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A "dog blog" about all breeds and issues of importance to people who value the dogs in their lives, with a special emphasis on Search and Rescue dogs, in particular the training of my Newfoundland Dogs

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Dog's Den

Today is finally a cool day but the dogs don't care any more about the fresh smells of the outside. They want the comforts of the house. Of course the older dogs have been in all summer anyhow...they are much too frail for me to take the risk of leaving them outside in the heat of the day. For one thing, what if they should not be able to get up and move to the shade?? But Phoenix (aka Feeny) the youngster who is full of piss and vinegar, and Jenna, the Search Dog Exrtraordinaire, have been both inside and outside dogs all summer long. They just PREFER the inside. Especially Jenna, who hates to let me out of her sight. Feeny on the other hand always LOVED the outside until yesterday. Yesterday a friend gave her a wonderful marvelous noisey squeaky toy that makes great sounds, rather like a baby crying. (it is especially funny when she has the squeaker end inside her cavernous mouth and it changes to the sound of a baby gurgling under the water....) Anyhow that very special toy is (by mom's decree) NOT to go outdoors. So Feeny wants in all the time. She wants to play with her Squeaker. By the way, this toy can be found at

Even as I type I can hear the gurgling noises in the next room. Punctuated with an occasional thump and roll, since it also bounces unpredictably when you toss it.
Click on the picture of the toy (called a Dino-Cuz) to orderone just like Feeny's!

Feeny has been learninig more and more about searching. She is totally great and awesome at that. But her obedience skills leave a great deal to be desired. She is trying, bless her heart, but the world is much too exciting to heel politely at my side and besides all of that, she is headstrong enough to believe that if she takes a sudden lunge there is absolutely nothing I can do it. Since the tendonitis in my right hand is flaring up....(too long a bout with the caulking gun, getting ready for winter....) she is right on when it comes to those sudden lunges. Looks like maybe she needs a few sessions with the clicker and a treat or two to remind her of what fun it is to heel right beside me!

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