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  • PlainBaysPlainBays Member
    edited August 2014
    I love everyone's pictures and stories of their pure bred dogs - thought I would post a picture of my "mutt" Piper - a Heinze 57 bred...lol Everyone has various opinions about her lineage - long haired dachshund, sheltie, cocker spaniel, etc. - we adopted her through a rescue that has volunteer pilots fly down to kill shelters in the south and bring them back north for adoption. She had to have FHO surgery after an accident at the dog park left her with a dislocated hip (which wouldn't stay back in place due to HD) You could never tell - she takes her backyard patrols very seriously! And now with a 2 year old running thehousehold she has certainly earned her halo :) image

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  • @PlainBays, I LOVE her!! I do have a pure bred yellow lab, but I discussed earlier that I also rescued a German Shepherd mix who is the smartest dog I've ever had and I love her to death. Still haven't figured out how to do pictures, but I'll try.
    Even though the shelter said she was a German Shepherd mix, I really am not sure what all she is! But she is a welcome addition to the household and rules my gigantic yellow lab like you wouldn't believe, though she is smaller. He was ll5 lbs when we got her and she was about 6 lbs and she ruled him even then. It's pretty funny, but he obviously loves her and doesn't seem to mind being submissive.

    Anyway, I love Piper, she looks like a perfect family dog to me!.
  • Piper is just adorable. Though my last several dogs have been purebred, we have our share of Heinz 57s and sometimes they make the better dogs. Ours were rescues too. I think that's what made the difference in their behaviors. Having a family then losing everything. I can definitely see where they say sheltie and the dachshund. Not so much the cocker spaniel but she is beautiful anyway. Love the second pic. Our pets enhance our lives soo much
  • My Boxer i had, when she was a puppy I used to dress her up in my clothes, was so funny lol I got pictures of it
  • Piper is adorable, PlainBays! I hope that just because I have purebred dogs and I breed/show them, no one thinks I am a "dog snob"! I love ALL dogs, and had mixed breeds/rescues growing up. It's wonderful when people are willing to open their homes to rescues. There is no replacing the unconditional love you get from your pets, whatever species they are! :-)
  • No - I hope my post didn't come off that way! We had been looking at lots of different dogs, purebreds included, before Piper "picked" us :) My aunt will only own weimeraners (sp?), we grew up with my uncles germen Shepard escorting us around the neighborhood (no one messed with us!) and my sister has a deer sized yellow lab that i would love to buy a saddle for...lol We love them all too !
  • I have decided to keep those two pit bulls that I found in the woods they are still skinny and the puppies have actually been doing really well i am glad that my best friend has a golden retriever and a Labrador retriever that are both females they I guess you could say are seraget moms to the puppies since their own mom can not produce enough milk for them
  • @PlainBays -- no I didn't think that you came off that way at all. :-) I just wanted to clarify about me.

  • blankblank Member
    edited August 2014
    Currently I have a 5 month old mixed breed kitten, named Dusty. I suspect that he has a lot of Turkish Angora in his pedigree somewhere, due to his gorgeous silky fur, his love of water, and his busy nature. He's very dog-like. He and my 5 year old son are inseparable. He's also very helpful.. Here he was at 2 months old helping me load the dishwasher...

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    Wanting to get in the tub with my son...


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    And one taken the other day, when my son was a bit under the weather...

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    He had a pediatric neuter (uh, the kitten, not my kid! That's important to point out... lol), so he's going to be quite tall. The vet told me that neutering young, often delays the hormones that tell the leg bones to stop growing, and in his case I think it did. He looks to be 8-9 months old, when he's only 5 months.

    Anyway, he's a lovely critter and we adore him.

    We also have a Betta fish, named Pingu. He's a gorgeous, vicious little brute.. He's very anti-social, but we love him, too. Such personality! It took forever to get this picture of him, so I'm proud of it! Very difficult to take a pic of a fish in an aquarium with a phone camera for some reason.

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    I did have an African Grey parrot, Darwin.. but he ended up falling madly in love with my Mom, and if you're familiar with birds, especially parrots, you know that they get terribly upset and pine for the object of their affection. Luckily, the feelings were mutual, so he lives with her now.

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  • This is my new puppy. She is a parti-colored (spotted) Klein Poodle.

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    Her name is IN.Klein'd to Parti and I'm calling her Patsy.

    Kleins, also called moyen, are the size of Poodle between miniature and standard which is recognized just about everywhere in the world except the US (and probably Canada.) In the US, miniatures are 15 inches and under and everything over 15 inches is a standard. Most people think of standards as 22-23 inches and above... you don't see anything much smaller in the show ring. Also, parti-colors are acceptable just about everywhere as well. (The original Poodles were partis.)
    Klein is German and moyen is French for "medium."
    Just as a point of interest, in many countries there are 9 varieties of Dachshund (3 coats in 3 different sizes) but only 6 in the US (3 coats in 2 sizes) and 2 different Akita breeds and White Shepherds (as a breed) and a lot more differences.
  • Aww, this puppy is adorable! I've always had big dogs, but as I get older, I'm thinking of getting smaller ones. She seems like a good size for me.
  • She'll be about 20 inches tall. My standard male is 26. He is 14, blind, almost deaf and starting to have trouble getting around which is getting to be a problem since I am shaky on my feet and walk with a cane. Taking care of him is why I wanted to go down a bit in size.

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  • caseycasey any racetrack with camera in handMember
    This is my "old man" Dominic- he's 17 now. Every once in a while he "sneaks" out the door to be the king of the jungle.... under mom's watchful eye, of course.

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  • caseycasey any racetrack with camera in handMember
    And another of him playing King of the Jungle

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  • caseycasey any racetrack with camera in handMember
    These are my "wild child" Samantha, better known as Sammi

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  • caseycasey any racetrack with camera in handMember
    Sophie is the youngest princess in the family- quite the coquette and loves tunnels

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  • caseycasey any racetrack with camera in handMember
    and this is Duncan, I've had him since he was about 15 minutes old- he was brought into the hospital wet with umbilical cord still attached. He's 5 now

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  • Casey, I love your cat pictures! They're so cute.
  • Casey - you take amazing pictures!! Do you work in a vet hospital?
  • caseycasey any racetrack with camera in handMember
    edited September 2014
    Casey - you take amazing pictures!! Do you work in a vet hospital?
    Yes, I work in an Equine hospital now. Used to work small animal emergency/critical care hospital- but brought home too many orphaned bottle baby kittens ; ) I failed at being a foster mother. They never ever leave.........

    Thanks for the encouraging comments on my photos. I have a lot more here caseyp.smugmug.com
  • Taking photos of animals is such a difficult task involving patience and good timing and you've been able to capture the "essence" of your adorable pets. Awesome photos...thanks for sharing Casey! :oD
  • Casey - you take amazing pictures!! Do you work in a vet hospital?


    Yes, I work in an Equine hospital now. Used to work small animal emergency/critical care hospital- but brought home too many orphaned bottle baby kittens ; ) I failed at being a foster mother. They never ever leave.........
    My daughter does cat rescue and used to have bottle babies. Sometimes she'd have to take them to work with her. IIRC she still has one, Doodle, who was brain damaged at birth and is sweet but dumb as a rock.
  • I just wanted to let everyone know my parents texted me today during school and told me that they had to rush my Dogue de Bordeaux Hooch to the vet today since he couldnt get up and was yelping in pain when he tried to stand and walk and when he did get up to try to walk he could only take a few steps so I will try to keep everyone updated on his condition. Hooch is 6 years old and Dogue de Bordeaux's being big dogs they have short life span their life span is only 5-8 years so Hooch is up there but this is sudden and unexpected and very scared I will once again keep up the updates on his condition once I get updates on him as well.
  • I just wanted to let everyone know my parents texted me today during school and told me that they had to rush my Dogue de Bordeaux Hooch to the vet today since he couldnt get up and was yelping in pain when he tried to stand and walk and when he did get up to try to walk he could only take a few steps so I will try to keep everyone updated on his condition. Hooch is 6 years old and Dogue de Bordeaux's being big dogs they have short life span their life span is only 5-8 years so Hooch is up there but this is sudden and unexpected and very scared I will once again keep up the updates on his condition once I get updates on him as well.
    Will keep fingers and paws crossed for Hooch's quick recovery.
  • I just wanted to let everyone know my parents texted me today during school and told me that they had to rush my Dogue de Bordeaux Hooch to the vet today since he couldnt get up and was yelping in pain when he tried to stand and walk and when he did get up to try to walk he could only take a few steps so I will try to keep everyone updated on his condition. Hooch is 6 years old and Dogue de Bordeaux's being big dogs they have short life span their life span is only 5-8 years so Hooch is up there but this is sudden and unexpected and very scared I will once again keep up the updates on his condition once I get updates on him as well.

    Will keep fingers and paws crossed for Hooch's quick recovery.
    Thank you @lauraj_cincinnati, I am hoping too Hooch has been my best friend for 6 years, he was my third dog that I actually got after I got Shiloh and Shiraz so I am hoping that he is going to be okay and pull threw plus the fact that in my area that I live he is the only Dogue de Bordeaux that actually lives in the area haha
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