Monday, January 10, 2011

A Smart Dog: Dolly Heads off a Potential Incident

Dr. Stanley Coren, DVM wrote several books about dogs, one called "The Intelligence of Dogs." I've read them and have learned that dogs can attain the intelligence of a 5 year old human child in many respects. Some dogs understand several hundred words. Dogs have lots of emotion just like people. Dogs can be taught things, just like humans and they figure things out on their own.   Today, our 6 year old Weimaraner, Dolly Loretta did something that amazed me.
Dolly
  We have a 14 year old foster dog named "Sprite" who is a dachshund. In the most recent 3 months of his life he was living with an elderly person who was unable to let him out, so he unlearned his bathroom habits and did his business indoors. As a result, when we took him in as a foster dog, we quickly learned that simply gating him in the kitchen didn't prevent him from peeing on the drapes hanging in front of our sliding glass doors if we were gone more than 2 1/2 hours. He has to be crated whenever we go out- He does go to the door when he has to go out- he just can't be left alone more than two plus hours.
  This morning, all the dogs were still snoozing in the bedroom while I was shaving and getting ready for the day. Dolly and Franklin were on the bed and Sprite in his own little bed beside our bed. During the time I was getting ready, Dolly jumped off the bed and came into and out of the bathroom 3 times quickly  signaling me.

I immediately understood she was trying to tell me that Sprite got out of his bed and was walking around. That way, I could let him and the others out before Sprite peed in the house.Dolly has watched before as we told him "no" to peeing in the house and she figured out that we need to be notified before he gets himself into trouble.

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Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

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