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Favorite Video Friday – You cannot keep a Golden Retriever from food

November 21, 2014 7 comments

I shared this week’s video on my Facebook page about a month or two ago. At that time, it had not been uploaded to YouTube, so I could not share it here (believe me! I tried!).

It doesn’t matter how many times I watch it, I still laugh myself silly. I guarantee you will too. And if you have a Lab or a Golden Retriever or a Beagle, I suspect you will laugh even harder. I doubt my Lab, Daisy, could run the gauntlet and not stop at every station.

Watch and laugh. 🙂

Happy Friday everyone!

Why do we do so much with our dogs these days?

May 6, 2014 18 comments

j0178643As a friend and I walked around the dog park yesterday, she shared her experience with “nose work.” She and her dog, Ellie, are into their second set of classes and Ellie is absolutely loving it. So much so that she can’t wait to get out and do it again as soon as she is done!

Like many dogs these days, Ellie has already done and experienced so much. She has already been through basic and advanced dog obedience and has her therapy dog certification. She has gone on camping trips and loves going with her mom on her kayak adventures. She is an active dog with a mom who loves to do things with her.

It got me to thinking about how much has changed in our world when it comes to dogs. Sixty or seventy years ago, a dog would have been great entertainment for the kids, might have been taken on walks in the neighborhood,  and sometimes went hunting in the spring and fall. But, that’s about it. They did not have the enriched lives that many of them experience today. Activities rarely centered around them and their fun.

There are so many more choices for us and our dogs. We can do almost anything with them these days, including:

  • agility
  • nose work
  • hunting
  • geo caching
  • traveling
  • hiking
  • going to the dog park
  • backpacking
  • fly ball
  • freestyle musical dance
  • sheep and goat herding
  • tracking
  • trick training
  • circus dog training
  • search and rescue
  • dock diving
  • frisbee competitions
  • doggie puzzles
  • Treiball

These are only some of the things one can do with their dog. The list really is endless.

Realizing how many choices we have these days made me wonder, what changed? When did our dogs not only become so much of our lives, but also become a focus of the activities we do in our lives? Why do we do so many things with our dogs these days?

I’ll admit that I am no different. Jasper has gone experienced sheep herding many times. Daisy and Jasper and Cupcake have all gone hiking in the woods, and we play with doggie puzzles.. I like doing things with my dogs. I like that they get me outdoors and doing things I might not normally do. But, I also know that I could be doing other things. I could be traveling or crafting or attending classes. Instead, I choose to do activities that include my dogs. The question I am pondering today is, why? What motivates me to include them in all I do?

Do you do one of the above activities with your dog? What motivates to want to do so? What keeps you doing it? Why do you think we do so much with our dogs these days?

 

 

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