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Old 12-06-2012, 06:05 AM   #861
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We had a Vizsla puppy for about six months and had to re-home it. That dog was bat-s**t crazy and impossible to train because it could not pay attention for more than 5 seconds ("LOOK - a squirrel! LOOK - a falling leaf! LOOK - a bird!). It was a sweet dog, but way too high strung.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:27 AM   #862
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Thanks all for the pointers on the Vizsla. I'm going to need to give this a little more thought. Our Golden, 16 years ago, was pretty high strung...leaves, butterflies, anything that moved, he had to check it out. I loved him but DW won't allow a golden in the house due to he hair and shedding. Regardless of the breed, I think you have to exercise them well if you want them to be well behaved.

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Here's a list of laid back dog breeds from Animal Planet:

Laid-Back Dog Breeds : Dog Breed Selector : Animal Planet
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Here's a list of laid back dog breeds from Animal Planet:

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They have French bulldogs on that list. They seem fairly hyper when I see them at the dog park...
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Thanks all for the pointers on the Vizsla. I'm going to need to give this a little more thought. Our Golden, 16 years ago, was pretty high strung...leaves, butterflies, anything that moved, he had to check it out. I loved him but DW won't allow a golden in the house due to he hair and shedding. Regardless of the breed, I think you have to exercise them well if you want them to be well behaved.

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FYI, Vizslas shed like crazy too...its just shorter, darker fur. We have two breeds currently that do not shed (Tibetan and soft coated Wheaten), both of which are pretty mellow dogs in our experience.
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I loved this story. A full life indeed! But she didn't get to ER, sadly......

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The website is hoaxslayer... and refers to the story that accompanies the pictures... "Feeding the Eagles".
Feeding the Eagles

The page shows pictures of an eagle feeding station in Homer Alaska. The pictures are amazing, including a short video.

We live 15 miles from Starved Rock in Illinois, which is a favorite Eagle Nesting/Spotting area, but even on the best days, it's rare to see more than 6 or 7 eagles soaring around the cliffs, although there have been more. Here's a pic from last year.


We have eagles around our retirement community in Florida, too, but usually no more than two pair, as they are very territorial.
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They have French bulldogs on that list. They seem fairly hyper when I see them at the dog park...
Well, it's Animal Planet. If you really want a mellow pet, my advice is to adopt a male orange tabby cat
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If you really want a mellow pet, my advice is to adopt a male orange tabby cat
There is, in my extensive experience, no single finer piece of advice about pet ownership than this sentence. The male orange tabby cat is 100% guaranteed. Every one I've ever known was awesome.
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Hmmmm....I just got on the plane in SFO, so I'll check out animal planet later. I'm hoping for a dog that will run with me, but not be hyper in the house, doesn't shed much, barks when bad people come around but not when good people come around, look regal, fetch my slippers, etc. maybe I'm asking too much

I'd like to get a kitty as well, but I want one that will spend some time outdoors and do a little mouse control on our two acres, but still come in and cuddle on our lap when we are indoors. I'm guessing that Morris doesn't fit that role very well. Suggestions? We used to have a calico when I was a kid that was a great mouser, but not overly friendly, and a black cat that was a pretty good mouser, and super friendly. The blackie loved to bring us her prey as a present...

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Hmmmm....I just got on the plane in SFO, so I'll check out animal planet later. I'm hoping for a dog that will run with me, but not be hyper in the house, doesn't shed much, barks when bad people come around but not when good people come around, look regal, fetch my slippers, etc. maybe I'm asking too much
Get a Border collie......then you'll have a chess partner when the weather's bad.
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Get a Border collie......then you'll have a chess partner when the weather's bad.
Bad, bad, bad!
I think an orange cat is still your best bet on the cat front, but don't get a border collie unless you know what you're getting into!
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Hmmmm....I just got on the plane in SFO, so I'll check out animal planet later. I'm hoping for a dog that will run with me, but not be hyper in the house, doesn't shed much, barks when bad people come around but not when good people come around, look regal, fetch my slippers, etc. maybe I'm asking too much
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This is Cooper Chow and something small mix. Mellow, but a great watchdog, loves people, can run 8 miles a day with ya, and doesn't mind dressing up for the Doo-Dah parade. Will fetch anything that looks like a plush toy caterpillar. Sorry he is taken.
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Thanks! Cool dog.

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hmmm... run?... pour moi, not a dog... perhaps a kitty?
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In Oklahoma, the turkey population has grown fast the last few years. I live out in the sticks, and they happen by pretty regular, usually not this many, though.

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Some pets will even furniture shop for you.....this well dressed little guy's name is Darwin.

Toronto Ikea monkey a social media sensation - Toronto - CBC News

To quote Twitter: IKEA is a zoo on weekends!
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Well, we just got another cat this weekend...

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/24303183


So far, he is much different than our Russian Blue... when we got her home she was checking out EVERYTHING and wanting to get petted...

Tony has been hiding under our daughter's bed or dresser.... he will play a bit, and we can hear him purr.... but the only time he has come out was to go to the litter box and sleep a bit with our daughter... when he realized she woke up, he went back under the bed...

BUT, all the people at the adoption place said he was their favorite... he does seem to be very calm....
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Texas, an excellent choice, the orange tabby! He will get used to you and then suddenly act like he owns the place, I bet. Give him a few days. I had one that did that--didn't even see him for 3 days then he came out from behind the sofa and sat on my lap.

Good for you to adopt such a nice looking fellow as Tony!

We have TONS of turkeys at our place, too. I counted 20 or 30 in the flock that passed by the other day. So neat!
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Well, we just got another cat this weekend...

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/24303183


So far, he is much different than our Russian Blue... when we got her home she was checking out EVERYTHING and wanting to get petted...

Tony has been hiding under our daughter's bed or dresser.... he will play a bit, and we can hear him purr.... but the only time he has come out was to go to the litter box and sleep a bit with our daughter... when he realized she woke up, he went back under the bed...

BUT, all the people at the adoption place said he was their favorite... he does seem to be very calm....


You adopted a homeless kitty from Petfinder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He's beautiful. You're wonderful
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