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Empusa Mon 11-Jul-11 22:39:07

Go on, make me jealous!

Thought we needed a positive thread about them. grin

fruitshootsandheaves Mon 11-Jul-11 22:40:57

I don't have a Staffie but there is one at my training class who is just lovely. He is called Spud and is white and black always looks like he's smiling and is very well behaved.

Empusa Mon 11-Jul-11 22:43:57

lol, that is a great name. They have got gorgeous faces don't they?

rogersmellyonthetelly Mon 11-Jul-11 23:00:09

Peppa, 5 months old, nickname "the pest" desperately friendly, very cuddly, waggy waggy tail. Can't resist chasing cats, but otherwise a wonderful little friend.

PintOfStellaAndBuckfastChaser Mon 11-Jul-11 23:08:52

My Staffy puppy is 16 weeks old today, she's called Ruby and is Brindle. She has lovely soft fur and is sooo cuddly, I fell asleep on the sofa last night cuddling into her, didn't wake up til 8am this morning!

I got her one day short of eight weeks, and she has been no trouble at all.
I've had to do alot more cleaning than I used to, due to her toilet needs, but she is learning and has started going to the door to let us know when she needs to go.

DS gets on brilliantly with her, and when I was able to start taking her outside 3 weeks ago, I took her down to the school with me for DS, and everyone fell in love with her.
Unfortunately, there was a few parents who took one look at her and did the good old 'cats bum face' hmm, despite her sitting good and wagging her tail at all the attention. I just think it's sad that a lovely breed has been tarnished due a few irresponsible owners.

I can't believe how much I love her, in the short time we've had her, even my mum has fell in love with her, and she can't stand dogs!

Empusa Mon 11-Jul-11 23:10:16

Aww! Wish my dog was cuddly, instead he's a grumpy old man and is big enough to take up the whole sofa (and frequently does!)

QuietTiger Tue 12-Jul-11 15:07:25

Fruitshootsandheaves - are you in the Essex area? the reason I ask, a very good friend of mine has a black and white staffy called Spud (has a sister, called Tulip) and he was in the Good Citizen Display team at Crufts this year. There can't be many Staffies called Spud who are black and white!!

Lollyheart Tue 12-Jul-11 15:12:12

Mine is 8 years now, we got him when he was 9 weeks.

He thinks he is one of the kidsgrin my 3 dcs love him so much.

His is a big softie, likes to sit on the trampoline and is scared of birdsgrin

DoNotTakeMeSiriusly Tue 12-Jul-11 15:14:47

Mine is 6 years old. Her name is Blaise (after Blaise Zabini from Harry Potter, yes I am a geek!) goes by the name of Baiseyboo. She likes long walks, chewy bones and humping Shaun the sheep.

Photo of my wonderful baisey on profile!

grin

Happyfinnish Tue 12-Jul-11 15:15:11

I don't have a Staffie (yet!) but the more I read about them the more I think that when I'm in a position to get a dog, I'll be looking for a rescue Staffie. I feel very bad on behalf of the breed that they're so misunderstood - they really seem to have become an 'underdog' through no fault of their own. It's good to read these comments on here.

Empusa Tue 12-Jul-11 19:41:47

Just ,et a beautiful little 6 month old staffie! Absolutely gorgeous and so friendly. Unfortunately she belongs belonged to my neighbours, who are being utter fuckwits.

They have a cat, said cat is seriously territorial. They know this. Neither of them can walk far at all. So couldn't walk a dog. And yet they brought this dog home with them today.

Luckily the previous owner is willing to take the puppy back, but they expected us to drive them back (no idea why), and as far as I could tell, they expected that if they'd kept the dog that we'd have walked it for them. hmm Even if our dog wasn't really aggressive with other dogs that would have taken the piss.

</rant>

Was a gorgeous staffie though, really do want one!

fruitshootsandheaves Tue 12-Jul-11 19:46:33

yes that's the one! grin small world!

crispycake Tue 12-Jul-11 22:42:42

Our brindle sfaffie Lucy is 10 years old! If you met her though you would think she's a pup as she's so playful but I think her grey face might give her age away! smile
We love her to bits and she loves us. she's very happy, loving, loyal, loves cuddles, sleeping and playing with her bone! oh and catching spiders and flies!
She's scared off a wooden elephant we have and refuses to go out in the rain smile
We would definitely get another staffie

KD0706 Tue 12-Jul-11 23:55:18

Our doggy (who we lost in February sad ) was a staffie cross. Nobody could work out exactly what he was crossed with, even the vet.
He was just like a stretched staffie, stretched both tall and long.

He was a rescue dog but came from the pound, not a proper rescue. He was unfortunately not great with stranger dogs running up to him, anxiety aggression (never attacked another dog but made it very clear he didn't appreciate the invasion of his space). But other than that he was perfect. Gorgeous boy. Lovely and cuddly, liked to stick his head in my lap for me to scratch his ears. Favourite position was lying upside down propped against the sofa. He was the nosiest dog ever, loved his sniffs and used to properly stare at people in the street if he thought they were interesting. So gentle and good natured. Scared of the Hoover but other than that just a joy to have in the house.

We generally had ok responses to him. I think most sensible people can tell when you're a responsible owner but there were some idiots who snatched their children up when we came near.
He was brindle and quite stripy looking and children often used to say 'mummy mummy look at that tiger dog over there'

Poor old man, I still feel sad when I think of how wonderful he was and how much he enjoyed life, compared to how poorly he was at the end (he had v aggressive cancer which saw him go from a slightly stiff old man, still enjoying walks and jumping up on the bed, to a poorly thing who was incontinent and could barely walk in the space of a fortnight)

Sorry I've brought the thread down a bit. But the important thing was he was so wonderful and so many staffie and staffie crosses languish in rescues because of unfair misconceptions.

Ephiny Wed 13-Jul-11 13:26:13

Your poor old boy, KD sad. Sounds like he was absolutely wonderful, you must miss him terribly.

I can't understand the prejudice against these lovely dogs at all, or why people object to the way they look - I think they've got the sweetest, friendliest faces, gorgeous little dogs really.

Tchootnika Wed 13-Jul-11 15:38:09

Thank you, Empusa!
Am supposed to be working at the moment, but couldn't resist the opportunity to talk about my beautiful, beautiful little rescued Staff...
(probably) about 3 yo, now, abandoned after having been used for breeding (although she was much too young); very intelligent (and very cheeky), ludicrously sociable with people and dogs, incredibly playful; amazing sense of humour, loves learning new things, very chatty - curls up comfortably and mumbles every night...
Fantastically easy going: the only 'problems' that we've had are that we had to modify our taste in music, because she finds anything other than gentle classical (or sometimes Sigur Ros, Vangelis, Air, etc.) a bit too hectic and scary.
I used to be very sceptical about people who say "I'd only ever have [x-dog breed]" - but can now see why people say it about Staffs... ours is a completely typical Staff: adorably silly, cuddly and affectionate, and a real, real poppet.

Have also found out quite a bit about rescued Staffs, and the thing that most amazes me about these dogs is how incredibly gentle and forgiving they are, and that despite having often been treated appallingly, they still have such lovely gentle characters.

PersonalClown Wed 13-Jul-11 15:43:43

Ahhhh my woofer.

He's Synyster. A very weird mix of tan and blue. Blue framing round the head, ears, chest and a blue tail!!
Very slobbery, talkative and will sit on you the minute there is an inch of space.

Pics are on my profile along with this video that I just found of him as a pup!grin

higgle Wed 13-Jul-11 18:28:33

I've posted about our 9 year old rescue, Porridge, before. He is white with a few black spots, lovely, calm, friendly.

BabyDubsEverywhere Wed 13-Jul-11 18:52:56

My staffie is 10 months and called Reggie, he is my baby. But a massive pain in the arse to walk ANYWHERE!

It will literally take us hours to get to the corner shop and back.....the reason?

Everyone bloody loves him! EVERYONE! we have yet to meet a single sole, male or female, young or old who can possibly walk past my beautiful pup without song and verse on how stunning he is, grin grin grin
Like i dont know haha, hes a little beaut!

Love my Reggie I do smile

(slightly bad points...soooo needy, we are looking at getting another dog by the end of the year so he has a companion...of course i may well end up with two of the daft buggers tripping me up when i walk down the stairs or sitting in the bathroom when i need the loo grin but i dont care grin )

WoodRose Wed 13-Jul-11 20:59:34

I regularly meet two staffies on my walks. Every single time I see these staffies I have to call my BC puppy to my side, clip on her lead and turn her head away from the staffies. Why? Because those vicious "Devil Dogs" are frozen to the spot, terrified of my 8 mos old puppy! grin

bumpybecky Thu 14-Jul-11 17:07:47

BabyDubs I am most disappointed with you - I clicked on your profile to see your gorgeous staffie and all I can see are two (lovely!) cats - need pics of puppy too please!

I'm not a staffie owner, but am gradually becoming convinced that I will be in the future. There are some lovely ones at school and I've just started dog walking at the local animal rescue place and have walked a couple of lovely staffies there. They are very strong when all I'm used to is a very elderly labxcollie! but so friendly smile

BabyDubsEverywhere Thu 14-Jul-11 19:30:06

Ill put it on my 'to do list' for the weekend blush

Mind you he is soooo stunning that i feel bad for everyone elses poor dogs grin

<BabyDubs openly admits to an extreme case of PFS (Precious First Staffie)>
grin

Empusa Thu 14-Jul-11 19:40:26

woodrose Awww!!

DizzyKipper Fri 15-Jul-11 15:37:54

My little boy is Homer, he was the runt of the little and me and my partner got him when he was 9 and a half weeks old. He's now just over 2 and every day I feel so proud of the dog he has turned out as, he is very friendly and well socialised balanced with just that little pinch of mischief wink. He wants to make friends with everyone and have fun and likes nothing better than to play with other dogs he meets, except for catching bubbles of course. He's well behaved and responds well to commands - imagine silly me dropping a bit of raw chicken on the floor and being able to tell him "leave it" and have him actually listen grin

When he was about 1 we adopted a rescue cat from the Battersea and he is absolutely brilliant with her - everyone kept saying "watch out he's going to eat her" which is just ridiculous, he is so gentle when he plays with her and quite often you can see the two of them cuddled up together fast asleep.

I couldn't ask for a better dog and wouldn't want to!

DorothyGherkins Fri 15-Jul-11 15:48:49

Our Staffy lived to the grand age of fifteen years. She was such a character, never had a dog with such a personality. Easy going, loveable, cuddly, just loads of fun. We got her when our youngest was three years old, and she was always brilliant with the kids and all their friends. We all cried buckets when she died, and even now, six years later, cant think of her without a tear in my eye. Never met a nasty one, although I can believe in the wrong hands they could be trouble. Like children, they need to be taught the boundaries, but respond to firm discipline and lots of love.Wonderful dogs.

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