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  1. Unfortunately too many people think, or convince themselves in order to spare their ego, that "hard to train" = dumb. It's just as likely, perhaps more likely, that "hard to train" = the dog is in some ways smarter than the trainer. 😉 Most of the breeds that are thought of as easy to train are dogs who have been bred to be receptive to human training--to work closely under the direction of a hunter or herder--and are therefore eager to please. Any doofus should be able to train one of those with just a little effort, and when they do it successfully they think the dog is brilliant. And it may be, or it may be that it's just compliant from centuries of selective breeding. Other dogs have been bred for centuries to work independently, far out in front of a hunter, and therefore to think for themselves and make independent decisions. They get labeled as stubborn or dumb simply because they aren't genetically programmed to be eager to please people "just because." They're often super smart dogs who have to be convinced why your way is the right way. (That's not to say there aren't some less-than-smart dogs. There certainly are! But many very smart, independent dogs get labeled unfairly.)
  2. I agree that a tired dog is a good dog. But the problem is that it's often impossible for an average person to tire out a truly high energy dog. And the pointing breeds (which include many of the breeds we've guessed about these parents) are all the super highest of energy dogs, the triathletes or marathoners of the dog world. The posts people have made about Labs and how long it takes them to grow up--IME Labs are way easier and lower energy than the true pointing breeds (Brittanies, the breeds that actually have "pointer" in the name, Weims, Viszlas are the most common pointing breeds). Because I have experience with pointing breeds I don't really even consider Labs high energy dogs. The ones I've known have all been typically active dogs, but all were/are complete couch potatoes in comparison to most specimens of the pointing breeds that I've known. I cannot emphasize enough how vast the difference is. There are separate lines of Labs for hunting and for pets, and most people end up with a pet bred Lab. There are no lines of the other breeds that aren't bred for hunting. They're bred to be serious canine athletes with enormous stamina, and as such it can be very difficult to tire them out enough that you find the "off" switch. It's out of reach of most people who have normal lives.
  3. They would get eaten here. DH loves his sweets, and if the boys young men were home--well, they still eat like teenagers. So 'nuff said.
  4. Agreed, somewhat and sometimes. But from the pictures both of the parents seem to be in pretty good shape. Plus height at the shoulders tells you . . . the height at the shoulders. There's still a big difference in weight/strength of a Greyhound versus a heavier boned/more heavily muscled dog of the same height. ETA an example (had to look it up) -- Greyhounds range from 27-30 inches at the shoulder and weigh from 60-88 pounds. Newfies range from 25-29 inches at the shoulder and weigh from 100-150 pounds. Approximately the same height, but big difference in weight.
  5. Mother definitely looks Lab-ish. Dad looks like he's got some type of spaniel or possibly hound in him (the ears on the puppy pic!). Dad's chest in the adult pic reminds me of a Brittany or some of the other breeds in the pointing group. I agree with those who said I'd be hesitant about MIL getting a puppy, especially since the parents appear to be mixes of fairly active breeds. Those pups are almost certainly going to be relatively big, muscular dogs. How big is your MIL? A general rule/guideline is that it's difficult for adults to control dogs who weigh more than one third of the adult's weight.
  6. A vet I know recommends trying Cholodin (a patented form of choline) for canine cognitive dysfunction.
  7. Our former dog was a Britt. Sweet as they come. He adored me and was super, super eager to please. He would do anything I asked of him. But OMG the energy level. He had no "off" switch as far as we could tell. We'd walk/run him for miles, then the boys would play with him for hours in the back yard and he'd still be going full tilt. He was almost 15 when we lost him to kidney and liver disease, and by that time he had quite a lot of arthritis, too. But his energy level at that point was still pretty high. In all the years I owned him I only ever recommended the breed to one person. He and his wife were mountain bikers. They had a young child, so they took turns biking--one would go one day, one the next. He said they'd typically cover ten miles or so and they were looking for a dog who would run with them. I told him, w/o exaggeration, that that would probably be enough exercise for a Britt. They're often called the marathoners of the dog world. I'm a huge beagle fan. I think they're vastly under appreciated as great family pets. But there's a wide range of personalities and energy levels within the breed (more so than a lot of other breeds, IME). Years ago I volunteered with a beagle rescue group and the fosters we had ranged from total couch potatoes to super high energy. Some are known for having a particular odor--it's a thing with hounds in general, and is often referred to as the "houndy" smell. Our beagle (we eventually failed fostering) never had it, but a beagle my mom had did. People think of beagles as difficult, stubborn or stupid, but many are wicked smart. And they aren't born people pleasers like the sporting breeds. They're bred to work far out in front of hunters, and therefore to think for themselves rather than take direct instructions. So you have to convince them of *why* they should do what you want them to do rather than what they think they should do (or want to do). They can be fabulously fun to train if you enjoy a challenge.
  8. I wouldn't recommend a Pyr mix as a pet. Great working dog. But family pet--no.
  9. Yeah but the top of ours is a frail little twig of a limblet. It bent over when I tried using a zip tie to attach one of the toppers.
  10. We have nothing on ours currently. It's an artificial tree we bought a couple of years ago, and neither the star nor the angel toppers we have will stay on it. I've been meaning to get out a bow or two and see how that would work, but so far I've been too lazy to do it.
  11. Cats declare war on Christmas (trees)
  12. I don't think I've ever been to a restaurant that didn't have something I liked or was at least okay with. I watch my calorie intake very closely, but I've learned that what works best for me is to follow a 90/10 rule. If I eat healthy meals at home most of the time, I'm fine eating whatever I want at a restaurant or social event a couple of times a week. Allowing room for a regular splurge keeps me on track the overwhelming majority of the time. But as far as eating something that I don't like at a relative's house--No, I wouldn't do that. I'd nibble a bit, talk a lot and hope nobody paid attention to what I was eating (or at least wasn't rude enough to comment on it). I'd have a snack before leaving home and/or after I returned.
  13. I like the Chromebook suggestion, but then I'm a huge Chromebook fan (and I'm relatively tech savvy). I had to use a Windows laptop for a bit this weekend and the clunkiness about drove me batty after being used to the ease of a Chromebook. You could probably get a decent Chromebook for not much more, and maybe less than, a crappy tablet. And it would likely be easier for them to use. I'd add in a wireless mouse.
  14. I have some kind of computer cleaning spray that came in a kit with a microfiber rag. I turn the laptop off, spray some of the cleaner on the rag and go to town. But I do it about once a week, so mine is never really grungy.
  15. This is a non-answer answer, but I buy tuna in the pouches. It's not watery like the cans.
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