Feb 112013
 
Wanna Play? Play Fighting is Constant Communication

Wanna Play? Poke, poke, poke! Stevie Ray being prodded into play fighting with her pup Joey. So cool to watch him as he pokes her pretty hard with his nose, attempting to goad her into a game. Down he goes immediately to his back, tail wagging an scratching it as he wiggles about exposing his neck and chest to Stevie Ray. He is so gentle with her, giving her absolute control. He even knows he needs to be gentle and is far [More…]

Mar 222012
 
Dealing with Ring Stress in Dog Agility for Bullseye Performance

One of the most common problems I see with all dogs in general and certainly many who compete in dog sports is the lack of skills to deal with stress and the lack of ability in people to recognize and understand their dog’s reaction to stress. I am not sure if they have ever thought about what it is like for their dogs going from a practice with familiar dogs and familiar faces and zero traffic to a dog agility trial. I [More…]

Dec 272011
 
For the Love & Death of our Dogs

Since the death of my friend SallySue’s dog Bentley (affectionately known as “Mr. B”) from Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) and my Dog Dylan’s subsequent attack of Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA; a specific form of IMHA), I have been unable to write much about anything, so I thought that maybe writing about Mr. B. and his struggle for life and SallySue’s struggle for love and some of the choices we all go through, might help me understand why. There is no doubt [More…]

Dec 032011
 
PIt Bull Cross - Rescue One Any Day!

Two very special Pit Bull crosses, both rescued from the SPCA. Jagger (RIP 2009), “The Best Dog Ever” and Dog Dylan. Dog Dylan is an amazing dog and been through far more than anyone would ever want for their dog. Although Jagger always will have a special place in my heart, she changed my life, so Dylan will as well. Dylan and I have fought for life together, let go of our control and Jagger was there with us as Dylan decided [More…]

Nov 132011
 
Dog Dylan: Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia - The Battle of Prednisone!

What a tough situation we find ourselves in during this fight for life. We are pretty much at the mercy of our vets when we start this journey. Having to put full trust in them immediately. To diagnose the condition and explain it to us and treat it appropriately. All sounds very easy, but with AIHA it is not. There is a tendency for this disease to strike fear in the hearts of those who treat it and that fear is easily [More…]

Oct 062011
 
Your Dog Has Been Taken By The Law!  What is Normal Behavior Now?

What would you expect from your dog, or any normal dog if some stranger in a uniform came into your home and into your personal space, leaned over you and grabbed you, took you from that home with your family and the love you were used to and placed you in a small cage and took you away from them in a strange vehicle to a strange place.  Then they put you in another cage, albeit a little larger, but likely with [More…]

Sep 142011
 
Dog Dylan: Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia, The First Battle to Save Her Life – Riding the Roller Coaster

Dog Dylan’s story continued with us riding on the hard rails of her roller coaster, headed directly and most surely for her first brush with death.  Anxiety and uncertainty reigned in my head and followed a night without sleep with all kinds of thoughts racing thorough my head.  Life with a very sick dog, life without Dylan, could I make a tough decision, did I have the energy for this?  What could “I” do, what did I need to do, did I [More…]

Aug 102011
 
Dog Dylan: Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia, The First Battle to Save Her Life - Detection and Diagnosis

Dog Dylan’s story began March 18, 2011.  She was diagnosed with Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA)/Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) , on March 19th, 2011; when my quest to save her and her second life as an AIHA survivor began. Life for us all here changed that Friday morning when I noticed that Dylan hesitated to eat her breakfast.  This was an alarm to me for sure, the anxiety I felt was immediate since she had not done so ever that I could recall. [More…]

Aug 082011
 
Ask My Bullseye View?

Ask My Bullseye View? This is the place to ask questions, and tell your favorite stories! Is your dog well trained? How have you helped them? Is your dog healthy? Is your dog stressed? Is your dog aggressive? Are you battling for their life? Do you suffer from Post Traumatic Stress after battling for your dog’s life? Ask anything, or simply tell me your story. I love to hear great stories of dogs and their caretakers.  I like to help with problems [More…]

Jul 292011
 
Dick's Dog House - New Feature

What is Dick’s Dog House? Even in what might be perceived as the negativity of this corner of my world; my dog house will be presented with a positive spin and always with a potential way out. This is not a bad place, ever.  My dog house is a safe place.  A place to think and be relaxed.  It is a place to make a good choice.  A good choice on what behavior is best.  A place to be comfortable.  This is [More…]