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Thanks to [personal profile] rushthatspeaks for the link to a marvelous story about the Santa Rosa fire:

https://modernfarmer.com/2017/10/guard-dog-wouldnt-leave-goat-flock-california-fires-lived-tell-story/

A goat-herding dog refused to leave his goat flock -- and they made it it through the fire, and even enlarged the flock by a couple of deer fawns.
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My darling Bella, age somewhere around 4, loves to play with other dogs. She sets a good example, meeting dogs where they are.

In this video, a neighbor brings over Pyper, age maybe 6 months. She's a skinny shiny black pup, maybe some Labrador in her. She sees Bella and runs up to pounce on her: Bella rolls on her back and permits Pyper to thwap her paws on every portion of Bella's body. The two wrestle, with Bella mainly on her back, and Pyper jumping and spinning.

The password is "play" cell phone video, no sound )
jesse_the_k: Ray Kowalski is happy to be alive, surrounded by yellow rubber ducks (dS RayK's ducks)
User-supported mltshp.com "maltshop" disemvowelled is the successor to mlkshk, an early Flickr-like service. $3/year for a basic membership, no ads, source on Github.
Meme inside )
jesse_the_k: ACD Lucy holds two blue racketballs in her mouth, side by side; captioned "I did it!" (LUCY absurd success surprise)
If you're any kind of dog person, check out [personal profile] luzula's fabulous photos of a recent dog sled adventure:

http://luzula.dreamwidth.org/261243.html
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As my icons show, I'm a dog lover. This 12-minute video features an adorable mutt named Martin. He's played by a ~40 pound hound mix with expressive ears named Sadie. The video comprises seven brief episodes on topics of deep concern to Martin, including: Friendship, Walking, Driving and One Good Thing. The voice you hear is Martin's; the video's creators expertly manipulate the dog's mouth so I totally buy he's saying those things. To prove that the world is upside down, this web series is being transformed into an actual TV show on ABC (US) in May.
video includes dog illness, but no death )
jesse_the_k: Macro photo of left eye of my mostly black border collie mutt (BELLA focused eyeball)
This morning it was -5° F (-29° C) and Bella was surprised twice.

First she took her customary backyard excursion. She generally launches at full speed from the back door to race the fence line twice, then stake out the larger trees for squirrels, and then eliminate.

Today she sped out the door and screeched to a halt 3 meters away. She peed and pooped as quickly as possible and ran back in.

She then eagerly accepted her leash and was ready to go out the front door. She was so disappointed when the temperature out there was still that cold.

Because back door and front door are different, you see.

I guess it was time to change my default icon.

jesse_the_k: ACD Lucy holds two blue racketballs in her mouth, side by side; captioned "I did it!" (LUCY absurd success surprise)
50 lb dog with shiny black-brown fur, white stripe down her nose and prick ears poses like the Sphinx, with her rear legs folded and her front legs outstretched )

Bella has burrowed her way into our hearts. Last week the Underdog Rescue placed Bella in our care. We've enjoyed every moment of our time with her.



She's a remarkably lovely dog. She's a young adult, though we don't know her exact age. She herded all the children in her first Madison placement , so we suspect she's got some Border collie in the mix. Her fur looks black from a distance but up close it's a deep brown; so maybe there's some chocolate lab heritage. We're thrilled with how easy* she is:


  • She greets everyone with a wiggle and a kiss, genuinely pleased to meet new people and dogs.

  • Her fur is as soft as a rabbit's coat, and she's so soothing to pet.

  • She enjoys playing, walking, and sleeping equally.

  • When she sleeps, she emits comforting snores, snuffles, and wheezes.

  • She came to us already potty- and crate-trained

  • She already knows "sit," "no," "come," and "drop it." In less than 10 days she's well on her way to "down," "hupup," and "off."


Black dog 35in from nose to base of tail, lies on her back, all 4 paws in the air. Front two paws meet the outstretched palms of MyGuy, an older white fellow )
*: We assumed all dogs were challenging after 14 years with Teddy the Neurotic, then 15yrs with Lucy the Alpha Bitch.
jesse_the_k: Lucy the ACD snuggles up against the edge of her cozy dog bed, nose under her leg (LUCY snuggles)
USA Today let me know that airports are now hosting therapy dogs for anxious travelers.

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"When the dogs are in the terminals you can feel the stress level drop," said Huebner. "Expressions change. People look up from their laptops and their phones. They take pictures. They come over to pet the dogs. Conversations start between strangers. And even people just passing by begin to smile."
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So far I've read reports from San Diego, LAX, Edmonton and Saskatoon.

Confess! Have you seen an airport therapy dog?
jesse_the_k: Lucy the ACD snuggles up against the edge of her cozy dog bed, nose under her leg (LUCY snuggles)
While my girl spends time sleeping, sleeping, limping, and sleeping, there are still energetic dogs on the internet.

These pets—Sqwark and Whiskey—were videoed by their owner Bonnie Thomson in Australia.Finish drinks before watching )

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