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I have worked mamelukes (huskies) which can get very vicious between teams but are absolutely docile with humans - lovely dogs.huntertitus wrote:Some types of dog are bred purely to be aggressive, such as guard dogs which are surely bred to be unfriendly to people they havent met before without being trained to do so. These ridgebacks were snapping and fighting with eachother, and were pretty menacing to me, though the owners treated them with love and I am sure they were affectionate dogs to the immediate family.
Yeswurzel wrote:Jode Sheckter doesn't he run laverstoke farm near Hungerford now that does the organic buffalo mozarella and burgers ?
Are these the same as the Alaskan Malamutes?sejintenej wrote:I have worked mamelukes (huskies) which can get very vicious between teams but are absolutely docile with humans - lovely dogs.huntertitus wrote:Some types of dog are bred purely to be aggressive, such as guard dogs which are surely bred to be unfriendly to people they havent met before without being trained to do so. These ridgebacks were snapping and fighting with eachother, and were pretty menacing to me, though the owners treated them with love and I am sure they were affectionate dogs to the immediate family.
Some friends of ours have Newfies - they had 2 plus a pup - and those can get a tad large. They love their daily swim in the river but have one problem- they will try to "rescue" their owner if she starts swimming. Rescue seems to be a genetic trait.
marty wrote:Revd Garry Dobbie had a blind and, as it turned out, rather randy spaniel called Hugo. One particularly warm summer's day Dobbie decided to take our class out for a walk rather than sit inside. Hugo came with us, making it a very memorable afternoon as one girl (who I wont name) bent down to pick up some flowers. Clearly this served as some sort of romantic cue for Hugo as he then launched himself lustfully onto her back, forcing her on to all fours. I'll never forget those precious few seconds as he frantically rutted and humped away, the girl yelping helplessly for assistance whilst Dobbie flapped about shouting "naughty Hugo!". It took several of us to separate them. Still at least we didn't need any lessons about the birds and the bees after that.
Hibin was the mother of Chlorine, and both dogs were still with us at the time I left (1956). What happened to Chlorine's siblings, Fluorine, Bromine and Iodine I have no idea. If you took Chlorine and Hibin for a walk and they caught a rabbit, they would fight over it and attempt to tear it limb from limb unless you wrested it from them and took the carcass back to Kirby's lab. There, he would skin and gut it and the next Wednesday or Saturday afternoon you got to stew it and consume it. I could go on at some length about CF Kirby ("Uncle" to us) but that is a separate topic. A true eccentric and a profound influence on my formative years.michael scuffil wrote:How about some memories of CH dogs?
I propose to start with Chlorine, who must be the only dog to get a public obit at school assembly. CMESeaman regretted "the passing of that best of all worst dogs" (see below).
Chlorine was one of a litter whose other members were named Bromine, Iodine and Fluorine. She "belonged" to CFKirby, and spent most of the time asleep and snoring in a corner of his den (officially his classroom, or lab, but you could have fooled me). She impinged on the school consciousness mostly during the run-up to dinner parade, when Kirby would cycle home to his place in King Edwards Road. Chlorine was not an athletic dog, and lagged many yards behind, occasionally doing her business on the headmaster's front lawn. This journey would be accompanied by shouts from Kirby "Come on, Chlorine, worst dog in Sussex!" (see above)
My favourite Chlorine memory is of the time when she brought in a rabbit she had caught in the middle of a biology lesson. Whatever the subject of the lesson was, it was dropped without further ado, and the rabbit was dissected. A very interesting biology lesson -- I hope Chlorine got to eat the rabbit in the end.