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You're about my age.

As am I, I think.
When did dogs "run in the streets"?

I grew up in a Beaver Cleaver household and neighbourhood. There was only one dog which ran in the streets, though "strolled" was more like it. Black Lab "Biscuit" was the neighbourhood dog and all of us kids played with him.

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OK, I don't know how old you guys are. I just turned 47. There weren't any dogs roaming the neighborhood or running the streets where I grew up. There were lots of dogs that hung out in unfenced yards, and stayed put to varying degrees, but certainly none that even strolled the streets. Our own dog, a Beagle/Bassett, was a house dog; outside, she was on a chain on one of those corkscrew things you put in the ground. Not infrequently, she would pull the thing out of the ground and take off, dragging the whole mess behind her, and someone would bring her home before she got hit or strangled herself. We fed her Gaines Burgers, which wasn't thought to be doggie junk food back then, although it was. Or Special Cuts. Anyone remember that food?

Mustang Sally
OK, I don't know how old you guys are. I just turned 47. There weren't any dogs roaming the neighborhood or running the streets where I grew up.

I'm going to be 50 in November. Maybe it's a regional thing. Where did you grow up?
We fed her Gaines Burgers, which wasn't thought to be doggie junk food back then, although it was. Or Special Cuts. Anyone remember that food?

Yep. I think we fed our rat terrier Gaines Burgers. My mother cooked for our chihuahua and she got a lot of table scraps, but I think her main kibble was Purina Dog Chow.
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OK, I don't know how old you guys are. I just turned 47.

A bit over a month away from 46.
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weren't any dogs roaming the neighborhood or running the streets where I grew up. There were lots of dogs that hung out in unfenced yards, and stayed put to varying degrees, but certainly none that even strolled the streets.

Same here. Penny was a spaniel mix of some sort that pretty much hung out in her front yard, but would wag and greet anyone who walked up to greet her. She lived across from the nasty GSD Growler, but he never messed with her. Maybe she had more power than she appeared to!
Our own dog, a Beagle/Bassett, was a house dog; outside, she was on a chain on one of those corkscrew ... which wasn't thought to be doggie junk food back then, although it was. Or Special Cuts. Anyone remember that food?

Got Charlie in 1973 and it was much the same way. He ate Ken-L-Ration Biskit with Skippy brand canned food mixed in (it had Snoopy on the label). When I went to college, my father started heating his meals. When I moved to MD, they started feeding him Gaines Burgers, since friends fed their dog that. Charlie didn't like them though, so they cooked ground beef and added it. When I moved him to MD, they sent me with a cooler full of beef and bags of GB. I threw out the GB, made meatloaf for ourselves with the GB, and started feeding him dog food again. He was with me for another 7 years, until 15.5.

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OK, I don't know how old you guys are. I just turned 47. There weren't any dogs roaming the neighborhood ... that hung out in unfenced yards, and stayed put to varying degrees, but certainly none that even strolled the streets.

Must be regional, because at 35 I'm a young 'un, and dogs certainly roamed the streets in my neighborhood. It was within Richmond city limits, abutting the UofR campus. A quarter mile away was a bus route and moderately busy traffic; our street wasn't a dead end but the only people who came down it lived there.
Roamers I recall were a couple of Goldens (including ours), a Lab, an English Setter, a Pointer, a Boxer, and a few other dogs whose breeds I don't recall. Roaming was mostly encouraged (even after I was badly bitten because of something I did); most non-dog owners even kept biscuits on hand for visitors. We had Milk Bones before we ever had a dog. It was generally understood that all dogs were to be back on their property by dark, and neighborly phone calls would be made if Duke or Ginny or Dill or Mike were still out and about. (The same held true of us roaming children.)
There were problems. Our dog was unneutered and he frequently stayed out for 3-4 days at at time, visiting student apartments at UofR. One time we had a menacing phone call from a person in an adjacent neighborhood saying he'd beat our dog with a shovel for bothering his (confined) female in heat. An invisible fence was installed after that, but he broke through when he felt like it, although he never again stayed away overnight. He lived to be 16.
The roaming has decreased but just last year I saw an elderly Golden lounging and marking in my mother's yard right before she moved out of the area.
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OK, I don't know how old you guys are. I ... the neighborhood or running the streets where I grew up.

I'm going to be 50 in November. Maybe it's a regional thing. Where did you grow up?

Let me know how that goes for you, so I can decide whether to keep going to 50 or to stop before then. I grew up in pretty much the same place I'm in now, unfortunately, which is northeast Ohio. In sort of an upper middle class suburb, though, which may have made a difference.
We fed her Gaines Burgers, which wasn't thought to be doggie junk food back then, although it was. Or Special Cuts. Anyone remember that food?

Yep. I think we fed our rat terrier Gaines Burgers. My mother cooked for our chihuahua and she got a lot of table scraps, but I think her main kibble was Purina Dog Chow.

Table scraps were probably better than Gaines Burgers.

Mustang Sally
Got Charlie in 1973 and it was much the same way. He ate Ken-L-Ration Biskit with Skippy brand canned food ... with the GB, and started feeding him dog food again. He was with me for another 7 years, until 15.5.

When you think of how conscious we are of what we feed our dogs now, it's hard to believe what they were fed back then - - and yet many lived good, long lives. Gaines Burgers and Special Cuts had artificial everything, not to mention lots of sugar. Our Beagle/Basset lived to 13, I think.
Mustang Sally
I'm going to be 50 in November.

Let me know how that goes for you, so I can decide whether to keep going to 50 or to stop before then.

I've got the brakes on as hard as I can, but I still keep barreling towards it. Can you put a gentle leader on time? :}
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Let me know how that goes for you, so I can decide whether to keep going to 50 or to stop before then.

I've got the brakes on as hard as I can, but I still keep barreling towards it. Can you put a gentle leader on time? :}

Not that I know of. Maybe it's time to work on a really reliable "stay".
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