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  Simba and Gypsy are two very active GSPs.  As all GSP owners know, this breed must get all the exercise they need daily or your home will be a war-zone. It will also look like one as told by Simba.  I recently had a full hip replacement.  There was quite a bit of planning for this big occurrence in my life.  First of all, I had to finish fencing off the backyard for Gypsy.  Simba is well behaved and also more mature than Gypsy.  Gypsy is still only 7 months old and I can’t take the chance of her puppy brain taking over and deciding to explore more ground (especially the busy street in the front of the house).  As painful as it was, I finished the fencing.  The next item was installing a doggie door so that they could now go out without needing me to get up every 30 minutes to open the door (every 5 minutes for Gypsy who likes to be controlling/annoying at times).
Installing the doggie door should have only taken ten minutes.  However, once I opened up the wall this is what I found.  Electric wiring in my way, augh.IMG_3162doggie door problem #1

The project took a couple of hours of rewiring resulting with happiness and satisfaction.


It only took Gypsy a couple of days to get comfortable with going in and out of the doggie door by herself without coaxing.  Simba on the other hand is more apprehensive and always has been.  It took her about a week of going through the door with me holding it open, on my hands and knees on the opposite side of the door with my head through the door as I pleaded with her.  An entertaining  moment for my neighbors who don’t miss anything.

I am glad they have each other to play with.  They usually do a pretty good job wearing themselves out chasing each other around and wrestling like world champions. However, since I have returned from the hospital Simba won’t leave my side.  Gypsy still comes and goes and actually enjoys spending lots of time outdoors trying to find different escape routes.  Simba has always been very intuitive and knows something’s wrong; so there’s no playing or chasing each other around going on.  My son sent us the BazooK-9 that he purchased through Amazon.  What a fantastic and fun contraption, not only for the dogs but me too.  This shoots tennis balls across two rooms with the pull of the trigger and the best part is that you don’t have to bend down to pick the balls up.  All you do is push the barrel over the ball and it scoops it up. When the ball disappears into the barrel Simba just goes insane trying to figure out where it disappeared to all the while making a funny and dramatic whimper cry. Gypsy has never gotten the jist of fetching.  She likes chasing the ball and then prancing around with it in her mouth chasing Simba back and forth who does fetch and return the ball.  They both love it and are getting quite the exercise.  They love it so much that they don’t want to stop playing making Simba whimper for a while when it’s put away.


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by Naomi Heck, M.Ed., CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Training Tips For Fear Of Men

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by Naomi Heck, M.Ed., CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA




Clicker Game-Targeting

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by Naomi Heck, M.Ed., CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA



by Naomi Heck, M.Ed.,CBCC-KA,CPDT-KA

 When your dog starts his “back-talking” at you, just turn and leave the room withoutDog talk. further talking.  Do it immediately (at the first bark), and resist the temptation to repeat your command or “reason” with him.  Go into another area and close the door behind you if possible to make your point clear. After 20 seconds, come back to him for another chance.  Repeat as needed.  Every time.   And abide by my 10 to 1 Rule – Reward good behavior 10 times more than you correct bad ones.  Teach him what to do instead of barking at you, and reward that replacement behavior more frequently than you would like for 7 straight consecutive days.  Pretty soon, he’ll change his mind when his old behaviors do not pay off or aren’t fun anymore.

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by Naomi Heck, M.Ed., CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA

Puppy’s First Christmas

Puppy’s First Christmas

This Christmas I had to teach Gypsy many things.  This must be this puppy’s firstPUPPY'S CHRISTMAS Christmas.  She was really good about not playing with the ornaments on the tree. However, about a week before Christmas she came home from the woof doctor with a funny looking cone thing on her head.  In her defense, she would forget about the cone when running past the tree and the cone would knock off the bottom ornaments.  She did pull my human sister’s gift out from under the tree.  I explained that was not hers; her gifts are in the stockings hanging from the fireplace.  She is still too short to feel the stockings for presents but she watched me as I poked each one and pointed out which ones were ours.  On Christmas Eve we got to open our presents one by

one.  Mum would give Gypsy her present to unwrap and then she would give me mine.  As soon as Gypsy saw mum hand me my present, she would drop her wrapped present and run over to take my wrapped present away.  Mum chased her around trying to get it back but that made Gypsy run faster.  I would open my present and then go over to show Gypsy how to unwrap hers.  Gypsy was more interested in playing with all the great toys that I had already unwrapped than unwrapping her presents.  I love unwrapping presents so I unwrapped them for her.  We spent the next hour playing tug-o-war with all our Christmas presents.  Having a little sister isn’t so bad sometimes.


Puppy News

Puppy News

The puppy saw her reflection on the fireplace glass door today.  She must have stood Gypsythere observing it for at least an hour.  She would back up and sit next to her sister for a while and go back to show Simba this strange dog.  What I found strange is that she has seen her reflection in my full length mirror.  She stops for a couple of seconds and then realizes she can see me in the mirror too.  She’ll turn back and forth a couple of times and leave it that.  But the image on the glass had her really perplexed.  Maybe it was because this image was translucent.  It was fun to watch.



Puppy Training Begins

Puppy Training Begins

Mum is training Gypsy how to poo and pee outside.  I don’t think Gypsy gets the idea yet.  Mum got home from work yesterday and quickly let Gypsy out of her crate.  Then ran to the back door which is about ten feet away from the crate.  Before mum got the door open, Gypsy had found a nice spot to pee on the brand new rug.  Mum was not happy but had an understanding look on her face.  Today when she got home, she opened the crate and carried Gypsy out the door.  It was an exciting moment when Gypsy peed outside.  Mum clapped and celebrated like it was such a big deal.  She gave her a little tiny treat.  I don’t understand why she never celebrates like that when I pee outside.   We were outside for a while.  Beingmum's luv such a good girl, I peed and pood  out in the yard.  Mum and I played catch for a while.  Gypsy doesn’t like to play catch.  I think she’s lazy because she stands by mum and waits until I get close enough to chase me,  As she’s chasing me she’s jumping at me trying to get the ball out of my mouth.  What a cheater!  Mum said she is just a confused pup!  We all went in excited to get our treat.  Mum locked the back door and turned around and started gasping!  Gypsy was pooing on the brand new rug.  Kind of funny if you ask me.  definitely a confused pup.

A New Puppy

A New Puppy


Car ride home

Mummy brought me home a  new puppy.  She says it’s a little sister but I still think it looks like a puppy.  Mum drove 16 hours to bring Gypsy home.  Gypsy’s human dad could not afford to feed her and her brothers and sisters. Gypsy is half German Shorthair Pointer and half Tree Walker Coonhound.  She is 10 weeks old and had not visited the puppy doctor yet.  Mum took her in first thing to for her check up and vaccines.  Mum says we need to start training her.  Gypsy and I still are not sure of each other.  She seems a little shy or scared and runs away from me when I want to play.

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RIP Lucky

RIP Lucky


My feline brother past this morning.  It was a very sad time.  My human sister was sitting on the floor crying.  She loved him very much.  They were together for 18 years.  Mum ran back and forth between Lucky and my human sister.  I wanted to help make her feel better but mum pushed me out of the way and hugged her tight with tears rolling down both their faces.  I dedicate this poem to my human sister.

SCN_0048When tomorrow starts without meLucky's favorite pillow

Don’t think we’re far apart

For every time you think of me

I’m right here inside your heart.

Unknown author


My human brother wrote his own poem too with the hope to help make her feel better.

Human brother with Lucky

Lucky Sir Lucky had quite a lucky life

Our arrival at the pet pick-up was greeted with delight

He came home with a family but first had a stop

At the hospital where Zoe was given a shot

Onward bound and onward home

Where many adventures await

He was never alone

For his companions stayed near

And then came a new friend

Who is it, let me see

And out of the gloom appeared Nala

Who Lucky hissed at to show that he was angry

Over time they grew close

Lucky biting Nala’s neck

Trying to get through her fur coat

With Nala rolling her eyes saying “what in the heck”

Lucky’s a traveler!

From coast to coast

He puts on his sunglasses

Grabs his martini and coat

Off on the plane, he went to live with pops

Decided Utah wasn’t his thing

And called a new shot

To return to the East

To finally defeat

His old friend, his old foe, the beast

Only when he arrived

A tear met his eye

Nala was not there

Nala was not in sight

But Lucky had Zoe!

The best of best friends

He’s been on the internet!

Through Snapchat with friends

Lucky and Zoe were pals

Hanging out every night

He grew skinny and meowed

But was happy and snuggled tight

Now Lucky has moved on

Oh what a life he has lived

He’s had the best friends and family

But never any kids!

Raise up a glass

Hold it strong and high

Cheers to YOU Lucky!

As you look down on us from the sky