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#161 Allison

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 11:44 AM

I want a bridge, now, too.

 

That photo with the two of them tugging on the frisbee is such a familiar site in my world.

 

Lovely.


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Posted 25 July 2017 - 05:26 AM

IMG_0672.jpg IMG_0694 (1).jpg IMG_0676 (1).jpg IMG_0680 (1).jpg Well summer is just flying by, isn't it. We had a historic flood in Mid Michigan in June which has resulted in epic mosquitoes like the kind I haven't seen since leaving the Gulf Coast of Texas. Thankfully we can excape to the Upper Peninsula where the bugs seem like noting in comparison (go figure).IMG_0673 (1).jpg

 

Looks like we have found a new K9 family member. A year old Belgian Shepherd. We are going out to meet him on Friday with the little dogs. I have loved having this year with just the little guys but my husband misses having a big working dog. I also miss having a dog that scares off the coyotes by mere existence. I also think the little dogs miss just being nuts together. It's nice for them when someone else is on patrol and they don't have to be bothered with serious business. I think the little dogs miss having a big dog too. Since this thread is already quite long I will close on this note and open a new adventure thread with new stories. 



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Posted 25 July 2017 - 07:48 AM

Oh Are you getting a Terv? My last dog was a female terv. Sweetest dog ever--so easy to train! Good luck.
 
Looks like we have found a new K9 family member. A year old Belgian Shepherd. We are going out to meet him on Friday with the little dogs. I have loved having this year with just the little guys but my husband misses having a big working dog. I also miss having a dog that scares off the coyotes by mere existence. I also think the little dogs miss just being nuts together. It's nice for them when someone else is on patrol and they don't have to be bothered with serious business. I think the little dogs miss having a big dog too. Since this thread is already quite long I will close on this note and open a new adventure thread with new stories. [/quote]

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Posted 25 July 2017 - 01:30 PM

Oh Tervuren's are beautiful. I was in decision between Groenendael's and Vizslas before I found A.I.D.s

 

Which breed is it though? When you google Belgian Shepards, there are four breeds that fall into this category. The Tervurens, Groenendaels, Malinois, and the Lakenois.



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Posted 25 July 2017 - 02:42 PM

I think he's a Goofusinois. We were talking to a trainer about good kennels that breed sound GSDs and this big goofy guy plopped down on my lap. He IS obedience trained, though. Malinois. He does kind of look like a giant AID and he does the butt rub and between the legs kitty thing AIDs do. We did research the breed after meeting Sir G0ofus. I don't think we'd consider the breed at all if he weren't older, obedience trained and so well thought of by his foster. I do also like that he is well constructed. I was dreading trying to find that well built, smart GSD (which certainly means looking at working lines) with that Show Line go anywhere temperament. We had looked at 2 older GSDs and even though they were great dogs from working lines there is just this wobbliness in the hind legs that has crept in.

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 06:41 AM

Well the Goofusinois was beautifully trained. Best dog on leash ever. Yet soon we learned that he needed to put on pants and go to a real job every day. Long walks and yard play + an event on week ends wasn't going to cut it. Since, and I mean this with all sincerity vs my usual jokiness: I did not want to look for a job in law enforcement or airport bomb sniffing or buy a working ranch we re homed him. In his new home he is presently trained and fully capable of going into police or military or serious civilian work and employed as a dog trainer - working with large breed dogs that are dog aggressive. Apparently he has a gift for teaching them to learn to be dogs with other dogs. It probably also helps that he was 80 lbs on his way to possibly 120. Also demonstrating to new service dogs in training the correct way to be a working dog.

We now have a Fenris. He's a GSD from a sire that has consistently thrown healthy, well constructed dogs with good temperaments. One of his much older brothers or half brother did movie work this year. It was not easy finding him. We hired a service and they evaluated 17 GSDs before fining this one. I marvel at Kim for keeping his AID breed well constructed, smart and healthy. It's tragic when a breed is nearly ruined to the point that one seriously considers a substitute breed and doubts finding just the basics - temperament, health and intelligence. Cake and Waki are adjusting very well. Waki is mr responsible papa beetle bug. Showing the baby how to be off leash, how to be good in the car, how to be good in the house, etc. Cake is seriously mothering this pup too. Both of them had not really recovered from the death of our GSD Shiva over 1 year ago. Neither would play very long and both still spent too much time as mopey floor flounders. They are now back to hair on fire playing.

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 08:36 AM

Congratulations on the new family member! Your comment on Kim's ability to keep his bloodlines healthy is so true. After struggling with recurrent tape worms all summer (Ms. K just kept finding bunnies to eat) we were finally able to submit that last stool sample proving to be parasite free...yay! The vet wanted to actually see Kaposia for an exam also at this point. Whenever we bring her in, we can hear the vet mumbling under her breath about "fantastic genetics, muscle tone, joints." She smiles as she examines Kaposia, and I can tell she appreciates the ease with which she can conduct the exam, checking the mouth, ears, eyes, abdomen, anus, listening to the heart, checking along the spine...none of it is a struggle as Kaposia has such a fantastic nature. This time her final comment was "Whatever he's doing with these dogs is absolutely wonderful!"
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Posted 18 November 2017 - 10:03 AM

Thanks Lakegirl. I will be holding my breath until Fen is 2 on his hips and joints. He moves well and his relatives are reasonably solid but still one worries...Had him out to an ability trial (just held him and walked around) for socialization and also heard about how it's nearly impossible to find a good Irish Setter any more.

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 01:18 PM

Y'know...it absolutely breaks my heart to hear things like that. It is all not only unnecessary, but WRONG. We humans have been given a sacred trust when it comes to domesticated animals, and they suffer for our sense of "aesthetics." But really, what's not to like about how AID's look? Kaposia still stops people in their tracks when they see her for the first time and ask, "What kind of a dog is THAT!?" People just can't get over what a beauty she is, and then they pet her and talk to her and are impressed all over again. Hoping Fen won the gene pool lottery.
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