Have never had a dog and likely never will- just not for me. But, literally any dog, or any other animal really, that gives me the “hey why don’t cha come over here n’ pet me” look is gettin’ at the very least some neck scratches.
@hchavers I bring animals home too. Five weeks ago, my son took my pup to get her stitches out. He came home and told me they had three orphaned grey tabbies, they were bottle-feeding. I pointed to the door,he went and got them. They are super kitties! One boy, Ren(lotus in Japanese), Rose and Lily. Chose a flower theme since I love flowers about as much as I love animals!
They are bigger than this now, got shots yesterday.
Sorry, I am a bit of a renegade! Couldn’t help showing my sweeties!
Need a cat thread, I have four more!
That is neat about the quilt! It was my mother’s. She bought it from a quilter at an arts and crafts festival.
Cockapoo. Smart, friendly, medium size, great family dog, no typical health issues as they age, and completely shed free (people shed more). They look the way dogs are supposed to look. Only downside is they need to be groomed regularly.
@RedOak Almost my favorite name for a dog. My actual favorite? Shihtzapoo. I kid you not. My mother in law has one! I have to suppress my inner 8 year old every time she says it. /giggle Every time I go over there I ask her what kind of dog it is!
I like Newfies, but in general, I prefer smaller dogs as they are easy to control, cost less, and require less food. Plus, you get a chill micro-mutt, and you can hold a pair of legs in each hand as they yip, and pretend they are some sort of sonic blaster Tommy gun. Fun stuff. Try that with a cat, and you lose a hand.
My favorite dogs are labs, have two.Have had five before. My labs are Frazier(rescue) choc and my pup, Black, Allie. I bought her for myself on my birthday.
I also have Dusty, mutt, from uncle who could not care for him, Beau, dropped off baglehound and pug Zoe from my mother, when she should not have gotten her anyway, ill.
I’m definitely Team Big Dog, though small dogs are cool, too. I haven’t owned a small dog since I was a kid though. Right now we have an Irish Wolfhound/Golden Retriever cross that we got as a puppy and a seven year old bearded mutt that we rescued a few months ago. Eventually we’d like to have full Irish Wolfhounds. Both Stanley and Torben think they’re lap dogs and that they can both fit at the same time.
With my daughter after a house full of boys wore them out this weekend.
Torben likes to pretend he’s majestic in photos, but he’s really just a big derp of a dog.
@PurplePawprints Yeah, my guys toggle between majestic and goofy. I’ve had three full Irish Wolfhounds and Zephyr’s half IW. Their gentle, amused personalities are very charming and easy to love. But Danes own my heart.
@PurplePawprints I’ve been lucky with danes, other than losing one young fence jumper to a car. Four lived from 11.5 to 13.5 years, and I lost Simba to stomach cancer at 10.5. Similarly, I lost an IW in puppyhood to bloat, one at 7 to chronic kidney disease and the third lived to 11. My Borzoi also lived to 11. 7 out of 10 of my giant breed babies so far have lived well past 10, when the average lifespan is 6-10.
I miss my Rottweiler terribly, but after my husband had to carry him up and down the back stairs to go out after he got bone cancer (and then his chocolate lab, a year later), we decided against another dog.
Three months later, we got Wembly. Another year and we got Rutger. Eighteen and eight pounds, respectively.
@tohar1 Our middle dog bears some resemblance to her. I’ve been calling her blackmouth cur and pit mix but maybe she has some Puggle in her–she was a rescue literally found in the street eating garbage at 8 weeks old. She also loves to lay on me like that, except closer so she can lick my face into submission. Here she is both attentive and with her sisters lounging.
@djslack@InnocuousFarmer Those are Tibetan Mastiffs. I don’t think they look like bears, the muzzle is all wrong and the difference in coat texture is tremendous. Most obviously, Tibetan Madtiffs have a long, fluffy tail. Bears have stub tails.
I’m more of a cat person, but we wound up adopting a dog to protect our chickens - a job he does admirably. He’s an AmStaff-Boxer mix, and he definitely got the best of both. I thought he was pretty big until out neighbors got one that’s part Black Lab and part Clydesdale.
I generally prefer bigger dogs, because they tend to be more relaxed. And Pits are definitely growing on me.
@PlacidPenguin Puppies aren’t for everyone. I’ve always liked dogs, but never would have gotten one if the exSO didn’t insist. “For the kids” she would say. She was super pissed when both dogs bonded with me and pretty much ignored her. Especially insulting when one of the dogs was a gift to her from her sis.
@PlacidPenguin She emptied my bank account, stole my car and my credit cards, but left that silly dog. Debts can be paid, cars replaced, but really awesome dogs that adore you are priceless. I got the best end of that deal.