Is it just me?

I make a to-do list, so I can remember what needs to be done in a day.  If I end up doing something that wasn’t on the list, I will add it to the list, so I can mark it off the list.

It sounds weird, but it helps me feel like I accomplished more during the day.

Does anyone else add things to their list, just so they can mark them off the list?  Maybe it’s just me.  Maybe I’m weird.


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.


Joey – Self Inflected Injuries

Joey had a habit of injuring himself, while he was goofing around or playing.

One evening, Joey was running around the yard.  However, he was looking to his left and not in the direction he was running.  He ended up running into a tree with a low hanging branch.  He had cuts on his eyebrow and eyelid.  He also had scratches on his cornea.

Joey came running back to me with blood pouring form his face.  I immediately took Joey to the emergency veterinarian clinic, since this did not happen during regular business hours.

The doctors cleaned his face and removed bark from his eye.  I was given prescription eye drops to put in Joey’s eye three times a day to prevent infection.

Joey was not happy about those eye drops.  I had to put Joey in a head lock, pry open his eye, and then squirt the drops on his face.  He was bucking like some kind of wild horse, so I just kept squirting and hopped some of the medication actually made it into his eye.

His eye healed nicely and he didn’t lose his vision, so I guess it worked.

The second self-inflicted injury happened while we were at a training class.  We were in a large room with metal support poles running along the center of the room.

We arrived early, so Joey decided to spend his time playing.  He was jumping and spinning around in circles.  Unfortunately, he wasn’t paying attention to his surroundings and banged his head into one of the poles.

It made a loud bonging noise and Joey was staggering as he walked away.  My goofy dog ended up with a concussion and we were back at the veterinarian’s office.

I tried to convince the doctor to put Joey on a sedative to help him calm down, for his own protection.  The veterinarian refused my request.  She said Joey is a high spirited dog, but he is tough enough to withstand his own silliness.

I was a bit disappointed, I was really hoping for some sedatives to slow this wild dog down a bit.  His destructive habits and self-injuries behavior had blown a massive hole in my budget.


Kids are Watching

Dawson Elementary was having a Pre-K graduation celebration, when several adults started fighting.  Security escorted the adults out of the building; however, they just kept on fighting in the parking lot.  The police were called to deal with the situation and the school was placed on a lock-down status.

The full story can be found at

When I read stories like this, my first thoughts go to the children that had to witness the event.

I constantly hear adults complaining about how spoiled children are these days.  I also hear comments about children being disrespectful.  These comments are often followed by advance on how adults need to discipline children to teach them respect and manners.

It is true, children do need discipline to learn how to behave.  However, maybe discipline is not the only thing they need.  Maybe children need better role models in their life.  It’s easy to point fingers at the adults fighting at an elementary school, but that is only a symptom of a bigger problem.

We all need to take a look at ourselves.  How do we treat the cashiers or the wait staff?  How do we treat people that are different from us?  How do we behave when we are cut off by a bad driver?  How do we handle frustration?  Do we use language that is full of hate or disrespect in front of our children?

If we want our children to be respectful, then maybe we should act in a way that is worthy of respect.