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    Way back, when I still lived in Ireland, I was walking with my dog Chico off lead in a local park. He liked to run and greet all the other dogs in the park, but was always well behaved, if not 100% perfectly trained. He ran towards a lady with some little designer breed dog - she picks up her dog, holds it up in the air and basically panics, yelling as if Chico was gonna eat her and her pup (all before Chico had gotten anywhere near her). All this excitement, plus the fact that the poor dog was now up in the air and barking his little head off, got Chico very excited, but one call from me, he turned, ran back to me and sat in a perfect heel position while I attached his lead, then walked away calmly.

    Chico was a jack russel cross and only a little bigger than the dog she had and certainly never showed any signs of aggression. I was so chuffed at my perfectly behaved dog and even more so at the fact he showed off to the lady who saw a slightly scruffy crossbreed and made an assumption.

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    I get that quite a bit, Asrais. My dog is medium-sized though and quite stocky. She loves playing with dogs, but when I say 'leave', she'll just glance at them and walk away. It always does make the people who completely panic at the sight of her look a bit silly. But I do understand because there are lots of misbehaved dogs out there who would not come when called and it would be pretty scary for a dog owner with dogs who are scared of or aggressive towards other dogs. Only, panic is never the best reaction in my opinion...

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    I totally agree - you're never sure whats going to happen when your approached by a strange dog and I am always wary - however, usually, when one comes up wagging his tail and keeping his distance I don't worry too much. It was more the panic and also, the fact that she wouldn't allow her dog to be a dog - kinda felt sorry for it - I mean, what kind of life is it for a dog, never getting to sniff another dogs butt cause your owner is too scared to let you!

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    Sadly though it is a historical fact that a very small percentage of small dogs get attacked and sometimes killed by dogs on walks. And these are well noted in the media, so a lot of small dog owners think that this may happen to their dogs.
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    Loving these stories - except for the parts about being attacked by dogs on walks :s

    Well, this is an easy thread for me. I know what you mean Sean re having a physically superior specimen giving you a buzz - I am very proud of the fact that I own a dog that can outrun anything other than a Greyhound - even catches Whippets. I am proud of the fact that he is strong and brave and has defended me against 2 large men at night. I am proud of his intelligence and soulful gaze - his expressions have caused many different people to randomly say that dogs must have souls. I am proud of the fact that if I want to, I can show off with him like nobody's business (put him through an obedience routine - which I do in public often anyway to train under distractions) and people in the street will come up and comment. I'm proud of the fact that he is a great hunter and can catch rabbits and birds (and larger prey too - we just don't allow that because it's risky) but that I can bring home a tiny kitten and not have to worry at all. But most of all, I'm proud of him for his temperament. He has been attacked by drunk men, attacked (and nearly killed as a puppy) by bully type dogs on multiple occasions and seen me nearly attacked by 2 men (who we later found out had killed and raped 3 women) and yet he has no issues, he's not even suspicious of strange dogs or people (unfortunately I can't say the same for myself anymore ). He loves people and other dogs and there seems to be no limit to how many and how much he can love. He is just a really good dog and I am so proud of him.

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    Well I would like to say it was Missy at her class this morning--but really cant! But then again, she was pretty dam cute. At least she wasn't antagonist and just wanted to be friends. It was just that she wanted to be friends with everyone! There is not a mean bone in that "little" lab body--and I am just proud to be her Mum.
    Last edited by Dusker; 04-22-2012 at 05:02 PM.

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    It's really beautiful when people find the right dogs for them - whatever that may be.

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    99bottles, I can relate to the running. My old dog Luna was a great sprinter. And even though I tried to prevent her from chasing roos (well, eventually I did, when I realised she could actually catch them!), I remember some of the times I watched her in full sprint chasing a mob of roos and it was such an absolutely beautiful sight. We had a ritual where I used to race her from the oval at the end of our street to home. With me on the bike! I would just go "I'll race ya!" and she'd start sprinting. I had to pedal full pelt and she still usually won.

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    My proudest moment with Bernie so far was when he found a trapped Samoyed down a hole, and took me to it to rescue. Then allowed the stray dog to share his garden all day long, and just led next to the sick dog and cleaned him.

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    Pohm's proudest moment with Pohm, was in a counselling session, when a woman finally disclosed her issue, and Pohm chose that moment, to sit on her lap and hug the woman, who cried into Pohm's huge chest till spent. Brings tears to my eyes thinking of it. When this woman left counselling, she gave me a lovely card, and a marrow bone

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