Dog Blog

The Dog Blog is a community of ordinary dog lovers who have come together to discuss our extraordinary dogs. Each Monday, a new topic is introduced. If you've got an opinion, share it. If not, look for the current "anything goes" topic and introduce a discussion of your own. On Fridays, weigh in about your training questions and successes.
Your host: Mike Lewis is a little-dog nerd and the proud owner of Eddie and Jillian, a pair of Yorkies who think they're huskies, and Lucy, a sweet Chessie. R.I.P., Rusty. Contact mlewis@adn.com

Parks and Rec Committee approves fenced dog park - 1/10/2013 3:33 pm

AACCC Adoption of the week: Meet Scout - 1/9/2013 12:12 pm

Kitty and K9 Connection: Meet Nano - 1/4/2013 7:04 pm

What are your New Year's resolutions for your dogs? - 1/2/2013 4:29 pm

AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Rudy - 1/2/2013 4:14 pm

Take extra precaution with dogs on New Year's - 12/31/2012 11:58 am

Friday training talk -- what's up with your pack? - 12/28/2012 11:09 am

AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Chris K - 12/27/2012 12:27 pm

What's your dog's favorite toy?

This week's topic is courtesy of findleylake, who answered my plea for discussion topics:

"Do you have a filthy, tattered old toy that you can't toss because your dog loves it so much?"

I got a big smile when I read her suggestion because just about all my dogs have had such a toy. My first Lab, Alex, had a stuffed tiger that I called his "Friend." I'd say, "Where's your Friend?" and he'd race through the house until he found it. It turned into more of a rag once all the stuffing was gone, but even then he always knew where it was. I still have it around somewhere.

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Friday training talk: Anything new to report?

Use this space to discuss training issues -- brag about successes, lament setbacks or bounce a question off the group.

I started training Jillie in nosework this week, and it's going well. I would prefer taking a class, but I'm trying to train her at home because my schedule is so crazy these days I'm never sure which days off I'm going to have for a class.

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AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Blue

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Here's Anchorage Animal Care and Control's Adoption of the Week, courtesy of Brooke Taylor, AACCC public relations coordinator.

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On unleashed walks, how do you address disobedience?

When you're at a dog park or a trail working with an unleashed dog, what do you do when they get distracted and don't come when you want them to?

In the dead of winter, my dogs are angels. The narrow trails and deep snow elsewhere keeps them on the straight and narrow. Their recalls are generally excellent, and managing 3 at an empty park is a piece of cake.

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4th Annual Spay-ghetti Dinner & Silent Auction

The Alaska SPCA's annual Spay-getti Dinner & Silent Auction fundraiser is set for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at Guido's Restaurant.

Check out their flier for more information.

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Friday training talk: Anything new to report?

Use this space to discuss training issues -- brag about successes, lament setbacks or bounce a question off the group.

A nice woman in the Valley hooked me up with a larger crate for Lucy -- for free! I put out a request for a trade or purchase on the Alaska Dog Show group, and she had one that she wanted to get rid of. It's perfect.

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AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Bret

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Here's Anchorage Animal Care and Control's Adoption of the Week, courtesy of Brooke Taylor, AACCC public relations coordinator.

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Anything goes: What's new with your pack?

Use this space to discuss anything you'd like -- treat it as a bulletin board for all things dog.

Is anyone else having problems with the snow being so high that their dogs are just walking over the fence? Or, in my case, that neighbor dogs are doing the same thing?

It's really a problem with one house in our neighborhood. I actually have sympathy for the neighbors. There's too much snow to shovel or plow, so any time they let their dogs out, they have free access to the streets.

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Lost dog in Nunaka Valley -- FOUND!

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Update, 6 p.m. Sophia has been FOUND! A co-worker who learned of her being missing when my wife was printing flyers to put around saw her on his way home from work. She was a mile or two away from home -- near Northern Lights and Wesleyan.

I guess spreading the word works.

Here's my earlier post when she went missing:

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Friday training talk -- what's new with your pack?

Use this space to discuss training issues. Brag about successes, lament setbacks, or bounce a question off the group.

I've made zero progress on figuring out why Eddie is suddenly timid around his water bowl. He's still barking in the kitchen, seemingly afraid to drink out of it.

I tried adding a little chicken bouillon to the water, and that made no difference. While I'm trying to figure it out, I'm probably not helping. When he barks for a while, I usually go out and encourage him, to the point of splashing some on his tongue. I'm afraid he's going to get used to that coddling.

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AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Molly

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Here's Anchorage Animal Care and Control's Adoption of the Week, courtesy of Brooke Taylor, AACCC public relations coordinator.

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How does your dog do in a crowd?

I'm not sure if this is a problem for all dog owners, but it happened to me today with Jillie so I thought I'd bounce it off others.

Do you regularly have to intervene when a group gathers around your dog, or is your dog unflappable?

I was at a therapy-dog visit with Jillie at Horizon House Monday when four kids, maybe 6 to 10, rushed up and all wanted to pet her at the same time.

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Anything goes: What's up?

Use this space to discuss anything you'd like, or just stop by and say hello.

OK, I'll get you started: Anybody going to watch the Iditarod start today or restart Sunday?

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Friday training talk: Anything new to report?

Use this space to discuss training issues -- brag about successes, lament setbacks, or bounce a question off the group.

My apologies for my lack of posts lately. Busy, busy, busy with both work and play.

My new issue is bizarre. Eddie is suddenly afraid of his water bowl. I kid you not. Just in the past 3-4 weeks, I'll hear a bark from the kitchen and investigate. He'll be standing a foot away from his water bowl. He'll approach it tentatively, take a quick sip, then leap away as if startled.

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AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Loki

LokiLokiHere's Anchorage Animal Care and Control's Adoption of the Week, courtesy of Bethany Healy, AACCC customer service lead.

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Fur Rondy Mutt Show set for Sunday, Feb. 26

The annual Fur Rondy Mutt Show is set for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Alyeska Canine Trainers, 549 International Airport Road (next to Guido's Pizza).

Whether you're a Rondy lover or a pet lover, this is always a fun event. The highlights are the demos in everything from flyball to agility to obedience/rally and more. But there are also lots of prizes for things like best dressed, best talker, shake your booty and canines got talent.

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Friday training talk -- what's new with your crew?

Use this space to discuss training issues -- brag about successes, lament setbacks or bounce a question off the group.

My experiment with Lucy and her early morning pacing habits seems to be going pretty well. If I walk her late, water her and let her out one more time before going to bed, she pretty much sleeps until I get up, or just about. Today was her worst of the week -- she was pacing at 9:30 and I'd planned to get up at 10. But I had walked her earlier than usual.

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AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Carhart

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Here's Anchorage Animal Care and Control's Adoption of the Week, courtesy of Brooke Taylor, AACCC public relations coordinator.

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Does your dog's sleep schedule coincide with yours?

Do you have a dog who insists on waking up before you do? Do you have any tips for changing that schedule so you can get a full night's sleep?

The longer I own Lucy, the more I see why everyone calls Chessies stubborn. Lucy has been waking up around 4:30 a.m. and pacing the halls. My wife doesn't get up until about 7, and I sleep in until about 10 because of an evening work schedule. But, left to her own devices, Lucy would want us all up at 4:30 a.m.

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Anything goes: What's new?

Use this space to discuss anything you'd like, or just stop by and say hello.

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