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.

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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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.