July 22nd 2012 8:54 am
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You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says:
"My God, you're right! I never would've thought of that!"
- Dave Barry
June 26th 2012 11:54 pm
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So today I got home from traveling into the city, it was not a happy day. As I walked through the door, I could hear in the distance Rambo's little footsteps coming to greet me as he always does and I already had made up my mind that I was not going to look at him because I wanted to hold on to my unhappy moment (bad attitude.... i know).
But I ended up looking at Rambo and, sure enough, he forced me to smile. With little effort he instantly forced me to remember that I have a choice for my day to smile and be happy or to carry this heavy weight of unhappiness I was having with me. That's what Rambo reminds me of every single day, that there is a choice of how we start our day and how we end our day.
We all need to be reminded from time to time that life is beautiful no matter what happens. It's always good to be alive..... enjoy the sunshine, enjoy the flowers, the birds and the horizon. I love you all..... yes you too.
June 16th 2012 9:56 pm
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Not every pant from a dog is a smile but every smile from a dog is always a pant.
April 28th 2012 1:31 am
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Like many owners, I have countless conversations with my dog, no respectable dog owner doesn't do this, in my opinion. We have some spirited conversations when we argue. Yes, me and my dog honestly argue. It makes me mad sometimes because he always has to give me something back if he doesn't like the situations being explained to him.
Rambo always likes to think his vote counts and he feels he needs to let me know if he doesn't agree with certain plans not by just whining and being anxious or sad. Let's say we get to the grocery store. I park the car and get ready to close the door with Rambo staying behind safe in the car. If I tell Rambo "Stay Here", he will go off on me and start telling me off like a hoodlum. And I know exactly what he's trying to say to me too, he just doesn't know how to say it. In his mind he's going "YOU'RE TAKIN ME WITH YOU, YOU $#@!%&*#". This is when it escalates, I don't know why I even start trying to explain I won't be long and will be real fast, this hoodlum dog isn't even trying to hear anything at that point and he refuses to be left in the car without a fight. He just keeps barking in the rudest of tones. I'm almost positive he's complaining to me like yelling "YOU CAN'T LEAVE ME HERE, I WANT TO GO WITH YOU, GET ME OUT OF HERE! YOU $#@%^".
It then starts turning into a full blown argument with me and my dog and I'm basically trying to make a point with Rambo that he doesn't have a choice and I make the decisions and that's that. While he is barking right back at me and telling me off the entire time I walk off. There's even times he starts telling me off when I just turn the car off. He doesn't even know yet if he has to wait in the car or go but he sure lets me know what he wants to do with some attitude to go with it.
I shouldn't really be angry at Rambo since this is mostly my fault from spoiling him. I know I just gotta keep my cool and walk away without explaining to him since I don't have to explain. I can't let him get a reaction from me when he starts telling me off. I can't let his determination win over my patience. *sigh*
March 31st 2012 3:25 pm
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I'd like to honor all of the volunteers who come to the wildlife centers and lend there support day in and day out. At times, things seem to get rough and most volunteers don't survive the marathon. You can't really blame them either since becoming part of a wildlife rescue cycle almost certainly comes hand-in-hand with the experience of losing some of them as well. But, you don't learn the true meaning of that until you start taking some losses or see the inhumane acts our society inflicts on the animals and the very world we inhabit.
When you choose to volunteer for any wildlife program, conditioning for extreme circumstances will get you through the long run and you really have to motivate yourself in the right frame of mind for your own psychological well-being in order to do it on a constant basis. Just remember that we can't fully help any dog by feeling sorry for them. More importantly, do not give up. All kinds of possibilities make themselves available when there is that strong will to live within all dogs and the aid of human desire for them to do so. We have to be willing to pull them through by pulling ourselves through first and every inch and every second counts because when we add all those inches and all those seconds, that is what's going to make the difference. Human beings want to help everyone and each other. It's in all of us, not just some or a group. We are all like that, it's in our true nature.
The great Charlie Chaplin once put it, "We want to live by each other's happiness not by each other's misery but we have lost the way. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities the world will be violent and all will be lost. Greed has poisoned Man's soul and has filled the world with hate and bloodshed. We don't want to hate and despise, only the unloved and the unnatural hate. The airplane and the radio brings millions of us closer together today. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness of mankind." - The Great Dictator
I'd also like to honor all of the dogs from the wildlife center who could no longer be here today: Peanut, Daisy, Ruffis, Alfie, Alexis, Gavin, One-Eighty-Four, Two-Eighty-Two, Double-Seven.... to all. If there was anything I could have done I would have done it. I send you all the warmest embrace and you will be forever in our hearts. Rest in peace.
March 12th 2012 5:16 pm
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Washington D.C. 20th April 1985:
by Jiddu Krishnamurti
'In The Present Is The Whole Of Time'
This is not a lecture on any particular subject according to certain disciplines, scientific or philosophical. Lectures are meant to inform on a particular subject or to instruct, but we are not going to do that. So this is not a lecture, nor is it a form of entertainment. In this country especially, one is greatly accustomed to being entertained, amused. Instead, we will simply discuss together about the whole of our existence from the moment we are born until we die.
In that period of time, whether it be fifty years, ninety years or a hundred, we are faced with endless challenges which thereby pose problems and difficulties. Our economic, social, religious problems; problems of personal relationships, problems of individual fulfillment, wanting to find one's roots in some place or other;
and we have innumerable psychological wounds and fears, pleasures and sensations, yet we as a species all suffer a great deal of pain and sorrow in an ever so beautiful world. A great deal of fear is within in all human beings today, as well as a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty in a pursuit of pleasure.
What our society is mainly concerned with is our understanding of the whole process of life.... with all its complexity, with all its aggressions and all its misery, its confusions and agony but in order to understand this vast field of life, which is a constant movement, one must not be limited to the human words, these mere sounds. One must go beyond the words since these 'explanations', true or false as they may be, are never the entire facts. Our society is caught in mere words, the symbols, the ideas and the conclusions. When one can look and listen without any barriers, without any defense, neither agreeing or disagreeing, neither accepting or rejecting, one then can truly look and listen at the process of life, not to suggest a mind in which that is open. On the contrary, the mind is rather extraordinarily alert and aware of the Present being free from its barriers. It is that act of looking and listening that becomes a miracle, perhaps the greatest miracle.
March 2nd 2012 1:07 pm
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Excerpt from the book Upward Dog:
Perhaps the hardest thing to do in our lives is to stay present. We are constantly pulled towards the past and the future, rarely living in the here and now.
Far more than a rhetorical device like "Once Upon a Time", this "Now" has important meaning: the wisdom we need is available to us Right Here and Right Now. The class for getting wise about our lives doesn't have a Fall or Spring term; the practice starts at this very moment if we let it.
That's why this secret - Live In the Now - is the foundation of all that dogs offer to teach us. Not only does the Now contain everything we need..... ultimately it's all we really have.
by Edward Vilga
January 7th 2012 11:04 pm
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12/23 - I finally got caught up with emails that were backed up from the holidays and so I just now realized Christmas came a few days early for our young man Rambo. It turns out that incredi-dog over here was featured yet again on the community homepage as a December 23 Diary of the Day, making this Rambo's third homepage appearance and I'm always grateful for all those people at Dogster.com staff and the community giving these nominations to have taken time out of their days for Rambo. This has always been an honor but this latest appearance of Rambo's diary is just a little more significant to me than my usual publishes because I've been hoping more people will learn more out about my particular diary post about the fundamentals of a developing canine and the genetic impacts of our environmental factor and social factors. Science has taken more interest in our intricit connections with dogs through modern research and these new studies has opened up a better understanding of the true and fascinating nature of all these dogs people have grown to love and can no longer live without.
Thanks again to all the good folks at Dogster.com and the community. May all your dogs be a source to countless great memories!
-Rambo & Family
December 18th 2011 1:21 am
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Rambo and I have reached our 100th dog adoption at a 100% adoption rate for the PHS, each of the 100 dogs adopted which we have helped rehabilitate have yet to be re-sheltered or surrendered by their families and are still in the same great homes. Many of the families have came to the center only to just visit us but each time I see them I would always think that would be an end to a 100% adoption rate streak but thankfully we're still on that same streak.
We are extremely proud to be part of every one of these new profound family additions and wish you all the very best....
November 18th 2011 7:32 pm
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"Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has....."
The Continuing Care Program ensures the well being and suitable living conditions of our animals with caretakers appointed by the owners in any event that a pet should be subjected to owner loss or extended absences from illnesses.
I've seen many people who are worried about their animal's future without the care of their owners but not too many people know about this. It's a nonprofit program that helps people plan secure futures for their animals if separated from the owners. You can provide important health information or requirements and appoint a preferred caretaker who gains custody, whether it's family members or friends and CCP makes the transition as smooth as possible. They also can find foster homes while finding permanent homes even if members are not able to appoint caretakers for custody to give the best chance to find the right home. It also gives people a piece of mind knowing the animals will be cared for even beyond the owners abilities and time. The CCP's response is immediate once they are notified of any loss or absence of their members and it's a free service with no charge for joining:
Source provided by the Pawprint Spring 2011 Edition
"Death can be an uncomfortable topic to discuss, but if you have pets it’s important to think about what
will happen to them if you pass away during their lifetime. If you know someone who is willing and
able to care for them, who will inform the new caretakers that the time has come, and how will they
be connected? If you don’t have anyone lined up, do your pets have particular needs, and what factors
should be considered when looking for a suitable new home? These kinds of logistics are important
to plan for ahead of time. But you don’t need to feel overwhelmed, we can help you make solid plans
with our Continuing Care Program. You can rest easy, knowing your beloved companion animals are
ensured a secure environment, which also reduces the strain on your family and friends."
To enroll in Continuing Care, simply contact us. There is no charge for joining, we only ask that you
maintain a membership with PHS/SPCA by making a yearly donation of any amount. To learn more,
request a brochure, and/or start the enrollment process, contact Lisa Van Buskirk at 650/340-7022 x327
Thank you to everyone of the CCP as an organization, a testimony to the tremendous feet for the advancement in general humanity. This will be passed on for many generations to come as another great milestone.
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