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Saturday, November 24 2012


I watched the National Dog Show last night. They say people who have dogs are healthier. I'm not sure if dogs make us healthier, but they certainly enrich our lives. On the other hand, some dogs are definitely medicinal. Take for instance, this dog:

His coat is soft and plush, much like an otter or a beaver, in short, he is extremely 'pettable'. Is that a word? If not, it should be. And beside the definition in Webster's dictionary, they should have a picture of this dog, with a little arrow pointing toward his ears.

Yes indeed, Dillon's ears can lower your blood pressure.  If I ever stroke out, it will be at work, not at home when Dillon's ears are within reach. I have freakishly naturally low blood pressure. Why? Dogs. In particular, Dillon's ears.

As a dog trainer, I know all the reported evils of allowing "unsolicited, unearned" petting of your dog.  My answer to this is "horse hockey."  I pet my dogs when I want to pet my dogs. It pleases me and them. If it became a problem, then I'd stop, but until then, bring on Dillon's ears.

Which brings us to last night.  Other Half got food poisoning. (and that, Dear Friends, is why you shouldn't let your husband buy discount chicken from the grocery store!) One thing became quite obvious last night:  Dillon is a 65 lb heating pad and is quite happy to be used as one.

So not only is this a good hunting dog,


and a promising cadaver dog,


and great with kids,

he is also a very good dog to keep in your medicine cabinet, for stomach cramps, high blood pressure, head aches, and whatever else ails ya!



Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 10:42 am   |  Permalink   |  5 Comments  |  Email
I'm not surprised that Dillon is your medicine dog. ;) Terri and I cuddle often - I don't know what I'd do without her. Terri's predecessor was my black Lab Chimo. Her best medicine was laughter. She could always tell when I needed cheering up and would go into her "make Mom laugh" act which was always successful. [ ]
Posted by Terri's Pal on 11/24/2012 - 07:09 PM
Tell Dillon that if he aspires to be a cadavar dog - it is a noble calling. They are being used right now in a search and rescue at Vallecito in Colorado. The subject is a 13 year old boy who has been missing since the 19th. Susan
Posted by Susan on 11/25/2012 - 05:53 PM
Faith does the same thing & has the amazingly soft, heart rate reducing, magical Lab ears. I can sit for hours just petting her ears. One of my favorite pictures is of her after I found out I was pregnant, when I was really stressed over it, she climbed up on the bed & laid down next to me with her head on my belly like she was listening to the baby. She just laid there for like 30 minutes, letting me rub her head while I tried to destress.
Posted by Holly on 11/26/2012 - 11:53 AM
Awwww Holly, that's beautiful!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 11/26/2012 - 10:36 PM
Sadly, years ago I switched from training Live Search Dogs to Cadaver Dogs because there were simply more cadaver calls in our area. It is never a pleasant task, but bringing closure to the families is so important that it's worth it.
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 11/26/2012 - 10:39 PM

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