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Crowd-Sourcing Finding Lost Pets – Brilliant!

instagram post of lost Aussie

 

There is nothing more heart-wrenching than losing a beloved pet.

When I was 5 years old, I remember spending hours walking around and tacking flyers to every outside flat surface I could find when we had lost a beloved dog.  Then the world evolved to also placing lost and found ads, and so on.

Now there’s a much better way. You can reach potentially tens of thousands of people through social media.

Just came across this well-done example on Instagram. Multiple photos of dog. Phone number to call. Website to visit.

Oh, and by the way, if you know anything about Jackson, you know what to do.

By |2020-01-15T16:28:34-05:00January 15th, 2020|Just Dogs|0 Comments

Looking for an Unusual Christmas Gift?

lifelike stuffed toy australian shephard

As I’ve previously shared, Cait has serious puppy hunger. And she flip flops back and forth between getting an Aussie now (the power of Kiera lives on) or waiting a bit.

I try to remain neutral and supportive because I know there is never a “good” time to get a dog. You just have to decide to make it work. So I listen and look as she shares feelings and Australian Shepherd breeder websites.

I thought that I might just get her a stuffed Aussie for Christmas to tide her over. Something to hold on to and snuggle with.

I came across

By |2019-11-05T10:38:09-05:00November 5th, 2019|.Cait and Me, Just Dogs|0 Comments

I Thought I Was Ready for an Aussie-Cavalier Puppy but…

I recently got a note from a reader who was very honest in sharing her predicament:

Aussie-cavalier mix on couchPhoto from doggiedesigner.com

Hi Karen,
I recently got a now 4 month old Aussie x cavalier mix, on an impulse buy. I thought I was ready for a dog. I was ready to put in the time and work with a puppy since I had spare time at this point of my ljfe. I signed him up for puppy training courses, puppy play dates, and a hired a dog walker, yet he still has so much energy at 4 months old that often leaves me exhausted.

We’ve come a long way with training inside […]

By |2019-09-29T09:04:00-04:00October 3rd, 2019|Dog Training, Just Dogs, The Mail Bag|0 Comments

How to Safely Greet a Fearful or Anxious Dog

I have a lovely neighbor down the road who just got a 2-yo Dachshund from Rescue. It’s her first dog since she’s been a child and she couldn’t be more excited or in love with this lucky dog. And… she’s a little out of practice on how she needs to be introducing her new family member to strangers. Especially, since this dog is prone to fear aggression.

So when we met on the road and she asked me to say hello to Pixie, it gave me the opening to ask if she’d mind if I helped her work with Pixie.  She was very appreciative of the offer, adding that most of the neighbors didn’t want to take the time to help […]

By |2019-06-08T08:15:28-04:00July 28th, 2019|Dog Training, Dogs in General|0 Comments
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