Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Black Lab saves climbers!

The dog probably saved their lives" by lying across them during the cold night, said Erik Brom, a member of the Portland Mountain Rescue team. He described the wind in the canyon as "hellacious."
The two women left the snow vehicle first, followed by Bryant and the dog. The three climbers boarded the ambulance, and Velvet leapt in after them.
In addition to the dog, who provided warmth and comfort,....

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Telepathic Dogs?

Have you ever noticed that dogs seem to know exactly what you are thinking?
Smash knows when I am ready to head back home during a walk even before I pull the leash that direction.

Do dogs really know what you are thinking? Do they pick up on body language, smells or do they really read thoughts?

This book describes an experiment where dogs were monitored by cameras while their owners were away. The dogs went to the door to wait for them when their owners simply had an intention about coming home.

Amazing stuff.

An Update on Smash

Canine Injury

Smash is doing much better. He has he appetite back with abundance!

He is finally getting the hang of peeing and pooping while balancing on only one back leg. He would still like it better if I would let him run free to go where he wants but I am keeping him on the leash for now.

He has done pretty well and re learning how to walk on a leash. He will balk on me when I think about returning to the house before he has finished sniffing the puppy trail.

I let him sleep in the garage and he has rearranged the furniture to suit him. He found a bag of stuffed animals that was destined for disposal and arranged them into a colorful sleeping area. But he would rather be back outdoors.

Thanks to all who have sent support and prayers and healing energy to Smash. I no longer refer to him as having a broken leg but a healing leg.

I have added the animal Reiki book to my

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Dog vs Man

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man. -Mark Twain

Friday, February 09, 2007

Follow up on the Smash's injuries

Canine health treatment

Smash went back to the vet today for a followup. She removed his bandage from his leg and decided to leave it off because he had some swelling in his hip.

Thankfully there was no talk of amputation today. Everyone at Appalachian Clinic was smiling and telling Smash what a pretty and happy dog he was. He may have bruised my leg with his wagging tail!

In my Reiki session with Laurie, she told me I had to release my feelings of guilt for allowing Smash to get hurt. I have been releasing them. However, I am not yet quite to the point where I can say I am thankful that he got hurt. But I am seeing some good things come about as a result of the injury.

I have renewed my interest in energy healing processes and have spent much time reading and researching the different aspects of energy healing.

I am continuing to hold my intention to have Smash to be a whole happy and healthy dog. I expect the universe to deliver as I take action toward that desire.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Animal Reiki

canine health

One of the actions I am taking to manifest my intention to heal smash is obtaining the help of an Animal Reiki therapist, Laurie Filsinger.

Her website is www.animalenergyhealer.com

I found it interesting that Smash and I have the same energy blockages in our bodies. Laurie tells me this is not unusual and that her treatment will help us both.

To learn more about Reiki in general click here.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Smash's injuries

canine health problems

Smash is doing relatively well for what he has been through.

We are keeping him confined to a crate. Click here for crate training tips.

His cuts are healing quickly. And he is getting stronger every day.

His biggest challenge is the broken femur bone in his right rear leg. This bone is very tricky to work with because the muscles are so strong that they can tear he bone back apart even under good circumstances. In Smash's case, the bone is not a clean break here.

I spoke with the folks at OrthoPets.com about making a brace for him. They can make the brace but there are some other concerns that I will have to discuss with Smash's vet concerning infection and other canine health problems and complications that could risk his overall health.

Please continue to pray for Smash's complete healing.

Friday, February 02, 2007

A tragic end to a fun day

Injured Dog Behavior.

Last night, after a fun day of playing and hiking in the snow, Smash was late returning from his evening potty break.

When he did return, he was cut and broken. It looks like he was hit by a car.

Since we live at the end of a long driveway off a dead end road, we have never concerned ourselves with his getting hit before. We still don't know how it happened or where.

My thanks go to the staff of the Bradley McMinn Pet emergency clinic. They received my broken and bleeding dog with care and professionalism.

They made sure he was breathing properly and stabilized before working with his cuts.

This morning, I transfered him to his regular vet at Appalachian animal clinic. He is resting there now. Now I have to struggle with the decision on how to best care for his mangled leg. Amputation has been suggested as the most viable option.

Please pray for Smash as I have now reason to doubt that he can have a second miracle in his life. It was about this same time last year that he suffered a life threatening injury. Through a miracle of faith he survived that one when no one thought he could.

I believe that his leg can be healed and I reamin open to that option.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Funny Dog Behavior in the snow

Dog Behavior

It is always fun for me to watch a dog the first time the experience snow. Smash saw his first snowfall today.

He ran around sniffing and biting at the snow for a while. Then, when we got out our makeshift sled, he loved chasing us down the hill.

I am not sure what he enjoys more, playing in the snow or having everyone outside with him.

Either way, is really fun to just sit back and enjoy his funny behavior.