Sunday, January 30, 2011

Afternoon at the Lake

This afternoon Steven ( Son in law ) took Emma, Aselin, and Raider and went to the area he grew up in. There is a huge lake there so we went for a spin... Check out out the video of Raider pulling Aselin on snow tube..

Aselin has so much fun being pulled by Raider

Daddy took a turn but Aselin wanted Raider

Emma took a turn..

Aeslin trying to pick up the ball to throw for Raider

Still trying to pick up the ball. The ice is slippery and big mitts make is hard for a girl.

Happy Campers...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Emma & Raider - who is training who?

Emma started taking obedience classed with Raider at Ditto's Canine Learning Centre 
She is in 4H and began their obedience classes with him but they use the choker chain to train with. Since that is not a positive training method and there is no way anyone is putting a choker chain on any of my dogs I signed Emma up for classes. She is doing great! Raider is doing a great job with her as well Here are a few pictures form the second night on classes.

Ditto is showing off for the camera.

 Emma getting Raider to "settle".

Raider on the "down stay"

Raider has GREAT eye contact with Emma.

This is Nell and she came to be with her new sister Rhea in the next picture.

Rhea did not like me takig her picture she kept barking at me.

This is Toma and he is one handsome labrador.

Ditto wanting his picture taken again ...

Emma getting a kiss from Raider at the end of class.
They both did great!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Dog Auctions and Puppy Mills

Do you ever wonder where all those cute puppies in the Pet stores come from??
Many of us know they come from Puppy Mills but many do not know about the dog auctions that provide the breeding dogs.  Dr. Nancy Kay, author of "Speaking For Spot", recently wrote a blog post on Dog Auctions. Please check it out..

Every Puppy no matter how cute that you buy from a Pet Store means another one will immediately take it's place. The lives that the breeding dogs live are horrendous. The only way to STOP or even put a dent in this business is to NOT EVER buy another Puppy from a Pet Store or ONLINE. If you want a puppy or dog check out your local Shelter or talk to people like your Vet who will know the responsible breeders. Often Shelters have pure bred dogs as well but remember for every dog you get from a Shelter you save two! The one you rescue and the one that gets to takes its place at the Shelter.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

What are you going to do to make "pawsitive change" in 2011?

I saw this posted on facebook last night and thought I would put it up on my blog.

The Prayer of St. Francis, This Year, Save One, Foster One, Rescue One Dog

My goal this year is to do more for the local Shelter, SHAID Tree, ( Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress ). They are a low kill shelter and it would be so nice to make it a no kill shleter. They are a small shelter but do an amazing job. We got Simon from them. I have volunteered in a limited way there the last few years, fixing a computer, helping out at the Giant yard sale etc. but that's not enough. It's not that I don't do volunteer work, helping Addison's Dogs is a huge part of my life, but now it's time to get more involved with SHAID. I cannot take in anymore pets but there are ways I can help out.

So what are you going to do to make pawsitive change this year? Give it up, put it out there and let the world know your plans. It all starts with 1 person!

I also plan to start running again but I need the motivation to start. I so loved it and when I busted up my foot last summer it was easy to just stop and not get back to it in any serious way.. read I totally wimped out on starting up again..