What’s some good dating advice for a dog lover?


Answer by Karen Tiede:

I don't want a man who feels the same way I do about some major parts of life.  If he felt the same way I do about cooking, we'd either starve, or eat straight out of bags.  If he felt the same way I do about socializing, we'd never go anywhere.

So:  the trick is to figure out exactly where you need a man to match, and where "close enough is close enough."  Now, if the #1 characteristic is truly that he love your dogs the way you do, you CAN find someone, but you have to do a national search.

What if he has rotties, or greyhounds, or some other dog?  Or cats, or a parrot?  Do you really want a guy who currently has no dogs and can't live without a Chi family, and can't figure out how to create one himself?

Personally, I've always favored GIB; not sufficient, however.  I have a list; when I'm dating (which I haven't been for a while), I work the list. 

Make your list.  "Loving Chis" should be one of the characteristics.  It simply shouldn't be the only one.

What's some good dating advice for a dog lover?


Why do most people like dogs?

Answer by Richard Barrios:

I think Native Americans sum it up the best in this story that I really love.

The earth trembled and a great rift appeared, separating the first man and woman from the rest of the animal kingdom. As the chasm grew deeper and wider, all the other creatures, afraid for their lives, returned to the forest — except for the dog, who after much consideration leapt the perilous rift to stay with the humans on the other side. His love for humanity was greater than his bond to other creatures, he explained, and he willingly forfeited his place in paradise to prove it……Native American folktale…an Ojibway tale

Source: What is the Native American legend on how the dog became man's best friend

Humans sometimes share a unexplainable bond with dogs.  Dogs seem to understand us better then most humans and sometimes better then our closest human friends.  Whether its their sense of smell, heightened primal awareness or just in their DNA.  Whatever it is, I really don't care if it ever can be explained, its just wonderful that it's real. 

On a personal note.  I seen my Dad cry only a handful of times in my life. One was when our dog passed away at my dad's feet.

Why do most people like dogs?

Got Change?

Fearfuldogs' Blog

cocker spaniel sleeping on lounge chair outside Nothing to worry about here!

When we are training our fearful dogs we are facilitating a change in how they respond to events or objects (including us and other animals) they are exposed to. There is likely an endless array of ways we can come up with to do this, but ultimately what we are doing is making the scary stuff either neutral or good enough so that the dog can continue to seek out rewarding, reinforcing activities while in its presence. The ways that this can be done are based on how a nervous system reacts to stimulus.

Habituation occurs when constant exposure to something stops producing a response and in a sense becomes a non-event. When a collar is first put around a puppy’s neck it can be a big event. The puppy feels the collar and may be upset about it, some more, some less. Eventually, like…

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Back to School Blues: Tips for Helping Your Pets Make the Grade

Loved this post …


Back To School for Dogs Back to school time can be a mad rush when it comes to getting kids ready, adjusting our work schedules, being out of the house, and preparing for daylight savings time to end. But we have to remember that all of these changes in our lives can be just as stressful on our pets. Whether they’re missing a child that’s going to be at school or just picking up on our anxiety, these events can cause a lot trouble for our furry friend’s well-being.

Thankfully, there are some surefire techniques that can not only help your pet through these transitions, but help make them a healthier, happier pet.

Routine, Routine, Routine

One of the biggest factors that give our pets the back to school blues is the change in routine. This could be anything from waiting longer for their nightly walk or waking up earlier. The most important thing to…

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B Vitamins and Dogs – Which Ones Do They Need?

For humans, it is imperative to find the right balance of the necessary vitamins and minerals in your diet. A vitamin deficiency can cause several health problems. Likewise, too much of any one vitamin can cause other problems. The same holds true for your dog. A vitamin deficiency or excess can cause skin, coat, muscle and bone problems, as well as many other issues. Some of the most important vitamins that your dog can get in his diet are from the B family. But, which B vitamins are necessary for great canine health?

The B Vitamin Family

The B-complex vitamins are water-soluble and are constantly being flushed from your dog’s system. As a result, it is very important that your dog replenishes the levels of B vitamins in his body. Vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5, B-6 and B-12 are necessary for skin, coat, muscle and bone health. Signs that your dog may be dealing with a B-complex deficiency can include lack of appetite, lethargy, and unexplained weight loss. Other signs of a B vitamin deficiency are hair loss, skin flaking and peeling, diarrhoea or constipation, increased thirst, and excessive urination.

Dietary Concerns

The most reliable way to ensure that your best friend gets the right balance of vitamins and nutrients in his diet is to feed a high quality food each day and avoid table scraps and human food. You should also choose a dietary supplement that provides the right combination of vitamins and minerals to keep your dog healthy. One of the best supplements on the market is NuVet Plus. NuVet Plus contains a perfect balance of all of the B vitamins that are necessary for canine health. Vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5, B-6 and B-12 are combined with several other vitamins and minerals to deliver the best in nutrition to your dog with each dose.

NuVet Plus Is Here to Help

NuVet Plus is specially formulated to meet the dietary needs of all dogs, and is water soluble to ensure that your dog doesn’t receive too much or too little of any one vitamin or nutrient. For more information on the entire line of NuVet products, including a list of ingredients, check out the NuVet site. You can also place an order online or call and speak to a representative. Your dog deserves the very best in health and nutrition, and NuVet is committed to helping you provide this.

Trifecta: Guilty Pleasures

Gone for a Walk

This week’s trifecta writing challenge required us to incorporate the following word into a story under 333 words in length.  click the Trifecta badge to go to their site and check out other submissions, or submit your own!

MANIPULATE (transitive verb)

1: to treat or operate with or as if with the hands or by mechanical means especially in a skillful manner
2a : to manage or utilize skillfully
b : to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means especially to one’s own advantage
3: to change by artful or unfair means so as to serve one’s purpose : to doctor
I’ve been thinking a lot about just how processed food is, lately.  Quinoa in a cookie = healthy cookie, no matter how many other, unpronounceable ingredients it has, and it is amazing what you can do to eliminate the health benefits of kale (and make it…

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Use Protection

Loved the article on training a fearful dog. So sharing it

Fearfuldogs' Blog

I returned home yesterday from a multi-day workshop on training birds at Natural Encounters in Florida. Watching and learning from the best bird trainers on the planet (and that is not hyperbole) was inspirational along with educational. One of the take-aways for me was new language to use when talking about training, any animal.

Many of the participants at the workshop were zoo keepers. People working with animals who have the potential to injure or kill them, i.e., large, wild animals, use the term “protected contact” to describe training in a setting in which the animal can’t touch you. At first glance it looks like a set-up designed with the human’s safety in mind, but it also provides the animal with the information that the human can’t get them either.

The first step we need to take when working with a fearful dog is to provide the dog with an…

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