14. If a dog leaves, it never takes half of your stuff.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
14. If a dog leaves, it never takes half of your stuff.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. But not just any dog. R.E.A.D. dogs are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team, going to schools, libraries and many other settings as reading companions for children.
Today, hundreds of registered R.E.A.D. teams work throughout the United States and Canada. R.E.A.D. is one of those ideas that, in the words of Bill Moyers, “pierces the mundane to arrive at the marvelous.”
Intermountain Therapy Animals, a nonprofit organization, launched R.E.A.D. in 1999 as the first comprehensive literacy program built around the appealing idea of reading to dogs, and the program has been spreading rapidly and happily ever since! (READ Program)
Ms. Mary and Sassy
For many students reading out loud in class to their peers can be an overwhelming, embarrassing experience, where students dread making a mistake in front of their classmates. Reading to dogs allows students to practice their oral reading skills without the pressure of impressing their peers or teacher. Dogs don't laugh at or correct children and create a safe, non-threatening environment for reading. As a result, children gain confidence in their reading ability and improve their skills.Before they know it, they are enjoying the experience of reading instead of dreading it, they’re even looking forward to the next time. It is simple, and it works beautifully. Along with helping the students improve their reading skills, the experience helps enhance the human/dog bond, which was very important to me as a dog-loving teacher.
To see more dogs doing great things in the classroom, visit Nanook and Pooka.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Exhibit A: The Cloth
I remained on POOP PATROL, waiting for the cloth to pass, for 2 hours. I took her out to chase the tennis ball, play tug-of-war, walked her around her favorite poop spots-but nothing was moving!!!!
We called the vet again and were told to give her 2 more tablespoons of oil!
Hubby took her out again to play with Buddy and Zack-SUCCESS!!!!
He proudly carried the trophy (on a stick) to show me because he knew how happy it would make me. (Yeah, I know, we need to get a life!)
Exhibit B: Guilty Dog
I tell you this so you will know what to do the next time your dog (especially labs) ingests something that needs to pass quickly. Apparently the oil did the trick and we didn't have to worry about the cloth possibly getting twisted around her bowels or causing a blockage, which would have resulted in surgery.After her bath last week and today's episode, I can safely to say that Sassy is clean on the outside and inside.
Note: I apologize to those of you who are not dog owners and may have found this post offensive.
At least I didn't post a picture of the trophy. As Vicki in North Dakota said, "I think I can visualize that one."
I hope after reading the above story, my friend Deb at Posted From Home, doesn't change her mind about passing on the Proximidade Blog Award to me!
This award is to be passed on to bloggers you feel invest in the PROXIMITY of space, time and relationships. Include their link in the post and let them know they have been given the award.
I am passing the award to:
Liz at Ninny's Notes (Congrats on the new granddaughter!)
Robin at Bird In The Hand Primitives
Amanda at 2 fun Sons
Karen at From NY to NC to AK
Congratulations Ladies, I love your blogs!!!!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Jeff moved to Alaska from California in 1975 in search of adventure. He quickly became interested in dog sledding and Alaskan huskies, devoting all his spare time and money to building his own team, while developing a construction business. He began racing in 1980. His competitive nature had found a new outlet, and Jeff set his sights ever higher, entering his first Iditarod just one year later. In 1992 he decided to devote his full time and energy to training and racing, setting aside his construction business. He won his first Iditarod the following season. While on a training run in Denali National Park in 1980, Jeff's team became entangled with that of a new volunteer ranger, and thus he met his future wife. Donna Gates came to Denali after finishing her master's degree in Medical Illustration.
I look forward to reading Jeff's new book, Cold Hands Warm Heart.
"These autobiographical short stories offer a glimpse into the heart of a champion, the rugged Alaskan lifestyle and the charismatic world of dogs. King opens his heart and mind to reveal an intimate view of himself and his unique life as he shares over thirty years of experiences. He sculpts an image of the true Alaska depicting the spirit of adventure and self-sufficiency. From a wall tent on the trap-line to the Iditarod trail in the heat of competition to the tragedy at his homestead near Denali National Park, he will carry you along in his sled and give you the ride of a lifetime". (Husky Homestead.com)
Please visit Angie at KEEP BELIEVING. She and her family need prayers, support, and positive energy to help get them through this most difficult time in their lives-Thank you.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I am an only child and Brunie was the sibling I never had. I begged my parents for a brother or sister for years, to no avail.
Since Daddy was a Marine, we moved frequently. I had three different first grade teachers and was always the "new girl" at school. The average "military brat" attends 10 schools in 12 years - some move as many as 36 times. They have no "hometowns" to go back to and rarely know their extended families.
One of the positive effects of this lifestyle is "brats" learn to get along with anybody, from anywhere. They can move and take risks. They're not afraid of change. At the same time, some brats become "change junkies" and can't settle down. Others have difficulties with intimacy, and lack a consistent sense of self.
Although all the other kids I knew were also Marine brats, dealing with the same issues I was, they all had brothers and sisters, which to me seemed like "friends who lived and moved with you". I experienced a great deal of loneliness as a child.
Mother and Daddy bought Brunie for me when I was in the fourth grade. She instantly became my best friend. Whenever we moved, Brunie was always there for me, filling in the lonely periods of adjusting to new towns, houses, teachers, and friends. She was my first dog, my playmate as a child, and my loyal friend for the 15 years of her life.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
We took advantage of the sunny, warm day and gave Sassy a bath yesterday. The hose was hooked up to the sink in the basement, so the water was nice and warm.
Don't worry Girl, the next warm, sunny day will be bath day for the boys!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
As Jon says, it helps to know that others have dealt with and overcome the same worries and fears life throws at us all. I have gained strength, courage and hope through Jon's writings.
A few of my favorite dog books by Jon include: Running to the Mountain, The New Work of Dogs, A Dog Year (my favorite), and Izzy & Lenore- all published by Random House Books.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
If you are so inclined, please write to CNN and let them know what you think: http://www.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form4.html?15
Spotty and Barney Bush
Him and Her Johnson
(I hate this picture)
Caroline's Pony, Macaroni
(Fala attended FDR's funeral)
Pauline the Cow Taft
Regardless of the breed, the White House needs a dog. Every home needs a dog and every dog needs a home. And don't forget the old saying, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog".