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This is a great article on war dogs deployed to Iraq, the benefits they have on the soldiers and the war and also the noticeable affects it has on the dogs.

It mentions in the article how one dog is pushing for a war dog memorial in Washington D.C. I think this is such a great idea. Maybe BPO could start a drive to help assist with this, or is it too political?

Just a thought. I'd love to find a way to get our name out there more and help a cause related to animals in a big way.

For the last week, both Kentucky and Derby have been going to the bathroom in the apartment. This comes after months of no accidents at all.

It started when I found puddles in the living room two days in a row when I got up in the morning.

Then, one morning I took them out to go potty, went and took a shower and came out to find poop and pee in the living room. I wasn't sure who was doing it, but suspected 'Tucky because Derby has only done this two or three times since I've had him.

The other day Derby walked over to where I was sitting and, almost without breaking stride, peed right in front of me.

I borrowed a friend's steam cleaner and cleaned most of the carpets yesterday, thinking they were picking up on the residual smells and thinking it was OK to go in the house now. We've also been kenneling them at night again since they can't seem to wait until I get up.

'Tucky just pooed in the house again.

What can cause this behavioral regression? It's so frustrating. I don't think anything is medically wrong with them. Our schedule hasn't changed at all. Could it be the change of seasons? I'm out of ideas. Has anyone else experienced this?

Collars, crates, & other cool things / Our Favorite Toy - Video Proof
« on: March 24, 2009, 03:19:49 am »
This is Kentucky and Derby's favorite toy. I can't remember what it's called, but it's a hard plastic tube that you put food or treats in. As they roll it, the treats fall out intermittently . They are obsessed with this toy - so much so that we have to hide it in the closet when it's empty or we want them to stop playing with it (especially Kentucky).

It's very durable and a great buy. However, it's extremely noisy. I can only imagine what the downstairs neighbors must think is going on as the roll it all over the apartment!

By his own gluttony!

Of course, like a good BPO mama, I had to take pictures before restoring his sight. And, this is supposed to be my GOOD dog!  Look for this picture to reappear soon in "Fun With Pictures" so get your captions ready!

Group Discussions & Photos / I am loved!
« on: March 16, 2009, 02:12:24 am »
This is a typical evening for me. I wouldn't have it any other way:

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / I've run out of excuses
« on: March 10, 2009, 12:09:52 pm »
I love Kentucky, she makes me smile and can be very cuddly, but I don't know what else to do to keep her from pulling and lunging.

I've tried harnesses, gentle leaders, haltis, The Dog Whisperer's Illusion Leash, and the pinch collar.

I've tried "eh-eh" and touching her neck like Caesar does when she gets excited and starts pulling.

I've tried making her sit until she calms down before going forward again.

I always make sure she comes out and goes in the door behind me.

First, I attributed it to the fact that she was a puppy, then I excused her for being a hard-headed teenager, but the excuses are running out and so is my patience.

She is fine on the leash unless she sees or senses some other life form in the vicinity.

I need professional help! What more can I do??

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Kentucky attacked another dog today
« on: January 04, 2009, 11:01:31 am »
We've had our issues with Kentucky at the dog park - most often that she thinks she's the boss of everyone. I call her the "playground monitor". If a couple dogs get in a tussle, Kentucky has to rush over to them and start barking at them like she's telling them what to do or to knock it off.

However, today was totally different. It was nice and cool out the dogs have been restless for a couple weeks now, so we went to the dog park to burn off some energy.

Kentucky was perfect when we got there. She ran all over, playing with all the dogs, saying hi nicely to the humans and was having a blast! Then, in comes this non-intimidating australian shepherd. Kentucky runs up to her as she's coming in and ATTACKS her. No blood was drawn, but Kentucky was definitely the aggressor.

So, I pulled her away and pinned her until the aussie moved on and 'Tucky calmed down. Then, I let her up and she runs right for the aussie again.  I pin her again for about 5 minutes then grab her collar and walk her over to where I left the leash with the pinch collar and put that on.

I walked back over to the guy with the aussie and said, "If you don't mind I'd like to try this again because I think this is her fault" (meaning 'Tucky). He said, "Oh, it's definitely her fault." but he was VERY nice about it. I tried introducing her again while on the leash and corrected her every time she barked, growled or lunged. The poor aussie just stood there staring at her like she was literally "barking mad."

Kentucky just would not calm down so I walked her around the park a few times. Other dogs would run up to her and she was fine with them. After it seemed like she was back to normal, I tried walking up to the aussie with her on the leash one more time and she freaked out again. The aussie's dad just shrugged his shoulders and kind of chuckled. I KNOW we've been at the park with them before and 'Tucky hasn't tried to attack her. I don't know what the deal was or how to stop this next time.

Maybe I just need to be more forceful and not give up so easily? We left the park after the 3rd attempt failed. What do I do if this happens again?

Labrador Retriever Pictures / Kentucky doing her best Libby impression
« on: January 02, 2009, 02:37:25 pm »
Can you tell the who is who?



Anything Non-Dog Related / NDR: Marry Me
« on: December 28, 2008, 06:13:56 am »
Aaron and I are not planning an actual wedding ceremony, but want to do something special and relatively affordable.

Any ideas?

We've talked about Vegas and getting married on a cruise, but nothing seems "just right" yet.

Holiday Things / BPO Christmas Poem
« on: December 26, 2008, 02:08:31 am »
I put this on my Christmas cards, but thought I would post it for those of you that didn't get a chance to sign up for the card exchange.

Merry Christmas from Kentucky & Derby

Santa has elves to make gifts for all girls and boys
But who helps the good dogs get all their toys?

Two Christmas Hounds, one yellow, one black
Help check off his list and load Santa’s sack

Bear’s a good role model, Grace loves to cuddle
Jackie, Charge and Chammie can’t resist a good puddle

Ruckus helps keep his brother Brannigan in line
Mattie, Lucy and Buddy have “loads” of good times

Farley can’t help himself, he’s always in trouble
But Rosie’s so sweet, her good points are double

Good or Bad, BPO dogs all bring great joy to their homes
So the Christmas Hounds fill their stockings with stuffies and bones

But the families are the ones who get the most every year
‘Cause BPO dogs spread the best kind of cheer.

Anything Non-Dog Related / Derby Proposed!!
« on: December 07, 2008, 05:00:03 pm »
I walked into the bedroom and Derby had his collar on, which we only usually put on when we go to the dog park. I asked Aaron why Derby had his collar on and he said, "I think he has something he wants to give you."

This was attached to his collar:


General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Puppy cam!! Check this out.
« on: November 15, 2008, 10:31:44 am »
This is the cutest form of mindless entertainment:

someone set up a camera so everyone can watch their litter of Shiba Inu puppies play, frolic and sleep. Whatever they are doing, it's addictive and adorable.

Collars, crates, & other cool things / Tricky Treats Ball Toy Review
« on: November 13, 2008, 07:08:26 am »
I bought this toy yesterday at PetSmart to help keep Kentucky occupied in the apartment. 

You put treats in one hole and, if the dog rolls is around, they will randomly fall out.

She caught on really quick after I rolled it across the floor for her and the treats fell out. It was really cute to watch her rolling it around all over the apartment. When she ran into a wall or the couch, she would pick it up and move it back to the middle of the floor and start rolling it again. It has big "craters" that make it easy for bigger dogs to pick up.

However, it is made of a soft rubber/plastic material so when I stopped watching her for a couple minutes, she managed to chew her own hole in the toy to try to get to the treats quicker.

She's just like her mama - I, too, am an instant-gratification kind of gal.

They had a hard plastic cube that worked the same way. I think I'm going to get that one tonight instead. Maybe it will last longer.

Here's a picture of the toy from the petsmart site. When I get home, I'll post a pic of 'Tucky's "modified" version.

Anything Non-Dog Related / I got a new job!!
« on: November 07, 2008, 01:52:50 pm »
After almost 4 years with Starbucks, I am moving on. I had a job interview yesterday at 10 a.m. for a manager position at Party City and they called me at 2:30 p.m. and offered me the job!!

It's about the same pay, but it's only about 3 minutes from my house, and the hours are so much better - no more 5 a.m. opens or getting home 'til midnight!

This couldn't have come at a worse time for my Starbucks store, though. My ASM is about to be fired, one of my shift supervisors may be fired on Monday as well and another shift supervisor just walked out on her shift tonight - for no real reason except that I wrote her up - again -for not doing her job. Oh well.

I'm gonna get them through Black Friday then I'm done with the Drama!!

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Yellow Bile everywhere I turn!
« on: November 01, 2008, 07:09:47 am »
Derby threw up yellow bile three times this morning. The last time he vomitted there was a piece of bone in it so I figured that must be what was irritating him tummy.

As soon as i got done cleaning up the spots with my Dirt Devil Spot Scrubber, Kentucky threw up twice! Of course, the dogs can't throw up on the wood floor or linoleum, they have to always vomit on the carpet.

Kentucky's is also just yellow bile - no food, etc.

Should I be worried?

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