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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-24-2013, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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If Your Dog Could Talk...

What would you like to talk about?

For Woody, a rescue I adopted at the age of about 18 months, I'd like to hear his story. He was picked up as a stray in the forests here in Northern California by a shelter sometime in Feburary. He was scheduled to be put down when our local rescue found him and saved his life.

He never made it to their web site as I was contacted the day they picked him up and the rest is history...Woody & I became inseparable.

But I would like to know how the heck he ended up in the middle of a forest in the winter. Where he came from and what his "family" was like...he wasn't mistreated. He had been house trained and stayed out of the garbage and off the counters. He wasn't the least bit skittish and was very, very friendly.

If dogs could only talk.

Woody playing with a neighbor...



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My 6 year old golden girl was mistreated a show when she was just a puppy. She came home from the show scared of her own shadow and not wanting to be anywhere but her crate. I got her at 14 months, and although she has come a long way, she is a therapy dog for terminally ill children, her first instinct, when she is frightened, is still to find something to hide under. If she could talk, I would love to know what happened at that show, but more importantly, I would like to know what I could do to help her overcome her fears.

My 2.5 year old, was born in my livingroom. I have raised her from her first moments on earth. She has come to work with me along with her siblings since she was 2 weeks old, she has never wanted for anything, no one has ever said a mean word to her. She thinks the world revolves around her, and if she could talk, I would be very scared about what she has to say.
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If Ky could talk I would only want her to tell me the good things, the things that would bring a smile to her face.
I would ask about her mom, did she have siblings? And I would want her to tell me what I could do to make her happier.

Good thread Pete! One that makes me go hhhmmm
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Well, I wouldn't want to know any more of Ranger's back story. I already know too much and it moves me to tears.

But I would like to converse with him just to find out what goes on inside his head at times. He can figure out puzzles and makes the weirdest connections between things. It's also uncanny how many times I'll tell him something like I would a person, or ask him a question, and he'll do something in response as if he understood exactly what I said.

Like yesterday, my dad let him in the back door despite Ranger having his raw bone in his mouth. I was doing school work at the table and said - without looking up - "are you supposed to have that in here?" And ranger did a 180, walked back outside to drop his bone and came back in. My dad and I both looked each other, like how the heck did he know to do that?

So I'd like to talk to ranger just so see how much he actually understands or HOW he manages to understand so much of what I say, even when it's words I've never strung together before.

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If Zoe could talk I'd ask her what all the sniffing and smelling is telling her. She's so keenly interested in what seems like every stick and blade of grass along the side of the road. I'd also ask her what she thinks of those standard poodles in her obedience class and why the Goldens at the dog park seem to recognize each other.


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I know most of my friend Tuff's story, I would like to know what he is thinking sometimes.

I have serious discussions with him frequently. He always listens with interest. My wife wants to commit me to a place with soft walls sometimes....ROFL

My Buddy TuffDog.
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I would want to know when she secretly went and had English lessons. Because this dog understands me when I just speak to her in full sentences, things I've never said to her before.

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If Your Dog Could Talk...

Vinnie talks all the time. He never shuts up. Sometimes he sounds kind of like me and other times he sounds kind of like my husband.
Tonight when I got home, I asked him if he was a good boy. He answered " yah I was pretty good except for digging and stuff"


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Buddy, the Golden I've raised from 2 months, I'd like to just have a frank conversation with him about how leash-walking works. :P

I agree with the others here in that I'd like to learn why my rescue, Hiro, is so anxious. He's doing better but sometimes I wonder if I'm doing enough to rehabilitate him or if he knows that we're his forever family and we won't ever leave him.

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I only want to know one thing.

Why do you have to sniff every square inch of the yard before going potty????

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