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dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 23 12:20 am    Post subject: gulp, muttless house Reply with quote
    

i am not able to look after one, some things, not others

tt will be as muttless as me

i wonder if we will go to the dog walks without a mutt and come back with a new chum?

a few phone calls would be canine tinder time

it will not be a saluki(oh dear), they do need experienced homes(oh dear, we are) love em to bits, although they are rather demanding of their staff
they are hypoallergenic
retired racer, maybe
ex bad boy, im too shabby to fight it when it does not understand it has a new life with dainty rules or flips savagely at some trigger, no, although they are fun

another Besenji in the family might work , handbag sized but clever and of a nice demeanour, trainable and independent
a bit less bonkers than salukis

if i was up for long ambles and outdoor life my first choice would be wolf
and part W or well-bred and chosen general purpose for urban or outdoor life

a sleep on the sofa and be amusing at times senior might be about my level of mutt keeping now
however, a pup would only get bad habits i gave it

i do not think i am capable of mutt care above be firm and kind without undue exertion
mutt or no mutt is tt's call, muttless is weird, one was strange none is very peculiar

i will find out what the plan is later, if there is one

gz



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 23 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Hard to imagine you muttless (((hugs)))

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 23 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

So sorry. If you decide on one, perhaps a small one that doesn't need too much exercise might be best. Can't give any advice as we have never had a dog.

Nicky cigreen



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 23 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Sorry you find yourself in this position. Don't rush. Could volunteer to walk dogs from rescue centre?

Ex racer, would be my choice

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 23 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

it is up to tt, i am not capable of mutt walking, i can do domestic decorum

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 23 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

ps we are not short of mutt mines if we decide to get another sofa warmer

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 23 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

re mutt mines, if anyone needs a mutt, between us we can match them to bonzo

i have been in the informal and formal permanent sofa game for decades, supply is not an issue

i wonder if training assistance dogs for domestic would be fun?

i have mutt and crip on the cv, oh er well phoooooooooofh,ummm
that might not be as daft as it seemed when i first thought of it

if i could train one to do, it would almost do my job for me with training subsequent students as well as being useful itself(and having its own me time)
(it might take a few to find the keeper)

i might float that idea very gently, in many ways it would make more sense than various other mutt options, iirc most domestic assistance are small to medium, clever, biddable and eager to learn

it aint "tricks" if it has a purpose, tricks can be fun as well though

mutts are very receptive to direction, salukis have useful servants


i will consider this, youngster training as mobility assistance might be fun and useful, more research before i even mention it

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 23 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

There are several charities that need trainers such as Hounds for Heroes. Once you have one trained, if it is a good one, it will help train the others as you say. I knew the famous one, Endal, and he trained up one or two others. Sadly Endal is no longer with us but his successors are alive and tail wagging as well as helping Endal's 'owner'.

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 23 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

It would be a shame to not use the skills you have dpack.
Being a training camp gives you the flexibility to have a break as-and-when without feeling bad though.
One day I'd like to be the last bit of snug respite for oldies on their way out, if my heart could cope.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 23 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

care and a kind death is emotionally easy, physically for me a healthy one than needs direction is more practical as a family member

the last couple of days with chompski required using all i know about moving stuff and far more attention and doing than i can cope with

i do have a grasp of 3 canine languages and a vague understanding of how to motivate them, which requires them to do and me to say thanks

re-socialising or nursing are very off my menu on capability grounds, which eliminates some options, it is a very muttless home at the mo but if it gets a new mutt it needs to be the right home for mutt

no rush, get it right in whatever way will be best for mutts and us

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 23 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

That seems the best way to go. Either training a youngster; 'puppy walking' I think they call it, for an aid dog, or a smaller one you can physically manage.

Slim



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 23 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I'm biased, but a 4 year old lab might be the companion sweet spot

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 23 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

too itchy, several members of the family react badly to most mutts fur and sheddings

thinking of such matters, that does need to be in the equation

the wolf caused a few snuffles as did the yellow hell hound, greys and salukis are less allergenic
as is the wee ginger monster

short hair and single coated(a bit thin below )does seem not too itchy and sneezy for those prone to animal allergens

gun dogs are right off the menu, although i have a soft spot for working line spanners they are too snuffly

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 23 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

From the point of view of snuffles, poodles are best I think. They can be very intelligent and good companions too. In laws had one years ago, either a miniature or toy, and it was really bright. Always protected 'its' people, even from huge things like an Alsatian, and made sure it brought the right number back.

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