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                                                                                                 May 2021

School News
Got a Dog? Live Long and Prosper, but don't forget to say Thanks!

Every time we change from daylight saving to winter dull and drudge there is a fall off in 'dog training' practice - is it the time poor lifestyles we lead or is it our body clocks? Whatever it is, the Dog's don't  care, they are adjusting their clocks anyway.

Their 'time' cues are many and varied, it might be the neighbours garage door with the squeal no one else hears, or it might be the 5.06pm diesel bus with its distinctive odour or some other pattern that precedes some reward like food time, or Dad coming home.....or that walk.

Your Dog is a pattern learner. See if you can pick which ones... we are always interested to hear from others what their Dog is teaching them. (We don't live long enough to learn everything there is to know about our Dogs. Hence we need to learn from others.)

But just as daylight saving is 'interesting" so too is the change of the seasons. Watch your Dog take an interest in cupboards (the mice are coming indoors) or is now noting that you're putting on warmer clothing (patterns again) for your Dog walks?  Remember, those of us with a Dog are MORE LIKELY to achieve our 150minutes of exercise that we are told we need to do to live long and prosper!

'The easiest people to get off the couch are the people who have a Dog'

There is no such thing as bad weather to walk your Dog, just the wrong clothes.
Rehoming Poppy

This wee little muscled pug is quite content living with us, but she really does need a home. Unfortunately, the human family had a few children who didn't take their responsibility seriously enough thus, Poppy is now looking for a human family with more time on their hand and will love her has her mother has.
Interested? More info here
Life Skills Class
April class

We started the month with a full house, then the school holidays arrived :)
These Doggie Superstitions?
  • A dog eating grass means it will rain soon.
  • A yawning dog predicts a change in the weather.
  • A dog that howls, growls, or whimpers for no apparent reason means a ghost is nearby
  • Meeting a white-and-black spotted dog gives you good luck in business endeavours that day.
  • Conversely, it’s apparently unlucky to meet a barking dog early in the morning
  • A strange dog walking into your house means you will soon make a new friend.
  • A white spot on a dog’s forehead brings wealth to her owner.
  • And finally, a timely one: Pet a dog before job-hunting and you will get the job.

The Most Popular Dog Names?
Of all time, female: Molly, Bella, Daisy, Maggie, Lucy, Ginger, Bonnie, Sadie, Sophie, Lady

Of all time, male: Max, Jake, Buddy, Jack, Cody, Charlie, Bailey, Rocky, Sam, Buster

Today, female: Bella, Luna, Lucy, Daisy, Lily [Never had a Lily in our class!]

Today, male: Charlie, Max, Bailey, Cooper, Rex. [ Never had Rex in our class!]
Doggie Links
Dog neutering


Non-Doggie Links

Taska- We might be a small city here in Christchurch, but this company is helping people needing a limb or two around the world. Do check them out, they are absolutely amazing!

Quest to Park in Every Slot at His Local Grocery Store
The challenge that reached out of our collective unconscious into his life was park in every single slot in the parking lot of his neighborhood grocery store. 
Gareth Wild said: "For the last six years I’ve kept a spreadsheet listing every parking spot I’ve used at the local supermarket in a bid to park in them all. This week I completed my Magnum Opus!


There’s a Lot More to Masala Chai Than Spiced Milk Tea

We visited India in 2012 (dog training adventure) and loved visiting the tea plantation which is why I included this article
Chaiwallas—street or roadside stand vendors that sold tea—started adding masala to tea sometime between World War I and the 1930s.

This innovation was likely inspired by those Ayurvedic and Muslim medicinal spice brews—and because the cheap tea tasted bitter and strong.  “
Adding the spices was really an act of rebellion against the British,” says Sana Javeri Kadri, owner of Diaspora Co.
Difficult things provoke all your irritations and bring your habitual patterns to the surface. And that becomes the moment of truth. You have the choice to launch into your lousy habitual patterns, or to stay with the rawness and discomfort of the situation and let it transform you.
-- Pema Chödron

A poem by Mary Oliver which I didn't know -- "The Orchard":

                I have dreamed
                Of accomplishment.
                I have fed
                I have traded
                Nights of sleep
                For a length of work.
                Lo, and I have discovered
                How soft bloom
                Turns to green fruit
                Which turns to sweet fruit
                Lo, and I have discovered
                All winds blow cold
                At last,
                And the leaves,
                So pretty, so many,
                In the great, black
                Packet of time,
                In the great, black
                Packet of ambition,
                And the ripeness
                Of the apple
                Is its downfall.
The Last larf !
Sent by Natalie's brother from Canada

My neighbour noticed that her dog's hearing was failing.

She took the dog to the vet and he noticed it was a build-up of fur in the dog's ears.  He suggested she get "Nair" hair remover, and apply it in the ears once a month if she didn't want it to happen again.

She goes to the drugstore and gets a bottle of "Nair Hair Remover." At the register the druggist says, "If this is for your underarms, don't use deodorant for a few days."  She says it's not.  
He says, "If it's for your legs, don't shave for a few days."  
Again she says it's not.  "If you must know", she says, "It's for my Schnauzer."
The druggist replies, "Stay off your bicycle for a week."
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Homestay Dogs of the Month
Heaps more on our
Facebook Page. 
You dont need a FB page to look at ours.
Zoe was a puppy that came to our class then came to stay with us for the weekend!
Bojo stayed with us and I forgot to memorise her in our list of Homestay Dogs-- sorry Bojo! Next time I'll remember to take a photo! 
Tui, the Visla. Fast on her feet and tired every dog. Went home tired and happy
Video of Tui and Poppy
Tui, the Visla. Fast on her feet and tired every dog. Went home tired and happy
Video of Tui and Poppy
Poppy- a regular that knows how to push my buttons :) - in a good way!
How to
exercise 5 dogs at a time!
Pixel, Welsh Corgi had the time of his life with Poppy the pug. Video here and another one!
Peppa only needs one tennis ball to be content in life! And my lap too:)
Peppa and Baxter
Peppa and Baxter- great friends!
Missy- a regular that has made the sofa her home.
Marley found the couch, then the ball... and was a happy chappy after that!
Video of playing with a toy and Max and on our walks
Pepper looking out to the Avon River contemplating a walk, and didn't quite know is she felt like one!
Kali (with half brother Jasper) enjoyed the fast walks around our neighbourhood-- and to think that she hid from us when she first came to us around 8 years ago!
Jasper always on the run- enjoyed our river walks. 
Bailey Cavoodle, half sister of Poppy the Westie, jumped for joy when thinking that a walk was at hand. When's the dog Olympics?
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