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June 22, 2007

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Carol

I have a "Lana" of my own, although in this case, I bred her, so I can't blame anyone but myself for how she turned out. She's the most non-Frenchie French Bulldog I've ever owned, and although her behaviour isn't 'bad' by the average dog's standards, she's much more than anyone wanting a Frenchie expects to get. Because of that, she'll stay here with me for life - and also because, like your Lana, she's a wonderful, snuggly, affectionate girl who really means well.

Most importantly, I doubt anyone else would be willing to put up with her, and I can't take that chance, for her sake.

Plus, Mamas always love the bad kids the most, don't they? ;)

Carol

margalit

I once had a 'dog with issues' like Lana's. A car chaser, a runaway, huge prey instinct (killed chickens), and had serious separation anxiety. Like Lana, I knew that nobody would take him on and tolerate him like I did...for 17.5 years. Dogs are a long term commitment. Now I've got that damn cat.

Lana is lucky that she's got you for a mommy.

jan

Bless you for not giving up on Lana. Somehow I think you know she is worth all your efforts.

flutter

ohh! Happy Birthday!

canape

Happy birthday, Lana! So glad you found your forever home.

AuthorMomWithDogs

My Lana is 8. We've been through it all. She has taught me more than all of the other dogs I've had put together. She's much easier now than she was -- each year gets better.

Now I can say it was worth it. But not for the first few years. I completely understand your conflicted feelings.

How lucky for Lana she found you. A happy birthday, indeed!

PA

Happy Birthday Lana!

My lab mix will be 4 in August. I didn't know how sweet a dog could be until we got him. His anxiety and puppyhood put holes in our walls, floor, furniture, paint tubes, blinds... but he's just the greatest dog. Now it's only bones and the occasional pen or piece of paper.

The only thing is that we have another smaller dog, and she (I think) has taught him to growl and bark when approached by another dog on a leash. They go to daycare and get along fine off-leash, so I really don't understand it. They also do better (but not perfect) when I walk them alone. I really hope that there is a good way to train this out of them because we have stopped going to parks and other places where we know other dogs will be because of it. Also, I want to have a kid in the next year or so, and want to make sure my dogs are well trained way beforehand. Any help is appreciated. Also not getting so crazy excited when people come over would be great.

Trish

I have a dog question for you! It's really not about my perfectly lovely black lab who likes to scarf down 100 crayons at a time and bites the heads off nativity set wisemen. Surely not. Ahem.

Our neighborhood is chockfull of dogs. Little, teeny dogs who COMPLETELY lose all touch with reality when we walk by. They run right up to the lotline and shriek and snarl as we pass. Their owners, who are often standing by, do absolutely NOTHING to control their behavior. Brady simply ignores them, but I find the yapping so irritating that I want to say something to the owners.

There's my question: Do I say anything and if so, what do I say?

I'm really afraid that those dogs are going to menace the wrong dog someday and end up hurt.

Any thoughts would be appreciated!
Trish

doggy mama

Awww... I am so glad Lana had a happy birthday! My black lab turned 5 in January and my big mix will be 6 in August. Doesn't time fly? I love my doggies more than anything. They are my kids. They MAKE my family. So it's great to see other people as crazy about their dogs as I am about mine!! :)

mayberry

Happy birthday, Lana! She's beautiful.

And here is a doggie question for you. It's almost the 4th of July, and in our state fireworks are legal. That is very bad news for our pup. She is terrified of the sound (thunderstorms too). Rescue Remedy doesn't work. Should we get an rx from our vet or... anything else we can do for her?

She is a 9-ish year old shepherd mix.

crunchy

Aww...

She is gorgeous...
I will have to send a pic of my dog..see if you can figure out the mix...

callie loves to spoon too.
she makes us nuts though with the barking at the door, squirrels, the mail man and so on...her hackles go up and she is full on security..cept we know that she is a scaredy and it is all show!

Jill

My dog has been acting very aggressive the past couple weeks and my cat is also acting strange. I hope they haven't contracted rabies. I'm going to have to take them both to the vet.

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