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[*] posted on 23-11-2017 at 09:30 AM
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On a recent trip to the uk we collected a preloved cast-off. A six month yellow lab now called Suzy. Having spent a great deal of her life in a crate through the night and a playpen during the day (the young couple both worked full time and had a two year old) she is loving the rural life here in France. However she has embraced the French life rather too much as she soon discovered dried up toads under the leaves and has become obsessed. I am relieved that is all she eats as labradors aren't too particular with their tastes. Yesterday she excelled herself by during her walk she returned with a large live frog/toad from the stream. Am afraid it was rather the worse for its encounter :eeek:;. So what can I do to deter her ? Any suggestions? She finds the dead ones everywhere.


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[*] posted on 23-11-2017 at 09:54 AM


No suggestions but a lot of dead toads sounds a bit odd.
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[*] posted on 23-11-2017 at 10:48 AM


No suggestions but good luck and congratulations. I've just taken on a rescue greyhound/lurcher who alternates between making me laugh and driving me up the wall. He's a swiper of things (treasures to be taken and buried in his bed) and is partial, at the moment, to gloves, shoes, spoons from the dishwasher as its being loaded but best of all the TV remote. :P:banghead::banghead:
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[*] posted on 23-11-2017 at 01:04 PM


We are a very toad rich area and not sure what the survival rate /life expectancy of young toads is. These are only very young toads in the leaves.
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[*] posted on 23-11-2017 at 05:13 PM


Sorry no suggestions but glad you have given her a good home :hug:

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[*] posted on 24-11-2017 at 11:27 AM


Are you sure they are dead? At the moment, they should be hibernating. I thought they were poisonous / noxious to taste so surprised she's eating them.
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[*] posted on 24-11-2017 at 04:05 PM


Well they are very dry and shrivelled and stiff so pretty sure the ones she gets are dead. As she does drop them when a treat is offered :)
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[*] posted on 26-11-2017 at 10:44 AM


Aww I love labs (childhood memories). But yes they do indeed eat ANYTHING. We had my Nan living with us when we had one young one and she used to wear a hairnet (blue or pink) over her curlers at night.... slightly disconcerting to come across a large steaming pile of you know what encased in a bright blue hair net! How the dog survived all the things it devoured we still have no idea... while our backs were turned for literally a moment she also ate a plug off a TV (which was at the time plugged in) fortunately she pulled it out of the socket before the vital bit got chewed. She definitely had a death wish as evidenced when she jumped off the garage roof.... just don't ask.

She managed to live to a ripe old age though.... just in case you were wondering!!

I'd love another Lab but not sure my nerves are up to it :heh hee:
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[*] posted on 26-11-2017 at 03:27 PM


:heh hee::heh
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[*] posted on 26-11-2017 at 05:48 PM


Crikey Helen, I think I've got off lightly with my degenerate lurcher then!! :heh
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[*] posted on 27-11-2017 at 11:16 AM


Wow Helen, can see why you've not had another Lab :D:eeek:
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[*] posted on 28-11-2017 at 07:40 AM


Got to love a Lab:heh hee::heh hee::heh hee: our rescue Choccie girl was a hoot. Not as many brain cells as a Golden Retriever or even an SBT but guarenteed to make me smile. Only suggestion I can offer is to buy her several retrieving "dummies" & keep Suzy busy working on a walk so she does not go off & find her own entertainment. We have retrieving toys that float as well as regular "dummies"



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[*] posted on 28-11-2017 at 07:52 AM


Good idea L-J
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[*] posted on 28-11-2017 at 09:50 AM


:heh hee: My mother used to have a mad English pointer. He was gorgeous, but dim. He used to find hedgehogs and run around insane with excitement with them in his mouth :dizzy: He used to chew all kinds of things too. My mum used to save up stamps for things like electricity and telephone bills (I suspect that dates me) and he once ate the telephone stamp book, with about thirty-odd pounds worth of stamps in it and a ten pound note that had been left with it. Mind you, my brother works in the National Crime Agency and used to work in Customs and he told me that bank notes all have a residual level of cocaine on them, so maybe the dog was onto something :heh hee::heh hee:

I had a cat that used to catch frogs from the pond. I think they were frogs, not toads, but they did make him froth at the mouth :yucky:

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[*] posted on 28-11-2017 at 05:49 PM


I am sure Suzy will settle down eventually ....:dizzy: :heh hee: :dizzy: Reading these posts reminded me why it is cats all the way for me!



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[*] posted on 28-11-2017 at 06:14 PM


:heh hee::heh
hee::heh hee:my springer loves to collect hedgehogs,and he's 15




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[*] posted on 29-11-2017 at 10:29 AM


Haven't seen a hedgehog in years, not even squished on the roads. Shows how rare they are getting
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[*] posted on 6-4-2018 at 05:16 PM


I was told Labrador s start to settle down from 5 years old. Brandy our black lab took cushions off the settee and went running down the garden with them. He was 14 at this point. A very mischievous character but loved him all the same.
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[*] posted on 7-4-2018 at 12:28 PM


I was told with Golden Retrievers, when I asked at what age they calmed down, that they never do, they just tire out quicker as the get older!
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