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3/6/11 1:55 P

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When I first got Roxie, she was only 4 weeks old and I had to go to FL for work a couple months later. She was chewing (I said she was "teething") and still had occasional accidents, so I didn't feel comfortable leaving her with my parents or friends. I went to a local kennel and they were SO nice. I felt so comfortable leaving her there, and they said, we could save you some time and money if you want us to give her "boot camp" training while she's here. I was gone for a week and was afraid she wouldn't remember me when I got back. When I returned, she had learned to sit and stay and walk on a leash. And of course, she remembered me and came running and jumping and licking me as soon as I came through the door.
(There's a pic posted on the team photo stream if you want to see her (I labeled it "I came home and found my best friend in bed with my husband" Cause they were snuggling.)
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My husband is semi retired and works out of the house. He is always there for our furbuddies. On the occasions he has to be out of town, I usually take the day[s] off. This comming Monday though we actually have to leave them at a dog sitter. She is licenced, we have visited her home twice and introduced her to our kids and vice versa, and you can bet I'll be on the phone to her.

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He,he, Sara, there you touched another hot button! emoticon
I have a hard time leaving all my animals alone. It's a mix of not wanting to pay the money that it would cost for someone to basically live at our house and not being sure if I'd find someone who would patiently deal with all their ideosyncrasies, different foods and schedules. We have dogs, cats, ducks, rabbits and a horse.
Fortunately we live in an area that's as nice as where many people would go on vacation.

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3/4/11 12:43 A

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I do pretty much everything everyone has already mentioned. My babies get to lick the plates clean when we're done with dinner. They sleep in the bed with us, our jack russell actually sleeps under the covers with us sandwiched between us. I can't even sleep without her anymore. If I nap on the couch in the afternoon she crawls up in my arms and I hold her like a baby while I nap (we're a little co-dependent if you couldn't tell.)

My jack and my lab are both big time kissers, I'm just happy neither of them are slobbery dogs lol.

I hate leaving them alone, last time we had to go out of town I wrote two pages of instructions for the people we left them with and called about 20 times over the course of 4 days.

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Birgit, they know you are the leader, that is why you don't have to huff and puff all the time. My husband, though he loves the furkids to death, is very hyper around them. I don't say much, but they all follow me like little lambs (Ok most of the time :)

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Ya'll are putting a smile on my face. I am the only "major" animal lover in my family. Nobody in my family completely understands me. I'm sure they think I have lost my mind years ago. That's their problem hehe..

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What a bunch of crazy people you all are, emoticon isn't there anyone normal? emoticon
Who has made a cake for their dog's birthday, and what flavor did you make it?
We've had liver cake and the whole house reeked for a week after having that in the oven.

Another thing that happens at our house a lot is slightly oversized lapdogs wanting to help when I'm on the computer. My 24 inch tall 45 lb. whippet boy thinks he is still a 7 lb. puppy and just "sat" on my lap. He usually just drapes his upper body over my legs but today he decided to step up with his hindlegs, too, big baby. He's a bit jealouse of our 4 month-old puppy who has gotten a lot of attention lately.

And there is another myth: Humans are the pack leaders and therefore always have to be in control. Debunking this myth I would say that there are only few moments when it is necessary to take control and that's when there is a conflict within the pack or with someone outside the pack. All our canine pack-leaders have shown quiet confidence and only control things in rare circumstances but when they do they do it decisively. I'm the respected leader of the pack when I'm around but don't have to prove my leadership all the time. Most of the time leadership is by example among dogs and it is the quiet confidence of the leader that makes everyone feel safe and relaxed.

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My boy likes the lady bugs and I let him have them. So cute!

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3/2/11 9:31 P

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These posts are TOO funny!

I am guilty of:
Dressing up my min pin, Roxie.
Letting her sleep in the bed with us.
Feeding her scraps.
Encouraging her to lick plates and bowls clean.
Letting her eat bugs when she's outside!

And how about this one?
When I want the cats out of the bedroom, she "wrangles" them like a sheep-herder, although I usually don't want her to chase the kitties.

I wish I had video of her jumping in the leaves in the fall. She is a character.

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We stay home rather than go out too so we don't have to leave the furkids. Last summer we took them on vacation with us to a cabin on a lake. I bought them the cutest life vests so they could go on the boat with us. (Pugs sink like rocks). I don't like leaving them in the car and I almost never do, never when it is too hot or too cold and never for a long time. Usually we take turns going into the store.

And we have play dates when people bring their dogs our house. Mostly for my crazy girl, she needs someone to run around with


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Oh I do understand!
And when we go for a walk or to the dog park and hubby wants to stop at the store quick, I will not leave him in the car alone. I have such a fear of something happening to him or him getting stolen or something.
Anyone identify or am I nutz? I see dogs waiting in the car all the time.

* I draw the line at singing to him though, that would be cruel! emoticon

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"guilty" of it all....

* letting my dog lick plates before they go in the dishwasher (unless too spicy or have
forbidden ingredients such as onions)
* sharing bed space
* talking and singing to him
* getting take out instead of dining in because we don't want to leave him "alone"
* sending christmas cards with his picture on them
* flooding my husband's phone with text message pictures of his (dog's) day while he
(husband is at work)
* choosing "dog park" as our saturday outing so he can be included

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I heart dog people!

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3/2/11 2:29 P

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I am guilty of most things too! We use a king size duvet on our queen-size bed so I get some blankets. My one smaller (cattle dog) sleeps on the bed and sometimes even under the covers. Our Husky-Malamute mix will only come on the bed for a few minutes at night or come up on weekend mornings and cuddle -- she doesn't like being disturbed when she sleeping. Both dogs rinse our dishes before they go into the dishwasher. The only thing I don't like to do is feed them food from the table while we are eating, otherwise I know they would be expecting food all the time while we are eating. However, the normally lay on the floor by our feet and when we are finished eating, start staring at the empty plates LOL. I talk to them all the time, my mom and husband call them the kids. We definitely have "fur"niture and keep a lint roller by the door. They are both very spoiled!!

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@LadyJosielot,
What I have done for over 10 years is to get the leanest ground beef I can find. At Costco, that is 88% lean, when we used to go to Sam's Club, they had 90% lean. It is a lot cheaper at these stores than your everyday market. You can get 10lb tubes for under $2.50/lb. (I think, my husband gets it). To the raw meat we add canned veggies, spinach, carrots, tomatoes, sweet potatoes. Then rice, roughly 50/50. My husband does the food now, so he adds raw eggs, sometimes potatoes. When our English Bully was alive, she couldn't tolerate rice so we used couscous, you can also do oatmeal, but that seems like a lot of work to me. Some people recommend yogurt for calcium and probiotics. We make a meatloaf mixture and flatten it out on broiler pans. Our batch fills four broiler pans, and last a little over a week for 3 pugs. We give them 5 oz twice per day, but your dog is bigger so you will have to figure that out. We weigh the food carefully so we can adjust up or down, if they look like they are losing or gaining. Finally we do add a doggy vitamin powder The Missing Link. There are books you can get, and recipes on line. All dogs are a little different, but with this recipe we try to cover all nutritional bases. Plus, dogs are scavengers, they have lived off the scraps of human civilization for millennia. If you give them a variety you will cover all nutritional bases.

I should say that we cook the meatloaf mixture. Some people advocate a raw diet, but I think that spreads too many germs in my kitchen.

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3/2/11 10:25 A

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Can't seem to think of any doggie myths to debunk right now, but I can at least comment on sleeping with dogs and "fur"niture.

Sleeping with my Danes - no way. Now if I had smaller dogs or lived alone then probably yes. I have to admit, I wish I could let them on the bed because I love cuddling with them, but if I did allow it there would be no room for me or my husband!

Furniture - lol, we have a sectional and let's just say that I end up sitting on the floor.

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We don't let the dogs sleep with us but beside the bed on a cushy blanket. They are official greeters and if the dog doesn't like you we probably shouldn't be friends. They each get to lick a plate and then I wash it very carefully, what the heck. The house seems clean and I kiss Badi far too much really.No doggy clothes though when Badi gets a haircut I let him wear my sweater for a while till he grows back a bit.They give back so much companionship that they earn all the expensive dog food and drinking water we buy in 5 gal. bottles. Wouln't live without them.

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I pretty much "admit" to everything mentioned. :)

Hey KERSTIN814, can you share your doog food recipe? I've been looking for one for my boys.

Regarding dog clothing, my dogs LOVE dresing up for Halloween. My 90lb long-haired German Shepherd Dog runs around so excited he practically does dressage when we pull out the costumes. For the last 4 years he has been a fairy---complete with red sparkly wings and a red tutu (I modified a children's costume for him). He loves to show people his outfit. Both boys love to wear jingle bell necklaces around Christmas time, too. My complaint is that I have to make things for him myself, since XL and XXL dog clothing (of any sort) never seems to go bigger than a 40 pound dog. (How the heck is that XXL? LOL. 40 pounds is a smallish-medium dog.)

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We've had more than one dog for all of my kid's life and we truly believe that has something to do with the fact that my boys don't get sick. My oldest is 19 and I can say we've only had the stomach flu in our house 2 times at the most. We rarely have colds either and my boys ea had just 1 ear infection.

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Hahahaha, I have "fur"niture also! When we dog sit my stepson's Chihuhua, I have the cleanest sinuses in town!

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Why do we call it "fur"niture?
My doggie runs the house, and he knows it.
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I sleep with my dogs, give them cheese on a regular basis and let them give me "kissy" all day long. I have had my tonsils, nose and ears cleaned on a regular basis. They are great well adjusted dogs that are super sweet. I have also on occassion dressed them in ridiculous outfits that are too cute.

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I've knitted a dog sweater once. It was for my first dog when you couldn't buy a lot of dog sweaters for large dogs. Wish I had time for knitting again.
Concerning visitors our motto is: If you don't want dog hair on your clothes don't sit on the furniture.
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If someone is very allergic there is nothing you can do, anyhow. If they are just mildly allergic antihistamine will work. Vacuuming only makes it worse because then all the dander is in the air.
I will put my dogs in another room or crate or leash them in the house if I have people over who are afraid because they had a previous bad experience with dogs. It's my effort to be a good ambassador for dog owners and I hope it sends a positive message to the person that not all dog owners are irresponsible.

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I agree Electralyte. The only time I put them in the sun room is if there is a repair guy coming. I don't want to pay for him playing with my dogs and they won't leave him alone for 5 seconds! : )

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I refuse to put Lenny in a bedroom when company comes! Don't want my dog to lick you? sniff you? or ask to be petted? Your "allergic" you say? Tuff crap! Stay home then!
This is his house and he is part of the family and I will not make him go be alone. Nobody's visit is that important to me. emoticon

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Our two boys are champion competitive indoor pee'rs, so they have to wear belly bands made out of denim. We tell they they have to put on their "cool pants" and they wag their butts and look so proud and happy. : )

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I have taken up knitting lately and just got a pattern book for knitting dog sweaters. Short coated Dals get cold in the winter here. emoticon

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How about clothing for dogs?
My short-coated dogs get cold when the temps dip below freezing. We put horse-blanket-style and water-proof coats on them that are easily adjustable with velcro over the chest and under the belly. Our heavy-coated dogs don't need coats. The other day we had -10 F and nobody wanted to go out, coat or no coat. You can't protect ears and tails from frostbite when it gets really cold.
The one type of dog coat that drives me absolutely crazy is the kind with arm holes in front. They take forever to take on and off.

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Hey there is nothing crazy about talking to your dogs. I do it all the time and Im sure that they understand just cant answer us back.

In regards to a bed getting bigger, we had a king size bed which seemed small when 3 of our 4 dogs were sleeping with us. So we add a twin size addition on my husband side of the bed. Then the fourth dog decided he didnt want to sleep alone and just recently added an additional twin bed on my side. We have a room of bed.

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This thread makes me smile. Thank you!

First of all...I think half the reason my dishes are so spotless is because Sadie and Chico help me load the dishwasher each time...and by help, I mean lick like crazy as I put the dishes in.
And honestly the BF and I just bought a bigger bed so that Sadie and Chico can both sleep in bed. Before one would be in bed and one would be on the chair next to the bed. Honestly...I like sleeping with them. When I nap on the couch, Chico usually curls up in front of me.

And call me crazy, but I talk to the dogs all the time. :)

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Louanne, please post those pictures, I am laughing out loud just imagining them. If I had a Great Dane, I probably wouldn't sleep with him either, as it is, with 3 pugs, we barely have any space in the bed, nor covers!

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My two dog Tommy and M sleep with me when I take my naps for work but when I'm off they have their own couch in my fiance and I's bedroom. What things do we do with our dog well its mainly for entertainment but every spring our backyard floods so it looks like a lake. we stick our great dane tommy and puggle m in the boat and push em out to "sea" lol and our gizmo *husky* pulls em around or just runs thru the water. Its very entertaining and we get great pictures emoticon



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Awesome thread! I saw that thing about not sleeping with your dogs. Royals in the olden times used to sleep with their dogs so the dogs would get their fleas, not the other way around. Cowboys used to sleep with their dogs to stay warm out on the range. A "three dog night" was really a cold night. We sleep with our dogs, kiss them on the lips, feed them off the table, AND the greatest sin of all, we make our own dog food. I have for over 10 years and to this day I get funny looks and comments about their weight and poop. My three dogs are perfect weight and have perfect poops and shiny coats, not so when I used to feed them commercial food. Lemme see, what else do we do, I am sure I will think of something : ) Oh yeah, I put a little garlic powder in their dog food! Egads! Can't wait to hear what other people do.

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The latest is don't sleep with your dogs. We have been sleeping with our dog(s) for 30 years. It's part of our enjoying our dogs.

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I wanted to create a place where you can share your experiences about how you live with your dogs. This includes all the things that you are not "supposed" to do, because many of those things are actually just personal choice. Anything's fair game to discuss as long as it's not unkind to people or dogs. Have fun with it. emoticon

Here is one of my favorites:
-Don't feed your dog off the table. It will teach them to beg.-
This one always makes me laugh. Did whoever came up with that honestly think that dogs would not think of begging on their own. All the behaviors that we call begging are the same behaviors that newborn puppies employ to get their Mom to let them nurse. Pawing, whining, the sad puppy eyes...
We feed our dogs from the table all the time. It's a good way to remind myself to eat healthy food (if I wouldn't feed it to my dog I probably shouldn't be eating it, either, with few exceptions like chocolate) and to stop when I'm full (the dogs help me empty my plate and I don't have to waste the food). Most healthy people food is actually healthier for dogs than some of the highly processed kibble that comes in big bags. Just start reading the labels.
Even letting dogs lick your plate is not a problem if your dishwasher has a sani-rinse option. Germs are everywhere and the average dish sponge has many times the number of dangerous germs as your dog's tongue.
Our dogs feel included if they get to have some of our food. It strengthens our bond with them.
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If you are annoyed by dogs begging during meal times you can just put them in another room.

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Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 3/1/2011 (12:04)
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