Money?: Wordless Wednesday

Money, money, money

Hear me growling at you, Mate?

Now give me all the food.

Save it, save it, save it

Muzzles make me pant. When you going to take it off?

Muzzles make me pant. When you going to take it off?

Can you read my dog’s thoughts? He’s wondering why I am not letting him say a word today. When with a muzzle on, Sydney knows how to give just the right eye contact to get treats.

Save money for Blog Paws May 2015


“By putting aside a bit each week, no matter how big or small, this takes you one step closer to your goals of attending the BlogPaws Nashville Conference in May of 2015.” Andi @ThisPugLife (on Twitter).



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No pugs on me: Wordless Wednesday

Ain’t no pugs on me

Forget Pugs!

Sydney ready to play

Might be pugs on some of you mugs

It feels warm in here.

Rohnert Park Shelter Bunny helper trims Yoshi’s nails.

But there ain’t no pugs on me!

Please vote for me!

I yap at Sydney’s Spot. All about, me, me, and more me.




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Funny glasses, funny dogs: Photo Friday

Ever try to get your dog to wear glasses?

You want me to sit still?

You want me to sit still?

Sydney needed help keeping his green Irish specks on.

If I look over there, am I invisible?

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

 No language needed for laughter with dogs

55 KB Sid O

Here is Sydney posing in Jackie O’ style Italian sunglasses.


I hope you are laughing at humans who got these dogs to wear the vision altering glasses.


Thanks for stopping by. Please share the funny photos.


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You said Nashville? Wordless Wednesday

Nashville? Did I hear Nashville?

Crop Tux ears up corner

 Blog Paws 2015

Time to plan your participation in Blog Paws 2015. This morning Blog Paws revealed that location. The annual  conference in Nashville, Tennessee has launched this Wordless Wednesday blog hop.

Who said Nashville?

Who said Nashville?

BP Wordless wed Hop Logo 2014







Come hop around with us!


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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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The power to save pets lives

Give an hour to save a life

The videos below show how to participate from anywhere in the USA. Watch the videos then follow the links to pet photography lessons offered at east coast and west coast locations. Get free tips from top professional photographer, Seth Casteel.

Cannot attend an event? No problem. Follow Seth Casteel’s Youtube channel for instructions on One Picture Saves a Life.

Waiting is hard to do.

Waiting is hard to do.

Just an hour a week volunteering at your local animal shelter can save pets’ lives. Give a shelter cat or dog a bath and grooming, then take a professional quality photograph. This program is sponsored by the Greater Good and The Animal Rescue Site.

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We adopted Sydney from a local animal shelter. But his photograph never made it to the Internet, although he spent three weeks in the shelter.


Because of his out-of-control behavior and “puppyish” chewing on fingers. The shelter volunteers nicknamed him “Sid Vicious” because his sharp teeth hurt. We know. He bit and chewed on us too. That was before we trained him.

Imagine if the shelter staff had euthanized Sydney because he had bitten Vets, groomers, and anyone who handled him!

We feel grateful for their wise staff who understood that all Sydney needed was training (a lot of training, lol).

Join with the Greater Good and your local animal shelter asks volunteers to go to their local animal shelter and give a pet a bath, brush him or her, then take a stunning professional photograph to put on pet adoption sites. In this way, we can get more shelter pets loving adoptive homes.

We can all help get more pets adopted

Thanks for caring about animals. Please share on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or other social media sites.

Warmly, Deborah Taylor-French at Dog Leader Mysteries.

For more information, visit Seth Castell One Picture saves a Life on Youtube.

Thanks for being a hero for shelter pets.

Please comment below.

Let me know if you visit any of these links or sign up to help.

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Join Reset the Net and the Anti-NSA Protest


One of the most important issues of our time

Will you stand for freedom and stop government spying?

  • Please follow TechCrunch
  • Read 
  • Share this post to Reset the Net, a worldwide protest scheduled for June 5, 2014.

  • Learn and begin protecting your emails, phone calls and chats with open source software.

  • Visit Reset the Net and find out more.

  • Why should any government spy on citizens all over the earth?
  • What do these governments have to hide?
Arms full of drowsy puppies a man falls asleep in the sun.

Arms full of drowsy puppies a man falls asleep in the sun.

Join the Internet Defense League

Legal defense of freedom evaporates when we will no longer have right to guard our own thoughts, actions and speech. Each year millions of innocent pets are killed in animal shelters because they have no home. A society that kills innocent animals is an inhumane society.

Do not let the NSA or another government nor private agency grab our power of free speech, the right to protest and the right to gather against unchecked power.

Rescue me, please.

Rescue me, please.

As information equals power, do we truly want an all-powerful NSA reading our emails, using selfies as mug shots, grabbing every activity we share on the World Wide Web? When will all this data be used against innocent people? Or has this already happened and citizens are kept in the dark of the misuse of this gathered and stored data?

We all lose when citizens lose their privacy and civil rights.

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

A number of websites for internet services, businesses and even several non-profits including Amnesty International, Greenpeace,, and others will participate in a series of online anti-NSA protests this week. The websites, which also include Reddit, Imgur, BoingBoing, DuckDuckGo, and several others are taking part in an online campaign called “Reset the Net,” which is specifically aimed at encouraging website owners and mobile app creators to integrate increased security protections into their services, like SSL and HSTS, for example. The overall goal is to make it more difficult for government agencies to engage in their spying activities.

Explains the campaign on its website, “The NSA is exploiting weak links in Internet security to spy on the entire world, twisting the Internet we love into something it was never meant to be: a panopticon.” While it’s not possible to stop the attacks, the site adds, those who offer…

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Become Your Dog’s Hero: Photo Friday

What makes a hero?

Photo credit: D. Taylor-French

Photo credit: D. Taylor-French

By Deborah Taylor-French

This photograph does not remind me of heroes I have admired, yet later as I grew up and read history texted, many countries and cities name a hero as a man or woman who fought for freedom or the right for that nation to exist.

My sharpest memory is of a completely different kind of hero. A hero that our family loved, including all our pets. If you want to be your dog’s hero be sure you show your dog daily interest, take him or her for walks, play games your dog likes such as tossing toys, playing tug or teach tricks for treats.

My Hero When I Was Five

Remembering back to when we lived in a cabin in Hayfork, California, the world of snow settles in like a large cat intending to stay. The town remains without a single stoplight and a population of under 3,000 people living off long driveways and steep single land roads.

The California Trinity Alps consist of rocky crags and pinewoods, which lay hot and rattlesnake dry in summer, lovely in autumn and spring. In every season, our father went to work, and all day, everyday he worked in a lumber mill grading lumber. His job consisted of flipping 4 x 4, 2 x 6 and other standard width cuts of redwood, pine and fir so that he might grade it for proper use in framing apartments, single family homes, business buildings and fencing.

I do not think I knew the word ‘heroic’ at the age of five. But Dad fit my ideal person. At the end of each workday, he would pull off his muddy work boots and leave them on the porch. Before he could open our front door, our pet parakeet, like a crazy rockstar fan, fluttered down from his perch. When Dad stepped in the bird, lets call him Greened Jack, would hop his way over. Then the bird, using his beak and claws, would climb up Dad’s work overalls, up his flannel shirt to sit on Dad’s shoulder. This repeated nightly show made an lifelong impression on me. And our Dad clearly loved that bird, as he loved all our pets. He talked to the bird and let it nip him on the ear while we visited.

When I grew  older I felt jealous that our pets loved Dad best. But he had the most natural healing touch, when we were ill, Dad was the one who nursed us. So, yes Dad fit my five year old idea of a hero. His heroic actions were consistent love and interest in his family and pets.

I still see my Dad as a hero. He faithful took wonderful care of us and until I grew up and began walking the neighbor’s dog, I didn’t know how important everyday is in the life of a child or a dog.

This is a blog hop. Please go see the other photographs and stories on WordPress.

Daily Prompt: Heroic

Holding rabbit safely.

Every you have pet wants to feel safe and protected by youl

Visit for living with pet rabbits and children. Rabbits make older children (8 to 12) and adults good companions. We worked for weeks letting our Paris, adopted from local shelter, come to us. We would sit in his pen on the lawn and let him sniff us. We also handfed him (carefully!) with hands held flat like feeding a horse.

Alex learned to tuck up and hold the rabbits hind quarters. Rabbits have delicate bones. Plus they have powerful haunchs and may kickout, suddenly. Sadly, many a pet rabbit has broken its spine and died that way.

So if you have children and want a pet rabbit, please visit the House Rabbit Society and read. We had much to learn before we took our rabbit home.


An uplifting experience: House Rabbit Society




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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

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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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Why Write for Be the Change for Animals?

Be the Change for Animals

I belong to Blog Paws, an online community of pet bloggers. They host an annual conference. I take delight meeting other pet writers and hearing the various paths people followed to begin and keep blogging for pets.

I often join Blog Paws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

Sydney ready to play

Sydney ready to play

I started Dog Leader Mysteries blog because I wanted to advocate for dog adoption and save dogs from death in animal shelters. That mission led to also writing about animal welfare then adding pet humor. Those two topics bring me new readers and connect me to blogs I want to promote.

I love blogging for Be the Change for Animals.

From physics to biology to environmental sciences, research points to the fact that every human, animal, insect, fish, bird and plant lives connected on our planet. Writing begins with being curious about what I see, hear and sense about what happens. Of course, animals tend to be my main subjects of investigation.

I make efforts to read new research on dog behavior, health, socialization and communication. I also read on animal welfare topics.

Grab this badge, write on any social media and link to #BtC4Animals

Grab this badge, write on any social media and link to #BtC4Animals

If you love animals, you can join Be the Change too. Absolutely free and less hassle than posting to Facebook, promise.

So no fooling, this April on the 15th I will blog for animals.

If you don’t have a blog but would like to help, please share or offer which animal welfare topics you feel strongly about.

Thank you, Deborah Taylor-French

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Mutt Monday: Adopt a Dog Like Rin-Tin-Tin

By Deborah Taylor-French  Dog Leader Mysteries

Do not let anyone tell you that you cannot get a great dog by adoption.

Rin-Tin-Tin is proof that finding a dog that needs you, can be far better than buying a puppy. Rin-Tin-Tin never produced a puppy that had his unique talents. Talent and willingness to work and bond with people never repeats machine like in animal after animal. This one dog, that became and still lives as a legendary hero, out-shone all his puppies.

Breeding purebred dogs does not insure smart dogs.

Lee Duncan never was able to replicate his beloved adopted Rinty.

"Looking for a home" adoption photograph

“Looking for a home” adoption photograph

Adopt a Dog Like Rin-Tin-Tin

Purebred dogs end up in animal shelters, all the time. The Westside German Shepherd Rescue runs a fun YouTube channel.

German Shepherds for adoption

__Please, take a look at The Westside German Shepherd dogs.

Please let me know if you adopt a dog from this rescue, thanks!

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