- 23/03/2017#NationalPuppyDay - This one is for the curly tail fans. 11 seconds of explosive puppy curiosity.Zanzi's first video A puppy has to run around and ignore her...
- 23/03/2017It is #NationalPuppyDay - Hard to believe it has been 7 years since the events I wrote about in my book. Life is a wave filled with the most spectacular moments www.insightsoccur.com/2ndZanzi has something to say Just a snippet of...
Comments23/03/2017 #3 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.so true angel @Deb 🐝 Helfrich
- 26/02/2017In honor of my faithful friend @Deb 🐝 Helfrich ... And remembering your faithful friend Tangenyika...When we share a love this deeply it never truly leaves us...The Loyal Dog...
Comments26/02/2017 #2 Cyndi wilkins#1 Immediately following the stroke that took my dad's life, he kept mumbling..."My doggie, my doggie, my doggie." ...When I brought his faithful companion "Ranger" into the room, he jumped up on the bed but was very careful not to jump on dad's body. He lay down beside him with his head on his belly...dad stroked his friends head and spoke the last words I ever heard him say..."You're a good boy."
On the day he died I was distraught over his feet turning blue...I kept saying, "I hope your feet aren't cold daddy."
The dog climbed up on the bed and laid his body across dad's feet as if to say, "don't worry, I'll take care of it."
No one will ever convince me that dogs don't know exactly what we need.....Precisely when we need it;-) Love....26/02/2017 #1 Deb 🐝 HelfrichIt is now officially 7 years since the events I wrote about in my book transpired and I have to say that no one helped me become the person I am more than my 13+ years with Tangenyika. She was part of my body complex, we existed as a unit, and shared senses, not just superficial words.
Now I smile and feel love, even at the thought of the hardest moments of her illness.
The words just & dog have no business being associated.
As I sat here writing on the other side of the room, the feelings I felt radiated to Zanzi. She woke up and came to sit right next to me.
This is an example of the power of the presence of dogs. They can teach us about the gift of learning to sense the energy of being alive that emanates from a heart filled with love.
Thank you, Cyndi, for a chance to put these feelings into words.
- Producer14/02/2017A Tale of Grief and Puppy Love by Deb Helfrich - A Must read for all Canine lovers.My Valentine's day just got better on completing this awesome book by @Deb Helfrich . A recommended read to all ! Dogs die. But dogs live, too. Right up until they die, they live. They live brave, beautiful lives. They protect their families. And...
Comments25/02/2017 #13 🐝 Fatima G. Williams#11@Deb 🐝 Helfrich That was such an awesome thing you did. Thank you. I feel so honoured too. I was showing off to everyone 🤗😍🤗 I really loved and enjoyed the book immensely. I wish time and money will help me realise the dream of having a canine friend. Sorry for the late reply. Works keeping me on my toes.14/02/2017 #10 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.Happy Valentines day to Fatima Williams, Deb Helrich and all bees, what a beautiful way, Fatima to honor Deb!14/02/2017 #3 Deb 🐝 Helfrich@🐝 Fatima G. Williams - what a precious gift. You have made my heart do loop-de-loops of joy.
I cannot imagine any better accolade as a writer. To find out that I created a world full of the joy and reality of life with a dog so vividly that even someone who has yet to arrive at a place in her life amenable to a canine companion was able to imagine the overwhelming sense of being alive that comes by sharing a part of our journey with a four-legged friend.
I will treasure this buzz for the rest of my life. My sincerest gratitude!
- 14/02/2017My Valentine's day just got better on completing this awesome book by @Deb 🐝 Helfrich .
Dogs die. But dogs live, too. Right up until they die, they live. They live brave, beautiful lives. They protect their families. And love us. And make our lives a little brighter. And they don't waste time being afraid of tomorrow - Dan Gemeinhart
You can purchase her e-book at https://www.insightsoccur.com/ A must read for all Dog lovers ❤
- 12/02/2017We love ❤️ our 🐶 dogs. Unconditional love all day all night. We can learn a lot about our selfs in watching dogs. Have a great bee 🐝 day!!!
- Producer01/02/2017Dog Toys to Keep Your Dog HealthyRemember, toys for your dog must not be seen as a luxury but definitely as a necessity. It’s also very important to the wellbeing of your dog. Boredom can be fought with toys if your dog needs to stay alone at home, and when your furry friend feels...
Comments01/02/2017 #1 Deb 🐝 HelfrichGlad to have you on beBee, @Emma Kalman. Sharing your buzz to my canine companions hive. This is a nice round-up of a number of ways to keep our dogs mentally stimulated.
I wrote a blog post on Zanzi's favorite toy, which I am proud to say I invented...OK, repurposed. I should get around to posting it here, but if anyone wants to check it out...
- 21/12/2016My pup Piper. I actually blog a ton about dogs and the benefits that go along with them at TonyAngiuli.org if you wanted to check it out!
- Producer26/11/2016Do You Underestimate Your Dog?I have a lot to say about dogs. Which is highly curious since the reason I share my life with a dog is precisely because of the wordless communication that fills my introverted soul. I love Zanzi. So much so, I had to write a book about our...
Comments08/01/2017 #30 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#27 @Lyon Brave my Zanzi is a lover not a fighter. She likes to clear away squirrels and birds from our path, she seems to find it fun to make them skedaddle, but she is not keen to initiate an actual altercation.
I feed her lots of duck. We lived for 4 years next to a park with a lot of ducks because it had a very large 'pond-like' water feature. She learned that I let her chase off crows, but not ducks. The thing I could not get her to give up, though, was rolling in fresh duck poop on the occasions when they went on the grass, not in the water....
We are still in the process of learning to agree to disagree on that aspect of our partnership!08/01/2017 #29 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#26 @Ali Anani - Your buzzes do precisely that - uncover faulty assumptions that we have derived when we neglect to consult nature. You are such a sage writer who so easily opens our eyes to the natural intelligence all around us.
And that is what I like to do with our dogs. We spend time with them everyday, but often don't plainly see how smart they truly are, simply because they are missing a set of vocal chords.08/01/2017 #28 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#25 I have been pondering about these sense of smell posts for awhile, @Deb🐝 Lange. My sense of smell is my current Achilles heel...
In that article they meant dogs smelling UTIs. Well, in my book I wrote about the fact that I observed that my dog had a UTI and the response that I got from the Vet was the last trip I ever made to a conventional Vet. He treated me with derision, said I couldn't possibly know that, and didn't even have the decency to phone me directly when the test results came back that she did have a UTI....
As you so clearly know, we discount so much of the information we get from our senses at our own peril. We would be wise to start noticing how much actual information we get from our dogs.
I always learn about the first spring daffodils a few days before they break the ground, as Zanzi starts sniffing a patch of dirt....08/01/2017 #26 Ali AnaniGreat buzz @Deb 🐝 Helfrich and I enjoyed reading it tremendously and so shared it.
The comments revealed my opinion n the high quality of your post. What I may add here is your writing
"If we start to realize how inaccurate a great deal of current training advice is, we might also wonder if our current beliefs about most of our dogs capabilities is accurate". OI believe the same applies to many other training. This is a common faulty training based on faulty assumptions08/01/2017 #25 Deb🐝 LangeDear @Deb 🐝 Helfrich I just posted about smell in response to @Ali Anani - https://www.bebee.com/producer/@deb-lange/smell-a-neglected-sense
When I did the research I found a great article on dogs and their ability to smell blood sugar to help people with diabetes and to smell forms of cancer early, http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/160319-dogs-diabetes-health-cancer-animals-science/ Love that you love dogs!22/12/2016 #23 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#22 That is a great question, @Wayne Yoshida. And a Xmas gift for me to get started on my Jan dog post....
We know people have different learning styles and canines as a separate species have a different sensory order and differences within each breed and individual dogs. So the method itself is still at the core, but some dogs are sight 'hounds' and hand signals would be the easiest way to get them trained, rather than vocal commands, because of course, we humans are all about varying how we say things, some dogs are great at separating all the noise of our yammering on from the signal of the command, others will end up tuning us out, because our voice commands always come in fully grammatical sentences. I ran on to prove my point.
I exert all the influence in my house by putting my hand in my left pocket or executing a thumb's up. This would not work as well in a large household because the dog wouldn't have only one person to focus on.
The wolf wiring fallacy as I see it has to do with the 'must be an alpha' mindset. Even when that dominance is positive, the way actual wolves and actual dogs learn best is observe and cooperate. Fighting for status is really dangerous in the wild outside of official matters like mating.
Bad dogs are just ones who aren't sure how to cooperate, as they are being judged on human concepts, like being the first through a door - that is not a license to 'take charge' on a walk in a dog's mind. That is a ludicrous assumption, but even professional dog trainers swear by that. Exactly how many door situations did wolves encounter as they formed this inbred urge to observe order through a threshold as a sign of pack hierarchy?
My 2000 characters must be close....21/12/2016 #22 Wayne YoshidaThanks Deb! As I read this, I thought about all the dogs in my life and family and their behaviors. We always had ones that would listen/obey (the "good dogs"), and some would ignore our commands ("the bad dogs"). I attributed that to the "spoilers" in our family that would destroy the good behaviors. I have always based my training to use stimulus/response/positive reinforcement. Is this outdated and based on wolf wiring?29/11/2016 #21 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#20 I am sure your kat has a great deal of intelligence, but I am rather certain no one will ever be able to get one to voluntarily hang out in an MRI machine in order to really see what is going on in their heads... :) I got to spend some time with a couple kittens earlier this year and they were rather amazing. I shared some of Zanzi's toys and each one ended up actually preferring a different dog toy than the bog standard little mice they were supposed to prefer. They also were great at accurately telling me when I should take ownership of my role of being their 4th back-up feeder. I also found it fascinating how the much smaller sister was 10 times as brave when it came to interacting with me and Zanzi.29/11/2016 #19 Paul 🐝 Kearley@Deb 🐝 Helfrich check out these posts...https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-win-friends-impact-humans-dogs-perspective-paul-kearley and also https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/conflict-resolution-what-dogs-can-teach-you-teamwork-paul-kearley if you really want to see something interesting, go here: https://youtu.be/OQNqAzx09_E and here:https://youtu.be/6rE0NRV8UrU
My dog is so far advanced from being my best friend, it's ridiculous. She is the best listener, motivator, encourager, and friend I've ever had... except of course for my beautiful wife.26/11/2016 #16 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS#13 I don't know specifically about this guy, Cesar Millan, but I now see how they worked together. I have heard bad things about a/all "dog whispers" too.
I am thinking of The Power of Now, and discussions like this :
Thanks for the great insight, Deb!26/11/2016 #14 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#9 Thanks for sharing that your 3 dogs in your household @Franciane Nunes Paciência Torres have episodic memory.
I am certain 'proof' it is happening in homes all over the world, but we repeat the incorrect assumption that dog's brains don't have 'higher' functions and we neglect to notice just how complex their behavior can be, simply because they don't strike up a conversation to challenge our faulty beliefs!26/11/2016 #13 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#8 I have some familiarity with Tolle, but I did not know he had a very prominent series of talks with Cesar Millan. It prepopulated when I googled. Ummm.....
I have a complex relationship with Mr. Dog Whisperer. Let me unequivocally state that he is a very present man, in tune with his own energy, and I respect his ability with aggressive dogs. BUT I believe that his theories are harmful to the average house dog. Except for the part that you will ultimately have a better adjusted dog if you let other dogs play a role in your dog's development.
My life with dogs has been a little n=2 experiment, as detailed in my book, that really highlights that each dog is as individual as each person and that there are similar nurture versus nature tensions that contribute to the overall behavior of the canine being.
Dog training theories derived from Wolf Pack behavior just don't add up. The reason they came to prominence was the dearth of actual research on either wild wolves or domestic dogs. The maladjusted behavior of captive wolves provides inaccurate models for both species. In is gratifying to see that we are now getting data to support what I saw in my own household.
We are companions, not leader and submissive follower. I do often have a cognitive upper hand that I try to wield with lovingkindness, minus the occasional lapse into verbal shenanigans.26/11/2016 #12 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#3 Interesting names, @Gert 🐝 Scholtz. You will appreciate that my girls - Tangenyika and Zanzibar - were named because of my affinity with Tanzania.
I think we have to give them names that we want to say millions of times and that register the joy we have in our hearts.
The thing that I found curious is that almost all my vets knew the source of Tangenyika when most everyone else had no idea where I came up with that name. Whereas Zanzi is easily attributed to Zanzibar.
One of my upcoming buzzes with be about the dogs of Pemba, who have been extensively studied. I did not know that so much of what I would come to understand about dogs would be based on a population so close to the names I initially chose because I loved to say the sounds!
- 25/11/2016By Constantine AlexanderYour dog remembers what you didwww.constantinealexander.net People have a remarkable ability to remember and recall events from the past, even when those events didn't hold any particular importance at the time they occurred. Now, researchers reporting in the journal Current Biology on November 23 have...
Comments25/11/2016 #3 Loribeth PiersonLove the shares about our 4 legged furbabies. My 80lb. Aussie does not know he's a dog. Lol. He is so clever and remembers my actions. @Deb 🐝 Helfrich mine will do the same when I don't put his bandana on. He knows and will go over and jump on his chair. Then he gives me the stink eye look. Like I can not believe you are leaving this house without me. They are truly smart and really are a girls-best-friend! Thanks for the share @Laurent Boscherini25/11/2016 #1 Deb 🐝 HelfrichGreat share, @Laurent Boscherini. I can prove Zanzi has episodic memory in many ways. She knows when I do specific actions - and there are a few of them - that I intend to go out by myself. She often goes to her crate just when I put my phone into my purse, for example. I never trained her in any way, it is just a part of the process of me leaving and she noticed this action occurs and made the association herself. It also helps that I never take her for a walk with my phone or purse - her walks are for her.
I can also prove the length of her memory when I 'cook' her food before we walk - she pulls me back home after she completes the point of the walk. She knows dinner is waiting. If dinner is not waiting, she will want to linger on the walk.
- Producer24/11/2016Lessons from the Traveling Dog As I attempted to open the front door this morning. I quickly realized that Otis, the neighbor’s bulldog, had decided to sleep in front of it. Otis occasionally visits because he likes the biscuits we give him. Dogs are matter-of-fact creatures....
Comments26/11/2016 #8 Lisa 🐝 GallagherHi @Ray Stasieczko, nice buzz! I love this quote of yours, “When you stop looking for absolutes, you discover the excitement of the unknown” I think I've unknowingly lived by that motto most of my life... maybe I was a dog in my past life ;-) And, the scaredy cat part, funny!26/11/2016 #7 Elizabeth BaileyEnjoyed that Ray, so true, yet it's funny how it is a trait we are more likely to see in others than recognise in ourselves. I guess the more comfy we are the more we feel we have something to lose, not realising we are losing out anyway. Heave-ho out of the box I climb again.24/11/2016 #3 Kevin PashukDogs are wonderful muses, even if they belong to your neighbour. Enjoyed the post Ray. While reading it, a quote by C.S. Lewis came to mind. In it, he defines. the 'Satisfied Imagination' as 'Looking onng enough nd looking freshly at what is familiar'. Sometimes we don't have to wander like Otis, but look around us with new eyes.24/11/2016 #1 Deb 🐝 Helfrich"Otis was just living in the now on a quest to learn what can come." Highly engaging buzz, @Ray Stasieczko! I am a fan of all the lessons that dogs can teach. And I regard beBee as my neighborhood and I LOVE strolling around, alert to what is actually present, and I can attest that there is joy and excitement to be found in interacting with people around the globe, sharing the stuff that fuels their own interest.
" If leaders and teams took time to simply search for the unknown, they would more often than not be rewarded by finding what others missed by being static in their search." I boldly believe it is simply as easy as a switch to bringing in outside perspectives early and often.
- 20/11/2016Echo de menos su sonrisa inolvidable...su felicidad que era la mía, su ternura...te echo de menos querida Duna!!
Comments10/02/2017 #16 Mariela Roxana Colman#13 Todos nuestros perros ponen la vara alta, yo lo siento así desde el primer perro que tuvieron mis abuelos : un bretón español llamado Archie que tenía mi misma edad. es decir que crecimos juntos y ese fue el único perro que vino con pedigree real JAJA. Años después encontré el documento del kennel en la casa de mi abuelo. Mucha clase pero más corazón! Cada experiencia nos aporta algo diferente. De todos mis perros aprendí cosas distintas y cada uno ha sido imprescindible e irreemplazable para cada momento específico de mi vida. Son ángeles que vienen a cumplir cada uno una misión diferente del anterior. Toma tu tiempo y todo llega.10/02/2017 #11 Mariela Roxana ColmanMi ultima perra falleció en el 2015, se llamaba Bruma y la habíamos recogido con mamá de un refugio para animales abandonados en 2002. Nos hizo tremendamente felices y lamentamos tanto su perdida que dos meses después, me topé con gente que regalaba cachorritos en la calle y ahora tengo a Sonia que con su añito y tres meses de vida nos alegra la vida, este es nuestro tiempo con ella!