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Starbuck the Wonder Dog
Posted by: Dale Franks on Tuesday, January 30, 2007

I've never seen a dog as smart as my new American Staffordshire Terrier (Not a "Pit Bull"), Starbuck.

She is already house-trained, a task that took about 2 weeks to accomplish. I've never seen a dog so easy to train.

The Lovely Christine already has her responding to "sit"; "down", where she lays on her belly—the dog, not Chris. That's a different command; "pow", where she falls down and rolls over on her back (again, the dog, not Chris...different commands entirely); and "five" where she presents a paw to shake.

She's getting to be a bigger and bigger dog, though. God knows how big she'll actually get.
 
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Beautiful AmStaff, but not a pit bull? Puh-leeze. AmStaff is just a politically correct synonym for APBT. It does come in handy when dealing with those who don’t know any better, though. Most people who know that the two are essentially the same breed also know enough about that breed not to fear it.
 
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Beautiful AmStaff, but not a pit bull? Puh-leeze. AmStaff is just a politically correct synonym for APBT. It does come in handy when dealing with those who don’t know any better, though. Most people who know that the two are essentially the same breed also know enough about that breed not to fear it.
I really have no earthly idea what you’re talking about. Are you even writing in English? It looks like complete gibberish to me. My homeowner’s insurance policy says it’s an AmStaff. All this raving about "Pit Bulls" makes you sound like you’ve been sucking on a crack pipe.

I would never, ever own a "Pit Bull", a breed of known aggressive tendencies. No, I would only own an "American Staffordshire Terrier", which is, like, totally different. Like night and day.

"Pit bull", indeed. Why, that’s just crazy talk!
 
Written By: Dale Franks
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My homeowner’s insurance policy says it’s an AmStaff.
Of course it does, because if it said Pit Bull you wouldn’t have a homeowner’s policy. My Aunt has owned a series of Bull Terriers. Same problem. They had to change insurance companies when their original company dropped them because of the dogs.

Their dogs are wonderful though. Built like cinder blocks and about as smart, but very sweet and affectionate.

On the otherhand, I have a cat. My insurance company doesn’t care that I own a cat. My cat doesn’t care that I own him either, quite frankly. He was my wife’s idea. But of course I’m still the one he wakes up in the morning. Doh.
 
Written By: Jeff the Baptist
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Dale,

She’s gonna LOVE those tire toys. I have two lab mutts (pound puppies) and they can’t get enough of toys made of hard rubber or recycled tire.

I’ve actually spun around in a circle with Riley entirely in the air because he wouldn’t let go of the tire tug.
 
Written By: A fine scotch
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Hard rubber tire toys? Prepare to have little black bits all over as she chews on them. At least, that’s what I find under mine (the sweetest, most affectionate dog of our little pack) when she gets up off the couch. We’ve given up on anything destructible at all from lasting more than 20 minutes to an hour unless it’s a rope. And she loves tug with the rope.

Somehow she also seems to weigh about 50 lbs more than her 54 lbs when she’s sleeping on the covers over your foot too.
 
Written By: Bill W.
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So cute! This is random but what kind of camera did you snap those with? I try to take pics of my little one, but lets face it, she’s no Tyra and the pictures always come out blurry with her moving (not to mention too dark). I need a new faster camera so my friends can stop pretending those grey blobs are adorable!

DALE RESPONDS: I use a Canon 20D Digital SLR. I doubt you’re interested in dropping $1400 to take some pet pictures, though, so that’s probably not much help to you.
 
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How’s she doing with the ferrets? And how’s the cat dealing with her now?
 
Written By: Firehand
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The cat is still very freaked out, even though the dog hasn’t tried to molest her. I think that’s a cat problem, rather than a dog problem.

Of the ferrets, two of them are like, "eh." The third ferret, however, constantly tries to climb on the dog’s back. Apparently, the ferret is convinced that if she can just get into position to scruff the dog, Starbuck will roll over and be submissive. Considering that the dog weighs about 15 pounds now, and the ferret weighs 1.5 pounds, I’d say that that’s one confident ferret.
 
Written By: Dale Franks
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