As promised, a picture from home:
They all gathered around Devon, who was dispensing treats. From left to right, Lily, then Huck (Devon’s dog), Roxy (a pocket pit Devon fostered and then placed but is watching for the weekend), Guesly, and then Rosie. Ginny was inside hiding, because she is a little timid around Huck.
Very happy. Happy (pet) Father’s Day, John. Thank you for sharing the kids with us.
I wish I were on the porch with all those doggies. No, strike that — I wish I were in the grass with all those doggies, my back against a nice shade tree. That would be a happy afternoon indeed.
You Don't Say
Why is she timid around Huck? He looks like a sweetheart.
TaMara (formerly Bad Horse's Filly)
Here’s my two cents on the aggression issue. Keep in mind that every dog I’ve brought home as a rescue outweighed me by 10 or more pounds, plus I stand 5’6″ and Danes generally stand 6′ or more on their hind legs. So I had to develop ways that worked in that situation.
When Rosie becomes protective and aggressive, you need to tell her firmly “no” and put her off your lap. Then, and this is the hard part John – where you have to develop a heart of stone – you have to ignore her for a full 5 minutes. Ignore anything she does to get your attention. When that 5 minutes is up, you call her over, when she comes you love all over her. Dogs need attention and even negative attention works, so ignoring them is the quickest way to show them their behavior is not acceptable.
If she’s as smart as you say she is, it shouldn’t take long. Took about a week with the Danes. As far as the following you around and being clingy – I’m with the folks who think it will go away as soon as she feels safe. Best way to feel safe is have strong boundaries and a good routine. Which you are already doing.
FWIW, those are my thoughts. You’re a good man, Mr. Cole.
Whenever I see another photo of Lily I’m always surprised anew how petite she is.
Looks like Israel’s going to relax the Gaza blockade. Finally.
Dawgs! Thx for posting dawg pix. After reading the NY Times this morning, I’m thoroughly depressed about the world. The pix help immensely.
And good look, John Cole, in helping Rosie deal with her issues. Sounds like she needs some time to understand she hit the jackpot with you and that you’re not going to abandon her. I give you thousands of kudos for rescuing her (and Lily and Tunch) and I wish our world had more people like you in it.
licensed to kill time
A whole mess of happy dogs makes me smile.
Kevin Phillips Bong
Dogs! Love it. Nice stems on Devon too.
Is Huck a JRT too? Nice looking group of pooches
Dammit, now I have this Rod Stewart song stuck in my head.
Quite the dog-rich environment over there…
@Joel: Well there goes my image of me in the grass with a shade tree and a bunch of doggies.
It does in fact look like they’ll be easing the blockade but my fear is that this will lead people to believe that things are ok now in Gaza and we can just stick with the insupportable status quo. I mean, I’m not Gazan, and I’m sure any improvement will be a blessing — but what we Israelis really need to do is end the occupation and negotiate a two-state peace….
Posted in wrong thread but wanted to add a squee for the pupehs!
So you’re assimilating rescues and strays to create a canine Borg collective?
@ellaesther: I’m just glad they backed off the path of wingnut destruction. Baby steps..
Dogs love them treats, i love how they’re all so attentive.
Nice gams in your sis, btw.
@You Don’t Say:
She’s being coy, bet she’s got a crush on him ;)
Aw, puppies! And, I know shit about dogs and training them, but TaMara’s advice sounds sensible to me. I really hope you’re able to fix Rosalita’s behavior ASAP.
Gosh, Rosie is a little pork pie, isn’t she? She looks like a bulldog wearing a JRT suit to me. She’s so sturdy.
Thanks, John. I’m a sucker for dogs…and I too have a Roxy, who was rescued at the tender age of two weeks from a Florida trailer park by some serious animal activists. She’s now nine.
Best part is that she is the spitting image of Lily. I call that look, meant in the best way of course, “junk yard dog.” I love her to death.
Huck intimidates Ginny? Another shakedown!
Toy dogs inna house, REPRESENT!
Anthropologists have found “toy” (miniaturized) dogs skeletons mixed with people skeletons as far back as they can separate dogs from wolves. There is no shame in being a professional companion — it’s as much a “job” as herding sheep or chasing rabbits, and toy dogs take their roles as seriously as what some size-bigots call “real” dogs take theirs.
@Anne Laurie: Heh. In my neighborhood the two most popular breeds are pit bulls and chihuahuas and I’m always of the opinion that the burly guys walking the chihuahuas are more secure in themselves than the ones walking the un-neutered pits. My favorite was a huge guy, over six feet and at least 250 pounds, walking a tiny chihuahua wearing a black doggie shirt that said SECURITY on it.
(No angry responses from pit owners, please- I love pitties)
Obviously this blog has very limited sports interest but I have to tell you that there have been some great shots of doggies playing on the beach at the US Open at Pebble Beach.
Rosie is really cute!
@Nicole: That’s beautiful.
And more police behaving badly towards dogs. I did not watch it.
The Tim Channel
The Iranians just issued a fatwa against dogs and cats. Bastards.
My ROXIE (rescued in Roxie MS) and his buddy BANDIT (also rescued post Katrina from Roxie, MS) Am I correct to think that my Bandit favors your Rosie?
I had to leave Roxie in the US (pit ban) when I abandoned the US last year in search of a more cultured environment in my old age. She now lives with my son in the US and is doing fine.
Latest picture of Bandit. Isn’t he a handsome fellow?
Oh, how I love the doggies.