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Offline thunter34

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Behold The Bear
« on: January 18, 2011, 12:13:50 AM »
The Lola Bear.  I first mentioned her to you good people nearly three years ago.  Here herz is today.  I have never, ever had such a bond with an animal as this.  I am a dog lover, but this has still turned out to be more profound of a relationship than I ever expected.

Him wuvs her.




modified to add link to original thread for reference:  http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=21221.0
« Last Edit: January 18, 2011, 12:17:45 AM by thunter34 »
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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2011, 12:33:27 AM »
awww... timmy

lola bear is a doll.  No wonder you're in love.  And it looks like she has all the room in the world to run circles around you.  

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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2011, 12:51:01 AM »
awww... timmy

lola bear is a doll.  No wonder you're in love.  And it looks like she has all the room in the world to run circles around you.  

robert

for a hard luck pup, found abandoned on church steps down the road, she certainly fell into a soft spot.


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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2011, 01:01:28 AM »
I am utterly amazed by this dog.

I haven't "trained" her really at all, yet she does just about everything I want exactly as I wish.  For example, one thing she WON'T do (at least yet) is a leash.  If I put one on her, she goes completely limp / dead weight.  She also looks heartbroken.  But I want her to be able to walk with me.  She has been coming with me, and you can hear for a good distance when a car is coming.  All I have to do is snap my finger and point to where I want her to go and she goes.  Motion for her to sit and she sits.  In fact, most times I don't even have to do that - she seems to intuitively move and do what I want as I want it.  I'm rather astonished by it, actually.  Beats the heck out of me - as I really and truly do not believe this dog has been trained at all by anyone.  It isn't 100%, mind you - as there was a play encounter with some neighboring dogs where I didn't have her attention well for a good 5 minutes or so.  But outside those rarest of instances, it is most uncanny.  And boy does she love me.  I can pick her up like a a baby and turn her any direction / position (like upside down or whatever) and she is completely trusting and completely unafraid.

I just reread through the old puppy thread and pulled this quote.  It's stil true.  I can hold her like a baby and even upside down and she won't flinch at all.  She now weighs about 50 lbs.
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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2011, 01:12:17 AM »
Just beatiful.

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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2011, 05:15:28 AM »
She's adorable, Tim.  You two are lucky to have each other.
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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2011, 05:23:30 AM »
damn good dawg tim

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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2011, 05:54:35 AM »
damn good dawg tim

Ain't she, though?  And look...she "smiles".  Everybody that meets her always comments on how she smiles.
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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2011, 07:51:29 AM »
Ain't she, though?  And look...she "smiles".  Everybody that meets her always comments on how she smiles.

Seems to me there are 2 of you that are happy and smiling!!!
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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2011, 08:42:55 AM »
Dogs are the best medicine. It's almost like they know what we are thinking. At least that's what Sam told me. Lola's a cutie-patootie.

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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2011, 08:47:36 AM »
Dogs are the best medicine. It's almost like they know what we are thinking. At least that's what Sam told me. Lola's a cutie-patootie.


 ;D

Give Sammers a  :-*  for me.  I'm about to snag a cup o' joe and take Lola for a quick walk.  Had insomnia all night and only got about an hour's sleep.  Now it's at the point that I might as well load up on coffee and just get out in the morning.
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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2011, 09:32:19 AM »
His looks very happy. Dogs are such great companionship. He reminds me of the first dog i had as a child.

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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2011, 09:45:32 AM »
Awww...what a cutie!  Lola looks full of snuggles.
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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2011, 09:59:33 AM »
The Lola Bear.  

She's beautiful, and poses quite well for a photo (unlike my beloved hound dog, who passed
away last year).  I'm glad you two are so happy together -- a strong bond with your dog is
very special.

How about a side-by-side photo with you and her, so we can see if see if you fit the old adage
that people look like their pets?

Cheers,

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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2011, 10:34:54 AM »
Hey Tim  so happy you two are still together  a relationship with a dog can be so mutually rewarding     I had my beautiful boxer Sophie for 13 yrs    I still miss her...

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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2011, 11:00:44 AM »
ahh, what a beautiful dog, and yes he DOES smile  ;D

Such a lucky dog, thanks to you, going form a stray to a pampered pup. I love those stories.

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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2011, 11:24:22 AM »
How about a side-by-side photo with you and her, so we can see if see if you fit the old adage
that people look like their pets?


Here is a recent one from the snow...about a week ago.


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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2011, 11:52:20 AM »
Hey Tim, I can tell you why your relationship with Lola Bear is so unique.  It is because you rescued her from a horrible life and she knows it.  At one time, humans treated Lola horribly as ultimately witnessed by her abandonment on the steps of a church.  Most probably she had been abused or worse, because to me, abandoning an animal that is so dependent on its owner, for its very survival, is profoundly abhorrent.  So on the night she was thrown out, like so much garbage, she had lost everything, simply by existing.

Then came you.  You "rescued" Lola Bear, from a horrible fate and she knows it every day and will remain eternally "your" dog.  I have rescued many animals and all they want is to please their master and to know that their master will treat them with kindness, leadership and respect.  Once an animal is abused, their view of the world is forever shattered, because they are pack animals and cannot comprehend how their own pack can turn on them.

You are her new pack and leader and by your simply loving her forever, she will lead the life to which every dog aspires.

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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2011, 12:00:33 PM »
You know, Joe...it has occured to me more than once that in my largely errant life, she may stand as the one thing I can look upon and confidently say that I got right.  Her gait is lively, her head high, her demeanor gentle and she knows no strangers.

In her own way, though, shes rescued me many times over.
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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2011, 12:12:37 PM »
In her own way, though, shes rescued me many times over.

Whatever made you think that only she was "rescued?"

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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2011, 12:56:10 PM »
Thanks for showing us that beautiful dog ... I have a dog that rescued me so I know how you feel about your girl . 

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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2011, 01:05:33 PM »
pet lovers depress me... can't we talk about shoes or something?
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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #22 on: January 18, 2011, 03:39:38 PM »
pet lovers depress me... can't we talk about shoes or something?

 :P

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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #23 on: January 18, 2011, 06:12:52 PM »

Here is a recent one from the snow...about a week ago.





The surroundings look beautiful,  great place for a dog to have lots of freedom.  Would love to come visit the lovable furry baby and Lola too!!!
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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #24 on: January 18, 2011, 06:31:16 PM »
I bet there's about 10 meth labs over that line of trees in the background.
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« Reply #25 on: January 18, 2011, 06:34:58 PM »
Ahhh I'm in love!! And the dog is adorable too
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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #26 on: January 18, 2011, 06:42:56 PM »
I bet there's about 10 meth labs over that line of trees in the background.


Yeah.  I don't know who the other 9 belong to.
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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #27 on: January 18, 2011, 07:04:45 PM »
Hey Tim, I can tell you why your relationship with Lola Bear is so unique.  It is because you rescued her from a horrible life and she knows it.  At one time, humans treated Lola horribly as ultimately witnessed by her abandonment on the steps of a church.  Most probably she had been abused or worse, because to me, abandoning an animal that is so dependent on its owner, for its very survival, is profoundly abhorrent.  So on the night she was thrown out, like so much garbage, she had lost everything, simply by existing.

Then came you.  You "rescued" Lola Bear, from a horrible fate and she knows it every day and will remain eternally "your" dog.  I have rescued many animals and all they want is to please their master and to know that their master will treat them with kindness, leadership and respect.  Once an animal is abused, their view of the world is forever shattered, because they are pack animals and cannot comprehend how their own pack can turn on them.

You are her new pack and leader and by your simply loving her forever, she will lead the life to which every dog aspires.

VERY well put Joe.

No one can love you like a dog, they truly are mans best friend. There's a poor sweet dog in Brazil who will not leave his owners grave. The picture speaks a thousand words...

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/01/18/pet-dog-in-vigil-at-owner-s-grave-after-floods-disaster-in-brazil-115875-22856907/




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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #28 on: January 18, 2011, 10:48:03 PM »
since we're sharing dog pics, here's me and lady godiva of the lake, call her diva, she was a great dog, lived a long happy life, miss her

she's old in this picture, but she still ran down to the lake to play with kids in the water, this is the walk back feeling her years


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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #29 on: January 18, 2011, 11:13:40 PM »
since we're sharing dog pics,


 Here's Neo the Knight guarding Princess Gia as she sleeps........
 
 
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« Reply #30 on: January 19, 2011, 09:00:42 AM »
Hey!  Those are awesome photos!  If more people wana add in pics of their pups, I'm all for it.
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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #31 on: January 19, 2011, 03:43:22 PM »
Aw, Mister Tim, what a great dog.  And you're right, it does look like she  is smiling.  Probably because she's got such a great master.

RAB   :)

Skeebo, your dog looks like an alien or something.  LOL

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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #32 on: January 19, 2011, 05:10:40 PM »
such a great master.

I didn't know the youth pastor was a master? ;)
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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #33 on: January 20, 2011, 05:14:12 PM »
wow it's like old homie week. ;)

I just popped in and theres all these great folks i had the pleasure of meeting.

Rod, Tim ,nick, Henry, B.T. .   (sigh  Jan ) 

The dog looks great Tim, i always said they are not animals but family members.
I sure don't know what i would have done without my little cat to take care of me :D

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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #34 on: January 21, 2011, 06:11:17 AM »
I didn't know the youth pastor was a master? ;)

Haven't you heard? He's well-known in fishing circles as a master baiter.

I'm glad to hear you and Lola Bear are still happy together. She's adorable!
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« Reply #35 on: January 21, 2011, 12:58:24 PM »
Hey Hunter,

That is one swell dawg. Thanks for sharing the pictures. And her buddy looks fine too.
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« Reply #36 on: January 21, 2011, 01:39:13 PM »
Haven't you heard? He's well-known in fishing circles as a master baiter.

Ah, 'tis true.  If master baiting was on Olympic event, I'd be on a box of Wheaties by now.
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Re: Behold The Bear
« Reply #37 on: January 23, 2011, 08:18:14 PM »
Tim,
    Miss Lola is quite the beauty for sure. I know exactly what you mean when you say that you rescued each other. I feel exactly the same way about my oldest dog, Waldo. When we found each other we were both pretty broken, him physically (Leg dislocated, fractured pelvis) and me emotionally. We have brought out the best in each other. There are now five dogs in my life, as well as one husband, and a psychotic Cockatiel named Doody. I honestly believe that if Waldo and I had not found each other, I would never have been able to connect with Norm (or anyone else), would have been unwilling to go through all the cancer treatments/Transplant shit. Although it wasn't apparent at the time, I really think he saved my life. Congratulations to you and Lola, and may you both have many happy years together.

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