Posts Tagged ‘working dogs’

Favorite Video Friday – Ski Patrol Dogs of Snowmass

January 29, 2016 2 comments

Minnesota has been a little lacking in snow accumulation this year. We’ve had a lot of hazy, cloudy, warm days and not a whole lot of sun and snow (for those of you in warmer climes, the sun seems to come out more when it gets cold, and that cold comes from having lots of snow to reflect the sun).

Instead, all the snow appears to be going to everyone around us – the west coast and Rocky Mountains are especially getting a lot of snow this year. No doubt the downhill ski business is booming (much to the relief of many a ski business owner).

I think that’s why this week’s video seemed like the right one to share this Friday. It features the ski patrol dogs of Snowmass, Colorado. Gray, Piper and Caleb are well-trained, professional and absolutely adorable. They make me want to pick up skiing just so I can meet them!

Happy Friday everyone!

Ski Patrol Dogs of Snowmass from Vital Films on Vimeo.

Favorite Video Friday – A Weimaraner at work

January 8, 2016 6 comments

If there is one thing I love to do, it is watching a dog doing what it was bred to do. Watching Border Collies and Shelties herding sheep is awe-inspiring. Watching a Greyhound or Whippet lure coursing (for fun) is a sight to be seen. Watching a husky with a smile on its face as it leads a sled dog team is happiness at its core.

There is a joy they emanate when they are doing something they are bred to do. But, there is also a finesse and a naturalness to what they are doing that is hard not to appreciate.

I think that’s why I find this video so much fun to watch. This Weimaraner is amazing. Take a look and you’ll see what I mean.

Happy Friday everyone!

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Celebrating Labor Day with your dog

September 1, 2014 5 comments
A German Shepherd dog at work.

A German Shepherd dog at work.

Today, September 1st, is Labor Day. This day, the first Monday in September, was set aside by Congress and President Grover Cleveland after the federal marshals and the Army killed 30 striking Pullman workers in 1894. This day is meant to recognize the American worker, and their contributions to our country. It’s not something we recognize much anymore, but it is a day we should all remember.

For many of us, Labor Day signals the end of summer and beginning of students heading back to school. It is a day we barbecue and have picnics or make our way back from vacation. Here in Minnesota, it is also your last chance to visit the state fair and enjoy a pronto pup or some fried cheese curds or a fresh, hand-squeezed lemonade. It’s a day to be with family and friends.

It may seem odd that dogs would somehow fit into this day, but in searching the internet I found a few Labor Day events that celebrate dogs:

  • Alabama: In the Key Underwood Coon Dog Graveyard , residents get together to celebrate the loyal lives of coon dogs long passed.
  • Washington DC: The annual Day of the Dog is held in the Congressional Cemetery and includes activities for both pets and their owners.
  • Ohio: In Cleveland, patrons can join the Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest and enjoy the wiener dog races.
  • New York: Labor Day also signals the beginning of long walks with your dog on a beach. In many cities, like Fire Island, New York, dogs are banned from beaches from spring to Labor Day. Bur after Labor Day, dogs and their owners can walk the shoreline in relative peace.

Here at Casa del Mel we will be celebrating the day with a walk at our local dog park and relaxing with each other. What do you and your pooch have planned for today?

Favorite Video Friday – Devoted the Service Dog

August 9, 2012 12 comments

This week’s Favorite Video Friday is a bit on the long side (just over 9 minutes long), but I was so moved by the story behind it that I knew I wanted to share it. You can’t help but have admiration for those who help to train service dogs, especially this one.

Make sure you at least catch Devoted’s progress around the seven-minute mark. It’s pretty amazing.

Happy Friday everyone!

I hope your dog inspires you to do something fun this weekend. 🙂

The Nose Knows It!

July 25, 2010 5 comments


One of the things that has always fascinated me are working dogs. You know, the rescue dogs that go all around the world to help find people missing in an earthquake, the bloodhounds that are brought in to find a child missing in the woods, and the dogs that are taught to sniff for contraband and drugs at our airports. I find what they do to be so interesting. It’s so clear that they love what they are doing and that they love having a job.

I always thought it would be fun to be able to try teach my dogs to track, but I didn’t know the first thing about how to go about doing it. Then, I met Kenzo the Hovawart, or rather his owner, @Kenzo_HW, on Twitter.

Kenzo has been trained to “track”. And, his owner has been bringing us along on the journey. What’s great is that he has provided his readers with directions on how to get started, how to add “training turns”, and he just recently posted a video and instructions on how to “raise the bar” in training your tracking dog.

My dog Daisy has a strong ability to sniff out almost anything (especially food!). It’s the one thing she really seems to enjoy. So, using Kenzo’s experience and his Dad’s tips, we’re going to give it a try. It might not be as easy as it looks on Kenzo’s video (in fact, I’m pretty sure it won’t be), but I think it’s an activity Daisy and I could enjoy together. I hope that you will try it out with me and report back. I’ll be doing the same. Wish me and Daisy luck!

By the way, wondering what a Hovawart is? Read this and this.

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