Like I mentioned in a previous post, I'm going to host a collection on the blog on June 29th, which is the day after Marge's 2nd Birthday and the anniversary of the first day she came to my house. (How convenient that they fall so close to each other.)
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Any and all of you out there are welcome to participate. I cannot wait to hear what you have to say about your beloved pooches. (Cats are welcome, too).
So, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org (or email@example.com if my last name is too hard to spell - LOL) with a picture of your dog, blog link, and blurb about why you love your dog(s)/what they mean to you. If you have multiple pets and would like to write separate things about them, be my guest! The more, the merrier. If you prefer to not write anything and just send a picture that speaks for itself, that's fine, too.
Get them in soon! As I learned with Sue's Blue Bandana Day, the date seems so far away, but actually sneaks up pretty fast.
MargeBlog started in early 2009 as a training journal for my newly adopted, skittish Lab mix, Marge. Marge's world was small back then; her fears really limited the things I could do with her. Aside from trips to the park and attending beginner training classes, Marge was mostly a stay at home gal - not because either of us wanted her to be, just because the demons from her unsuitable upbringing continued to haunt her.
Slowly, the fear diminished, her world grew. Now, Marge is a fun-loving, squirrel-chasing, winning Agility and Rally dog who accompanies me to a wide variety of places. Here, you will frequently find detailed training updates, snippets from Marge's every day life at home, and photo-filled posts detailing our many outdoor adventures.
This is more than just a dog blog - it is an actual look in to what one shelter dog's life ultimately became when she found her first and forever home and began to blossom.
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A rescue from Georgia bounced around from shelter to shelter and state to state with her siblings, Marge did not have the luxury of living in a home - my home - until just past her first birthday. A life behind bars had taken its toll on Marge, whose obvious fear of people, noise, and city life in general left a lot for her to learn about how to get by in New York.
Marge is a different dog now than she was back then. It took years of new, positive life experiences, but her fears, which used to consume everything we did, are now only one theme in a great big book of adventures.
These days, Marge enjoys going to training classes, taking trips to agility trials, having play dates with friends, and eating anything that's even remotely edible - not bad for a dog who spent her puppy days in cages.
My time with Marge has been a learning experience for which I am ever grateful. As my first dog, she has taught me and continues to teach me so much more than I ever imagined about dogs, training, and behavioral/fear issues. She's a fun dog with a sense of humor who loves life and learning.
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- In Celebration of the Dog
- Rough Times, Part 2.. Still on the Mend
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- The Jack Russell Effect
- Seven Heaven
- A New Training Endeavor
- Who Rules This Roost?
- An Upcoming Collection
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