Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Cat's Paw

Earth Porm (a really cool website, by the way)
offers this great, fun pictorial of cats who just can't resist!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Sing Me a Love Song!

Doogie loves music. Especially this ballad
from his human, Shane K.

Thanks, Shane for sharing this sweet video.

Monday, September 22, 2014

NorthStar Pet: One More Reason to Be Safe

Awesome message from Budweiser:
Always remember and never forget... 
Friends are Waiting.

And... when you do stay with
 a friend to stay safe... call your pet sitter!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Progress, Dogs, and Simple Truths

As writer and teacher Joseph Deumer says: There are some simple truths inside the world's complexity, and the dogs know what they are.

Progress by Cesar Millan 
September 21, 2014

Greetings from Germany! I’m on the road again with my Cesar Millan LIVE tour, and one thing that always strikes me about Europe is the combination of the old and the new. I can be looking at a gleaming, modern skyscraper in the heart of a city, then turn around and see an ancient cathedral or castle.

It’s a reminder that one of the key words defining humanity is progress. We don’t always progress forward, but our species is always changing — think about how a lot of us update our phones every two years or constantly have to learn new skills for work.

But there’s one thing that does not change...

How dogs work. Or, more specifically, dog psychology. If you went back to the fifteenth century and grabbed a human from that castle, then dropped him in the middle of modern Berlin, he would barely understand anything that he saw or heard. But do the same thing to a dog, and she’d barely notice the difference.

This is why dogs adapt so quickly when they’re rescued or adopted into a new human pack. By living in the moment, what was novel soon becomes routine. Humans can do the same thing. It just takes a lot longer.

You’ve probably read the story of how Daddy helped me adopt Junior. Once Daddy made his decision, Junior followed him away from his mother and littermates and never looked back.

Humans have a habit of looking back and of holding on — especially to pre-conceived notions and ideas. Since a lot of people have the idea that dog psychology works exactly the same as human psychology, it’s very hard for them to understand that the two species look at the world in entirely different ways. I’ve worked with PhDs and CEOs who were brilliant in their fields, but then could not understand why it never works to treat a dog like a five year-old child.

Ironically, five year-old children do understand how to relate to dogs because, unlike the intellectual PhDs and CEOs, children are very instinctual. They relate to animals because they are very direct in communicating their emotions through their energy and body language.

Any parent can tell you when their five year-old isn’t feeling well or did something wrong in the other room. Dogs are the same way. They don’t lie. If they try to, just like human children, they’re not very good at it.

I mentioned before that dog psychology does not change and has not changed for the thousands of years that they’ve been our companions. What does change, though, is our understanding of it. And the more we learn, the simpler it is to understand.

People have tried to complicate dog psychology with elaborate theories and, while they have made breakthroughs in determining certain ways dogs think and what they are and are not capable of doing, nothing about the psychology of dogs has changed.

As I like to say, life is simple. We make it complicated.

Dogs don’t need to build castles, cathedrals, or cities and they don’t need to develop complex languages, cultures or political systems. Everything a dog needs to communicate is in its energy and body language, and everything a dog needs to know it perceives through its senses — nose, eyes, ears — in the moment.

Human intellect has achieved great things, but dogs have an enormous lesson to teach us. Listen to your instincts, especially when communicating with the animal world. That “voice” you hear calling back is Nature, and it’s the best voice to listen to.

Stay calm, and keep it simple!

To read Cesar's Newsletter online or comment, click or tap here to visit Cesar's Way. 


Friday, September 19, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Live to Honor

The Stories of the 9.11 Dogs

Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Alfred Tennyson 
from Ulysses

The AKC is running a series of stories called Meet the 9/11 Dogs. 

This is Roselle...


On that fateful Tuesday, sales director Michael Hingson, blind since birth, arrived for work at the World Trade Center’s Tower One. Hingson’s guide dog, Roselle, settled into her usual post beneath the desk. At 8:45 a.m. a hijacked jetliner crashed into the tower, 18 floors above Hingson. After calling his wife, Karen, and making sure his staff was evacuated, Hingson and his unflappable Lab began a hellish descent of 78 floors.

Spiraling down the emergency stairs, working methodically through smoke, debris, and fleeing office workers, they made it to the lobby. By the time they reached the sidewalk, Tower Two had been struck and was collapsing. “It sounded like a metal and concrete waterfall,” Hingson said. They ran for shelter down a subway entrance. They emerged from underground as Tower One fell, raining down ash and debris. Roselle led Hingson some 40 blocks to a friend’s apartment and safety.

In the weeks following, Hingson said, “I was taking calls from Larry King, from Regis and Kelly, Bryant Gumbel. They were looking for something positive that came out of the tragedy.”

Before long, the blind man and his sweet-faced dog were celebrities. “Invariably, I’ll be in an airport and someone will say, ‘I know you—9/11, the guy with the dog, right?’ ” Hingson told Family Dog in 2004. “It was a defining moment in one way or another for everyone in the world.”

After 9/11 Hingson returned to his native California to work for Guide Dogs for the Blind, the organization that trained Roselle, and he has written several books about his loyal companion.

Roselle was the recipient of the ACE Award for Canine Excellence in the Service Dog category in 2002. She died in June of 2011, at age 14, with Michael and Karen Hingson by her side.

To read more about The Dogs of 9/11...

Meet Apollo.

Meet Sage. 

Still with us at 15-years-old - Meet Bretagne.

Dog Files: Hero Dogs of 9/11: Legacy.

Portraits of 9/11 Search Dogs

Animal Planet Video: Hero Dogs of 9/11.

NorthStar Pet: Honoring 9/11's Rescue Dogs.

Thanks to Woofipedia. This article was originally published in "The ACE Files" column of AKC Family Dog. Photos from Gander on facebook and Woofipedia.

Monday, September 8, 2014

NorthStar Pet: National Service Dog Month

September is National Service Dog Month.

Our relationship with dogs goes back thousands of years. And, throughout time, from herding sheep to listening to a child try to read aloud in a library to helping a veteran with PTSD, dogs have been by our sides, through thick and thin, eased our troubles and concerns, empowered us, and saved our lives.

One of my friends has a therapy dog and it is amazing how he just knows who to go to and what to do.

I would like to offer a special message of gratitude to the US military service dogs left behind years ago in Vietnam. I am glad times have changed. Never forget.

To learn more...

Care2.com article The Trailblazers for a Good Cause by Joel Boyce.

Vietnam Dog Handler Associations Service Dog Memorial Directory.

Gander on facebook.

Westerville Magazine article K-9 to 5 by Stephan Reid.

The US War Dogs Association. 

Pilot Dogs.

Columbus Therapy Dogs on facebook. 

Working Like Dogs.

Canine Companions for Independence.

Genoa Township's Gandolf on facebook.

Photograph from Gander on facebook.

Friday, September 5, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Philosopher Cat Wisdom

Every cat has its own secret life separate from humans. 
And yes, we have meetings and talk about you.
(as voiced by Will Braden)

NorthStar Pet: Giant Men Meet Tiny Kittens

Thanks to Jackson Galaxy and The Animal Rescue Site: "It’s hard to believe, but not everyone in the world is a cat fan. A group of men who have expressed their distrust of cats visited a feral cat rescue and were given the opportunity to play with some cute kittens. Although most were reluctant to spend time with these furry felines at first, they quickly got over their fear when they saw how cute, cuddly, and adorable the kittens were."