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Getting To Know You - Working Kelpie

The Working Kelpie originated around 1870 from crossing three pairs of “Working Collies” that were imported into Australia. One of the offspring was named “Kelpie.” She was then bred to a black dog who had been bred from dogs imported from Scotland and the rest is history. The Working Kelpie is not to be confused [...]

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Chester & Rodney - Arrested Development

Last week, we went to an agility trial somewhat far from home, making it necessary to book a hotel for the weekend. After a long day of agility, we arrived at the hotel.Dad stayed in the truck with us, while mom went into the room to do a “pill check”. She had a bit of [...]

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Show Me the Love! Somebody’s Watching You!

If you’re fortunate enough to live with a dog, you know it’s true, someone is always watching. Like a stalker against whom you obtain a restraining order, your dog watches your every move. He studies your face intently to gauge your emotion. Have you ever seen someone walking out of a breed ring, an agility [...]

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Prepping Your Pup To Be A Therapy Dog

Any breed of dog can be trained to be a therapy dog. Whether you have a large breed or small breed, your dog will need lots of training to get started. They should go through a behavior class and learn the basic commands: sit, stay, come. There are private trainers, and some pet stores offer [...]

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Ready. Set. Let's Go! Jump, Climb, and Weave!

Even if you’re unfamiliar with the name, you’ve probably seen agility competitions on television. The American Kennel Club (AKC) held it’s first agility trial (competition) in 1994 and it has since become the fastest growing dog sport in the United States. It’s no wonder, either. The speed, skills, conditioning, concentration and teamwork required for competition, [...]

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Getting To Know You - Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are members of a group of dogs known as livestock guardian breeds. As the name implies, the purpose of the breeds in this group is to protect livestock from predators. Keep in mind that, even though they are used for livestock work, they are not herding breeds. Livestock guardian breeds, LGB, are [...]

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Chester & Rodney - Rodney Drives Me Crazy

As many of you know, I got my driver’s license when I was six months old.Rodney didn’t show interest in getting his until recently, when he turned twelve months old, as he was pursuing other interests…such as rolling a rubber ball to and fro under the living room Lazy Boy…don’t ask. He finally decided that [...]

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Show Me The Love! Yes, There’s An App For Buddy.

Nowadays there are apps for everything, seriously, everything. From maps, to shopping, to playing music, to altering photos and videos, to finding the perfect dog bakery to make custom cupcakes for Daisy’s first birthday party…the options are endless. For those of us interested in dog-related apps, it seems there are none that have not been [...]

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Ready. Set. Let's Go! Can You Dig It?

There are dogs whose sole purpose, it seems, is to dig up your rose bushes, burrow through your sofa, or chase the neighborhood squirrels up trees. They seem to have a natural instinct to do so. Enter Earthdog Tests. These tests were developed to measure a dog’s natural ability and instinct for underground hunting. The [...]

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Dogs Are The Best Medicine

I worked in the caregiving industry for over 30 years. I had a heart for the elderly and witnessed a lot of loneliness and heartache. It was natural for me to want to take the dogs on visits to care homes. I contacted the activity directors at several locations to set up visit [...]

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