- 21/03/2017You're not the only one who likes to binge on Netflix! Go visit your local animal shelter and give a furry fan of quality programming a forever home.Iron Fistwww.lenzyruffin.com He's been waiting all week for...
- Producer11/03/2017Doing The Right Thing Is The Hardest Thing...*picture courtesy The Mirror Doing The Right Thing Its the most difficult thing in the world for those of us who live with and love our dogs, dogs that go far beyond what any dog could be asked to do. Our military...
Comments12/03/2017 #4 Lisa (Panaccione) VaughtYes, and unfortunately degenerative myleopathy is a common condition in old age in our service dogs especially K9 cops and military, they do such strenous jobs.And they are big dogs. Even at their proper weight, its a common old age malady.
People get this too as they age. It's called Degenerative Disc Disease. We are able to do more for people re: stablizing the spine, pain control, accupuncture and chiropractic. Plus people can tell you exactly where it hurts.11/03/2017 #2 Lisa (Panaccione) Vaught#1 Javier, thank you so much. When I read about Sgt. Smith, it sure struck a chord with me. I held my first 'forever' service dog, Jet, in my arms as he was put down. The hardest and most heartrenching thing I ever had to do. He had cancer, and we couldn't control his pain anymore, I promised him never would he have any pain. It was Good Friday, and he ate an entire cadre of marshmellow "Peeps" on the way to the vets.
- 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 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 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!
- 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!!!
- 11/02/2017No es de sus mejores fotos pero al menos salen los 3 en uno d sus lugares favoritos ( en esa playa están permitidos los perros) @Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
Comments11/02/2017 #4 Isabel 🐝 Díaz Durán#3 Brook , yo no soy criadora, si realmente quieres uno prueba a preguntar a los refugios o protectoras cerca de tu lugar de residencia, tal vez haya alguno para adoptar. En mi opinión no importa la raza, todos los perros son fieles, generosos y dóciles, siempre que se les trate bien. Un saludo
- Producer09/02/2017Spring is Almost Here - Get Your Pet Ready for Warmer WeatherCold boring winter is coming closer to an end and it is finally time to go out and play. You and your pets are probably happy about it, but there are some things to be done before the hotter weather comes. Make a list, get the equipment and get...
- 01/02/2017Watch this funny dog dressed in nurse outfit walking on its hind legs!! Soo cute! 😍Walking Dog!! Was visiting my Mom in the hospital the other day and this came walking by!! So cute and creepy at the same time!! Lol To use this video in a commercial...
- 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...
- 30/01/2017These are the ‘smartest’ dog breeds, according to a canine psychologistgrendz.com There’s no easy way to rate dog intelligence. As canine psychologist Stanley Coren wrote back in the 90s, there’s adaptive intelligence (i.e., figuring stuff out), working intelligence (i.e., following orders), and instinctive intelligence (i.e.,...
- Producer24/01/2017Easiest House Pets to Take Care OfHaving a pet is lovely, but some of them can really be high maintenance. Accordingly, there is always a dispute among the pet owners which pet is the best and which one is the easiest to take care of. Even though this is pretty much subjective,...
- Producer17/01/2017Obama's Dog Sunny Bites Whitehouse VisitorThe Obama's dog, the female: Sunny, decided to protect her personal space when a family friend of one of the Obama's girls decided to greet the family dog in an entirely inappropriate way ~ the eighteen-year old pushed her face right up to...
- 17/01/2017For more than fifteen years, he warmed our hearts.Boppy Boy in Potato Chips and Dreidels Our little man is gone now, but will never be...
- 04/12/2016The bear lives at Russian family. No kidding - a bear!
Read and watch for more -Russian family sit down to dinner with a 300lb BEAR at the table | Daily Mail Onlinewww.dailymail.co.uk On the surface Russian family Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko appear like any other ordinary couple, but for their 23-year-old bear named Stepan, who weighs 300lb and stands at a height of seven...
- Producer30/11/2016Benefits of a Furry Friend at WorkToday, my cat Jack was tapping me with his paw, right as I was frustrated that I was dealing with spotty internet service due to the pouring rain. I looked down into his eyes, which were fully dilated, and signaled to me that he needed something....
Comments01/12/2016 #5 David B. GrinbergNice buzz, Jennifer. I think pets at work is a trending topic. Anything that reduces stress and boosts employee morale = increased performance and productivity, enhanced employee engagement, greater employee satisfaction, and more brand loyaty -- all of which leads to a better and healthier work culture.30/11/2016 #3 Venita CrowThank you for your article Renee. I work from home unless I'm traveling to visit a Hospital or attending a conference. I share my home office with my 3 cats and I must say I may have sent some cat paw print skype messages. Your Jack is a twin to my Sophie. This could be her picture. She has taken up residence daily on my laptop editing my work and enjoying the warmth. I agree that obviously not every setting is conducive to pet helpers, I very much enjoy mine.30/11/2016 #1 Renée 🐝 CormierI love Jack! I used to have a Siamese cat when I was a teenager. His name was Mai Tai. He was lots of fun. I also work from home, so pets come with the territory, but I can shut them out when I need to. I have a friend who works in an office where pets are allowed every day. He finds it annoying and stressful. Not all the pets are friendly and many bark at everything that moves. That's highly inconvenient when you are trying to speak to a customer or give an important presentation. Even well behaved pets can be troublesome around other animals. Bringing pets to work on Fridays or on a designated day of the month is one thing. Every day in an office with 30 or more employees gets pretty nutty.
- 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!
- 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.
- 22/11/2016ANIMALS: Time Lapse Shows Dog Patiently Waiting 7 Hours for Owner February 11 When the master is away, this dog does not play! This heartwarming video showed what happened when Yowie the dog was left at home while his owner, Jeff,...
- Producer10/11/2016Help! I've Got Bird Brain!People think I’m crazy. “What are you doing with four parrots?” I get it. I never imagined I would ever become a bird person. I grew up with dogs, and later, cats. I loved them and still do. The way I see it, there are basically two kinds of...
Comments13/11/2016 #17 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher@Renée 🐝 Cormier, I knew parrots are very smart but I had no idea how much the up-keep is. I could never do it! Kudos to you. I had a parrot talking to me when I took a trip to our humane shelter this summer. The parrot was even repeating a few things I said. So cool but not for me!
My daughter had guinea pig and it's name was Skittles, she named her. Skittles was like a loving kitty cat. I would go in to check on Skittles because my daughter was 13 at the time and I could not trust her to take care of her pet like an adult would. One day I walked in and Skittles hadn't eaten or drank her food in 2 days. I felt her and she was very cold too. I tried to feed her with my hands and a dropper, it didn't work. I took her to the Vet the next day. I had her in a box and I was used to bringing my dog to the Vet, not a guinea pig! All of a sudden I heard, "Skittles, you can come back." I felt almost embarrassed and looked around to see if anyone was chuckling. Skittles??? That was the only humorous part of the trip. Once I brought her in, they said she had pneumonia and was bleeding internally. I had her put to sleep. Again, I never imagined I would bring a Guinea pig to the vet and then have her put to sleep. I never imagined I would cry. I cried like a baby! So yes, we can get attached to pets we would not have dreamed of. She loved being held and would always climb on your lap and look into your eyes. She wasn't a biter, just sweet.
Thanks for sharing, this is good information for others to know! Your parrots are beautiful by the way.13/11/2016 #16 Praveen Raj GullepalliThat's a whole lotta love n feathers dear Renee! And heartwarming too! I have spent time with parrots up close and they are an engaging bunch. I fed em some guavas and berries a few times when in their company. They pick up words and phrases fast and imitate recklessly! ;) In India, they are used (caged mode) by street fortune tellers to pick up Parrot-Cards (a la Tarot Cards).10/11/2016 #15 Renée 🐝 Cormier#9 If I could only keep one bird, it would be the smallest one, for the exact reasons you mention. The bigger birds are more destructive, require a lot more handling and attention and are much messier. I do love them all, however. They have their own little personalities and they are quite loving. It's funny, though. If your dog bit you, you would give it away or put it down. Bird owners are much more tolerant. If you fail to read your bird's body language, you will get bitten, so we tend to blame ourselves.10/11/2016 #9 Ken BoddieI can understand your attraction with parrots, Renée, as I have a cockatiel who has featured in a couple of my buzzes. But she's small, manageable, loves her head to be scratched, doesn't bite, stays close to her cage (most of the time) and loves our Queensland warm weather (so no expensive rooms and heaters). We also stay in touch with the breeder, her Auntie Maureen, from whom we originally got her, and she goes back to see her Auntie Maureen for regular visits when we go away. But she can be very messy, even more so when she's laid eggs, and she makes a lot of noise when she wants attention. Don't think I could handle the biting, larger mess, louder noise, and general maintenance of a larger bird, never mind four! Geez, Renée, your mother must have taken you to see a lot of pirate movies when you were young?
Comments03/11/2016 #5 Fran 🐝 Brizzolis#4 El tamaño siempre importa!!!... Aunque se empeñen en decirnos que no siempre es así... Simplemente ahce unos años era quien tenia el movil más pequeño, ahora ya cualquier día veremos a alguien con una cabina telefonica a la espalda.... Y no es el chiste de 2 por el desierto03/11/2016 #4 José Ramón ✌🏼 López#3 Opino igual @Fran 🐝 Brizzolis. Los perros son muy movidos y en pisos pequeños les falta espacio. Es necesario que los perros hagan ejercicio y se muevan, por lo que una casa con jardín es lo ideal para ellos, sobretodo sin tiene cierto tamaño.
Y los gatos pues eso, super independientes y casi no te enteras que los tienes en casa.
- Producer11/09/2016El niño y su mascota del almaEs cierto que el amor es uno de los sentimientos más maravillosos que puede albergar el corazón de un ser humano. Pero no es exclusivo. También los animales son capaces de sentir con tanta o más pasión e intensidad que nosotros. La importancia del...