|Copper the Whopper Beagle spending time with his|
buddy Sammy who is recovering from
I am equally convinced, through observation, that the same sort of thing occurs between canine pack mates as well. I was reminded of this last night:
|The Lovely Shane and I are very greatful|
to these folks for being so nice about meeting
us after 10:00pm last night to help us take
care of Foster Boy Sammy the Beagle!
When we got home, the Lovely Shane and I noticed that he was bleeding a little. We did not worry too much at first. However it got worse and about 10:00 pm, we contacted the veterinarian. We ended up going back to the vet last night. Sammy had developed a blood clot. The veterinarian took care of the problem for Sammy and sent us home with pain medication, anti-inflammatory medication and antibiotics.
I stayed up most of the night just to check on Sammy and make sure he was doing okay. The Lovely Shane and I were not the only ones concerned, however. I am convinced that Copper was also worried.
In retrospect, I actually think that Copper knew the severity of Sammy's problem before we did. When we bring a dog home from the veterinarian, all the other dogs are curious and have to sniff the guy who just survived the evil alien veterinarian (well at least sometimes it seems that is how they see the vet :) ). Copper's reaction was subtly different in this occasion. He sniffed Sammy as usual but he also followed him around everywhere. Copper would not let Sammy out of his sight. At the time I thought Copper had just missed his new little friend. I think it may have been more than that.
|Copper is smart but... I would not|
say he is all that complex. As illustrated
here he has simple motivation... food..
for the proper food Copper will do
practically anything :).
I tell this story to make a point. I have often said and written that dogs are not really complex and they really are not. It helps with training if you understand that dogs are not complex. However, the lack of complexity does not mean that they are unaware of the feelings of their pack mates or their people. In fact quite the contrary is true. Dogs can be very sensitive and perceptive. For instance they sense thunderstorms before there is any indication of bad weather. If you spend a lot of time with your dogs, you will notice a difference in behavior just before a bad storm. In fact, Critten, a Lab/Pit Bull mix that lived with me when I was in Florida was very sensitive to the pressure changes during tropical storms and hurricanes.
|Critten the weather dog :) .|
|Foster Boy Charlie the Beagle, Cody the|
Little Beagle and Trigger the Dapple
Dachshund share a bed.
I have been around dogs most of my life. While I should expect this sensitivity, it is still, frankly, incredible to watch! God gave these guys a great gift and I feel fortunate to have observed these wonderful creatures!
Keep you eye on your dog.... you might be surprised how much you can learn from these little guys and girls!
If you need help training your little canine buddy to be polite please contact me. Remember.... Polite Dogs = Happy People! Let me help you to get happy today!
Till next time
William Moore Canine Training