Rhapsody in Bloo

A dogumentary of my life with Bloo


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Don’t spook the dog this Halloween

Dogs on HaalloweenIt’s that time of year again for trick-or-treaters, costumes and candy. All of which can be very scary for our furry friends. This Halloween take some precautions to keep your pooch safe from the spookiness.

  • No treats for your sweets – be sure to keep the candy jar out of reach as even the smallest piece of chocolate can be dangerous for your dog.
  • No candles – many candles are toxic for dogs and can be dangerous if knocked over.
  • Make costumes optional – Don’t force your dog to wear a costume. Though some dogs love the attention, it can be scary for others.
  • You dog doesn’t have to be a trick-or-treater greeter – People coming to your door in costumes can be very upsetting to your pooch so keep them in a safe room while trick-or-treaters visit.
  • Welcome party poopers – it’s okay for your dog to be a party pooper and might be happier in a quiet room away from the party.
  • Make sure your dog has an ID – If you’re out and about with your dog make sure he/she has an id tag on in case they get spooked and run off.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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Porch-sitting in summertime

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Bloo porch-sits as he patiently awaits our resident chipmunk who likes to run laps across the street and back.

He taunts Bloo with his speedy moves as he dodges cars driving up and down our street.

We don’t know whether Mr. Chipmunk is teasing Bloo or just playing a serious game of car-dodge while he gathers food in preparation for the winter months.

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Dogmageddon, a dog’s 4th of July

4th of JulyIt’s the 4th of July weekend and a celebratory one for us humans. However, in a dog’s life it’s probably one of the most stressful. With lots of people, cars, dogs, fireworks, parades and all sorts of new and exciting noises surrounding us, you can’t blame them for being a bit stressed.

This past week has been a ruff one for the dogs (and their people) in my neighborhood. In two days, three dogs got off their leash and ran free on our busy street. One got hit by a car (and is doing fine now, thank God) and the other two decided to attack my little boy Bloo and in the process I got a big ole dog bite (or two) that is now sporting nice shade of purple. Luckily my leg will heal and all dogs involved are fine.

It’s just a reminder that this time of year can be a stressful one for our pets, it’s a time I like to call, Dogmageddon.

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A Poem for Bloo

To my reactive boy, Bloo

There is no need to lunge and bark
at another dog on a leash.
Because, trust me babe, I got this
I’ll protect you from that beast.

When a visitor comes a knocking
and stands at our front door,
There is no need for you to bark
Especially if they’ve been here before.

I know you’re trying to protect me
In every way you can.
Your love for me is deeper
Than any woman for any man.

But trust me when I tell you,
I love you more than words can say,
away from harm I will keep you,
every…single…day.

For you are my companion,
my love and my daily joy,
you bring me such happiness
my precious little boy.

So take heed my friend
And learn to seize the day.
Enjoy just running in the field
and pooping in the hay.

Relish in the life
of a dog that is care free.
Worry no more my little boy Bloo
’cause there is no need to watch over me.

 


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The past is the past

reactive dogAs you probably know, Bloo is a rescue. I rescued him from a kill shelter in South Carolina and he came with a slew of issues as most shelter dogs do. I don’t know what happened before he met me but whatever it is made him a very frightened dog.

Most dogs learn to be fearful and reactive and are not born with it. There are some things we do as their owners that contribute to their reactivity and encourages them to continue their behavior.

For example, dogs bark when there is a change in their surroundings. One change might be the mailman walking onto our porch to deliver the mail. Bloo hears this and starts barking. In his eyes, his barking worked. The mailman came, heard him bark and left. A job well done. Continue reading


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Lessons from my furry Valentine

Valentines Day

Since the 17th Century people have been celebrating Saint Valentine’s day by exchanging tokens of their affection to the ones they love. It can be very romantic and a good excuse to take time to appreciate that someone special in your life. For me that someone special is my dog Bloo.

You might think that because of this (and the fact that I have dog blog), I might be a little dog crazy. This could be true (but seriously, look at that face!).

This year, on Valentine’s Day I’m celebrating all the gifts that Mr. B. has given me. He’s given me the gift of love, companionship, entertainment, security, and the thought of coming home to someone who is excited to see me every…single…time. He reminds me daily what sacrifice and comprise means and how we should always live in the moment.

So this Valentine’s day, in the midsts of our busy lives, let’s take a moment to reflect on the gifts we receive daily from the ones we love.

Happy Valentine’s Day.


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Training a reactive dog

dog parkBloo and I have been together now for a year and a half. During our time together we’ve been working diligently on his separation anxiety, reactivity and basic dog manners. He has come a long way.

When I first got Bloo I couldn’t walk him on a leash near people, dogs, squirrels, cyclists or anything moving basically, without him lunging, barking and pretty much going nuts. It made for some stressful walks for both of us.

In the last year though, through repetition and lots of patience, we have made loads of progress. We can now walk down the street on a leash while runners run by, cyclists ride by and people walk close to us. We still get a bit distracted by squirrels, in Bloo’s defense they are just asking to be chased. We also still have some work to do when we see other dogs on a leash.

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