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    Started by laughing myself silly along with Choppa (with, not at) and then i shut up quick smart.

    There was only ever one dog, one in a million, I have treated differently to all the others. I know what you're saying Choppa, and yes, I think the emotional relationship is also something that affects how we treat our dog/s - more dog, or more human.

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    Hey Devil's Adv...
    Bit of a hard question to answer, it really depends on your definition/perception...the dog itself...

    Choppa!
    I hear you! Loppy and Misi are very alike.
    Ohhhh, those looks to tell you their heart is breaking before you walk out the door. The 'wine barrel' body laying right next to you, snoring in your ear. The ever so expressive face and body language that make you doubt she's a dog. The intelligence that makes you think that her IQ has to be way higher than some peoples.
    As for Lola, well, after working with her on a few issues, I've only just realized how much of a bond we have. She's my shadow, protector and the most affectionate dog, smart and eager to please.
    - Yes! They live inside
    - Have their own sofa and sleep next to me at night
    - They eat good quality food, and sometimes eat better than me
    - They get toys and Misi has clothes. She does get so cold in winter. She does!

    Both Misi and Lola are obedient, happy and know who's boss. I often refer to them as 'My Girls' or 'The Girls' but they are not my substitute for children.

    My girls are;

    -My companions
    -Inspiration for my work
    -They're the best back seat drivers
    -The best personal trainers
    -They're my pillows
    -My tissues
    -My hot water bottles

    but most of all they're my best mates

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    Hi Magdalena,

    Hey guess what...just got an e-mail from new breeder. Other family still haven't confirmed about the pup, so I'm in with a chance to have a new puppy by the time you get down here!

    Trying not to get excited, but can't help myself.

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    Fingers crossed for you D.A

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    Quote Originally Posted by emma View Post
    Fingers crossed for you D.A

    Thanks Emma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Hi Magdalena,

    Hey guess what...just got an e-mail from new breeder. Other family still haven't confirmed about the pup, so I'm in with a chance to have a new puppy by the time you get down here!

    Trying not to get excited, but can't help myself.
    Hey! That's great news. Fingers crossed! I'd be excited too

    Ps. You won't be needing 'a stranger' anymore though...

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    All crossed here. Hurry up though as crossed eyes make it hard to type.

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    Me and my husband went through a stage when we were undecided on whether to have a 3rd child or not. I decided to get a puppy instead.
    He is treated like a dog but is still involved in family outings and lives inside. I do refer to him and my son as 'my boys' but I definitely don't baby him.

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    My dogs are treated like dogs and my cat is treated like a cat - however if I buy my kids a treat they all get one too. They sleep inside in winter but not when the weather warms up (they are happy with this). They eat their own food but do get leftovers that are appropriate for them, i.e spaghetti bolagnese (sp) but not if I had put chilli or onion in it. They get played with like a dog/cat but I am a little guilty of talking to them however I talk to anything or anyone that will listen. The dogs come with me if I am able but if not I am not concerned, I do not not go out because of them, I will stay out late and not worry, I will feed them before I leave. My thinking is as long as they are fed, watered, loved and played with then they are happy, they don't need to be or I think in most cases want to be turned into little children. HOWEVER I did know this lady once who had a nursery with mini cots that all her dogs slept in, they got pushed around in a pram, and they got fed puppy milk FROM A BABY BOTTLE

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    I think I treat our dog like a dog. She is an inside/outside dog, when she is inside she is not allowed in the bedrooms or on the furniture, and does not enter the kitchen but rather just sits outside it looking at you with big brown eyes happily thumping her tail on the tiles every time you look her way lol She also has two beds inside at either end of the house and generally curls up on them depending where I am at the time. She does sleep outside at night though and gets really antsy if shut inside for a long period of time, so I don't. I know there are many people who disagree with this though. I don't stress about going out and leaving her at home, but wouldn't leave her overnight unless I had to i.e. emergency. I do take her with me if I'm going to dog friendly places, and I'm known to encourage catch ups with mates dogs too.

    She is never fed from the table, or any people food, and always eats after us. I do though, consider her a huge part of our family.

    With that said, I do talk to her. Alot. But not baby talk, just general 'how was your day' 'feeling a bit hot are you girl' 'lets weed the footpath' etc etc etc I just can't help talking to her because she's always hanging around. Hmmmm I don't think that's overboard but then again I could be wrong?

    I will admit though that we recently boarded her (our first time) for 10 days whilst we went overseas and I did cry most of the way to the kennels to drop her off and all the way home afterwards! OH just shook his head sadly at me! The odd tear over the 10 days cause I missed her too..... although I am 22 weeks pregnant and blame the hormones entirely I also rang and picked her up a few hours early on the day we got home.....

    Hmmm okay so that's still dog treatment isn't it? lol
    Last edited by human bean; 11-14-2009 at 01:03 PM.

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