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I know that some Cyburbians aren't big tv watchers, but is anyone watching the dog show? My family has been involved with showing dog shows my entire life and then some, so it is big tradition for us to watch it and see some of our friends compete. There are some beautiful dogs competing, does anyone have any favorites? I am pulling for the Norfolk Terrier, Coco.
 

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Sorry I don't have cable. I have watched it in the past and find it somewhat entertaineing.

While I'm not a fan of dogs, esp. little dogs, for some reason when I watch the dog show I enjoy watching the little dogs. They are so cute and the look like the are having so much fun.

Did your family show Norfolk Terriers?
 

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I didnt get to see it Monday, but do plan to watch the rest. A very good friend breeds and raises several breeds, and has won best in class on a few occassions, so its fun to look for her dogs. :)
 

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I try to watch some of it, ussually only get the highlights. They never seem to spend any time on the bloodhounds.

The funniest part of watching the bloodhounds is when one inevitably "whapps" a goober. Even well trained, they can't help themselves. You can dress them up, but you can't take them out.
 

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I usually don't watch Westminster. The announcers either forget or barely mention Portuguese Water Dogs, so the televised show really doesn't seem as interesting to me.

Bailey's dam (Ch. Del Sur's Splash something something; gotta' find the pedigree) was in Westminster, but didn't finish in the breed competition.
 

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PBD -- We actually have Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Kerry Blue Terriers (the breed that won Best in Show last year).

If you ever get to go to a dog show, it is a lot of fun. It is similar to the movie Best in Show, which is painful to watch since it hits too close to home.

Dan, last night they had a really nice PWD in groups.

Have fun watching.
 

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I noticed a basenji was one of the "example" dogs shown in the print media ads for the Show. It proves Westminster (or their ad agency) has good taste :p
 

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I'm sure everybody's got their favorite breed (my doggie is a German Shepard), but I'm not with PlannerByDay on this one...most breeds have their cool points except (as George Carlin once put it) "those little hairless things that shake and piss"
I like it when 'real dogs' get the blue ribbon regardless of breed.
 
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I'm glad the big dog "Josh" won: little dogs should just be replaced by kittens ;-)
 
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I like it just to hear the dog's names. It made me rethink my own poochie's names. Instead of plain old Jesse, I've decided her full name is now "Have Mercy Said Uncle Jesse Konsapolis", and Parker is now "Indie Queen Parker Posey"
 

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Full doggie names

My Collie Mix has always been called "Scobie" but his REAL name is Chief Inspector Scobie Malone of the New South Wales Metropolitan Police :)

And, Max is, of course, Lupus Maximus.

And, Tasha the (limping) basenji is Queen Katasha of the Congo.

Is this thread descending totally into treacly cuteness yet? :-c

I met a guy at a dog park who had three Italian Greyhounds, all with melifluous doggie names. (God, the female barked continuously)
 

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Does anyone know anything about Border Collies or Australian Shepherds? I was thinking about getting one or the other in a few years when I have my own house.
 

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michaelskis said:
Does anyone know anything about Border Collies or Australian Shepherds? I was thinking about getting one or the other in a few years when I have my own house.
I understand that they are fairly high maintenance dogs that really need to be able to get outdoors and shake the dust off.

I have also heard tales that Border Collies will herd anything, including children and (gasp) cars :-(
 

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You should be very active if you buy one of these. Mine was sweet loyal and always ready to run for nine of its thirteen years. When he got old and soar he'settled for 3-5 walks a day. They have an enormous amount of energy to spend and are incredibly smart.

"The Aussie (as he is lovingly nicknamed) is a very active dog that needs a great deal of exercise on a daily basis to prevent him from become bored or frustrated and developing destructive habits. Because of their high energy level, combined with high intelligence, Aussies need to be given a "job" to perform, be it shepherding the children, protecting the house, herding livestock or competing in dog events.

One of the most frequent reasons Aussies are turned over to rescue groups is because their owners didn't realize how much energy the breed has, and weren't willing to channel that energy through training. Aussies are also quite demanding of their owners' time and attention and want to be constantly with them, following them from room to room in the house, and going along in the car or truck on errands. They can be highly territorial and protective of their masters' possessions, which can cause serious difficulties unless controlled with proper training. "
 

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I know someone with two and they are outside dogs because they have tried to destroy his new home.

If you want a good dog try a boxer or weimaraner, amazing dogs and with such short hair the grooming is minimal!
 

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Both are very smart dogs. They do need a yard.

Border Collies are almost too smart. They are also extremely intense and need something 'to do." Very loyal and funny. My collie mix, I think, has some border collie in him.

Aussies are absolutely beuatiful dogs-especially the blue merles. Similar personalities to BCs, with not quite the same level of intensity, imo. I wouldn't mind having one of the smaller versions of the Aussie ("Miniature Australian Shepherds)

Just my opinions from observation and conversations.
 

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I've come to the conclusion that obedience training should be mandatory for pet owners, especially for the lethal breeds.
 

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Habanero said:
I didn't see an Irish Wolfhound, did I miss it?
Yes, last night in the hound group. A good looking dog!

I only watched sporting and hound groups.
 

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I have known several aussies and think they are my favorite breed. They are very active and are great dogs to bring on hikes. They use their energy in spurts, herding, chasing rabits, scouting around the yard, and trying to play 'stick' with you. Meet an aussie and it will either find a stick or roll over onto its back for a tummy rub.
 

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I used to have an Aussie and my sister-in-law has Borders, both will herd anything, especially children and cats (silly though it seems). They are great dogs, but you must have the time and energy to keep them occupied. Plus, border collies are smarter than most humans, so you have to know how to deal with them. Come to think of it, I have never met a slow Border Collie.

Oh, in the dog world, it was predetermined (told them from some show people) that the Newfie was going to win it all prior to the show even happening.
 

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Cardinal said:
Meet an aussie and it will either find a stick or roll over onto its back for a tummy rub.
Buy me a beer and I'll sing too. :-b
 

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Trail Nazi has the cutest little guy named Harry, he can open cans of coconut with his teeth.

Oh, and her baby is cute, too. Harry is the dog. One of the Staffordshires she noted in her post. TN actually takes in show dogs from overseas.
 

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Another relative of Bailey [nose_in_air](Del Sur's Dock of the Bay)[/nose_in_air] was in Westminster this year, winning an award of merit.

[tt]36 Ch Del Sur's Pacific Wizard
Breed: Portuguese Water Dog
Sex: Dog
AKC: WP 97545203
Date of Birth: April 15, 2000
Breeder: Lana Woodburn & Jamie Woodburn & Marek Parsewski
Sire: Ch Del Sur's Sail Away
Dam: Ch Del Sur's Sea Ravin
Owner: Dr Marian Solomon[/tt]

Best in show was dog Ch Armada's Boatswain Helm's Alee


Best opposite sex was bitch Ch Driftwood's Scheming Calypso


A Portie with a Newfie. Porties are supposedly one of the genetic predessors of the Newfie, as well as the Poodle.



My non-show quality pooches. Bailey. She's the alpha.



Guinness. He's just a widdle bit slow.



They wub each other.

 

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Zoning Goddess said:
Trail Nazi has the cutest little guy named Harry, he can open cans of coconut with his teeth.

Oh, and her baby is cute, too. Harry is the dog. One of the Staffordshires she noted in her post. TN actually takes in show dogs from overseas.
This is up there with the newspaper from my first day of weork here.

"Man Teaches Dog to Fetch Beer". It included a colour picture on the first page/cover and the better part of a column inside describing this feat.
 

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We could probably train Harry to open beer, but I would be afraid that he would not give it back.

Dan, your children are cuties!! And they look so comfy on their couch.
 

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Westminster needs to recognize the Atomic Dog breed. I invested a lot of money developing the breed. Plutonium 241 Puppy Chow gets real expensive after a few years, and Al Queda is always bugging me to borrow a bag.
 

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el Guapo said:
Westminster needs to recognize the Atomic Dog breed..
hump hump hump hump hump hump hump hump



(For those of you who don't get it, Guinness ... well, he practices an alternative doggie lifestyle. He likes young, skinny male mutts. A lot. He liked Gunner when they met. A lot.)
 

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For those of you that don't know, Dan once came for a visit and let one of his dogs try to repeatedly hump mine. Of this fact he remains tremendously proud. I'm uncertain why. My wife was less than pleased with the behavior of his Doggies in her home and I was the recipient of much crap for many days afterwards. :-o
 

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Dan, EG LMAO! :-D
My pooch ain't no fine breed or anything... just some dachshund mixup :p I don't get why people spend lots of money for pure breeds of dogs...
 

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el Guapo said:
My wife was less than pleased with the behavior of his Doggies in her home and I was the recipient of much crap for many days afterwards. :-o
Okay ... in defense of Guinness and Bailey, I have to say that Portuguese Water Dogs are very active, people-oriented creatures, similar to but not as obsessive as Aussies. Porties demand human attention, and they crave interaction with other people and animals. They also have a wicked sense of humor and a fierce independent streak. At home, they're nearly inseparable, and play with each other a lot. I mean A LOT. I've had trainers mention how well-behaved they are ... FOR THE BREED.

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I don't get why people spend lots of money for pure breeds of dogs.
Because they're looking for certain personality and/or physical traits. I'm technically allergic to dogs. I don't have allergic reactions around them, but I wanted to be absolutely sure, so I limited myself to certain breeds considered hypo-allergenic. I didn't want a Poodle or small terrier, and the remaining breeds that met my qualifications were uncommon; PWDs, Kerry Blue Terriers, and Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers. Such dogs don't end up in shelters.
 

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warning: cute doogie glurge

I have both mutts (rottie/shepherd and collie/border collie/shepherd??) and a pure bred (basenji). I am kinda down the middle, as I love both kinds. I don't dismiss all mutts like some breed snobs, but I also am very pleased that there are good breeders out there producing my favorite dog breed-basenjis. And, as Dan points out, there are often reasons for choosing a specific breed. Edit: Plus, I got Tasha through BRAT (Basenji Rescue and Transport) so I didn't pay very much ($100 to the rescue society to fund their operations).

Speaking of which, the little she-devil (her other name is "Linda Blair." If you saw how she stands on her hind feet and literally rotates her head around what looks like 250 degrees, you would understand) decided, after three weeks, that she was tired of the bandage on her foot. Gauze and tape was all around the house and bed. :( She led me on a quite merry chase to get her cone on
 

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michaelskis said:
Does anyone know anything about Border Collies or Australian Shepherds? I was thinking about getting one or the other in a few years when I have my own house.
Border Collies are great dogs. My parents got one shortly after they were married and she was our family dog till I was 12. They do need lots of exercise and brushing, but are very smart and easily adaptable to a busy house. I have three little sisters and my mom would always say how gentle and protective the dog was around us. We had a beach house on the coast of Maine and if any of us wandered off too far my mom would send the dog out and she would actually get in our way to "herd" us back to our parents. I can still remembe how heartbroken everyone was when she died. Ah, that's the worst part of having a dog, I guess.
 

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Hey, Dan. I met someone with a Portie this wekend in SF in a local park. He was VERY interested in my dog Max, if you know what I mean :p
 

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... I usually watch a bit of the dog show... but I just adopted a 14 month old that was in foster care....with a bit of separation anxiety. He is also part sight hound.... which is an issue with my cats.

I love watching the hound class...and the big dogs.
 
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