The results of positive dog training (video)

(Video of Bandit and Bailey; I'm not really that fat ... it's an apron filled with treats ... honest ...)Those of you who have been following along with the dog adventures at my house - Scout's illness last year and his death in January along with the very serious behavior problems we've been dealing with between Bandit and Bailey, problems that for their own safety have prevented the two dogs from occupying the same rooms since last November - will rejoice with us when you see this video. ( … [Read more...]

Join Patricia McConnell in a discussion about animals at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Thursday, June 21

Join author and animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell this Thursday at the MMoCA for a discussion about animals and art.

 If you're in the Madison, Wisconsin area and are also an animal lover, here's a don't miss event: this Thursday, June 21, Patricia McConnell, author of fabulous books including "The Other End Of The Leash" and "For The Love Of A Dog" will join Richard H. Axsom, curator at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, for a discussion of the complicated and often contradictory relationships humans have had with animals.The discussion is part of the museum's exhibit, One must know the animals, … [Read more...]

Take Your Dog To Work Day, Friday, June 22, 2012

When you work from home, every day is Take Your Dog To Work Day! Here's Bandit, hard at work ... (c) 2012 Joanne Brokaw

This Friday is Take Your Dog To Work Day! Because I work at home, it's always Take Your Dog To Work Day. But if you bring your pup to work this week, we want to see your pictures! Post them on our Heavenly Creatures FB page and we'll share some here on the blog. Or if you take video, upload it to YouTube and share the link in the comments section below.And before you bring Fido to the office, here are a few things you need to consider to make the day enjoyable for you, your dog and your … [Read more...]

Just another day at the Funny Farm (video)

 Regular readers of my columns and personal blog (ie: my friends and family) know there's a reason I've dubbed my house "the funny farm." Not only do I write humor ... it's just madness over here. Disorganization, clutter and chaos. And that's just me. Add in the animals and it's a non-stop barrel of fun. (No, I don't have a monkey, but that would be fun, wouldn't it?)So I thought you'd enjoy this little video I captured of our rescue pup Bailey. I think she learned this trick from the … [Read more...]

Pit bull shot by sheriff’s deputies; community responds

photo: www.facebook.com/JusticeForDiablo

There's a hot controversy stirring here in my hometown of Rochester, NY. I confess I'm late coming to the story, being wrapped up as I am in family tree research. But I've finally had time to catch up and ... well, it's quite a story. Here's what happened.Last Friday, June 2, two Monroe County Sheriff deputies responded to a call at a home in the Rochester suburb of Perinton, NY. News reports say the officers were responding to a call for a car blocking a driveway at the home of Gary … [Read more...]

Summer Top 10 Reading List – dogs, dogs and a little mystery

As summer nears, we bloggers here at Patheos have been asked to share our summer reading lists. Let me tell you, when you're talking about books, you're talking about my biggest love.I try to average a book a week every year; sometimes I make it. Sometimes I don't. But I always have several dozen books next to my bed, either in various stages of reading or in the "to read" pile. And I'm always adding more.So let me whittle my bedside pile down to a few books I'd love to read this summer, … [Read more...]

Writing, organization, and giant balls of dog hair

nancy french novel photo

Fellow Patheos blogger Nancy French posted a photo today of her novel in progress, note cards spread across the table in perfect organization as she works on plotting her story. As a writer always working on book and article ideas, all I could think when I saw the photo was … man, she's got a clean house. Where are the paw prints on the table? Where’s the cat rearranging the notecards while the dog is shredding couch pillows?I'm always amazed to see other writers' creative process, especi … [Read more...]

A year of animals, blogging and Patheos

Bandit and Bailey, in a rare moment of calm, sit for a photo. A great deal of chicken was required for this.

I was excited this week to receive a notecard in the mail from the staff at Patheos, congratulating me on my one year anniversary blogging about animals and faith.Really? A whole year? Where did the time go?I love writing here. The columnists, bloggers and editors have been kind and welcoming, and I love hearing from readers who have shared photos, shared thoughts and engaged in discussions on a variety of animal-related topics. It's been a nice change from my decade-plus experience … [Read more...]

Scientists use MRI to see what Fido is thinking

What do you think Bandit is thinking right now?

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t look at my quirky Border collie, Bandit, and say, “I wish I knew what you were thinking right now.” My guess is that, if you have dogs, you often think the same thing.Well, researchers at Emory University have found a way to study what’s going on in Fido’s brain with what is likely the first functional MRI performed on a dog.In this kind of brain scan, dogs were studied while they were awake and unrestrained – no sedation, no leashes. Just a dog … [Read more...]

Manatees visit Ft. Lauderdale beach (video)

Imagine heading to the beach for a day of fun in the sun, and being joined by an invasion of manatees.That's what happened to beachgoers on Sunday, when several sea cows swam into the shallow waters at Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Video taken by Craig Hossack and posted on YouTube has gone viral, giving even us landlubbers a rare glimpse of the beauty of the sea.Hossack says on his YouTube page that, "It appears as if there were multiple males wresting for the affection of one female." The Sun S … [Read more...]


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