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The secret life of dogs

We recorded this programme a week or two ago, and just watched it tonight.
What an amazing programme, if you like dogs in any way shape or form, this is a must for you. It made me smile, laugh and cry....

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Re: The secret life of dogs

It was brilliant, I completely agree. And what I particularly liked was that they avoided lots of barking or noises that might set off my dog, so we could watch it calmly together (well, I watched, he snored on his back)!!

On a less intellectual note, have you seen this?
http://upsidedowndogs.com/
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Thanks! I love Lumi and Tanakka!
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Re: The secret life of dogs

I just watched it, loved it. Gave my dog a big hug and now I'm off to bed.
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Re: The secret life of dogs

This was amazing! I clicked play with the intention to watch it tomorrow and I couldn't stop. Thank you very much! Next documentary I'll watch will be "The secret life of cats".
*is off to hug her cat*
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Re: The secret life of dogs

Thanks HA, that was a fascinating watch.
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Re: The secret life of dogs

Thanks for posting this

I had seen the cat one before, which I loved and this dog one was a great watch............I want to get a dog now hehe

They are so clever...did shed a few tears while watching it hehehe.
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Re: The secret life of dogs

I know what you mean, the only dog I "had" was my husband's before we married, and I was so upset when we lost him.
I always had cats, but yes, a dog would be lovely. Maybe when/if we go back to the UK.,
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Re: The secret life of dogs

If you'd like to spend some time with dogs, maybe you can walk some at your local SPA. I used to go and walk them at our local one at St Catherine's before we got our dog from there. You just leave some ID at the reception and take one for a walk for an hour. I think they appreciate the help but they don't like it on a Saturday.
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Re: The secret life of dogs

Do you know the equivalent of SPA in the German part of Switzerland?
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Re: The secret life of dogs

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Do you know the equivalent of SPA in the German part of Switzerland?
Generally, Tierschutzverein is the term auf Deutsch.

Here is a list of some Tierschutz organizations in Switzerland, from the Tierdatenbank:
http://www.tierdatenbank.ch/cms/adre...utzverein.html

And here is a list of Tierheime (shelters or kennels). The list is not necessarily inclusive, and not all of the Tierheime here are shelters/rescues. Some are private kennels only. But it is not unusual here that a privately run kennel will also take in homeless pets for the Gemeinde/canton. Roles tend to cross over a bit. Googling something like 'Tierheim + NameOfTown' might bring up additional organizations.
http://www.tierdatenbank.ch/cms/adre...-tierheim.html

Anyway, if one is interested in helping to walk homeless dogs, look for Tierheim asking for 'Gassi-gehen' or 'Spaziergang' volunteers.



Almost forgot to add:

Thanks for posting the video - truly lovely.

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Re: The secret life of dogs

Nice video!

... and yet so many countries still treat dogs like pests, with deliberate and heinous cruelty.

I was recently in a hotel somewhere in Asia and suddenly around 11 pm, I was awakened by rapid, and continuous gunfires sound coming from outside. At first I thought someone is playing with fireworks but looking outside from the window, there was nowhere near I could see any flares. So I called the reception to see what was going on and the apathetic guy in a very broken English told me not to worry, the animal control crews are killing the stray dogs in nearby mountains . Needless to say that their charade lasted almost 2 hours .

Also in more and more Asian and European countries there are harsher anti dog regulations, many are unjustified such as the BSL legislation (not to be confused with the city of Basle / Basel-Stadt) which is becoming out of control. In most of Asia, dogs that do not meet govt criteria, are immediately seized and euthanized even when the dog is young, healthy or without aggressive or dangerous behavior. In most Muslim countries, you are not even allowed to own a dog if you live in a urban area. My own Verwaltung/Régie here in CH doesn't accept tenants with dogs at their properties! Compared to Switzerland of 30 years ago, more Swiss have become anti dog, at least this is my impression.
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Re: The secret life of dogs

We are not allowed dogs, or any kind of pet, in our building. I think that is because of potential damage to the property, not because of a dislike of dogs.
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Re: The secret life of dogs

My Mum lives in Andalucia, Spain and looks after lots of rescue dogs (and has 6 of her own to replace her 6 grown-up kids!!). There are so many there, particularly with the financial crisis. She's managed to find some adoption owners - in Spain and the UK.

In fact, if anyone is interested in adopting from Spain (I believe the charity which my Mum works for does all the shipping, vaccinating and paying!), please send me a PM. At the moment, she has some beautiful 1 year old crosses that she's been looking for homes since birth and a 5-year-old labrador.

Sometimes she finds them near the bins near her house and sometimes they just come to her gate - the word's got around that she's a sucker for lost dogs!!!

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These are the youngsters for adoption - their brave Mum led my Mum to them in a little shelter where the local farmer was threatening to kill them. My Mum has adopted Sara, along with one of the daughters who is deaf.

Anyway, might as well give it a shot - let me know if you're interested.
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Re: The secret life of dogs

Wonderful video.

I so miss the dog I had to leave behind when I moved here, and wish I could have another now, but apartment life doesn't seem fair to a dog, so we remain dogless.
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Wonderful video.

I so miss the dog I had to leave behind when I moved here, and wish I could have another now, but apartment life doesn't seem fair to a dog, so we remain dogless.
Depends on the dog, and i don't mean just little dogs. Our mid sized dog seems just fine in our apartment.
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Re: The secret life of dogs

Watches it tonight. Very interesting. Loved the Basset shaking.

Thanks for posting.
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Re: The secret life of dogs

Cool program, thanks for posting it. However, I think that they left out a lot of details.

Based on my experience, right hand/paw dominant dogs not only make good service animals, but also like to sleep under the coffee table and tend to fart after eating pizza crust
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We are not allowed dogs, or any kind of pet, in our building. I think that is because of potential damage to the property, not because of a dislike of dogs.
I have never seen a dog colour all over the walls with ink.

I think many landlords are ill informed about the potential damage a dog can do. The dog's nails can be a problem, though this really depends on the flooring in the dwelling. There are many floors which are fine for a dog. (possibly slippery but will not be damaged).

The second problem is whether the dog will scratch a door or door frame. Some dogs never do this. Others will.

Lastly, dogs shake, especially when wet. This will mark the walls. A washable paint can handle it, but many flats are not painted with a paint which is washable.

Damage done by a pet is usually covered by insurance. But the day to day wear and tear on the common areas is an issue. Having a dog in an apartment may mean more dirt in the "common areas" (halls, stairwells, lifts) from dog hair or paws, and this can be an issue for the building maintenance. Other tenants may have zero tolerance for this.

As MC pointed out, there are many ways to spend time with dogs if you do not have one of your own.
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Re: The secret life of dogs

Anybody else yawn at their dog after the show? lol
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