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A Dilemma
Mon 27-Aug-12
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danast
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As you all know, I lost my darling dog Midge a few weeks ago.  Well, I heard at the weekend that Midge's sister has just had pups - a total accident, after all she is seven.  She had four and already three have been booked.  Not only that, the owner is looking to get rid of another dog who just happens to be one of Midge's pups!!!    He needs a gun dog and the dog, Shuna, did not want to work and became a pet for his wife.  Unfortunately she died a while ago and he does not want to keep the dog.  He has offered to give her to me.  

So what do I do?  

I could do nothing and part of me feels it is too soon, except that I know Ben needs company.

 I could take the three year old dog, but to be honest if she could not be trained to the gun I am not sure I want her.  Also, I don't know that I could cope with another grown dog and it not be Midge if you know what I mean.  But, she is a real part of Midge.

 I could buy the remaining pup, don't know the sex yet.  I would not get it for seven weeks, which gives me plenty of time to get prepared and used to the idea and I could train it to my way.  And it too is a part of Ben and Midge's family.

I think I am going to see them this week, which of course will be a big mistake as I will probably take them both .  big_laugh   ( Just joking!!!! )

The wee pup is a pure lab, but has a small white flash under her chin.  Should I call it Flash??  big_laugh

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Mon 27-Aug-12
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wave  Go for the Flash pup if you can afford it, Ben needs a young dog to train &, I suspect, so do you. I love training pups.  

How is the splint thing?

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Mon 27-Aug-12
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Go for the young pup- then it will be imprinted upon you as you bring it up.

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Mon 27-Aug-12
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wave  Thanks Nadine. big_hug  I think you are right. I love training pups too.   It is not too expensive - £250 I think.  We shall see!!

 I never actually got the splint.  SHe couldn't understand why I needed one and what good it would do.  I had my elbow measured and she has ordered a quite simple one for my elbow only .  It has a removable splint bit inside it, but she thought even wearing the elbow thingy may be helpful.  She called me unusual!!!!!!!   big_laugh

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Mon 27-Aug-12
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I agree go for Flash. Although a puppy is a full time commitment you will be able to train it the way you want. No bad habits to try and break. It will brighten Ben too to have a little companion. We look forward to hearing how it goes.

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Mon 27-Aug-12
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wave  Thanks Martin and Aly  You are both quite right!!  That was what was worrying me about the older dog.  But she is Midge's pup!!

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I agree, go for the pup, much easier to train.  Our friends who live next door to our new house have a border collie cross they acquired a few weeks ago at the age of 18 months, a rescue dog.  It is a total high maintenance teenager eeek - friendly enough, but a complete hooligan, very attention seeking and, so far, virtually impossible to train out of its bad habits (like jumping up at you to shoulder height like a demented kangaroo and attempting to lick your face every time it sees you ponder).

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Mon 27-Aug-12
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wave  Going to see them on Wednesday morning!!!!!   eeek

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You probably know my vote Danuta, but I'll say it anyway...

I vote Shuna.

She lost her mistress, and is probably feeling a lot of the same things you are feeling about loosing Midge. She's also a part of Midge, and even if she's not gun dog material, well...I just have a feeling about her.

I'd also take the pup, you've had experence juggling 3 dogs, you can do that in your sleep.

Then you'd have your very own "Black Dog Brigade" too! big_laugh

And no, its not too soon. Your heart will tell you when you're ready. big_hug

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Tue 28-Aug-12
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waveOh Michelle, you certainly know how to put the cat among the pigeons!!!!!!   My head is reeling.  confused

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Tue 28-Aug-12
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Just do what your heart & head tell you, when you go to see them tomorrow. I find that's the best way if I am in a quandary but if you have any doubts at all tomorrow, don't go ahead with them or take only one.    big_hug  big_hug

 

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Tue 28-Aug-12
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There is no point in my saying anything as you well know, but I do wish you wisdom in your choice and remember that your life might be more difficult with three.  big_hug

I'll try that again!

Tue 28-Aug-12
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Hi Danuta - a real dilemma I see!

Questions:

1. Shuna didn't make the grade as a gun dog. She did make the grade as a pet. (I presume)

Do you need a gun dog, or a pet?

2. If he's looking to train a gun dog, why doesn't he keep the fourth pup to train?

 

Or am I missing something here?

My choice - Shuna. There, I've said it now.

 

Whatever I, or anyone else thinks, Danuta, I know you will make the choice that is right for you, and be happy with that choice. (I know you will be! big_hug )

 

Many thoughts and good wishes for you.  big_hug

 

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Tue 28-Aug-12
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brightspark said:

Hi Danuta - a real dilemma I see!

Questions:

1. Shuna didn't make the grade as a gun dog. She did make the grade as a pet. (I presume)

Do you need a gun dog, or a pet?

2. If he's looking to train a gun dog, why doesn't he keep the fourth pup to train?

 

Or am I missing something here?

My choice - Shuna. There, I've said it now.

 

Whatever I, or anyone else thinks, Danuta, I know you will make the choice that is right for you, and be happy with that choice. (I know you will be! big_hug )

 

Many thoughts and good wishes for you.  big_hug

 

brightsparklystuff

 

That's what I forgot to ask too! Danuta, do you need the new kid to be a gun dog because your pack will spend so much time with Duncan? Your "Dizzy Blond" dog wasn't a gun dog, and she loves Duncan all the same...

And don't mind us, you go with your heart.
You'll get there, see all the fuzzies and know what to do.big_hug

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Tue 28-Aug-12
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wave  Thanks everyone.  I do so appreciate all your honest comments.  So helpful!  big_hug     big_hug

No I do not want her to be a gun dog at all.  I just think if she could not be trained for that, which most labs adore, then perhaps she is not as biddable as she could be.  I also have to remember that there are lots of farm animals here, right over the fence in fact and if she is not good with them then she is a definite no!  A pup can be trained!   

I  had three dogs for so long that if it happens I end up with three then so be it. It will be normal for me.  big_laugh   

I think I will know in my heart what to do when I see them tomorrow.

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