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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted -  14/10/2004  :  09:57
Jack is making a lot of friends in Barlick. I don't know why, maybe it's his face markings but people on the street feel the need to stroke him. Women in particular fall for him.

As you know, I had a bad experience with Joe, the lurcher from Irlam. I was very wary about taking another feral dog on but I'm beginning to think that Jack will make it as a member of the team. He's good at coming to hand when off the lead but I'm not saying he'd take any notice if he was distracted.

He's fast and very agile and seems to have lungs as big as a bucket, I haven't heard him pant as though he's out of breath even after a hard run. As for jumping, he's like a cat. Here he is on his favourite perch. Someone asked me the other day why I don't stop him doing it. It's easier to clean the drainer twice a day!


[This topic started as Jack's blog but in Jan 2008 I had to put him down because he started attacking strange dogs.  His successor is Black Jack. a Patterdale pup, no point erasing Jack the Lurcher from history....  he was a good dog and what happened wasn't his fault.  He had too bad a start.....]


Stanley Challenger Graham




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Callunna
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Posted - 07/02/2008 : 18:04
I know you said to bury the letter, Stanley, but I've only just caught up with this thread and I have to say I'm also gobsmacked that someone could write such a letter but not have the courage to sign their name.

I didn't add my thoughts to this post because E and I said everything when you called round to the boat that day. I was upset that it had happened but I understood your reasons, especially in light of the recent attacks on small children.

Whoever wrote that letter should ask themselves if they would take that decision if they felt their dog was a danger - or would they risk a life (human or animal) just in case it was OK.

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Rossie
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Posted - 07/02/2008 : 23:59


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Stanley wrote:
Let's bury the letter now.  I've had my whinge and basked in truly wonderful support from all of you.  

Stanley - I've only just caught up with this but just before it is buried can I add my feelings of outrage and horror that someone could be so gutless as to write such a letter.  I agree with all that has already been said.  On the one occasion I met you with Jack 1, it was so obvious that you and Jack shared a wonderful relationship, and you did your very best for him throughout your time together and faced that final difficult decision with courage and compassion.  What dog could ask for more?

I think Jack 2 is one lucky little dog to have you as his companion, and I wish you both a long, happy, fun filled life together.

Gill


Kalh mera oi filoi mou
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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 08/02/2008 : 07:04
Comrade, Black Jack is touched by Misty's consideration and looks forward to meeting her.  I have called the meeting, we had better make it official. 

Heater [to good to correct] and Rossie, thanks for that.  I wasn't issuing an instruction to bury the letter, just trying to let you all know that apart from the residual anger, I am OK now.  There is one positive aspect about things like this.  They force you to re-examine decisions and attitudes and be objective.  I have done that and am as certain as I can be that I did the right thing.  All I had in my mind was a damaged child.......

As for Black Jack.....  He is a delight.  House trained now, he comes to me and attracts my attention by just sitting there and staring at me.  All I have to do is obey!  I've cracked the towel problem.  I started sitting him on the drainer when we came in and giving him a good rub down whether he needs it or not.  Would you believe he took a flying leap at the unit yesterday trying to get up there?  He failed but it won't be long before I have another drainer dog.  Funniest thing he does is jump on my lap while I am on the computer and follows every movement on the screen.  I've tested him out and it's no illusion, his head follows every movement of the cursor or the cards if I am playing Solitaire....  There is an active little brain in there.......


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 08/02/2008 : 07:10
One thing that strikes me as I read that on the screen.  If you are into dogs and lead a solitary life, the rewards of having something apart from yourself to give care and affection to vastly outweigh the responsibilities.  It's exactly like watching a child developing and is a constant wonder.  There is of course the fact that I firmly believe that our friends are a reflection of ourselves....  In that case, not a bad endoesement.  I shall try to avoid being smug.......


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Gugger
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Posted - 08/02/2008 : 09:14
One thing I did learn with our dog, she did not have to be "trained". Love, affection and attention to her was all that was needed.

That's when you start thinking, are girls any different?

Walter


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softsuvner
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604 Posts
Posted - 08/02/2008 : 10:11
Stanley

Strikes me that your biggest problem with Jack is the old one of getting a good photograph of a black dog!
The one in the chair is the best yet, but we haven't got the definitive character shot yet. Keep at it, your public demands it!

Malcolm


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Rossie
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847 Posts
Posted - 08/02/2008 : 10:14
Kallie  Kallie says she looks forward to one day perhaps meeting up with Black Jack, who she says looks like good fun!!

Gill


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


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Posted - 08/02/2008 : 10:42
He's definitley that!  Have spoken to Jack and he has agreed to a photo shoot.  Watch this space......


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Stanley
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Posted - 08/02/2008 : 10:54




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moh
Silver Surfer


6860 Posts
Posted - 08/02/2008 : 11:22
I see he is sticking his tongue out at us as if to say 'here is what you wanted'.  He is lovely.


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Tizer
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5150 Posts
Posted - 08/02/2008 : 11:58
"Funniest thing he does is jump on my lap while I am on the computer and follows every movement on the screen...."   -  Stanley

Can we be sure we know who is writing to this forum under the name "Stanley"?

Is it Stanley pp Jack...

...or Jack pp Stanley! 


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Gloria
Senior Member


3581 Posts
Posted - 08/02/2008 : 13:22
Woof Jack, woof woof woof grrrr woof yap Stanley yap woooooooffffff. Wink

Edited by - Gloria on 08/02/2008 1:23:25 PM


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Callunna
Revolving Grey Blob


3044 Posts
Posted - 08/02/2008 : 13:38

Woof Jack, woof woof woof grrrr woof yap Stanley yap woooooooffffff.

Edited by - Gloria on 08/02/2008 1:23:25 PM

 

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TOM PHILLIPS
Steeplejerk


4164 Posts
Posted - 08/02/2008 : 14:26
If you squint at the second picture of lovely little Jack,he looks like a piglet with his tongue over his snout,hehe......Stanley i was very sad to here of big Jacks demise,you did the right thing ,I had to take the same action years ago with 2 dogs,Ben and Mickey,both had to be done at the same time,i tried seperating them for a while to see if it made any difference,but it didnt,and Ben did actually bite someone.the letter you recieved appauled me,the person doesn't like you for some reason and likes dogs,so they used this as a cowardly excuse to have a dig at you..could be a scorned female,hehe..


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Tizer
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5150 Posts
Posted - 08/02/2008 : 14:47
Are there any other readers of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels on OGFB? (i.e. anyone else owning up to being mad?). Some of his novels feature a dog called Gaspode who roams the back streets. There's nothing unusual about a dog in the back streets, but this one is different. When people pass him they hear "Woof". But they always turn back and look because he doesn't bark, he actually says "Woof"! He can talk human language but he likes to be condescending and restricts himself to saying Woof unless he knows you well.


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