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  1. somenurse

    Interesting article about God

    btw, for any fellow cosmo fans, the universe is STILL expanding, and our star (the sun) will someday hugely expand and become a supernova reaching the earth itself, and then implode and become a white dwarf, but, before that happens, our planet might be destroyed by either climate change, or because our moon is moving away from earth at about inch per year. Once the moon is far enough away, our entire gravitational system will go haywire, and our planet could end up constantly in flux, randomly twirling about, with the north poles at the equator now and then, mass floods, etc. but, if the people like the rabbi is right, that'd either be "the will of the gods" or, the gods will step in at last minute and save the planet. at any rate, i will continue to enjoy the wonders all around us!!
  2. somenurse

    Interesting article about God

    I feel this rabbi's idea of what god is, does not much match the gods of the old testament that he follows. I feel most religious people do cherry pick amongst their holy books, to 'create' the gods they want to have, instead of worshiping the gods that are actually being described in their holy books. The gods of jewish holy book are often describe by bible authors as doing ghastly things: A Book of Blood ^admittedly, some of these bible quotes are from NT, so the rabbi religion isn't part of those stories. I have nothing against anyone creating their gods, everyone does it, either by cherry-picking their holy books (dismissing vast swaths of the holy book as "not true" cuz they'd don't "like" that part, so that part is "not true") or by designing their gods from scratch, all by themselves, which, actually makes more sense to me. I understand that better, than i can understand theist's ideas. but, even though i can understand homemade gods better than i can understand gods bought from organized theologies, there is still no objective empirical evidence that gods do just the good stuff.(or, any stuff, for that matter) I remain skeptical when anyone claims to know what the gods want or feel, etc, or makes claims gods are doing this or that, and why the gods did it, etc. I rather agree with the rabbi, that there is randomness in the universe. I feel holy books and/or homemade gods or theistic gods, are not necessary to be a good person, at all, nor are these things necessary to know right from wrong, nor are these things necessary to feel the exact same joy, wonder and awe at the universe, or to feel that exact same connection to our fellow humans and to feel celebration when something great happens. gods are optional. Religions can do harm.
  3. somenurse

    Seven million will lose insurance under Obama health law

    I will high-five you, that there ARE "low-information"voters out there! (again, most faux news viewers STILL think Saddam had "something" to do with 9-11, or that the economic meltdown of 08 was Obama's fault, just an endless list of misinformation being spewed forth every hour on clusterfox news) but, Indeed, stupid people DO exist!!!!!!!!! this is very very true! Some people even believe that voters were told they'd get phones if they voted for Obama. (clears throat) President Obama NEVER said "vote for me, you get a phone" so why it is HIS fault if someone thought this? I'd never ever heard of this, til 22ga posted that youtube video as if that was factual and real. (lol) But, not sure i believe every video on youtube is 'real',:sarcastic: not sure i believe everything i see on the internet, not sure i feel the President of The United States is responsible to try to imagine and respond to every bit of rumor floating around by some stupid individual,(?????really? you think THAT is his job? what?) and not sure, that finding one stupid person means anything. The video seems anecdotal post(however misguided and false it was, or however much 22ga wanted to believe it was 'real') about some stupid person on the internet, not a rational objection to anything related to President Obama. Stupid people are pretty darn easy to find! TONS of 'em, everywhere!! I personally feel that finding SMART or rational people can be difficult to do. Not sure, if we lowered ourselves to posting which party could post more info about stupid people from the other party, (either voting for candidates, or RUNNING AS candidates) would shake out the way you might think it would..
  4. somenurse

    Seven million will lose insurance under Obama health law

    party pooper?....i see your point, MunoRN is always ruining good conspiracies with "facts" Dang you, MunoRN!!(shakes fist at MunoRN) It's gonna ruin the whole game, if you keep trying to stop that "party of personal responsibility" :sarcastic:from blaming Obama for Everything, if you won't allow them to attach his name to stuff. Can we at least have Obamaearthquakes, or maybe Obamahurricanes, or Obamatax? ("obamatax" could be ANY tax at all, even the taxes Reagan did, can now be called "Obamatax"..) .............but despite that glaring flaw in MunoRN, that "party pooper" side of MunoRN............i dunno, i am kinda getting a crush on MunoRN...
  5. somenurse

    Poverty in the U.S. Military

    I do not know if military are paid at close to poverty line or not, but, in the example above, in reply#3, if the soldier is not married, and is only being paid that $1,516 per month (PREtaxes being removed) and has a cafeteria available somewhere on the base, so he won't qualify for that add'l "no cafeteria" allowance, this is about $18,192 per year, before taxes are removed. Which does seem pretty close to the poverty level...? but, admittedly, i do not know.
  6. somenurse

    U.S. Politics forums merged

    well, i like politics and current events very much, and always am hopelessly naive that posting info can help someone learn a new idea. But, i don't always like joining in political threads, not always. but, i figure, no one is 'forced' to read political threads if they do not want to, so no harm in having that area for people who do want to discuss those topics. Others can skip over it.
  7. somenurse

    State of the Union - Monday morning quarterbacks

    btw, if it would make you feel any better, 22ga, i DO indeed have a list of things i am NOT happy about from President Obama, he is not "perfect" and i do not think he is. but, then again, i never ever expected perfection in a human, nope, this is not the first presidency i have watched. Still, despite the fact i DO have some things i am not stoked about, overall, i am most pleased with the overall results and legislation he has enacted, and overall, i have been very impressed and feel proud of the job he has done, overall. but perfect, nope, i don't see it. Great, yes yes, i'll call him great, but i'll never call him "perfect". I think he tried far far too hard to focus on bipartisanship, far far too hard to win over the GOP, ("they're just not that into you, Obama, move on now") and some actions really bummed me out. Like having a bipartisan commitee "the gang of six" who nixed public option right outa the gate, oh wow, that one hurt, oh it did, i will admit it. Sent me reeling, i felt like a fool for a while, too, i'd had my dreams up too too high. Some other things, too, i have not been stoked about, extending the bush tax cuts also surprised me, and bummed me out, and other things, too, but, my list of disappointments, is far outnumbered, by my list of things i am stoked about. but, i am not stoked about everything Obama has done, or hasn't done yet. Even with Bush, although overall he gave me breathing troubles to see him sending us into bogus wars, etc etc, i can and will admit there were some things he did that i actually DID like. I admired his AIDS work, for one, just off the top of my head. Very well done, i thought. give me a while, i'll come up with other things i liked about Bush. It's really not "all or nothing" for me, anyway. EDIT, i now recall, years ago, some pal betting me i could not list 10 things i liked about Bush, but, i did come up with a list of 10 things. Okay, i did include i thought his haircut was decent for that type of hair, and that he seemed to keep himself physically fit near as i could tell, but, i did come up with 10 things i liked about Bush.
  8. somenurse

    Don't buy a dog, not any dog at all.

    btw, i should point out, that not every dog who bites a human, nor every dog who bites another dog, has a disorder. that seems it's too obvious to even bear pointing out, but, just in case someone thinks, "Wow, Aunt Mabel's dog bit my nephew that one time....wonder if Fluffy has a neurobiological disorder?" nope, sometimes, the dog "is right" or had few other options. Even a normal-brained dog, can, in the worst of scenarios, be driven to bite. Not all bites indicate a problem dog, is my point. My dog stopped biting everyone a few weeks after i got him, hasn't bit anyone in years, even if they start IVs, even if they cut his nails, even if they lean over him or pick him up, no matter what, my dog is now very tolerant dog, is stoked to greet anyone at all now, just LOVES everyone, very tail waggy for anyone at all, loves to be petted now. but, like any other dog, if you took my dog, and just pestered him, cornered him, poked his eyes, screamed in his face, or whatever, ignored his warnings and signals he isn't liking it, who knows, he might eventually nip you, if he is not allowed to leave away. I think it'd take my dog a long long long time to muster up the whatever to bite anyone, and he'd give tons of growls first, to try avoid biting, but, any dog could be driven to bite in the perfect storm of wrong moves. When i refer to dogs with disorders I am referring to an ongoing, PERSISTENT and verrrrry consistent behavior of inappropriate aggression to humans, like the shy dog, also called "fear-aggressive" dog, who might bite an unknown human who touches it --- or--- ongoing, persistent, consistent aggressive reactions to dogs, like the dog-aggressive dog, who tends to react, lunge at, or even bite most unknown dogs.. It is an ongoing, persistent inappropriate behavior, which can be dangerous for children, or even adults, to be around. and, it usually "most" and not always "all" unknown creatures...... some shy dogs can warm up to this or that unknown human, and some DA dogs can warm up to this or that unknown dog, all by their selves, without any help at all. It's not real common, but, it can happen, and it's always huge thrill for the dog's owner when this happens. also, a shy dog can much tolerate and enjoy it's own human, and a DA dog can love his own canine housemates. It is usually the UNKNOWN human or dog that sets these two kinds of dogs off. There is a wire plugged in wrong somewhere in either type of dog.....they are very very difficult for their owners to live with, in many ways.
  9. somenurse

    Don't buy a dog, not any dog at all.

    really, it's my opinion, that of all the possible things one can have wrong with a dog, taking home a pup that grows up to be either a shy dog, or a dog-aggressive dog, can be the most difficult of all issues. Even more devastating to providing a good life for the dog, than many health disorders, imo. especially when the owners are told "you did this, it's your fault this dog is not right" easiest way to avoid having eitlher type of the two most common, most difficult, most dangerous dog behavioral disorders, is, rescue an ADULT dog.
  10. somenurse

    Don't buy a dog, not any dog at all.

    oH, Fuzzy, how disheartening, i so agree!! If you do see her again, maybe ask her to google "kikopup shy dogs". Kikopup has great advice and exercises for helping shy dogs, and her videos are super short, only a few minutes, and easy to understand, too, even if one doesn't know much about dogs, Kikopup can provide some starting exercises to try. Here is one of Kikopups (emily's) exercises to help shy dogs. (if this is a shy dog, who knows, but, if it dislikes strangers TOUCHING the dog, it might be, at any rate, Kikopup is "positive only" and her exercises would not cause any harm, and might help that person) there are many ways to approach helping dogs with issues, and some methods are harmful/makes dogs worse, if person doesn't understand what they are doing. btw, many of the dogs i work with, are AKC registered expensive lil pups, not rescues at all. I've seem some rescues with this, but, often rescues are picked out AS ADULTS, so such dogs are avoided, (if not put down)as even a layman or dog novice might avoid such dogs. It's hard to miss spotting either disorder in the adult dog, when you reach for it, and it ducks or growls, or bites! Or, when you walk the dog down the aisle, the dog lunges viscously at the other dogs, kinda hard to miss noticing all that. but, some humans see 'shy' dogs as charming, and have no clue what shyness can escalate to, and do choose shy dogs on purpose, cuz they don't know, just being nice to the dog won't change it's neurobiology. Abuse doesn't cause either one of the disorders,(not a persistent form of it) as tons and tons and tons of stories of dogs rescued from all manner of abuse, or lack of socialization, or neglect, can testify to.....as these dogs stand there, loving every human and every dog. Anyone NOT know of the 100s and 100s of such stories?? Even 95% of Vick's dogs turned out to be 'normal' brained dogs and defaulted back to normal' brained behavior after being rescued, and loved everyone and every dog once rescued.
  11. somenurse

    Seven million will lose insurance under Obama health law

    OHhh, i should have done that before i wrote THIS then... https://allnurses-breakroom.com/us-politics/president-obama-has-815556.html#post7173034
  12. somenurse

    State of the Union - Monday morning quarterbacks

    iF YOU say so, 22ga, if you say so!! :roflmao:
  13. somenurse

    Seven million will lose insurance under Obama health law

    It is tempting to start a thread on this, (probably useless) as there is so so so much misinformation out there on the economy, etc.
  14. somenurse

    Seven million will lose insurance under Obama health law

    I had seen this thread, and avoided responding, in part because of who posted it, has shown to not respond to posts that debunk what he wants to hear. In part, because the economy is difficult and complex topic, not well understood by most people. Same might be true of what factors influence our healthcare system, and how they influence the system. I find it fascinating, that after years of the CBO predicting the 'obamacare' will reduce the deficit, and increase the numbers of people having insurance, and decrease the cost of healthcare, years of report after report after report from the CBO, were always scoffed at by rightwingers, always. "oh, that is a govt agency, can't trust the govt!" and "oh, Obama has skewed the results coming from that agency!" and "oh, they don't know anything!" or whatever. Prior to THIS, it was very very hard to find any rightwinger who would accept anything from the years and years and years of CBO reports calculating that obamacare would help the deficit, the number of people being covered, etc etc. Tons of CBO reports, not a one of 'em ever accepted by rightwingers, til now! Precious!! It is very possible, that the next CBO report, (these reports come out very often) will again, as usual, report they calculate the number of people covered by insurance will increase, as almost every prior report put out by the nonpartisan CBO wonks has always calculated before.
  15. somenurse

    State of the Union - Monday morning quarterbacks

    Re; the rebuttal, (and the gop rebuttal to the gop rebuttal,:lol2: which i did not watch) I heard someone say,(para) that the gop ran against an Obama who they created, (liberal, socialist foriegn born, kenyan marxist who is a tyrant taking your guns, wants big govt, etc etc) who is not much like the actual Obama, and that the gop rebuttal was also to a speech that was NOT given. obviously, the gop rebuttal was written before the SOTU, but, it was sad it was not even edited to fit the speech that was actually said. The gop still might be fighting an largely imaginary president that they have created, that mostly only clusterfox news viewers can see.
  16. somenurse

    State of the Union - Monday morning quarterbacks

    I watched it, SOTU is always big deal to me, no matter who is prez. I rather love the old-fashionedness of this old old constitutional dictate being done, again and again, by one prez after the other. ONe line that caught me totally off guard, i did not expect it at all, was the one about raising minimum wage to $9 per hour. I thought of all the bazillions of humans in USA whose lives could become less frightening financial rope-walking, if that actually ever happened. Despite both Romney and Obama both being for tying minimum wage to cost of living, already, the gop is speaking out against the idea that USA minimum wage should be above the poverty line...in all honesty, i doubt it will ever ever come to pass, i doubt the gop will ever NOT control house of reps, but, making the minimum wage high enough, that one would be technically out of the poverty zone, was a stunning thing to consider happening....
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    Interesting article about God

    Now i have read the article, liked most of it! I agree with much of it, but, what the rabbi calls "god" i would call humanity, or other things, depending on the rest of sentence. //"It's a technology that fashions a moment in time, a moment of an individual acknowledging their humility and wonder together with their people. It's a moment of no illusions, no answers, no certainties -- only the Truth that we are together in this uncertain, imperfect, miraculous moment of being alive. The moment becomes sacred not so much in the words recited, but in our mutually felt connection to each other. I am comfortable calling such a moment, "an experience of God." // It is hard to define 'god'. If someone wants to say, that 'god' means the humanity we share with each other, or a moment of joyous celebration, i'll agree, those things DO does exist. I usually don't have trouble understanding a deist's definition of 'god'. It is theists i have trouble understanding. If someone says "god" is an interactive being, who created Adam and Eve, and sent one of the 3 biblegods who is his own father who can make you live forever, if you symbolically eat his flesh and drink his blood, while telepathically telling him that you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree… that is where i have trouble understanding the theists definitions or expectations of "gods". but, if someone wants to call moments of joy a "god", that is a whole other thing. Moments of awe and joy do exist, amazing things do happen, but, deciding the 'good' things are the work of gods, is choice one makes, and there is zero empirical, objective evidence for gods doing any of this.
  18. somenurse

    Interesting article about God

    I have not yet the article, but i will, so far, i have only the words on this page. I find wonder and awe in the cosmos, but, i do not think when 1 person escapes an earthquake, and 813 others were killed, that THAT is divine intervention, but, almost invariably, the person who DID walk out of the building, says, "thank god!" or "god saved ME" which always strikes me as kind of conceited....what? the gods didn't care about the other 813 who just got killed? Or, the other 813 are "lucky" cuz now they are all in the party in the sky with the gods? If the other 813 are the lucky ones, why does everyone point at the one guy who walked out as "the one god saved"? Makes no sense to me. If the gods really do intervene, why do they not stop earthquakes or floods or cancer or other human-killing events on the planet? What, the gods only care about comets? makes no sense to me.
  19. somenurse

    Don't buy a dog, not any dog at all.

    sorry, i have terrible habit, of editting the crapola out of my posts. i never ever say anything right the first time. sorry. I really need to write them in word, or something, edit it, and THEN post them. I worry someone might read it before it is finished, and get wrong idea of what i was trying to say.
  20. somenurse

    Don't buy a dog, not any dog at all.

    Was this owner NEW to the dog? what!? Or is this dog less than one year old so owner was not yet fully aware of who her dog is yet? oh my, i would have been annoyed, too. *Most* people with dogs that bite humans, or dogs that bite other dogs, are Very good to warn others. Oh, are they ever. This problem in dogs is Very hard to not notice, Very hard to miss seeing!!! It causes much anguish to owners who have such dogs, as they are all told "you raised it wrong!" and most owners, do reflect back, and usually come up with "The Story" of why their dog is that way...even though all their other dogs, raised alongside the shydog, or the DA dog, all were raised in same way by same human and all their other dogs are 'normal'. Still, most humans with either type of dog, will offer "The Story" of why their dog is not right. (some trauma, some neglect, some event, that the human feels "caused" the behavior). These dogs are often the FIRST dogs chosen for euthanasia in pounds, but, as puppies, they can not be spotted, and are sold.
  21. somenurse

    Don't buy a dog, not any dog at all.

    ohHH, Saaysfaa, i am so embarrassed, i did NOT have a roughcoat collie, i had a roughcoat border collie! I am so sorry, (hangs head) See, i am so enmeshed in border collies, that we sometimes refer to a BC by his coat, "roughcoat" "silky" "short hair" etc, but i did NOT have a roughcoat collie, and i have never been around one, either, and now, i realize what you meant, by your opinion that THAT coat could be seen as dysfunctional. I might agree, that is a pretty excessive coat! Might be needed wherever that breed is from (i do not know off top of my head). All my remarks about roughcoats, were about roughcoat border collies, ha. I still think most any dog benefits from training and exercise. Also, i did NOT mean to imply that 1 or 2 of EVERY litter has either the shy-dog disorder (also called 'fear aggressive') or the dog-aggressive disorder, and until you asked, i did not realize i could be interpreted to be saying that! From now on, i will be more careful to word it more like this: When a dog is born with a neurobiological disorder, it is usually only one of two of the litter, WHEN THIS OCCURS if at all, and is not the entire litter. It is NOT NOT NOT "EVERY" litter if that is what you thought i was saying, oh heavens no!! No, not at all!! In years of studying this, (as amateur) i have never ever even heard of an entire litter being stricken, not ever. Neither has anyone i know of who studies these dogs. Have you? I know of two breeders who owned stud dogs who were cranking out shy dogs, and these breeders were actually aware it was a neurobiological disorder (again, rare that anyone knows this, most times, if a human reaches for a dog, and the dog ducks away, the human cries out, "oh, it's been abused!" even if it never was) and it was always only 1 or 2 of the litter. The rest of the litter, was 'normal' as were the stud dogs. (again, shyness has levels, not all shy dogs become aggressive, especially if well managed) EDIT: shy dog CAN bite their first human, at much older than 1 year old, if the dog was very well managed prior. Still, their owner usually has noticed the dog does not like to be TOUCHED by unknown humans by 1 year old, and again, not ALL shy dogs ever escalate to an actual bite. The research i read on this topic, is mostly from geneticists in Norway, Japan, Germany, Korea and Harvard and all around the globe, and veterinary geneticists on Pubmed, Google scholar, and similar academic sites. I have corresponded with this one team that does work in Norway. I have a best pal who is a human geneticist, and she helps me interpret the research, as well as send me the full report for free now and then, (some reports cost up to $50 just to read it). there are decades of this research, but, sadly, most people in the dog world do not usually turn to science for answers, instead, they read blogs with zero footnotes. Many various types of scientists study these dogs, for various reasons, some study it to help agricultural applications for tracing genes, more often, it is just to help decode alleles and genes, track genes, some teams study it in hope of learning info which could be applied to humans with various neurobiological disorders, some are employed by Big Pharma, all kinds of scientists, and all kinds of reasons these dogs are studied. Also, dogs with known and small gene pools are sometimes attractive to geneticists for various reasons. Sadly, many of the geneticist teams lump both the shy dog who bites humans, in together with the dog-aggressive dogs, but, some researchers do identify those two kinds of dogs have two different kinds of disorders. (btw, the shy dog can escalate to also include aggression towards dogs, as well, making the two kinds of dogs harder to distinguish, but, often, with rehab, the shy dog can be brought to accept unknown dogs again..Less common, but, can happen, is finding a dog-aggressive dog who has escalated to react to unknown humans, but, if this happens, the DA dog can usually be quickly rehabbed to stop that secondary target) If someone does have a dog that reacts to both targets (humans AND dogs) Almost invariably, the primary target is the one that showed up first in the dog. so if the owner first noted the dog is reacting to humans, and later, the dog also began reacting to dogs as well, most likely, that is 'shy' dog, as targetting humans showed up FIRST. Lots of other ways to sort out dogs who react to BOTH targets, but, usually which target shows up FIRST is a good way to begin. Also, shy dogs who become 'fear-aggressive' tend to manifest a few months earlier than DA dogs, as early as 6 mos sometimes. Da dogs generally manfest at about 9 mos old, but, can begin as early as 7 mos old, or as late as 12 mos old. It is a rare dog who manifests much later, or a very "unusual" or "usually isolated from other dogs" human who doesn't notice it prior. It is very very very rare to find a human living with either type of dog, who does not know their dog is "not right". by age 1 year old. i digress. I am fascinated by this topic, as you can see! ha ha The two kinds of dogs both have visible differences in their amydalas, in other areas of their brains, but, do NOT have the same differences as each other. The two types of dogs have two types of differences. Both kinds of dogs (the shy dog, and the DA dog) both have abnormalities in their numbers of receptor indices on their brain surfaces as well as their baseline levels of many neurchemicals, like serotonin, dopamine, etc. but, sometimes, the abnormalities are in different directions than each other. Fascinating!! Other blood testing reveals other abnormalities in these dogs, some of which seem random to me, such as their zinc levels. I have no idea what that is about. (btw, most people in the dog world only test thyroid levels in the dog, when dog is aggressive, if thyroid level is WNL, the person then decides, the dog was "raised wrong") but, sadly, some researchers who study aggressive dogs, do lump the two kinds together as all the same, but, they are not the same. EDIT: my pal who is a geneticist, recently sent me some research, that indicates "impulsivity" in dogs may be on the DNA!! who knew? It is only early research, but, fascinating.
  22. somenurse

    Don't buy a dog, not any dog at all.

    It might be, that what i value in dog, does not match other people's ideas. I do not care if my dog has papers to brag on to the neighbors, or if he is "fine" specimen. I do not care that my beloved dog never ever has placed 1st in agility or doggie dancing contests. I do not care if my dog will stay by a tree for "days" without water or food (i'd rather bring him home and give him some water). I do not fear(or believe) my rescuing a dog will put some ethical breeder out of business, or that we'll run out of dogs or any such thing. why i love my dog, has nothing to do with who his grandparents were, or if he has Ch in front of his name or if the slope of nose matches some arbitrary AKC standard. He is a true champion to me, i know who he is, and i much admire his spirit, and am in awe of him, for who he is, for how he gave us a chance, despite what he'd been though.......... to me, my dog is nothing short of amazing. but yeah, i have no paper to brag on to the neighbors or to any superficial types who think a paper can reflect what the true value of a dog is about. When my beloved dog greets me at the door, with nothing but love, this has nothing to do with the AKC or papers or his family tree or if he wins prizes. I have loved my last dog, long after his health was gone, and loved him no less for his poor health. He was 14 years old, but, was a huge dog, so for his size, he lived a long life. I once owned a 3 legged dog, too, no words for the love i had for that dog. Nope, he never ever had any trophy, but, that is not what loving a dog is about, not to me, anyway. I might be on a different page altogether. and that's okay, i usually am.
  23. somenurse

    Don't buy a dog, not any dog at all.

    //"Not boneheaded or fearful at all, neither were the rough coated collies. "// Rough coated collies are not boneheaded, "in your face" fearful dogs. I don't have a roughcoated collie, but, have had one before, and their grooming is fairly simple, just brush it a few times a week. that's it. Many dogs look and feel better with brushing. Roughcoats don't need to have have hairs pulled out, or trimming, or anything, just occasional brushing. what's hard about that? and the dog was brilliant and well behaved. Sorry you had trouble with your dog that you said they were boneheaded, "in your face" or fearful. Rescuing an adult dog is easy way to see WHO the dog is, for next time. Training, and providing enough exercise can help, too. Kikopup is free on youtube, and has several videos on desensitizing fearful dogs. did your roughcoat end up in mats? Yeah, if you never ever ever brush a dog, some long haired dogs will mat. My current dog, is more like a silky coat, but, not quite a silky coat, and he arrived covered in mats cuz he lived in feces in a cage, not the life of an active working dog. I cut them all off. It was too many to work on, he was in pain already. He has not had one mat since i've owned him. He gets brushed a few times a week, or at least once a week at the least, and that's all i do. How hard is that? It's kinda bonding, and helps me observe if he has any wounds or ticks, etc. But, if brushing a dog at least once a week is "dysfunctional" dog to you, there are still some breeds who don't need brushing!! (although, i'd still brush the dog, with soft brush, just for skin health)
  24. somenurse

    Don't buy a dog, not any dog at all.

    //"Inherently dysfunctional” is one of beefs I have against AKC too… I include the show coats on rough coated collies and border collies in “inherently dysfunctional.”"// why? If you take a rough coated collie to florida, yeah, might be best to thin that coat, but, in the climate that breed originated in, it is most necessary type of fur. What is "inherently dysfunctional" about a border collie? A border collie is a fairly natural looking dog, is capable of giving birth unassisted, breathing while running at top speed, catching prey, and defending itself. Not all breeds of dogs can do those things. Breeds who can't might be inherently dysfunctional, imo. PS---you can slap at me, but don't slap at my DOG!!:roflmao:
  25. somenurse

    Don't buy a dog, not any dog at all.

    //"It goes unnoticed because you say that and then follow it with how “that” situation isn’t one of them…. Like the comment about border collies making coon dogs. Uhm, no. You can probably approximate some of what a coon dog does just like you can probably get a coon dog to cross a balance, weave, and creep through the tunnel but it isn’t going to be an Agility dog on anything but a casual level."// I do not understand the first remark there. at all. I said my dog can and wil tree a coon, and bark til i arrive there....and many many other dogs will also do that. I said, i have no way of knowing if my dog would bark for "days" til someone arrives, (i would not want my dog to go that long without water,:no: for one thing). How is this a wrong remark, when it is true? This is pretty common canine behavior, really, but, again, i have no way to know if my dog would stay there for "days" as he comes indoors every night. Lol, i've seen dachsunds tree squirrels, and stay there barking and barking and barking, til the owner arrives. really, a LOT of dogs do this. Agility??? OH, YOU'D BE SURPRISED at the various breeds who can do agility!! HOld on, i have a pal whose pug does agility! IN next day or so, i will post her video of her very talented lil pug doing the entire thing! but, if one wants to win prizes, if THAT is the only reason they do agility, they'd have to find breed or size specific contest to enter, to win. However, the bulk of us doing agility with our dogs, are in it for FUN, might be a new concept, but, we in the agility world, are in it for FUN!! My dog has never ever won 1st place, not ever, ubt, oh my dawg, is it ever FUN!! Oh, the people we meet, the execise he gets, like i said, BCs "have to" have something to do! We all cheer each other's dogs on, we all feel poppin proud of our dogs and our training, it is a real blast. Most of my dogs hours of agility, is just in our own backyard, jsut for fun. WISH ALL DOGS got a chance to learn agility!
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