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  • Kal El?
    Petey? (Short of Peter Parker)
    Shark?
    Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
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    • shark's pretty cute.
      my primal journal:
      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...Primal-Journal

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      • Yay for getting a dog. (although I am heavily prejudiced in favour of collies over pretty much any other breed).

        We've kinda stolen our neighbours cat Bob (he likes to sleep inside our house all day, and had been curled up on bed with me for the last few hours until the wif put him out), and Miss5 just said recently 'when Bob dies, can we get a dog?'

        Possible names suggested from the cheap seats here: lucky, bob (...), bruce
        Last edited by magicmerl; 08-26-2012, 02:07 AM.
        Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

        Griff's cholesterol primer
        5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
        Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
        TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
        bloodorchid is always right

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        • I like Kirby - it's good to have 2 syllable names as it makes it easier for the dog to catch on - or so I've read. Dogs are smarter than we give them credit for and I know you'll all figure it out soon enough. Congrats and good for going to a shelter to rescue a new friend

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          • We've decided on a name now, but don't want to make it public due to security paranoia.

            I've been a good primal girl, well except for that dinner out with the kids- i had the fresh foccacia and some creme brule after my primal Italian dinner. i'm also doing my bodyweight exercises everyday, and starting to read about gym equipment. So i'm thinking- pullup progression machine (forgot what it's called) and free weights for now, in addition to the bodyweight exercises at home and swimming a few times per week. I have no clue what free weight exercises to do, though.

            Today:
            make breakfast (well lunch)
            run errands
            visit my puppy!!

            here's his profile pic:
            rowdy.jpg

            isn't he such a sweet, happy boy??
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            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...Primal-Journal

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            • Your pup is adorable!

              Re-naming is fine. My family adopted a dog who was 3 yrs old and switched from "Grace" to Sasha (I would've been happy to keep Grace, personally).
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              • He doesn't look very "pit" in that pick (which is probably a good thing) - his coloring looks a little beagle. Cutie though. Enjoy!

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                • What a handsome boy! I like Rowdy, but what do I know- I named a horse Gregarious

                  I actually read somewhere that pits used to be used as babysitters, so, good choice
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                  Originally Posted by TheFastCat: Less is more more or less

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                  • Drssgchc- i don't like "rowdy" for a pit's name because of the reputation of the breed. we're planning to have him around lots of kids and other dogs, so i want to give him a cute name to sort of emasculate him a little. i'm sure he doesn't care what his name is, but others might get the wrong impression from a name. i think gregarious is an adorable name for a horse.

                    mud flinger- yes he looks a little more "pit" in person than in that picture. He might be a mix, we have no clue.

                    Last night i was reading about pit behavior and training, and it lead to reading about neurological disorders, which led to me reading about "Springer Rage" (which some pits have). Scary stuff. Stupid internetz. So i finished the night feeling a little uneasy about our decision, even though i watched a bunch of "vicious dog vs. baby" videos on youtube (rottweilers giving babies laughing attacks and stuff like that). This morning i stopped at the shelter to take our dog for a run. All (well, most) of my fears completely vanished, what a sweet pup! Not only did i get a bit of exercise from running him, but also from trying to teach him to heel. every time i pulled on the leash to bring him back, it was more like stopping him and pulling myself forward. My core and glutes are a little sore. He's learning though, most of the time he actually did walk/jog with a short, lax leash. I'm also teaching him to sit and wait any time i open a door or gate. Strangely enough, he didn't respond to "sit" very well; we'll have to work on that. But he was very gentle taking treats out of my fingers.

                    Oh and my hiking shoes were just fine for the running sprints. Maybe i'll hold off on the shoe purchase; we've spent so much already on dog stuff and building materials (housing project).
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                    • The problem with the internet is that whatever you are looking for, you will find it - the good and the bad. Any position can be supported this way. All you can do is your best to train your new family member as well as the rest of your family. While everyone worries about what a dog might do, have you noticed the damage a teen can do? It kinda helps put stuff into perspective. Just like you would with your kids, watch for worrysome (sp?) behavoirs and correct them early. You're a good Mom - you know what to do

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                      • We had a boxer bulldog and 2 German shepherds while I was growing up at my folks house, those breeds are only as mean as you make them. The pits only make me nervous thinking about what their parents disposition was, and since you got him from the pound you don't know...I'd just watch him and the first time he puffs up on you or the kids send him back to the pound.
                        If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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                        • Gotcha with the name. How's Fluffy? The best part about the horse was that his name was also his descriptor. He loved people.

                          Booter is right about the bloodlines. Some are really bred for fighting. But, honestly, some of my best dog experiances have been with the bully breeds- my worst with labs. If you weren't smarter than the dog, I could see him maybe being a problem, but I don't see that as a problem for you Just make sure he's really, really well socialized.
                          http://cattaillady.com/ My blog exploring the beginning stages of learning how to homestead. With the occasional rant.

                          Originally Posted by TheFastCat: Less is more more or less

                          And now I have an Etsy store: CattailsandCalendula

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                          • Here's my 2 cents:
                            Labs are bred for hunting, so being penned up in your backyard doesn't give them what they need to be themselves.
                            Bulldogs, shepherds, rottweilers, etc. were bred for protecting/fighting and you can usually make them what you want them to be.
                            My worst experiences have come from blue heelers, and that's only because they were protecting their livestock (aka the human kids). They don't mess around.
                            You've got to respect a big dog's space, too. My niece ran into their neighbors house unannounced, just to visit which was cool with the neighbors but surprised the dog. She got bit on the face, luckily, the dog caught itself before it did much more than put a couple scratches on her cheek. Make the dog respect you, then respect it back.
                            Well, that was a penny and a half, you can keep the change.
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                            • maybe i'll hang some "beware of dog" signs on the yard. i've been reading about dog behavior and apparently i'm doing it all wrong. i'm down with being the alpha and seeing a dog as a dog (rather than as a creature with human emotions), but i thought that meant correcting every bad behavior. turns out, our dog just doesn't see me as alpha yet. i need to quit talking and learn dog body language, which is good, because i prefer to communicate via body language anyway. it's much more intuitive. today was our last walk before the surgery, and then i pick him up from the vet tomorrow.

                              oh, also, pits need "mental challenges." it's not a challenge like humans like challenges, but rather things that i would consider frustrating. like putting a treat on the floor and telling the dog he can't have it for a while, then letting him have it.
                              Last edited by Saoirse; 08-28-2012, 12:19 PM.
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                              • Originally posted by Saoirse View Post
                                maybe i'll hang some "beware of dog" signs on the yard. i've been reading about dog behavior and apparently i'm doing it all wrong. i'm down with being the alpha and seeing a dog as a dog (rather than as a creature with human emotions), but i thought that meant correcting every bad behavior. turns out, our dog just doesn't see me as alpha yet. i need to quit talking and learn dog body language, which is good, because i prefer to communicate via body language anyway. it's much more intuitive. today was our last walk before the surgery, and then i pick him up from the vet tomorrow.

                                oh, also, pits need "mental challenges." it's not a challenge like humans like challenges, but rather things that i would consider frustrating. like putting a treat on the floor and telling the dog he can't have it for a while, then letting him have it.
                                /lurking.
                                1. Cute dog is cute! I have two bullies, and they've been a riot.
                                2. The whole "alpha" thing with dogs is not entirely accurate and is not safe to attempt with larger dogs (not that it's good with smaller dogs, but they are tinier of mouth). Instead of trying to correct every bad behavior; redirect, redirect, and redirect some more (so if he's chewing on something naughty, trade with something that's okay; or if he's tugging on something and won't drop, trade with a toy he can have that forces him to drop the other, and so on). That way he'll learn to do acceptable behaviors when the occasion calls for it. A good canine person is Patricia McConnell; she has several books (and ebooks) available.
                                and I used this site: http://www.dogstardaily.com/training...ining-textbook
                                heaps when I first started training.
                                Last edited by unsuperb; 08-28-2012, 05:05 PM.

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