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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sweet Sweet Sarah

For the past 33 years I have been married to a cat lover....and because of that we have had one or more cats during our married life the past 33 years.....about a month ago that all changed.  We no longer have those mysterious loving creatures living among us.  The cat we rescued and named "Sarah" from living on her on about 15 years ago passed away in a blink of an eye.  We  found her so long ago in our neighborhood, other neighbors said she had a kitten but no one knows what became of it....it took us a good 3 months to capture her and bring her into a safe place to live.  The vet said she was probably a year old. We named her Sarah, but her name probably should have been "Gabby"....she was one of those cats that always had to have the last word.  My daughter, was around 14 when we captured Sarah (mostly due to my daughter's determination to rescue this beautiful girl) and so at that age she had a lot of  girl friends spend time here in Loftinland....her friends quickly became tired of what Sarah had to say.....she was noisy and irritating and yes, I felt that as well, in the morning while wanting quiet ....waiting for the pot of coffee to brew.....but Sarah always wanted to talk about something....anything....I miss that now that she is gone....and I wish I could hear her again.  It is sad those annoyances that drive us crazy are the ones we miss so terribly when they dissapear from our lives.  So now, the things that irritate me I try to  look at a little differently now, would I miss them if they were no longer here...and do I appreciate what they have to offer me and more importantly what they have to teach me right NOW?  Am I listening, oh I wish I would have listened to you more Sarah!  I miss you and loved you!  You talked a lot and filled our silence with your little voice...we miss it and we miss you!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Loftinland gets some exposure in blogspotland!

Thank you PetBlogsUnited.com for featuring "life as we know it" on your site!  We are soooo excited!  We are celebrating with EXTRA cookies today!  We had to practically push our jiji up the stairs to blog about us...we would have but we have NO THUMBS....such a cruel thing....because if we had thumbs - oh the things we could do!   Our jiji has been sooo busy doing some remodeling around Loftinland that she has had practically very little time for us, let alone time to blog about our incredible life here!   We get fed, we get our walk...but our afternoon naptime with her in the media room while she taps away at the computer talking about us, and blogging what we dictate to her...well she has just been so busy!  So we took matters into our own paws and literally pushed her up the stairs.  Checking her email, she almost fell out of her chair as she screamed with excitement that we were the featured bloggers for the week on your wonderful and  beautiful site.   PhotobucketClick on the button to take you to the site to read about our featured blog! 

We are not extraordinary (like our jiji says we are) but we do love our humans here....and it is our goal to make them happy each and everyday.  Some dogs do a lot more....while jiji has been working away at her painting and beautifying Loftinland we have caught a tear or two from her as she listened to NPR http://www.npr.org/ and the stories about 9/11.....one of the stories talked about the rescue dogs that found people alive and then after days only found people that weren't alive.  The dogs became depressed and so their handlers/trainers had to act happy and play games with them to pull them out of their deep depression.  What heroes those dogs were, but what heroes their handlers were feeling so depressed themselves but pushing past that and being literally the ONLY people around that were happy even if it was not true, they acted so well that they made their dogs believe them so that they could carry on with the work before them.  Our jiji said she couldn't imagine having to do that...we couldn't imagine having to do what those BRAVE dogs did.  With tomorrow being the 10th anniversary we wonder how many of those precious dogs are still around and if they remember, we are sure they do in their own way. 

Our jiji has promised us that she would catch up reading the other featured bloggers to us! We absolutely LOVE reading about other lands out there and all the fun they are having. It's a beautiful world and we are so happy to live in Loftinland. Oh, and please excuse those typos....sometimes she doesn't always let us proof before she hits the "publish post" button!

Saturday, July 30, 2011


Coyote? on the prowl!
 Really....? A coyote?  This morning while walking Cowboy, I met another walker that I had never seen before....he apparently had never ever seen such a "Beautiful Creature" - his words about Cowboy.  His puzzled look and then the strange question about him being a coyote surprised me.  I am often asked if he is a wolf hybrid but this was a first - a coyote ....REALLY?  Yea, I am walking a coyote, don't people do that all the time?  HE was not kidding.  Maybe he meant to say wolf?  I don't know.  He looks like a wolf and is BIG like a wolf.  Coyotes are much smaller and they aren't so pretty.  Despite being mistaken for a coyote, Cowboy was very sweet and loved the attention and pats on top of his head that he got from this new friend this morning.  He really does love people, is very interested in them, and if he has met you once then he is going to have to stop and chat everytime he sees you.  I just wonder what our new friend told his wife when he got home, because he just kept insisting that he looked so much like a coyote.  "Honey, you'll never believe what I saw?!? - to which I'm sure she would have replied, Yea right, you saw a lady walking a coyote!  HA!

I can tell you for sure (almost postively 100% that he is neither coyote or part wolf....) that he is a Siberian Husky Shepherd mix.  Wolf?  Really...he's scared of his own shadow!

I love talking to people about my dogs, and I get a lot of questions about Cowboy.  I have been working on training him for the past two years.  His progress has been slow but he is beginning to get it!  The ones that walk when we do have observed and witnessed this "beautiful creature" becoming a really great dog, the "dog" he always has been!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Loftinland misses you #14!

The boys in Loftinland, Cowboy, Eddi, Russ, and Bear, miss you.
Grizzly Bear misses you walking with him each day.
I miss your beautiful face.

You were his biggest fan and he was yours.....he misses you everyday....

The boys won't even get in your pool....you loved it so much!

Loftinland's  Angel RIP 7/30/10

I'm sending my love from above....although - I still walk with Bear ... the boys won't get in the pool because I'm still in it...you still find my white hair in the corners don't you?  You don't complain now, you just smile and sometimes I see a tear.  The boys all love Dad, but no one could love him more than I do....he brought me home five years ago when I was ten - I always belonged in Loftinland and I....thank you for giving me such a wonderful home, it was the best part of my life, I will be back someday, until then I am in your hearts and I'm watching over Loftinland.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Doesn't take much to amuse him!

This morning I took my camera out to get some shots of the beautiful sunflowers that I planted and some of the ones that the birds had planted....coming back in I headed upstairs to upload them to the computer.  Cowboy likes to race me up the stairs, and he always wins....it doesn't take much to amuse him! 

I love it when I have my camera in hand to catch a shot like this...he is just such a big goof!  It also made me think of what Cesar Milan said in his monthly newsletter that I had just received today in my email inbox.  He talked about how his dogs showed him how to slow down his very busy life....while we are all staring into the future we are not enjoying the moment "NOW".  Cowboy is evidently enjoying this race up the stairs, he is thinking of nothing else, I have to agree with Cesar, this is the way my dogs live their lives everyday.  True, they don't have to worry about making the money, paying the bills, buying the dogfood....but they probably know and have faith somehow on their level that it will all be okay and it is okay to slow down and enjoy being happy, being alive!

He's definitely the jokester in the family!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Cowboy #17

#17 is Cowboy, his other name that was given to him by our son is "Doobie" after the Doobie brothers....but after he came to live with us over two years ago we began calling him the Cowboy from Texas....and since our son was a fan of the Texas Longhorns and an OSU Cowboy himself the name Cowboy fit him better.  To this sweet big oversized pup who is a mix of husky and shepherd we have given our hearts to.....he is such a sweet boy and one that loves and thrives on attention.  Very seldom does he bark but when we take the other dogs for walks (he usually gets to go first) we can hear his howl for blocks.  It is one of the most pitiful things i have ever heard. 

Like I said, he was our son's dog....he got him right before he met Grace.  Time went by and Chad and Grace became a couple and were expecting our first grandchild.  Cowboy who is huge and a big baby himself required too much attention and after offering numerous times to take Cowboy for a little while Chad finally relented and said they needed to let him come live with us.  Our precious granddaughter Hailey was 6 months old and Cowboy was too much dog to be around such a wee one. 

Our son, one of the biggest animal lovers that i know hated to give up his boy but he also loved his daughter and knew that it was for the best.  Always in the back of his mind he thought he would take him back after they moved into a new home.  But a few months have passed and he is still here, and it is just as well, i am not sure i could say goodbye to this dog who has become my boy. 

He has been a work in progress the last two years.....many times bringing tears to my eyes because i knew he someday was going to get it....he is very sweet in the house and minds pretty well....it is on his walk that he is quite the mess.....I have been using a halti collar on him for the past 4 months and it has worked pretty well....but you have to stay consistent with rewarding him for his good behavior. 

He loves people and he has become good freinds with a sweet couple - Rueben and Maria.  They live in the apartments near our house.  We see them everyone morning.  They always stop and give Cowboy attention and he LOVES it!  it's like they have known each other forever.  He is kinda antsy until we see them each morning then after getting some good morning petting and hugs and what a good boy Cowboy - he settles down.  It's like he is searching for them each morning....they are not the only ones he loves to visit with Don and Manny and others he has met along his path.  His journey is to be a good dog and he is getting closer and closer....he already has the special part down.
....I need to say that there is also a very special bond with another little doggy here in Loftinland....#16...Eddi aka pigpen and digger....Cowboy and Eddi are inseparable....I'm glad they found each other here in Loftinland - here is a video of them doing what they love....playing together!.....

Monday, June 27, 2011

Hot temps = hitting the pavement early!

June is typically not a month of over 100 degrees....but this year has been different.....today the high was 104....so it was a good thing we got up early to walk.  Rick has been walking with me so we can get all the pups walked before it gets too hot.  Guess who gets to walk Cowboy?  ME of course!  Because i am the one consistent with his training and he does well with a consistent program of walking!  He has been doing very well wtih the halti collar still.  I am proud of him every morning that he conquers a walk with not too many scoldings....i try to do the rewarding with hugs for him, as he is a hugger!  He  also LOVES people.  There is a couple that walk early that we see almost every morning, they have become his friends....Rueben and Maria, they live in the apartments near us and they are religious about their early morning walks as we are.  Cowboy looks forward to seeing them everyone morning...Rueben usually jogs ahead of Maria, but he stops to stay good morning to Cowboy.  Cowboy makes sure I know he wants to say good morning too.  And then not far behind is Maria and he gets another good morning greeting.  They seem to adore him as much as he adores them.  I am grateful to this sweet little couple that help my Cowboy be the best boy he can be!  I kinda like them too!  They have great energy!  They are people I like being around...even if it is just for a few minutes....what a great way to start the day!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Misbehaving Tomato Loving Dogs...

The boys are normally good boys....as good as boys can be, even dog boys!  But when my tomato patch starts getting ripe tomatoes - they go berserk.....there is nothing more important to Grizzly Bear and Russ than trying to eat the tomatoes!  Cowboy and Eddi's main activity is still guarding Loftinland for squirrels....I mean we wouldn't want a squirrel infestation would we?  Even though those little squirrels are soooo adorable when I look at them eating all that "expensive" seed I put out for the birds....I know they are hungry too!  However, they are only at the feeders when the dogs are in....I try to warn them by banging on the storm door before I let the boys out! 

Bear and Russ are all about eating, Bear loves eggs and he also love tomatoes.  They know when I am making tuna (boiling the eggs) and chopping tomatoes....they know they'll get those little end pieces of the tomatoes (the big ones) when I slice them.  So in my small kitchen, which I have just enough room to turn around in, there is Griz Bear splayed out like a "bear rug"....and Russ beggin.  It is no different outside when the tomatoes turn red on the vine.  I am sure if I did not go out with  them Bear would eat all the tomatoes that he could reach, not sure if would share with Russ (probably not)....this video shows them telling me all about it....Bear doesn't usually show his Bear Growl but I guess he is pretty serious when it comes to tomatoes!  Cowboy and Eddi could just care less!
Watch the video for a glimpse of some of the fun I have in Loftinland!

Friday, June 10, 2011

#1 My Very First Angel and Dog!

When it all began for me, my love of dogs.....she was a grey poodle that I spent my childhood days with - in the backyard with my brothers....inside with the family.  She was good at being a good dog for kids....all the neighborhood kids loved her too.  At 6 years of age, I had to say goodbye to her as my family was moving from Texas to California.  Leaving her behind broke my heart.  So much that I know I would never ever leave such a treasure behind.  I know my parents did the best they could....finding a home for Angel with a co-worker of my Dad's.  But it really didn't help my 6 year old heart....I left a lot behind, my grandmother, aunts, uncles, and cousins, and this sweet Angel.  She was the first of three Angel's I have had.  I am sure she is not the last.  While we had her she had a litter of pups under the house....all found homes and later when we were back in Texas....my Dad visited his co-worker on a business trip, and in the middle of the night he brought home #4 another offspring of Angel's ....Candy....another blog.....

Still, to this day I can almost feel the sweet nuzzles of this precious dog and I feel her beside me sometimes.  She has long left this world but I know she lives on...perhaps she was Angel #7 and Angel #14....maybe that means #21 will be my Angel again......I could only hope!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Eddi #16

I've got a lot to say about #16....maybe too much for a blog.  First of all, he is number 16 in the 17 dogs we've had - or i've had from childhood to now.  He wasn't planned - as most Loftinland dogs are not - he just kinda showed up like the rest of them. At the school our daughter is employed at as a dietician, she learned that one of her cafeteria ladie's was going to toss the dog to the side of the road because well, it just didn't work out, one too many mouths to feed, and as we learned maybe a few bad habits as well.  However, those are not reasons to toss a dog to the side of the road ever...there are other more humane ways of addressing a situation like this.....even taking a dog to the pound is much more kinder than leaving it to die of starvation or be hit by a car.  Of course taking a dog to the pound would be a last resort....the best thing would be keeping it because you got a dog in the first place and you owe it to the dog to give it a good home if you can.  I can't judge here, as there are all kinds of situations but the solution is NEVER to just let it go and fend for itself.   Luckily the little dog found it's way into our home and our hearts.  He came with a lot of bad habits, but to me that is just a challenge to make a good little dog even better.  At first glance i knew he had it in him.  And after 2 years I can say yes he did.  I just wonder where in the world all the corners of my cream colored quilt really went....there are actual bite "chunks" on every corner.  I haven't replaced it though, I don't know why, it is kinda of a "unique" quilt now, right. =)  Besides he may get hungry again.  He is SOOOOO many things it is hard to say just what about him tugs right at your heart.  Is it that he just doesn't really care that you don't want him to do things, or is it that he is a dog at heart.  He loves to dig and I swear he must be digging to China - so much effort he puts into it....Rick said we probably should have named him "Digger".  He and his best bud - #17 (that's for another blog) have the best of times chasing each other in the backyard.  Just this morning when I was walking him, he stopped and looked back at me, and I swear he smiled and told me he loved me, then continued on his way with a little giggle in his wiggle! His contribution to Loftinland is that no matter what kind of day you are having he makes it much brighter! 

I guess we're lucky it's not -10 degrees

This heat is ridiculous....high 90's and often hitting 100 is a bit unusual for the first part of June, what is to be in July and August!?  I have to get out the door early (hopefully by 6:30 am) to walk the dogs....totally dripping wet when i get through at 9am!  However, that is okay, i'm glad to be back to walking dogs.  Our trip to Texas and visiting the little Loftin family was wonderful....hide and seek in Hailey's BIG house was FUN FUN FUN.  Love how she is totally in the moment and not looking ahead or looking back, it was nice to be in that time zone with her just enjoying life as it comes.  She even loves naptime and bedtime, who wouldn't in her big new bed!  Then again, she just might take after her jiji a bit. 

Back in Loftinland....it's been catchup time, gardening, and like i said walking dogs....and housework, does that ever end?  We are missing Dino, a little chihuahua we helped get adopted for my mom and Dean.  We only fostered him for a few days before taking him to them while we were in Texas.  I got so used to thinking about him and taking care of him (like having a baby around)  that there is a void of his sweetness - all 7 1/2 lbs. of him. 
Just now relaxing after a full day already of being busy, eating some fried green tomatoes (from my garden) and now getting sleepy....must be naptime in Lofinland. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Seventeen Dogs #12

A few months back, I went to church as usual...sitting as close to the back row as possible - not one to want to stand out. On this particular Sunday it didn't end up that way. Our wonderful drama team did a skit on .....well i dont' really remember ....all i remember is the part that pointed out to "pray for the Loftin's as they contemplated adopting their 17th dog!" It was a kinda of a SNL skit poking fun at the fundmental praying church ladies....and since we were known to have LOTS of dogs, 5 at that time they put this bit in about us....however when I went home I listed all the dogs I have ever had and well, yes, I was at #17....So thought I share a bit about each of those wonderful dogs that I have had the pleasure of having in my life, here is #12:
We had a dog named "Charley Sue" she was the smartest dog I ever knew! She came from Second Chance over 15 years ago....she lived to be 15. She used to open the lid to the box where we stored the"cookies" on the fireplace hearth - wouldn't touch them, but sat guarding them from her pack mates Sam and Shiprock....drove them CRAZY! She could also open the gates with a flick of her nose! Smart, yes, but did she mind me all the time, heaven's no, she was just as stubborn as she was smart. She knew what to do, she just didn't want to do it! We miss you in Loftinland Charley Sue!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

My Dogs and Their Higher Purpose...

Just laying around today, catching up on being lazy. I've got a lot of company since the dogs are lazy most of their awake hours.

Why are dogs so good at sleeping and not caring about what needs to be done around the house. I mean, I am not sure I have ever fully relaxed and given into being lazy without thinking about some of those things. Because my dogs don't really do much, I try to embrace their higher purpose....like they are here to teach me something?! I do believe animals do that without really trying....there is that lazy thing again, they can accomplish doing something without really doing it. Today they are trying to teach me, it's okay to be lazy, but just don't make it a habit, we do need you to walk us, buy toys at Petsmart for us, groom us, etc.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

being lazy in Loftinland

It's pretty darn easy to be lazy here in Loftinland.....i mean there are 4 dogs that are experts at it, and when ya got them all around you sleeping, you want to sleep or lay on the couch and watch tv. They do it so freely, without a care in the world, without remorse....they just do it, and they are good at it! I on the other hand, tend to try and justify being lazy....I did this and that and I should reward myself with a little nap! When in reality I need to not be lazy as I have MUCH to do! Company is coming this weekend. The twins in the family are graduating from high school - my neice and nephew....I remember when they were born, they were such miracles! My brother and sister in law had a 4 year old son by invitro and the twins were also born invitro. I wanted all my kids but I never tried so hard to have them, they just happened naturally. (Yesterday was also my first born's 32nd birthday) When you go to so much trouble and expense and PRAYING that you'd be pregnant - well it was such a celebration for them and the rest of the family, and here they are 18 years later graduating from high school. Their mom, my dear sister in law passed away earlier this year in January, a shock to our entire family. The woman that so much wanted all of her children is missing out on these special occasions but she gave them many special moments in their lives....so as we celebrate this week at the graduation we will remember the mom who if not for her they would not be here. I wish she was here physically, but i know she is here spiritually. So in preparation i need to get the guest bedrooms ready for the grandma and uncle that are coming up from Texas to join in the celebration!

It's been a wonderful past two weeks, the trip to Texas was beyond wonderful and I miss the little miss - i find myself looking at her pictures just about every morning, I will share some of them later.

- Rick and I helped at the Midnight Woofness event where Second Chance Animal Sanctuary (where I volunteer) adopted out 20 dogs of the 27 they took up to the event. The total event adopted out 565 animals....the goal was 500....wow....I just smile every time I think of 565 animals in the forever homes getting loved on and loving their families! I know the animals are grateful because that is who animals are.

There was one little precious doggy that didn't get adopted that i have fallen in love with, Brigette, she is an 8 year old JRT. As I counted my dogs today, I am used to counting 5 but since Angel passed away last year there are only 4, so today i was counting them to make sure they were all inside and after number 4 i kept looking....maybe i am meant to have another number 5....=)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Leaving Loftinland

I'll be leaving Loftinland for a visit with my beautiful and sweet and precious granddaughter! A whole week in fact. I am looking forward to seeing her and her family.

I'm going to try and stay on my vegan diet as much as I can. I have been doing pretty well so far. I haven't really missed cheese at all. The recipe that I wanted to try turned out to be so good, "Mushroom Gravy with Mashed Potatoes" found at: http://www.thenaturalguide.com/recipe.html

I'll miss all my boys but it will be a nice little break from my routine!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Farmers Market

It's really a stay at home kind of day but soon after my Rickster left for work, I headed to the Farmer's Market....to hunt down some green tomatoes....there were none to be found except those pointed out by one seller that across the way they had some tomato plants with green ones on them. He said you could pick those...hmmm, probably have to buy the plant so i would not get banded from the FM, and i have enough plants at home, but i am impatient for the tomatoes to appear! GOT BLOOMS =)
So I came home with the lettuce and swiss chard for our green smoothies, and I did get some shitake mushrooms....I am so excited to try the recipe i found online for mushroom gravy to go with mashed potatoes....the Rickster said he'd go on this vegan journey with me, if i would still make him mashed potatoes and gravy....problem solved...I'll think he'll love what I am having for dinner. Will make sauteed green beans with carrots and reserve the sweet and sour red cabbage he so loves!
I always learn something at the FM....saw a beautiful tree which turned out to have bay leaves as the leaves.....hmmm, never knew. He said you just help yourself, a dollar a leaf!
He also had a display of apartments for over 55'vers in which he managed, that had individual gardens in the surrounding land. It was really cool. I think I could live there. But I have a few years to go. Just a few....hope you lived your day with some laughing and loving!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I've been lazy in loftinland!

Most of the time I like being a bit lazy as a reward for long walks with the dogs, giving loftinland a good cleaning, working in the yard/garden, or just lazy for the sake of being lazy especially on the last few rainy days we've had! But the point I want to make is I've been lazy being who I want to be!

It is the animal lover in me that just cannot stand to eat an animal that has been killed for the purpose of keeping me alive, when there are so many other "much better" choices for my dinner plate! I have been a vegetarian for over ten years, I think I was around forty when I gave myself permission to be who I wanted to be. Growing up I ate what was put on my plate, and continued with those same meals for my family when I became a wife and mother. It wasn't until I picked up a copy of John Robbin's http://www.johnrobbins.info/ "Diet For a New America", that I wanted to live the lifestyle and eat the way this book suggested. It didn't take me long to read all of his books, plus numerous others on the subject, and collect LOTS of vegetarian recipe books and vegetarian "help" books.

However, in the last year or so, I have become lazy at living the true vegetarian way....I have eaten shrimp and fish...since I would make that for my husband in place of meat. Not a lot of fish but enough that it bothered me. Then just last week I watched "Earthlings", narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, a lifelong vegan. Watching it made me physically and emotionally ill, I made myself watch the whole thing because I never ever want to eat anything or wear anything made from animals, land based or in the ocean. No cheese, or eggs as well. No makeup that was tested on animals, period....period...period...I am pretty good at researching personal care products and ONLY buy those that an animal did not have to suffer. This documentary film covered much more than just food/diet. It also talked about all kinds of animal suffering and "my" part in it....which I am going to try to the best of my ability to not take part in knowingly or unknowingly. I hope that if you have not seen this film you will watch it, it will break your heart but it will open your eyes and may just change you. One thing that I have been lazy about is....not telling others about my choices and letting others answer for me...I have a fear of them thinking I am trying to push a lifestyle on them, or thinking that I think am better because I do this...or mostly just not being able to explain intellectually why I believe a vegan lifestyle is the best. I think I'll start speaking up though, if it is only on an emotional level, I can direct them to books I've read or films I've watched "if" and "only if" they really want the answers to the questions they are asking me...

My daughter, who also instigated me to be a vegetarian when she was in college over a decade ago, has also began the journey of being a vegan with me. It helps tremendously when you have support from family and friends, she fits into both those categories.....her blog can be found at: http://www.humblepantry.blogspot.com/ - I think you'll enjoy the flavor of her posts, a fresh and beautiful (just like her) read!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Highway to Hailey

This past weekend Rick and I took the "Highway to Hailey"....for a short two day visit with her and her mommy and daddy. It warmed up just enough to go to the park, but there was a lot of wind. She loves being outdoors and going to parks, and swinging, sliding, and generally making her jiji and nano SMILE!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Dog Walking - a big part of Loftinland

Starting out the day right for me (after coffee and hubby time that is) begins with walking the pack. And this week I had grandpups to walk, so I put a few extra miles on my new Keen's that i got from Rick on Valentine's Day!
Changed a few things about the walks...started walking Russ all the way around the big block, which is about 1.5 miles. Something he has done for the most of his sweet little 10 year old life. But the last few years have been hard on his joints, but he really doesn't know that when it comes to walking, he just wants to go like all the other dogs. So I thought, he'll still get to do the big boy walk if I took along the wagon so he could have a little break here and there. So the .2 mile loop that took 20 minutes has gone to the 1.5 circle and it (if he walks it...with all his little rolls in the grass and resting) takes 1 hour and 15 minutes and a lot of patience from me. Or....with the wagon just about 40 minutes, plus my arms get a little workout pulling all 50 pounds of him. Anything for my Russ...he's a happy boy again!
The other change I made was using a new tool on Cowboy and Eddi, and also for grandpup Heidi. All three were strong pullers. It didn't matter what training i gave them or what tool (prong collar)....until now! This thing is truly a miracle. The "Halti" collar. I highly recommend it. I now have complete control and the dogs actually get more of a workout....they go faster and do not get in trouble anymore! I am very grateful that there is such a thing as a "Halti" collar!
It was great seeing "old friends" out walking....this beautiful weather has just been great! Although yesterday i did walk in the rain, and quite frankly i felt like a kid again.