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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Welcome Maverick and Goose

9 months old Maverick and Goose came for a sleep over. Two very happy little puppies.  These two puppies are very well behaved. It's easy to see that mom and dad are spending lots of time teaching them.  They spent the first day just checking things out and covered the whole yard in no time flat. They reunited with Princess MollyDawg and Lady May with a friendly, "Oh! Hi! I know you!" They enjoyed all the corners and nooks for them to explore and never showed any boredom at all.
Still on long lines
Like all new comers Goose and Maverick had to wear a long line for safety for awhile.  It's important to know they have 100% recall with us, before I let them move over to a short lead and onto freedom. At home, with mom and dad, they may already have it, but here at Royal K9 Korner we have to ensure they come on first call. We want to build their trust and confidence while in our care.  It's a safety factor we insist on.
It wasn't long before Maverick shed his long line and moved through to a short lead then a collar and  freedom. Even though Goose seemed a little more cautious about coming to strangers, he was also onto a short lead and then to freedom on the very first day.
On short lead - Checkin' out the toys and enjoying the shade.

We kept their halters on for awhile before we switched out to a collar only. The halters seemed to limit their play and they sure had energy to burn. Puppies are so much fun to watch! 
Princess MollyDawg keeps a good lid on how energetic they get. She puts a quick halt to it when she deems them too rowdy. We let her determine that for the first little while.

It didn't take long for her to decide she was too tired for this and the old woman asked to go to bed. I'm sure Maverick and Goose were well pleased with that call. Now they could get their zoomies out full bore!
Goose wasted no time in finding the pool and stepping right in for a lay down. Of course I had no camera at the time so I missed that opportunity. It certainly provided a good belly laugh for us though.
They loved romping around and between the obstacles for their catch me if you can game of tag.

 They continued to give us giggles all day. I opened gates to each yard section as I followed behind them. They'd tootle off through and I closed the gate behind. I'd come around a corner and scan the next section of yard for them. Hmmmm ... where the heck are they? Suddenly my raspberry bushes rustled and voila! Found 'em. lol Oh how I laughed!  It didn't take them long at all to find the raspberries!  Now I have a "Mylu Strawberry Monster" and two little raspberry monsters lol 
Freedom for Goose: "These are for us, right Lady?!"
After a great day of checking out all the interesting "stuff"  Goose decided he'd seen it all and found the crate at the top of the stairs for a nice cool rest.  Maverick joined him for a short while but soon left. I'm thinking there was just too much more for him to discover. 
Maverick; "This is boring!" 
Goose spent alot of his time relaxing, cozied on the porch. The gate was opened and he could come down the stairs at any time he wanted. We tried to encourage him to come play with us but he'd much rather stay in the shade on the big fluffy mat.


When we finally coaxed him down he found his brother and joined him for another lay down.

Goose; "Hey lady? Can you tell him to push over please?"
Since they were both out and about again we decided to introduce the Cookie Waiting room to them. You can check out the video of it in our Facebook videos album at this link.

There was no hesitation in entering and sitting down on the mat. Do you s'pose cookies are in their repertoire of learning already? I have no doubt!  The day seemed to pass quickly with two around and before we knew it, it was dinner and house relaxing time. 

We left our porch door open for them and allowed them to enter as they chose.  Maverick of course was the first to decide inside had great toys. Goose stayed in his favorite porch crate for awhile but entered shortly after.
"Can I stay outdoors for awhile please lady?" 
Oh goodies more toys!
Is it safe here?
 Bedtime was an absolute easy peasy go to sleep time. Maverick chose his mat and Goose nestled in beside him. That was of course until he looked around and figured there would be more room if he shifted over to the open crate. They slept all night without a peep. They only woke for morning piddle time when Lady May and Princess MollyDawg woke. 

Sleep well little ones. See you tomorrow morning

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A Full Long Weekend

Our Canada Day weekend began on June 28th this year. Tika and Lil Molly led the way for Muffin and Mylu and our darling furless grandchildren. Yes it was full around the house and yards at Royal K9 Korner. We ended up having a wonderful time with everyone tolerating the commotion. Tika and Lil Molly are now able to be together off leash in the yards. What a difference it makes not tripping over long lines.
I was anticipating a full house and was ready with our New Cookie Waiting Room. It may look like its a time out pen. Well, it's NOT! It's a special room set aside for allowing any dogs who need a special treat.  Yes, a Cookie Waiting Room. You can bet your bottom dollar the dogs know what it means to be in that room and actually walk in and wait! Did I have to train that behaviour?
Well, of course I did! Dogs are too smart to just walk in and wait for cookies in what otherwise looks like a time out pen. Right? Right!   Tika was a necessary unscheduled visit and would only be here for two days. She will get her Cookie Waiting Room training at a later day.

Lil Molly: So, your mommy says,
"If we come in here, she will ALWAYS come to us with cookies.
That's pretty cool eh?"
We spent a few days in advance walking in and out and staying on the mat getting reward after reward every hour or so. The door stayed open at all times. My goal was by the end of day three, at least Princess MollyDawg would be heading straight to the waiting room each time she went outside.  Was it successful? Okay well not really. BUT she was entering the room on her own and sitting on the mat. I immediately followed with praise and treats and the others followed soon after. We're still in learning mode with "The Room" and not all dogs have seen it yet.
Muffin: "Are you sure I get cookies if I'm in here?"
Princess MollyDawg: "Oh yes you'll see. Mommy's on her way!"
By the time the others arrived we had to put the training aside and concentrate on having fun and keeping everyone safe. When Tika went home, Mylu arrived. This was the first visit for lil Molly and Mylu together.  Lil Molly was not scheduled to be here this weekend but had an extended visit due to a family emergency.  We weren't able to do proper introductions between the girls so we kept them separate to avoid possible altercations when my eyes could not be on them. We had our two grandchildren visit at the same time, and of course that meant their safety came first. Even though we know these dogs are children friendly we still believe in avoiding any possible unacceptable behaviours. Dogs can become protective of children and more than one dog can be... well . . . It goes without saying. I'm sure you understand.   Our motto - "Your paws are safe with us!" Even furless paws.  Until all dogs have met and fully accepted each other, temporarily being behind a gate ensures safety.  Some dogs find it difficult to remain calm around children and we refuse to put either at risk.

Mylu: "But I'm calm and there's children here and I LOVE CHILDREN! . . .
and who is the other dog I see and smell?"
I know Mylu, just not right now and not today.  You will have an opportunity to truly meet "the other dog" when it is safer and I can give my full attention.

Is it time to come out yet?
It was a long, long weekend and we know the dogs are all happy to be heading back home now. There's always lots to smell and do here at Royal K9 Korner but nothing beats being home with mom and dad.
Thanks for visiting us. Hope you come back soon.
Next weekend we have two new comers for a sleep over. 9 month old Rhodesian Ridge-back cross, Goose (on the left:) and his brother Maverick. They came for a meet and greet and we can't wait to welcome them back!

Goose: "Are you really going to leave us here over night mommy?"
Maverick: "But you'll come back soon, right mommy?"
You'll be okay buddies and I promise you'll have lots of fun. 
See you soon!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Finley Visits with Mylu and Muffin

Finley has been a very busy boy at his mom and dad's shop. He hasn't been here for a visit since last July 2017
Wow. I can't believe it's been so long.  We're so happy he came back to visit us! His mom had called several times asking to bring him over. Unfortunately we were booked up and had to turn the ole man away.
Well, thank goodness mommy is persistent and patient!  She finally hit on a day when only Miss Mylu and Muffin were here. Yay Finley! So good to have you back boy!
When's my dad coming back for me!?
 Finley really did not want his dad to leave when he first arrived, he was not comfortable with being "left behind".  So we just left him alone and encouraged him to walk around the yard with us. Even though there are alot of changes and new smells since he was here last, he still gravitated to the gate several times. He pawed at it a few times. Fortunately he trusts me well enough and stopped at my first suggestion. "Come on Fin ole man let's walk this way."
 It's completely natural and expected for some longing to have mom and dad come back. I discourage excessive pining of all visitors. We ignore, use distraction and positive reinforcement to help create an environment they learn to feel comfortable in as soon as possible.
Where's dad?

It took Finley a little while to feel comfortable with us again.We introduced him to Mylu to give his mind something else to distract him. Mylu is just 2 yrs old and a sweetie. She's a persistent 'licker' and wants to play with everybody! Finely said,"Hello, I see you. Now go away."  Then decided to follow the pack around the yard but kept a watchful eye on the driveway the whole time.

Do I hear dad's truck?
Muffin and Finley have met in the past and we knew they would be fine together. Finley is clear in his communication and Muffin hears him.
This visit Muffin had to stay separated most of the time. He had a different playtime from the others. He's 2 years old now and still FULL of P*ss  and Vinegar. He hasn't learned his strength or power and still thinks he's a tiny little puppy who can bulldoze the others. He's friendly and happy and only wants to play. ALOT! We don't allow rough play, so Muffin needed to release some energy before we could include him in the others playtime. He'll be back again next weekend, I'm sure we'll have time to work on that.

In the meantime Finley got to know Miss Mylu a little better and gave her some ole man knowledge and guidance.  Finley is a great communicator and insists on being heard. "I like you kid but, don't lick all the time and we'll get along great!' Before we knew it Mylu was listening to him and following Finley around most of the days. We kept a long drag lead on her just in case her licking desire was too hard to resist. It gives ample opportunity to give a little reminder nudge to back off. She was soon lead free and learning just fine. 

No more licks please
Along with dogs this weekend we also had our adoring grandchildren, Muffin's furless kids, visiting.  Finley has children at home and Mylu is over the moon with children also.
Being around the children seemed to put Finley straight into relax mode and the rest of the time was just, "Okay, fine, I'll relax until dad comes for me." Mylu was in bliss! Kisses galore and allowed!

Finley: "Hi little girl! I love you. wanna play?"  Mylu: Hey, wait! I give better kisses!" 
Finley: "Are you still following me Mylu?"

Mylu: "I think, we're not allowed past this. Wanna lick?"

Mylu still on her drag lead for a little while longer. 
Finley: "I feel like I'm being watched?!"
Mylu: "I'm sure there's room for us both" 
Finley: "Hey, know any places to hide from Mylu?"

Peace at last
Mylu learning to have respect and give personal space.
I love being able to see the difference in dogs after a few visits. What a great job of teaching and learning. The old teach the young far better than we furless creatures can. Given opportunity with structure and safety, allows them to grow and become independent secure pack members.

It was a full and wonderful weekend! I love the nicer weather! It allows for fun outdoors time and socializing at it's finest. We have another full weekend coming up. Bring on the dogs!

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Monday, June 18, 2018

What does River do?

Each time River arrives at Royal K9 Korner, she brings in her energy, enthusiasm and excitement!  She bombs in through the gate and heads straight for the cedar hedges. There's always new smells there and she can't wait to check them out!   This visit the sky started off gloomy and misty. It turned to downright awful, heavy rain the next day. Little River and the others were only allowed out for "business".  The rest of the time they spent going between the house and the front porch hoping the rain would stop and I would open the gate soon. If you look closely you can see River actually has her sweet snout wedged tight into the chainlink. Awww, I feel for you River. Soon the rains will stop.
 ((Sigh)) Borrrring! 
", open, open, open..."
  Finally the rain did stop and the sun came out in all its glory.
Some dogs like to play ball when they visit us. River usually likes a good ball game as well. After a rainy day there are just so many new smells around and so much to do. There's almost no time for balls.  She carries a toy or two with her in case she needs it. After all, one never knows when boredom might set in.  It was difficult to capture all River's enthusiasm on film. I did manage to get a little, but it really doesn't capture her speed around the yard. I'll have to try again another time.

You just have to trust me, she did NOT stop for very long. We were outdoors the entire day and she made certain she checked and rechecked every corner of the yard. Every stone had a million new scents. Every hanging branch, every leaf and blade of grass. All the ants scurrying back and forth caught her attention to the fullest.

Determining if there's a way to capture
a singing bird, provides a bit of a rest.
The singing birds with their 'after a rain songs' gave her body a moment of rest.  I could still see her brain was still in full gear.

Who needs store bought toys?!
All day long she played with the outdoor toys like they were all brand new!  Even a used water bottle was an irresistible toy that day. If only we could smell all the things that River can. The world is a never ending supply of wonderment for her. So much to learn and so much to do.

Take your time lady. Im just refueling my brain.
Her little body let's her know when it needs a break.  She took opportunities to grab cat naps while I mixed up ice tea for me. I made sure to move slowly to allow her that much needed nap. 1 yr olds still need those.

A half hour before dinner we came indoors to have some quiet time. This little girl found a mat and plopped until I called dinner! Every buzzing bee and fluttering butterfly would have to wait. Her body had it's fill and needed to fuel up.
Wake me for dinner please. I need more energy!
Later, I decided to change some bedding and guess who wanted desperately to help me? Ya, uh huh. You're right. River the quilt spreader. Do you ever shake open a queen sized quilt/mat and fold it into thirds then in half to make it fit a large dog crate?  I'm certain most dog moms or dads will say, "Oh ya, sure no prob!"  Okay, so picture that quilt being made of very silky material. Now, add the assistance of a little 16 mon old Brittany Spaniel who really wants to play "keep way" with you and the quilt. Well, that was little River! She had grasped a hold of it tightly in her jaws. Both her front paws were wrapped so tightly onto that quilt there was no way to get it away from her. I was laughing so hard I had lost all the strength in my hands. I finally just flopped down with the quilt and River and let her wash kisses all over my face. I'm sure she was saying, "Gee, lady that was fun! Let's do it again!"
Of course I finally did get the quilt placed and my little inspector made sure I had done the task just right.
There better not be any lumps in this bed lady. Or you're doing it all over again! 
She's a very good girl. always happy and learning the yard boundaries beautifully. She asks the others politely if she can play with them. She accepts the response with an attitude of, "that's okay, I'll try again later."   All her frolicking and exploring/investigating was finally complete. By 8 pm she crashed. She found a cozy spot to call her own. Not a peep out of her all night long.

River will be going home later today.  We hope she had fun and we welcome her back any time at all. 
See you soon River.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Mylu was a Very Good Girl

Last week 3 year old Mylu visited with us for her meet n greet.  She spent 4 hours with us one morning and another 4 hours for an afternoon. She was such a good girl we were more than happy to welcome her back to stay overnight. Her mom and dad had to be away for 5 days! The first few hours she was happy and played with all the toys.  After that, she headed to the gate and set to waiting, waiting, waiting...  After all her 4 hours were up. Right?
We let her stay there for a short time, then encouraged her to come into the house. It was close to dinner time and we knew it would help her remember she's safe with us. After dinner everyone settles in to relax mode around here. She was happy to receive all the attention we gave her and kept a wagging tail and smiley face. Despite our attempts to lure her in, Mylu decided not to join us in the living-room. Instead she found a nice cool spot to rest and wait.
I'll just wait here till my mom and dad come for me.
At bed time she followed us out for the evenings last piddle and was quite willing to head into the bedroom to choose her mat. We gave our normal cuddles and hugs and nighty nights, with a special extra dose for Mylu.
She had chosen the mat along my side of the bed. One that our little Lady May is always willing to give up to new comers. Thank you Lady May. That mat allows me to stroke their fur and give any reassurances during the night.  I leave my bedside lamp on low so I can see comfort levels at a glance. I always watch for the first while until I know every dog is fast asleep.  Mylu lay down quietly for a few minutes.  Then decided she needed to make some noise. Perhaps to let me know, her mom and dad were not with her. At first, she quietly gave a few little moans, enough for me to stroke her and reassure her it was okay to go to sleep. She held her head up and looked me right in the eye and barked! That yielded a big fat No Response from us. I could just imagine her thinking,"Oh drat, that didn't work." Her sounds lasted all of a minute and lessened to moans and little woofs with the occasional little bark. Sleep followed quickly.
With proper reinforcement for quiet behaviours, we encourage our new comers to figure out on their own that they are safe with us. We know they miss mom and dad. A minute after she was quiet, I reached down and spoke softly to her, stroked her fur again while she fell fast asleep. 
Not a peep all night!

By early morning Mylu was ready to begin her, by the gate, vigil again. She laid there while the sun came up until I called her in for breakie.  That seemed to break her concentration on mom and dad's absence. The rest of the visit was plain old fun and lickie kisses for everyone.
Why don't I hear my dad's car coming? 
Oh is it time to eat!?

Mollydawg, "Okay, I'll let you lay beside me but no more kisses!"

 It was a very hot weekend so the kiddy pool was filled and refilled many times.  It's placed in the shade under our big Mountain Ash tree. The blossoms are blowing and they fill the pool quickly.  Mylu didn't seem to mind at all. She spent much of each day, in and out while throwing toys in and staying cool.
When it was time to rest, she made a point of trying out most of the resting spots to see what fit her best.

A little too big 

A little too small

Lady May, "Don't even think about this one. It's taken!" 
Mylu,"Fine, I really wanted to be with Princess MollyDawg anyway!"
She's not so cranky! 

Good! and keep your stinky feet out of my water anyway!
Oh Lady May you're such a funny girl. It takes her a very long time to really warm up to new comers. I love it when they stay longer than just one over night visit.  By the last night Mylu was here, she had warmed up enough that she moved back onto her own mat and allowed Mylu to use the crate she deems her own.   I even caught a moment of acceptance of Mylu's gentle kisses. Of course there was no camera on hand but I saw it!  Mylu is scheduled to be back again this month. I already know Lady May will be smiling this time.

Thanks for visiting us Mylu. See you again soon!
You can check out Mylu's photo album in our Facebook album here  "Mylu"

Sunday, April 29, 2018

10 Years Ago

So much time has passed and yet it seems like only yesterday. My heart will always remember the kind, unselfish deed that was done on that day. Lou and Bonny Baird. It is because of their caring, love and desire to act instead of just walk away that we were given one of our most treasured gifts.

This gentle man and his loving wife set out on a trip. They drove all the way from Alberta. They were stopping and enjoying B.C.'s beautiful campsites. They pulled into one to enjoy lunch while in Bella Coola. That's where the four scraggly, emaciated scruffs sauntered out of the bushes.  They had not long to live, and would not have, with out the intervention that followed.

April 29 2008 Left to right: Bella, Chinook, King and Spring

The couple went through great lengths to find a rescue group that would take these four and provide the care they needed to save them. They were told countless times,"I'm sorry we're full and can not take them in."  Their search grew wider and wider until they finally found one that was 13 hours away from them. They packed up and drove the four sickly dogs out to receive the proper attention they deserved. Turtle Gardens Rescue Society from Topley BC is no longer operating. The CEO at that time, Yvette Labatte, went above and beyond to open her already bursting at the seams doors to bring them in and provide the medical attention and FOOD that all four needed. They stayed with her until each one found a Happy Ever After family.
Safe at Turtle Gardens Rescue Society

To this day, no one knows how those four dogs ended up lost or abandoned in that forest in Bella Coola. What we do know is that without Lou and Bonnie Baird detouring their vacation, and Yvette's willingness to accept those dogs, they would surely not have survived another week.
King on his first day HOME with us. Feb 2009
Those dogs came to be known by many people as the Bella Coola Four. Lou and Bonny had named them after the salmon that frequent the Bella Coola area. Spring, Chinook, Bella, and King.

Lou and Bonny visit King at home 2009
Yvette and King at Reunion 2010

All four were eventually adopted and lived healthy happy lives. We were fortunate enough to have been chosen to be the adoptive family to King. He lived with us for 8 yrs. until he was approx. 14 yrs old. He stayed healthy and happy for a very long time.
He passed away in our loving arms on April 8th 2016.  

Today I remember and know, King still looks down over all of us and gives a howl of appreciation for all that was given to him and his pack on this day 10 years ago! Thank you Lou and Bonny! Thank you Yvette Labatte

You can read the full story written by Author Nancy Bain here
Bella Coola Four