The Dog Star: Learning

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) I’ve been marveling at how well Bentley has continued to improve catching Frisbees. He’s a real athlete, and as I make tougher and longer throws, he constantly improves his technique. Then it struck me that the practice together is what has enabled me to make longer throws. I’m a far …


The Dog Star: FedEx Discretion

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) I hear the bridge alarm this morning and go out the front door holding onto Bentley. The driver walks up the steps, and I said, “Sorry I can’t send him to fetch it.” Driver: “Looks to me like he’d fetch a body part….”  


The Dog Star: Let Me Figure This Out

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) I made a horrible throw, and Bentley’s frisbee sailed over a small fence we erected in preparation for some landscaping in the backyard. It was too high to leap over, and he stared at it for about five seconds. Then he moved along the fence until he found an opening …


Hey, Yo, Pet Me!: The Dog Star

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) If I walk out to the yard without a frisbee or a ball, Bentley finds a stick and drops it on my feet until I start playing fetch with him. He’ll often put his head under my hand and begin rubbing back and forth to indicate he wants to be …


The Dog Star: Dog Fight

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) I was working in my den when I saw Bentley attacking Buddy in the back yard. This is “play” of course, but an 80-pound, two-year-old Shepherd doesn’t know his strength with a ten-year-old, 30-pound Beagle. I stood up, ready to tear downstairs and out into the yard. Then I saw …


The Dog Star: Fetch Me If You Can

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) My designer, Julie, was wandering around the back yard, planning for an expansion of our garage, and ran into Bentley, whom she’s known since he was a pup. Bentley had neither his lacrosse balls nor frisbees in the yard, so he dashed behind the evergreens to pull out a stick …


The Dog Star: Opportunities Around Us

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) Bentley has developed a new habit (he’s now 20 months old). He finds a stick in the yard—really part of a small branch, given his size—and tosses it at my feet. When I don’t bring his Frisbee or ball out, he organizes his own game of fetch. I toss the …


The Dog Star Prima Donna

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) Bentley received a bath from the mobile groomer and hated every moment, whined continually, refused to have his claws cut (he tried to bite the groomers), and returned in an irritable mood while Buddy was groomed (who howled throughout). When I tried to take a photo of my clean, white …


The Dog Star: The Three Tests

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) When my dogs encounter something new for the first time, they immediately check to see if it’s edible. You should be checking with new people as to whether they represent potential business. If the object is non-edible, which is quickly determined with a few sniffs, they investigate whether they can …


The Dog Star: Going First

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) I’ve made it a habit on the stairs to simply move to the side to allow the dogs to race ahead of me. Sometimes they wait on the landing to see which way I’ll go, and sometimes they’ll proceed down another flight having divined my route through some canine gnostic …