Jan 092016
 
Stevie Ray

Stevie Ray started training for Dog Agility early on with two goals in mind. Making the Canadian Agility Team, in order to attend the FCI World Dog Agility Championships and also winning the AAC Canadian Championship. This would likely require running clean for 6 rounds, 2 Standard Agility, 2 Gamblers and 2 Jumpers rounds, for all AAC Regionals and National Championship Events. In 2005 Stevie Ray had just turned 18 months before the National Championship and had only run at one agility [More…]

Jun 202015
 
Stevie Ray; Spinal Injury and the Value of Great Veterinary Care

Yesterday was what I would call a terrifying day for someone such as myself who loves their dogs, in this case Stevie Ray, as much as they love any person in their life. And this does not mean that I think of my dogs like they are people. Just to be clear; I know they are not people nor children and when I call them my kids, I am not confused by what and who they are. They are dogs and that [More…]

Jan 262014
 
Canine Relationship and a Concept Called Respect!

A simple way to start this post is to say that I think those that believe alpha dominance is required for the role of being a canine guardian are completely out of touch with dogs. There is no question in my mind that the quality of the relationship and respect you show to your dog and the respect they have for you based on your past behavior and their experience with you means everything in your ability to get the most from [More…]

Feb 112013
 
Fighting For Dylan - Surviving Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia / Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia 2013

Feb 11/2012 Last update on this fight for Dylan’s life. I do believe she has used up a couple more lives in this battle. At first I was not sure she would survive the anemia, then the frantic reductions in prednisone to save her from paralysis. I did way too much planning on ending her life, including arranging a last vet visit. I hope this is the last I will see of this ugly disease. It really takes a lot out of [More…]

Dec 192012
 
All I want for Christmas is Dylan (2012)

Recently I have been trying to get back into writing more often and although a friend once said I might be writing too much about Dylan and her fight with Canine Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (also referred to as Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia); this has been the only important thing going on in my life over the last 3 days. Most people can only imagine what it is like and quite frankly, without the experience of having been through it, the imagination cannot [More…]

Apr 212012
 
Calming Jimmi Part 2: Why Calm Reassurance and Support are Critical Skills for Canine Guardians

The value of being able to calm my anxious dog Jimmi, was far more important last Saturday than it was a few weeks ago during our dog agility trial in Kelowna. That was a voluntary exposure to stress; at least it was my choice to put that pressure on her and a very good reason to know the result of that pressure and to help her deal with it as part of my responsibility. In this case; however, it seems she had [More…]

Mar 232012
 
Big Hugs and Positive Karma for Muay: Fight on Great Soldier

I hate writing about life and death of dogs, but once again this subject is occupying all my thoughts as my friends John & Lisa struggle with the recent diagnosis of inoperable liver cancer in their beautiful Pit Bull rescue, Muay Tai. This is basically the same kind of cancer that likely killed my first dog Jagger. Getting this news this morning is especially hard as it is 1 year to the moment that my oldest dog, Dog Dylan, lay on my [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…]

Mar 202012
 
Why Do the Little Things Matter in Your Dog?

I had a productive day yesterday despite several intense flashbacks and emotional moments thanks to the 1 year anniversary of Dylan’s Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA) diagnosis. It sure was an intense roller coaster ride of emotion and certainly life changing for both of us. I am so glad for each good day and every great moment. Soft and cuddly Dylan, and certainly happy. I love her her dearly! Today I started experiencing panic attacks as I get vivid, extremely real flashes of [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…]