000 (23:14) * 1 lines 
She must need a sling to keep her tummy off the ground!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 97 of 216: Maggie  (sociolingo) * Sat, Apr 15, 2000 (05:57) * 1 lines 
Yay Hay!!!! I GOTTA pink furry pig!!! (for H. for her birthday, but at least I have it vicariously!) I went in the baby store (which I usually avoid) and bought some new born sockies for its little feet. I hope H.likes it (she's 22!). My husband thinks I'm mad!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 98 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sun, Apr 16, 2000 (00:41) * 1 lines 
Is this a REAL LIVE pig? (What date is her Birthday?)

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 99 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sun, Apr 16, 2000 (00:44) * 3 lines 
I gotta name for it. are you ready???


 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 100 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Mon, Apr 17, 2000 (12:41) * 71 lines 
Tony Phillips' Huskies are not happy.
For the past two years, the Huskies have
eagerly awaited winter and their favorite
pastime of dog sledding. But two years of La
Niña conditions have left the Eastern Sierra
mountain range in California with less than its
usual supply of snow. No snow means no
sledding. And the latest U.S.-French
TOPEX/Poseidon satellite imagery shows the
La Niña pattern holding on in the Pacific, in a
similar manner to this time last year.
So the question on every dog's lips is "When is
the snow coming back?"
Unfortunately, this is a very hard question to answer, according to Pete Robertson,
group leader for the Climate Diagnostics and Modeling Group at the Global
Hydrology and Climate Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
"Many people in this business are trying to understand the 'teleconnections' between
the La Niña and El Niño conditions in the tropics and how they affect the United
States' climate," says Robertson. "But what is important to remember is that there is
so much variability in what affects weather conditions, while you can hedge your bets
about weather during a La Niña or El Niño episode, we cannot directly predict the
weather from just looking at these tropical systems only."
La Niña and El Niño are opposite and extreme phases of natural oscillation in a
climate system. Of current interest is the La Niña pattern, now influencing the
worldwide climate system. La Niña is commonly defined as a lower than normal sea
level or cold pool of water along the equator. This low sea level is accompanied by
higher than average sea levels in a giant horseshoe around the equator, creating
warm seas around the coast of Asia and Australia. Sea levels and temperatures
during El Niño and La Niña are alike but have opposite characteristics.
With La Niña's lower sea surface temperatures come lower than normal surface
precipitation in the tropics, says Robertson. These changes in the tropics cause
changes in the jet stream, which is a river of the fastest moving air on the planet. La
Niña conditions generally give the expectation that storm tracks will be more northern,
resulting in drier than normal conditions for much of the southern half of the United
States, and above-normal rainfall in the Pacific northwest and Canada.
The past two years have seen exactly that, with heavy rainfall and lots of snow in the
Pacific Northwest and upper Midwest, but relatively mild weather and significantly
less precipitation than normal to date in Southern California and the Southwest.
Left: The question on every dog's lips is "When is the snow coming back?"
Pictured here, Ruby (right) and Tovic (left) enjoy a run during the El Niño
winter of 1997-98. Recently, their sledding season has been cut short
thanks to the influence of La Niña.
The rainfall associated with the La Niña system is one thing
that the GHCC and Robertson are particularly interested in
studying, as rainfall and the corresponding levels of
evaporation have a great impact on the atmosphere.
The world's oceans are giant reservoirs of heat that influence
global climate because they can cool or heat the atmosphere
above. This transfer of heat impacts weather patterns across
land and sea.
"We try and estimate precipitation from space. We get data collected from the
Microwave Sounding Unit, which flies on the NOAA satellites, to study," says
Robertson. "We are particularly interested in seeing how precipitation changes in
location and intensity during a La Niña event."
During a La Niña event, less precipitation is seen over the tropics, and vice versa
during an El Niño event, says Robertson. Ultimately, what studying these patterns
allows them to do is study the hydrologic and energy cycles over the tropics, he
Energy from the sun comes in through the tropics by heating the oceans. The energy
then principally finds its way into the atmosphere through evaporation.
"When we look at precipitation, we are looking at the smoking gun of how energy
gets into the atmosphere," says Robertson. "We can then study the year to year
changes in how energy is added to the earth's atmosphere."
Scientists at the GHCC have gathered tropical precipitation data over the past 20
years. This large data set allows them to analyze the most recent precipitation data
from the La Niña/El Niño patterns and to see how they are similar or different from
earlier events. However, as Robertson points out, there is much more to be studied
before the La Niña/El Niño pattern can be understood to the stage of being able to
draw conclusions about all its effects on climate.
"For now, we know it is a natural oscillation of a climate system. And it's the biggest
we know of," Robertson says.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 101 of 216: Cheryl  (CherylB) * Mon, Apr 17, 2000 (18:23) * 5 lines 
(Marcia) excerpt from article ..."So the question on every dog's lips is 'When is the snow coming back?'"

Do dogs have lips?

The La Nina pattern even had its effects felt on the Iditarod (unsure of spelling) this past year. The winning team, which did break the record, could have made faster time at the end of the race if it had been colder. It was about 40 degrees F. -- enough for the snow to be soft, and to make the dogs feel overheated. (They do have heavy coats.) The optimum temperatures for a dog team are between -20 degrees F. and 10 degrees F.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 102 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Mon, Apr 17, 2000 (18:39) * 1 lines 
yes, dog's have lips. they just don't stick out.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 103 of 216: Cheryl  (CherylB) * Mon, Apr 17, 2000 (18:46) * 3 lines 
Being a wolf yourself you ought to know. I wasn't sure what the dark outline around their mouths was called. Now I know -- it is dog lips.

How are your dogs doing? The one you mentioned as having a sort of rash or flea allergy. Is she better?

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 104 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Mon, Apr 17, 2000 (18:57) * 3 lines 
she's got fleas something fierce and nothing's working, even the expensive stuff we got from the vet. problem is the double-coat. hard to get the stuff down to the skin. but she's no longer rashy. the little one stopped itching on day one of the meds. think i need to get the oral meds for the big teddy bear.

not to start a big fat fight, but....what do you folks think about people who own pitbulls, dobermans, and rottweilers? don't worry about hurting my feelings. my belief is that dogs behave the way their owners allow them to. but a healthy respect must be maintained around dogs that are bred for their fierceness. (i.e., don't leave alone with kids) but this is not to say that kids don't provoke the fight. i have seen too many kids throw rocks at dogs and tease them. this behavior is enough to make me snarl. a lot of people think that dogs should be put down for behavior that is more wildlike without regard to what provoked the dog. i'm deadset against that unless it can be proven that nothing was done that was known to have provoked the dog. i.e., just sitting there versus poking it in the eyes.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 105 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Mon, Apr 17, 2000 (19:23) * 1 lines 
A child or an animal raised with love is a cherished memeber of any community. When the inate temperament of either is antisocial to begin with, it takes more care and nurturing to make the critter more bidable. The wrong people own pitbulls and rotweillers and dobermans. For the wrong least, out here. To protect their pakalolo patches from the Feds.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 106 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Mon, Apr 17, 2000 (20:48) * 3 lines 
that's what i see too. pitpulls for the sake of saying i've got a pitbull but not knowing the natural temperment of the dog and being unable to establish dominancy with it. i know someone who owned two pure german shephards and both selfishly guarded the babies. but i also knew a guy who owned a mutt who turned and snapped at their baby (mutt and baby in the same seat in a car) and he took that dog under a bridge and shot it on the spot.

and for heaven's sake, if you want a dog think about the environment you're gonna put it in. please don't get a dog that loves to run and lock it up in an apartment. no matter how much in love you fall with it and vice versa. and remember that puppies grow up. and don't lock 'em up in crates either. they get used to it because it becomes a security blanket. dogs need the room to move. train it appropriately to play with the doggie toys, ok? i have some friends who own two dogs. these two dogs are allowed to come out at night and morning for nature calls. the rest of the time, they are locked up in cages. not a good thing. dogs are social animals. they need the pack. so give them your attention. afterall, this animal will love you with everything it's got so the least you can do is play with it once in awhile.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 107 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Mon, Apr 17, 2000 (20:49) * 1 lines 
(needed to get that out of my system. some folks were talking about dogs and turning and i can't get a word in edgewise)....

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 108 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Mon, Apr 17, 2000 (21:11) * 1 lines 
Amen, Wolfie. Well said. There should be some moral code for animal owners - but, it is hard enough to legislate what morality exists now for humans. How can we expect more from our animals?! (That guy should have been shot (or whatever) for putting the baby and mutt in the same seat then shooting the poor dog when he snapped at the baby...unconscionable!)

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 109 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Tue, Apr 18, 2000 (17:05) * 3 lines 
no joke!

i've a great article that i printed from work. will post it here when i get a few minutes at once!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 110 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Wed, Apr 19, 2000 (21:08) * 3 lines 
ok, luckily, the article i printed out had the link on it so let's see if it's still there....

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 111 of 216: Wolf  (wolf) * Wed, Apr 19, 2000 (21:09) * 1 lines 
i think i'm gonna buy that book although he confirms what i already know.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 112 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Wed, Apr 19, 2000 (21:37) * 21 lines 
Easter Eggs Can Be Dangerous to Dogs M

LONDON (Reuters) - Dog owners beware: too much Easter kindness could
kill your dog.

The National Canine Defense League said dog owners should think twice
before feeding their pets chocolate at Easter since it contains a toxic
chemical called theobromine.

The charity said theobromine is harmless to humans but can kill dogs if eaten
in large quantities.

Milk chocolate is the least harmful; cocoa powder the worst.

``While a chocolate fix may make us feel good, it could mean bad news for
man's best friend,'' said the charity. ``Avoid heartache this Easter and keep
those eggs under lock and key.''

Owners who suspect their dog has overindulged symptoms include vomiting,
diarrhea, excessive drinking and convulsions should contact a vet urgently.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 113 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sun, Apr 23, 2000 (14:05) * 18 lines 
Dogs, Not 'Goat Sucker' Kill Livestock
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Roving dogs and not a mythical, blood-thirsty beast
known locally as ``chupacabras,'' or ``goat sucker,'' are responsible for the
deaths of farm animals in northern Chile, a government official said on
``They are wandering dogs, which abound in the zone of Calama,'' said Oscar
Camacho, general director of the state-run Agriculture and Livestock Service.
Calama sits in the world's most arid desert 930 miles (1,500 km) north of
Local press reported that more than 200 animals had been killed, and that
some had incisions in their throats and their blood had been sucked out. The
reports said detectives swept the zone with night vision equipment and that
blood-curdling sounds were heard in the dark, causing residents not to
venture outside.
The legend of the ``goat sucker,'' which has never been seen, began several
years ago when animals who had been killed mysteriously were discovered in
several Latin American countries.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 114 of 216: Maggie  (sociolingo) * Sun, Apr 23, 2000 (17:17) * 1 lines 
That's horrible. I shall depart quickly before I have nightmares.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 115 of 216: Maggie  (sociolingo) * Sat, May  6, 2000 (04:40) * 23 lines 
Don't put Fido through the dog-wash say RSPCA
FOR families fed up with getting soaked at Fido's bath-time it seems like a good idea.

But last night there was a cool reception from the RSPCA for the very latest labour-saving invention - the automatic dog wash.

The invention has impressed the King of Spain to such an extent that he has had one installed at his Palace in Madrid.

But the very thought of putting pets into a machine that has every programme except the final spin-rinse has horrified RSPCA spokeswoman Emma Nutbrown.

She said: "We would urge members of the public to stay well clear of this contraption. It is enclosed and totally unsuitable where an animal gets distressed. There is also a risk of young children copying this and putting a kitten or similar animal in a microwave."

But Spanish inventor Angel Segura has no such qualms after Nina, a West Highland terrier, successfully tested the prototype.

The machine has a glass-fronted cabin made of stainless steel. It works by heating water to 36 degrees centigrade and then firing jets at your pet through dozens of jacuzzi-style nozzles.

Next comes a measured dose of shampoo followed by a rinse with clean water and a soothing blow-dry.

So far, claims Mr Segura, there have been no reports of panic attacks in dogs and cats put through his machine.Selling for around £12,500, the pet-wash is aimed at animal salons, vets, and breeders. "However, we are working on a model for the home," said Mr Segura.
© Express Newspapers, 2000

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 116 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Sun, May  7, 2000 (13:41) * 1 lines 
I love this story. Wonder if Wolfie will...!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 117 of 216: Cheryl  (CherylB) * Sun, May  7, 2000 (13:55) * 1 lines 
Would it be a one size fits all dogs? A little Rover might get drown in a large dogwash. It might not be a really good choice for those with very highly strung dogs. Your dog might have to go on Prozac because you put him in a dogwash.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 118 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Sun, May  7, 2000 (14:27) * 1 lines 
I know! I emailed it to Gi, the mother of Patas. She was indignant and suggested a trial run for the inventor. Talk about claustrophobia! Gotta use no-tears soap as well. This is a truly bad idea when you really think about it!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 119 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Sun, May  7, 2000 (16:26) * 1 lines 
i don't know about an automatic doggie wash. hmmmm....wouldn't it be scary?

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 120 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Wed, May 10, 2000 (13:39) * 19 lines 
The EMAZING Dog Tip of the Day - Wednesday May 10, 2000

Have you ever heard of the dog breed Vizsla? Long a
protected breed in its native land of Hungary, the Vizsla
is being seen more in the United States. These striking
golden-rust hunting dogs are similar in looks to the
Weimaraner, which is a little better known thanks to being
featured in a series of popular photographs by William
Wegman. The Vizsla is an all-around hunter that can be used
on deer and boar, but is mainly used for birds. Vizslas
have a very high activity level and require mental
stimulation to prevent them from becoming bored and
destructive. They are lively, gentle and affectionate dogs
and are friendly unless threatened.

Click here for more information on Vizslas

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 121 of 216: Gena  (zx6rider) * Wed, May 10, 2000 (20:52) * 3 lines 
Vizsla's are FABULOUS doggies!!! And such a beautiful color red... very smart, Very active, great running partners for those not of the hunting mind.

Not a good apartment dog for a seditary human. If however you're a runner, skater, frisbee throwing cyclist the vizsla's your pup!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 122 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Wed, May 10, 2000 (21:30) * 1 lines 
Slesk with lovely lines...but, not for the condo-bound! You could put one through her paces, I'll bet!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 123 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Wed, May 10, 2000 (21:31) * 1 lines 
Well, that was supposed to be "sleek"....

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 124 of 216: Gena  (zx6rider) * Wed, May 10, 2000 (21:50) * 5 lines 
I really think they're gorgeous. BUT I doubt that I'll ever own another 'retriever'. I've become partial to the 'sight hounds'... greyhound, saluki, ibiezan, pharoah, rhodesian ridgeback, etc. And then there are the Bourdeux Mastiffs, ohhhhh boy are they nifty!

But my favorite of the strange doggies is... the chinese crested. I call them nekkid tina tuner pups. They look like little hairless greyhounds with a tina turner mop of hair on the top of their littke heads.

I want one of each...

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 125 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Wed, May 10, 2000 (22:08) * 1 lines 
Gaze hounds. Ah yes... (I am a devotee of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show)

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 126 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Wed, May 10, 2000 (22:09) * 1 lines 
Yikes!!! You like those strange little doggies from outer space???!!!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 127 of 216: Gena  (zx6rider) * Wed, May 10, 2000 (22:40) * 5 lines 
yup... i admit i have a fondness for some strange looking pooches.

truth be told, when Pearl the Wonder Greyhound goes to doggie heaven, i will probably not last a week before some other hound is taking up space on my carpet. i don't do well withput a dog in my space.

though it is moments like this when i wonder why... Pearl just tooted a big doggie fart and it's puuuuu-eeeeeee!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 128 of 216: Gena  (zx6rider) * Wed, May 10, 2000 (22:40) * 1 lines 
i'm going to bed... upstairs where theres a fan.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 129 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Wed, May 10, 2000 (22:42) * 3 lines 
Just being a doggie - where's she supposed to do it? Gals have the same bodily functions as men though they're not allowed to "express" them as eloquently as men do...

Try feeding your precious pooch something less fragrant...?!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 130 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Wed, May 10, 2000 (22:47) * 1 lines 
It's that hot already and it is just May? Wasn't it freezing your buns off just a few weeks ago? What happened to spring?! G'night, Gena!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 131 of 216: Gena  (zx6rider) * Thu, May 11, 2000 (09:19) * 5 lines 
The fan wasn't for coolness... it was for air circulation ;-)

And the pooch toots are ALWAYS fragrant. It matters not what goes in the front loader. When it exits out of my dog, be it gaseous or solid, it is nasty!

But she's very pretty....

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 132 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Thu, May 11, 2000 (14:05) * 13 lines 
Collapsing Trachea

Has your dog ever started wheezing and coughing like it's
choking when you've been walking? If so, it may suffer from
a collapsing trachea, which is not necessarily as bad as it
sounds. Common in many Toy and Miniature breeds, this can
be caused by a weakening of the cartilaginous tracheal
rings. The trachea can collapse when the dog becomes overly
excited or over exerted. Medical and surgical intervention
can provide some relief in advanced cases, but a majority
of the dogs can lead normal lives without any intervention.
- Lisa Scott

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 133 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Fri, May 12, 2000 (16:31) * 17 lines 
Older Dogs' Memory

Do you have an older dog? Depending on breed and size, old
can be considered anywhere from seven years to in the
teens. If your dog is exhibiting signs such as not
recognizing you, sleeping less at night, forgetting
housetraining, or loss of interest in his family and pet
friends, he may be suffering from Cognitive Dysfunction
Syndrome. This medical condition is treatable and there is
a new medicine for it called Anipryl. Visit the link below
for more information and check with your veterinarian to
see if Anipryl is right for your older dog.

Click here for more information

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 134 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Thu, May 18, 2000 (00:49) * 25 lines 
What's Your Sign, Rover?

I share my home with a Piscean, a Taurean, and a Libran. I
often find the Piscean in the bathtub, waiting for a drip
to drop from the faucet onto his nose. The Taurean is a
sweet girl who loves everyone, until someone tries to
snatch one of her possessions. The Libran likes things just
so - or never mind! Sounds like a wacky household, yes?
Well, perhaps my household wouldn't sound so wacky if I
told you that the Piscean, Taurean, and Libran who share my
address are our beloved dogs!

Dogs and astrology?

Sure! They are born with their own natal charts! (All
animals are born with natal charts.) And although dogs and
cats have innate behaviors, domestication seems to have
given them the opportunity to express some of their
particular astrological traits (many domesticated pets only
have to wait until they hear the dinnertime call of the can
opener for food).

More tomorrow!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 135 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Fri, May 19, 2000 (16:41) * 13 lines 
What's Your Sign, Rover? Part Deux

Looking to discover Rover's astrological influences? Lots
of Web sites are devoted to pet astrology. One that really
stands out is Nancee Belshaw's site. She is a licensed
psychotherapist and an astrologer and she offers some great
astrological insight into pets. She offers a brief (and
fun) assessment of pets born under particular sun signs as
well as in-depth reports for a fee.

Click here to learn more about Fido!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 136 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Fri, May 19, 2000 (16:47) * 14 lines 
Free Dog E-Postcards

Do you enjoy sending e-greetings to your friends, family,
and online pals? Well, if they are dog lovers, you need to
stop by the link below to send one of the nifty dog
postcards. Sending the postcards is as easy as selecting
from several different breed pictures, entering a person's
name and e-mail address, as well as your own, and typing a
message. The person is notified that he or she has a
postcard waiting. Send one to brighten someone's day!

Click here for dog e-cards

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 137 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Sun, May 21, 2000 (19:56) * 1 lines 
thanks for that!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 138 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Sun, May 21, 2000 (20:44) * 1 lines 
Yay!!! Wolfie was able to post! Takes real determination and more than a little Spring withdrawal...*sigh*

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 139 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Sun, May 21, 2000 (20:52) * 45 lines 
The following breeds are now recognized by the AKC *wink*

Collie + Lhasa Apso
Collapso, a dog that folds up for easy transport

Spitz + Chow Chow
Spitz-Chow, a dog that throws up a lot

Pointer + Setter
Poinsetter, a traditional Christmas pet

Great Pyrenees + Dachshund
Pyradachs, a puzzling breed

Pekingnese + Lhasa Apso
Peekasso, an abstract dog

Irish Water Spaniel + English Springer Spaniel
Irish Springer, a dog fresh and clean as a whistle

Labrador Retriever + Curly Coated Retriever
Lab Coat Retriever, the choice of research scientists

Newfoundland + Basset Hound
Newfound Asset Hound, a dog for financial advisors

Terrier + Bulldog
Terribull, a dog that makes awful mistakes

Bloodhound + Labrador
Blabador, a dog that barks incessantly

Malamute + Pointer
Moot Point, owned by....oh, well, it
doesn't matter anyway

Collie + Malamute
Commute, a dog that travels to work

Deerhound + Terrier
Derriere, a dog that's true to the end

Bull Terrier + Shitzu
Oh, never mind..

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 140 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Mon, May 22, 2000 (14:48) * 22 lines 
Mussels May Help Arthritic Dogs

Arthritis is a common problem in older dogs. A study
involving feeding 32 dogs either a placebo or a powder made
from mussels shows that mussels may help arthritis.

After six weeks, the dogs were examined for visible signs
of lameness and levels of joint inflammation. The arthritis
symptoms had improved in four out of five dogs given the
mussel extract. Half of the dogs given the treatment had
improved by at least fifty percent. In those not given the
supplement, the scores had deteriorated slightly.

Dr Linh Bui, who conducted the trial, said, "We've been
feeding this diet to dogs with arthritic symptoms and they
improved amazingly."

Sadly, once the dogs stopped eating the supplement, their
symptoms worsened once more. The active ingredient of the
mussels remains unclear even to its proponents, although a
fatty acid called icosatetranoic acid is one candidate.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 141 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Tue, May 23, 2000 (13:30) * 17 lines 
Get A Chip On The Shoulder

Does your dog wear identity tags? One fault of tags is that
they can be lost or removed. In an effort to make
identifying lost pets easier, animal shelters across the
country have begun injecting tiny microchips under the skin
of animals under their care. Each chip stores a nine-digit
number. The chips are 14 millimeters long--about the size
of a grain of rice--and weigh about 0.25 grams. Workers use
a hypodermic needle to inject a chip just under the skin of
a dog or cat, usually in the animal's shoulder. When a lost
or abandoned animal is brought to the shelter, workers use
hand-held scanners to emit low-frequency radio waves that
can read the number of the chip inside an animal. Shelters
use a computer database to match the number with the pet's

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 142 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Wed, May 24, 2000 (15:31) * 14 lines 
Glaucoma In Dogs

Did you know that dogs can suffer from glaucoma? Glaucoma
is an increase in ocular pressure, many times resulting in
the appearance of an enlarged eye. Aqueous fluid (water) is
either overproduced or under-absorbed within the anterior
chamber of the eye. In most cases, the latter applies.
There are special tools used to diagnose glaucoma in dogs
and there are different treatments available. If blindness
has been caused because of the glaucoma, it is possible
that the blindness can be reversed. If you suspect that
your dog may be suffering from glaucoma, contact your
veterinarian immediately.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 143 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Thu, May 25, 2000 (01:39) * 11 lines 
Rent A Dog

Have you ever thought about renting a dog instead of owning
one? While that may strike some of us as unheard of, it is
all the rage at Inutama - the dog theme park in Japan.
Located in western Tokyo, the park has seen a steady growth
in visitors, especially those who want to interact with
dogs but cannot own them because dogs are not permitted in
their apartments. The cost is $10 a turn with a dog and
there are more than 80 dogs to choose from.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 144 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Fri, May 26, 2000 (16:28) * 14 lines 
Dog Park

Does your neighborhood or city have a Dog Park? That is a
park specifically for the dogs! This is a large fenced-in
area, usually double-gated, that allows dogs to run free
under their owner's supervision. This is good for the dogs
and also gives the owners a chance to meet other dog
owners. The Best Friend Dog Park in Huntington Beach,
California has a wonderful Web site that has the rules of
the park and a link for starting a park in your area.

Click here to visit The Best Friend Dog Park

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 145 of 216: LadyArk  (MarciaH) * Sat, May 27, 2000 (12:03) * 15 lines 

Spring is the time when those winter coats start dropping
off, and that means a lot of pet hair floating about.
"Double-coated" breeds such as collies and Samoyeds can
be a mess this time of year, as their soft, wooly under-
coats can be pulled out by the handful. You can hasten the
shedding process by combing your pet thoroughly with a
wide-toothed steel comb, followed by a warm bath and more
combing. Also at this time of year, I run a comb through
the coats of all three of my dogs -- one long-haired and
two medium-coated -- on a daily basis, and in a couple of
weeks' time the worst of the spring shed is behind us.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 146 of 216: Maggie  (sociolingo) * Sat, May 27, 2000 (15:29) * 1 lines 
You have three dogs??? I had enough trouble managing one!!!!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 147 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sun, May 28, 2000 (00:05) * 1 lines 
One self-imposed cat here - a redhead with all the temperament which goes with her coloring. Have you gone kitten shopping yet, Maggie?

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 148 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sun, May 28, 2000 (00:09) * 1 lines 
Oops, I see the problem - I neglected to put the byline with the story. No, I am not a dog fancier, actually, though there are some I could learn to love easily.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 149 of 216: Maggie  (sociolingo) * Sun, May 28, 2000 (05:32) * 3 lines 
Couldn't see you with them really!

No we haven't gone kitten shopping yet - daughter 2 doesn't stay still long enough and of course we went to Scotland! After relating to a delicious tabby with red who talks all the time in Scotland (and who I shall be cat sitting in August!) I just can't wait. But I have to have a talking cat!!!!! There don't seem to be that many kittens around just now. I think it must be the wrong time of year here. Once H returns from her latest jaunt away we'll ring the cat rescue place and see what they have.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 150 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Sun, May 28, 2000 (08:57) * 1 lines 
i know all about that double-coated thing. KoKoMo's undercoat comes out in lumps which you pull with your fingers. and now that the hot weather is upon us (louisiana), her shedding has started (did it ever end?)...

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 151 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Sun, May 28, 2000 (08:58) * 1 lines 
oh yeah, i use a rake type device to pull the undercoat out. it's made specifically for it and works like a charm.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 152 of 216: Maggie  (sociolingo) * Sun, May 28, 2000 (10:59) * 1 lines 
Yup! I used to have one of those too for our labradour. Really useful.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 153 of 216: Cheryl  (CherylB) * Sat, Jun  3, 2000 (11:52) * 5 lines 
In the list of the mixed dog breeds, you neglected to mention this one:

Chow + Akita

Chokita, a dog that likes bananas.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 154 of 216: Gena  (zx6rider) * Sat, Jun  3, 2000 (21:39) * 3 lines 
I just met a really cute mix: A Shar-Pei German Shephard. A Sharp-Shephard.

Cute, Cute, Cute!!!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 155 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Sun, Jun  4, 2000 (13:24) * 1 lines 
*lol* luv it!!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 156 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sun, Jun  4, 2000 (18:04) * 1 lines 
Wow! Here I thought it just might be dull stuff going on in here. I should know better! Love the additions to the dog-mixes. I have only known talking cats. My grand(cat)son runs from window to window warbling at the hummingbirds at my son's feeder. It is the most amazing sound. Our self-adopted marmalade talks and purrs all time even when she is irked with us. Enjoy!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 157 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Sat, Jan  5, 2002 (21:47) * 9 lines 
new subject matter: puppy mills

easy way to make money from pet store sales but hard on the dogs. these dogs are kept "barefoot and pregnant" and are not loved on or have a real home. kinda like the fur mills. i've never been to one so i don't know exactly what happens there. i think i might be ill if i do visit one. but.....beware the quality (and price) of dog you pick up at a pet store. go to a reputable one or, better yet, your nearest animal shelter. please don't ignore the older dogs. they feel abandonment greater and need a loving home to live the rest of their lives safely. puppies are cute and will be adopted, the older dogs have behavior problems (sometimes) but they can be undone with patience.

went into a petco (their bird display was horrendous) and a local shelter had brought in some available cats. there were four large adult cats who no one paid any attention to. i told my husband that they wouldn't make it. i reached down to give some attention to one cat but he was too stressed out to accept it and turned to hiss at me. he just wanted some quiet. screaming kids all over the kittens.

please people, teach your children respect for animals. and pet owners, have respect for other people--keep your animals leashed (unless you're in the boondocks) no matter how "harmless" they are to you. and because dogs are protective of their pack, make sure whomever walks the dog can handle the responsibilty--don't send your child out with a german shepherd, ok?

my dogs are getting old and starting to show it. the big one (shepherd/lab) is 11 and the little one (heinz 57) is 13. i love them like my children, like a piece of myself.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 158 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sat, Jan  5, 2002 (21:59) * 3 lines 
Guess what?! Inhabiting my yard for two days was the strangest sound. I looked but was told I was hearing things. I worried about the cat being harmed by a stray dog. Finally, today I heard a little bell. I went out to find it and it found me. The cutest little ball of red fur (Pomeranian) ran up to welcome me to my yard. She is all dignity and fun and extrememly well trained. It seems it was adopted three days ago and now Ihave been adopted by her.

I will tell JK to check out your post about the puppy mills. He feels strongly about this problem and will, I hope, respond.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 159 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Sat, Jan  5, 2002 (22:05) * 3 lines 
ohhhh, pomeranians are cute. i knew a lady who owned one and she and the dog resembled each other (she wasn't a red head though). they both had these cute upturned noses!

i find it an honor to be accepted by a dog (or any animal for that matter).

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 160 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Mon, Jan  7, 2002 (13:26) * 5 lines 
*Sigh* I was accepted and it is an honor, most definitely. Mindy is a fox terrier-Pomeranian mix (someone got through the fence in the dark of night.) She has the cutest little nose and big liquid brown eyes and big perky ears full of feathers. She does not have nearly the furry tangle regular Pom has, thank goodness, though she gets groomed often enough.

This morning she was "being a dog - a little terrier dog. Yip, yap and running up and down the walls. We tried to talk to her gently but finally she wiped her butt on the carpet and out she went. Ok, Wolfie-woman, why did she do that? She also scratches the capet from time to time like a badly-mannered cat. Fortunately her former owner would take her back in a heartbeat. It may come to that. She's making me more hyper than I need to be, and getting on HM's nerves.

Stay tuned. She really is adorable but I know I am a cat person. If only she would settle down a bit. Yikes!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 161 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Mon, Jan  7, 2002 (18:32) * 3 lines 
k, sometimes dogs wipe their rear because they're excited or they have impacted anal glands--you'll know, it stinks. what you can do is change her dogfood to something harder (this will clear up the trouble naturally). little dogs are also prone to being a bit nervous--thus the yip yap and running around. but, she may have been trying to play too. did she lower her frontend and poke her backend in the air? classic sign of submission and "want to play now." as for scratching, she probably smells stuff in the carpet and wants to see if she can get it.

you've not had the dog long so you guys have to get used to each other. give it time and maybe a thorough checkup at the vet.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 162 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Tue, Jan  8, 2002 (18:17) * 4 lines 
Thanks, Wolfie. I made a terrible mistake of eating some goey Brie in front of her last night. But, first she had been snawing at her edible chewy bone for about an hour with great vigor. I got the cheese and she tried to chew me! I left the room to finish it and, with washed hands, returned to "her" couch. He licked my hand vigorously (not even hand cream this time) then sized up my thumb for chewing and chhomped down just as I snatched my hand back. Then she bounded up my front to look demandingly into my eyes. Finally her master decided she needed to go out.

She eats dry puppy food. HE watches what she does in the yard and has had dogs forever, so I rely on his taking care of her. She is definitly bonded on him. I'm not all that sure I want that sort of bonding from her. I'd like one placid thing in my life - and a more tidy home before I add four-legged beings. I guess I am the one who needs the attitude adjustment. JK suggested that she might have worms. In any case, she has not done it since and all other systems seem to be on normal.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 163 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Tue, Jan  8, 2002 (18:37) * 3 lines 
you can easily check for worms by making the Uh Oh look at her excrement--fresh, they'll be crawling *YUCK*

*HUGS* you sound like you need some!!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 164 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Tue, Jan  8, 2002 (20:38) * 3 lines 
*Sigh* I have found refuge in the bedroom and on my computer. I am getting lots of baby gates and eating in the bathroom from now on. I'll give them a week or so to shape up, or both of them go back to Mrs Taniguchi!

Thanks for the hug. It feels very good. *HUGS* backatcha

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 165 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Tue, Jan  8, 2002 (20:39) * 1 lines 
I'll remember to rub UhOh's nose it her little offerings to check. Thanks for the tip. I should have remembered from reading Herman's book... How terrible sad. I think I need to go watch for satellites again if the clouds are willing.

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 166 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Tue, Jan  8, 2002 (20:40) * 1 lines 
don't eat in the bathroom!! *laugh* you have control of the house, not the puppy. it's time to set down some ground rules and to be consistent!

 Topic 13 of 58 [SpringArk]: Dogs
 Response 167 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Tue, Jan  8, 2002 (21:06) * 3 lines 
Yes Ma'am !!!

(I thought I had control of the house. It IS in my name, and I will replace the leaky roof...)

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 Response 168 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Tue, Jan  8, 2002 (21:14) * 1 lines 
you must retake control of YOUR house!

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 Response 169 of 216: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Tue, Jan  8, 2002 (21:28) * 3 lines 
From Man and Beast...!!!

Yes Ma'am!!!

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 Response 170 of 216: GeoCritter  (MarciaH) * Wed, Jan  9, 2002 (18:56) * 2 lines 
Ah well, we have come to some meeting of minds and egos. Little arf slept outside last night (albeit in cozy luxury) while two miserable humans didn't sleep well indoors. This morning we met in gentle harmony and I took the HM aside and Told him if he wanted to play rough, to do it outdoors ONLY. I was also shut in my room all evening so I could breathe. Today thelittle critter has been slose to me and I am incredibly miserable trying to keep ahead of running nose. No, I cannot take Benedryl. Nothing with pseudephedrine in it!
Suggestions? I am currently sitting in front of a new HEPA- filtered air source and barely making headway. Arrrgh.

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 Response 171 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Wed, Jan  9, 2002 (19:48) * 3 lines 
you are allergic to dogs? no wonder you like cats. the HM needs to brush the puppy regularly to keep the loose hair at bay and to rid the coat of loose dander (the stuff you're allergic to). i'm not sure if they make a special shampoo to control dander or not but your vet will know. you'll need to sweep and vacuum every day to keep the dander from building up and do not let the doggie sleep in bed with you. you might suggest keeping her outside until you can figure out how to control your allergies.

there are safer allergy medicines out there without the pseudephedrine but i think you have to get a prescription for it.

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 Response 172 of 216: GeoCritter  (MarciaH) * Wed, Jan  9, 2002 (21:16) * 7 lines 
sweep and vacuum. *sigh* At the moment, HM is out at a meeting and I have a heartbroken puppy who growls at me. I am leaving her to find me when she wants to. SDhe knows where I am.

I am also allergic to cats so the one I have lives outside. besides, she's a tad wild and likes to catch rats at night, but she does curl up with me when I go out in the night to watch satellites. Talks to me, too, if I don't see her and acknowledge her.

Mindy is curried often and shampoo is a requirement of the lady of the house. She is small, but I think she needs to be outside, too. I will just curl up and die from stress and allergies, and I simply can't put more medicine in me just so I can tolerate a dog. Sad as it is, that is a fact!

*Hugs* Wolfie, my whole head is about to explode.

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 Response 173 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Wed, Jan  9, 2002 (21:32) * 1 lines 
*HUGS* back atcha sweetie. i'm sorry for your allergies and your current state. i'm here for you *HUGS*

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 Response 174 of 216: GeoCritter  (MarciaH) * Wed, Jan  9, 2002 (21:53) * 3 lines 
*sniff* Yup, you are and I appreciate that more than I can say so I sent you something to say it for me. *grin* I just got your note handed to me. I am more concerned about Mindy's worrying about the missing male than I am about me.


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 Response 175 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Thu, Jan 10, 2002 (18:44) * 5 lines 
another goodie box? you're sooooooooo sweet!!

i read somewhere (screwed?) that the HM is actually vacuuming to keep your allergies stable? wow!! i wish i could get the AM to wipe up dog mess (accidents) and barf. he is totally grossed out about it (like i'm not). guess it's cuz i'm a mom, dunno.

did you know that dogs can be prescribed amoxicillen? i didn't until my big dog had to take it. i thought it was only for people! but don't you guys go self-medicating your pets. tylenol is lethal for them.

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 Response 176 of 216: GeoCritter  (MarciaH) * Thu, Jan 10, 2002 (19:05) * 5 lines 
Of course! I'm always assembling goody boxes for you in my mind. One or two of them actually gets to you! *grin* Sweetie, you deserve each and every one. You've saved my sanity more than once! *Hugs*

Yup Hm vacuumed straight down the middle, but it is better than none at all.

BARF???????!!!!!!!!! I'm positiviley pathological about that. Not in MY house!!! aaaghhhhh!!!

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 Response 177 of 216: GeoCritter  (MarciaH) * Thu, Jan 10, 2002 (19:09) * 3 lines 
Never medicate ANYONE or anything until you know exactly what you are doing and it is correct. You're right, Wolfie. I took that antiboitic to cure whatever I got last fall. I still have it.

I was also told by JK (who may or may not lurk here from time to time) that onions could also be toxic to dogs (along with the grapes causing kidney failure and chocolate which really IS toxic.)

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 Response 178 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Thu, Jan 10, 2002 (20:24) * 3 lines 
my dogs love grapes! oh no, i've never heard of that. but chocolate most definitely is a no-no, though my little one has eaten it on occasion (in cookies--that he snuck)

the doggie woggies in my house won't touch onions at all!

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 Response 179 of 216: GeoCritter  (MarciaH) * Mon, Jan 14, 2002 (15:49) * 3 lines 
Ok, I'll find the article. A bunch of grapes missing from the table and a small dog is suspect, take to vet immediately. Yes, I know about the cookie snitching dog. Don't blame him actually!

Question of the day for you about my furry little canine. How do you teach them to stop chasing an established cat who is a pacifist?

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 Response 180 of 216: GeoCritter  (MarciaH) * Mon, Jan 14, 2002 (15:51) * 2 lines 
for grape toxicity in dogs there are several sites. This one is especially good

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 Response 181 of 216: GeoCritter  (MarciaH) * Mon, Jan 14, 2002 (15:53) * 3 lines 
Specific information of toxic substances we eat:

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 Response 182 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Mon, Jan 14, 2002 (18:25) * 3 lines 
*whew* my dogs get a couple of grapes a week, if that.

ok, a dog's natural instinct is to chase what is moving. this is fun and games. the cat will run so the dog will chase. my dogs still chase after people that are miles away (ok, they bark in the house, but if they were outside, they'd chase). one thing that works if you can get them to pay attention is to call them to you and praise wildly. if i can get my little dog (the major barker) to hear me, he'll come and then the barking stops and stays off. the big dog listens (i can get her to spit out treats)!

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 Response 183 of 216: GeoCritter  (MarciaH) * Tue, Jan 15, 2002 (01:11) * 3 lines 
She seems to take fewer liberties with me. I speak quietly to her as she pounces up to me and still her with my hand and speak gently. She quiets right down. The difficulty is that HM spoils her...

Spit out treats? Wow!!! Not here, and not yet...

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 Response 184 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Thu, Feb  7, 2002 (19:21) * 3 lines 
marcia, you mentioned in geo that you needed to discuss something with your puppy........

(my dogs are really getting old--the oldest one is slow to rise now and has a sinus problem)

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 Response 185 of 216: GeoCritter  (MarciaH) * Thu, Feb  7, 2002 (21:40) * 7 lines 
Yeah, I do, Wolfie. But, I think it will be settled by limiting house access. I am not used to having a house creature around underfoot. She is becoming more and more spoiled and any discipline I try to instill in her is wasted effort. What can I do other than to keep her out of my room. HM is ruining any bonding I might have done with this cute little furball. However, she is so hyper I am unable to tolerate her in the same room.

Especailly at night when I try to sleep. My sleep patterns resemble those of the esteemed creator of Geo. Hard to come by or non-existent. I sure as heck don't need a hyper little dog around, too. Oh yes, she awakens at 4:30 AM and he never hears her until I awaken him and get rid of both of them.

Are all dogs like this or am I being a cat lover, again? Actually, I really like OTHER PEOPLE'S ANIMALS...

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 Response 186 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Fri, Feb  8, 2002 (10:01) * 9 lines 
she has gotten herself into the habit of waking up everyone at 4:30 AM. the only times my dogs do this is if they really have to go outside!

making her sleep in a different room is good but first you'll have to deal with her incessant whining (it's incessant when you're trying to sleep)

i never understand why the AM wakes me up to take care of something when it's obvious he was already awake!

you can still be firm with her and she'll adjust to who she can get away with things with and who she can't. it's not healthy but it does happen. the best thing is to talk to HM and set rules and then both of you train your puppy to abide by those rules.

another thing to help with the sleep arrangements is to purchase a medium sized travel carrier. you can put her in their with something she loves (i say medium to give her room to get comfortable--can't see stuffing a small dog into a small carrier where they can't get comfortable). do this everynight and she'll get used to going in there. (make sure to put some water and food in there too (the cages usually have bowls already attached to the doors).

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 Response 187 of 216: Cheryl  (CherylB) * Mon, Feb 11, 2002 (17:17) * 3 lines 
Wolfie, how are the dogs doing? I remember that you posted that one of them was suffering from flea allergy.

Marcia, has the puppy, Mindy, (is that her name) managed to settle into the routine of the household? Or is she, and you, still working on that? Is Miss Kitty adjusting okay? The only other option would be that both puppy and HM have been sent off to live at Mrs. Taniguchi's.

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 Response 188 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Thu, Apr  4, 2002 (18:19) * 1 lines 
ok, an update on my dogs--one of them has cancer, the big baby and we will be going to the surgeons tomorrow to see if anything can be done. chemo is out because the kind she has is aggressive. she is not acting like she's in pain and my hopes aren't really up because i always expect the worst. my littlest guy is having some terrible sinus troubles. ok, enough of that. please say a prayer for us (this is a family affair, afterall).

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 Response 189 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Mon, Apr  8, 2002 (18:06) * 1 lines 
the big dog has made it home in good shape, albeit very sore from the surgery. very happy to be home! little guy goes in tomorrow for some cranial and stomach xrays. he is an enlarged kidney and the antibiotics are really helping with his nose. he's also acting like he feels a lot better now though. and he's happy to have the big dog back! so thanks for your prayers (i know i did plenty on my own)

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 Response 190 of 216: GeoCritter  (MarciaH) * Mon, Apr  8, 2002 (19:11) * 1 lines 
Now take care of Momma Wolfie so the little wolfies can heal well. I am delighted to hear of the good prognosis. You betcha you have our prayers and everything else going your way!

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 Response 191 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Tue, May 14, 2002 (18:34) * 5 lines 
guys, got some bad news about my little guy. he has cancer and it has moved into his lymph glands already. one of his vertebrae is affected and is causing imflammation making it hard for him to walk. we have him on steroids to help him get around but there's not much else we can do but wait. his eyes are bright and when they're not, we'll make the decision. the steroids are really knocking him out though--he didn't recognize me when i picked him up and he's really sleepy. *sniff* i hate to see him like this but i don't think he's ready to go just yet. how am i gonna know? i just love him so much.

the big girl is her old self again--much to my relief.

you guys, if you've never loved a dog or been loved by one, you don't know what you're missing. completely unconditional and forgiving. they love you with everything they have.

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 Response 192 of 216: BJ Boone  (duffuses) * Tue, May 14, 2002 (19:39) * 3 lines 
i've had to go through it with several of my dogs. i have 21 of them right now. Two are diabetica on is=nsulin, one has seizures and one has cancer. You'll know in your heart when the time comes. yes, it will be hard. One of the hardest things you'll ever have to do but remember when you have to do you are release her from pain into a peaceful place to be and that she will be waiting for you.

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 Response 193 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Tue, May 14, 2002 (20:16) * 3 lines 
thank you for those kind words, BJ. i had to put another dog down and though i loved her (rescued her from the street and had her a year), this is different in a way because i've had my little man for 14 years! i really need to know that dogs go to heaven!


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 Response 194 of 216: BJ Boone  (duffuses) * Wed, May 15, 2002 (07:30) * 3 lines 
Have you ever read the poem "Rainbow Bridge" I know that they do.

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 Response 195 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Wed, May 15, 2002 (17:21) * 1 lines 
no, i'll look for it though. thanks *HUGS*

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 Response 196 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Thu, Jun  6, 2002 (20:53) * 3 lines 
as soon as i'm able, i'll post bro's pic but rest in peace my dear friend:


June 19, 1988


June 6, 2002

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 Response 198 of 216: BJ Boone  (duffuses) * Mon, Aug 26, 2002 (21:34) * 4 lines 
I had to put my dog Mulan to sleep this afternoon. She was such a sweety. She had a brain tumor and fought a hard battle. She was a rescue that animal control brought to us because she was is such bad shape when they found her. She had been bred almost to death and had a ropw tied around her neck.
She still carried the scares on her neck up to the day she died. I had her spayed and gor her from only 28 pounds up to her 55 pounds she weighed before thay started her on her meds.
I know she's at peace now. No more pain or suffering. I held her in my arms til she was gone and buried her in our pet cemetary here at the house. I wish you could have seen her.

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 Response 199 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Wed, Aug 28, 2002 (19:58) * 1 lines 
do you have a pic? *HUGS* she had a good life with you.

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 Response 200 of 216: BJ Boone  (duffuses) * Thu, Aug 29, 2002 (23:51) * 2 lines 
yes i do. if you'd like to see her just tell me where to send it.

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 Response 201 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Fri, Jun 11, 2004 (09:14) * 5 lines 
it took a scientific study to prove it, but our dogs do understand the article at

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 Response 202 of 216: Conf admin  (cfadm) * Sat, Mar  5, 2005 (13:20) * 20 lines 
Go to the anti-Iditarod Web site and you'll find dozens of newspaper, magazine and book excerpts chronicling sickening tales about the dogs and the hard-driving tactics of professional mushers.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals does not oppose sled dog racing, but it worries about the dangers posed by the intense pace of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
"General concerns arise whenever intense competition results in dogs being pushed beyond their endurance or capabilities," ASPCA Vice President Stephen Zawistowski says.

The animal activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals takes a much stronger stand against the Iditarod.

"We're totally opposed to the race for the cruelty issues associated with it," PETA spokeswoman Jennifer O'Connor says. "I believe more injuries and deaths occur than are reported. The defense is the dogs love to run, but they're still forced to endure this unbelievably grueling race in unbelievable conditions. We have 800,000 members and supporters and people are universally aghast about this race. They can't believe it's still going."

Ask four-time champion Doug Swingley of Lincoln, Mont., about the critics, and he has nothing but disdain for them.

"These are the best-cared-for dogs in the world," he says. "My veterinary bill is about $15,000 to $20,000 a year. My dogs have run this race 10 times. I have never lost a dog in the race. It's very unusual for anybody to lose one -- maybe one or two a year."

more at

iditarod 33

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 Response 203 of 216: spring ark  (cfadm) * Sat, Mar  5, 2005 (13:31) * 3 lines 
Fixed buttons and header in this conference, wolfie!

Let me know if there are other changes you need.

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 Response 204 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Sun, Mar  6, 2005 (10:18) * 1 lines 
thank you!!!!!

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 Response 205 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Thu, Oct 13, 2005 (18:09) * 3 lines 
here's an interesting article on what our dogs are thinking:

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 Response 206 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Thu, Oct 13, 2005 (18:11) * 1 lines 
i don't think i've told y'all but i've had a new dog for a year now. he's 3 and i adopted him from a working dog program (military). he was washed out of class because he was easily distracted. but let me tell you, that dog has a good sniffer! he's a golden retriever and i love him with all the love i had for KoKoMo and Bro. in fact, he reminds me of the two of them all mixed up. such a sweetie pie who loves his mama!

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 Response 207 of 216: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Fri, Oct 14, 2005 (08:03) * 1 lines 
I get dogs nipping at my heels on the bike. Any tips for how to deal with them?

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 Response 208 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Fri, Oct 14, 2005 (17:26) * 1 lines 
well, you gotta let them OFF the leash and then you wouldn't have that problem *grin*

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 Response 209 of 216: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Fri, Oct 14, 2005 (22:02) * 1 lines 
Either speeding up or slowing down gets rid of them.

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 Response 210 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Sat, Oct 15, 2005 (18:09) * 1 lines 
they just like to chase--it's a game!

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 Response 211 of 216: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Sun, Oct 16, 2005 (17:27) * 1 lines 
it is a game.

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 Response 212 of 216: GeoCritter  (MarciaH) * Mon, Oct 17, 2005 (00:02) * 1 lines 
Try a squirt bottle of water. That's what my ex did for a while until one of the critters got nasty and took a bite. Go bite the owners? Seriously, do try the squirt technique. I'll leave any addition of things to the water up to you.

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 Response 213 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Mon, Oct 17, 2005 (10:17) * 1 lines 
yeah, a nice squirt (stream) of water in the face will surprise them....the surpise is unpleasant and just might work.

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 Response 214 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Mon, Nov 14, 2005 (17:33) * 3 lines 
We adopted another dog (now we have 2). She is a little bundle of energy too. She's under a year and is part Basenji and German Shepherd. She looks like a mini shepherd (but she has a black spot on her tongue, so I think she has chow in her too). Basenji's don't bark and this little gal is a barker. She may have only got the jumping from her basenji genes because this little girl can jump!

Yesterday, our first day with her, I wanted to take her back immediately because of her pushiness with my other dog. My concern was that he would feel left out. But, today, they've been playing together like little puppies! So I think the kinks and heirarchy are being worked out. She picked my husband--so she's HIS dog! *laugh* I'm not taken with her yet--really weird considering my deep love for dogs. But, it'll take time and she's really rambunctious, something I'm not used to.

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 Response 215 of 216: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Thu, Nov 17, 2005 (16:50) * 1 lines 
Outside or inside dog?

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 Response 216 of 216: Alpha Wolf  (wolf) * Thu, Nov 17, 2005 (18:47) * 5 lines 
inside dog--she jumps too much and i can't risk her figuring out she can get over the fence! she escapes out the front door when we leave for work or the kids go to school!

really have to work on her training. she knows how to sit now though and she's learning the down command. still doesn't have her name down and is a bit aloof when you call her to come back inside.

my big dog is so gentle and sweet. he lets her do whatever she wants. she takes complete advantage of him. but, he still insists on mama time and i enjoy our snuggling when the little one is outside.

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