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Squirrels Belong in Trees

Lessons My Dog Has Taught Me Lesson #3: Putting things in their place          Frantically chasing wild rodents This might seem obvious to dog owners, but there is one simple truth that all puppies embrace: SQUIRRELS BELONG IN TREES.   Nothing makes Reilly more excitable than the spontaneous spotting of a squirrel in our backyard. The sighting inevitably leads to a frantic chase, with the wild rodent (I am talking about the squirrel here not Reilly) ending up the first tree it can find — squawking down at its canine pursuer once it reaches safety. If you are a member of PETA, don’t worry: Reilly has never actually caught a … Continue reading

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Long Live the Pack!

LESSONS MY DOG HAS TAUGHT ME   LESSON #2: The Pack is Everything   Let’s face it, all animals, even the human animal, are pack animals. We cling to our groups, clans, tribes, cults, gangs, and, the tightest pack of all, families just as much as any other creature on earth. Perhaps this comes out of some predetermined, ingrained, and hardwired desire to belong to a collective unit that shares common values with us. Life is not a solitary endeavour. Instead, it is an interdependent web of relationships that inevitably winds up with a person becoming part of a group.   Dogs can teach us a lot about pack/group formation. … Continue reading

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Provoke a Daily Smile

LESSONS MY DOG HAS TAUGHT ME Reilly’s about to attack a stuffed toy Westie given to him by a friend.   LESSON #1 – Bring a smile to someone’s face every day I have always been a sucker for dogs. When I come across most breeds I usually look for a reason to give them a little attention because I enjoy the encounter. Certainly there are some nasty dogs out there that I know not to get too close to but, for the most part, meeting and greeting a dog at some point in my day brings a smile to my face.   As a dog owner, I believe the … Continue reading

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The Summer of Worry

  I guess by now you have come to realize that I spent the summer away from the dog blog. Reilly was diagnosed with anemia back in June (potentially caused from some bad things happening with his bone marrow) and I basically kept a close eye on him for most of the summer. The vet warned me that, if the anemia worsened, I might come downstairs one morning and find a very lethargic and unhealthy dog.   I am pleased to report that the vet’s warning has not come to fruition. Reilly was slightly more lethargic than usual this summer but there may be a couple of explanations for this: … Continue reading

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Health Scare

It’s been about six weeks since I last posted anything. That’s because we have received some surprising news from the veterinarian. It seems that Reilly is anemic and they have ruled out just about everything except, in the words of one of the vets dealing with Reilly’s case, “a problem occurring at the level of the bone marrow.”   Here’s what happened: shortly after my last posting I took Reilly in for a routine heartworm test. While I was at the vets, one of the vet techs suggested a wellness test. I said yes and within a day I received a phone call from one of the vet clinic staff … Continue reading

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Security Blanket

  There are two things that are guaranteed to please people: one is a sense of security and the other is a warm blanket. Put the two together and you have a recipe for both stability and comfort.   Beds v. Blankets Reilly is a dog that values both security and blankets. However, he doesn’t value beds. On two occasions, Sharon and I have picked up a doggy bed for our Westie. Both occasions introduced unprecedented violence and destruction.   Before I get into the specifics, I have a question: why are dog beds so damned expensive? You can pay between $50 and $120 for a dog bed. In our … Continue reading

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Take a Hike…with Reilly

 This is an article submitted to Cottage Dog magazine in May 2011  —  SPD As we made out way from the county sideroad away from our car and up the path toward the Loree Forest, our dog Reilly kept looking back at my wife Sharon and I as if to say, “Well, come on!” We just turned to each other and laughed. While we never said it out loud, my wife and I both thought, ‘We’ll see how much energy he has at the end of the hike.’   That’s how our initiation into the world of hiking began. Sharon and I bought a weekend place in Thornbury, Ontario, about … Continue reading

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A Cat Named MOUSE

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