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Two Sides Of The Beast: When Your Dog's Mixed Breeds Show Up To Battle
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Two Sides Of the Beast: When Your Dog\'s Mixed Breeds Show Up to Battle

Dogs who are not pure bred have the characteristics of two or more breeds in their hairy little bodies. Sometimes the breeds are similar enough so that the dog is a mellow, even character that you basically know how to handle. Sometimes though, the breeds inside of your dog battle for control. Such is the case with Good Charlotte Renee, the Dementor, or Charlotte as she if usually referred to. She also answers to several other names including: Charley Barley, Char-butt and Charlo-wetta in addition to dingbat, silly girl and pony/goat/dog. It all works.

Now, Charlotte is the product of a pure bred Rottweiler female and a Black Lab male- if you see her, she is mostly Rottie in appearance. She is all, 100% demented, 100% of the time. For instance, if you want to play fetch with her, you can, but you have to understand how the two breeds view this particular game. The lab part is perfectly willing to run and get whatever you just threw but then the Rottweiler part is not going to so happy about giving it up. (In Charlotte's case you pretend you don't want the thing back and she will literally bring it to you, throwing it right at you. You learn that lesson quickly.)

Walking such a beast is also a trial and error, learning opportunity each and every time. This dog has now reached eighty pounds at one year old and is strong as a moose. Most of the time, you can strap her into a harness and she will walk with at least some sense but others, it is a whole, lighting fast decision moment because one side kicked in and overruled the other. One time the Rott side lost its mind because someone walked past with a hat on- and she could not see his face. More recently, it was birds in a park. Usually, she sees them, acknowledges them and goes on about her business. This time, the Labrador side decided it was bird season and away she went, leash and human in tow. Letting go of the leash and then hoping to catch her later was the only recourse that anyone would have, flat on the ground, shoulder and knee coated in grass stains.

Somewhere in her lineage is a rabbit, because all eighty pounds of her will bounce at you, ears flapping in the air, big doggy smile on her face. Somewhere in her bloodline is a football player because she tackles her 9 year old, human sister. And somewhere in her history surely lays an angel because even when she is demented, which is all of the time, she is the sweetest dog ever.


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What an enjoyable article!

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  about 6 years ago

The whole bird hunting thing is still making my nine year old giggle. She said from behind it looked like a cartoon moment. (Took her ten minutes to catch up to me and to ask if I was okay because she was laughing so hard.)

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  about 6 years ago

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  about 6 years ago
Amy4  

HA HA HA! Much of your article sounds like my 1 &1/2 year old Will E! He is a black lab, blue heeler, boston terrier...just when I think he is predictable, he does something else! Thanks for the smile this morning, and I pray you are doing well :)

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  about 6 years ago

I would be doing better if Good Charlotte or (GC) for my facebook friends had not pulled me down yesterday while bird hunting. I landed on my shoulder first and then a knee before finally skidding to a stop, letting go of the leash and laying there for a moment or two. That nut.

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  about 6 years ago
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