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Old 08-16-2002, 05:33 PM
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Hey Abear,
you mentioned a MEAN chihuahua down the street when you were growing up. You didn't grow up in Shreveport did you???
We had a dog just like that when I was a kid. My dad loved her but she was mean to us kids. Always chasing us and biting our ankles and heals and pants legs. She didn't bark like a normal dog either instead she would go abba, abba, abba. That did not spoil me on dogs though, we have since had some great dogs. The best one being a black lab, she was about 7 or 8 years old when we got her. She was great with the kids and my big baby, she weighted around 70 lbs but was an inside dog, except for her daily walks (or runs) with the kids and I. She died a year ago and if I could ever find another dog like her I would get it in a second.

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Old 08-16-2002, 09:08 PM
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Re: PrairieRose

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Ok..getting to my point.......you echoed the same thought the vet said about poodles being basically a very good dog that gets a bad rap due to the owners! The vet suggested that (1) my parents & the new pet attend an obedience class or two as soon as possible after getting the poodle and (2) they give her lots of love & attention! (NO problem on that one !)
;-) They REALLY are wonderful dogs. They get a bad rap for being prissy too, but my dh has recently become a convert. I keep telling him that he needs to take our 4lb. poodle with him as his "pickup dog"..... Can't you just just see that? Her riding on the tool box in the back like she's a great dane or something
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Old 08-17-2002, 02:52 PM
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shocking help in choosing a dog

Julie
You must be totally confused by now with
all the replies.
I just visited my sister in law who lives
in the city in a house with a small yard.
After spending some time with them and their
dog, I said - if I ever got another dog
and had to live in the city, I'd get one like
you have.
You mentioned you wanted to handle and hold
the dog. Benefits of this dog is that it
does not shed. YOu can learn to do the
needed grooming. This dog is very trainable,
happy in a crate during the night and meal
times and when you have to leave, energetic
but not overly so, fun with kids, cute as a button, extremely
pleasant to have on your lap.
and the name......
bijon friese.
(I think one of this breed won "best of show" on
one of the dog shows last year?)
nuf said.
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Old 08-19-2002, 04:23 AM
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getting a dog

HI JULIE
I was wondering how you did on your dog search????? I havent found out if you did put anything on the site!! Have read ALOT of your responses and I like to hear what everyone does or had experiences with!!!!
and what did you decide to name the puppy???
All the lluck in the world for a long and happy time with your kids and puppy!!!!!
I was the one from NJ with two mini doxies!!!
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Old 08-19-2002, 09:23 AM
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Just wanted to update everybody

We haven't made our decision yet and if feels at time that we are all over the place. We realize that this is a huge decision and want to get it right. We spoke with a vet yesterday who knows our son. He suggested a small lab and told us that it was important that we actually see the parents so we know the size we would be getting.

I've heard of the bijon's before and kinda wondered about them. It sounds perfect for me but I don't know about our son.

We're still looking and researching and thinking. I've been fascinated with all the information I've been given and can't wait until we get to unveil our actual dog.
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Old 08-19-2002, 12:23 PM
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It's good that you're taking your time in making this decision, since it's one you'll be living with for quite some time. Don't forget to keep us posted. We're all anxious to find out which breed you decided on.

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Old 08-19-2002, 01:39 PM
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Julie...

You are lucky in the fact that a vet knows your child. I would really go with his recommendation...... *s*
Keep us posted *s*


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Old 08-19-2002, 02:14 PM
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Don't forget to check with your vet..

Ask your vet if he has any "ladies-in-waiting" in his practice. He may have some pregnant clients and that way you would know that at least the mother was well cared for. ;-)

As you know-I have a chocolate lab--I think labs are GREAT for kids--friendly (in my case--maybe too friendly ), sturdy for rough-housing, and super smart for easy training

You couldn't go wrong with a lab--just my opinion--I'm not partial in ANY way as you can see !!

Just love him/her and almost any dog will love you back

Good luck and let us know...we're all waiting on pins and needles .....
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Old 08-19-2002, 03:25 PM
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We have had several dogs over the years, some successfully and some not so successfully. With mixed breeds, it still really depends on the individual dog. I wholeheartedly recommend the Humane Shelter, but you still need to do your homework about breeds even when you are getting a mixed breed. You also need to spend some time with the dogs you are considering and ask LOTS of questions about their previous situation.

The biggest problem we have had with pets is that we live on a busy road and, even with being careful, we have lost several to vehicles. The best thing we ever did was to build a small, fenced-in area and make it accessible through a doggie door. This has greatly cut down on messes in the house and allows the dog to exercise at will. If you can't do this, I have also had success with kenneling but you have to start them as puppies and stick with it.

My top four favorite dogs we've owned have been a Sheltie mix (very easy going, loving, and a good watch dog), a Yorkie mix (from the pound), a Yorkie/Poodle and a Shih Tzu/Pomeranian. Our Yorkie-Poo is very mellow and devoted, and our ShihTzu mix is very playful but barks a lot (I wonder if that's her Pom side). I got the Shih Tzu to keep the Yorkie-Poo company because I read that dogs are pack animals, and have less of a tendency to get bored (i.e., into mischief) when there is a companion. What do the rest of you think about single dogs vs. more than one?

Good luck! They can be lots of fun!
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Old 08-19-2002, 06:27 PM
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You are right I think the barking comes from the Pom side of the mix. Mitzi is a year old now and she hardly barks at all. She will bark at the doorbell, and at a dog on TV that's barking. They are very small tho and high maintenance dogs. Either you have to keep them groomed or clipped. I had never thought of getting one before her but she's great for me and she can get quite rough when playing with my 8 yr old grandson.
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