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Cindi    Posted 01-11-2004 at 10:42:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
That puppy we got six months or so ago, currently tips the scales at about a hundred pounds, and he's only half grown. Fred and I were marveling over him the other day. His size, his intelligence, his weird little idiosyncrisies. Like the habit he has of having his nose in everything you're doing. Not pushy or a hindrance, mind you, just watching, head cocked to the side, not missing a thing.

He watches us constantly, and if we get still anywhere on the property he will come and lay right beside us. If we don't acknowledge his presence, he will place one of his huge feet on our arm or leg and just leave it there until we pay attention to him. We have pretty much agreed that he is one of the better and smarter dogs on the place.

"Well, I knew that a long time ago." Fred said.

"How do you mean?"

"Well, just look in his mouth." He peeled back the dog's upper lip and revealed his gums. "Look at his gums, see how dark they are? Black in spots? He's got the black mouth"

"Yeah....so?"

"So the old timers will tell you that that makes for an all around good dog. Good natured, good tempered, smart." He tapped his own temple and winked.

"Think there's anything to that?" I asked, wondering if Elvis or any of the other dogs have black mouths.

"Who knows. It probably applies mainly to strays and mutts." He shrugged. "But he seems to be a real good dog and he's got the black mouth."

Uh huh.

Yesterday I was standing at the sink washing dishes. Fred was out front feeding, the red pup following him step for step as usual. I saw it coming, but there was nothing I could do to stop it. Even if I had wanted to call out a warning there wouldn't have been time.

Fred was walking across the yard, minding his own business, lost in his list of things he had to do, when the pup took off at a dead run, shaking the ground as he went, and leapt into the air, catching Fred right in the middle of the back with both massive front paws, and knocking him fully to the ground on his face. Down they went. looking like a Fred pretzel with big dumb dog mustard.

There was about a five second period there where neither of them moved, and then in a rush they began to untangle, the dog yipe-ing his head off and Fred cussing a blue streak.

"You stupid no good worthless bast*rd! What tha HE11 are you DOIN'?! Are you trying to cripple us BOTH?!"

By this time they had both found their feet and limped off in different directions, Fred with a scowl and the pup with a whimper. It took about a minute or so before the giggles set in and I had to close the window lest Fred hear me laughing but I couldn't help myself.

Maybe this 'black mouth' thing takes a while to kick in.



phyllis    Posted 01-11-2004 at 19:02:23       [Reply]  [No Email]

Maybe that black mouth thing explains why my 'girl' is such a good dog. She has black gums, and most of the roof of her mouth is also.



KellyGa    Posted 01-11-2004 at 15:35:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
That big old' puppy was just wanting to play, he is just too big for his own good! Tell Fred to remember he is still just a puppy in his head, lol, but I bet the dog won't do that again anytime soon!

I always hear about the black mouth thing. When we bought Tip, Dewey mentioned the roof of the mouth. He said he always found that the dogs with mostly, but not all of the roof of their mouth being black meant a good dog. He said he never bought a dog with the whole roof of the mouth black, said he always heard it wasn't going to be a good herder. Guess he knows, his dog is a National Champion herder. That dog is a marvel to watch. He is what cinched it for us to get Tip. The champion as you know, is Tips daddy, and her mouth is mostly black, but not all on the roof of the mouth.


Alias    Posted 01-11-2004 at 14:33:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
That sounds like something said about horses with four white stockings.


TB    Posted 01-11-2004 at 13:28:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hahaha Good one Cindi. Would like to see Freds face when you slyly prase the pup later on. ;)


Aprille    Posted 01-11-2004 at 15:39:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I had a great black dog..chow/lab mix..yup ..black mouth..fresh as alll get out..hated anyone in uniform and any one with skin as dark as his..tried to disipline him to no avail..protected me when he was only 1 yr old from being raped in my home in Brockton ..a good dog..had to put him down for attacking my best friend's child..she had toddled into his territory..my first baby that one..love that Sturgis..miss him muchly!!


BW    Posted 01-11-2004 at 20:54:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I could not help but ask ,,,, Brockton ? what state? I live in Brockton Ma.....not the best place to live and not my choice but at least isn't Boston ....
Bill G.


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