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:wub: Gibbs came to me from a couple of people I know through the BC Boards. He settled in pretty well after we got him, did nicely w/my now ex-husband. And he'd been handled by men for training with no problems. 

Turned out that he didn't like men he didn't know. Odd, but I was just careful with him.

Ex and I divorced about 10 or so years ago. About 3 years ago I decided I was ready to take in a roommate. Turned out that a male acquaintance of mine was looking for a room. He had already met G and spent some time talking to him, working up to petting him. G accepted Roomie as a housemate very quickly.

And in the last year or so he's been happy to get attention from women OR men. He's approached more than 1 male neighbor, sniffed a bit, and enjoyed having his head or neck scratched. Today, I got a 'HEY, I'm not ready to move along!' look when I tugged the leash. He was focused on a couple guys across the street he hadn't met before.

Old dogs can learn new behaviors. And I'm smiling a LOT over this development!  R & G

 

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Awww...this made me smile.  Maybe the fact that he has had good encounters with men have made him trust them more. Dogs are so much more forgiving than we are. And I think some dogs (and some people) mellow with age. Just another reason why I love old dogs.

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I am always interested to hear things like this. The way a dog's mind works and how they adapt and change and why is a subject of endless fascination to me. Whether or not I think I have figured out the motivation in the dog, it is always interesting to observe and to try to figure it out. I saw a fascinating conversation between two dogs yesterday and then had the chance to analyze it with the owner, who is knowledgeable about dogs. Dogs are my favorite subject. :-)

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Perhaps Gibbs is finally getting in touch with his inner social butterfly :wub:

I'm so glad you and Gibbs have made such a great life together!

Amy

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On 6/28/2022 at 7:01 AM, amc said:

Perhaps Gibbs is finally getting in touch with his inner social butterfly :wub:

I'm so glad you and Gibbs have made such a great life together!

     Thanks, Amy! Forgot one of the best parts ~ G LOVES his walks and always heads straight for the appropriate route. Yesterday got out the door, turned left as we always do and he heads immediately for the neighbor's house. She's standing outside talking with a couple contractors. Never seen them before. G was at their knees, sniffing, wagging his tail. Guys both knelt down to scratch his head and neck and he actually LEANED INTO THEM! They asked questions about him, we chatted while they fussed over him. And still smiling today.

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On 6/30/2022 at 6:52 AM, amc said:

Terrierman posted this link to a most beautiful tribute to an old dog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um5qkFelK64

I sure got misty-eyed.  Enjoy!

That not only made me misty eyed, but also made me get up and go stroke my elder dog and tell him (for only the 20th time out of what will be dozens of times today) that I love him.

Thanks, amc.

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Older dogs are a special blessing and still surprise us.  My boy George will be turning 10 later this week, and I still miss his brother Oscar who passed away three years ago far too young.

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They really are amazing creatures. Hannah is apparently a morning person and barks joyfully at me every morning. Jan never was a morning person or a barker, but after six years with me and at the age of 13, she joined Hannah yesterday in a joyful morning bark fest. How can I not wake up in a good mood?!

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Mornings are not always good for me, but no matter what the presence of my dogs makes everything better. I truly don't think I could live without dogs. Under all circumstances, their presence in my life never fails to be a positive and beneficial thing for me. 

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2 hours ago, D'Elle said:

Mornings are not always good for me, but no matter what the presence of my dogs makes everything better. I truly don't think I could live without dogs. Under all circumstances, their presence in my life never fails to be a positive and beneficial thing for me. 

There's no telling how long any of us will be able-bodied in this life. One of my parents died at 72 and I'm only a few yrs away from that. The other parent lived into their 90s, pretty much doing anything they wanted, (which included square-dancing!).

There will be a dog in my life as long as I am able to reasonably care for one.

R&G

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On 7/5/2022 at 8:02 AM, urge to herd said:

There will be a dog in my life as long as I am able to reasonably care for one.

Yep, me too. And if I can't have a dog, life may not be worth living at all.

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On 6/30/2022 at 9:52 AM, amc said:

Terrierman posted this link to a most beautiful tribute to an old dog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um5qkFelK64

I sure got misty-eyed.  Enjoy!

Dang. My eyes were leaking 30 seconds in. Probably  because I knew the topic of the song.  But why didn’t I see any audience members with leaky eyes? (Admittedly, I didn’t look super closely, but I was checking out the closest audience members.)

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