Sunday, June 24, 2012

Bud Is Getting Better With His Puppy Problem

I am happy to report that I have been working with Bud for months now and I can see a different dog. I am the problem. I had to be more of his boss. He didn't feel that could protect him from other dog he meets.Other dog he gets a little scared. I don't think Bud knows how big he is. I had to bear down more on his spoiled puppy self. One day while walking with a method called double leashing. Jim my good friend and helper gave Bud 2 hard corrections with the prong collar. Bud cried out because we got him the message that he has to do what I need him to. I have been walking on the alone with him and have given several corrections and he has been perfect. I say now when we see another dog to Bud what a good boy he is. The prong collar works. Bud can be bratty. But I know that I have to be the boss.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Life And Loss

June 20 my beloved mother,Clara Denise Came passed away with her family around her. Many of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren said their goodbyes with tears flowing wit their love for her..She raised a family of six in a big house on the hill, that she made a home for us with shear determination and love; we were quite the handful.Her passion for nursing made it possible for her to obtain  a master degree in hospital administration.Mom showed me how to be strong;because of her I have had a blessed life. Mom loved her Weinheimers, my dad gave her the two sisters Hansel and Gretel the Weinheimers. Those dog got very spoiled every early morning these goofy pups waited, wiggling and drooling as only Weinheimers can do, waiting for her to give the last bites of her butter toast. The dogs are gone now and mom with them. Mom wanted her ashes combined with theirs and spread at mom's favorite sacred places on earth. Pictured here are my parents Bud & Clara Came on a beautiful day at home.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Heroe's of 9/11

As I was reading this for the first time my tears flowed. I wanted to kiss the faces of these fabulous dogs. I really wanted to share this with all of my friends.

Nearly 100 dogs worked at the trade center ten years ago; only 13 are left.  THESE OLD WONDERFUL FACES SAY IT ALL...  These are the surviving dogs that worked the trade center that are still alive but retired, they are heroes too.  Their eyes say everything you need to know about them. Just amazing creatures

True heroes of 9/11 still with us today
Moxie, 13, from Winthrop , Massachusetts , arrived with her handler, Mark Aliberti, at the World Trade Center
on the evening of September 11 and searched the site for eight days.
Tara, 16, from Ipswich , Massachusetts , arrived at the World Trade Center on the night of the 11th.
The dog and her handler Lee Prentiss were there for eight days.

Kaiser, 12, pictured at home in Indianapolis , Indiana , was deployed to the World Trade Center
on September 11 and searched tirelessly for people in the rubble.

Bretagne and his owner Denise Corliss from Cypress , Texas , arrived at the site in New York
on September 17, remaining there for ten days.
Guinness, 15, from Highland , California , started work at the site with Sheila McKee
on the morning of September 13 and was deployed at the site for 11 days.
Merlyn and his handler Matt Claussen were deployed to Ground Zero on September 24,
working the night shift for five days.
Red, 11, from Annapolis , Maryland , went with Heather Roche to the Pentagon from September 16
until the 27 as part of the Bay Area Recovery Canines.
Abigail, above, was deployed on the evening of September 17, searching for 10 days while Tuff
arrived in New York at 11:00 pm on the day of attack to start working early the next day.

Handler Julie Noyes and Hoke were deployed to the World Trade Center from their home in Denver
on September 24 and searched for five days.
Scout and another unknown dog lie among the rubble at Ground Zero, just two of nearly 100
search and rescue animals who helped to search for survivors.
During the chaos of the 9/11 attacks, where almost 3,000 people died, nearly 100 loyal search and rescue dogs and their brave owners scoured Ground Zero for survivors.  Now, ten years on, just 12 of these heroic canines survive, and they have been commemorated in a touching series of portraits entitled Retrieved.  The dogs worked tirelessly to search for anyone trapped alive in the rubble, along with countless emergency service workers and members of the public.

Traveling across nine states in the U.S. from Texas to Maryland , Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas, 34, captured the remaining dogs in their twilight years in their homes where they still live with their handlers, a full decade on from 9/11.  Their stories have now been compiled in a book, called Retrieved, which was published on the tenth anniversary of the attacks.  Noted for her touching portraits of animals, especially dogs, Charlotte wanted Retrieved to mark not only the anniversary of the September 2001 attacks, but also as recognition for some of the first responders and their dogs.

"I felt this was a turning point, especially for the dogs, who although are not forgotten, are not as prominent as the human stories involved," explained Charlotte, who splits her time between New York and Amsterdam .  "They speak to us as a different species, and animals are greatly important for our sense of empathy and to put things into perspective."

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Naugty Wet Buddy

In recent months Bud has gotten into the habit when he gets cleaning up from getting filthy at the beach of jumping on my bed our a pile of clean clothes that are on the sofa ready to fold and put away -he jumps on them and rolls around like a puppy. Thank you from sharing your wetness. Our canine friends do thing every day that make us laugh. Tell what your dog has done lately to tickle your funny bone.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Towel Game At The Bay

After Bud swims he is so happy, he acts like a pup. I call it "Towel Game."He loves leaning on me to share the fun.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Jetta's Journey Gets a wonderful review

Jetta's Journey gets a wonderful review from Night Owl Reviews!
I am attaching a link to the review as well as the text.
A NIGHT OWL REVIEWS BOOK REVIEW | Reviewed by: Diana Coyle
This story opened up with Denise Solters, a disabled woman, in search of the perfect puppy that would go through training to be her Service Dog in the coming months and years. It started off with her telling us that she specifically picked Jetta out of her litter and had her training start sooner than most Service Dogs receive theirs. In the beginning, Denise worried that if Jetta didn’t work out in her training and didn’t learn what was to be expected of a Service Dog, she’d have to start from scratch again. This wasn’t something she really wanted to do and she hoped for the best over the course of Jetta’s training.
From the Prelude of the story on, we switched the point of view to be that of Jetta’s for the rest of the storytelling. Ms. Solters wrote it in a humorous fashion since everything was done through Jetta’s eyes for the narrative. The story was cute and even at times funny because you can almost picture Jetta as a puppy learning things for the first time.
I have to say that I didn’t realize the book would be written through the puppy’s eyes, but Ms. Solters did it in such a way that I thought it was adorable and I enjoyed reading it. I even think it would be a great story to read to your children or have them read it to you instead. Overall, it was a good read and I loved seeing Jetta going through her training to be Ms. Solters’ Service Dog.
Jun 04, 2012 | 9781610090377

I am grateful for the experience that Jetta gave me!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Stuff Happens

The other day while feeding my cat in the garage I tripped and fell on my elbow. Ouch! Bud was there and he helped me up like the good dog he is. The elbow got all huge so I went to ER at French Hospital for an X-ray because it was on a weekend of course. When you live with a disability some times you fall. It's the price I pay for walking  instead of rolling, and being active.When people see a Service Dog in the ER it's party time. We had a good time anyway Bud was the center of attraction. Bud gave out many of kisses.The doctor, nurses and volunteer had to see the dog in the ER. Good new just a bruise.I have to tell myself to be more careful.