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Dog training, Cesar Millan, and other topics that really rile up readers

As you know, I’m blogging over at Patheos.com about animals, life and faith. (What, you didn’t know? Where have you been?) I’ve had a few posts lately that have riled up readers, and I suspect today’s post may add to the fracas. Just wanted to put them on your radar, in case you’re bored & want to join the discussion:

And just for fun, did you read these? They won’t get you  mad … hopefully …:

I’m blogging at Patheos.com

If you’ve been wondering where I am lately, here’s some big news: I’m recently taken over the Heavenly Creatures blog at Patheos.com, where I’m blogging about animals, life and spirituality! It’s a fun new writing opportunity, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to write about something I love and (hopefully) make a little money at the same time. Check out the new blog at http://www.patheos.com/community/heavenlycreatures!

We are family, puppy-style

Flopping over onto her back to wiggle and show her belly is part of the way Bailey tells Scout she loves him.

One thing that’s been fun about having three dogs (in addition to three times the poop and barking) is watching how Bailey interacts with Scout and Bandit.

Two dogs was a learning experience itself. I’d never seen dogs wrestle and play the way Scout and Bandit did, or experienced two dogs figure out what roles each played in the little canine heirarchy in which they live.

But adding Bailey completely adds a new dimension. Continue reading

It’s official – Bailey can stay

Really. Who can resist that face?

Last night was our time to address the village planning board about our request for a special permit to keep three dogs. In our town, the limit is two. Bailey needed special permission to stay.

The building inspector/animal control boss had given us a little leeway on getting that approval if we were looking for a home for Bailey, but since it seemed like she was getting settled in with us and we were getting settled in with her, it made sense to find out sooner rather than later if we were going to have permission for her to stay.

Just in case she didn’t find a home. You know. I mean, really, I was looking for a home for her. Honest. Continue reading

“And Man Created Dog” premieres on National Geographic Channel August 8

The Newfoundland was originally bred and used as a working dog for fishermen in Newfoundland, Canada. They are famously known for their giant size and tremendous strength, sweet dispositions, and loyalty. Newfoundland dogs excel at water rescue, due to their great muscles, their webbed feet, and their acute swimming abilities. You can learn more about dogs when the National Geographic Channel special "And Man Created Dog" premieres August 8th.

On August 8, the National Geographic Channel will debut the special, “And Man Created Dog,” a look at how our canine companions have evolved from wolf to man’s best friend.

The two-hour special traces man’s complex relationship with dogs, beginning almost 100,000 years ago, and ending with today’s varied breeds.

I always have a hard time when scientists take a few solid facts and then speculate on how those facts are connected. Our assumptions are filtered through our own experiences and what we know now, and the truth is that we have nothing to prove what happened 100,000 years ago.

For example, scientists speculate that wolves with tamer personalities began to hang around humans because camp was a good source of food. That makes sense, although when they depicted a mother wolf being killed and a human woman nursing the pups, I think that was a stretch. So take the ancient reenactments with a grain of salt.

Because the most fascinating part of the special is how man has gotten involved in the breeding of dogs and selecting for specific traits, and how the many breeds of dogs we see now are genetically linked to wolves.

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"And Man Created Dog" premieres on National Geographic Channel August 8

The Newfoundland was originally bred and used as a working dog for fishermen in Newfoundland, Canada. They are famously known for their giant size and tremendous strength, sweet dispositions, and loyalty. Newfoundland dogs excel at water rescue, due to their great muscles, their webbed feet, and their acute swimming abilities. You can learn more about dogs when the National Geographic Channel special "And Man Created Dog" premieres August 8th.

On August 8, the National Geographic Channel will debut the special, “And Man Created Dog,” a look at how our canine companions have evolved from wolf to man’s best friend.

The two-hour special traces man’s complex relationship with dogs, beginning almost 100,000 years ago, and ending with today’s varied breeds.

I always have a hard time when scientists take a few solid facts and then speculate on how those facts are connected. Our assumptions are filtered through our own experiences and what we know now, and the truth is that we have nothing to prove what happened 100,000 years ago.

For example, scientists speculate that wolves with tamer personalities began to hang around humans because camp was a good source of food. That makes sense, although when they depicted a mother wolf being killed and a human woman nursing the pups, I think that was a stretch. So take the ancient reenactments with a grain of salt.

Because the most fascinating part of the special is how man has gotten involved in the breeding of dogs and selecting for specific traits, and how the many breeds of dogs we see now are genetically linked to wolves.

Continue reading