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6/16/11 9:20 P

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We are campers and our dogs have always been kept on a leash when out camping. I wasn't too worried about our little Chi (who died last yr.) until I read a story and had a friend's dog (toy poodle) taken by a bird right in front of the owner who was just a couple feet away. I would think the staking and tethering would keep them from being taken totally but if the bird wanted to try to take the dog, it would injure him/her with the talons. We are very cautious with our 2 Chi's now, walking them, sitting with them by us and kennels or campers. At home they go out on leashes and back in.

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6/16/11 10:12 A

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I know what you mean! I hate big dogs that approach my little baby! I mean I have only had her for a few months, and whenever another dog that I don't know comes up to her I pick her up. The training book I read said that I shouldn't do that, since Chihuahuas have to learn to be confident or something... but I love her and I hate taking that risk!!
As far as birds of prey I SOMETIMES let Clover go outside but she is tethered to a stake in the ground. I hope that's okay! Thank you for the info.

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4/11/11 6:13 P

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I don't know about anyone else but in my community for some reason we are getting more and more people with large dogs that think it's ok to let them run around the park and the surrounding area off leash. GRRRRRR it makes me so mad, if I hear one more person tell me there bulldog or pitbull is friendly I'm going to freak out on them. My dogs don't know if your dogs are friendly or not and to my 6 pound chi your 80 pound pit is very threatening.

There I feel better..... This has been driving me crazy for weeks now, I keep my dogs on a harness and there have been a number of times I just left them up off the ground only to have these dogs threaten to jump up on me.

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4/10/11 9:39 P

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I found this video rather interesting as the owner was talking with the news media and her 2 little dogs were outside with them running around her legs. Most large birds won't come down around people but...............! I would have had my 2 indoors or on short leash, not running around her. We are into the potty pads as well. Daisy wasn't let outdoors for her entire 13 months and is pad trained. Keeleigh was a puppy mill dog and she loves the outdoors but I only take her out in the morning and then she has learned, already, to use the pads. These are very sad situations and this lady was given another chance with her poodle. I hope she doesn't blow it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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My husband had a close call when Atlas was a puppy. But, he yelled his name and the bird flew away. I can not watch the video either. Thanks for sharing it anyways, Jamer. We always watch him when he goes out. You just never know. Have a great day.

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4/10/11 12:31 P

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My Toy Chi does not really care to go outside. We potty trained her on a puppy pad when we got her as a baby, because it was December with ice & snow on the ground. Well now that she is almost 5 years old, she is beginning to like being in the yard a little bit to do her "duty" and playing with her "brothers & sisters". And now is when I am hearing more and more about large birds of prey getting our babies. Not good, not good at all. I can't watch Jammer's video, it would make me have nightmares for months. I probably will have nightmares anyway, just having read about this. The sad thing is, even standing there watching your dog is not going to keep a large bird from swooping down and grabbing a small dog. It is sad & scary. I wish there were something we all could do to protect our dogs, besides never let them out of the house!!

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I always worry about this too. But fortunately it is pretty rare. My little one's have more to be concerned about from my daughter's dogs. They are 70 plus pounds and think my chis are squeaky toys. We have to have them in the back yard in shifts so everyone gets exercise and no one gets hurt or in trouble.

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4/9/11 11:26 P

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Now that spring is here and our dogs and us want to be outdoors, please think about what large birds you have in your area. The attached video was reported on the news in our area last evening and is a good reminder to watch out. A very dear friend lost their toy poodle to a bird of prey and it is devastating!! (copy & paste the URL into your brower)

http://video.minneapolis.cbslocal.com/gl
obal/video/flash/popupplayer.asp?vt1=v
&clipFormat=flv&clipId1=5737575&at1=Ne
ws&h1=Minn.%20Dog%20Owner%20Recalls%20
Dramatic%20Eagle%20A&rnd=45448808

Eileen

Slow & steady makes a winner of us. Even if we hit pitfalls, get up. Know that a new day is right around the corner.
Try to be all that you can be. Work at it a day at a time.

"Be not afraid of going slow; be afraid if standing still" (Chinese Proverb)

With God all things are possible.

If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.
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