Some of the ways pets can improve your health…

Rob is always ready to help me relax

Rob is always ready to help me relax

 

Those of us with therapy animals know how well they help others, but they also help their handlers. Here’s a nice slide show to illustrate the many ways.

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Snow!

Snow!

We have a fresh dusting of the lovely, clean, white stuff today!

Granted, it is 41F so it won’t last long but  it is pretty. Rob and Gracie were so excited to run around in it this morning that it is already plowed under in the  dog yard. Gracie apparently decided an extra layer was needed over her sweater because her blanket is out there too. I searched the archives and found some fun old posts…

Previous Snow posts:

Rob and the Snowman

Snowshoeing at Crystal Mountain

And these two written by Scott:

Winter in Seattle

Snow Dog Action Photos

 


Diving Dogs

Diving Dogs

Is this amazing?

No it is not a shark.

It is a dog, a pet dog, in fact, diving for a tennis ball. See the ball?

Click the link to see more in the series, they are all pretty freaky… and toothy!

Here is the link: Diving Dogs


A tribute to the dogs of 9/11

This is beautiful!

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100 rescue dogs searched the rubble of the World Trade Center for survivors and then for remains during the weeks after the plane attacks on September 11th, 2001. I spotted an interview in The Daily Mail with Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas about her book which “captured the remaining dogs in their twilight years in their homes where they still live with their handlers, a full decade on from 9/11.” The portraits are sweet, like the one above, of the dogs at home juxtaposed with pictures of the horrible event that brought them all together and stories about their encounters with survivors and with other rescue workers. I am so glad she did this now because they are a rapidly vanishing resource. When Dumas began travelling the US to take these portraits fifteen of the dogs were still alive, only thirteen are still with us.

To see more of her wonderful portraits and read the rest of the article, click: DailyMail.co.uk

To see the book on Amazon, click: Retrieved


Check The Chip!

Check The Chip!

I am just bringing you a public service announcement today.

If you haven’t chipped your pets this is something that I personally think is a good idea.

If you have, make sure to check your chip from time to time. Of course you want to re-register the chip when you move or change your phone number but remember when Gracie was lost almost a year ago? I felt an intuitive nudge to check her microchip registration number online and the information on her chip had reverted to the vet in Taiwan. I had to call AVID and refax my information in case she was found before they received the mailed registration form. It was all more stressful than it needed to be. Remember that if there is a real disaster, you may not be able to correct any information at that time, phone lines may be down, evacuations may be ordered.

I decided then to check them before camping season every year even though I haven’t moved or changed my phone numbers in 20 years. I also ask the vet to scan their chips at every annual exam to make sure they are still readable. It is a good thing to just make a habit of it. Like replacing the smoke alarm batteries before they start beeping at 2 am.  The official website below has links where you can check your microchip #s and change your information online if you need to do so.

Click to access the official site

Click for the Gracie Posts

 

Keep your pets safe  >^..^<


Happy Gotcha-versary Robert!

Dunthor, Robert

Rob

June 6th is the day we brought Robert home! I figure most of you have never seen any puppy pictures so here are a couple along with some more recent ones. It is pretty hard to believe he wasn’t always part of the family and even harder to imagine what it will be like without him someday. He was about 6 months old and only 45 pounds when we brought him home… as you can see he was an adorable pup! Freya went along with the idea during the initial meet and greet at a friend’s home until it suddenly occurred to her that we meant to keep him, then she took a bit of um, convincing. He was always really good with her. In fact, when he was about a year old, Freya was getting really arthritic but still loved to play fetch so we would go to the park near us at night and let them both off leash. Scott would throw the Frisbee, Rob would chase and retrieve it, and then bring it right to Freya so she could return it to Scott for the next toss — all without a word spoken or a prearranged plan — it all just somehow fell into place thanks to Robbie.

That intuitive caring is why Robbie has been such an amazing therapy dog. I would take him to an assisted living facility for a scheduled visit and as we’d enter the common room where everyone was gathered for the event, I’d have him sit at the entrance to get our bearings. I’d watch him scan the room’s occupants and then look up at me to indicate he was ready. I’d nod to him it was okay to go and let him lead me as he walked right up to a specific person and engage them. Without fail, the event coordinator would come up to me and whisper, “That’s who I was going to ask you to be sure to visit. He or she has been having a really hard time. How does he do that?” I’d just beam at him and say, “He’s a rock star!”

I’ve heard it said that it takes a village to raise a child and a dog is no exception. Thanks to…

  • Audra, for pulling him from the Pierce County Humane Society
  • Dana & Larry Babb of Paws-Abilities for making training fun for us
  • My Mom for teaching him so many of his tricks
  • TDI, Therapy Dogs International, for giving Rob a job he loves
  • Drs. Theresa Hetrick and Tim Cavanaugh for taking care of him
  • The staff of the VCA Emergency Animal Clinic for saving his life a couple of years ago
  • Tanya for being the best dog-sitter in the world
  • Everyone else who falls in love with him everywhere we go.

Happy Gotcha-versary to Robert Bruce… Toast!

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I had to share this!

A new dog shame photo was just posted and I couldn’t resist adding it!

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dunthor dog shame diploma


Reading with Robbie

So Robert was doing his “Reading With a Doggie Friend” gig at the Puyallup library today. It has been a long time since we went there and about a dozen kids were waiting for him.  I can’t photograph the kids but you can get an idea from the pictures  how much they enjoy this program. He was pretty filthy from rolling around in all the construction debris and plaster dust from our kitchen remodel so I gave him a shower. I can’t get a picture of bathing him because I  have to get in there with him and I am sure that any pictures of that process would violate WordPress decency rules. ;) The cool shower attachment is available here: Rinse Ace on Amazon. I love how fluffy he looks after bathing but the ring it leaves in the shower is pretty horrifying!

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In other news:

The kitchen project proceeds — we are drywalled, taped, mudded, sanded and primed. Painting will take place on Saturday and cabinet installation on Sunday.

Don’t forget about the Holiday Craft Bazaar in Bonney Lake tomorrow, Saturday the 13th.

Related posts about Rob:

http://dunthor.com/2009/06/07/rob-is-a-therapy-dog/

http://dunthor.com/2008/12/06/reading-to-rob/

http://dunthor.com/2011/03/24/rob-duncan-live-at-a-library-near-you/


Gracie is home!

Thank you everyone –  WE FOUND HER!

I got a call this morning (8:12am) from Marty who drives for Smith Bros Farms. He said he thought he saw Gracie near the intersection of Marine View Drive and Normandy Terrace but he had to leave her to backtrack a block to get my number off one of our signs. I drove down there and called and called, finally I started heading back up the hill and at Brittany Place… I saw her. She was standing on the corner sniffing the air and I stopped the truck and called her name. She turned but looked poised to run, I called again and she ran to me full speed and threw herself on the ground on her back at my feet. I grabbed her, hugged her and quickly pushed her into the truck thru the window where she jumped all over Rob screaming the whole time! Just then Marty pulled up and we hugged like lottery winners!

By 8:36 I had given her a pile of the dog cookies I keep in the truck and we were driving home with her still squeeking, me singing “We got you, We got you” over and over and Rob flapping his tail so hard it sounded like I had an egg-beater running in the jump seat. She is dirty, smells funny according to Rob, and most of her pads are peeled like open blisters, otherwise she is perfect and even still has her collar on. I’ll get her to her vet this afternoon to weigh her and see how dehydrated she is.

Thank you everyone! All those signs, calming thoughts and eyes on the ground made all the difference. Now, time to put a screen-roof on the dogyard.

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Driving home, she is falling asleep already
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there is nothing like sleeping in your own bed!

Lost: last night was Gracie’s fourth night out

No new sightings yesterday, sigh. I did get two calls with tips and some good suggestions from FB. A woman said to check the For Sale listings on Craigslist. I have G listed in the Lost/Found and the Pet categories but she said her two Belgian Malinois disappeared and then turned up for sale on Craigslist, luckily a friend noticed and called her. She said she went with an animal control officer and a microchip reader and got them back. Then Joe sent this idea:

First map out a series of spokes radiating from the house to the south and west.  Load Robbie up with water and drive out to the far end of a spoke. Walk Robbie home, pissing all the way. That way the strength of the scent shows the way home.  Repeat for the other spokes. 

So, that is what I will be doing today, taking Joe’s more systematic approach.

Thank you Katie & Erika for posting more flyers for me!  If any of you would like to print some I added a link to the flyer as a button in the nav bar or in Pages in the sidebar, or here. I don’t know what area she’ll turn up in next so more is better. I am checking all the links in the previous post several times a day to see if there have been any new sightings or ideas. If you would like to help with this, please check Petfinder, PetHarbor or any other shelter any time you have a chance.

One benefit of all this driving around is that it reassures me that she isn’t lying hurt or dead by the side of any of the roads I’ve been on. I am keeping my attitude optimistic and I still keep visualizing that she’ll either be waiting on the porch when I get home or that someone will call and say she is hiding under their deck and would I please come and collect her.

As if having Scott out of town and Gracie lost wasn’t enough, today is kitchen demolition. It has been scheduled so long that I can’t put it off again, besides I have no room to store the cabinets when they arrive on Monday. I moved everything from the cabinets and drawers into the living room last night and early this morning and now that Kevin is working, I can get back to the hunt.  Hmm, I looked for an emoticon (a smiley icon) of someone tearing their hair out but I can’t find one. You would think there would be one.

I found this gem while going through all the pictures I have of her. She’s such a nut!

Gracie loves camping


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