When I bought my 1967 ranch house in 2012, sight-unseen, I wasn’t even aware it had a walk-out basement on one end. After buying the house, I had the yard fenced for $7000, of which about $1000 was used to extend along the side of the house where the walk-out basement exited. Issue #1: Savvy… Continue reading Evolution of a $7,855 indoor/outdoor kennel
People who have only bought dogs from breeders may not realize that rescue dogs are often more expensive (though well worth the cost!) than a dog from a top rate sports breeder. Rescue dogs may have more medical costs, need more time in training classes, and also have all the many expenses of any new… Continue reading Copper’s expense list (so far!)
Copper had a very full second week post-adoption. After all, after spending her first 7 months as a stray in rural KY, she has a lot of catching up to do before she has a sports career or performs on stage. This week included everything from hiking through the “wilderness” and tracking lessons… to visiting… Continue reading Copper’s amazing adventures: Week 2
Copper has had a very exciting first week. We spent about 80% of our training time teaching her how to use food-dispensing toys and getting her to relax in her crate enough to enjoy them and stop the extended shrieking. She is doing great, and today was her first day without a single bark during… Continue reading Copper’s first week post-adoption
I put together a timeline for Copper’s discovery and adoption. To do this, I talked to people at the local rescue, the shelter she was pulled from in KY, and an apt. near where she was found in KY, which gave me contact info that enabled me to speak at length with the kindly home-owner… Continue reading Copper’s rescue story
Here is Dash’s minimalist Skeletor costume. 🙂 My mom got this plastic skull at Walgreens and has been pestering me to take photos of Dash in it. He has to look up at the sky while wearing it, so I just put it on a few seconds at a time, snapped a photo and then… Continue reading Happy Halloween 2016!
I’ve been shaving Dash every 4 weeks for about a year now. He normally has a gorgeous long coat. My reasons for shaving him are that it is more hygienic, prevents him accumulating burrs/dirt/leaves/mulch in his coat while outdoors, but mostly because his ear hair used to tangle in everything. It tangled around collars, leashes… Continue reading Oh no, not another haircut already!
Our good friends Talia and Abdul visited from their university in Rhode Island, and we decided to try out kayaking in one of the many Madison (WI) lakes today. The kayak place allowed dogs, so Dash came along for his first kayak ride–actually, it was a first for all four of us! This followed Dash’s… Continue reading Dash’s first kayaking trip
Even circus dogs have to relax, so Dash and I just spent 4 days at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, WI. Though they have 600 camping spots, there was still plenty of privacy and nature. Lots of people came up to meet us and ask what breed Dash was, and complimented his great manners.… Continue reading Camping at Devil’s Lake State Park
Well, it’s not really correct to say that a dog needs to “learn” to swim. Unless they’re too heavy or brachycephalic, all dogs can swim once you put them in the water. Dash had been taken to lakes and the sea several times in his life, and never went in past his ankles. Ucky! So… Continue reading Dash finally learns to swim