If dogs could speak, what would be your pet’s favorite words?
In The Bark Magazine, I read, “that if dogs would talk they would stand at the end of our beds and say, ‘More chicken.'”
Sydney would surely say, “Take me to the beach.”
Make it happen for your pets
“Some people want it to happen, some people wish it would happen, others make it happen.” Michael Jordan
What would your dog what you to make happen for him?
If you don’t know, go ask him?
Guest blogger on Saturday, September 30th, please stay tuned.
Those of us who have dogs, especially who have adopted a dog or rescued one, know each dog comes with challenges. A few unique dogs, like our Sydney, in the photograph above, pose extreme challenges. Have you ever adopted or rescued a dog with challenges?
Have you ever adopted or rescued a dog with challenges? If you have, please share your story with us. Share two or three specific issues, and how your dog and you adjusted to life together.
I believe that complex or challenging people and dogs teach us life lessons when
we are willing to love and learn.
In your comments, please mention issues you have had with your dog or dogs.
Any tips or hints on how to solve thing issues you describe would help other dog lovers, too.
Hell-o, I hope you all had a good howl-i-day weekend and you celebrated the Birthday of the USA with wonderful events… My weekend was a weird one… …it started that SHE! I will ignore now, said, that someone stinks to high heaven in my crib… … and instead to swing herself in that bathtub, she […]
For many years now I keep telling myself I need to learn to write funny. I don’t mean full of typos funny. Nor do I mean to make fun of the gains I have made in fiction, nonfiction and blogging. I just want some of my readers to howl, once an a while. A good belly laugh or a laugh until you cry is good for us.
Now I’ve never in all my days known a dog who could tell a joke. Not even take a joke, not one of my dogs liked being laughed at. But after years of feeding my dogs dinner (mostly on time) and watch Dawn and Nabisco go bonkers when I lifted their dishes.
Literally, no not “literary” but a full Max’s Brothers film worthy show of high jinks. Their joyful JUMPS always got out of hand. Everyday. One dog or the other jumped, twirled, careened, until…both dogs were crashing head-on into the oven or our narrow kitchen walls.
I’m such a softy that I hated to see them hurt themselves. A single step into the kitchen had them doing the doggie equivalent of cartwheels.
Hahaha. “Oh, no. Stop.” I’d cry out.
“Dawn, sit. Nabisco, sit.” But by then our dogs had started their happy dance with not a thought in their doggie heads. Visions of kibble? Really? Going nuts for the same dinner, again? Noooooooooooooooo. Erase. Please rewind that mental video tape.
Yes. It’s true. All too true. So if I had been wise or wiser (no wisecracks, please) I would have tied each dog down then command “down-stay.” Needless to say, they didn’t even have doggie beds. Keeshonds get overheated and both liked to flop where ever we sat. They also love lying belly up, legs akimbo to vent off their excess body heat.
Of course, I should also began feeding them in different rooms (something I learned late in life, put one dog in one room and feed him). Actually I never tried to learn anything from my dogs, but they did a good job with me anyway.
Do female dogs run the show in your house?
First our dog, Dawn, would run Nabisco off his food. She’d eat both the dinners I served them. Poor boy, Nabisco had grown up in a household of twenty-five dog cousins. Nabisco happened to be a runt. Plus in the Keeshond breed the females are dominant. Really bossy babes. No kidding, somedays, she was a b*!@h. But not the day photographed below. She loved our kid. Loved kids. Other dogs too. Nabisco became her dog. She just wasn’t into sharing.
Your turn to weigh in.
Please visit Easy Blog. But only if you want to laugh. Visit the bathroom before you read the Easy Blog. Accidents do happen with dogs and people. How do you spell peeeeeople? Ask Easy if you need help. He loves comments. His readers like to write funny too. Be sure and read the comments. Best of all, tell Easy we sent you. He gave me his permission to reblog his TORTURE TUESDAY-EasyBlog.
This is my last few months blogging here at Dog Leader Mysteries. Why? Because we are moving to our new site, author site for Deborah Taylor-French. If you have any suggestions for giveaways I would love them. I want to give away some tips on keeping your dog healthy, which looks like a favorite topic with our readers and one on how to “Save your dog’s life” by paying attention to safety details few dog lovers know. So please chime in soon, so we can take your ideas in and come out with some great short books. Yes, free books. One’s you don’t have to review or buy.
All of our dogs were sunbathers, even my keeshonds! Keeshonds that have a double coat to keep them warm in snow and ice. Dawn and Nabisco loved to go outside and lay in the sun. How odd that they loved a short naps and feeling overheated. Their two-layered coats grown for chilly Dutch barges and cool winters did not stop them from stretching out in a patch of sunshine until they were panting hot.
This senior dog, Babe, lowered her ears to let the rays warm another section of her forehead.
I believe Babe’s pet parents adopted her. She has become the neighborhood favorite, naturally mellow and happy to hang with guys or gals. She even tolerates little barky dogs like our Sydney (Please, don’t tell Syd that! He thinks of himself as a king, and believes he is the all time favorite of everyone in the world).
This is a Blog Paws Blog Hop. Have fun looking at the cute senior pets.
What do you do when you think no one’s looking? Dogs have learned a great deal from our behavior, they know what’s fair and what is not (there is research to prove that). Another research study tested to find out if dogs would eat food they were told not too, under two similar conditions.
First the dog parent sat in a room with his or her dog. Each parent instructed each dog not to eat the food. None of the dogs ate the food they were told not to.
The second time, the dog parent told the same dog not to eat the food but researchers turned out the lights.
Yep, all the dogs ate the food.
This proves dogs get our point of view. They know we can’t see in the dark!
Photo credit: Marc Hoffman
What funny things dogs do when they think their people are not watching.
What does your dog do to break the rules?
What has your dog taught him or herself that frustrates you?
My number one bone to pick with other dog parents:
Yanking a dog’s throat by a collarollar.
Repeated yanking with force is not humane. It does not qualify as training. Excellent trainers do not need to manhandle a dog. The best trainers rarely even raise their voices. They don’t have to do all that creepy Cesar Millan kicking. Humane trainers show the dog what they want the dog to do. They set dogs up for success. They emphasis and reward good behavior every time.
Basic canine good citizen training for dog parent and dog teaches how to reward (or mark) the exact instant a dog or puppy does the wanted behavior. Dog’s breathing, water drinking and eating anatomies in their throats get damaged by this type of mistreatment.