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dogtired



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:48 pm    Post subject: womans best friend Reply with quote

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them. After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight. When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side. When he was close enough, he called out, 'Excuse me, where are we?' 'This is Heaven, sir,' the man answered. 'Wow! Would you happen to have some water?' the man asked. 'Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up.' The man gestured, and the gate began to open. 'Can my friend,' gesturing toward his dog, 'come in, too?' the traveler asked. 'I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets.' The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog. After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside,leaning against a tree and reading a book. 'Excuse me!' he called to the man. 'Do you have any water?' 'Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in.' 'How about my friend here?' the traveler gestured to the dog. 'There should be a bowl by the pump.' They went through the gate, and sure enough,there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it. The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog. When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree. 'What do you call this place?' the traveler asked. 'This is Heaven,' he answered. 'Well, that's confusing,' the traveler said. 'The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.' 'Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope.That's hell.' 'Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?' 'No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.'

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Kate



Joined: 01 Dec 2006
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Location: Latvia

PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a lovely story!

Travelling through Europe this spring I saw bowls for dog food and water (the food and water too) in some convenience shops. I think it was in Austria in the Alps.

In my parts there are still very many people who would be against a dog going near any store. They also prohibit dogs along the coast line on the beach. I think there should be some rules for us, dog-lovers and dogs, but we also have the right to enjoy the sea. How is it in Britain?
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gillieworm



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Location: Derby

PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Britain is getting worse for dog owners. Most beaches can only be used by dogs October to April, any times during the summer in most places are a no no except some beaches do have designated areas but if they have it is usally a part of the beach you wouldn't want to go to!!

Unfortunately a few irresponsible people have ruined it for the rest of us that do clear up after our dogs.
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Spottydog



Joined: 04 Jan 2007
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Location: Chantilly ..France

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:42 am    Post subject: womans best friend Reply with quote

a lovely wee story Very Happy
I look for Hotels and B and B 's that take my dogs too...but it's hard work..all because some thoughtless dog-owner before.. let HIS dog ruin the bedcovers and soil the carpets.
all my coats and jacket pockets are stuffed with plastic bags ready to "scoop" up when in public places....
it's me AND my dogs...
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aileen



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stavanger has quite strict rules regarding lead use between April and September.

You are supposed to keep the dog on a lead at all times whether on beaches or in the woods.

In practice if you go off the paths in the woods and not at peak times, then you only meet other dog owners and the dogs can run free. Same goes for the beaches or if it is bad weather.

The council fenced off an old football field for use by dog owners. The dogs are all off lead in there and can play/socialise with each other.

We don't go there often because I prefer to be in the countryside walking with Polo but whenever we have gone it has been really sociable for us both. Dalmatians are as rare here as at home so people always want to ask about him and talk to me.

Apparantly there is also a beach for dog owners where they can be off lead in the summer but I haven't found that and just go to the other ones when I know they will be empty.

Everyone here is very responsible about picking up and in fact there is a free supply of bags at this playground should you forget.dog poo is a very rare site on the roads here.

The worst place I have lived for dog rules was Houston, Texas. We almost had to take Nino out in the dead of night at first to let him be off lead! They have an all year round lead rule and people are paranoid if they see an off lead dog there. Owners walking dogs would always cross roads or fields to avoid the dogs meeting. We did find a few expat "normal" dog owners though who like us, found places where the dogs could actually play and run free!
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dogtired



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 10:46 pm    Post subject: dog friends Reply with quote

I have had a few days off work this week. Not having kids of school age I managed to forgot it was school holidays. Rolling Eyes So we made our way to our usual walk in the local country park.I was at first suprised to see so many kids about Laughing I have to say I think my boys thoroughly enjoyed all the attention. It reminded me just how much most kids love dogs.

There is a path through the woods which joins a cross road in the footpaths. To one side is a very dark patch of woods, a hill and a bridge over a stream. my boys always sit there to survey the view. There was a little lad on his bike there doing the same thing, my boys ran staight up to sit next to him. He put a hand on each of their heads and says " It looks like you own these woods"! It was lovely to see. Smile

It just reminded me that most people are as happy to see dogs around as we are. Well behaved dogs and well behaved kids. What a nice walk we had it took 3 1/2 hours Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:02 pm    Post subject: And Now For Something Completely Different! Reply with quote

thank you "dogtired"....... another lovely story Very Happy
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