Ray on Facebook?

“Colin, I was just reflecting on my FB life and realized the person I talk to most is an 80 lb. German Shepherd mix named Ray. Coincidence? I think not.”

The above was copied off an FB account, and presents an interesting picture of the social media. I can well imagine that there are quite a few people who spend as much (if not more) time chatting with animals, than they do with other humans. Of course, that should not be surprising given the traits of the average animal vs the traits of the average human.

The scenario does fall down rather badly when one considers the average dog’s ability to use our various communication devices. The inevitable question to the writer of the above comment would have to be “How do you know it is Ray on the keyboard?”

The next time you believe you are chatting with Ray, think it through carefully because he is more likely to be doing this …

… or this …

… or this!



Tail Wags!

When I decided to document my first 18 months of living with Ray (resulting in “Who Said I was up for Adoption?”), it soon became obvious how Ray’s perspective on things would be very different from my own.

Ray was a very challenging dog**, and was an instant education for me in all things canine. Trying to understand almost 80lbs of rescued German Shepherd/Rottweiler with an attitude, produced sufficient material that each chapter in “Who Said I was up for Adoption?” was split into two parts … my perspective on the events, followed by how I envisaged Ray would see them. Continue reading

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

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