Ecco doggy bark. Yes, I know, it’s not particularly appetizing looking, but the dogs love it. I made this batch with sweetened carob chips because I couldn’t find unsweetened. I made sure to check that they didn’t contain xylitol which is ok for humans but toxic for dogs, according to VetMedicine. This is a forgiving recipe, we had some extra peanut butter so I added more than 1/2 cup, it still worked. If the mixture gets difficult to stir, put it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds. Robert and Gracie haven’t had any yet because they have to wait while theirs chill but I have. 🙂
TWO DOGS RESCUED BY HIKERS AFTER A WEEK LOST IN THE WOODS
When Gracie got spooked and ran off a few years ago we hung up signs and Marty the milkman spotted her and called me. Rob once slipped out when the guy who scoops the yard didn’t latch the fence and I received a call from a guy on the next block a few minutes after I let him out, “This very friendly dog has your phone number all over him, I guess you want him back!”
This news story shows that we have reached the point where Social Media really is the way we are communicating now so if you have lost a pet be sure to check Facebook, Craigslist, etc.
Check out this article from the AKC News:
On October 26, Dennis Elton brought his two dogs with him on a trip to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near Mt. St. Helens. When they got out of the car, Woody’s and Brock’s instinct kicked in.
Woody is a Brittany, a breed known for its sharp pointing skills, and Brock is a Labrador Retriever, another high-energy hunting breed. Both dogs caught a scent and ran off in search of it. Elton wasn’t able to find them after hours of searching, KGW-TV reported.
A week later, hikers in two different areas of the forest found the two dogs. Both dogs had separately traveled 25 miles from where they were lost, and both were scared and soaked. The hikers shared photos online, one on Facebook and the other on Craigslist. Elton learned about Woody’s whereabouts first, when a photo shared more than 9,000 times made its way back to him. On his way back from picking Woody up, his wife came across a Craigslist ad by the person who found Brock.
Link: Gracie is Missing
I found these Ten Promises on the Salty Dog website and couldn’t resist sharing. Salty Dog Rescue is the group we adopted Gracie from one year ago. Here is the blogpost if you missed it: Made in Taiwan.
Note to those who have emailed me… Yes, I noticed that they are phrased as statements from the dog rather than as promises to the dog but that is how they have them on the website and I think they are all really good points so I didn’t want to change them, Enjoy!
Ten Promises To Your Dog
1. My life will last from ten to fifteen years. Any separation from you will be painful for me.
2. Give me time to understand what you want from me.
3. Place your trust in me…it’s crucial to my well-being.
4. Please remember: You have your friends, your work, your entertainment. I only have you.
5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I understand your voice.
6. Be aware that however you treat me I will never forget it.
7. Before you ever strike me please remember I have teeth that could hurt you but I do not bite you.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, please ask yourself if something might be bothering me.
9. Take care of me when I get old.
10. Go with me even on the most difficult journeys.
Everything is easier for me if you are there…remember that I love you.
And just because, here are some pix of our dogs, past and present…
Because we have the good fortune to have a wonderful house sitter, we were able to take the dogs camping this weekend. We like Olympia Campground because it is wooded and close to where we keep Chinook, our boat. We don’t plan dog activities as such, they just lie around, chase pinecones, beg snacks, bark at stuff, really the same things they do at home but it is more fun because they are outside. I spend most of my time inside, this trip I’ve been working on my tattoo-story that I’ll have posted soon. I took a break this morning for some exercise, left Scott and the dogs at the campsite and drove to the state Capitol to walk the trail that circles Capitol Lake. It is partly paved, partially gravelled and busy without feeling crowded. However, it was crowded enough that the only blackberries that were ripe were too far away to reach. All the easy to reach vines were picked clean. I did see lots of tiny ducklings but I am bummed that they don’t show up in the photo, sorry about that. I made an extra loop downtown to lengthen the walk a bit and then stopped at Taco Del Mar to bring home tasty vegan burritos for lunch, yum!
Click here for the official page: Things to see on the Capitol Campus.
Click to see my route: Plus3network.com
Yep, that is my coaching tip for the day. You can file it under, “advice I thought of after I had already gone too far to go back home.” I waited all morning for a pause in the rain and when that sun-break happened, I rushed out the door. Now go ahead and predict how long it lasted… three blocks! Continue reading Avoid wearing a white T-shirt in the rain…
I entered in a give-away on My Yoga Online and won 2 pairs of Pluggz. The give-away consisted of a drawing from all who responded to this question on the MYO forum, the question was: How do you ground yourself?
I responded: I keep grounded by slowing down, focusing on one task at a time and reducing media inputs. And… my name was drawn! So now I get to try a really cool product that I never would have heard of otherwise. I was going to get 1 pair for Scott and 1 for me, but their men’s sizes stop at 12, so that means I get both. He doesn’t really wear flip-flops anyway so he wasn’t exactly heartbroken in case you were concerned. So far I like them, I’ll give a full review in a week or so.
Scott has our Chinook, the boat, not the dog, up at the Center for Wooden Boat’s weekend boat show. She looks great with all the other wooden boats and it is a fun crowd. There are some classic Lake Union Dreamboats. The weather has been great (fingers crossed) and the little kids are all attracted to our boat. If you are in Seattle make sure to stop by and see her. We’ll be there periodically and a friend will be showing her the rest of the time.
I have always insisted that I would never dress one of my dogs in clothing. Now I did dress my schnauzer in baby clothes when I was very young and she never seemed to mind but to take a dog out in public like that just seemed wrong. Fast forward to Gracie. Continue reading Dogs in Clothes?
Her name is Gracie Cupcake Duncan and she is a 6 month old Formosan Mountain Dog mix, from Salty Dog Rescue. She was flown here to Seattle, spayed and put into a foster home. We met her at an adoption event at Immortal Dog Pet Supply and Bakery. Scott has advocated for a puppy for a long time and started sending me puppies from Petfinder a few weeks ago. Scott and Rob met a Taiwan dog and heard all about them at the cigar store in Vancouver and was very impressed with the “breed.” I had to admit he was right about the timing on a puppy, Rob is the perfect age to enjoy one so we took him to Immortal Dog to do research. Research only. Well, you can see from the pictures how that turned out. Her call name was Cake. Since we always change names when we take in a new beastie, we named her Grace, from the Latin gratia meaning “favor; blessing”. Continue reading Made in Taiwan
Remember the old slogan, “Do the Puyallup?” Well, Rob did the Puyallup this weekend. He did his bit to represent TDI, Therapy Dogs International, with his buddies Nala, a Havanese, and Rowdy, a giant teddy bear in a St. Bernard suit. Clover, a lovely Dalmation, joined us later for the next “shift.” I played chauffer and Scott acted as his valet but this was his show and he did us all proud. He met more people than I could even keep count of and he actively engaged each kid who petted him with a sense of wonder while enduring the adults who heavy handedly patted him on the head. We didn’t get to go to PawsWalk because it was the same weekend but next year, I’d like to get a team together to walk PawsWalk under a TDI banner.
I have mentioned Grandview Park to several dog-owners lately and I was surprised that none had heard of it. Grandview is a 37 acre off-leash dog park at 3600 S. 228th St in SeaTac, WA. This is Rob’s favorite place, even rating slightly above The Natural Pet Pantry and Horizon Pet Supply. It has grassy fields, gravel trails and in Winter, a wet muddy area that just begs dogs to stomp through it. On the weekend or a warm evening the park gets crowded and it is wonderful to see so many dogs playing together. It is fun to see how the little dogs pair off and Rob usually find one or two dogs his size to wrestle. This morning there were only about ten dogs and Rob played with every single one. His favorite was a lab-mix who engaged with him at a level I’ve never seen before. They were growling, snarling and doing wolf- jitsu moves on each other, grabbing neck and flipping each other over and then breaking apart, play-bowing and then starting over. The other dog’s escort looked as startled as I was. He said his dog almost never plays with other dogs. I can’t believe they can mock-battle like that without anyone getting hurt. It is like watching stuntmen executing a tightly choreographed sequence without any rehearsal or even having met one another before. One couple I greeted said they don’t even have a dog but love to come to the park to walk and watch the dogs run. The view of Mt. Rainier on a clear day is a real bonus.
Link to a map of Grandview Park.
Click for Dog Park Usa’s website.
Click for SODA’s website.