See what a raccoon does to a big dog: Photo Friday

Big dogs behave and respond differently than little dogs. Big dogs can often be calm in the face of wild and odd behavior (from people and other animals). Perhaps being large of size, big dogs do not have so many barking fits at the strange antics of other creatures? What do you think?

Big dogs often indulge the infants of other species

A big dog watching and waiting patiently in a public park.

A big dog watching and waiting patiently in a public park.

 Raccoons Are Awesome: Compilation

A fun and funny video for your Friday, do share but…

Don’t try this at home!

Wild animals do not make great pets. The man who took these raccoons in, did it because he knew what to do to help them grow up and return to nature. Of course raccoons play, like all young mammals do, they have to learn what they can do, and can’t do. Like human children, raccoons learn by doing and are often surprised at what they should never do.

Thanks for looking in.

Have a great weekend. Deborah Taylor-French

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Potty humor for not so funny loss of NetNeutrality

Why do we laugh when bad stuff happens?

I hate that. In myself and others, we snicker. We chortle. We choke. Gallows humor abounds. Self deprecating remarks pass with giggles rippling between sisters, parents or friends.

Does that smile of mine mask helpless sorrow? Yes, often it does. I can’t help or fix hard situations for people I love. I cannot even slow my loved ones and pets aging process. Perhaps we need those sly asides or feeble attempts at humor?

One of a kind dog that does not need walking

One of a kind dog that does not need walking

To everything, I do see a flip side.

Self–deluding humor adds wit and wisdom too.

Make sure that in a crisis the last thing you lose is your sense of humor.

Satire Saturday? Sure for Net Neutrality

Please share for freedom of speech, freedom of small business capitalism and for your grandchildren’s future too.

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Applause for gentle big dogs: Photo Friday

In praise of big dogs and the people who love them,

I give you today’s “Photo Friday” on Thursday.

I love big dogs, don’t have any now. Sure wish I did.

Hey, I'm a cool dog.

Chilling between his families feet

 “The Samoyed is a good-natured, kind, somewhat mischievous, family dog who has a fondness for people, especially children. They have developed over the years in close proximity with people, and therefore love to be around them. The beauty of a Samoyed is in its smile, which extends from ear to ear and will attract attention when they are out.

An owner of a Samoyed should be somebody who is willing to give of their time in both grooming and activity. Samoyeds do not shed, instead you will find their woolly undercoat coming out like white balls of fluff floating through the air. Their coat is also odorless, which is why it has been used in the past for spinning wool.” San Francisco Samoyed Rescue Website

Yummy. People food!

Thanks, I waited sooo long for this.

Before we became adoptive parents, I  had to give up my dream of rescuing a Samoyed dog. I checked out several books from the library and they all stated that Samoyed dogs need two hours of exercise per day. Becoming a mother, running a home, keeping my job teaching dance squeezed my days too tight.

That’s our back story behind why we choose keeshonds, instead of Samoyed.

Two hours a day, do you have it?

Does your family have active members who love to jog, hike or run, daily?

If your answer is yes, then read up on what great pets Samoyed’s make.

San Francisco Samoyed Rescue needs foster homes ASAP!


Deborah Taylor-French

PS. Please share and care for dogs that do not deserve to lose their lives due to over breeding and public ignorance about irresponsible puppy mill breeders.

A four tips for successfully parenting big dogs

  1. Prepare before adopting or fostering a big dog.
  2. Exercise your big dog, everyday!
  3. Spend time socializing your big dog to greet others with gentle patience.
  4. Hand-feed your big dog to take treats and food in a relaxed manner.




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Search and Rescue Dogs of 9/11: Keep hope alive

Dogs need hope

Did you know that? Rescue dog handlers learned that after 9/11 as they worked to save lives and find bodies. The dogs needed to find someone alive to keep doing the hard and dangerous work of searching the hideously smelling wreckage.

A dog’s sense of smell compared to a human’s sense of smell.

A dog’s sense of smell is about 1,000 to 10,000,000 times more sensitive than than a person’s nose.” According to Dog Breed Info.


 How did these dogs do this?

How could these sensitive nosed dogs do this work? It must have required a ton of courage and encouragement. They must have felt sick at finding so few people alive after days of working.

What gives you hope?

What gives you hope for the future?

What keeps you writing, blogging and/or volunteering?

What beliefs help you?

Who is your inspiration?

These dogs and their handlers inspire me. I want to learn how to reset my hope.

Please leave a comment and/or share.

So many in this world need hope, love and caring.

Thanks, Deborah Taylor-French

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Freedom equals vigilance: Fight For The Future

Fight for the Future or FFTF

WordPress joins the big slow today!

Keep the NSA and multinational corporations from slowing down the Internet.

Our freedom demands vigilance.

Please share, call Congress and sign the petition

Please share, call Congress and sign the petition

  • USA citizen’s taxes helped to build the Internet.
  • Do not let the NSA choke it down to the slow lane.
  • Please click on the top link, sign the petition, call your Congress person to fight the NSA and keep the Internet one-speed.

Read The Guardian “Net neutrality: why Fight for the Future is hosting Internet Slowdown”

Find out why…”Reddit, Netflix, Mozilla and thousands of others are taking part in a public outcry over US cable companies’ attempted power-grab.”

Stop the Internet Slowdown

Thank you,

Deborah Taylor-French

PS. Come back tomorrow for some real dogs.


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An Irish Pet Blogger: Wordless Wednesday

By Deborah Taylor-French

“This IS YOUR MONTH! Yes, we shout, because September is International Pet Blogger Month, and BlogPaws is the first, the original, and the social media community that launched it all in 2009…”

International Pet Blogger Month

Do you long for more friends? Do you want to connect in community?

I experience the joy of loving friends and family. A huge heartful of gratitude to my friend, favorite reader and editor, Marc Hoffman.

Plus a thank you to the pet blogger friends I have made online and in the Blog Paws Community.

Lick me, I'm Irish

Where’d all that green come from?

Not so Wordless Wednesday

My dear grandmother knew her half of her family immigrated from Ireland (a place my friend Susan is going to in a few days). I give you a photograph of our dog, Sydney, enjoying his Irish for a day.

Blog Paws Community

Please sign up for a free profile and connect with other pet lovers.

More fun than Facebook or Twitter because

instead of selfies we do pet-zes.

Yes, photographs of our pets.

Get closer so I lick you.

Having fun Is my Job.

I give you two photographs and a blog hop.

This is a Blog Hop!

You are next… Click here to enter
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Help a homeless mutt, donate  a meal a day at Pet360

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Is your dog all nose? : Photo Friday

By Deborah Taylor-French

Why dogs smell yucky stuff

Dogs nose

How are you, the dog’s nose ask. Hey, what’s going on with you? Are you feeling good? Are you healthy?

Why dogs sniff each others’ rear ends

Just watch dogs and you will see this careful sniffing ritual between two dogs.

Sid meet  greet

Our white guy, Sydney, meets a new dog.

Weird or not, this dog nose study comes from scientific study.

Now you know, why dogs who have noses far more sensitive than our human noses, smell each others rear ends.

PS. Please share with kids and families. Science helps children understand animals and helps promote a world free from animal cruelty.


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Top 10 reasons to adopt a dog: Mutt Monday

The top 10 reasons for adopting a dog

1. Save a dog’s life.

Pets end up homeless due to puppy mills, and overbreeding.

Adopt, Don’t Shop

2. Learn from knowledgeable shelter staff. Through their long experience, they help people choose the best dogs for their needs and limitations. Shelter staff know which dogs need high levels of exercise, and which dogs that love cuddling and napping.

Get a pet that fits your exercise habits.

“Ethical breeders” should offer this type of family meeting, due to wanting to secure the best fit for their puppies.  Breeders should interview each potential buyer in a face to face meeting. When breeders care, they want to place puppies in a forever home, which means meeting all family members and other pets.

3. Animal shelters also take in puppies and purebred dogs.

4. Shelter dogs must pass temperament tests for aggression and biting.

5. Shelters give help selecting a pet fits each family’s experience with training dogs.

Puppy sellers do not help buyers become knowledgeable about dogs.

6. Shelter pets get examined by veterinarians, and are given wellness medications.

7. Save money. Avoid the heartbreak and the expense of endless medical bills due to genetic health conditions. Shelters put animal welfare first. Their work and knowledge makes them want to inform you of any potential or diagnosed medical conditions.

Never buy a puppy on the Internet because a majority of those animals come at the suffering of dogs locked up in filthy, unhealthy, and inhumane conditions.

8. Animal shelters pay for spaying or neutering each dog.

People who buy puppies, pay all medical costs.

9. Animal shelter staff want to find a kind and forever home for each animal in their care. They will set up a pre-adoption meeting so all your family and pets can interact with your potential new dog. Do this before taking a new dog or puppy home.

1o. Animal shelters often microchip each homeless pet. Microchips help you recover your pet if he or she gets lost.

Cute Faced Marshall

This young healthy dog not only looks handsome, he loved his new mom and could barely stand still for this photograph because he knew she was taking him for a walk.

Big Gold Dog Stands

Look at this healthy young dog, I guessed he was about six months old when his new pet parent adopted him. This dog loves his new dad. We held his leash so his dad could go into the market and buy food.

Save a life today. Adopt a pet from an animal shelter.

On Petfinder I saw nearly 500 Bichon Frise dogs waiting for adoption in California.

Bugalooo, oh what a name.

Bugaloo on Petfinder waits at a southern Calfiornia dog rescue

Bugaloo on Petfinder waits at a southern Calfiornia dog rescue

Bichon Frise & Poodle Mix • Young • Male • Small

Sparky and the Gang Long Beach, CA Please call or email to meet this dog today.

Adopt, Don’t Shop, Save the Life of a Dog...

Global Animal Overbreeding

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Does your dog need a Vet 5 tips: Photo Friday

"The earliest known usage of "sick as a dog'' dates back to 1705. It has been suggested that the phrase originated from the fact that dogs, being domesticated, are the most common animal we've seen vomiting besides ourselves." The Feeding Frenzy Blog Spot on

Sick as a dog? American English

The fact that dogs will eat just about anything that smells good or bad, seems to have fixed this phrase in American English. Yes, American English, born from British English, authors wanted and managed distinctly difference in usage, spelling, slang and popular phrases.  

"British English has sometimes employed similar phrases involving other animals - "sick as a horse'' and, yes, "sick as a cat'' - but "sick as a dog'' is the only choice in American English." The Feeding Frenzy Blog Spot

We have had a sick dog. Sydney lost his normal obsessive love of all food, canine and human.

Our dog was one sick puppy.

Orange pirate Sid


How do you know when to take your dog to a veterinarian? 

When to take your dog to a veterinarian

Five Tips or Rules of Thumb for Pet Vet Trips

  1. Radical change in normal eating and drinking , lasting longer than a day.
  2. Changes in how often your dog urinates and/or  bowel movements.
  3. Bloody stool.
  4. Behavioral changes in pain tolerance, balance or sudden unexplained aggression.
  5. Lack of interest in sniffing and smelling, going outside or talking a walk, lasting more that a day or two.

He met four of my five rules of thumb. We took Sydney to our Vet. After a week of rest and antibiotics, he is now up to his old tricks, snarfing food, sniffing out fun and rolling in things that smell bad (to us).

Irish Big Smile

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Neuroscience Key to Animal Happiness #BTC4A

“…research in neuroscience has been showing that emotions drive behavior, and my own thirty-five years of experience working with animals have shown me that this is true. Emotions come first. You have to go back to the brain to understand animal welfare.”

Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin & Catherine Johnson

Water dogs having a blast in Spring Lake Park

Water dogs having a blast in Spring Lake Park

By Deborah Taylor-French

Those of us who live and/or work with animals know…

animals have emotions.

Temple Grandin has made the understanding, care and handling of farm animals her life’s work. I refer to her book Animals Make Us Human because not only has she studied farm animals, but she also loves and lives with pets. In her books, especial this one, she insists that we must understand how animals brains work, how they see, hear and smell every sensory detail in their surroundings.

Animals emotions drive their behavior.

To make a better life for our pets, for domestic and wild animals we must understand the main emotions that drive behavior. This will help us to turn on their positive emotions and avoid turning on FEAR, RAGE and GRIEF.

Example: Rabbits and horses are prey animals.

  • Never chase either rabbits or horses.
  • Teach your pet rabbit or horse come to you.
  • Always reward them for recognizing their name and coming when called.

Emotions are the gifts of our ancestors. We have them and so do other animals. We must never forget this. When it comes to animal welfare we can always do better. Most of the time “good welfare” is not “good enough.”

The Emotional Lives of Animals by Marc Bekoff.

Dogs Depend on us for freedom from fear and safety

  • Never tied up your dog unless it is in your company in a human training session.
  • A dog needs to feel he call flee to safety.
  • Be sensitive to your dog’s fear signals and show him you will protect and calm him.
  • Increase your dogs positive emotions by interesting, but not overstimulating activities.
  • Always stop training before your dog gets tired.

Dogs are the only animals that live with us inside of their flight zone.

Dogs depend on us for positive and playful lives

When you help increase an animal’s curiosity, you turn on his or her positive emotions of SEEKING and PLAY.

Example: Dogs love to play.

  • Find a time and place when your dog is relaxed.
  • Invite your dog to play by doing a play bow or picking up his favorite toy.
  • Use an excited and happy tone of voice to call your dog.
  • Run away.
  • When your dog chases you, stop.
  • Wait for your dog to run then chase.
  • Always stop before your dog becomes scared or too excited.

Dogs love this game, which dog lovers know dogs play every chance they get.

Temple Grandin Website and Book Orders

Blog the Change for Animals

Blog the Change for Animals

Thank you for reading.

Please share for the sake of all animals, because as

Temple Grandin says,

“Animals make us human.”

Please visit and share Blog for the Change for Animals – this October 15, 2013

Animals defy our tendency to define their lives and their limits.

For further information on brain research, emotions in animals and the primary-process emotional-affective networks of mammalian brains read US National Library of Medicine  National Institutes of Health on the work of Jaak Panksepp, Ph.D. Affective neuroscience of the emotional BrainMind: evolutionary perspectives and implications for understanding depression

This is a Blog Hop!

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Dog Will Not Walk on a Leash

By Deborah Taylor-French Mutt Monday: Best DIY Dog Training Video for Barking

Reader’s Question

Do you have any tips on how to encourage a dog to walk on a harness + lead? We have adopted two strays . . . they are never on leads, but for the long-term they need to learn this skill. One of them, when I put a harness and lead on him, he just sits down and will not move. He is very small.

Any suggestions – I have tried treats, cuddling, praise etc., but he just sits there.

Many thanks for your help.

Reply from Deborah

Oh, I had a dog like that. She would do everything I ask, except walk on a leash.

The instant I snapped on a leash, she sat down!

First Be Certain Your Dog is Healthy

  •  Rule out inherited knee or hip problems
  • Rule out heat sensitivity or hot sidewalks
  • Rule out illness, a sick dog does not want to walk
I think it's nap time.

I don’t feel like walking.

Dog Leader Tip

I suggest you try clicker training.

Be sure he loves those treats and then cut them or break them into bean-sized pieces.

Watch this Kikopup Youtube video on how to load a clicker.

  • Once you have your dog going ape to please you, try simple commands and behaviors he already knows like sit, down, stay.
  • Then leave his harness on the floor in another room.
  • Start a short clicker training session and have your dog walk with you into the room and around the leash.
  • Keep repeating short sessions, ignoring the harness but getting closer.
  • Gradually, add clicks and treats while he sniffs or touches the harness, then do the same with the leash.
  • Play short games, such as harness and leash dragging.
  • Only after he loves all this attention, hold the leash and let him lead you around the house, the yard, then out and down the street. If he does not want to walk anywhere, toss a treat and follow holding the lead.
  • Only when your dog has mastered all these steps, pat your knee and have your dog take a few steps with you on the lead. Do this inside, in a hallway or some quiet, non distracting place.

Please write again when he loves his walking gear.

Thanks for asking a GREAT question.


PS. For a good explanation on how to get a puppy or dog comfortable with a leash watch this video.

Be patient, consistent and persistent.

I suggest reading Training Answers: Why does my puppy lay down on walks. Click on the link below.

Cat in harness with leash

Cat in harness with leash (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Mutt Monday: Best DIY Dog Training Video for Barking

By Deborah Taylor-French Wolfish or Puppyish? Dogs Speak

What is your dog barking at? Do you know?

We have a “problem dog.” He came from an animal shelter. In most ways, Sydney behaves adorably. He knows many commands. He has earned his K-9 Good Citizen Certificate from puppy school. We took private training sessions  because Sydney cleverly escaped whenever people tried to handle him or make him do anything he did not want to, like put on his collar or snap on his leash.

His rap-sheet included biting groomers and veterinarians.

Shelter volunteers and staff nicknamed Sydney, “Sid Vicious” because he chewed on fingers!

Ten Years Later, Sydney still has his short barking fits. He lets us help distract or command “Sydney, quiet.” We think he applied for the job of guarding his family.

Today at ten years old, Sydney is the apple of Winnie’s eye.

If I look over there, am I invisible?

Okay, I got it, you want me to wear this.

Of all the training methods we explored with Sydney, water squirt bottle included, the best help we ever got is in this training video. I did not make this, nor am I a dog trainer by profession, I am just one dog lover who has adopted and helped a half-dozen “problem dogs.

Each of those “problem dogs” trained up to be crazy to please family pets.

Please share on Facebook or send this to a friend, you may help a dog lover help his or her fearful dog learn to stay calm.


Getting Started with a Clicker My Positive Dog Training Blog

Dog Looking at and Listening to a Phonograph, ...

Dog Looking at and Listening to a Phonograph, “His Master’s Voice”, The Original RCA Music Puppy Dog Logo Symbol for Advertising (Photo credit: Beverly & Pack)

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Wolfish or Puppyish? Little dogs and big dogs speak

Is your dog cool with other dogs?

If not, do you wonder why?

Dogs vary widely in dog-to-dog manners and social graces. Some dogs seem born with a confident, easy and even temperaments. And like people, dogs can rise or fall in social ranking, depending on the mix of other individuals in a group.

Stanley Coren, in his book How to Speak Dog, explains that due to breeding programs over a long-span of time, certain breeds tend to produce dogs that are more puppyish or selected for their neoteny. Neoteny is retention of juvenile characteristics in the adults of a species.

These puppyish dogs are companion dogs, often small.

They often never learn to relate to other dogs by social ranking.


Watched a small dog turn aggressive, puff up and growl or bark at a larger dog?

Most big dogs speak a different language from little dogs

Some big dogs ignore little noisy dogs.

A number of larger breeds have good manners and treat these little dogs like puppies, at times ignoring or gently correcting a small dog’s bid for social dominance.

Little dogs goof up more often than big dogs!

Cool Dudes at a Street Market


Why are some big dogs cool-headed like the dogs above?

According to Coren, these calmer, often larger dogs are more wolfish or adult-like. They develop beyond the stage of puppy rudeness and silly mistakes. They obey social ranking and use body language, which prevents most dogfights. By turning sideways, freezing or sitting in the presence of a higher, socially ranked dog, these more grown up dogs communicate, “I’m no threat to you.” And superior ranking dogs read and accept these “Wolfish” body postures and facial expressions.

Coren makes it clear that there are different dialects of “Doggish” being spoken between dogs.

Little dogs and little dog parents

People with little dogs or dogs that don’t understand “Wolfish” should be on the alert and protect their more puppy like pets. Careful parenting of small or young dogs can prevent them from making life-threatening mistakes. Young dogs under the age of two also need extra supervision to understand, respect and obey the unspoken rules of  “Wolfish.”

Observe mutts or mixed breed dogs during their dog-to-dog social behavior. Does the dog turn aside, freeze or make himself smaller when greeting larger or socially dominate dogs. Does he jump or go nose-to-nose with larger dogs? If this is the case, then socializing with other dogs will always need close supervision.


There is a range of social maturity and skill in dogs. Good dog parents learn this. Dog leaders must learn this too. The safety of both little and big dogs are at stake. If a big dog bites or injures a smaller or younger dog that big dog is at risk of being labeled an aggressive dog, and in some cases the big dog may lose his life. So dog parents with big more “Wolfish” dogs should be alert to this wide variation in social maturity and “Doggish” language skills.

How to Speak Dog (page 215) offers a list of ten different dog breeds studied by a research team at Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Southampton in Great Britain. This team ranked dogs from the breeds that spoke only “Puppyish” versions of the canine tongue to those breeds who spoke the more adult, “Wolfish,” ranking social language.

1. Cavalier King Charles spaniel

2. Norfolk terrier

3. French bulldog

4. Shetland sheepdog

5. Cocker spaniel

6. Munstterlander

7. Labrador retriever

8. German shepherd

9. Golden retriever

10. Siberian husky

If you want to learn more about how dogs communicate with each other and people, read How to Speak Dog. Each page offers insight, observation and research on the world of dogs. Plus “A Doggish Phrasebook” at the end and illustrations of dog facial and bodily expressions and what those expressions communicate.

How to Speak Dog Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication by Stanley Coren

What does your dog speak “Wolfish” or “Puppyish?”

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