What place in your heart do dogs have?

Lazhar
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Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:25 am

Hello guys,

As a horse lover but also dog lover, I was wondering what place are dogs holding in your heart? Do you solely focus on horses?

I am the founder of a famous dog breeding blog, Breeding Business, so was just being curious!

Thanks,

Lazhar
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Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:22 am

They have been part of my life since 1968 - breeder, owner, handler. Can't imagine life without them.
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Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:02 am

I have never not lived with a dog, from the time I was an infant. To me a home just isn't a home without a dog in it (though I love cats too).

I'm a massage therapist and I'd like to get into massaging animals like horses, dogs and cats if I can find an affordable and reputable institution.
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Starine wrote:I have never not lived with a dog, from the time I was an infant. To me a home just isn't a home without a dog in it (though I love cats too).

I'm a massage therapist and I'd like to get into massaging animals like horses, dogs and cats if I can find an affordable and reputable institution.
Amazing idea.. I was at crufts networking earlier this year and one company started offering massages, don't recall the name but a lot of people were around these for the free dog massages.

Definitely try to dig deeper and see the science behind it because it would surely be a hit!
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I couldn't live without my dogs!

My chiropractor went to a clinic in (I think) Kansas over the course of a few weeks last year and is now licensed to work on small animals. My dog and I have the same chiropractor :lol:
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My childhood was much better because I had a dog, a Beagle/Cocker cross who was sweet, brave and endlessly patient with me. When I was finally in a position to have a pet again, however, my tiny apartment and full-time job made the move to a cat kind of necessary. That, and being chosen by a spunky six-week old Siamese kitten to be 'her' human. :lol:
I love all animals...dogs, horses, birds, snakes...but my home is still a cat house. :P ;) Can not imagine living without a purring companion.
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Wed Jul 06, 2016 6:44 pm

Lazhar wrote:
Starine wrote:I have never not lived with a dog, from the time I was an infant. To me a home just isn't a home without a dog in it (though I love cats too).

I'm a massage therapist and I'd like to get into massaging animals like horses, dogs and cats if I can find an affordable and reputable institution.
Amazing idea.. I was at crufts networking earlier this year and one company started offering massages, don't recall the name but a lot of people were around these for the free dog massages.

Definitely try to dig deeper and see the science behind it because it would surely be a hit!
Thank you for the encouragement -- I just moved across the country to South Carolina to be closer to my family, while I think this will be a good move in the long run everything feels daunting and scary. I'm shooting for a regular day job at the hospital like I had in Iowa, and once I'm secure I would like to pursue the animal massage. I've heard this area is already saturated with equine massage therapists, but massaging dogs may be my ticket.
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Starine wrote:
Lazhar wrote:
Starine wrote:I have never not lived with a dog, from the time I was an infant. To me a home just isn't a home without a dog in it (though I love cats too).

I'm a massage therapist and I'd like to get into massaging animals like horses, dogs and cats if I can find an affordable and reputable institution.
Amazing idea.. I was at crufts networking earlier this year and one company started offering massages, don't recall the name but a lot of people were around these for the free dog massages.

Definitely try to dig deeper and see the science behind it because it would surely be a hit!
Thank you for the encouragement -- I just moved across the country to South Carolina to be closer to my family, while I think this will be a good move in the long run everything feels daunting and scary. I'm shooting for a regular day job at the hospital like I had in Iowa, and once I'm secure I would like to pursue the animal massage. I've heard this area is already saturated with equine massage therapists, but massaging dogs may be my ticket.
There's nothing like having your family close to. Even if the rest of the world around you is going to shit having the support system is great. You'll be just fine. Enjoy the quality time - I would rather hang out with my parents than anyone else.

Totally have a wheaten sized hole in my heart but a dog isn't plausible right now.
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Like many, I could not begin to imagine a life without a dog in the house. From my earliest years, they have been an important part of the fabric in my life, and rare are
the times when there was not one close by. My wife introduced me to the Boxer breed many years ago now, and brother it was love at first sight. Never a dull moment, and I would not trade it for anything. A life without animals (any kind) is no life for me. E. B. White was right...

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A big place. I think most horse people are also dog people (and cat as well), I don't know if I've ever met a horse person who didn't have at least one dog. I was a small animal vet tech for 8+ years working with mainly dogs and cats, and have done some fostering via a dog rescue (most notably a pregnant dog and her eventual litter). We have 3 dogs and 2 cats but 0 horses... hopefully I can add a horse to the menagerie someday :D !
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Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:56 am

I love dogs. I don't have one right now because the apartment complex where I live does not allow them but growing up my family always had a dog and/or a cat.
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I don't really have the patience for dogs, I am fine playing with other people's dogs, I love love love my dad's German Shorthair, but really they are a lot of work, like having a kid around(i also have never entertained the idea of children, ever), i am a crazy cat lady, have 5 kitties, 2 horses, I doubt I will even own a dog. Horses and Cats can get by on their own a lot better, they don't crave attention from you in the way a dog does..well my cats DO, but it's not as demanding as a dog. ;P
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I, too, have never been without a dog in my life (except the year I worked in Ocala and lived in Hobeau's dorms). Heck, right before my wedding I had to put my lab mix down due to old age, and my sister, knowing I would LOVE it (which I did, lol), gave me one of her Irish Setters as a wedding gift! He was a show-quality male that was unable to show due to entropion, so she'd fixed him and just kept him as a pet.
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He's my best bud!!! I don't own horses. I love horses but this guy is my family.
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Prairie Bayou wrote:Image

He's my best bud!!! I don't own horses. I love horses but this guy is my family.
Now that's a picture of a relaxed and content animal!

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I used to like dogs. But then my neighbor brought two pit bulls to bark at imaginary squirrels in his back yard at 5:30am each morning for several months. I was able to finally plead with him enough to get him to make the worthless curs quit doing that. Then he had a room mate move in, and he got a Border collie with a serious barking addiction, but several letters (the owner of the dog is deaf) and a threat of legal action finally got that under control (I work from home--people I talk to on the phone aren't supposed to KNOW I work from home, so a barking dog is kind of a hint). So now, at least I don't have to listen to them much any more. Sometimes somebody puts the pit bulls outside so they can find air molecules or a remaining brain cell to yap at, but then they're called in after a few minutes. Now, the new neighbors on the other side of the next-door neighbor has a dog that barks from roughly 8pm to 12am or later almost every night. Joy joy, happy happy!

I remember reading a (terrible) story about a guy who had a collie that he would let out in the yard every day at 6am and would bring back in at 6pm every night when the owner got home from work or his place to go for peace and quiet or whatever. The dog would bark, nonstop, all day, while he was in the yard. This went on for months and months, with no reprieve despite various pleas from everybody for quiet. Finally one day, a neighbor was getting something out of the back yard (impossible to use the back yard, what with all the freaking NOISE!) and the dog was yapping away and suddenly... BANG!!! No more barking dog. Now I don't condone that, and I couldn't do that because however much I dislike dogs, I don't believe in hurting anything or anyone, but... yeah, it's certainly understandable. Wrong and cruel, but understandable.

So no. I don't like dogs any more. Or maybe I can't stand their idiot, inconsiderate owners.

I also distrust cats, as they are cruel, deceitful creatures. They've broken stuff on our front porch, including my blue pot from Pier One and my little dragon vase, and they ate the baby wrens nesting in our begonia plant. So yeah... cats aren't much to me at all.

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Well, the cats who hunted your wrens and your vases are victims of idiot, inconsiderate owners, too.
Cat who are let outside cause harm to birds, and come to harm themselves...cars, dogs, coyotes, fights with other cats who have idiot owners, and did I mention coyotes?
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Mon Aug 22, 2016 11:56 pm

Yeah, we do have coyotes around here, too, though they don't come close to town much, but I do hear them yowling sometimes. There's the odd mountain lion (well, maybe not that odd--I'm sure she's relatively normal, even if she's into younger cats). There's cruel jokes about 'culling' the herd that way, but geez... I distrust cats, but I'm not into killing them or seeing them eviscerated by the local wildlife.

I should point out that I've had dogs in my life, particularly old Snoozy, who lived to age 17, on table scraps. We never considered him to be anything but a loyal, patient and easy-going friend who didn't even bite my niece when she stepped on his tail, and he was not allowed to bark to anything approaching excess. Now, I have doves (George & Weezie) and Spike the Psychotic Canary. When company sleeps in the guest room, they often comment on the cooing outside the window, but I would be hard-pressed to see how cooing would be annoying. Only my niece complained about the cooing. But then my niece is... well, let's not Go There.

The next door-next door neighbor's dog is barking. From what I understand, my town has a 'quiet after 10pm until 6am' rule, but I'm assuming it's not enforced. Too many dogs (chihuahuas by the truckload, might I add) live around here, and the cops only care about chasing down anybody going one mile over the 55mph limit on Highway 29.

Ugh. He had me up 'til 3am one night.

The dog, I mean. Not the cop.

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