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This thread is in reply to a blog post by Sharon entitled "Mambo".
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vic
Oct 22, 2011 10:40 AM CST
Crying Crying Crying

Mambo is a doll baby and reminds me of our Roscoe who is now in God's front yard. Big ole lopey mostly black lab with the white on his chest, just like Mambo.

I've noticed that too over the years Sharon, that gardeners and pets go hand in hand.

I believe with all my heart that when we rescue a pet, they KNOW we are saving their lives and will take care of them for their whole lifetime.

Two of the greatest gifts we could ever be blessed with - pets and plants Hurray! Thumbs up Lovey dubby and dear human friends too Big Grin

Please give Mambo a big ole hug from me.
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threegardeners
Oct 22, 2011 10:46 AM CST
Group hug Group hug Lovey dubby
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vic
Oct 22, 2011 10:54 AM CST
You know, I'm old enough that I've buried way too many pets. Some of our cats lived to be 18, 21, and one even lived to be 22.

All our pets have been shelter pets.

They bring/brought us years of joy. I always wondered how in the world somebody could throw them away. Sad
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Sharon
Oct 22, 2011 11:04 AM CST
Same way people throw plants away, I think. Our gardening hearts are just too big to do that.

I can't even imagine letting go of either a plant or an animal. Of course there are issues that must be considered, aggression, proximity to children, that kind of thing; but I like to think in that situation I'd find a pet a home.

I happen to know the former owner of Mambo; he is a local attorney. My son lives in Indianapolis and has for years, so he didn't know, but at the shelter they'd told him the owner's name. I knew of him. It seems fitting somehow that Mambo landed in my son's life; my son is an attorney too, but of a whole different breed. I doubt very much he'd ever 'throw away' a pet or a plant. He isn't a gardener either, my son, but he sure was raised by one.
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vic
Oct 22, 2011 11:13 AM CST
The apple didn't fall far from the tree Sharon Hurray! Hurray! Lovey dubby

BTW, we use the towel trick thingy when we house train the dogs too Thumbs up
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threegardeners
Oct 22, 2011 11:18 AM CST
Somebody explain the towel trick thingy?

**has a stubborn Westie...

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Sharon
Oct 22, 2011 11:19 AM CST
I'll leave it for Vic. I don't have a lot of experience with dogs.
What a beautiful Westie. Gorgeous picture, Lee Anne.
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vic
Oct 22, 2011 12:34 PM CST
What a beautiful doggie Lovey dubby

When we bring puppies or dogs home and they are not trained, they will have accidents in the house.

Wipe their tinkle with a towel/rag so it will have their scent.

Take the towel outside and put it where you want them to go potty and put a rock or something over it so it doesn't blow away.

And then, just like training a human toddler, take them out every once in awhile to the towel area and they will learn to potty outside.

As for bowel movements, I don't remember accidents with them doing that but I would pick it up in a paper towel and put it wherever I would want them to potty.

As far as how often to take them out, it could be every 15 minutes to up to every couple hours. Reward them a small biscuit when they go potty outside and praise them and tell them how wonderful they are. If they go in the house, tell them NO, and immediately take them out by the towel. If they go, even if they tinkled in the house, they still get a biscuit. Whistling

Our pets eat all organic food and biscuits. They eat better than we do Big Grin

They train very quickly. Thumbs up



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fiwit
Oct 22, 2011 4:26 PM CST
Never heard of that towel trick, Vic... In the adopted greyhound world, when we talk about towel tricks, we mean take a hand-towel and pin it around yon male parts so that when he lifts his leg, rather than marking the wall (or bookcase, or my video collection or recliner, etc), he marks the towel instead. Wearing a wet towel is fairly uncomfortable, as you can imagine, and the dog quickly learns not to do that indoors.

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threegardeners
Oct 22, 2011 4:29 PM CST
Ha! That's a brilliant idea! Might have to re-think my "no male dogs allowed" rule from now on....
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fiwit
Oct 22, 2011 4:29 PM CST
Oh, Sharon... I had happy tears, too... I think gardeners pick up all kinds of strays, including stray ppl off the internet. Big Grin And I, for one, am beyond glad that your son was raised by a gardener, and that you are both the type to open your hearts to the strays that wander by, be they animal, vegetable or internet-ish. Thumbs up
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Sharon
Oct 22, 2011 4:34 PM CST
Made me smile out loud, Flit!!
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fiwit
Oct 22, 2011 5:24 PM CST
Sharon said:Made me smile out loud, Flit!!


Then I did it right. Big Grin
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Sharon
Oct 22, 2011 5:26 PM CST
Yeah, you did.
As usual.
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vic
Oct 22, 2011 6:02 PM CST
and I've never heard about wrapping a towel around their private parts - how clever Thumbs up
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 22, 2011 6:36 PM CST
And the first line was that this was not about gardening. Hrumpf! Not about gardening indeed. Gal's gone crazy on us. Plum out of her mind. Who else but gardeners adopt & love the unwanted, castoff, discarded? Who else but gardeners nurture & love? And who else but gardeners pass those traits on to others?


Mambo is a perfect example of today's society. "I WANT". With no thought to the future consequenses. Mambo was an adorable puppy but no one stopped to consider if Mambo was right for the family (or little girl). Or if the family (little girl) was right for Mambo. So who ends up discarded? Mambo. In this case; a very fortunate thing as he was found (fate I think) by our dear Sharon's son who is young & strapping enough to have a dog like Mambo. It's refreshing to hear one of these stories with such a good ending.

On another note re: the towel around the belly --- there is an item called a "belly band" which you can purchase which is specifically for that purpose. Closes with velcro at the top. Dog show people use them when they are in hotels to keep the males (intact males) from marking the place.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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Sharon
Oct 22, 2011 6:48 PM CST
Ahhhhh my dear Ann, you call 'em like you see 'em, don't you?

I think you are right, we are all nurturers, we love the unloved.
We were trying to understand why he ran straight for me when I walked out the door, because until then he had been a little shy, they said. Finally it occurred to me that maybe I might have reminded him of that little 14 year old girl, the one whose father 'dropped him off'.

He looked healthy, the vet said he was in great health, and I don't think he had been abused, but I do think he had been unloved. That's over for him now. He is probably the most loved dog around right this minute.

When I started writing the story, I had no idea the words would go in a circle and would tie it all into gardening.
Sometimes I have absolutely no control over my words.
This was one of those times.

Thanks for reading it, and for seeing right through me.
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Oct 22, 2011 7:10 PM CST
Thank you for giving me a better glimpse into myself.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Oct 22, 2011 7:15 PM CST
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fiwit
Oct 22, 2011 7:38 PM CST
vic said:and I've never heard about wrapping a towel around their private parts - how clever Thumbs up


Click here http://www.gemgreyhounds.org/gem_store/houndwear.htm

and scroll down to the 2nd item....you can have them custom-made to fit your dog's waist.
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