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  • Abbey has recently decided that she is terrified of lightning......  There must be a storm coming in tonight as she was hiding in the closet when I got home   She is also a little nervous around excited bigger dogs ( with an odd exception of a Great…
  • Yup, it is common to breed labs of different colors together - all the same breed, and the colour is due to differences in a single gene.  It is actually possible to have a tri colored litter (black, yellow and chocolate pups all at once!).   As t…
  • My parents are breeders (responsible out of a love of the breed) and this is a normal occurence (not always coat colour).  They will often keep a couple of pups that show potential and raise train them until they can have a better idea of what kind …
  • That is great, have fun getting him swimming!  I love watching Abbey go in the creek during our walks. (it is really funny when she hops in a new place and the banks drop off - she is always so surprised).
  • Ahh, that is so sad!  I more strongly than ever think that people should have to take a test or something before being aloud to look after dogs!  There are so many dogs in my area that deserve so much better than they are getting.
  • I have emailed an animal rescue for the area, so hopefully they can point me in the right direction for finding them homes and catching them.   If you guys have any more advice that would be great though, I don't want to leave them out there too l…
  • Hi Thanks for the advice.  I am working on finding something to do with them.  I know a couple of people who are looking for some barn cats - so they don't mind if they are feral.  They will have a safe place to live and will be fed and warm.  I kn…
  • In general a good breeder should have their dogs tested and certified for all common problems for the bread (eg. hips, eyes, patellas, hearing ect).  They should have no problem with you coming out with the sole purpose of just meeting the dogs and …
  • Hi, I have a dog, but we also have a guinea pig and a crested gecko in our house.  If my H had his way there would be a python, but I am not sure about that.  I do love our little gecko though, he is fantastic.
  • I give Abbey Raw bones all the time - there is not way I would ever give her a baked bone or anything like that.  She loves hollowing out a marrow bone and then is done with it - so I fill it with something and let her work on it again.   The end …
  • Nope - not normal, and not acceptable.  My family runs a boarding kennel in the country side - so they get a lot of dogs that are used to roaming around farms when people go away.  Never once have we ever tranquilized a dog!  Yes, we will give them …
  • Ha ha ha, that is better than Abbey!  She just looks at you like you are nuts if you throw something for her, and then stares at you waiting for you to play with her, or bring back her toy. 
  • That is horrible!  I hate that the poor dogs always pay for the owner's lack of responsibility.  One of my friend's sister actually had her dog put down because it growled at the toddler - didn't try anything to fix it or even find it a new home bec…
  • We go down to my home town (2 - 2.5 hours depending on weather and roads) often and Abbey just sleeps most of the time - we have water with us, but she usually won't drink until we get there. When the dogs go longer (to trials or such with my paren…
  • On M-F Abbey gets a 20 to 25 min walk in the AM and then she gets 45 min to 1.5hours in the evening( part of which is in one of our off leash areas so she can run around).  If we are pressed for time she will do a 20 to 30 minute bike ride.  On week…
  • They have yet to find out, but the suspect is tainted meat - a couple of people found meat in a couple of parks.  I think a total of 6 dogs died here in 2 weeks. We thought that maybe someone was targeting the coyotes (there are some living in our …
    in Poor dogs! Comment by Vikki2007 May 2011
  • Poor puppies!  I am happy they were able to get the dogs out - but sick that they have to do this at all.
  • I love Pepper!  So cute, especially with her little tiny speckles. 
  • She is sooo cute, I can see how you would be unable to resist. Good luck with the two pups.
  • I couldn't read the full story - I almost started crying seeing the pictures!  Those poor little babies!  Here is hoping for a full and speedy recovery (and loving forever homes).
  • DH takes Abbey - it is their thing (his major hobby is mountain biking and BMX so he has great control on the bike).  It is fantastic for giving her a workout - she is tired when she gets home - something I can't accomplish with a 2 + hour off leash…
  • You were asking for "no" reasons, and so even though I do like the idea I will play devil's advocate:  Just like any breeds these breeds have their issues - not saying all dogs or even most dogs.  However, the type of people likely to be breeding s…
  • Oh no, that is horrible!!  Poor little kittie.  I will never understand how someone can be okay running over a poor kitty or puppy let along actually trying to do it!
  • Abbey has a weird little sleep "bark" sometimes when she is sleeping - the first time she did it was in the middle of the night, I had no idea what was going on!  I love when dogs run in their sleep, it is too cute!
  • We usually give something they like when training - if your dog doesn't go for kongs then use something else (ours will have nothing to do with them).  We usually give them a "comfort toy" as well - something they like the cuddle with. My dog really…
  • We have our dog crate trained even though she doesn't have to use it very often.  It is great for when we take her someplace new, it is a great way to let her adjust to new places while giving her a safe place.  She will actually just go an hang out…
  • He is very cute and I love the name!
  • Hey, It is always nice to see someone else with a brittany - they are fantastic dogs!  Abbey is 10, but everyone who meets her thinks she is still a puppy (even the vet said he would have guessed she was about 3!).    I would love to see a pick of…
  • Thanks for the class suggestions - I will have to see what I can find around here for classes, there doesn't seem to be a lot. Also thanks for the nosework suggestions.  She might really enjoy that, she has a great nose! She has been an upland hunt…
  • Thanks for posting the picture for me!    She is a total sweetheart and adjusting well from being a working/competing dog to a spoiled house dog (my parents raise brittanies for upland work and field trials).