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    Quote Originally Posted by Bohemiannic View Post
    All dogs are beautiful in their own way. In regards to SBTs, they certainly do crave human attention. In my life, I have had a few dogs, the first being a Cattle Dog x Beagle who thought she was my mother and protector (Dad got her when I was 3 mths old), that old girl lived to just short of her 21st birthday (human years) and totally craved human interaction with her family! My next dog was a pure bred catttle dog who was a little silly and aloof, but when it came to birthing her puppies, she wouldn't unless she could lay across my legs between each pup! At the same time I had a Silky who loved attention on her terms. Next came the German Shepherd. Big tuff boy who wanted to be by my side at all times and after a while came Ralph (SBT), who was happy to be with either the cats or the German Shepherd or us, he didn't really care. But when the German Shepherd was ran over and killed, Ralph went to pieces and wanted to be with us all the time. He would see us off to work and greet us when we came home, no matter what time. As soon as the back door was open he was there making his little whimper noises so we would pay attention. He does silly things to make us laugh, licks us when he knows we are sad. Has roast dinner with us every fortnight! So when it comes to the best dog as far as I have experienced, it can be any breed of dog, it is the bond between you and your dog that makes the difference!
    But I do love my SBT
    Exactly. But a lot of breeds naturally want human attention, just like the SBT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Disneygotpierced View Post
    Great post. It's about you and the dog, breed regardless.
    That's it! It's all in how you and your dog bond and share.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    Exactly. But a lot of breeds naturally want human attention, just like the SBT.
    Terry was a JRT and he absolutely craved attention. He was the most human loving dog I've ever met. A lot of people say JRT are quite territorial and nippy, so IMO it really lays within the dog, staffy or JRT, it's all about your relationship with the dog. Breed is totally worthless in that relationship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disneygotpierced View Post
    Terry was a JRT and he absolutely craved attention. He was the most human loving dog I've ever met. A lot of people say JRT are quite territorial and nippy, so IMO it really lays within the dog, staffy or JRT, it's all about your relationship with the dog. Breed is totally worthless in that relationship.
    Yea, people say that Terriers are very territorial. Dora can be quite a bit, but when she warms up to stranger its all good. She craves human attention too - she has to sleep in a room with at least one person, nevermind her favourite pillow is in the other
    She's always following me around the house, and is happy to just lie at the foot of my bed if I'm on it.

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    See Masha? It's all about the pup.

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    I put coats on mine at winter... to keep them dry (mainly for some unknown reason that unless they are sleeping they will not use the kennel...) To be honest though I'm sure they don't mind getting wet, they have fur... And my girl has a cool collar thing she wears in summer to keep her cool, but that is for health reasons only... The occasional dress up for special occasions I will accept

    Dressing them up to look like human children I believe is cruel, painting their nails, dying their coats and buying them purfume is a little on the outragious side but there is a market there otherwise they wouldn't manufacture the stuff... But... a DOG is a DOG no amount of clothing or purfume can change that. I'm sure these type of people are the ones who have the dogs with issues and the owners just say "Fido stop doing that..."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    As far as dressing a dog up like a barbie doll - I wonder why the RSPCA allows decorative impractical uncomfortable dog clothes to be sold and used but would ban prong collars or remote training collars?
    I would say because the issue is not really "cruelty or abuse" related. The issue with anthropomorphism is really to do with behavioural problems and the outcomes of such treatment.

    A happy balanced dog has its needs met. If we treat them as if they are a complete different species, and this includes behaviour management and training, then the end result is normally not a happy balanced dog.

    Dogs do not have the capacity of cognitive reason as we do. They are not humans. They are dogs.

    It reminds me of the recent attack by a tamed monkey in the US. The monkey, essentially a wild animal, was treated like a little human and this eventually saw it rip a woman's face off and almost kill her. Anaimals are not humans.

    Sure, there is nothing wrong with the occassional bit of fun for a photo opportunity or a fund raising event. But where do people draw the line. Today it is acceptable and becoming more so, to dress up dogs in cute clothes, tomorrow it may be dogs having their ears pierced.

    A happy dog is one that has its needs met. A sad person is someone who uses a dog as a substitute for their happiness and forgets that the dog doesn't get anything out of it. As I said, people dress up dogs for purely selfish reasons. It doesn't do anything for the dog, it only serves to make the human happy.
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    Excellent post Anne. This woman actually had the monkey drinking out of a cup and when he seemed 'sad' she had him on anti depressants. In her official statement one of her first comments was about her loss.. Look up the condition of this poor woman and tell me who you feel more sorry for.

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    brilliant post Anne i totally agree
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    I feel sorry for people like this in an odd way. They must be so pathetic and miserable to resort to spraying perfume on their 'daughter'...

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