Fist 5k Charity Run – Done

I completed my first 5k (3.6 miles) charity run today.  My left leg started burning, due to shine splints after the first mile.  I ended up limping a good bit during the course and I felt nauseous after the second mile.  However, I refused to give up and I just kept moving forward.  I was determined to finish the race.

I came in last place, but I am still proud of myself.

I am ready for a nap now.   🙂

 

 

Puppy Graduation Week

This week, two of our dogs had final exams.

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Norton aced his Beginner Phase 2 test.  He did everything perfectly and is now ready for the intermediate level class.  Way to go Mom and Norton.

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Little Boy Blue also did a great job and passed the advanced level exam.  The next step for Blue is the Canine Good Citizen Certification from the American Kennel Club.  We have a couple of areas that need a little more work and then he will be ready for the test.

As of today, Joey is the only one that has completed the Canine Good Citizen Certification and is the highest rated in obedience training.  However, his little brother Blue is not far behind and soon we will have two certifiably good dogs.

Poor Joey is Sick

I noticed one of Joey’s toes is swollen, so I took him to the veterinarian.

I confess, as soon as I saw his swollen toe I was very worried about Joey.  He is 9 or 10 years old and a 100 pound Labrador/Great Pyrenees mix.  That puts him in the geriatric range and increases his risk for health problems.

I am glad to report that Joey will be fine.  The veterinarian found a small cut on the toe, which became infected.  He doesn’t have a fever and there is no sign that the infection spread past his toe.  The doctor prescribed and antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory.

Joey needs a few days of TLC and he will be back to his rambunctious self in no time.

Books, Books, and More Books Please

I can never get enough books.  When I walk into a bookstore or a library, I feel a sense of wonder and awe.  I am surrounded by so many stories, so much information, and so many things that I can learn.  Where do I begin?  How can I pick just one or two books?

 

The book salesman should be honored, because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.  (Confucius)

Finishing a book is like leaving a good friend.  (William Feather)

Don’t judge a book by its thickness either.  (Craig Bruce)

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.  (Murakami)

Great books help you understand and they help you feel understood.  (John Green)

There are worse crimes than burning books.  One of them is not reading them.  (Joseph Brodsky)

Once you learn to read you will be forever free.  (Frederick Douglas)

 

We All Bleed Red – Ronnie Dunn

It’s easy to judge others.  It’s harder to put ourselves in their shoes, view the world as they see it, and offer forgiveness.  However, there will come a time when we are the one’s in need of forgiveness.  We all do things of which we are not proud.  We all feel pain and emotional distress.  We all bleed red.

Who Controls You?

Who controls you?  Do you have an internal or an external locus of control?

Those who believe outside forces completely determine what will happen to them, have an external locus of control.  They view obstacles as insurmountable and believe they are unable to change their life circumstances.

Those who believe they can impact their life through their own actions, have an internal locus of control.  They are not immune to unfortunate  events, trauma, or other obstacles.  However, they focus on finding solutions to their problems.

It is important to notice, bad things happen to people in both groups.  The difference is in how they view negative events and in how they deal with the problems created by those events.

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Living With Five Dogs

We never planed to have five dogs.  However, life throws curve balls sometimes and unexpected things happen.  A few years ago, the three of us lived in three different homes with our dogs.  Today, we are all in the same house and so are all of our dogs.

  • Joey is the oldest of our dogs.  He is a Labrador/Great Pyrenees mix and he is 9 years old.
  • Ben is our biggest dog.  He is a Great Pyrenees and weighs 115 pounds.  He is also our youngest dog.  Ben is two years old.
  • Buddy is a Rottweiler/Beagle mix and he is only two months older than Ben.
  • Norton is the smallest of our dogs.  He is a Yorke mix and weighs only 14 pounds.  Norton is probably around 4 years old.
  • Blue is a 3 year old Australian Cattle Dog.

The dogs have their moments and life is far from perfect.  However, they are well behaved.  We can leave all five dogs in the house alone and trust them to not destroy our stuff.

They also get along well with each other.  They respect the boundaries of their “brothers” and disagreements are quickly resolved.

Our balanced pack of dogs didn’t just happen.  We put a lot of effort into it and continue to do so each day.  There are two essentials that allow us to live peacefully with five dogs.

  • Training – Each dog has been to several training classes and they all know the rules.  Consequences depend on behavior, praise and treats follow good behavior, and correction for bad behavior often consists of a stern “no.”  The dogs want to live in a peaceful house and they want to feel secure in their place.  Knowing they broke a rule and their person is displeased is often enough to correct behavior.  However, getting them to understand the rules takes a lot of work and training.
  • Exercise – We have over an acre of land and much of it is fenced in for the dogs.  The dogs have enough space to run and wrestle with their pack mates.  They also have plenty of toys to chew and destroy.  There are a ton of toys in the house and in the yard.  We constantly bring in new toys to replace the old ones.  I have heard it said, “A tired dog is a good dog.”  Let me tell you, there is a lot of truth in that statement.

Living with multiple dogs isn’t easy.  It requires work on our part, but we love each of the dogs and we enjoy watching them play and interact with each other.  There are five dogs running around our home and they make each day special.