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there are a lot of people who like sneaky, conniving dogs (WHO DOESN'T?)

How could you not like a sneaky, conniving dog??? Cleverness is so appealing.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico cat
He's pretty good at doing as little as possible, so when I open the door he rolls the eye that's showing over at me, I ask "Do you want to come in?" and he rolls his eye away and not another muscle moves.

That sounds like a certain other dog when it's cold out. Open one eye, look at human, give them The Look of Disdain, close the eye.
Everybody seems to respond most to Image, and sometimes I wonder if it's because she's got brown eyes.

Personally, I find brown eyes to be more expressive. Satchmo has very pale blue eyes, and it was kind of cool watching his pupils change throughout the day. I'm one of those people that finds light eyes disconcerting, and I would've been a little skeeved by his staring, had I not known just how big a goober he is (for anydog with light eyes trying to scare anyone else - don't combine the staring with whiney-howling/whiney-barking).
On the other hand there are a lot of people who like sneaky, conniving dogs (WHO DOESN'T?) and she's certainly that.

Oh yeah. Very appealing.
reserved, though, and a little shy, and she looks like butter wouldn't melt in her mouth even as she's scarfing down dogshit or taking off with the team and abandoning me on Connecticut Hill.

Story time?
Suja
() But at least the dogs aren't very demanding. Clockwise from lower left - Cinder, Image, Slick, Eclipse, and Emmett.

Sum-mer tiimmee, when the livin' is eezzzyy... They're gorgeous!
Don't they prefer shade? Dylan (the long-haired GSD)* only sunned herself in the winter; in the summer she hung out in deep shade.
*Dylan also would curl up on the deck in the middle of a snowstorm. When asked if she'd like to come in, she'd raise her white-crusted head, shake off a few flakes, and give me "the look."

FurPaw

The Bush legacy - no child left a dime.
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Story time?[/nq]Well, back before I had another experienced leader I used to run her in single lead, and she was really good at noticing when my attention wandered and taking advantage, like veering off the trail and into a hedgerow (with low branches, of course) following a deer trail. That was a good learning experience for me and I thought we were pretty much straightened out. I guess not, because one afternoon we were up at Connecticut Hill and a couple of miles down the trail when I stopped the team so I could zip up my parka.

Almost as soon as I looked down at the zipper Image jumped forward and pulled the sled out from underneath my feet and took off down the hill. I started calling them and Emmett kept looking back rather unhappily, but Image forged on and then they were gone.
So, I ran after them and followed the runner tracks in the snow, and they just kept going and going and going. It was a cold afternoon and I was underdressed, and the only glasses I had were my sunglasses and it was starting to get dark (ref. the recent discussion of "gear nerds"). I was concerned because the forest service road we were on dead-ended at the bottom of a long, steep hill, and if they went right they'd continue downhill but stay inside the forest but if they went left they'd head towards
civilization, and eventually traffic. About 20 minutes after they took off I finally came around a bend to see them at the "T" intersection, laying in the snow with the sled upright and the lines untangled and Image was definitely looking very smug as she watched me jog down the hill out of breath and extremely flustered.
Unfortunately it was a longer haul back uphill to the truck than they were used to, and I think this is where Emmett overheated and lost interest in the whole mushing thing.

Anyway, when I added Crow and Eclipse I discovered that when Image is in double-lead she's very, very good and will give the other dog hell if it makes a mistake (or if she thinks it made a mistake).

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Don't they prefer shade? Dylan (the long-haired GSD)* only sunned herself in the winter; in the summer she hung out in deep shade.

Molly has figured out that if she stands on the steps of the new pool, she can cool down without actually getting all wet. It's also a good lifeguard station from which to patrol all of the activity going on out there. She doesn't care how many swimming trophies the kids have, they must have intense supervision every second they are in the pool. I often feel sorry for her having to live in Southern California. I think she'd love snow.

Paula
Oh my. I'm going to be in your area the last weekend in July for a greyhound/winery event.

??? What is it?

http://www.grapehounds.com /
It's only the second year, but given the combination of greyhounds and wine, attendance will probably increase exponentially.
I'm only around for part of the weekend, but we can definitely arrange something. If you're up for a Great ... boarding kennel with me to pick up the dogs. There's nothing quite like it (which is probably a good thing).

There will be a bunch of us, so I'm not sure I can do that. I can imagine what an adventure it would be, though. Have your dogs ever seen a greyhound? I'll never forget Tasha's first experiences with them - it took her about 5 seconds to figure out how to outsmart them racing around the yard. Then again, that was Zeke...

Mustang Sally
There will be a bunch of us, so I'm not sure I can do that. I can imagine what an adventure it would be, though. Have your dogs ever seen a greyhound?

In the "meet a strange dog" portion of his CGC test the tester used a Borzoi (this was out at Nancy Givens' place; I'm guessing you know her), and Emmett was like "WTF? That'a really strange dog!" Other than that I don't think any of them has met a sighthound of any kind.
I actually live pretty close to Taughannock, but a lot depends on when I pick the dogs up (new kennel, can't remember their hours).

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There will be a bunch of us, so I'm not ... would be, though. Have your dogs ever seen a greyhound?

In the "meet a strange dog" portion of his CGC test the tester used a Borzoi (this was out at ... That'a really strange dog!" Other than that I don't think any of them has met a sighthound of any kind.

I know some Borzoi breeders in Ohio, don't personally know many others. Borzoi definitely fit the definition of strange dog.
I actually live pretty close to Taughannock, but a lot depends on when I pick the dogs up (new kennel, can't remember their hours).

We're staying in Ithaca, which I thought was pretty near you. Maybe we can work something out. I'd particularly enjoy seeing a brown-eyed husky girl.
Mustang Sally
I know some Borzoi breeders in Ohio, don't personally know many others.

I'm pretty sure she's not a breeder. She is or was the local greyhound rescue person and had a bunch of other sighthounds, too (sound familiar?).
We're staying in Ithaca, which I thought was pretty near you.

Ithaca's very close - I'm basically between Ithaca and Trumansburg, tending towards Watkins Glen.
I'd particularly enjoy seeing a brown-eyed husky girl.[/nq]If the kennel open early in the morning (I think they do) I'll be picking them up first thing because I don't want to haul dogs in mid-day late July heat. Image is actually a very, very reserved dog and doesn't like to be touched except for being a pushover for head and ear scritches. If you don't mind being completely ignored while she forages for dropped food I know she'd enjoy the outing. I've been concerned about her health - over the past six months she's turned into an elderly dog, and she's lost much of the deftness that made her so much fun to watch.

But still, this morning when I was getting ready to go for a run she was being so pushy about asking to go with me that I took both her and Cinder and she was out front the whole time, tail flying and clearly glad to be running lead again.
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