Happy Birthday Buddy

Buddy and his siblings had been abandoned as new born puppies.  They were taken to a veterinarian hospital in Mobile, Alabama.  The puppies received medical treatment and care until they were old enough to be adopted.

Gwen’s dog T-Bone had recently passed away and she missed having a canine companion.  Arrangements were made for Buddy to be transported to Huntsville, Alabama.

Buddy has become a wonderful friend and companion to Gwen.  He also gets along great with the other Thaler dogs.  Buddy is friendly, caring, energetic, and intelligent.  He is a wonderful dog and is loved by everyone.

Today, Buddy turns 3 years old.  Of course we had a special doggy birthday cake and all of the dogs got a new toy.

Happy Birthday Buddy

Ferocious Rabbits

We live in a rural community, so it’s common for wild animals to wonder into our yard. This past week we had several rabbits come for a visit.

When the dogs see the rabbits, they immediately start barking and growling.   The rabbit runs off in fear and the dogs look rather pleased with themselves.

I feel safer now, knowing I can go into the front yard and not be attacked by ferocious bunny rabbits.  – Thanks Guys 🙂

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Please Don’t Poop Where I Read

Norton has decided to start pooping under my hammock.  Mom thinks it’s funny.  The poor little fellow doesn’t want to poop in the blazing hot sun.  He needs shade to do his business.

However, I fail to see the humor.  I like to read in the hammock and occasionally fall out of it.  That’s supposed to be a reading zone, not a pooping zone.

Maybe I should post a “No Pooping Zone” sign.

Congratulations Little Boy Blue

Today is Little Boy Blue’s third adoption anniversary.  Blue is an amazing dog.  He excels in all his training classes.  He is a great traveling companion.  He has a strong nurturing instinct, which drives him to look after and protect his brothers.  He is loyal, friendly, and loves to play.

Happy Adoption Anniversary Little Boy Blue

Three Reasons Why Dogs Are Amazing Pets

Dogs unique abilities and traits that make them amazing pets:

  • Dogs have advance social skills.
    • They understand the concept of fairness.
      • If you give one dog two treats and another dog three treats, the dog with two treats will complain about the situation.  He knows that he was cheated out of a treat.
      • I was watching Ben play with a toy one day.  Blue walked up to Ben and took his toy away from him.  As you would expect, Ben was angry about the situation.  However, the other two dogs in the room also got mad at Blue.  They all braked and growled at him for stealing the toy.  Blue dropped the toy and walked out of the room with his head hanging down in shame.  A few minutes later, Blue came back into the room.  He walked up to Ben, with his head still down, and licked Ben on the nose.  He was trying to apologize for his behavior.  Ben wagged his tail and returned the favor by licking Blue on the nose.  All was forgiven.
    • Dogs have a unique ability to understand body language.  Obviously, dogs can understand the body language of other dogs.  What makes dogs unique is their innate ability to understand human body language and to respond appropriately to human facial expressions.
    • Dogs are the only animal know to yawn, as a sympathetic response, when their owners yawn.
  • Dogs are extremely intelligent.
    • Dogs are born with the ability to understand the concept of numbers.  Scientist have preformed numerous experiments to prove dogs have this ability.  The dog is shown a certain number of treats, the treats are then covered with a screen, when the screen is lifted the number of treats has decreased.  The dog will take the treats and then look for the missing treats, until it has found all the treats it should have.  Most dogs were able to figure out how many treats they should have, until they numbers reached double digits.
    • The average dog can learn between 100 to 200 words.  Dogs with an above average intelligence can learn even more than that.
    • Dogs have been known to exhibit critical thinking skills.  Manufactures have even started making dog toys that require the dog to interact with a toy before it will distribute a treat.  The toy may require the dog to turn it a certain way or to move pieces on the toy to get the treat.
  • Dogs exhibit superior emotional skills.
    • Dogs react with compassion whenever someone (human or animal) they love is sick or injured.  When I was really sick with an infection in my mastoid bone, Blue refused to leave my bedside.  He would not even leave me for food. Gwen started bringing his dinner into my room so he could eat.
    • Dogs grieve the loss of a family member.  Years ago, I had two dogs named Max and Bud.  When Max died, Bud spent three days in a corner of the yard.  He would make pitiful whimpering noises and refused to eat.
    • Dogs are instinctively protective of their family.  A few years ago, we took all five of our dogs to the dog park.  Norton, who only weighs 14 pounds, was run over by a larger dog.  Norton let out a cry, which caused all his brothers to come running.  You should have seen the look on that dog’s face when he saw Ben (who weighs 120 pounds), Joey (who weighs 100 pounds), Blue (who weighs 45 pounds), and Buddy (who weighs 40 pounds) running over to protect little Norton.

Dogs have a set of abilities and skills that are unique in the animal kingdom.  That’s what makes them amazing pets.

Not a Morning Dog

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Ben is not a morning dog.

I woke up around 5:30.  After a great deal of coaxing, I managed to get Ben out of bed.  He walked outside and immediately collapsed on the patio.

I tried reasoning with Ben.  I told him, if he would get up and use the bathroom then he could go back inside and sleep on the bed.  A bed is a lot more comfortable than a patio.  Ben ignored me and rolled over onto his side.

That obviously wasn’t working.  I then walked over to Ben and started to push him a bit.  He groaned loudly, but did mange to get on his feet.  He walked five feet into the grass, took care of his business, and then went back inside the house.

Ben is sleeping on the couch now.  The poor dog, he just wasn’t ready for it to be morning.

 

Excited About Brown Beetle Season

Brown beetles are coming out in droves and the dogs are excited about it.  According to them (as I have no personal knowledge in this area), brown beetles are the best tasting bugs on this planet.  They are a true delicacy.

I enjoy watching the boys as they run around the yard, trying to catch the beetles.  It’s kind of like watching a bumper car race.  They will push against each other and run into each other, all in an attempt to eat a brown beetle.  I’ve even seen Blue stick his head underwater to fetch brown beetles that landed in the puppy pool.

No other bug is treated this way.  In fact, a black beetle can walk in front of the dogs and it will not illicit any reaction.  If my dogs could talk, they would say brown beetles are delicious and they are excited about brown beetle season.

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