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Old 10-26-2009, 11:14 PM
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I thought a thread to tell us why, how, and how long your dog has been the perfect pet in your home would be nice
I don't even think there are words to describe it, but I will try.
From the day Maddie came home I knew she was different than any other dog. I had talked to the breeder for quite a while, and then the week that Maddie turned 8wks I became incredibly busy and literally didn't have the time to go get her. So when my parents picked me up from a field trip after school, and she was in the car, I nearly died of excitement.

She was an incredibly smart puppy - but even before the training classes, and teaching her tricks with the clicker, she was in tune with me. She is different than most puppies - happy go lucky all the time. She is so in tune with me. When I'm stressed, she's a distractor or a stress reliever. When I am happy, she is happy, when I am grouchy, she is grouchy, when I am sad, she is sad and lets me hug her and cry on her back ... except for the times when she knows she can cheer me up and she does something silly and makes me laugh, and then cuddles with me for a bit, and then wants to go outside (preferably for a walk).
I've had Maddie since she was 8wks old, and she will be 8yrs old in April... and the bond has only gotten tighter with age. She is a couch potato when I need a couch potato. At the same time, when its time to get off the couch we can go for 2+hr long hikes in the woods, no real paths, offleash with total trust on both ends. Heck, when I got caught in a thorn bush, she doubled back and came over to me to make sure I was okay. And when she got caught on a thorn bush one day, she stayed perfectly still when I asked to so I could unwind her, and I knew it couldn't have felt good.
Maddie's one of those dogs that people used to say she would go with anybody. And she would she would when she was a puppy, but she looks back to make sure I don't leave or they don't take her away She gets along with everybody! She's the social butterfly that I need to help get me out of my shell.
And one time when there was a man hiding behind some bushes... I was letting my parents dogs out and it was really really late, after midnight. I pulled up, put the car in park, turned the car off... and her growl... Scary! I'd never heard her growl like that. I looked up just before I opened the door, saw what she saw, and froze. He approached the car, she started barking and snarling, and he took off. That's when I knew she is also my guardian angel.

And the training has also tightened the bond <3 She impresses all my friends/family, she makes me out to be a liar because I say she doesn't always listen, and of course in public she always makes me proud She can now retrieve items for me (socks, notes, paper towels, the remote, working on car keys) and shuts doors and cabinets behind me (when asked). And of course, I can't sleep without her next to me.


So, there aren't any true words, good enough to describe my perfect dog. I love her, like crazy I love her.
Maddie. My heart dog.
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Old 10-26-2009, 11:23 PM
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Sawyer is perfect for me. He'll play when it's playtime, chill when it's time to work, will go all day long hiking if that's what the day calls for, will settle into anyone's house with very little trouble. His biggest fault when we go visiting is playing too roughly with other dogs' toys. He is perfect in the car and is amazing walking around in public.
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Old 10-26-2009, 11:43 PM
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i honestly don't think i could ever have a dog i care about as much as yoshi she's my heart dog.
i got her when i ran away from home, was living by myself. she celebrated all the holidays and birthdays with me for a year and a half.

she's great with kids of all ages. she reacts to ear pulling or rough play with kid with nose kisses. she would let her bladder explode before going to the bathroom in the house. she can handle being out all day at festivals and hiking at the lake and creeks. she is great without a leash and stays with me so hiking around to go geocaching is easy with her.

if i'm sad she'll jump up and cuddle and if i'm bored she's always ready to play and play rough if i want to. but we can be playing as hard as she can but the second i go 'i'm done' she's finished playing and ready to do whatever else i want to do.

she loves to sleep with me and will come up and lay her head on my arm to go to sleep and when it's cold she cuddles up to me under the blankets and stays there all night. if i wake up at night *bathroom or if i wake myself up. i have sleep apnea so i wake up a lot at night some times* she is up that second to check on me.

she always gets between me and a stranger at my house until she knows it is ok.

she's my heart dog so i'm with you in thanking the people who ended up ditching her at the shelter. because if hey hadn't i'd never have got yoshi.

on a note i knew she was mine when we got home she jumped on my bed, layed down like she was going to cuddle and peed all over me and my blanket. *she had urinary tract infection when i first got her*

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Old 10-27-2009, 12:06 AM
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I grew up with a standard poodle, who not only seemed to know what we wanted from her at all times, but led me to believe that I was the best. dog. trainer. EVAR.

I never wanted a basset hound. I thought they were hideous, lazy, and from what I had heard, untrainable. So when I met my boyfriend in college, and found out he was into hounds, I was relatively dismissive and let him know in no uncertain terms that I wanted a pit bull. Period. I went home with him and met his dogs, beagles and a basset, and was relatively unimpressed. They all lived outside and just generally seemed a bit crazy (they were clearly starved for attention, now that I know them all better I like them just fine...). When I moved into my apartment junior year, I wanted a dog. The boyfriend suggested I bring one of his up. I chose the basset, thinking she'd have a lower energy level at the very least. After a few months of failed housebreaking and howling in her crate every chance she got, my patience was shot. The my roommate went nuts and said the dog HAD to go. So we sent her home, back to her kennel, until said roomie moved out. Over spring break, she came home with my to my mom's house, and we worked super hard on manners. It was like she'd been sent to a scared straight program - Daisy has been the BEST dog I could have hoped for. She is off-leash reliable (I can call her off anything that moves), competes in Rally and hopefully soon formal obedience, is so completely attuned to me it's amazing, and gets along with any foster I bring in and most people (she has an irrational fear of strange men...). She is my heart dog and I am soo glad I decided to take a chance on her. We are breaking the basset stereotype everywhere we go

(Oh yea, I did finally find my perfect Pit in the form of a foster dog that unfortunately was dog selective, and decided to selectively hate my dogs. She was one of my best friends and it broke my heart to adopt her out... but she's doing great in her new home )
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:08 AM
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Capone, with his prey drive level knocked down a few rungs. He loves kids almost as much as he loves other dogs and knows to be gentle with them. Ears pulled, skin over his ribs used for pulling up on, tail used as a teether, and he didn't mind a bit. He can roll the big dogs and step gingerly around the chis. He loves most everyone, even if they don't care for him.

He's an endless source of amusement as well as a faithful furry friend. He wakes himself up with his own farts, lets me terrorize him in any way I see fit - and wag his tail through every moment, and not only understands but enables my sense of humor. I give him a discreet 'crazy-eye' and then quickly shove whoever's next to me (so that I'm not in the line of fire) and he pounces on them. He immediately returns to me - "Wasn't that great!? How'd I do? Was I good?"

Who else could guard me from a newly-hung bird feeder? What other dog could I trust well enough for a face-gnawing session? ...And only the finest of dogs would recognize yoga in the living room as a bad thing (it is!) and put an immediate stop to such nonsense.
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:45 AM
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...And only the finest of dogs would recognize yoga in the living room as a bad thing (it is!) and put an immediate stop to such nonsense.
OMG I gave up on the yoga thing AND sit-ups because Daisy will come along and decide THAT is the perfect time for cuddling or throwing herself on mommy's gut/neck/face.
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Very Missed:
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UKC CH CCH 'PR' Hannas Creek Irresistible You
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:29 AM
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I can feel the love seeping through the words in this thread.......it warms the heart on this cold Indiana day, LOL

Keep em' coming guys, I just LOVE hearing these tributes to our loving friends while they are still hear to enjoy
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