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  •  Great story. It's so vivid! What an experience (5+ / 0-)

    that must have been.  What did they use the dogs for?

    I love dogs too.  One of my dogs, a little mutt, is very intent when it comes to smells, more so than any other dog I've ever had. .  She will follow mice trails and other scents.  I wondered if we could develop and direct that sense of smell, andwhether she could  find us if we hid or maybe find an object, but I wouldn't know how to begin.  

    •  Bluedust, Good question in your comment. (3+ / 0-)

      As I noted being a ward of the state of Texas while stationed at the State School for Boys in the early 50`s, I deliberately left a portion of what this school is all about.

      This particular place was a sprawling piece of land used by the state of Texas to house delinquent juvenile law violators in the absence of ability to send them to prisons for adults.

      As I recall, there must have been a thousand or more juveniles house in separate dormitories scattered throughout the property call a school for boys. Actually rough time was served there with offenders of different caliber in age and law violations
      that got them there. So to answer your question:

      What were these dogs used for?

      hmmm, to chase and catch run away kids, I mean everyday one or two tried to make it out of there. It was that bad.

      And as for training your mutt to track your scent and find you if you hide. Trust me on this:

      If you mean hiding in a place the mutt can reach, he will find you with his nose.

      Old men tell same old stories

      by Ole Texan on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 06:15:29 AM PST

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      •  I was afraid that's what the dogs were used for. (0+ / 0-)

        Especially when you said they were trained to subdue their quarry aggressively.  I was certain reading it that the dogs were being trained to run down humans, and that was why you noted that they were loyal to you when they licked you instead.  

        Yes I'm certain she could eventually find me.  Perhaps we will make it a game.  :)

        •  Bluedust, thank you (1+ / 0-)
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          for staying with me on this diary. As you must know from me, I do not pretend to be an expert on dogs.

          Since you show so much interest in your mutt, I can continue to believe that those of us who own or have owned dogs, are themselves trained by the dogs to treat them as family.

          I think that my inclination to this statement is shared by many diaries and other writings I have seen on this subject. Just ask any true dog lover. The person will tell you that their dog is a  part of their family...a family member.

          Dogs train us to be that. Does this makes sense to you?

          Blue understood that I was part of her life and she had to depend on me for survival. Oh, I don`t know, maybe she saw me as a brother...who knows?

          Perhaps an expert who accidentally reads this may know and make a comment.

          Old men tell same old stories

          by Ole Texan on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 08:15:30 AM PST

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          •  I think it goes deeper than that Viejo. (2+ / 0-)
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            bluedust, melo

            A true dog lover fully appreciates the pure unconditional love of a dog. So much so, that it often opens up the same instinct in the owner. And that, compa, is the essence of being a man, imho.

            "Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates.” Simone Weil

            by chuco35 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 08:50:50 AM PST

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            •  ... (1+ / 0-)
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              I think that's it exactly.  Truth.

              •  Of course I agree (1+ / 0-)
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                With Chuco. Bluedust you too have a good understanding of
                what a dog lover is and should understand.

                I cannot be more in agreement with what a true dog lover really is, or should be.

                Old men tell same old stories

                by Ole Texan on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 09:58:39 AM PST

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