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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 5:37 pm    Post subject: D.B.B.P Dog-Pound Reply with quote

this is for all the dog lovers on the forum

i have enjoyed the company of many dogs in my life
this is our dapple dachshund,his name is chewbaca
he is such a sweet little dog
please feel free to post about your pet here Very Happy
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This is Crash and Mack. Crash (top pic) we adopted from a Pit Bull rescue organization that finds good homes for good dogs in need of homes. Crash was likely the runt of the litter, about 40 pounds now at 5 years old but when we adopted him at an estimated 4 months old, he was far smaller. He had escaped (chewed through his restraint) somewhere in south Phoenix, run to a random home, and when they opened their door and let him in, he ran to their couch and crashed for about 4 hours. Thus they became short-term foster parents and named him Crash. It was they who found the adoption group from which we adopted Crash in the fall of 2003. You'll notice there are only jagged nubs where Crash's ears should be. The adoption group and our vet surmise that since he was a runt, he was being used as bait for dog fights and his ears were most likely cut off with scissors or a knife. He loves having his nubs rubbed.

Mack we found in Feb of 2005 while on the way home from a Suns game. We stopped for gas at 7th St and Buckeye and found this poor dog running from car to car hoping somebody would take him in. He had no collar and was dirty, obviously having been on his own for a few days. Our vet found a chip in him with a deactivated phone number that had an address from about 20 miles north. Best guess is somebody was not able to keep him and dumped him downtown. He is incredibly well trained and starting answering immediately to Mack (we named him after the Mack truck since he was so big) so we were probably pretty close to his original name. For the first year that we had him, he would flinch at any sudden movement or noise, leading me to believe he'd been beaten regularly. Apparently those beatings had been preceded by standard American curse words, because on those rare occasions that one would slip out of my mouth, he became absolutely terrified. The vet guessed Mack was about 5 years old at the time, making him almost 9 now. Mack's a large muscular dog weighing in at about 80 pounds.

Crash and Mack are best friends and inseparable. When I let Crash out of his kennel in the morning, he immediately races to Mack's before I can open his kennel, as if to say "let's go, it's time to play!" When Crash is feeling full of himself, he grabs Mack's collar and wrestles him to the ground. Of course Mack could take Crash out without breaking a sweat so to speak, but Mack is so laid back that he just lets Crash take him down.

Crash and Mack are both loyal, gentle, playful, energetic, and loving. They love people and get extremely excited when others come over. I have no idea how they'd react if a bad person ever broke into our home. My wife I suspect they'd go into protect mode for, but if I were taking down an uninvited "guest" in our home I tend to think they'd stand back and watch alpha dog take care of his own business.

With our kids all grown and gone, these dogs provide lots of love and entertainment. When I have time to sit and watch TV, Crash uses my feet as his pillow. He's an extremely touchy-feely dog and both want to be as close to us as possible.

Good dogs have been used for providing therapy to the lonely and sick and after having enjoyed the loving company of Crash and Mack it's easy to understand how that dynamic works. They're a blessing.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dewberry and TAP, what great looking dogs! And TAP I loved reading the stories about Mack and Crash.

I don't have a dog now, but I grew up around dogs. At various times we had a Springer Spaniel (Sparky) a Golden Lab (Keno), a Dachshund (Barney), and a mutt (Hollingsworth--don't ask--that's what happens when you let kids name a pet).

At present I have a cat--Fenton. I rescued him for the Animal Shelter almost exactly a year ago. He strictly an indoor cat, but terribly playful. He actually thinks he's a dog. He plays fetch and he likes to roughhouse.


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David, I had a cat back in the '80s that looked much like Fenton whom I imaginatively named "Kitty." Kitty also apparently thought she was a dog and would go for hikes around the neighborhood with us sans leash following us just like a dog.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The aptly named, "Hudson" Very Happy



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great stories/photos. Thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice pics. This cat just wanted to say something though.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great thread and great posts about your four-legged companions, everyone. I just wanted to share pictures of my two-year-old Boxer, Maggie. She absolutely loves everyone, man or dog, and we're actually just starting up in a Pet-Assisted Therapy program here in the Bay Area similar to what TAP posted. She's always been my buddy, but ever since my divorce at the beginning of this year we've had an even stronger man/man's best friend relationship. She's got my back and I've got hers. Razz


Edit: Added a new pic from one of our Pet-Assisted Therapy visits.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2008 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



chewbaca went as a hot dog this year Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2008 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dewberry wrote:


chewbaca went as a hot dog this year Laughing


Too cute and funny! Very Happy Although, I couldn't miss the expression on Chewbaca's face implying "And you people are supposed to be the intelligent species?" Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TAP wrote:
David, I had a cat back in the '80s that looked much like Fenton whom I imaginatively named "Kitty." Kitty also apparently thought she was a dog and would go for hikes around the neighborhood with us sans leash following us just like a dog.



this is our cat "Kitty" we got him from the pound about ten years ago, he is a very loving cat , he is even more loving when he wants food. we thought he was a girl for the first 2 years because when we got him from the pound they told us he was spayed. we took him to the vet to get shaved and surprise "its a boy"

good pics everybody, your pets are so cute
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jackie Damico / CNN.com today wrote:
Bentley, a 3-year-old Lhasa apso, was given up by his owners because they just couldn't afford to keep him any more.

Tinkerbell, a sweet, docile house cat, was surrendered by her owners after they found out that they had lost their home.

With foreclosures disrupting life, from the family house down to the dog house, and as Americans toil through a tough economic landscape, some of their pets face an even bleaker future in the pound.

"People lose their homes and have to move to apartments that don't accept pets, so they give them up," says Cheryl McAuliffe, a spokeswoman for the Georgia State Humane Society.

Over the past eight months, shelters around the county have seen more animals turned in because their owners have lost their homes or jobs. The shelters are also straining to meet a sharp increase in requests from people who are struggling just to provide food for their pets, says Stephanie Shain, director of outreach for the Humane Society of the United States.

Although they no longer have loving homes, Tinkerbell and Bentley are lucky because their owners gave them up to the shelter. Not every pet gets that kind of treatment. Miami-Dade Animal Services says that on a regular basis, it is called to foreclosed properties where neighbors report seeing pets chained up in a backyard or locked inside an empty house.

"I understand they may be scared for themselves and their kids when they have to leave, but I just wish people would find a place for their pets, too," said Sherry Marks, a Miami-Dade County animal control specialist.


Marks and other county animal control specialists get calls from police when they find a foreclosed home with a pet left behind.

A spokesman for the Humane Society of Douglas County in Georgia said the abandonment rate is tenfold what it was two years ago, before waves of foreclosures started hitting neighborhoods around the county. With more animals coming in and fewer people with the resources to pay for a pet, nearly all shelters there are overrun.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ryan
nice new pic of maggie, what is she looking at

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my wife is in love with crash
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dewberry wrote:
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my wife is in love with crash

I'm sure Crash would love her too. When we've had repairmen to the house for general repairs over the years, Crash hangs right next to them like Curious George, fascinated by watching them work as if he's trying to learn new work skills for himself.

Dogs obviously can't physically vocalize, but the vocabulary that Crash and Mack respond to is pretty expansive. Crash tries to express himself through talk and makes a series of monkey-like grunts that's pretty funny to see and hear.

Of all the dogs I've had the pleasure of taking care of throughout my life, big Mack is by far and without question the gentlest dog of them all. He's a great goodwill ambassador for dogs and for his oft mistreated breed. I trust him without any reservation with all people from newborns to the elderly. Thanksgiving morning I was taking him for a hike around town and from one of the houses a young mom was walking to her car with her two young boys. The youngest, about 4, was in the street and was petrified at the sight of a large dog. With wide eyes he yelled out in declarative fashion as if reminding himself, "Those big dogs can jump up on you and hurt you!"

I knelt down on one knee next to Mack and said, "He's friendly." The little boy overcame his fear and walked up to us to talk. Out of nowhere flew his older brother, about 7, who knelt down in front of Mack and started petting Mack's face and ears. We chatted for a couple of minutes, and then older brother asked, "What kind of dog is he?"

I said, "He's a pit," and at the sound of that word the boy's eyes got big and he jumped back reflexively. I put my hand in Mack's mouth and shook his bottom jaw, saying again, "He's friendly." Older brother was reassured and started petting Mack again.

Mack's the best representative this terribly mistreated breed could ever want.
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nice new pic of maggie, what is she looking at


Thanks Dewberry. And Maggie's either looking at nothing or maybe a squirrel -- there was nobody else out there besides us and the person taking the picture. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TAP wrote:
Mack's the best representative this terribly mistreated breed could ever want.


I hear you TAP. Pits are horribly misunderstood. They're just the current "scapegoat" dog, i.e. it used to be Dobermans that got a bad rap, then German Shepherds, then Rottweilers, and now it seems to be Pitbulls that get the negative press.

What's funny is when people who don't know dogs think that Maggie, my Boxer, is a Pit and they literally cower in fear as we walk by on the street. Little do they know that Maggie would lick them to death if she got the chance. Razz
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Beaten-down dog from Vick case has his day
Pit bull rescued from famous dogfighting ring now helps cancer patients


The above link is an absolute must-read article. Leo, who was rescued from Michael Vick's tortuous dog-fighting operation is now a therapy dog visiting and soothing cancer patients in hospitals. What a marvelous change of life fortune for Leo. BTW, Leo is exactly what Crash would look like if Crash's ears hadn't been sliced off.

Ryan, that's a wonderful service you and others provide to people in need of love and encouragement with your therapy dogs.
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TAP:
good story ,very moving
Vick is pure evil
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Emily Randolph / Scottsdale Dog Training Examiner this morning wrote:
The Arizona Animal Welfare League is going to bat for the thousands of Valley dogs and cats that have no place to call their “forever home.”

Honorary Chair Derrick Hall, President of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Emcee Daron Sutton, Diamondbacks’ Play-by-Play Announcer, will lead off An Evening to Paws – an all-star night where the boys…and girls…will have a GRAND time at a unique baseball-themed fundraiser. The event benefits the Arizona Animal Welfare League and Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the state’s largest and oldest no-kill shelter.

The night opens with cocktails and scrumptious snacks, along with bidding on nearly 200 thrilling Silent Auction items. Fans will have a chance to meet our starting lineup featuring AAWL / SPCA standouts who love to play, catch balls and run the bases! The fun continues at the Hall of Fame Dinner, featuring great food and wine, laughter, a lively auction, and dancing until the bottom of the ninth.

PITCH IN TO HELP SAVE HOMELESS ANIMALS

When: Saturday, March 7, 2009; 6 p.m.

Where: Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas

6333 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Cost: $200 per person; tables of 10 available

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Crash and Mack bored by tonight's 3rd quarter activity of the Suns/Bobcats game.

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dog rescue in icy water
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This is Graham. He is a 12.5 year old Vizsla. He has lived with me since he was 2.5. He is having surgery on Wednesday and is hoping everything goes well...


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Hope all goes well for Graham.
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Best wishes Hank!
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