Cady and I went on our daily hike the other day and then I took photos for Valentines Day. I purchase holiday-themed inexpensive plastic necklaces to put around her neck for these kinds of photos. I have found that she is a really good model for me if I get her exercised first, then asked her to sit still for me wearing the props. A girl needs to have her fun first, before work!
I adopted Cady 18 months ago (at age 6) and she has really blossomed and gotten used to how I am hands on with her. I like to make sure that my dogs are used to lots of touches, petting, handling of paws, lifting of gums, checks of her teeth and of course kisses on her head and nose. I find that this makes for a great dog and veterinary visits are very easy.
She has also become quite the love bug and I attribute that to the hands-on attention she gets from me along with verbal praise.
That was a long story to get to this photo I took after we finished with her photos. I didn’t get to see what her eyes were doing until I got home and loaded them onto the computer. She is quite the sweetheart and often likes to press her muzzle against my face.
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These are photos of Abbey and Casey from 4/8/01. Abbey was 4-months old. She was learning how to retrieve from water. Look at how she swims at her age and brings the training bumper back to me. I was always amazed at how quick their genes kicked in told them what to do. The older Labrador Retriever is my boy Casey and he was about 2 1/2 at the time. She adored Casey from the time I brought her home and quickly claimed him as her boyfriend. This girl worked so hard for me and received her Junior Hunter title before she was two. RIP Abbey and Casey. You would have been 17 today Abbey if dogs could live that long. Missing you both.
We’ve been really busy and my human hasn’t had time to get to this blog and post my new photographs. I finally nudged him enough that he got it done tonight. I hope you like seeing what I’ve been up to this summer and at the start of fall. BTW, he got a tattoo of me on his arm. Right above the dog paws and names of his Labrador Retrievers that have traveled to the rainbow bridge. I think I look pretty sharp in ink – Cady
Of all the photos, I have saved of my dogs; I think I cherish the goofy ones the best. The ones where they are just acting like dogs and most people don’t get to see.
Behind Cady is a Poke Weed plant. Yes, there is a song (Poke Salad Annie) about it written and performed by Tony Joe White in 1969 and then sung Elvis Presley in 1970.
It’s poisonous. The toxins in Pokeweed, depending on what source you’re working from, range from deadly to mild.
With caution, young leaves and stems in the spring, before any red has crept into them, are harvested by legions of foragers and boiled in at least two changes of water, discarding the water afterward.
The loud noises and bright fireworks on the 4th of July can terrify your dog so it’s up to you to provide them with safe shelter during your celebration. It could be the large crowds celebrating at a public park, your guests at the backyard BBQ, or the crowds at the fireworks show, your dog may not enjoy Independence Day. Dogs will try to find a safe place, which could take the form of hiding under the bed, disappearing from your yard and even running away from home. If you don’t now how your dog will react, pay attention to their reactions and take action to help ease their anxiety. Dogs won’t mind being crated (they feel secure) inside your house with some soft music playing to help mask the sounds from fireworks. It’s a fact that July 5th is the busiest day for animal shelters in the U.S.
Here are a few suggestions to help you enjoy the 4th with your dog –
• Be sure your dog is wearing an up-to-date ID tag on its collar.
• Take a current photo of your dog with your cell phone just in case.
• Take your dog out for exercise early in the day. Nothing like a tired dog having a good nap to get them through the night.
• At your BBQ, ask guests to play with your dog away from the grill and flames.
• Keep fireworks, sparklers, glow sticks and charcoal far away from your curious 4-footed buddy.
• Keep dog treats handy for your guest to give your dog instead of people food.
• Keep your dog cool and hydrated. Dehydration amplifies their anxiety.
• Leave your dog at home with a frozen stuffed treat, nice bone or special toy to chew on or play with during the fireworks. Chewing naturally helps relieve tension for dogs.
• Their crate would be a good place for the evening.
• Have soothing music playing to cover the noise of the fireworks.
• Keep doors and windows closed to dampen the sounds.
• Pull the drapes and curtains closed to cover the windows from the bright flashes of fireworks.
• Make sure your family members know that your dog needs to be in their special, safe place for the evening so no one accidentally lets them out at night.