Who’s the Second Boss Dog? – The Woes of Unstable Hierarchy

The Problem All is not well with the Three Musketeers. Occasionally there is a drop or two of blood from aggravated sparring. Will it resolve, or will it lead to substantial injury? I have to admit, Teddy’s life with us is at risk. Don’t fear, the other dogs won’t kill him, and we won’t putContinue reading “Who’s the Second Boss Dog? – The Woes of Unstable Hierarchy”

Priorities: Sorrow and Sucess

I published Stalled, the third book in the Truman Blue, Cozy Mystery Series. Publishing is always mixed blessing. This book is a success for a fledgling Cozy writer. I am well into the next book, Staked Out. The sorrow was that I unhooked a virtual leash for Leala trot over the rainbow bridge. She wasContinue reading “Priorities: Sorrow and Sucess”

Truman and Bear at Five Months Post-Rescue

Last month, while gardening, I picked up a shovel and Bear ran. It broke my heart. This month I noticed a huge change in his guardedness. I think he has adopted us. I credit Truman for a good portion of Bear’s trusting turnaround. Truman is top dog, and Bear finds comfort in his friendly andContinue reading “Truman and Bear at Five Months Post-Rescue”

Predicting Good Dog/Bad Dog (Truman/Bear)

I admit, I hadn’t read the scientific research papers. When I learned about the connection between behavior and left/right handedness in dogs, I was delightfully shocked. How had I missed that? As it turns out, there are predictors of a dog’s propensity to be a more easily trained, and less troublesome. The predictors are basedContinue reading “Predicting Good Dog/Bad Dog (Truman/Bear)”

Do Rescue Dogs Have Stress Nightmares?

Do dogs have horrible nightmares? How would they know that a nightmare is not real? Bear had been making steady progress in acclimating to our home, until yesterday. It started with breakfast. When Bear came to our home 2 months ago, he hated being crated. I believe dogs should not fear being crated because atContinue reading “Do Rescue Dogs Have Stress Nightmares?”

A Mystery Bear – A Rescue Story

Truman Blue has a new little brother, Bear. Like all the other critter’s in Truman’s household, Bear is a rescue. Adopted from the local shelter, Bear is a “Labradog”, mostly Labrador and maybe something else thrown in. Or maybe not, it’s hard to tell. Do I see a DNA test in Bear’s future? Why Bear?Continue reading “A Mystery Bear – A Rescue Story”