Just sharing our two newest videos, taken the day before yesterday.
Just sharing our two newest videos, taken the day before yesterday.
Just a little video of my boy playing in the backyard the morning after our big snow storm here. He was having a blast. Oh and I was wrong, it wasn’t Tyler’s poster he had, but an old part from a vaccume cleaner that for who knows what reason, had been under the deck lol.
We all like to say that we trust our dog…that we know without a shadow of a doubt, how they will behave in any given situation. And most of the time, if we’ve done extensive training, exposed our dogs to many different situations and scenerios, we may just be telling the truth. That being said however, there is a real danger in us putting 100% unconditional trust in our pets. The truth of the matter is, at the end of the day? They are all animals. Just as human beings, some we can live with, love and share the whole of our lives with, can sometimes act unpredictably, do something we never would have expected and totally surprise us, so can our dogs. Frankly, in my opinion, it is incredibly arrogant of us to assume that we can predict ANYONE or ANYTHING’s behavior 100% of the time. Unless we are truly psychic, it’s just not possible.
Of course hindsight is 20/20. It’s very easy for us to say, well I had this dog for ten plus years, and my kids could do this and that to him/her, and he never so much as blinked. Or, my dog was never on a leash from the time he was a pup and yet he never got hit by a car, never escaped, never….you fill in the blanks. Lucky you! Because if that is the case, you are very lucky. Now ask the people who have had dogs act out of character by bolting out of the driveway unexpectedly one day, who ended up getting hit and dying. Ask the people who had well trained, well socialized dogs who out of the blue bit someone without any forseeable reason or warning. It happens.
I think if we truly want to keep our dogs safe and happy, we have to always keep it in the back of our minds that while we may have incredible bonds with them, we may have trained them extremely well, and the dog may be totally reliable up to this point…at the end of the day, they are still animals first and foremost. We cannot read every thought, every feeling, every instinct in our dogs, no matter how much we may want to think we can. Forgetting this, can be fatal.
I do not put Luke in situations where I am setting him up for the possibility of failure. I don’t just assume that because he’s never done something before, that he will never do it. I know that there is always that tiny possibility that something might set him off the wrong way, and he might react differently than ever before. I don’t let him walk along on busy streets offleash…I don’t let him leave my house, even to go out to the car without a leash on. Those are just examples that I use. There are many.
How often do we see someone in the park with their dog, or out on a walk, and that person will say “oh fuzzy butt just LOVES other dogs, he LOVES people”, and then all of the sudden the dog just takes a dislike to a person or other dog and a fight breaks out? Well maybe fuzzy butt DID love all dogs and people up to that point..maybe he just got bad vibes off of the person or dog at that moment.
Or a dog who is usually perfect on leash, who all of the sudden takes a “I think I’ll pull you down the street” notion one day? I’ve seen it. Luke has been perfect on leash since nine weeks yet once in a while he’ll have those times when he’s less than perfect for whatever reason, Maybe he’s just in a pissy mood and doesn’t feel like being totally obedient, who knows? It doesn’t mean he wasn’t trained, it doesn’t mean he’s bad, just means for that moment he isn’t doing what he normally does. For heaven sake..I myself do things to surprise myself sometimes, and I’m ME!
My point I guess is this. Far too often, we humans think we are sooo smart, so above every other species, so in control, when in reality, we have barely scratched the surface. Never assume that you know EVERYTHING about anyone, human or dog. Training does not rid any animal of every single instinct it possesses. Even if you personally never witness some of those instincts.
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Pets more trustworthy than people: Survey
This article is so true!LOL It proves that we Canadians are smart. We know our pets make better company than most humans we know 😛
Canadian pet owners would rather deal with their furry friends than other people: You bet we would! lol
The study revealed that 53 per cent of Canadians who own pets find them more reliable than people: No kidding! lol
Ninety per cent of Canadians talk to their pets and one-third have confided their deepest, darkest secrets to Fido or Milo or Hero. Yes…I talk to Luke about pretty much everything. Atleast I know he can keep his mouth shut and he never judges.
Pets have always been a social network of sorts. According to the survey, 61 per cent of pet owners say their neighbours talk to them more when they are with their pet, and about 41 per cent say their pets have helped them begin a new relationship with someone they might not have otherwise met.
Pet people seem to meet other pet people. THIS part I really can relate to. I have never been a groupie…never too keen on hanging out in crowds or large groups of friends at once…yet ever since Luke came into my life, I have met more people, speak or write daily to people all over the world, people who I share a lot of common ground with, even more so than just our love of Great Danes or other pets. Some of my closest friends now, are those I met online through pet groups or forums. I look forward to chatting with them daily, sharing our stories and experiences with our beloved animals, learning from one another. I talk more to people now than I ever did. Yes, the thread that binds us is our common love for our dogs, but we soon find other interests that we share and a closeness is formed when every day you’re sharing your life with these people. In offline life, I’ve met TONS of new people. Most of which I may never see again, but Luke has been the cause of so many great conversations, opportunities to educate those who are interested in the breed. I have found that my pet lover friends are more supportive and understanding in all areas of life, are there for you when you’re down, need prayers or advice, than people I’ve known my entire life. So yes, pets bring people closer together, there is no doubt whatsoever about that. Just look at what pet blogs have done to bring awareness and cause close friendships to form!
61 per cent of survey respondents said their pets deal with them differently when they are sick. Pet owners said their animals helped lift their spirits. Again, I can relate to this statement. As a person who suffers from chronic pain…I cannot begin to tell you the impact Luke has had on my life, on my health. If it weren’t for him some days? I’d never get out of bed. He has given me a reason to fight, to keep on going when every fiber of my being wants to just lay down and sleep. He gets me up and out there, pushing through the pain to take him on his walks, to play and laugh and have fun with him. Just looking at Luke makes me happier than anything else has ever done. He truly is and has been, a life saver to me…in more ways than I can say. He never leaves my side when I’m feeling really low or in a lot of pain. When I had my surgery to have my teeth removed, he didn’t even want to go out to pee lol. He never acted hyper or got the zoomies…never pushed me to get out there, but yet I did it, because I knew he needed me to. I wouldn’t have done it for anyone else!
I think we’ve seen enough evidence on the many positive effects therapy dogs have had on the lives they touch while on the job. There is no debating that animals are truly remarkable creatures who we humans can learn a lot from, if we just get past that human-like mentality that we are above everything else on the planet, smarter, more evolved……better. The more I see of the human race and its’ actions..the more convinced I am that animals are the greater species 🙂
I decided I really wanted to start sharing any news stories I come across in regards to the welfare of Great Danes. Since I don’t watch the news lol, I am relying on the help of my facebook friend Meredith, who is a real advocate for animals and is aware of news stories. So thank you Meredith, without you these posts wouldn’t be possible. I hope by sharing these stories, new and old, we can spread awareness of what is happening to and with our beloved breed.
April 9, 2008
A Long Island woman faces up to a year in jail after police say she failed to provide food and medical care for her two-year-old Great Dane who ultimately died.
READ MORE HERE
The Nassau DA’s office says a Farmingdale woman faces animal cruelty charges after she starved and neglected her 2-year-old great Dane, which later died…….
Video and More HERE
Incident Date: Monday, Nov 22, 2010
Case Images: 3 files available
Alleged: Rose Neira
An emaciated dog of one of the largest breeds died despite desperate efforts by veterinarians on Long Island to save it.
‘Zack,’ a two-year-old Great Dane, weighed only 82 lbs. when he was taken from the home of owner Rose Neira, 30.
The Farmingale resident is accused of starving the dog and failing to provide proper medical care.
According to the American Kennel Club , a Great Dane is “extremely large and known for being strong yet elegant, with a friendly, energetic personality.” A normal, healthy Great Dane typically weighs 125 lbs.-150 lbs.
‘Zack’s’ bones protruded from its body and its nails were damaged and overgrown. Its ear cavities were caked with dirt, said the Nassau County officials.
Acting on a tip, investigators from the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office removed the dog from the home on November 22.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Neira initially told investigators the dog was suffering from a parasite, but she could not provide evidence of the dog in a veterinarian’s care.
‘Zack’ was treated for 10 days at the Oyster Bay Animal Hospital were it died on December 1 from heart-related problems.
Neira is charged with misdemeanor counts of Overdriving, Torturing and Injuring an Animal and Failure to Provide Proper Sustenance.
She faces up to one year in jail if convicted. Neira is due back in court on January 3.
Read more: Pet-Abuse.Com – Animal Abuse Case Details: Great Dane starved to 82 pounds – Farmingdale , NY (US) http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/16995/NY/US/#ixzz1AOLpCwDm
Read the blog post HERE
Hempstead, NY – Meredith Foster, an animal rights activist, was outraged when she first learned about the case against Rose Neira, 30, a woman accused of severely neglecting her 2 yr-old Great Dane, Zack.The dog was confiscated from Neira’s home….
Read More HERE
After that heart wrenching news…it gives me pleasure to share this latest news about the heroic acts of a Great Dane and his owner 🙂
Mom has been lazy with my blog again, but she’s trying to catch up by visiting as many blogs and commenting as she can. We hope you had an awesome Christmas and New Years! Ours was nice, very quiet. Mom didn’t feel up to doing the big family gatherings this year, so we stayed at home and had our dinner with my human brother Tyler and Patty. I got some turkey dinner…I LOVE turkey! Here’s me watching Patty stuff and baste it 🙂
I got some great prezzies too!
Did someone say prezzies? For me? Im on my wayyyy!
Let’s see what’s in here
Is that a steak?? But it squeeks!
FINALLY I get the one Mamma kept hiding from me!
Ohh a new stuffie!!!!
Mamma hers said we have to WAIT to eat.. I’ll just chill here wit my doggy til it’s ready
Or maybe try a little rubber steak to tide me over?
So, christmas is over and a new year has begun. Mom says we have some goals she’d like us to achieve. She wants to work on fun new tricks with me, and try to get together more often with our fellow dane friends. I heard Mom and Patty talking about me going to the vet later this month too. Something about being neutered? I don’t think I like the sounds of that!! More on that topic later….
Anyway I better go..nap time! See you on your blogs.
Hi everyone…so sorry I haven’t been around to visit and comment lately. Things have been pretty hectic here, alot of changes and personal issues happening, but I’m trying now to catch up, I’ll get to everyone sooner or later.I’m also busy working on my Great Dane Owners forum…Today I did up a brand new background/forum skin, so far I like it. I’d love to see some fellow dane owners join us there for chat and fun, and all things dane. We truly are a close knit happy dane family…and would love to see some new faces and danes on board 🙂 http://slave2ourdanes.yuku.com
See u all later on! Jenn