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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Help Needed in Finding a Dog a Home
Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M

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Barked: Sun Jan 25, '15 8:39am PST 
I didn't really want to post as Tiller as I lost him this summer and am still pretty down about it. He gave a lot to rescue and in the end I am not feeling incredibly ok about that or about myself. But that's another soapbox for another day, lol!

For even with all those emotions, there is a dog in Southpaws (for the newer amongst you, a rescue founded right here on the Dogster forums) I think a great deal of. And he's really demanding my focus and attention right now. That would be Ghost, a white Pit Bill/American Bulldog, who is just a marvelous animal. Very handsome, huge hearted, big loveamuffin....just the ultimate of what a Pit Bull is supposed to be. Alas also pretty much a classic having a higher prey drive. Not ok with other pets. It's his only flaw. He's just the sweetest and most personable dog you could care to meet in every other way. Not subtly, but in that grand, larger than life Pit Bull way wink

He's been in the rescue now for 2 1/2 years, and in a restricted setting as he's not a candidate for foster given that he is not ok with other pets. He's been very resilient and good natured about it, but it's no life for a dog. Particularly not him, as I am pretty sure he was someone's loved pet. Came to us well trained for a shelter dog.....good on the lead, knowing his basic commands, and overall being very pet savvy. He knows he is supposed to be belonged to someone. We indeed ended up with him on a special request from the shelter in TN who had taken him in, apologizing for pitching a Pit Bull (given that there are so many) but that he was such a good guy, she could not help herself.

If anyone in the New England area would be interested in receiving info and materials on him, pitching him to their acquaintances, posting fliers, etc., please feel free to let me know. He needs an army and we'd be happy to welcome anyone willing to pick up his cause. He's a spectacular dog and to generate interest in him would get him adopted....he's just so good looking and charming. Sometimes in rescue dogs get stuck in an abyss. It can be comparatively quite easy to generate interest getting dogs out of danger, but they lose their hook once safely within a rescue. He is one of those dogs and would greatly benefit from the ingenuity of others.

Thank you!
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Saying Goodbye: Memorials & Support > My heart is breaking...........
Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M

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Barked: Sat Jan 24, '15 10:32pm PST 
I just caught this....have not been around here much lately. Wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss. I know that diagnosis is incredibly devastating.

I lost Tiller in August and am still struggling and not ok with it. So many Dogsters came together around the same time, and this has definitely been an era of seeing quite a few of them pass on. It's the tough part to keeping and loving dogs.

I hope time has helped you start to move forward.
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Choosing the Right Dog > I Need Pictures!

Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M

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Barked: Tue Apr 22, '14 9:00am PST 
A puppy???!!! How exciting! Everyone seems to be getting puppies, darn it! Very jealous! laugh out loud

Thanks to all for your resounding response....it is so much appreciated! I will go over the pics and get back to you individually, but you have been more helpful than I could have hoped for. Thank you SO much!
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Choosing the Right Dog > Brussels Griffon

Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M

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Barked: Wed Apr 16, '14 12:31pm PST 
You can't replicate a breed in some other version, but.....BUT!....if you wish you could then somewhere, deep inside, part of your dogness is not entirely satisfied. You want the basic breed you are on, but think something is missing. So said from many years as a breed matcher. Now you COULD look at a cute face and say "I wish that was like a Poodle." That's legal wink Personally, I like multiple breeds and couldn't just have one breed, for then I would feel like I wasn't getting all my dog loving bases covered. No breed covers all the bases. I know when I was on GSDs, I sometimes felt envious of people who had Labs. Just something wasn't hitting the mark. I don't feel the same now that I have Giants. They are a lot more tactile, playful and silly and can just "be a dog." I can hear in my head some huff, "well! my GSDs are very tactile, playful and silly." Not compared to a Giant, they're not wink One thing I adore about Giants is they are not all work, no play. They are pretty much all play, splayed out and all doggy, until trouble comes a-callin'....that's when they turn on a dime. They definitely make me yearn for other breeds a lot less.
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Choosing the Right Dog > Brussels Griffon

Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M

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Barked: Wed Apr 16, '14 7:16am PST 
I am not sure of Sarah's experiences of Sprout (all breeds can vary, lol) but Brussels generally ain't no Poodle laugh out loud big laugh They are def a breed my Schnauzerly side would own. They have a very large personality and are one of the most terrier-ish of the small breeds. Self important (what they are and what breed people want), stubborn, mind of their own and actually a rather responsible dog so they always feel like they have stuff to do. They are super good bonders and smart as whips with a life loving personality, so they are easy to engage. They will bore, though. They climb a lot, are great little guarders, very affectionate, can be hysterically funny. Generally are amenable with other dogs in the house (less jealous than a lot of toys can be), can have a little tude with strange dogs. They really think a LOT of themselves and when well bred, well raised can be overly confident....part of their charm smile
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Choosing the Right Dog > I Need Pictures!
Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M

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Barked: Sun Apr 13, '14 1:06pm PST 
No, no! I have interesting people working on articles, tutorials, etc., but of course pictures to accompany are just way nicer. My own store of rescue pics is getting used up so fast! I want a stock pile of good pics (will credit if asked)....mutts and purebreds, pups on up through seniors, happy shots, funny shots, relaxing shots, activity shots. Just EVERYTHING! wink
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Choosing the Right Dog > I Need Pictures!

Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M

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Barked: Sun Apr 13, '14 10:02am PST 
I am developing a website and really, severely need a lot of pictures! If there are some you love and would not mind me using, please let me know! smile
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Puppy Place > New Puppy!!

Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M

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Barked: Mon Apr 7, '14 3:38pm PST 
I am with Moose! I am a puppy freak. Whatever it is that people complain about, I miss it all. By the time they are two, I am in absolute withdrawal, lol! Take lots of pictures, Ty. He stands some chance to be a difficult teenager, so at least you can reminisce whilst looking forward to his formed adult version wink
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Choosing the Right Dog > GSD Breeder

Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M

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Barked: Mon Mar 31, '14 12:42pm PST 
I am very happy for you, Sabi smile As I said, sometimes it can get frustrating. Particularly when you get anywhere near precise in what you want. It more comes with the territory, but if you stick with it, you do eventually find the pup and breeder you are after way to go

That comment doesn't surprise me. Sabi, off her looks, had that old school look all told. With a lot of these "old fashioneds" breeders, that is what they try to emulate, although with various extremes. The phrases you were hearing most likely were referring to dogs bred for military for the Czech/Slovak border patrol. Those dogs were a lot harder.
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Choosing the Right Dog > GSD Breeder
Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M

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Barked: Sun Mar 30, '14 9:52am PST 
I think with some breeds, it's a little easier and with others harder. A bit like Scottish Terriers...tons of terriers out there of that size, some are related. But that personality...only the one wink

ETA that nothing is wrong with switching, though! You can say you need health test *this* and then your new dog gets *that* or decide you need pedigree *that* and by the time you get it, it has shifted. Trust me....been there laugh out loud

So sometimes you think about the function you want and then go for something else. Really different, then you are not moping it is "not a GSD." There is plenty out there that is not a GSD, but they never let you think that in the first place. I love my Giants. I miss the old days with the GSDs, but hearing the familiar tales from others still on them....have never had second thoughts.

I wouldn't rule out any pedigree, GSD wise. Why limit yourself? If you are finding someone doing what you want and it is a purebred GSD, good enough. Or, you could consider rescuing again. Get on this breed and health is a risk....PERIOD. So what the heck wink
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