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    Interesting morning walk today dealing with Oscar's increasing intolerance of strange dogs approaching him - only dogs his size or larger are problematical, especially if they just run straight up to us. Oscar and Saffie were on the leash as we walked along the cycle path close to some mangroves where people often camp in the dry season (they're called "long grassers" here). Suddenly a camp dog appeared from the mangroves just a few feet away, looked like a dingo crossed with something bigger and it was looking very territorial and stiff. Two steps closer and I knew Oscar would snap at it and who knows what its reaction would be.

    So I took some advice I got after our last bust up at the off leash beach, pulled my two close, stepped forward and yelled "stop!" then "ah!" each time the camp dog tried to approach. It worked, the dog halted, tried again, stopped and then eventually decided dealing with the crazy white fella wasn't worth it and we were able to continue on without it escalating.

    So I walked on feeling quite happy I didn't have to deal with a scuffle with a scungy beast and that I'd done my job in protecting Oscar. Then we got to a little beach, no one around so I let mine off the leash. Then I came around the corner of some rocks and saw Oscar and a large young dog greeting each other (it had suddenly come down another path to the beach). The young dog was being very polite and Oscar was good with that. He probably wouldn't have continued to be good though if the young dog had decided the polite overtures had been accepted and it was time to initiate play time. But it didn't get to that because Saffie suddenly started barking her "go away" bark at the young dog, something she never does! I'm sure she thought she was managing the situation by copying me and yelling "Stop!"

    The young dog ran off back to its owner and Saffie looked very pleased with herself. But I was left feeling embarrassed at would have looked like a perfectly reasonable greeting being broken up by uppity Saffie. Phew, can't win. A few minutes later we met a small dog and it was smiles and play all round.

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    Ha ha ...cant blame her i guess. Monkey see, monkey do kinda thing. "Dad will be so proud of me protecting Oscar" .....


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    My dog is evil for copying me... ok she's also reassuring I got your back mum. I'd have your front too if you'd let me.

    she was a complete honey goo today at agility competition - rolled over for the puppy (and then acted surprised when it dived in for a sniff - was a GSD puppy complete with crossed ears - so cute.

    Frosty rolled over for everyone and got lots of admiration... was good. She's sometimes not so good at agility comps - one time she tried to eat a bloke wheeling his wheel chair behind us. Fortunately even tho she puled me over she didn't have quite enough lead to reach and he got his hand out the way (tho I think that might not have helped).

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    That's very sweet. And I think it's always good when dogs communicate in an appropriate (as in conflict avoiding) way. It's her good right to tell someone to back off, whatever her reasons may be.

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    Sorry Sean, I should have said "white sheila" though that's not really used in the same way as "black fella" or "white fella" and they are genderless terms.

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    we had an evil hound fail today - she said she wanted to eat my cousin when he came to visit. She's met him before but not at home.

    All bets are off when it comes to visitors at home - go figure - not enough practice I guess.

    I ended up locking her in the car so she couldn't eat him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troppo View Post
    Sorry Sean, I should have said "white sheila" though that's not really used in the same way as "black fella" or "white fella" and they are genderless terms.
    Oops ...so sorry. Thats not the first time i've got it wrong !!! I remember you describing your job .... and silly old me just assumed you where a male. My bad.
    I'll give myself a uppercut for that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Oops ...so sorry. Thats not the first time i've got it wrong !!! I remember you describing your job .... and silly old me just assumed you where a male. My bad.
    I'll give myself a uppercut for that.
    No worries Sean, water off a duck's back as they say. After nearly 35 years in the fishing industry I've dealt with far worse than that. Just the other day had a young whipper snapper trying to show me how to tie a bowline. Didn't tell him I can do it with one hand, my eyes closed and hanging upside down from the bow in a 30 knot wind. Well, I might have a little trouble with that last bit these days.....

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