Category: German Shepherd Dogs

A Pleasant Sunday Afternoon in Down Town Cary, NC

A Beautiful Day in Down Town Cary

Down Town Cary can be a very pleasant place to spend a few hours on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

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Dorothea Dix Park

Dorothea Dix Park

Sophie and I had a training session at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh. After our training session, we played fetch for a bit in one of the big fields at the park. Dorothea Dix is a great place to get your dog some exercise. When she’d had enough, we headed back to Cary. For some reason, I decided to pass through Down Town Cary, I am glad I did. There was some kind of craft festival going on with music, food, arts and crafts, and to Sophie’s delight … dog treats.

 

Four Legs Barking Gourmet Dog Treats

Down Town Cary
Four Legs Barking
Gourmet Dog Treats

Sophie immediately noticed the Gourmet Dog Treats booth. We checked the assortment out and, after a few free samples,  she selected a combo bag containing Holy Cheeses, Dirty Dog Barney, and Sophie’s Peanut Butter Swirls. I think Sophie was excited, thinking they were named after her. I saw no reason to tell her otherwise.The treats are 100% natural. They also had some very nice dog food and water bowl stands with stainless steel water bowls.   The folks at the dog treat booth were very pleasant to talk to and were also kind enough to loan us a water bowl for Sophie used when we ate lunch. She was having some difficulty drinking from the bottle, but more on that later.

 

 

 

Humble Pig BBQ

Cary Down Town
Humble Pig BBQ

We walked around for a while. There were booths of wood crafts, toffee, leather working, stained glass, homemade candies, and confections.  Of course, all this activity made me hungry and the smell of BBQ was very appetizing.  So naturally, I had to try the Brisket Sandwich which was very good. Sophie thought the brisket smelled wonderful, but unfortunately, she had to settle for some water and Sophie’s Peanut Butter Swirls.  Bond Brothers Brewery was also there with a booth, so I washed the Brisket Sandwich down with an excellent Pre-Prohibition Golden Ale. It was really very good. I was a little hesitant to try it until the guy at the booth reassured me that is was actually brewed last week and was not left over from the 1920’s prohibition era.

 

 

Good Music Too!

Down Town CaryI am not sure who this guy is. He had a couple of guitars and a computer providing accompanying instruments. But, he was pretty darn good. He played a great variety of music from the 70’s … folks like Jim Croce. It had been a while since I’d heard Bad Bad Leroy Brown!

All and all, it was a great afternoon! Sophie is zonked out on the living room rug, recovering for the activities. I, on the other hand, am going to spend the rest of the day editing a few more chapters in my book, Serpents Underfoot.

It is getting so close to being done. Can’t wait to get it out on Amazon.com.

 

Down Town Cary

 

Don’t Let Your Dog Catch the Dog Flu

Watch Out for the New Dog Flu

A German Shepherd with the dog flu is a sad puppy indeed!

Dog flu makes for a sad dog

Dog owners, please be aware A new strain of dog flu is circulating in the southeast.  This new canine influenza strain is H3N2.  This flu strain recently showed up at a dog show in Florida.  The states of Georgia, Missouri South Carolina and North Carolina also reported cases.  This virus is spreads through direct contact, airborne exposure, as well as contact with contaminated surfaces.

Symptoms of canine influenza include cough, fever and lethargy.  Dogs usually show signs of illness between  2 and 7 days of exposure. They may be able to transmit the virus prior to the onset of symptoms.  Most dogs exposed to the virus will become ill. Some dogs, especially puppies, old dogs or dogs in poor health, could develop severe illness.  If you think that your dog may have canine influenza, please contact your veterinarian immediately.  Infected dogs should receive supportive care and be isolated from other animals for 3 to 4 weeks to prevent further spread of the virus.

Help prevent the spread …

The best way to prevent severe illness and help stop this virus from spreading is vaccination.
Two vaccines given 3 weeks apart are necessary to provide protection from this virus.  Though the vaccine may not prevent the illness completely, it will decrease the severity of symptoms and decrease the amount of time that your dog is contagious to other pets.

The vaccine is recommended for dogs that frequently have contact with other dogs.  This includes dogs who attend dog shows, canine performance events, dog parks, doggy daycare and boarding facilities.

Due to lack of sanitation and potential for exposure to sick dogs, we recommend avoiding dog parks for the next few months.  In addition, if your dog regularly attends doggy daycare at multiple facilities we ask that you pick one facility at this time to minimize the potential spread of this virus.

If you have any questions about canine influenza or want to schedule your dog for the vaccination, please contact your vet.

So You Think You Want A German Shepherd!

Sophie_10WFor a long time, I have wanted a German Shepherd. I think it stemmed from watching the show Run, Joe, Run which aired in the mid-70s.

The show centered on Joe, a German Shepherd dog in the military’s K-9 corps, and his master, Sergeant Will Corey. One day, during training, Joe was falsely accused of attacking his master, a crime for which the dog would be euthanized as punishment. However, he escaped before being killed and a $200 bounty was put on his head.

Sgt. Corey knew Joe was innocent and so pursued him, hoping to find Joe before the authorities did. While on the run, Joe would help people he encountered. Looking back, it was a silly show, but it certainly made me want a German Shepherd.

German Shepherds are probably best known for their heroic work as rescue dogs or as K-9 police or military dogs. However, there is so much more to this great breed. They are big, courageous dogs with a sensitive side.

Sophie_9WI got Sophie from a breeder in Fayetteville, North Carolina in May of 2016. She was 6-weeks-old. There were two females left in the litter, Sophie and her sister. Sophie was the smaller of the two but she bravely walked right up to me, sniffed my fingers and then squatted and piddled. It was a done deal! I brought her home that day and named her Gilbert’s Princess Sophia. Of course, that is her official AKC registered name.  I call her Sophie for short!  Sophie is now almost one year old. Over this past year, I have learned a great deal about German Shepherds.  Here are the Top 10 things I have learned:

1. German Shepherds are extremely intelligent. You cannot pull the same trick on Sophie more than maybe twice. It simply will not work on her any more after that because she has figured it out. German Shepherds also have great problem solving skills! Sophie loves solving puzzles.

2. German Shepherds are absolutely fanatic toy hoarders and they really don’t like to share at all. We are working on that one.

3. German Shepherds always happy to see you, whether it’s been all day or 10 minutes … but I guess that can also be said of most dogs. However, Sophie can also be very in tune with my feelings and will definitely act accordingly.  She also firmly believes she is a lap-dog and works hard to make me a believer too

Sophie_10M4. German Shepherds are working dogs and happiest when they have a job to do. Right now Sophie loves her training and wants to please me. One afternoon, we were working on the “Place” command and she had real trouble getting up on a high narrow brick wall. It was not easy, because it was too high to step up onto and she could not see the top to well. She had to jump up and land on a rather small area. She failed several times and become despondent when she simply could not seem to do it. It was clear we could not leave her like that! So our trainer Taylor, with Off Leash K9 dog training, and I worked maybe another 30 minutes getting her to succeed at that task. She lit up like a little kid when she succeeded … after that, we just couldn’t keep her off that wall. I am going to have to find more work for her. I am looking at agility training and getting her a backpack for hiking. Taylor, by the way, is a great dog trainer!

5. German Shepherds are very communicative. Sophie doesn’t really bark for barking’s sake, but she certainly does talk to me. She tries to tell me what she wants or needs! Sometimes she even smarts off a bit (we are working on that as well).

6. German Shepherds are always ready to accompany you wherever you go. They are truly a companion dog and with training, really know how to be well behaved in public.

7. German Shepherds want to be first in your life and will work hard to make sure you never have a quiet moment to yourself. They want to be where you are at all times. Even while running and playing at the dog park, Sophie will keep tabs on where I am at all times (must be that herding instinct!).Sophie_9M

8. German Shepherds really do shed a lot … and, by George, I do mean a lot! However, I soon discovered, upon recommendation by few folks at the local dog park, that the Furminator is a godsend to German Shepherd owners!

9. Yes, German Shepherds can certainly be fierce and protective, but they are also big lovable, fun-loving playmates when it comes to family, friends and even other family pets.

10. German Shepherds love water almost as much as they love their people. Sophie loves swimming in Jordan Lake, splashing in puddles and running around in the rain (not my favorite thing to do … but hey). She even tries to climb into the shower with me (we are also working on that). Sometimes when it gets too quiet and I wonder what she is up to, I find her laying in the bathtub gazing up longingly at the shower nozzle.

That really cracks me up!