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Friday, August 26, 2016

National Dog Day

Spacebunny chronicles it at our household.


He's not bringing that stick to me or anyone else,
he has never brought it back.



Yeah, she's not bringing it to me either.



There's a stick?

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64 Comments:

Anonymous JI August 26, 2016 8:38 AM  

Ha, very cute. They've found their hearts' desire and are holding onto it. Good for them.

Blogger Dexter August 26, 2016 8:44 AM  

A fine lawn worthy of an SF author!

Blogger Josh August 26, 2016 8:45 AM  

Good dogs!

Anonymous Naomi Kritzer August 26, 2016 8:46 AM  

Cat Pictures Please

Blogger Sillon Bono August 26, 2016 9:06 AM  

PEPEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Blogger Sillon Bono August 26, 2016 9:06 AM  

Sorry, could not avoid it, I'm still crying from the laughter.

Blogger Lazarus August 26, 2016 9:11 AM  

Not bringing the stick back is a sign of intelligence. They have deduced that their human does not know the value of a good stick because they keep throwing it away.

Anonymous NateM August 26, 2016 9:13 AM  

So now I know Vox/Bunny are partial to large derpy hunters..

Blogger FrankNorman August 26, 2016 9:20 AM  

The point of the game is not to bring it back - the game is "Now I have the stick, chase me for it!"

Anonymous Undocumented Civilizationalist August 26, 2016 9:31 AM  

My dog (Rough Collie) will not retrieve. You throw the stick or ball, she runs and grabs it, and then she wants you to chase her and try and take it. Keep away is her favorite game. Makes me laugh.

Anonymous Frankenstein McBadperson August 26, 2016 9:43 AM  

Man, if you can't get the dog to bring the stick (or the ball) back to you, then you know absolutely jack shit about dogs.

Stick to coffee and alcohol. They're fun too.

Blogger Nick S August 26, 2016 9:51 AM  

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CqyjQGhWcAAOYyi.jpg:large

Blogger Roger G2 August 26, 2016 9:56 AM  

"Dogs. We don't deserve them."

I've heard that in one form or other. And I believe that.
Especially when they're doing crazy, adorable things.

Blogger Scott Birch August 26, 2016 9:57 AM  

We have a mini schnauzer and a min-pin. Neither of them fetch either. It's so funny, the triumphant raised head with the toy in the mouth and the dressage-trot.

Blogger Josh August 26, 2016 9:58 AM  

Man, if you can't get the dog to bring the stick (or the ball) back to you, then you know absolutely jack shit about dogs.

Go away and stop annoying people

Blogger Josh August 26, 2016 10:05 AM  

Our dog scout is a year and a month old, and she is the best dog in the world.

Blogger haus frau August 26, 2016 10:05 AM  

Do you do anything with your pups other than let let them bask around your palatial estate? Just started digging into teaching my mastiff nosework with a goal of getting him to track the kids. It's really fun and potentially useful.

Anonymous Frankenstein McBadperson August 26, 2016 10:07 AM  

"stop annoying people"

You have this weird idea that you're a "person." Pfft.

Blogger Nate August 26, 2016 10:08 AM  

"You have this weird idea that you're a "person." Pfft."

No. He knows that Vox and Spacebunny know a ton about dogs and are extremely experienced and wise dog owners.

You can tell because they've owned multiple ridgebacks and no one has died.

Blogger Josh August 26, 2016 10:09 AM  

You can tell because they've owned multiple ridgebacks and no one has died.

THAT WE KNOW OF

Anonymous Frankenstein McBadperson August 26, 2016 10:20 AM  

"He knows that Vox and Spacebunny know a ton about dogs and are extremely experienced and wise dog owners."

Willing to accept that. Nevertheless (a word which has an interesting history of its own)...

1) This word "know" is getting a little too plastic for my blood.

2) I'm sure VD et al know (we'll let it slide) a great deal about dogs. But if you can't get a dog to fetch properly, then "know" is kind of a bit of grandiose terminology.

3) Josh is being a silly goose. And silly geese have to fly to Silly Goose Island, where everything is extremely silly.

Blogger Nate August 26, 2016 10:22 AM  

"THAT WE KNOW OF"

ok.. that's a good point.

Blogger Josh August 26, 2016 10:22 AM  

Wait...is this scoobius?

Blogger Nate August 26, 2016 10:23 AM  

"But if you can't get a dog to fetch properly, then "know" is kind of a bit of grandiose terminology. "

this is a grossly ignorant statement. There are breeds that were not bred for retrieving and have deliberately had the drive bred out of them.

Blogger Nate August 26, 2016 10:27 AM  

i do wonder how they ended up with a ridgeback that thinks its a viszla...

Anonymous WaterBoy August 26, 2016 10:33 AM  

Josh @23: "Wait...is this scoobius?"

Funny, that was also my thought back on the book thread....

Anonymous Frankenstein McBadperson August 26, 2016 10:38 AM  

"this is a grossly ignorant statement. There are breeds that were not bred for retrieving"

It might be a 'not completely fully Encyclopedia of All Dogs totally informed' statement, but as a general proposition, it's not a grossly ignorant statement. Do you want to fly to Silly Goose Island along with Josh?

Look, your experience and observations (and VD's et al) are your valid experiences and observations. You saw what you saw and you think what you think. Nothing wrong with that. But... why would you think my experiences and observations are not valid in the same way?

Plus, this is just banter about dogs, it's not anything crucial.

Except of course, if you have the view of life (as I do) that things like dogs are crucial. And I think you do, bud. So let's stop bickering, it's just blather.

Blogger Sillon Bono August 26, 2016 10:40 AM  

Some dogs do as told, others do the fcuk they want, and these tend to have nice personalities.

As long as a dog is not nasty/attacks without real provocation is a well educated dog.

Teaching the dog tricks is often an exercise in patience that does not have as many rewards as people think.

Anonymous Stickwick August 26, 2016 10:56 AM  

My shepherd-akita loved to play fetch at the beach. I dunno if that's common for those breeds, but that dog loved to go in the water. Sure do miss that boy.

Anonymous Avalanche August 26, 2016 10:57 AM  

If y'all haven't read it: the Monks of New Skete, an actual working monastery in (yah know: New Skete?) NY, have a fantastic book for dog owners called "How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend."

Delightful book AND it's a dog training book. (NOT that I am suggesting Vox and SpaceBunny need in any way to train their dogs to 'play' in the way that best suits V and SB -- rather than to play in the way that best brings joy and (slightly vindictive) pleasure to the DOGS!)

Among other tasks, to support the monastery) the monks raise and train (and sell) German Shepherds, and also take in folks' dogs for basic training. Lovely pix of the brothers at a meal, with Shepherds at down-stay all around the room's periphery... Great, warm, loving way of helping dogs (and their owners) know how best to interact in a way that suits both...

Blogger Josh August 26, 2016 10:57 AM  

Scout loves to play fetch inside, but not outside.

Blogger VoodooJock August 26, 2016 10:57 AM  

I've had multiple basenjis. They're highly intelligent and notriously hard to train. You throw a ball or a stick, they'll look at you as if it say "You threw it, you go get it."

Blogger Rusty Shackleford August 26, 2016 11:02 AM  

My dachshund is dumb as a box of rocks, and lazy to boot. However, she is a fantastic bugler alarm.

My border collie/terrier mix picked it up very quickly, along with a handful of other commands. I have never been able to teach any dachshund I have owned to fetch. Some breeds just don't have it in them.

Anonymous VFM #6306 August 26, 2016 11:05 AM  

VD: This is madness!
SB: THIS. IS. VIZSLA!

Blogger John Williams August 26, 2016 11:13 AM  

THAT WE KNOW OF
Or care about.

Teaching a dog tricks is part of the bonding process. It's play with treats.

Blogger VD August 26, 2016 11:51 AM  

You can tell because they've owned multiple ridgebacks and no one has died.

Pictures don't do justice to how big and powerful they are. I was coming home once, and the Fun Police (the blonde one) was walking across the front of the house. Between the size and the way she walked, it looked like a smallish lion from a distance.

One repairman made the mistake of getting out of his car when they were playing outside. They enthusiastically ran over to greet him and he literally DOVE inside his open hatchback and shut it on himself.

Blogger Teri August 26, 2016 11:54 AM  

@29, and you can learn how to do the Alpha Wolf Rollover!

I have a springer and a springer/golden cross. The springer cross will retrieve, but she's getting old and doesn't like to play as much. As for the springer, that's why they bred them with big ears. It's easier to grab him when he runs by with the stick!

Blogger Teri August 26, 2016 11:54 AM  

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Blogger Aeoli Pera August 26, 2016 12:19 PM  

Dog 3 is skeptical of all this nonsense.

Blogger CM August 26, 2016 12:22 PM  

Can't wait to bring a dog into our family, but I have a firm policy of only one un-potty-trained toddler in the house at a time if its within my control (and it is).

When baby fever hits again in approximtely 18 months, we'll cool it with a puppy.

Anonymous BGKB August 26, 2016 12:47 PM  

My dog (Rough Collie) will not retrieve. You throw the stick or ball, she runs and grabs it, and then she wants you to chase her

Sadly whenever I see gays with dogs the dogs are the boss in the relationship, they cant even get dogs to come to them when called.

Blogger Mountain Man August 26, 2016 12:57 PM  

Awesome pictures. There are very few things that can bring a man more joy than a large dog. Great fun and very loyal.
My last dog was a 120 lb. Alaskan Malamute/wolf hybrid. What a rugged woods dog. He was a great companion - and fearless to the core.

Blogger Were-Puppy August 26, 2016 1:35 PM  

@41 Mountain Man

My last dog was a 120 lb. Alaskan Malamute/wolf hybrid. What a rugged woods dog. He was a great companion - and fearless to the core.
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My last doggie (RIP) was 1/2 Malamute 1/2 Collie. Best dog i've ever had.

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 26, 2016 1:45 PM  

Just got a new dog for the first time in years. He's still a puppy and is in the adorable, "run, flop, somersault and bite his own tail for betraying him like that," phase.

He is also at the profoundly needy stage, crying and yipping all night in his kennel. He sleeps during the day of course...because he has that option...The little son of a bitch.

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 26, 2016 2:00 PM  

Interesting thing about dogs. They appear to be the only species that has been domesticated twice and in two different locations.

There is genetic trace evidence of a separate line of domestic dogs in Europe going back 17,000 years.

Which is odd on the face of it. Carnivores are a terrible choice for domestication because "their day job is murder." And then there is the matter of feeding them. They have to eat meat. Only meat.

Regardless, at 17,000 years you are now easily talking about enough time for genetic pressure selection to come into play...for humans.

Yep, I'm saying it. Dogs have been breeding us.

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Anonymous Frankenstein McBadperson August 26, 2016 2:42 PM  

Dogs have good souls. They are naturally (or bred, if you like) co-operative creatures, and they are smart enough to tell that human beings are smarter and more sophisticated than they are. We can talk and cook and so forth. So they want to get in on that action. They're not cynical (actually they're the most loyal critters around), but they know a good thing when they see it. Humans are the best action in town, and dogs are smart enough to see it. Cats are, well, ...they're cats, whaddaya gonna do. At heart they're evil merciless hunters, whereas dogs like to be around people, and be their friends.

Dogs WANT to co-operate with you. At heart they want to be your trusty companions. If you can't figure that out, you haven't been observing reality very carefully.

Blogger Were-Puppy August 26, 2016 3:11 PM  

Mountain Man,

Did your dog get along with other dogs?
Mine was the friendliest dog ever, until another dog showed up.

Anonymous Fred2 August 26, 2016 3:15 PM  

RR's "Pictures don't do justice to how big and powerful they are."

I have one, 90 lbs. They are pretty dainty lap dogs. Not really scary looking, not even big looking ( there's no heavy fur to make them big,so they are bigger than they look.) Until they get riled.

Not like the Great Danes I had growing up.

GB are huge & goofy, until they ain't, then they are terrifying hell-hounds.

Blogger Iowahine August 26, 2016 3:22 PM  

And my weim says, "You threw it, you fetch it."

Blogger Marie August 26, 2016 3:29 PM  

I taught my basset hound to play fetch. Mainly as a way to teach her other commands.

She never liked it. Every time she came back she had a look like "Really? This entertains you."

She much rather run around and tree the squirrels. She's always seems disappointed when we don't kill them after she gets our attention by baying.

I am very happy my basset loves me despite my obvious flaws.

Anonymous Clay The Swamp Spartan August 26, 2016 4:12 PM  

Squirrels are tree rats. They carry fleas all over.

Shoot them.

Anonymous Clay August 26, 2016 4:18 PM  

BTW...nice work, SB.

Blogger bob k. mando August 26, 2016 4:41 PM  

32. Rusty Shackleford August 26, 2016 11:02 AM
My dachshund is dumb as a box of rocks, and lazy to boot. However, she is a fantastic bugler alarm.


you have a problem with rogue buglers too?

damn, i hate those guys. always waking me up for reveille.

have to say though, if you need a dog to warn you that you've got a bugler infestation ... you've got bigger problems than you know.

Blogger Mark Butterworth August 26, 2016 5:43 PM  

I lost my two female German Shepherds this year, a few months apart. The ten year old to degenerative myopathy, the eight year old to cancer.

I miss them very much. Here's a brief video I made of them when they were younger showing a little of their training.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYYt0aoLOc0

OpenID grouchdaddy August 26, 2016 6:10 PM  

Rusty Shackleford wrote:My dachshund is dumb as a box of rocks, and lazy to boot. However, she is a fantastic bugler alarm...Some breeds just don't have it in them.

Get a long-haired dachshund, they're like having a miniature retriever with just a touch of the usual doxie temperament.

Blogger JCclimber August 26, 2016 6:58 PM  

Among other things, this blog has been a great help in correctly identifying very quickly when someone is going to be extremely annoying, and unteachable.

After awhile the sentence patterns and word choices just trigger the recognition, and sure 'nuff, they confirm it within about 3 or 4 more comments.

Anonymous LL August 26, 2016 8:19 PM  

I'm reading the comments & my chocolate lab brings her bone to me. My dog is an overretriever.

Blogger Erika Juhasz Nagy August 26, 2016 10:24 PM  

Attila is my second Ridgeback. He is extremely powerful. 130 lbs. Mailman,UPS guy or Garbageman are mortal enemies who will not leave their trucks. But my 70 year old neighbor still apologizes to me for laughing when he ran away from 8 lb Panda, her Pomerian who attempted to attack him.

Blogger Lazarus August 26, 2016 11:15 PM  

Frankenstein McBadperson wrote:Dogs have good souls.

Evil people can screw them up, however, but they CAN be rehabilitated to a great extent, given enough time.

What other animal will thank you profusely for a good massage?

(you have really undermined your McBadperson identity here.)

Blogger Mountain Man August 26, 2016 11:28 PM  

@47
He got along well with all dogs. The ultimate alpha and if a dog tried any shit with him, he quickly put him in its place and all was fine afterwards.
The only exception was a ptibull that made the unfortunate mistake of attacking him unprovoked. As the pit was trying to rototill him with its teeth he grabbed the pit bull by its neck and began to swing it back and forth so fiercely I knew the end of the pit was near - a neck snapping was in the making. The pit knew it too and lunged with all of its might to get loose. As soon as it did it ran for its life and disappeared. The only time Ive ever seen a pit bull get a serious ass thumping and then run from a fight.

Blogger LP9 Solidified in Gold! Rin Integra August 27, 2016 12:36 AM  

So sweet, gentle and cute!! SB is my mini idol, I adore her and this is a great set of pics, dogs so happy and so contented!! Love it!!

Anonymous Clay August 27, 2016 1:09 AM  

Way back in my younger years, I read gas meters for about a year and a half. I've had hand-to-teeth battles with more dogs than I care to remember. The worst were the ones the mace only pissed them off even more...even tho they couldn't see...(I never wanted to mace a dog, but that stuff might have saved my neck a time or ten).

Anyway, one of the best-behaved, smartest dogs I ever encountered were Australian Shepherds. There were only about three around where I live, but they all had that same personality.

Believe me...you hop a fence, and there is some mean-assed Doberman, et al. on the other side, it's things like that I still dream about.

I could write a book about it.

Blogger Erika Juhasz Nagy August 27, 2016 7:51 PM  

Attila is my second Ridgeback. He is extremely powerful. 130 lbs. Mailman,UPS guy or Garbageman are mortal enemies who will not leave their trucks. But my 70 year old neighbor still apologizes to me for laughing when he ran away from 8 lb Panda, her Pomerian who attempted to attack him.

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