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Things I've Learned from My Dogs (Seriously) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 March 2010 02:33
  • A large Kong toy will exert enough energy to shatter a glass tabletop when dropped.
    • Kong toys are generally dropped on glass tabletops in the early morning or late evening.
  • A large-breed dog that barks can be heard a distance of two city blocks at 2 am.
  • A small-breed dog that barks can be heard a distance of four city blocks at any time during the day.
  • Australian Shepherds are obsessive-compulsive and will herd everything from cats to small children.
  • A Beagle will eat anything, which is why it’s important not to put your hand in its mouth. It probably won’t try to eat it, but you don’t know what was in there before you.
Last Updated on Saturday, 13 March 2010 08:13
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Management Lessons from Animals PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 February 2010 03:14

Lesson One

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An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing. A small mouse saw the eagle and asked him, "Can I also sit around like you and do nothing?" The eagle answered: "Sure, why not."

So, the mouse sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the mouse and ate it.

Management Lesson:
To be sitting on your butt doing nothing, you must be sitting very high up.

 


Last Updated on Monday, 07 January 2013 18:34
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Teaching a Coyote to Fetch PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Monday, 11 January 2010 02:15

"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog."  – Edward Hoagland

I have a dog who can fetch.

Nothing unusual about that, you say. All dogs can fetch if they're trained properly. Perhaps you are right. However, my dog doesn't fetch toys. He doesn't fetch the newspaper. He doesn't even fetch sticks. He fetches other animals.

Before I get any calls from concerned parents, or outraged animal rights experts, allow me to explain the situation and make a few clarifying points.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 November 2012 20:34
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What Type of Pet Taxpayer Are You? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 17:23

What kind of taxpayer are you? The Complex Cat? The Reliable Dog? The Mousy Critter? The Slow Turtle? The Sly Reptile? Maybe you're the Hard Working Workhorse. Read the descriptions and make your choice. Then figure out how best to spend your refund!


Last Updated on Monday, 07 January 2013 18:29
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Herding Cats PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Saturday, 05 December 2009 03:05

A few years ago, my husband and I got a new dog. We obtained this puppy, whom we christened “Cheiss,” through a series of serendipitous events – more specifically when Sam, my husband, accidentally ran over the little guy with his car.

Now, it’s not that we make a habit of running puppies down with our car. We generally obtain our pets through traditional methods, namely through adoption or rescue (but not a rescue that was caused by us).

This event was unusual to say the least, and occurred when the puppy bolted across six lanes of traffic, moving at roughly 45 mph,and darted directly under Sam’s vehicle. So, the running over part was a bit inevitable.

(There is an argument that Cheiss threw himself under the car because on some level, he knew his situation couldn’t get much worse and in the process won the equivalent of the doggy lottery, but we’ll never know for sure…)

Needless to say, my husband was devastated. And so, he frantically called me from his cell phone after the young pup miraculously scampered off from his 45-mph collision and disappeared into the nearby desert.

"I can’t find him anywhere," Sam frantically reported. "Come help me look for him!"


Last Updated on Saturday, 09 March 2013 22:39
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