Category Archives: family

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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Testing, Testing

The evening of my heel work session with Tinker had a twist: Tinker decided he would throw me a curve. In his previous home, Tinker would begin to bark when the woman pulled into the driveway at day’s end and would not stop until she gave him attention and food. This was a daily routine …

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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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How Not to Begin

My husband and I attended a lovely outdoor food festival last week, and while there we noticed one of the vendors had brought their puppy, which looked to be approximately five to six months old. She had been tied up with a leash while her guardians were busy, and at one point the husband walked …

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Mother’s Day

Another Mother’s Day. As of October, it will be thirteen years since my own mother’s passing. Although that seems a long time when seeing it written, in a heartfelt sense, it’s a short time ago that she left. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her and miss her. Mother’s Day has …

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Imagine…

Imagine you are taken away from your home, your familiar surroundings, those who you knew, and were dropped unceremoniously into an entirely new place. A place that was completely foreign to you; unfamiliar language, environment, sounds, smells, customs, food. You are homeless in this new world, alone and frightened because you don’t know how you …

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Dexter’s New Adventure

Two weeks ago Dexter and I drove three and a half hours to meet his potential adopter. Dexter is such a good little traveler. He shook a bit in the beginning, then settled in quietly for the trip. He didn’t sleep the entire time, which was surprising, given his normal routine is to sleep all …

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….and Reality Sets In

I just spoke with a potential adopter for Dexter. *sigh* I’m going to let that sink in for a bit… Not sure how I feel about it. I honestly don’t know how people foster on a regular basis. How do they let go? How do they trust? There it is…the real issue: trust.

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Dexter’s Rebound

The days after our basement flooding were ones of great concern to me regarding Dexter’s progress. I suppose I shouldn’t have been so worried, and should have had more faith in Dexter, and in Amichien Bonding. The next day, as I had written in my previous post, I tightened up on all four areas of …

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And Back We Go!

Progress is never a straight line, especially when dealing with living, conscious beings. Given that Dexter has been with us for a relatively short time, it was inevitable that a situation should arise that would send him backwards. This past weekend served to do just that. We’ve had a hellish winter, one of the worst …

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