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Archive for October, 2008

Halloween is right around the corner.

Halloween can be pretty stressful for alot of dogs. All the ringing of doorbells, shouting and crying, people dressed up in funny outfits and smelling not right, humans putting restrictive costumes on us dogs, the chance of getting into the candy and it making us pretty darn sick, weird noises and pumpkins (lets be honest, for me they look like giant balls and it is stressful that I can’t pick it up and play with it!)

Trick or Treat!

Trick or Treat!

My mom is going to probably post some ideas on our work blog about keeping your dog safe during Halloween. Hey dogs…make your owners read it! Be safe this halloween and if you find a giant pumpkin, remember they make cool ‘place’s’

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

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As a Belgian Malinois, I have to write about some of my brothers in arms. I’m talking about the ones that are overseas or on our own U.S soil protecting and detecting. The Malinois is often used for Military and Police K9 units. We are very high energy and versatile….honestly we are the best dogs around!

Lackland Air Force base in San Antoino, Texas is where all our U.S. Military working dogs go for training and are stationed out from there. Currently there are at least 2,500 dogs working with Military units. Lackland now also has a breeding program for German Shepherd Dogs, Labrador Retrievers and Belgian Malinois. They also have a great adoption program for retired MWD’s or for dogs that failed out of the program.

This past Tuesday, Lackland opened a new veterinary hospital that will take the recovery and survival of many of our injured MWD’s to even higher levels then before.

To treat the trainees and injured working dogs, the new hospital has operating rooms, digital radiography, CT scanning equipment, an intensive care unit and rehab rooms with an underwater treadmill and exercise balls, among other features. A behavioral specialist has an office near the lobby.-Associated Press

 

Leinie supports the USMC

Leinie supports the USMC

I support my fellow dogs, especially the ones that are helping protect our freedom and are fighting for our country. Thanks to Lackland Air Force Base for building a state of the art Veterinary Hospital to keep them all in the fight!

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Yesterday at work we did a group class at Harry G Daniel Park at Ironbridge. It was alot of fun because at park lessons we have alot of distraction and fun things to place on. Mom wanted to stop and watch some of the soccer games that were going on, I just wanted to have fun…and maybe catch me one of those elusive soccer balls.

Crazy fun at the park

Crazy fun at the park

 

jumping on the next person with a ball

jumping on the next person with a ball

 This group class was special because all three dogs that were participating are named after beers!

Beer Dogs

Beer Dogs

We have at the far left, Murphy’s Irish Stout, the German Shepherd Dog. Myself and we all know that I am named after the Leinenkugel Brewery. The third dog is Corona. We had alot of fun together at the park and we didn’t argue about who was named after the better beer…although we all know it is Leinenkugel!
I was really proud of my fellow beer dogs. I hadn’t seen Corona in a couple months and she was doing great. She goes to work with her mom like I do. But she doesn’t actually have a job title like me, she just hangs out and greets people. Murphy has come a long way. The first time I met him, Murphy wouldn’t let me within 20 feet of he and his owner, and he liked to try to eat my mom. At class yesterday, we were walking along next to each other and he was letting mom pet him and play with him a bit.
I needed a nap after the class, but not a long one, I was ready to go play again very soon after. Cheers to all my beer dog friends!

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Ginger and Leinie

Ginger and Leinie

Isn’t Ginger cute! I think so and she loves to play. I met her last week when Renée and I went to do a FREE evaluation with Ginger and her family. We played a little after the evaluation and had a blast. She is still young so she can’t really keep up with my speed. I was doing my best to impress her with my speed and leaping abilities.

Today I had to work again and be a distraction dog for Ginger. Basically that means I get to hang out on my bed and chase down a frisbee while Ginger was learning how to walk on a leash and pay more attention to her owner. Honestly, Ginger and I wanted to just play, Renée had a Frisbee in her back pocket the whole time and we both knew it was there…that is just cruel.

Once Ginger had finished her lesson we were allowed to play!

zoom zoom zoom

zoom zoom zoom

Catch me if you can

Catch me if you can

Ginger is still pretty young…only 5 months so she tired out pretty quickly. I can go all day, Renée has to make me stop and rest or I would just keep going like the Energizer Bunny! So Ginger and her owner, Renée and I went inside for some water and to rest while Renée went over Ginger’s homework. Well that Ginger wouldn’t rest, she and I started wrestling and having a good time. Ginger was flirting with me big time! I’m not a big wrestler I would rather run, but she is so small and cute even I couldn’t resist. But Renée knew I wanted to run again so we went outside and after Ginger had her nails cut, we were allowed to play again.

Play with me!!!

Play with me!!!

I don’t get to play every time I go to a lesson with other dogs. Sometimes the interaction is limited because the other dog isn’t used to dogs or has to concentrate too much at the task at hand without too many distractions. I love the lessons where I get to have fun! I can’t wait till next week to play with Ginger again and see what more she has learned this week. Now I really need a nap though, so I’m going to go curl up on Pepper’s bed and snooze.

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What do you call a group of squirrels….a herd, a batch, a band, a collection, perhaps a cluster or party? At my house we call it an Army of Squirrels. They carry weapons…acorns. They yell at us when we go into our own yard. They even have Banzai Squirrels that race from one end of the yard to another with Pepper or I hot on their tails. They have built a couple of large nests in the trees in our back yard.

At night we hear them throwing clusters of acorns at the porch and skittering across the roof. Renée won’t let us defend the house when we are inside but when she opens the back door, we get to do what we want. I know I am as fast as a squirrel, now if only I could climb the tree.

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Hi, I’m Leinie the Belgian Malinois. I live in the Richmond, Virginia area with my owner and an Irish Terrier named Pepper. I am named after the Leinenkugel Brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

I started this blog so I could tell everyone about my adventures with my owner and my job with Follow Me Dog Training LLC. Also I wanted to have my own voice to talk about all the crazy things going on in the world. A dog has a lot to say if people would only listen to us.

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