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19 May 2015

The Connection: Karen, Ginny, Red. Emotions And Spirit

Karen, Ginny, And Red. For The Love Of Animals

Karen, Ginny, And Red. For The Love Of Animals

Karen Thompson and Ginny Fuhrmiester are major players in Red's life, and mine. These two powerful and loving women took care for Red, worked with him, rehabilitated him and then sent him to me. Karen would not let me pay for Red, she wanted him to have the kind of home she wasn't sure she could give him on  her farm, Ginny, who is Karen's closest friend and is her partner in the boarding kennel on the farm, hated to see Red leave and worried about what might happen to him.

These two friends are very close, and Ginny monitored the blog closely to see how Red was going. It was a joy to get her message telling me it was the right decision for Red to come to me. Ginny is an animal lover, as is Karen, the dogs who board there live in special cottages with lots of space and company, I wouldn't mind staying in one of them.

Ginny came over to see Red, and Karen was looking forward to their reunion. The three shared some powerful moments together, and Ginny left in tears. These two friends are different in many ways, but they celebrate their differences and respect one another. The love between them is as touching to see as their love for the beautiful animals on Karen's farm.

It was an emotional thing for Red to return, for me to meet Karen and Ginny. I already felt close to Karen, but on her farm, we made a soul connection, as we predicted and she and Maria (two women who are wary of men) laughed and talked and shared some of their lives with one another.

I am  humbled that Karen included me in the category of man who has become somewhat feminized. My father didn't appreciate that trait in me, but Karen does. She has had a difficult life in many ways, she works brutally hard and cares deeply about the animals in her care.

I was pleased that we shared so many training values as well as so many spiritual values. Karen and I both believe that dogs ought not be given the chance to fail, the relationship must be a partnership, mutual and respectful. Neither one of us has much patience for indulging dogs in obnoxious or destructive or aggressive behavior. We follow our instincts and protect our dignity and the dignity of the animals.

It was a great thing to meet Karen, talk to her, and to see Ginny with Red and to meet her. I already loved and admired her, I love her all the more after visiting her, and she was right, as usual, our souls did connect. Great dogs and nice people seem to happen around her.

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15 May 2015

How Will Red Fare With Fate?

How Will Red Fare With Fate?

How Will Red Fare With Fate?

Lots of people are sending me messages wondering how Red will fare with Fate. The truthful answer is I don't know, animals are not predictable. Red is a calm and grounded dog, he is focused on me and on his work, I don't see that changing. He was around border collies on Karen Thompson's farm before he came to me, and he is appropriate and easy around other dogs. He was only attacked once by another dog that I know of, and that was recently.

He seems to have forgotten that incident, he's been with other dogs since and there is no problem. The challenge when a second or third dog is brought into the family is to make certain the first dog isn't shorted or ignored in all of the excitement.

Red is King of the Hill here, especially since Lenore and Frieda died, so he is used to getting all of the food, treats and attention. That will change with a puppy. On the other hand, Fate will be with Maria much more than with Red or me, so Red will follow his normal routine, and visit his many admirers in the town every day.

Fate will definitely get some attention, but Red is a very adaptable dog, I don't foresee a problem. He got along fine with Lenore, he even got along with Frieda.  I think he will enjoy being around another border collie, dogs are pack animals, I think he will like having a little sister. I predict that Red will teach Fate a lot about behavior, he is a great example for her.

We will give them the space and time to work things out. Older dogs often correct younger dogs with a bark or a growl, it is important to let them work out their issues without human interference. It will be good for Red to see Karen Thompson again. Fate and Red will meet Sunday afternoon.

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14 May 2015

Red And The Guinea Hen Assault

Red And The Guinea Hen Assault

We were at Ken Norman's farm, Thornwood, Maria was riding Chloe, Red was sitting quietly along the edge of the riding ring, four loud and assertive guinea hens – many farmers use them as watch-hens, they squawk loudly and long when strangers appear – came marching right up to Red, making an ear-shattering din.

Red, who is the Dean Martin of dogs, didn't budge, he just ignored the hens who couldn't run him off, so they were satisfied with honking past him loudly and persistently. They met their match, I expect Red sometimes to be enjoying a Martini in the evening as she flirts with the ladies and remains unruffled by life.

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12 May 2015

Stay Focused. The Red Dog Goes Home

Stay Focused

Stay Focused

This weekend, Red is coming with Maria and I to see Karen Thompson, the breeder who gave him to me three years ago. Since then, Red has changed my life, and brightened the lives of many others. He is a remarkably dedicated and focused working dog, an intuitive and loving therapy dog, a wonderful companion for me, in every aspect of my life.

Karen is eager to see him again, she had this idea we belonged together, she generously sacrificed a dog she adored because she thought he might get to fulfill his great potential more easily in a life with me. Finding a great breeder and human being is one of the best ways on the earth to get a dog. Karen has been breeding dogs for 40 years, and she brings a generosity and spirituality to it, she has that great breeder radar for matching dogs with people.

I am excited to see  her and meet her, and for Red to see her again. Karen's friend Ginny, who loves Red dearly, is also eager to see him again, she hated to see him go. I love this image of Red watching the sheep as the donkeys practically step on him. He doesn't care.

There is something immensely satisfying about getting a dog from Karen, we will get a good and healthy dog, but the processes is also infused with a humanity and spiritually that launch the relationship in the most beautiful way. With Karen, it is never about money, it is never a business transaction, it is just what getting a dog ought to be, a beautiful partnership, launched in a dignified and respectful and loving way.

The Gods always shine on that.

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30 April 2015

Nipped In The Butt. Red And Liam.

Nipped In The Butt

Nipped In The Butt

Liam made another charge at the donkey and their carrots this morning, Red was lying in wait. Liam got no carrots, but he did get nipped in the butt for his troubles and ran back to the feeder. Red is waiting for him in the mornings now, he lies low near the apple tree and pounces. Liam is determined, but I think he is not as smart as a border collie.

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