|1 is too many sometimes|
|LOL, Ed. I have those days. I have 2 Sheepies, but if I had my way about it I would probably have more. LOL Like some of you on here, I like my pets more than most people.
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Two OES and Sydney - who is supposed to be an OES - but more likely a Beardie! I'd love more!!!
|I have to admit we have 4 and everyday is a riot.Wouldn't have it any other way.I keep saying I need a farm,because believe it or not I would have more in a heartbeat.|
|ANY PICS GUMBO41 WOULD LOVE TO SEE ALL 4|
|one for now, but am hoping to adopt another one in about 6-10 months. Want to train Mopo and see how the grooming will go before getting the second. We are thinking of moving from NYC to Virginia or some place we can get a nice farm, land, a view of the mountains! I hate the city... and then I would rescue as many as my husband will let me. LOL We shall see...|
|I have 2, and one other in my heart always. I would also love to have more.... someday!|
|1 1/2 (1/2 sheepie 1/2 ?? wolfhound), but if I didn't have 4 Great Pyrs, I'd probably have 4 more OES.|
|One, but more when I move out and can afford it one day.|
|This is Chloe.
This is Kali,with a litter of Shaggy and her pups.
I do not have a pic of Gumbeaux,downloaded on the internet and Shaggy is my avatar.
|Oh Ron, you should go and rescue another one!!!|
|I agree. You and Joan can be the official aunt and uncle of all of our sheepies though. Stormi and co.|
|I can't imagine being without a sheepie, Ron, but I understand. After Mic was gone I wanted another one so bad, but didn't want to feel like I was replacing her. Dancer and Sky have brought so much joy into my life though, I'm glad I finally got them.|
|Robin, Jack is getting so big, and he looks like the miniature Shaggy, thought you'd like to know|
|Hi Jack, do you have any recent pics of Jack? Would love to see 1 or 2 or as many as you can send. I miss all the babies so bad when they are all gone. I swear I need a farm. I read he was a terror over the weekend,must be the weather,sheepies get real frisky when there is a coolness in the air. I do want to thank you for being such a good daddy to Jack.|
|frisky yes, but never anything i can't handle. he reminds me of myself.|
|Any new pics of Jack. Uh,oh here goes this frisky business again,ladies.|
|oy. not again.
i'll get some pictures this week hopefully.
|That sounds great.Looking forward to seeing how big he has gotten and the resembles to his papa.|
|1 oes Isobel,1 collie Rocky,1 labrador Gypsy and 1 Lurcher Esme.|
1 oes Isobel,1 collie Rocky,1 labrador Gypsy and 1 Lurcher Esme.
What's a LURCHER? I saw his picture - he's adorable! Just wondering what kind of breed that is.
|Ah Lurcher's are famous in many literary works! Cool!|
|A lurcher's a cross between a working breed dog and a sighthound,at least i think that's right.|
|And they are known to be thieves! The funny thing is, when a farmer was picking out a lurcher, the dog didn't live up to it's name if it wasn't sneaky and thieving! Apparently they are excellent guard dogs, and excellent for keeping vermin out of henhouses, barns etc. They seem particularily loyal to family, and can be quite frightening if anything threatens their people. This is only bits of what I've read about them of course, I've never owned one, or even seen one. But your lurcher is exactly what I've pictured while reading! LOL|
|I've met lot's of Lurcher because i foster for a greyhound and lurcher rescue and yes they can be terrible thieves but they're lovely too.|
Oh Ron, you should go and rescue another one!!!
I agree. You and Joan can be the official aunt and uncle of all of our sheepies though. Stormi and co.
I can't imagine being without a sheepie, Ron, but I understand. After Mic was gone I wanted another one so bad, but didn't want to feel like I was replacing her. Dancer and Sky have brought so much joy into my life though, I'm glad I finally got them.1 "Foster Child!"
Mulligan is staying with us. He's 99 pounds and 23 months old. He's fairly well behaved, but had some accidents right away in the house, and pulls like crazy on leash even with the prong collar on.
He knows how to lift the lid (and seat) to get to his personal water supply... we hope to help him out of this habit, as the house seems strange with all of the bathroom doors shut!
He came to us with a very matted coat (now shaved), inflamed paws, a very bad ear infection and lots of energy.
He seems to be warming up to us and our house. Unfortunately, I wasn't around for the first 24 hours after Joan picked him up, so I missed the initial bonding. He's warming up to me a little bit, too. He even just brought me a toy as I was typing this. (This is strange behavior for both Joan and me, as I've never had a sheepie bring a toy to play. Nice change!)
We haven't had sheepie breath around since January, and that guy was a timid 4 year old 60 pounder. This young puppy, full of his oats, is a handful!
Wish us luck!
|CONGRATULATIONS! Even if its just a foster.
Hope he's like Root Beer and brings you everything in the house until you get up and play. Its amazing how much better you feel after tossing a few dozen objects in various directions, with 2 dogs vying for all of the attention. Oh, you only have one, but he'll keep you busy, I'm sure.
Have fun. And try a halter. Dogs that pull, despite pain/discomfort, need a different type of coaxing. He needs to "feel" what you want him to do. He will still pull, but every once in a while he will surprise you by turning when you wanted to turn and then you know he's catching on.
I am sure you will have him "potty detrained" in no time. Abbi would NEVER drink out of a toilet, Root Beer thought they were the best invention ever made. I put ammonia in the toilet downstairs, he went over, got a wiff and has never gone in there since. He drinks out of Abbi's bowl, which has its own problems though. Abbi doesn't want to share with RB. She quits drinking inside after he drinks from her bowl, and has to go outside to get a drink? So RB stays outside mostly. Abbi is my baby after all, and its still in the 90's here.
I am so happy for you and Joan. I think foster is a great thing. I will bet the you two have lots of love to share with a furry child and gentle guidance to aid him in becoming the best sheepie he can be.
Prior to getting Tyler, I had a lovely companion named Ivory, she was Samoyed and White German Shepard. A real beauty, she died just prior to her tenth birthday, too early and too young. To make a long story short, I was devastated, she was my best friend, my companion my every thing! I was so heart broken I couldn't see getting another companion. I didn't want another like her to remind me of what I lost. It took two years for me to soften my position, at this point, my mom suggested I get a dog, can you imagine? We were living together at the time and she insisted. I said, Okay, but I want a Sheepdog. With that she pulled out an ad from the local newspaper and it was for an OES for $50.00. I must have talked about how I liked the breed and always wanted one. I had met one a few years prior at a friends house and just fell for the guy. I remember telling her what a great dog he was. His name was Charlie Chan, he was a chubby sheared sheepie and so cute. Anyway we answered the ad and adopted Tyler.
He wasn't Ivory, he was a boy, he was different and in his own way, he won my heart over. He taught me that no matter what happens to the ones we love, they leave us with the ability to love again. So I have opened my heart and have loved deeply again, and will in the future. While I have never forgotten my sweet Ivory and how much she meant to me, and the funny things she did. Tyler has added to my life and I have all that many more stories to tell. I really believe that when the moment comes for you to open your home and heart again to another companion, you will know.
Now don't go and adopt 3 like me, cause it can get a little busy with that many wiggle butts. Also, 3 in the back seat of a Saturn Vue is funny site
Just had to share my story, I hope it helps others to know how deeply these characters touch our lives and how much we love them. I also hope that it helps people to understand that if you have the love to give you also need the outlet for that love, and after all, what is a better outlet than and Old English Sheepdog, cause they sure know how to return all that they get ten fold.
|Woo-Hoo RON!!! It will be nice to have the pitter patter of huge paws again, plus you will make the family who adopts Mulligan very happy with the love and patience you put into him.
On that note, my husband and I have been thinking of fostering. I didn't know which rescue organization to get involved with or if it should be all of them. I know more about NEOESR, but I don't believe they are the closest. As you know I also have a full house of sheepies, cats, and young kids. Will that be a no-no in foster? I have read about fostering, so I am not saying this blindly. My husband and I are in agreement, and have spoke of fostering for a few months now. I do have a fenced in yard with an all new stockade fence. It isn't a huge yard, but it is good size. Jack and Annabelle use it to the fullest as they run up and down and in circles. They also go to a dog park with no dog aggression, and my mom's dogs have came over and ate out of their food bowl and ours sat there looking at her dogs while her dogs started growling at mine because Jack and Annabelle got too close to their own food bowls. Silly pups.
Anyway, Ron, and any others involved in fostering, please give me honest feed back. If it isn't a good idea yet, it will be one of these years. LOL Thanks!
I loved your post, it was very touching to hear of your love for Ivory. She sounded like a wonderful companion. I think Tyler and Kiera are very lucky to have you and you them. I do agree they give their love back in ten fold. Thank you for sharing with us.
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|OOOhhhh cutie pie Mulligan brought you a toy to play. It's the bad boys that steal your heart. Please give Mulligan (I LOVE that name) a big hug and smooch from Henry & me.
About the pulling -- I am trying a new harness based on a horse lunge harness my trainer told me about. It has an extremely simple design and fit; the leash hooks to an O-ring that is against his chest under the chin. When Henry pulls, I pull straight up on the leash which forces him to turn towards me.
It is the sense-ation harness from http://www.softouchconcepts.com/products.html
Note: measure carefully. Henry, tall, skinny and 85 pounds wears a medium.
It seems to work well, not that anything really stops an excited Henry, but I like it better than hooking the leash to his martingale collar--in fact I can attach the leash to both this harness and the collar for double protection. We still us the prong along with this new harness just because Henry is Henry.
Stormi, Henry's foster mother had 4 OES in small house with a relatively small yard. And she had Henry for weeks when he could not be around any other dog, first too sick and then too weirded out and excited to be around another dog.
|Congratualtions Ron! I'm so happy for you and Mulligan!
Fostering for me ends up being "Oh we're just waiting for a home for this one" and we still say that a year later, 2 years later, LOL....
Good luck! Mulligan fell into just the right home!
|Tylersmom, your stories make me cry! Not the bad cry, i guess, but the one that shows understanding. I can't immagine my life without my little furballs. I keep telling my husband that i don't know how we lived without them before. I sure won't be without a dog ever again. Not without an oes, anyway. LOL Your stories are beautiful and touching, and your love for your friends is evident. I am totally pmsing, so i am crying at all the cute comertials on tv, too! LOL " Aaawww, look at that kitten...." then whaaaa! LOL|
|Oh, Ron! How much longer until we get to see Mulligan pictures? You know most of us are on the edge of our seats waiting to see your new furry buddy. LOL
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|Yes Ron PLEASE!!! pictures!!|
|I have only 1 OES,and i tell ya id have as many as i could,but for now Mickey is 1 of 3 and for now thats enough.in many yrs to come when my buddies go to a better place Ill be getting another OES,I just love this breed and Im so taken w/ my Mickey doodles,hes my cuddle buddy,my lets have fun buddy,my lets go to work buddy.My collie is my sleeping buddy tho,always have been always will be .|
I also had a blk tri color collie named rocky he was truely the best in the breed(well too me he was)very smart,and very protective.I miss him so much hes been gone for a long time now,but seems like yesterday I bought him home,and realized I just adopted a lifelong buddy.
I think I have been truely blessed to have the pets i have had in my life,they are forever in my heart thats for sure.
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