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    Default Dog comes 7th in half marathon

    I just came across this. It made my day.
    Had to share for the dog lovers here.
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    Loved it. THANKS Peter
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    Thanks and good onyer Peter, I love it too.

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    One of the reasons SWMBO and I don't walk too often too far is I'm a slow walker whereas she is a much faster walker. Last year we were down south camping with 3 other families and we decided to go for ~10km walk together. One of the other blokes had a sore knee and said he would have to walk slowly and I said that works for me and was happy to keep him company. Before long we had split into two groups separated by about a 100m, and about two an half hours later by the end of the walk we would have been more than 1km apart.

    Skye, one of our Border Collies, can't bear to see SWMBO and I apart and so all the way continuously ran back and forth between us. So she ran for over 2 hours non stop which we estimated to be at least a half marathon, probably more. Part of the track was sharpish gravel and when we finally stopped we realized Skye had worn her foot pads down and was bleeding like a stuck pig. Didn't phase her though next morning she was raring to go again, The other Border (Willow) was on a leash the whole way or she would have taken off into the bush looking for something rotten or excretal to roll in.

    Another time we went fishing on the south coast near the mouth of a river that was about 30m wide, about waist deep and flowing pretty fast out to sea.
    SWMBO took up a position downwind on one side of the mouth while I preferred a spot about 500m on the other side of the mouth. Again that stupid dog started running between us, each time swimming though that current and we could see she was getting more tired and taking longer to cross and was worried she would get carried away on the current so I had to tie her down. Fishing was rubbish - I caught nothing and SWMBO got half a dozen beauties. The dog also ate most of my bait and was sick in the car on the way back to the campsite.

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    Aaaaah Bob, the joys of having dogs in your life.
    I have a ripper little Red Cattle Dog, - ball obsessed, and full of energy, and quite a few quirky behaviours, which keep me and SWMBO constantly amused.

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    What is it with cattle dogs and fetching balls?

    My blue cattle dog female is the same. The ball gets dropped at my feet when I go outside.

    When we are inside there are all sorts of vocalisation worthy of Lassie the wonder dog. Everyone who visits us is bailed up to throw the bloody ball. She only likes blue balls.

    The lab chewed up her old one and I bought a sucession of other colours and she would not fetch them until I bought a blue one home.

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    Grahame, I think that it is the working dog behaviour being expressed. Someone mentioned to me that I needed to keep balls away if I wanted him to work, because if they get ball obsessed, it spoils their working ability. I'm not sure of the veracity of that, but it sounds logical perhaps. With Red, we have no stock to work, but he does a patrol around and choofs off any wallabies, but never goes for the kill. I'm happy with that, as a dog that's out to hunt all the time is a worry with neighbours pets or even little kids, and he certainly has powerful jaws and could do some damage if he was so inclined. So far he has caught and let go the following animals (with encouragement from me), and they have all departed, under their own steam, and without visible injury.
    Several small macropods, mainly joeys, a rabbit kitten, a blackbird, several echidnas and even a frog!
    Like you, I have the ball or a kong dropped at my feet inside or out, and he has the blokes at the Mens Shed well trained to either throw or whack a ball for him to chase and retrieve. They reckon that he must step well at night, but I think they probably sleep better after a day with him. The only way to get some peace is to put his toy out of reach on top of the fridge say, and provided he has spent a fair bit of time chasing it beforehand, you can get a break. He sure is great to have around though, puts a smile on the dial every time.

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    If I stand too long in one spot in the shed Skye will continually bring in up to 7-8 objects like balls sticks, toys, etc and leave them on the floor in an arc behind me.
    Then when I moves she moves two or 3 of them again being me but always leaves a couple in the first spot in case I go back. When I look at her she looks back at me and seems to be saying, "Jees you're dumb dad can't you see what I want".

    When walking Skye will bring her ball back to the nearest person to her, whoever that might be and if that person makes the mistake of throwing the ball then Skye will follow that person around the park until I call her to come. She's a well behaved dog and can trust her to walk the footpaths down to the park off the leash. She stops when we come to roads and waits for a command to cross. The other dog Willow doesn't usually give a rats rig about roads or footpaths and wanders off following her nose. She's not interested in balls but just to Sky off every now and then Willow will pick Skyes ball up and run away with it. Willow is fast and Sky can't catch her.

    Willow's thing is sheep and TV, as soon as the remote button goes on she's standing in front watching it carefully, barks at animals and "baddies" and Pollies. Tries to go behind the wall mounted TV to look for the sheep if any appear on the screen. Willow done some sheep work and she was quite good at it - fearless even wth a big flock. Skye parents were champion sheepdogs but Skye is super scared of them and runs off to hide in between our legs.

    Sometimes its like living with your own circus!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grahame Collins View Post
    What is it with cattle dogs and fetching balls?

    My blue cattle dog female is the same. The ball gets dropped at my feet when I go outside.

    When we are inside there are all sorts of vocalisation worthy of Lassie the wonder dog. Everyone who visits us is bailed up to throw the bloody ball. She only likes blue balls.

    The lab chewed up her old one and I bought a sucession of other colours and she would not fetch them until I bought a blue one home.

    Grahame
    we have a husky..,she does it the same..comes into shed when I am working and drops ball behind me (if I didnt notice her) and barks..more of a howl.... scares the hell out of me...I ams ure she likes doing that.... then off outside to have some fun....

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    Over 20 years ago we had a Rottie as a pet. Great dog, but like most rotties, not terribly energetic if they could avoid exerting themselves. At that time I was rebuilding a car so was spending a lot of time in the shed. The dog was usually with me, as close as he could be, particularly if I was under the car. The bugger used so wriggle his way under until he was leaning against me. That was all good except he would quite often fart and they were deadly. Quite often he'd manage to wait until I was doing something that I couldn't immediately put down to make my escape. Sometimes they were that bad that even he couldn't stand the smell and would get up and leave.
    The other thing he used to do, if I didn't keep an eye on him, was to pinch stuff like sockets or nuts particularly wheel nuts. I soon learnt to put them in a tray beside me whilst I was working.

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    I can identify with your situation, many the time I have been grateful for electric windows in cars these days. They let you get the stench out, without feeling like you have opened the windows on an aircraft, because you can keep the drivers window either completely closed, or just open a crack.
    My dog Red, loves it whenever I am under a vehicle or the off road van, and as soon as he spots me, barrels under to lick my face, or lie all over me bringing the task in hand to a rapid halt. He hasn't resorted to pinching stuff yet, he just drops his heavy duty dog ball, fully saturated with dog slobber, into my face.

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