Tag Archive | dog

What’s the Point?

Mongo is a pointing Labrador.  That means not only does he retrieve, but he will find birds and hold a point over then too.  But how many people had actually considered the impact on dogs when people point.  Mongo is pretty good at interpreting human finger pointing, which seems easy.  But according to the article below, the ability of dogs to interpret human finger pointing is a major accomplishment.

http://thebark.com/content/whats-point

Kachess Ridge Trail

It was now noon.  Dad needed to figure out how to burn off some of the massive amounts of sugar Mongo had  recently consumed.  (Click HERE to read about Mongo and molasses.) Poor Dad had run errands for Mom-mom all morning as penance for leaving the molasses and corn syrup out where Mongo could find them.

Now he needed to get Mongo moving before all that sugar turned to pudge.  He studied his copy of “Best Hikes with Dogs”

“Kachess”, he said aloud to Mongo.  We’re going to hike the Kachess Ridge.  It was exceptionally warm for the first day of May, but that shouldn’t be problem thought Dad.  There was plenty of water along the route and he would carry some extra water and doggie nom-noms just in case.

The various guides Dad had consulted promised,

“The trail to Kachess Beacon is steep much of the way, but it is easy to get to, well-shaded, and less than three miles long.”

It seemed like a good choice.  It was a bit closer than Dad’s favorite hike to Snoquera.  And since it was already noon, they did not have a lot of time to spend in transit.  It had a 1500 ft climb, so they would get a good workout, and it looked like a fun hike… Read More…

How Did He Get that Open?

Dad came home from work and walked up the driveway.  There on the ground, right where Drewbie parks his Jeep Cherokee was a large oil spot.   Dad shook his head.  He told Drewbie to be extra careful if he was going to change oil in the driveway, but now there was a big oil spot.  Dad continued around the bins at the back of the house until he saw…

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An Apple a Day…

Mongo has had his issues with apples.  Last fall he learned that it is not always safe to pick apples up from the ground, since one can never be sure if a mean-spirited critter, like a yellow jacket, has taken up residence in the apple, and might object to becoming part of Mongo’s snack.  But in the interest of continuing education…

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Not the Sharpest Tool…

Mongo is very bright when food is involved.  He can open jars.  He can snatch food off the table without moving the plate.  He can even push open stuck (but not closed) doors if it suits his purpose.  But one morning this week, Dad turned around to see Mongo stuck on a rope in the local park.  Mongo was quite at a loss as to how to get off the rope.  Dad shook his head.

“Buddy, I can’t see you lasting very long in the wild.”

Colonel Mongo in the Parlor… with Molasses!

Bad Dad left a bottle of molasses in the kitchen and poor Mongo has to pay the price.

Why Fear of Predators is Important

A study was just released that documented that the “fear of predators” is as important as the predator’s presecence itself.  As humans hve removed the apex predators in many ecosystems, the behavior of the meso-predators has changed, allowing them to spend more time eating and sleeping and less time worrying about getting eaten. (See more at Seattle Times by clicking HERE.)

Why is this an important issue?  It is important mostly so we can avoid this…

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