Thursday, February 28, 2013

Presents!


I am going to make this a quick post so we can get back to all our fun birthday activities today.  I couldn't wait to give Mom her presents.  We have a tradition of giving them the night before a birthday in our house.  That way you have your gifts to actually enjoy ON your birthday.  It's so much fun!  Now that she's opened them I can let you all in on what I got her.  I gave her a Pet Smart gift card so we can go shopping together of course.  I also gave her a doggie t-shirt from a great site with adorable pet items for both pets and people.  It's called The Animal Rescue Site.  Purchased items help feed homeless pets, so it's a win win!  Last but not least, I gave Mom the book "A Dog's Purpose".  I'm hoping she'll read it aloud to me, even though I already know my purpose is to be the best furry kid Mom and Dad could wish for :)  Hope you're all doing well out there in the blog world.  I'm off to PARTAY :) 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Dog Rally

I never knew such a thing called dog rally existed until this past year.  Our dog trainer did a short introduction into what it was at the end of our last class, and had us do a simplified run through, and it's been in the back of my mind ever since.  The point of this post is to share with you what I know about rally (which is in the beginning stages) and possibly spark some interest in you, and also to encourage you to share any experience you have with rally yourself.  I am very interested in participating in a rally event with my boys, possibly this summer (or whenever they might be ready).  I think it looks like a lot of fun and could be very beneficial to both my dogs and myself in a few different ways.  If you're unfamiliar as I was, in a nutshell it is a trail you walk with your dog and it has a series of "stops" you make along the way.  At each stop there is a command you have to complete with your dog.  One might be "sit, down, sit" for example.  You would have to learn the commands and how work with your dog to successfully carry them out and each post.  One of the biggest reasons it sparked my attention was that unlike agility (which also interests me s great deal) age and size isn't as big a factor in rally as it is in agility.  Piper is 9 and Murray is 5 and they both are close to 100 lbs.  This could appropriate for both of them to participate in.  It's also always good to keep yourself (and your dog) fresh and up to date with your dog obedience training.  Rally seems like a great way to do this.  In order to participate you would need to keep yourself and your dog practiced in the rally commands.  Regular practice and participation seems like great reinforcement.  On a side note...I'm a firm believer in positive reinforcement training, as well.  I'm lucky Murray thrives on positive attention.  He loves a reward treat, but he is also just as happy if he knows I am happy.... Rally also looks like a great way to incorporate some bonding activities with your dog.  It would automatically create a mutual working relationship between owner and dog.  Investing your time and energy in this way can't help but develop strong ties.  I like that it's not just about the human or just about the dog, but the focus is on the team effort.  What kind of team would you and your dog make?  There are lots of  great resources online.  The American Kennel Club, in particular, has some great, free information on rally.   

Please feel free to comment and share any thoughts or experiences you have with rally.  I would like to learn all I can!  Thank You!

 

        
  

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Dog's Hero

On the heels of my last post, after we all rightly voiced our disgust for puppy mills, came a post I quickly noticed as I scrolled through my personal Facebook page yesterday.  One of our local weathermen, who also does work with homeless animals, had been asked to take part in a puppy mill rescue in Ohio.  I hadn't noticed his post back on January 11 when he first mentioned this mission he would soon be on, but I did back track and read up on the whole dramatic story.  Steve Caporizzo, along with The Healthy Pet Center in Troy, New York, all made a 24 hour round trip to Ohio to rescue as many dogs in need as they could.  These poor babies were in terrible condition and likely would not have lived without the love and caring help of these animal angels on earth.  The rescuers had no idea the last time these dogs had ever even been outside, never mind ever feeling a loving pat on the head or a cheerful voice.  They were in absolute desperate need of grooming, socialization and above all else, love.  Today I have been thrilled to be reading about their progress and how some have even found their forever families.  I cannot begin to express the feelings I have toward anyone that can harm an animal.  These dogs are such innocent, helpless creatures.  It repulses me to think anyone could let these dogs get to this condition.  Enough about "them"...the focus and point of this post was to praise and recognize the true heroes.  On behalf of every animal lover...THANK YOU.

*Please click the links above to visit the Facebook pages that tell the whole story with more pics.

Before and After...Both beauties I would be proud to call my own
      

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