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    I'll offer a critique of the writing...and I'll be brief, as you said your writing is as yet unedited. It seems to jump around a bit. You do impart a good deal of information, but for me, it could be formed in a more coherent way. I enjoyed reading it though.

    I have many friends who own a res dog. I also have many friends who actually go out & physically rescue res dogs. Res dogs are, sadly, often stimatized as somehow less than desirable. I'm not sure why that is, but then again, many humans are stignatized by the same people.

    One of my lil woozles, Chris, was born in Aneth, UT(not a rez, more like a Mormon area). Her whole litter was turned over to the Cortez Humane Society, and they found their way to Durango. I essentially got 'pick of the litter', as I was there when the litter arrived. Took my little 8 week old baby home-2 years ago-right after she was spayed. My older dog, Fletcher, was a res dog--with a giant twist. He was born on a res in CA, in Covelo. Long story short, he was adopted in CA, and when he was 8 months old, his owners moved to Durango. They felt forced to give him up due to $$ issues as well as finding a place to rent with a 60lb pooch. He went to Annie's, where I met him(and I volunteer). I wanted a small, ~4 y/o female...but he was sooo cool, I brought home an uncivilized 9 month old boy dog! He has turned into the BEST dog I have ever had, and I've had several dogs as a comparison. He's now 61/2, and I can't imagine my life without him. Best. Dog. Ever.

    I can't really recommend a res dog over a non-res dog for adoption. There are so many dogs needing homes, I personally would be happy if you adopted any 'surplus' dog!

    One last thing. As I said, res dogs are often looked down upon...they're res dogs, right? (!!) But when I first expressed an interest in Fletchie, I what breed do you think he is mostly?  Anna's(nee Annie) answer? "Why he's a pure bred Navajo Pointer!" :)  {In actuality, he is mostly Australian Kelpie, a herding dog not uncommon here.}

    "The better I know people, the more I like my dog."

    by Thinking Fella on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 11:14:39 AM PST

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      and now there's a story to write about, yours, some day on the DK site. A picture of your BEST dog would also be welcomed (and the same with IntheOutdoors and his two pooches). Honestly, I don't get the point "people looking down" on res dogs, except, sure, most are a bit dusty, dirty or even unkempt, but beyond the appearance is an endearing quality of life and existence. These campground greeters, or wherever they accost a stranger, are just the nicest dogs on the planet, bar none. I've never known any dogs to be more restrained, cordial, and amiable with both their own crowd and visitors. As I mentioned to you or someone on this network, I find a lot of time I don't really have doing animal welfare stuff and environmental, and not for the sake of desiring laurels, so much as it's just the right thing to do. Everyone who reads this, as you say or suggest, rambling diary should get the message there's a mess of dogs out there that could use a good home. Besides, there's a large group of volunteers who come on the res and do the right thing by administering food and health care. I know most of the people living on the res have their own problems and limited incomes. They also welcome the outside help. So good on you and one and all for going the distance on this issue. And I love that saying, "The better I know people, the more I like my dog." Then again, I know a lot of great people who have big hearts for animals. I think most people do.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 01:01:05 PM PST

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        didn't give the impression that I or anyone I consider a friend looks down on res dogs! We love & adopt them, not look down upon them. But there is a certain ...tone, a kind of inflection that many have as they say the term: rezzz dawg. They say it the same way someone might say the dog is a 'mongrel'. Wtf, mongrel...?!

        The word I have used to describe Fletcher, and a word that comes to mind as you write, is 'keen'.
        Fletch is definitely "extemely sensitive in perception", and that is the sense you give of the dogs you write about.

        Thanks for a fun diary.

        "The better I know people, the more I like my dog."

        by Thinking Fella on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 05:32:44 PM PST

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