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  1. Paviche

    Let's Be Controversial

    Yep. Being bigoted because of ignorance (which seems to be one of the root causes here) is one thing but being proud of said ignorance is another.
  2. Paviche

    Let's Be Controversial

  3. Paviche

    Chaz puppies of 2016

    Congrats on puppies, everyone! Takoda is so cute. I bet he and Owen will make quite the pair :)
  4. Paviche

    Let's Be Controversial

    I've never said that they shouldn't be held to the same standards, nor have I seen anyone else say that. If anyone is cutting Doodles more slack than other breeds, then they're just as wrong, but I've never seen that happen, only people acting like Doodles are Literally The Devil.
  5. Paviche

    What is the most common thing you say to your dog(s)?

    My boyfriend makes fun of me because I tell Rowan he's a good boy constantly, and for no reason. Riff and Stitch get told "slow down!" and "calm down!" a lot. I also throw out a lot of baby talk on a regular basis two all three of them...
  6. Paviche

    Let's Be Controversial

    I 100% believe that the people who say that all the Doodles they've ever met are nuts, aggressive and/or fearful, etc, are either totally BSing or at least convincing themselves to see things that aren't there. I don't doubt that there are bad Doodles out there (like with literally every breed...
  7. Paviche

    Let's Be Controversial

    Building off of that, if the puppies you produce are so delicate that they need to be restricted from basic things like using stairs, you need to really re-evaluate your breeding program. I'm all for not asking too much as far as agility jumps and things when they're young but normal, every day...
  8. Paviche

    Let's Be Controversial

    Yeah I think that most of my views actually aren't all that controversial here, but they definitely are in the dog world at large!
  9. Paviche

    Let's Be Controversial

    Oh yeah I don't like cropping/docking (or declawing but that seems to be less controversial.) Rescue bashing annoys the heck out of me, too.
  10. Paviche

    Let's Be Controversial

    Oh boy, my favorite! I do not think that prongs and e-collars are the devil. I am all for people breeding mixes as long as they're breeding healthy, sound dogs and standing behind them. Same with out-of-standard colors. Similarly, I do not think that Doodles are a scourge upon...
  11. Paviche

    Describe your dog(s) in 3 words

    Rowan: clever, devoted, demanding Riff: sweet, silly, exuberant Stitch: easygoing, playful, fun
  12. Paviche

    What made you get into dogs?

    I've always had dogs, literally. My first dog, Oliver, was 3 years older than me. We got Kirby when I was 3, then Lucky when I was 5. Oliver died when I was 10 and we got Baxter that same year. Kirby died when I was ~16 and I got Rowan a couple weeks shy of my 17th birthday. Lucky died when...
  13. Paviche

    The one that got away?

    I've talked about her here before, but I don't think I've ever shared a picture. The daycare I used to work at occasionally fostered for local rescues. They'd pay for food and vet care and we'd provide the dog a place to stay if they were low on foster homes. We had a pair of Saint Bernards...
  14. Paviche

    Hello there!

    Welcome! You know I'm a big fan of Athena ;) You have a great crew.
  15. Paviche

    Hero's Thread

    He is so incredibly cute! Congrats! :)
  16. Paviche

    Fenzi Courses

    I could barely justify one class, much less two, so I'm only doing Rally Skillbuilding, but I'm really excited about it!
  17. Paviche

    Chaz member-owned dog businesses?

    I'm starting to do pet portraits again. It's bare bones right now, but my page is here:
  18. Paviche

    Fenzi Courses

    I'm thinking about taking my first Fenzi class(es) if I can afford them. I want to take the Rally Skillbuilding 1 with Rowan and maybe Engagement with Stitch. Has anyone here taken either of those? Stitch has been very tricky, because he's very focused with no distractions, but add even a...
  19. Paviche

    The Venting Thread

    Everyone else has responded pretty thoroughly, but I'd like to point out that just because you're dating a Hispanic man doesn't mean you're not racist. In fact this is such a common thing there's even a cliche phrase to accompany it: "I'm not a racist, I have black friends!" Racism is so...
  20. Paviche

    The Venting Thread

    I was there for 11 years which is 11 years too long. I'm sorry you're still stuck there and I hope you can get out ASAP! My best friend, who is phobic about travelling, still lives there, so I visit occasionally, and every time I remind her just how much I love her that I will willingly go...