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Old 09-29-08, 09:26 PM   #1
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Dognappers unmasked

My wife and I often take care of other peoples' dogs. One of the ones we don't actually take care of but who see a lot of is our neighbor's Great Dane (we cut a hole in the fence so he can come over anytime he wants).

Our neighbors treat him well, but he likes to hang out at our place. He waits for us every day when we come home, and he stays with us for dinner and hangs around in the house until we send him home at 10pm.

A few minutes ago, our neighbor popped by -- wanted to take his own doggie for a walk I hope he comes over afterwards. We're very used to him and the house seems desolate when he's not around.

BTW, I have talked to our neighbors several times about this because I wouldn't be happy if someone else just put my dog in their house. However, they're totally cool with it. They even appreciate that we run him out of energy so he doesn't tear their house apart.
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does he wait for them when they're not there? sounds like he's more your dog than theirs if he's waiting for you to get home. unless he's just got the hots for one of your dogs?
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He has to stay in a kennel when he's at their place and the neighbors don't expect us to keep an eye on him. We let him go where he likes at our place. Even when he's at his own house, I'll sometimes go over and ask if he wants a walk. Speaking of which, he's back from his walk, so he's tearing about in the house as I type this.

He likes his home, but the reason he likes to hang out at mine is that they have a little baby and we don't so we can give him much more attention.
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It would be easier and cheaper to keep their baby.
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Great Dane?!?

I like dogs, but don't have an affinity for large ones. Maybe it's because Marmaduke is such a lame comic, or maybe it's just because slobber on a gargantuan scale just grosses me out. Good that you and T-Rex get on well.
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Old 09-30-08, 06:38 AM   #6
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Great Dane?!?

I like dogs, but don't have an affinity for large ones. Maybe it's because Marmaduke is such a lame comic, or maybe it's just because slobber on a gargantuan scale just grosses me out. Good that you and T-Rex get on well.
This guy acts more like Scooby after getting Scooby snacks. However, he can be calm. This is what he looks like if he's helping me dork out on the computer. BTW, the brown dog isn't mine either....
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^^^ big ass mutt with a "WTF are you doing?" look on his face.
I like him.
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i wish i had a neighbor with a dog i could just hang out with. I'd have one of my own now, but it wouldnt be fair since i'm gone for work all day. i hate people that keep their dog in a crate all the time.
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My hands are full enough with my own dogs that I don't need anyone else's. That said, my wife and I are the go-to dog sitters for a lot of folks.
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I wish I had neighbors like you.
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Coda says hi

Zorro: no drool from a great dane, just gentle giants with a sharp mind (for a dog).

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Zorro: no drool from a great dane, just gentle giants with a sharp mind (for a dog).

ooohh, thats a nice looking one!
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Great Danes are fun. They a "leaners". they will lean against you, the more you let them, the more they lean. If you move away fast enough, they almost fall down.
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Great Danes are fun. They a "leaners". they will lean against you, the more you let them, the more they lean. If you move away fast enough, they almost fall down.
well, they do weigh like 150 to 200 lbs, so I'm sure they lean on anything and everything to take some of the weight off their legs.
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Great Danes are fun. They a "leaners". they will lean against you, the more you let them, the more they lean. If you move away fast enough, they almost fall down.
My greyhounds do the same thing.
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All bigger dogs are leaners. Makes it harder to miss the giant hairy beast sitting beside you that wants to be pet....
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My greyhounds do the same thing.
Ditto for my Great Pyr.
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well, they do weigh like 150 to 200 lbs, so I'm sure they lean on anything and everything to take some of the weight off their legs.
Same goes for their big heavy heads, she's always looking for a place to rest it. Even if there's nothing on the dinner table, she'll walk up to it and just lay her head on it with a sigh of relief. Kinda funny having a dog that looks down at the dinner table.
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We had a German Shepard that allowed herself to be dognapped. Of course, it was to her benefit since they fed her breakfast better than we fed her. We had just moved to New Mexico when she was a year old and, after we would let her out in the morning, she would disappear for an hour. For a week, we had no idea where she went. So, we followed her one morning. She makes a beeline for a nearby apartment building and sits down by the sliding patio door. The door opens and she enters. After eating, visiting, etc., she comes trotting home. I think she got the better end of the deal in the hostage negociations.
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Our Great Dane-Bloodhound mix pups are a month old now. Only one is claimed so far; we may have a whole house full of "I-leans" soon. In spite of the recipes mentioned in an earlier Foo thread, we didn't eat any of them yet.

(Just to be clear, we did not allow the breeding to happen; mama, a rescue, came to us pregnant. Papa belongs to the family who found her.)
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Same goes for their big heavy heads, she's always looking for a place to rest it. Even if there's nothing on the dinner table, she'll walk up to it and just lay her head on it with a sigh of relief. Kinda funny having a dog that looks down at the dinner table.
This one also likes to rest his head on our legs or the couch at night when he's lying on the floor. He's slobberpuss extraordinaire so your lap (or the couch) gets soaked pretty fast.

The only drawback to having large dogs is when they mark territory. Earlier this year, we had to watch our inlaws' toy poodle. The little idiot decides to whizz on our basil to take ownership. The brown dog shown in my original pic decided he wasn't going to be outdone, so he marked it more effectively.

Bo (the Dane) delivered a stream that looked like it came from a horse and settled the issue conclusively. I pulled the plants out....
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Our Great Dane-Bloodhound mix pups are a month old now. Only one is claimed so far; we may have a whole house full of "I-leans" soon. In spite of the recipes mentioned in an earlier Foo thread, we didn't eat any of them yet.
that sounds interesting, pics?
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that sounds interesting, pics?
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We have a neighbor who will sometimes come and borrow our dog to play with her black lab. It is really good fun for the dogs, and after a few hours tearing up her back yard, Sparky comes home and sleeps like a log.
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