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Fulfillment

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Dogless, Jan 22, 2012.


  1. Dogless

    Dogless PetForums VIP

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    I was pondering a few things whilst taking Kilo for a quick walk tonight.

    What I would like to know is; do you think that your dog or dogs are fulfilled and the reasons behind your answers?
     
  2. terencesmum

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    Well, at the moment Mr T is happily snoring next to me on the sofa, so i'd say he's fulfilled at the moment. But I feel he'd be happier with a friend. He is so sociable and friendly, but we get a lot of antagonism and some people avoid him which is a real shame for him.
     
  3. thedogsmother

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    I would say they are now, before we got Bella there was something missing in his life, something no human could give him. Now that Bellas around he loves life and I dont think he wants for anything, Bella is just grateful for a nice walk and a bowl of food but she too has her best friend with her all the time so I would say shes pretty fulfilled too.
     
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    See, this is how I feel with Terence. :blush:
     
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    I did suspect it before we got Bella, he was always looking into the horizon looking for another playmate but like you we got lots of people who saw him and turned in the other direction so he didnt get to play very much. We had both decided that we couldnt justify another dog when Bella came along and its changed his life so much, he hardly acknowledges other dogs now and is smiley most of the time.
     
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    Aw, that is lovely!
    My husband doesn't want another dog at the moment, but I just feel it is something that is really important for Terence. I already have my eye on something, but the OH might need some persuading.
    I just feel so sad for Terence. He is there all waggy tail and gets shunned so often. :(
     
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    Not at the moment no :(

    I would say Dave is- he is happy with life as long as he has his chair to sleep on, food, and walks to the shop.

    Xiva hates me because she injured her claw and I held her down while the vet ripped it off.

    Dixie is in her depressed and naughty stage because she thinks Millie is here to stay she won't do as she is told unless told off and she just isn't herself.

    *sigh* Millie will be going to her new home this week but I don't know how to fix Xi.
     
  8. theothersparticus

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    At the moment- yes. Bella's lying on me watching me type while the cats are both enjoying dog-free time on their new cat platform that's taller than me.

    This morning- no. I was the meanest person in the world because Bella's new friend Spot was sooooo close and I wouldn't let her off the lead to go and bowl him over again :(
     
  9. bearcub

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    A lot of people who meet Florence tell us how calm she is for a Chocolate Lab and I do believe that a lot of overly boisterous dogs are boisterous because they're not getting their needs met, whether it be in terms of attention, exercise, diet etc. Florence is actively encouraged to be boisterous on her walks, she burns all that energy off and in turn is a very relaxed and happy dog.

    So in terms of Florence being fulfilled I believe she is, however I do understand terencesmum's dilemma, both our dogs are obviously happiest in the company of another dog. She always seems in a happier mood when we've got another dog here.

    Luckily me and my OH are in a position to have another dog but as Florence is our main concern, we do not rush into a decision just so she can have a playmate.
     
  10. JoJo74

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    No i don't think he is :(

    His last two owners got rid of him because of his issues and because he looked "sad" most of the time. For sure he has a better life with us, lots of love, good nutrition and exercise but he can't be trusted around other dogs (FA) so this limits his socialisation and exercise options.

    He is like a different dog when playing with dogs he knows well but sadly this doesn't happen that often, maybe once a week/fortnight. I feel sad that he has so much fear, is so wary of other dogs but then i also feel thankful that we have him and will never give up on him because he is such a loving dog.
     
  11. Dogless

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    I have been thinking about it in general since the 'dog activities' thread where so many peoples' dogs do an immense range of activities and sports and all I could put was that I ran with Kilo.

    Kilo does seem fulfilled in that he gets plenty of very varied walks, both on-lead and offlead (gets offlead every day), plenty of training and socialisation and runs with me and is very calm and good in the house (touch wood!).

    He would I am sure appreciate canine company, which is something he will most likely have when the time is right.
     
  12. theothersparticus

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    It sounds like your dog is at least lucky to have met someone who is going to try and do their best to make his life fulfilled, that's all anyone, dog or human, could ask for.
     
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    hmmm

    Now I have thought about this and yes I do think my dogs are fulfilled.
    I think they lead very happy lives full of activity, fun and companionship, with good food and lots of love.


    Now if I could just move to wear you live Kilos mum and then I would be fulfilled ;)
     
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  14. Shazach

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    Fulfilled? Gosh. Maybe I'm thinking too much, but to me fulfillment means the achievement of goals. I'm not sure dogs have goals!
    Needs yes. His are fulfilled to the best of my ability.
    Wishes, no. He would probably wish to eat more, walk more and chase more. But either I can't or won't let him!!
    Are goals the same as wishes or needs? Not sure.:wink:

    Have I had too much wine for this question?
     
  15. Dogless

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    I do know what you mean :D. I was thinking in a basic doggy way as opposed to the setting and achievement of goals.....more whether you thought that all their needs were being met and that they were content.

    You have possibly had too much wine; certainly enough :D.
     
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    Ummm I'm not sure.:confused:

    Flint I would say is fulfilled,he loves our walks and meeting new people and dogs,and he loves the raw food he is on,I don't know anything of his life before I got him in September,but by the look on his face this is better:D

    Craven I'm not sure about,he needs to be offlead more than he is getting at the moment,he is not getting to play with as many dogs as he did before I got Flint.
    I got Flint so he had a playmate,but Flint won't play with him any more.:( They get on great and will have a wrestle,but as soon as Craven gets too rough Flint comes to me and Craven doesn't understand.:(

    Craven is happy,loves life,but fulfilled,probably not.:(
     
  17. Shazach

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    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
     
  18. lucylastic

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    I think this is a very good question and probably means different things to different people. For me it means meeting the dog's physical AND mental needs and these differ according to the dog's breed, type. personality, etc.
    In my case it's taken a while to work out exactly how to meet all my dog's needs, but, yes I do think she is fulfilled.
    I have to be always teaching her new things and stretching her mentally but she is happiest when she is learning something new and I'm sure she grows 2 inches and swells with pride when she gets it right.
     
  19. Dogless

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    That is exactly what I was getting at. I was feeling pretty inadequate for not doing all these organised activities so started to review everything that I did do - and came to the conclusion that Kilo is fulfilled. I sincerely hope so anyway.
     
  20. JonoBeagle

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    Boris gets loads of exercise and walks and we have mentally stimulating games for him as well; we play with him, he gets lots of food that he likes and we cook for him... Unless he needs to go out to the toilet he isn't destructive at home and I'm sure it is because he is happy, but from today seeing him be assertive, but calm and relaxed with other Beagles more than other dogs, I do wander if there was a group where Beagle owners got together and trained them up to work like a pack whether Boris would be even happier than he is!?

    Although being a Beagle you would never believe they get enough food. :D ;)
     
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