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post #3751 of 3764
^the wife has a new iPhone... she's going a little crazy with the slo-mo feature.

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post #3752 of 3764
Thread Starter 

His tracking, anticipation and micro correction in the air is amazing. 

 

lefty

post #3753 of 3764
going to start having the Pit work with these

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post #3754 of 3764
front legs was a pretty easy learn. Started deflated and then worked up, even way overinflated to see if she'd take it, and she did. Balance was fine, and it was clearly a decent amount of work for her. Going to try rear legs tonight, which might be a little tricky at first, and then eventually going to add a second disk for two legs on one and two on the other.
post #3755 of 3764
Thread Starter 

You do know that Cirque du Soleil doesn't accept animal acts?

 

lefty

post #3756 of 3764
dogs are people, no?
post #3757 of 3764
Thread Starter 

No, but the furries may argue the point.

 

lefty

post #3758 of 3764
Last December a neighbor of ours bought Weimaraner puppy for her post-adolescent son in hopes he would have a redemptive effect on the somewhat troubled youth. He is a lovely dog with a good heart. However, he has not had adequate obedience training, and I don't think the dog gets nearly enough exercise. Partly on my advice, they have left him intact.

This Sunday, the Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade was held at a park near our house. It is a bizarre event where in people and dogs in all manner of costumes march along a 180-yard bikeway. Some of the dog costumes are rather amusing, but I think there is something degrading to the inherent dignity of the dog when you behold a Rottweiler in a tutu! Many of the participants parked on our street and came by with their dogs. This evidently excited the Weimaraner so much that he contrived to escape from his yard and went racing over to the park, bounding wildly about amongst the participants and spectators. Although I was present at the event, I did not witness this. Fortunately, a kindly man caught the Weimaraner, who was only wearing his choke collar (without any ID). Another man offered the captor $500 for the dog, but fortunately he refused and began taking the dog door-to-door in our neighborhood. The dog's owners were elsewhere: The son was off surfing, the mother was at a yoga retreat--only in California! However, their next-door neighbors immediately recognized the dog and restored him to his yard.

A friend of the dog's owner had purchased a litter sister of the dog in question. A witness to the event told this woman about it and claimed that it was entirely the result of the dog's not having been neutered. (Apparently neutered dogs never get out or run around and play!) So adamant was she on the subject that she even volunteered to pay for the dog's castration herself! Bear in mind, she did not even know the owners of the dog.

All of this story I have repeated merely to illustrate the depth of fanaticism of these people who are obsessed with mutilating dogs. I can understand some of this sentiment arising from the plight of pet overpopulation. However, as we have said elsewhere, responsible people don't let their dogs run around breeding promiscuously, and irresponsible people won't give a damn about spay-neuter.

Oh, and I did help the dog's owner attach an ID tag to his collar yesterday.
post #3759 of 3764
Sadly, we are going to have to neuter our little guy relatively soon. He has one ball that didn't drop, and retained testicles have a hugely high rate of cancer in dogs, something approaching 80%. We are going to let him get all the way through puberty, though, so he gets as many developmental advantages from testosterone as possible.
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I'm not sure about this, but is there an operation to remove the undescended testicle and retain the descended?

 

Of course, there's always:

 

 

lefty

post #3761 of 3764
There may be. I'll ask. Our vet is definitely a supporter of the nut, although only if asked as it is pretty un PC to be so.

I have to say, owning an 11 month old unneutered dog really teaches you what adolescent sexual obsession is all about when it is completely uninhibited by society.
post #3762 of 3764
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I'm not sure about this, but is there an operation to remove the undescended testicle and retain the descended?

Of course, there's always:




lefty

Well, I know that on humans for many years there has been an operation that pulls the undescended testicle down to the scrotum, giving the erstwhile monorchid two testicles normally positioned. The term for this is "orchidopexy."
post #3763 of 3764
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I think if you can go in early enough the testicle can be moved into position and secured to the scrotum ensuring it doesn't move up again. There were always rumours of show dogs that had this done. In N's case at 11 months the retained testicle is probably tiny and out of position so I doubt it's saveable, but I don't see why they can't leave the descended teste in place. 

 

Cool story when your friends come over.

 

lefty

post #3764 of 3764
^No knowledge of this business with dogs, but I know a man who had an orchidopexy performed when he was 15, and the surgically lowered testicle was actually larger than the normal one. This business didn't seem to affect his sex life at all, but he never sired any children. Sterility is often concomitant with this condition.
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