Category Archives: Dog Activities

Let’s Hear It For K-9 Lalo!

You gotta love a story with a happy ending. WBTW, Channel 13 in Myrtle Beach, recently brought us the story of Lalo, a Bloodhound who was instrumental in reuniting a family when the K-9 found a 9-year old who had wandered off to a friend’s house without telling anyone.

Lalo’s partner, Deputy Timothy Davidson, says the dog gets quite the workout as they have similar situations crop up almost weekly.

Great job Lalo and Deputy Davidson! Thank you both for your service.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

2020 Ace AWARD nominations now open

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From The Dog Lady’s mailbag: To celebrate the dogs who do extraordinary things in the service of humankind, the AKC Humane Fund is seeking YOUR nominations for its AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). Nominations are open now through July 31st and winners will be announced in the fall of 2020.

Each year, the AKC Humane Fund pays tribute to five dedicated, hardworking dogs for making significant contributions to an individual or entire community. Since its creation in 2000, 100 ACE awards have been presented. Former ACE recipients have included a Poodle who helps his young autistic owner gain confidence each day and a Doberman Pinscher, who dedicates his life to Search & Rescue despite his own battle with Wobbler’s disease, among dozens of other extraordinary dogs.

“There are so many remarkable dogs to recognize with these awards,” said Doug Ljungren, President of the AKC Humane Fund. “Canines touch the lives and hearts of their owners and the world around them each day. We are proud to honor five of them each year with an ACE Award in recognition of their contributions.”

One award is given in each of the following five categories:

Uniformed Service K-9
Eligibility: Full-time working K-9s in the realms of city, county, state, or federal law enforcement; the military; firefighting; customs and border patrol; emergency services.

Exemplary Companion
Eligibility: Dogs without formal training or certification that have nonetheless distinguished themselves in some way and have made a meaningful contribution to their owners or communities.

Search and Rescue
Eligibility: Dogs certified to assist in wilderness and urban tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events and locating missing people.

Eligibility: Certified therapy dogs working in hospitals, schools, disaster sites, war zones, and wherever else the affection of a good dog can provide comfort.

Eligibility: Service dogs who enrich the lives of physically or mentally disabled owners, including, but not limited to, guide dogs for the blind, seizure-alert dogs, hearing dogs, balance dogs.

**(Note: Nominees doing therapy work without certification are considered in the Exemplary Companion category.)

Honorees will receive an engraved sterling-silver medallion and an all-expenses-paid trip for dog and owner to Orlando, Florida, to be honored at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin in December. A donation of $1,000 will also be made in each recipient’s name to the pet-related charity of their choice.

Anyone, including the dog’s owner or handler, may submit a nomination form.
Submissions for the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence for 2020 must include:
• A digital photograph of the dog. Files must be larger than 1MB in size and a minimum of 300 dpi. The photo should feature solely the nominated dog.
• A 500-word-or-less description of how the dog has demonstrated excellence.
• Dog’s call name, breed, age and sex.
• Owner’s/Nominator’s name(s), address and phone number. E-mail address if available.

Nominations will be accepted through July 31, 2020 and should be submitted here, with a photo sent to

For more information about the ACE awards or to nominate a dog, visit the AKC Humane Fund Awards For Canine Excellence (ACE) page.

Let’s hear all about your hero dog!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Meet Sheba!

Photo from The Network
Photo from The Network

Here in Stark County, Ohio, we are very fortunate to have the Children’s Network, a place where children of abuse can prepare for trials and work through their trauma. Founded in 1987, the Children’s Network Child Advocacy Center of Stark County (The Network) is a community partnership of caring professionals from child protective services, local law enforcement agencies, prosecution, victim advocacy, mental health, medical and support services. These professionals work together in one location to help children and their families cope with exposure to violence, sexual abuse and severe physical abuse by offering comprehensive, coordinated services in the investigation and prosecution of these cases and the treatment and aftercare services available to these children and their non-offending family members.

And The Network is very fortunate to have Sheba, a therapy dog who helps calm children as they try to put their shattered lives back together. Isn’t she beautiful?

Such a great mission!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

MY Chair

Photo by Philley
Photo by Philley
So I bought this chair for my bedroom about a month ago (because Rosie ate the old one!) I mostly just sit in it to get dressed and put my hair up. Rosie has never had any interest in it.

One night, I sat there for a few hours to watch TV, and she kept whining at me the whole time I was sitting there. I finally got up to go to bed, and she jumped up there and fell fast asleep. Mind you, this was about a week ago, and she hasn’t shown any interest in it since that night.

What a weirdo! But I love her.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Nothing Gets Past Rosie

Photo by Philley
Photo by Philley

When I first got Rosie, I was able to get this very nice “My Pillow” brand dog bed for free because of points I had accumulated on my debit card. She immediately peed on it, so I put it on top of her crate to keep it nice until she got past the peeing and chewing up everything in sight stage. The cats have been enjoying it because they can see out the window between naps on it.

Fast forward four months…Rosie found it! LOL

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Iditarod 2020 Needs Volunteers

Photo courtesy Iditarod Trail Committee
Photo courtesy Iditarod Trail Committee

The Greatest Dog Sled Race on Earth, the grandaddy of them all, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is looking for volunteers for the 2020 race. Volunteers start working in January and some of the tasks take place next June, so there is plenty of time to sync up your volunteer job with your vacation from your regular job. Continue reading Iditarod 2020 Needs Volunteers