September 20th 2008 12:36 pm
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Mirra posted this in the Plus Forum, but all pups can see that. We wanted everypup to be able to read it if they wished to, so we have cut & pasted it here. Thanks for reading it.
Thank you to our mates Sassy, Ladysmith, Angus the Warrier, Bingo, Max, Sunny Lee, Scooter, Moby-boy, Hildy, Rusty, Takoda, Lucy, Sammy J, Sarge, Rocky, Hannah the Brave, Daisy Mae, Flicka, Angel Kiska, Angus, Sisters3, Ringo & Webster for writing here in the forum in support my Guardian Angel sister mica-the wonderpup and the cause our pack has come to live for.
Our family really and truly values the love and support we receive from you and the encouragement to keep fighting for a cure for IMHA & the companion illnesses it causes in its wake, or the complications medicines to control it takes on one who falls victim to it. It so easily can spin out of control.
It never seemed an easy task, but mom believes that mica knew that mom would be lost when she had to leave. I'm told it would be just like mica to leave something worthwhile for her to do. Although we all wish it was mica who would have stayed, leaving her a legacy that may help others-dogs, cats and people alike would make mica very happy. It makes us happy too. She lived to serve and was a proud Belgian, and mom believes she owes this much to mica to try and make some difference.
That is in part how & why Mica's IMHA Research Fund came to be.
What we are able to do with it is now is still a wonder.. we hope and pray it will honor the memory of a good dog named mica-the wonderpup.
It makes mom a little sad that she can't recall now exactly why mica came to be called this, but it dates back to when she was a puppy. Perhaps aside from the absolutely wonderful dog she was in life, her wings will allow this wonder aspect to REALLY take flight.
We invite anyone who wishes to to join us in this endeavor.
Thank you on behalf of my pack, and all those who choose to run with us.
September 3rd 2008 10:14 pm
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FROM: THE DOG
Dear God: Is it on purpose our names are the same, only reversed?
Dear God: Why do humans smell the flowers, but seldom, if ever, smell one another?
Dear God: When we get to heaven, can we sit on your couch? Or is it still the same old story?
Dear God: Why are there cars named after the jaguar, the cougar, the mustang, the colt, the stingray, and the rabbit, but not ONE named for a Dog? How often do you see a cougar riding around? We do love a nice ride! Would it be so hard to rename the 'Chrysler Eagle' the 'Chrysler Beagle'?
Dear God: If a Dog barks his head off in the forest and no human hears him, is he still a bad Dog?
Dear God: We Dogs can understand human verbal instructions, hand signals, whistles, horns, clickers, beepers, scent ID's, electromagnetic energy fields, and Frisbee flightpaths.. What do humans understand?
Dear God: More meatballs, less spaghetti, please.
Dear God: Are there mailmen in Heaven? If there are, will I have to apologize?
Let me give you a list of just some of the things I must remember to be a good Dog.
1. I will not eat the cats' food before they eat it or after they throw it up.
2. I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc., just because I like the way they smell.
3. The Litter Box is not a cookie jar.
4. The sofa is not a 'face towel'.
5. The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff..
6. I will not play tug-of-war with Dad's underwear when he's on the toilet.
7. Sticking my nose into someone's crotch is an unacceptable way of saying 'hello'.
8. I don't need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm under the coffee table .
9. I must shake the rainwater out of my fur before entering the house - not after.
10. I will not come in from outside and immediately drag my butt.
11. I will not sit in the middle of the living room and lick my crotch.
12. The cat is not a 'squeaky toy' so when I play with him and he makes that noise, it's usually not a good thing.
'Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened'
August 25th 2008 11:10 am
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A few weeks ago it was mentioned that Mirra’s dad, Rogue Gaia Kuymal, was appearing in some newspapers for the rare plant surveys he was doing (along with 2 other conservation detector dogs).
For those that are interested...The Nature Conservancy has just posted a video clip and a slideshow of Rogue doing searches for Kincaid's lupine, a rare prairie plant.
You’ll recognize Rogue on the front page..
We’re very proud of him and Mirra’s kinda sorta grandpa, Dave.
We also watched him herd (some very flighty sheep) this weekend, and very adeptly too, on the farm..
The guy knows his stuff.
Mirra had her try on sheep, (trying to upload video since Saturday).. Although her instincts likely served her well, she also comes from a line of champion herders too, in Rogue & grandsire Uvar..
she had a blast.
(we all did)
hope you'll enjoy!
August 12th 2008 7:13 pm
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but i say things in my own way. like now, it's not really me talking.
it was written on behalf of mica & mom.
i make way now for my uncle Angus, who i'm learning from.. i'm so lucky to have him. he's one more wise and with a wealth of experience i hope to have someday types in my life.
until then, i send my love and encourage it in everyone, everypup & everypeep.
The day we met I held you in my arms and promised you that no harm would ever befall you, that you would be loved and protected, and that we would always be together. How quickly time passed. In the blink of an eye your once clumsy puppy steps became a confident gait that left me laughing and breathless as I tried to keep up. Tail streaming, face alight with joy, you ran.
My heart sang to see your fluid beauty, your effortless grace and speed. Had I known during those happy times the depth of pain I would one day feel, would I have loved you as deeply?
Yes. A thousand times, yes!
Would that my love could have kept you safe. Often I have searched for a reason why you were taken so soon. Perhaps those who are pure of heart may not tarry too long this side of Eden. Perhaps they must return home so that others of their kind may come forth and enrich our lives.
I wish I knew.
I wish I could turn back time to the very first day I held you. Know this my sweet girl, I loved you then as I love you still. When you passed from my arms into those of the Almighty, you took that love with you.
August 5th 2008 10:40 am
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Many have read about my dad Rogue, the science nerd, who when not herding (for real, not show), doing agility, and some conformation, keeps my pretend grandad Dave company, and ranks as overall leader of the pack of 4 BSDs and 2 humans, makes the news.. BOL. (I wonder when he sleeps?!) I guess he's my own personal superhero.
Not a new story, but this time he made the big honcho newspaper in Oregon, aka, the Oregonian. We're just kinda proud of them. Thanks for letting me BOL. woof!
Dogs use sense of smell to help protect butterfly near Corvallis
Trained canines seek out a native plant to aid conservation effort
Monday, August 04, 2008
The Oregonian Staff
The plant that gave these meadowlands their name, Kincaid's lupine, is no longer in bloom this time of year. Non-native plants such as Queen Anne's lace and tall fescue dominate Lupine Meadows near Corvallis -- some of the last open prairie land in the Willamette Valley.
But if you could really smell the landscape, the lupines would stand out like beacons.
David Vesely doesn't have a super smelling ability, but he knows someone who does -- his Belgian sheepdog, Rogue. The 4-year-old dog can sniff what Vesely can't see.
Vesely and Rogue are part of a new project -- a collaboration of Working Dogs for Conservation Foundation, the Oregon Wildlife Institute and the Nature Conservancy -- to use dogs to find plants at risk, such as the native Kincaid's lupine. They are key to the survival of Fender's blue butterfly, a federal endangered species, which lays individual eggs on the underside of lupine leaves. Ecologists keep tabs on both the butterflies and the lupines by surveying the plants -- a tedious, slow, difficult process. Eventually, Rogue will seek out patches of lupine undiscovered by ecologists.
Rogue, one of five dogs in this project, is well-suited to the work; his nose speeds up the process, his thick coat protects him from briars, and his agility allows him to investigate steeply sloping areas.
The prairie where lupines grow and blue butterflies flourish is vanishing. The Nature Conservancy says only 1 percent of the Willamette Valley's upland prairie still exists. The best way to scope out prairie habitats where the butterfly lives is by searching for Kincaid's lupines.
"By working to preserve a rare butterfly, you also protect a lot of other species that reside in the prairie," says Greg Fitzpatrick, stewardship ecologist for The Nature Conservancy, and instigator of the project.
And since Rogue identifies the plants by smell instead of sight, he can find the lupines in all stages of their growing season -- even in August, when the plants are desiccated and brown. Fitzpatrick hopes that next year Rogue will be trained to sniff out the Fender's eggs laid on the Kincaid's sword-shaped leaflets. Vesely isn't convinced it will be possible, but he says, "I can't wait to give it a try."
How do you train a dog to sniff out a lupine? It's a lot like training them to follow the scent from narcotics. With grants from the Disney Foundation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Vesely started by hiding lupine cuttings in cinderblocks, wearing gloves to prevent contamination with the smell of his hands. He then changed the type of gloves -- latex to rubber to leather -- so Rogue would not follow the scent of the gloves. Vesely, executive director of the Oregon Wildlife Institute, picked Rogue because Belgian sheepdogs are known to be intelligent and eager to please.
Vesely has gone to such lengths before. He needed to teach another of his Belgian sheepdogs to locate the nests of western pond turtles, classified as a sensitive species in Oregon. Before making a nest, female turtles urinate over the site to soften the soil -- the perfect odor to track. So Vesely got permission to keep a turtle and collected its urine.
"The turtle was very dedicated to her work," he says.
To scatter the urine, Vesely blew the yolks out of chicken eggs, keeping the shells intact. Then he filled each shell with urine and lobbed it as far as he could, to avoid leaving a path. The dog found the sites.
Despite training, misunderstandings between dogs and handlers do occur. Rogue passed by several huge lupines during one test. When another dog passed up the same lupines, the trainers realized their mistake -- there were two species of lupine in the area.
"It was this inadvertent test of whether or not the dogs are actually able to distinguish between species," Vesely says.
Vesely says searching for lupines is mentally taxing to the dogs. Think of what calculus does to you after a few hours. So Vesely is careful not to overwork the dogs, and to give them quiet time before a search.
And this isn't a job for just any dog. Vesely prefers to work with "dogs that would drive any normal family crazy" with their demands for attention and stimulation. He keeps his dogs occupied -- Rogue competes in agility and sheepherding competitions when he's not out helping butterflies.
Fitzpatrick believes the biggest ecological benefit from plant-finding dogs may come from their abilities to track down invasive species -- before they become entrenched. Dogs are already being used for this purpose in the Rocky Mountains.
"You're so much farther ahead of the game if you can find these species when they are just getting started -- just a few patches here and there," Fitzpatrick says. "And boy, if you can take those out, you got it. You don't have to spend thousands of dollars down the line."
July 19th 2008 9:49 am
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On the first day of creation,
God created the dog.
On the second day,
God created man to serve the dog.
On the third day,
God created all the animals of the earth
to serve as potential food for the dog.
On the fourth day,
God created honest toil so that man
could labor for the good of the dog.
On the fifth day,
God created the tennis ball so that
the dog might or might not retrieve it.
On the sixth day,
God created veterinary science to keep
the dog healthy and the man broke.
On the seventh day,
God tried to rest,
but He had to walk the dog.
One is Mirra's first tricks was something we called "Snoopy Speak." It was a fabulously cute noise she'd make first thing in the morning and upon waking from a nap. She still does it once in awhile too. She knows I love it too, as afterwards she gets this really sweet toothy grin.
Compliments of "For The Love Of The Dog", the website created by Jezzie & Bruti's mom.
Links on Mica & TPGOO pages.. please visit, it's good stuff!
July 7th 2008 12:48 pm
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What can I say?#@*^! he's a science nerd!!
nah, I'm just proud of him..
A nose for rare plants: Team of scientists has good results using dogs to sniff out threatened wildflowers
By Nancy Raskauskas
LUPINE MEADOWS — “Ready ... search.”
On a recent sunny morning, Rogue, a 4-year-old Belgian sheepdog, sniffed and snuffled his way across a field of tall grasses near Philomath ahead of his owner David Vesely.
To a passerby, it might have looked like the two were out for a stroll. But they were actually hard at work searching for Kincaid’s lupine, a rare native plant closely associated with the Fender’s blue butterfly, which uses the plant as a place to lay its eggs and later as a food source.
When Rogue suddenly stopped and sat back on his haunches, that was his tell that he’d found a new plant.
As the name suggests, at Lupine Meadows, an area owned by the Greenbelt Land Trust, it’s never long before Rogue finds another plant.
“Good boy Rogue. You found the best one,” said Vesely after Rogue sniffed out one of the distinctive dark green plants with palm-like leaves nestled in between the tall grasses. Rogue was immediately rewarded with a homemade beef-liver treat.
“We have a great big party every time he finds one,” said Vesely, who believes in positive reinforcement when he trains dogs. The other two dogs in the study are rewarded with about a minute of play time with their handler when they find a plant.
The rewards are well-deserved. Kincaid’s lupine is listed as threatened and Fender’s blue butterfly is listed as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Searching for them can be a difficult and time-consuming task for surveyors such as Vesely, a wildlife ecologist and executive director of the Oregon Wildlife Institute.
“Often, all that remains of the pristine prairie habitats are on really steep hillsides that the cows haven’t reached,” said Greg Fitzpatrick of The Nature Conservancy. Native prairies and savannahs are among the most endangered ecosystems in the United States, with less than 10 percent of these habitats still remaining in Oregon and Washington.
Without its tall cone-shaped clusters of blue or purple flowers, Kincaid’s lupine, which is found in these habitats is low to the ground and is often difficult to distinguish from the surrounding plants.
“I thought it would be great to use a four-legged creature for this,” said Fitzpatrick, who brought the idea to Vesely — who in turn teamed up with Deborah Smith and Alice Whitelaw of the Working Dogs for Conservation Foundation based in Missoula, Mont., to put together a study to test out the viability of using trained detector dogs to find the rare plants.
In addition to Rogue, there are two German Shepherds owned by Whitelaw, Tsavo and Camas, participating in the study.
“All dogs have the got the olfactory capability,” said Vesely. “We choose these breeds because they’re very trainable and big enough to cover rough ground.”
Vesely was no stranger to the idea of detector dogs. Before Rogue, he had another Belgian sheepdog named Chilko that he trained to find Western pond turtles, yet another endangered Willamette Valley species.
“Looking for turtle nests is just really tedious work. I thought if predators can find these nests with their noses, then I can train Chilko to do it,” he said, explaining how he first dabbled into using dogs for conservation work.
The research is funded by a grant from the Disney Conservation Fund and support from The Nature Conservancy. Other groups have helped with the project by donating plant materials, space for training and expertise. They include the Institute of Applied Ecology, Greenbelt Land Trust and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The dogs had one week of training last year and one so far this year.
“What we’re trying to accomplish this year is to solidify the training so we’re absolutely sure,” said Vesely. “We don’t expect people to use this method unless we can prove that it’s accurate.”
“We chose Kincaid’s lupine as the first target species because it’s a really big plant, pretty easy to find, even for humans,” Vesely said.
That gives the researchers the ability to lay out transects and carefully catalog all the Kincaid’s lupine plants before setting the dogs loose to search the area.
When the study is finished, the results will have to be analyzed and peer-reviewed. But so far, the dogs’ record has been nearly perfect.
There are however, a few mysteries of working with the dogs that the researchers will have to work out.
For instance, “they’ll sometimes pass up large clumps of plants and just choose a little one,” said Vesely. “We’re not sure what they’re picking up on. Maybe the smaller plants are faster-growing and giving off some kind of stronger scent.”
“Also, they’ll go over and take a look at a similar looking plant sometimes,” Vesely said.
They will also sometimes circle back to the same plant to get another treat. “We call it shopping,” said Vesely. It’s technically a strike against their accuracy level, but “They’re really just trying to game us into giving them more treats,” said Vesely.
The next steps will be to teach the dogs to identify Willamette daisy plants and Kincaid’s lupine plants that have had Fender’s blue butterfly eggs laid on them.
Searching for plants with butterfly eggs will be the dog’s biggest challenge yet. The eggs they will be attempting to sniff out are only about the size of a pinpoint.
“We’ll give it a try,” Vesely said.
“Our idea is to layer multiple species on each dog,” said Fitzpatrick, who hopes that the concept could also be used to search out nonnative invasive plants before they spread out of control.
“If you can catch these weeds, such as false broom and shiny-leaf geranium, at an early stage, you can save literally millions of dollars,” Fitzpatrick said.
Working Dogs for Conservation: www.workingdogsforconservation.org.
Oregon Wildlife Institute: www.oregonwildlife.org.
The Nature Conservancy of Oregon: www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/orego.
Gre enbelt Land Trust: www.greenbeltlandtrust.org.
Institute of Applied Ecology: www.appliedeco.org.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife: www.fws.gov/oregonfwo.
Nancy Raskauskas can be reached at 758-9542 or email@example.com
July 7th 2008 10:32 am
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A PET'S TEN COMMANDMENTS
1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well being.
4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.
5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.
9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.
10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so. ALWAYS!
~Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much more dull, less joyful experience without God's critters~ We do not have to wait for Heaven, to be surrounded by hope, LOVE and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four legs!
(even if it has to have 2 or 3 legs, it still applies)
July 1st 2008 11:38 am
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Here's a story about my dad, a science dog, but he's no nerd this guy.. I hope you'll read it, I'm so proud of him.. See his picture on my page, with his owner, my pal & human grandpa Dave. He makes the best mackerel snack treats on the planet!
Science goes to the dogs
A dog's nose is a powerful tool for finding rare species
By Lily Raff / The Bulletin
Published: June 29. 2008 4:00AM PST
Wildlife ecologist Dave Vesely praises his dog, Rogue, for locating a plant called Kincaid's lupine, which is hidden by the grass. The 4-year-old male Belgian sheepdog is new to detection work – Kincaid's lupine is the only species he knows so far.
FERN BUTTE, WEST OF EUGENE — Rogue, a 4-year-old Belgian sheepdog, bounded through the knee-high grass and dandelions here last week, his nose held high, his tail swishing gently.
Suddenly he lowered his head and slowed to a walk. He circled around one spot on the ground. He sat.
His owner, Dave Vesely, was a few steps behind. As he caught up to Rogue, Vesely glanced at the dark, leafy plant next to Rogue’s wagging tail.
“Good boy! What a good boy! I didn’t even see that one!” Vesely said, his praise echoing off the hills surrounding the meadow.
Rogue had sniffed his way to a rare native plant called Kincaid’s lupine. And in doing so, Rogue had nudged modern science a little further along.
In the last decade, scientists have started using dogs — and their sensitive noses — to locate hard-to-find plants and animals. Just as some dogs are used to sniff out drugs, bombs and cadavers, others are trained to sniff out rare plants and animals.
Among scientific techniques, this one is still considered new. But the dogs already are proving so successful that many scientists — including some in Central Oregon — are eager to enlist canines in their own research.
The scientists interviewed for this article said that Rogue is the only Oregon-based dog currently working in species detection. The Kincaid’s lupine study is Rogue’s first official job as a scientific detector dog. And the study is the first of its kind.
Targeting the lupine
“This is the first study that I know of that asks the question, ‘Are dogs capable of finding a rare plant on its native landscape?’ And so far they are showing us that they’re quite capable of it,” said Deborah Smith, one of the co-authors of the lupine study and a co-founder of the Working Dogs for Conservation Foundation, based in Missoula, Mont.
After a few weeks of training last summer, scientists have been testing the lupine-detecting abilities of three dogs — Rogue and German shepherds Tsavo and Camas — in prairies throughout the Willamette Valley this month. Even after the testing is done, the results will have to be analyzed and peer-reviewed. But so far, scientists say, the dogs have been “exceptionally” accurate in sniffing out the plants.
Lupines are shrubby plants with distinctive, palm-like leaves that produce tall, cone-shaped clusters of blue or purple flowers in the spring. The Kincaid’s lupine is native to prairies in the Willamette Valley. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers the Kincaid’s lupine a threatened species.
“We’re interested in saving the Kincaid’s lupine because the Fender’s blue butterfly needs it to survive,” said Greg Fitzpatrick, stewardship coordinator for The Nature Conservancy, which owns several preserves in the Willamette Valley and is funding the lupine study.
The Fender’s blue butterfly is an endangered species. The butterfly lays its tiny eggs — smaller than the head of a pin — one at a time, on the underside of Kincaid’s lupine leaves. A tiny caterpillar — about one-eighth of an inch long and the same bright green as the underside of a leaf — emerges from the egg. The caterpillar feeds on the plant but doesn’t eat enough to harm it.
In the winter, the plant goes dormant and the caterpillar crawls down the stem and burrows in the soil. When the plant starts growing again, around March, the caterpillar resumes feeding. It gets bigger and bigger until it transforms into a small blue butterfly, usually in May.
The biggest threat to the butterfly and the lupine is the loss of habitat, Fitzpatrick said. There used to be roughly 1 million acres of native prairie in the Willamette Valley. Now there are only about 1,000 acres of prairie left in the region.
So Fitzpatrick approached Vesely, a wildlife ecologist and executive director of the Oregon Wildlife Institute, about using dogs to find Kincaid’s lupine. Fitzpatrick thought dogs could help for a number of reasons.
Some of the best remaining habitat for the Kincaid’s lupine is at the top of steep hills or tucked into jagged ridges, he said.
“That makes it very difficult to survey for (the plant). It takes a lot of time and effort,” he said. “And so my thought was that if I could have some dogs scramble around on those steep ridges, it could save me time and be less expensive.”
Humans search for the plants by dividing an area into a grid and methodically canvassing each square for the plants. They must search for the plant while it is flowering so they can distinguish the Kincaid’s lupine from other species of lupines.
Dogs, on the other hand, can distinguish the Kincaid’s lupine from other lupine species long after the blooms have faded and fallen from the plant. This allows researchers to stretch the survey season from a couple of weeks to several months.
But nobody knew for sure whether the dogs could do it. Some scientists suspected that native plants like the lupine would be harder for dogs to detect than invasive weeds. The thinking was that invasive plants smell “out of place,” while native plants will blend in. Invasive plants grow in different distribution patterns and emit different chemicals than surrounding plants.
Three scientists are currently testing the efficiency of lupine surveys with the dogs: Alice Whitelaw, a biologist and co-founder of the Working Dogs for Conservation Foundation is handling Tsavo and Camas. Vesely is handling Rogue. And Smith is leading the field work and recording the results.
One day last week, the dogs loped right past strong-smelling Pennyroyal and wild rose. When their noses came across a Kincaid’s lupine — which to most humans has no perceptible smell — the dogs sat and looked intently at their handlers, eager for a reward. Tsavo and Camas were rewarded with about a minute of playtime with a ball. Rogue was rewarded with a homemade beef liver treat.
Fitzpatrick said that in the coming years, he’d like to know if the team of dogs can be trained to smell and indicate the difference between a Kincaid’s lupine with Fender’s blue butterfly eggs on it and a Kincaid’s lupine without eggs. That could save biologists a lot of time spent painstakingly examining each leaf of each plant they see.
“I don’t know,” Vesely said. “I don’t know anyone who’s doing invertebrate work (using dogs to find) species this small,” he said.
Vesely bought Rogue from a breeder in Nevada who specializes in herding dogs. He planned to use Rogue primarily for herding. But Vesely is now putting more energy into training Rogue as a detector dog. Like a lot of scientists using detector dogs, Vesely had a background in biology and a background in dog training. Then he discovered a scientific tool that merged his two interests.
Vesely and his wife, Joan Hagar, an ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, have been training dogs for years. Their Belgian sheepdogs compete in obedience, agility, herding and tracking events.
“We’ve got our professional lives and then pretty much everything else is just dog training. So every day we’re doing herding, detector dog training, agility work,” Vesely said. “They’re just our family.”
Lily Raff can be reached at 541-617-7836 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published Daily in Bend Oregon by Western Communications, Inc. © 2008
June 11th 2008 6:22 pm
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compliments of my loving UNCLE ANGUS the Warrior, who like mica, HAS IMHA.
thank you uncle angus today and everyday for loving us the way you do..
When it's raining lemons on your parade
Get out your biggest brolly
Pay no heed to harsh words or deed
Such accusations are not but folly
Kindred spirits know your aim is true
And friendship is your real motivation
So turn those lemons into lemonade
And let's have a celebration!
because we can all use a rainbow some days, right?
it's beautiful, if you have the time.
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