Why I Admire Dogs

I was watching my dogs play and thinking about how they were rescued.

Norton was living behind a dumpster.  Buddy was found as a puppy in a box with his siblings and they had been abandoned.  Joey and Blue were both strays found on the side of the road.  Most of them exhibited signs of abuse.

With time, each dog discovered this would be their forever home.  They would always be loved and have plenty of food.  As they relaxed and grew comfortable in their new home, their true personalities began to shine through.

They all live in the moment and never dwell on their past.  They are happy and care free.  I admire them for that ability.

Will Stop for Turtles

I am one of those people that will help turtles cross the road.

A few weeks ago, I was driving with Mom and Gwen in the Jeep.  We were on a four-lane highway and I spotted a turtle.  I pulled over and rushed to help the turtle get to his destination.

The turtle wasn’t happy about being picked up by me.  However, once we made it across the road he continued on his merry way.

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I can’t save all the animals in the world, but I can do my part and try to save some of the animals in the world.

Hiking in Honduras

Last week, I went on a seven day cruise.  Our first stop was in Honduras where I spent the day hiking through Eco Park.

The park is full of monkeys, birds, and other fun animals.  There is one monkey that the guides named Billy and he is rather feisty.  Billy will jump on people, open their backpacks, and then steal their stuff.  While we were there, Billy managed to grab someone’s water bottle.  He then climbed into the trees, opened the bottle, and began to drink the water.  I couldn’t help but laugh at his ingenuity.

During the hike we had to cross a suspension bridge.  I’ve seen bridges like this in movies, but never had the opportunity to cross one myself.  The bridge rocked back and forth as I walked across it, but I found the experience rather exhilarating.

I was also able to see Mayan ruins during the hike.  The guide did a wonderful job explaining the statues and their meaning.

I learned about the importance of hand placement in the Mayan culture.  For example, holding one hand up with the palm out and the other hand down with the palm up, is the symbol for peace and love.

After our hike, we headed downtown to visit the local shops and do a little more exploring.

Lazy Puppy Syndrome

Ben was only six months old, but he would collapse during a walk.  He had to be carried home.  Our much older dogs were able to complete the walk, so I assumed something was wrong with my poor little puppy.

I took Ben to the local veterinarian, but they could not determine what was going on with him.  The doctor thought it could be a genetic heart condition.

Ben was sent to the animal cardiologist in Birmingham, Alabama.  We were sitting in the waiting room and Ben fell asleep.  When our named was called, I had a hard time getting Ben to stand up, so I started to slide him across the floor.  Eventually, Ben stood up and walked into the examining room.

The doctor wanted to do an ultrasound of Ben’s heart.  Several workers came in to help get Ben ready for the test.  Even though Ben was only six months old, he was already close to 70 pounds and picking him up was a chore.

The workers picked up Ben, flipped him upside-down, and put him into a v-shaped brace.  Then they put the jelly stuff on his chest and started the ultrasound.  I expected a puppy to resist or at least have something to say about all this.  However, Ben just stretched out and went to sleep.

After all the test were completed and the doctor reviewed the results she told me, “Ben is a very sweet and handsome boy, but he appears to suffer from LPS (Lazy Puppy Syndrome).  There is nothing wrong with Ben, but he is the laziest dog I have ever seen.”

Today is Ben’s 4th birthday, so I thought it would be appropriate to share pictures of Ben participating in his favorite activity.