Category Archives: Dogs

What’s in Your Mouth?!

I could write a book on this subject alone, how people reinforce the behavior of their dogs who grab things their people don’t want them to have. It often begins when the dog is a puppy and begins to explore the world. Just as exploring babies do, puppies learn about their world by using their …

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Changes are Challenging

This image is supposed to be funny. At one time, I might have thought it was so. Now I know more about dogs and their perspective, and looking at it breaks my heart. People tend to believe that dogs don’t care who they’re with, that they can be dropped off at a moment’s notice to …

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Emmett

This is our Emmett. He’s 11 years old now, a very well-mannered gentleman.   We adopted Emmett from a local shelter at the tender age of 5 months. Adorable puppy, killer cute and loads of charm, with that round, speckled puppy belly and irresistible puppy smell. Things looked good when we brought him home, but …

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Doomed To Fail

I often read the short, informational write-ups about dogs who are in need of a home and so many of them state the dog is the type that “needs to be with their person”, meaning the dog has suffered separation anxiety in the past, this is just a part of who they are, so they …

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Asking Questions

Any changes in our dog’s environment can cause the dog to “ask questions”, that is display behaviors that we’ve either not seen in quite some time, or display new ones we’ve never seen. In our case, it was my husband’s schedule change once the new school year began. John had been home all summer, all …

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Tinker: One Year Later

Our one-year anniversary of Tinker’s adoption has come and gone, in August. The little dog with the lion’s mane keeps inching forward, tiny steps at a time. Every week I’m reminded of how much he has overcome, while not having any expectations about how much further he will, or will not, go. One morning I …

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Bliss

I am sitting here watching Tinker sleep. His body is stretched out with his head draped over the end of his little bed. Not a care in the world. The fact that he is sleeping is unremarkable; it’s where he is sleeping like this that is. It is almost ten P.M. Tinker’s bed is in …

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Surprise

In my last blog post, I detailed how Tinker not only had become seemingly quite comfortable with being stroked while in his crate, but had actually begun asking for affection. I truly had expected that we would remain at this stage for a while, but Tinker had other plans. About a week or so after …

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Contact

I find that I like experiencing moments with Tinker much more than writing about them. I have some catching up to do, once again. Weeks ago I had mentioned that I had begun giving Tinker a quick stroke every once in a while when he is in his crate, something that actually made me uncomfortable …

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What is that Sound??

A few weeks ago I was working on my computer and a sound came to my attention. It entered my consciousness slowly, because it blended in with other familiar sounds in the environment, including the sounds of construction that come from our new neighbor’s continued progress in building their new home. In fact, I thought …

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