My Dog --- Got Yours?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by NWSneaky, Mar 15, 2005.

  1. NWSneaky

    NWSneaky Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2005
    Chief is an ACD (Australian Cattle Dog). He is aging now --- maybe nine-years old. He used to run fifteen miles a day bringing the milkers in-and-out three times a day. I named him after the Kansas City Chiefs --- he has a perfect Arrowhead as his blaze. BTW---I have been a fan of the Chiefs and MU wayyyyyyyyyyyy too long ------- those losers.

    Anway --- Chief and I have now grown old together. We communicate with our eyes. Can you understand? If he wants 'out' he just sends me those eyes. If he wants a drink and I forgot his water, he watches me take a leak. If I get to tripping too much on past foul-ups he senses that and comes to my lap and demands an ear rub. I love my Chief.

    Do you have a favorite mutt?
  2. southerngurl

    southerngurl le person Supporter

    May 11, 2003
    As far as for snuggling, that would be my older border collie mix, Missy. She is about 11. She'll sit there with her head in your lap and let you pet her. My other younger dog Allie, she prefers to "Lick and Run". Then she wants you to throw something. She is a very funny, entertaining dog. They are both great dogs in their own ways.

  3. bgak47

    bgak47 Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2003
    I have 3 & they are very special to me & my wife. They are just mutts & the oldest is 5 & the youngest is 2. They are part yellow lab & part ?? All from the same female, who is no longer with us. They are males from successive litters from Goldie & they are pestering me to go out right now... but since it is raining, they are waiting for me to stop the rain. :) They have complete faith in my ability to control the weather if they just whine & beg enough. :rolleyes:
  4. Jan Doling

    Jan Doling Well-Known Member

    May 21, 2004
    Zone 9b
    Tyegr is shepherd/greyhound mix. She communicates with her eyes, eyebrows (very Groucho Marx) and vocalizes. I swear she's trying out for the next Scoobie Doo movie. Except for digging yard holes the size of moon craters, she perfect. If I hang a tableclothe over the lawnmower handles or put a towel on my head after a shampoo, she'll bark until said items are removed!
  5. Bladesmith

    Bladesmith Well-Known Member

    Sep 20, 2003
    Let me preface this by saying that I'm a big, active guy. I love the outdoors, rough and tumble activities. I was a K9 cop, did some Shutzhund training, and have worked with seeing eye dogs. I love big dogs!
    Now, having said that, about 6-8 months ago, my darling Junebug expressed again her desire for a small dog. I cringed, whined wheedled and rolled my eyes. "But I don't like little hairy lap dogs!" I cried. But I bit the bullet, and off we went for a Shih Tzu puppy. Fast forward a few months and here I am all laid up because of a car accident. Willow (her full name is Princess Willow of Fairycroft and no I had nothing to do with THAT) is my bestest little buddy. Every morning Junebug tells her to "Be good and watch your daddy" and she does. If I'm up and about too much, she comes over to me and butts at my ankles until I return to bed. She is a high energy source of entertainment, ready to go in a second, as well as a great snuggle buddy. Shes a great gal and I adore her. There I said it. I will now turn in my He-Man Macho club card and decoder ring :eek:
  6. OldYellersGhost

    OldYellersGhost Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    roaming around.
    Aww you guys, this thread and all the responses really warm my heart.
  7. tobo6

    tobo6 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2003
    NWSneaky- We have a ACD too, our dog is almost 8 and does the same thing with her eyes. She never barks to be let out she just looks at you. If something is outside and she wants to check it out she sits and looks at us, and if we dont' let her out she starts sitting closer and closer until she is sitting on your feet looking at us wanting out.

    She still can keep up with the kids, and the animals. Likes to herd the chicken.

    We got a puppy last summer, and they are best buds, but I do notice how she is getting older now. It will break my heart when she goes on...

  8. Maura

    Maura Well-Known Member Supporter

    Jun 6, 2004
    Michigan's thumb
    each single dog is the favorite. I've had five dogs, and they each have had their own personality and plusses. Right now, we have a border collie who is 3 1/2 yr old. he also does the eye thing. Sits there looking at you, or lays his head in your lap, looking at you. Since I can read minds, I know that he wants to go outside, or eat, or I'm supposed to throw Mr. Squeaky Toy down the stairs. he's a very well mannered doggie, but that is because he is well trained (and I don't have any kids at home any more to untrain him). He herds the sheep but knows he's not supposed to herd the chickens or ducks, but once in a great while I catch him. My husband was dead set against getting a dog, but I let him choose the puppy and it took about four minutes for him to fall in love. It took him much longer to admit that he loved the puppy, but that's okay.
  9. Little Quacker in OR

    Little Quacker in OR Well-Known Member

    May 9, 2002
    :) Well, I have just adopted my second ACD from Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue(blue, smallish male). Drove up towards Seattle and picked him up on the weekend of the 5th/6th. He is missing a rear leg but that doesn't slow him down much! LOL

    He is perfect company for my red ACD female(and me) and they play endlessly when they are not chasing birds! LOL

    He is a real trooper and tries very hard to please. It's amazing how forgiving canines are to our species after being so mistreated by some stupid humans. Dogs always are ready to "try again".

    Anyone catch the Championships on Pet Star? So many of those animals were rescues..does a body good. ;)
  10. manygoatsnmore

    manygoatsnmore Well-Known Member Supporter

    Feb 12, 2005
    SW WA
    Our old dog, Tessa, is the hands-down best dog I've ever been owned by! I got her when my youngest daughter was just a few months old and so was Tess. They've grown up together, and Tessa has been her faithful companion and protector. Tess is 1/2 Golden Retriever, 1/4 Husky, and 1/4 St. Bernard and she looks like an oversized, black, Golden.

    When my kids were younger, Tess would go with them to the bus, and then come home to watch my youngest. When it was time for the bus to come, she would head down to the bus stop and escort them home, over a mile. When my youngest dtr was still going to public school, Tess would take her to the bus and wait at the stop all day for her to come home. They roamed the fields together and played in the creek. Where one was, you would find the other.

    DD taught Tess that riding in the truck wasn't so scary and proved that you could, indeed, teach an old dog new tricks. Tess would NOT set foot in a vehicle without bodily force (that's a lot when the dog in question weighs 80#)for the first 6 years of her life. She would escort the truck to the swimming hole or the hayfields, but wouldn't even get in the back of a parked truck! DD very patiently worked with her day by day until Tess was comfortable just climbing in and out, then staying in the back, progressing to having me start the truck while they sat in the back, moving it a few feet and finally, taking her on a few drives to the river for a swim! After that, it was pretty easy to get her in the back :) With even more patience, DD taught her to ride INSIDE the cab. Now, all you have to do is tell Tess to load up and give her a running start, and she's in the truck or SUV and ready to go anywhere with us.

    Even after 13 years, she still greets us like a pup, dancing with her tail swinging in big, happy circles. Even through she's had hip dysplasia since she was 2, she's never shown any sign of pain and hasn't let it slow her down. As she's aged, she doesn't quite hear the deer the way she used to and she's more interested in sleeping inside. We're currently training a new dog to help her with the deer chasing and general night patrol duties, but Tess will always be top dog in my heart.
  11. wildwanderer

    wildwanderer Momma, Goatherder etc....

    Mar 2, 2004
    My dog is Docia, she is a ACX - she was 2 months when I got her in January. Five years ago I lost my beloved companion Chewbacca, he was a golden retriever/chow mix who lived with me in college, in my van and when I worked at a survival school.

    So for the first time in years I have a warm face to go home to, and I can not wait to get home and scoop her up in my arms.

    So yes I have my dog, thank god.
  12. moonwolf

    moonwolf Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2004
    I love my 3 terriers. Lucy was gotten as a pup from decent breeding, and Angus was a most fortunate aquisition as a champion from a dear friend and steward of the breed. As fortune allowed a prize litter of 5 puppies from them, Lily was kept on as the dear runt. She makes me laugh all the time. Such a tiny thing when she had a litter mate 2 times her size for 'protection' :haha: . It was a joy watching them grow and nurture them for thier chosen homes.
    Angus, now 13 is smart as a whip, and still gets around spryly. Daily walks on the snow while I snowshoe or ski in winter, or in summer they get plenty of outdoors activity.....especially harrassing the red squirrels up the tree.
    All I can say is their companionship and antics are meant to give joy. I Love my dogs. :worship:
  13. Ravenlost

    Ravenlost Well-Known Member Supporter

    Jul 20, 2004
    Four of my dogs are Border Collie mixes except for Tom and he's a Black Lab mix. Our dogs are our family and we treat them as such. We've had Huck over two years now and he's one of those dogs who communicates with his eyes. I plucked him out of a drainage ditch when he was about 6-7 weeks old one cold wet December evening.

    Tippy is..WOW...a year old today in fact! I hadn't even thought about that until now. She is a Border Collie/Blue Heeler mix and is a fireball and a Daddy's girl. She's a tri-color with perfect markings and a gorgeous plume of a tail. Tippy won't let a stranger, two-legged or four-legged set foot on our (should I say HER) farm. I plucked her out of a box at Wal Mart when she was just five weeks old.

    Tom is our big gentle boy. He hung around here for several weeks before finally getting enough courage to let me get close. I immediately took him to the vet. He had severe blunt head trauma from being beaten and is now a little "slow" because of it. He's almost two years old now and we've had him almost a year. Poor Tom, as many of you know, has been in the hospital for a very long time (got hit by the mail lady and dislocated his hips, one ankle and a front elbow). Now, after five surgeries he should be coming home next week.

    Bonnie is our big klutz. She's seven months old. She's our rat hunter and comedian (poor thing is just so uncoordinated). I adopted her from a humane shelter in another State after seeing her picture online.

    Molly is our newest pup. She is Bonnie's "little" sister. I got them at the same time and gave her to my Dad. He's losing his battle with colon cancer and didn't have the energy to keep up with her so I brought her home last week. Molly is BIG and strong. To see her now you'd never guess that she was the runt of the litter. She is the friendliest dog I've ever met and is overjoyed to have all these new brothers and sisters. We're very happy to have her join our family.
  14. fordson major

    fordson major construction and Garden b Supporter

    Jul 12, 2003
    east ont canada
    we have an eight year old springer spaniel with us . great guard dog that she is ,will let us know when ever any of us are coming in the house.her father lives next door to us and at 12 still has not figured out who i am!! i have known him since birth and he realy does like me just can't figure out the guy heading down the lane is me! this is the same dog bit santa!!(a friend of ours and the dogs) when santa came to wish his kids a merry christmas!! still, will miss them when they go.
  15. Jo in PA

    Jo in PA Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2002
    I have 2 and they are as different as night and day. Buddy is a Lab/Dalamation mix and is 2 years old. He weights close to 75 lbs.! And he thinks he is a lap dog. He is my Buddy as he follows me everywhere I go. He is just so lovable. My other dog is Saddie, a 7 month old, blonde peek-a-poo. She only weights 4 lbs. and wants nothing to do with being a lap dog. She thinks she's a Big dog. She rules the house. I love both of my dogs for their different personalities. Now, if I can just figure out how to convince Buddy he's to big to be a lap dog and Sadie that she isn't a big dog and to be a lap dog!
  16. jackie c

    jackie c Well-Known Member

    Jul 17, 2004
    I have three, two husky mixes and a lab/shepard/rott. mix. One whines to go out one paces, and one does the eye thing. If I ignore the eye thing, she starts to talk, in doganese, which I am fluent in, and I had better let her out or there will be repercussions, if ya know what I mean. The pacer has been grounded for roaming and is under house arrest, unless we all go together.
  17. bethlaf

    bethlaf Homegrown Family

    May 26, 2004
    my "no good dog" is named Coal, hes our family dog, i got him from a breeder who had crossedthem for goat dogs, unfortunately he got the spit beat out of him by a couple of boss does in my old herd, and is scared of goats now ....
    hes well let me think hes got to be 4, going on 5, not old , but hes the longest owned dog i have here now, we call him "no good" cause up till we moved to this farm , he wouldnt , absolutely wouldnt bark , for nothing, now when someone pulls up, like the meter man this afternoon, he barks and raises hackles, and generally makes a fool of himself,
    he just learned over the winter how to shake paw... he'll fetch a ball till he cant breathe, he especially likes it when hubby decides to smack a few golf balls hes a border collie black lab mix, i did watch his mother work goats, so i know he can do it he just wont, he about wets himself if he follows me out to the pen inadvertantly, but he sits outside the milkroom door in the morning and "guards" me he chases chickens cause its fun , i think i have him cured of that, we just got two pyrnees mixed pups, and he lets them chew on him and crawl all over him , my daughter can do whatever she wants to him , from styling his hair to trying to ride him like a pony

    hes very laid back , hes not a good goat dog, he doesnt really herd anything, he wrestles with his favorite cat when she eggs him on enough , otherwise hes happiest just following whoever is out walking around or finding a comfy spot ot sleep