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    I have two miniature schnauzers and two mixed breeds. I have a white schnauzer and a salt and pepper. One is three years old and the other is nine months. They do like to be heard. They are very protective of home and family. My two mixed breeds are layed back and very loyal. They are easy going and I think just glad to have a home since I picked them up along the road nearly starved to death. They complete my home.

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    1. Basenjis
    2. They have a mind of their own. Not why I chose this breed, but when they get wet, they smell like a wet wool blanket, not a dog. There is a very dedicated core group of breeders whose goal is to have the breed retain its original traits that allowed it to survive in Africa, and responsibly deal with the health issues in the breed
    3. One has to be one step ahead of them at ALL times. Sometimes training them to do anything is a matter of convincing them to do that something is what they wanted to do in the first place
    4. This was a pot WITH FLOWERS on my deck at one point
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    Boy, we did have a Basenji mix years ago, and she ruled the roost! Loved her, but they are a TAD stubborn. Our favorite now would be Border Collies. We have had two, and they are the smartest, most loyal, sensitive, intuitive dog - they'll do anything for you. However, I did read an article in a quilting magazine that a Border Collie would be one of the worst breeds to own if you are a quilter, because they need a job, or they'll find their own! True...

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    When i was raising kids i raised Boxers. Babies and puppies it was. When I lost my last girl i tried a few puppies people were giving away. None of them worked out.

    Then I found a mini Schnauzer! Now there is Max, Fritz and that ArkanSaSS Lizzie. She is my rescue puppy.
    All three are very different.

    Max is an aristocrat, bed decorator, and cringes when he does something wrong. His job is to keep our laps warm.
    Fritz, is my D_O_GEE. A hunter, quiet, my fishing dog and constant companion. He has been sick a couple of years now. Beating all odds of his cancer. I cherish every day he is still with me.
    ArkaSaSS Lizzie is a rescue from Arkansas. She arrived to cheer us all up with the cancer diagnosis of Fritz. She has done that and more. her favorite is Max, but heads outside with Fritz to cheer his hunting on. She is head strong and bit barky for us. She is the one who needs to be constantly reminded of what 'no barking" means. She knows, but pushes the issue. It took her only a few months to tell the boys she is Alpha around here.

    I love the breed. No shedding, those family members who have allergies are not bothered by these guys. they are loyal, loving, and protect too. Great with the grands too. they love people and I frequently refer to them as my "Walmart greeters". They travel well too.

    the downside, grooming. Especially x3. they have hair and not animal fur so they need grooming as much as you or I. Now I trim in between my professional groomer.

    My DH said, one more dog and everyone moves out. So I guess I am stuck with three!
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    I'm more of a cat person, but I did own a teacup chihuahua for 4 yrs. She weighed only 2 lbs. She never got completely house trained, couldn't whip her- you'd kill her! It was like having a newborn baby 24-7!!
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    I grew up with Collies, had a St. Bernard and now Golden Retrievers. I have loved them all but the goldens are so human. They are wonderfully loving, loyal and entertaining. We lost Ruby over a year ago and I can still feel her spirit in our house. She was our ring leader and since she has gone to the Rainbow Bridge our house is sooooooo quiet. We still have Lucy who is 14.5 but definitely more of a quiet companion. She is getting very frail and can no longer go up the stairs and we think she is losing her sight but she still gives us such love and companionship.
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    Over the years I've had many different breeds from Shi Tuzs to Greyhounds. All have a special place in my heart. We lost our last greyhound, Lizzie, my avatar, last October and I still miss her. All of mine have been rescues except for one Siberian Husky who was the dog from He**. I will NEVER get another dog from a pet store. The other Siberians were great dogs and one would carry on a conversation with you. You didn't know what she was saying but she would act like you did. The greys (I've had 6) were all 40MPH couch potatoes. Great companions but not guard dogs. The sable Shepherd we had was the guard dog. She was the sweetest thing until she sensed a threat to one of us. She never bit anyone but sure scared the daylights out of door-to door salemen.
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    I have had 2 part chow dogs one golden retriever and one black lab mix and they are such good dogs, train well. But I love my Great Dane and mini Schnauzer and Coon Hound mix too. My most troublesome dog was part Beagle and she was a wanderer, by time she died at 13 she have seen almost all the town I lived in at the time and spent nights at strangers' homes. As sweet as she was, she worried me a lot with her "walk abouts" as a friend called them. Only Beagle traight I do not like - digging out.

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    Cocker Spaniels. They are so loving, not much shedding and contrary to what some folks told me before I got one they are not dumb. We also had a sheperd mix that was great.
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    We had a Border Collie mix that looked a lot like Heloveme's dog but with a bit of white on the toe tips, tail tip, and muzzle tip. Her name was Matilda and she was the best dog we have had yet. She was found with 5 of her litter mates on the side of a nearby road in a box and when we saw the photo of them in the paper, we just had to go get one as we had recently lost a dog. She was a great companion and we could leave her off the leash most of the time. Her companion, another rescue 6 months later, on the other hand was a nut case but very loving and a good watch dog. Still, Til (as we called her) was our best dog yet. Don't have a photo to show. She has been gone for a while now.

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    Don't we all love to talk about our beloved pets. I have had many dogs over the years. All different breeds, all rescues. We had a collie when my son was small, poodle mix and my mother's poodle after she died, lab mix, doberman mix (about the time I was divorced). I never felt afraid to be alone when I had that dog. Now I have Missy whose mission in life is to play and have people play with her. The nicest dog I ever had was a mix who should have weighed around 15 to 18 pounds. He had such bad skin allergies he would dig himself raw. We had to bathe him ever two days because he smelled so bad. He was the nicest dog, never had a bad attitude, only wanted to please, and he never complained. Always asked if he could go in the car with us, jump on the bed, just so polite. He was on steriods most of his life but it was only a temporary fix. He lived to be 11.
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    RESCUE!! the best dogs ever-they KNOW they were wanted and will return the love-

    I have a Kelpie cross-my alpha dog, oldest at 11-she is from Australia and we brought her back with us when we moved back to the US-sweet, protective, great with the cats and loves kids.

    Our golden lab is a pain the the ass-she is a wuss of the first order-also Australian, she is 10-would be lost without her as she is the best cuddle dog ever-loving, a scaredy cat and lets the other animals run all over her.

    Just adopted a black and tan coon hound-6 month old and a holy tear-she is loving, active, drives the other 2 nuts and uses the lab as a chew toy. she wants to be a lap puppy and likes to chew on anything not tied down and then some. Smart but stubborn. Forgot how times consuming it is to train a baby!

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    Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are the best dog for me. I was nervous around dogs for years after being badly bitten by a friend's Afghan. No one could be afraid of Molly. She is 15 lbs of love, wagging tail and doggie kisses. Cavaliers are great with kids, not prone to barking and don't have a mean bone in their body (unless you happen to be a squirrel or chipmunk). They are smart and easy to train.
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    Please see my avatar. His name is Stitches and he'll turn 18 in October. He was a rescue. Vet says he's probably a mixed breed terrier. Personally I think he may have some Llaso in him. He is bright, loyal and wonderful company. It has been the most wonderfully rewarding experience adopting a rescue. I would never do anything but now.

    My favorite pure bred is an Olde English Sheepdog. I had two females, Sophie and Maggie. Lost Maggie to pancreatic cancer at 5, Maggie to lymphoma at 13. Very loyal, loving dogs. Sophie brilliantly smart. Maggie, ridiculously dittsy until age 3. Lots of grooming, need lots of exercise. Horribly prone to cancer.

    Also had a basset hound Beauregard. Very kind and gentle but STUBBORN. Loved him to pieces but he tried every bit of patience I had, every day and in every way. Believe I had Beau for 12 years.

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    My favorite dog ever was a Wheaten Terrier. I loved that dog like a kid. He was so laid back and smart! He knew what I was thinking before I thought of it. He was a hunter and a tracker but a real pussycat. If I could afford one again and if I weren't so old, I'd have another.

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    I love the Maltese puppies, especially Muffin, the middle one. They are playful but love to sit on your laps and just cuddle with you. We have to groom them because ours are dogs, not show people. They are so gentle and loving, greet people when they arrive and eventually just sit at your feet and leave people go. As a handicapped person the dogs are just so special.
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    I've had many dogs thru my lifetime ... collie, (1) AKC pomeranian, (1) AKC poodle, mutts, (5) AKC Great Danes, (3) mix Labs, (1) AKC pug. They were all my favorite when we were together. I miss them all. Not one was perfect ... well, danes are close. Just as our three generations of Labs of the moment are completely different and have their own personalities so are the different breeds. As someone mentioned, investigate different breeds to see which one might match your personality. Danes are the gentle giant, but they are big along with St. Bernards, mastiffs, etc. Would a small dog trip you easily? Would a GD knock you down? Pros and cons for all breeds. Research.

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    We had a Sheltie named Charlie he was the best dog ever, he was so smart and friendly he had many tricks he loved to do. sit, shake, speak, whisper, high five, he loved to play frisbee you would have to make him stop so he would not drop over. He would herd the kids when they were outside playing. Our Charlie was in the school play once and he did an awesome job. We would have kids (that we didn't know) stop by to "play" with him. We would take him for a walk and everyone would say hi Charlie. We lost Charlie about 5 years ago he was 14 1/2 and he had a stroke. That was a hard day. We now have a yellow Lab Elsa and a catahoula leopard hound Pippie they are both really nice loving dogs, and provide DH and I alot of entertainment.

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    Oh , gosh! I've had a zillion different dog breeds & don't know if I could pick a "favorite". In addition to rescued mutts of every stripe, I've had poodles, a Great Dane, a St. Bernard, a Maltese, Goldens, English Cockers, a West Highland Terrier & Cock-apoos. They all had things about them that were my favorite. My childhood poodle, Rags, & our Maltese, Morgan, were the doggiest dogs I've ever owned, My Westie was a huge dog in a tiny dog's body. My Goldens were just love bugs & super protective of the kids (we couldn't even scold the kids when they were in the house!). My mutts have all had their various charms. Yankee had more personality than more people I know. But I guess if I had to pick a favorite, it would've been my blond Cocker, Baggie. We didn't know it when we got him, but he was a puppy mill reject. We thought we were helping out a family who was allergic to him. Imagine our surprise when we saw them on TV being led away in handcuffs for puppy mill violations! He was my shadow & I dunno... he was just my boy. I was devastated when a wack-o teenaged boy poinsoned him (yes, this kid drove over MN to poison dogs in WI. And yes, he got caught & got the book thrown at him. But it didn't bring my boy back). Sorry, Leo. I don't have a picture of him on my 'puter but I do have pictures of Yankee (the 1st picture) & Leo (who is hunting moles in the picture... LOL! Hearing them in their tunnels drives him NUTS!).

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    For me, the best dogs are dachshunds. We currently have 4. Thought last week that we were going to have to put down our 11 year old Annabella. She is now diabetic and blind. Started her on insulin shots Friday and she is responding well. Have a blind female and her sister, a deaf female. They are double dapples and have genetic problems. Needless to say we had our male fixed after that accident. We also still have him. Love my dachshunds they are the most loving dogs I have ever been around. Got our first one as a rescue about 18 years ago and have never been without one since.

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    Papillons.

    I have had many dogs, and I enjoy active playful dogs. I have and love Border Collies too, but Papillons are my number one favorite breed. They are smart, playful, loving and very human oriented. They adjust their lifestyle to yours, relaxing when you relax, but ready to go when you are. Mine hike, swim, play frisbee, then cuddle on the couch the whole next day. Very few congenital health problems in the breed, and they are long lived.

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    Oh wow! Thanks for sharing all your furbaby stories and pictures! What a great way to get my morning going. I sat and read all these posts this morning and they all made my day.

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    Right now we have 2 Yorkies with very different personalities. One was a puppy mill baby & after 6 years we are still working to overcome the bad breeding though love & attention. She will never be 100% housetrained, there is such a thing as a "dirty dog" The other Yorkie is a sweet, smart loving doll. We have raised a Sheppard/Collie, Black Lab, Golden and Lhasa Apsos. Our favorite is whoever is living with us at the time. No doubt!
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    Boston Terrier. Good points, not too small, so kids wouldn`t step on him, short hair, never saw any on cloths or any thing. Smart, clean, trained easy. good with people, protective of family. Not so good points, we don`t have any dog now, Boston terriers are sooo expensive, they don`t live as long as most dogs because of siegures . They are called "a gentlelman`s dog", because they are neat & clean.

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    I couldn't pick among the various dogs we've had, each one someone else's reject, but the one with whom I will always have the closest bond is our little basenji, Rascal, who is now 15 years old. He was about 6-7 months old when we got him, and he had been mistreated by someone. He was terrified of everything, and it took months of coaxing and coddling to bring him around. He became my "baby" and the most endearing little dog you could ever want to know. At 15, he's lost his hearing almost completely, and doesn't see too well, but he still has a lot of zest for living and loves his walks. Because of him we adopted a couple of other second-hand basenjis, who lived to 14 and 17.

    I would not recommend basenjis to anyone who doesn't have a lot of time and patience. They're not high strung, but they're very active, and they need to find good ways to spend that energy or they will find bad ways. They are pack animals in a way that no other dogs I have known have been. One alone seems very unhappy and will tend to be troublesome. They evolved in Africa among people who have always kept them outdoors where they could hang together, and they are bred to flush small, quick game. Many of them will never lose the desire to catch anything that will run, and they are extremely speedy. They have terrorized neighbors's cats who came into our yard (exactly once each!). Our three once caught a squirrel. Of course that happened when the DH was out of town and I was left to deal with body parts. They've been harmless to our own cats, but the cats tend to avoid them on principle.

    Here's a recent picture of Rascal. He usually has his tail in a tight curl, but sometimes it unfurls when he's very relaxed or asleep. Rascal's current dog pal is Gracie, our sweet little cock-a-poo, and she deserves a lot of mention, too, but I'll save that for another time.
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