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Tayla’s art world debut!

I had to share this email I just received, an awesome surprise from the Netherlands 🙂 Go check out Daniël’s painting at Deviant Art and show him some love.


This message is really coming out of the blue, but I was scrolling past husky photos on Google Images and suddenly a picture of one of your dog came past, which I decided to take as a example for my first painting in years. So this is kind of a thank you note, you helped me out without knowing it.

You can find the painting at Deviant Art.

Have a nice day and greetings from the Netherlands 🙂


Logan’s post-op preparations

My last post was about what we’re doing to keep Logan calm while he was on the mend. He had injured a ligament in his leg and we were told he needed rest and recuperation to get it to heal. Four weeks later it hasn’t gotten any better, so Logan is booked in for surgery tomorrow morning.

So now we’re back into preparation mode. Logan is going to be recovering for about another 6 weeks (!!!) but with some more restrictions since he’ll be post op.

Logan's Bat Cave

Logan isn’t able to roam the house and yard anymore, so we’ve set up a new secret base for him. After his surgery we’ve been told he needs to be kept safe and sound, taken outside to go to the toilet and then returned to the safety of his mini-Logan compound.

logansgate1To do this we have retrofitted our laundry. We have covered the tiles with rubber matting so that it isn’t slippery, but also won’t be a big problem in case he doesn’t get outside in time.

He won’t be spending all his time in here, but hopefully he’ll be comfortable in the crucial week after his surgery.


The benefit of Logan’s laundry/bedroom is that it faces onto our veggie patch, which from here on in will be called Logan’s Secret Garden. We’ve decided to make this area Logan safe, because it seems perfect for his recovery.

logansgardenThis is an outside area that is blocked off from the rest of the yard. There is plenty to explore, but it’s not big enough for him to run and hurt himself. Initially this will be where we take him outside, but once he has recuperated a bit he will be able to come out here himself for some safe outside time.

Logan's Ramp

Once Logan has recuperated a bit he is going to be moving around, but we still need to be careful not to put too much strain on his leg.

logansramp1To help with this, we built The Logan Ramp. This is just a plank of wood wrapped in some fake grass and attached below the dog door, to try to alleviate that big step in and out of the dog door.

So that’s Logan’s life for the near future. We’ll keep you up to date with his recuperation. Fingers crossed he’ll come out of it tip top.

What to do with a dog that can’t do a thing

I have to say, that is the most obscure blog post title I’ve ever written.

We are currently in week two of six weeks of downtime for Logan. When on a walk nearly two weeks ago Logan seemed to injure his leg somehow. We had our suspicions, and the vet later confirmed that he had injured his Cruciate Ligament. While it doesn’t appear to have torn entirely, it does seem to be ruptured enough that if Logan doesn’t stick to strict rest for 6 weeks then he will need surgery.

So what does that mean? That means that, for the time-being at least, Logan can’t do anything. No running. No going for walks. No jumping. While he can walk, we need to keep him as calm and slow as possible to give his leg a chance to heal properly. This is going to be difficult, especially for a dog that whinges at us if he doesn’t get walked for a day.

What we had to do is figure out what to do with a dog that couldn’t do a thing. Continue reading What to do with a dog that can’t do a thing

Harry Potter approaching Buckbeak the Hypogryph in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"

Kids & dogs & dogs & kids

As much as kids shouldn’t approach strangers there’s one thing I have to say about the kids in my neighbourhood, they know how to approach people with dogs. Many times kids have come up to us when we’ve been walking Fatty and Ratty and they have acted very responsible in how they approach us and how they pat dogs.

I wanted to use this opportunity to give the neighbourhood kids some kudos, and of course have a bit of a chat about the etiquette we should be teaching kids when it comes to strange dogs.

I have to assume if you are on this site then you are likely already pretty experienced with dogs, but the list is here for any laggards or randoms that pop along needing some advice. Continue reading Kids & dogs & dogs & kids

A photo of two beagles riding in a motorcycle sidecar, complete with riding goggles

Sidecar Dogs getting their due on Kickstarter

It’s no surprise to a lot of people that I love Kickstarter. I have a pinboard next to my desk with postcards from Dog Sled Saga, Shake Well Before Use and Antler Boy & Other Stories.

The latest project I’ve help to fund on Kickstarter is Sit Stay Ride, a documentary film about dogs who ride in sidecars and the motorcycling humans who love them. Continue reading Sidecar Dogs getting their due on Kickstarter

Kato lying on a bed, covered in streamers, looking about as excited as a Kato can get.

Happy Birthday Kato

In case you missed it we had Kato staying with us for a couple of weeks last year and his owner, Scott, casually said to send him photos while he was gone. Naturally we took the smart arse approach and posted a photo every day of Kato in zany costumes.

Today is Kato’s fourth birthday. To celebrate we’ve collected some of everyone’s favourites from his dress up adventures last year. Continue reading Happy Birthday Kato

Tips for bath time

Yesterday was a hot one, but rather than sit around and moan about it we decided to take the opportunity to give the doggies a bath.

I know some houses dread bath time. Chasing after the dog, the fighting them to keep them in the water, ending up getting drenched, and by the time your done you lack the energy to even finish drying them so you end up with the wet dog smell.

Here are some tips to make the next bath time a bit more pleasant. Continue reading Tips for bath time

Guide Dogs Around the World

Today marks a milestone in the history of companion animals, so it’s time for a history lesson.

Today is the 85th anniversary of the oldest seeing eye dog school in Northern America. The Seeing Eye opened their doors on January 29th, 1929, after renting an office for $15 a month in the Fourth and First National Bank Building in Nashville, Tennessee. The first class was comprised of Dr. Howard Buchanan and Dr. Raymond Harris, who were teamed with Shepherds Gala and Tartar. Continue reading Guide Dogs Around the World