OOPS! Just ignore the title to this thread. It should say thread 4 and I can't find a way to change that. Sorry!
We came from here:
Come On In and Sit for a Spell - Chit Chat Thread 3 http://cubits.org/gathering/thread/view/19293/
That old thread got too long so let's continue here in a fresh, new one. Looks like this new thread is stuck with the same title as the last one. Oh well!!!!
Growing up, we didn't have a dog or a cat until my parents got a dog when I was in college. When DH was a little boy, they had a rambunctious dog that he was half afraid of and then that was it, so neither of us are used to having four-legged companions. In other words, we don't know what we're missing. Dogs are great in so many ways, but I don't like the licking and slobbering. If I was going to get a pet that was more work than fish, I would get a cat.
I did fish for a long time but got tired of cleaning the containers. I also did birds with the same results. Got tired of cleaning the cage and the floor. We ran the gambit of pets when the kids were growing up but never got tired of our cats. The dogs ranged from not so good to marvelous and somewhere in between. One thing about a cat is the fact that you don't have to walk them rain, snow or heat. They never dig out or disturb the neighbors. Kitty goes unnoticed by the entire world except by me and that makes life easier than when there are other people involved. Yep, I will always have at least one cat, good Lord willing.
Name: Cheryl Eastern Ky Truth should be everpresent.
My BC is not the licking type but he loves to have my hand resting on him all the time. If my hands are busy he will lean against me for the contact. He is 13 now and my best bud. Cowboy, the guard dog, is different. He has to lick my hand a couple times before he will settle down and let me pet his head. He is 3 now but still a "wild child". He doesn't get the exercise he needs but i can't turn him loose because he doesn't listen and he doesn't listen because he doesn't get enough exercise. It's a catch 22. Maybe he will settle down in the years to come.
You need a little bitty dog not much bigger than a cat. Big dogs can knock a person over or off balance not even meaning to do so. Walking them or taking them to the vet can be a challenge also if they are like Jackie and get too excited under unusual circumstances. I don't do any of that over anxiety stuff with her but let Albert or my daughter do that part of the upkeep. She is a good dog and means well but just can't control herself when she gets over anxious. This is my grandson holding their lap dog. This kind of dog can be much better for folks who don't want all the bother of a big dog. When I am old and feeble, if I still want a dog, it will be one like this.
This is my son with the dog they lost shortly before getting the one my grandson is holding. It was a sudden death and the whole family was devastated. The new puppy has gradually filled the empty void in their lives with its darling puppy antics. There are three guys in that family and they always hold their dogs as much or more than my daughter-in-law does. Never figured I would ever see that!!!! The dogs were originally for my daughter-in-law whose health is not good and they wanted something to keep her company when everyone else was gone during the day.
My parents had a little dog and never took her for walks and hardly even took her outside at all. She must have gotten all the exercise she needed in the house, for she lived to be at least 15 years old. (I think it was 17 but I don't remember exactly.)
Name: Cheryl Eastern Ky Truth should be everpresent.
We have mostly had big dogs but have had a lot of mini doxies. They are full of spit and vinegar and have great personalities. Just have to be a bit careful with their backs.
Love those Yorkie pics. Never had one of those.
I have to be careful around Cowboy. He gets excited and likes to throw his hind end around. Gives my knee a wallop if I'm not ready for it. Galloway is very careful. I still miss my pit bull, Lil. She was a therapy dog for me before I even knew what that was. So gentle and caring when I had a migraine.
Jackie does the same thing with her rear end. It is hard to describe but it can be really rough on the knees. I have bad knees to begin with and she doesn't help that any. I carry a long cane with me all the time when I am in the yard with her. As long as she is up and moving around I keep it between me and her. I don't have to threaten her with it or anything but just keep it between us. She can't knock me over with that rear ending trick of hers that way.
My parents dog was a lhasa apso and her name was Princess. She was prone to back problems. When her back would go out, she would shake from the pain but the vet would get her back in shape again. She really hated to be alone. One time my mom and dad and siblings went to New Jersey for a few days and I stayed home. Some days I would go down to my aunt's house and ride her exercise bicycle, and when I'd get home Princess would be all worked up into a lather. Another time I was in the backyard and Princess was in the house and she tore open the screen door so she wouldn't have to be in the house by herself. (We didn't take her outside without the leash because she would immediately run out into the street.) Her various behavioural quirks led my mom to think that she was probably taken from her mom and litter too young.
I have never had alhasa apso but hear they are sweet dogs. Are they more prone to have back problems that some other dogs? I know that dachshunds are definitely noted for having such problems. I think I would be worried silly all the time that one would have a back that would go bad. I have a cousin that had that happen and she spent a fortune for surgery and therapy for that doggie. I know that the poor thing had arthritis in his back after that. No way could I stand knowing it was hurting all the time!!!
I don't know if lhasas are prone to back problems or not. I would suspect so, since they are kind of long and low. Have you ever watched Dogs 101 on Animal Planet? It seems that a lot of purebreds are prone to some kind of health problems. I'd say that unless you are really hooked on a certain breed, just get a mutt.
Now for something completely different. These are two videos from Monday of a rattlesnake.
A mutt dog or an ordinary domestic short-haired cat are probably the best choices for anyone not wanting problems caused from too much manipulated breeding. It is sad that so many health problems come with many of the different breeds these days.
I would think that working breeds would be best left alone because they can't work well if they are overcome with health problems.
Changing the subject slightly......
Jason sobbed all the way from church.
His father asked him three times what was wrong.
Finally, the boy replied,
'That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home,
and I wanted to stay with you guys.'
Hi, anybody out there? Earlier I said that I was going to post pictures of the Christmas tablecloth I made but didn't know where the pictures were. I don't think I already posted them, so here goes. (My mom has a big table.)
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