Archive for the ‘Appreciation’ Category

Phoenix Childrens Hospital’s Animal Assisted Therapy Program

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Listen Wednesday, October 20, to the “My Doggie Says…” radio show, to learn all about the Phoenix Childrens Hospital’s Animal Assisted Therapy Program. Our guests will be Mary Lou Jennings and Julie Adams, both from the program.

The “My Doggie Says…” show is broadcast live on KFNX-1100, Phoenix, at 8:00 Mountain Standard Time (and Pacific Daylight Time).  Live streaming is available at www.1100KFNX.com.

Call in and join the program, and you will receive a free copy of the “Dog Appreciation Lessons” CD.  The number to call in Phoenix is (602) 277-kfnx.  Outside of Phoenix, the toll free number is (866) 536-1100.

The Healing Power of Dogs: Podcast

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Learn about the “Healing Power of Dogs” from Sharon Sakson, author of “Paws & Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs.”

Sharon Sakson is a writer, journalist, television producer, breeder and dog show judge. She is a columnist for Dog News magazine. Her new book is Paws & Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs, a look into the many ways canines come to the rescue of their human friends. Another book, Paws to Protect, is about the bravery and intuition of the nation’s military, police, customs, and arson dogs. The previous book had a similar title, Paws & Reflect: A Special Bond Between Man & Dog. She is a freelance writer/producer of television programs in New York and has been a Field Producer for NBC Sports, WNBC, ABC National News.

Learn About the Healing Power of Dogs: Tonight on the “My Doggie Says…” radio talk show

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Tonight on the “My Doggie Says…” radio talk show, our guest will be Sharon Sakson, author of “Paws & Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs.” Sharon is also a journalist, TV Producer, breeder and dog show judge.

Tune in live at 8:00 PM Phoenix time on KFNX 1100 AM, or listen to the live streaming at www.1100KFNX.com.

If you call-in to join the program, we’ll make sure you get a free copy of the “Dog Appreciation Lessons CD,” a collection of eighteen special dog-bonding moments on the “My Doggie Says…” talk show.

In Phoenix: 602-277-KFNX
Outside Phoenix Area: 1-866-536-1100

An Exercise in Learning "Dog Talk"

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

At 2:00 in the morning, Callie Golden Retriever walked to the side of my bed and sat facing me. She “snorted.” I don’t know how else to describe the sound she makes. It’s not a bark, or a “wuuf,” or a growl. It’s just a “snort.” Usually, she uses a “snort” to get my attention.

Sometimes, Callie walks right to the edge of the bed and sits down in a place where I can reach her neck to give it a vigorous “puppy scratch.” And sometimes she sits down a few feet away facing the door. This means, “I gotta go pee!” But this was different. She was facing me, but too far away for a “puppy scratch.”

So, what’s she trying to say? Running out of options, I guessed maybe she wanted to go out. So I dragged myself out of bed and walked to the kitchen door that leads out to Callie’s side yard — her place to pee and, maybe, chase a racoon or possum. Got it. Right?

Wrong! She didn’t walk to the door. Instead, she sat down in the middle of the kitchen. Not close enough to the puppy treat bowl to be asking for a puppy treat. Just in the middle of the kitchen. Then I noticed that her food bowl was on the sink and that it still contained a few bites of dinner.

That stinker! She remembered, at 2:00 in the morning, that there was still a little dinner in her bowl, and she was asking me, very politely, to serve it to her.

I’m sorry, Mr. Research Scientist, but when was the last time a 2 1/2 year old kid did something like that? I swear; dogs are smarter than we think!

Sometimes, to understand what your dog is saying, you have to go through all the possibilities and be real creative about trying to understand what they are thinking. On the other hand, “food” is probably the answer more often than not.

As If I Needed Ten More Reasons To Love and Appreciate Callie Golden Retriever. New Reason No. 1

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

You can tell from this blog that I really love Callie Golden Retriever – and that I am very bonded to her. We have a terrific two-way, give-and-take person-dog relationship. My favorite activity with Callie is our daily soccer game – because it’s her creation, from the first day she arrived at my house, at age eight weeks.

But our daily soccer game is just a small part of our relationship. Another important part of our dog-person relationship is my ever-increasing “appreciation” for dogs in general, and for Callie in particular. Dogs continue to amaze me. I know, I know, the scientists say they have the intelligence of a two-year-old kid. But there’s something more going on with dogs.

Maybe it’s all the cute things they do to endear us to them. Maybe it’s their complete honesty and openness of their dog personalities and dog nature – the way they reveal their dogginess to us every day. Maybe they have figured out how to get a reaction out of us. Or maybe they take “cute pills” when we’re not looking.

Anyway, visiting Lake Arrowhead with Callie is always a special treat. She loves being outdoors, having lots of new smells to check out, going on long walks, and swimming in the lake. On our most recent visit, Callie did ten special things that made me appreciate her even more. So I decided to write them as a serial adventure in “Dog Appreciation.”

If you’ve ever wondered how we arrived at “Dog Appreciation Lessons” as the title of our first CD, now you know. These are the kinds of fun stories that make up the CD – and our fascination with “dog appreciation.”

So here’s installment No. 1 of “As If I Needed Ten More Reasons To Love And Appreciate Callie Golden Retriever.”

One of our extended walk/jogs at Lake Arrowhead takes us past the UCLA Conference Center and two tennis courts that are separated from the road by a twenty-foot high row of bushes. In the past, I have found an occasional tennis ball tucked away between the bushes and the tennis court fence.

Realizing from whence these tennis balls were magically appearing, Callie started, some months ago, to search the bushes herself. She would run along the edge of the bushes with her eyes firmly fixed on the area behind the bushes, where an errant tennis ball might be hiding. She has found three or four tennis balls this way – and they become her treasure for the day. She carries them home and stays close to them until bedtime – and sometimes after.

Well, this last visit, Callie amazed us by taking the tennis ball search to a higher level. She climbed behind the bushes whenever she could. She pushed right through the opening between two of the bushes and walked along the gap between the tennis court and the bushes. Unfortunately, this time, she did not get rewarded with a ball, but we were amazed at her creativity and persistence.

It won’t be long until she finds a tennis ball this way.

I don’t know if this qualifies as “smart” or not, but it’s certainly clever and creative behavior. And another one of those little endearing “dog appreciation” moments for me.

Watch this space for nine more “Reasons.”

What’s in a Dog’s Mind?

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Alexandra Horowitz, author of “Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know,” describes her research on “dog cognition.” Hear Alexandra’s extremely interesting insights into what life is like for a dog. Anyone who has tried to write from a dog’s point of view, for example, has had to deal with this. An interesting insight: That lick on the face you get from your dog when you return home may not be an expression of friendliness; it may be checking to see if you found food on today’s hunt!

The “My Doggie Says” show helps listeners gain a deeper appreciation for Man’s Best Friend.  The show is broadcast live from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday nights, on KFNX 1100, Phoenix. It is streamed live on www.1100kfnx.com. Host Fred Haney interviews dog whisperers, dog trainers, authors of dog books, and experts on all aspects of dogs and dog behavior and dog nature. The show is also available as a podcast on iTunes. Go to the iTunes store, click on “Podcast,” and search for “My Doggie Says…”

Check out the dog-relationship books written by all of the authors who have appeared on the “My Doggie Says…” show: http://mydoggiesays.com/?page_id=1479

Dean Koontz on the "My Doggie Says…" Radio Show

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Dean Koontz has published over a 100 books, and, in many of them, he has included a dog as a character. He has also written several books about Trixie, his Golden Retriever, such as “Life is Good! Lessons in Joyful Living,” by Trixie Koontz, Dog. On the occasion of the release of his newest dog book, “a big little life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog.” Dean describes the close relationship between himself and Trixie, as well as several humorous things that Trixie did. He also expresses amazement at Trixie’s intelligence.

The “My Doggie Says” show helps listeners gain a deeper appreciation for Man™s Best Friend. The show is broadcast live from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday nights, on KFNX 1100, Phoenix. It is streamed live on www.1100kfnx.com. Host Fred Haney interviews dog whisperers, dog trainers, authors of dog books, and experts on all aspects of dogs and dog behavior and dog nature. The show is also available as a podcast on iTunes. Go to the iTunes store, click on “Podcast,” and search for “My Doggie Says…”

Check out the dog-relationship books written by all of the authors who have appeared on the “My Doggie Says” show: http://mydoggiesays.com/?page_id=1479

New Blog Contest: Win a Free Copy of "My Doggie Says…"

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Last contest, we had four winners: Marte Cliff, Margaret Donohue, Sheila Wedegis, and Ann Ranlett. Congratulations, all!

We dog owners know that dogs are lots smarter than scientists think. Researchers say that dogs have the intelligence of a two-year-old human. But you and I know we’re constantly outsmarted by our “dumb” pets. How smart do you think your dog is? What’s the smartest, or cleverest, thing you dog has done?

Best comment(s) on this blog gets a free copy of “My Doggie Says…: Messages from Jamie.” Contest ends 12:00 midnight, Pacific Daylight Time, Sunday, June 28. Callie’s decision is final.

Louise Jones, co-author of "Gone to the Dogs," on the "My Doggie Says…" show

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Louise Jones and her husband, Robert, wrote a fun book titled, “Gone to the Dogs: Life with My Canine Companions.” The book recounts their experiences, largely centered around hunting and fishing, with seven different dogs. They were especially attracted to Labrador Retrievers. Bob also wrote “Jake” and “Upland Passage: A Field Dog’s Education.” You can find his books here.

The “My Doggie Says…” show helps listeners gain a deeper appreciation for “Man’s Best Friend.” The show is broadcast live from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday nights, on KFNX 1100, Phoenix. It is streamed live on www.1100kfnx.com. Host Fred Haney interviews experts on all aspects of dogs and dog ownership. Listen to past interviews at www.mydoggiesays.com/. The show is also available as a podcast on iTunes. Go to the iTunes store, click on “Podcast,” and search for “My Doggie Says…”

Claudeen McAuliffe, Animal Behaviorist, on the "My Doggie Says…" Radio Show

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Claudeen McAuliffe, author of “Mindful Dog Teaching: Reflections on the Relationships We Share With Our Dogs,” makes a guest appearance on the “My Doggie Says…” show. Listen to her thoughtful comments about dog behavior, human-dog relationships, human-dog interactions, and the role of nutrition in forming our relationships with dogs. Claudeen also talks about the “Tellington TTouch” method of calming a dog. Check out Claudeen’s web site by clicking here. Especially interesting are Claudeen’s 25 dog-training tips.

The “My Doggie Says…” show helps listeners gain a deeper appreciation for “Man’s Best Friend.” The show is broadcast live from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday nights, on KFNX 1100, Phoenix. It is streamed live on www.1100kfnx.com. Host Fred Haney interviews dog whisperers, dog trainers, authors of dog books, and experts on all aspects of dogs and dog behavior and dog nature. Listen to past interviews at www.mydoggiesays.com/. The show is also available as a podcast on iTunes. Go to the iTunes store, click on “Podcast,” and search for “My Doggie Says…”