Snoopy – First Beagle in Space

After a tragic fire killed three astronauts in 1967, the employee moral at NASA was devastated.  The nation also began to question the validity of America’s space program.

Al Chop was the Deputy of Public Affairs at the time.  He decided to use Snoopy as NASA’s safety mascot.  The goal was to get workers and the public to feel connected to the space program.  This would improve safety compliance among the workers and develop a renewed interest among the population. 

Charles Schulz’s agreed to allow NASA to use his character and “Snoopy, the Astronaut” program was born in 1968.

Three Dimensional Dog

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I enjoy working with and training my dogs.  I’ve read a ton of books on dog training and attended several different training schools with my dogs.  However, the book “Three Dimensional Dog” by Aaron McDonald is different from anything I have encountered up to this point.

It was eye opening and changed my entire approach to dog training.  While I was reading the book, I was wondering why didn’t I think about these issues.  It seems so obvious now.

The first part of the book explains the differences between trick training and cognitive behavior training.

Most dogs are trained to perform an action for a treat.  The training is focused only on the outer behavior of the dog.  This is known as trick training.

Cognitive behavior training looks at the whole dog.  It addresses the inner mind and emotions of the dog and uses that information to teach the dog how to live peacefully within the family unit.  The three dimensional approach to dog training is based on cognitive behaviorism.

The first dimension that needs to be addressed is the dog’s emotional needs.  Does the dog feel safe and have appropriate boundaries?  Are the dog’s physical needs being addressed?

The second dimension is concerned with what the dog is thinking.  Before a dog does anything they will develop an intellectual plan.  Paying attention to the dog’s body language will tell you how the dog is feeling and give you insight into what the dog is thinking.

The third dimension involves action.  It is everything the dog does with their body.  This is where traditional training methods actually start.

Addressing the dogs physical, emotional, and intellectual needs will allow the dog to reach a state of actualization.  Also, focusing on the three dimensions help the dog achieve a balanced emotional state.  This allows the dog to reach their fullest potential and be a functioning member of the family unit.

Severe Weather Safety

Last week, I completed my storm spotter certification training and safety was the first thing we covered.

Safety Tips for Severe Weather

  • Two feet of moving water can carry away most vehicles
  • When the thunder roars, go indoors
  • Never try to outrun a tornado
  • During a tornado, do not take shelter under bridges or overpasses
  • During a tornado, the safest place is a basement or the inner most part of your house

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Source:  Weather Spotter’s Field Guide, US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , National Weather Service , June 2011

Peace Officer’s Memorial Day

Police officers put the badge on every morning, not knowing for sure if they’ll come home at night to take it off.  – Tom Cotton

To indiscriminately cast all law enforcement as enemies of our communities is to engage in an attempt to divide our nation by turning Americans against each other.  – Them Tillis

State and local law enforcement are the primary protectors of the health, safety, and welfare of the people in the individual states.  – Ron DeSantis

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.  – Joseph Campbell

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