Happy Herald - Dog World with Tina http://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8528-1-dog-world-with-tina.html <![CDATA[Plan TODAY]]> (Stanley Coren from Psychology Today compared dogs’ intelligence with actual data on how smart dogs tend to be; it is equivalent to that of a three- to five-year-old child.) Life is good. You have a home, family, food, water and some toys. The loving kindness shared with your family and regular routine give you great confidence. Every day, you think, “I’m so lucky!” ]]> <![CDATA[Get Joy, Bring Guppies]]> Friday, a text was received from a rescue pal for an Australian shepherd in need of a new home. This is my breed. At one time, the “AusSiebelts” was a six-pack. Having assisted rescue for over two decades, I have built an extensive network of resources. Adding another ball in the air, I sprang into action.]]> <![CDATA[Reason, Season, Lifetime]]> Neighbors were moving and the furry senior member of their family was not welcome. “We’re taking her to the pound, unless you know someone.” The words still sting your ears, but you love the dog and accept (gritting your teeth) how some people so easily detach themselves.]]> <![CDATA[Never Lose Hope]]> Alongside a road in Salinas, California, a cardboard box held a secret. Inside, frightened and dehydrated were six Chihuahua-mix puppies and their parents. Fortunately, their luck had just changed. A kind lady took them, hoping to find them safe sanctuary.]]> <![CDATA[Follow Nature’s Example ]]> While on a recent park walk, Sebastian (my rescued Yorkie) and I noticed trees had been significantly trimmed. On the ground, was a baby mockingbird. Resembling a tiny pterodactyl, he was wobbly, vocal and disoriented. While searching for the nest, we enjoyed the sunset.]]> <![CDATA[That Little Varmint]]> Gota call from a friend of a friend. She needed to surrender her intact, small male dog. “Harry* is making our family’s life miserable,” she said. Two years old, under 10 pounds, this mix ruled the roost. He was possessive of food, treats, toys, marking (and worse) all over the house.]]> <![CDATA[BEAUcoup Abundant thanks]]> Ten years ago, a family acquired a Shetland Sheepdog pup from a breeder in Georgia. Too big for the show ring, he was the puppy promised to a girl on her twelfth birthday. Beau was more the size of a Collie than a Sheltie, well-mannered and calm. They grew up together and were strongly bonded.]]> <![CDATA[Sky Dogs]]> Flying the friendly skies can be stressful. It’s not something most of us do on a regular basis. Packing, regulations, arriving early, TSA checks, safety and security measures increase our stress levels. Bringing your beloved pet aboard a plane comes with its own chaos.]]> <![CDATA[You’re Not Helping]]> About twenty years ago, technology and social media ignited the world of rescue. Suddenly, shelters/rescues and individuals leashed the immediacy of email and social platforms. Years later, our phones morphed into cameras, enabling us to capture pictures and live video.]]> <![CDATA[Right Car, Wrong Driver]]> As a newly licensed driver, you wouldn’t expect to get permission and the keys to a Ferrari or a Maserati. Very likely, you would be risking your life and crashing a very expensive vehicle. It would be wise to get some driving experience under your (seat)belt and take a few highperformance driving lessons.]]> <![CDATA[Seniors for Seniors]]> When mom’s yorkie crossed over, she said, “NO more dogs, Louie is going to be an only. I can’t go through that (loss) again”. Louie is a nine-year-old, affable maltese. In her seventies, my mom still works full-time, manages a house and tends to an acre of lushly landscaped property.]]> <![CDATA[Thank You, Jack]]> Do you savor the story line, enjoy the plot, characters, and the entire experience of a book or movie? Or do you focus solely on the last chapter/end? I have not shared this publicly. I didn’t want to be the recipient of wellmeaning, obligatory responses like, “I’m so sorry for your loss”, “So sad”, “Heartbroken”.]]> <![CDATA[Blessings For Ollie]]> The people we spend our time and energy with can affect us - filling us, or draining our resources. Tragic news can also alter our mood. Those of us in animal rescue can be easily depleted, as we are bombarded with surrenders, injuries, hardship and cruelty cases.]]> <![CDATA[Stay or Go? Hurricane Hardships]]> Having a child is a lifetime commitment, as is having a pet. Both rely upon us for shelter, food, water and love. Their care is our sole responsibility, especially when they are young, hurt, sick, old and in danger. We are rewarded with pets’ unconditional love, and loyalty.]]> <![CDATA[Canine Film Festival]]> Unique relationships, lives, humor and experiences were documented in 103 entries (short films) from around the world. The top 25 featured films were screened at the festival. Audience reactions were noted-dogs barked, people cheered and clapped. Popcorn was gladly shared.]]> <![CDATA[Think]]> Did you ever notice when you’re sad that your dog is mopey, and tries to cheer you up? When you’re happy and excited, so is your dog! When you are stressed, your dog may lose its appetite, or even get sick. It’s like our furry family members are directly plugged into our thoughts, energy and feelings.]]> <![CDATA[Bone Voyage]]> Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…. Ah, summertime. The vibe is relaxed and daytime is stretched for outdoor enjoyment. Perhaps you have a trip scheduled, and your furry family member is lucky enough to be coming along?]]> <![CDATA[Pack Management]]> Regardless of age, size, breed, basic pack leadership behavioral principles and techniques should be in place to promote a safe and successful integration. Whether it’s a visiting dog, foster or addition, a new dog should be properly introduced outside, on neutral territory.]]> <![CDATA[Don´t Act Like Congress when it comes to your dog]]> Any human would be mortified to be the recipient of the above, and yet many of the above behaviors are a daily occurrence for many dogs. It reminds me of Congress. They pass bills and create laws for their constituents, but are immune from many of the same laws.]]> <![CDATA[The Tail Never Lies]]> I trust dogs more often than I trust most people. By attuning to a dog’s body language, I have never been led astray or endangered. Dogs have no hidden agenda. Their ability to relish the present moment is something “we who walk upright” should aspire to.]]>