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Fern
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PostPosted: 2010.06.15(Tue)1:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I have to defend the dogs here. I grew up with a Rhodesian ridge back as my older brother. As soon as me and my older sister were brought home from the hospital my parents laid down a blanket on the floor and let Bantu check us out. We could do anything to him and the most he would do was bump us and knock us on out butts when we got too rough, somehow we understood. Apparently he tolerated me sitting on him and beating him over the head with a plastic banjo, I have seen the brief video that my parents took before they got me off of him.
Once when my older sister was still a toddler she got out onto the pool deck, Bantu broke down the bathroom door and dragged my father out by his pants to the pool deck, he knew we should not be out there by ourselves.
Moral of the story, its all in how you raise them, If you introduce your newborn to your dog first thing they will more than likely protect it as if it were their own.
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PostPosted: 2010.06.15(Tue)1:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Nik. Long time! Sorry to hear about your fish-keeping misfortunes. I, too, have been on a hiatus and have trouble finding the time to visit the forum (and when I do, I rarely have time to post something Confused ). Little things in life can change and can cause you to go from 14 tanks to 2.
While I didn't have 14 tanks, I did go from 6 down to 1 over the last 10 months. I hardly have time for the one I have set up, too. I can walk by, drop food in the tank and that's about it. Luckily, the tank is near my workspace at home, so I can peek up occasionally from writing and enjoy some fishy behavior. Plus, I now have a dog and the furry guys certainly get/need more attention - So I know what you mean...

Glad to see you around! Very Happy
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PostPosted: 2010.06.15(Tue)2:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fern wrote:
OK, I have to defend the dogs here. I grew up with a Rhodesian ridge back as my older brother. As soon as me and my older sister were brought home from the hospital my parents laid down a blanket on the floor and let Bantu check us out. We could do anything to him and the most he would do was bump us and knock us on out butts when we got too rough, somehow we understood. Apparently he tolerated me sitting on him and beating him over the head with a plastic banjo, I have seen the brief video that my parents took before they got me off of him.
Once when my older sister was still a toddler she got out onto the pool deck, Bantu broke down the bathroom door and dragged my father out by his pants to the pool deck, he knew we should not be out there by ourselves.
Moral of the story, its all in how you raise them, If you introduce your newborn to your dog first thing they will more than likely protect it as if it were their own.


Our dogs are much the same. My son will crawl right on top of the dogs while they're laying on the floor, and they just lay there and take it. If they don't want him on them right then, they give us this look, like, "Help?" Or they run away from him before he gets to them. If he cries or when he falls down, they're right there, sniffing at him and making sure he's OK, and when he's crying for more than a couple minutes, they get anxious. Like I said - I trust them almost completely, but I still don't leave him alone with them for longer than a few seconds, because I'd rather not know if they can be pushed too far.

I do agree that if you raise them and introduce them to children early on, you're in a far better place, but I don't think it's foolproof.

Katie - hahahaha. XD That sounds fun. Especially for the dogs!! Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: 2010.06.15(Tue)3:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have three big dogs in one tiny house (one golden retriever, one golden/Irish setter mix and one blue heeler) and only one of them I would leave alone with a baby, Holly (the golden retriever) seems know that the babie is fragile. But then again, I'm only thirteen and when I am handed a baby I don't know what to do...
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PostPosted: 2010.06.15(Tue)3:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

my dog is very kind, but I wouldnt leave her with my niece. ONLY because she wasnt raised with the baby (5 months old now) and because my dog is... hyper to say the least. she would never INTENTIONALLY hurt the baby in my eyes.. but with her rambunctiousness, she could. I mean you ask her to "roll over" and the action takes up half the living room... Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: 2010.06.15(Tue)3:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

you guys are lucky with your dogs only being obsessive abut sticks and tennis balls. I have an australian shepherd that won't leave you alone until you hose her down with water. we use to have a pool and if we let the dogs in the front yard they would go strait for the pool. I all so have three dogs 1 full australian shepherd 1 border colli/australian shepherd mix and 1 miniature dachshund.

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I believe a few of his brothers and sisters are still for sale

are you talking about the betta? I would love a betta like that! yours is absolutely beautiful!
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PostPosted: 2010.06.15(Tue)5:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

A big Dog can withstand a small person very nicely but a small breed cannot. A child falling on a big Dog can be funny but a small Dog can sustain a bone fracture or pain. The only way that a Dog can fight back is by appealing to a nearby Human or with its teeth which is a no no.

It is funny to watch a mother Dog breaking up a litter fight by just flipping the overly aggressive puppy on its back, holding it and the offending puppy screams as if it is being harmed. It almost tragic to have a Dog doing what comes naturally, or at least what it was taught, suffer from the consequences of normal behavior. Humans do not have fur to protect from teeth and claws so what to a Dog is normal chastisement can become tragic to the family. Some breeds are very aggressive and should not be left around children especially non family members. It only takes an instant for a tragedy to occur.

I read (I think it was) the 1998 AKC Gazette where the number of Rotts was 109,000 where it probably should have been around 1,900. This is not to pick on Rotts but simply as an illustration of breed that I am familiar with. Every Bozo that I knew was trying to protect a stash and/or thought they were going to get rich selling Puppies was breeding Rotts. Protecting a stash may or may not be a requirement but Dog Show Sport is a very costly Hobby if it is done right and except for very few, selling puppies sucks as a business. All of the Rotts that I have ever met have been nice and gentle although these have been Show Dogs that are used to being handled by strangers. I would be leery of any mistreated Dog or a Rott that is a generation or two away from being flock guards. Approaching any strange Dog, out of common courtesy (for the Dog,) cautiously just makes good sense. Any Dog under the correct circumstances can be overly aggressive. So have a care; even smaller breeds can be harmful if not handled properly.
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Fern
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PostPosted: 2010.06.15(Tue)5:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes my betta, If yall would like I can point you to the lady who breeds them, She has a few show quality ones from time to time as well.
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PostPosted: 2010.06.15(Tue)6:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm kinda scared to ask but how much are they?
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PostPosted: 2010.06.15(Tue)22:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not very bad I believe $15-$20 depending on quality, females are a little cheaper as well.
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