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Friday, September 9, 2011

Through Your Eyes

One award the 24 Paws of Love is never going to win is one for their social graces and I think I have finally come to accept this.  Try as we might, our only goal has been for the dogs to be civil with each other and I believe after three years we have finally reached this.  This in turn has made me appreciate your dog blogs even more.  What the 24 Paws of Love can't do yet, we enjoy living through your dog's eyes. 

 Now you know you can't handle any more than just me!

Like you aren't going to see all six of our dogs out and about like The Thundering Herd walking all at the same time and pace.  A feat that still amazes us to this day.  Considering we walk one dog at a time, maybe two if the mood is right, can you imagine how this looks to us?  Like a miracle!  How cool would that be some day??

You and me, just the way I like it.

Or how I always fall out of my chair when Tales and Tails talk about loading up their four dogs in their vehicle for a day's outing and travel to the many great parks. How do they do that?  I don't think we have ever had more than three dogs in the same car and that was only for a vet visit.  Three dogs and Brut was definitely not one of them!

Focus, shomcus, Where's my treat?
Brut would be an excellent candidate for agility, his focus is like a laser when it comes to treats, except the very thing that gives him that attentiveness would create havoc in the ring.  No one wants a food crazed reactive nut job running amongst the crowds!  So we watch through the eyes of Layla as she takes those turns and jumps, cruising with such ease and pleasure while Layla and her owner show everyone that a Malamute can rule the agility world too.

Not exactly, but closest pic I have of Chance's stance
Now, while none of my dogs are anywhere near being any kind of pedigree, both Chance and Brut have got a show dog's stance that is to kill for. Even if they were able to participate, I don't think the gangster riots they would ensue would even get them in the door.  So, we take ringside seats to watch the professionals, Sherman and Leroy at My Brown Newfies, where Jen takes us through the adventures of the show ring and life of a real show dog.

Anywhere??  I'm only a part-time anywhere girl.
Then there is Pamela from Something Wagging This Way Comes, who has known the pain and frustration of dealing with reactive dogs.  Who specifically took the time and love to find a gentler, easier dog and found Honey.  Hearing the tales of the joy that Honey has brought to Pamela and understanding all too well how deeply this joy is appreciated, we too live in that happiness for her and her well deserved adventures with Honey.  What you mean you can take her anywhere???

These are only a handful of examples of the many blogs that we live vicariously through.  It is one of the reasons we enjoy the dog blogging community and all it has to offer.  Where we can celebrate and cherish our differences and our individuality of living with dogs.  Our dogs have come along way in the last couple of years and learning to accept their uniqueness has been challenging at times, but it is a specialness I wouldn't change because that's what makes them the 24 Paws of Love.  And while our world may seem a bit odd or out of order, that's OK, because yours look a little weird to us too.    And that's what we love most about this dog blogging community and we wouldn't have it any other way!  :)

     I'm just here to be the different one.


Jack & Moo said...

What a nice post! We love reading dog blogs too, for much the same reason. We get to "be" sleddogs, agility dogs, show dogs, and best of all - dogs that can run around without leashes! (How do they do that?) Woo probably wont learn any "good manners" from us, but we do love a good game of bitey-face!

jack & moo

houndstooth said...

I love your post today! And I'll tell you, we definitely had to do work to get to the point of taking all the girls somewhere. I think it starts with something you already have -- you have to REALLY know your dogs and what their strengths and weaknesses are, and use them to your advantage. Not everybody has that with even one dog, let alone six!

jen said...

I love this! I also know exactly what you are talking about with this wonderful blogging community!
Everyone is so different but the same, if you know what I mean!
I look at you and wish that I could have the wonderful bond and understanding with my boys as you do with your pack. That is awesome:)

Sarah said...

Great post! I too live vicariously through other blogs - right now, I have major foster envy and enjoy the blogs about foster dogs.

But I find I enjoy the blogs most for what I learn from them. Hearing how others have worked on certain issues, how they manage multiple dogs, road trips, outings in the city, all help me to become a better doggie momma to my 3.

Thanks for the wonderful post!

Corbin said...

We love all of our blogging furiends and love living through their posts! I enjoyed this blog post!

Kirsten (peacefuldog) said...

What a sweet post!

I admire YOU for your dedication and commitment to ALL your dogs--how you give them what they need to live good lives, and are not afraid to tackle feats of management that allow everyone to coexist. You don't force them to get along, but you arrange your life so that they can live together reasonably peaceably. It is a huge inspiration and a reminder that the sacrifices we make for our pups are worth it.

I just adore this community too. I learn so much from all you amazing trainers and handlers and rescuers, and you inspire me to be a better person!

24 Paws of Love said...

Wow! Thanks so much for the response! I was afraid to post this because I thought it would really show what monsters my dogs were! BOL!!

It is so great to not be alone and finding others feel the same way about some many things. Your words have all meant so much. I just don't have enough words to thank this wonderful community.