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PUGS are the best!!!!

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Each of our breeds are special to its owners.

I could say Goldens are the best - and I've got proof of it. Because Harley's papa, Jerry Lee, just competed in the Forth Worth Kennel Club dog show - and he won:
BEST OF BREED, BEST of SPORTING GROUP - and BEST OF BREED!!!

Which means he walked away as the BEST dog in the entire show. That's his THIRD title in his career. He smoked the competition. It's hard to fool the judges.

It was a proud moment and we were able to be able to attend and sit on the front row and watch each round and the victory.

But whichever dog we own, they are the best things for us.

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Wow!! I'm impressed must have been a high dollar puppy.

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I would be a proud papa too. Now you need to post some pic's so we can check him out in the show ring too.

Brooks

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Shih tzus are the most compassionate, sweet, and mellow dogs ever! They also don't shed at all, which is a huge plus. If you keep their hair long, grooming is a pain. I keep my dog's hair cut short- they call it the "puppy cut".
BTW- We have 6 shih tzu puppies who are now 2-1/2 weeks old- eyes just opened in the past few days. Fun!!
Anyone in the so. cal. area interested in a shih tzu puppy- let me know!

We also have 3 persian cats & they definitely make up for the fact that our shih tzu doesn't shed! But I love their funny flat faces. They don't have any breathing problems, either, as some apparently do. Animals are work, but they make life enjoyable too! (except for the pile of dog doo I was awakened by this morning in the hallway outside our room-lol! I fed her too late last night!)

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They are my favorite, I also love German Shorthairs, guess I just like German dogs and German cars

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Golden Doodle.....Izzy She has been my steady companion during chemo recovery.

Mike

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I have had many different types of doggie companions in my life but Shih Tzus have to be the best.

Not only are they intelligent, they are funny, playful and loving. They are labeled "companion" dogs and now I know why.

Our youngest dog knew there was a serious problem with my husband's health before we did. He suddenly started following him around like a shadow and would jump in his lap when ever he sat down. The dog acted totally out of his normal daily routine and quit wanting to play tug-of-war, quit wanting to spend lots of time outside and would not leave my husband's side. Our dog is now back to his normal routine (after one year) but still wants to "supervise" my husband especially on those bad days right after chemo.

Anyone else see a major difference in their pet's behavior?

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AnnaLeigh,

I definitely agree with you about shih tzus! I can't compare any change in her behavior though since I got sick, since I got her as a puppy 6 months after my diagnosis. She's a family dog and loves everyone, but she follows me like a shadow and thinks I'm her mother, I think! She's now a mommy to 6 darling puppies. The last thing we need is another dog, since we also have 3 cats, but I bet we'll end up keeping one of the pups. Which one, is the hard question! Interesting how your shihtzu can tell when your hubby is sick. When my dog was a puppy, I was going through Folfox and I slept a lot in those days. She'd take a nap along with me, right next to me & if I slept for 2 hours in the afternoon, she'd faithfully stay by my side. They're great dogs!

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I love my mutts! All four of our dogs are mixed breeds, all rescues. I have grown up with mutts and they have been so healthy and wonderful. My 3 cats were all foundlings as well. I guess the only critters we have that were purchased and pure bred are the chickens! kinda funny!

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Hey Lisa, I'm not from around there, but what color are your "babies?" Our Jasmine was a sweet little black shih-tzu with a white little beard and white paws. That dog was soooo precious. She would bump you in the lips with her little black lips to give you a puppy kiss. Didn't lick you...just bumped you. She was such a joy. They are very loyal and loving little dogs. I love the breed and would do it again.

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Hi Nana2,

We've got 4 that are mostly brown and white with a little black (the typical tri-color shih tzu). The other two are solids- one is a light cinnamon color and the other is a chocolate with a black face. They always tend to lighten up as they get older. My mama dog was the tricolor with lots of white as a little pup & now she's kind of an oatmeal color. After her first grooming, her darker colors were shaven off & the underneath hair grew in almost all light. Funny.

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For me our rescue dog "LAYCA" is the best,lab mix, she is so greatful that she doesn't know what to do for us to let us know how much she apreciates that my son took her from one of the busiest street here in Miami.
For me, before my favorite breed was german sheppard, I had one that got lost and she was incredible.

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I agree...puggies are amazing dogs. We have one who NEVER leaves my side when I am home. Love that dog!
Also have 3 cockers who are special in their own ways. One is always there when someone is sick, sad or lonely....one is always ready to play...and the baby...well--she's entertaining.

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Our dog is a beagle that we got from the Humane Society. She apparently was rescued from a puppy mill in Indiana. We don't know her exact age because of that + the vet thinks she is a little older that the HS told us. She is very smart, but I keep saying she needs to use her cleverness for good instead of evil! She thinks everyone who comes to the house is coming specifically to see her + wants lots of attention. She will do virtually anything for food; she is totally driven by her stomach. When we walk her, she usually ignores the other dogs - I think she thinks she is better than the other dogs - in fact sometimes I think she classes herself as human! She is, warts + all, an important part of our family.

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I also have a beagle who is very food-driven. I made an ID tag for her at Petsmart, and on one side of the tag printed "When you look into the eyes of a beagle, all you see is hunger." It's true. They seem to look for food constantly.

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We have a Yellow Lab and a Bichon Frise. Both WERE to be my dogs, but both have taken to my husband. Our lab is 11 yrs. old and our Bichon is 3 yrs. old. Even before my husband was diagnosed with cancer, our Bichon who's name is Baby starting paying alot of attention to him. Always licking him and sitting with him, I thought at the time it was a little strange because before that she didn't want to sit with anyone. Bichon's are clowns and maybe she was licking him because it made him laugh and the more you laugh with a Bichon the more they do it. Anyway, Baby has been a great source of comfort for my husband during his illness. For the first time the other day my husband got sick while on chemo - he's been getting chemo for 2 years now. Baby sat by his side in the bathroom and on the recliner all day until I got home. When I got home she ran up to see me and barked at me and kept running downstairs to my husband, she wanted to make sure that I knew he wasn't feeling well. As soon as I acknowledged that he was feeling bad it was then that she asked to go outside. First time all day my husband tells me. She is a wonderful dog. Our lab is a wonderful dog also, but she has her own medical issues and is getting a little to old to follow my husband anymore, but she is still our number 1 baby and always will be. I don't think my husband or myself would have been able to handle his sickness if we didn't have the dogs around to keep our minds off of the things that were happening. Dogs or any pet for that matter are wonderful to have around when your sick. Every person who is sick with anything should have a pet!

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Dog's Purpose (from a 6-year-old).
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, 'I know why.'
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me.. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.
He said, 'People are born so that they can learn how to live a good Life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?' The Six-year-old continued, 'Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.'
Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.
Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
Take naps.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Be loyal.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!

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What a great way to start the day.

And on that note... I'll have a good stretch, get up and go for a joyride across town for a massage, and then meet my beautiful daughter for lunch and a walk on the beach, after which I'll come home, have a nap, make a special supper for my sweetie, run to the door to greet her when she's home from work and enjoy a fun movie in the evening!

Another tough day on the cancer ward!

Love to all... Rob; in Vancouver

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meeowwwwwwwww :) :)

mags

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breeds of dogs include hunting dogs and punting dogs - pugs are of the punting variety.

I love dogs and cats - we have had the worst run with cats though - all nasty bitter animals. I wanted to rescue a couple of greyhounds, but my wife has a phobia about big dogs. I mean they really scare her. I would love a dog, medium size or bigger, but it seems I will pass from this world dogless.

This thread is depressing me. Nice story though Kerry!

Give all you dogs a bark and a hug for me, those of you with medium size or bigger dogs. Those with small dogs go ahead and kick them once for me. Okay, okay, okay - you can hug them too - cancer has made me soft.

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I am a cat lover ! I have one cat who behaves like a dog. She is an "only pet" and likes it that way. She is very affectionate and has a great personality. She wants to be right next to my daughter or I all the time.

We have never had a dog. I would love a dog , but have always been worried about not having enough time to spend with the dog, and he work involved. I also don't think my cat would ever adjust to another pet.

I think the Golden Doodles are adorable and border collies are really cute. After hearing all of you talk about your dogs, it makes me want to go get one.

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Brenda,

We have a zoo, I guess. In addition to our dog and her puppies (we'll probably keep one puppy), we also have three Persian cats. One is 5 yrs old & the other two are 11 week old siblings. When raised together, they get along great!
Your cat won't like a dog at first since it's not used to dogs, but if you get the dog as a puppy, they'll eventually get along well with each other!

Lisa

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We have a whoose dog. A 10 month old Maltese. She does love to go for rides in the Kubota.

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I agree, but Boston Terriers are better!!!! I always loved pugs but they shed alot so I opted for the Boston Terrier. I have 2 and they never shed. They are my best buds!

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I have 3 of them Romeo Portifino Oceano, Julietta Maria, and their son Kiwi Chu Chu Chen #II. Also 3 cats.
Love each of them.
It's so nice to have an animal to cuddle late at night when everyone else is asleep and unavailable. Either a dog or cat are always around and ready for a petting.

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We love basset hounds and we've always had at least one basset. They are loving and lovable, full of personality, and comical in everything they do. The basset in my picture is Buddy, who we lost to cancer last fall while I was having chemo. He competed in dog agility with me and he always amazed people with his speed and enthusiasm.

Now we have one basset, Lulu, who is mischievous but adorable. We also have two beautiful mixed breeds, a sweet little elderly sheltie mix and a long-legged young black and white spotted girl.

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Love my poodle! She makes me laugh and she insists on walks everyday. She is great company and very affectionate.

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graci I wrote that I didnt think my Otis was the brightest (basset beagle mix) your comment:

"I do have a theory about the Beagle though. :)
They have a reputation as not being the smartest dog! I have to disagree with that.
They just pretend to be dumb, and that insures them, to anything they want!"

has got me thinking, he is smart enough to make us think he is not the brightest....
I take back what i said seems the dog may be smarter then me!!!

I agree with you all our dogs have been rescue or from someone with a litter of mutts.
I personally think mutts make better pets and require far less "maintenance"
chris

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Of course I have met few dogs I didnt like. I wont say which ones dont wish to hurt feelings, Ill just say if they fit in your purse, well I am glad they found a home with You, lol..

We have a basset/beagle mix, built like a basset in everyway but the coloration is that of a beagle. he is a rescue dog. when we first brought him home he would drive himself crazy if we left and he didnt go with us. We kenneled him and he had got so upset he was covered in his own waste and shaking by the time we got back. He has gotten better about us leaving now although I cant make myself put him in the kennel anymore, no matter what they say about how much they supposedly love it.
He is the most affectionate, lazy dog I have ever seen. The brids, squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks etc... are on high alert still when he is outside but he has never chased any of them, which I find quite curious, a non hunting beagle/hound hmmmm? He will follow me through the house and always wants to be within eye sight of what I am doing. others have posted there beagle is led by their stomachs, with Otis its his nose. out for a walk his head is never raised far enough to get them long ears off the ground. If something is farther then 20 feet ahead of him, it might as well not even exsist!

And you are so right about mischeievous, it is like having a 4 year old in the house again. he knows he is doing something he shouldnt but does it anyway and then slinks when you catch him.
He will never win any dog shows, I dont really think he is all that bright, but he sure is number one in our hearts!!

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my sister and niece each have one. One's name is Charlie and other is Chloe. They're both precious animals.

We have a mixed whatever. She is definitely lovable and would never hurt a soul. I think she's part min-pin and some kind of cowdog since we got her from one of our cowboy friends. :) She is like my fourth child. She's close to 15 years old and we got her when she was about 4 weeks old. She could pee a puddle bigger than she was.

We also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE border collies. They make great cow dogs and are very loyal to their master. We also owned McNabs. They are also great cow dogs and are also very loyal to their master. They are very protective of family, though.

We had a McNab and a Collie in our early years of marriage. Our kids weren't more than 5 and 2 at the time. Our son wasn't born for a few more years. Our McNab was pregnant as was the collie. They still worked cows for us, but our McNab was kicked by a cow and slinked her pups. The collie gave birth to several healthy babies. The McNab and the Collie took turns taking care of and nursing those puppies. Each took turns staying at our line shack to care for them, both being excellent mothers. Every pup was always spoken for after they were born. We kept one. When we quit cowboying, and moved, we gave her to a friend of ours who still cowboyed. They neighbor stole her and fed her steak and gave her a bed next to his. She died a happy dog, which is what we always want for our "family".

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When I diagnosed with cancer, my two sons were age 10 and 12. It was a pretty rough year for them. My youngest son, in particular, is a sensitive, introspective soul. I promised myself that when I finished my treatment (which ended up to be 4 about to be 5 treatments, but that's another story), I would get him a dog. Smartest thing I ever did in my life. Our dog ended up to be best friend, confidant, etc. etc. And then a funny thing happened. Have to confess I never really liked dogs -- this was purely something I was doing for my boys. Then the darndest thing happened - I fell in love with that dog! I like to walk/hike. My husband travels and my kids are growing up, moving out. Now it's me and dog - and it's good.

A dog-rescue mutt, in my case. Accidental love!

Tara

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same thing happened to my mom when I was young (fortunately not the cancer part) but she got the dog for me. When I left for the service that dog was her best friend and companion. That to me is the magic dogs posses!

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