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Old 04-20-2005, 11:34 AM
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Back in the '60s I had a great big male golden retriever, Rufus. He loved to lead people to something he wanted to show them by very gently taking their arm and guiding the spot. When ever he was carrying anything (from news papers, to anything we asked him to fetch) he would do a deep happy growl One day, the door bell rang and there was Rufus, tail wagging and growling, with the arm of the Avon Lady in his mouth. She looked scared to death (first and last visit)..she said she drove up, was greeted by Rufus and lead to the door. She didn't want to pull away (he did tighten his mouth when you did) and could only ring the bell. When I openned the door, he went on his merry way.No, I didn'y buy anything!
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Old 04-20-2005, 11:41 AM
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LOL that is sooooo funny. Poor lady....lol She must have been scared to death! lol
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Old 04-20-2005, 11:42 AM
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ROFL! I wonder what was going through Rufus' mind?
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Old 04-20-2005, 11:57 AM
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what a gentleman....he gave her a courtly escort!
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Old 04-20-2005, 12:04 PM
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He was a gentleman...lived passed his 15th birthday. He was the sire that started my Hawthorn Hill line.
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Old 04-20-2005, 02:24 PM
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That is hilarious! Did you teach him that?
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Old 04-20-2005, 04:54 PM
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She went shopping so I'll answer

NO! We didn't teach him any of his funny things he did! He would lead me everywhere to take me and show me something. If he knew we were going to get the paper, he would try and lead me to the paper box (about 1/8 mile away!). Then of course you'd have to give him the paper to carry all the way home. When I went to school in the morning, I had to walk 1/4 mile to the bustop (yea yea yea, and go up and down hills and through 3 feet of snow). Anyway, I'd take Rufus because I'd pass the paper box on the way to the bus stop. I'd give Rufus the paper in his mouth and he'd go home all the way by himself to give it to mom and dad. (all our goldens did that though. Sometimes you'd have to divide up the paper amongst FOUR DOGS to take it home).

Rufus got his picture in the paper once for catching 65 huge carp and putting them all in a pile when the creek flooded! I'll have to scan and send that pic in if I remember when I get home!
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Old 04-20-2005, 05:24 PM
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Oh I love to see that pic. Not only does Rufus bring you the Avon lady, he brings you carp for dinner. How lucky can you be!
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Old 04-21-2005, 01:40 PM
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Rufus sounds like he was an amazing dog! Ya'll were very lucky to have him, I'd love to see the pics too. He would have made a great special needs dog.
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Old 04-22-2005, 05:17 PM
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Oh I love to see that pic. Not only does Rufus bring you the Avon lady, he brings you carp for dinner. How lucky can you be!
I think I have it at home! I'll scan and post it tonight!
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