Posts Tagged ‘dog rescue’

Knowing When to Say When

January 13, 2010

Well here we are, smack in the middle of winter. If I’ve not mentioned it, I HATE winter. Especially right about now. I know this is Ohio – I’ve been here all my life. Doesn’t mean I have to like the winter weather!!

When to say when?
Beyond the fact that I’m ready to say “when” about winter… let’s talk about responsible pet ownership. In previous blogs, I’ve talked about weather and different variables, but this one is different. As you all know, around Thanksgiving, I found a soft spot in my heart for a young gal at the pound named Shayna. While Shayna is a great dog, being single, continuing to run several businesses AND attempting to have a social life, having two dogs is beginning to take its toll on me.

So when do you say when? You see people with 4, 20, however many dogs in their home and part of me understands how that happens. When you love dogs, you love dogs. I darn near brought another pure-bred German Shepherd home this weekend from a potential dog obedience client that was considering “when to say when”. While the jury is still out on that one, I’ve made a decision that I need to find Shayna a different home.

Shayna

Lexi is perfect for my life style. She’s pretty indifferent and does well by herself. Shayna is a lover. She loves to cuddle, be petted and is nearly always right by my side. She LOVES to get out and run and play, but also is perfectly content to go in her “box” (cage/kennel) and nap for hours. If you might be interested in adopting Shayna, please contact me directly through the contact page on our website. We can chat from there. I promise to contact you as quickly as I can. There will be a fee to adopt Shayna.

So, yes, I knew fully well when I got Shayna that having two dogs would be a challenge and who knows, “Tomorrow” I may do the same thing. But I’d rather rescue a dog, give it great obedience training and place her in a loving environment than the alternative!

Until next time…

 

Don’t Forget About Your Dog!

December 22, 2009

Well, here we are. The time of year that mental health professionals suggest is the most stressful time of the year. From Pastors to PhDs, they say people are on edge, little things become magnified; the presents aren’t wrapped yet, we are over budget, the house is a mess, the kids are off school and misbehaving (‘cause they’ve already played PS3 for 6 hours and are bored) and oh yeah, the in-laws are due in about 20 minutes.

I know!! Let’s get a dog for Christmas!!!

YIKES!

Let’s look at two scenarios…
1) You already have a dog.
Chances are if you’ve had the dog for several years, it may be “used” to the energy speed bump that is the holidays. But if you’ve not done the holiday season with this pack, read #2! Your current dog possibly already understands the energy ball that is his pack. He may just hide in the corner til January 3rd (heck, some years I wanted to do that!) and you may not see much change at all. For you, just be sensitive to all that is going on. The loud parties, or being gone for long periods while you attend them, can stress your pooch; so remember that generally they are at your control for water, food, exercise and the ability to get out and go. Instead of buying your dog that 18″ long rawhide bone that vets say is bad for her, spend 30 minutes today playing and let her feel your touch and your voice. It’s the best treat you can give your dog!

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
– Josh Billings

2) You’re bringing a new dog into your home.
My first advice: Don’t.
Read (re-read?) the above. Imagine being an 8 week old puppy. You were just taken from the best place in the world (your mommy’s warm body, all the free warm milk you can drink, love and a quiet den) to BANG! BAM! Lights! Kids! Loud adults! BANG, Billy got a drum set! YIKES. How would YOU react?

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
– Roger Caras

Not much different for a dog from the pound. That dog is already under stress! Then we’re going to introduce it into yet another stressful situation. Trust me, I’d rather have a dog in a warm, loving environment (your home) as opposed to the pound, but remember that it may take 7-21 days before you know that dog! Can you leave it alone? Does it have any health issues? Is it/was it kennel trained? Are you willing to lose MORE sleep as the dog adjusts? Why 7-21 days? For instance, you read in my last post that I adopted Shayna from the Stark Pound. She had some Kennel Cough issues, etc. She is just now feeling well, eating regularly and beginning to play with Lexi. No surprises, but at the 7-10 day mark, your dog starts realizing that they aren’t moving again and start to show their true personality. A dog that was a bit playful at first, may begin to nip or show food aggression as it learns the pack order.

Okay, enough scare tactics, but please remember to give your pooch a safe, quiet place to get away from it all. Remember kennel/cage/den training is NOT mean to your dog. It may be the place they are most comfortable in during this time of high energy. On the other hand, a kennel/cage is NOT a baby-sitter for that 10 hour New Years bash you want to attend.

Remember water, food and exercise. Remember to be thankful that we have dogs to help keep us sane!!

We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare, and love we can spare.  
And in return, dogs give us their all. It’s the best deal man has ever made.  – M. Acklam

Until the New Year! Have a safe, prosperous, Dog-gone-good holiday!

She Makes Me Laugh

June 29, 2009

Dogs are such a great gift to us humans. There are many reasons. Maybe I’ll take a few blog posts here and give you my take on those reasons. Would love to hear what your reasons are, too.

We all think of guard dogs and lap dogs or therapy animals as great reasons dogs are around us. But one thing I’ve noticed about Lexi (our German Shepherd) and our last dog, Buddy (Golden Retriever/Yellow Labrador mix), is they always seem to be doing something that gives us a reason to smile, giggle, or laugh out loud!

I’m sure there’s a perfectly good psychological reason that someone has figured out, but I think it’s just that we come at the world from different perspectives, so we often expect the dog to see and react to the world in the same way we do.

But whatever the reason, they are fun. On Saturday night, we got home from a great motorcycle ride, tired and ready to relax. It was as if somebody said, “Lexi, You’re on!” She was doing all kinds of goofy things. We’d gotten her a small ball (around 5″ diameter) which was big enough that she had to work to get it in her mouth. For days we’d been trying to get her to play with it. (Readers of past blogs may remember that we got Lexi out of a pound near us and she really didn’t “know” how to play. So Saturday night, she decided to play with the ball. With that concentration it didn’t take long till one of her canines punctured the ball and it deflated. She pushed on the ball and it went a little flat. She hit it with her nose to roll it. It didn’t budge. She just stood over it and stared at the ball for like 20-30 seconds. It was so fun to watch her try and figure out why the ball didn’t want to play with her anymore.

From time to time that night, as the ball naturally went back to looking inflated, she’d decided it would play more and of course as soon as she’d go to pick it up, it would go flat and she’d stare again.

And there was the moth that flew down our chimney into the fireplace. THAT was interesting to watch. The ants crawling on the porch, and more.

Whenever we start training another dog, it’s always fun to listen to the stories owners tell about their dog’s quirks. Got any to add?

Today we started working with Amanda’s dog, “Big Red”. Big Red is a one year old ‘red’ Husky. He is smart and beautiful! But, willful. So we will work on that. By the end of our session today, he was already starting to ‘get’ “Heal” and a looser leash!! I’m always amazed at how much our companions want to please us and learn! Remember consistency is the key!

Unintended Observations

June 22, 2009

It’s really interesting to me to watch what animals do when not ‘attended’. Saturday, I spent most of the day working on my motorcycle and mini-van. The mini-van is Lexi’s (our German Shepherd Dog (GSD)) home away from home. She LOVES to jump in the back and go places. As a Dog Trainer, Lexi goes on 98% of our calls to clients or initial prospect calls. And generally it seems she just loves to ride and look out the windows.

So as I set up Saturday to work on the rolling stock, I opened up the back mini-van hatch and started working on the bike. I tend to scatter around when I work, so let’s just say I have a messy brain? Anyhow… I went into the house to get a tool or something and Lexi wanted to come outside with me. It was really humid here in NE Ohio, but I figured, “why not?”

Lexi saw the back of the van open and ran over and jumped in! Not that her jumping in the back of the van is unusual. But as I continued to work on the van and the cycle, she just stayed in the van. In some ways, I think she was afraid that if she got out, she’d miss a trip, but otherwise, I really think she was just happy and content there and didn’t see any reason to move.

This is where we wish we knew more about her. If you remember we rescued her from a local pound. Other than knowing that she’s a GSD and female, anything else is a guess. However, in some ways I think this is good. It keeps us in the here and now. It allows us to help her socialize more and become a puppy, learn how to play and more.

So, watch your pooch. See what they like. Might be fun to chat about!

Catching up with Lexi

May 20, 2009

We’d really love to know the story behind Lexi. She is such a quiet spirit. She is very content to be in her kennel even though she has the run of  the house. She appears to be fully house-trained. Since last Wed, Lexi has now learned the basic commands to Sit, Come and Loose-leash Heel. We’re currently working on other commands like Down, JUMPing, Fetch, Bring, Drop…. and on and on. She seems to get some things nearly immediately and at times you wonder if you just imagined training her!

But I think you get some of that with a 10 month old pup with a sketchy past.

We have been spending loads of time with her.  She goes to the dog park often, we take her on all of our dog training appointments and are trying to socialize her as much as possible.

More tomorrow (I hope)!

Welcome to Perfectly Pawsible!

May 18, 2009

Hello world. Welcome to the Perfectly Pawsible Blog. We’re all about having great relationships with your canine friends, especially those in OUR pack!

Watch this space! The new addition to our pack is Lexi. Lexi is a sweet little girl that we rescued from a local pound last Wed (5/13/09). Lexi is a German Shepherd and was found stray on a farm and brought to the pound without much going for her, except that we really wanted a German Shepherd. We train dogs as a business and know that German Shepherds really get people’s attention!

In this blog, we’ll always reference what’s going on in Lexi’s world, the interesting clients we meet and the great dogs we get to work with and their progress too!

Last week, Lexi knew no commands when we brought her home. She was very shy, but very, very sweet! That will give you a taste of what we’ll be up to. More soon!