Smile!

This Friday, 3rd October, is World Smile Day. The theme is, “Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile!”

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That sounds like a lovely idea to me! It would be wonderful if every day could be like that.

It’s something that is easy to get involved in as most of us animals enjoy making people smile. There will be a smile blog hop on Friday, you can find the details on Sugar’s blog.

I thought about what I could do to make all of you smile. I decided that many of my blogging friends have lovely smiles, so I would share a few pictures of them. I’m hoping you’ll smile with them! Enjoy their smiles in the gallery of photos and then I will introduce them to you and tell you where to find them.

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They all have interesting blogs. I’ve kept my introduction to a few sentences each. Just click on the small image at the side to visit them!

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Dakota of Dakota’s Den

Dakota, Sheltie, smiling Dakota is a Sheltie, or Shetland Sheepdog. He finds great books to review. He also gives his opinion on useful items and sometimes gives them away to his readers. He is fearless when it comes to tasting new treats! He has a knack for sniffing out interesting news. And he still finds time to have fun and make us laugh!

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Misaki of The Misadventures of Misaki

Misaki, a Malamute, smiling

I’ve seen Misaki grow from a cute and mischievous pup into a beautiful adult Alaskan Malamute. She entertains us with her adventures and experiences. She still indulges in the occasional spot of mischief! She was feeling a little unwell yesterday, so stop by to cheer her up!

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Love Is Being Owned by a Husky

Husky from owned by a husky There are three Siberian Huskies – Mika, Lexus and Koda. They live with three cats. Visit them to follow their adventures, read product reviews, get general training tips, see beautiful images, handmade jewellery – and all things Husky!

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Emma of My GBGV Life

Emma, Bailie and Katie at the lake, dogs Emma, on the right, and Bailie are French scent hounds (Grand Bassett Griffon Vendéen). Katie is a Kuvasz. They are probably the busiest dogs I know! Sometimes they are cooking treats that make me drool on my keyboard! But you don’t have to worry about them putting on weight – they take lots of exercise and they are often out and about on their adventures.
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Cupcake of Cupcake Speaks

Cupcake, smiling dog Cupcake is a very sweet dog who lives with an author of books for children. She hopes to be the star in a best seller one day and shares her insights into the writing process. Cupcake has a fun job – she visits the library, where children read stories to her. She looks very cute when she dresses up and does tricks.

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Living the Squeak Life

guinea pig close up This is the newest of the blogs I’m bringing to you today, it was started in February. They are very cute guinea pigs. Hop on over to see photographs of them – you’ll also find out what guinea pigs get up to every day and the sort of things they think about!

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Aspen of Tylersat99

Aspen, a Landseer puppy Aspen is the newest member of the family at Tylersat99. He was nine weeks old when this picture was taken. He’s grown a lot since then – he will be five months old tomorrow and weighs more than 70 pounds. He still has some growing to do to catch up with Mica, the adult Newfoundland, who keeps a watchful eye on him. You’ll find lots of great photos on their blog and don’t miss following along on one of the walks – you’ll wish you could be there with them!

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Other News

Savannah’s Paw Tracks

Savannah's Paw Tracks teaser for Oct 1 Today is the big day! Don’t forget to visit Savannah and find out what she is up to!

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“His Name was Ben” by Paulette Mahurin

Cover of His Name Was Ben by Paulette Mahurin “His Name was Ben” by Paulette Mahurin has recently been published. I haven’t read it yet, but the early reviews are fantastic! Clicking on the image at the side will take you to the book on Amazon. Profits from the book will help rescue dogs.

Many of you will remember Paulette from the interview she did with me – Spotlight on Paulette Mahurin.

You can visit her blog – The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap.
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I hope you’re all smiling.

Don’t forget to smile on Friday!

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A flying barge? That can’t be right!

I told you a few weeks ago that I’d heard it through the grapevine that I was going to be having some fun, and maybe some new experiences. I’ve chosen one of them to tell you about today, it’s something that happened when I went for a lovely walk with my bipeds.

It’s surprising, but I had never been to a canal before. It was fun strolling along the towpath together, there were lots of interesting smells. A few times we had to cross a bridge and walk on the other side of the canal.

Then we came to a narrower section with some gates across the canal, which my bipeds said was a lock and they seemed to find it fascinating. I decided I would prefer to sniff the grass than to watch the barge in the lock below us. There were lots of wonderful smells to be savoured, so I was concentrating on those when I was startled to see the top of the boat appearing above the bank!

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It was just like this one!

I hardly had time to get out one “woof” before one of my bipeds said, “Quiet, Clowie! It’s alright, come closer and you will see.”

I went to join them on the edge of the bank, in case they needed my protection. The boat was still rising in a very strange way! My bipeds said that the lock was designed to take boats from one level to another when the land around the canal is not level.

In this sequence of pictures you can see the boat enter and, when the lock is closed, water is allowed in to raise the  level of the boat

In this sequence of pictures you can see the boat enter and, when the lock is closed, water is allowed in to raise the level of the boat

They weren’t the only bipeds standing around watching the level of the water rise. When the water was level with the canal on the upper side, the gate at that end was opened and the boat left. There was a boat on the upper side waiting to enter the lock. As soon as it was inside the lock and the gates were closed, they started letting the water out again for that boat to go to the lower level.

I heard some of the other bipeds say that it was a feat of engineering. I don’t know about that, it’s just like a huge bathtub – you can pour water in and you can let it out again! I returned to sniffing the grass – it was much more interesting!

After a while, we walked on and we found a nice spot for a picnic. I was getting quite hungry, so my bipeds had my full attention as soon as they started to get the food out. They laughed and said that food is obviously a lot more interesting than a lock. Well, of course it is!

Savannah's Paw Tracks teaser for Oct 1

I’ll be visiting all of you as soon as I can to catch up on all your news. But I’ve already heard a rumour that Savannah is planning something. I sent my cats to see what they could find out. They said that Savannah was very busy and wouldn’t tell them much, but they brought this poster back – so I’ve marked 1st October in my calendar.

See you next Wednesday!

A sit in time saves nine

Before I tell you this week’s tale, I want to tell you about two cats that need homes.

Leo has been nursed back to health by Savannah and her family. He now needs a home of his own in the California area. So head on over to Savannah’s Paw Tracks and read about him. He has a special page on Savannah’s blog explaining what he needs from the people who care for him.

Leo, in need of a home

Leo, in need of a home

Basil, in Yorkshire, England, is still looking for a home for a young cat called Mary – more information here.

Mary needs a home

Mary needs a home

This week’s tale

One of the very first things that one of my bipeds taught me as a puppy was to sit. She held a treat close to my nose and, before I could take it, she lifted her hand slightly and moved it above my head. My nose was following the treat and, as I tilted my head back, I sat. She gave me the treat and told me how clever I was. This was such an easy way to get a treat!

We repeated this quite a few times over the next few days. When she could tell I knew what she was going to do and what I needed to do to get the treat, she added the word ‘sit’. I soon remembered the word because I liked the treats. I then began learning lots of other things, but every training session started and ended with a sit. I was also asked to sit at odd times during the day. I didn’t get a treat every time, sometimes I was given a fuss or we played a game for a few minutes. But I always knew it would be worth my while to do as asked, they seemed to like sit a lot.

I decided I could use this to my advantage. When I wanted something I would sit. They told me I was very good and encouraged me to do this. I soon discovered that when I heard them say ‘sit’ to me I no longer had to consider whether I should comply or not – it was always worth it! It became an automatic response, my bottom would hit the deck before the thought had registered in my brain.

But now I come to the downside of sitting so readily. This is a warning to any puppies reading this – make sure that the rewards are worth it because there will be things it stops you from doing.

If only we hadn't been told to sit! (From guzer.com)

If only we hadn’t been asked to sit!
(From guzer.com)

I told you last week about when I was trying to chase some goats – I was asked to sit and I didn’t get to chase them very far. I’ll give you a few other examples of things I haven’t been able to do because I was asked to sit. If I’ve ever been on my way across the kitchen to investigate what’s on the counter, I hear “Clowie, sit!” before I can get there. It’s the same story when visitors arrive, “Clowie, sit!” – how’s a dog to give bipeds a proper greeting while sitting? It’s impossible to leap all over them and lick their faces! If they’ve left the front door open while they’re bringing in some shopping and it occurs to me it would be nice to pop out and investigate – yes, you’ve guessed, “Clowie, sit!”

One day, just after I’d been asked to sit when there was something exciting to do, I heard one of my bipeds say, “Isn’t ‘sit’ wonderful? There isn’t much mischief a puppy can get into while sitting!”

That was obviously their cunning plan all along! They have used ‘sit’ to modify my behaviour. But I have also worked it to my advantage. I have perfected a really pretty sit that they find very hard to resist. When I hear them open the fridge door, I can get there from anywhere in the house in less than five seconds. I’m usually right behind them, in my pretty sit, before they can close the door again. I don’t always get something, but sometimes I do and there’s never any harm in asking! My lead hangs on a hook and if I sit with my nose touching the lead, I usually get a walk. I think it’s worked out fairly well.

See you next Wednesday!

P.S. If you were wondering about the title, there’s a saying “a stitch in time saves nine” and it means that a timely effort will prevent more work later.