Embracing Change to grow

Despite the sound of thunder and the distant sight of lightening lighting up the sky, in this late evening, a wind slowly blowing, instead of rain, there was just the wind. The rain, if there was any, was either far off, didn’t happen or a withheld promise, but the sudden appearance of these clouds after…



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Coyote Seen In Briargate Area Could Have Mange

Coyote Seen In Briargate Area Could Have Mange
Wildlife officials believe a coyote seen in the Briargate area of Colorado Springs may have mange. An 11 News viewer spotted the coyote over the weekend and sent our newsroom a photo. Mange is a skin disease caused by microscopic burrowing mites.
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Group Seeking Charges in Dog Abuse Case
Robert Early, a Valley veterinarian, said there are two type of mange. Both are treatable, but red mange, which he believed the Edcouch dog had, is much harder to treat. Mange is a skin condition caused by mites. He said it's not actually the mange
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Found dogs often have mange
He was diagnosed July 4 with noncontagious demodectic mange, also called demodex. Dr. Andrea Wade of Heatherdowns Veterinary Clinic in Toledo said the mites that cause it are normal and found in virtually all dogs' skin, but can get out of control when …
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Canine Good Citizens Making an Impact on NYC At-Risk Youth

My two passions, dogs and at-risk kids, brought together in this amazing program in New York City. Read more on Woofipedia and on A Fair Shake for Youth‘s website. What a wonderful outreach! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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“Back to the future” went back to today

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One More

We’ve been fostering puppies a fair amount this past year.  Not because we wanted to find one to adopt, but because we find Lacey is much more comfortable accepting them and because I find them so much fun.  :)

Well we finally decided to adopt one ourselves.  Marlin really became attached to these two latest boys and when one of them got adopted we decided to keep the other one.  So may I introduce Summit.

When he first arrived he was very skinny and underweight. Within a few weeks we had him all fattened up.  We are still struggling to get him to eat enough and not have diarrhea at the same time but fingers crossed it all gets straightened out any day now.  :)

He is a pretty confident little dude.  So far new people and places don’t phase him and when he does get taken by surprise, he is very quick to recover.  I’m determined to have a “bomb” proof dog that is comfortable around new people and new places.  I want a dog we can take places – to people’s homes, on group camping trips and hikes, etc.  I think he has the temperament to do all this, I just need to not screw it up.  So every day we are doing something to expose him to new things.

  • Friday – he went off to the family that ended up adopting his brother and spent the afternoon there.
  • Saturday – we brought out the cat tunnel (which he instantly loved) and explored the upstairs for the first time.  (On Monday he learned how to do the indoor stairs and promptly went exploring up there over and over again.)
  • Sunday – we went to the pet store, a drive through and the daycare.  He met Chewy and got exposed to studio photography lighting equipment – no fear at all of the flash or the umbrella – even when I put  it on the ground or spun it around in the air.
  • Monday – we went out to Amanda’s to meet her dogs, and explore her yard.  He had a great time with her new pup Siren.
  • Tuesday – we spent time in the front yard watching the world go by.  We saw cars, a bus and a lady with a dog on the far side of the road.  The cars were no problem but the bus made him startle. The dog was hilarious.  He just sat and watched in awe.  I was feeding him kibble and he absentmindedly would open his mouth to take it but was often forgetting to chew.  
  • Tomorrow we are going to hang out at the grocery store parking lot and then the recycling depot.
  • Thursday if the weather is nice we’ll go to the playground by our house and watch the children.
  • Friday we are going to hang out at the front of the house again and try and catch the school kids walking home.  
  • Saturday we are going to a puppy class.
  • Sunday we’ll probably try and find more people to meet or do whatever Amanda suggests at the puppy class.  :)
He is already learning to be a polite puppy.  He is learning to come when called and he charges over at full speed and promptly puts his butt to the ground for a cookie.  The only issue at the moment is that he is using me for a break instead of slowing down to a stop himself.  LOL.
He’s been wearing an activity monitor since we decided to keep him and is logging about 130 minutes of “action” a day.  He is by no means a crazy pup, but he definitely has his busy moments – he’s definitely a morning dog!  Lacey enjoys playing with him – on her terms only of course.  Poor dude struggles some times to figure out why one moment she’s playful and the next she isn’t.  Not surprisingly Coulee is taking longer to adjust.  She took about 9 months to enjoy Lacey’s company so we aren’t expecting her to come around any time soon.  She generally just ignores him and grumbles when he is playing and she isn’t.
We still need to get a decent family photo – this one isn’t going to cut it. :)

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Life is good

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Ask the Vet: Advice on pet health – How can I stop my dog from itching?

Ask the Vet: Advice on pet health – How can I stop my dog from itching?
Q: Lucy, a 2 year old female Patterdale Terrier, is a very itchy dog! She's constantly scratching. Its weird to see her not scratching, or rubbing her belly on the floor! She doesn't have fleas or ticks and the itch seems to calm after a shower with
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Pet Vet: Pets with itchy ears
Itchy ears are very common. In fact, the largest pet insurance company, VPI, researched and reported the top reasons that pets went to the veterinarian. The 8th most common reason for cats to see the vet was ear infections. For dogs, ear issues topped
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Bird's itch, sneezing might be caused by allergies
Answer: Birds can have allergies to pollen, molds, and foods, cleaning supplies and other fabrics or products. They are difficult to test for allergies in the traditional way that humans and dogs are tested. Most birds are diagnosed with allergies by
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The Finishing School by Valerie Woerner Book Review

The Finishing School by Valerie Woerner My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ironically as I was reading “The Finishing School” it was during a time when I am re-evaluating and making some life changes that included how I was doing bible studies and managing my time. Going through each chapter, I was impressed as a…



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Wild canid interactions in suburbia!

Pretty cool!

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Hey, Donna, I shared your "A New Dog in the H…

Hey, Donna, I shared your "A New Dog in the House" handout with a friend who is hoping to bring home his first dog very soon and basically he freaked out and shut down. He thought maybe the content would be better served up in a blogpost, so I tried to share blogposts, but even the title "Boot Camp" (for the story of Tater), was so upsetting to him that he couldn't read it. He promises he's pro-structure (I explained that anxious dogs need this structure every bit as much as boisterous dogs), but he refuses to use these methods on the timid little fluff muffin he's applied to adopt. So… I was wondering if you have any favorite "new dog" resources that wouldn't be quite so intimidating to a soft-hearted first time dog-owner.
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