Grady’s Birthday Blog!

Greetings to my friends and fans, Today, July 21, 2020, I turn 9 years old!   I often tell Dawson it is good to slow down and reflect upon things so that is what I’m going to do with today’s blog.  This past year has been full of changes, all wonderful since it only...

Cookie Jar Games Class: Choosing Non-food Hand

December 19, 2017 Cookie Jar Games Week 1 My restless dogs.  In September, Dawson ran into me while running in an Open Jumpers with Weaves course.  I ended up with a broken bone in my right ankle; Dawson was fine.  Approximately ten weeks of recovery followed (my...

Thanksgiving Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Dog

While I understand Grady’s desire for a “Holiday Feast for Dogs,” I think it is important to note there are some Thanksgiving foods that are potentially dangerous for dogs to consume.  Here’s a list of ten foods to avoid.  Turkey skin and undercooked meat Stuffing and...

A Winning Team

  A Winning Team Dear Readers: I wanted to title this opinion piece, “How To Be Successful In Spite Of Your Partner” but Dawson was adamant that I stay positive and kind.  I’m always kind but as you all know, it can be difficult to stay positive when your partner...

The Things You Love

The Things You Love A Valentine’s Day Commentary by Grady Buford Huntley Dear Readers, Everyone says that Valentine’s is a day to express your love but I am compelled to say that I strongly disagree.  As my fellow canines know, one day of the year just doesn’t give us...

The Bullet

  He sat still, looking out over the field, quiet as a church mouse.  The only thing I saw moving was the twitching of his nostrils. I inhaled to calm myself since I was starting to feel very anxious.  “Deep breaths.” I said to myself, “You can do this.”  I was...

Humble Pie

Once, when one of my dogs behaved in such a manner that I didn’t recognize him (of course it was in front of a group of people), my teacher commented, “Dogs have a sense of humor.”  I wasn’t sure if that explained my dog’s unexpected behavior or if he decided I needed...

Grady Goes to Camp. Day 3.

    Personal Correspondence Camp Unleashed October 15, 2016 Dear Dawson, I think this was the best day ever at camp!  I was busy, busy, busy and I loved it, loved it, loved it! The first class I attended was unlike any other you or I have been to and it was...

Grady Goes to Camp! Day 2.

  Personal Correspondence Camp Unleashed October 14, 2016 Dear Dawson, Wow, what a day!!  More fun than a lively game of chase!  I was not disappointed at all. After Mom finally woke up (I was awake for hours checking our schedule), she fed me my delicious but...

Grady Goes to Camp! Day 1.

    Personal Correspondence Camp Unleashed October 13, 2016 Dear Dawson, I said I would write you about my big adventures at Dog’s Camp so here it goes.  Try not be be too jealous because I got to do a bunch of cool dog stuff with Mom while you had to stay...
NDTC Agility Trial – Standard run

NDTC Agility Trial – Standard run

I’m just not gonna think about it. Whatever Grady does on the course, I’ll remain positive but firm in my expectations. For the next minute, we both have our jobs to do so I’ll focus on mine and trust he will do his. The important thing is that Grady and I are here to...
How To Get Your Toy Back

How To Get Your Toy Back

Not giving it up!  No way, no how! So you have a dog that you’d love to play fetch with but they refuse to bring the ball or frisbee back to you.  Or, you are training them and as a reward, you toss your dog a toy only to find that they proceed to fly by you with the...
Tripod Dog

Tripod Dog

Tripod Dog Every so often someone says something to you that makes you think.  I mean really think. That stops you short and you remember the feeling of the words for a long time.  It happen to me today and I thought I’d share it with you. I was in the grocery store...
Bad weather + 2 dogs. What to do?

Bad weather + 2 dogs.
What to do?

January 26th, 2015 It’s gonna be a long, long winter’s day is all I kept thinking as Dawson’s energy level grew.  For a week (or six months, I don’t know. I’ve lost track of time), the weather has been either bitterly cold or rainy so there is little opportunity to do...
My dog’s a genius! Top 5 Dog Training Tips

My dog’s a genius! Top 5 Dog Training Tips

Which do you like better? A dog that is trained to have good manners or one that hasn’t a clue that tackling you like a NFL linebacker is a bad thing? Certainly you’d agree that it’s great fun to be dazzled by a pooch that displays a variety of tricks simply for your...
Come, dog, come!

Come, dog, come!

Having a dog that comes immediately when called is a marvelous thing. When I was training Grady to come promptly when called (dog trainers often refer to this as a recall) I had one goal. I wanted Grady to find the sound of my voice irresistible. Puppies love...
Dog Days of Summer – Signs of Dog Overheating

Dog Days of Summer – Signs of Dog Overheating

This summer has had record breaking temperatures so it is good to be reminded of how the heat can affect our canine friends. In fact, it really doesn’t take much for a dog to get overheated in hot temperatures since their body temperature is higher than humans’...
Top 5 things to look for when you’re checking out Doggy Day Care

Why Take Your Dog to Doggy Day Care?

There are several benefits of Doggy Day Care. Here’s what I consider to be the most important benefits for your dog. A tired dog is a happy dog. And, or course, a tired dog is less likely to get into trouble! D oggy day care is a great outlet for their energy...
Dog Days of Summer – Signs of Dog Overheating

Grady the Rock Hound

Grady the Golden is turning out to be a super dog. He’s a quick learner, generally obedient, likes hanging out with me and treats my other golden, 12 year old Tucker, kindly. I think that’s pretty good for an 11 month old pooch. Still, there are a few things Grady...
Come, dog, come!

Teach your dog to come when you clap in 4 steps.

I used a clicker to train Grady but you don’t have to – just be consistent with treating your dog for the behavior you want. Here are some general suggestions to help you be successful: Make sure you have lots of really good treats.   Remember the goal at this...
12 Things We Can Learn From A Dog

12 Things We Can Learn From A Dog

A friend of mine sent me this in an email.  I liked it so much I thought I’d share it. Things We Can Learn From a Dog Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy. When loved ones...

Does your dog laugh?

Does your dog laugh? I thought about that question in regard to my pooches.  The Puppy Grady flashes a toothy grin from time to time but does he laugh?  I didn’t think so until I read what Alexandra Horowitz wrote in her book, Inside of a Dog. “Do dogs laugh? Well,...
Kind Classmates

Kind Classmates

Socializing The Puppy Grady is no easy task and that’s because he suffers from what I call “excitement induced psychosis.” Instantly overwhelmed with feelings of exhilaration, my calm pup is transformed into a creature I no longer recognize.  Once the excitement hits,...
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