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  •  HAHAHAHAHA (5+ / 0-)

    Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

    by Smoh on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 04:06:18 PM PDT

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      •  Awww. (5+ / 0-)

        He's a handsome boy.

        •  Thank you! He's a real cutie (5+ / 0-)

          and very sweet unless you come between him & food.  

          He came from Airedale Rescue when he was 11 months old.  He'll be 9 in July.  He lived the first few months of his life, chained up outdoors 24/7.  His previous "owners" took him to the vet & demanded he "make him act right".  Luckily, the vet contacted Airedale Rescue & now he's all mine!  However, I have to admit the first few months were a bit rough as he was a "mouther" & I constantly had bruised arms until I could train him to stop.  My other 2 Airedales at the time were not amused by the wild boy that came to live with us.

          •  So glad you persevered with him. (5+ / 0-)
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            Airedales always seem to look so happy.

            My sister had a similar experience with a Plott hound they rescued.

            Dino had lived the first year of his life on the streets so had severe food issues. He was also a little too smart for his own good (he placed himself above my sister in the pack and started getting aggressive toward her). He'd had problems before and had been returned to the rescue, so they knew if they returned him he'd almost certainly be put down, and my sister couldn't live with that. They got a doggie shrink to teach them how to deal with him and he became a very good dog (albeit one who still had food issues, but he learned his place in the pack.)

            He was the funniest dog. He had a rock... a big one... probably 6 or 8 pounds, that he'd get in his mouth and throw around. He had a ball playing with that rock (and, fortunately, never bit down on it hard enough to harm his teeth.) Goofy dog. Unfortunately he developed cancer a couple of years ago. Never showed a sign of being sick or in pain until his entire body was riddled with it. The day after they found out about the cancer, they had to put him down. He went from being an apparently very healthy dog to a very, very sick dog literally overnight.

            Come to think of it, I have a photo of him with his rock:

            Dino and the rock photo EPV0042.jpg

            Not a great photo. Light was bad so the camera tried to compensate and didn't do a great job, but at least it's Dino in happy times with his rock.

            •  How funny! Great photo! (4+ / 0-)
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              Airedales are very happy dogs.  They seem to have a twinkle in their eyes when they are looking for trouble to get into.  Very smart too!

              One of my rescues, Smoochie, was found living on the streets.  Heaven knows how long he'd been on his own.  Tried to find his owner but never did  You could tell from his personality that someone had loved him at one time.  However, he had major food issues.

              The groomer that I used called me one Saturday when the person who found him brought him in to be groomer.  She couldn't keep him & asked me to get him to Airedale Rescue.  I brought him home with my other 2 & that night when I went to bed, he jumped on the bed, curled up as close as possible to me & gave me kisses.  He was mine so I named him Smoochie.

      •  What a cutie he is! (6+ / 0-)

        I love the Airedale "look." Don't see many of them out and about in my neighborhood. When I was very young, maybe 4 or so, my father took an interest in show dogs (he tended to get involved in something for awhile, then move on to something else). I remember him taking me to a dog show where a friend of his was showing an Airedale. I don't remember much about the show, but I do remember that the dog was a real sweetheart.

        One of my cats, Henry, gets impatient in the early morning if I hit the snooze button one too many times. Every other cat I've had has  tapped me in the face or pawed my hair, but Henry plants himself at the far end of the hall and...I wouldn't call it singing. He vocalizes. Loudly!

        •  I absolutely love Airedales! (6+ / 0-)

          They all have big personalities!  It's amazing how they all act so similar but are still distinctive from each other.

          And I am probably insulting singers by calling what Sam does singing but it's really a mix of singing & howling.  He sometimes does it when I'm not up early enough to suit him or when I've been on the phone too long or when he wants to go out & sometimes I have no idea what brings it on.  He's my first singing Airedale & I've been lucky enough to have quite a few in my life over the last 40 years.

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