House Changes for My Geriatric Dogs

Graidy, my border collie mix, is 14ish now. Wink, my Cavalier, just turned 9. And Finn, though not technically a dog but a Maine Coon cat with a dog’s spirit, is 12.

I’ve noticed the most significant changes in Graidy. He’s mostly deaf and nearly blind, and he’s slowed down to a trot from a non-stop gallop. He often stumbles on the stairs now.

And while Wink still seems to be going strong overall, he’s happy to lie quietly and sleep most of the day.

Finn is the only one who seems to be defying his age.

So… We’ve had to make some changes to accommodate their needs.

Comfy Dog Bed

First, this is absolutely […]

By | 2017-04-22T12:11:55+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|.My Dogs and Me|0 Comments

Warrior-ing

Yep. For all you Game of Throne fans, that is one of the capes, an actual sword (that’s bigger than Cait) and the locale in Northern Ireland, on a typically cold and rainy day.

It’s been an interesting year of travel to far flung places with vastly different points of views and different ways of life.

Cait and I have been having many discussions about how to not just stand up for what you believe, but also take action. How not to fail the moment or yourself. And, most importantly, now not to forget to listen with caring and compassion first, before speaking.

How to act with courage and strength and from the best truth you […]

By | 2017-03-31T10:54:47+00:00 March 31st, 2017|.Cait and Me|0 Comments

Would an Australian Shepherd Be a Good Dog Breed for You

australian shepherdsI’ve been getting a lot of emails and comments lately on these two posts  Five Facts You Need to Know Before Choosing an Australian Shepherd and Bringing Home an Australian Shepherd Puppy: What You Need to Know.

There are many wonderful people out there who think their lives might be enriched by sharing their lives with an Aussie, and they’re asking my opinion.

So who would make a good match for an Aussie and vice vera?

I’m going to try to be as kind and direct as I know how to be. Give yourself 1 point for each YES answer.

  1. Have you previously owned and SUCCESSFULLY trained at least two dogs prior to […]

Supersonic Hearing

Graidy is 14ish now. He sleeps the sleep of the dead most of the day. That is, unless he hears a twig snap outside anywhere within a mile radius of the house.

Case in point. Out of a sound sleep, Graidy leaps up, rushes outside and commences barking. I go to check on what it is–because I know he doesn’t bark at nothing. It takes me a while to spot what woke him up…

There is a doe hiding in some trees.

snowy yard

How the heck does he do that?!

Even though dogs can perceive frequencies almost twice that of human ears and they can also hear sounds approximately four times […]

By | 2017-02-15T09:48:12+00:00 February 17th, 2017|.My Dogs and Me|0 Comments

Animals in Research–Make a Difference With a Single Click

I just received this alarming news. Please help us get the animal use data restored. Don’t let the already slippery slope we’re on get any slipperier.

science research dog

 

In a shocking move, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has just—without warning—deleted its current information pertaining to the use of animals in research from its website.

As part of what it calls online “updates,” APHIS has removed “inspection reports, regulatory correspondence, research facility annual reports, and enforcement records that have not received final adjudication.” It also notes that moving forward, it will “redact, as necessary, the lists of licensees and registrants under the Animal Welfare Act.”

Also now missing from the website is […]

By | 2017-02-05T09:57:38+00:00 February 5th, 2017|Dogs in General|0 Comments