Hey, Yo, Pet Me!: The Dog Star

Tweet (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 …


The Dog Star: Dog Fight

Tweet (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 …


The Dog Star: Fetch Me If You Can

Tweet (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 …


The Dog Star: Opportunities Around Us

Tweet (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 Dog Star Prima Donna

Tweet (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, …


The Dog Star: The Three Tests

Tweet (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 …


The Dog Star: Going First

Tweet (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 …


The Dog Star: The Morning News

Tweet (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 watching the boys this morning when I let them out before we went for coffee. Buddy  sniffs everywhere, and Bentley does some sniffing and some watching. I’ve read that dogs can tell what animals passed through a yard the night prior, their gender, and approximate age; and …


The Dog Star: Beagles and BMWs

Tweet Beagles are miracles of engineering. Bentley, my German Shepherd, can smell about six million times better than a human I’d guess, but Buddy Beagle can smell six millions times better than Bentley. Beagles are built to hunt vermin, so they are low to the ground, from whence they can easily pick up scents (Bentley’s legs are long for running and sight). Beagles have some horrific teeth for their size and can easily dispatch vermin. Of course, if Buddy successfully …


The Dog Star: Chasing Squirrels

Tweet (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) Sometimes Bentley doesn’t chase the right squirrel. He’ll see one nearby, standing under a tree, and take off after it, even through the squirrel can immediately escape up the tree. Meanwhile, another squirrel, isolated in the middle of the yard, escapes because Bentley didn’t realize he had a better …