Aldistar
 
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Reply Wed 30 Sep, 2009 06:57 pm
I found a pic of the black lab I had while growing up.

http://photos-a-9.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs014.snc1/4489_1165029890747_1377893617_30426056_3745906_n.jpg

His name was Bogie (after Bogart) and was most definitely my mothers dog. He weighed about 120 lbs. but liked to think he was a lap dog.

I remember playing a game of tag in the backyard with my brother and some of our friends. I was smaller than all of them and couldn't catch anybody. After a long time of fruitlessly chasing the other kids, I ran up to Bogie (who had been having a jolly time chasing all of us) and whacked him on the rump and yelled 'TAG you're IT!' I ran off laughing, but don't you know that crazy dog chased me all around the backyard until he 'bumped' me with his nose. He did an about face and ran off to where the other kids were waiting. Apparantly he understood the rules very well and I was once again 'It'. I could never catch him that night again.

He was such a great dog. The meter reading man was a mortal enemy. He was the friendliest dog to everyone as long as you came through the back door or the back fence with a family member. You jump over the fence or come through that gate alone, and you better run for it. I don't know that he would have really hurt anyone. His size alone deterred most from attempting to mess with him.

True to his lab nature, he loved water. We bought him one of those hard plastic kiddie pools and filled it up for him. It lasted a whole two days. There were little pictures of water dragons on the bottom of the pool and with the ripples in the water it must have looked like something moving under the water to him. He plunged his head under water and barked and barked at the little moving pictures. It was hilarious 'blorkpf blorkpf' is about as close as I can come to what underwater barking sounds like. Anyway, he finally managed to bite one of the dragons and put a hole in his pool.

Oh there are so many memories of that old doggie...too many for just one post.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 30 Sep, 2009 07:04 pm
Bogie was an exceptional dog, I can tell.
Aldistar
 
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Reply Thu 1 Oct, 2009 12:46 am
@edgarblythe,
He was. I still miss him after all these years.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2009 02:34 pm
Those dog owning residents of Ireland could take advantage of this contest...
http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/pets/win-six-months-supply-of-food-for-your-dog-1913349.html?from=dailynews

Quote:
Independent.ie
Win six month's supply of food for your dog
You could win up to six months' supply of high-quality food for your dog, thanks to Best for My Dog, a new Irish-owned dog food company.

Simply submit a photo of your dog via this form and we will add it to our 'Your dog photos' gallery. (If you have already submitted your photo for another gallery, you will need to re-submit it for inclusion in the competition.)

Photos must be your own original work.

We will shortlist five finalists, and Independent.ie readers will vote for their favourite.

The winner will receive six months' supply of dog food, while there are also prizes of four months' and two months' supply up for grabs.

(The supply will be tailored to your dog's needs, so it doesn't matter if you own a St Bernard or a chihuahua!)
...
The competition closes on 31 October, 2009.

Please note this competition is open only to residents of the Republic of Ireland.
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2009 02:53 pm
@dyslexia,
I love this shot! (of Dys and Sally in the redrocks)
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2009 03:21 pm
So many here know the saga of my Boxer, who I had to put down 4 years ago.
http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs242.snc1/8925_188314389971_743754971_3983884_4358323_n.jpg

She's gone, but we have lots of animals in the family.

My parents' little mutt
http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs242.snc1/8925_188314409971_743754971_3983885_2263507_n.jpg

One sister has three dogs. Here's one of two German Short Haired Pointers
http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs242.snc1/8925_188314424971_743754971_3983886_4661905_n.jpg

Here's her Irish Setter (a bi-colored version)
http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs242.snc1/8925_188314434971_743754971_3983887_730180_n.jpg

My other sister has a Malamute (the bigger dog hiding behind the bicycle)
http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs262.snc1/8925_188314444971_743754971_3983888_3163929_n.jpg
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2009 03:25 pm
@littlek,
Good to see Boo again..
littlek
 
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Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2009 03:28 pm
@ossobuco,
And Pacco.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2009 03:31 pm
@littlek,
German Short Haired Pointers make the greatest lap dogs just because they don't really understand or want to believe that they're too big for one's lap.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2009 03:32 pm
@littlek,
It just dawned on me that with my new scanner I can put up some of my earlier Pacco photos, one a favorite old avatar. Later...

I'll have to see if I can scan slides with it - have at least a dozen slides of our irish setter back in his glory.

Didn't mean to be short of interest in your other family doggies, K. Just so good to see Boo (Bootsie?)
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2009 03:54 pm
@littlek,
littlek, don't you want another dog?
same question goes to osso....

When our beloved Max died in June we were heartbroken, but being without
a dog, we didn't want to be either, so we found Lilly.
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2009 06:00 pm
There are several reasons I won't get another dog for some time (or cat). I was 0only just able to pay off the vet bills this past June. I am in a house with someone who doesn't like dogs and in a building where the yard is dominated by the landlady's own dogs. Someday I'll have cats again. And even farther in the future, I'll have another dog. For now I have 5 family dogs, 2 dogs in the building and several kitty friends.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2009 06:10 pm
And me, I can't afford responsible pet care, and am not interested in edging on lack of care. I would realistically only want a dog in the future, as wildly allergic to cats as I am, and I know about the proper expenses. We'll see, ya never know.
As with me before I got the Pacc, and as with littlek, I've reverted to loving other people's dogs. Who else do you know who likes neighbors' dogs barking?
Tai Chi
 
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Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2009 07:37 pm
@ossobuco,
My favourite neighbours of all time:

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o235/taichi_photos/favouriteneighbours.jpg
littlek
 
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Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2009 07:54 pm
@Tai Chi,
What sweet looking buddies!
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2009 07:58 pm
@Tai Chi,
Aw, tell us about them..
Tai Chi
 
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Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2009 08:07 pm
@ossobuco,
ossobuco wrote:

Aw, tell us about them..


Well, when we moved to the neighbourhood, B had just lost a dog and said he'd never get another. Then K's "parents" had to go to a nursing home and B took her in (K is the husky). She was already pretty old though, and B's sons were concerned that he would lose another dog quickly so they got him N (the Lab) as a puppy.

N was a riot and really well-behaved. I only ever heard her bark once and that was after being jumped at by our cat through the screen door (N was being nosy). If B had to be away for the day I was allowed to walk N. I took this as a great honour.

K was my special pal though. She was elderly and arthritic and just loved to come and sit next to me on our front porch if I was outside while my kids were playing. She had this way of leaning in to me that I found really comforting.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2009 08:18 pm
@Tai Chi,
Our irish setter used to do the leaning in thing. Talk about endearing.

Thanks for the word pictures.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 27 Oct, 2009 02:00 pm
http://wondermark.com/c/2009-10-27-564model.gif
Poor exploited poochie! Wink
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 29 Nov, 2009 11:19 am
@tsarstepan,
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120821494
http://media.npr.org/assets/news/2009/11/29/dogs01_custom.jpg?t=1259169245&s=51
Quote:
At This Church, Parishioners Wear Collars, Too
by GLORIA HILLARD

November 29, 2009
When a Los Angeles pastor decided his church needed a boost in membership, he did a little soul-searching and decided man's best friend should be part of the fold.

Now, his Sunday service at Covenant Presbyterian Church is attracting new parishioners " and their faithful pooches.

On a recent Sunday, you can see that most of those arriving are not regular churchgoers. For one thing, it takes them a while to get settled in their seats

"Good boy! Sit!" Emma Sczesniak says to her dogs, Marley and Midnight, both on leashes. Midnight is a black, fluffy dog who towers over Marley, who may have some terrier in him.

"They're both rescue dogs," Sczesniak says. "My pets have always been my babies, so [the service] seemed like something I might be interested in."

Another parishioner, Vicky Rambow, is tethered to Sadie and Mac. Both dogs are low to the ground. Rambow guesses they’re corgi and ... something. She says a church service that welcomes dogs is just what she was looking for.

"I'll come as long as they do it," she says, adding that she doesn't regularly attend church " but "this has caused me to come back."

Sadie and Mac tangle their leashes on their way into the small chapel located next to the church's main sanctuary. A few of the parishioners are in pews, but most are in folding chairs next to doggie beds of various sizes.

The music begins, and the congregation is getting a little rambunctious. Someone steps in the water dish, and a border collie wants to play with the poodle mix. It takes a few resounding commands of "Stay!" " and then it's time to pray.

"Thank you for all the gifts that you have given to us, including our four-footed friends," prays the Rev. Tom Eggebeen, the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120821494 For the remainder of the story and the streaming podcast.

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