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Karyn

6,003 posts

56 months

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MotorsportTom said:
cloud9


Lovely!


Here's our two, about six months ago:




^^ He's not very good with other dogs*.






*But it's different when it's family. wink


EDIT: 'scuse the tragic quality of the photo!

Gaz.

50,480 posts

139 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
Don't give a staffy (cooked) chicken bones, they shatter and splinter and get stuck in their (small for the size of the dog) gullet.

Wonderful dogs, a bit dim as the other chap said, highly social and generally love life. Shame about the stereotypes and that they get nicked a lot.

Piglet

6,098 posts

143 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
Gaz. said:
Don't give a staffy (cooked) chicken bones, they shatter and splinter and get stuck in their (small for the size of the dog) gullet.
Don't give ANY dog a cooked chicken bone. The clue to a RAW diet is in the name!

Good luck OP, a friend off mine had two Staffy's and they were wonderful dogs who were great with her small child and the dogs her parents had on their farm.

Jasandjules

52,205 posts

117 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
Piglet said:
Don't give ANY dog a cooked chicken bone. The clue to a RAW diet is in the name!

Good luck OP, a friend off mine had two Staffy's and they were wonderful dogs who were great with her small child and the dogs her parents had on their farm.
Yes, as above, raw chicken wings/legs/carcasses are fine. But never give dogs cooked bones. Raw beef, raw liver, raw lungs (ask your butcher if they have any "lights"), raw kidneys, raw tripe.. In fact, nowadays many Pets at Home shops have frozen raw minced food in little packets too.

TwigtheWonderkid

12,987 posts

38 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
MotorsportTom said:
Honestly rescue a Staffordshire and I guarantee you will have a wonderful pet for many years!
How can you guarantee that! You know nothing about the dog in question, or its previous history or what damage may have already been done to it. Just because you had a good experience, you can't guarantee anything of the sort.
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graphene

3,122 posts

43 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
TwigtheWonderkid said:
MotorsportTom said:
Honestly rescue a Staffordshire and I guarantee you will have a wonderful pet for many years!
How can you guarantee that! You know nothing about the dog in question, or its previous history or what damage may have already been done to it. Just because you had a good experience, you can't guarantee anything of the sort.
That's true, he can't. However, I think, the sentiment in his reply is clear, and I think you will appreciate that most people have great experiences (but not perfect) through owning dogs, and they know friends and relatives who have great experiences, and the trends and data we can gather nationally seem to say the same thing. The negative attitude towards 'rehomed' dogs, and especially Staffies, seems to be overplayed and often media-driven manipulation. I encounter more people with dogs bought from breeders that have not considered dog ownership fully, than those who have sought to rehome dogs from shelters/rescue centers.

driverrob

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3,755 posts

91 months

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We've just had our home visit. Then we shot back up to Chobham to take her for another walk. This time she did bark, once, at another large dog, and a pretty scary bark it was. On the other hand, she seems to be learning the 'sit' command from us (with a treat) so we're hoping some intensive training and socialising with other dogs should cure her of any aggression towards other dogs - unless threatened, of course.

The RSPCA are giving us a free starter training session later this week. Then we bring her home.
We've spent loads on her already: stair gate, bed, bowls, toys, with food, collar, lead etc still to come. It's almost as exciting as expecting your first child!

driverrob

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3,755 posts

91 months

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Wednesday 10th October 2012 quote quote all
Here she is just before we brought her home from the RSPCA.

Kerry at RSPCA by driverrob, on Flickr
I'll put some more photos on the appropriate thread - when I get chance. We are both knackered from trying to tire her out today, in the hope of a peaceful first night with her staying in her bed in a cage (for the moment).

Jasandjules

52,205 posts

117 months

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Aw she looks sweet.

Karyn

6,003 posts

56 months

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Wednesday 10th October 2012 quote quote all
She looks like a lovely soft character! So unsure! Bless cloud9

Hopefully you can give her the loving home she craves OP smile





Edit, I can't remember whether you know her history or not? Looks like she's just had a litter, doesn't it? I'd have one of her pups! cloud9

Hooli

28,549 posts

88 months

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Wednesday 10th October 2012 quote quote all
driverrob said:
NoVetec said:
I was lazy with mine, got him a harness and he stopped pulling.

Unless he sees a cat.
Yep. She has a harness at the centre, so we'll be getting her one. Haven't seen how she reacts to cats yet.
Ours has a harness too. She's damn useless when walked on just a collar, she pulls till she chokes, but put a harness on her & she behaves fine. Mrs Hooli has had her since a pup & found as a pup she responded better to training with a harness.

As it's turned to a piccy thread, heres Lucky 'helping' me fix a bike


driverrob

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3,755 posts

91 months

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Karyn said:
She looks like a lovely soft character! So unsure! Bless cloud9

Hopefully you can give her the loving home she craves OP smile





Edit, I can't remember whether you know her history or not? Looks like she's just had a litter, doesn't it? I'd have one of her pups! cloud9
Believe me, she's loved cloud9

Yes, she was found abandoned but not, apparently, ill-treated, with three puppies (probably not her first litter) back in June or July. The puppies all sold quickly but no-one wanted Kerry.

She's desperately trying to stay awake while there's still any movement in the house.

Mobile Chicane

18,006 posts

100 months

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Wednesday 10th October 2012 quote quote all
She looks great. More pics please as she settles in!

LiamB

6,647 posts

31 months

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Wednesday 10th October 2012 quote quote all
She looks lovely!

On the subject of pics here's mine (took this just now)


ChunkyloverSV

1,000 posts

80 months

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Thursday 11th October 2012 quote quote all
We have a Staffie called Chubbs that I bought from a drug dealer no less about 4 years ago. He made me promise I would take good care of her.

I had always wanted a Staffie since I worked at a Kennels when I were younger. They are such a soft happy breed. And they have real personalities.

My mother loves going up to the Staffies owned by chavs and making a fuss of them. My mum hated having a chav dog at the start however now she feels like she has to show people that they are a misunderstood breed.

durbster

3,947 posts

110 months

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Thursday 11th October 2012 quote quote all
driverrob said:
She's desperately trying to stay awake while there's still any movement in the house.
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She looks lovely.

Our Staffy's the same. She can't bear to miss out on anything so even if she's in a deep sleep, if somebody leaves the room she'll be right by their side. She always makes me chuckle if one of us is upstairs and one down because she'll sit halway up the stairs hehe

I've got her in the office with me at the moment and after having her weekly beating at the hands of a black lab - in which she always ends up with a cut of some sort (but doesn't notice) - she's finally gone to sleep. Just before it's home time.

TwigtheWonderkid

12,987 posts

38 months

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Jasandjules said:
Aw she looks sweet.
No she doesn't, she looks like she'd go for my throat as if top breeders recommended it.

However, I hope it all works out.

The Highway Man

2,395 posts

66 months

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I love staffies, they so friendly. Nasty killer dogs? I dont think so. biggrin


Dylan


Alfie


Ruby

Not a vicious bone in their bodies. biggrin

TwigtheWonderkid

12,987 posts

38 months

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The Highway Man said:
Not a vicious bone in their bodies. biggrin
It's not their bones that scare me...it's their teeth! hehe

driverrob

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3,755 posts

91 months

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The Highway Man said:
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Not a vicious bone in their bodies. biggrin
I'd have to admit that idea probably wasn't going through the mind of the hedgehog she found in the garden just now or the cat that decided to wander along the top of our fence earlier today!
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