Canine a finalist for a valor award.
This story from happynews.com is about a dog that is up for a valor award. The awards are new and the dog, Pearl, is nominated in the working dog category. She saved her owner's life.
I was just watching a show about dogs last night and one of the problems they mentioned we are having with dogs in modern society is that they don't have a job.
My dog has several jobs. He keeps me fit by taking me on a walk. He cleans up the floor after dinner. He makes sure the kids get on the bus safely.
Not sure if he's completely satisfied in all of those jobs, but I wouldn't know if he is complaining.
Could I train him for more? Sure.
He has a great vocabulary such that we have to spell things like walk and treat.
I never thought he'd be much of a guard dog.
One day my brother-in-law walked into my house. I knew he was coming over. The dog didn't get that memo. The dog went from asleep to snarling in the kitchen.
Until he figured out it was his favorite person. Until that moment, I didn't think he' d defend me, but he would.
If someone hasn't been home when he was fed, when they do come home he gives a look and stares at his bowl trying to make the person think he hasn't been fed. Funny dog.
To come back to these awards, does the dog really know? I understand that show dogs have a sense they've done something good when they've won, but they do those show all the time. Does a dog really know he's done something good after the fact. We praise them right away because they live in the moment. If you give them an award days or even weeks later, they don't have any idea what is going on.
I think the awards are for the humans.
The dog's happy with an extra chew toy.
So, if you have a pet, has it done anything extraordinary?