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Posted 16 June 2017 - 05:29 AM

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Some of the best ones are adopted from the humane society. Our last one was by our son and when he joined the Navy we took Smokey. He was a mutt. Mostly Walker Treeing Hound with some other hound in him. Smartest dog I've ever seen in my life. He learned exactly what we were talking about and so Deb and I started spelling words to throw him off and Smokey learned to spell too. We would spell a word and he knew exactly what it was. Got so darn excited and ran around. Then we used pig Latin as they called it and he never figure that out. He would tilt his head and just look with his ears cocked up like What?


They pick up on certain things and also in some cases can be have a bit of ingenuity. Ever put down a foam or paper plate for a dog to lick clean and watch it scoot the plate across the floor and follow it around until it went under a chair or the couch and then look helplessly up at you for help?

Well, Megan, one of my Shih-Tzus, would hold the plate down with one of her tiny paws so it wouldn't move. [thumbup]

Chrissy, the other one, would just keep chasing it all over the house.

But both would watch me as I prepared their food, and knew I ran the water to fill their water bowls, which I usually did when I'd feed them. So, no matter WHERE they were in the house, whenever I ran the water in the kitchen, even if to just get me a glass, they'd run to the kitchen expecting to get fed. ;)

One funny thing.....I have a "full length" storm door that leads out of our bedroom to the deck at the back of the house. Whenever I'd change from the screen to the glass, and all there was at the opening was the storm door FRAME, I couldn't get them to go through it! I'D even walk through it to show them it could be done, but they'd get as far as the door frame and REFUSE to go through. Even AFTER I reached through the opening to pat their heads! :D But after I'd OPEN the "empty" door, they's trot out pretty as you please.
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Posted 16 June 2017 - 08:46 PM

Yes, I've watched some chase the plate around and I've had others place there foot on it. Deb's a teacher and she works with ours and tells them to Solve the problem. She has Sundance knowing, Figgure it out! Ha ha. He does solve problems and dogs are very smart. Smokey was just pure naughty though. He got mad when we left him at home and he would chew the woodwork. Once he chewed a big hole through the basement door. Darn near a 12" wide hole.
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Posted 17 June 2017 - 04:06 AM

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Yes, I've watched some chase the plate around and I've had others place there foot on it. Deb's a teacher and she works with ours and tells them to Solve the problem. She has Sundance knowing, Figgure it out! Ha ha. He does solve problems and dogs are very smart. Smokey was just pure naughty though. He got mad when we left him at home and he would chew the woodwork. Once he chewed a big hole through the basement door. Darn near a 12" wide hole.


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I often wondered why dogs would sometimes eat grass and wind up puking that guacamole looking stuff all over the place. My Grandmother said she thought it was because they were "lacking something" that they needed and the grass provided it. So, my guess is that she'd say Smokey was probably lacking FIBER! :D
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Posted 17 June 2017 - 03:41 PM

One thing I'd say right now is that our lives are enriched by having a dog!
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Posted 17 June 2017 - 09:19 PM

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I often wondered why dogs would sometimes eat grass and wind up puking that guacamole looking stuff all over the place. My Grandmother said she thought it was because they were "lacking something" that they needed and the grass provided it. So, my guess is that she'd say Smokey was probably lacking FIBER! :D
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Ha ha. Well, he didn't eat it although I'd come home and pull wood from his incissers. He left all the wood on the floor. To tell the truth why dogs eat grass. This might not apply to all dogs as some just like eating the stuff. Those are dogs that should have been goats! Mostly it's because when a dog gets a upset stomach, the only way they can get rid of what's in there is too eat grass. Grass makes them puke and if it still feels upset, they will eat more grass till they puke up what they ate that they shouldn't have. Dogs always get into stuff they shouldn't have. Chocolates for instance are bad for dogs and certain things like grapes and people food. Bakers chocolate can kill them if they get too much. Vets tell you that.

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One thing I'd say right now is that our lives are enriched by having a dog!

Amen to that! I got a mutt on my 1st birthday and he was called Pepper. He died at 16 right before Christmas and that was the worst Christmas ever. I had a dog or two ever since. Best friends ever.
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Posted 18 June 2017 - 04:27 AM

Mutts are some of my favorite kind of dogs. And it IS incredible how they steal your heart, ain't it? When my two Shih-Tzus died, I too, went into a dark funk. Buried Megan in the corner of our yard. Marked the spot with a solar garden lamp. Somehow makes me feel better looking out there at night and seeing the light shine. And I'll often too, STILL talk to her!

As for mutts...a buddy of mine once had a dog(mongrel) he named "Heinz". Somebody once asked him why THAT name, and he said, "You know....57 varieties!" ;)
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Posted 18 June 2017 - 10:08 PM

Deb and I were talking today about if she ever went before me, I'd have to get a special dog for my hearing problems she said. Didn't know they had trained dogs for that purpose. So what if the dog fetches the ph. When it rings and gives it to you? Still can't hear who's on the other end! Posted Image I think if someone breaks in your home most any large breed will let you know as they would be at the door way before me. All I'd have to do is grab my gun and wait for them to come up the stairs. They would even trip the motion detector and turn the light on so I can get a clear clean shot off. Nah, I don't think you need a special hearing dog, Dobermans are super great at protecting your home and very loyal to their owners. Bandit saved my son once as a toddler by picking him up and taking him outside in the backyard.
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Posted 19 June 2017 - 05:01 AM

You had a dog named "Bandit"?

Well, let's SEE now....that makes it a DOZEN pets I've known(other peoples) named "Bandit so far.

7 dogs and 5 CATS. ;)
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Posted 19 June 2017 - 08:00 PM

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You had a dog named "Bandit"?

Well, let's SEE now....that makes it a DOZEN pets I've known(other peoples) named "Bandit so far.

7 dogs and 5 CATS. ;)
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I used to show Doberman Pinschers way back and got my 2nd one from Tama who was a breeder and had Kyjurs for her kennel name. She made people who bought a dog from here name them after things. One litter had to be named after a shoe. Another after a formal affair and so on. That's how we came up with Kyjurs Black Tie Occasion. Called him Tie. He didn't work out as a great show dog, just won some 1st & 2nd place ribbons so she promised me a free puppy if Tie didn't win a championship. I got pick of the litter and chose Bandit. Couldn't think of a darn shoe to name him. Some people already had Rocky and other names chosen. My wife came up with Bandolino as it was a woman's shoe. His registered name is Ch. Kyjurs Bandolino and we called him Bandit for short. He won his American Championship at just past one year of age. I started off showing him and would win some shows and then Tama's husband Steve would beat me out in some too. We went round and round that way for awhile and finally I let Steve show him exclusively and he finished in a very fast time. He had puppies from Florida to California and they ended up selling $1,000.00 per pup. That was a lot of bucks back then. I got $500.00 stud fees. I was supposed to charge pup price for stud fees weather the ***** had pups or not but I couldn't do that. Tama was sort of P-Owed at me for not charging more but what the heck. Then Deb named Sundance too because I'm Butch. Butch & Sundance. He's a very good looking show dog too but I quit showing. I can't get out and run with them every day and train them like I did.
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Posted 20 June 2017 - 05:04 AM

Hey now, you know I was just havin' a bit of fun with ya about the "bandit" thing. But it WAS true.

Picking names for pets can be as challenging as choosing one for your KIDS. I was always thankful that my BROTHER never had any kids( he'd always say, "none that I KNOW of" ;) ) because his PET names were uninspired.

We once, when we were kids, got this small dog that actually DID look just like a miniature German Shepherd. He named it "Shep". Cool dog, but not much thought on the name.

Our dog he named after that was a mutt he named "Poochie". [crying] . And years later he had a cat he named "Cat". [unsure] . Lord KNOWS what his KIDS might have been named. Probably "Kid", "Child" or just "Boy" or "Girl". :D
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Posted 20 June 2017 - 11:40 AM

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 12:04 AM

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Hey now, you know I was just havin' a bit of fun with ya about the "bandit" thing. But it WAS true.

Picking names for pets can be as challenging as choosing one for your KIDS. I was always thankful that my BROTHER never had any kids( he'd always say, "none that I KNOW of" ;) ) because his PET names were uninspired.

We once, when we were kids, got this small dog that actually DID look just like a miniature German Shepherd. He named it "Shep". Cool dog, but not much thought on the name.

Our dog he named after that was a mutt he named "Poochie". [crying] . And years later he had a cat he named "Cat". [unsure] . Lord KNOWS what his KIDS might have been named. Probably "Kid", "Child" or just "Boy" or "Girl". :D
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I worked with a Steve at Havelock and his daughter married a person named Guy. He told me a relative named their son, Boy and he had a dog named Dog. We only had one son and my wife insisted his name would be John because that was her dads name and she lost him to a airplane crash when she was 13. So that was easy. To me, dogs are harder to come up with great names. My first Doberman was easy though. I got him at one year old and he already was named Gunner. Loved that name. We were supposed to get Sundance's litter brother which was the biggest male and his kennel name was American Gangster. Woe, I loved that kennel name. I looked up all the old gangster names and came up with "BIG LOU." Way disappointing when they were supposed to send him on a plane to us, their kids hurt Lou. Pamela couldnt send a injured pup so we got his litter brother she wanted to keep and show and breed him after he finished. He was called American Pride which was ok I guess and he ended up being really big too. Still, I wish I could have seen Big Lou. Sundance is a big cuddle dog.
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Posted 21 June 2017 - 12:25 AM

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I worked with a Steve at Havelock and his daughter married a person named Guy. He told me a relative named their son, Boy and he had a dog named Dog. We only had one son and my wife insisted his name would be John because that was her dads name and she lost him to a airplane crash when she was 13. So that was easy. To me, dogs are harder to come up with great names. My first Doberman was easy though. I got him at one year old and he already was named Gunner. Loved that name. We were supposed to get Sundance's litter brother which was the biggest male and his kennel name was American Gangster. Woe, I loved that kennel name. I looked up all the old gangster names and came up with "BIG LOU." Way disappointing when they were supposed to send him on a plane to us, their kids hurt Lou. Pamela couldnt send a injured pup so we got his litter brother she wanted to keep and show and breed him after he finished. He was called American Pride which was ok I guess and he ended up being really big too. Still, I wish I could have seen Big Lou. Sundance is a big cuddle dog.



I couldn't even tell you what Bellas registered name is!!
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Posted 21 June 2017 - 05:04 AM

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I couldn't even tell you what Bellas registered name is!!


Not to veer too much from dog names, but it does seem(in my family at least) that this generation IS coming up with unusual names for their kids. One grandnephew named his now six month old son "Lincoln". I tease him about it. Ask him things like "Which president are you gonna name your NEXT son after?" And then suggest "Ike". ;)

A grandniece is naming her soon to be 3rd daughter "London" I tease HER about it insisting, "Her MIDDLE name has GOT to be "FOG"!" [flapper]

They too, know I'm only "funnin' " with them, so they don't get mad. :)
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Posted 21 June 2017 - 11:14 PM

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I couldn't even tell you what Bellas registered name is!!

I'm willing to bet it's: "Miss Cutie Pie" ha ha.

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Not to veer too much from dog names, but it does seem(in my family at least) that this generation IS coming up with unusual names for their kids. One grandnephew named his now six month old son "Lincoln". I tease him about it. Ask him things like "Which president are you gonna name your NEXT son after?" And then suggest "Ike". ;)

A grandniece is naming her soon to be 3rd daughter "London" I tease HER about it insisting, "Her MIDDLE name has GOT to be "FOG"!" [flapper]

They too, know I'm only "funnin' " with them, so they don't get mad. :)
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Kids today do come up with strange names. John wanted weird names at first. He wanted to call Grayson "Rodney Dangerfield then last name. Then he came up with all President names. Wanted to name him Lincoln. Mom won out with Grayson. So with the girl she wanted Madison and we loved that name. John won out with Reagan after president "Ronald Reagan." Kids either love or hate their name. I had my dads full name and mom and I both hate it. So she called me Butch from birth. I used to pi$$ dad off by telling him I was going to change my name to Butch. Lol Posted Image
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Posted 22 June 2017 - 04:22 AM

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I'm willing to bet it's: "Miss Cutie Pie" ha ha.


Kids today do come up with strange names. John wanted weird names at first. He wanted to call Grayson "Rodney Dangerfield then last name. Then he came up with all President names. Wanted to name him Lincoln. Mom won out with Grayson. So with the girl she wanted Madison and we loved that name. John won out with Reagan after president "Ronald Reagan." Kids either love or hate their name. I had my dads full name and mom and I both hate it. So she called me Butch from birth. I used to pi$$ dad off by telling him I was going to change my name to Butch. Lol Posted Image


Yeah, sometimes even in earler generations names were troublesome. My MOM was hoping for girls when both my brother and then I were born. She had names picked out( never knew what they were though) and when my brother was born, our uncle Leonard, my "bio-dad's" brother and a guy everybody had a soft spot for, was commited to an alcoholic sanitorium, and since my Mom also liked the name, my Mom named my brother Leonard. ME however, am a different story.

Hoping for a girl again( and Mom just recently divorced from "bio-dad") didn't even CONSIDER a boy's name "just in case", so all the maternity nurses, at her request, put THEIR favorite boy's names on little slips of paper and she drew it out of a nurse's cap. For YEARS(and to tease me) she always told the tale that she drew the name from all those pieces of paper put in a BED PAN. ;) The 2nd pick became my MIDDLE name. I could have easily became GARY Kenneth instead of the other way 'round.
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Posted 22 June 2017 - 09:47 PM

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Yeah, sometimes even in earler generations names were troublesome. My MOM was hoping for girls when both my brother and then I were born. She had names picked out( never knew what they were though) and when my brother was born, our uncle Leonard, my "bio-dad's" brother and a guy everybody had a soft spot for, was commited to an alcoholic sanitorium, and since my Mom also liked the name, my Mom named my brother Leonard. ME however, am a different story.

Hoping for a girl again( and Mom just recently divorced from "bio-dad") didn't even CONSIDER a boy's name "just in case", so all the maternity nurses, at her request, put THEIR favorite boy's names on little slips of paper and she drew it out of a nurse's cap. For YEARS(and to tease me) she always told the tale that she drew the name from all those pieces of paper put in a BED PAN. ;) The 2nd pick became my MIDDLE name. I could have easily became GARY Kenneth instead of the other way 'round.
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So Ken it is!
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Posted 22 June 2017 - 10:12 PM

Two of my closest friends are named Ken. The first one I grew up with next door to us. He was killed in Vietnam as well as his brothers. The other one I worked with at the railroad and we used to work out together at the gym.
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Posted 23 June 2017 - 05:00 AM

We Kens take our share of good natured "abuse". If only I had a DIME for every time I heard someone ask, "Where's BARBIE?" :rolleyes: And of course, the occasional, "Is it true you DON'T have any genitalia?" [flapper] [flapper]

And it didn't help any that my first wife WAS a long haired, long legged well built BLONDE. ;)

Too bad about your friend though. AND his brothers. But, I thought the "Sullivan law" eliminated that possibility.
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Posted 23 June 2017 - 09:37 PM

Not sure how it happened. I remember his older brothers dying in the military and he was always bent on going to get revenge. He refused to take no so somehow he must have worked it out. I was told he died way back after that war. I just remember him always telling me he was going to go and kill as many as he could to get revenge of his brothers. I didn't think they would take the Mothers last son either. Speaking of guard dog, how does Bella handle a big poisonous snake slithering on the property close to the house? Does she know better not to attack it?
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