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Old 11-30-2012, 11:06 AM   #31
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We rescue them so we do have quite a few sometimes!
No sure if I would describe our channel Islands as exotic, I live in Guernsey, a small island just off the coast of France.... c'est une belle Óle de cours!

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Old 11-30-2012, 11:18 AM   #32
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:26 AM   #33
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A great thread, it's nice to see how we pretty much all share the love of all animals.

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I can't imagine how lively your home is with all those ferrets! I bet you have a blast
My thoughts exactly!

I have a roommate



He's a great assistant in the hobby

(A note: never keep a raccoon in a tank smaller than 30 gallons!)

...and especially interested in putting up a nano-reef of his own




As any good father, I have decided what he's going to be when he grows up. "We" want to be a masked retriever.
Education is well under way



Whatever has disappeared, been broken or gone terribly wrong, it's never his fault


...since believe me: God, evolution, or whatever you think is responsible for it, the 40 teeth are there for a purpose


The purpose is to KILL!
(WARNING : Very craphic violent content, not for under 18 yrs)



We do share a sweeter tooth


...and definitely the favourite pastime



Despite being a wild animal, he's got an empathic side, too.

OH MY GOD! THEY KILLED KENNY!
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:23 PM   #34
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I just love your raccoon! He looks like a great pet .... is he a good pet?
What are the down sides?
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:35 PM   #35
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Hey thanks. I appreciate that. It is a lot of dedication and hard work, but pays off everytime. My Dober-boy was beside himself for a little bit when he became the only dog, but soon decided it was a good thing. One dog = more attention = happy dog. So, I bet Travis is living the life as your one and only
After saying goodbye to 6 dogs over the years I believe the dogs that are left behind go through the same grieving we do. I also feel just like us the longer the relationship they harder it is on them. Now I keep my dogs 4-6 years apart in age, I think that makes life easier for everyone involved on many levels.


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.....I thought about getting a Boerboel. Found a great breeder out of South Africa. (through word of mouth) Almost got the pup. Then, I decided because we take so many vacations it wouldn't be a wise move being that they are very serious about guarding the families turf when the humans are gone against pretty much anyone. What incredibly powerful dogs! There's just something about powerful breeds that have a hold on me.

What about Rhodesian Ridgebacks? Very nice too...and Thai Ridgebacks are pretty neat.
You are correct to be honest about your family's travel /absence times in relationship to owning any dog.

I wouldn't worry about having any breed for that reason. Separation anxiety is a result of improper training/conditioning in the 1st year of the dogs life. If you can train a Dobe & Pitt to pose for a picture you can raise a self confident dog that will be at peace with itself.

As far as someone checking your house & feeding the dog in your absence, even the Fila Brasileiro will accept an "extended family member" if you're willing to put in the work at an early age.

>>>We had two Rhodesian Ridgebacks in the family, Dad and younger brother. Great dogs, energy level of a Dobe. Insane endurance, great runner's dog.

I used to show in the A.R.B.A (American Rare Breed assoc.) I saw the 1st 3 Thai Ridgebacks that came to the US at a Show on the Capital Mall in Washington D.C. . Even now 5-6 generations here in the States they still are very primitive dogs, verry high prey drive and very independent.

Sorry to get off track of your thread. Dogs are a passion for me, hence the 'Dog' of DogFish. I offer Private training for Dominate breed dogs, I show, Handle, and compete. My strongest suit is conditioning. As you can see Travis has maybe 5% body fat.

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I just love your raccoon! He looks like a great pet .... is he a good pet?
What are the down sides?
Thanks, he appreciates your love.
Me too.

Despite the looks, I would have to say that he's the lousiest pet ever.
12 years of training have paid off, though. I have learned to do everything his way.

I just kinda didn't have a choise when he moved in with me. He's great and he's the worst.

Down sides...? He's a raccoon.
As a pet they might actually be closer to a python than a dog. They don't have a gene that wants to please you or be kind, at all. None.

And on the other hand, they are pretty smart and could be compared with the messiest, most paranoid, most uninterested, most short-tempered, unjust and vendictive roommate.
Life is about outsmarting.

Like a challenge?
Still, don't get one.
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:32 PM   #37
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Excellent, sounds just like my type of guy LOL...
No chance of me getting one where I live, I doubt if even the local zoo would get a license!
Perhaps you should try a skunk next?
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Excellent, sounds just like my type of guy LOL...
No chance of me getting one where I live, I doubt if even the local zoo would get a license!
Perhaps you should try a skunk next?
Don't need a permit for these up here. You would, if they were found in the nature, locally.

I am really interested in the skunk thing. They appear to be adorable creatures. But since I hate the idea of cutting up an animal and removing vital bodyparts (the glands), will never go for it. Maybe.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:08 PM   #39
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All our ferrets are neutered but, it is illegal to de sent them unless there is a medical problem. They do very occasionally let one go when playing hard or meeting a cat or dog & boy they do stink...I can only imagine how bad a skunk would be but from what I have read, neutered skunks rarely use there sent glands unless they are in real big trouble?
Funnily enough I might be able to get a licensed skunk as they are breed for pets in the UK only 70 mile across the sea from us.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:33 PM   #40
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Wonderful photos everyone!
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:06 PM   #41
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We had a raccoon when I was a kid. Found him as a kit when his mom got hit by a car. Mostly he lived in our tree house, but he did like to raid the kitchen! He wasn't a great pet, but he was highly entertaining (at least to us kids, not sure mom felt the same way). The woodchuck a friend of mine had in college was a lot nicer. He was super friendly and liked to snuggle up on the couch. Possum was worse. Always hissing and skulking about.

Aside from the fish and shrimp, I have nothing exotic anymore. Just a BIG dog:


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Old 11-30-2012, 06:08 PM   #42
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:21 PM   #43
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After saying goodbye to 6 dogs over the years I believe the dogs that are left behind go through the same grieving we do. I also feel just like us the longer the relationship they harder it is on them. Now I keep my dogs 4-6 years apart in age, I think that makes life easier for everyone involved on many levels.




You are correct to be honest about your family's travel /absence times in relationship to owning any dog.

I wouldn't worry about having any breed for that reason. Separation anxiety is a result of improper training/conditioning in the 1st year of the dogs life. If you can train a Dobe & Pitt to pose for a picture you can raise a self confident dog that will be at peace with itself.

As far as someone checking your house & feeding the dog in your absence, even the Fila Brasileiro will accept an "extended family member" if you're willing to put in the work at an early age.

>>>We had two Rhodesian Ridgebacks in the family, Dad and younger brother. Great dogs, energy level of a Dobe. Insane endurance, great runner's dog.

I used to show in the A.R.B.A (American Rare Breed assoc.) I saw the 1st 3 Thai Ridgebacks that came to the US at a Show on the Capital Mall in Washington D.C. . Even now 5-6 generations here in the States they still are very primitive dogs, verry high prey drive and very independent.

Sorry to get off track of your thread. Dogs are a passion for me, hence the 'Dog' of DogFish. I offer Private training for Dominate breed dogs, I show, Handle, and compete. My strongest suit is conditioning. As you can see Travis has maybe 5% body fat.
No worries! I love talking dogs That is awesome that you are a trainer/conditioner. That was a road I wanted to undertake. I was quite serious about it and would love to be a trainer. I used to train horses. Then, I moved here. So, dogs filled the space where horses once were. Since I couldn't work towards becoming a dog trainer, I got a dog of my own to work with, then another. I have worked with both in Obedience and done some agility with my Doberman. My Pitbull was not a dog that appreciated intense exersize

It's rare for me to come across someone who knows dogs. It's quite fun to chat with you because you obviously know your stuff. What made my decision not to get a Boerboel was due to the fact my husband is not involved with the pets in the home what-so-ever. So, our pack is essentially divided from a dogs point of view. Mixing that with us traveling and dog bred to gaurd the family and territory as intensley as A.B.'s are, it a mix that would have had potential for a disaster. IMO, more so than with other guarding breeds, such as the Doberman. And naturally, the intesity is different from one dog to next, because yes, they are quite like us

Now I'm off track from my own thread Maybe we should have a dog breed discussion thread
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This thread is making me sooo happy Racoons, Lizards, cats, lil dogs, big dogs...lovin it! Where's the folks with the birds, amphibians and spiders? (not a fan of spiders personally...but some people love them!)
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This thread is really making me miss my cat Aires!!

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