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For those of us limited to just one Setter...there must be more people than just me :-(

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Are you limited to one dog by choice, or would you have more if possible?

Started by Sheree Parrish. Last reply by Louise Perry Apr 25, 2012. 20 Replies

I used to have 14 dogs/bitches, a mixture of English Setters, Irish Setters and Pointers, I was in my element, they were the loves of my life and I miss those days, it was only 3 years ago but it…Continue

Debarking an English Setter

Started by Finding_Beau. Last reply by Sherry Miller Aug 18, 2011. 40 Replies

I checked and this discussion has already been started on this site. I read a few comments. I could not read the complete discussion. I decided to raise this discussion again in this group because…Continue

Storing food for one dog

Started by Sheree Parrish. Last reply by Cornelia Feb 20, 2011. 0 Replies

When I had all of my dogs, (14 at one time), I would buy my complete food in bulk and my freezer was full of meat to add to it. The complete never had time to go stale as a 15kg bag would last a week…Continue

Comment Wall

Comment by Eunice Marott on January 27, 2011 at 2:51pm

Hi Sheree

thanks for starting this group. I used to think I was mad worrying about leaving Molly and all the special attention we give her. It seems situations are the same no matter where you come from. I love reading stories from others who live in Europe and other parts of the world taking their dogs into the woods or snow. We have been to Europe and last year when in Germany I came across the most beautiful IS having a run with his owner. Wish there were more dog friendly places in Australia as Molly travels really well in the car. This group has helped me at the moment so thankyou  

Comment by Finding_Beau on January 27, 2011 at 4:00pm

I might put my fire suit on too. Please correct me if I am wrong, I believe when Mike talks about humanising a dog, he is referring to anthropomorphisation. I do not believe there is anything wrong with treating a dog the same as a human in the sense of emotions and feelings because I believe all animals, including wild animals, possess sophisticated emotions and intelligence. Unfortunately the only species losing positive emotions e.g. love and empathy, is the human. I also do not agree with the pack theory. I am able to intuitively communicate with my dogs and horses and even wild birds, as we all are. Our animals can teach us all so much if we are humble enough to listen.

PS Thank you for the invite, Sheree. I forgot to mention this in my last comment.

Comment by Sheree Parrish on January 28, 2011 at 9:28am
Beautiful photo..I love to see the wildlife so close up, I wonder if the same one will return this year?
Comment by Susan Stone on January 29, 2011 at 2:23pm

Thanks for the invite, Sheree, but actually I own two (or three, depending on count) Irish. But may I say that there are times when it would actually be easier owing just the one! As son as you want to work or just generally train a dog it is far simpler if you are working with just one, and don't feel you are neglecting the other...

So all of you with just one, don't regret it, enjoy the one to the full! 

Comment by Chantal McIlveen-Wright on January 29, 2011 at 5:31pm

Since May last year I just have one Irish Setter now, and I must admit I am quite happy with just one. Having two is an idea of my husband but as far as I am concerned I prefer to have just one and having a strong relationship with her/him.

Now let's be honest, if anyone is bringing me a homeless IS or a pup, I wouldn't be able to resist.....

Comment by Peter Hennig on January 30, 2011 at 2:50am

Hi Sheree thanks for the invite I have only one setter but we also have 2 afghans and a havanese and since this site is for lovers of irish setters technically I am able to join I guess  let me know if I am incorrect and I shall weep bitter tears at my non inclusion

cheers Peter

Comment by Sue and Cash on January 30, 2011 at 11:15am

Thanks for inviting me Sheree.  I have always had "one" dog at a time.  With work and family I find it just is the best fit for us.  But I never think of my dog as an only dog in the sense he gets to play with dozens and dozens of other dogs for about two hours a day in our park.  He has a pack he hangs out with everyday and I am grateful for those friends and their pets because Cash learns more from them than me about dog behavior.  I know I couldn't own this wonderful breed of dog if I didn't have a place for him to run free safely everyday.  It keeps him sane and it turn our homelife is perfect.

Comment by Laura Kolbach on January 31, 2011 at 1:08am
not meeting the criteria anylonger (having 3 now) but also i started once with one. the one and only :)
Comment by Sheree Parrish on February 1, 2011 at 1:18am

Thanks for joining the group.

The more I think of it the more I feel that just the one suits my lifestyle now, being married with a stepson does take up a lot more of my time than I had imagined, and the rest of the time is devoted to Henry. Once we sell up and move it will be different, I'm sure :-)

Comment by Kate on February 4, 2011 at 7:13am

Thanks for the invite!

Only have the Rubster 'irish' however she is our 2nd after having our first family dog for 14 years.

Kate and Ruby


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