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Yes! Fortunately neither of the boys do it, but Crow and Eclipse in particular seem loathe to acknowledge impediments between them and my lap.

really? i've never thought of Sibes as lap dogs. i like lap dogs, so that'd be a definite plus. do they want to be petted while they're in your lap, or are they pretty much content to just use you as a pillow?

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Good point. I want my dogs to think for themselves. And I certainly want them to feel free to come ... I consider it a lovely moment when my dogs come and lay their head in my lap, asking for attention.

i agree. in fact, aside from entertaining me, that's harriet's main job.

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really? i've never thought of Sibes as lap dogs. i like* lap dogs, so that'd be a definite plus. do they want to be petted while they're in your lap, or are they pretty much content to just use you as a pillow?
They prefer to be scritched but they're happy just to sprawl across me. Cinder took a few pages from '60s protesters playbooks and goes completely limp, making it really difficult for me to move. Crow likes to curl up in a ball on my lap while I'm watching TV, while Eclipse likes to drape herself across me when I'm reading (she's particularly pushy about pets and scritches). Neither of the boys is a lap dog but Emmett is a poker and Saber is a starer (*really disconcerting with those big blue blind pie plate eyes).

Image isn't a lap dog, either, but if she wants attention that she's not getting she lets loose with the same "You're such a peon and I'm so disgusted" snort that she uses when she wants me to know that she doesn't think much of my sled handling skills.
Different dogs, all with but one single purpose.

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Although I wouldn't put it past most boxers I've known! And at least a few of the Dobes!

harriet says she resembles that.

What IS it about boxers and laps? Most larger breed dogs seem to accept that they aren't lapdogs. (Next to you on the couch is a whole other thing.) I suspect most of them find that laps aren't all that comfortable when you don't fit. Boxers and at least a few Dobes I know remain convinced that they can curl up small enough to make themselves fit into a lap!

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Pan hates it if I open up the newspaper and hold it in front of me so that she can't ... into a game, with me trying to hide from her, and her trying her darndest to get around the paper.

If I am reading a book lying down, Moogli will squeeze himeslf in the 2 or
3 inches between the book and my chest to get between me and the book. If Iam reading the paper, Moogli will sit on the paper and stare at me until I acknowledge him. If I actually want to finish the paper, I have to set him in my lap and scritch his belly until I am done.

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Cinder took a few pages from '60s protesters playbooks and goes completely limp, making it really difficult for me to move.

harriet does that in bed. when she sleeps, she becomes a limp, 500lb dead weight.
Crow likes to curl up in a ball on my lap while I'm watching TV, while Eclipse likes to drape herself across me when I'm reading (she's particularly pushy about pets and scritches).

very nice!
Neither of the boys is a lap dog but Emmett is a poker and Saber is a starer (really disconcerting with those big blue blind pie plate eyes).

i can imagine. is he totally blind, or does he have some shadowy vision?
Image isn't a lap dog, either, but if she wants attention that she's not getting she lets loose with the ... snort that she uses when she wants me to know that she doesn't think much of my sled handling skills.

that's a common behavior in Boxers, and means roughly the same thing, only Boxers usually blow snot all over you in the process.
Different dogs, all with but one single purpose.

very cool! i definitely won't be disappointed if my future Sibe isn't a lap dog, but it's nice to know that there's a possibility that she could be. before harriet, i had no idea that i liked lap dogs. who'd've thought it? but i do, and i'd miss it if i didn't have one. with a Boxer in the house, there's no danger of that, though. it would be a very rare Boxer who didn't think he was a lap dog.

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What IS it about boxers and laps?

i dunno, but they all seem to suffer from the same "problem." i've yet to meet a Boxer who didn't want to try to crawl inside its person's skin. they really crave physical contact.
Most larger breed dogs seem to accept that they aren't lapdogs. (Next to you on the couch is a whole ... few Dobes I know remain convinced that they can curl up small enough to make themselves fit into a lap!

harriet does fit in my lap, though. she's a petite, dainty girl, and can curl herself up into a ridiculously small, lap-sized ball.

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i can imagine. is he totally blind, or does he have some shadowy vision?

He has large, very dense cataracts that leave him with some vision but not much. He runs into things in the house, including me and the other dogs (the only one who objects is Cinder - the dogs are generally surprisingly tolerant of Saber's many foibles). When he's looking for something he stares very intently, without blinking, in the direction he thinks the something is (and often there's nothing there, har har har). And forget that stuff about almond-shaped Siberian eyes - his are round and big as pie plates.
very cool! i definitely won't be disappointed if my future Sibe isn't a lap dog, but it's nice to know that there's a possibility that she could be.

I think it's probably more common than not. Emmett lays his head on my legs or hip if I'm in bed reading, but I won't let him do more than that because he's just too big. Saber doesn't try because he does worry about provoking the other dogs and he can't often tell where they all are.

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Does your dog tell you what to do or do you tell him what to do?

I, um, well...Fancy kinda-sorta (always) tells me what to do, how to do it and when to get it done (usually RIGHT NOW)
If he thinks he can tell you the way things should be in general, fix that in any way it crops up.

I wish I could fix it with my dog but I suspect I'd have to turn her into a different breed or give her a sex-change to accomplish it. I need a 12-step program.

Tara
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