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Bruiser on Webster St.

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rose_cat
Sep. 6th, 2012 05:49 am (UTC)
Bruiser is beautiful! He also looks a little guilty :)
karaokegal
Sep. 7th, 2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
Something sneaky is definitely going on.
rose_cat
Sep. 7th, 2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
He looks to me like a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. (I've had some experience with them, so I just had to google so I could go on about it a little bit ;) )

I have no idea why "greater" is in the name; there doesn't appear to be a "lesser" one. The related Bernese Mountain Dog is very similar, but has longer hair and tends to be a little larger and stockier. (The humongous Saint Bernard is also closely related.)

Bruiser has some long hair that I didn't see in the pics I looked at (or in the one a vet tech I used to work with). He could be a mix, or just have some natural variation you wouldn't see in, say, a show dog.

My tech friend's dog was around eight months when she got her, and a bit rambunctious and in need of some training and a firm hand. Her owner was working with her and mostly keeping her in line by the time she started occasionally bringing her to work, but when Mom wasn't around her "teenager" would try to push the envelope.

Once Mom brought the dog in in a hurry. She had gobbled a big chocolate bar she'd grabbed out of a gift basket when nobody was looking. Chocolate being poisonous to dogs, she was quickly given an emetic. (The activated charcoal came later, which is a godawful mess.) The resulting flood of chocolatey vomit smelled heavenly and completely unlike the other vomit we usually got. I was extremely pleased, since part of my job was to clean that stuff up.
karaokegal
Sep. 8th, 2012 12:09 am (UTC)
Wow! That's quite a story and it sounds like it was quite a dog. I wonder what the evolutionary reason for the dogs being poisoned by chocolate might be.
rose_cat
Sep. 8th, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
I don't know the answer to that -- or if anyone does -- but the dangerous substance is theobromine, and it can kill cats too. It would be bad for us if we ate enough of it, but that's extremely unlikely. We can metabolize it much faster than dogs and cats can.
vanillafluffy
Sep. 6th, 2012 06:41 am (UTC)
Aww! Much BMD love!

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karaokegal
Sep. 7th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
I just had to get a shot of those facial markings.
aeron_lanart
Sep. 6th, 2012 10:47 am (UTC)
Awww.
The only dog I'd call Bruiser would be a teacup Yorkie or something along those lines.
karaokegal
Sep. 7th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
That would be clever. This one didn't look terribly fierce either.
sharp2799
Sep. 6th, 2012 11:32 am (UTC)
Love this!
karaokegal
Sep. 7th, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I just had to get that face.
abbysiuta
Sep. 7th, 2012 01:32 am (UTC)
Now that's a classic dog face!
karaokegal
Sep. 7th, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
IKR? Such a sweetie!
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