10 Things My Dog Has Taught Me

Owning a dog teaches you life lessons and adds some excitement to the everyday. My dog, Belle, has brought so much to my life. She has taught me lessons in life. She has made me laugh. She is one of the greatest things ever. Now I have compiled a list of the 10 things Belle has taught me while raising. 

AKC Agility FAQs

Agility is one of the greatest dog sports that you can join in. I was so excited to complete our first AKC agility trail after a year of training at What A Great Dog! It can be confusing trying to figure out all the procedures and processes at your first trail. So I compiled a list of FAQs I had and I was thankful someone told me about when I was at the trail. 

Squirrel-ing Around: Dog – 1 v. Squirrel – 0

Dog and squirrels are nefarious foes that drive each other crazy. Dogs chase them up trees and bark at them until they disappear. Squirrels chuck nuts at them and click their teeth in irritation at them. You can find this portal of their relationship even in the movie. Remember Doug from Up and his line, “Squirrel!” It is a love- hate that is old as time. However, Belle brought this to the next level. 

Pet First Aid: Saving Your Friend

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?

Decoding Your Dog: Understanding Man’s Best Friend

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?

Anthropomorphic: We Feel Like Animals?

Who in the world believes that animals are able to understand us? And not with limited speech commands, but on an emotional or deeper level. We see videos of animals mourning the loss of a beloved trainer or friend. They become attached to certain items that carry value to them. I even have moments where I think my little 10 pound dog is a doggy psychic cause she comes and cuddles me when I am upset at a show or locates her human friends that she misses in a group of people. So can Belle feel human emotions or have human like traits?

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog

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. 

Belle’s Spotlight: Guide to Dog Park

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.

Belle’s Spotlight: A Dog’s Purpose

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.

Belle’s Spotlight: Inside of A Dog

My dogs were my best friends and greatest companions due to their loving and affectionate nature. However, there are still some things I can’t explain that Belle or any of my dogs did so I picked up Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know