My German shepherd, Alli, is standoffish with strange people and will bark to let us know we have company when they first arrive, but once she knows they belong here, she is fine. Most of the UPS drivers give her treats and she’s always happy to see them.
The folks we got her from had at least one other dog, a couple of cats, and some kids. We got the impression it was kind of a hectic household, and Alli seems to enjoy being in a more mellow environment here at our place. She gets along with our two cats very well. She and Mai Lin are buddies and they play all the time. She chases the other cat, BeeBee, and sometimes BeeBee starts the game if Alli is busy with one of her toys and ignores her.
However, one concern I have had is that since we brought her home six months ago, she has not been socialized with other dogs. Except for an incident a few months ago when three dogs coming down the street ran into the yard and attacked her, she hasn’t been around other dogs much at all.
But the other day, this big old hound dog wandered into our backyard. Alli barked at him at first, but he was a friendly guy and after a moment or two of sniffing each other, they got along like old pals, playing and chasing each other around the pasture. Eventually, he wandered off to wherever he came from.
Now that the weather is cooling down, I plan to take Alli with me when I run errands in the truck to expose her to new people and new places and new experiences. And hopefully some other dogs.
While we’re on the subject of dogs, or any pets as far as that goes, sometimes accidents happen. It might be from a fight with another animal, some mischief they got into on their own, or even something we humans do inadvertently. This was brought home to us last week while trimming Alli’s nails. I’m not sure if she jerked her foot or if the clippers got a little too close, but suddenly her foot was bleeding and it didn’t want to stop at first. Eventually we got it under control, and I was reminded of two items I always used to keep on hand for my dogs : BleedStop and Rapid Seal. Both will stop bleeding quickly, and I made it a point to order some of both from Amazon.
They work good on people, too. Just the other day, Terry and Alli were playing and she hooked a nail in Terry’s arm, tearing the skin and causing it to bleed. With some Rapid Seal and pressure from a folded-up paper towel we got it stopped quickly. If you have pets, kids, or a clumsy husband like me, they are well worth having around. You never know when you might need something like that.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
Thought For The Day – Upgrading your lifestyle is cheap if you buy fewer but higher quality items. One good item is always better than two cheap ones.