Rumblings, Ruminations, and Retrospectives

Musings from the mind of the Beast.


A Little More On Dash

Just a little more on puppy Dash!

We’re finding more and more as we work with Dash that he’s a super intelligent dog. With every new trick or process we’ve taught him, he picks it up and it becomes routine in just minutes. Sit, down, wait, and touch (nose to hand) were all accomplished in record time.

When we’re preparing meals for our dogs, they are told to sit and wait while we get their kibble into bowls. They then don’t eat until we tell them to “take it”.

Sometimes, our girls get pretty excited and they break their sit, but 99.9% of the time, they’re awesome. When Dash sees you getting the food bag and bowl, he immediately goes into focus mode and he goes and sits and waits for you to place his food down, and doesn’t go after his food until you give the command!

Of course, he’s not perfect, as he’s still an excited young puppy, but in just a few rounds of focused work, he’s got this down.

We’ve taken him out in the back yard and start to work on really low agility jumps, and he started jumping over it in minutes. Sometimes, he hits the bar as he’s focused on the treat, but he’s doing it, and it just took a couple minutes.

This little boy is SO smart!

Dash loves people. When you’ve been gone, even for an hour, when you return and he sees you, his face lights up and he wags his tail so hard his bum moves too! He loves to play, although he’s pretty high-energy, and really needs to be in a home where his energy can be released and worked properly. He’d be perfect for someone that does dog sports like agility or fly ball, or likes taking long walks in the dog park. Because he’s so young and energetic, he always needs something to do and keep busy.

Dash is turning out to be a really good dog, and with some work and polishing will be an awesome companion for someone or some family!

We will be attending the Bits and Bites Adopt-a-Thon on Saturday, June 25, at 135-2200 McPhillips St, as well as the annual Paws In Motion on Sunday, June 26, at the Lyric Theatre at Assiniboine Park from 8 AM to 1 PM, so you’ve got lots of time to come out and meet Dash to see if you’ll like him! Hope to see you there!


Finding A Forever Home

If any of you know Stephanie and I, you know that we’re big softies for four legged creatures. We currently have two dogs and three cats of our own, and all of them have been rescues. We’ve also had another dog and three other cats that have spent their lives with us, and they too have been rescues.

There’s something about cute little fuzzy friends that are just too much to resist. We’d talked in the past about fostering other dogs on a temporary basis until they could find their forever homes and a great family to call their own, but we’d always been hesitant because one of our own dogs is a little fear-aggressive around other dogs (but she’s getting so much better recently), and didn’t want to deal with all the issues that integrating two animals like this brings.

We wanted to be able to provide the foster dog with all the training and help possible to get adopted as soon as possible, but at the same time, respect our existing relationships with our current dogs. We just didn’t think we could handle it all.

Well, that was until we saw an email with a desperate plea to help save six dogs in Selkirk that were about to be put down because the local facility just couldn’t keep them any longer. We decided that saving a dog’s life was a little more important than a little convenience on our part.

The pictures aren’t outstanding, but we’d like you to meet Dash.






We’ll post more pictures of him as we get better ones.

Dash is a male Border Collie cross (we’re not sure what he’s crossed with though). We’ve only had Dash for three days as of this writing. He came to us with no name, and no real history as to what was going on with him.

We were told he’s about a year old, but we figure he’s closer to 8-10 months, as he’s tall, but he hasn’t filled out a lot yet. Dash is incredibly friendly and sweet, and he gets along equally well with dogs as well as cats, and people of all ages. Because he’s still in puppy stage, he plays pretty hard with other animals, but that will come out of him in time.

Now that we’re getting a chance to work with him after the whole hoopla of bringing him home and introducing him to the other dogs and a brand new environment, we can tell that Dash is an extremely intelligent dog. He has learned the “sit” command in just a minute or two of work, and he listens when you speak to him.

He’s energetic and loves to play and keep busy, so he would be an excellent fit for a person or family that can keep him active and engaged. He really enjoys long walks in the dog park, and with his speed and athleticism, he would be an awesome candidate for dog sports like Agility or Fly-ball.

When he’s at rest, Dash loves being petted and loves to cuddle. He’s a real sweetheart, and would make an excellent companion.

We’re extremely happy that we were able to spare Dash’s life and save him from being destroyed as he’s such a good dog, but we really need to find Dash his forever home. If you’re interested in adopting a dog, please consider coming to meet him. If you know someone who’s interested in a dog, please let them know about Dash. He’d make an excellent addition to any home.


The Next Version Of Windows

Yeah, I’m a geek. First, a massive post on Windows Phone 7, and now one on the core Windows operating system.

Microsoft posted a video on Twitter of a sneak preview about what’s going into the next version of Windows:

I’ve been talking for months – after I got my Windows Phone 7 device – about how cool it would be if Microsoft put the Metro interface of the phone OS into its desktop OS, and by golly, that’s *exactly* what they’ve done.

Except, it’s WAY more comprehensive. And this is just the early stages.

I haven’t been this stoked about an OS since Windows 95, and it’s all over four and a half minutes of video. I’m really looking forward to this!