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Opinion by laura1233214 posted 7 days ago
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Rolf was either the smartest dog in history or the center of a scam that fooled a nation—specifically Nazi Germany. Either way, then, he was pretty awesome. According to the Nazis, Rolf could talk. To put this into context, the Nazis backed a lot of hair-brained schemes during World War II, and one of the most hair-brained was trying to train an army of super-intelligent dogs to share their ideals.The smartest of these “super dogs” was Rolf. Apparently, Rolf was able to talk by tapping his paw against a board and using a sort of special dog Morse code to communicate with humans. It was using this code that he was able to converse, appreciate poetry, express his pride in the Nazi regime, and vent his blinding hatred of the French. Apparently, he even expressed an interest in joining the war effort and fighting on the front lines. We don’t expect you to believe that a dog could talk, but Hitler certainly did. He took a great interest in Rolf, and history’s greatest monster wasting time on the ridiculous notion that the Nazis had created the world’s first racist dog could only possibly be a good thing.
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Opinion by laura1233214 posted 7 days ago
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In 1966, the World Cup was being held in England which, to the English, was kind of a big deal. Maybe the reason they were taking it so seriously was because they had a feeling they might win—which they did—so you can imagine how bummed they were when the World Cup was stolen just four months before the matches started. There was a frenzy to find the cup and avoid international embarrassment, and it was eventually found by a plucky collie named Pickles. Pickles was being walked by his owner when he sniffed something out in the bushes—what Pickles had found was the missing World Cup.In the aftermath of Pickles finding the Cup, his rise to fame can only be described as meteoric. He was lavished with attention from the press as the hero dog who’d saved the nation from international embarrassment. Pickles even attended a banquet in his honor, where he was given a bone and a check for £1,000—archive footage shows the check being shoved into his face, so we hope it was cashed by his master and not chewed to shreds. He later went on to star in several TV shows and even the movies.
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Opinion by laura1233214 posted 7 days ago
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It’s generally believed that Owney’s original owner was a mail clerk because, just as Bob the Railway dog was obsessed with trains, Owney loved the scent and texture of mail bags and followed them by land, train, or boat wherever they went. When Owney’s owner left for whatever reason, Owney stayed behind at the post office with his precious mailbags. After a while, Owney began to follow the bags, first in mail wagons and then on mail trains. He started to rack up miles, traveling through the county, then the state, and finally the whole United States. Mail clerks were happy to let him do this because they realized that no train Owney traveled on ever crashed, making Owney a good-luck talisman. So, they started to give him little trinkets and medals to attach to his collar to represent everywhere he’d been. When he’d traveled so much that that they no longer fit on his collar, he got a little jacket instead.As part of a publicity stunt, he traveled around the world on a 120-day-long, Jules Verne–style trip aboard an ocean liner. In this way, he traveled across America, Europe, and Asia, and all the way back. And just in case you don’t yet feel totally inadequate in the...
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Opinion by laura1233214 posted 7 days ago
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Just one look at Bud Nelson is enough to tell you that he was the greatest dog who ever lived. He’s an old-timey dog wearing goggles in a scratchy black-and-white photo—if he hadn’t existed, he would have been dreamed up for a steampunk novel or Bioshock game. The human in the photo is Bud Nelson’s owner, a doctor called Horatio Nelson. Horatio was the first man to cross America by car in the year 1903, with his hilariously named co-driver Sewall K. Crocker and, of course, Bud. That made Bud the first dog to cross the United States by car.At the time, the automobile was still in its infancy, meaning that driving was neither safe nor fun. The car was a roofless monstrosity with little to no suspension to protect them from the mostly unpaved roads, and it would have made a lot of noise while belching out noxious smoke. But Bud Nelson was braver around the thing than some people would have been back then. He was given the goggles to protect his eyes and sat there looking just as happy as he does in the photo, all the way across the continent of North America.
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Opinion by laura1233214 posted 7 days ago
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The Saint Bernard is a dog that was specifically bred for a single purpose—to search and rescue. Monks at the Saint Bernard Pass, a dangerous, snowy divide between Switzerland and Italy, bred them for hundreds of years—perhaps even as far back as 1695—to rescue travelers who got lost and buried in the snow. They traveled in pairs so that when they found a victim, one dog could dig them out and sit on them for warmth while the other headed back to the monastery for help. Which brings us to the second Saint Bernard on our list—Barry, who saved 40 people’s lives over the course of 12 years in the early 1800s. Barry’s most famous rescue was of a small child who’d become lost and trapped on a treacherous ice shelf. Barry managed to reach the boy, revive him, and keep him warm until rescue arrived. But even then, nobody could get to them. So Barry allowed the child to climb onto his back and pulled him to safety, inch by inch. Barry was so effective as a rescue dog that after his departure there was always one dog at the monastery named Barry—a tradition that persists to this day.
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Opinion by laura1233214 posted 7 days ago
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In the 1860s, two stray dogs called Bummer and Lazarus were given the run of the city of San Francisco at a time when any other stray dog would have been rounded up and thrown in the pound. But Bummer and Lazarus were different—they were celebrities. The newspapers of the day reported their doggy exploits as if they were Posh and Becks or Brad and Angelina. If they got into a fight with rival dogs, the papers often printed an exaggerated account of it the next day, complete with eyewitness testimony and a dramatized cartoon of the event. Even Mark Twain took time out from working on Huckleberry Finn to write about them.The reason they were so beloved was due to their close friendship. Bummer started off as tough mutt who begged people for scraps, hence his name. When another stray arrived in the city and lost a fight, witnesses thought he’d be torn to shreds…until Bummer came running in to fight off his attacker. As Bummer nursed the injured dog back to health, it was given a new name—Lazarus. Their legend grew and every twist and turn of their friendship was reported on. When Bummer was shot in the leg and Lazarus didn’t look after him, there was uproar, with the whole...
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Opinion by laura1233214 posted 8 days ago
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There are plenty of stories of dogs who stood vigil for dead masters for years afterward. Among the most well-known loyal dogs were Hachiko, from Japan, and Greyfriars Bobby, from Scotland. Hachiko and Greyfriars Bobby have had numerous books and even films made about them. But the loyal dog who was most famous during his own lifetime is probably the least well-known. Fido was born in Italy sometime during World War II. He was found on the verge of death by a kiln worker who took him home and nursed him back to health. And for this, he’d have Fido’s unwavering loyalty for the rest of his life. Every day, Fido waited for his master at the same bus stop, refusing to move until he stepped off the bus—and this at a time when Italy was being bombed almost daily. But one day, Fido’s master didn’t return. He’d been killed in an air raid while at work. Fido, ever vigilant, still turned up to wait for him. Every day. For 14 years. His tale spread across Italy until Fido became a constant source of media attention, both during the war and long after it ended. Surviving footage shows that huge crowds would turn up to watch him make his way to the bus stop every day, watch everyone...
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Opinion by laura1233214 posted 8 days ago
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Bob was born in South Australia in 1882, and for some reason he loved trains. He spent the early years of his life as a stray, following railway workers to work, until he was rounded up by a dogcatcher. It looked as if he was destined for the pound, but luckily for Bob he was bought by a kindly station guard who’d taken a liking to him. It worked out well, as his new master allowed him to ride the train with him in the guard’s van every day. But, eventually, his master got a promotion and he and Bob parted ways. Then Bob started to jump trains alone.Bob traveled up and down Southern Australia, becoming a familiar and welcome sight on trains across the land. Sometimes, when Bob felt that he needed some privacy, he chose an empty carriage and scared away any passengers who tried to sit in it by barking like crazy. The station masters and guards all knew him by name, so they left him to his own devices. At night he followed the engine driver home for a warm meal and soft place to sleep, then returned to the train the next morning. For most of his life, Bob went where he pleased, and as his fame grew so did his reception when he rode into town. He was allowed to attend banquets as...
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Opinion by laura1233214 posted 8 days ago
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Bamse was a Saint Bernard that served aboard a Norwegian minesweeper during World War II. Despite his cute and cuddly appearance—Bamse means “cuddly bear” in Norwegian—he was extremely tough. Bamse was originally brought on board by the ship’s captain. When the captain tried to take Bamse with him when leaving for another posting, the crew, who had grown fond of the dog, threatened to leave the ship if he was taken away. They loved the dog so much that they would have mutinied rather than lose him. Bamse became legendary in Dundee and Montrose, where the ship was stationed during World War II. He rode buses alone with a specially made bus pass tied around his neck, made sure that drunken sailors made it back to their posts, and allegedly put a stop to bar fights. Once, he rescued a crewman who’d fallen overboard by diving in to drag him to safety. He rescued another crewman cornered by a knifeman by barreling into the attacker and dragging him into the water. But Bamse was more than just a hero—he was also a peacemaker. It was reported that when sailors got into fights on board, he forced them to stop by standing on his hind legs with his paws on their shoulders as if...
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Article by laura1233214 posted 8 days ago
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Swansea Jack was a black retriever who lived with his owner William Thomas near the River Tawe in Swansea, Wales, during the 1930s. One day, Jack saw a small boy drowning in the river and ran in, pulling the boy to shore by the scruff of his neck. There was no one around to see it, and had circumstances been different, the boy would probably have spent the rest of his life telling the story to people who would never believe him. But Jack wasn’t done. Within a few weeks, Jack rescued another swimmer, this time with witnesses in attendance. And then another. And another. And so on. Over the course of the next decade, Jack was reported to have saved at least 27 people from, presumably, the most dangerous river and docks in Wales.For his efforts over the course of his lifetime, Jack was given a silver collar by Swansea council, the Bravest Dog of the Year Award, a silver cup from the Mayor of London, and his very own statue. That’s more accolades than your average Batman. And he’s still recognized today—he was probably the inspiration for the nickname of Premier League football team Swansea FC, “The Swansea Jacks.”
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Opinion by AbbyBo posted 9 months ago
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Dogs are abused every single day, why you may ask? Because most dog owners are evil adults who think they can get a dog to do whatever they want the dog to do. Well, i'm here to say that that we need to stop dog bullying! Dogs get abused over 71%! Don't you think that this is wrong? because i do. Dogs are not slaves, they are like us, free to do whatever they want (except going potty in the house of course) So we need to stop being mean to our beloved animals and treat them like friends. In our store called dog ......., some of the dogs are actually scared with the humans becuase they think they are going to get hit like the previous owner, but with our kind and loving employees they know that they will get loved and they become happy. we need to start filling this word with Happy dogs!!! give a big thumbs up and leave a comment below if you agree with this article!

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Opinion by 220340 posted over a year ago
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people are so mean to dogs. lots of people kill dogs for meat. that is so cruel. people give dogs so little of food and not alot of space for them to run. people hang dogs till they are dead. that is mean! i love dogs and other people love then too! what do people think they are when they kill dogs!?! it is just so mean and cruel! who knows how many dogs people kill each day, mouths, and years! people should never never never kill a dog! it is just so mean and cruel! it should be a law that NO ONE can change! it should be PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER KILL ANY ANIAMAL! CATS, DOGS, FISH, WE SHAW NEVER KILL THEM! and if someone kills any aniamal, they should get arrested! i hate to see dogs die, or any animal die. it is sad, mean, and cruel to kill dogs! people should stop it right away! also people make them aggressive before thay kill them! SO MEAN!
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Opinion by ITF posted over a year ago
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There are many reasons why people abandon their dogs. Generally, it is not the dog's fault and often the decision to take a dog to an animal shelter is based not on emotion but on convenience. It is representative of a society lacking strong values--everything is disposable, including pets. People are encouraged to use excuses for their own behavior--it always is someone else's fault. In this case, it's the dog's fault!

Having a dog is a commitment to that animal for 10-15 years and should be a well thought out family decision based on a thorough investigation of the breed and breeder. Most of the purebred dogs in shelters are housebroken, have some basic obedience, and are well-behaved, affectionate pets. They have not abandoned their families--they are the victims.

How do dogs (and cats) end up abandoned in animal shelters? Its simple--people purchase puppies for all the wrong reasons:

On impulse because the puppy is adorable-all puppies are adorable-actually, all baby animals are adorable but with shorter life spans than humans, they quickly grow into gangly adolescents.
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Fan fiction by RobinFan360 posted over a year ago
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My name is Ace.
I used to be your dog.
I just wanted to tell you how I felt over all those years.
You were my best friend. You always let me sleep with you, and we would go for walks everyday. I always loved it when you got me a new toy, and treats would come daily. When I chewed up your shiny thingy that played music, you just chuckled and gently, but firmly, told me not to do it again. You would always say,"Well he IS a puppy." and everything would be all right.
I would always know when I shouldn't do something again because when I got in trouble you would lightly hit me on the head. That's all it took to know when I was in trouble and I would cry a little because I knew I did something wrong and had hurt you. Then you would pick me up and say "It's all better now Ace. That's my boy."
I would give a soft growl back because that's my way of talking. You would always know what I meant.
We used to go driving all the time. I just loved the wind in my face and one or two of my toys in the backseat. We would go for walks too! and because I was a cute puppy everyone would stop and ask to pet me and of course you let them. Oh how I loved their...
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Opinion by Flo3900 posted over a year ago
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My friend got a new puppy dog over the weekend. It was a little Malamute too! He was only young and excited. And within a week they had already got rid of him! Why? Just because he had bit her on the toe! It was only a little scratch and it didn't bleed. I thought they'd keep him cause they've already got like, 5 dogs! But no! They got rid of him. Seriously?! They've also got about 20 lizards and snakes. They've never put one of their snakes down just because it bit them! I just hope the little puppy is OK and they haven't put him to sleep...
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Opinion by boltpup posted over a year ago
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THE EVRRY 1ST DOG I SAVED WAS A UN WANTED LAB & A 1 MORE UN WANTED DOG THEY GOT HOMES & A DOG THAT WAS SET ON FIRE BUT HE SADLY DIED WEEK,S LATER & A STREET DOG GET A HOME & A. PITBULL BUT HE RANAWAY BUT HE DID HAVE OWNER,S THAT WAS THE GOOD THING & A MOM DOG WITH 4 PUPPY,S & DOXIE,S BUT THEY GOT PICK,ED UP & A COLLIE MIX JUST BEFORE I WAS GOING TO GET A HOME FOR HER SOME 1 CALLD ON HER & HAD HER PICK,ED UP I HOPE SHE HAS A GOOD HOME BY NOW A LOST DOG GET HOME & A KITTEN WITH PINK EYE GET A GOOD HOME & MORE TO GET HOME,S WHEN I SEE A DOG OR CAT IN NEED I WILL HELP IT GET A HOME
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Opinion by boltpup posted over a year ago
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BLOSSOM WAS A MIX BREED DOG WITH 4 PUPPY,S & NO HOME BUT THE STREET,S BUT 1 DAY HER LUCK HAS CHANGE FOR THE GOOD IN A FUNNY WAY I TOOK 1 OF HER PUPPY,S & PUT HER PUP IN THE HOUSE...THE NEXT DAY BLOSSOM WAS BACK FOR PUP BUT I TOOK HER IN WITH HER 4 PUP,S AS WELL EVERY DAY WAS HAPPY FOR BLOSSOM & HER PUPPY,S THEY PLAY,ED EVERY DAY WITH ME SHE HAD 5 PUP,S BUT SHE ONLY HAD 4 BUT 1 DAY HER MISSING PUPPY FOUND US HER MISSING PUP WAS A MOM AS WELL I TRY,ED TO GET HER BUT SHE WAS SCARD OF ME & RAN AWAY & NEVER SEEN HER AGAIN LIFE WAS GOOD FOR BLOSSOM & HER 4 PUP,S UP IN,TIL JULY THE 8 2011 1 OF HER PUPS SADLY DIED HE GOT KILLD BY A WILD CAT SHE WAS SAD FOR WEEK,S & EVEN HER PUP,S WAS SAD ABOUT WHAT HAPPEND TO HIM ALL HER PUP,S WOULD HUG ME THEY KNOW WHAT HAPPEND 1 WEEK LATER I GOT HOME,S FOR 2 THE PUPPY,S ON THE SAME DAY..NOW IT,S ONLY BLOSSOM & HER 1 LAST PUP ABOUT A MONTH LATER 1 OF HER PUP CAME OVER WITH THE NEW OWN,ER SHE WAS HAPPY TO SEE HER PUP...SADLY SHE & HER LAST PUP RAN AWAY I HOPE THAT BLOSSOM & HER PUP IS DOING GOOD & HAVE HOME,S & LIVE HAPPY LIFE,S
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Article by boltpup posted over a year ago
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IN PET FOODS THEY USE DEAD DOGS & CATS EVEN ROAD KILL & PETS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT DOWN BY A VET SOME TIMES IN SHELTER,S THEY PUT DOWN DOGS & CATS JUST TO MAKE PET FOOD & IT,S ALL OK TO THEM TO KILL PETS TO MAKE PET FOOD THIS UPSET,S ME BIG TIME WHAT IS IN OUR PETS FOOD I THOUGHT PET FOOD WAS MADE OF COW & STUFF BUT IT,S NOT ONLY SO MUCH % IS COW MEAT & THE OTHER IS DOG & CAT MEAT WHAT IS THE WORLD COMEING TO I DONT KNOW BUT TODAY IT,S A DOG EAT DOG WORLD IT,S SICK . , .
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Article by Puppy_Chelsea posted over a year ago
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Chap. 1
Lily put on her jacket and mitts to get ready for the car to go to Gramma`s for the weekend. Her dog, Flora, gazed at the interesting creatures with her midnight eyes gleaming as bright as the sun. Mom nodded her head, smiling. ``We need to stop getting flora in all this begging,`` she said, giggling. Just in that very moment, Flora jumped onto Lily`s lap, In a sigh of relief.[i]Whew,[i] thought Flora, [i]I like this girl.[i] Lily patted Flora, very gently.
Chap. 2
As soon as they got to the cottage, Mom said "Flora needs energy, from that 2 hour car ride," Patting the little Jack Russel puppy. "Jacks need lots of excersise. Plus, it is another hour away from Gramma. "
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Opinion by pugglelover2000 posted over a year ago
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Jewel stared up at the strange humans,"What are these strange creatures?"One of the humans pointed at her;another one nodded and reached for her.She jumped back deeper into the box.The human tried again,this time quicker.

He scooped her up and pitched her into a large metal cage.She whimpered and it hit the cage.she heard the humans talking outside of the cage."Yes,they're mutts,but they will make some good dogs."One said."Yes i'm sure my family will be so happy with their new dog."Said the other.

She felt the cage move as she was tossed into a large compartment in the back of a car.The world turned dark,and before she knew it the ground started to move.She fell against the side of the cage and tried to stand up,suddenly she started to get sick.She couldn't help puking.

Finally,to her relief,the car stopped.She heard a door slam,and something came walking around the car,gravel crunching under it's feet.Suddenly,the compartment door opened and light flooded in.
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Opinion by dinu12 posted over a year ago
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Make sure that the puppy you are getting is right for you. Does its coat suit your climate? Is it small enough to live in your apartment? Do its energy levels suit the amount of exercise it will get? These are all important questions to answer to ensure the well-being of your puppy and the overall happiness of your household.

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Puppy-proof your house. Puppies love to explore with their mouths, so to keep your puppy and your house safe, you'll need to take a few precautions. Remove breakable items from the area where you plan to keep your puppy. Keep all electrical cords raised or covered and close all low windows. You should also lock away cleaning supplies/chemicals that are toxic to puppies. Get a trash can that is too tall for your puppy to get into and too heavy to be knocked over. Think about getting a folding gate to keep your puppy confined to a certain room or area.

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Buy necessary supplies. The kitchen or bathroom is an ideal place for the bed because they generally are warm and have washable floors. Here is a list of things you'll need to get you started:
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Opinion by dinu12 posted over a year ago
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1) Fetch it yourself jerkwad! YOU threw it, why should I have to go and get it?
2) Fetch this!
3) (after licking himself) "ha ha! you only wish you could do that!"
4) "That whole, 'Blame your farts on me,' thing is SO not funny."
5) Bacon, Bacon, I smell Bacon, Only one thing smells like bacon and it's BACON!
6) One of these days... I'll catch that $%#& Squirel
7) Who's the b*tch now?
8) What is the air-speed velocity of an unlden swallow?
9) Hey, zipperhead, clean my water dish and I won't drink from the toilet.
10) Why dont you fetch your own newspaper!?
11) Dude, that Evil Lawn Gnome is creeping me out.
12) Let me tell you the secret to licking your own balls...
13) Gotta catch the tail... Gotta catch the tail... Gotta--
14) Ooh. I don't feel well. Barf... Hey look, more food!
15) OhboyOhboyAballThrowmetheballC'monthrowmetheball
16) Frankly, grandma's breathe is worse than mine
17) I know it all Joe.Now I can tell your wife,or you can get me kibbles and bits.
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Opinion by dinu12 posted over a year ago
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1. My life is likely to last ten to fifteen years. Any separation from you will be painful: remember that before you get me.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me—it is crucial to my well being.

4. Do not be angry at me for long, and do not lock me up as punishment.

5. You have your work, your entertainment, and your friends. I only have you.

6. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understand your words, I understand your voice.

7. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget.

8. Remember before you hit me that I have sharp teeth that could easily hurt you, but I choose not to bite you because I love you.

9. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I might not be getting the right food, or I have been out too long, or my heart is getting too old and weak.
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Opinion by CTCSG posted over a year ago
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Pet lovers can agree that inside every good dog is a great dog. Passionate pet owners now have the chance to show the shining examples of what makes their dog so incredible for the chance to have their winning video featured in an upcoming Purina Pro Plan commercial. Learn more about the great dog video contest by watching this video: link

Whether your dog is a flying disc champion, a reliable running companion or a therapy soother, all dogs achieve greatness in their own unique way. The grand prize winner who best captures the inherent greatness within their dog will have their winning video featured in an upcoming Purina Pro Plan commercial, to be unveiled at the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show, and receive a year’s supply of Pro Plan brand dog food. Purina Pro Plan serves as the official pet food sponsor of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

“Premiering the winning video on the dog world’s ultimate stage, the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, gives us the opportunity to recognize incredible dogs from all walks of life,” said Robert Tochterman, brand manager of...
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Fan fiction by Deadheart3 posted over a year ago
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MY AVATAR! YAY!
Big world's animal Tournament is a six book series, created by SSJ2deadheart, a.k.a Deadheart3. This is only an intro, so if you want the story, it will be up shortly. Also, this may contain SPOILERS! You have been warned.

Name-Kaito Age-14
Apperance-Canide, black eyes, brown/orange fur, 5"1, and usually...stern.
Description- Kaito is 14 when first introduced in the series, the only time you actually see him in a younger age, is in B.W.A.T. Ace and Kaito: A look under the fur. Kaito is mostly described as the normal teenager, just a bit different. Kaito acts YEARS more mature than his age, and rarely smiles. Kaito has to be a father and mother figure for his brother, Ace, who never really got the experience of having a father or mother. He's was granted with many powers (example-teleportation, telepathic messaging), but the one that he focuses on more is telekinesis. He's a master at meditation and understands the concept of cosmic energy more than anyone.
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