Car Cruise @ HCR ManorCare North Hills

Skyy’s buddies at ManorCare had a car cruise today! We decided to go and check out the event!

How awesome is this….

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Skyy and the Mustang

It was a beautiful day today, but the pavement was a bit hot for his feet, so we stayed in the grassy area and drank lots of water! It was a wonderful event and our boss Brianna did a great job organizing the whole thing!

There was even a guy (Ron) drawing caricatures of people for free! Of course he immediately nailed down Skyy’s weakness and exactly what he was thinking…

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“I love the ball”

What a great way to end a weekend!

Bath time

Many dog owners feel a cringe when they think about giving their dog a bath. This task brings to mind fighting with an animal who has no need or want for a bath (in their own mind). It also bring to mind violent shaking of the dog sending water splashing everywhere.

To mitigate my own reaction to this as well as Skyy’s reaction, I decided to train him to enjoy a bath. While it was not simple to do, he now cooperates with the whole ordeal (although deep in his eyes you can see him cussing me out for this grave indignity).

The following video was shot on 8/1/18. We had just got back from swimming in a pond at Misty Pines in Wexford, PA and he needed a bath…

enjoy…(There is really no need to watch the entire bath, so just the first 1:30 of it should give you an idea of what it is like for him.

Please like and/or comment and let me know how your pets do when it’s bath time!

Adoption Day!

July 23, 2016, (this date 2 years ago) our buddy Skyy made the first journey of his life. He left his mother and the farm near Sandy Lake, PA and drove home with my wife and I.

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Little did we expect what a loving dog he would become. We got lucky (and so did he I suspect) with what a great companion he’s become not only to us but to his buddies he visits on a regular basis.

143 Skyy!

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Lake Erie fun!

Somone remarked in an article I read recently tht the border collie is nature’s all terrain vehicle. Rain, snow, sleet, hot sun, water, mud, ice…all of this can be overcome without issue by the dog.

This description aptly describes Skyy and his incredible work ethic and drive.

Skyy loves swimming in water. So I wondered what would happen if I took him to a portion of the largest freshwater resource in the world: Lake Erie.

No suprise, he loved it!

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We all had a good time throwing the ball into the water and havign Skyy and Syrah chase it down.

Next time we go, we will have to see how they do in waves!

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I “herd” ewe!

As the temperature soared into the mid to high 90’s, we took the dogs to herd sheep! This time to play with sheep was preordained a month earlier, so the weather was not a factor in the decision, although there were times when we questioned our sanity while we were working.

Skyy and Syrah found ways to keep cool…(Syrah rolls in sheep poop in this video)

 

Braving the heating elements of mother nature, we travelled to the Spicy Lamb Farm in the Cleveland/Akron area to let Skyy and Syrah to see what their instinct would do. We certianly were not disppointed.

We took some time during our working sessions to cool off. There were a few kiddie pools there but Skyy found a mud bath was much more suitable for him…

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Skyy was very engaged with the sheep and was successful moving the sheep around the pen both clockwise and counter-clockwise.

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We all had some ice cream afterwards and we all slept very well.

Until next time…

Keep cool!

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Keepin’ cool and lookin’ good!

Working dogs need to work, otherwise they get bored. We like to take Skyy and Syrah to a park or open field to run. We found the opportunity to run them Sunday at a local park, but it was fairly hot outside. Thankfully there is a pond at this park coupled with a waterfall. My wife has a new IPhone 8 which has an amazing camera built into it. I really liked these photos she took, so I wanted to share…

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Peace of a Border Collie

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Last week Skyy and I visited our local nursing home. We had the honor of visting a patient who was in the loving care of hospice and on her last days. As we moved into the room, we were told that the patient was not doing well at all, but had loved animals their entire life. The patient was curled up in their bed laying on their side. I commanded Skyy “all four” and he promptly jumped up into bed with the patient and laid down allwoing the patient to spoon him. He wiggled up the bed a bit and every once in a while he licked the patient’s chin.

I stood there and was amazed how a high strung, ball chasing nut like Skyy could instantly become an instrument of peace. There is no doubt in my mind he understood the situation, and acted in the peacful and loving way that was not only appropriate, but beautiful and uplifting to all in the room. He was able to demonstrate the undying love associated with therapy animals to help bring peace in a time of suffering.

The prayer of St. Franics of Assisi, the patron Saint of animals, speaks volumes to this adventure:

Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy
O divine master grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born to eternal life
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