How smart is Ray?

I am periodically confronted by comments on how smart a dog, cat or other creature is … most of which I do not read, because the majority of them are little more than romantic notions supported with irrational and inconclusive evidence.

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A gift of Ray!

It’s that time of year again! We have a large Maple tree in our back garden, which has many leaves to drop!

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A Dog’s Life?

As many of you already know, Ray’s separation anxiety is still an issue. This means that he goes everywhere with us, which in turn means that our options for going out for dinner are very limited.

We have a very nice restaurant that allowed Ray on their sidewalk patio (pressure from the servers was successful … they all love Ray!), but this year the patio layout changed which presented a problem. Continue reading

A Shady Character!

Ray’s program of coming off his anxiety meds is in its final stage. On May 30, he was reduced to 10mg/day which means his next reduction will be to come off them completely. Each reduction stage lasted around 6-8 weeks, so now is the time when we can contemplate whether to stop the meds completely. Continue reading