What place in your heart do dogs have?

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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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Sun Jul 10, 2016 4:47 pm

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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Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:39 pm

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 cannot have children due to a hysterectomy at 23 I'm 26 now. My lab terrier mix turns two next month. She is my child
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Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:05 pm

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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Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:58 pm

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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Tue Aug 23, 2016 1:58 am

Like the cats, your neighbor's dogs are victims of idiots, too. I personally don't think most dogs should be left outside unsupervised (meaning someone's home and aware of goings on), with exceptions of course. Our dogs are never outside when we're not home or up, and when they do get let out, the moment they start barking they come inside. I've had neighbors with obnoxiously barky dogs that are left outside constantly and it drove me crazy. Ironically that's often why many dogs bark incessantly - they're reacting to being deprived of being with their "pack" (aka people).
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Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:07 pm

You know what dogs are saying when they're barking? "Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!" Or, when they're in a really puckish mood, "No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you! No sleep for you!"

Ad infinitum

Toby the Border Collie would be left inside while his owner was at work, and since that room is just a few feet away from my window... well, guess who had to listen to Toby express his separation anxiety all day?

I had to threaten my neighbor with a lawyer, and since the last firmly-worded letter he apparently got a shock collar for Toby the Yapping Border Collie. Sphinx Who Barks at Invisible Squirrels... I'm just glad she's not let outside for long any more, and besides, I'm sure she has a hard time finding the door.

Spike the Psycho Canary used to sing. My 2nd-born niece and her doofus husband shushed him every time he'd sing and now he doesn't sing any more. That still ticks me off. Anybody know how to get a canary to sing again?

I think it's very true that men don't get annoyed by noise as much as women. When we lived next to a (hopefully now totally deaf) moron who liked to play his thug rap music as loudly as possible, every day, it barely fazed Dad. It drove me INSANE! We had to call the cops on the neighbor several times, and I'm sure that several times they never could get him to answer the door, due to the (c)rap he was playing so loudly.

I just don't get people who force their noise onto others. Get headphones and a Besenji, if you need loud music and a dog. Good fences and quiet dogs make excellent neighbors! :)

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Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:14 pm

All of it. He also has my bed, floor, kitchen, sofa, rug, porch, and bathroom. I don't know if I own him or he owns me. I think the cat knows but she isn't talking.

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Thanks for the adorable photos, Prairie Bayou!
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Sat Nov 05, 2016 11:17 pm

Similar to others here, I can't remember a time in my life where dogs were not a part of it. :lol:

Hope it never happens that this changes!

Coffee, dogs, horses. Other than the people in my life, can't imagine it w/out these 3 in it :D
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