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Old 01-17-2007, 08:57 PM   #21
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Once we heard a washing machine emptying in the room at the front of our home. Only problem was that we didn't have a washing machine in that room.

On investigation, we found our big, lovable (albeit not high IQ) yellow Lab Max was vomiting great quanities of very clean, very soapy water. He had apparently gone to each bathroom, eaten a bar of soap from each, and then drank great quantities of water. [Soap always makes me thirsty ...]

Ah, Max. Sadly, gone now, but he lived a good long life and provided no end of "Max" stories. What a guy.
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Old 01-18-2007, 12:18 AM   #22
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It was good practice for his future marriage!
Huh. My wife never eats any of my clothing or small appliances.

Did I pick the wrong one? What am I missing?
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My cousin's dog ate most of a roll of paper towels ... I'm told he was pretty much a towel dispenser for several days... :P
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Had the cat w/ the tinsel butt thing. None of the dogs (Golden Retriever, Chocolate Lab and Airedale) eat anything strange. But you better not leave your sandwich in the room to go get your drink. Man are they FAST!

The Airedale does have a one strange quirk. (Actually, he's got many, but only one related to eating) He has an absolute hatred for stuffed toys. He will happily amuse himself for hours tearing into a new one and then pulling the stuffing out bit by bit. Never eats it, just leaves little tufts of polyfill all over the area. Once the toy is empty you can't interest him in that thing no matter what you do.
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You know what I love? When you see the dog chewing on something that is probably a) disgusting or b) needed elsewhere, and yell "hey, what are you eating?" and they gulp it down before you can get there and pry open their jaws.
That's great!

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The Airedale does have a one strange quirk. (Actually, he's got many, but only one related to eating) He has an absolute hatred for stuffed toys. He will happily amuse himself for hours tearing into a new one and then pulling the stuffing out bit by bit. Never eats it, just leaves little tufts of polyfill all over the area. Once the toy is empty you can't interest him in that thing no matter what you do.
My lab does the same thing, never eats the stuffing but works at it until it's all out. Only needs one little seem thread to be loose and he rips right into it.
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Be happy, your kitty litter should smell like a fresh pine forest! Inhale deeply......
Naw, we use a "fake" tree. The little plastic bristles are what the cats eat. No lovely pine fresh scent there... They eat tinsel, too, but they must chew it pretty well because I've never seen any pieces longer than a few inches. I do find the occasional digested shoe string, rubber band, or other miscellaneous household item in the litter box.
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My recently departed Sophie rarely misbehaved. But she would amaze us with her smarts.

We could be sitting at the kitchen table and send her on errands like, "get your purple ball" or "get your red ball" or "get your bone" and she would run off and bring back the designated toy for our enjoyment, from about a dozen or so. (Being color blind didn't seem to faze her.)

Then we had to start spelling words like we did for the kids when we didn't want her to understand us. Problem was, she learned not only what CAR meant (with much excitement every time), but then taught herself what C-A-R meant. Soon we couldn't even say "cardboard" without the ears going up.
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I'm very sorry for your loss Rich. A beloved family pet is a valuable member of the group. It sounds like you really loved Sophie.

My chocolate Lab, Chip, is 10 years old and life around this place has been made much better by his mere presence, even though most of his activity includes sleeping at my feet most of the day and night.
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My recently departed Sophie rarely misbehaved. But she would amaze us with her smarts.

We could be sitting at the kitchen table and send her on errands like, "get your purple ball" or "get your red ball" or "get your bone" and she would run off and bring back the designated toy for our enjoyment, from about a dozen or so. (Being color blind didn't seem to faze her.)

Then we had to start spelling words like we did for the kids when we didn't want her to understand us. Problem was, she learned not only what CAR meant (with much excitement every time), but then taught herself what C-A-R meant. Soon we couldn't even say "cardboard" without the ears going up.
I have to say that the weiner dogs are the dumbest dogs we have ever had, but they are still my babies. Greg used to have a German Shepard that was pretty smart. His favorite trick to impress company was to tell the dog to get the Old El Paso Refried Beans. The dog would go into the kitchen cabinets and fetch the appropriate can.

To tease his women friends, Greg would say to the dog "would you rather be dead or a feminist" and the dog would promptly plop over.
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I have to say that the weiner dogs are the dumbest dogs we have ever had, but they are still my babies.
Yep -- dumb is underrated.

Some dumb dogs make great pets (just like some dumb people make great friends, not to sound cruel about it). Had a cocker spaniel once who was dumber than dirt, but was a great and entertaining family pet.

Read somewhere that poodles, border collies, German Shepherds, Dobermans lead the IQ list.

MickeyD - thanks. Gettin' over it.
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As to the Border Collies, sometimes smart is relative...do you really want a very imaginative, clever dog? Yes? Okay, good, send me your UPS deliverable address...(I do BC rescue). You may find that smart is not really an asset--see cocker spaniel mentioned above.

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...do you really want a very imaginative, clever dog?
This is always a topic for debate with noobs looking for Airedales, and a constant source of laughter for those of us who can handle it. Darned critters are so smart they're scarey sometimes. People really need to give more consideration to what breeds are compatible with them and their lifestyle.

Boru has a repertoire of tricks, of course. And our dogs never get dog treats without performing at least one minor trick. But if you just stand there and hold one in your hand Boru will start doing tricks without any other cue. When the first one doesn't work he'll try the second, then the third, the fourth, repeat as necessary until "Dad" stops laughing and gives up the treat.
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Boru has a repertoire of tricks, of course. And our dogs never get dog treats without performing at least one minor trick. But if you just stand there and hold one in your hand Boru will start doing tricks without any other cue. When the first one doesn't work he'll try the second, then the third, the fourth, repeat as necessary until "Dad" stops laughing and gives up the treat.

The less bright of my two beagles will do the same thing. Sometimes you look down from the dinner table and there he is, rolling over and over. Meanwhile his brighter "sibling" alternately gives you sad eyes and stalks the floor around the toddler's chair.
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The less bright of my two beagles...
Didn't know you could use "beagle" and "bright" in the same sentence. Cool.

They are awfully funny and affectionate, though.
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As to the Border Collies, sometimes smart is relative...do you really want a very imaginative, clever dog? Yes? Okay, good, send me your UPS deliverable address...(I do BC rescue). You may find that smart is not really an asset--see cocker spaniel mentioned above.
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Two of my dogs are from BC rescue. The 50 lb'er is very bright, and is taking
sheep-herding lessons with rental sheep at a local horse facility. The 70 lb'er
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attributes. Both were taught to stay out of trouble very easily. My Leonberger,
on the other hand, is just out of puppyhood and likes to read (shred books
into tiny pieces), do the laundry (shred shoes and clothes into tiny pieces),
watch movies (destroy videotapes), etc. Friendliest and most playful dog
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Wow, there's a phrase I never thought i would see used in polite company.
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Wow, there's a phrase I never thought i would see used in polite company.


But there's a new idea for my sheep...I always assumed I'd get the wrong kind of attention if I offered them up for rental!
I'm still sure that would be the case.
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Then we had to start spelling words like we did for the kids when we didn't want her to understand us. Problem was, she learned not only what CAR meant (with much excitement every time), but then taught herself what C-A-R meant. Soon we couldn't even say "cardboard" without the ears going up.
Our Airedale was smart like that. My husband and I would ask each other whether this was a good time to take Kona for a walk. It didn't take that long for him to figure it out and when we said the phrase, he would immediately appear in front of us, wagging furiously. So we changed the phrase to "go 'round the block" without including his name. He learned that phrase too, so we switched to "take a stroll". Next came "go on a W-A-L-K". We invented many more phrases and he learned each one in turn.

Kona passed away suddenly a year ago and we still miss him dearly.
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Our 13 pound weiner dog just pooped out half a sock. :P

Greg had to provide assistance.
How did Greg assist? Did he poop the other half?
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