The last person to post here wins

Started by Spell Chick, December 19, 2017, 11:24:55 AM

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Mastafrank

Quote from: Spell Chick on August 22, 2023, 01:03:18 PMThat is even sadder. You think of cats as more likely to go after birds, but dogs are hunters, too.

I think pigs was more of the curios type lol.. he was pawing at it..


Pigs is a dog,dogs act like dogs. It's so easy to forget that at times

Gyppo

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Very true, Frank.  Dogs are dogs, even when the owner sees them as part of the family.

Royal Mail spends a lot of time investigating dog behaviour and telling Posties how to avoid getting bitten.

One of the reasons some dogs attack falling letters as they drop to the floor just inside the customer's door is, supposedly, they see the fluttering movement as being 'birdlike', so they instinctively attack/chase it.  Once it's stopped moving they lose interest, as it has no other birdlike properties such as smell or taste.

Some dogs never do this, and others are easily trained not to.

But for others the chase reflux is so ingrained nothing will erase it, and the only answer is a wire cage inside the door to catch the mail, or an external letterbox the dog can't reach.

One lesson all posties learn quickly is that a letter or parcel which gets stuck in the flap is best left alone.  If you poke it with your fingers and they go even a fraction of an inch into what the dog considers to be his territory you'll get bitten.

Even a small dog can sometimes pull your hand even further inside once it gets a good grip.

To be fair not many posties have actually lost fingers, but enough have been badly chewed to the extent of needing a hospital visit.

Generally speaking it's the smaller dogs, particularly terriers of any breed, which 'savage 'incoming mail and non-prudent fingers.  When you consider these have been bred for generations to kill rats, and pick up wounded game for shooters, it's not a surprise.

Most people with 'working' dogs take practical steps to ensure their mail is safe from any brief but frenzied attack.

Gyppo


Mastafrank

Very true!

Pigs first owner trained him to not react when someone bugs him while he's eating


The one time he had trouble chewing a hunk of liver,I,in my infinite wisdom,tried taking it away...

This was the first time pigs scared me 😅


Jo Bannister

You should be able to take food away from your dog.  It's a matter of respect: if he acknowledges you as his pack leader, he must give it up.  But be careful how you establish the principle, and don't abuse it.

Gyppo

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The Argentine lady, who lived in our estate for a while, had a 'bodyguard' Husky.  I've never seen another dog which was so watchful.  If she stopped to talk to someone the dog would crouch by her side.  Poised like a spring.  There would be a clearly maintained distance between her and whoever she was talking to.  About six feet or so.

But she was definitely the pack leader.  The dog would look at her, and maybe it was just writer's imagination but to me it looked hopeful.  When she told it to sit it clearly relaxed.

After we'd spoken a couple of times in passing, she said to me.  "I have decided you are okay.  I like speaking with you.  I am going to touch you now so my dog knows you are a friend."

She touched my lightly on the chest and the dog clearly relaxed.  Still alert, but no longer poised.  On standby rather than 'hair trigger'.

I only met her a few times after that, but each time the dog sized me up and then relaxed.

With other dogs that bristled and growled, or sometimes had to be yanked back by their owners, the husky always looked at her  first  before 'actively ignoring' them.

I'd have loved to know their story but never quite found the nerve to ask.  Some people wear their privacy like a tangible cloak.  Not hostile, just private.

I only knew she was Argentine because she told me this.  After about our third street corner conversation .

"I want to tell you I am Argentine.  Some people do not like me because of this."

"Not a problem for me."

"That is good."

Gyppo

 

Spell Chick

We have never had a letter slot in the door, so not an issue for the dogs. They did like to bark more than I liked to listen to barking so I would just softly say, "Oooh, we don't bark" and they both would stop barking and look sheepish, like they had just momentarily forgot the rule. Until the next time.
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Jo Bannister

I love it, Chick!  I've never tried that.  I do know that a tone of indignant disappointment works with the horse.  As in:  "You're shying againIt's the same thing we pass every day!"  Seems to put him back on the straight and narrow better than either shouting at him or trying to reassure him when reassurance really isn't necessary.

Spell Chick

It really works with people, too. No one likes to be yelled at and it raises hackles on even the best of us. But to show disappointment in someone with a bit of social awareness is rather powerful.
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Laura

Anyone see that full moon last night? It was huge, and very bright over this way.
Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.
Arthur Ashe

Laura

Spell, that's an awful big storm headed your way. Hopefully she slows down over land, but stay safe.
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Spell Chick

I did not see the moon. I saw clouds and rain. But it was only clouds and rain and not so much wind as to drop trees across the power lines or anything. It was a nice hurricane here.

My SIL who lives outside Tampa and right on the water, got some flooding. I don't know how bad yet. They were staying with their daughter farther inland. But all in all, we survived it.

Craig's fire/emergency team are going to busy today with clean up stuff there as they got a bit more wind than we did and lost power, but only for a very short time.
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DGSquared

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." -Groucho Marx

A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every passerby leaves a mark. -Chinese proverb

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Laura

Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.
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Spell Chick

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Gyppo