Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
This afternoon I did four miles on my treadmill, I love trotting along on that. Mom thought this was a funny photo because my feet looked like they were going really fast. They weren't though because mom only sets it to a nice walking pace. Well, I need to get back to mom......she needs to pat me some more......hope you all had a great day.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Hey hey hey.....I do love it when new friends drop by so welcome to Key West Collies -Essex and Deacon. Mom says collies look a lot like me only bigger. Actually a lot of people mistake me for a collie because I am rather bigger then a regular sheltie. Mom says it because I come from a good working stock gene - what ever that means! I thought jeans were just something you had a good scratch against and a place to leave all that itchy loose hair! Yesterday we got up early and went for our normal walk and it was soooooo great. Mom actually trusts me now, and when we reach the field behind our house she lets go of the lead and I can just run and run. I always come back when she whistles though - that was the deal. I could only run if I come back when called. Moms can be very strict sometimes! We practiced for about a week first before she really trusted me. Mom would take my extra long lead (30 feet) and let me run on that and she would whistle for me to come and when I did and sat by her feet, she had some Zukes treats. The last few days we have been practicing without the lead. She was very impressed with me because even when I saw a bunny and wanted to chase it .....when she whistled I still came back. Mom is not one to be messed with so I came running and it helps that she has those yummy little treats !!!!! The rest of the day was very humid so mom decided to make some scrapbook pages for other humans with furry buddies. Of coarse I supervised (from under the table while laying on the air conditioning vent). I gave her the paws up though on each one and think she did a pretty good job, although they would look better with MY picture on them!!!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Wooo hooo.......I am 1 year old today, time seems to have flown by. Mom got up really early while it was cool so we could go for a long birthday walk. And because it's my birthday she let me have the run of the lead, so I could stop and sniff at trees, light poles and everything. Normally we are in training mode and I walk 'politely' by her side but today I was in sniffy heaven. I got to see a bunny and barked and woofed at it. I also met some other dogs and we snuffled talked and I just had the best time. When we came home I "vent sitted" for a while to cool off then mom gave me a big brushing as we were going to Petsmart. Oh, and mom made me wear this silly hat while she took some photos. Dad, mom and I then got in the car....wow I love car rides and off we went to Petsmart. I told everyone it was my birthday and I got extra cookies!!!! Dad bought me this cute little back pack for my birthday. We are going to a place called "The Rocky Mountains" in Colorado....mom says it's a long way and we will stay in a hotel overnight when we get half way there. It took dad a while to find a good furry friendly place to stay, but he did. Mom says in the mountains there is lots of places to walk and we will be staying in a cabin right by the lake and have it all to ourselves. Best of all, there will not be not one of those noisy boxes that dad stares at for hours......so there will be LOTS of Reilly time. I was so proud of my backpack I wore it all around the store and everyone said how cute I looked. Then we came home and dad and I went to play tug outside. I love it when dad plays tug. Mom has this thing called 'arthritis' and it makes it hard for her to play tug, but dad really towzers with me and that it the best!!! Of coarse mom had to take more photo's.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
The other great thing that happened today, I got accepted to "Dogs With Blogs". I was so happy I ran in circles woofing for the whole neighborhood to hear!!!! Number 926 - that is me!!!! I have also blogged a little with Ricky, he is one cool dude with one cool blog!!! You should see him in his life jacket when he goes kayaking! I also love his ears....I wish mine had stood up like that, they did for a long time but them flopped back down again!!!!! Well I need to go and make some plans, it is my birthday on Saturday and I am going to be 1 year old. Mom and dad said we will do something special and mom is going to make me a hamburger cake.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Oh boy, it rained last night....which means it cooled it down this morning and I was able to get mom outside for some exercise. My favorite outside toy is my blue tuggy. It is a rope with a blue heart shaped rubber handle and mom and I play this game where she throws it away and I go and get it. Here I am, waiting first (you must admit I am one handsome guy!!!) then concentrating of the tug watching as mom grabs it from under my nose (that is part of the game too - I pretend not to let her have it) then mom throws it and I am off........like a speeding fuzzy furball. I pick it up and I am off around the garden with it. I LOVE this game.....we played for about half an hour and then we played frisbee for a while and then we played with tuggy again. After I cooled down we went for a car ride....I LOVE car rides !!!!!!!! Mom took me to the pet store and gosh that was fun too. I got lots of pats, free cookies and YES, I showed off a little and did some of my tricks for the humans. For some reason they really seem to like it when I do that. Of coarse everyone said how beautiful I was!!!! To top the morning off, I took mom for a walk and we went to see Franklin, he is my buddy that lives two houses away and he is a corgi. He is very old so we just lay down together and do doggy snuffle talk. My other buddy is called Buddy and he is a rat terrier. My goodness he is one hyper pup.........he just bounds and bounces like a spring and I get tired just watching him!!!!! So I have had a great day and I hope you all do too.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Dogs can be a danger to themselves and every other passenger when traveling by car. A dog who is not restrained can become a potentially lethal missile when involved in an emergency stop.
A small dog would be hurled from the parcel shelf at the head of someone sitting in the front like a cannonball. And a larger dog would move through the car with the force of a baby elephant. In both cases, not only would other passengers be likely to be very badly hurt, but the dog would probably sustain severe injuries which it would be unlikely to recover from.
Some dogs jump around the car, others sit on the parcel shelf and others stick their head out of the window. Even the most calm dogs can easily see something that will spook them, and of course in an emergency stop your dog would be powerless to stop itself traveling forwards. You must get your dog used to traveling in the car at a young age so that its sits placidly.
Using a harness in the car is not unkind, and most dogs will actually feel more secure being restrained from constant motion. A dog guard installed across the top of the back passenger seat is a good way to keep the dog in one place without restraint, but better still is a travel kennel rather like a cat cage. If your dog was crate-trained as a puppy, this is ideal to use.
It is safer for everyone if you are involved in an accident that your dog be confined. Imagine a scenario where your dog was free to roam while you were possibly injured. A loose dog could run straight into the traffic and be killed or indeed cause another accident. Also a large breed could potentially hinder rescue attempts for other passengers by being aggressive and protective of you. Some things to keep in mind.
• Keep your dog on a lead until he is inside the car and has supervision
• Discourage your dog from jumping out of the car as soon as you are home - he may do this in a busy area
• Make it obvious to other drivers that your dog is under control when entering/ exiting your car.
Using a crate that your dog is used to will help your dog feel secure. If you have to use the passenger seat, you can buy harnesses to fit your dog. Always make sure crates and carriers are placed somewhere they will not move around. If you are traveling for more than two hours, your dog should have been exercised before the journey. You should also make frequent stops to allow it to relieve itself and for a drink of fresh water.
Never leave your dog in the car when it is hot. The temperature inside the car can reach unbearable temperatures and it is by no means uncommon for dogs to die of heat exhaustion when left like this. Leaving windows open makes no difference - to be effective this would mean opening them so wide that your dog could escape anyway. Likewise, sun shades are simply not effective enough to prevent intolerable heat build-up.
Please remember - DOGS DIE IN CARS TOO !!!!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I thought I would share some information about where my breed came from, how they developed and what is our most endearing qualities (of which I of coarse....... have in abundance !!!!)
Shetland Sheepdogs, or 'Shelties' as they are often called, generally resemble the Collie in miniature. Although they are often called 'Miniature Collies' or 'Toy Collies', the Sheltie is actually a distinctly separate breed and was not bred down from the full-size Collie. The breed evolved from hardy ancestors which lived on the Shetland Islands off the northeast coast of Scotland. The Sheltie developed as a hardy herding dog, alert guard dog, and an intelligent and affectionate companion. The breed's attentiveness and his willingness to obey were qualities desired by the crofter and the shepherd alike.
Shelties have an intense desire to please their owners and an enormous capacity for love and affection, although they can be a bit reserved or reticent with strangers. They are exceptionally trainable and responsive companions, as well as outstanding learners and workers in obedience, herding and agility events. Shelties raised as pets develop a lasting loyalty to their owners. Shelties are very alert and protective, and will bark to let you know something is different in their realm. Their natural affinity for children make them gentle and loving companions. Unlike some breeds, there is little difference in temperament between male and female Shelties.
There are many reasons why we like to be with our humans, but one that often goes unrecognized is the health benefits. Personally, I just adore my human, she loves me, takes care of me.....and yes occasionally spoils me. In return I help her.......she isn't always well and having me around helps keep her calm. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) now recognizes our contribution and a lot of information can be found on their website here
So why not sit down with your fur baby - big or small and have a relaxing pat and cuddle, you health will thank you for it,
Health Benefits of Pets
Most households in the United States have at least one pet. Why do people have pets? There are many reasons. Some of the health benefits of pets are listed below.
Pets can decrease your:
Feelings of loneliness
Pets can increase your:
Opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
Opportunities for socialization
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Hi and welcome to my blog. My name is Reilly and I am a very proud white color headed Sheltie. The inspiration for this site came from a visit to a local pet store (I take my human there every week for some socialization). Another small human upon seeing me declared "look, its a cow spot dog". My human thought this quite funny and so the lable has stuck ever since and became the inspiration for this site. The photo here shows me in all my furry glory. (My human is very snap happy with her Canon Quickshot so get use to seeing me!)