In Loving Memory of:

My Daisy Dukes! I miss you every day. I hope you and Nemo are together again
My Daisy Dukes! I miss you every day. I hope you and Nemo are together again

This has been a sad year. Some of our best friends have passed. In memory we want to share photos of some of those we have lost. If you have a photo of one of our Besties that we have not posted we may not have a recent pic. So email me @:dawn@sandypawsstudio and I’ll add it to the wall.


Rest In Peace Our Faithful Friends:

Our Little Man RJ
Echo the Wonder Dog
My Boy Nemo

In This Life

I start everyday with the sound of my dog scratching lightly at my door. Time to get up! He greets me every morning at 615am with a hug and a smile. He is genuinely happy to see me. Even though he saw me only a few hours earlier. No matter what kind of mood I was in at bedtime, if I wanted to play or be alone, he is happy to see me in the morning.

He only wants love and to be pet and fed. Thats it. Simple!! In this life I have learned   living life simply can be a nice way to live. I however, haven’t mastered what my dog in one short year has. I will preach it though and hope to take my own advice soon.

Four kids, 3 dogs, two jobs and a husband is definitely NOT simple. It is pure chaos. But we love it. I am that person who NEEDS to be busy ALL of the time. Down time for me is frustrating. I plan to sit for 30 minutes a day and just think, and it never happens. I mean never. A dog barks, a kid yells , my husband need something…. never a second to breathe. But again, I love it. I thrive on a challenge, I love to plan the NEXT thing before I’m done with the thing I am doing. It keeps me moving. I feel I’d die if I stopped!

My grandfather worked, yes worked until well into his 80’s. He ran a family business. It honestly helped him stay healthy until 90! The man was a machine. I look up to him. In every way. I am built like that.

I currently am a business owner, mother, wife, doggy mom, landlord and a Real Estate agent.  I don’t know what it is to only have 1 job. And never want to. People look forward to retiring, I look forward to tomorrow and scheduling my next appointment. Keep moving. Simple is great, on a weekend! But In this life, I want to keep moving!

I started a new blog so people can see what I live with , dogs, kids, chaos. And how to keep my home feeling comfortable with everyone in it.

Life can be whatever you make it. If you choose simple, that is your choice. I choose chaos but keep it under control.

50,000 Greyhounds Are About To Be Brutally Killed, And No One Is Talking About It












The Brigitte Bardot Foundation has just written an open letter to the King of Spain, the Spanish authorities, and the whole country, in a plea to put an end to this revolting ‘tradition’. There is also an online petition, that you can sign here! We need all the help and support we can get if we want to make a change, so please share this.

Today, on the 1st of February, we commemorate World Galgo Day, in honor of the Spanish greyhounds who are used to hunt in Spain. Every year, this day symbolises the fight to end the terrible fate which awaits these greyhounds once the hunting season in Spain is over.

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Loose Dog?

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Loose Dog? Don’t chase! Stop, Drop and Lie Down

Have you ever had a dog escape your arms or car or home? What is the first thing you do? If you’re like most people, you chase after them. They run and then you run. It seems almost instinctual, doesn’t it?

I’ve come to believe that it REALLY IS INSTINCT that takes over when we chase after our loose dog(s). It’s not just something we do when our own pets get loose, but something we do when a friend’s dog gets out of the house or when we see a stray dog running down the street or the highway. There is even a recent videoshowing police officers chasing after a dog on a highway in California. They never even had a chance of catching him. It was a losing proposition.
The problem with our first instinct (to chase) is that it rarely gets us closer to getting them. In fact, the more we run the more they run, and in most cases, they run even harder and faster. It must be pretty scary seeing a bunch of people chasing you. (Heck! It’s scary being a human and having a bunch of people chasing you! I would run too!)  I don’t imagine a dog is likely to stop and ask itself “Does that person mean me harm?” No. They’re probably thinking “I am in danger. I need to run!”
The truth is it can be pretty hard to go against the instinct to chase a loose dog, but we really must learn to so, because when we chase we risk putting ourselves and the loose pet in danger.
This past week, a lost dog was lost forever when a good samaritan gave chase. The person was only trying to help. They saw a lost dog and wanted to reunite him with his owners, but in giving chase, they put Marty in more danger and sadly, he was hit by a car and killed. I cannot imagine how the person chasing him must have felt. One never expects to do a good deed and end up feeling like they did the opposite. I feel badly for both Marty’s family and the good samaritan. How could the person chasing Marty know what would happen? He/She was doing what was instinctual.

But what is instinctual is exactly what is most likely to put the dog in more danger.

There are a great many things I learned while working at our local animal shelter, but among the most helpful were the tips we received on how to get a loose dog back once it has slipped its leash or collar. I thought it might be helpful to share them here in the hopes that it will prevent one more family and good samaritan from feeling the pain of what happened to Marty.  (Please note: These may not work with every dog, but they have worked with many.)

What to do if a dog gets loose:

  • Stop, drop and lie down – It might sound silly, but dogs find the behavior odd. When you don’t give chase and instead lie down and lie still, a dog will get curious and will often come back to see if you are okay or to see what you are doing.
  • Stop, drop, and curl into a ball – This is also a curious behavior for a dog. Because you are not moving and your hands are closely wrapped around your head, they see you as less of a threat and will come to check you out. This gives them a chance to sniff you and realize it’s you, their owner, or to allow you to pet them and grab their collar.
  • Run in the opposite direction – What? Run away from the dog? That’s right. Some dogs love a good chase. Instead of you chasing them, let them chase you. Even if the dog is not up for a good chase, he may be curious about your odd behavior and follow along until you can get him into a building or car or someplace where it is easier to corral him.
  • Sit down with your back  or side to the dog and wait – Again, dogs are thrown off by this odd behavior and will become curious and approach. The other advantage is that by sitting down with your side or back to them, you appear less threatening and they are more likely to approach. If you have good treats, place a few around you to draw them near.
  • Open a car door and ask the dog if she wants to go for a ride – It almost seems too simplistic and silly to be true, but many a dog has been fooled into hopping into a car because they were invited to go for a ride. It makes sense, especially if the dog has learned to associate the car with good things (e.g., the dog park).
Although it is no guarantee, I can tell you that I have seen nearly every one of these work with one of our shelter dogs. The key is to fight your instinct to chase the dog and do something that is not as instinctual.  Instead, do what seems counter-intuitive to both you and the dog.
Have you had luck catching a loose dog doing something counter-intuitive? Please share your own experience. I would love to learn from you too.
My condolences go out to Marty’s family and the person who tried to help. May what happened to Marty be a an inspiration and reminder to us all so we can help reunite other lost dogs and their owners in his name.
Note: If you are chasing down a dog that has been lost for a few days or more, then I would recommend your read my other post “Why your lost dog may not run back to you” for more tips on how to capture a lost dog.