Man who befriended stray dog during extreme desert marathon brings her home to Scotland | The Independent

gobiAn extreme marathon runner met a stray dog with whom he formed an “unbreakable bond” during a 250-kilometre (155 mile) race in the Gobi desert in China. Dion Leonard, 41, said he hoped to raise the funds that will allow him to be reunited with the dog, named Gobi, who joined him during the annual 4 Deserts Race Series in March.

Mr Leonard, from Edinburgh, developed a particularly close bond with Gobi. He told The Independent: “At the start of Day two, Gobi was on the start line next to me looking up at me.

“This was the first contact I had with her and as I ran off the line I noticed her by my side.

“I didn’t speak much to her that day thinking she wouldn’t stay with me, but at the finish line she followed me into the tent and we slept next to each other. That was it then.”

Read more at the Source: Man who befriended stray dog during extreme desert marathon launches reunion appeal | Home News | News | The Independent

See some very cute pictures or donate at Dion’s CrowdFunder Page


April Fools!

I received several different April Fools emails today and I love this one for dog and cat chosen color kits. It reminded me of how I used to have our cat, Edward, pick tarot cards for me. When you clicked the link you get to the page (I’ve included it below) it had a  sale-code for all their color kits that I blocked out…

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Pretty cute April Fools joke!

I noticed that dogs weren’t exactly color-blind with Rob when he had his knee surgeries and couldn’t run around to play so I had to keep him entertained with problem-solving games. There was a toy called a Cuz that I found in lots of different colors and I’d have him find the orange Cuz or the green Cuz and he’d only get a treat if he brought the correct one. He was able to tell all of them apart except for red from orange so we went with a big red with horns, Bad Cuz, and a smaller orange without horns.

 

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The Cuz dog toy

 

 

 

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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.

Click for the SLIDESHOW


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  >^..^<