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Forum: General Puppy Stuff 08-02-2014, 12:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 719
Posted By Freestep
Put down the Furminator and walk away slowly. ...

Put down the Furminator and walk away slowly. You are WAY overdoing it and you're going to create bald spots and irritate the puppy's skin. 5-10 minutes of Furminating once or twice a week is...
Forum: General Information 07-23-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 7,130
Posted By Freestep
Yep! Me too... ever since I've had a dog, I've...

Yep! Me too... ever since I've had a dog, I've dealt with both those types, many many many times. When I was in college my GSD went everywhere with me, including my classes. Everyone loved that...
Forum: Finding the Right Puppy 07-22-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 823
Posted By Freestep
That's good, I was hoping that you hadn't been...

That's good, I was hoping that you hadn't been hearing those terms thrown around. If you had, I'd be worried that you'd come across the wrong type of breeders.




Those weirdoes in the "dog...
Forum: Finding the Right Puppy 07-22-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 823
Posted By Freestep
You've already given two hot-button terms: ...

You've already given two hot-button terms: "silver sable" and "straight back". Both those terms are terms that are used by backyard breeders to make their dogs sound special.

There is no...
Forum: General Information 07-20-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 7,130
Posted By Freestep
I'm big on personal responsibility. I'm also big...

I'm big on personal responsibility. I'm also big on *ethical* breeding. Whose fault is it, ultimately, when a slick salesperson dupes a naïve buyer into biting off more than they can chew? Is it...
Forum: General Information 07-18-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 7,130
Posted By Freestep
Another point I forgot to make in favor of...

Another point I forgot to make in favor of ethical breeders:

When you purchase a dog from a good breeder, you have a support system for the life of the dog. If anything comes up in your...
Forum: General Information 07-17-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 7,130
Posted By Freestep
Which is why I always recommend shelter/rescue...

Which is why I always recommend shelter/rescue for most people wanting a family dog.

For me personally, I like a bit more predictability. That's why I choose purebreds from ethical breeders. ...
Forum: General Information 07-17-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 7,130
Posted By Freestep
No, not ANY dog. Read the quote above. Yes,...

No, not ANY dog. Read the quote above.

Yes, a lot of people do that. I see it in all breeds, but to tell you the truth, the biggest snobs I've seen lately are the Labradoodle, Goldendoodle, or...
Forum: General Information 07-16-2014, 11:50 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 7,130
Posted By Freestep
Some people say that as long as there is a pet...

Some people say that as long as there is a pet overpopulation problem, we should not be breeding pets under any circumstances.

But think about dogs that save lives... SAR, Police k9, military...
Forum: Rescue, Foster & Adoption Information (General) 07-13-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 5,622
Posted By Freestep
Not only that, but it's possible the rescue...

Not only that, but it's possible the rescue simply doesn't think you can handle another dog. You have two already, right? There's a big difference between two and three. Two dogs is a pair, three...
Forum: Schutzhund/IPO Training 07-05-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 10,625
Posted By Freestep
Firstly, it's a padded stick, and it's a test of...

Firstly, it's a padded stick, and it's a test of nerves. I doubt that it physically hurts the dog--I "beat" my dogs all the time when we play, and they love it. But if a dog is frightened,...
Forum: General Information 07-04-2014, 11:56 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 8,844
Posted By Freestep
It seems like I should read this book. But if...

It seems like I should read this book. But if it's based on untruths, hearsay, and logical fallacies, with misspellings and grammatical errors to boot, I think it would drive me crazy to read.
...
Forum: General Information 07-02-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 793
Posted By Freestep
Been there, done that. When I was in college I...

Been there, done that. When I was in college I was evicted from my rental cottage, and lost my job, so for about a year I lived in a broken-down van with 3 cats and a dog. Sadly, only one of the...
Forum: Diet & Nutrition 07-02-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 177
Posted By Freestep
Raw goat's milk is especially good for pets if...

Raw goat's milk is especially good for pets if soured--allowed to curdle at room temperature. Only unpasteurized milk will sour; pasteurized milk will spoil if left out.

If the milking...
Forum: Chat Room 07-02-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 370
Posted By Freestep
I believe Molly Graf raises Chihuahuas, and I...

I believe Molly Graf raises Chihuahuas, and I think she is on this forum.
Forum: Basic Care 06-29-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,672
Posted By Freestep
I remember talking about amitraz some 25 years...

I remember talking about amitraz some 25 years ago when I was taking a course in veterinary assisting... and that was the last I'd heard of it. Apparently it has not been widely used in small animal...
Forum: Breeding - General 06-29-2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 311
Views: 15,167
Posted By Freestep
That is exactly what the pet owner wants, and why...

That is exactly what the pet owner wants, and why breeders and judges have to be careful not to water down the whole breed to fit a pet owner's needs. There will always be lower-drive, lower-energy...
Forum: Breeding - General 06-27-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 15,167
Posted By Freestep
Pet owners are my bread and butter. I see them...

Pet owners are my bread and butter. I see them all day, every day, and they run the gamut. Some are willing to pay $2500 for a pet, but most simply want a bargain. Most are not equipped to handle...
Forum: General Puppy Stuff 06-24-2014, 11:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,376
Posted By Freestep
I once dated a guy who was a pot smoker. I made...

I once dated a guy who was a pot smoker. I made him smoke outside, and while he was out there, he'd throw the ball for Luka. Well, you know where this is going... it didn't take long before Luka...
Forum: Stories 06-23-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,571
Posted By Freestep
People are always saying their dogs are part...

People are always saying their dogs are part wolf. Usually (thankfully) the dogs are simply mixed-breed dogs, often Husky/GSD mixes, with no wolf blood at all. I used to have a wolf hybrid and it...
Forum: General Information 06-21-2014, 08:09 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 8,746
Posted By Freestep
Please tell me that no one is *deliberately*...

Please tell me that no one is *deliberately* mixing Pit Bulls with Border Collies. That is one of those most popular mixes to show up in shelters around here, and one of the last to be adopted.
...
Forum: General Information 06-19-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 4,291
Posted By Freestep
The only time I've selected an animal based on...

The only time I've selected an animal based on coat color was when I was looking for barn cats. I wanted white or predominately white, or light-colored coats so they would be easier to see. I was...
Forum: Health Issues 06-18-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 389
Posted By Freestep
That looks like a normal healthy ear to me. A...

That looks like a normal healthy ear to me. A certain amount of brownish wax is normal. I'm not seeing the "coffee grounds" you describe. Maybe it is just regular garden variety dirt in the ear? ...
Forum: Health Issues 06-18-2014, 03:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 389
Posted By Freestep
Ear mites are actually rare in dogs. We see it...

Ear mites are actually rare in dogs. We see it more in cats.

Where is the dirt? Is it on the inside flap, or is it coming from inside the ear, or can you tell? Does it have an odor? Is it...
Forum: Development & Socialization 06-16-2014, 01:31 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,355
Posted By Freestep
She sounds like a great puppy. You want a pup to...

She sounds like a great puppy. You want a pup to be outgoing and friendly at this age. GSDs take a while to grow into their defensive drive, and in the meantime, they need to learn...
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