Bud is so smart that he knows when the phone rings, he gets a treat when he brings it to me. Today he was sitting on his dog bed watching me it my yogurt, he decided to bring me the phone before i asked for it!
Gracie now knows when she hears the noice of the phone sound, I frirst can't belive she hears that from oudside.
Who is smarter Bud or Gracie?
When I first met Lucy she jumped in my lap and showered me with kisses. She was a two year old rescue,these breeds are known to be very companion dogs so much so they are nicknamed, "Velcro Dog." The breed comes from Cuba.They were breed for being loving and a joyfull personality. They offer the best companionship. They are adorable, funny little silly dogs who love affection from any one, even cat or dogs, just a body to love. they were for the aristocracy in the 1800's. They are great performers are used with helping the handicapped. The are smart and playful. Lucy craves human contact, its in her DNA..........she can't help it.
When Lucy first met Ginger the 10 year Diva and the cat that lived there with her, she was set on having the animals play with her. She never gives up!! Dave tells me that her older sis now rolls around the floor and they have a gay fun time. When Lucy comes to visit she is all over Bud. He bites her head and they roll around the floor. They look like two pups playing. Lucy love our scooter ride. I drove and she ran and smiled the whole time. Look at that face --how cute is this dog. Her personalty is is amazingly captivating.
No body told her that Mom's rule for the pretty new sofa is no dogs allowed !
Dave also told me how super smart she is but loves snails and bird poop, and she knows what sweater Dave puts on for the daily walks. Lucy follows big sister Ginger's lead. Were Ginger pees, Lucy pees and Lucy will eat anything she finds in her path.
My first meeting her was love at first sight! She makes Bud play with her Bud has her neck and head and they roll around like dogs do sometimes. They are so cute together that you have to laugh. Lucy is a sweet girl, she's easy to love.Bud told me that Lucy makes him play and I tell you that Bud puts her head in his month and she is loving every minute of their play time! We all love Lucy!
Today I was sitting at my kitchen table when the phone rang. I was shocked to see Bud get up from his dog bed in the living room to get the phone and bring it to me without me asking. I thought wow he is so smart.....and here comes Gracie to me also because she know that sound of Bud getting the phone and knows if she comes to me when he does this she will get a treat too. And then |I thought who is training who?
One day last week I lost my dog! It was a wake up call for me for sure. The shock of losing my dog was too much for me. Here"s what happened:
One day I left to go to the beach with Bud and forgot my whistle and to change into my beach shoes. As Bud is trained to come when I blow the whistle. This one day I didn't go down the stairs with him to watch him play like I always do. I stayed up on the landing to watch him. I was watching him play with a family and realized they weren't locals. He was playing with a father and the little boy throwing a stick around. Bud was having a fabulous time. As I was watching for about 15-20 minutes I took my eye off him for just a second an he disappeared. I started running down the stairs without my new shoes on anyway screaming, "Buddy Buddy, Buddy!!" I couldn't see my phone due to the sun shining so brightly to call someone to help me and I was praying, "God please help me, I can't lose him, I can't lose him, I can't lose my Buddy" as I sobbed and prayed. I got back to my scooter, got on it and started looking for him. Then I saw a car with a rack for traveling and I knew that had to be the house he went into. All the locals here know Buddy the out- of- town-peolpe don't I have of folks taking a dog home with them.
I pulled up to the house and a lady answered the door. I was screaming like a crazy lady.
As she opened the door she began holding her palms over her son's ears then sent him upstairs. I could see Bud behind her and he saw me and ran towards me wagging his tail and licking my face all over.
After I got home and calmed down I realized I was mad at myself for not putting his collar on him with his name, my address and phone number. He's micro-chipped of course but they thought he was a stray. He went with them because they were playing with him and didn't know who he belonged to. The next day I brought the family a "Thank You" card and humbly thanked them and went to get his name tag. Since then I never allow him on the beach without his collar and my whistle around my neck. I was so worried about wrecking a brand new pair of tennis shoes that I didn't go downstairs with him to the beach, Bud is more important than new shoes!!
I thank God for Bud everyday. I am so blessed he didn't get lost that day. They could have taken him anywhere. So I thank God I still have my boy. He licks my face everyday.
When Bud turned 10 I had a dog party of course but I never thought about his diet because he is doing great on the best dog food from Costco. I have given him extra liquid salmon oil, Chondorotin Glucosamine with MSM ever since he was one year old. When feeding a senor dog the main objective is to maintain heath and weight to slow down the development of chronic diseases|that may already be present. When dog age health issues arise including skin and coat, loss of muscle mass, obesity more frequent gastrointestinal disease and dental problems. Older dogs should not have too much protein. Older dogs need supplemented in their diet omega-6 fatty acid. This is produced in the liver but levels may be diminished in older dogs. Senior dog food helps to keep a healthy coat and skin.
FOS helps maintain growth of beneficial bacteria. Look for foods with antioxidants such vitamin E and Beta-Carotene; these help maintain a health immune system. With a senior dog it is very important to avoid stressful situations. Vet checks are important because age-related issues should be watched carefully. Do not let your senior dog get fat. This will shorten their lives. Some breed are more prone for obesity such as Labrador Retrievers and Pugs. Your dog should have a waist and you should should be able to feel their ribs and backbone. Talk to your vet about a good food for him and how much to feed him not what the bag of dog food says. Your job is not to feed him too many treats. I recommend you get your dog plenty of exercise, they will love you for it. I say a tired dog is a good dog. Watch your dogs like you should watch your own.weight, because dogs should never get fat. Like humans it shortens their life. Bud has arthritis in his right rear knee for blowing the knee out when he was six years old. Recently, I noticed that Bud was stiff after laying down on the cement by the Cal Poly pool. Even though I bring a soft padded rug for him. Labs can be in pain and not show it. Every time I notice him stiff or limping I gave him a Tramadol. A non narcotic pain reliever, but didn't help for inflammation for arthritics.
The Vet told me that he needed more for his pain and she put him on a medicine called Carofen 75 mg twice a day. Oh my God the difference is amazing!! It's a wonder drug. Bud acts like he did when was a young dog. I am so grateful for the benefits to Bud. I can't say how much I love watching him move with ease and not hesitate when he uses the doggy door or jump out of the car. We see the Vet in two more months for blood work then he can hopefully stay on it forever.
For most of my life, I have been in total love with the breed of Weimaraners. Misty, was my first dog, when I was in high school was she was beautiful and my best pal for many years. I bred her and she had one big pup. We named him he at adult age weight 90 pound, Solo he killed and farm animals, like chickens and goats all the cats in the neighborhood but he was great with our family.
One summer day, Solo ate 10 large steaks right off a low fire- barbecue grill !
This breed is very smart and if not worked with will find themselves into mischief. The is bred is from Germany, at one time they were use for hunt bear and other large game. Weimaraners are hard wired to chase game and kill them. In the Cold War they be at risk were use as scent dogs. With their massive chest enables to run for hours with no effort, they cause blout if feed too much at one time. These devoted dogs can have separation anxiety. They are wonderful companions are smart and loyal the are cautious with strangers. They have tons of energy but they really don't care about being outdoors--they want to be in your lap. The breed comes from Germany, they are Pointers and have the ability to carry prey in back to the hunter this is called Soft mouth. Mouth.These dogs were used to fight bears and other large animals. They were use as scent dogs in the cold war because they have a strong sense of smell.
I first spotted Gasby three or four years ago on the beach walking on three legs with skin hanging down where his leg used to be. I stopped, and watched in amazement at the this handsome Weimaraner, he walks with no effort but with dignity of a this powerful dog. Every time I saw his he was having fun, but very close with his people. Then I didn't see him for several weeks then he was back with no flapping skin.
One day Mark and Jackie stopped to visit and they told me Gasby's sad story. He was riding in the back of Mark's truck tether and an accident threw his could and because of day When Mark told me the story I saw the love the had for Gasby.This handsome dog has been in my home often. At home he steals food whenever possible and chases cats when he sees them. He is super strong, he loves to be with Jakcie and he will clime stairs to follower her from room to room. Now Gasby is eight and he has hip problems but that does not slow him down. We have been on long walks and he is not tired. One day when he was over visiting I looked down at my walker where I keep dog treats and the where were gone. I now he could not help himself he is a true, I know that he could NOT help himself. He is truly the Great Gazby.
Gracie thinks that she a large Great Pyrenees who weights 115 instead of 15 pounds. Gracie's is sad past when she was put out of mean streets of LA for you know how long. Gracie has learned to made a awful mean face to protect her self. Now, two years later she forgets that and I tell that a nice face is much better. Gracie gets upset with people she doesn't know come to the house.
My neighbor was at my front gate and I had a new gal working for me who didn't know that Gracie had issues with strangers. The gate was open and Gracie got out and bit the neighbor in the butt. She broke skin, even with little teeth! I then after this put the sigh on my my gate. I have worked with Gracie for two years now and she has really changed in many ways. Most of the time she is happy, obedient and loving to most every one who comes over.
For Gracie I put her in her crate and take help her by not putting her the stress of not being guarding the house or me. She most likely not get over her issues but you never know. The power of love is amazing. Gracie is truly amazing, she is my guard dog. Bud,welcomes any one and every one with his frizzy or ball when they come through the gate.