Today, Brando had his umpteenth training class. He has this new fear of shiny floors, so he drops to the floor the minute we step foot into anywhere that has a shiny floor. Training is no exception. He now shakes with fear if we're doing any exercise that requires my daughter and I to step away from him. I feel that at this point, I should discontinue Brando's training. It seems cruel to put him through this. Today, a man in our class was complaining to my daughter about Brando. (Sometimes it takes Brando a little longer to accomplish something because of his fearfulness.) I wished I had been there to set him straight, but she ignored him, which was probably the right thing to do at that moment.
Like I've mentioned before, Brando's trainer wants the vet to put Brando on medication for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The vet wants to give him a little more time before we do that, and it seems like a wise choice. We've seen some amazing progress. I think if we work one-on-one with him, maybe he will come out of his shell. He's no longer afraid of other dogs, or his trainer. He will also take affection (in small doses) from a stranger. I want to look into other ways to help Brando, instead of relying on a drastic drug with who-knows-what type of side effects it has. I don't want to close the door on anything right now. If we decide that we've exhausted every possible avenue to help Brando, then we can talk medication. As of next week, Humphrey Bogart will take Brando's spot in training. Brando will still continue to do workshops towards CGC. If it takes Brando a little more time to earn CGC, I've got nothing but time.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Dear Fellow Bloggers:
How many dogs can we help?
How many dogs can we help?
- The Write a Post, Help a Dog program is aimed at raising awareness of the more then 4 million dogs that wind up in shelters and breed rescues each year. As well as to help get them all food (our goal is 10,000 lbs of food in the next two weeks) for the more than four million dogs that wind up in shelters and breed rescues each year.
- For each blog post mentioning the Pedigree Foundation from now until midnight ET on September 3, Pedigree will donate 20 pounds of its new dry Pedigree recipe food for dogs — its best recipe ever — to a shelter, because every dog deserves leading nutrition.
- Feel free to mae your post more visually appealing by using either or both of the two images seen in this post.
- The Pedigree Foundation — a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization is committed to helping dogs by providing grants to shelters and rescues and encouraging dog adoption. This year the Foundation has already raised more than $376,570 against its goal of $1.5 million to carry out its work to fund grants that not only help shelters operate, but to further shelter innovations.
The Pedigree Foundation depends on charitable contributions from individuals to carry out its mission to help dogs find loving homes. In addition to writing a blog post, here’s how you can help:
Once you get your post up and ready please feel free to grab the link code to include it in your post and add your link to the list so it is easier to keep track of all the posts plus it makes it so easy for your friends to learn about the event and see the progress we are making towards our goal of 10,000 lbs of food.
- Donate online at http://pedigreefoundation.org/donate.aspx
- Apply for a shelter grant from the Pedigree Foundation by completing a form at http://www.pedigreefoundation.org/
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
*Interesting note: Ziggy shares my father's birthday!*
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Humphrey's trainer said he would be better next week.......Hummm.
We were all in for a shock!
|Humphrey and all 15' of tunnel|
|"He'll probably only do one or two rungs today,"|
said Miss Jane!
Humphrey had other plans.....
|He made it all the way over, and is on his way back|
down the other side!
What was that about next week?!