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monkeynips13
Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Thu, 1st Oct '09 12:06 PM

I JUST HAD TO SHARE THIS

About a year ago I acquired my dear sweet flat coated retriever Georgie. I was her fifth owner in four years (although I don't see how anyone could give her up. I've never met a dog with a sweeter, gentler soul.) Because of her frequent change in owners Georgie had severe seperation anxiety and was very timid and skittish when I first got her. And she would not, under any circumstances, play. Once or twice she picked up one of the many dog toys scattered around the house (we are a multiple dog household) but dropped it the minute anyone saw her with it as if she were afraid she would get into trouble. I just figured playing with toys wasn't her thing. Over the last couple of months she has been spending more time in the backyard with our very hyper and playful chocolate lab Mindy. This morning I was sitting out back having a cup of coffee and couldn't believe my eyes. Georgie picked up one of Mindy's toys and began chewing it, tossing it around, playing keepaway with Mindy, basically playing the way dogs do. I'm not sure if she "learned" to play by watching Mindy, or if she finally feels secure enough to let loose and be a dog. I know it sounds silly, but it truly warmed my heart to see this previously timid tentative creature engaged in a display of pure joy. Thanks for letting me ramble.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 5316)
Thu, 1st Oct '09 12:10 PM

I have a similar situation with my Australian shepherd/?cross. He won't play, he's always afraid he's going to be hit - and I've had him 2 years and he's had nothing but kindness. But once in a great while I'll see him play, just as you described, and it does give you such a boost to know that, as you say, they've finally decided it's safe to play or their "inner" dog is surfacing.

Either way, I know just how you are feeling and thank you for sharing it with us.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 1st Oct '09 2:17 PM

Sweet story Allison.. I'm happy for Georgie!

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Thu, 1st Oct '09 2:48 PM

Happy for you, Alison! It is such a joy when those 'breakthrough' moments eventually happen - making all the hard work and heartbreak worthwhile!

I hope Georgie has many more happy years with you!

Karen


jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Thu, 1st Oct '09 9:50 PM

Sniff.

Happiness reigns in the heart of the American dog.

chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.6 - Posts: 1332)
Fri, 2nd Oct '09 7:26 AM

it doesn't sound silly at all, Allison. it's great that Georgie is comfortable enough to play and i know you will treasure that memory for a long long time.

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Fri, 2nd Oct '09 7:46 AM

Jank0614
Sniff.
Happiness reigns in the heart of the American dog.
...........It's a touching story indeed. What a pity this bond only exists between owners and AMERICAN dogs.

m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.3 - Posts: 3742)
Fri, 2nd Oct '09 8:33 AM

Yep, but we're such a generous lot that we share it with our Scotties, German shepherds, Irish wolfhound, English setters, Australian sheepdogs, etc. It's just humans that we have crabby relationships with. In fact, we're quite often crabby with each other.

Returning to the thread, We adopted a border collie whose owners had moved off and left him, shooting him with birdshot first. He became very loving, and spent most of his time at our neighbors, since they had three kids and an endless supply of puppies for him to herd. (Not his)

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Fri, 2nd Oct '09 10:05 AM

Clevercloggs, Jank focused on the American dog because we heard that dogs in London are the main ingredient in most Chinese and possibly other restaurants in London. We love our dogs outside of main dishes.

Annnnnnnyway, We have a little white terrier mix, he was a puppy mill dog, terrified of every sound -- the coffee pot, the hair dryer, a book being shut.... The Dodge minivan? He had no problems running in front of that! I kept him on my bed at night, because he hadn't figured out on to get off of it yet, and it made training much easier... it took almost 2 weeks before I walked in and he wagged his tail.. but what a thrill when he did! He was terrified of all men, barked like mad at my sons, but neither of our dogs, bark at strangers..... once I walked into the kitchen and the dogs where looking at the door, wagging their tails... delivery man was standing there... never a sound did they make!
Its been almost 2 years, Benji is now the happiest little dog ever, so sweet, very cute..... makes this funny little whine/bark like he is talking to me... but only when I come back from somewhere in the van.... it has been a thrill to see the changes in him!

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Fri, 2nd Oct '09 10:08 AM

Pennwoman
Clevercloggs, Jank focused on the American dog because we heard that dogs in London are the main ingredient in most Chinese and possibly other restaurants in London. We love our dogs outside of main dishes.
Oh i see, and you're all stupid enough to believe it ?

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Fri, 2nd Oct '09 10:12 AM

Yes, honey, we are, now go luck up the word sarcasm!

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Fri, 2nd Oct '09 10:16 AM

Now, Clevercloggs, relax, see the joke, before I bring up my thoughts that your anti-Americanism is really your way of dealing with your anger over having a small, err small body parts.

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Fri, 2nd Oct '09 10:17 AM

I knew i shouldn't have sent you those pics.....it was the begging that did it.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Fri, 2nd Oct '09 11:53 AM

LMAO! Well played, sir, very well played!

marynuala
Marynuala  (Level: 133.7 - Posts: 994)
Fri, 2nd Oct '09 12:35 PM

Returning to the main thread theme, they are beautiful stories about wonderful, sensitive, and intelligent animals. Thanks for sharing them.


clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Fri, 2nd Oct '09 1:13 PM

See, me and that Penn lady know how to play this game. No need for tantrums is there kiddo ?

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 4:52 PM

Good grief! I hadn't been back to read this.

Cloggs - you dimwit! I only said what I did about "American" because while I was reading that, Fozzybear's line in Muppet Movie came to mind - "Happiness reigns in the heart of the American bear."

And if I'm not mistaken - MONKEYNIPS IS IN AMERICA - and so was this dog.

Get over yourself and your anti-Americanism. Everything isn't about you.

A nice thread, a nice dog, a nice breakthrough, a sweet comment.

And your poison pen.

When you finally decide to write something nice that doesn't slam somebody else, I promise not to screw it up for you.


monkeynips13
Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 6:54 PM

The love of dog is universal. Nuff said.

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 8:33 PM

Jank0614 (Level: 54.2 - Posts: 4603)Sat, 3rd Oct '09 4:52 PM

Good grief! I hadn't been back to read this.
Cloggs - you dimwit! I only said what I did about "American" because while I was reading that, Fozzybear's line in Muppet Movie came to mind - "Happiness reigns in the heart of the American bear."
And if I'm not mistaken - MONKEYNIPS IS IN AMERICA - and so was this dog.
Get over yourself and your anti-Americanism. Everything isn't about you.
A nice thread, a nice dog, a nice breakthrough, a sweet comment.
And your poison pen.
When you finally decide to write something nice that doesn't slam somebody else, I promise not to screw it up for you.
...............Get over yourself. It'll be a cold day in your mythical hell before you screw anything up for me. You are way too insignificant to do that.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 3rd Oct '09 8:58 PM

You must be extremely significant, then. Cause you do.


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