"The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's." – Mark Twain, Letter to W D Howells, 4/2/1899

Archive for August, 2013

Damp view.

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Cool photo [no pun intended]….. not one of mine. It’s from The Age Newspaper and it won an award as best Lifestyle Photo.

Click on the photo to take you to the article.


Always Supervise Children and Dogs.

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Dogs will put up with a lot but they have their limits, just like we do.

Every year dogs make the headlines for biting young children.

Sometimes it is the dog that belongs to the family but often it is a dog that belongs to a friend or grandparent or relative.

Dogs do not see extended family members in the same way as they do their own pack.

Humans rather stupidly expect dogs to tolerate small children and their rough play. Most dogs will put up with it but is it worth the pain of seeing a small child get bitten or a beautiful dogs destroyed.

Encourage your friends to watch their children when they are playing with dogs, no matter how good the dog might be normally, a small child can easily hurt a dog and it will react.


Wind in the hair.

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Not my photo but I love it anyway.


Nanook vs Slater Bug

This speaks for itself.

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Depending on what you’re viewing with, you may need to click on the photo to make out the bug on the far right. But he is there.

I tried distracting Nanook with a toy, but her prey drive is intense & the slater bug held her attention for some time.
Unlike most bug/insect hunts, Nanook felt the need to stare down the tiny slater bug. Perhaps pausing in recognition of a true nemesis.
It felt a little wild west to me.

Another version of this shot would have a tumbleweed blowing by, dusty hats & a cigar hanging from the bug’s mouth. But let’s just keep it simple shall we.

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Always watching.

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We talk a lot but our dogs watch.

Body language means more them than words. In many ways it is their language.

You can tell a lot about how a dog is feeling and what his intentions are buy the way he holds himself.

Conversely they are watching us for clues. If we do not display leadership with our body our dogs will know, no matter what words we use.

Dogs want to please us but they also want to feel safe. Strong leadership makes them feel like they are part of a successful pack.

Remember, your dog is watching you.

Be the pack leader.


Income Is Irrelevant.

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Dogs don’t care how much money you make, all they need from you is love and calm assertive leadership, a good meal or two, water and a warm body to lean against when it gets cold. They never ask to see your bank balance. Your status in their world depends on the amount of love you have in your heart.


Who Is The Pack Leader?

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I’ll admit that he looks like he is enjoying his job as pack leader, but it’s not his/her job, it’s yours.

My friend has the attitude that her dogs should be allowed to do whatever they want [with the exception of constantly running away because this causes her a lot of stress and a fair bit of money]. As a result her dogs do what all pack animals do in the absence of a leader, they step up into that role, even though they are not emotionally suited to the position.

The dogs suffer from separation anxiety because they believe that it is their job to protect her and if they cannot see her they get stressed. One of her dogs has eaten through the blinds and broken a window trying to get out.

My friend believes that it is cruel to set rules, boundaries and limitations, and no amount of talking from me or her friends will change her mind.

Recently her dogs have begun to be more aggressive and she still cannot see the relationship between her lack of leadership and their behaviour.

Be the pack leader, your dog will love you for it.

Actually, he’ll love you anyway but he will be happier, and that is important, isn’t it?


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Parents?

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Why Didn’t I see that?

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Take Your Dog With You.

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I remember being told at puppy school, “Take your dog with you.”

It was good advice.

Our dogs are happiest when we are all together.

One of our dogs is not a big fan of traveling in the car but she puts up with it because she does not want to miss out on anything.

Our other dog LOVES the car. It’s not because he can hang out the window [I don’t allow that]. It’s not about all those great traveling smells, although I think he likes them, it’s simple because I am in the car and we might be going to somewhere interesting. They both love new places, don’t we all?