I finally got to meet my ex's new sheltie puppy. She is very cute, though I am very glad that she does not live at my house. She yaps at everything. My ex was commenting on how much she sheds (his wife assured him you could give the dog pills so it wouldn't shed and also refused to get an underake or shedding blade because they looked cruel so they are using a soft people's hairbrush to brush her). I told him he should have listened to his daughters when they tried to steer him toward a less shedding breed and when he went with the dog his wife wanted instead, tried to get him a proper brush.

I told him before that they knew what they were talking about since they do much of the GSD brushing around here. I didn't mind getting sheltie hair all over my t-shirt. But the, I wouldn't recognize any of my clothes without some dog hair on them, anyway.My oldest daughter's best friend's sister's pug just had puppies. The sad thing is that they are BYB and she is trying to sell them. She doesn't live at their home any more, so I don't know her and never heard that she was contemplating that or I would have asked her to reconsider. But the puppies are fun to hold and play with. My daughter's friend watched them for her sister for a weekend and of course we were ordered over there to see them while they were around.

It was hard to play with silly little pug puppies, but in the interests of friendship, we managed. I did tell them that I wouldn't buy one or help advertise them for sale and why. I hope they think about things like health testing at a minimum should they even think of breeding puppies again. It kind of surprised me, actually, because the mother and I have had long talks about the importance of having rescue dogs (their family is a GR that came from a shelter.

My guess is she wasn't asked first and you can't make grown daughters living on their own behave.
At least all I have to do with any of it is to have more puppies to snuggle with and play with but not to care for or worry about.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
I finally got to meet my ex's new sheltie puppy. She is very cute, though I am very glad that she does not live at my house. She yaps at everything.

The whole low barking threshold thing would drive me up a wall. There are a lot of things I don't mind in a dog; barking at nothing isn't one of them.
My ex was commenting on how much she sheds (his wife assured him you could give the dog pills so ... an underake or shedding blade because they looked cruel so they are using a soft people's hairbrush to brush her).

So the magic pill didn't work? Damn. I guess I have to resort to raking Khan then.
Suja
I finally got to meet my ex's new sheltie puppy. ... does not live at my house. She yaps at everything.

The whole low barking threshold thing would drive me up a wall. There are a lot of things I don't mind in a dog; barking at nothing isn't one of them.[/nq]Sammie the mini poodle gets on my nerves enough. He doesn't bark at nothing, but he has a tendency to bark at more little almost nothings and not to want to shut up. He responds really well to "Get your butt back in here!" though. That makes him shut up and run back to where I am and wag his tail at me. The big dogs respond to "okay, that's enough," but he needs something else to do with all his energy, I guess. He does respond every time, though.

Now we are backing it up to getting him to stop and come back when he first starts tearing in the direction of the noise and before he has started the barking. It is going okay, but I wish it were going faster. The sheltie yaps constantly, though, for no reason at all. She will put herself in her crate (the door is open) and yap in there like she wants out, but the door is wide open. She is incapable of running without yapping and, as a puppy, she runs a lot.

The mouth is connected to her legs somehow. All kinds of cuteness when she snuggles up to you, though, and, like I said, I don't have to live with her.
My ex was commenting on how much she sheds (his ... they are using a soft people's hairbrush to brush her).

So the magic pill didn't work? Damn. I guess I have to resort to raking Khan then.

Maybe they just used the wrong magic pill. I'm sure there actually is one that will stop all shedding. I'd be even happier with a magic pill that would keep their nails from growing. Molly is the biggest PITA when it comes to doing anything with her nails, but they grow so quickly that she is always clicking. I'd pay big bugs for a no nail growing pill.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
... I'd be even happier with a magic pill that would keep their nails from growing. Molly is the biggest ... but they grow so quickly that she is always clicking. I'd pay big bugs for a no nail growing pill.

Actually, I don't think you're going to find many takers for your big bugs. Maybe you could throw in a few of those oatmeal-and-cranberry cookies you were talking about. Just a thought.
Darla

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... I'd be even happier with a magic pill that ... I'd pay big bugs for a no nail growing pill.

Actually, I don't think you're going to find many takers for your big bugs. Maybe you could throw in a few of those oatmeal-and-cranberry cookies you were talking about. Just a thought.

Oh, like you've never made a typo, Ms. Vladschyk! Anyway, I'd give all the big bugs I have for absolutely nothing. I'd pay big bucks for something that made Molly's nails stop growing so I wouldn't have to go through the whole, "NOO! You're TORTURING mee!" routine. For a big bad German Shepherd she sure is a wimp. I can't find my dremel and I'm wondering if she managed to hide it or throw it away or something.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay