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Discussion in 'Dog Diaries' started by Mad Murphy, May 22, 2018.

  1. Josie

    Josie Administrator Administrator Registered

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    How lovely! I would love to see what Dens siblings looked like now. We do see his brother from another mother quite frequently as his owners are friends :)
     
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    We bumped into one of Harri's half brothers a few months ago. You really wouldn't have thought they shared the same sire. The brother was about a month older than Harri but much taller and nowhere near as handsome!
     
  3. Mad Murphy

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    Well it turns out that Brecht is also a smaller dog than many of the (so called) stabijs that are around today. But she isnt a swimmer and she only hunts if she spots birds in open fields.. Amazing that two dogs from the same litter can be so different. Nature or Nurture?
     
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    Oh wow, that is amazing! :)
     
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    QUOTE, Mad Murphy:

    ...[sister] Brecht is also a smaller dog than many of the (so-called) stabijs that are around today. But she isn't a swimmer, & only hunts if she spots birds in open fields.
    Amazing, that two dogs from the same litter can be so different. Nature or Nurture?

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    I'd say most-likely random asstmt of genes, IOW, sexual reproduction.
    I doubt U've done anything specific to encourage Murph's love of immersion, & equally i doubt that sis Brecht's owners have done anything to discourage "hunting fur" or "hunting birds OTHER THAN in open fields".

    They both sound like simple idiosyncratic preferences, something the puppy just discovered as they experienced the world. :)

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  6. Mad Murphy

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    , the fact is these dogs are built and breed as farm dogs, hunters and are very at home in the water so that is always in them. Bijke lives in a city he sees water when on trips out and then he is very keen to swim but otherwise his life is pavement and city park, Brecht lives in a village with two working owners she hasnt been allowed the freedom Murphy has.

    Since he was 12 weeks old we have taken Murphy to the woods, we have thrown a ball into the bushes and said 'find it' he has also been allowed to run free in these areas exposing him to a great deal of small furry things that run and scurry.. we have walked in shallow water and encouraged him to join us, weve taken regular trips to the beach or lake and bought Murphy his own pool.

    I think that while the breed has the potental to hunt and swim it is the experience of the dog ie nurture that stimulates those inbuilt traits and brings them to the fore, neither Bijke or Brecht have had those chances so they have not developed them as much as Murphy. a 50/50 situation I think.
     
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    I have to say Im rather chuffed this morning. Our normal walk turned out to be an exciting one for me as I managed to capture a bittern as it flew up from the reeds ..Ive never seen one in real life before.. There was aslo a bird of prey that flew out from a low tree and made us jump and some herons just wandering along the path..
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    When you tell Murphy its time to get out of the pool.....


    What are you saying now?
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    I'd be exactly the same!
     
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    Oooh help big square monsters lurking inthe field waiting to eat us.....
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    Murphy had never seen a hay bale up close before and he took about 5 minutes of convincing that they were ok before he would go near to it.. Then he really relaxed.. The real test will come tomorrow when I see if he has accepted them as part of the scenery or if he needs the intro all over again... Benny was awful and barked at heach and every bale every time he saw them....But thats beagles for you.

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    We also had a pair of strange walking companions who were out for a stroll...
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    From Murphy... * Our fundraiser is doing well and is more than halfway to our target but mum is taking drastic action... This evening a man is coming to buy her camera... I might never be seen again ! Help..* DSCN7403.JPG
    Murphy's fundraiser for All Dogs Matter
     
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    Well that was that , the camera has gone to a good home, two young lads who really want to try photography with a proper bigger camera. Thier mum was really pleased.
     
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    No more photos of Murphy? Noooooooooo!!!!!!!:eek:
     
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    Oh dear Murphy what are we going to do? This is awful news! :eek::eek::(:(
     
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    Oh no, how will we see gorgeous Murphy now!?
     
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    What? No more pictures? Ever??
     
  17. Mad Murphy

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    Stop panicking everyone... it was my spare camera that I sold.. It was nice to know I had a back up but it had been jn the box for a year and its too complicated for OH so I decided to let go....

    Now that OH is back from London we can get out on more adventures...
     
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    We had a lovely walk this morning and arrived home to see that our target for the fundraiser has been reached ( and a bit extra) which is such wonderful news. .. I dont think I could bear anymore bad news atm

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    I tweeted the fundraiser for you, and im glad to see you reached the target! :)
     
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    Thankyou.. one of the people who donated had a little dog from the rescue we were raising funds for.
     
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