Given recent chats about Daisys new friend and my own friend and companion helping keep me sane through these difficult times I thought I would start a thread about our four legged companions, I had thought to title it about just about dogs but cats, rabbits, hamsters n the like can still be our well loved friends even if not quite as opinionated. My own friend Nikki, an aussie cattle dog cross (I think) is the 5th or 6th doggie over a period of some 30 or so years to grace our floors (and couch and bed at times) so I can fill a few pages here with recollections and pictures of them. Now where do we start, how many hidden pets are out there hidden among our handful of regulars and dozens of 'sandbaggers' ….... woof, woof !
Dogs, they say, offer 'unconditional love'. I'm not quite sure I'd go along with that exactly but I think I know what's meant. There's nothing like a doggie friend to talk to, and I've had some excellent conversations over the years!
Tess, a malinois we had for around 8 years, was an excellent listener. She'd look you earnestly in the eye and try desperately to understand, making little noises in her throat as a kind of 'yes, I know' acknowledgement. Lovely, lovely dog was Tess - everyone's friend.
Ever had that feeling that you had already done something but did not remember doing so? Well I just did and it seems I already did a doggie bit here before (https://sleepyville.freeforums.net/thread/197/dogs-life).... yep, was as mostly about my first friend way back when so will just ramble on about the current one here.... when I get around to it!
Well Edgar. Billy is a lurcher which is a Sighthound crossed with another breed. A sighthound being, Greyhound, Saluki, Whippet, of similar with another breed of dog. So Billy looks and is the size of a medium Greyhound but the giveaway if you know what to look for is a slightly slimmer face. Not by much so many think he is a Greyhound. He is a delight to know. Affectionate and just loves a cuddle and tummy rub. Intelligent and sometimes a bit of a rascal. He adores people because they adore him. We do muzzle him when on walks as any small furry creature is game to be chased and then....? I shudder to think and do not plan in finding out. So we no cannot introduce a cat to the house. Some can be trained to co exist apparently but I do not know of any. He can jump a five foot fence with ease from a standstill. Did this in next doors field but has not jumped out of our garden or tried to. Regarding food he is totally non fussy unlike our last dog. Eats surprisingly little for a big dog and also is happy with a short walk or two daily. He is a bit Homer Simpson there a couch potato. But when he does run. Not that far he will do so at amazing speed. So upsides a very loving and often funny companion who is surprisingly low maintenance. Downsides should they see something worth chasing unless on a lead they will chase it and no amount of calling will get them back until they give up on it.... We adopted him at the age of 10. They can make 15 very often. We did not intend getting a dog of that age but it was love at first sight. People cannot believe he is that age either. He looks and behaves like a much younger dog. We are very pleased to have him in our lives. Should you go for one it will be fun!
Thanks for the reply daisy. Most informative, and entertaining!
I'd read that lurchers can be, um, 'variable' as to whether they obey or not. Easy to train, yes, but not guaranteed to obey when it doesn't suit. Also, that they will pretty much chase anything (it IS what they were bred for after all!) so walks on the lead are advised for urban (cat) areas.
Surprisingly, around here we don't actually see many things for a dog to chase. Rabbits tend to stay hidden or distant, I once saw a fox trotting across a field. Of course, there are plenty of cows but those beasts tend to stand their ground! Tess (who I mentioned above) did once take off after a deer (most uncharacteristic of her, and her breed) but she came back when I hollered.
I like the sound of lurchers, they sound fun and rewarding. I like to be able to interact with a dog rather than it just be placidly at the end of a leash. One of our border collies, Sam, was an excellent player - though you had to be careful not to get him too excited since he could deliver a hefty thwack sometimes with his head (he was a right bonehead!) and he could also rake you with his claws - nothing intentional, just overly enthusiastic.
That all said, I suspect we won't opt for a lurcher (you don't often see them here in France anyway, especially not at rescue homes) I think it's penchant for tearing off after things, coupled with it's ability to leap fences in a single bound, might mean it'd clear off for hours at a time in our rural idyll, with little or nothing that we could do about it.
Here is an old photo of my previous dogs Masie and Sadie back in 2004 when Sadie was at the end of her time with us and Masie just starting. Neither one of them is still with us but our current companion Nikki who is almost a twin to Masie is at my feet keeping me company. As with all our dogs they were 'gifts' or 'rescues' who quickly became our friends!
Bloody hell I wish knew how to do pictures here...
Have a look at this help thing at proboards which may help but I had to play around a bit to know what I was doing, one wrinkle is that there is a limit on the size of an attachment (which includes photos) so save the photo to your file that you will attach at home first at less than perhaps your software normally saves it at (quicker to load also). www.proboards.com/user-guide/posting/attachments
PS use the ADD ATTACHMENT link at the top NOT the insert image in the format list across the bottom!