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Yellow Ribbons and Wishful Thinking

For families of veterans a yellow ribbon is an article of faith. How about for dog people?

For families of veterans a yellow ribbon is an article of faith. How about for dog people?

A movement that has been making the rounds for a while now is encouraging people to place yellow ribbons on dogs that need space. "Needing space" is a euphemism for dogs that display aggressive behavior toward other dogs and/or toward people. (Labeling dogs as aggressive is bad. So we give them a different label.)

While this idea comes from a sentiment that I can certainly empathize with, I think it is not only doomed to failure but that it actually has the potential to cause more problems than it solves

Yellow Ribbons Will Never be Widely Adopted

First there’s the issue of whether or not enough people will use this to make it a reliable tool. We can’t get people to stop buying dogs from pet stores and puppy mills. We can’t get trainers to stick to science to choose and discuss their methods. (This goes for trainers on both sides of the fence by the way. "Do as I Do Dog Training?" Really? Let’s start a new training method based on a couple of studies.) Hell, we can’t even get people to agree on administering vaccinations to prevent disease in our children, let alone our dogs.

But we’re going to get people to reliably put yellow ribbons on dogs that need distance from each other?

Right. The check is in the mail too.

False Security or Denial?

Do you believe that these ribbons would be, if they somehow gained widespread adoption, a trustworthy indicator of an aggressive dog? Do you think that the absence of a ribbon would be a good indicator of a friendly dog?

Go to any conference, or even a working seminar, that allows "friendly" dogs and objectively watch the dogs that (alleged) professionals decide to bring. Chances are you’ll see at least a few that honestly do not belong there. Strike up a conversation and the rationale for bringing the dog there will be appalling…if there even is any recognition that there is a problem.

The sad fact is that denial is a very powerful force, powerful enough to make the desire to have one’s dog with oneself more important than the comfort of the dog. People, especially dog enthusiasts are terrible at self-selection when it comes to their dog’s behavior. The sad fact is a creative explanation for a dog’s behavior is often an acceptable substitute for actually addressing the problem.

And what happens when it’s possible to place a warning signal on an aggressive dog? Who’s problem is the behavior then?

Your Dog is Your Problem

Whether your dog "needs space" or not, your dog is your responsibility. Period. Placing a warning on your dog so that others can look out for her, or relying on other people to tell you that it is safe for your dog is not a good idea. Either way, you are relying on the judgement of others.

Of course many of the ribbons’ advocates are thinking “but the ribbons are only meant to serve as a warning, not as a crutch!” But that’s how they are likely to be used, and at best they are a distraction from what we need to be teaching our clients to do, as well as doing ourselves.

In situations in which you will meet dogs that you are not familiar with:

If your dog does not want to interact with other dogs, keep her away from other dogs.

If your dog does want to interact with other dogs, keep her away from other dogs.

It’s really simple, and all you need to do is look out for yourself and your dog, which is what you should be doing anyway.

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Some People Need to Steal Content, Because They Can’t Create Their Own

Are you reading this post on a site like fortiflorafordogs.com,basixsupplements.com, or tranquiltabs.com?

That’s because there’s someone that can’t create content of his own and has to steal it from blogs like dogspelledforward.com in order to fill his site with content, in a lame attempt to sell pet medications via affiliate links.

If you are reading it on a site like this, you can read the actual posts here, instead of on the site of a thief.

If you are reading this on my actual site or in RSS, I apologize. I just wanted to get a post calling these leeches out onto their sites, since their theft is completely automated.

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Their Last Day Together

Yesterday Bernie and Leslie went off to their forever homes.  Amy is still waiting for that perfect match.  I couldn’t resist the one last opportunity to take pictures of them all together.  They’ve really started to play more with toys together instead of just wrestling.

Leonard and Penny came for a quick visit before they all got picked up.  It was pretty cute to see how quickly they got into the groove and started playing together although most of my play pictures of them didn’t look that great so instead you mainly get “dogs standing still”.  LOL  Aren’t they gorgeous?  Penny was a tiny little thing and Leonard had such a nice wide head.

Leonard and Penny could do stairs up AND down.  Ours were still struggling with the down part.  Poor Bernie ran upstairs to “protect” a toy she’d been playing with and then got stuck up there.  LOL

I’m really going to miss them but I know they’ll be happy and loved.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Fleas attack employees at Salt Lake City Xerox store

Fleas attack employees at Salt Lake City Xerox store
Utah's Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration office received two complaints about bug bites from the staff at the 675 E. 500 South store. The employees went to a worker's compensation clinic, where at least a portion of them were diagnosed with
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New beef-flavored chew from Merial kills fleas, ticks
Inspired by the natural chemical defenses of sea sponges to fend off predatory snails, Merial has developed a new molecule—afoxolaner—designed specifically to kill fleas and ticks in dogs. Presented in a soft chew formulated to taste like braised
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Read Flea's Statement About Red Hot Chili Peppers' Mimed Super Bowl
Earlier today we reported on the controversy generated by the Peppers guitarists' lack of plugs during their Super Bowl Half-Time Show performance with Bruno Mars. Many fans felt betrayed by the band for not performing live at the high-profile event.
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Sadie

This is Sadie, a 9 year old English setter who lives in Monaco.  The box, attached to her collar, is an anti-bark collar. I met her at the Kermesse in Monaco last November.
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This is on the public safety committee's agend…

This is on the public safety committee's agenda for tonight's meeting – 6pm.

https://oakland.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=282666&GUID=75A8EAB3-D0C6-455D-95FD-5B76186C085C&Options=info|&Search=
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Love Is…Making Moments

I’ve learned a lot in the process of writing this book, going back and reflecting on what three very special dogs have done for me in my life. It’s almost done, the first draft at least, and I can rest easy knowing that if I get hit by a bus tomorrow there’s enough for a talented editor to work with so that this, at least, will live on. Happy Valentine’s Day, by the way.

Speaking of dying and all of that, though, the one thing that really jumped out at me when I was writing, and just living and working in hospice, is this: Love every moment, even when it’s just hanging out on the couch. Make a moment out of nothing.

This morning, Brody came over to tell me his bowl was empty. I decided, prior to filling it, I would take a picture of his hangdog face and make it a doge meme.

bro1

I fed him, eventually. But not before practicing balance and self control. The cat, being a cat, was excused from practice.

bro2

And because life is short, we even attempted a dog/doc selfie, which never really works because after all, your dog only wants to look at you.

bro3

Which is, really, nothing to complain about.

Love is putting up with me, at least from Brody’s perspective, and man does he put up with a lot. But it’s good, and I’m glad I took 5 minutes to make a moment out of an empty food bowl. I challenge all of you to take just a minute or two today and make your own moment. You’ll be glad you did. :)

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Cool Scabies images

Some cool scabies images:

Purple Scabies?
scabies

Image by Carl Bullock
This is probably a type of wild scabies but I’m not entirely sure. very pretty colour though

The Damned (Scabies/James version)
scabies

Image by Man Alive!
The Damned (Scabies/James version) performing at the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, on Friday the 29th of June 2012

The Damned (Scabies/James version)
scabies

Image by Man Alive!
The Damned (Scabies/James version) performing at the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, on Friday the 29th of June 2012

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You at BADRAP are amazing! Bless you for all you …

You at BADRAP are amazing! Bless you for all you do for these wonderful companion animals! I wish I could give more than my small monthly donation – but I know you will always get the best bang for the buck! Muwah :-)
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