Been rather busy in the past yr or so...my mom had to have emergency bypass, dad has prostate cancer, I had a few bad calls (really bad calls....) and I got shingles on top of it all. My oldest son came back from Africa (Seabee in the navy) and got married and my oldest daughter gets married in May. Woo!
I am also pursuing my RN degree, so I can have a somewhat normal life. I get every 5th weekend off as a 911 dispatcher, and as an ER nurse I can work 3 12hr shifts, get paid for 40 and get every other weekend off. So....I've been busy!!
But our bullies are doing great. Lilo had to have a hemmoroid removed last week, Nani is a spitfire and Stitch is going to be doing agility soon. (my gf works at the max security prison and does the prisoner/dog program and they BUILT my gf a whole agility thing and suprised her. They are going to offer classes for free. How fun!
Stitch LOVES doing all that stuff with Ashley, so I think it will be really cool.
So, sheltie, your questions....
1. How are they with small dogs?
Al my bullies love all other dogs. But other dogs seem to challenge them and I don't know why, although usually the dogs that are challenging them are leashed. I have had stray dogs in my yard with the invisible fence that we have and found other dogs in our yard romping with my bullies. From boxers to puggles in my yard, my girls don't care. But I have worked VERY hard to socialize them.
2. How hard is it to train them?
Stitch, our therapy dog is the exception to the rule. She has the drive and intent of a border collie. You say "You wanna go to work?" and she is looking around, waiting for her special collar and booking to the door. My other girls are stubborn. Its the bull part of the breed. And sometimes Stitch does the "Eh, I just don't feel like doing this" or gives me the "1000 yard stare" and I know that nothing is going anywhere today. Stitch is weird. She is a bullie in a border collie body. It takes work and patience. My girls are all pretty much food driven, and with Stitch, we don't need the treats to get her to do anything. She loves to make us happy. The other dogs won't even give a high five unless there is a treat in hand. They are all different. Ya gotta work with the personalities you are dealt!
3. Do they have a lot of health problems?
They seem to get issues where they are white. Lilo and Nani's paws break out somtimes and we need a cortisone shot or allergy pills. Stitch is ALL white, so after commando crawling in the grass, she breaks out every summer. She is a grass addict. She loves certain peoples grass on our walks. 4. Are they a good dog all around?
I cannot imagine my life without them. They make me laugh daily. Every morning they all pile on me. When I study, they surround me. Every morning I am covered with dog spit as they lick me to death when I say good morning. They HAVE to be around their people. I just love them and see a bullie ALWAYS in my future, however, next time I will go thru a rescue. I do want a dobie someday, I love them as well.
Some pics for you all!
Stitch as a nun....(Nani poked a hole in the curtain and they love to get their heads in it)
Hi TM, I'm really really very new to this site so I cant say welcome back, but I may be able to help with your problem with your dogs skin breaking out. Our Jindo used to have that problem every summer until we started feeding her AvoDerm dog food, it is avocado based and for some reason it works on problem skin. She's been on it for 6 years now and after the first summer she hasnt had a single problem.