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February 27, 2008

Herding Balls

Herding Balls are made by Boomer  I think they are the very same ball but they cost 90.00 compared to 15 dollars for a boomer ball.

 I had to burn my boomer balls up because Casey became obsessed with them and was actually wearing her canines down trying unsuccessfully to pop the ball.  I have much better luck with the Jolly Balls.  The dogs like them but they don't become oc about them.  Even if they pop them, they're still able to play with them

Boomer specifically mentions only small herding dogs like aussies and borders to play with these Herding Balls.  I think it's because they can't open their jaws wide enough to wear their teeth down on these large balls  while with the larger breeds it is a distinct possibility.



January 29, 2008

Political Animals (Yes Animals)

and why shouldn't parrots vote?

"....Just as there are myriad strategies open to the human political
animal with White House ambitions, so there are a number of nonhuman
animals that behave like textbook politicians. Researchers who study
highly gregarious and relatively brainy species like rhesus monkeys,
baboons, dolphins, sperm whales, elephants and wolves have lately
uncovered evidence that the creatures engage in extraordinarily
sophisticated forms of politicking, often across large and far-flung
social networks.

Male dolphins, for example, organize
themselves into at least three nested tiers of friends and accomplices,
said Richard C. Connor of the University of Massachusetts
at Dartmouth, rather like the way human societies are constructed of
small kin groups allied into larger tribes allied into still larger
nation-states. The dolphins maintain their alliances through
elaborately synchronized twists, leaps and spins like Blue Angel pilots
blazing their acrobatic fraternity on high.

Among elephants, it
is the females who are the born politicians, cultivating robust and
lifelong social ties with at least 100 other elephants, a task made
easier by their power to communicate infrasonically across miles of
savanna floor. Wolves, it seems, leaven their otherwise strongly
hierarchical society with occasional displays of populist umbrage, and
if a pack leader proves a too-snappish tyrant, subordinate wolves will
collude to overthrow the top cur....."

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January 28, 2008

The Darkest Evening of the Year – Dean Koontz

After you have read more then a couple of Dean Koontz's books you figure out that he manages  to incorporate a dog into each novel, sometimes even if it is only at the very end. I always liked that about his books.  You also figure out quickly he is a fan of the Golden Retriever.  This latest book features Golden Retrievers into his formula of good vs evil and the supernatural. 

This is not the edge-of-the-seat thriller that some of his books are.  As always there is some very disturbing evil all at the hands of human.  This time the supernatural forces are on the side of the good, and in the form of the dog. 

I was a bit confused about the character Theresa, a young autistic girl.  Koontz seemed to be building her up for a larger part in the story, but rather, the last we hear of her is a maybe or maybe not sighting through a window.

An entertaining book, although a tad sugary--- but then Golden Retrievers are very sweet, so what did I expect?

January 24, 2008

Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life)

Interesting quick read on Cathie Black's career path to president of Hearst Publications.  I appreciated the emphasis on ethics and loyalty, something I think is lacking in business and the world in general.  An excellent book for young women looking to take the corporate career path. 


January 23, 2008

New Name

I need a new name for this blog.  I am stealing "Sit, Stay, Speak" and using it for the blog on the Taking the Lead dog training website leaving this blog nameless....any suggestions?

January 18, 2008

Returning to Earth – Book Review

I just finished "Returning to Earth" by Jim Harrison, a Michigan native.  

You do not read this book, you savor this book. I frequently re-read passages to enable myself to dwell in the images and thoughts.

This is a sequel or sorts to "True North."   I would recommend both books but I favor "Return to Earth."  The characters are real, gritty...human.

I will re-read this book, which says a lot for someone that has no patience for reading the same book or seeing the same movie twice.


January 11, 2008

AKC Recommendations for Changes to Obedience Regulations

AKC Recommendations for Changes to Obedience Regulations
January 9, 2008

Russia Says it is Ahead

It is not accidental that we have been calling them Martians for years

Russia says it is ahead in race to put man on Mars


January 8, 2008

The Humanities Are of No Use


A lot to think about in here...

Think Again: Will the Humanities Save Us?Stanley Fish

The humanities are of no use — and there's nothing wrong with that.