Monday, August 27, 2012

Keeping your "guard dog" safe...

I always say I feel safe in my home because I have Astrea, she's my guard dog. At least she thinks she is. In reality, I know that aside from being a great alarm, there is only so much she can do and I have to do my part to make sure she, Ora and our home stay safe and happy.

So, how can you guard your guard dog? Check out this guest post from Select Home Security for a few tips on how to keep your house and your pets safe while you're away.

Among other things, we typically think of our canine companions as stalwart guardians when it comes to our home and our well-being. It’s no surprise, really. Dogs have been known to reduce the stress in any home, help children develop both socially and emotionally and are often highly attentive to changes in their environment.

They are man’s best friend in every sense of the term. That being said, have you ever stopped to think about how you could protect your home’s protector? A loyal dog will defend the home no matter what, but they can only do so much. This is still man’s world and if you have a canine in the home, you really ought to consider ways you can guard the guard dog – especially if you leave him or her indoors during the day.

Below are just a few ideas:

1. Invest in a home security system. Security systems like the ones you can get through sites like have advanced motion detectors. These can easily be programmed to recognize your dog’s shape and weight. This means you can leave your home security system going to provide extra protection for the pooch without worrying about him setting it off. This is key! Poor Astrea, on more than one occasion, has had the unfortunate luck of setting off the alarm system at my parents house. An alarm system is no good if you can't turn it on when you're away, so make sure have everything programmed properly for your pets!

2. Make sure you turn off the stove. We all make mistakes from time to time, especially during our daily rituals. Constantly doing the same thing over and over – turning on the coffeemaker, using the iron, making breakfast on the stove – it can all get pretty mindless sometimes. One thing you want to always remember to do is turn off those appliances and give them a chance to cool. You owe it to your dog to keep the house safe from fire.

3. Always make sure there is food and water. Even with central air conditioning, it can get a little hot and dry in the house – especially during the hotter months of the year. You need to make sure your dog has enough food and water to get them through the day. If you do that, then you’re guaranteed to come home to one healthy, happy and grateful dog.

And just remember, you may think of your dog as a guardian, but they need protection too. Make sure that you meet your dog halfway.

Thanks to for the tips!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

John and Schoep

I have no doubt that almost everyone has seen this picture floating around facebook the past couple weeks. Every time I see it I get a little misty eyed.
The photo is of John Unger and his dog Schoep. Unger takes Schoep into Lake Superior to ease some of the pain of his arthritis. Now, if you thought the picture was touching, watch this video of Unger talking about Schoep and why he takes the time to spend such quality time with him in the lake.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Clearly these dogs know how to relax...

Astrea and I went and spent the week with Daisy and her family. As you can tell Daisy and Astrea know their place in the world and were happy to make themselves perfectly comfortable...

Friday, August 17, 2012

Help Cole with Bingo's "Lick It" List!

I didn't even get all the way through this article on People this morning before I was jumping over here to post it and share with you.

This little boy, Cole, has had his life saved countless times by his service dog Bingo. Now Cole just wants to give Bingo the best in life in his final days so he created Bingo a "Lick It List." As a part of that list, Cole would like Bingo to experience treats from all around the world - so if you'd like to contribute visit Bingo's facebook for more information or just go ahead and send some Bingo's way to Cole Hein/Bingo Hein PO Box 413, Shilo, MB, Canada, R0K 2A0. Keep reading for the full article on Cole and Bingo.


Earlier this week, the Merriam-Webster added the term "bucket list" to its vocabulary, describing it as "a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying."

Already, the word is being redefined.

One 11-year-old boy from Canada is thanking his service dog in a very special way during the final days of the Jack Russell terrier's life.

Cole Hein set up a "Lick It List" for his 14-year-old dog Bingo, who was given to his family in 2005 by the Ontario-based National Service Dogs due to an undiagnosed medical condition that causes Cole to stop breathing.

Although Cole now has control of his condition, Bingo has helped save his life several times over the last few years; when he stops breathing, she's trained to bark to alert others that her owner needs CPR, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.

Bingo, who was inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame in 2010, according to Modern Dog Magazine, was diagnosed with canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome and was given just weeks to live.

On Bingo's canine-friendly bucket list: "I want to take her on one last public outing to Ruckers [recreation center]. I want to walk her around the block twice. And I want to get her treats from around the world," Cole tells the Free Press.

Cole's getting a hand with that last hope. The family set up a Facebook page, and Cole "is teasing Bingo about her new treats coming," his mom, Mandi, added to the Winnipeg Free Press. (The family is not asking for monetary donations, and Bingo's veterinarian bills are covered by insurance.)

Adds Mandi: "Cole is doing the happy dance." Article from People/Alison Schwartz

Monday, August 06, 2012

Hardworking Paralegals

Ora and Astrea were not too thrilled with the long hours I was putting in this past week, but they did get to hang out with me one day. As I sat and researched all day, these two decided they would be right by my side acting as my paralegals. As you can see, they were working hard...

Friday, August 03, 2012

Happy Friday, Go Goat Crazy!!

It's been a busy week for us - I lucked out with a temporary job, but unfortunately it required doing about a months worth of work in a week. Astrea and Ora have been totally spoiled staying with their Grammiecakes and Krampa while I work 12+ hour days so they haven't had it so bad, but when I get home at night I can tell they miss me. I think this little goat sums up how I feel now that I won't be getting home at midnight!


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