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There was a time when this would have totally make me puke.

I took Cody outside to do her business this morning. Because of her tummy issues I have to keep a close eye on her poop. Good thing, too!

I have a $100 pair of stereo bluetooth headphones. I found one of the rubber ear pieces in her poop this morning. I didn't even know it was missing. So, without any ado, I pick it up, bring it into the house, wash it, then soak it all day in Listerine. Then wash it again.

Sooooooooo ...

I am sure all of you have funny stories to share. I would love to hear them!!!

Tal

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My husband is a great guy! He can deal with everything you throw at him! 

As long as it is not poop or puke! (It took him everything he got to change his own kids and in bad cases he would loose his lunch)

While I was visiting with my father, on the other side of the country, Sasha got into the trash and ate a paper towel from hubbys and kids pizza night.

When the paper towel was ready to come out again... it only made it half way! 

Non of the kids around my husband panicked and called me. "There is something very long hanging out of the dogs butt, it wont come out and she can not shake it! I already got sick on the lawn and I don't know what to do!!! WHAT THE HECK IS THAT?" 

After having him describe it to me a bit more and listening to him get sick a few more times, I figured out it was a paper towel and told him he will have to pull it out! 

I know it was wrong, but I had to laugh so hard :) I found it hilarious. The twins told me later he looked like the walking dead for the rest of the day and did not eat anything till the next. 

He actually build a custom made trash can for the kitchen after that. It is too high for most dogs to get into, made from wood matching the cabinets and anchored to a cabinet. The lid can be 'locked' to keep the trash save at night^^

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Oh my gosh!!!


As I was sitting here reading your post (laughing like a loon) and having my breakfast, Cody, the world's fastest food snatcher, reached around me and stole the 2nd half of my egg mcmuffin!!!

She looks quite proud of herself, I might add!!! LOL


Yeah, I've pulled quite a few things out of Cody's butt, too! LOL I have never had another breed of dog that I have had to do this with.


What is it with Dobermans???

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oh, I have to say I don't care what it was or what it cost if it came out of their butt it's going in the trash.  How will you ever put those headphones on your face again without thinking where there were.....ewwwww I don't care how good or what you clean them with...yucky

 

note to self - I gota stop reading this forum at lunch...:)

 

 

 

 

 

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From Lori ...

"oh, I have to say I don't care what it was or what it cost if it came out of their butt it's going in the trash.  How will you ever put those headphones on your face again without thinking where there were.....ewwwww I don't care how good or what you clean them with...yucky

 

note to self - I gota stop reading this forum at lunch...:)"


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You had me laughing until tears rolled down my face!!! LOLOLOL

 

Actually, I used to be a "clean freak". That was BEFORE I had Cody!!!

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Oh my God, these stories are a hoot!

My blue Dobe was horrible at eating stuff he shouldn't. He ate a pacifier dog toy. (It came back up.)He ate the plastic end of a spatula. I didn't know he'd eaten it, and it came out the other end, all rolled up. (Seriously.)

When he found it again, he ate it again. And it came out again, the same way. I know - you'd think he would have impacted with that, but he didn't. And the second time he ate it, I couldn't get to him quick enough to get it away from him.

He ate socks. One of my girlfriends was playing "tug" with him and a sock, while I'm running towards her, yelling NO!!!, and before I could get to him, it was down the hatch. Within two days, the socks would come back up, all slimy. The same thing with cotton barn gloves.

He also tried to swallow a small ball to keep my other dog from getting it, and it got stuck in his throat. I was laid out with a bad back, and my best friend and my aunt drove him to the vet, who used bullet forceps to take it out of the back of his mouth. He threw it in the trash, and said, Now, don't let this &*^%$#$%^ DOG eat this stuff anymore!!!

I've still had dogs that would swallow something they shouldn't - and my current vet gave me a nifty trick to use when it's something soft and it will come up easily. (I wouldn't try it with chicken bones or poison.)

15cc of hydrogen peroxide - not the pure stuff, which will burn - but the stuff you get at the grocery store. Within 15 minutes, they will start to look green, looking for a place to vomit. (Take them outside - it's a mess, and they vomit a few times.) Gabe swallowed a bit of a cloth toy, and I had to search through all the foam, but I found it. He hasn't forgotten it - if he sees a small syringe, he runs for his crate. LOL!

A friend of mine saved her dog's life doing this when he got on the counter and ate a whole bowl of red grapes.

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Oh Kim,

I told this earlier but here is my hydrogen peroxide story ...

 

I was sitting on my bed with my laptop in front of me. Cody was on my left and I had a plate with a corndog (complete with stick) on the right side. I thought, "Ok, Cody is far enough away that if she makes a grab for it I can catch her." Uhhhh ... NOPE! Lightening quick, like a snake striking it's dinner, she had it in her mouth and down her throat in about 2 seconds flat!!! I stuck my hand down her throat as far as I could to try to get to the corndog but no dice.

So, I call the vet and explain what happened. This is a new vet for me because I just moved up north so she is not accustomed to Cody's craziness. She told me to give her hydrogen peroxide. One ounce to start off with and up to 4 ounces but make sure I do it outside because the result is not a pleasant one. So here we go ... outside with dog and h.p. I give her the first ounce. She gags a little bit. Then nothing. So I give her the second ounce. No response at all. (The corndog was soaking up the h.p.) So I called the vet back and she had us come in right away. She put some little something in her eye that looked like a grain of salt. In about 5 to 10 minutes the corndog, stick and all - whole, was on the floor amongst other sundry things. I actually have a picture of it - the corndog, stick and all, on the floor where she puked it up just in case I need it for proof! LOL

 

I wish I had started writing down everything she did from the time I got her. I could write a book.

 

When she was probably about 3 months old, she was sitting on my bed and she had her Nylabone in the bed with her, happily chewing away. I went into the bathroom and started brushing my teeth. After a bit, I heard a beep. I stopped brushing and while looking at myself in the mirror thought ... Hmmm, Nylabones don't go beep! I ran back into my bedroom and there was Cody, still on the bed with a bunch of the numbers from my cell phone hanging out of her mouth. She looked so proud of herself! LOL  I quickly got them away from her and searched the bed for the rest of them. Thankfully, I found them all, put them back on the phone and secured them with packing tape. The phone was pertty scarred up and the numbers would "double dial" sometimes but I used it for another year before I finally HAD to get a new one.

 

My vet told me, "God makes baby humans and animals cute so that we will be able to put up with all of the stuff that goes along with taking care of them while they are little."

I think he is right!

 

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Oh dear.. I tried so hard not to laugh.. but .. it's just too funny.. Kinda reminds me of the scene in JAWS when they open up the great white and all kinds of things, including a license plate rolls out.

Come on Tal, don't you know there were horrid, evil wicked dragons in that cell phone? Cody was only protecting you and the rest of the family from it's clutches.)

 

There was a thread on this Forum a year or so ago showing pictures of what the 'kids' had destroyed.. it's worth looking for..

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Cody and Kip would have made quite a pair. Good thing they never met up and had babies. LOL!

What I want to know is - what the heck did she put in her eye???  I can't imagine what it would be, other than maybe a homeopathic.

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Oh ... it gets better!!!

 

SETTING THE STAGE: When we first moved into our house (in 1979) we didn't like the linoleum flooring in the breakfast room because it was too dark. So we put a white brick like linoleum floor on top of it. These floors were on top of plank wood in which dirt could be seen between the slats.


I come home from work one morning from working night shift only to discover that Cody had pulled up half of the top layer of linoleum off of the floor. Oh. My. Gosh!!! I lived with my mother who was pretty much a prude when she wanted to be. I pulled up as much of the rest of it that I could and tried to put on a "happy face" about it with her. She said we had to "get rid of that dog immediately!!!" Of course I was devastated. But, after all, it was her house. So I go walking around the neighborhood with Cody and lamented with a good, dog loving, neighbor of mine. Cody and I walked home and to my surprise my mother had had a change of heart. So, Cody gets to stay after all. I go up to bed to get some sleep before my shift that night and as I am coming down the stairs, my mother told me to go to the breakfast room. With my curiosity piqued, I walked into the breakfast room and once again ... Oh! My! Gosh!!! Cody had pulled up the SECOND layer of flooring!!! Fortunately, my mother had already gone to the edge and back that day so she didn't really say much. LOL


We put thick ceramic on it after that.

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From Kim ...

"Cody and Kip would have made quite a pair. Good thing they never met up and had babies. LOL!

What I want to know is - what the heck did she put in her eye???  I can't imagine what it would be, other than maybe a homeopathic."

 

I can't remember what she called it. But it looked like a grain of salt. After Cody puked, she rinsed her eye out to get any excess out of it. It certainly did the job!!!

 

If you need for me to find out what it was, I will call and ask the vet for you.

 

Tal

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I sure am curious!! I've just never heard of such a thing.

(And I am an accumulator of weird knowledge. lol)

 

P.S. If I ever need a floor ripped up, I'll know who to call!

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Oh, I wish I had a dollar for every sock or paper towel I had to pull out of Red. It would come out partway but not all the way. Poor boy didn't know what to do, so daddy would grab a paper towel, grab the offending item and remove it. I have a covered trash can in the kitchen with a latching lid. Thank goodness.

No, Dobes are not unusual in this regard, but I think the forums increase our knowledge of the "incidents".

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Kim, I will try to find out what that is and will post it on this thread for you.


rgreen, it's just that when I mention something about this to the owner of a different breed they look at me like I had just grown an extra head but mention it to a Dobie owner and they immediately know exactly what you have been through! LOL

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What the vet put in her eye was an apomorphine tablet.  It'll do the trick.

Okay this is about what my father in laws chihuahuas did but it funny so I have to share it...

My father in law has 5 Chihuahuas who all sleep with him, one night when he got home after going out, he put his wallet with all his cash (he had just cashed his paycheck) between the mattress and the box spring and went to sleep. We stopped up the next morning and there were all these little pieces of green paper all over the house and I was like what the heck is this, so I reached down and picked some up it was parts of $100 and $20 bills. I asked my father in law, are you missing some money, he said not its all in my wallet. I said you better go check, so he did next thing I know hes yelling you little SOBS where the hell is my money. We were laughing so hard at him even though he was so mad it was funny to see the dogs scatter. We recovered all but $80.00 although most of the bills were only partial. Lol!

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Hi all, I've been away for a little while but had to chime in.

Several years ago, my son's grandmother went out of town for the weekend and my son stayed with his great-grandmother (she was in her 80's) and Queen our little pitbull. Everything was going well until I received a phone call at 2 in the morning, I thought something was wrong. After finding that no one was hurt, or sick, etc he launches into this:

He went out to get food, asked his grannie if she wanted anything, several times she said no. He picked up food for himself came back to settle in for a long night of boredom. First he went for his sandwich, it was missing, looked all over for it, finally found that his sweet grannie ate his food. Then, during this time my son was fond of those little funny cigarettes, so he unfortunately left this sitting on the table and Queen ate it. Now I am concerned for the dog and ask him is she ok, he yells back she's fine! My son was so upset by the events that he had absolutely no problem telling me all about it! I laughed so hard that tears were flowing from my eyes! I told him to keep an eye on her to make sure she's ok. Later in the day I went by to check in on them, my son sitting in a chair still angry, the dog laying out at the front door not bothering to knock me over as was usual and his grannie states, Your son seems so moody today, and I don't know what's wrong with Queenie all she wants to do is lay there! I had to leave the room to keep the laughter at bay.

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Oh my goodness ...  a weed eating dog!!! LOL


Cody loves food. She is food driven. She will do ANYTHING for food. Work for it. Steal it. She won't beg me for it but, boy, oh boy, let her get to the counter at the local pet store!!!

Mama (actually my caretaker but we are really close) had some macaroni and cheese. Cody wanted some. Really wanted some. Mama, as she should, refused to give her any.

A little while later, Mama walks back to her room. There is Cody. Laying on her bed. Cody had opened her purse and taken out her wallet - after giving it a good chew. She opened the chewed up wallet and, somehow (how she ever did this I will never know), pulled her ID card out of said chewed up wallet. Mama caught her, red-handed, so to speak, with the chewed up ID card in her mouth. Mama, thankfully, thought it was hillarious. We still laugh about it. Cody has no shame! LOL

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Premier Brutus, I have to ask ... did you ever figure out HOW they got to the money???

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Lucky for me Rocky is only a chewer however I can relate to the linoleum issue...We currently have bare cement as our kitchen floor courtesy of our little remodeler. 

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Happydance wrote:

"What the vet put in her eye was an apomorphine tablet.  It'll do the trick."

 

Thank you!!!  I learn something new every day. I'd never heard of it before.

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OMG, that story about Queenie cracked me up!  It took me a little while to figure out exactly what she ate! LOL!  Grandma must of trying to figure out what was wrong with the two of them!

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My word.

I can easily believe that a dog would swallow a set of earphones (they do that sort of thing all the time). What I can't believe is that you fished out something from a pile of dog feces and re-used it. The only thing that could make me do that would be a winning mega-million ticket.

Also, it's interesting that you're okay with your pet swiping food from you; some dog trainers would say that means she doesn't respect you. Could it be that some of these things happen not because she is a Dobe, but as a result of you being a little too relaxed and easy-going with her misbehavior?

Just a thought.

 

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Pay no mind, it is a good and funny story and it gave me a good chuckle!  I hate to admit it, but I was going through Harley's poop the other day looking for an earring (with a plastic bag over my hand).  No such luck!  

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hahahahaha, ewwwwwww, not me but I would do it to make sure the dog passed it through their system though, hahahahah ewwwww.......hey I get sick when the cat throws up......

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First of all, let me clarify ... Cody swallowed only a small rubber part of one of the ear pieces. It was about two thirds the size of a dime. Plus, I throughly washed it with Listerine and hydrogen pyroxide, soaked it for about 7 hours in Listerine and then washed it again with Listerine and h.p. It had not been that clean since the day I got it.

Next ... food snatching is not something that is encouraged or allowed - but it happens once in a while. Does Cody respect me? I think she does. I know she loves me. I do know that she would give her life for me. She sticks to me like glue and is the most affectionate dog I have ever had.

 

We have been through a lot together. She almost died when she was 2 years old. In fact, my vet wrote in her chart that he didn't think she was going to make it. Thank God for the power of prayer. It was a month long ordeal but she is still with me. 

I have some rather severe mental illness. My mother died and Cody and I were on our own for a large part of 2011. I could not have made it without her. She made it possible for me to live on my own long enough until I could get a caretaker. 

 

I admit that there are things that could have been better for her when she was growing up. It is a really long story and I don't feel like typing it all out right now but for the first year plus after I got her, I hardly talked to her at all. I communicated to her through touch and hand signals. Fortunately, we were involved in training classes - lots of them - and eventually I started verbalizing to her. 

 

I know I am not the "best" dog owner in the world, but this is for certain ... I go way far and above what most people would do to take care of their dog.

 

Sorry, but it ruffles my feathers when someone makes assumptions about things they have no knowledge of.

 

Tal

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Tal, I am sorry a nice, funny, thread got taken the wrong direction.  No pet owner is perfect, but the bond between man and his dog is (funny how that works).  If you try to meet the needs of a doberman (and they are many!) and always do what is best for them then you are doing okay. 

If the only thing that your dog does is snatching food while your back is turned, then I think you are doing really well actually!  Harley has never snatched food from us, but that is because I am really good about putting it up and out of his way.  He still tries to sniff at it and I don't believe for one minute that if I left it out it would still be there!

Tal,

yes the tallest one had stood on his hind legs and pulled it out, we found out because we caught him doing it again the next night! The only reason we can think that they did it is because my father in law had counted his money when he got home, after he ate some pizza, so the money must have smelled like pizza, lol :)

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These are such great stories!! Love them and I think Kaiser would snatch food of a plate if given a chance his nose is always at the couters edge!! You would think the poor thing never gets fed. 

He loves when my son leaves his door opens so he can go and steal stuff.  He chewed the leg of one of the stuffed animals my son's girlfriend gave him for xmas.  Kaiser and I hid the evidence promptly he hasn't asked for it yet.  He also chewed his safety glasses for school, 5 dollars a pop, numerous cases for DVDs.  You really can't take your eyes off the little guy for a second.  My cat is the one who is obsessed with ipod headphones....

One time I brought Kaiser downtown to do errands.  Kaiser who has no shame decided to eliminate on the sidewalk, I responsibly had a poop bag ready and to my delight there was a trash barrel nearby.  We continued our walk downtown and then my beautiful pooch decided to go again right smack in the middle of the sidewalk directly in front of a Church walk way.  No small movement either.  I had nothing to pick it up and I was mortified....  Needless to say we always bring two bags now. : (......

 

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How I love these stories and if there's anyone out there who says their dogs don't sneak anything just might be um.. how you say in your country???

STRETCHING THE TRUTH

No one respects us more than our Dobes.. it's innate and we wouldn't be on this forum asking questions, sharing stories and learning if they didn't..

they test. they test all the time.

Even Sofia ( whom we all know to be the perfectest (it's a word) DoberDiva in the world)...no, make that the solar system... No.. wait..UNIVERSE... but I digress.. will take a paw at thievery from time to time.

Mike and I were watching a game on  television, all of us on the same sofa...he and I were sharing cream cheese and Ritz crackers.. Sofia was snoozing right next to us. ( we never ever feed her people food) Break time.. we got up for a moment... came back to the Diva, still in the same position, still sound asleep.. what's wrong with this picture? The cream cheese and three crackers were gone.. only some remnants of sticky white stuff on one of her whispers was evidence...

Then I was preparing for a SuperBowl Party. The tables were set, the food covered and set out.. The honey baked ham was sliced and all gift wrapped in shiny silver foil with the serving fork on the top of the platter.. I was in the other room and KA-LUNK.. The Diva had slid her nose UNDER the foil and snuck three pieces of ham.. Had I not heard the fork fall to the floor I never would have known

 

PS. I rearranged the ham slices, and no one ( but YOU) know what happened.

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There is a difference in sneaking food off a plate or countertop then taking food out of your hand as your eating.  THAT would be a little pushy and yes Dominate behaviour.  But sneaking it of a plate beside you while you're not really looking...I call that pretty typical.

 

rocky doesn't get people food either but I know darn well if he could sneak something off the counter he sure would....I can watch him and see him glance over at us to see if we're watching before he does stuff.  They know.....little brats that they are.

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I think Sofia was pretending to sleep ; ).... lol.  Kaiser licked my son's sandwich on the counter's edge and I still gave it to him...  ssshhhhhhhh

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Everyone here is probably familiar with Gideon's food snatching prowess...like pancakes. He also likes chicken and pork chops, and I've caught him chewing ( but not swallowing) gum on a couple of occasions. It's not encouraged but I realize it's just what they do. Most of the time I just go ahead and share as long as he minds his manners and sits quietly.

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Thank you, HarleyBear and everyone else. I'm sorry if I overreacted, It's just that Cody and I really do have a special bond, in my opinion. Every minute of the day and night she watches over me, ready to help me if needed. I love her fiercely. She comforts me. She makes me laugh. She makes it possible for me to venture out in the world. She really is my best friend.

 

I, too, am loving all of the stories! I was told before I got Cody that once you own a Dobie, you will not ever want another breed. I thought, yeah, whatever. But it is true! They really are a breed apart. Or should I say "above"? 

 

Cody was definitely a chewer when she was young. I have owned quite a few different breeds of dogs and have truly never had to deal with chewing to any degree until I got Cody. Here is a short list of her chewing adventures ... an antique desk, a couple of antique chairs, the kitchen table, the kitchen chairs, the microwave table, a bookcase, the hardwood floor, the above mentioned linoleum floors, 3 door jams, a window sill, my cell phone, a credit card, mountains upon mountains of my papers (yes, she really did chew up my homework one time!!!), and fortunately, only one audio cable. Boy, was I ever glad when she got THAT stage over with!!! LOL  Funny, though, she never chewed on my clothes. Hmmm ...

 

(Maybe if we keep going, we could get a book out of this! LOL)

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@Tal -

"Every minute of the day and night she watches over me, ready to help me if needed. I love her fiercely. She comforts me. She makes me laugh. She makes it possible for me to venture out in the world. She really is my best friend."

Wonderful words spoken. Exactly how I feel about my dogs. And I love them just as fiercely.

I LOVE these stories.

Another "thief" story - I had bought a carrot cake, frozen, and hacked off one piece to put in the microwave. I left the rest on the counter to thaw, and laid on the sofa with my bad back, watching tv. In the same room I was in was a sliding glass door with a screen. The bottom corner of the screen had ripped out, and I left it like that, because it was big enough for my dogs to go in and out of whenever I was home.

A few hours later, I went outside with the dogs to feed my horses. I looked in the yard, and there was a bunch of white stuff that looked like snow in the yard. In the middle of summer. I walked up to it, and it was the remnants of the box and styrofoam from the carrot cake.

I did NOT fall asleep on the sofa. But Libby had tiptoed into the kitchen, got up on the counter, grabbed the carrot cake and box, and walked the darn thing right out the door, passing right by me as she did. I never saw her. She took it out into the yard, and I hope, at least, shared it with Dillon!

Sometimes, I swear they are invisible.

 

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I'm not going to mention any names... but take a look at the old thread called "Good Girl/Bad girl" started by HappyDance. It'll make you HOWL!

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Lady Kate that is hysterical, I wonder who made such an awful mess. lol!!!

This is the stuffed animal my son's girlfriend gave him at christmas.  It is a secret between Kaiser and me, we need to dispose of the evidence.

 

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Ooowww.. I've heard of catching a Tiger by the tail.. but there goes the toes!!

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Oh Kaisesr, I had a good hard chuckle with your sandwich story!  Seriously, I probably laughed a little too loud in my office!

I was at my In-Laws for Easter dinner and I caught their Springer Spaniel licking the sweet glaze off the Easter Ham.  Yup, we still ate it. My parents, who are not dog-lovers, were over for dinner and they would be HORRIFIED if they found out!  LMAO!

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Lady Kate. that look on the Dobie's face is absolutely priceless!!! What a mess!!! LOL

Kaisesr, I think you should bandage up the leg and get him some crutches!!! 

 

Ok, 2 more food thievin' stories. (For this post, anyway. :^)

 

#1 - I had made some Hamburger Helper Stroganoff. I also made quite a few veggies to go with it so when I filled my plate I only put a small portion of the stroganoff on it. I was up front chatting on the computer and watching TV. I had put the pan of stroganoff on the back burner on the stove. Well, I heard a very soft "clunk" but really didn't thiink a whole lot of it because it was very faint. A little while later I went back to the kitchen to get some more stroganoff. I find the pan on the floor with a teeny tiny bit left in it. Cody had eaten almost a whole pound of Hamburger Helper. I was really mad. Cody was in front of me. I picked up the pan and scooped out the last remaining morsel and threw it on the floor and said, "Well, you might as well eat the rest of it!!!" I can't remember if she did or not but she did get the runs so I took her to the vet. She was ok but now she is known at the vet as "The Hamburglar". LOL

#2 - A couple of guys who lived across the street from us had a rescued greyhound named Junior. One of the guy's mother would bake him a huge triple-death-by-chocolate cake and mail it to him each year for his birthday. It was so big that they would give us at least a third of it. And, oh boy, was it good!!! There was enough chocolate in that thing that just one piece could make you pass out! So, they had gone out for a while and left it out on the counter. They didn't think Junior could get to it. Weeelllllllll ... when they came back, he had eaten over half of that cake!!! They called the vet and were told just to watch him. Fortunately, the only thing that came of it was a rather bad case of diarrhea the next day! We were all relieved!!!

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Hamburlar.. that's hilarious! How odd that they can eat stuff like that and not collapse. I give Sofia a little bit of Omega 3 and she's sick for a week... Don't know what to do to help her coat.. it's getting a little thin and course. Have tried it before with the same results.. it just does not agree with her. She has a very sensitive stomach.

Your Cody sounds like she is an incredible therapy dog. Our Sofia has the same endearing trait. ( I posted some pictures on another thread of her caring for both me 'n Mike when we were sick..She wouldn't leave his side, even for her breakfast or her walk.) She has an amazing bond with him.

Kim, love your carrot cake story.. What a surprise you had when you walked outside.. LOL.

And Hickory...gum?? Gideon really chews gum?? would love to see that.

Keep these stories coming... they're wonderful!!

 

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Yes, Kate...chewing gum. He sits there and chews it and looks at you as if to say " what?" Then he doesn't want to spit it out and I have to wrestle him for it.

I can attest to their therapeutic value, too. Gideon helps me through some dark days, where even my human family cannot. He's my best friend.

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OMG!  All these stories got my gut hurting and my tears rolling!  TOOOOOO FUNNY!!!!

I sure have alot of fun times ahead of me!!! LMAO

Maybe I should just install a closed circuit camera NOW, so I can be prepared to send out to America's funniest Videos, ya think?!  She's only 14wks.

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I know you guys think these stories are funny, and I really hate to be the party-crasher, but...

I can't possibly be the only one who doesn't quite get the humor in grown dogs stealing food that hasn't been prepared for them. As much as I love my dog and enjoy laughing at him and having fun with him, he has been taught that in our household rules come first; then affection and fun.

Jumping up and stealing my meal from the countertop in the kitchen? Licking and lapping on human food (with the same tongue he uses to clean his genitalia with on a daily basis btw); taking for himself what has been cooked for myself, guests, my spouse or children?

Absolutely, 100% inappropriate and never funny.

IMHO, these are obvious discipline issues - not to mention serious sanitary concerns. Dobermans are highly intelligent dogs who are capable of learning, understanding and abiding by rules. They will only be as disrespectful and obnoxious as their owners allow them to be.

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Randvyn -

I certainly honor your feelings on this. However, in reading your profile on Zeke, it would seem that this is your first Dobe. Is that correct?

Your profile says.....

"Zeke is my Blue Dobe born on December 2, 2011. His mother is a white Dobe and his father is the standard black/rust. I had no idea that fawn/blue Dobermans were a result of a genetic distortion (and therefore not recommended by reputable breeders) when I purchased Zeke from a local. At the time, I also had no idea that I shouldn't have been given a pup that was only 5 weeks old."

I would just say....give it time. No dog is perfect, and yours won't be either. They are still a DOG. And, a Doberman is quite an interesting character!  There are lots of people here who have had Dobe after Dobe after Dobe, and they will tell you that Dobes are full of mischief! They have a mind of their own. And they will quite often not behave in ways one might have expectations for. You can discipline all you want to, but they are still a Dobe.

So....you can laugh and learn, or you can try and mold them into what you think they should be.

But in the end, they will still be a Doberman.

 

 

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I guess it depends on whose house you live in, everyone has their own opinions that's ok.  I just know Kaiser makes me laugh out loud with some of the things he does.   He is well behaved and very well disciplined as matter of fact...   Sanitary concerns there are always sanitary concerns in life even in places you normally wouldn't think about i.e. remotes and computer mouses.  I just can't be that militant about things.  Kaiser is not an obnoxious dog.  He is amazing, he and my boys make me smile every day, even when they do naughty things at times.  But, Randevyn you are certainly entitled to your opinions as well.

 

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I can agree that snatching from your hand or your plate is obnoxious and I don't tolerate that. But the "sneak-n-snatch" is sometimes as humorous as it is frustrating, at least that's the way I treat it. Depends on the situation though. Unless they are trained not to do it, they're gonna. And most of the time it's because somebody left their plate on the table, which not what they're supposed to do, either.

I don't mind sharing on the other hand. I've taught, or am teaching, Gideon that if he minds his manners and sits patiently there's no need to snatch. Just the other night I shared my potroast with potatoes, carrots, and white rice with him...he went nuts for it. Then of course he wanted dessert...apple pie with French vanilla ice cream...but I digress

As for sanitation, I don't worry so much about it for reasons outlined by others. Common sense prevails. I do let him give me kisses though, which for some is the worst thing you can do.

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Well said Hickory!! : )... sloppy puppy kisses to you and Gideon.. yummmy on the potroast....

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I thought Q had got over his sneaky steals, but recently he pinched my jandal. So adds to the collection of leg of dive suit, purse, credit cards, cds....togs, and one small hole in the wall :)

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Kim,

Yes - Zeke is my first Dobe, but he's not my first dog. I don't understand the attempt to tie the Doberman breed to bad pet behavior; one has nothing to do with the other. In fact, since Dobermans are generally very smart and well-behaved animals when properly trained, the reputation of the breed itself actually contradicts that argument, making it sound more like an owner's irrelevant cop-out for having a badly-behaved pet.

All dogs are full of mischief (regardless of breed), but the bottom line is that they'll only go as far as their owner allows them to. I don't wanna be the stick in the mud, but I simply don't agree with laughing off my pet's bad behavior especially as it relates to him eating my food (which is obviously a little more serious to me).

No, my pup isn't perfect (never insinuated that he was), I just try to maximize his intelligence by requiring him to ONLY eat the food he's given and not the food prepared for myself and other human members of the family. That seems simple enough to me. In fact, Zeke is not even allowed to eat his own food until the moment I give him the command, "eat" (once I have finished preparing it and moved away from his bowl).

If there ever does come an instance (and I suppose it could easily happen as he is still a pup) where Zeke steals my food from a plate I am eating on (whether I am in front of it at the moment or not), I will do everything in my power to make certain that he understands that such behavior is totally unacceptable and will not be allowed (minus the giggles).

That being stated, I'm gonna check out on this one so that everyone can continue to enjoy their stories. It's clear that I'm not on board this round.

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Awesome light hearted thread, and i know that there are many dog here that have done all manner of training and obedience classes. :) Still didnt stop mine from going out the door with a tub of butter. My bad... as i forgot to put it back in the fridge....hehe still love that term given from here. Counter surfer :)