Re: cat people seem nicer than dog people...
I think a problem many established forums go through is where a membership is fairly knowledgeable about their pets and new members have grown and educated themselves and then feel they are an authority on the subject...but perhaps they have forgotten that at one point, they didn't know anything, either. Then everyone gangs up on the new member who needs help and because of the way the membership responded, they ran that person off. Now, how does that help the new member or their pets?
I would much rather welcome people who wish to learn, want to learn, need to learn...and be friendly and welcoming while gently educating them, rather than run them off with rudeness because I don't agree with how they are currently doing things. Just because one way works best for me, it doesn't make it the only way.
What kinds of running off problems are you having with Lola? Simple obedience issues or something else?
We just caught a dog who had a "Home Again" tag on his collar and were able to get him returned to his people w/in 30 minutes. He is a bird-dog hunting type breed. Springer Spaniel, but shorter fur and taller, like a pointer. Anyhow, his owner said if he gets loose he is off! following his nose!
I am just glad we were able to return her dog to her alive. He could have been hit, and truth be told; my husband was getting his gun because we at first thought he was after the horse.* Turns out he had one of my tomcats cornered and I was able to grab his collar, pull him away from the "cat house" and place him in our wire dog-kennel that we use for the kitties in nice weather.
*we cannot allow a stray dog to chase my several-thousand-dollar horse through the fencing or bite/injure the horse.
We have good fencing and a low hotwire to discourage dogs, but if dogs get in there, harass the horse, won't leave the horse alone and we can't catch it or run it off...I will NOT go through another week of veterinary care and thousands of dollars in vet bills only to have to euth the horse because the injuries were too great, all because of a stray dog, like we had to do in 2004.