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.

Worms on my Bed

It’s been raining non-stop for days and my yard is flooded.  When this happens, worms come out of the ground and end up on our patio.

I woke up this morning and sent my dogs out for their first bathroom break of the day.  I go about my business and open the door for them a few minutes later.  I really wasn’t paying much attention when they came back into the house.  Like I said, I just woke up and wasn’t completely alert.

I went to get my phone and Baby Ben is on my bed with tons of worms stuck in his fur.  Apparently, he thought it would be a good idea to roll around in the worms and then decided to take a nap on my bed.

Well, I am alert now!

It’s a good thing he’s cute, or I would have to trade him in for a goldfish.

 

Canine Good Citizenship

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This book will teach you everything you need to know to get your dog ready to pass the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Test.  While I was reading it, I came across a few interesting ideas that I wanted to share.

  • Use pleasant experiences, such as inducing your dog to sit with a treat.
  • The most important benefit of training your dog is safety.
  • Dogs are social animals, and one of the cruelest forms of punishment is to deprive them of the opportunity to interact with family members.
  •  Well-behaved dogs control their impulses around others and listen to their owners, making the dogs a pleasure to be around.