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barnierubble
Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 1:27 PM

MY DOGS

Barnet and Bianca, my two Podenco dogs, are home again after two days absent without leave. Both are shattered, with worn pads, but seem OK, apart from that. Our friends went for a drive, looking for them, and came across them trying to walk home. They are now asleep on our bed, so I do not know where Eileen and I will sleep tonight. Thanks, Karen, I did try to send a personal note, but the system was playing up.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 1:36 PM

YAYYYY . I don't know you, but I can feel your gladness from here. Once my 2 dogs disappeared for hours and I was heartsick as we were in the middle of the city and I felt sure they had been hit. After driving the streets for hours we went home and there they were, looking tired, filthy, and VERY happy with themselves. Great news!

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 1:38 PM

Don't you wish they could talk? I bet they'd have quite a story to tell. Congrats on the return of the prodigal dogs.

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 1:55 PM

So good to hear

chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.6 - Posts: 1332)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 2:36 PM

i am so glad you found them.. hope they stay home now..

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 4:21 PM

I'm so glad they're back with Bill!

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 4:36 PM

I too can feel your relief they are home safe.
Especially when you give up your bed!!!!
May I ask - are they fixed as infixed animals
are more likely to roam (if you know what
I mean )


salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 5:04 PM

What a relief for you to have them home again. I suspect they are plenty glad to be back home in familiar surroundings and warmth, too. Glad the story had a happy ending

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 193.4 - Posts: 1025)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 5:10 PM

How ya gonna keep 'em
down on the farm
after they've seen
Madrid?

barnierubble
Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 5:16 PM

Dear Rowlanda, in answer to your question, yes they have been fixed. If you look up Podenco on the web, you will be able to read our problems. Both our dogs are "Rescue" dogs, and they still have the desire to roam freely, so, unless we keep them on a leash all the time, we will get sleepless nights now and again w2hen they chance to roam. They are OK if off the leash one at a time, but its when they get off together, yes we do try to avoid this, that they tend to stray..

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 5:56 PM

Wow .... I read the description and agree you have your hands full.
Three LONG walks a day as well as a large yard where they can
jump tall fences anyway!!!!
Maybe you could give them a cell phone or GPS implants????
OR even lots of Prozac in their water bowl????
Keep their food bowls full all the time until they get fat and lazy????

Good luck to you all, and especially you for taking on this active
and wandering breed

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 6:03 PM

Thanks for posting the name to look up. Here are 3 videos that will give you a little idea of what Barnie is up against when his two get loose! The first one is particularly funny I think. Talk about high energy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVLK6ZaIE2E&feature=channel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3RBGglSjZ0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwIp9bLDAT4&feature=channel_page



donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 6:50 PM

I think maybe the rabbit population might have suffered some while they were loose. That is, if there are any bunnies there.

mplaw51
Mplaw51  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 1582)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 7:44 PM

Barnie, so glad you have your wandering duo back home safe and sound. You probably didn't sleep very well while they were gone. What an adventure they must have had!! I loved the you tube videos, such cute dogs. I'm sure they're getting alot of love and affection right now...
Maureen

suzannec
Suzannec  (Level: 247.3 - Posts: 616)
Sun, 14th Dec '08 7:47 PM

As long as we're on the subject of dogs ... you can check out Vice-Pres.-elect Joe Biden's new puppy at this link:
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/28221617?GT1=43001

barnierubble
Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Mon, 15th Dec '08 2:19 AM

Thanks for those links Salzypat, I did not realise there was so much info. on the web. We have two, loving, faithful dogs, (most of the time LOL). Our seven grandchildren all love Barney, who we have had for over four years, and the three that have met Bianca, we got her this May, from the rescue pound, have fallen in love with her as well. They are very sociable animals, and get on with humans and animals alike. Everyone round where we live always enquire about them when they see us, because they are so used to meeting them on the campo having a run. There are so many abandoned dogs in Spain, mainly Podencos, because the Spanish tend to abandon them once their working life is over, or if they are not very good at hunting. You can see from the video links what a handful they can be, but my heart rose when I heard they had been found. They are, after all, part of our family.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Mon, 15th Dec '08 8:05 AM

Great news! Many of us feel your anxiety when they are missing. Glad they're back.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Mon, 15th Dec '08 9:21 AM

Suzannec...Thanks for the pic of Joe Biden's puppy
He is Soooooo Cute and very hairy. I thought he must
have been a Rotti - but they say he's a Sheppard....
Do sheppard's ears stand up as they get older????

4getful1
4getful1  (Level: 176.0 - Posts: 2927)
Mon, 15th Dec '08 1:20 PM

Bill,

So glad your dogs are home.
Please ignore the PM that I just sent inquiring.


b

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Mon, 15th Dec '08 1:49 PM

Yes, Rowlanda, a German shepherd puppy's ears begin to stand up at about four months of age, so this little guy's ears should start doing that very soon. They are so adorable when their ears begin to stand up because one ear will be like in the picture and the other ear will be halfway up or flopped off to the side. Within a few weeks they have both ears standing up straight (most of the dogs do anyway).

That is a beautiful puppy. My only regret is that he didn't go to an animal shelter and choose an abandoned dog. But I guess we can't have a shelter dog in the White House, can we? And I'm not making a snide remark about Biden. Just a general observation: What a boost that would have given shelters if the country's new vice president chose a shelter dog.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Mon, 15th Dec '08 2:06 PM

I agree. Hope the Obama's will get a shelter dog. I'm starting to think about adoption but as I work 12 hr shifts, will need to have someone come in each night I work to let the little critter out. I'm very lonely without a dog.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Mon, 15th Dec '08 3:14 PM

What is needed in most areas is a good dog sitter, a place where you can drop your dog off, just as you would a child, and pick it up when you're ready to go home. If I had room at my place, I have someone who would hire me to do that today for her 2 dogs. Any of you out there looking for a way to make a little extra money, if you have a huge yard, and you're home most of the day, think about taking in a few dogs in day care.

A former co-worker paid $5 a day to leave her dog at the vet's office every day while she worked. (I think the reason it was so cheap for her was because they kept one pen for her dog and they didn't have to clean it every day). Another person drives 10 miles round trip each noon to let her dogs out for a little while.

I don't know if licensing would be an issue, or city codes, etc., I'm sure it would vary from state to state (or even town to town). But there is a big need.


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