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Tail Thumper of the Week #16

Next Thursday, my scribe informs me, is St. Valentine’s Day, a day during which two-leggers all over the Western World celebrate romantic love, something about which I know absolutely nothing. So, I’m not going to write about it.

Instead, I’m going to talk about a book that’s all about a different but related sort of love… the love we dogs feel for our two-leggers.

Hugs for Dog Lovers is a sweet little gift book written from a perspective different to most dog books I’ve seen so far. It’s an inspirational book, and it takes a look at life with God in mind. God isn’t the main character in this book, at least, not overtly – He gets a couple of pages at the beginning of each chapter. But He is central.

Tail Thumper Rules: Buy it here (click the photo) and my commission goes to help Kenora's homeless dogs through It's a Dog's Life.

Tail Thumper Rules: Buy it here (click the photo) and my commission goes to help Kenora’s homeless dogs through It’s a Dog’s Life.

Each chapter of the seven in this book is a short story in which a particular aspect of God’s love for two-leggers is reflected in the qualities of the dog involved in the story. Each chapter deals with a specific quality: partner, teacher, protector, comforter, believer, companion and giver. The chapter begins with a page  paraphrasing how the Bible shows us God has these qualities and promises us these qualities in our relationship with Him, then talks a bit about how these qualities may be evident through the love your dog shows you. Then follows a heart-warming short story illustrating how important a dog can be, not just in providing some of that type of love to a two-legger in need of it, but also in revealing an aspect of God’s love and how two-leggers can bring that love to and  incorporate it in their relationships with other two-leggers.

This is a nice book for people who love dogs. I think it’s purpose goes deeper, though. I think this is a book that tries to help two-leggers who might be having trouble in their lives understand a bit better how a relationship with God could help them feel better and live better, more wholesome lives. It does this by using dogs to help explain what God’s love for two-leggers is like in a way any dog-lover would understand.

This is an interesting approach, and as a dog, I feel rather honoured that the authors thought to use the kind of feelings I have for Kay and Elizabeth to explain something so important. Everyone at any age needs this kind of love to thrive.

Happy St. Valentine’s Day!

Tail Thumper of the Week #15

This week’s book really got my tail thumping when Elizabeth showed it to me. There is nothing a dog loves more than spending quality time with two-leggers – well, maybe spending time with other dogs. But that’s only because we tend to find that we don’t need to work as hard to be understood by our dog friends. We can relax better with them and just be ourselves.

Click picture to buy the book & support Kenora's homeless dogs!

Click to buy the book & support Kenora’s homeless dogs!

You two-leggers really need to take a look at today’s book: Canine Sports & Games: Great Ways to Get Your Dog Fit and Have Fun Together! I’ve noticed that a lot of dogs and their two-leggers tend to be, well, a bit… well, portly. We all love to sit and cuddle. Perhaps we like it a bit too much…. And that’s not difficult to understand when the temperatures dip down into the -30C range. But really, that doesn’t happen all that often, even here. I know Elizabeth sits down an awful lot to do her work. That’s how it goes. And she’s tired at the end of a working day. I know she feels much better when we go for a walk after work though; it seems to rejuvenate her.

And I really need to get out for a good walk or two every day. My patrols help me to keep in shape. It would be far more fun if I could do them with Elizabeth. However, I’ve come to realise that I have more energy than she ever will. So, what can we do together that addresses the exercise requirements of both of us and gives us that quality time together that also means so much to both of us? Both dogs and humans benefit so much from each other’s company. Doing stuff together helps reduce our stress and keep us mentally healthy, too!

That’s where this book, Canine Sports & Games will be a big help! There are all kinds of easy to engage in games to sophisticated competition sports for dogs and two-leggers to do together here. Some things they talk about, like carting or draught training, may require more detailed training manuals than the minimal instruction that Canine Sports provides. Others, like Daring Dock Jumping, can be extremely fun at the most basic level (I must get Elizabeth to help me learn this one. We can use Al’s & Joanne’s dock next door!). There are Amazing Agility, Herding, Tracking (I’d be good at that, too!), Digging games, Flyball, Skijoring (my sister Dakota learned how to do that) and Swimming….

Canine Sports & Games helps two-leggers learn which sports and activities are best for them and their dog companions. It also outlines how to make sure your dog stays safe and free from injury when engaging in these activities – and that’s very important! It explains different levels and competitions two-leggers and their dog friends might engage in if they find their sport really engrossing; maybe they’d like to meet others who enjoy playing the same way, too.

If you’d like to buy Canine Sports & Games and support Kenora’s homeless dogs at the same time (now that’s a grrreat deal!), click any of the links above or the book photo, and I will donate my commission to It’s a Dog’s Life, Kenora’s dog fostering network! Check out my other Tail Thumpers, too… Elizabeth will see that my commission on them (or the entire amount of any of my Book Paws anytime) gets to dogs in need if you buy any of them here before March 31.

Bein’ a Bloggin’ Dog

I know from hanging out with two-leggers that your species is a very intelligent one, even if you have difficulty communicating in Dog. For the most part that isn’t a great problem as we dogs are pretty adept in understanding our two-leggers, and many of us are fortunate enough to be able to make ourselves understood by all but the most dense two-leggers out there. You’ll forgive me for being frank… If you think about it for a minute, you’ll see I am right.

I’m pretty fortunate to have a two-legger that pays a lot of attention to me and who understands what I’m trying to communicate to her pretty well. Even so, putting forward my creative side in a world manufactured for the benefit of the two-legger population presents some pretty extreme challenges. To demonstrate, in a world with more than 400 million dogs, how many dog bloggers are there out there? I think you’ll find the numbers prove my point.

It isn’t because we lack intelligence. It isn’t because we don’t want our voices to be heard. Nope. I think it’s mostly because our two-leggers, as intelligent as they generally are, just don’t have the time, energy or patience to really get to know us, their dogs. Their idea of communicating to us is simply to tell us what to do and give us a cuddle or a scratch behind the ears once in a while. We’ll take what we can get. That’s how we are – we’ll love you and any little bit of you you are willing to give us.

But we really want to communicate with you. We want to share our day with you. We want you to understand us and revel in the world we see around us – something, quite frankly, we think you’ve lost sight of, most of you. You are – all of you – to chained to your two-legger inventions. You’ve made life so complicated that you are missing out on a lot of the finer things in life, like a good run in the woods; a dive into a snowbank after sitting in the heat of the house for too long; time spent just revelling in the scent, the sounds, the tastes of the world around you; time spent with your best friends and family just listening to them, talking to them – just being with them. That’s it: you two-leggers need to spend more time being instead of time doing!

Waiting for Boot-up to Finish. I like to work on the blog with Elizabeth on her bed. We can both see what's happening on the screen then, and I can help her choose pictures. Say - that's Kay on the screen - taken when she was a little two-legger perched on her daddy's Model-T. She's watching for rocks as they ford a creek. I have a soft spot for little two-leggers. They're so cute, and they love to play!

Elizabeth isn’t perfect. She’s got a lot of preoccupations that she ignores me for. I put up with that because I love her. And she really does try to give me some special time often through the day. She helps me with a lot of things, too – like when I’m in trouble or pain or sick. She helps me blog and show my creative side, too. And I know I’m pretty blessed, even if life isn’t exactly what I wish it was with her and Kay. Some of the dogs I meet have had it much worse than I!

I guess that’s part of why I get Elizabeth to help me write this blog. I’d like to show you two-leggers that we aren’t just silly energized balls of fluff made to hang onto your every word and gesture. We have so much more to offer you! If you haven’t discovered that yet, please… take a little more time each day to ask your dog pal what he or she would really like right now, and listen. Listen with your eyes, your ears, your intuition. Your buddy Rover will take you along on some fine adventures if you dare follow!

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