So I haven't posted for a few days. When that happens I always get a couple emails asking what's going on because I so regularly post to this blog - I could say it's because I just got back from a wonderful yoga and meditation retreat, but there's no way I could justify an expense like that.
Really, I've had a seriously shitty cold, and I've been getting stuff ready so that about 75 people can hear the true and clear gospel according to Silvia Jay this coming weekend on May 1st at Fetch Inc when she's going to talk at a one day seminar about fear and aggression. It's going to be great. I organized a seminar for her last year, and everyone learned a lot - so I know Saturday is going to be just as good. My belief that she is the best dog trainer in Nova Scotia is not something that I say lightly - and that's why I'm so happy that I get to help spread her word in this small way.
I have to admit too that some days it's hard to sit down and dedicate large chunks of my life to a project (this blog) when I'm constantly barraged by denigrating comments about it from other bloggers - describing it as "endless boring pictures of her dogs doing non-fascinating things like running in the park or eating cheese" - and getting harassing emails. It makes you not think that what you're doing is really worthwhile and is making any kind of difference when that's all the feedback you get - is from the people who think you're a piece of shit and you really do deserve to die - for no reason other than you have a blog about dogs that gets a few thousand hits a month. So you could say that I've been doing some navel gazing.
Such as that is though - I'll continue on with a couple articles I found that were interesting in the last few days - one was today about a book club for dog owners that was started in Portland Oregon which was neat - although if I was involved with starting it up all owners would be allowed to bring their dogs - I'd find a venue where all dogs would be allowed. If you're interested in finding an online version of the story - Yahoo has a group that has almost 6,000 members and they do a different book every month - it's at http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/DogRead/ - the article from Oregonlive.com is at the bottom of this post.
I'm putting the next article up because it reminds me of my Dad - an 87 year old guy in Illinois got his 5 year old dog stuck in his automated chair - my Dad has exactly the same chair and all day he goes up and down in it with Buttercup in his lap and I can see this happening to Buttercup - I hope the fire department never has to come to my house with the jaws of life!
I've also been trying to spend time in my backyard too - my Dad has strung up really neat lights that came from our cottage (which he sold this past winter) and we've got a chiminea now (also from there) - I haven't checked yet to see whether or not my wireless will go all the way to the chiminea, but it would be neat if it would. I think I'd be better off it didn't though.
Here are the articles -
Firefighters rescue Illinois dog stuck in reclining chair
NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Three suburban Chicago firefighters rescued a small dog that became trapped inside a mechanized recliner chair by sawing the piece of furniture apart.
Ken Makris says his terrier, Ebonyser, has nerve damage following his Thursday night ordeal but that he is "coming along fine."
Firefighters who responded to an emergency call from the Sunrise of Naperville assisted living center Thursday arrived to find a nurse's aide hanging onto the chair to relieve the pressure on the dog and allow it to breathe. Firefighter and paramedic Scott Bolda says the chair's electrical controls stopped working when Ebonyser become wedged inside.
Makris, 87, says the 5-year-old pooch is on painkillers but that he was able to go out for a walk Monday.
Club in Portland launched for people who love books about dogs
By Jacques Von Lunen,
Despite appearances, the club is for people, not dogs.A dog book club has started in Portland.
No, it's not a club to teach dogs to read -- it's for people who want to share their thoughts on books about dogs.
Guide Dogs for the Blind will organize Portland's first book club just for dog people. Canine-loving bibliophiles will meet once a month at the Guide Dogs for the Blind downtown center.
Dogs enlisted in the guide-dog program are allowed to attend the meetings; pet dogs -- or any other pet species -- aren't. The first meeting is May 12, so you better get reading the current selection, which is "Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior," by Temple Grandin.
The book to discuss the following month will be "Dear Kilroy: A Dog to Guide Us," by Nora Vitz Harrison, who will attend the June 9 meeting.
Bring recommendations for future selections to the first meeting May 12, so organizers can put together a book calendar.For more information contact Sheila Shulleeta via email or call 360-607-1276.
The dog book club will run from 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., and will be held the second Wednesday of each month thereafter. Bring your own lunch; soft drinks will be provided. The GDB downtown center is at 220 S.W. Yamhill Street in Portland.