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Saturday, February 28, 2015

How does your dog show his/her persistence?

Persistance: keeping my toys to myself

I talked about a book I was reading (HERE) that I was struggling with and was stuck on how persistence on pursing a dream pertained to my daily life.  A lightbulb went off and when I was able to relate what I was reading to the dogs and then to my own life, I understood how persistance applied to my life.  Then I got to thinking about how each dog has their own persistency that is unique to them.  Here are some examples:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Persistence as taught by dogs.

I am reading a book called, "Think and Grow Rich," by Napoleon Hill, that talks about how to pursue your dreams and being successful at it.  It is a philosophical book that very black and white and difficult to read.  I am much more of visual person and the book paints very few pictures.

I just read the chapter on, "Persistence," and again I was struggling with reading this philosopher's writing.  I was having a hard time putting his words into context.  I eventually had to put the book down and let my mind just absorb what the author was trying to convey. After a few minutes of quiet, it hit me, the dogs are an excellent example of being persistent.  Once they have an idea in their head they are constantly working on a way of getting what they want and being that they are so strong headed, they only give up after what may be hours, if I don't give in before.

Some examples:  They are persistent about walks, treats, mealtime, going out and coming in and getting attention.

I had a visual for this book that made sense to me.

I took it one step further and asked myself, what am I persistent about? 

The answer came easy after my first discovery, the dogs!  Especially dealing with Brut and his aggression around the other dogs.  Even after two failed trainers, one who kicked Brut and another who said it was a hopeless mess and I would have to get rid of a dog or two, I was persistent in my plan to make this work.

I had found my own context that I was able to relate to and it as if the black and white was suddenly vibrant and colorful!  Most of all the book started to make sense.

Have you ever had a better understanding of something  when put into the context of your dog?  Give us an example in the comments!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Your dog's behavior-Emergency Rescued

I caught on the news the other day about a couple of dogs who got out of their yard and ended up stuck on brokekn ice chunks in a body of water.  The smallest dog barked and snap at the rescuer while the other just sat and waited patiently to be saved.

It got me thinking about my own dogs and how they would act if they ever had to be rescued.  Most importantly, how they would react to the people trying to save them and the situation going on around them.

Brut can be very friendly when he's not being territorial, but if was scared as well, I could see some real problems with him snapping, growling and biting.  Brut could be a real challenge to be saved. If we were able to be close, it might help, but I don't know.  Brut it is too ify.

Chance would probably be terrified of the whole ordeal and might snap at the rescuers, but I think would have a good chance of being saved.

Silver, Zappa, Fiona and Blaze I think would all do well in the same situation.  They would be grateful for the help, even though they would probably be scared to death, but they would be OK.

So how do you think your dog would rate in rescue situation waiting for rescuers to come and save them? Or have you been in a situation when your dogs had to be rescued?  Who would be your star or problem child?  Tell us in the comments!

Save me from falling off the couch!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

B/W Sundays-Too Much Pizza!!

Did I really eat the whole thing??

p.s. don't forget to check out the latest on the cat blog.  Boxer and his apprentice are beginning to make peace.  =^.^=

Friday, February 20, 2015

Our cold day post

We are in for a -20F to -30F (-29C to -35C) below night after riding at zero (-18C) all day.  And that's without the wind chill factored in. It is these frigid nights and days that I'm so grateful that Luigi, our duck that past away, isn't here to suffer through these brutal temperatures.  Even though he was well fed, sheltered and taken care of as only a duck could be, I worried all of the time about him.  My biggest fear was finding him frozen to death in the morning after a bitter cold night.  It is such a relief that Luigi doesn't have to go through that any more.  

Our part-time Huskies are also not adapted to these low temperatures.  They haven't been conditioned to be outside in this kind of weather.  They are all spoiled house dogs and their paws freeze up quickly when they are out for a quick potty break.  It might be tough some days having six dogs in the house at the same time, but it is better than worrying abot them if they were outside dogs.  And I could never do it anyways (keep them outside), I did it once with one dog I owned a long time ago, but I couldn't do it again.  I couldn't imagine having such limited contact with my dogs.  Could you?  It would drive me crazy!  It was hard enough visiting Luigi on a day like today, let alone a dog too.  
Who says it's cold?

So the 24's have been napping, snuggling, and playing treat games to pass the time.  They are handling things pretty well, even Brut, for the time being.  You know it is cold when you start rooting for 12F (-11) as your high temperature for the day.  BOL!  Hopefully we'll come close to reaching it.  

I know many of you in the States have been feeling this Arctic blast and we hope you and your pets are safe and warm.  We feel your pain.  We are wrapped in blankets for you!

Take care,
until next time

The 24 Paws of Love 

Tell us how hot or cold it is where you're at and where you are from!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

My Therapy Dogs at Work

Dear Friends,

It has been a rough couple of days for me dealing with my Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  I had a trigger that set off a chain of reactions and I really struggled today.  Thank Goodness for the dogs.  When I felt I was splitting from myself, I cuddle with one of them and it grounded me.  It is probably the reason my post aren't very cute and funny.  My dogs are my lifeline.  They always have been.  And maybe having "therapy dogs" all my life to help me through my childhood abuse and the aftermath of it has given me a different perspective than some might have about dogs.

When I'm in this scathed state of body and mind, I relive that which was done to me and I am frozen and emotionally paralyzed.  Deep in my mind I'm calling for help and when that call comes to surface, I will have the strength to go to one of the dogs, who is open to receive me and just smother them with kisses and cuddles until I feel feeling once again rush to my brain.  That's when I know I'm OK and I am safe and well cared for.  That's what they do for me, unfreeze my brain and let me feel their love wash over me.  And this has been ongoing since I was very young and it is the way I survived.

I don't know that I could every really describe how that really feels, but the above is close.  I can go from feeling death to life with just a furry touch.  And it is so wonderful.  I bounced back quickly today because I had that rejuvenation with the dogs.  And I know everything is going to be OK.

   What better therapy than to cuddle with the 24 Paws of Love?