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Old April 19th, 2012, 03:42 AM   #41

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One of our dogs (dachsund) died in our pool. She thought it was a big water bowl. We found her when we got home. We thought perhaps she fell in when drinking and couldn't get out. The next two puppies we brought home (another dachsund and pekinese mix) we threw into the pool as puppies to teach them to swim but more importantly, how to get out of the pool (where the stairs were located). We also built a pen (fenced off part of the yard behind the garage) where we could keep the dogs when we weren't home so that they would only have access to the pool area when we were home

The second dachsund never took to the pool; I guess when you don't have much of a leg, its hard to swim. The other one loved it. She had her own raft and loved to float around the pool. When she tired of that, she would jump off and swim in to the stairs and get out on her own.

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Old April 19th, 2012, 07:40 AM   #42

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One of our dogs (dachsund) died in our pool. She thought it was a big water bowl. We found her when we got home. We thought perhaps she fell in when drinking and couldn't get out. The next two puppies we brought home (another dachsund and pekinese mix) we threw into the pool as puppies to teach them to swim but more importantly, how to get out of the pool (where the stairs were located). We also built a pen (fenced off part of the yard behind the garage) where we could keep the dogs when we weren't home so that they would only have access to the pool area when we were home

The second dachsund never took to the pool; I guess when you don't have much of a leg, its hard to swim. The other one loved it. She had her own raft and loved to float around the pool. When she tired of that, she would jump off and swim in to the stairs and get out on her own.

Sorry to hear about your pup. That must have been awful. Glad you were able to teach the others to swim though. I can see where that would be a problem with dachshunds. Piper just took naturally to the pond. The day I brought her home at 8 months old she went right up to the edge and kind of half fell, half jumped in. I immediately grabbed her and pulled her out. But the next day she went right back to it and this time it was clearly a deliberate plunge. She started swimming around like it was the most natural thing in the world and has been doing it ever since. And she particularly likes to show off her skills to people and other dogs when they came over to visit.
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Old April 19th, 2012, 07:55 AM   #43

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I like watching my pets do things they particularly enjoy doing. And they can be little hams too!
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 10:22 PM   #44

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There are a number of similarities between humans and wolfes. We're both pack animals, we pick leaders and maintain a social hierarchy, we work together for the good of the young, etc. I think it was inevitable that humans and wolves would find themselves drawn to one another, early man had to see the similarities and benefits...much the same as ravens and wolfes work together...the relationship helped both of us to thrive.
Besides both species being very social creatures, wolves and men also had similar hunting strategies. Wolves are endurance hunters who often hunt large game by chasing their prey over long distances, until the prey animal collapses from exhaustion. Humans evolved to hunt in the same fashion, before technology eliminated the need for us to chase down our prey.

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Old November 24th, 2012, 08:35 AM   #45

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Life would be unbearable for me without dogs. They like me, too, and often pull their owners over to get to me. I have a stronger affinity with dogs than I do just about any human. Dogs know this.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 09:24 AM   #46

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Life would be unbearable for me without dogs. They like me, too, and often pull their owners over to get to me. I have a stronger affinity with dogs than I do just about any human. Dogs know this.
I have been without my dog for a while now, I would love to get another. When ever I see a dog I have to say hello and make a fuss of them, its true dogs know and sense if you are a dog lover. I think they are very sensitive towards us and sense things that we can not sense.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 12:55 PM   #47

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Actually ,for me , the probability of crying is proverbially more when I see a dog suffering than a human suffering !
MAy be I'm cursed but I'm happy with it...
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Old November 24th, 2012, 01:12 PM   #48

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I saw a documentary a couple years ago where they speculated that some wolves became domesticated about 10,000 years ago when they would hang around at the outskirts of human encampments and scavenge off the leftovers that were thrown away. The wolves that engaged in this behavior were the more friendly and trusting members of the breed. Eventually they developed a bond with the humans, and the rest is history.

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I saw a variation of that. When one night the scavanging dog started barking someone went to shut it up and found the enemy were closing in on them. After that dogs were tolerated more readily.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 04:23 PM   #49

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a big dog fighting ring was busted today in nashville and the dogs rescued. unfortunately many of them will probably be put down. (pitbulls mostly) i hope the bastards go to prison. people that do this for entertainment and gambling are just scumbags!
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Old November 25th, 2012, 12:42 AM   #50

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Dogs are the greatest. I could be around them all day and couldn't imagine my life without a companion by my side.

Here is Anne, she's a Shetland Sheepdog I rescued from a pet station in Japan
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