View Full Version : What other dog (breeds) have you had?
8th April 2008, 03:13 AM
I am curious as to what other kinds of dogs people have had and what made you choose a Cavalier?
I have had: a poodle (apricot toy~ "Chloe"~ my screen name still after losing her 6 years ago!), a Jack Russel/ Chihuahua mix (still do), a Sheltie, a yellow lab, 2 Cavaliers (B/T male~ Ollie, Tri female~ Casey).
I saw my first Cavalier on "Sex and the City" and fell in LOVE with her on the show. I started researching the breed and knew it would be the perfect match for my lifestyle. I honestly feel I will never have anything else. I LOVE THEM!
Of course, I have loved all of my dogs, but my poodle, Chloe, was the first doggie love of my life. She was wonderful; I will never forget her. There is something special about poodles that I can't explain~ I honestly feel she could understand everything I said. They are just amazingly intelligent. But I never cared for all of the grooming and I didn't necessarily care for the "poodle look". So my search began for the "perfect" dog.
I do feel I found the PERFECT DOGS in my Cavaliers; I can't put into words WHY I love these dogs so much, but they are so special! It's so nice to know there are so many others out there that feel the same way!
8th April 2008, 03:25 AM
As a child, we had a black lab named Blackie...lol He was fabulous...
Then, we didn't have a dog again until our Charley entered our life in 1992.
He was such a darling, used to joke that he was "the boy I'd never had"...lol
We loved him so much, but were lucky to have him with us for 14yrs, 4months.
We now have Mary Alice (approx.4yrs) and Rosie (13 months).
We chose May 1st for Mary Alices' birthday, as she was about 3 1/2 when we got her and Rosie was born March 1st.
They are beautiful, lovely natured "girls", full of mischief and total rascals, as should be!
It would be great if they could be with us for 14 years.
Not sure I could live without a Cavalier in my life. They are all beautiful.:)
8th April 2008, 03:55 AM
We had a dalmation & a german shorthaired pointer when I was a child. When I got married, my husband and I (both of us in law enforcement) got a lovely german shepherd named Max. When he passed, and later on when we had smaller children, we got a yellow lab named Sunny, and a pound puppy rescue, Australian Shepherd mix named Cody. Both were great with the kids. We lost both to cancer (a few years before we got our Cavalier), at ages 13 and 14.
We have always had larger dogs and didn't think we would ever have a small breed until I met my first Cavalier and then that was that. Had to have one, and don't know what we ever did without her. (My friends joked that I had gone over to the dark side, by getting a toy dog.) Now they love her almost as much as I do!
8th April 2008, 04:52 AM
We had two white toy poodles growing up, and then when they died at 11 and 13, we got two silver toy poodles. They lived to be 15 and 16. They were all really sweet and loving dogs, and as you said, very smart. The first two (especially the younger one, FeFe), were very loving toward everyone, but the 2nd two were not socialized enough outside of my parents and I, so they were not friendly to people outside the family. That was our fault. I was 18 and away at college when my parents got the 2nd set, and we just really didn't know any better. We got the first set when I was 5, and I think the socialization just happened naturally, without us doing it intentionally. We took them lots of places and there were/are 5 siblings in my family, so there was always a lot going on.
I think poodles are adorable and I love the nonshedding characteristic. But I don't like all the grooming necessary either, or the rough brushouts with that "kinky" hair. But I think a well-groomed one is gorgeous.
I wanted more of a "kid" dog and I just absolutely love the looks and temperament of Cavaliers. I wanted one for probably 15 years before I was in a situation where I felt I could get one. And then it was like pulling teeth to get my husband to agree for me to spend MY money on Daisy because he thought it was ridiculous to pay that much for a pet. Part of me agrees when I think about the poor doggies waiting on death row for a reprieve that I could have gotten basically free and would probably have loved just as much. But the heart wants what the heart wants. I wouldn't trade Daisy for the world. She's my dream dog!
8th April 2008, 05:09 AM
I got my first dog when I was four years old.I'm now sixty,I have seldom been without a dog.I've had all kinds,mutts and pure breds.I thought the best dogs in the world were labs,I've had a few great ones.I now have two cavaliers,I want another and I'll never be without one for the rest of my life.
8th April 2008, 05:14 AM
I forgot to add Buddy,he's my big male three year old golden retriever.Very beautiful smart dog.
8th April 2008, 08:48 AM
My first dog was a Golden Retriever, we then got two more Goldies (parents still have the 3rd one) Then I got Leo (Chinese Crested x Maltese) who died in March this year, also had a Chinese Crested (Powder Puff) from rescue, a GSD x Lab (Parents still have her) a Greyhound (saved her form being put down & then found her a new home after she tryed to eat one of our cats!) then Cassie (Jack Russell) who I still have - Oh & then there was the boxer x that wandered into my job last year, he went off with the dog warden but no one claimed him so I had him for a few weeks till I could find him a home with lots of space!
And now we have Sparky the Cavalier. When I worked in kennels we used to have a lot of Cavaliers that boarded with us & I fell in love with them - but doing the rescue work there was always someone else who needed a home when I had a space so I never got my Cavalier untill last week. Leo my Maltese Cross had passed away (at the grand old age of 14.5 years) & my Jack Russell was getting very depressed on her own & as my fiance had never had a puppy we decided to get a pup & so I finaly got my Cav! & hopefully he will be the first of many!
8th April 2008, 11:01 AM
As a child we had a Tri coloured cavalier called Jasper (after jasper carrot) and a Boxer named Bob (the boxer) they got on like a house on fire and i was soo upset when they passed on!
As a teenager I had a very big black and tan Doberman called Axle who was the love of my life at the time he protected me and slept with me every night!
We then got a Weimaraner called Charlie who was completely nuts and i have to say very hard to control - she never fell for the same trick twice and only did things when she wanted too!
So after Charlie i decided it was time we took the relaxed route and thats when we got Harvey closely followed by Guinness - although they can be very hectic but in a different kind of way!
8th April 2008, 01:48 PM
As a child growing up in the 50s we had three different dogs from the shelter, Blackie, Duchess and King. I wanted a cocker spaniel but had to wait until I was living on my own. Gumbo, a blond American Cocker, was with me for 16 years. After Gumbo, I had Abby, a solid black English Cocker, not a spot of white on her until she started to get her grey fur. Abby lived to be a week shy of her 14th birthday. When Abby was 12, I got Hadley, a Clumber Spaniel, and do not shoot me, but she is my heart dog. I have loved all my dogs but none quite like my Hadley. When Abby died I really wanted a second Clumber Spaniel but my brother Michael, who is developmentally disabled and lives with me, asked for a puppy that "would stay small for my lap." That lead us to the dog books and to Buddy, our Cavalier. He is a joy to have around, probably the easiest, sweetest dog I have ever had and now I cannot image life without at least one Clumber and one Cavalier. If I was retired, in good health and could stay most of the time at our house in the country, I would have two Clumbers and two or three Cavaliers.
8th April 2008, 02:07 PM
As a child we had mostly cockers and then a mini dachsund. As an adult I diversified a little owning cockers, mixes, and one of my favorite breeds....the basset. Then I got a rough collie who I still have named Blu-he is a blue merle and so full of energy. I love him to death but do not think I want so much energy again. Lastly I arrived at CKCS and know that I will always have at least one. But I truly do want another basset. I miss my dear sweet Savannah so much. She died in September.
8th April 2008, 02:12 PM
Most of the dogs I had as a child were pavement specials( mongerals ). Apart from Doogle my English/American cocker cross, Ive only had cavaliers for the last 25 years. I would love another cocker - one day.:)
8th April 2008, 02:13 PM
Growing up we had a German Shorthair pointer-- she died when she was 17. Since I moved out we've had a cocker that needed a new home, a brittney, a collie we rescued, a cocker that was slated for euthanasia AND then we found cavaliers. Interesting thread!
8th April 2008, 02:24 PM
First childhood dog was a little black cocker spaniel but good neighbours took her -- she was a gift and I don't think my parents were ready at the time for a dog, with toddlers in the house! (which is why puppies are *never* a good present to surprise someone with unless you absolutely know they want that particular puppy...). A few years later we got a Great Pyrenees, a fantastic, beautiful and noble dog who lived til age 13, ancient for a pyr. Relatives had pugs, GSDs, poodles, collie mixes... so there were a variety of other dogs around. The first dogs I got for myself were cavaliers, which I adore, but if I have the space in the near future I would like someday have a pyrenees again.
We always had cats as well and I'll always have at least two cats around the house.
8th April 2008, 03:01 PM
Growing up we had mutts. My Father was in the Air Force so we travelled around the country. The first dog we ever had was a poodle mix named Lady. We got her from a shelter in Arizona, where we were living at the time, around 1965 or 1966. When we came back to the east coast to live, we put Lady in a crate and she flew with us. When my Father was stationed in California we drove. Lady stayed with my Grandparents. When we got settled we sent for her. She flew across the country again, we picked her up in cargo. When we came back home (Maryland) for the last time. She was again shipped on the plane with us.
That's why I don't understand why people say, moving must get rid of the dog. Ours went with us, it might have been a little stressfull for her, but when she saw us (or should I say my Father) she seemed to forget all about her ride. She was 12 when she had to be PTS.
Anyway, then we had a mixed breed that even the vet couldn't guess what he was. His name was Benji and he lived about 13 years.
When I moved out on my own I bought a Golden Retriever, Christy. She was a great dog. Very smart and lovable. Finally when she was 12 her back legs gave out and she could no longer walk. I tried lots of things, but she just couldn't walk. She had to be PTS. That is just about the saddest thing I ever had to do, make that decision all on my own.
Now I have Breeze, a 120 pound Newfoundland. She is 11 and I've had her since she was seven weeks old. She is a great dog. Loving, playful, very smart, friendly, an excellent friend. Then of course I have Scout, my Cavalier. What a great little dog she is. I don't think I'll ever be without a Cavalier. Breeze is great, but I'm not sure I can do such a big dog again, very messy. If anybody is ever thinking of getting a Newf, please email me for information. There are certain things you must know first LOL.
8th April 2008, 04:57 PM
If I were to have a large dog, I would love to have a Great Pyr or a Newfie, but in Florida it would be torchure since it is so hot here. They are absolutely gorgeous! Are their personalities similar?
8th April 2008, 05:48 PM
Growing up, my family always had a collie or a collie mix. The first dog I ever had that was all mine was an English Springer that I got out of the shelter, which ignited my love of Spaniels. I've had a Bichon/Cocker mix (Annie), a terrier mix (Sandy), and several collies. Right now I have Italian Greyhounds and my one Cavalier - As for why the cavalier? She was just to sweet to resist! I love her dearly, she caused me to fall in love with the breed, it's all Amber's fault!
8th April 2008, 06:13 PM
If I were to have a large dog, I would love to have a Great Pyr or a Newfie, but in Florida it would be torchure since it is so hot here. They are absolutely gorgeous! Are their personalities similar?
I don't know a whole lot about Great Pyrenees, but I think they are a little more protective of their property and owners, they are used to herd and protect the flock. Breeze is protective of me and will bark, but I'm not sure to what extent she would go to if needed. Newfie's are known as Gentle Giants, that about fits them. She's a big old sweetie, teddybear. They both of tons of hair and I'm sure I can say this for both, they bring everything into the house with them, sticks, mud, ,dirt. I even found an earthworm on Breeze one day! :eek: The Newf is worth all the trouble and mess.
8th April 2008, 08:00 PM
As a child we had a liver and white springer, the original Monty, then a fawn peke called Suki. Since 1973, as a couple we have had Cindy and Sally, black and liver and white resp., a rescued collie cross, Benji, then worked up to four cavaliers , of whom we lost Izzy last year.
8th April 2008, 08:19 PM
Hmm OK! I have only ever had Cavaliers around me, although my OH would dearly love to have a Siberian Husky :eek: (We have not got the time nor the space that such a dog requires at this moment in time!)
I am in my early 40's (OUCH!) and freely confess that it was actually my younger sister (& Barbara Woodhouse) who first got me into Cavaliers! I was totally horse mad at the time, and "Training Dogs the Woodhouse way" was on T.V, my sister fell in love with the Cavalier (Seldom shown as he was very well behaved!) on that show, my parents found a puppy who we later realised was a "Puppy Mill" pup, for my sister. It was when she went to Universty and "Charlie's" care fell upon me that I really fell in love with the breed. Charlie, by comparison to my dogs now, was a right old grump, Sorry but he was!! He also developed a LOT of health problems in later life (He was almost 15 when he went to the bridge) that I initially bore the cost of until my parent realised how bad things were for him.
Charlie is the single reason I decided to get into this breed, and every generation that goes by, although not genetically descended to him, is incredibly, heartily, dedicated to him. I do not have a pic to post of him, but he is the sole reason I am so dedicated to this breed and their respective health problems.
8th April 2008, 10:01 PM
When I was little we had Tui, a giant shepherd/? mix that my parents saved from the pound. Then we had Aspen, some kind of mix we adopted when we were vacationing in Aspen, Colorado. Next was Maggie, our blonde Cocker Spaniel, who was PTS about 10 years ago, she died from cushings disease and congestive heart failure. Those were all family dogs...as for my own, I had a few foster dogs from various shelters I volunteered with right after college - a lab/terrier mix named Fletch, a rottie/shepherd mix named Riley and a pit bull/english bulldog mix named Sophia - she was all white except for a black spot around one of her eyes, just like Petey on Little Rascals - she was a real cutie! As for non-fosters, Miles and Truman are the first dogs that are truly mine - well, mine and my fiance's :p He grew up with lots of dogs, including a cavalier, golden, poodle, dachshunds, cockapoo, etc...
I think our next dog will be a rescue, either another cavalier or an older shelter dog that no one wants so it can live out the rest of its life in a house with a family and other pets...but we'll have to wait until we have a house, since our condo rules prohibit us from getting any more pets! :rolleyes:
8th April 2008, 10:47 PM
We always had dogs when I was a child.We had two border collies, a doberman,a german shepherd cross,an alsation and a jack russell,my dad was always bringing home strays also. Some he rehomed and some he kept. As a family myself hubby and kids ,we had a jack russell called snowy (whom I miss dearly) and now our three cavaliers. I don't think I will ever be without cavs now though!
8th April 2008, 11:14 PM
When l was a kid l pestered the life out of my Mam and Dad for a dog until my Dad bought me a little toy poodle when l was 12 but she was a sickly dog and she died after 2 years so he bought me another poodle and she lived till she was 14 but l had to leave her with my Mam when l married Gordon she wouldn't part with her, then we got a border collie Trudi and her daughter Jess from rescue, and bought my rough collie Jack who died of cancer when he was 10, now Ive got Oscar collie/gsd, Cody cavalier, and Sophie shih tzu and 2 cats Gizmo and Cheeky
Ive also got 4 outdoor cats who live in my garden house and come and go as they please, Roxy, Henry, Belle, and Yogi :)
8th April 2008, 11:43 PM
The first dog was a family dog called Judy a Border Collie that when I was living with my Mum and Dad she lived until she was 14 years old
the next one was a cocker spaniel called Penny she came from a puppy farm she lived until she was 10?years old then came Ben who did not live very long because he got a very illness then came Mattie who was my first cavaleir who lived until he was about 4 years old he had MVD the came Rocky a blabk/tan who lived until he was 8 years old now I got Jazzie who is a poodle cross who is 12 years old and of couse there is Sam who is 8 years old and now to my younters Barney who is 2 years old
---Aileen and the (Barney---Jazzie---Sam)
9th April 2008, 03:29 AM
The first dog I ever had was a liver and white springer (Lady) when I was 7 or so and she passed away when I was 12. My parents got another liver and white springer (Maggie) a few months after that and breed her when I was in high school and had tri color puppies and kept one female (Molly). How that my husband and I have our own place and got Maverick. I had a lady that had a ruby King Charles and sparked my love of toy spaniels.
9th April 2008, 03:35 AM
I've had Poodles too, I must say I do have a soft spot for Poodles too. :)
9th April 2008, 03:52 AM
My dogs growing up were rescues. We had a mix that we think was a collie/german shephard and then another that we think was pekinese/beagle. They were so sweet ... Jill and Bessie were their names! When we got older, we got a tan Lhasa (also rescue). We named him Benji.
My sister and I currently have a 14 year old Black/Tan Lhasa Apso named Julie. She lives with my sister but we both take care of her.
9th April 2008, 09:44 AM
My first dog was a Hungarian Puli - a very unique temparament comes with them:) I got my first Cavalier as a perfect foil to that unique temparement and because Cavaliers are just so wonderful I now have three of them :rah:
Chelle & Rex
9th April 2008, 11:04 AM
My first dog was when I was 4 it was a gorgeous gentle black poodle, then we had a Yorkshire Terrier - who was stolen from our garden :(, after that we had a Corgi after the Corgi my Mum rescued a Pomeranian (who is nuts and just barks all the time). Now I'm living away from home Myself and My OH have our gorgeous Rex :luv:
9th April 2008, 11:10 AM
our first dog was a black & white collie cross who we were minding for my sister , sadly he escaped & was run over.
then my sister found a cavalier as a stray & we took her on , followed by a charlie , then more cavs & a rescue papillon.
My sister also had mongrels , gsd & Bullmastiff I spent a lot of time with them but they did not live with me
9th April 2008, 08:41 PM
I like this topic.
I wasn't allowed to grow up with dogs so I haven't had many. But the first thing my husband and I did when we got married was get a Basset Hound as a wedding present to each other. She was absolutley the best dog and we loved her so much. A very healthy and active dog, suprisingly. When you think basset you picture them lying around on the floor, and she didn't do that much. We only had her for 4 years, when she unexpectly passed from and unknown illness in 1998. It took me 9 years to consider getting another dog, I was sooo heartbroken. Now we've had Chloe for a year and of couse she's the best doggie in the world:).
Here's a picture of our Basset Amber. I still miss her.
9th April 2008, 08:52 PM
In addition to the two Cavaliers, I currently am owned by a pair of Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Zack and Zoey. Amazingly they all get along a great percentage of the time.
Here is a picture of my pointy earred babies
Zoey id on the left and Zack is on the right
Zack recently broke down in front. I still don't know what if anything canbe done to help him. The vets and I will keep trying though!
Before Zack, I had an incredibly wonderful Shepherd-Lab-Chow-Wolf mix named Liesl and before that was my first Corgi named Chauncey.
Run Free at the Bridge Chauncery and Liesl.
13th April 2008, 09:35 AM
When i was growing up we had a Sheltie called Zara as a family pet, even to this day I have a real soft spot for a Blue Merle Sheltie, and I would love 1 at some point, they're just great dogs, after Zara came Rebel my German Shepard, who came with me when Lisa and I set up home together, he was an absolute gent, and again, I would love another Shepard at some point in our life,
When Lisa was growing up, her family had 2 collie mixes.....Candy, and Sherry.
Then along came Jake, Lucy, and last but not least Megs :luv:
13th April 2008, 11:19 AM
as im living at my mums we have a full house i have my 2 cavs my mums yorkshire terrier and 2 puppy staffys so its a mad house :)
13th April 2008, 11:35 AM
I was brought up with Shelties and poodles.
When I was looking for my first dog I wanted a sheltie but could not find one so then decided oncavaliers and have never regretted it!
Now I am doing agility I can see my next dog being a sheltie as they are so brill at it not that Tim the cav isn't but I would like a change.
13th April 2008, 01:11 PM
My parents brought home German Shepherd Mix puppy when I was 4 years old. She was with me and my sister for the next 12 years. We loved her. And ever since I have a a soft spot for GSDs.
My first dog as an adult was an American Cocker Spaniel and she lived to be 12 years old. When she was 7, we got a Basset Hound female. What a sweetheart. She was so loving. I have such great memories of her. She lived to be 14.5 years old.
Next came my Vizsla. He was my first boy dog. He was a natural in the woods on hikes. I am not a good trainer and he did things I asked him to do with so little training effort. He was so wanting to please. I loved going camping and hiking with him. He was such a beauty.
Then came the CAVALIERS! I was looking for a small lovable breed that had the easy trainability that I realized that I need. They have fit the bill. This is the perfect breed for me. I will have cavaliers the rest of my life.
However, I am always thinking of getting a Basset Hound, a GSD or a Vizsla again some day in my future. Right now I can't handle more than 4 dogs, so this will be a long time away. But I am always looking at websites for rescue and breeders and keeping tabs on where these lovely dogs can be found.
P.S. My good friend used to have a Pembroke Welch Corgi named Babe who loved to hang out with my cavaliers. I like that breed too.
13th April 2008, 02:35 PM
I grew up with Golden Retrievers. The first one was Saxon - he came home when I was six. Then a few years later we got Jansen another golden. When Saxon was about 10 we got Clover as mum wanted to have another dog from similar lines to Saxon. A few years later Clover had her first litter, so we got Magni and Silja. So at this point we still had five.
After Saxon and Jansen passed on, Clover had her second litter and so we got Tell and Dollar. Unfortunately we had a few bad years wehere we lost Magni, then Clover, then Dollar, Silja all within about 3 years. Mum still has Tell - he's doing okay but has just been diagnosed with bladder stones :(.
Joel was brough up with a JRT which got run over, a yorkie and a yellow lab.
When we decided to get a dog we original wanted a Burmese Mountain Dog. However, they were very expensive and from reading up about them we decided that our house just wasn't big enough nor the garden.
I wanted a dog with a big dog personality, I didn't want a yappy little dog who you could only walk for 10 mins before having to return home, but I wanted a dog that I could manage in size when he/she got a bit older I would be able to lift easily in and out of the car.
Hooray for the cavalier! Fitted my bill exactly :) ans so Merlin arrived and then 18 months later Oakley came too.
Eventually I would like one of each colour and several black and tans - I'd especially like a female bt as they have such endearing faces....... but that will be when I'm retired and have a big house in the country:xfngr:
13th April 2008, 02:42 PM
However, I am always thinking of getting a Basset Hound, a GSD or a Vizsla again some day in my future.
I agree Charleen. I will always have my cavaliers but one day would like to get another basset. You just can not resist their personality after having one. I miss my Sophie and Savannah so much. Wish their lives had been longer. I too watch the rescue pages but know it will be awhile before I can manage another with the crew I have. But one day.......
13th April 2008, 06:37 PM
I have rarely been without a dog all my life. We have had an odd assortment of crossbreeds ( very odd some of them!!) and a number of Griffon Bruxellois, which my grandmother bred and my mother now breeds.
Now being in a position to have another dog, we decided to break with tradition and get another breed! ( Apart from which hubs refuses to be seen walking the Griffys hehe) . After much debate we settled on a Cavalier, then within a week we were amazed to see one appear on a local noticeboard. We replied quickly and were blessed to get Eqinox :D He has only been here a few weeks but cannot imagine being without him and now want another one hehe :D
14th April 2008, 08:08 AM
When I was growing up & living in my parents home we always had x-breeds that I managed to pick up off the street & bring home.
In my adult time I've loved 21 Boxers, a Great Dane, a Labrador & now the 2 Cavaliers.
16th April 2008, 06:10 PM
we use to have 2 golden retrievers and a basset hound. now we have charlie and a mini poodle. we got the basset hound cause it was my uncles. and my grandma and grandpa wanted the goldens.
16th April 2008, 08:00 PM
In my adult time I've loved 21 Boxers
21 ?! Not all at the same time I hope :shock: :)
My first dog when I was living at home was a Brindle&White Boxer called Amba but she died of Pyometra at age 5 (As a consequence I strongly agree with spaying your female dog-I was devastated)
My second was a Jack Russel called Russell :D
Third was an Irish Wolfhound X called Susie who was an absolute diamond with my kids-she had not a bad bone in her body :luv:
Fourth was my Black&White Border Collie called Buddy who ran on Duracell batteries-what a live wire!
Last but not least is currently my baby boy Titch who is a Tri-coloured cav:lotsaluv:
16th April 2008, 08:08 PM
My first dog was (and still is) my Brittany spaniel mix, Buddy. He's white/brown and very smart and loving. He is 8 years old now.
A few months ago I was given my Charlie (he's about 1-1/2 years old).
The two boys get along great! My little Charlies watches Buddy's every move and follows him around all the time!
17th April 2008, 10:07 AM
The first dog we had (I dont recall i was a baby!) was a lab x he was huuuuge! Then we got Jake my first cavalier and now Marley...
In the future I would love to get a dogue de bordeaux and of course more cavaliers... they are so addictive!!!!!!
17th April 2008, 02:06 PM
21 ?! Not all at the same time I hope :shock: :)
No, but at one stage we had 7 Boxers & a Great Dane... and yes they all slept inside :D
19th April 2008, 06:38 PM
Growing up we had a beagle/coon hound/? mix mutt, and my parents still have a Gordon Setter, which is a great large breed dog. Lots of grooming involved though! Here she is with my two this past Christmas. Indy is so cute, a mini-me version of Gracie!
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