Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Thursday, September 25, 2014

So Just How Attached To Your Dog Are You?

If your reading this your probably like me, which means your pretty attached to your dog and probably consider him a family member.  You may even call him your fur child or your 4 legged kid.  Here at our house, my now 14 year old grew up being, affectionately referred to as my human puppy.  She knew, from me, that was a compliment of the highest order and now every once in a while in a tender moment she'll come give me a hug and say "I'm your human puppy" usually followed by a kiss on the cheek.

Want to compare your relationship with your dog to other peoples relationship with theirs?  In a Harris Poll  conducted in May 2011:
  • 91% of pet owners consider their pet to be family members.  
  • 57% Say they let their pets sleep with them frequently and only 23% say they never do.  
  • 60 % have bought their pet holiday presents 
  • 36% have bought their pet a birthday present
  • 24% have cooked specifically for their pet
  • 16% have dressed them in some type of clothing
  • 11% have taken their pet to work with them

And now there is even a test for measuring your attachment to your dog.
Psychologists at the university of Kentucky in Lexington have produced a simple test you can take.

The Lexington Pet Attachment index is an easy 6 question test.

Yes 5    Maybe 3    Don't know 1    No 0

  • Do you consider your dog a friend?
  • Do you talk to your dog?
  • Would you say that owning a dog adds to your happiness?
  • Do you talk to others about your dog?
  • Do you often play with your dog
  • Does your dog know how you feel about things?

The higher the your score, the higher your attachment to your dog.  The life of the same dog living with a high scorer would be very different from the life he would live with a low scorer.

Some picture sent to me over the years, from shopping to ATVing, couch time to out and about time.  We love our dogs!



My score was 30 BTW.  What was yours and what things do you and your dog share?


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Now is a great time ....

If your looking to add a new dog or puppy to your family we have both puppies and adults and males and females to choose from.

I have begun listing them on the website but not all are on there yet.  All our adults are housetrained, crate trained and know the basics.   The youngest puppies were born on Dec 17, 2013 but we also have a few puppies older than that available.  I do not anticipate having any litters for the remainder of 2014.

We will also have a few adult girls for sale over the spring and summer.

If you want a dog without the hassle of housetraining, puppy proofing your home or having to start from scratch now is the time to make the leap.  

Friday, November 1, 2013

Annie, I will miss you so


Ch. Barnstorms Ann of Ivy Gables

1/20/98 - 10/22/13

We lost Annie to renal failure and are heartbroken to not have her with us anymore.  Rest in peace Annie and know how much I will miss you each and every day.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Dogs, Kids and Dog Tricks

Schools out for summer and what's a bored kid to do?   

Malia's been training the dogs and both she and the dogs have been loving it.  I don't know who's been having more fun with this, Malia or the dogs.  Mini Mouse especially adores it. I don't know if it's because of the treats involved because it's clicker trained or she just thinks it's fun.  Malia taught her sit and lie down and to walk nicely on a leash first.  Then she moved onto the "tricks" of spinning around in a circle and to shake hands or paws if you will.   

She's been using the workbook  for 101 Dog Tricks which has flash cards that rate each trick 1 - 4 for difficulty and on the back of each card are the written instructions for each step of training a trick.   It's a neat little book.  It's got a dvd with it too.   It's probably the best book on training various tricks and we've read quite a few books on the subject.