Friday, July 29, 2011

Spike's adventure to the Duke Canine Cognition Center

I signed Spike up for a study at the Duke Canine Cognition Center on inhibitory control.  I was not real sure what we were getting ourselves in to, but I thought it would be fun none the less.  Once our application was accepted, we coordinated a time and off we went. 

When we arrived, I of course getting a little turned around, had to call them for help.  They met me in the parking lot and Spike was a cordial gentleman.  We made our way inside where his behavior continued to amaze me.  He was nice and friendly and curious about the new place.  I didn't even need his ball to help!

The girls were all amazing and very welcoming.  They explained the whole thing to me and of I went to the waiting room to watch on the video monitor.  I was very skeptical of Spike conforming, but once the food started he was more than happy to do whatever was asked.  He went through the first part with flying colors.  they said he was the first dog to get all 10 out of 10 correct.  What a proud Mommy moment!

OK, so the second half, Proud Mommy moment past,  was a little more challenging.  the temper tantrum started.  He had a choice to go to the nice lady who would let him have the food and the grumpy lady who wouldn't let him have the food.  Yes you guessed it, Spike wanted to win over the grumpy lady ( at least he was trying to make friends).  When cuteness didn't work he stayed back at the start line and complained, hoping she would give in.  Finally when he decided it was a lost cause he begrudgingly went to the nice lady and ate her treat.  This was repeated 7 more times.  some less complaining than others.  In the end he won over the grumpy lady (or so he thought) and all was a joyous moment!

After that they played some ball with him and he was soooooo happy!!!

A few days later Spike was invited back for the second half of the study.  We were very happy to go!  I did not get lost this time and Spike knew where he was and was just so excited to be reunited with his friends. These 2 tests were much easier and Spike got A+ across the board.  Yes, Proud mommy moment!

Spike's Freshman year was a success!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

What can you do if you see a dog in a car?  This weather has been way too hot to leave a dog in a car with the windows cracked.  They can die in a matter of minutes!!  You can help!  Thank you to the ASPCA for providing this information  .

1. You Can Help Pets in Hot Cars
Rayne Nolte was in the parking lot of a Mankato, Minnesota, mall last week when she spotted Roxie, a Yorkie mix, trapped in a car. The temperature was 88 degrees with a heat index of 103, and the car's owner was gone.

You may have found yourself in Rayne’s situation before. Many pet parents believe that cracking a window is enough to keep their dogs cool in the car while they make a quick pit stop—but they couldn’t be more wrong. "Automobile temperatures can very quickly rise to dangerous levels; the average temperature increase in a parked car is 40 degrees, and the majority of this increase occurs in the first 15 to 30 minutes," says Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. When it’s 80 degrees outside, your car will be a staggering 114 degrees after 30 minutes!

Worse still, dogs can’t cool themselves down as easily as people, and once they overheat, they can suffer extensive organ damage or die. Luckily, Rayne made all the right moves. Follow her lead by taking these simple steps.

Step 1: Try to Locate the Pet Parent

Roxie’s people were nowhere in sight, so Rayne called mall security, who tried to find Roxie’s family through the loudspeaker. (You can ask most stores to do this.)

Step 2: Educate

Rayne couldn’t find Roxie’s pet parents, but if you do, explain the dangers of leaving a pet in a hot car. Make sure the pet gets out of the car as soon as possible.

Step 3: Call 911

Fourteen states have enacted specific laws that protect dogs in hot cars, as have many municipalities—but even in places lacking such a law, leaving an animal in a hot car may constitute cruelty.

Rayne and the mall security officers dialed 911. When the police pulled Roxie from the steamy vehicle, she was very ill but soon on the road to recovery.

Step 4: Pat Yourself on the Back

Pets are counting on people like you to save their lives. Rayne rescued Roxie just in time, and she made a full recovery! And according to the Mankato Free Press, the pet-sitter who left Roxie in the car was charged with a petty misdemeanor.

For more ways to help animals beat the heat, please visit our Pet Care pages.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


"Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened."