Our mixed Breed Dog: Yellow Labrador Retriever/American White Shepherd

Denise OStarred Page By Denise O, 19th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/vkrz6yee/
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Marks Pet Ownership Guide Challenge: Bugg has been blessed with the best of both worlds, being a mixed breed dog. He has a wonderful temperament and he sure is one good looking dog.

Bugg

I have always had mixed breeds, either by accident or ones we actually picked out ourselves. We have even had a mixed breed, three legged dog, yes I know the joke, I live in Alabama, so I should have at least one 3 legged dog. I have loved each and everyone of them. I can not pick out which dog would be my favorite but, I will say...

In my opinion a yellow labrador retriever/American white shepherd, makes for a wonderful mix of dog. Bugg has been a joy to us ever since we first picked him out.

Bugg would never fit the requirements, to fit in the category of either of the two breeds his parents are, in any dog show.

Bugg is bigger than most yellow labrador retrievers or an American white shepherd. Both in height, length and weight. Bugg is now two years and 2 months old and yes, still growing.

I do not think he will ever stop. That is why I call Bugg, my never ending doggie.

Bugg has an American white shepherd backside, for the most part. The hind legs resemble an American white shepherd, as does his the fur on his hind legs. His tail is big and strong as a yellow labrador and yet fuller, as a American white shepherd's tail would be.

See me Coming

Other than a longer muzzle , Bugg looks like any yellow labrador retriever walking towards you. Bugg is built with a strong frame, as a yellow labrador retriever and yet, he has a narrow, sleek like body of a American white shepherd, as you look down his backside.

Bugg has the webbed feet of a yellow labrador retriever and just loves to play in the water. The yellow labrador retriever was breed with webbed paws, to help the fisherman, so the dog was better able to swim out and grab the nets full of fish.

Shepherd Behind

Oh Yes, Bugg has the typical American white shepherd backside. This means, we must do what we can to lessen the load on his backside, so maybe he will not be in a lot of pain as he gets older.

As with the German shepherd, an American white shepherd, will more than likely be hit with hip issues later on in life. My dogs whom have had German/white shepherd in their bloodlines or the dogs I knew of others that were full blooded shepherds, always had to deal with some hip pain in their later years.

Yes Bugg is only 2 years old but, you must think of the future and your dog's health in the long run.

I will make sure I keep him at a healthy weight. Yellow labrador retrievers are notorious for over eating, if you allow it. Keeping him at a healthy weight will put less pressure on his hips and maybe lessen the pain he will have in his later years.

Even though Bugg is showing the signs of his mothers side (American white shepherd) as far as, not over eating. It just might change in time, so I will keep a eye on this.

Prevention is key to helping your dog live a full, healthy and fun life, to the end.

Do all you Can

We built this ramp some years back when Max and Boo were still with us, as Max was blind and Boo's (his mama was an American white shepherd) arthritis was hitting him so hard, he was barely able to get up the stairs.

We have decided to keep it up for Bugg in the hopes that it might help Bugg with any hip problems he might have to deal with later on in life.

Will it help, I just do not know but, it sure can not hurt.

Grooming

With both the yellow labrador retriever and American white shepherd, shedding is a problem! I brush Bugg's coat at least 3 times a week and I never seem to get it all.

We wash Bugg only once every few months. I find with his endless wanting to play in the water outside and us brushing his coat out as much as we do, this keeps him clean and yet does not dry out his skin.

Bugg has seasonal allergies. As far as I can tell, this comes from the yellow labrador retriever side. During this time of the year I wash his face every time he comes in from outside.

In Bugg's World: Sadly Dogs do have Allergies

Those Ears!

Yes Bugg was blessed with the floppy ears of a yellow labrador retriever, they are cute as buttons but, they are also one thing you must maintain.

At least once a day, I take two damp paper towels and wash out his ears.

I make sure I do it later in the afternoon, after he has been playing outside and lordy only knows what he has been into and what is hiding in those ears.

Be mindful of knots in their hair, just around their ears. If you do not keep a eye on this part of their body, it can lead to their hair getting matted.

When brushing lift those ears right up and brush the hair that surrounds their ears. Make sure you brush them once a day, this will stop the knots from forming.

We use a ear wash once a week. It is easy, you just pour it in their ears and rub their ears around to distribute the solution. This will help bring up anything that has made it deep down in their ears.

The next morning, I will wash his ears out with paper towels.

Your Dogs ears just Might, have ear Mites

Ice, Ice Baby

Since Bugg was a puppy, I would give Bugg ice and not water. I noticed it helped a lot with his teething and it also can help you from keeping your dog from bloating.

I will not allow Bugg to play hard 1 hour before he eats and one hour after he eats. This too can help your dog from becoming bloated.

I am not going to say these few measures will stop your dog from bloating but, it 'might' help them from doing so.

I also keep in consideration the amount of food I feed him at one time.

For a more extensive look at bloating please visit my page...

Dog bloating, Torsion or Volvulus. It Can be Deadly!

Big Boy!

Bugg's personality is more on the yellow labrador retriever side of things, he is gentle and fun loving for the most part. Yellow labrador retrievers are said to not make good guard dogs because of this.

This is where Bugg's American white shepherd part of his personality comes in, Bugg is territorial, as most shepherds are. Bugg also only barks when he feels he needs to warn us of any thing he feels is a threat yet, he rarely barks for any other reason.

I find, having a dog that looks like they will tear you apart will deter most criminals, if that line of protection does not work, then I have Bugg's back but, I am sure the love Bugg has for my family and I, would bring out the animal in him and the criminal will not have a chance.

I would pity any person whom ever tried to enter our home uninvited. I have found throughout the years that, if you treat any dog with love and respect, they will just naturally protect you, when needed.

Train Them!

For different reasons, depending on which breed is poking its head out, you must gain control of this big and strong dog.

Train your dog from the get go, from the fun loving (at times could get them in trouble) yellow labrador retriever side, to the working mindset of an American white shepherd side, you must have control of this animal.

Bugg was housebroken and was able to sit, within 3 days of us having him. It was tiring, it was a 24/7 job but, after a little time and effort and within a month, I had a darn good start on training him...

At this point Bugg was able to sit, stay, go down on command, leave it and walk backwards when told.

Bugg is a big guy and you must never forget, they are animals, you must train them!

Include the Kids!

Not only should you put yourself as the alpha in your pack, you must make sure you make all humans in your family higher in the pack order over your dog.

This includes the kids.

Our grandson Tristan (21 months old), already knows the command sit and he uses it on Bugg and yes, Bugg listens to Tristan. You must make your child the leader, especially in the dogs eyes.

I must say though, these two just love each other and I know that Bugg would never hurt him but, why take the chance.

As with any leader of the pack, Tristan will walk out of any doorway first, then the dog. This will show your animal who is who, in the pack order and yes, Bugg is below, even the kids.

Mouthing

Yes Bugg sure was pegged with the Yellow Labrador retriever genes when it comes to this one trait, mouthing. Even though Bugg is a big guy, he has the softest touch with his mouth.

Like with most yellow labrador retrievers, Bugg can gently take out a piece of corn from my little grandson's hand and leave no evidence behind that he was even there. Okay, maybe some slobber.

Now, I said Bugg could get the corn but, unless he is being given the treat by Tristan, he has been taught to never come close to a humans hand with a 'open mouth'.

For the first year of Bugg's life, he carried a toy around in his mouth whenever he was awake and he would fall asleep with it by his side. Bugg does not find the need to do so now but, he still finds a lot of treasures for him to carry around when he is outside.

We have also decided to somewhat live with Bugg's kisses, he just loves to give them and it seems to curve that want to mouth things, as he has gotten older. I mean come on, look at that face, you must get and give a few kisses here and there.

Yellow labs are More than a handful. They Are a mouth Full!

Buggah

I have never owned a full blooded dog and I am fine with that, actually I like the spice the mixed breed adds to my life. Yes, I feel Bugg has the best of both worlds and we are all better for it. Just ask Bugg's little brother Sweet Tee and I am sure Sweet Tee would agree, Bugg is the best!

I would recommend both of these breeds or as with our Bugg, a combination of both breeds for you to take, to love and raise them as a wonderful member of your family.

Please go take a look at a day, Bugg & Sweet Tee made me laugh out loud...

Bugg & Sweet Tee... These two Dogs will be the Best of Friends!

I cook for Bugg and here are a few of his favorite recipes...

It's a Bugg world & Bugg Wants turkey Dog food!
Even Dogs 'Scream' for Ice Cream!
Healthy turkey loaf 'Birthday cake' for Your Dog

I am no professional and by all means, please ask your veterinarian before using any of my recipes or tips. These are my experiences with my Bugg and no two dogs are the same.

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author avatar Denise O
I live in Georgia, USA. I am a granny to 3 precious children. I am Mama to Bugg and two human beings. I was once married to a wonderful, Dan.

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author avatar Funom Makama
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

This is wonderful, great and really thorough. Thanks for engaging me through out.

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author avatar Denise O
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you hon for your kind words. I am glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Val Mills
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

This a wonderful article. It not only shows your love for Bugg, but teaches us a loty about both breeds of dog. We used to have a golden labrador retriever and I can definitely go along with the tendency to over eat and the barking at someone at the door while wagging her tail at the other end! Enjoyable piece here.

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author avatar Denise O
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks hon, I do love Bugg and it is so easy. I know I could have given stats of each breed but, we all can surf the net and get those, I just wanted to tell what 'I' know about the breed. Yes, like I said, we do not have the problem of him over eating, yet. It just might come up. Thank you for your kind words. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Your love of your dogs- and dogs as a whole shine in this wonderfully informative article... always a true joy to read your pages Denise, thank you...and your lucky dogs- who are surely blessed to have such a loving home!

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author avatar Denise O
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

I can always count on your kind words and encouragement, thank you for always being there for me. Yep, they seem to like it here. LOL
I hope you and Mike had a wonderful night on your 41 st anniversary. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Jules Castillo
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Bugg looks like a friendly one...Ms Denise and Bugg are both lucky to have each other

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author avatar Denise O
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

He really is cowboy. Yes I am so darn lucky, he has brought a lot of joy to my world. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Good points to remind folks about looking after the dogs hip problems long before the dog actually has hip problems. Well done Denise.

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author avatar Denise O
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks Mark, all you have to do is watch one dog suffering from hip problems to make you do all you can to prevent it. Thank you for your help and as always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Floris56
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Great useful and entertaining article. Beautiful pictures. Beautiful dog. You gotta love a person who loves their dog.

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author avatar Denise O
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Awww thanks Amosthecat for your kind words. Bugg does make it so easy to love hom though. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar krrymarie
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Great article, always enjoy reading your work thank you for sharing. bugg is a lovely dog.

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author avatar Denise O
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks krrymarie for your kind words. Bugg is gorgeous. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Robb714
24th Feb 2012 (#)

I had a full blood registered black lab that ate herself to an early death, via my dearly departed grandmother. They are in heaven together now. I try really hard to keep Duke's ears clean but he is very sensitive about his ears and another unmentioned part of his anatomy. We learn so much from you and Bugg keep the wisdom coming.

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author avatar Denise O
24th Feb 2012 (#)

Robb, Bugg's ears are a big thing to handle I tell ya. I understand. This wash we use helps and also, I use a itch relief spray if they are bothering him, so he doesn't scratch. I am glad I help you, that is why I do it. Also, I love writing about and taking photos of my Buggah. I am sorry about your loses but, as you know they are together and that has to be a good thing, for the both of them. You always light up my time when I see you have stopped by my page. Have a blessed night. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
24th Feb 2012 (#)

Dear Denise: Bugg and Sweet Tea are so fortunate and they look as though they really enjoy life. My poodle is 12 and he behaves like a puppy so I must have done something right. Thank you for telling us about Bugg and Sweet Tea and for the pictures.

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author avatar Denise O
24th Feb 2012 (#)

Of course you did right, I have no doubt. I am glad you like hearing about Bugg and a bit of Sweet Tee. I so enjoy them. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
24th Feb 2012 (#)

Hello Denise, this is a really excellent article, congratulations with the star award.

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author avatar Denise O
24th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Tranquil, it is always easy writing about my Buggah. My biggest pain was picking the right photos, I love them all.LOL
As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
24th Feb 2012 (#)

You are an dog expert, I am not.. but I really like dogs that are intelligent and ferocious.

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author avatar Denise O
24th Feb 2012 (#)

Oh sir, I am no expert, I just have had a few dogs in my lifetime. Bugg is very intelligent and I mean, very. As far as being ferocious, that is not part of my wants in a dog but, I hear ya. To each his/her own. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Buzz
24th Feb 2012 (#)

What a great feature article on Bugg, Denise! He really looks a handsome mix alright. He'll need a wife someday, won't he, and sire little pups as your grandpuppies? Thanks for sharing a super great star article on him, my friend!

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author avatar Denise O
24th Feb 2012 (#)

Hey Buzz, nope, no grandpups from Buggah, he was neutered when he was 6 months old. Good thing because, one of his testicles did not drop and they had to cut into him and get it out. If not treated, it could have meant cancer later on in life. So, no little Bugg's, sadly. Thank you for your kind words my friend. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar gold stand
24th Feb 2012 (#)

I love the tail of your dog. Our pets are often the remover of every stress in life.thanks for sharing

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author avatar Denise O
24th Feb 2012 (#)

Bugg does have a great tail. At times it does get in the way but hey, small price to pay. I have dogs for a few reasons, Love the animal, protection and most of all, to add more joy to our family. They sure do love you, when they love you though. Feels good and reassuring. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Tess Irons
24th Feb 2012 (#)

Hi Denise! Bugg is cute. I wanna pet and cuddle him.

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author avatar Denise O
24th Feb 2012 (#)

He would just love it, he is a lover. LOL
Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar richardpeeej
24th Feb 2012 (#)

Lovely pictures Denise your pets look so well with your great looking after....thank you for sharing and congratulations in getting a star for your well produced page

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author avatar Denise O
25th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Richard for your kind words. They are really easy to look after, they give so much in return. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Eunice Tan
25th Feb 2012 (#)

Your are really a dog lover & expert

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author avatar Denise O
25th Feb 2012 (#)

Awww thank you Eunice for your kind words. Expert, not but, I have always been one to seek out all information I can to help the ones I care for, to have a better life. A lot is, live and learn kind of thing. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
25th Feb 2012 (#)

love Bugg - love this page - always love your writing Denise. Splendid. And a yellow star too!

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author avatar Denise O
25th Feb 2012 (#)

Awww thanks Sheila, Bugg is a cutie pie and just a great guy. Thank you for your kind words and as always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Teila
25th Feb 2012 (#)

Ahhh, adorable pics

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author avatar Denise O
25th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks Teila, for your kind words. The last photo is one of my fav. They fell asleep by my side and this is how they laid as I snapped about 10 shots of them. Then I stopped, so as I would not wake them. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar NancyG in TN
26th Feb 2012 (#)

pretty dog!

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author avatar Denise O
26th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you, I will pass that on to Bugg. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
26th Feb 2012 (#)

I enjoy reading this. You did an awesome job on Mark's challenge and this definitely deserve the star that you received.

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author avatar Denise O
26th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Clarence, I had a good time putting it together. Bugg is always a great subject. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Spicy
26th Feb 2012 (#)

Great share Denise, well written about the pet dog. Images are looking wonderful.So cute.

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author avatar Denise O
26th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you spicy for your kind words. Bugg is a cutie pie. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar richellet
26th Feb 2012 (#)

awwwww he is so cute Denise.. miss your page and the man's best friend so much!

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author avatar Denise O
26th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Richellet, Bugg appreciates the compliment, he is such a ham.LOL
Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Songbird B
26th Feb 2012 (#)

Such a wonderful Star Page article by a terrific dog owner..My Grandad used to insist that mixed breed dogs were far healthier than pedigrees.. I hadn't realised until I researched my article on Jack Russell's, that my Taff was actually classed as a Jack-Chi..part Jack and part Chihuahua..A crazy mix but so lovable.. Great pet advice and overall fantastic article Denise. It is always a real honour to post on your work my friend. By the way, I am so in love with dear Bugg!

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author avatar Denise O
26th Feb 2012 (#)

Well you have a adorable Jack-chi. I also did not know Bugg's mama is a 'American' white shepherd until I did my research. Also they have a American white shepherd association. Dan thinks I like mix breeds because I always go for the underdog but, it just seems to go that way. krystal's three legged dog, Babydoo we got because, her owners threw her out the door and told her to get, she was only around 3 months old. Of course she ran straight to my daughter. Whom I am sure was coaxing the dog, the whole time.LOL
Thank you for your kind words my friend. Buggah is so easy to love I tell ya, he is just a big bundle of sweetness. As always, it is such a pleasure when you stop by, thank you.:)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Feb 2012 (#)

A- Z for a novice like me about dogs. One has to give, invest time to earn their love and loyalty. Thanks Denise, for leaving no stone unturned to keep us riveted on Bugg. Now I know what I miss! - siva

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author avatar Denise O
26th Feb 2012 (#)

Awww Thank you Siva for your kind words. I love to share knowledge and I am glad it was accomplished. You are so right, you must do the work and if you do, then you will have a very loyal companion until their last breath. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Blossom S
26th Feb 2012 (#)

You must love your dog very much to know so much. xxx

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author avatar Denise O
28th Feb 2012 (#)

Sorry Blossom I missed your message. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my page, I really do appreciate it. xxx, back at ya hon.:)

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author avatar Christine Crowley
28th Feb 2012 (#)

Very nice article! Bug is one lucky dog to have you as the owner. Give hm a pet for me.

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author avatar Denise O
28th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Christine, I do love my guy and his side kick Sweet Tee. I was raised with dogs though and this is not my first posse, my last two guys lived a good long life. I think what we give them, is what they give back. Not in the same manner but, in the amount of loyalty and comfort they give to us. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Carol
28th Feb 2012 (#)

Oh Denise you know I just love to read about your dogs, and the images are wonderful. Mixed breed dogs are absolutely unique, and Bugg is something special he really is! Well earned star!

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author avatar Denise O
28th Feb 2012 (#)

I know hon, the same way I feel about Leo. He sure is one of a kind. If his daddy ever jumps over the fence again, I gave the people I gotten Bugg from my phone number. They must call, I want another. Shhh do not tell the hubby.LOL
Thank you for your kind words and, it is always a pleasure having you stop by.:)

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author avatar Athena
3rd Mar 2012 (#)

Your dogs look adorable! Thanks for sharing these precious moments with us. :)

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author avatar Denise O
4th Mar 2012 (#)

You are most welcome Athena. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Judy Ellen
10th Mar 2012 (#)

I love your mixed breed dog. I think they make the best pets just like mixed breed people! LOL I have a lab/Irish setter mix breed. He is the best dog I ever had. I love your pictures. You sure put a great deal of time and effort into your articles! You are a very talented writer and such an inspiration to us all! Thanks for sharing!!

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author avatar Denise O
22nd Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you so much Judy for your very kind words. I am so sorry I have not yet be able to get to your message until now, I have just not been feeling well. Thank you for noticing the time and effort I do put into my articles, that means a lot. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Teila
29th Mar 2012 (#)

Beautiful dog!!

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