I’ve Gone To The Dogs!

by admin on March 2, 2012

 

Hey There fellow dog lover!  I’m so happy I reached you.  Of course there are tons of blogs out there about the dogs. Go figure!  Dogs and people are made for each other. We go hand and paw together through life.  It’s 5:30 am today, as I start to write my blog post. ” I’ve Gone To The Dogs!”

My day is early here 5:30 a.m.  I have 1 eye on my dogs. I’m watching them sleep. I hear them breathing. That sound of their breathing, that rhythm is calming, even therapeutic for me.

It’s so quiet here. It’s still dark outside as I sip my coffee.  I can hear my coffee pot gurgling in the background.  I know that in an hour, this calm state will change.  Soon, I will have to start my day with the dogs.  Feeding, walking and getting their schedules down to the minute. That’s  my job. I work with dogs and I write about dogs.

Folks always tell me how lucky I am to have this gig. They’re right. I am lucky.  I’m also an expert on dogs.  I thought about writing a sort of Dear Alanna column about dogs, since I get questions daily about dogs. I just might do that.

I listen to my friends telling me about their jobs.  Their stories remind me of doing the tango.  We all do the tango.  Some of the times you start off the dance as the leader with your boss and clients, other times they lead the course of your day.  It’s when you come home and your dog hears your car, the jingle of your keys, as you enter your home, that’s when the magic happens. Their paws scratching to get to you. Their barking, their jumping. It’s the joy of that connection. You’re home, and the tango of work is over.

Even, as you get the kids ready for dinner, a quick kiss to your husband/wife or partner. They’re right by your feet.  Waiting for you to notice them. It’s the LOVE of YOUR DOG that makes the day erase the tango. There’s no love that I have found that beats the joy of holding them and  touching them. WE dog lovers, already know they touch us emotionally.

I’ve often said aloud that “I love my dogs more than any person”.  I do. “I’ve Gone To The Dogs!”.  I wear that badge with honor.  I love my friends and family. However, I love my dogs more.

That’s my 2 dog cents worth of love for this blog.

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Hugs and Licks until next time.

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Manar Siegel March 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm

As a person who does not have pets, I still understand that this love is such an unconditional and pure one that one has with their dogs that it rivals our relationships with our mates. Dogs are really happy to see you when you walk in and you don’t have to do anything other than be you to get that love.

Great article!

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admin March 2, 2012 at 10:12 pm

You know, Manar, I have to say, you are such a great mom and such an amazing friend, sister, wife, and more. I think the mere fact that you were open to the blog about dogs, is your love for all things in your world. I always love when you read the blog and comment. It’s appreciated :)

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LOREN BLUMBERG March 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Good morning,
I always enjoy reading your blogs, though today I must put my “2 dog-cents” worth in.
You say that you love your dog more than any person. Being a parent of 2 adult children and happily married now 28+ years, I must say that I can never love one of my children more than the other as equals. the inalogy here is that I love our dog like a child and have equal love for him as I have for my 2 adult children. Though, I must add that my love for my wife tops them all, since if it was not for us to be together, we would not have our children or our dog…..Now, this should give you some fuel for thought to ponder throughout your day. Thank you for your blog this morning.

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admin March 2, 2012 at 10:07 pm

You always give me fuel to ponder. I completely get where you’re coming from. Roger that. Now, I don’t have children, and my life actually does revolve around dogs. That being said, from my ltittle nest here, I have to stick to my guns and go with my heart. My family, friends, people that surround and add to my world, always are in my thoughts. My dogs are the world I live in, so they get to belong to both sides of my heart. I hear you, Loren. Smiling over here. I love the fact that you brought up good points. And I love that you brought up the best points for you and your family, which does include your dog. Smiling over yonder.

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jihen May 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

Trainers cost big time if you have the money, then by all means , take them to a trainer, but if you want to save money and train them yoersulf , that is the best Choice.Buy a short lease,as in a pet store they will advise you the best of the best to train your pet, If you have the time, train one command til he or she knows it well, then start a new command and continue till your satisfy with the results . Have a great time with your pet and good luck!

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admin May 19, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Hi There! You’re correct, trainers cost money. Some trainers are great and have helped us out greatly. The key with trainers, is that they not only train your dog, but they should be training the dog owner too, which is important. Most folks forget about the fact that they are being trained.
I like the short leash. Very helpful in training your dog(s). I always believe in working hands on with our dogs first to train them up with simple commands. Using those commands over and over. Repetition is the key for me.
Trainers are helpful, especially for those folks that are new to the dog world and just need a bit of help.
So glad you wrote to me regarding this blog post. I like what you said here.

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Bill Long March 4, 2012 at 7:30 am

Go under your photo and hit the lick —— You truly have gone to the dogs little friend BUT that’s a good thing — Your blogs are always a joy

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admin March 4, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Yes in deed, I thought it was a clever thing to do!! You are always such a wonderful friend, Bill, to support my blog. Thank You!!

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Blej May 19, 2012 at 8:02 am

It is always best for YOU to be treinad to properly interact with and train your dog by someone who is a knowledgeable and eclectic instructor this isn’t dictated by professional’ status but can often be found in local obedience and/or agility clubs. You cannot properly train your dog if you are not treinad yourself to work with him. The experience’ you want is someone who has a lot of differing techniques and has instructed others to be successful in their training/trialing endeavors as well as has treinad and trialed themselves at various levels, at least above the one they are training you in. Most professionals’ are merely bought and paid for certification things from taking six week courses and the like and the people have really very little actual experiences themselves. Take your time to look around for instructors and go watch them in a class situation and discuss their techniques and knowledge with them. They should be able to let you know that they utilize various techniques and are not one trick ponies’ that can’t adjust their training styles and techniques to the variations in people and dogs. Good luck

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admin May 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Hi There! Couldn’t agree with you more if you take the road of getting a trainer. You are spot on. YOU need to be trained. The trainer should be training YOU on how to manage your dog. I love the classes that we have in our state. I think group classes are great to get your dog ready to be with other dogs and people. I like the fact that you thought about this blog post. YUP you need to do your research on finding what trainer, what classes or even training your dog by yourself. Love the fact that you mentioned looking around for good trainers and classes. Getting recomendations from people, groomers, your vets are also helpful.
Thanks for your comments!

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admin May 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm

You’re right! You do need to check out the best trainers for you. In my experience the trainer is not only there to train your dog but to help to train you with the knowledge, so you can keep repeating the commands. I do like using trainers and I love classes where dogs can interact under supervision and proper guidance.
Biej, I like what you had to say and you added great thoughts to this blog topic. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you here again.

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Jim Boyle March 12, 2012 at 4:24 am

When I have a hectic day, I look forward to going home and seeing my dog and my recently adopted feral cat. I can vent and tell them all my problems, and they look at me like they understand. Then they shower me with love and affection, and all is right with the world.

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admin March 13, 2012 at 12:38 am

Jim, I feel the same way as you do! I feel our animals just give us so much joy and they ask so little in return from us.

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