Ray’s new friend?

As many of you already know, Ray’s history before being rescued from being a stray is an unknown. At his initial medical checkup at our local shelter, he showed no signs of physical abuse although his reactions to various circumstances suggested otherwise. Continue reading

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It’s Vet Time!

Contrary to the subject line of this Post, it is not currently vet time for Ray however, I have recently read a number of Posts about some dogs total aversion to the vets. The Posts were followed by a wide collection of suggestions from readers around the world about how to overcome this. Ray never had an aversion to vets … or did he perhaps? Continue reading

Ray’s story!

It is funny remembering all the hurdles we faced in our early years with him, and thinking about how he is today. The initial 18 months (the time-frame covered in his book) were certainly interesting for me, in that I experienced first hand his “lunge and bark” routine. Shortly after that I was made aware of his “startle response” . I “startled” him, and his “response” was to leave two sets of claw marks down my chest. Continue reading

“I am your dog!”

I came across the text below a few days ago, and thought it very appropriate to share here. So often I hear about a dog who has obviously lost some of its appeal as a family member, or I see a dog being dragged along on its walk by its owner. To many people, it would seem that when the “cute puppy” grows up, it becomes little more than a liability and an inconvenience. The writing below is attributed to author J.D. Ellis Continue reading

Guide Dogs & Burgers!

Many of you will remember from earlier Posts that we have a Guide Dogs Training Facility about a 5 minutes walk away. It is operated by The Lions Club of Canada, and the dogs are provided at no cost to the ultimate owner regardless of their location within Canada.  Continue reading