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    On a personal note and completely hijacking this thread - I am so glad I have replied to this thread as it has just made me realise Java is the protector and Lulu is the carer! Makes me view Java's behaviour in a completely different light. Funny how being outside of something can make you see it so much clearer.

    Will view Java as less "naughty" and more "protector" from now on. I'm obviously not as smart as I think - it has only taken me 7 years ....................haha.

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    I loved ratbagjrt's advice. Often you just fall in love and the butting of heads is like a really passionate love affair, that is wrong but like a drug. You never forget that dog. The dog that challenged, and would die for you, made you cry, made you implode, slowly, over years, becomes your soul mate and when they die, you are just a zombie, when you aren't bawling. BUT if you have a family, and live in medium density, you have to avoid the worst of those chances - but I do believe those moments of meeting eyes are undeniable and I haven't walked away from one of those dogs - but I had the rural home to take chances.

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    I agree with so much that has been posted! I ended up with a dog whose appearance I don't particularly like. I like dainty, slender dog, yet Banjo has a chest like a concrete block. But personality was so much more important to me. I also ended up with a very licky dog. And got used to it. Eventually. Mostly. But every time I walk her and watch how well behaved and well trained she is and what an uncanny social radar she has with other dogs, I remember why I took her home with me.

    I also agree with taking overly positive descriptions of foster dogs with a grain of salt. Banjo's foster carer did not mention her jumping in the description yet it took us at least 10 minutes to even come near her because she was that wild when we met her. And it took months to stop her from jumping up on us and only now - 9 months later - am I getting some real control over her jumping on other people. It was worth it and obviously I knew she had this issue when I met her. But the foster carer did not volunteer this info in our initial chats. I did trust that she answered my questions honestly though, even if she saw the dog through rose coloured glasses. So I wouldn't necessarily not go meet a dog because they sound too good to be true, but be prepared to ask lots and lots of questions to get a more accurate picture of their personality and habits.
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    Oh and I adore whippets, but I only ever meet them on our walks, have never known one closely. There is one we used to meet on our walks who acted like a total nutcase though. Not just your usual running around like a runaway freight train, but he used to play with other dogs in a very rough way (presumably because he got frustrated with them being so SLOW!) and just bursting with energy and very cheeky.

    Someone here has whippets, but I forgot who?

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    What is the delay, at present, if you don't mind me asking? Are you waiting to go on a trip, first, or, move? Sometimes, there are elderly spaniel/spaniel Xs, that look as tho' they are basically walking, loving hot water bottles, and apart from picking up poo, they'd be as much work. They break my heart, altho' I'm not a spaniel person. I love the wire haired, street urchin type. (Which is probably a form of masochism...)

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    Size wise - I want a dog I can pick up and put in the car if I need to. And a dog that is not stronger than me when it comes to tug and other arguments.

    personality wise - I don't mind the greyhounds and whippets - but there's quite a few of these among my cousins. They do seem to oscillate between being cuddle monster sooks, and a bit aloof - but after a kelpie x (gimme a job, a job right now a job please, here's a ball, chuck the ball, not close enough - here let me put the soggy slimey thing in your lap so you don't have to move CHUCK THE BALL NOW) a bit aloof is a relief.

    Dogs with the most personality - are definitely the terriers. But that often comes with "independent thinkers" ie more naughty than other dogs. Depends what you want. I do love the cairns, borders, staffies, Bull Terriers, JRT etc. But they can all be quite naughty and often suffer from very selective hearing.

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    Went off browsing today, the other side of greyhounds, as pets, when you have a place where they can free run. Cult Of The Of Greyhound photographer owner of 4 rescue greyhounds. Great to watch, but choose the greyhound carefully... and check out the size of the hole dug and the explosion of joy, with digging. Oh to feel 1/2 as fit!!!!!!!!!

    What I can't understand, is why there were no shots of the greyhounds falling down the hole they dug...

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    Cult of the Greyhound

    they don't fall in, they leap in - and dig some more.

    This is why I love the beach...it's made for digging holes.

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    Not the greyhounds I know... If they can fall in it, run into it, trip over it, fall through it, fall off it, they will. The cynical me wonders if somewhere on facebook, there's a member's access only site, where greyhounds are running a Vet Costs Total of the Year Comp.

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    When i went looking for Molly i wasn't after anything in particular. The only two things on my checklist were - didn't want a puppy and must get along with the cats. If i felt that bond fine, if i didn't i just kept moving along to the next one. We found her pretty quick though i must say

    Can't wait till you find your perfect dog

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