Monday, March 31, 2008

"Aftermath" Documentary - Don't Miss It!

This is a documentary you don't want to miss. One of the members of my Schutzhund club is the producer of this film, and many of the club members' dogs got to participate in the filming of this documentary. I was unfortunate, and missed out on it, but I did get to see many great photos of the dogs in action. It looked like everyone was having a fantastic time.

It is airing here in Canada on History Television:

April 1st @ 8:00 pm

Apirl 6th @ 7:00 pm

History Television

Monday, March 10, 2008

Just A Dog...

From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a dog," or, "that's a lot of money for just a dog."

They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a dog."

Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog."

Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a dog," but I did not once feel slighted.

Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a dog."

In the darkest of days, the gentle touch of "just a dog" gave me comfort and reason to overcome.

If you think there's no such thing as "just a dog," then you, too, won't quite be able to understand phrases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise."

"Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy.

"Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.

Because of "just a dog", I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.

So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a dog" but an embodiment of hopes and dreams of the future, of fond memories of the past, and of the pure joy of the moment.

"Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday everyone can understand that there is no such thing as "just a dog," but rather a living gift that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a man or just a woman."

So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog" just smile... because they "just don't understand."

Written by an unknown Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Friday, March 7, 2008

Office Dogs, Office Cats, ........Office Pig????

Today I had to get the famous Emissions Test done on my van in order to renew my license plate sticker. I stopped in at an E-testing facility near my home. The facility is well run, the staff are friendly, and they have a somewhat unusual office inhabitant..... Daisy, the pot bellied pig.

I have to admit, a pig is not the usual office animal you encounter when you come across those who like to bring their pets to work with them. But Daisy, who has been going to work with her owners for many years, is right at home in the office.

There is a nice big comfy couch in the waiting area for those of us waiting for the results of our E-test. I was seated on this couch, when Daisy walked by, grunting to herself. She banged on the door that opens up to behind the service counter several times so someone would let her behind the counter. Sure enough, the door was opened swiftly. She walked around, grunted, then came back out into the waiting area. She sniffed my shoes and pants, had a good look at the vacant spots on the couch, then effortlessly jumped up onto the couch. Based on Daisy's conformation, I would have bet money that there was no way this round bodied, short legged pig would have ever been able to jump up on that couch. She made it up there like she was a light footed poodle! She sniffed around on the couch, presumably for stray bits of food, then snuggled up beside me and laid down. How sweet! This totally made my day.

So, if you are looking for a E-test that promises to bring a bright moment to your day, please visit Fleetwood Auto, just outside of Barrie, and say Hi! to Daisy the pot bellied pig. They offer many other auto related services, so check out their site.