All across the world, we live with our pets in our homes. They are family, but how do we help protect our furry family members? They come with us everywhere. They get themselves in trouble. Then what are we suppose to do when they get hurt and we are dealing with a first aid situation with your dog or cat?
Dog have grown beside man over a millennium. Our evolution and their evolution are closely tied together. However, we lack some simple understanding. Now, I include myself in the circle of those that sometimes doesn’t understand what my dog is feeling or saying. I even volunteer with a humane society and still have the occasional misunderstanding between me and the dog I am working with. (It is easier to misunderstand a dog that you don’t know very well than one you do.) So how can man understand dog better?
When you were growing up with your best friend having four paws and a tail?
Well that was my best friend, Billie. She was my best friend growing up and I wouldn’t change it for the world. She attended every tennis tournament with my family. She became my copilot when I got my driver license. She made me laugh when I was sad. She never judge and only loved. I can’t remember a moment she wasn’t by my side, and I wouldn’t have changed that for the world.
When you own a dog, they have a way of taking over your life. They teach you to laugh at all the silly things they do. They help you feel confident. They become a piece of the family. Each dog has a distinct personality and unique quirk that leaves their mark on your heart. For me, Billie’s beautiful pointing is the distinct thing that she did thanks to her old hunting dog training before she failed her training, and I will remember for her for always. However, Billie wasn’t the only dog to leave such a mark on her owner’s life. There once was a dog named Marley, whose claim to fame was being the worst dog in the world.
Feet pounding with eyes glued to the red streak behind me. She clears over the bar before dashing into the curved tunnel. She pops out with her tongue hanging out before glancing quickly at me before dashing ahead to clear the next tunnel and the next jump. This is our playground. Nothing can take her smile or mine away. If you have no idea what I am talking about, then you are missing out on the joys of dog agility.
A wide open field filled with lush grass. The playful barks and wagging tails of friends greet us as we pull up. I wave to the couple of familiar faces and pat the heads of the dogs that wander up. I quickly unclip Belle and off she goes. She races between her doggy friends and scopes out every new scent she finds. Her grin is plastered on her face with no end in sight.
The impact of a dog in your life is an indescribable joy. However, one author decided to take on the task with the tale called A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans.
Dogs are amazingly smart creatures. So how does an owner tap into a dog’s natural talents in order to mentally challenge them?
There are many different kinds of dog sports out there from obedience trails, dock diving, and so much more. I recently picked up dog agility as a sport to help my dog, Belle, use up her excess energy. What I found surprising was the community that I found surrounding those participating in the sport as well as the benefits that owner and dog could receive from practicing agility.