THE RIPPLE: Chapter 1: Man Plans. God Laughs. Dogs Poop

In the first week of launching the Austin to Boston walk in 2008, the whole weight of universal forces bore down on us like the wrath; a swift and unforgiving maelstrom that tested our mettle absolutely.  
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First there was the crippling weight of my pack because I didn’t want to be caught on the road without some essential tool, doo-dad, device or sundry to assuage the uncertain world I had just thrown myself into.  
Though I made a pact with God to get me and my boys to Boston safely didn’t mean I didn’t have a backup plan. Or two.  
Hudson and Murphy’s safety was of paramount concern to me and I packed for it. Shit, I carried enough medical supplies to run triage in a war zone.  I had a secondary leash that could counter as a tourniquet, micro flasks of iodine and isopropyl alcohol, and gauze pads of all sizes and shapes.   
A NOAA radio, batteries of all flavors, my clunky Dell laptop, and a seven iron to ground against lightening strikes and guard us from gophers, golfers, or god knows what.  
I barely made it five miles the first two days and even though I was in supreme physical condition, the weight of my pack almost became walk ending.  My lower back was already badly damaged from a work injury and later a car wreck and the sheer act of lifting my overloaded 5500 cc Osprey tweaked it even further. 
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And then the skies unleashed their fury.
Scientists say that of all of the senses, smell has the longest memory.  For example, you’ll never forget the acrid, stinging stench of a skunk.  That’s true, but I’ll never forget two sounds.  
One of which is the shrilling of my NOAA radio warning followed by the voice of the Atari Man, the nom de plume I assigned to that analog version of a linesman casting weather forecasts like a Pong match.  
Tornado warning. Wind speeds up to 50 mph.  Freezing hail.  Flash flooding.   Seek shelter.  
And indeed, Atari Man called it right.  Lightening storms and unrelenting rain opened up all around us and it got so bad that we abandoned our $ 20 Walmart tent off the northbound side of 973 for the underbelly of a nearby bridge.  
Clearly, this wasn’t the way I planned it.  
And that was just for starters.  
Fire ants, crazy sponsors, a lost bag, forgotten antibiotics, bad burritos, and a mad cow man followed in that first week. 
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YBD’s Notes 1:  I have a good friend going through a tough patch and in her words, she’s in ‘Protection Mode’.  

There are some things in life for which there is no shelter and if it wasn’t for the proverbial kitchen sink being thrown at us the first week of our walk, we would have never made it.  

I remember with perfect clarity in the tent with my boys what made the difference.  

YBD’s Notes 2: Early on, I had to understand which weight to shoulder and which to shrug.  That wisdom carries forth to our second walk.  

YBD’s Notes 3:  Very few things are worse than being in a bad bad storm when your dogs gotta poop.

2 Dogs 2,000 Miles

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Treating a Dog With Bad Behavior

Dealing with bad behavior from your dog can be a problem that may seem at times to be too much to handle. Your dog may begin disobeying you in small ways, but that can easily transform into more aggressive actions and poor habits if you don’t put a stop to it.

The key to treating a dog with bad behavior is to learn what is causing your dog to misbehave and that can help you find a solution.

Most pet dogs like to be included in all your activities since they feel as if they are part of the family. Ignoring them or leaving them out of most of your family events can cause separation anxiety, resulting in unacceptable behavior.

Dogs going through their adolescent period will normally try to rebel against your usual routines. If your dog refuses to let you put on its leash or refuses to sit when commanded, it’s an indication that your dog is trying to better its ranking as an alpha dog. In other words, the dog is trying to one-up you in the game of “who’s in charge here.” Giving your pet firm commands while remaining calm will show it who’s in charge and help control its bad behavior.

If you’ve recently acquired a normally calm and friendly breed like a Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever and it suddenly attacks another dog or a person, the problem is not a simple behavioral issue. Aggressive acts and unpredictable behavior like this usually indicates poor breeding practices. It can also be due to several other reasons such as puppies feeling pain from teething, feeling threatened, feeling pain from an injury, prior abuse, or a female dog that is in heat. If your dog is a puppy and nips or bites at you, saying “no” very strongly will usually startle it into quitting the disagreeable behavior.

A dog with bad behavior is not appreciated by anyone. When dogs become overly excited, especially small dogs, they often tend to urinate uncontrollably. This may happen when you begin playing with your dog or when a visitor, whether a stranger or frequent guest, comes into your house. This behavior can typically be traced to the fact that a dog is not being walked and exercised enough and its stored up energy results in urination problems. If you punish your dog and it doesn’t understand what it did wrong, it may urinate out of sheer nervousness.

Begging stems from natural instinct, improper socialization, boredom or desire for your attention. To stop this bad behavior feed your dog on a regular schedule and don’t give it snacks in between meals. Always ignore your dog when it begs.

Chewing on objects is part of the natural teething process in puppies. It may also be attributed to boredom, separation anxiety, undernourishment, or lack of sufficient exercise. If your adult dog is an obsessive chewer, you can put a little hot pepper sauce, or vinegar and hot mustard on items the dog should not be chewing and the taste will be enough to discourage that bad behavior. If your dog is chewing on items that can’t be coated with one of these substances, Petco and PetSmart have products to prevent unwanted chewing of objects.

Having your dog jump on you whenever you arrive home may seem cute, but most friends and guests won’t appreciate the enthusiastic behavior, especially if your dog is a larger breed. Consistently discourage the practice at the first signs of this behavior by voicing a firm “no.” To discourage such behavior, ignore your dog and avoid eye contact when it jumps on you. Tell your dog to “sit” and then reward it with a treat when it obeys. Daily exercise also helps to reduce the dog’s excess energy.

Treating a dog with bad behavior, especially an adult dog will be a lot easier if you think of your dog as being like a two year-old child. It needs to be trained and constantly reminded of what is proper behavior and what is not.

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LightPainting “Scratch”

A few nice Pet Scratch images I found:

LightPainting “Scratch”
Pet Scratch

Image by Terry Bain
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Terry Bain || author
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Puppy Lovin’
Pet Scratch

Image by Deannster

My favourite pet
Pet Scratch

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I actually played with this junior tiger. He was really sweet, loved my jeans to scratch his nails in.
Visited him in South Africa, on a farm with a lot of lions, Lynx and tigres.

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Robin Lee Hatcher’s ,”A Promise Kept”, Kindle HDX Giveaway and Facebook Party!

Don’t miss Robin Lee Hatcher‘s stunning new novel, A Promise Kept. Robin is celebrating with a fun giveaway and an encouraging Facebook Author Chat Party.  One winner will receive: A Kindle Fire HDX A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 6th. Winner…



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18-Week Old Puppy Saves Young Boy from Swarm of Bees

This is one family who is extra glad they brought a dog into their family. A few weeks after bringing Pinky home, Richie, a 9-year old who is allergic to bees, was outside playing with the dog when he was stung by a couple of bees. Problem is, the bees were part of a large […]


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Norway nightspot bans Canada Goose

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sarcoptic mange

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NOTE: SPECIAL NEED ADOPTION – Terrier mix puppy with sarcoptic mange which is highly contagious between dogs and will required continued treatment.
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Breed Chihuahua, Long Coat/Mix
Sex Female
Date Found 6/10/2011
Location Found unknown
Size Unknown
Color Blond
Location Medical ISO
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Declawed No
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Norway nightspot bans Canada Goose
livestock – including some recent ones on people – as issues to consider regarding trapping. The statement also includes a short paragraph on preventing the coyote spreading and suffering from a highly contagious skin disease called 'Sarcoptic Mange'.
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Jan 12, Corn-Free Kidney Disease Dog Food

Hi Barbara, My brother has a 13 year old Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix that has been diagnosed with kidney disease. They want to switch her
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RESCUED PIT BULL SAVES FOUR-YEAR-OLD BOY’S LIFE

tatertot-lgTatorTot, a 10-month-old rescued Pit Bull, was only in his foster home a week when he saved the life of the family’s young son, securing him a permanent place in the family’s hearts – and their home.

Christi Smith took in TaterTot from the Minneapolis Animal Care and Control, planning to foster him until she could find a family for him. But she immediately noticed a sweet bond between TaterTot and her four-year-old son, Peyton, and began to think maybe the dog would be a good fit for her own family.

Four nights after TaterTot came to stay, Peyton woke up in the middle of the night for a drink of water and was acting odd. “He just seemed kind of weird,” Smith told FOX 9 News. “He wasn’t really coherent.” She figured the boy was simply very tired.


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A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher {Book Review}

A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher My rating: 5 of 5 stars Set in two different time frames, but with the common bridge of doubt, pain, finding strength and rediscovering God, “A Promise Kept” by Robin Lee Hatcher was an eloquently written story about two different women in different times, yet facing similar issues…



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Latest Sarcoptic Mange News

Environmental Almanac: An adaptable carnivore
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