Category Archives: dog

The First Day of School

It’s a family tradition in our home that I take a picture of the kids on their first day of school.   On Tuesday,  my children started grade 8 and grade 10 so they don’t like having their picture taken as much as they  did when they were little.

Fortunately for me,  Brutus does.


Brutus posed in each of the kid’s back to school pictures.   He then barked at me until I took a couple of him too.

Pet Loc8tor

Pet Loc8tor

One of the best investments I’ve made for my pets is the Pet Loc8tor.  It has saved me many times from the panic of losing our cats.

It is a small device that attaches to the pets collar  and a  tracker that is smaller than a cell phone.

It works with pinpoint technology.     Meaning it points to where they can be found.   It is accurate to within one inch of where the Pet is.  It has a long range of 400 feet or 122 meters.

I chose this tracker over others because it was a one time purchase with no monthly charges.

The cost was only $99.   which is very reasonable for the peace of mind it offers.

I purchased the Loc8tor online from Www.loc8tor.com

It is also a fun way to play hide and seek with the pets.  They can no longer hide from me when it is bath time or time for pills.

Please Leash Your Dogs

Please leash your dogs for everyone’s safety.

My dog is a rescue dog.  I didn’t have him as a puppy and I don’t know all of his history but I can tell his life hasn’t always been easy.   Because of his rough beginnings,   he dislikes  other dogs and most adult men until he has a chance to get to know them.   He always is braced for the worst from them and is ready for the attack.

Because of this,  walking with him is an adventure and I constantly need to be alert.  I take many precautions like a muzzle, choker, and a shock collar (I know, I don’t like it either but when it comes between someone being bitten or my dog getting a little shock, the shock wins.)   My dog is never allowed off leash.

Now,  here is my complaint.   Other people’s dogs who are off leash where there are signs clearly saying that dogs must be on a leash.   There is a dog park down the street where people can let their dogs run freely.   Use it!

I was walking along the local trail with my dog today when along comes an older woman walking a cute little dog who looks like it should dispense tissue out of it’s butt.   Very sweet.   I see them coming so I pull my dog Boo off the trail and try to take one of the little off shoot paths but of course her fluffy little dog is off  leash and runs straight for Boo while barking.   Fortunately, Boo was wearing his muzzle so the other dog just got a little nip.  If he didn’t have the muzzle the little dog would probably no longer have a face.

The other dog owner does not move quickly so she was no help.  My shins are bruised from trying to shield the other dog while trying to get Boo far enough away from it.    I had to hold Boo down while trying to make the other dog go back to it’s owner.  It only moved out of my reach and continued to bark which only riled Boo more.

The owner did finally catch up to her dog.  She made no apology for her dog being off leash or even acknowledge that I was there.  She just grabbed her dog and continued on her way.  Fine!

Now,  some people say it is my problem that my dog isn’t socialized and he shouldn’t be out in public.

My argument is:  how will he ever get any better if he is locked in the house all the time?  If he never sees any other dogs or people he will only get worse.  He needs some exercise and he loves to go for walks.

He has already gotten better since we have been working on his behavior.   He used to bark if he could hear another dog barking and he would try to attack any dog he saw.  Now he only worries about dogs that come really close to him.

He still watches adult men who appear to be a threat.  He is alert and aware but he no longer barks or growls unless I seem nervous of the man.

At home,  Boo is a  sweet and loving snuggle bug who gets bullied by the cats.

We are doing our best and will continue his training.  We will continue to be vigilant and watch for potential dangers.

So, if you are reading this,  if your dog does not come back to you immediately when you call it 100% of the time,  please keep it on a leash.   Please consider other pets and their owners.

Warm Weather WAlking

Spring Walks

Spring is finally here so it’s time to get the boys and myself back into shape after a long cold winter.  This winter has been tough on all of us and we have all packed on our winter layer.
I took the boys out separately today for their walks.  Brutus had a great time.   We were out for over an hour.  We walked down to the river and along the trails.  It was beautiful and he was ready to keep going.  He is a very high energy boy.

I took Leon out second.  His walk was a different story.
He was so eager to go for a walk with me but he is getting so old and fat.  I walked him to the end of the street and he was puffing like a train.  He wanted to keep going but I had to take him home.  I was afraid to take him too far from home and have him collapse.   I certainly couldn’t carry him back home if it happened.

Hopefully our continued walks over the summer months will get us all into better shape.   I want to start running again soon.  Brutus would love it but poor Leon will have to miss out on that.

Leon! Our big Love Bug.

Leon (aka LeLe)

Leon came to us as a foster dog about 7 years ago from Grand River All Breed Rescue.
When he arrived, he had no hair, was covered in scabs and was very thin but he was such a sweet and loving boy that I immediately fell in love.

He had been found in the forest so he had some serious separation anxiety.  He seemed terrified that he would be left behind.

Now he has hair and his scabs are gone.  He has been on Vanectyl P for all this time so it has caused a lot of weight gain.  He is now very overweight but I still love him very much.  He has plenty of animal companions here in our house so he rarely worries about being left behind.