What is it with people anymore? Ever since Mythbusters began airing on Discovery channel years ago, everyone’s gotta jump on the mythbusting band wagon, and it IS a bandwagon.
Jean Donaldson is a well-respected dog trainer. She doesn’t agree with “Cesar’s Way” any more than I do and she strongly believes in positive reinforcement, which I agree with too. I use positive reinforcement in my daily life with my Labradorks, but there are times when you have to correct behaviors too. It’s NOT all about reward for good behavior and ignoring the bad. Sometimes, you are responsible for creating the behavior in the first place. Sometimes, you have to react immediately to bad behavior before it can escalate into a dangerous situation. Training a dog, and owning dogs is a balancing act, sort of like parenting children. There is no such thing as a single solution that works for every dog and every dog owner, in every situation.… [Read More]
There are advantages to being married to an app developer… I mean, I suppose he could have put iOS 7 on his phone, but it IS a beta version after all. What if there were a major, major problem at the office and his phone randomly decided to stop ringing? I mean, it’s a beta! You never know what interesting problems you will encounter when installing a beta version of any OS. My wonderful husband had just pushed an app update out for his flagship app and since that app is now making money and paying for his developer account, and we have handed down our previous test devices to our college age children for their daily use, it just made sense that he use my phone as a test device. I have the internet. There are a million ways to get in touch with me that do not require my iPhone, besides I wanted to write this blog post.… [Read More]
Lexi broke out of our yard and went missing for approximately 18 hours.
I have never been so scared.
I shoved my emotions aside and dealt with trying to find her and bring her home, but really, I was a mess. The idea that we might never see Lexi again haunted me last night, especially because I knew she did not have a microchip. Admittedly, it wasn’t a new discovery, but it didn’t change anything. I’d suspected it for a while, but since I didn’t have it 100% confirmed, I waffled. So, at first, I held on to the hope that Lexi had her tags. My number and address were on there. Surely a neighbor would find her.
Well, they did. Something about their dog set her off though. It may have been because they were trying to remove a tick from their dog’s neck when she happened upon them during her little adventure.… [Read More]
I read this wonderful piece on DogStarDaily this week. At first, I was thinking, “Yeah! Right on!” as I was reading, and then it made me think about how I got to where I am today, as a dog owner, I mean.
I know that my three dogs are all rescues and most of the dogs I have owned and loved have been rescues. So it might seem like I might be “anti-breeder” but I’m not. I have purchased a puppy from a reputable breeder exactly once and I honestly can’t tell you if I have it in me to do so again. I was in a time and place in my life then, where I was ready to raise a puppy. I had all of the patience in the world for that puppy and I don’t find myself in that frame of mind right now so I’m not shopping around for a breeder.… [Read More]
I gave away our kitchen table.
It was the first piece of furniture my husband and I actually agreed on when we bought new furniture for this house. I loved that table. My family grew up around it. We had important conversations about everything from why Buttercup was the toughest Powerpuff Girl to what happened on September 11th, 2001 while we were eating dinner with our children that night. As they got older, we had the sex talk when sitting at that table and we sat quietly through meals as beloved family members and friends passed away. We discussed life and death and faith and politics and science and we did thousands of math problems. We wrote essays and drew pictures and wrapped packages and read books. It was the only piece of furniture that my kids colored on and when we took it apart to take it over to my friend, who has a wonderful little boy, I saw the crayon marks on the bottom of the table top and I smiled.… [Read More]