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.

Kids Can Benefit From Having a Dog

Dogs are amazing animals and wonderful pets.  Children that grow up with dogs, benefit from their companionship.

  • Having a pet teaches responsibility.  Children can help with taking care of the dog and learn new skills as they grow older.
  • Children also learn compassion and the importance of putting the needs of a loved one above their wants.  There will be times when the dog needs to go to the bathroom; however, the child is busy having fun.  This is an excellent way to teach the child about needs vs wants, putting others first, and compassion.
  • Dog training classes actually teach the owner how to teach the dog.  The child will learn concepts like behavior modification; positive reinforcement; as well as how to meet the physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of the dog.
  • Having a dog can make science fun.  Here is one example:  The dog has about 200 million more olfactory receptors in the nose than a human.  However, that is only part of the reason why they have such a phenomenal sense of smell.  The design of their outer nose, allows more smells to enter the nasal cavity.  That small slit on the side of the dog’s nose, actually does serve a purpose.  The olfactory system in the brain of a dog is 40 times larger than that of a human.  This allows the dog to process and remember all those wonderful smells.
  • Children that grow up with dogs have a stronger immune system, because they are exposed to a wider variety of bacteria.  They also have a lower risk of developing allergies.
  • When a child has a dog, it opens up a whole new world for them.  They will interact with veterinarians, trainers, and groomers.  They will be able to visit dog parks.  They will learn how to play games that involve their furry friend.  Also, they will always have a best friend that loves them and wants to be their constant companion.

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

Burritt Nature Trail – Huntsville, Alabama

Gwen and I took two of our dogs (Blue and Buddy) hiking last Saturday.  We followed the Burritt Nature Trail in Huntsville, Alabama.

It’s a great place to hike and explore.  You will find interesting foliage and caves.  However, the trial can get pretty rocky at some points, so you have to watch your step.

As you follow the trail, you will find a clearing in the woods and at the edge of that clearing is a massive cross.  The cross was built in 1963 by the Huntsville Ministerial Association.

The trail then continues behind the cross.  At this point it is steep and extremely difficult to navigate.  The trail takes you up to the top of the mountain.  The view up there is extraordinary and well worth the effort.

We took a rest break at the top of the mountain, then we went back down to the clearing, and continued to follow the trail.

It took us two hours to complete the entire trail.  When we got back to the Jeep, we were all sweaty, dirty, stinky, hungry, and completely exhausted.

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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.

 

The Hammock Life

We put a hammock in our backyard the other day and it has been a lot fun.  I enjoy reading and relaxing in the hammock.  Sometimes, one of the dogs will jump in and chill out with me.

Gwen also enjoys relaxing in the hammock, so we may have to create a hammock schedule for each person.

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At the Thaler house, we are living the hammock life.