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    Basset hounds. Endlessly entertaining and very socia,l loving dogs. They do shed with the change of seasons and although very intelligent can be very stubborn. Huggie Bear is very ornery and when frustrated will grab a decoration from behind the couch and throw it into the foyer.
    A dog is not "almost human" and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such.

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    I have 8 chihuahuas. They're all special but one even more so. He is my constant companion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose_P View Post
    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.

    That is soooo true (I raised/bred/showed before my accident) and when I was placing pups. I first told families the bad things about them. If the people still wanted one, they had potential.
    Not dogs for dumb people, the way to live with a basenji, is to sometimes outsmart them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RugosaB View Post
    That is soooo true (I raised/bred/showed before my accident) and when I was placing pups. I first told families the bad things about them. If the people still wanted one, they had potential.
    Not dogs for dumb people, the way to live with a basenji, is to sometimes outsmart them!
    Great post!
    When I was growing up, our neighbors (who, quite honestly, weren't the sharpest knives in the drawers even tho they were both college profs) had a Basenji, Red, & he was the terror of the neighborhood. The general consensus was that he was so smart that if he had something to occupy his time/mind/energy, he could be a great little dog, but he was bored out of his skull, so terrorizing man & beast alike was his only outlet. I always felt sorry for him. They weren't mean or anything to him... they just sort of let him co-exist with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blondeslave View Post
    Basset hounds. Endlessly entertaining and very socia,l loving dogs. They do shed with the change of seasons and although very intelligent can be very stubborn. Huggie Bear is very ornery and when frustrated will grab a decoration from behind the couch and throw it into the foyer.
    My Leo is half Basset & I can attest to the social/loving part. Also the stubborn aspect. My DS & DIL have a pure-bred Basset (a "divorce dog"... friends were getting divorced, couldn't keep Sky so my kids took her) who is a total hoot! One time we looked in & with her tiny little stumpy legs, she had climbed up on the dining room table & was standing there, big as Dallas! Another time, she saw a stick of butter on a plate on the table & when nobody was looking, she wrapped her tongue around it & we saw it just as the last of it went down her gullet... my DH still laughs about that. She also throws her own toys when nobody will play with her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbshobbies View Post
    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.
    When I was a little girl, my aunt & uncle had a Boston Terrior (Parker) who was just a total doll baby. He really was a gentleman! I've always loved them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rushdoggie View Post
    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.

    Who can resist the bright little faces?


    They are adorable! Did anyone see the episode of "Dog the Bounty Hunter" when Dog got Beth a Papillon named Delilah? Oh, it was great... she's a dog baby... she was playing with a June bug... it was almost as big as she was!

    The head of IT at my DH's work runs a Papillon rescue. I think right now she has 8. They're so sweet & smart! And you're right... who could resist that face?
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    Quote Originally Posted by carolynjo View Post
    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.
    @ carolynjo Did your dog do the Weaten Greetin'? Was a yard enough excercise or did he need walks? Beautiful dogs!

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    I have had several breeds and mixed. There was always something about each that I admired and not admired. But they each brought valuable companionship and that is the best of each.
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    We have always had boxers around us they are the most loyal, fun-loving, people with fur! They talk to you like you know what they are saying, Tobin will make himself a seat at a table (won't touch anything) he sits and stares at you as if to say what are we discussing lol When my daughter had a premature baby Tobin guarded him like his life depended on it, he would lay down right beside him.
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    My first dog after I got married was an Old English Sheepdog. not too bright but as sweet as they come. Then a poodle cocker mix that lived until he died of old age at 23! he went everywhere with us - even rode the trolleys in San Francisco. Charlie (my avatar) was the love of my life. half border collie and half golden. he was so smart and a handsome guy. He died at 12 of pancreatic cancer this past January. That was so devastating on our family I'm not sure we have the strength to get another dog although I miss not having one. Been married for 40 years and have never been without a dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cagey View Post
    My first dog after I got married was an Old English Sheepdog. not too bright but as sweet as they come. Then a poodle cocker mix that lived until he died of old age at 23! he went everywhere with us - even rode the trolleys in San Francisco. Charlie (my avatar) was the love of my life. half border collie and half golden. he was so smart and a handsome guy. He died at 12 of pancreatic cancer this past January. That was so devastating on our family I'm not sure we have the strength to get another dog although I miss not having one. Been married for 40 years and have never been without a dog.
    I'm so sorry to hear about Charlie. I know how you feel... when Yankee died last fall, I felt like a large part of me died with him & wasn't sure I'd ever want to go thru that again. But, then Leo came across my path & answered that question! In ways, I feel like Yankee sent Leo my way... y'know, still looking after me. "Mom is sad. She needs somebody to love & dote on". You'll know if & when the time is right. Until then, you have your memories of sweet Charlie. {{{ H U G S }} (from me & Leo)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheila_H View Post
    We have always had boxers around us they are the most loyal, fun-loving, people with fur! They talk to you like you know what they are saying, Tobin will make himself a seat at a table (won't touch anything) he sits and stares at you as if to say what are we discussing lol When my daughter had a premature baby Tobin guarded him like his life depended on it, he would lay down right beside him.
    Awwwwww.... how adorable! My DH works with a gal who has a bunch of boxers & is madly in love with all of them. I've never heard anything about a boxer in my life. I just hear what total love bugs they are!
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    Quote Originally Posted by burchquilts View Post
    ...My DS & DIL have a pure-bred Basset (a "divorce dog"... friends were getting divorced, couldn't keep Sky so my kids took her) who is a total hoot! One time we looked in & with her tiny little stumpy legs, she had climbed up on the dining room table & was standing there, big as Dallas! Another time, she saw a stick of butter on a plate on the table & when nobody was looking, she wrapped her tongue around it & we saw it just as the last of it went down her gullet... my DH still laughs about that. She also throws her own toys when nobody will play with her. ...
    I laughed till I cried at this! It reminds me of our adorable little cocker spaniel Roux. We adopted her from a shelter in 1989. She was terribly sick with parvo when we brought her home, and we were afraid she wouldn't make it. For weeks after the symptoms eased all she did was lie around. We knew that she'd finally regained health when we walked into the dining room ready for a birthday party and found her standing on the table lapping at a huge crater in the middle of the cake. It must have been that peanut butter/chocolate frosting. Oddly that didn't make her the least bit sick. She never got up on a table again that we know, but one time my DH turned his back on a large ham sandwich that he'd just constructed, and the next thing he knew it had vanished without a trace. Pickles, onions, mustard, mayonnaise, ham, cheese, bun - no evidence to be seen, and not more than a minute had gone by. It was either Roux's doing or he only imagined he'd made that sandwich. He was sure he hadn't eaten it himself, and nobody else was around.

    I would say that a cocker spaniel can be a loving, family friendly dog, but they tend to be stubborn and house trained only when it's not raining. The one we had didn't shed at all, but every 6 weeks she grew a grocery bag full of excess hair that had to be trimmed. I learned to do that myself. She was what is called a "sable" - colors that are not accepted as standard. It may have been the reason someone left her at the pound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carolynjo View Post
    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.
    Just wanted to mention that probably any dog breed you can think of has a rescue organization working hard to find homes for dogs who need them. Wheatens are no exception: http://www.wheatenterrierrescue.org/ (There may be more than one for that breed, but that's as far as I looked.) They usually have foster homes where the dogs are brought to live for a time so that someone familiar with the breed can evaluate the dog, stabilize any health issues, and write up information for prospective forever homes. There is almost always an adoption fee that covers the organization's costs in providing vet care, but it's usually quite a bit less than you'd pay to have a purchased dog spayed/neutered/immunized/chipped, which generally is what's been done by the time you adopt from these groups.

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    Irish Setters

    I am a lover of Irish Setters, have had 7 over the last 40 years. They are the clowns of the dog world and like me they are redheads. The last 2 were rescues. My husband and I have had 6 other dogs in this time frame also-mutts, German Shephards and Black Lab. We currently only have 2 dogs, Solomon (Irish Setter) and Lucky (Black Lab). All have had their own quirks and personalities and have been loved equally. Solomon even lets me dress him every year for Save Our Setters annual halloween contest and he has won the last two years as young Bill Gates and Sherlock Holmes. The last photo shows Lucky, Solomon and Bailey (passed in October 2011) at the beach.
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    I love my Old English Sheepdogs. These are my 4th & 5th dogs of this breed. They are loyal and loving, but are a bit high maintenance.
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    I have two Chichauha's. A female that is 5 years old and the best natured dog in the world her name is Daisy, the other is a little 3 year old male Toby. They sleep with me, and Toby is my little shadow. They don't know they are dogs. They have been my constant companion since my husband died 4 years ago. We had a black Poodle but I had to put hime to sleep at 18. It was the hardest thing I have ever done but he was almost blind. One Sunday afternoon he had sa seisure and I knew the time had come. I told him it was time to go be with his Daddy and I would see them one day. Pets are the best, they love us no matter what. when I get home in the afternoon Toby is scratching on the door to welcome me home.
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    The story of the cocker eating the sandwich reminded me of our St Bernard. One Sunday just after we set the table for dinner and had placed a roasted hen in front of dad's plate for him to carve, but before the family sat down, the dog looked around, thought he was unobserved, and while he stood flat-footed on the floor, reached out and very neatly picked up the hen with his mouth, crunch it once, and swallowed it. Then went over and laid down in the corner with a "Who me?" look on his face. Didn't disturb a glass, napkin or anything else - just ate the hen.

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    My favorite dog was a Shih Tzu we got when she was 2. Never shed a hair that I ever found, a great companion. She liked my mother and to go to her home. Mom kept her when we went on vacation and we stopped by to pick Betsy up, she was READY to go home. Mom reached in the car window to tell her good-bye and wow, did she about get her arm taken off! Mom never forgot that "thank you for caring for me!"

    We now have 2 JR terrier mixes and they are just plain smart, easy to train, love to run and hunt critters in the woods. Love them, but they are pretty much outside dogs and very territorial. I'd like a non shedder in here with me, but it won't happen right now.Here is the "boss", Lolly. Jack is out hunting!Name:  fall 2010 024 (Small).jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose_P View Post
    I laughed till I cried at this! It reminds me of our adorable little cocker spaniel Roux. We adopted her from a shelter in 1989. She was terribly sick with parvo when we brought her home, and we were afraid she wouldn't make it. For weeks after the symptoms eased all she did was lie around. We knew that she'd finally regained health when we walked into the dining room ready for a birthday party and found her standing on the table lapping at a huge crater in the middle of the cake. It must have been that peanut butter/chocolate frosting. Oddly that didn't make her the least bit sick. She never got up on a table again that we know, but one time my DH turned his back on a large ham sandwich that he'd just constructed, and the next thing he knew it had vanished without a trace. Pickles, onions, mustard, mayonnaise, ham, cheese, bun - no evidence to be seen, and not more than a minute had gone by. It was either Roux's doing or he only imagined he'd made that sandwich. He was sure he hadn't eaten it himself, and nobody else was around.

    I would say that a cocker spaniel can be a loving, family friendly dog, but they tend to be stubborn and house trained only when it's not raining. The one we had didn't shed at all, but every 6 weeks she grew a grocery bag full of excess hair that had to be trimmed. I learned to do that myself. She was what is called a "sable" - colors that are not accepted as standard. It may have been the reason someone left her at the pound.
    What a beautiful girl! I love her color! And what a sweet, funny story! My Cockers never shed either but we did have to keep them brushed & trimmed. But I found their coats to be easy to care for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose_P View Post
    Just wanted to mention that probably any dog breed you can think of has a rescue organization working hard to find homes for dogs who need them. Wheatens are no exception: http://www.wheatenterrierrescue.org/ (There may be more than one for that breed, but that's as far as I looked.) They usually have foster homes where the dogs are brought to live for a time so that someone familiar with the breed can evaluate the dog, stabilize any health issues, and write up information for prospective forever homes. There is almost always an adoption fee that covers the organization's costs in providing vet care, but it's usually quite a bit less than you'd pay to have a purchased dog spayed/neutered/immunized/chipped, which generally is what's been done by the time you adopt from these groups.
    I second that suggestion. Plus, the Humane Society (or whatever you have in your area) usually has purebreds, too (if that's what you want). The one locally will take your name & if they get a dog in that is the breed you'd like, they'll call you first.
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