The Dog Star: Assertiveness

(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 quite a few ways of asserting himself and expressing his desires. He drops a stick on my feet if he wants to play fetch and I’ve neglected to bring his Frisbee with us. He puts his head under my hand and starts to rub if he wants me …


Game On

(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 and I play Frisbee daily if the weather is good. I keep the disc in an outdoor shed and once I open that door he knows the game is on. He could play endlessly, but I restrict it to once a day. However, German Shepherds are working dogs by …




How To Be In The Way

(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 notice that Bentley will eschew a dog bed to lie on the hard floor of the hallways, particularly at intersections. At first I thought this was just to be a nuisance, or part of a game, or some kind of alpha dog behavior.   But then I remembered …


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 …