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Old Vic

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  1. Neither. It's harmless up to a point. That point being that our canine companions see that they are making us happy - as indeed they ARE capable of seeing. Beyond that the joke is on us!
  2. 1 x GSD and 2 x GSD/Collie, - all males and they all howled at reasonably distant emergency vehicle sirens. This is totally different behaviour to barking as it's a strategy to resonate the wind pipes and get the sound to carry just as far as possible. Stretching the neck vertically and shaping the cheeks facilitates this. They also modulate the pitch when they get really into it. It's obviously the best way of signalling presence in the sparse territories wolves occupy. It could possibly be more of a pack cohesion than a mating behaviour, though these instincts can't be inseparable.
  3. When a dog chooses his new home (and you) it's sort of permanent. Goldie obviously gave this a lot of consideration, and also took up references with your existing clients, before making his final decision. He's a magnificent pooch!
  4. Wind the clock back to the 1960's and there was another GSD racing across Druridge Bay (based near Cresswell) called Bonzo. Technically he was Bonzo II, as his namesake lived in the 1930's and '40's. He was bred at Marley Hill, Gateshead, and probably separated from his mother a bit too early. He chased seagulls in the surf; would never admit that they could outdistance him, and often disappeared far into the dunes, returning in his own good time. He was often seen skipping the breakers around the other side of the bay in pursuit of gulls, and returned hyperventilating and totally drenched after a worrying wait. This, and daytime and evening work commitments, meant that it became better to take him there at night when the gulls were grounded, and sometimes in the wee small hours. We did this at all phases of the moon, season, and almost regardless of the wind state. My late mother often accompanied me, and I know that she too found the experience uplifting, and remarked on this more than once later in her life - Bonzo outlived her. With certainty one of those few cherished moments we all experience!
  5. Supplementary Info: The Bedlington Terrier was/is popular with the famous Rockefeller family. They employed their own manager (breeder?) called Mr Neary, and this gentleman visited Bedlington in the 1970's (and probably many times) to confer with local people and breeders. I only met him once that I can now recall, but he seemed a very knowledgable and competent person - well, you wouldn't expect anything else with the Rockefeller eye for exactitude! Thinking back, I now recall that he sent my father a memento of his visit in the shape of a autographed high quality ceramic Bedlington Terrier. I gained the impression that the Rockefeller family's attachment to the Bedlington Terrier breed went back multiple generations.