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    Frosty is a long way off doing anything I ask her to... she's quite the reality check. You're kidding - no way am I doing that... Or excuse me while I go scold a crow or an escaped Papillion...

    I do sometimes persuade her to go fetch some other dog's ball that is floating out to sea - but when it comes to her own ball - I have to fetch it. It's my turn obviously...

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    PS if any of you are using your dog's name or your first dog's name for a password to this forum - you might want to go change it.

    Put some numbers of Shift+numbers eg #@)$(*#$ with it. Or maybe your heart-cat's name as well... or something - (I like this for passwords) something too embarrassing to repeat or tell stories about eg the first letter of each word of the first line of an embarrassing poem or song you like...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    People talk about their "heart dog" - kind of like a canine soul mate... not every dog you own is a "heart dog".

    I'm not sure if Frosty is my heart dog - took a long time to like her and it took a long time before she did doggy smiles for me. I will be upset if anything bad happens to her. And I currently regard her as my biggest teacher. Every dog I meet benefits from what she's taught me or forced me to learn.
    I think you know if you have a heart dog. I have also had a dog that was a teacher and who changed the course of my life, but she wasn't a heart dog even though I loved her very much. Of the dogs I currently have perhaps only my youngest is a possible heart dog. She follows me, smiles at me and is generally very tuned into me right from picking her up as a puppy from rescue.

    My others are terrific dogs and I love them all, but there is something very magical about the relationship with a heart dog. It is very special and revolves around that total trust and instinctive communication. The minute I picked mine up as a puppy we connected, I didnt choose her, so picking her up was the first time I had met her and it was amazing and it got more amazing with time. She was such a gentle loving soul.

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    My Dad bred and trained GSD's for the police force and also RAAF,,,,all of us kids had a dog that was ours. I had Wotan, who was my dog from the age of two and died when I was 17. The most devoted and wonderful GSD. I adore him and he me. We were a team and I am sure got up to a lot of mischief together.we always had a house full of GSD's, but we all had our own. For which when we were older we were responsible. I will always be grateful to my Dad for giving us the resposibility and education as how to care for our dogs. Puppy times were awesome as they were whelped always in the middle of the loungeroom with all of us around..........Now I realise it is the best socialisation these puppies could possibly ever have had. many kids, cats and all sort of other pets........A noisy lot we were. But happy times..........I still live with a pack of dogs,just a breed change as i did not like the way GSD's went. And becuase we live Rural and if a GSD would accidentally wander, he/she would be dead, shot......A newfie or even a newfie look alike not belonging to us and the whole district tries to return it to us...Such is life. I still adore a good GSD

    First dog my hubby and I owned was a Belgian Shepherd.....another awesome breed, she was a rescue, she was gorgeous. And we called her Lobo. We got her at 7 and we sadly lost her at 16. many years ago, but I still miss all my dogs
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    A teacher. Erm... Nero taught me that everything I thought I knew about dogs is complete BS. And that I'm not a cat person as I always thought

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    Charlie the cocker spaniel was my first dog. He came with a few issues - he was from a home where he got little to no attention or socialisation, and even when he was a lot older he would still bark at any strangers in our home. He never bit anyone though, and would eventually settle if the stranger sat down and ignored him. I was also inexperienced, and so did not know how to work through these fear issues with him.

    However with me and the people he knew, he was an awesome dog. He is the only dog I have ever had that likes swimming - he would dive into the water, even from heights up to about a metre! (The pup I have now seems to like water so I am hopeful that I will again have a water dog, but she has only gone ankle deep so far). I had Charlie when I was a teenager, and we always had a great time. Every day I would ride my bike with him to the river after school, and play fetch in the water. I do still miss him.

    However, I also know that we did what was best for him. He didnt live to any great age (9) and he was sick for a while. We (well mainly my mum) spent upwards of $10,000 trying to figure out what was wrong with him, but after a long time with no conclusive results we decided that it was kindest to put him down. And although I do miss him a lot, I am comfortable in the knowledge that we gave him a good life, and acted in his best interests. I do also think it helped that I had another dog at home. They are the best comfort anyone could ask for.

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