Giant Teddy Bear as a Dog Toy

I bought the boys a new toy today.  I found this giant teddy bear at Dollar General and I figured the dogs would love it.


This is the biggest stuffed toy they have ever seen.  Joey and Norton don’t know what to think about it.  Ben sniffed the toy and went to take a nap.  Blue pulled it around for a few seconds.  Right now, Buddy is sleeping on it.

The boys are still trying to figure out what to do with this monstrous teddy bear.

Chitlins – Strange Southern Food


If you are not from the southern part of the United States, you may be wondering what are Chitlins.  Chitlins are pig intestines, which are boiled and then eaten.

I have lived in the South for 29 years, but I have never eaten Chitlins.  I also don’t plan on trying it.

I admit at times I do weird and crazy things.  However, I have my limits and chitlins do not fall within those limits.

What are some weird things people eat where you live?  Let me know in the comment section below.


Joey – Certifiably Good

As I said in an earlier post, it took four attempts for Joey to finally complete his beginner dog training class.  Once we mastered the beginning level, Joey and I went on and completed the intermediate and the advanced classes.

After two years of training and working with Joey, he was able to pass the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Certification exam.  I was so excited about Joey receiving the Canine Good Citizen Certification, I told everyone about it.  I said Joey is now “certifiably good.”

I took Joey to a nursing home in Decatur and he was able to make several of the residents happy.  He would snuggle against them and loved to be hugged.  He was always polite and gentile with the residents.

I am so impressed by how Joey went form a buck wild crazy dog to a Canine Good Citizen in just a matter of two years.  I am glad I never gave up on Joey.

Joey is no longer able to do some of the things he used to enjoy.  He used to run for hours, but now he can only run for a few minutes and then he sleeps for hours.

It doesn’t matter that Joey is getting older and has some health problems.  He will always have a home with me.

Joey – You are an awesome dog and I will always love you.



Joey – Dog Shaming Photo

I started taking Joey to a dog park and to a day care center, while I was at work, to help channel all that energy.

He was finally doing well in school and his social skills were improving by leaps and bonds.  He became very popular every where he went.  He was friendly and got along with all the dogs.  He was even dubbed the official dog park greater at one point.

However, Joey did have a habit of peeing in the water bucket at the dog park.  It was so embarrassing and I would end up going for fresh water at least once during each visit.

I decided to do a dog shaming photo, but Joey didn’t care.


Joey – Training Programs

At some point, I realized I could not handle Joey without help.  I decided to take him to an obedience school.

The first place we went, didn’t go well.  Joey was wild and the trainer could not get him to sit still long enough to do anything.  She eventually decided Joey was just “not that bright.”  After a month, she expelled Joey for his destructive behavior.

The second place was not any better.  Joey got into a fight with another dog in the class and was expelled for aggressive behavior.

I talked to the receptionist at my veterinarian’s office and told her about Joey being expelled from two different schools.  She recommended a trainer named Steve.

I called Steve, told him my story, and asked if he would allow a juvenile delinquent dog into his school.  Steve laughed and said he would love to get a chance to work with Joey.

We went to class twice a week for a couple of years.  Joey ended up repeating the beginner class four times, but he was improving and I was learning how to channel his energy and how to manage his behavior in a positive way.