carolann, vancity
working in a dog daycare and training them through force-free methods. dogs pretty much run my life.

Cancer Survivor

Aghh. So a family friend owns a pit/shep mix whom I love dearly and is a total spaz but she is so smart, just high energy with no outlets. I’ve worked with her previously and my partner and I take care of her when the owners go away, and earlier this week I was walking her for them as they were unable to. When we went to pick her up for a walk, the daughter was telling us how excited she was that ‘mom is getting her a barking collar’.


They tether her outside most of the day, with nothing to do (a few chew toys scattered here and there but nothing engaging), and she’s a super high energy dog with no outlet, and you’re mad that she’s barking? Why not give her something to do? More walks, training, a stuffed Kong even? It’s unfortunate because I know her owner isn’t doing it from a place or malice or anything, she loves her dogs, but it’s frustrating to see that they just want a quick fix solution when she’s just doing this from boredom, and could easily be helped otherwise. So I’m hoping that we can chat and figure out a better solution to it; ie. more exercise, training funtimes to keep her busy and tired, and so on.



Handsomedogs’ Photography Contest VI Winner!

tempurafriedhappiness is the winner of handsomedogs’ 6th photography contest! Please take a look at the wonderful pictures of Evey, the Belgian Malinois, Kayla, the Shetland Sheepdog, and the late Epic, the Belgian Malinois, and follow to see these images on your dash!

Congratulations tempurafriedhappiness!
Thank you for all who participated!

what a beautiful dog



URGENT: Biggie is a SIberian Husky/German Shepherd mix (no wolf) up for adoption in Guelph, Ontario.

Know of a wolfy-looking dog or wolfdog in need of a home? Submit to us!

My friend has worked with Biggie and says he’s a wonderful and incredibly intelligent dog! Very friendly and fast to learn. If you’re looking for an active companion, Biggie might be the dog for you.

I would love to take this guy but realistically don’t have the funds, so signal boosting so someone who does can give him a great life! 



Aww, isn’t this puppy so cute? Not only do those plentiful wrinkles make their faces irresistible, they are also directly related to a painful  autoinflammatory disease known as Familial Shar Pei Fever which can result in liver and kidney failure and affects approximately 1 out of every 4 “meatmouth” Shar Peis. Just adorable.

look at those poor eyelids. i will put money down that this puppy has had, or will need, surgery to fix that.

what a qt pie, right? -.-


Klaus the Cutie!




(via Four Eyes Comic Strip on


Aaaaaaaa ;u;


Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler Appreciation Post


She’s up all night to pet dogs
I’m up all night to pet dogs
We’re up all night to pet dogs
We’re up all night to pet puppies

Yesterday Milly and I had our first intentional attempt at teaching a cue through shaping! All she did was learn to target objects with her paws, but it was super fun and we both loved it. Super simple, I know, but it was so awesome watching her try different things until she figured it out. :)

And then Moro decided it was grooming time.