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The Mysterious Science Behind Lifesaving Dogs

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cnn.itTHE MYSTERIOUS SCIENCE BEHIND LIFESAVING DOGS Firefighters rescuing a trapped infant inside a burning house in Baltimore, Maryland, last summer reportedly found an unbelievable sight. Often our dogs cue into subtle but important things about us. How do they do it? Read this article about some of the things we’re learning about dogs.

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Buddy Loves Trucks

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Buddy Love Trucks Buddy is our 2 year old male black lab. We adopted him two months ago and with each passing day we learn more about him. One of the first things we learned is that he loves riding in the truck. Buddy scrambles for the garage door with the slightest movement, putting on of shoes, or jingling of keys. He’s determined not to be left behind and will leap into the truck without prompting, even when you’re trying to block him from getting in. I’ve gotten in the habit of taking him with me everywhere I go because...

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Guidelines for Meditation When You Live with Two Kids, Three Dogs, Two Cats and One Spouse

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Plan A 1. Go away, far away, to some quiet isolated spot with no phone or internet service, preferably an undisclosed location. 2. Realize Plan A is impossible. Embrace Plan B. Plan B 1. Remind yourself it is essential to get dogs inside prior to beginning your session so as not to be interrupted by barking. 2. Immediately ignore The Dog Location Rule and leave one or more dogs outside. 3. If your kids are home, inform them you’ll be meditating for the next 20 minutes. Close the bedroom door. 4. Sit down, settle yourself into your seat, take a...

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Door Bells

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Over the years before Queso, we easily and quickly house trained three puppies. Queso trained quickly too–but then we found she kept sneaking off to pee in out of the way places in the house. More than once, we had to go back to square one with our house training with her and then watch her very closely. We finally concluded her signals she needed to go out were so quiet and subtle we often missed them. Rather than get louder or more insistent about her needs she’d sneak off. She’s a independent dog, quiet, stoic and smart. Unlike our...

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Hounded

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Dogged. Hounded. Now it is crystal clear to me where these words come from. Definition from Merriam-Webster online: to chase or bother (someone or something) in a constant or determined way. Janie the Black Lab has raised hounding to an art. On most days at least ½ hour before mealtime, she starts to follow me around, to stand and stare at me and sometimes even bark at me because, in her estimation, it is time to eat. I am impressed by her ability—or her stomach’s ability—to tell time. The problem is that 4:30 is the new 5:00. It seems that...

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