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Old January 12th, 2014, 10:57 AM   #61
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Malamute's and Huskies are not what I would consider a good choice for someone "considering" getting a dog. Nordic breeds are a pain in the ass in comparison.
I agree. our husky mix is a pita.

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Old January 12th, 2014, 05:27 PM   #62
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My dogs are not caged 20 hours and played with for 10. Mine are crate trained. It is a training tool and then a place for them to have some security.
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Old January 12th, 2014, 05:29 PM   #63
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I think saying things such as "if you have to cage a dog or don't have a fenced yard don't get a dog" is wrong. Many dogs that spend some time in cages have better lives than dogs that live outdoors or are strays. I'd rather see a dog in a cage than the one that froze to death last week. If you get a dog that is suited to your lifestyle and you give it quality time then the dog will be happy. When we first moved into this house our dogs were caged. I don't cage my dogs now but I do gate off areas of my house when we are gone. They probably have 800 sq ft to run and from what I have seen when taped they spend 95% of their time sleeping, 2% of their time licking, 1% of their time scratching and the rest of the time looking out the window or walking around. My dogs probably sleep 18 hours a day whether I am home or not.
I don't have dogs to protect my stuff. I have insurance to protect me against losses. I'd rather a robber leaves my dog alone and just takes the shit I can buy again.
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Old January 12th, 2014, 05:49 PM   #64
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I let my dog wander around, no fence, no leash. She doesn't leave the yard.
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Old January 12th, 2014, 06:04 PM   #65
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Regardless of what breed of dog you end up with please adopt an save a dog not purchase from a "breeder" or someone tryin to make money off of them.
Lot easier said then done.

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Animal shelters have become these animal's worst enemy. Their processes are exactly why they are always failing at their job.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with going to a good breeder. Research goes a long way.
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I think saying things such as "if you have to cage a dog or don't have a fenced yard don't get a dog" is wrong. Many dogs that spend some time in cages have better lives than dogs that live outdoors or are strays. I'd rather see a dog in a cage than the one that froze to death last week. If you get a dog that is suited to your lifestyle and you give it quality time then the dog will be happy. When we first moved into this house our dogs were caged. I don't cage my dogs now but I do gate off areas of my house when we are gone. They probably have 800 sq ft to run and from what I have seen when taped they spend 95% of their time sleeping, 2% of their time licking, 1% of their time scratching and the rest of the time looking out the window or walking around. My dogs probably sleep 18 hours a day whether I am home or not.

I don't have dogs to protect my stuff. I have insurance to protect me against losses. I'd rather a robber leaves my dog alone and just takes the shit I can buy again.

Well said! Mine is also crated in Jeep.
Loves to go. When Jeep is full of us kayakers he sits in the front passenger foot well, with my feet. This is just short river to other vehicles or next stop.
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I think saying things such as "if you have to cage a dog or don't have a fenced yard don't get a dog" is wrong. Many dogs that spend some time in cages have better lives than dogs that live outdoors or are strays. I'd rather see a dog in a cage than the one that froze to death last week. If you get a dog that is suited to your lifestyle and you give it quality time then the dog will be happy. When we first moved into this house our dogs were caged. I don't cage my dogs now but I do gate off areas of my house when we are gone. They probably have 800 sq ft to run and from what I have seen when taped they spend 95% of their time sleeping, 2% of their time licking, 1% of their time scratching and the rest of the time looking out the window or walking around. My dogs probably sleep 18 hours a day whether I am home or not.
I don't have dogs to protect my stuff. I have insurance to protect me against losses. I'd rather a robber leaves my dog alone and just takes the shit I can buy again.
Insurance doesn't replace people.
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I know everyone thinks this would never happen to them.

If it did however I am sure a rot or (insert bread here) 2 would have made this story have a different outcome

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I know everyone thinks this would never happen to them.

If it did however I am sure a rot or (insert bread here) 2 would have made this story have a different outcome

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Horrible situation right there.

I agree... This is why I can't stand little dogs and cats. My Malamute gives me peace of mind when I'm not home for this exact reason.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 08:24 AM   #73
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Horrible situation right there.

I agree... This is why I can't stand little dogs and cats. My Malamute gives me peace of mind when I'm not home for this exact reason.
Why? Malamutes are well known for NOT being good guard dogs.
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Why? Malamutes are well known for NOT being good guard dogs.
I was worried about that myself... He has proved otherwise.

He's way more protective of us and our home than our older mutt and she is very protective.
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