Category: FAMILY (PUPS)

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Sky

I haven’t written in my blog for quite some time but I think it is time to talk about the recent journeys involving Sky but to do that I need to document a bit of her past! I adopted Sky from the Milo foundation in December of 2009 as a companion to my beloved Boeing who was about 14 years old at the time. Sky was the perfect addition to our home! She was timid so not an ‘alpha dog’. Sky was only a year old when I adopted her but had been through a lot before coming into our home. She was a puppy mill dog and had already had a litter of puppies. Sky was shy beyond belief but Boeing seemed to welcome her and Sky seemed to appreciate Boeing’s mentor-ship. Our cat Milo (no relation to the rescue place Sky came from) adapted to Sky as well! Boeing unfortunately sustained a serious injury about 6 months after Sky came into our life and I wound up buying a cart to transport Boeing in and Sky though really just a puppy do to her age was just a super support to Boeing and I as we journeyed through Boeing’s old age and eventual transition onward.

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Boeing a wonderful friend and companion for 13 years

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Love

Anyone who knows me knows that my pups are pretty important to me and source of great joy in my life.  Ever since I started living on my own I have had at least one dog.  For a while, whilst I lived in Texas with my big backyard and house I was actually up to 3 dogs and a cat. In the more recent ears (until about 5 years ago) I had just one dog and a cat.  Boeing (dog) & Milo (cat).  Boeing & Milo loved each other and were great friends and playmates. Then Sky joined our life! Sky Boeing & Milo all got along perfectly!  There was a little period of getting to know each other for Milo (the cat) and Sky.  But both quickly accepted one another.  Boeing never had a problem with Sky.  Boeing was about 14 years old when I got Sky who was still essentially a puppy .  Sky was about a year old when I brought her home. When Boeing passed away it became very obvious that Sky did not like to be left alone and so I found a puppy for us all on petfinder.com.  Zulu was about 8 weeks old when we picked him up and has proved to be the perfect complement to our family.  Zulu has always been completely comfortable being left at home when I have to go to work or other places and as such has made Sky more comfortable being without me.  Sky and Zulu bonded instantly and they just live to love one another and enjoy life! Dogs love and give so unconditionally that they are truly a terrific example for us humans who can sometimes get caught up in petty differences!  Thanks Sky, Zulu & Boeing for always being so loving to one another and to...

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Working Dogs – and the Security System!

I work nights at the Oakland airport where the year round average temperature is about 65 degrees F (18 C).  There is always a breeze blowing and basically the weather is the primary reason I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area.  I drive a small toyota truck with an extended cab and nice camper shell on the back.  I have 2 wonderful dogs that go with me almost everywhere.  They only accompany me when the weather is conducive.  Having lived in Texas for about 12 years I am well aware of the dangers of a hot vehicle and as far as I am concerned any vehicle parked in the sun when the outside temperature is above about 65 deg is too hot for my dogs.  I work graveyard shift, the overnight shift, so I can have my dogs accompany me to work and hang out in the back of my truck while I work. I have a 10 hour shift and with 2 hours for driving….if I left them home they would be home alone wondering where I am for 12 hours and no way to go outside or eat etc … In my current situation they have a huge bed in the back of my truck, 3 water bowls, they get to go outside at least once a night usually at least 2 or 3 times and they get to stop at dog parks on the way to and from work.  There has been one night that I deemed to be too hot to take them (last night) – not because of the outside temperature but rather the accumulated temperature of my vehicle over the day seemed to me that it would take too long to cool down so I did not want to have them in the...

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A lesson we all could learn

There is so much we can all learn from one another and especially from ‘man’s best friend, the dog!. The other day as I accompanied my pups on a walk at the beach I once again noted especially in Zulu, his innate desire to meet and greet.  As a puppy he thought he was tough and larger than he was and wound up getting out run and out smarted.  As an adult 4 year old dog he has learned the art of chivalry and perception.  He runs with joy to meet new dogs or people and seems to know when that joy might not be reciprocated.  He seems to know those humans who may not want to pet a dog and likewise those dogs who don’t want to partake in the sniff and greets. On those times when his perceptions incline him, it is really incredible to see the interactions.  Zulu and his new found friend of the moment run up to one another and kind of crouch down nose to nose, both tails wagging.  The pose can be held for seconds until they determine if a playful chase is in order.  In quick order a friendship is made with playful interactions. In like manner I notice us humans.  The humans with dogs seem to instinctively follow their dogs’ well-taught manners.  There is something about having a dog with you that encourages you to interact with other dog owners.  It’s rare that two dog owners can do less than at least say hello to one another as they pass.  Even people without dogs will greet you when you have a dog with you.  There are those who prefer to not interact in anyway but for the most part dogs are a great example for us all.  Dog owners always seem to find something in common...

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What’s a foxtail?

Before I moved to the San Francisco Bay area, I had never heard of a foxtail!  In the bay area though, if you are a dog owner, especially when there is no rain …. well you’d better know what a foxtail is and be on the lookout for them every time you take your dog outside. Foxtails are most dangerous when they are dry.  This is when they fall off are become easily dislodged from the grass they grow on.  They are barb shaped and when a dog is a around them they seem easy magnets for capturing a foxtail in their coat and then this barb shaped little spikelet starts working it’s way into the dog’s fur and frequently into the skin.  They travel one way!  Deeper into the skin.   So why would I mention the insidious  foxtail in my blog?  Well -you guessed it if you’ve been reading my blog at all.  One of my dogs, my Australian Shepherd, Sky started showing the symptoms of a foxtail in her ear.  She had been scratching her ear for a few days and I would look at it and see nothing and she wasn’t scratching all the time – just randomly.  Two days ago whilst I was visiting a friends place she started scratching and then cried out in agony.  The three of us got her to calm down and put the other dogs out as we worked to try and find the source of her discomfort.  Nothing seemed out of the ordinary really though we saw a small scratch in her ear.  We looked for a foxtail but saw nothing and I thought well maybe in the course of her scratching herself she hurt herself and so was crying for that reason. I kept an eye on her for...

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Photo 101: Day Nineteen: Double

Double image … my favourite shot of my pup Sky against the sunset and then I mirrored it so it likes like double the ‘Sky’ against the sunset of the sky….!        

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Another day with the pups!

Today Zulu met up with his good buddy that he practically grew up with !! Zulu and Watson are about the same age and love to romp and wrestle with one another. They are about the same weight and size and well matched in dispositions. A few passes at the ball gave Zulu some running and jumping… After their fun playtime together Zulu & Sky and I went on to Crissy Field – a great beach with a surf that is virtually always gentle. They didn’t run and chase as much as usual but they still got in some good sand digging and bird chasing!  

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Photo 101: Day Sixteen: Treasure

My treasured pups are the treasures of choice of course for the assignment today Day 16:Treasure What’s your treasure? Perhaps you found a coat at the thrift store like the one your grandfather wore, or took a once-in-a-lifetime trip through the Himalaya. Maybe you treasure your children, or your cat, or a quiet space in the woods. Show us an image that represents a treasure to you. Tip: Get close to your subject — either use the zoom function in your camera, if it has one, or physically move closer to it.  

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #11

Share Your World – 2015 Week #11 List 2 things you have to be happy about?     Two things to be happy about…hmm that’s not hard though I hardly consider them things…  Sky & Zulu the two pups who manage to control my unlimited devotion!!       Do you prefer ketchup or mustard or mayonnaise?   Mayonnaise is the only condiment I would consider of the three listed.  I don’t usually eat hamburgers or fries but when I do it’s Mayo as the condiment and it must be a cheeseburger. If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use? Blue for the sun and ocean and yellow and green for the sky and sun.  Growing up in the tropical paradise of Grenada was lush and beautiful and as memories go drowns out any potential negative memories. Do you prefer a bath or shower? Shower –absolutely.  A bath takes too long and wastes too much water.  There are occasions when I think a bath might be nice …but a fleeting thought.  Even soaking in a hot tub is a stretch for me .. hard to take that much time to relax!! Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  I’m grateful to say I was finally able to enjoy taking my pups to the beach for the first time in three years.  I’ve been recovering from a tendon transfer surgery in my ankle which was to fix a problem I’ve had for 3 years.  Walking has been a challenge and slow to return to normal.  Walking barefoot on the sand was bearable and I am with the help of my pups again finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel!...

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