It’s here, it’s here! Yes, it’s National Dog Day. If you’re wondering about its origin, well, it has been around since 2004. National Dog Day was created by animal advocate Colleen Paige and has been designated to bring attention to all dogs whether in need or not. Their motto is “Saving 10,000 Dogs – One Day at a Time”. President George W. Bush, a dog owner himself, sent a letter to the foundation in support of National Dog Day.
Paige wanted to give dogs a day to “show deep appreciation for our long connection to each other – for their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work, their capacity for love and their ability to impact our lives everyday in the most miraculous ways. National Dog Day wishes to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure – and embraces the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe and ”abuse-free life”.
Celebrate by spending time with your special buddy!
Baylie here. This weekend, all across the country, bragging rights are earned on the college gridiron. I’m talking about college football rivalries on the weekend following Thanksgiving for you doggies who don’t follow college football. Historic, proximity-based rivalries are always renewed over Thanksgiving weekend. It’s when the humans get together to eat copious amounts of junk food and get really loud and obnoxious. I live in the South and in the South, people are down right fanatical when it comes to college football; most notably, the match-up between the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn UniversityTigers in the Iron Bowl. Silly me, I thought they were referring to my metal food bowl when I heard “Iron Bowl“; that is, until the humans explained.
It’s been over two years since I rescued Baylie; a great pyrenees/border collie mix. She has grown from four pounds to ninety pounds, and I don’t thinks she is done yet. My biggest concern when I brought Baylie into the home was how my cat, Smoki, would adjust to the new addition. I now can say, Smoki, weighing in at just under ten pounds, and I have established ourselves as the alpha dogs of the pack. It didn’t happen overnight. It took months of patience and diligence on our part.
Smoki, at twelve years of age, didn’t quite know what to think of Baylie when she arrived on the scene but one thing for certain, she wanted no part of this odd creature. Even though in the beginning Baylie was much smaller than Smoki, I knew the groundwork had to be set to bring cohesiveness between the two since Baylie would grow to be a very large dog. It took repetitive slaps to the face and a lot of fat tails and hissing by Smoki to put her into hierarchy status over Baylie.
House training a new puppy requires commitment, patience and consistency/routine. Your puppy will do best on a schedule. They will soon learn when it is time to eat, sleep play and potty. The following are a few tips that I followed to successfully train my four-week old great pyrenees/border collie mix. It was trial and error but with minimal mishaps along the way.
Good friends are loyal and stick by you no matter what, and that’s true when it comes to man’s best friend. We’ve all read about faithful dogs — from courageous canines who saved their owners’ lives to dedicated dogs who stayed by their loved ones’ sides even after death. There’s a fascinating article in the New York Timesby “neuroeconomics” professor Gregory Burns where he describes his latest work studying dogs. After training and scanning the brains of dozens of them, he says he’s left with the inescapable conclusion that “dogs are people, too.” Brain scans show that dogs are as conscious as human children.
No, this is not a chair named after my Baylie; but with a different variation of spelling. It is a specially built doggie high chair of sorts first invented for a dog named Bailey. Bailey was born with Congenital Megaesophagus and went on to live a long and happy life with the aid of his chair. The chair is a life-changing invention created especially for dogs who suffer with Canine Megaesophagus; a condition that is difficult to diagnose and with few medical options. The condition has been reported in humans, dogs, cats, ferrets and other animals.
My Rescue Story In Honor of National Dog Day! xoxox Baylie
My name is Baylie and I’m a Great Pyrenees and Border Collie mix. My mom rescued me from an awful situation when I was 5-6 weeks old. I was found by a nice man who scooped me up when my canine mom dropped me from her mouth while running. What made it super scary was we were running along the side of a busy highway and there was a bad dog chasing us. My canine mom tried her best to hold on to me really tight, but I was just too heavy. But that’s okay, she did the best she could. A nice man driving along in his truck saw her drop me, stopped his truck and scooped me up really fast so the mean dog couldn’t get me. He tried to help my canine mom too, but she ran. The nice man couldn’t keep me so he took me to where my human mom works to see if anyone would be willing to take me in. Continue reading →
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