Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fuzzybutt Logic

Tonight I'm trying to understand the criteria by which one chooses a companion.  Malcolm and Murphy were brought into my life by ex-girlfriends. I kept the dogs but not the girls which means I came out way ahead.  Hudson was serendipitous.  But now it's a whole new ballgame.

Sheila and Tish have done an outstanding job of expanding the playing field but this is where it gets tough.  Having to choose. 

According to the World English Dictionary, Fuzzy Logic is defined as a branch of logic designed to allow degrees of imprecision in reasoning and knowledge, typified by terms such as `very', `quite possibly', and `unlikely', to be represented in such a way that the information can be processed by computer. 

But a much simpler way to think of Fuzzy Logic is how it works and that's through 'IF-THEN' statements.  IF this occurs THEN do this.  Smart appliances, like a washing machine, use it to determine water and temperature levels, cycle times, etc. 

I use it to adopt a puppy. 

Not out of intention but necessity.  Emotionally I just haven't been commited to making a decision and that's not surprising since it's only been two months since Murphy was laid to rest.  Plus, if I decided solely on emotion, I'd adopt all of the homeless puppies here.  

But as a man of nature I resolved long ago to abide by her laws and limit myself to having only as many dogs as I had arms.  That's two last time I checked.  Now I know some of you are overachievers and that's okay. 

So almost entirely emotionally removed, I've been approaching this analytically like I'm trying to solve a mathematical problem.  Or purchase a pair of sneakers.  IF I adopted this puppy THEN... 

IF I adopted a mix rather than full blooded Pyrenees THEN maybe my next dog will be less likey to develop cancer since I am 2 for 2 with cancer in Pyrs. 

IF the puppy likes water THEN I could buy a boat and me, Hudson, and the puppy could ride my pony up on that boat.... Wait that's a Lyle Lovett song. 

The problem is puppies.  They and even the adoption process itself ultimately defy logic.  It's messy, unscientific, and...  Can't I just get another girlfriend to get one for me again?  That's a helluva lot easier than picking a puppy. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Puppy Primer

The NEW EDITION of The Puppy Primer is an updated and expanded version of our best-selling Puppy Primer, used by thousands of trainers across the country. New dog owners love it because it provides clear and concise information that makes training effective and fun.

Purchase The Puppy Primer at

Almost twice the size of the original, The Puppy Primer covers basics like sit, down, stand, and come, as well as no jumping, walking by your side, the Puppy Pause, take/drop it, and games like fetch.

Expanded sections/special topics include:
~ Socialization
~ Positive Reinforcement
~ House Training
~ Crate Training
~ Handling/Collar Touch
~ How to Stop Unwanted Behavior
~ Helping Puppies Conquer Their Fears
~ How Play Teaches Obedience and
Emotional Control
~ How Not to Play!
~ Lots of New Tricks and Games
~ Adolescence

New Dog in the Household?

New Dog in the Household?

Author, Glenda Herrin

A Training Tip from Glenda Herrin, Owner of Heeling Hounds Dog Training, in El Paso, TX.

When a dog joins a new household, think of it as being his first week at a new job - - he doesn't know what the household rules are. We can help educate our dogs on what our 'policies' are by establishing consistent rules and making sure all family members follow the same routine. This lets our dogs know exactly what they are allowed and not allowed to do. Think back to when you last started a new job: you needed to learn such rules as whether business attire was mandatory, whether work hours were flexible, whether you were allowed to put your feet up on the desk, and whether you could wear flip flops and drink beer. You were no doubt informed of company policies in a calm, matter-of-fact way, with no anger, resentment, rancor or shouting (well, except for the beer and flip-flops situation!). That's how we need to educate our dogs - - calmly and without anger, resentment, or frustration - - because how can we be angry with them for not following our rules if they haven't been taught what the rules are?

Thanks for this fantastic tip, Glenda! Glenda's website is

Monday, August 29, 2011

Devon's New Home!

Remember our Adorable, Adoptable SPIN pyr Devon?

Well she has been adopted!

Check her out at home with her new sisters.

Go Devon!!!

Sheila Rinks is the editor of Finding Fuzzybutt Four, producer of the Raising Indiana podcast and shares her home with her husband, 4 Great Pyrenees and 2 very well-fed kitties.


Matilda Chicken Chaser to be exact! Don't let the name scare you, this little lady just needs love and guidance and maybe a long daily walk to burn off some excess energy!

Boxer/Great Pyrenees Mix: An adoptable dog in Marble Hill, MO

Matilda was adopted to an elderly widow. Her purpose was to be a guardian for her and for her prized chickens. OH DEAR, little Matilda became bored. She was a simple puppy, with curious energy and no other dogs or kids to play with so one bright day she did a not so-bright thing She decided to chase those prized chickens

Yep, it was just too much fun! She did not want to stop once she got started. She found it easier to catch them if she grabbed them by the neck!

Well, this was not how the story was suppose to end, but it did for Matilda. She came back to live on our happy ranch with over 50 other dogs and she has been happy every since.

NOW Matilda can find someone to play when ever she is in the mood. Matilda is not a wild child. On-the-contrary, she is usually pretty quiet. There are lots of things to see, places to explore and plenty dogs to hang out with if she so desires.

Matilda would be the happiest in a home with somewhat active humans and maybe another dog. She has a muted spotted tan on lighter tan coat suitable for the outdoors or as an inside pet. This girl glides like a large bird in flight when she trots (so beautiful).

IF little Matilda interests you by her picture and story, imagine how much you will like her when you MEET her! She should mature in the 50 to 60 pound range.

Matildas adoption fee is $150, with a $50 refund if a vet other than our vet spays her. Call Marilyn to adopt her at 573-722-3035 . Call between 9:30am to 9:30pm Central time.

We ship all over the USA.

More about Matilda Chicken Chaser

Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary colors: Apricot or Beige, White or Cream • Coat length: Short

Matilda Chicken Chaser's Contact Info

Bollinger County Stray Project, Marble Hill, MO

Sabrina & Sox

Sabrina & Sox

Great Pyrenees/Labrador Retriever Mix: An adoptable dog in Marietta, GA

These puppies are adorable they have been with their mum and now must find their new families and homes - please call 770-402-0297 or email

Great breed mix and wonderful disposition for family or singles

More about Sabrina

Pet ID: 842-00-0811 • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary color: White or Cream • Coat length: Medium

More about Sox

Pet ID: 842-64-0811 • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary colors: Black, White or Cream • Coat length: Medium

Sabrina & Sox’s Contact Info

Animals Deserve Better Inc, Marietta, GA

Great Pyrenees Books

The first Great Pyrenees Sire and Dam in America

Mary Crane, Basquaerie Great Pyrenees, poses Ch. Urdos de Soum and

Blanchette, the first breeding pair of Great Pyrenees in the USA.

Photograph: February, 1933

Photo Courtesy of

So you want to learn more about this amazing breed. Maybe you're new to the pyr world or you are wondering why your beloved fuzzybutt sleeps all day & barks all night. These are a few great books on the breed. Some are extremely rare.

The New Complete Great Pyrenees by Paul D. Strang

The Great Pyrenees--From France With Love by Joseph B. Gentzel

The Great Pyrenees Club of America-June 1949

The Pyrenean Mountain Dog by John Frazer Gordon

Also visit for incredible stories about how this breed made it's way to America and the Great Pyrenees' role & history during the World Wars.

Positive Based Trainers and Experts

A Few of My Favorite Trainers and Animal Experts.

There are many opinions and techniques used in the world of Animal Science and in the name of training but I prescribe to a purely-positive technique and thought process. I have seen the benefits of these beliefs as dogs learn and thrive. I have also seen the consequences of other training methods gone bad… I’d like to offer a few of my mentors and the experts I turn to when advice is needed. When looking for a trainer or behavioral expert please do your due diligence. Your dog will thank you for it!

Dr. Patricia McConnell

Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, (CAAB) has made a lifelong commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals. She is known worldwide as an expert on canine and feline behavior and dog training, and for her engaging and knowledgeable dog training books, DVDs and seminars. Patricia has seen clients for serious behavioral problems since 1988, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching "The Biology and Philosophy of Human/Animal Relationships." For fourteen years she dispensed advice about behavior problems, and information about animal behavior research, on Wisconsin Public Radio's Calling All Pets, which was heard in over 90 cities around the country.

A highly-sought after speaker
on dog behavior and training, McConnell has presented seminars all over the United States, and in Canada, Germany, Australia, Sweden, Belgium and New Zealand. In 2011 she'll be speaking in Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Scotland and Madison, WI. (see Events).

She is the author of the much-acclaimed books The Other End of the Leash (which is now published in 13 languages), For the Love of A Dog: Understanding Emotions in You and Your Best Friend and Tales of Two Species. Her self-published book and booklets on dog training and dog and cat behavior problems continually receive rave reviews from professional trainers, veterinarians and dog and cat lovers from all over the world. Dr. McConnell is also the behavior columnist for the Bark magazine ( "the New Yorker of Dog Magazines") and writes for many other publications, including APDT's Chronicle of the Dog and Natural History. She has made numerous television appearances, including spots with Anderson Cooper on CNN, Martha Stewart and Wayne Brady.

Patricia received her Ph.D. in Zoology in 1988 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison researching dog behavior and communication between professional trainers and working domestic animals. Her dissertation received the prestigious Allee Award from the Animal Behavior Society in that same year. Patricia and Nancy Raffetto founded Dog's Best Friend, Ltd in 1988. Dogs Best Friend Training, LLC is now owned and operated by the very capable Aimee Moore of Madison, WI. For more information about dog training classes and behavior consultation in the Madison, WI area, go to Patricia has one dog, one confident cat and a very spoiled flock of sheep on a small farm in Southwestern Wisconsin. Her two Border Collie, Willie, keeps her outside and active, and the memories of her beloved Great Pyrenees, Tulip, keep her humble. Trisha suffers from Separation Anxiety each time she leaves her dogs at home when she leaves on her numerous speaking engagements around the country.

Dr. McConnell has many wonderfully insightful books about the love of dogs and dog behavior but my two top recommendations are: The Other End Of The Leash and For The Love Of A Dog.

Karen Pyror

Karen Pryor is the CEO of Karen Pryor Clickertraining and Karen Pryor Academy.

Karen is an active, leading spokesperson and teacher for effective force-free training across the globe. Her work with dolphins in the 1960's revolutionized animal training by pioneering and popularizing force-free training methods based on operant conditioning and the conditioned reinforcer.

Karen’s 40-year career working with and educating scientists, professional trainers, and pet owners has changed the lives of countless animals and their caretakers in zoos, oceanariums, and pet-owning households.

She is the author of six books, including Don’t Shoot the Dog!, the "bible" of training with positive reinforcement. Her most recent book, Reaching the Animal Mind, is about how to bring out the undiscovered creativity, intelligence, and personality of the animals in our lives. Karen lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.

Jan Casey

Jan Casey is a reward-based trainer in Florida and owner of Smiles and Wags Pet Services . Mrs. Casey is a member of the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals. Mrs. Casey is a columnist for the Cookeville, Tennessee Herald-Citizen Pet Pages and Kid's Korner .

Casey is also a friend and has trained and worked closely with my four dogs throughout their lives. She is the reason I became interested in Animal Behavior and Positive Training.

Stanley Coren

Do you want to fully understand your dog, be able to clearly read his body language? Ever wonder what colors dogs see? The answer is not what you might think…

Stanley Coren’s books explore what it is truly like to be Canine.

"Science may never comprehend the full extent of what dogs know about language, problem solving, the past, the future, God, time or philosophy. In the end, we must content ourselves with the fact that dogs know enough to be dogs -- which is all that is really required of them." Stanley Coren

Finally, the two books on my nightstand right now are Dog Sense by John Bradshaw and Inside of a Dog:What Dogs See, Smell and Know by Alexandra Horowitz. The best way to help our furry friends is to begin by understanding what it is like to be in their fur. It seems like an interesting place to be.

Choosing the Right Dog.

Author, Jan Casey

Make the Right Choice When Choosing Your Four-Legged Friend

No doubt about it – the weather is beautiful, people are spending more time outside, and activities with our four-legged friends are on the rise. Wait! What’s that? You don’t have a dog? Well, no better time than now to find a new furry friend with whom to spend the next ten to fifteen years. So how do you choose a dog that’s right for you? Start by asking yourself the right questions.

What age dog do I want? Puppies are so cute. They have energy, they are easy to train, they are easy to handle. They also mess in the house, need lots of attention, and need a great deal of training. Middle aged dogs are more likely to be house trained, have some basic manners, and you are more likely to know what you have as far as personality goes. It’s also possible they may have a habit or two that will require effort on your part to change. Older dogs are likely to be calmer, house trained, and ready to enjoy life at a slower pace. They may be more prone to health problems. Decide how you like to spend your free time – outside playing and hiking, or inside reading a book. If it is the former, look at a younger dog or puppy. If it is the latter, consider an older dog who will be happy to just relax next to you and cuddle.

How much grooming do I want to do? While all dogs must be groomed to some extent, think of how much time and money you want to spend. Long haired dogs will require daily brushing. Some dogs will need special clips to keep them from becoming matted, requiring the services of a groomer.

What type of dog should I choose? Knowing the characteristics of dog breeds is a must. A great place to check out this information is . If you prefer a quiet lifestyle or have small children, do not look at dogs in the herding group. To paraphrase Dr. Patricia McConnell, “they need a job to do and if you don’t provide it, they will make one up. Chances are you won’t like it.” If living space is an issue, check out the toy or terrier breeds. Since dog characteristics can vary greatly even within a breed group, this site can provide much needed information. This site offers breed rescue group information, but remember that many shelters also receive purebreds . Check with them first. Putting your name on a specific breed waiting list can connect you with a dog you’ve always wanted.

Where should I purchase a dog? You may be aware of the story presented by Oprah Winfrey just a few weeks ago. Her show exposed puppy mills and the horrors that occur within their walls. Even if you are not worried about the senseless over-breeding of these dogs and the horrors of their living conditions, you should worry about buying a puppy from one of these unethical breeders. Their puppies generally have severe health problems throughout life and behavioral problems, too. Do not be fooled into thinking you are being heroic, saving a puppy. Chances are the puppy will become a drain on the family finances as well as the family’s mental well-being. If you want purebred,know that the word “registered” will not guarantee a good pup. Look for a breeder who is committed to improving the breed. They will generally be able to show you the puppy’s pedigree and any titles in the lineage. They will also have, in writing, a guarantee to take the puppy back should there be a problem. Ask for references from people who own dogs from previous breedings, then check on their satisfaction. Also look for health test certifications which rate specific breed weaknesses such as heart, eye, or hip problems for each parent. The best of the best breeders will also be involved in breed rescue. Purebred or not, you should meet both parents of the puppies and they should be friendly and well-mannered.

Please consider that some of the best dogs in the world are the ones that have no pedigree and who have been abandoned by a previous owner. Just because a dog is a shelter dog does not mean it has a problem. Some end up there because families are undergoing financial hardships or divorce, some because their owners must move to locations which do not allow pets, such as nursing homes. A dog adopted from a shelter is truly rescued and he will repay your kindness with unconditional love for life. Please consider saving a life and adopting a new friend today!

Jan Casey is a reward-based trainer in Florida and owner of Smiles and Wags Pet Services . Mrs. Casey is a member of the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals. Mrs. Casey is a columnist for the Cookeville, Tennessee Herald-Citizen Pet Pages and Kid's Korner . This column was originally written for the Herald-Citizen .

Are You Ready for A Puppy?

Author, Jan Casey

There she sat. A little red dog with one brown eye and one blue eye. A puppy, Maggie, sitting in the shelter, waiting for someone to come rescue her, perhaps someone with children, perhaps someone with a large yard in which she could run or perhaps an older owner who just wants companionship. Maggie was found running on a street in bad shape. She was now clean with a roof over her head, but alone except for the workers who came to play with her for a short while daily. When I met Maggie, I was participating in an internship at the Peaceable Paws Dog Training Academy. My assignment was to train her so she would be more adoptable and so I could learn better training techniques. We interns had walked through the shelter the day before, looking at the dogs, making mental notes as to which one we would like to choose as our partner for the next week. Maggie was not on my list. She was a puppy and I hadn’t worked with a puppy for a few years. She was anxious, squatting every time someone spoke to her. She was too cute; I could get attached, but I couldn’t adopt her as I had no more room in my small home for another dog. All the other dogs on my list were chosen before I could blink, so Maggie would be with me, sharing with me the jobs of student and teacher. Fate has a funny way of teaching us what we need to learn.

I use the lessons that Maggie and my own dogs have taught me with Finn, Sigi, and Baylee Rae in my puppy class. Puppies are fun. They make you laugh. They remind us what it’s like to see things for the first time. They also depend on us. They are needy. They make mistakes and they have accidents. They are not perfect. If you are thinking of getting a puppy, please consider the following requirements that the pup will have:

Equipment: Your pup will need a leash and several collars as he grows (flat buckle or martingale, never prong, shock or choke as they can cause physical and emotional damage). He will need a top quality food, toys, grooming supplies, food and water bowls. He will need a crate. Even if you rarely use the crate at home, crate training allows a dog to be less stressed in the event of boarding or a stay at the vet’s office.

Veterinary care: Pups need a series of shots to protect them from diseases, some of which can be fatal. Vaccinations must be maintained on a yearly basis after the first series. Monthly heartworm medication is a must. You will need to establish a good relationship with a caring and knowledgeable vet as you will see the vet many times throughout your dog’s lifetime.

Training: The number one reason that cute little puppies become dogs in shelters is behavior issues. Positive training can help you address issues that might otherwise cause them to be surrendered to a shelter. Puppies need to be socialized before 16 weeks of age in order to learn about the world and avoid fear issues which later may become aggression. Socialization is more that learning basic commands such as “sit” and “down.” Puppy socialization class should be followed by manners class so the pup can learn proper behavior that allows it to be a part of the family at all times.

Time and Patience: Young puppies need to be taken outside every hour (more if they are playing hard), immediately upon awakening, and right after eating or drinking. They will need exercise and lots of it. You will need to find the time to take them outside for exercise even when you are too tired, it’s too cold or hot, or you just want to watch TV. They will have accidents, they will wake you at 2 a.m. to go out and then just sniff, they will chew your daughter’s $100 ballet shoes (ask my sister), they will destroy anything within their reach that you find important and irreplaceable. You will need to search deep in your soul for the patience needed to deal with these things and to keep from reacting to those who say “ This too shall pass” even though you know they are right.

Please look beyond the big eyes and floppy ears when considering whether to get a puppy. Think of the requirements he will have. Think about whether you are willing and able to provide for him over the next 14 years. If not, please consider adopting an older dog who will probably have fewer needs and an established personality. Older dogs probably will be past their destructive phase, and they seem to be aware and grateful that they are taken into a loving home. The shelter has many wonderful dogs for adoption and there are breed specific rescue groups as well.

As for Maggie, I do not know her outcome. She learned well and taught me much. I pray nightly that she was lucky enough to be adopted by someone who could love her and learn from her just as I did in our short time together.

Jan Casey is a reward-based trainer in Florida and owner of Smiles and Wags Pet Services . Mrs. Casey is a member of the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals. Mrs. Casey is a columnist for the Cookeville, Tennessee Herald-Citizen Pet Pages and Kid's Korner . This column was originally written for the Herald-Citizen .

Friday, August 26, 2011



Saint Bernard St. Bernard/Great Pyrenees Mix: An adoptable dog in Asheville, NC

I am just a 4 month old big male BABY! My name is BAILEY. I will be a big beautiful boy...100 lbs when grown. I require a home that will love a big dog and can take care of a big guys needs. Happy, playful, loving, baby.....BEING FOSTERED in North Georgia if you want to meet me. love BAILEY, me.

More about BAILEY

Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Primary colors: Tricolor (Brown, Black & White), White or Cream • Coat length: Medium

BAILEY's Contact Info

S.T.I.C.K.S. ORG. Supplying Tech. In Co. Kill She, Asheville, NC



Great Pyrenees/Australian Shepherd Mix: An adoptable dog in Frankfort, KY

Ariel is one of 7 puppies that were brought into the shelter as strays. She is a Shepherd Mix colored White. They are all extremely playful and loving pups that need to be in a home. Come see them today, to foster, adopt, or sponsor! Adopt, Foster, or Sponsor Today! Contact the Franklin County Humane Society for more information 1041 Kentucky Ave Frankfort, KY 40601 502-875-7297 Twitter - @fchsky

More about Ariel

Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary color: White or Cream • Coat length: Medium

Ariel's Contact Info

Franklin County Humane Society, Frankfort, KY



Great Pyrenees Mix: An adoptable dog in Franklin, TN

We are some very sweet and precious Great Pyrenees puppies who ended with people who didn't care about our future. We were innocently born in a southern state to people who thought nothing of bringing us to a filthy kill shelter in order to rid themselves of the responsibility of finding us a home. What no one realizes is that these shelters are full of diseases that will kill us if we stay. A kind lady came to the shelter to take other dogs home for Critter Cavalry and instead came away with us. We are in need of another foster home soon. We are 7 weeks old and we weigh only 5 pounds. If someone could take one or two of us together to foster, we would be so grateful. If someone could help us until September 17th, we will be ready for adoption by then, or sooner if someone in Tennessee is interested! Contact Candace at 615-661-5333


Primary colors: White or Cream, Black • Coat length: Medium


Critter Cavalry Rescue, Franklin, TN

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


PSST...yeah you, I got a secret!
I want to be your dog!

My momma was adopted as soon as I was old enough to be on my own. I am so happy for her. She used to tell me bedtime stories about these things called "furever" homes and families where a dog gets to play, get petted, eat lots of good food, go for long walks, and most importantly gets lot of love. Every night I would fall asleep to these stories and have the most wonderful dreams.  Won't you make mine come true? I'll be available for visits and adoption 9/1. You can come see me at The Animal House Adoption Center at 2555 North Ridge Rd E, Lorain, Ohio 44055. We are just east of Puskas Flowers! Or you can call 440-324-2474

More about Spunky

Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary colors: White or Cream, Yellow, Tan, Blond or Fawn



Spunky's Contact Info

Ohio Pet Placement Foundation Inc., Lorain, OH


Little Miss Abbey is a 4 month old great pyrenees mix pup. Abbey was born deaf but doesnt let it stop her. This sweet lovable little girl is quite a spitfire! She has a pyrsonality you just cant help fall in love with. Abbey is friendly and outgoing. She gets along with everyone.

Abbey is doing great with learning sign language. Abbey will need a home that has great pyrenees experience and preferably someone experienced with deaf dogs.

This little fire cracker will need a strong pack leader as she has a stubborn streak and mind of her own (typical of pyrs) along with her deafness but she also has a sweet loving side that will melt your heart.

For more information, Please call Leslie In NH 603-843-5319

 More about Abbey in NH (deaf)
Up-to-date with routine shots • Special Needs • Primary color: White or Cream • Coat length: Medium

Abbey in NH (deaf)'s Contact Info

Lonestar Pyrs & Paws-NORTH, Croydon, NH


Samantha is a 16 week old pup, and totally fun! She is playful, gregarious, and eager to learn and please. This healthy Lab/Great Pyrenees(?) mix is fully Vetted and awaiting her forever family.

Samantha, her sister Carly, and brother Luke would each be a wonderful addition to a family with other dogs, cats and children.

Pyr's are known as great stock dogs-- even tempered gentle giants. Samantha will be on the larger side when fully grown. As with all teething animals, care should be taken to be sure that the pup is chewing on appropriate toys. Please consider Samantha for your family.
More about Samantha
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary colors: White or Cream, Black • Coat length: Short

Samantha's Contact Info

Rosemont Rescue Network, Hinsdale, NH

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

His Name Ain't Frank

I have the most insufferable, intolerable, and insubordinate team ever and there are days I don't know why I put up with em.  For some inexplicable reason even though I haven't adopted the lil fell'r in Bowling Green Mommy G & Mommy S have named him Frank and they aren't budging. 

Haven't liked most of the people I've met bearing that name and no puppy I adopt will either.  And yet they absolutely disregard me...  Jeesh.

For now, I am calling him 'Lil' and our playdate this past Sunday didn't start out so good.  Shortly after I arrived at Lorri (the Director of the Humane Society there) and Bill's house, Lil puked up some cat poop he had just eaten.  Not a good sign at all but Hudson had corprophagia as a puppy which we worked through so it wasn't a deal breaker.  Plus we don't travel with cats, not a problem. 

Then he did a few things to endear himself to me.  First off, he's a gluttonous little guy.  I mean he doesn't even stand or sit up while he eats (see nearby pic).  Like feasting at a Roman orgy he just plopped his head in the bowl.  Om nom nom nom.  I was looking around for an offal bag but he had already vomited.  Ya gotta love a boy with a big appetite. 

Secondly, he doesn't seem to be afraid of water.  Hudson and Murphy were 'Oh, no h20' so much so they would go out of their way to avoid a puddle.  And while it's still early,we put Lil on the top ladder step in their raised pool and he laid down all cool like.  We just may roll with this guy after all.

After a perfectly pleasant evening with our good friends, Lil did one more thing which almost busted me up all weepy like if I wasn't laughing so hard.  As soon as I leashed up Hudsy, Lil went went right for it and with all of his little might he tugged and pulled.  Hudson who still isn't sure about this whole brother business (he's weighing in on this with his own blog) took Lil on a little ride across their hard wood floors.  There''s history to this but I just can't share it right now...

And although the hilarity of his character really glistened Sunday, I've still resolved to meet a few more pups before I commit.  But damn that boy is crazy cute.  Thanks to Lorri and all our friends in Bowling Green for fostering him throughout this process! 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Hudson Meets Murphy

Puppy Murphy, that is.  Perhaps if we adopt him we can call him Pim but that's way ahead of the game and one thing this past year has reminded me -take 'er one step at a time. 

I have to admit driving up to New Leash on Life in Lebanon TN Thursday I was pretty apprehensive about the whole adoption thing.  Yes, Hudson needs a brother; yes, I've made the committment to finding him one; and yes, life is cyclical for a reason. 

But damn if I wasn't still a little nervy about it anyway.  It's the first hurdle in the next stretch of our journey and I guess I just needed a good kick in the arse to get me up and over the hump.  That's why I brought Sheila in to help me with this because she doesn't take any crap from me.  And for good reason.  

Murphy lived up to his name and then some because his personality outsizes his little puppy physique ten-to-one, at least. The first attribute apparent was his absolute fearlessness which you hope for in a Pyrenees and although clearly Murphy is a mix, probably part German Shephard, he has the Pyr 'piss and vinegar' gene. 

But as any great chef will tell you the secret to a successful recipe is you gotta mix heat with sweet and that's harder than you think.  We spent less than an hour with Murphy and while he nudged and nuzzled me, I can't help but wonder if 'I' was what was for dinner and whether we were part of his grand designs...  Of taking over my pack and enslaving Hudson unto his cuteness. 

And I can tell you, Hudson wanted no part of him but I don't know if that was because he feared Murphy would steal the show from him or he could see something in those scheming eyes.  Of this one can never be certain but as a fellow trouble maker, I think he would make the perfect addition to our Fuzzybutt Fight Club .  But the decision isn't entirely up to me.  Nature always takes her course and by her we always abide...

Friday, August 19, 2011



Great Pyrenees/Labrador Retriever Mix: An adoptable dog in Harwinton, CT

Sugar is as sweet as her name! The largest of her siblings, she weighs 29 lbs at 13 weeks. She loves water, children, and gets along well with other dogs. She is great on a leash. She walks with a slow and proud gait. She would make a very good guardian and loving companion. She loves to go after a ball!. She is about 13 weeks old as of 8/12/11. Her Mom, who was also rescued, is a full Great Pyrenees and her father we believe was a lab. She was was rescued along with her 5 siblings. All the siblings are pretty laid back pups. All the siblings get a long well with other dogs, all sizes and are very good with children. Sugar is actually being fostered in TN but we use a wonderful transport that runs almost every weekend so getting her to NE is no problem! Please email for an application and to find out more about this sweetie.

More about Sugar

Pet ID: Barbara • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Primary colors: White or Cream, Brown or Chocolate • Coat length: Short

Sugar's Contact Info

Double Dog Rescue, Harwinton, CT



Great Pyrenees/Airedale Terrier Mix: An adoptable dog in Houston, TX

Please fill out our short application - the link is below - we are FAST! Our applications are usually processed in less than 7 days but we have done one in less than 8 hours!!

These little cuties are pyr/ airdale or mastiff or mix of all three! They are approx 6 months old and looking for great forever homes! We are looking for fosters that can take 2 at minimum and fosters will have first chance at adoption. Please fill out application if you can offer a GREAT home to one of these cuties! You must have good vet references to adopt.

To see more of our rescue dogs please,click here.

Adoption fee:
$325 adoption fee, Volunteer adoption fee $225:

Adopter pays cost of transport to independent transport service.

There are many things you can do to help:

1. Adopt! If this Gentle Giant looks like the one for you, fill out an adoption application today!
2. FOSTER! This is a temporary commitment that gives all needy dogs the time needed to find the loving home they deserve. Your generous decision to foster can literally mean the difference between whether they live or die.
3. Donate! In upwards of $8/day, Boarding isn't cheap. A donation of just $25 can give all boarded dogs 3 whole days to find the home they have been waiting their whole life for. Vet bills. These can sometimes run into the thousands per dog. Every penny counts when it comes to vet bills!

As always, all donations are gratefully accepted, and completely tax deductible!

If you are interested in adopting this dog or need further information, please contact GPRS at or fill out our SHORT application form.

Every dog adopted thru the GPRS program is up to date on all vaccinations, spayed/neutered and on heartworm preventative.

August 19, 2011, 2:24 pm

More about Marcus

Pet ID: 3760784-D110160 • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots

Marcus's Contact Info

***Great Pyrenees Rescue Society***, Houston, TX