[rescue] Free goodies (northern CA)

Joshua D. Boyd rescue at sunhelp.org
Tue Jun 12 10:20:45 CDT 2001

Had a friend with a dog that apparently had no sense of smell.  Not only
did he chase skunks, but he didn't seem to notice being sprayed.
Thankfully, my sister's dog has never tangled with a skunk.  He seems
happy to leave the local wildlife alone.

Joshua Boyd

On Tue, 12 Jun 2001, Les wrote:

> Best and worst dog I have ever shared my life with
> a small (140 lb) Akita.
> Jaw biting strength about 1,500 PSI.
> Believed that ANYTHING entering his yard was fair game.
> One warning growl and then "crunch".
> Obviously he never bit a people, but then people did not
> stick around to test him.
> Most dogs will attack ONE skunk and LEARN not to do same.
> Toshi (his name) killed 7 of them during his 10 year life.
> Several coons, several possums, cats, birds, squirrels,
> I could deal with, but those skunks are some powerful
> critters. They punish you from the grave for weeks.
> Les
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "amy" <turtlex at frenzy.com>
> To: <rescue at sunhelp.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2001 9:38 AM
> Subject: Re: [rescue] Free goodies (northern CA)
> "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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