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Black and White Sunday: Détente

Charles thinks he owns the bed, but Mini Cooper thinks she owns the bed.

Détente means the easing of strained relations

This is the closest I have ever seen them lie.

“If we don’t look at each other then the other must not really be there, right?”

Have a wonderful Black and White Sunday.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2017 in Cats, Dogs

 

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Caturday: We are free to invent our lives; dogs, not so much…

(Note: This older post of mine popped up when I was reviewing some blogs and I thought it was very timely for me. Currently, I am out of work and the universe has not yet shown me what my next move is. I wrote this piece in 2012. Sometimes, I find it good to go back and check in with myself, it helps me remember who I am, which can be helpful.)

Miss Constance Kitty taking a nap

{Warning,,, for some reason I am feeling very philosophical today and not waxing very doggy…} If you really could come back as anything you wanted, if reincarnation was something that really happens, what would you be? I think that I would want to be an old person’s cat. I get to laze around all day with my person, get lots of treats, not have a lot of demands put on me, and sleep my requisite 20 out of 24 hours. But, alas, I do not know if that is possible. I realized long ago that I must invent my life here and now and not wait until the next life. So, I invented a life full of love and laughs and furry things. Even though I have to work to earn money (and usually I work about 12 to 16 hours per day), I am very lucky to have ‘invented’ or, at least ‘positioned,’ a job that allows me to be surrounded by my zoo on most days and work in an environment that is all my own (home). No one ever told me that I was free to invent my life (my parents would have thought this an utterly crazy conversation). Probably like most people, my younger life just sort of happened to me. I did not realize I was inventing my life for a long time, but then, the things I wanted, really really wanted, the things I prayed for, and lite candles for, started to materialize.

In today’s world there are ‘vision boards’ and ‘life plans,’ and there are even people who get paid to be your ‘life coach.’  Looking back (hindsight is always 20/20) I never had a picture but a feeling about my life. I just wanted to love and to be loved in return. I wanted a family around me and I wanted animals. I wanted meaningful work and to do good deeds. I never really visioned owning material things, that was just icing on the cake. No matter what your circumstance, I do want you to know that it is never too late to invent your life. To fill it, even if only for the shortest moment of the day, with your dreams and visions, and you will be surprised, how when you start to put out in the universe those things that you desire, in a positive way, they start to come back to you and your life starts changing toward the vision that you have asked for. (And that is how I ended up with 2 dogs and 5 cats, so make sure you realize what your inventing (hahahaha!))

One warning about this vision thing: I once asked the universe for some time off from work because I really was not having fun. I wasn’t very specific about it. Soon after putting that out in the universe, I broke my leg and had to take several weeks off. The clearer you are, the more likely you will get exactly the life you want. So I should have put out there: “please let me be healthy, on a beach, in the sun, having fun with my dogs and favorite humans by my side,”

I think you make your luck, you invent your life, and you make it happen every day. You have the freedom to invent your life – what are you inventing today?

Just another CatDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 

Originally posted on DogDaz 2.25.12

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2017 in Cats, Dogs

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Tres Amigos

 Charles: Hey, this is fun. I like hanging with you guys. Can you carry me now?

Louise: Oh My Dog, she’s taking another picture.

Sofie: Did you bring treats, Mom? I’m bored. {yawn}

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2017 in Dogs

 

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Fearful Dogs: 4 Tips For Handling Food Aggression

Don’t be lulled into believing that Sofie likes Charles, even just a little, she doesn’t. I know she can really hurt him (55 pounds vs 15 pounds) and I am very watchful. Charles will be with us a year next month and it has been a learning for all of us. Even though all 7 of my animals have all learned to live together, it does not mean they are bonded to each other or are a pack. Sofie would probably throw Charles down the stairs if I wasn’t watching. The challenge I have with the two of them is mostly due to resource guarding.

When a dog is resource guarding there are 3 levels of escalation :

  1. Low level guarding: Dog growls and bares her teeth

  2. Medium level guarding: Dog snaps and lunges

  3. High level guarding: Dog bites

After years of trying counter conditioning and all the lovely things that behaviorists and trainers have taught me to do, I have settled on the following methods to keep everyone safe.

  • Avoidance – I care less about what causes the behavior and more about keeping everyone safe. Charles eats in a pen (he’s aggressive towards animals and humans). Cats eat up off the floor. Sofie eats with a leash on. (Sofie is not aggressive toward Louise or humans).

  • Exercise – I try to walk everyone before dinner (never after because of bloat). “A tired dog is a happy dog.” More importantly, I believe that dogs like to work for things and this way they work for food.

  • Training – I make them all sit/stay when I put the bowls down until I give them the release word (Let’s Eat!). I like to think I have taught them a little control and this keeps them focused on the meal and less on each other. I also have trained them to ‘Leave it!” when I don’t want them mouthing something, whether food or not. This doesn’t change the anxiety or fear-based aggression tendencies but training should always be part of any program.

  • Don’t feed while humans are eating and don’t feed from your plate. Alpha’s in the wild do eat first and also scraps are just bad for dogs. I lose this battle at home often, so don’t feel bad if you do too. I am better at training animals than people.

In my multi-animal household, I don’t try for bonding or love or anything like that between the animals. The number one rule is to keep everyone safe. I respect that each animal has its own temperaments and quirks. I accept that animals will be animals and I don’t expect them to reason or to change certain anxiety or fear-based behaviors. Never trust that a growl won’t turn into a snap which then turns into a bite.

How do you keep your furballs safe when they are eating?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2017 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: Super Sniffers

Some dog(s) must have left a very loud message on the swing set down by the river. I am always in awe of the dogs’ incredible noses. Especially, when you have a hound, like Louise. Her nose is never far from the ground tracking something. I call her a ‘Hoover,’ (like the vacuum cleaner). …They possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million in us. And the part of a dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is, proportionally speaking, 40 times greater than ours.(NOVA – Dogs Sense of Smell)

A good sniff is worth a thousand words. Enjoy your Black and White Sunday!

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2017 in Dogs

 

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DogDaz Zoo: Honoring Our Veterans 2017

And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” – Joseph Rodman Drake

Thank you to my Dad, my uncles, and all the men and women I personally know, and all those I will never know, who fought and fight, to keep me safe and free. THANK YOU – Lorian of DogDaz Zoo

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Posted by on November 11, 2017 in Dogs

 

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DogDaz Zoo: If You Could Speak Dog…

A question popped up on my Facebook feed this morning that said, “If you could have one minute to say anything to your dog that they could understand, what would it be?” Truthfully, I don’t need one minute. I talk to the dogs, and cats, all the time and I really think they understand what I mean because it isn’t the words but the energy behind them. What do you think? Do you need a translator to speak dog? Sofie says she understands me purrfectly.

 

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2017 in Dogs

 

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