Wordless Wednesday

I just realized I never posted a baby pic of Inara.  She was so small and SO FREAKING CUTE!  And such a holy terror.  I adopted her brother, too, but he had to be euthanized at 10 weeks old due to uncontrollable seizures.  But weren’t they darling puppies???  (yes, I’m biased)

8 week old Inara, with her brother Atlas
8 week old Inara, with her brother Atlas

Silly Dog

So we went to the vet tonight.  I could have cancelled my visit because as soon as I woke up this morning I knew Inara was completely back to normal.  She was snuggled with me under the sheet, raced me to the kitchen and was super playful as I got ready for work.  I kept her appointment anyway just because I wanted to hear from the vet herself that I’m wacko.  

Vet took her temp, checked her glands and teeth, etc and then declared her perfectly healthy.  She said that it probably was just the heat making her sluggish.  And she only charged me $11 for the visit!  I have the best vet.  🙂

On another happy note, Inara got another award today!  Princess the Pit Bull is a fan of Inara’s (as we are of her!):


I’m supposed to pass this on to another blog that I’m a fan of.  That’s tough because there are so many, and I just handed out awards a couple days ago, but I think I’m going to choose Behind The Behavior.  Blogs are posted by several different animal behavior consultants on numerous awards.  Check it out – there are some great articles!

Thanks again for the well-wishes for Inara’s health!!!


Tuckered puppy with supervising kitty
Tuckered puppy with supervising kitty

Vet Visit Tomorrow

Inara’s just been acting funky all weekend – very clingy, doing nothing but sleeping, panting easily, etc.  And tonight she didn’t finish her dinner.  *sigh* That’s the kiss of death right there.  The only other time she didn’t finish a meal she ended up having a temp of 104.  So tomorrow at 6:45pm we’re going in.  I’m hoping it’s just her not adjusting well to the drastic temperature change – it’s gone from mid-40’s to over 80 within a couple days.  So please send lots of healthy thoughts her way!


Panting in the house?  SOOOO not normal...
Panting in the house? SOOOO not normal...

Know when to throw in the towel

Sometimes you need to know when to give up. It’s a gorgeous day today and I wanted to take Inara for a nice hour-long walk. Wasn’t in the stars though. Within 10 minutes she was pulling (on her Gentle Leader), ignoring me and getting really over-stimulated about everything. She couldn’t have cared less that I had hot dogs with her name written all over them. I was really getting salty at her. So I had two options:

1. Insist that we walk for an hour and get the exercise, though it would have required me jerking on her and yelling, thereby undoing all the progress she’s made.

2. Give up and just go back to the house.

I chose option 2. I realized my temper was short and her stimulation level was sensitive today. So we turned around and headed back to the house, getting in at least a few good minutes of training at the end. To keep myself from getting angrier at her antics, I just kept talking to her in a high, fun voice, praising if she so much as twitched an ear in my direction. We made it back without me killing her.

We’ll try again later today, or maybe just wait until tomorrow, depending upon both of our attitudes. I’d rather keep our relationship solid than force us both to do training that neither of us can handle at the time.

Remember that throwing in the towel is sometimes the high road you need to take when training.

Wishing she were back outside, behaving like a good dog!
Wishing she were back outside, behaving like a good dog!

Our first blog award!!!

Quizz over at Cre8vekaos’s Universe gifted us with this blogging award, our first!


Here’s the description of the award, and the rules:

 “The award states that “This blog invests and believes in PROXIMITY – nearness in space, time, and relationships!”

 In other words, “These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”

So, without further ado, here are my 8 nominations:

  1. Daisy the Dog – white pit bulls are the best!
  2. Dolittler – a highly informative blog from a practicing vet
  3. Dog Star Daily/The Dog Blog – great dog blog with lots of contributing writers
  4. Pit Bull Patriarchy – a new blog, I think it’s going to be in your face and hard-hitting
  5. Service Dog Sawyer – written by Sawyer with the aid of his dad
  6. Three Woofs and a Woo – they’re not pit bulls, but they’re fiesty and fun!
  7. BAD RAP Blog – one of the most amazing pit bull rescues in the country
  8. Vet on the Edge – the trials and tribulations of being a vet in Alaska

Total Brag

Well, it only took 3 1/2 years, but we have done it – we took a 20 minute walk…wait for it….

ON ONLY INARA’S FLAT COLLAR!!! No training collar of any kind – just her flat collar! I only had to use the leash once to restrain her and that’s because a squirrel darted in front of us about 15′ away, and then dashed up a tree and sat on a low branch talking smack to Inara. She wanted that squirrel, but I convinced her to sit and look at me instead. 

We stayed in the comfort zone of our street, and all the dogs/kids/people that were out and about were a good distance away. But you know what? I don’t care! We took a walk with just a regular collar!  I am totally doing the happy dance right now!


Puppy Lip!
Puppy Lip!