Managing our Canine Friends with Crates and Kongs

Management is an important part of dog stewardship. It comes up a lot in puppy class, in particular, but management is an essential topic for dogs of all ages. Two excellent management tools are the crate, and the frozen Kong. Crates, when used constructively and lovingly, are a place of peace and refuge for our … Continue reading Managing our Canine Friends with Crates and Kongs

Bullmastiff & Rat Terrier Stalk Snow Bunny

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HII27KmAZ9E I do not let Iggy hunt, so it is rare I get to see him stalk prey like this. It is fascinating to watch him notice the snow bunny from 100 yards away, and then circle around so he comes up next to it instead of from the front. Frankie only approaches once Iggy … Continue reading Bullmastiff & Rat Terrier Stalk Snow Bunny

Moving Forward by Staying Still

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dv_wgj4tHM Dogs were living with people thousands of years before cats were. Perhaps the difference in the attitude and trainability between the two species is as much about tameness as it is about intelligence. Though it takes longer than with dogs, cats learn things much the same way dogs do, and I taught staying to … Continue reading Moving Forward by Staying Still

Saturday was a Fun Day: A Video About Nothing

One path to contentment is learning to see beauty in the ordinary. The only unusual part of this day was the chance to observe an owl close up, at the Whatcom Humane Society. The dogs were in a good mood, the weather was clear, and I had the camera with me. We didn't do anything … Continue reading Saturday was a Fun Day: A Video About Nothing

My Bullmastiff Pooped in My Bed

It is tempting to pretend nothing unexpected or unfortunate ever occurs with my dogs. I proclaim now, with no little modesty or humility, this is not the actual fact: if I have any expertise, or at least some small familiarity, with the care, feeding, and training of dogs, it has led me to understand unexpected … Continue reading My Bullmastiff Pooped in My Bed