• Toxic Foods for Dogs

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

    http://tempuri.org/tempuri.htmlPost from Dogfoodadvisor.com 

    Some foods that are edible for humans can pose serious health risks for dogs. Although many of these foods cause only minor digestive issues, others can lead to severe illness — even death.

    Here’s a list of some of the more common or controversial people foods dogs should never eat.

    • Avocado
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Bones (cooked)
    • Chocolate
    • Coffee
    • Currants
    • Fatty trimmings
    • Fruit pits
    • Garlic
    • Grapes
    • Macadamia Nuts
    • Marijuana
    • Mushrooms
    • Onions
    • Raisins
    • Tea
    • Tobacco
    • Yeast dough
    • Xylitol sweetener

    Did We Forget Something?

    In the comments section below, please let us know if you’re aware of any toxic human foods that should be included on this list.

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  • Fear and Jumping

    Monday, November 19, 2012

    A dog that jumps on you is most likely a fearful dog. 

    Today, my dog who has gone through traumatic surgery in the past weeks, jumped up on me in the waiting room. She is 12 years old. I've had her for 4 years and she's never jumped on me or anyone else. A sudden onset of a behavior...jumping in this case = fear.

    In some dog training circles, jumping on an owner is a punishable offense. If jumping, in this case is communicating - fear, then why would we punish it. I think about all of the fearful dogs that once graced the obedience classes, all jumping on their owners and other people that were punished with a knee to the chest, a pop with the leash, or an alpha roll. Why? Because in the eyes of the trainer, the dog is being dominant. 

    It is absolutely our job to keep our dogs from jumping on anyone. Teach them to sit, then they can't jump on them. As for you, the owner, teach them to sit. If it happens out of the blue, say if someone enters your house and your dog jumps on you, then there is fear, or in an "out of context - he's never done that before" take heed. If your dog jumps on you for the first time at a dog park, this is fear. 
  • Wet Dog Shake Rule

    Wednesday, October 05, 2011


    You'll like this! It has math (those of you who enjoy math), a mouse, a rat, a cat, a dog (lab), a tiger, and a brown bear. They call it oscillations per second, and I call it water in my face.

  • Dogs Lending a Paw

    Saturday, June 25, 2011

    Maddie's old bowl,Ginger's old crate, Annabelle's collar, Daisy's (my only non-rescue dog) old bed, Ranger's Kong, Jet's toy, and Milk Dud's old leash. And the cat, well...it's the cat, Millie. If it isn't good for her, she simply won't buy into the whole rescue dog thing, even though she's a rescue.

    ...and yes, Maureen Schooley,(that's me) is old and hanging around the house and will help Rollie.

    Maddie, yellow lab, SPCA Largo, Fl.
    Ginger, black lab mix, SPCA Suncoast, New Port Richey, Fl.
    Annabelle, black lab, Pasco Animal Services, Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida.
    Jet,black lab-ish, Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida.
    Milk Dud, black lab, Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida.
    Ranger, great pry/border collie, shelter Palatine,IL.
    Daisy, blue merle, rough coated collie - Sunamore's Robert's Daisy, Kildeer,IL.
    Millie,the cat. bl/wh cow cat - feral with a notched ear sleeping on the chair next to me.
  • Ferocious

    Friday, June 03, 2011

    Canine Talk is about talking to dogs, and hearing what they say.

    Ferocious. fuh-roh-shuh s
    I will break this down in dog language and my 1st language - New York.

    Fuh = fur
    Roh = bark
    Shuh = be quiet
    S = see

    These were the actions that took place earlier this morning. 10:00. In the back yard. Picking up poop.Well, someone has to do it and that would be me. They, the dogs, two of them were primed as they left the house to enter a kind of freedom, that only a dog would know. I have no idea what that means.It just sounds wild. Primed because earlier that morning two humans knocked on the front door. Bark, bark, bark......I say nothing, but a quiet "good dog!" I want them to bark. Simple. The humans left, and said to my dogs, "ok, that's enough. All quiet. Settled down for the morning activities - a nap. They stayed on alert. Backyard. I am dressed in my dog poo picking up clothes, nothing matches or fits properly, knowing that no one will see me, I am all about the procedure of picking up the - (can there be another word other than poo, poop that grownups can use?)  I notice the dogs are not meandering as they normally do and I'm thinking this is because of the earlier front door incident. Stackable moments, now stacking up. Stackable: things that stack upon one another until you tip the edge of reason. It has something to do with adrenaline, but since I am not a vet - I won't go there. On edge, moving and now sniffing the air...I'm thinking - an animal?  no, they didn't put their noses to the ground, and then - a burst of ferocious barking. With my bad outfit and now bad attitude I am looking around, turning my whole body watching and listening, confused - I can't see anything. I look again and the dogs are now fixated on the roof three doors down. Yup, they were right! Two men on the roof with hoses. Now that *is* something to bark at, after all. They smelled them first before they could see them. Amazing. Moral of the story is trust the dog. He knows what he is talking about even though you haven't a clue.

    Lori Sash-Gail, a brilliant NY dog trainer coined the phrase "stackable."

  • Bite Prevention Week May 15

    Tuesday, May 17, 2011

    Not all dogs that wag their tails are friendly.
    Not all dogs that approach you are friendly.
    Not all dogs that wag their tails, approach and jump on you are friendly.

    Dog behavior abounds, good, bad and yes, the ugly. Check out the good here: The AVMA, Dr. Sophia Yin with her detailed body language poster, and take a dog behavior quiz by animal behaviorists, Dr. Suzanne Hetts, and Dr. Dan Estep.



    Poster on body language of fear and aggression *free download.

    Sign up for Dr. Yin's e-newsletter: Behavior Bytes and Fb.

    Is your dog friendly?
    Have you ever said "he's never done that before!"

    Take The Dog Behavior Wellness Quiz by animal behaviorists Dr.Suzanne Hetts and Dr. Daniel Estep 


  • Garbage Day Dogs and Poems

    Thursday, May 12, 2011

    One of my favorite photographers in the dog world is Ron Schmidt of Loose Leashes. He has a new poem by Sam the Dog. Personally, I think Ron wrote it, but I must admit Sam has a knack for garbage, with all things smelly.


    An Ode to Garbage Day

    by Sam Dog

    Oh garbage day, I love you so! You overpower my senses.

    Little treats, sprinkled on the street weaken my defenses.

    A tiny hole poked in a bag exposes something smelly.

    I quickly gobble it up. Hiccup! Now I have a sick belly.

    Oh garbage day, I hate you so! I wish that I had passed

    that little treat out on the street. Now off to nibble some grass.


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  • Nun Helps Rescue Animals in Japan

    Thursday, April 14, 2011

    Sister Michael Marie helping animals in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami March 11.

     "Animals react differently when they're under extreme stress,'' she says. "I've been able to help not only the animals but also the people. For people with companion animals it reduces their stress if they know their animals are being cared for while they're in evacuation centers. "

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    My animals are at my feet at this moment. How could I possibly complain about anything today?

  • Dog Dim Denver Owner

    Monday, March 28, 2011


    Once appeasement is present, as it was in head shifting, along with the body, eyes squinting, then the retracted grin, all btw is not even registering with the owner, along with the Good Morning America staff, should be a clear sign that the dog is very uncomfortable. I guess it would have been a *hoot* if the dog dropped and rolled (last appeasement gesture) for all of the dog-dim to howl.

    This video, although funny to the 26,000 + Facebook friends and 48,000 hits on YouTube is not very funny to people that really *do* understand dog behavior. Maybe this is why we have so many dog deaths in the millions per year. Dramatic? I guess...

    Dr. Abrantes once stated in one of his seminars: the number one reason for dogs biting humans is when appeasement gestures are not accepted. http://www.ethology.eu/

    Dog-dim: one who is...uh...dim about dog behavior.

    For 'smart dog know how' check out:
    Dr. Sophia Yin and Dr. Ian Dunbar's videos on the net and Facebook. It's a howl to know the real story of dog behavior.

    Looking back at Denver's moments in the limelight, I would say that he had a good temperament to deal with the misunderstanding of the cat treat incident presented repeatedly by of his owner. Denver, being a dog with no other language skills to say, "hey dude, this doesn't sound, or look like love", I will give you many signals to say, "I'm sorry that you're upset."  If this had been another dog we may have had a different ending to the video. A growl, which is the warning, and perhaps a bite, sealing the deal.

    The owner's statement "the bite came from out of the blue." Sure it did.

  • Mrs Myers Laundry No Animal Testing

    Monday, February 07, 2011

    Mrs. Myer's has to be the best kept secret around laundryville. I am the worst laundry expert, but I have to say...the clothes are smelling 'purty', fluffy and best of all the products are not tested on animals.

    "Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® makes aromatherapeutic household cleaners, laundry care and baby products in the garden-fresh scents of Basil, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Geranium and Baby Blossom. Our products combine hardworking, naturally occurring ingredients and essential oils that are tough on dirt, yet gentle on your home and the earth. Biodegradable and packaged in recyclable bottles, our products are ammonia-, chlorine bleach-, paraben- and phosphate-free; they are never tested on animals.


     Now how come everything else in your local grocery store tests on animals? Shame on them.

    Mrs. Myers not only has laundry stuff, it has candles, hand soap, and OMGosh, I'm going to the webpage to see what else they have. Come on and follow on Facebook.