[rescue] Free goodies (northern CA)

Joshua D. Boyd rescue at sunhelp.org
Tue Jun 12 10:09:59 CDT 2001

Yeah, I know that all dogs are destructive.  I'm not a big fan of St.
Bernards for reasons other than the destruction you listed.  I think that
a god with a thinner coat would be a good idea.  I also think that a dog
with less floppy lips and cheeks (for lack of a better technical
description) would be a good idea.

The thing that turns people off the most to my sister's god is the fact
that like many dogs he likes to put his head on people's laps.  However,
more than other dogs, he always leaves a slimey mess behind due to lisp
that are really good at storing a lot of moister.  This type of thing is
also true of St. Bernards from what I've seen, as well as most of the
breeds know as retreivers.

Joshua Boyd

On Tue, 12 Jun 2001, amy wrote:

> "Joshua D. Boyd" wrote:
> > from what I've heard, it is easier to control their destructive > behaviours
> > than St. Bernards or small dogs.
> you've more or less heard wrong. if i tell max to stop, or no, he will.
> but thats basic obedience training. an untrained dog is a different
> story--most dogs that chew voraciously past a year or so are untrained.
> all dogs chew. it's a fact of life. when you're sleeping or not at home,
> you can't control a thing. i've had a german shepherd that demolished a
> couch after chewing his way out of his cage. the damage is relative to
> size of teeth, whether they're cutting new ones at the moment, and how
> much the dog is confined, imo. age and breed don't matter.
> bernards are nice dogs. max has been a lot less destructive than some
> other dogs i've raised ( golden retrievers, shepherds, dobermans,
> english bulldogs, irish setters). they slack, they obey well, they're
> loyal, and i've yet to see one with a temperment other than jovial,
> happy, lazy. they make good deterrent dogs due to their size and the
> sound of their bark(if not their temperment). 
> my guess is, if you took every menber of these lists with a dog and
> asked 'em to list off from puppyhood to adulthood what all was eaten or
> destroyed...similar amounts would pop up. the only thing odd that max
> ever got ahold of was the lawnmower--i think he was pushing it around
> due to the noise/fun factor.
> max quit most of his destructive habits close to 6 months ago, i guess.
> since then he restrains himself to throwing around his water pot by the
> handles at dawn to let us know he's thirsty.
> --a
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