I don't own the Jeep, 8 year old Lab/Rotti GG does....... I am just her designated driver! (Yes, GG's collar matches the Jeep, so we had to buy it for her! Yes, her favourite song is Orange Crush by REM... )
Thanks!!! She is a lovely redhead just like the original, and is going to be 20, yes 20 years old this January. Here she is soaking up the Nova Scotia sunshine. Still going strong, along with the stunned facial expression like her namesake.
Thanks. Based on my time with Chase, I'd say the American Bulldog breed is one of the best. They're fiercly loyal, protective of their family(including other dogs in the family), and a whole lot goofy at times. The more you laugh, the goofier she would act. My wife says she owes our being together to Chase. Before I met my wife, I used to take Chase on walks in the Carytown section of Richmond, VA, almost every Saturday morning. At the end of the walk, we'd go to Mickie D's, where she'd get a double cheesburger(plain). That was her thing. Chase was a "chick magnet". I Met alot of people thanks to her. Everyone thought she was the coolest dog. She'd take the leash into her mouth and walk herself. She was profesionnaly trained as a protection dog. Anyway, back to why my wife feels Chase is the reason we're together.....
One night I brought someone home. Chase greeted me at the door like always, and was jumping around and wanted to say hi to my "guest". As it turns out, she was not a dog person, and kept putting up her knee to ward off Chase's attempts to say hello. Chase gave up and went and laid on her bed. Later, when my "friend" went to leave, I heard a scream. I ran to see what happened, and what I saw made me laugh, but I tried to hold it in. Chase had pooped in one of her shoes. Perfectly, 100% in the shoe. How she was dead on target like that amazed me. She had never, ever had an accident in the house since she was 3 months old. Chase was showing me that this girl was NOT for me. She called Chase some names, called me some names for not being mad at Chase. Needless to say, we never went out again. Two months later, I met my wife. Funny how things work.
Chase.... I miss you girl!
What a great post!! You are a very lucky dog person!
Back in 2006, my girlfriend and I went on a trip to Florida. On the way back from the Keys we stopped at some road side attraction/shop and picked up a pair of Hermit Crabs to bring back to Vegas with us.... really not thinking much about it other than a disposable pet (IE: Gold Fish). Those crabs were a blast, we had Hermit Crab races on the airport bar with people betting drinks on them and of course the guessing game of what airport security would do when we went through the X-Ray machine with them.
Turns out our Airport Security concerns were for nothing and we got them back to Vegas unscathed. The next day I did some research on our new pets and thats where everything went 180 degrees.
As it turns out... Hermit Crabs like humid environments, go figure. Not the dry arid desert of Las Vegas. A properly cared Hermit Crab is one that is bathed... yes, I said bathed.
They have gills like a fish but they are hard gills, not soft. Bathing keeps the gills moist and clean. Of course you need to buy a special water conditioner for that. Long story short... these 5$ (for both) crabs ended up costing us hundreds.
We got a reptile tank, filled it with crushed coral and coconut bedding, gave them a nice 100 year grave vine stump for them to crawl on... bathed them weekly. We are animal lovers after all but who would have thought it would lead to this.
As a kid with Hermit Crabs they lasted what?.. a few days... two weeks? Yea... ours under our care lived years... YEARS!
Are they pets? Yes! If you have to give them a bath, it's a damn pet. My dog does not get a bath as much as these things did.
So here ya go... pics of my PET crabs.
Oh, did I mention that in my research that they are social creatures... basically, the more the merrier.
The two Florida crabs we named "Rum" and "Punch". We were in Florida after all so a alcohol theme seemed appropriate.
This is Rum
This one is Punch, also distinguished by his missing eye which he eventually grew back after a few molts. Can we say FREAKY!?
"Punch" after a shell change.
"Rum" in the studio for his?/Her? glamour shot.
One of the new kids... "Guinness"
The other new kid, "New Castle"
"New Castle" and "Guinness" together
Hahaha glad you reiterated they were PET crabs.
Great post and highly educational! One of the dentists I work for has 2 sons who love their hermit crabs, thanks!!! You have a plethora of names from which to choose for future 'kids'... Chivas? Molson? Wolf & Blass? hahaha