Category Archives: Enlightenment in Every Day

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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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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Did That Just Happen?

Today I had a day jam-packed with things to get done so it left me little time to work with Tinker but honestly, sometimes less is more. I didn’t take much time to just hang out with him and practice much recall; instead, I reunited with him, called him once after our greeting, then decided …

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Heel…?

My interactions with Tinker up to this point have consisted of lots of recall practice, some practicing of the ‘down’ request (only because it was something he does naturally, so I though I would capitalize on it, but it isn’t something I would use with him outside of a very safe place), and time spent …

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Signs, Signs, Signs

People often say, “It’s the little things…” and it is so true. Little, seemingly, insignificant things that are actually big indicators of progress. Here are some wonderful signs from Tinker that add up to huge progress: Tinker now begins eating before I move to leave the room. I will place his bowl down and as …

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Leaping Forward

Daily Tinker is showing more signs of calming and confidence. Here are some highlights: When I called Tinker to greet him, food reward in hand, he trotted up and, rather than just taking the food and heading back to his crate, he chose instead to greet me first, slowly and calmly before taking his reward. …

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Mr. Tinker Update

In my last posting regarding Tinker’s progress, I reported that he had hit all the markers for adjusting here in terms of behaviors he had exhibited in his previous home, such as playing with toys, barking for attention, etc. Since the eight-week mark, he has been moving at quite an impressive pace, and I marvel …

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Eight Weeks

I realized the other day that Tinker has now been with us for eight weeks. The time has flown quickly and although Tinker hasn’t made huge leaps recently, his progress continues to be steady, albeit in small increments. I have noticed he is out of his crate as soon as I place his food bowl …

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Blessed Sleep

Tonight, as my husband and two dogs left the TV room and walked past Tinker’s room, I stopped for a few moments, because something about him was different, and I wasn’t sure what it was. Then, as I watched him, I realized what it was: Tinker was soundly, deeply asleep. Usually he is curled up …

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Aaaannd There It Is

I have been waiting to see how many of his old behaviors Tinker would pull out and use. I had written before about his penchant for bringing his feces into his bed, as well as placing them about his previous home, especially when the wife, with whom he really had quite an attachment, would just …

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