Kiera, Graidy, Wink and Me

Lyme Disease Season in Full Swing — The Best Offense is a Good Defense

Deer tick nymph stageSigh… Big sigh… Really big sigh…

I hate ticks.

Especially deer ticks–the carriers of Lyme disease.

And this tick season is as bad as I can recall. (Just to be clear–it’s never not tick season, because adult deer ticks don’t go completely dormant like the nymphs do, but they’re especially active during the Spring and Fall.) I’ve been picking several ticks a day off of each dog for a couple of weeks now. Even with using Frontline. It’s enough to make me want to pack up and move to New Zealand — anywhere where there’s no tick borne disease.

Since I won’t be moving […]

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By | 2017-04-23T21:22:59+00:00 April 30th, 2017|.My Dogs and Me, Dogs in General|4 Comments

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 the

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By | 2017-04-23T21:17:04+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|.My Dogs 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 […]
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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 […]

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

Fourteen-ish

We got Graidy through a BC rescue outfit, so we don’t know his birthday. But they thought he was around 10 months when we got him, which would put him at around 14 years old now. He’s still going strong.

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By | 2016-12-14T11:49:19+00:00 December 14th, 2016|.My Dogs and Me|0 Comments

If Only People Paid As Much Attention As Dogs

australian shepherd paying attentionAdmit it. You can’t even move toward your shoes without your dog(s) knowing that you are going out. And whether those shoes are hard-soled or sneakers tell them whether they’re going to get to go with you.

That’s because our dogs really pay attention. They notice every little action we take. Every little facial expression. Every little sigh or laugh. Every little everything. They. Pay. Attention.

And they know exactly what that action, expression, sound means.

I cannot move an inch in my own home without my dogs knowing exactly whether I’m about to leave for a work meeting, or get something to eat, or take them outside, going upstairs to go to […]

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By | 2016-10-24T09:56:14+00:00 September 19th, 2016|.My Dogs and Me, Dogs in General|0 Comments