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1 hour ago, Bosun11 said:

No mate she isn't my first either, but I did have them long enough ago not to appreciate their quirks. Though she lives outdoors, it's bringing one into a family environment that's made all the difference for me. Before, they were just working dogs.

Don't get me wrong, some things have been emotional, she's no dream dog, but I can really appreciate her and it certainly is educational. 👍

You  got a male lurcher as well Paul, or just that lurcher bitch. I've never had lurcher inside. I suppose looking back, old Bryn would have made good house dog, he was laid back, and been no prob. Buck would be a pain in the arse in the house,  could never trust him with any food about,  and I wouldn't leave in the house on his own, if you went out to shops etc, he a fookin chewer = wood, had to wire mesh inside his kennel, know he better of outside out of the way, lol. 

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Hi Levigsp,.. yes, I like to use a lurcher for as many different tasks, as I can,...possibly I am just a bit mean, and want my money's worth😀    

Yes but only on command. She'll sit under a high seat and watch deer for hours but if we are tracking a wounded one and it gets up in front of us I can ask her to pull it. The indicating is the best b

🤔Never thought I would say it,. or even think in such a way,...but nowadays, I don't really care, if a dog is good at the job or not. Financially, my status has changed a bit,...not drastically,

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35 minutes ago, W. Katchum said:

Not always, a Cnut is always a Cnut, an no dogs worth the hassle some bring 😁

any good at the job i’ll get on with 😂 don’t get me wrong them that are your best mate are always great but i’ll put up with a moody c**t if it’s good at the job 

most will be sound if socialised stock broken etc 

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The dogs I've been most fond of have never been my best workers, some you just bond with some you don't, in saying that if they didn't graft to a decent standard the bond would of been broke sharpish. Lol. 

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🤔Never thought I would say it,. or even think in such a way,...but nowadays, I don't really care, if a dog is good at the job or not.

Financially, my status has changed a bit,...not drastically,...(we are still living in our wee terraced house), but, I don't have to worry about keeping dogs solely for work...so,.. its all about the enjoyment, the craic and the good times now..👍

I have foolishly allowed, my obsessional Life with Lurchers, to rule my entire being, for far too long...

Time to chill out,.. and smell the coffee...🙏

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I've only had two dogs I never got along with.

A first cross collie Greyhound that was so bad I can't even remember it's name or what happened to it.

It turned me off collie crosses, perhaps unfairly, for life !

The other was my first and last foray into working terriers; a well bred red fell bitch. I didn't bond with it, and digging holes wasn't my idea of fun, but I gave it a go, try most things once....but never again.

I'll stick to running dogs 👍

Cheers.

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13 hours ago, OldPhil said:

🤔Never thought I would say it,. or even think in such a way,...but nowadays, I don't really care, if a dog is good at the job or not. My financially status has changed a bit,...not drastically,...(we are still living in our wee terraced house), but, I don't have to worry about keeping dogs solely for work...so,.. its all about the enjoyment, the craic and the good times now..👍

I have foolishly allowed, my obsessional Life with Lurchers, to rule my entire being, for far too long...

Time to chill out,.. and smell the coffee...🙏

 

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Good honest post, nothing good comes from obsessive behaviour, I’ve buried mutts that I never shouldn’t  have  done, the search for the GOAT seems right at the time but comes back to haunt ya l😪

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56 minutes ago, New moon said:

Good honest post, nothing good comes from obsessive behaviour, I’ve buried mutts that I never should have  done, the search for the GOAT seems right at the time but comes back to haunt ya l😪

You ran goats btuh

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3 hours ago, bird said:

You  got a male lurcher as well Paul, or just that lurcher bitch. I've never had lurcher inside. I suppose looking back, old Bryn would have made good house dog, he was laid back, and been no prob. Buck would be a pain in the arse in the house,  could never trust him with any food about,  and I wouldn't leave in the house on his own, if you went out to shops etc, he a fookin chewer = wood, had to wire mesh inside his kennel, know he better of outside out of the way, lol. 

No Ray, just the bitch now... My family has seen to her and my other dog, spending long times in the house, and though I never wanted it, like with Daniel's dogs, we all share the upkeep. For me, i've enjoyed it all, so far and the Lurcher has had me smiling much more than frowning, which is why I wrote the original post.

Mine still live out, I'm still allergic and it's easier but when we're home they are in, they are clean too and as I said I'm enjoying the comedic antics of this lurcher no end. 👍

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4 hours ago, OldPhil said:

🤔Never thought I would say it,. or even think in such a way,...but nowadays, I don't really care, if a dog is good at the job or not.

Financially, my status has changed a bit,...not drastically,...(we are still living in our wee terraced house), but, I don't have to worry about keeping dogs solely for work...so,.. its all about the enjoyment, the craic and the good times now..👍

I have foolishly allowed, my obsessional Life with Lurchers, to rule my entire being, for far too long...

Time to chill out,.. and smell the coffee...🙏

 

 

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, OldPhil said:

🤔Never thought I would say it,. or even think in such a way,...but nowadays, I don't really care, if a dog is good at the job or not.

Financially, my status has changed a bit,...not drastically,...(we are still living in our wee terraced house), but, I don't have to worry about keeping dogs solely for work...so,.. its all about the enjoyment, the craic and the good times now..👍

I have foolishly allowed, my obsessional Life with Lurchers, to rule my entire being, for far too long...

Time to chill out,.. and smell the coffee...🙏

 

 

 

 

 

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That is because we are, who we are, I get less game than I did when I was much younger but that isn't my style these days .If a dog misses its target I just deliver a pat & say ,"Nice try now come on fella we will get it next time" .The Talley's no longer hold any value for me ,these days its all about enjoyment ,spending my time very carefully. Strange as it might seem, at this much slower level /pace I'm rewarded more  and gain simple pleasure doing less .I know the dogs I own very well ,I spend most days walking /working the dogs and find I don't judge them as hard as I once did, they all carry some faults just as I do. We as sportspersons choose this life ,its in our DNA ,may it long continue ......  

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10 hours ago, OldPhil said:

🤣 IF, you like a dog,..it will invariably be, a good dog....👍

In saying that,..my best ever 'catch dog' was a bitch named Mercedes,...I disliked her attitude, and we never really jelled until she was well into her dotage....

It was never her fault, mine entirely....I was a fool...🙄

I reckon you will be a lot wiser, and will have some grand old times...🙏

True, I don't believe a dog, however much of an asshole it seems, ever does things purposely to displease it's owner. Some may be wild or difficult in one man's hands and perfectly behaved in another's. Personality clashes happen. I had to part with a good dog once for this reason but he and the new owner work well without a problem.

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I remember reading in one of John Holmes' books that, if you're not sure whether or not to persevere with a particular dog, it sometimes helps to move it into the house as you'll soon find out, one way or the other, if you like each other or not. 

I always thought of my dogs as outside dogs who spent most of their time indoors. I know that doesn't make sense, but they slept outside and were outside when I was at work, but indoors (or out with me of course) the rest of the time. Now, thanks to a neighbour who let me know every single time a dog barked, and a wife who doesn't like upsetting the neighbours, mine have been house dogs for several years. As somebody said above, you get a much better bond with them and they're a much stronger part of the family...apart from Ned.🤐

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Things change with time and we mellow and allow certain things to slide with our dogs. The pup I bred last year is coming up to a year old now but back in my twenties he wouldn’t have made 6 months. With age comes wisdom and patience ……

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