Traveling With Dogs

Whenever I am traveling, I like to take my dog Blue with me.  Blue is not the only dog I have, but he is the only one that travels with me on a regular basis.

Why do I often leave the other dogs at home?

The answer is not based on favoritism.  Instead, it is based on the personality of the dog.

Blue enjoys traveling and is not easily frightened by new experiences.  Blue is also obedient and has excellent recall, which makes it safer to travel with him.

Before you decide to travel with your dog, consider if the dog will enjoy the trip.  How will the dog react to something they have never seen or done before?  Also, what is the training and obedience level of the dog?  How reliable is the dog when being recalled?

Don’t base your decision to travel with a dog on your desires.  Base it on the safety and well being of your dog.

Dog Park Disaster

Gwen and I decided to take Joey, Ben, Buddy, and Blue to the dog park.

All of our dogs are well trained.  Joey earned the Canine Good Citizen Certification from the American Kennel Club.  Blue is in advanced classes.  Ben and Buddy are at the intermediate level.

However, sometimes they act like a pack of wild crazy dogs that have never had a day of training in their lives.  Today was one of those days.

  • They were involved in several disagreements with the other dogs.
  • Joey got into a fight.
  • Three of the boys managed to escape the park and create a ruckus by running around and barking at a group of people with their dogs.

Due to their behavior, we had to leave the park early.  The boys still managed to have a great time and are rather pleased with themselves.

Oh well, they are cute and we still love them.

Exotic Pet Fair

Yesterday, we went to the Exotic Pet Fair in Huntsville, Alabama.  We saw all sorts of animals: pigs, birds, hamsters, genie pigs, monkeys, lizards, rabbits, squirrels, frogs, and snakes.

I know it sounds strange to most people, but I have no fear of snakes.  I kept asking the venders to let me hold the snakes, so I could get a close up view of them.  They are actually kind of cool.

Baby Ben Update

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Ben had knee surgery yesterday.  The doctor stabilized the knee, so it will not pop out of place anymore.  He also repaired a torn ligament.

I picked Ben up this afternoon and brought him home.  He is doing as well as could be expected.  His leg hurts and he limps a lot.  He also spends a good deal of time crying.

I took the above picture about 30 minutes after he took his pain medication, so he was in a good mood.

I put tie-down stations around the house and in the back yard.  This will allow Ben to walk around, but prevents him from getting on furniture and from running.

The other dogs have been great with Ben.  They each walked slowly up to Ben and sniffed him.  They come and check on Ben from time to time and gently lick his face.

Ben’s brothers are all behaving well; however, Ben is not allowed to be unsupervised around any of them.  I don’t want any of our other dogs to accidentally hurt Ben or to mess with Ben’s stitches.

I know the next few days are going to be hard on Ben, but his family loves him and we are all going to take great care of him.