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Australian Shepherd

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Australian Shepherds are easy-going, remaining puppy-like even in their adult years. This courageous dog makes a good watchdog for the home. Aussies are excellent with children, even with an active child, as they love to play. They are devoted, loyal friends and guardians, for they are naturally protective. Affectionate, very lively, agile and attentive—they are eager to please, with a sixth sense about what the owner wants. Australian Shepherds are highly intelligent and easy to train. Though aggressive when at work with livestock, the Aussie is gentle with human friends. Australian Shepherds are not the kind of dog to lie around the living room all day or live happily in the backyard with only a 15-minute walk. They need much more exercise than that and something to occupy their mind daily or they will become bored, leading to serious behavior problems. Without enough mental and physical exercise and/or a lack of a true pack leader, they can become nervous and destructive if left alone. Socialize well to prevent them from becoming suspicious of strangers. Working lines may be too energetic for people who only have a moderately active lifestyle. Some like to nip people's heels in an attempt to herd them, and this behavior needs to be corrected, teaching the dog that humans are not to be herded. The Aussie is a quiet worker. This breed is not usually dog aggressive.


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Think for yourself

...tell the person next to you ..You Love Them.
Knock and the door will be opened.
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(10-09-2019, 10:12 AM)Frigg Wrote: A fine hunter, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is ferocious in the hunt, but in the home it is a calm, gentle, obedient, good dog. It is good natured, but some do not do well with small children because they may play too roughly and knock them down. They are intelligent, skillful and straight-forward dogs that are loyal to the family. They are brave and vigilant. Can be reserved toward strangers, so socialize well. They possess considerable stamina and without enough mental and physical exercise they can become high strung and unmanageable. This breed needs a firm, confident, consistent pack leader who can provide rules the dog must follow and limits as to what it can and cannot do. Meek and/or passive owners, or owners who treat the dog like a human rather than a canine will have a hard time controlling this breed and may also cause them to become combative with other dogs. When given what they need as the canine animal they will be excellent companion dogs, but are not recommended for most people, as most do not have the time nor energy to put into them. Ridgebacks react best to an extremely consistent and firm but calm approach to training. They are intelligent and learn quickly, but will be stubborn and willful if they are stronger-minded than the humans. Training should be gentle, but firm and should start young while the dog is still small enough to manage. They are also very good watchdogs, but not suggested for guard dogs. They are very protective of owners. This has to be addressed during their early training. This breed can be more destructive than a Lab if not given enough exercise and is not convinced the humans are his authority figure. Do not overfeed this breed. Provided this dog meets cats and other pets when it is young, any potential problem will be prevented. Ridgebacks make excellent jogging companions.

My last Dog was a Rhodesian ... I rescued her and she was the most amazing dog.

That dog could kill a bear... or give it one hell of a go anyway!   Chuckle

I have no idea how many possums she killed... many.

DID NOT like kitties but I will socialize my next one while it is a puppy. I got her when she was already 3 years old. Tough as nails.. Swam like a duck (webbed toes) never bothered by heat or cold.. She was a force of good dog breeding.

Super sweet and well behaved... unless she didn't like you or "sensed" you were not a good human.

Then.. Unbelievably fierce. You just had to see it.

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My Spazzy girl looked very close to this one.


When she was onto something...

More like...

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Just chillin...

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My sister has one.

She hates the mailman. Chuckle

She's an old girl now.

They went and got a pig dog...AKA English bulldog and they got along pretty well. They recently paid to "adopt" a muttly cat ... and the ridgeback protects the cat from the pig dog.
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(10-08-2019, 05:29 PM)Bubbles Wrote: Dogs are exhausting if you don’t have a nice yard for it to play in.. cats are easier. But this dog I have here is adorable and so full of love..

If owning a dog helps one live longer, I can likewise attest that owning a neurotic one of these helps one get closer to the grave:


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It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a
profoundly sick society.
   - Jiddu Krishnamurti
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(10-09-2019, 12:03 PM)Kels Wrote:
(10-08-2019, 05:29 PM)Bubbles Wrote: Dogs are exhausting if you don’t have a nice yard for it to play in.. cats are easier. But this dog I have here is adorable and so full of love..

If owning a dog helps one live longer, I can likewise attest that owning a neurotic one of these helps one get closer to the grave:


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Chuckle I have had plenty of kitties... Crazy ones too.

A couple of downright mean spirited nasty ones too.

Think for yourself

...tell the person next to you ..You Love Them.
Knock and the door will be opened.
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I had a neighbor who lost her husband. She just sort of existed but then she got a dog. It was a short squat corgi and they were perfect for each other. It was all she talked about. The joy on her face and I do not know if she did it intentionally but she started dying her hair to match her dog. Chuckle I do not know if her owning a dog increased the length of her life but it certainly made her blossom and come alive again.
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(10-09-2019, 12:03 PM)Kels Wrote:
(10-08-2019, 05:29 PM)Bubbles Wrote: Dogs are exhausting if you don’t have a nice yard for it to play in.. cats are easier. But this dog I have here is adorable and so full of love..

If owning a dog helps one live longer, I can likewise attest that owning a neurotic one of these helps one get closer to the grave:


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Cutie.. Heartflowers
I Am A Fringe Loyalist..
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(10-09-2019, 03:51 PM)Bubbles Wrote:
(10-09-2019, 12:03 PM)Kels Wrote:
(10-08-2019, 05:29 PM)Bubbles Wrote: Dogs are exhausting if you don’t have a nice yard for it to play in.. cats are easier. But this dog I have here is adorable and so full of love..

If owning a dog helps one live longer, I can likewise attest that owning a neurotic one of these helps one get closer to the grave:


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Cutie..  Heartflowers

He's monsta kitteh! See those tiles under him? They're 19" (48ish cm). Chuckle

He's a big lovey goofball. Lazy, clutzy, can't jump. And OMG is he ever demanding. But it's really nice of him to let us live here with him.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a
profoundly sick society.
   - Jiddu Krishnamurti
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(10-09-2019, 12:43 PM)Lily Wrote: I had a neighbor who lost her husband. She just sort of existed but then she got a dog. It was a short squat corgi and they were perfect for each other. It was all she talked about. The joy on her face and I do not know if she did it intentionally but she started dying her hair to match her dog.  Chuckle I do not know if her owning a dog increased the length of her life but it certainly made her blossom and come alive again.

That reminds me of a weird thing I saw a few years ago.  Was in a floor coverings store, and a lady was there with a brownish-reddish wash cloth thing, trying to find a carpet color match.  She said the cloth was the color of her dog, and she wanted her carpet to match the dog.   Drinks
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a
profoundly sick society.
   - Jiddu Krishnamurti
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#39
I had 7 dogs and just lost 2 in the last 1.5 years.
You may remember Little Baby Boo and my Big ChiChi.
What does having 5 dogs do for my life extension now?
I also have a huge 2-year-old Maine Coon Cat whos over 4 feet long from nose to tail and still growing. Chuckle
When people walk away from you, let them go. Your destiny is never tied to anyone who leaves you, and it doesn't mean they are bad people. It just means that their part in your story is over. ~TD Jakes
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(10-09-2019, 04:54 PM)CrypticMole Wrote: I had 7 dogs and just lost 2 in the last 1.5 years.
You may remember Little Baby Boo and my Big ChiChi.
What does having 5 dogs do for my life extension now?
I also have a huge 2-year-old Maine Coon Cat whos over 4 feet long from nose to tail and still growing.  Chuckle

You`re going to go to heaven for sure
Fuck That Shit!
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