Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Signature Dog Blog: In Loving Memory of a Dog named Jake

Chrissy, Lee and Jake (on the right)

I recently lost a great dog named Jake who I have had the honour of knowing for about five years. He was both a friend and a client. I say that I lost him even though he was not my dog because he’d become part of my life. And Jake’s owners have lost their beloved dog, constant companion, member of their family, and truly a goodwill ambassador for the Doberman Pinscher breed or any breed for that matter. I cannot begin to imagine the loss they must feel and will forever feel. Jake was an amazing dog and I have truly never met any dog like him. Physically he was a stunning dog and equally powerful and kind…kind to people and to dogs. Jake was one smart dog. He was an inspiration for many, including myself! Madeline and me had just spent the entire day with Jake two days before he suddenly passed away and I have been in a state of emotional shock since and cannot believe he is gone. I dedicate this poem to Jake, who I deeply miss and who has touched my heart and the hearts of all the people and all the dogs he has known.

In one of the stars I shall be living

In one of them I shall be laughing

And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing

When you look at the sky at night

…and there is sweetness in the laughter of all the stars…

And in the memories of those you love

(The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

Godspeed Jakie I love you and I miss you.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Signature Dog Blog: Madeline makes her first acting debut in the FOX Network hit series Human Target

Madeline makes her very first television debut in the Fox network's hit series Human Target

Madeline taking a much deserved break between scenes, what a good girl!

This is one hard working industry!

Very good food - yummy!

Madeline recently auditioned for a part on the Fox Network’s television series Human Target. She did very well during the audition and proved just how smart she is – even I did not know she was this smart.

The actual filming of the scene took place this week and it was a very interesting and fun experience. So much so, that I hope Madeline will participate in another production. Her part was basically ‘window dressing’ for a particular scene and her job was to stay in a long-down for a really long time. Hours actually! She did her job well and she had a few moments when the scene got physical and she made a few mistakes – but she very quickly learned from her mistakes and got right back on track. But I am happy to report that she caused no delays in the production and I think she had fun…no… I know she had fun. When she did have a tough time in the scene one of the show’s stars whose character’s name is Christopher Chance took the time to meet her and she let him give her belly rubs and then she was good to go and ready to do her job. The cast and the crew were so friendly to her (and to me) and they all made us both feel like we were part of the crew. They especially made Madeline feel welcome and she glowed in all their love and attention. I had no idea how much work goes into a scene and I have to say this is one hard working industry and the cast and crew of Human Target has certainly earned my respect. I also wanted to mention Ian and Grace of Animal Department. They are the company who hired Madeline – now here are two of the nicest and hardest working people you will ever meet. Ian was kind to Madeline in the way he handled her on set (I was on set watching everything going on with her at all times) and seemed to get right inside her head. Grace took the time to educate me on what was going on ‘on set’ and explained everything. Madeline liked them both and especially bonded with Ian, as he was her handler. She adored him!

At the end of the day both Madeline and me were exhausted but we both had a fantastic experience thanks to the cast and crew of Human Target and especially to Ian and Grace of Animal Department.

Human Target makes its second season premiere on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 on Fox. Madeline and her other non-human co-star ‘Jake’ should appear in an episode in later November or early December. I already have my PVR set to record her debut.

I am truly blessed to have such a great dog!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Signature Dog Blog: Signature Pet Services - Black & Tan Coonhound - A Wonderful and Unusual Dog

Maggie May (pictured here on her favourite spot in my yard) who is a really cool Black and  Tan Coonhound!
For more information on the Black and Tan Coonhound - I've provided a description below. I hope you enjoy reading about this very fascinating breed of dog.

The Coonhound stands 27 inches tall at the shoulder. He has a short, sleek black coat with tan markings. There are six types of Coonhound but only the Black and Tan Coonhound is recognized in Canada and the United States. The Coonhound is affectionate, good with children, and intelligent. A friendly and lovable dog, the Coonhound is also powerful, rugged, and tireless when on the hunt. Because he typically works at night, the Coonhound uses his voice to attract a hunter's attention once he's treed a raccoon. He has a loud bark - a quality that may not be appreciated by neighbours! A hunter at heart, he is not the dog to live with cats. He should also be socialized and trained early on to discourage a tendency to dig! Not a breed for couch potatoes, the Coonhound needs lots of exercise and attention. He enjoys playing with his people and is unhappy if left alone for long periods. He makes a great jogging partner and needs an active owner. The Coonhound is a scent hound and should be kept in a fenced-in yard to combat a tendency to roam. He is best living on a farm, or in a country environment. 

For information about Coonhound rescue groups - here is a good website to start with: http://www.coonhound.rescueshelter.com/