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That darn dog – time to train

20 Sep

Well, I have to say my dog Banjo is something else.  He is a Rhodesian ridgeback mix.  He is about 2 1/2 years old.  Anyone with a larger breed dog will tell you that the puppy phase lasts a few years more that you would think – so far his is 2 1/2 years. 

Banjo has a heart of gold.  He also is very tall and long.  He can reach anything.  The other dogs actually use this to their advantage.  They run point for him, and make sure the coast is clear.  They also get him to reach things for them.  Yes, you betcha – I believe this conspiracy is real! 

Banjo doesn’t need opposable thumbs.  He has the nose that can open any door, drawer, or cabinet.  I have no idea how.  He doesn’t destroy things.  He doesn’t mess in the house, break things, damage items or anything bad in the house.  He has the sweetest face, and really wants to please his family.  God love him, he just doesn’t know how. 

He is always underfoot.  He loves to give everyone who comes near him 1 kiss.  Just one and then walks away.  That means he will jump and jump until he gets you, and then go lay down.  He doesn’t hurt anyone doing that ( on purpose), except and occasional bump.  Regardless, it is unacceptable.  I have tried many techniques to break him of this, nothing so far has helped. 

He also likes to see what is going on.  He will be in the middle of everything as a result.  Being a large dog he is, many times,  just out of eye sight – but a big enough object to always trip on.  So there are many folks who are constantly trying to catch themselves from falling – and most people do not respond happily to that.  He gets hooted at quite a bit for that.  I have worked with him on boundaries and sit/stay.  He doesn’t quite seem to grasp the actions, word associations, or commands I have worked with him on.  He just looks confused and sad when he gets into trouble. (getting into trouble usually means crated or put outside for a short time)

So with all the pressure and verbal tirades of the family to “do something” I have found him a trainer for a few weeks.  I have him one on one with someone who is on a mission to help him.  I have brought trainers in home, taken him to classes with a group, privately and despite the different types of help – he couldn’t grasp it.  I have to give him the benefit of this type of training in hopes that it is me that cannot properly train him – and for him there is  hope.  He is not bad, or mean, or an angry dog.  He is sweet, and tail wagging.  He only barks if he needs to go out, or if he sees a squirrel.  Other than that he is quiet.  When he does bark it is very loud – the rafters shake.

Well with him gone I am the only one who seems to miss him.  Not a good sign for Banjo.  I hope this will be a good outcome for him.  Or at least for my family.  I have invested enough time and money into this guy for training and so forth that – well lets be honest – I need to think a bit more carefully of who is a keeper in the house.  (joking)

I think if he is better behaved, and understands his surroundings better he will me a much happier dog.  I think it will help him to ‘be in the know’   as well as understand the word no! 

God’s speed Banjo – I love you.



Loosing your best friend

10 Jun

I wonder why dogs have such short lives compared to ours.  12 – 15 years on average is so short for our beloved family members.  I think it may be God‘s way of encouraging us to always have one in our home.  If their life span was too much longer, perhaps many folks wouldn’t be able to have them.  With the exception of having being very up in age (90 +)we can be more willing to commit to caring for a dog with confidence.  It is even more appealing to an elderly person to adopt an older dog.  The commitment is not as long-term , for obvious reasons, and they are much more calm – and trained.

That short life span has a clear down side.  The sorrow of their passing.  I have had 4 in my life that have passed.  2 of old age, one of disease, and one a tragic situation.  Each time, for me, the ability to live without a dog is shorter and shorter.  I have gone so far as to have multiple dogs at staggered ages to better ensure always having their companionship.

For me, in each case of a loss, the pain has been deep.  I know for many friends that is how it is for them as well.  I know I have cried for weeks after their passings.  I still mourn their loss now, even though years have passed.  Each one still holds their unique personalities that formed our relationship in my thoughts and memories.  I miss them very much, and would love to have them back. 

These great dogs of ours touch our lives in such a unique and special way.  I beleive only a special soul is meant to care for them.  God put that desire for loving a dog in most (but not all) of us.  He loves dogs as much as we do.  When God’s  hand is so obviously  involved you know that the impact on our lives is going to be great.  And it is.

I know some people have suffered so deeply from their loss, that they cannot bear to go through that pain again.  I understand that a lot.  I admire the bond they created with their canine companion. It is evidence to me that – that person is truly one of God’s good creations.   There is a different tenderness to the heart of a dog owner (and yes cat owners too).  The relationship with our dogs encompass a tremendous amount of trust, love, respect, dependability, support, and caring.  These qualities are very consistent throughout the years.  There is not one human relationship we have that holds that kind of stability.  When the pack looses a member there is a void.

I know when this sad time comes (expected or not) what we all go through.  The mourning is as intense and real for our pet/friend as it is for any family member.  I can still begin to cry when I think about my past dogs.  I have so much love in my heart for them even today.  Grieving is a process.  It phases back and forth and up and down.  As painful as it is, and how much we never want to go through that again.  But…eventually we realize there is so much to gain by giving it another go.

So for anyone who is hurting or missing their best buddy – may God Bless you and your family.  Take your time, heal your heart, and save that collar for a special day of remembering in the future.  The devine gift our dogs are.  Blessings and gifts from a loving God.

Tornado’s, natural disasters, and our Dogs, Cats and other Pets

24 May

So, how is all this tragedy working for you?  It has been incredible.  For many unbearable.  The toll on the people is sad, tragic, and everyone needs our prayers – and honestly help.  Money, time, effort, assistance, clothes, food, anything.  The need is great.

Don’t forget the animal shelters that are taking in the lost and injured animals.  The influx of animals and the increased costs are a strain.  To help keep the quality of care as good as possible these shelters need to close the gap on what monies they have and what they now need.  Donations of toys, crates, food, food, food, liter, blankets, and of course money really will  help. 

It will take time to reunite owners, if they can be found.  It will take time for the owners to be able to be in a position to take the pets back in some cases.  These animals need help, medical attention, and affection.  They also provide affection, but also a good stability for their families that have lost homes and communities.  The comfort and companionship they give provides normalcy and familiarity.  When someone is looking at a destroyed home, losses of everything they have – but their family and pets are by their side – there is a different perspective.  The ‘bright side’ is able to be found.  “At least we are all together and safe” is heard a lot.  You can rebuild a structure – but family…all members…. are irreplaceable. 

They are so necessary to people who have them.  They fill voids, close gaps, elevate moods, comfort a heart, and calm spirits.

In some cases these storms take the animals.  They get lost, injured, and sometimes the horrible loss.  If you are a pet owner, and you prepare for unexpected events, don’t forget the animals too.  Go to the red cross for advise on how to prepare for your pets during a natural disaster – or other big unexpected event.  A little preparation can go a long way.

God Bless the people going through these hard times.  God Bless our country.  God Bless everyone who is stepping up and helping in what every capacity they are able.  God Bless our dogs, cats, and other pets.

Top dogs for cold climates, dogs and cold weather

3 Feb

For pete’s sake when it is cold let the dog in the garage at least(with blankets and water), if you have any compassion the house!

When should pet owners bring their furry friends indoors?
A: Most veterinarians do not recommend keeping pets outside during extreme (about 32 degrees Fahrenheit/0 degrees Celsius) temperatures. One professional said, “If it is so cold that you can’t go out without extreme cold-weather gear, your dog shouldn’t be outside at that temperature either,” and I agree.

Although some breeds — like Alaskan huskies and malamutes — can endure cold temperatures if they are used to them, all pets need shelter from wind, rain, and snow. If pets sleep outside, use the following tips for doghouses/shelter:

  • It should be large enough for dogs to move but small enough to retain body heat.
  • Add warm bedding to protect pets from the cold ground.
  • Maintain a regular supply of fresh, unfrozen water and additional food. Snow is not a good substitute for fresh water.

Top Breeds for Cold Climates:
Siberian husky. This beautiful and regal dog has been used to pull sleds in arctic countries for centuries. Originating in Siberia, this breed was very important in the 1925 “diphtheria serum run” that saved the lives of hundreds of Alaskan children. This run later became the Iditarod.

Chow chow. The chow is one of the most easily recognized breeds.





Popular because of his thick fluffy coat, the chow is a great guard dog and can readily tolerate cold weather.

Anatolian shepherd. Recently accepted by the AKC, the Anatolian shepherd has an intense devotion and loyalty to his family and flock. Considered one of the best guard dogs around, this dog is slowly gaining popularity in the United States. Used to harsh weather, this dog thrives in cold environments.

Keeshond. A Dutch favorite, the keeshond is a loving and devoted family pet. Related to other Arctic breeds such as the chow chow, samoyed and Pomeranian, the keeshond has a thick coat to protect him in harsh weather.

Samoyed. This big white dog with a smiling face is popular because of his gentleness. Sturdy and covered with a thick coat, this dog can live outdoors as long as there is plenty of contact with his family. Used as sled dogs, they are able to pull about 1 1/2 times their own weight in equipment and supplies

Norwegian elkhound. This dog is descended from canines that served with the Vikings. Brave enough to track bear and moose, the elkhound is also hardy enough to live in the harshest of climates.

Akita. One of the national dogs of Japan, the akita is a dignified and courageous dog. Originally used to hunt bear and guard property, the akita has a thick coat, which protects him from the elements.

Irish wolfhound. This gentle giant was originally developed to hunt wolves in Ireland and readily tolerates cold weather. The massive size of this dog leads him to enjoy the wide open spaces of the great outdoors.

Bouvier des Flandres. The Bouvier originated in Belgium and was originally used to drive cattle and pull carts. His size, strength and coat allow him to live comfortably in cold climates.

Golden retriever. As one of the most popular breeds, the golden retriever is an excellent family pet and can thrive in harsh environments. With a long hair coat, the golden prefers to spend time with his owner.

Old English sheepdog. Easily recognized by his thick white and grey coat, the Old English sheepdog is not as popular as other breeds but he can live anywhere. At home in chilly climates, the OES needs daily grooming to keep his coat healthy.

Saint Bernard. No other dog has been as strongly linked to a barrel of whiskey as the Saint Bernard. Companions of monks, the Saint Bernard has saved many people who have been lost or injured in the frigid Swiss Alps.

Greater Swiss mountain dog. This breed was developed in Switzerland as a working dog. Bred to guard, herd and haul heavy carts, the Greater Swiss Mountain dog enjoys the cold outdoors.

Bernese mountain dog. As with the Greater Swiss Mountain dog, the Bernese was also developed as a draft dog. Hardy and strong, the Bernese is at home indoors or out and thrives in cold weather.

Great Pyrenees. A true shepherd dog, the Great Pyrenees has accompanied many sheep herders and was an invaluable asset when the sheep needed protection and direction. A great watchdog, his thick hair coat lead him to prefer the cooler parts of the world.

Alaskan malamute. Bred to pull sleds over frigid terrain, the Alaskan malamute is ideally suited for life outdoors, though not in hot climates. His heavy coat is better for cold climates.

Bearded collie. The bearded collie may not be as popular as some other breeds but he has plenty of admirers. A hardy dog that thrives as a sheep dog in Scotland, this breed has a thick coat that allows his to thrive in cold outdoor weather.

German shepherd. Nearly always topping the most popular breed lists, the German shepherd has natural guarding and protecting instincts. His double hair coat insulates him in cold weather and he can be quite content spending his days and nights outside.

Shiba inu. Considered one of the smallest of the Japanese breeds, the shiba inu is the most popular companion dog in Japan. Endowed with a thick coat, the shiba inu is used to winter weather.

Newfoundland. Originating in Newfoundland, it is easy to understand why this dog loves the water. A large and strong dog, the Newfie has been used to help fishermen, pull heavy carts and rescue people from a potential watery grave. The Newfoundland’s hair coat allows him to tolerate even cold frigid water.

Perhaps this and similar churches should be investigated this is horrible

9 Jan


This is a Baptist Church‘s web site.  Affiliated or not this has a Baptist name.  Maybe the Baptist church should put an equally strong opposing statement out.    Perhaps there needs to be a major investiagion of all the Churches that agree to this,  to understand where the hate and intolerance really comes from. 

God created everyone, all are his children.  Jesus didn’t look at anyone with hate.  He was angry with several church leaders, but he loves everyone. 

Baptist Churches preach as much hate as any other radical group.  This is so typical of white male arrogance, and manipulation of who Jesus is, and how God interacts with His people.  God Bless the Churches that don’t behave this way, there are those that don’t.

This Church needs to examine itself.  Anyone who supports and follows this teaching is blindly following the wrong things.  Does God  really need to behave this way?  Isn’t he better than that, and more powerful? 

God Bless the victims.  Pray for the shooters family, how horrible for them.  Pray that all guilty parties are correctly brought to justice under our nations’ laws.

What dogs add to the world

8 Jan

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.  



 There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.  
-Ben William    

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.  
Josh Billings         


The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.  




 If your dog is fat, you aren’t getting enough exercise    

My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can.
that’s almost $21.00 in dog money.
-Joe Weinstein



If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you;
that is the principal difference between a dog and a human.
-Mark Twain


Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.  
-Roger Caras




If you think dogs can’t count,
try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket
and then give him only two of them.
-Phil Pastoret



I love my dogs

8 Jan

Well, lets not hide the truth…. I LOVE DOGS!  They are the best in every category.  I am amazed at how much they improve my life.  I think it is so wonderful that God gave us dogs

I sometimes wonder if God gave us dogs to show us an example of unconditional love that is enduring.  This is an example of how HE loves us, only on a much smaller scale.  This relationship and that of parent/child are both tremendous examples.

I have 3 dogs.  They are great.  One is a pedigree and two are rescue’s.  I love them all.  It is funny how the pedigree knows he was obtained differently.  He didn’t ever go through a moment in his life at a pound, or overnight outside alone, or just plain lost.  He is a bit spoiled.  My 2 pound dogs however, they are grateful and happy souls.  They love being part of our family, and are always happy and close. 

I have two of the three off leashed trained, and I am very close to getting the third one completely trained.  Today was his first day off the leash for about an hour.  He had a rough moment when a neighbor walked by.  He ran up to him to say hello, and scared the poor guy.  He didn’t touch him though.  Phew.  I was able to get his attention and gain control of him.  He came every time I called him.  That was great.  I took him for a long walk, with a leash, and had the best walk with him ever.  He didn’t pull, yank, or drag.  He is a 60 pound chunk of muscle, so this is a big deal.  I am soooo happy that he is finally catching on.  I started working with him a year ago.  He is young and stubborn.  I have been afraid he was going to get hit by a car every time he got loose. 

Sometimes when I am at my computer, my dogs will get on the bed next to me and stare and smile at me.  It is fun to see them happy, and be able to express their contentment.  I am really Blessed to have them.  I will always have a dog.  I realized that I don’t trust people who don’t like dogs (except for someone who was injured or is allergic).   Cats are ok, and I understand why people like them.  I don’t like the smell of the litter box regardless of the type of box or litter.  I can always smell them. 

My dogs do not mess in the house, tear things up, break things, or anything destructive.  occasionally they will bark up a storm, but they are a pack and drive on each others energy.  I do follow the Cesar Milan concepts of pack leader and keeping the dogs calm and submissive.  They are much happier this way.  I have not , nor do I expect to, have any dog fights. 

I have not taken them to a dog park.  I think they would do ok, as long as the other dogs there at the time are well-balanced.  I wonder how that would go, I may be surprised. 

I recently went with my sister to put her dog of 15 years down.  He lived with me for many years and he was a great border collie.  He had epilepsy for many years, and over the last few days of his life he was in a constant seizure. This dog at his ideal healthy weight was about 20 pounds, but on this day he only weighed 10.  He was wasting, despite all attempts to have him gain weight.  It was the right thing to do for this dog, it was peaceful and painless.  He was such a good dog, and I will always remember him.  I know he meant so much to my sister and her son.  He was a sweet and loving little dog.  He was never over bearing, and knew to be gentle with everyone.  As a border collie when the kids were small he would herd them and keep them all together.  It was fun to watch.  He worried about others.  This sweet little dog really had a heart for caring.  He was also a fast and agile runner.  In his hey day  wow that dog could move.    I am sorry he is gone.  It is the painful side of having dogs, they don’t live near long enough.  The memories are priceless, and life with him has been so much richer, and precious. 

God Bless anyone who takes care of any creature.  Cats, dogs, birds, snakes, mice or what ever.  Animals are ours to care for and take care of, as well as enjoy.  I have no tolerance for anyone who abuses, harms, neglects, or rejects any animal.  I understand hunting, and conservation.  I appreciate that is part of our charge as well.  It provides balance. I am talking about abuse and harm for no reason. 

Well, enough of that.  It is clear I am biased towards canines.  They do it all.  They protect, interact, play, relate, give of themselves, entertain, work, and many other things.  They are versitile as well.  They visit the sick and elderly, they work, they search, they guard, and they love.  No other animal amongst us does all the different things a dog can.  What an incredible gift from God they are.