Another blog sparked my morning post. When we know what keeps dogs balanced and healthy, do we do it?
Do You Understand the Body Language of Dogs?
Do you wonder when people leave their dogs tied out, if the dogs enjoy it? If you can take your dog to work, does he have to sit outside alone?
One warm afternoon this summer I saw this pair of dogs in the shade of a small set of shops and stopped to look at them. I knew better than to enter their space. So camera in hand, I sat at a distance. After they noticed I was not walking or moving in close, they relaxed and laid back down.
Do You Respect Dogs Needs to Feel Safe?
Dogs evolved to protect their homes and territories. That’s why when you walk by a fence the dogs on the other side often bark themselves to exhaustion. Most of you know to never approach a dog that does not know you.
When you want to greet a new dog, do you always ask the dog’s parent or dog sitter before approaching?
I imagined I would have loved scratching this giant hound’s back. I didn’t try it. I like my hands and face too much.
Plus after raising a pair of Keeshond dogs, I learned that one dog can become VERY protective of another. So even if you love all dogs, when you see people who may not be aware of the distress to approaching a chained up dog, speak up.
Speak Up for Dogs.
Help people and their children avoid dog bites. You may be saving a dog’s life. After all once a dog has bitten, he is considered guilty of agression or too dangerous to live. He may be taken from his home, quarantined or put to death.
Dogs staked out often feel insecure. They can’t run from danger. So they have only one-way to defend themselves, they bite.
Please don’t leave your dog tied out, unless you can keep a very close eye on him.
Thanks for understanding dogs.
Please share this post with others, especially families with young children.
After reading a newspaper feature on Axel the bulldog, I wanted to meet him. I did not realize he had just returned from eye surgery. He had to have his ingrown eyelashes removed. Poor guy, Axel with his red eyes, patiently waiting tø go out and play his favorite game.
At two-years-old, Axel stood solidly in the ArteFact Design and Salvage showroom like a thick and solid footstool. Once he saw an interest on my part, he greeted me with a friendly bump on my leg. He stood and took what was his due in praise and petting. Of course, I am a pushover for dogs. Axel knew that. Why else would I come in?
Never met a bulldog before. Or I should say, I never met a dog like Axel before. He seemed in charge of the place (without having to make a fuss). He showed dogged determination to bypass the door to his usual haunts. Because Axel, like all dogs, is a working dog. So naturally, he favors the workshop and storage yard outside.
Note the custom cone, a one of a kind, made to protect his eyes from harm.
I felt charmed by a dog who is renown in Sonoma County, written up in two newspapers and is rapidly drawing a fan club. I don’t think he has his own Facebook page yet.
I did spot him on Youtube.
Want to see Axel beat the bucket every time?
Watch A bulldog and his bucket on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4BBZXaRtYA
Far from home on a business trip, I began snapping photos of dogs on the go. One evening in Madrid dozens of people hurried by. I wondered if Madrid had any dog run parks. Or could this be the hour everyone walked their dogs? Around a corner a triangular city square opened with a few benches. Only a few were letting their dogs socialize. And then, I saw this line. More and more people with dogs keep adding on until the line disappeared around the corner.
A little confused, I still didn’t get what was going on. I asked, “Why the long line?” Of course nobody answered because I spoke in English.
Is this the park? It smells like a park.
The building looked imposing, and unattractive. Words inscribed near the roofline made me guess that I faced a government office.
Next-I felt sorry for the dogs. They were being lined up to get their annual health shots, of course this is a good thing. Kid like, I had expected the dogs might be treated to something enjoyable. Expectations need do not help when traveling. That’s part of the fun of travel, the novel, unplanned, and odd stuff I run into.
I loved seeing how normal it was to see dogs boarding trains. And this little white guy reminded me of our Sydney back in California.
Want to see one of the Italian dogs I photographed?
Just the sight of a puppy wobbling on a lawn or chewing on another puppy’s ear make people say, “Ah, isn’t he cute?”
Or your child says, “Please Mommy, just let me pick him up.” Before you know it, you have given in to a demand like “I must have that puppy. Look. He likes me. See, he needs me!”
Keep your puppy radar up this weekend.
Avoid unplanned puppy take homes.
If you don’t, before you know it you will be running around cleaning up floors, washing sheets, tossing out shredded socks, shoes and chairs, then signing up for a ten-week dog training course.
Puppies are like babies, a 24-hour labor of love.
Be sure you can make a 10 to 15 year commitment as a pet parent.
“In good times or in bad times, for richer or poorer (dogs are expensive), in sickness or in health.” (Must not do without Heartworm medication, annual Vet wellness checks and shots, plus dog license and food.)
And remember, dogs never grow up and go to college or get a job.
They need you for everything, always.
Are You Really Ready for a Puppy?
How much time everyday, can you give a puppy or dog?
Just how much are you willing to be trained and change your life for your new shadow?
Do you cheerfully rise early to let pets out?
Do you open doors on demand?
Go for 20 to 60 minutes walks in rain or snow?
Do you like to get up early to go outside and smell the flowers? Do you live on a regular chore schedule and can keep fresh water and feeding times regular?
Will you get a friend or neighbor to help take good care of your puppy?
Will you give up spontaneous trips out of town?
Of course, I love puppies. So far I have resisted by adopting all my dogs. Puppyhood is short, yet demanding.
Puppies grow up and spend 90 % or more of their lives as adult dogs.