May 302009

I never was able to tell my parents the actual story.  So how did they find out the details? You’ll have to ask my mom.

But here are a few other questions:

Is it ever okay to approach a dog that we do not know? What is a dog’s instinctive response when we approach him? How can we protect a dog that we see is playing near traffic?

Click here for the answers.

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May 212009

What is a dog’s sense of time?

How would you know if your dog were in pain? 

How would he communicate that to you?

Are you ready to change your daily and weekly routines to help your dog heal?

What activities are appropriate for your dog at each stage of his life and healing?

I'm busy

Please comment with your answers.

May 182009

Can you tell what a dog is thinking by reading his ears?  Learn to read your dog’s ears. This is especially important if your dog is sick or injured.

These days I’m pretty relaxed.   I’m feeling better, the sun is shining, and the children in the neighborhood still want to come and visit me.


They like to come and say “Hi, Joey” and they like to come give me a pet.

Because I’m still injured and Mom doesn’t want me to get too excited, I will sit down and then Jane will allow the children to come over to pet me, one at a time.

It’s important for the children to understand when I’m relaxed and when I’m nervous.  How can children know how a dog wants to play?  I can’t tell them with words, but there is one easy way for them to know how I am feeling: They can look at my ears! They can read my ears.

My ears are very important for a lot of reasons.

Of course, I use them to listen.

I also use them when I am trying to smell something!  Since my ears are large and floppy, I can use them when I’m trying to smell the scents of dogs, and food, to cup the odors.

My ears are also an indicator of my mood.  You can tell when I am relaxed, when I am excited, or when I am nervous or afraid. When children want to pet me, they need to make sure that I am relaxed, and not nervous or afraid.

Here are so photos of my ears. Can you read them?  Can you tell which is the best time to come pet me, and which is the best time to leave me alone and let me be by myself?

Here's a photo of a dog's ears when the dog is being attentive. Here, I am looking in the direction of the dog that lives next door to us, a black Labrador Retriever.











using my ears as a cup when I'm following a scent


May 152009

Does your dog like to eat a lot?

Does your dog eat too much?

Does your dog not eat enough?

What is a good weight for your dog, and how can you help maintain a healthy weight?

The eyes are used as a form of communication between dogs. What does eye contact signal for dogs? What does it mean when a dog looks away from you?

stare down

May 142009

What are the best places to pet your dog? What are the best places and ways to pet a dog that you do not know? 

How can you tell when your pet is feeling comfortable and relaxed and wants company, and when he is feeling anxious and aggressive and wants you to stay away?

Why is it so important for an animal to have lots of rest when he is injured?

With each new day, my leg is healing more and more. I have more and more energy, but I still need a lot of rest.  I spend a lot of the day sleeping, which is important, because my bones and ligaments need to heal.  My belly is mostly healed, though I have some scars there, and on my legs, and my fur and hair are starting to grow back.  The doctor is also watching one of my top front teeth because she is concerned that it might need to be extracted some day.  I don’t think about that.

under my jowelsI also need a lot of attention!  I go up to my parents a lot and, silently, request that they pet me.  When I go up to them and sit down right in front of them and stare at them, unless they’re eating potato chips or some food that I am interested in, they understand that what I want is attention. They understand that I want them to pet me. They understand that I am saying, “Oh, pet me, please!”

I have some special places where I like being patted and pet.

One place is right under my jowels.neck

I like to be pet also on my neck. It’s much easier to pet me here when I am sitting up.

Another place is right behind my ears.behind my ears

Jane likes to pet me gently on the top of my head. This is her special place.  Most people don’t pet me on the top of my head but I’ve known her for a long time and so I allow her to do that.

In all of these photographs, I’m feeling very comfortable and relaxed.

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