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Dogs are People Too!

Updated on November 10, 2014

The Bold and the Beautiful

Buck, at 18 months - 95 pounds of beautiful animal. Photo is untouched, taken on a PEI beach.
Buck, at 18 months - 95 pounds of beautiful animal. Photo is untouched, taken on a PEI beach. | Source

Not on my watch!

Cuda, 15yrs. PEI beach, watching over Gollden Retriever Buck (in water, bellow)
Cuda, 15yrs. PEI beach, watching over Gollden Retriever Buck (in water, bellow) | Source

Who is teaching who?

The one thing that continually confounds me about people who have dogs is that they do not train them, walk them or run them nearly enough, if even at all. They then get mad at said animals for not following their orders, and yell louder thinking that they might just listen if tortured. Stupid people should not own large dogs, as they can be very dangerous. The dogs can be fairy dangerous too.

Yet these people have kids, and pretty much do the same thing with them; no training, no respect, yell at them and get frustrated when they don't immediately respond in the right way. How can you expect to raise children if you can't even properly raise a dog? Neither understand English, or any other language, before being taught using repetition and praise. Both need love and nourishment, exercise and reciprocated feelings of awe and inspiration.

Most intelligent dogs will teach their owners more than their owners will teach them

The problem here is that most dogs are more intelligent than a lot of the people that I come across in every day life who own very large and even lethal dogs. Dogs don't belittle others, they don't insult nor do they sound off where they don't belong. They simply love, respect and protect their owners and those that give them love.

Funny thing, I had 2 dogs in the past 8 years that just came to me. One was a north American pit bull terrier that could rip a couple of dobermans or rotties to pieces in minutes, yet she would sit on granny's laps at the mall and give kisses. When I moved out of her owner's house, she jumped in my car, then attacked her owner when he tried to retrieve her - he then said she was my problem and closed the door, never asking how she was for the next 8 years of her life. At a park in east-end Ottawa, my Goldie was being bothered by 2 large pit-crosses (maybe 120 - 140 pdouns each, he at 18 months and about 80 pounds), and my pittie (Cuda) ran out of the woods at full speed and rammed the larger with her head. 3 broken ribs later, her owner wanted to sue. His dog/bully was a whimpering mess. He was unable to even have charges laid, nor a suit filed, as there were 7 witnesses to the event (the pit is a huge area of woods, hills and ponds with a small lake - full of wildlife like rabbits, squirrels, sloths (yes, sloths!) deer and small coyotes at the wrong time of year) and they all said my dogs were protecting themselves and me.

Then, 2 years after her death at 21 (New Year's Eve no less) when I moved to Cornwall, one night I heard some barking of a strange variety coming from my back yard. I went to look and there was a Beagle sitting at the door, staring up at me, tail just a wagging - I opened the door to see her, and she just rambled on in to my place and has never left. Her owners came back for her 6 times, and each time she kept coming back to me, 2 to 4 weeks apart. Finally, the police and the SPCA told me that either they were going to take her, or they would put her tattoo in my name. The rest is, as they say, history.

Now, this may be hard to believe, but her owner did actually treat her kids the same way! She would leave them at home, alone, for weeks on end while she went out "partying" (read; crack head). Her kids covered for her, cared for her, lied and cheated for her. She only abandoned them. When she tried to sue to get her dog back, her kids testified on my behalf and no suit was accepted.

What's wrong with people these days?

Look who simply showed up at my door!

Can I live with you guys?
Can I live with you guys? | Source

Dogs are people too!

Have you noticed that even the larger breeds of dogs have an innate requirement to cuddle? Why is it that they have to cuddle while you are comfortable on the couch? Why is it that when you wake up in your bed, your 120 pound mutt is asleep, half on your legs or stomach? I guess it is better than what cats do - could you imagine waking up with a big dog (or a dog of any size for that matter) asleep on top of your face?

I have to keep telling my dogs that it was me who bought the couch, it's mine and i need to lie down! Why is it that i always give in and let them stay with me on the couch? It's most definitely not from a need to be touched or to be near someone/something, it is more of a sense that dogs are people too.

One thing that I have noticed over the years is that no matter whose dog you are with/petting/cuddling/walking, they have more common sense than the average human. Even puppies know that life is meant to be fun, that worries and procrastination have no place in life, that they just bring you down. Life is too short, especially when you are a dog.

Living for just 6 to 16 years, most dog breeds can sense your emotions and will act or react to them. When you are down they may act like clowns, request a walk or just cuddle and console you. It's just too bad that sometimes, dogs are more people than people are.

What's wrong with people these days?

Not really my dog, but a friend non the less!

I "trained" this fox in PEI near my cottage. Every day I would walk to the cliff where he and his twin brother lived and just sit still. After about 6 weeks they started coming closer and closer, eventually right to me.
I "trained" this fox in PEI near my cottage. Every day I would walk to the cliff where he and his twin brother lived and just sit still. After about 6 weeks they started coming closer and closer, eventually right to me. | Source

Who is happier, people or dogs?

Dogs are usually happier than people, yet live far shorter lives - maybe they know something that we humans, as a race, have forgotten. Dogs can be happy during times of war and peace, and will give their lives freely in order to save the life of any person, no matter how that person treats other people or animals.

Dogs do not stop to think "Hey, I could get hurt doing this", they just act. There are endless stories of dogs jumping into dangerous waters after children who have fallen in, or dogs who walk out onto thin ice after someone who has fallen through the ice: they do not stop to think, they just act; I've seen examples of each of these in real life, and they move you more than if a person were to try it - the funny thing is, there usually were humans about, watching the dog(s) try their best. In each instance, I jumped in, doing whatever I could, and only after my including myself in the actions did others jump in too.

It really is just too bad that humans aren't learning from dogs, instead of the other way around!

What's wrong with people these days?.


Whose walking who?

Whose walking who?
Whose walking who? | Source

Foxy!

This is one of the two twin foxes (untouched photo) that I was taking my time getting to know in PEI. We had a family cottage in North Rustico, and I would walk by where they lived every day at sunup and sundown. After about 6 or 7 weeks, they would come up to me, sniff me, and generally be friendly. I only fed them codfish and mackerel, something i was sure they would not get from other humans. At the end they would take food from my hands.

After about 10 weeks, they were constant and they would play with me. There were lines of cars along the road watching this, filming at a decent distance for over 4 weeks. Every day, the lines got longer and people brought lawn chairs (the sunset over the ocean was phenomenal too!) and even stopped traffic from passing when the foxes were out.

Funny thing about humans. There were always the ones who would get out of their vehicles (usually mini vans) and come over to where I was, even while I was begging them to back off (as were other watchers). They always said the same thing - "What makes you so special?" and "They are wild animals and we are free to see them too!". Some people's children!

I was eventually able to have the dog that I was living with / taking care of that summer to sit beside me, and have the foxes come up to the two of us. The same thing happened with the people coming by, parking on the side of the road and watching, but now the number of people was up to at least 10 - 15 cars, per direction of the road, an hour before the foxes would show up..

Most of the people would sit in, or by their vehicles. snapping pictures and taking videos. When the foxes would leave, many would leave me donations to buy the twins more fresh fish from the fish mongers. Most had funny and menacing things to say about the selfish people who approached.

But still, the idiots would come, drive their cars right up to where I was sitting, for the past 1-4 hours straight, without any movement, and stop their cars, to take a `close up picture`. and again they would all claim "It's a public park, what makes you so special?" and "We can do what we want, we paid the park fees". The foxes would leave before their cars would stop, of course, and not come back for hours.Eventually they would stay when some cars rolled to a very slow stop, but then these idiots would open their doors, or their kids would yell or scream.

It got to the point that some of the regular watchers would run defense and stop these idiots.

No matter where you go, and what you do, there will always be a lookie-loo. But, at the same time, there will also be those who understand what you've put into what you're doing, and respect you for that.

Now, this is 100% true, happened in '98, North Rustico, PEI. I had an SLR camera )Pentax ME-1) with 1:1 lens.

There must be thousands of pictures and videos of this out there. If you so happen to be one of these people, please send me a copy of whatever you have? Hey, stranger and funnier things happen every day!

Ziggy, my 1/2 King Doberman 1/2 Golden Retreiver

A happy camper, every day. Same mother as Golden "Buck" at top
A happy camper, every day. Same mother as Golden "Buck" at top | Source

What the?

Why bother looking behind you when life is all ahead of you?
Why bother looking behind you when life is all ahead of you?

Idiocy is not a defence.

Stupidity is not genetic but can be contagious

People tend to stick with people of their relative IQ's. Dogs just care whether or not another dog is friendly and trustworthy.

However, there are some stupid dogs. They're usually raised by stupid people, but some are just so focused on the task at hand that they don't see anything else.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

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No dogs were harmed (physically, at least) in the making of this post. All donations accepted to battle rampant stupidity in society.

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    • Marc Babineau profile image
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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Why thanks Christy! And, thanks for the visit!

      Yes, I do prefer animal companionship to human, only because i've been burned so many times by people, yet not once by an animal - and, for some reason, animals just come to me, and always have.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I enjoy the connection you describe between you and your dogs. I learned a lot about you today MB! Well written hub. Vote up!

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks for that, Susan!

      We all love our dogs, and to each of us they are the most special dogs around - that's because they are a reflection of ourselves...

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This really is an outstanding hub.. and I confess.. I am a cat person. But, this is great for anyone who loves animals. The fox is adorable. Welcome to Hub Pages and I look forward to reading more of your Hubs..

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      I am in the middle of a like-scenario. My eldest, the goldie/dobie mix, is 12 going on 13, and his hips are starting to go, but he has major wax problems in his ears (the vet couldn't fix it, wanted to do $4500 operation!). My other dog, the Beagle is 4. She was a walk-in, literally. Just showed up at the door.

      My next dog(s) - i hate to say that, because i can't imagine being without either now, but I want to go back to Golden Retrievers (two of them). I would get a north American pit bull, but they are illegal where I live (what a croc, eh?).

      Here's hoping that day won't be too soon, though!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      We have two dogs. One is about 4 and the other is 14. The young one will be lost when the old one goes. We enjoy our dogs.

      Enjoyed your hub.

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      Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      That I am Marc. I love her and because of that I take great care of her.

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      There is nothing unhealthy about spending most of your spare time with your dogs. Actually, if you don't, then maybe you shouldn't have a dog. There are way too many dogs out there that don't get walks, let alone daily runs, play time and a little training thrown in. I take mine to the river every day in the summer so they can jump off the docks, in the winter to the park where the rabbits and dear frolic - you're just saying, in a roundabout way, that you are a wonderful dog owner.

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      Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      Marc, to honestly tell you the truth I feel more connected with my dog than I do with most humans and I spend most of my time with her to. It may not be healthy but when I am with her I am at my happiest.

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks! I've just started this Hubnoggin express train adventure, and would love any and all criticism, links and comments. Any pictures are my dogs, whether alive now or not. The thing is, I actually do prefer their company over most people that I meet these days... is that a really bad thing?

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      kids-toy-box 5 years ago

      Indeed the are!... Mans best friend! I'm sure that just didn't happen overnight...dogs really are one of the most special pets.Awesome hub!love the pic wit the fox!

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      Ann Marie Dwyer 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Marc, what a wonderful view of your dogs! I know mine are certainly better people than a number of my acquaintances. Welcome to HubPages!

      Red.

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      Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      Great hub, and I love how you bring up the fact that dogs are happier than people. It is very true that they are. This is a greatly written piece and I loved the pictures as well. Voted up.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Dogs are people too and members of the family. I have 2 Newfoundland dogs and I would be lost without them.

      Enjoyed your hub and your dogs are beautiful.

      Welcome to HubPages.

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