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15 minutes ago, drahkon said:

It's actually armoured toad.

Get your German right, bob.

Is it not shielded toad? Isn't Panzer armour?

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17 minutes ago, Goafer said:

Is it not shielded toad?

Can be both. Technically "Schildkröte" would translate to "shield toad".

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Isn't Panzer armour?

Can be. In zoology "Panzer" is actually "shell", though.

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6 minutes ago, drahkon said:

Can be both. Technically "Schildkröte" would translate to "shield toad".

Can be. In zoology "Panzer" is actually "shell", though.

So I guess Panzer is more apt than I thought. Excellent.

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19 hours ago, Goafer said:

I looked at his face today and regretted not calling him Garrus. From the front, the resemblance is pretty close.

Probably not too late to change. I don't think tortoises understand or respond to their names anyway, so you can call him whatever you want.

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33 minutes ago, MoogleViper said:

Probably not too late to change. I don't think tortoises understand or respond to their names anyway, so you can call him whatever you want.

He's already had 'Panzer' etched into the tortoises shell though...

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So this happened:

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Seeing as I work from home and I've just passed my probation, making my job much safer, we figured the time was right to get a dog.

His name's Bru and he's a rescue dog from Dog's Trust. He is incredibly nervous, especially around men. The times we went to see him at the kennels were hard to say the least. He would just bark at us and show clear signs of distress. I had only managed to pet him once during my visits and that was immediately after giving him a treat. Before we met him, he had been so nervous that he very almost chewed his tail off. Fortunately the vets just about managed to save it.

We brought him home today and since we've got him home, he's been a completely different dog. When we picked him up, he ran over to our car and jumped straight in. He didn't bark at all on the way home and throughout most of the day. He's had cuddles with both me and Maddie, which is still hard to believe. He responds to his name and will come to us wherever we are in the house. Given that he wouldn't step within about 5 metres of me at the kennels, this is a miracle.

It must have been the kennels that made him so nervous. He's still a bit wary when he's in the garden, but it's manageable and quite understandable given the new noises. 

Our only worry now is that he'll grow dependent on us. He does tend to follow us around the house, especially Maddie. Hopefully he'll get better as he becomes more comfortable around the house and his confidence grows.

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Bru is settling in well and after 3 years of living here, we've finally socialised with other people in the village. Bru got on really well with almost all of the dogs and has definitely shown his Collie instincts, as he tried to herd his new best friend Jack. His fear of strangers is pretty much gone, with only the occasional man that he doesn't like. He can still be jumpy at times, but he's come a hell of a long way.

Finally got some decent photos as well:

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Seeing as I now have a phone that can do super slow motion video, I thought I'd test it on the dog:

 

 

(The music was not my choice, apparently the phone adds music of it's own)

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