Sunday, August 14, 2011

BRUTIS - Congressional Medal of Honor

Brutus... my kind of guy!

The K9 above is Brutus, a military K9 at McChord.. He's huge - part Boxer and part British Bull Mastiff and tops the scales at 200 lbs. His handler took the picture.

Brutus is running toward me because he knows I have some Milk Bone treats, so he's slobbering away! I had to duck around a tree just before he got to me in case he couldn't stop, but he did.

Brutus won the Congressional Medal of Honor last year from his tour in Iraq . His handler and four other soldiers were taken hostage by insurgents. Brutus and his handler communicate by sign language and he gave Brutus the signal that meant 'go away but come back and find me'.

The Iraqis paid no attention to Brutus. He came back later and quietly tore the throat out of one guard at one door and another guard at another door. He then jumped against one of the doors repeatedly (the guys were being held in an old warehouse) until it opened. He went in and untied his handler and they all escaped.

He's the first K9 to receive this honor. If he knows you're ok, he's a big old lug and wants to sit in your lap. Enjoys the company of cats..

K-9 Congressional Medal of Honor Winner.

Thought you'd find this interesting. Talk about animal intelligence and bonding with humans!

Remember that they can't do a lot of things for themselves and that they depend on you to make their life a quality life!


1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of  me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10 On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

~Take a moment today to thank GOD for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God's critters.

~Now please pass this on to other pet owners. We do not have to wait for Heaven, to be surrounded by hope, love, and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four legs!

Instructions for properly hugging a baby (from a dog's point of view):

1. First, uh, find a baby.

2. Second, be sure that the object you found was indeed a baby, by employing classic sniffing techniques.

3. Next, you will need to flatten the baby before actually beginning the hugging process.

4. The 'paw slide' = Simply slide paws around baby and prepare for possible close-up.

5. Finally, if a camera is present, you will need to execute the difficult and patented 'hug, smile, and lean' so as to achieve the best photo quality.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Those TPLOs Cost a Fortune!

The vet quoted around $3200-$3600 but be careful of those other little hidden charges. The Marley Dog's third surgery, this one as of a few weeks ago on his other leg has topped around the $4000 mark.

Thank goodness my vet is understanding and is willing to do a payment plan. My advice is to make sure the surgeon is trained and certified. There is only a few in my state - I did a google search and a check on him.
Marley Dog is doing great two weeks after surgery and I've certified him a $15,000 super dog. We went outside today to lay in the grass for a bit and I guess those skeeters really like to bite a shaved doggie butt.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Marley and I are Working Together Again!

Weve been working very hard the past few weeks with a new job. My job is to inspect homes and verify if they are occupied, vacant or damaged for mortgage companies.

The Marley's job is to keep me company, look really cool with his arm out the window while I'm driving, play with other dogs and sniff a lot of stuff when we inspect vacant homes.

He loves the drives because we are always on back roads surounded by trees. Although we are not going to get filthy rich doing this it gives us a good heads up on repo'd homes and others in foreclosure.

So we are kind of back in the real estate biz again!

The thing about going to other peoples homes is they also have doggies. So far we've been jumped on (the black Toyota) by 2 Malumutes, a Boxer puppy and a black Lab who had both paws up on the back of the Fore-runner as we were driving away.

But for the most part its enjoyable and the scratches will happen. The Marley dog is very good at socializing except when he is in the car, then its bark bark woof woof!!!

Weve done up to 100 inspections a day so a little play time is always a welcome break. And as you would expect, after 10 or 12 hours on the road we are Dog Tired when we get home! Like I said we wont be getting filthy rich doing this but working with my Marley makes up for it.

Scott and The Marley Dog

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Best Squeaky Toy Yet!

After about two years of destruction and stuffing shredding I have found the one SQUEAKY TOY THE MARLEY DOG cant chew the ears off, tear arms, legs, tags, or just destroy in a very few minutes to get to the chewy nuget inside, (The Squeaky Itself).

Its called a CUZ, its like a rubber ball with a squeaker inside of it and has no extremedies that can be ripped or torn except for two nubs (Not Feet) that make it bounce irratically when it hits the floor!

The Marley Dog takes all his toys and destroys them in minutes, sometimes seconds. Many times I've had to pull strings out from between his slobbery chompers and dog knows what else.

His KONG works well but requires stuffing and freezing for the ultimate usage and of course The Marley Dog requires some kind of different play/chew toys. The CUZcan get noisy but he will play with it and keep himself busy until its nappy time!

It has a 5 star rating and is only $3.50 and I think it has some vanilla flavoring of some sort built into it. If anyone out there has a Labrador or Retriever of kind you know how they are with toys!

I can let him play with his CUZ and not have to worry about rushing to the emergency vet to surgically remove an obstruction. Or follow the big polar bear pig around for a few days to make sure what ever he gobbled up that day passes.

Product Evaluation of The CUZ Toy

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What To Do After Puppy Comes Home!

When To Start Your Puppy Training

Basic training starts the moment you bring young puppy home with the very first potty training exercises. Just try to remember young puppies will be a little confused about where they are and what happened to momma and their littermates.
Puppies can learn basic commands from as young as 8 weeks if they are comfortable with their new environment.

I say the basics which most people think of as the SIT, STAY, and DOWN commands but we must not forget the good puppy in between commands of NO BITE or NO NIPPING, and probably the first thing we need little Sparky to learn is where he is supposed to relieve himself, I use a “Do you need to GO POTTY” and then a simple GO POTTY command when outside.

Most obedience training schools and classes usually won’t take your pup until the age of about 6 months. If you wait for a formal class to start puppy training this could be a big mistake!

You may have a 6 month old pup or an adult dog with no basic training at all and these methods will work on them too. My point is that its best to start training when you get your puppy or adult dog home and not to wait for bad behavioral patterns to set in.

Very young puppies do have a short attention span. But with a rewarding with a treat you can keep their minds on the one thing all puppies respond to, food. Treats are my preferred choice but a squeaky type toy can work.

Initially your training sessions will be short but as little Sparky learns word or phrase into the action and then he gets a reward, your sessions can become longer with other commands all rolled into a session.

A training session may start with 5 or 10 minutes until puppy learns what he is expected to do. Then as each command is fully understood you will want to incorporate two or three commands into one complete session that may last 10 minutes up to 30 minutes.

Scott Nelson, Proud friend of my loyal companion "The Marley Dog"
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