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    Default Dogs of Our Lives

    Our dogs, past and present, are a massive part of our lives
    I thought it would be cool to have a thread where we can tell tales (or tails ) of the friends we've had through our lives

    I'm fairly new here so I apologise if this thread has already been done


    Skippa - Fox Terrier X Cattle Dog

    My one and only childhood pet. We got her when I was 6 and she lived for 13 years. Even in her old age she was just as excitable and quick as she was in her prime. She could play football like no dog I've ever seen before for hours and hours. People would always comment and say she had a tiny little head or a big fat body, which I never noticed until I looked back at old photos and I must now admit she was a little different yes, but hey that was Skippa! Her favourite thing was to follow us around the estate on our bikes. She somehow always knew to stop and wait when crossing roads which I thought was incredible at the time but later realised it was 100% my mothers doing. She was very much an outside dog but every afternoon when dad got home from work she would be there just inside the back door, rolled over showing her belly, as if to say SORRY I KNOW I SHOULDNT BE HERE BUT I'M CUTE RIGHT - and of course she would get a belly rub. I miss this little ratbag all the time but am very thankful for her being around my entire childhood.

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    Great topic I was going to do something like this last week but never got around to it.. so I'm glad you did!

    My only childhood pet (apart from a few birds) was my parents golden retriever "Roxy", we got her when I was around 14, she's 10yrs old now. She LOVES swimming and playing tug-of-war but has had operations on both her ACLs over the last 2yrs so that has definitely slowed her down a bit! She livens up a lot when my pair come to visit though..

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    You can definitely see her ageing in these photos!

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    My childhood dog was Oscar the Border Collie X Springer Spaniel. He was a rescue, he was six months old when we got him.
    I wasn't born yet when my parents decided to get Oscar. My parents had other border collies (Patch, Joe, Max... i think that's all of them) as working dogs because we were dairy farmers. But they wanted a pet dog for my brother to grow up with, so that's when they got Oscar My brother was around 7 when they got Oscar and i came along a year after that. Oscar was a fantastic dog for both me and my brother, he was gentle, playful, loyal, basically everything you'd want in a dog. He died when i was about 10, so oscar was nearly 12. He had been suffering with cancer for a long time, he had a massive tumour on his leg and the options were to either put him down or remove his leg... and at the age of 12 you can understand why we made the decision we did. RIP old buddy.

    My parents used to clip him for summer
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    Beautiful boy
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    In his old age, sitting in the ute which we later named Dodge after.
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    We grew up with a german/belgian shepherd cross. He was huge and menacing.
    My dad decided he wants a guard dog so he didnt let him have much contact with other people, just our family. We loved him to bits,
    He was not social with other dogs or humans but he wouldnt harm any people as long as they ignored him.

    He saved my sister once - she took him for a walk (unleashed) and a guy was stalking her, he got close ad wanted to pull her, my dog came running.. guy climbed up a tree, dog sat under the tree, not letting the guy down until my sister brought my dad.
    Once, I took him to the huge park near our house (dogs are ok off leash there), he was running happily until he noticed a family bbq-ing. He ran to the bbq, lifted his leg and wee'd on all their meats! by the time I got there it was too late... what do you say when sorry is not enough???
    He was gorgeous. He died at 15 years old so he had a good long life.

    When my husband proposed to me, I said YES IF I GET A DOG. We went to get a dog and I left the petshop (uneductaed, would never buy a pet from a petshop) with a bunny wabbit.
    When we built our house, I designed the laundry room for him with A/C and a bunny flap to the back yard.
    He was a very spoiled bun.
    That's why my nickname is "bunny-girl"
    Bugs lived with us for 12 years.
    When he died I swore I will never have another pet, too hard on the heart for me.
    But we ended up having only one child and I thought he could use a soulmate, I saw Hooch's picture in a cage and figured - I change 2 lives. And the rest his history.

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    The dog I remember most from my childhood is our poodle cross. He was crossed with something like a Welsh Terrier, I think. This was in Belgium. My mum wanted to call him Duke or Earl. Us (Dutch-speaking) kids chose Duke and then called him Duck for the rest of his life. Haha!

    My mum brought him home when he was a tiny pup. No idea where she got him from. And our family (read: our parents) simply didn't have a clue about how to properly care for dogs. This dog was never completely housetrained, always pulled on the lead - I ended up walking him most - and was pretty badly behaved in general. But I loved him to bits. And he was very smart. I used to kind of teach him tricks and performed little plays with him. His favourite game was "find the toy". Because he was so smart you had to be inventive about where you hid them. He absolutely adored our cat and was devastated when she ran off and never returned (we were probably bad with cats too - we should have never been allowed to own pets back then).

    He died because I left the front door open and he bolted across the road and got hit by a car. I was about 12. My stepdad yelled at me for being so careless the whole way to the vet and back. It was a very dark moment in my childhood.

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    Love the stories. Keep going... I can't contribute unfortunately as Nero is my first dog. If I had known how much a dog ads to your life I had never waited that long!!

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    Who is that handsome Collie on the right of your photos, Margoo?!


    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    This was in Belgium.
    Belgium are going to dominate next years World Cup!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubberlegs View Post
    Belgium are going to dominate next years World Cup!
    Are they? I missed the qualification matches and haven't checked the news on it. The Wold Cup is the only sports event I EVER watch! I will get up in the middle of the night for it.

    Sorry - totally off topic!!!

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    I think they will! I wouldn't say they will win, it's hard to shy away from the typical teams like Spain, Germany or the Netherlands but I think they'll surprise a lot of people next year
    Been a rough time for them since 2002 but in the last few years they've built a seriously impressive squad...
    They've won 7 out of 8 of their qualifying matches and with only two left they've secured qualification

    10 starting Premier League players in their squad (including my boy Mirallas and now Lukaku)
    The rest are from big clubs in Spain, Italy, Portugal and Germany
    It's looking really promising for them! Would be great to see someone take over from the big boys!

    Sorry... shouldn't start... back to dogs!

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    I grew up with a lab/GSD X called Blackie (yes, us kids named him). He was a rescue from the pound and such a beautiful animal. Mum and dad didn't have much idea about dogs either, and he was never the dog he could have been, ended up being a problem. He was so gentle and loving with us kids, protected and looked after us with his very life. But unfortunately scaled tall fences when left alone, and developed a taste for cats. Our beautiful cat-killing escape artist ended up being re-homed (or PTS, I never knew - and now I really don't want to know). The most devastating thing in my life ever at 8yrs old. We'd failed him. But he didn't fail us, he was the beginning of my life-long love affair with mans best friend

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