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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 21 12:59 am    Post subject: long dogs are charming Reply with quote

that is about half of the ones out last sunday

it was nice for mutts and humans, it has been rather a long time with no amble and social.

the mutts are quite a mixed bunch, plenty of retired athletes, assorted lurchers from huge to tiny and from "nice" to "challenging", posh fancy things, the honorary longdogs(assorted terriers for the most part)
most are rescues, it is nice to see them settle over time

longies are a bit different to yer average mutt

they are so varied in type, personality and background etc, there is a perfect chum for anyone who has a mutt shaped space in their life

these walks started with a dozen or so, we got world record for great greyhound walk 2 yrs running, iirc the second was 180 ish mutts

over the last decade or so, york team pointy have had ours, and we have nudged loads of folk to go long and get their first one

one is never enough(unless it is)

there are a few folk who are awesome good at this stuff, and plenty of local pointy versions to see what the things are like

we don't do running or enthusiastic play on such occasions, parading those past a cat in a window in a dignified manner is impressive enough, as is a huge mix of packs acting like family when we stop half way or at the pub

"the public" do seem to like it, many of them are now us
ps we do not beg for bickies, but we do hearts and minds big style to get folk interested, comfortable that these things are "nice"* and maybe later they think that it might be for them and a new chum, quite a few like that on the walks and around the city, it is not "do you want a dog?" tis showing how charming they are

*not all are "nice", some can be managed, others are "troubled", again some can be managed
the easy ones are easy, plenty of them
the difficult ones, although a bit specialist, if they last a week will usually chill out in a couple of years, often sooner with good direction

retired athletes are ace, most are very chilled and lovin it as soon as they see a sofa
a bull lurcher covered in badger bites and in witness protection might need a bit more reassurance that the world is quite nice

there is a full range of longdogs that need the right home and a full range of folk who have one awaiting even if they don't know it yet, putting them together can be done

not to be "racist" about mutts, other types also need homes, it takes a different way of thinking but mostly wolf is splendid(a few ds folk met ronnie, he was not a big bad wolf, he was a big good wolf), a bit specialized as a rescue but my first one, a half wolf, was an extreme rescue, that was quite challenging, it turned out well both times.

ditto, i met a wonderful jrt on sunday, she is a rescued unwanted "handbag dog", what a dudette after 3 weeks of a decent home with a retired athlete

afaik the first sunday of october will be the first global greyhound walk for 2 years, there may be one near you, with or without a mutt folk will be welcomed, folk like the mutts

not in york, world record twice but it is good to spread the love and it is hard work, some of the york pointies are off to a big house country park for a county wide version

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 21 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to see so many rehomed. Jack Russells are a difficult breed; I have known two lovely ones, but still wouldn't trust them with a baby or small child, but one a neighbour had was a vicious thing. Went for my ankle once, but luckily I was wearing boots.

Round here lurchers tend to be regarded as poaching dogs, so various deterrets from taking the leads to taking the vehicles are used against the owners rather than the dogs.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 21 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

we have a few poaching dogs, "retired" ones, they usually chill out rather well eventually

retired athletes are easy, if you can get over the occasional kennel habit

ones with a difficult past can be quite hard work but are very rewarding once adjusted to a nice life


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 21 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

many jrt's are charming and fun and useful, some are monsters

a slipper that can do that to sheep is not one i would want, they were "his own" sheep as well.

anecdote gives them 80% charming, 10% difficult and 10% dangeroos

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 21 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first Jack Russell I met was charming. She was bought for ratting, but preferred stones or trouser legs. It was in the days of flares, so she used to love to play by grabbing the trouser leg, and you could lift her right off the ground. Never bit anyones leg though. She liked to sit on my lap with her nose over my knees, and even accepted being booted in the backside by my son before he was born, but I would never have trusted her with our son when he was a baby, partly for that reason. Another I have met recently has a lot to say for itself, but is a lovely little dog. Rather small for the breed, but very friendly and wanting a stroke and attention.

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