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Our Litter Of Golden Retriever Pups – Week 4

I hope you’re still following the eight week journey of our Golden Retriever puppies.  If not, and this is your first time to the site you’ll probably want to take a look back at Week 1 , Week 2, and Week 3. On to week #4!  Here’s what happens with a litter of Golden Retriever […]

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Posted on 17 August 2017 | 2:28 am

Meet The Puppies of PuppyInTraining.com!

Today I want to take a step back and re-introduce all of the puppies of PuppyInTraining.com. I’m not going to include the foster puppies like our GSD litter nor will I include our long or short term guide dog puppy sitting assignments like Toby, Journey, Dingo, Eko, etc.  If I did this list would probably […]

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Posted on 12 August 2017 | 9:17 pm

The most amazing orthopedic surgery, and the most amazing cookies

May 26  2017Several months ago, Oliver broke his left front leg, both bones, and right above his wrist.  With  both bones broken, a splint or cast was unlikely to give good results, so we felt he needed orthopedic surgery.  The problem was, the lower fragments were so small, there wasn't much to grab onto.   The other problem was that Oliver is tiny -- he doesn't weigh four pounds. 

Dr. Tomlinson at the University of Missouri put this external fixation apparatus on Oliver.  What you cannot tell from this picture is just how delicate this surgery had to be.  Those pins are just a little big larger diameter than the lead in a mechanical pencil. They are way smaller than a #2 pencil lead.  The side bars (custom made of acrylic) are about the same diameter as a soda straw.  Which means his bones are smaller than that, and not much stronger.  This was an amazing piece of surgery.

Oliver June 8  2Of course, that's just the first step, as important as it was.  Then came several months of nursing care, weekly bandage changes and keeping this little firecracker from re-breaking the whole mess.  Oliver's folks were the greatest and he finally got all the pins out last week.  The bone is still fragile, but has healed together well.  You can see the holes in the bone where the pins were going through it.  That one little pin will stay in.

This would never have healed without Dr. Tomlinson's skill, but it also would never have healed without the owner's commitment to his post-operative care.  It was no small task to care for this guy over the ensuing months.  Dr. Tomlinson was the carpenter, but they were the gardeners.  It takes gardening to get things to heal.

Full trayThey surprised us this morning with a plate of thank-you cookies.  Now, I'm a sucker for a cookie: I never met a chocolate chip cookie I didn't like.  This, however, is a whole new level of cookie.

Look at these things.  If you look closely, you'll see that the scrub-top cookie even has KVC "embroidered" on the pocket. 



Kvc_logo_full_wide_2clrAnd who has their logo on a cookie?  We do, that's who. Logo cookie


Posted on 14 June 2017 | 10:30 pm

My Dog Was Attacked By Another Dog Now He’s Scared

Just the other day my dog was attacked by another dog and I really had no idea what to do during the situation or in the aftermath.  It was a scary experience for both me and my black Labrador Retriever, Stetson who unfortunately did not escape the scene unscathed. At first glance I didn’t notice […]

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Posted on 14 June 2017 | 7:55 pm

Our Litter Of Golden Retriever Pups – Week 3

If you’ve been following along then you probably already know that our Golden, Raven had six beautiful Golden Retriever pups a few months back.  Today we’re recapping WEEK 3 of the pups.  If you missed a post or two then take a look back at our litter of Golden puppies Week 1 and Week 2. […]

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Posted on 12 June 2017 | 7:14 am

Like father, like son... sort of

Fam photo 1962This could be about Father’s Day or my birthday or science or all three.   That' s my Dad on the left, and that good-looking, fair-haired boy at Mom's shoulder is me, back in 1962.  Somewhere (somewhen?) down the line I skewed a lot more toward Dad.  In the second photo, you see him a few years earlier.  He rode his horse to work after what passed for a blizzard in Kennett.  He probably could have gotten the car out, but rode the horse for fun. His law office was just north of the Ely Walker shirt factory there on the right.  Love for horses was a big part of our lives. Tom B

When I was a little boy, I decided that from birth to thirty was young, thirty to sixty was middle aged, and above sixty was old.  My father had his first heart attack at 59, second at 63 very close to four years later.  His third and fatal attack was about six months later, a couple of weeks after his 64th birthday.  I was twenty-nine then, and sixty-four seemed terribly old (much as it did when I first heard the Beatles singing about that advanced age).

Now I am sixty-four myself.  I thought that my lifestyle would be proof against the heart disease my father suffered, but not so.  I inherited his myopia, balding pate, knobby knees (“like a sack full of doorknobs”, as my mother said), tendency toward hernia, and coronary artery disease.  There were many good things that I got from Dad, but the body stuff could have been better.

Chances are I’m going to outlive him by several years, but I had to cheat to do it.  After his first heart attack, he was advised to have bypass surgery, but he refused it.  The thought of having his chest split open like an oyster was too much for him, since they wouldn’t guarantee him longer life or immunity from another heart attack.  I can’t help wondering how both our lives would have been different had he had access to today’s technology.

Twice now (about four years apart, like Dad) I’ve experienced chest pains and other harbingers of an impending heart attack. Both times a cardiac catheterization and dye study found dangerous (possibly deadly) blockages that were readily treated with a stent.  This was my third cath, and I experienced no anxiety about it.  Sort of, “Oh well, if I’ve got another blockage, I’ll get another stent.”  Something along the order of getting my oil changed or tires rotated… well, maybe more like a new fuel pump.  Just an hour’s drive to Jonesboro, relaxing in a nice room, and home again, home again, jiggety-jig.  The things we take for granted… it's incredible.

This is truly a miraculous technology.  Without it, you could superimpose my timeline on Dad’s.  The difference being that I’ve had three overnight stays in the hospital and right back to work.  He had two periods of recuperation that took months, and then the fatal attack.

There is always the potential for something to go wrong with the procedure, even fatally wrong.  I have been fortunate to have mine go smoothly and have great results that allow me to continue working and enjoying life.  Both are important to me.  Like my father at sixty-four, I still have unfinished business to attend to.

I am very thankful for the good things my father gave me, and for this technology that has let me dodge the bullets that took his life at such a young age (as I now think, being of the same young age). 

I see good friends stricken by cancer and betrayed by their bodies, imprisoned in useless vessels until they can pass on to the next adventure.  Their plight had already made me resolve to be sure that each day I learn something, help someone, enjoy the natural world around me, and make some music.  But for the medical miracle of this technology, I wouldn’t have had many days to live up to that.  I would say that I am doubly grateful for the resolve and for the reprieve, but I don’t think double is strong enough.  I am immeasurably grateful.

Don’t wait to see death on the face of a friend, or in the mirror. Love your family, love your friends, love life.


Posted on 10 June 2017 | 11:26 pm

Our Litter Of Golden Retriever Pups – Week 2

Welcome to week two starring Raven and her litter of Golden Retriever pups!  Week 2 marks several key milestones in puppy development. In case you missed it here’s a link back to week 1 of our Golden Puppies. A few things to note about the first couple weeks of puppyhood: I was lucky enough to be there […]

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 7:20 am

How To Keep Your Puppies Out Of Trouble With The Carlson Portable Pet Pen

This post is sponsored by Carlson™ Pet Products. I am being compensated to help share the Carlson Portable Pet Pen, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers.  Carlson™ Pet Products is not responsible for the content of this article. Can you believe our litter of Golden Retriever puppies are already 5 months […]

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Posted on 28 April 2017 | 3:08 am

A Mid Century Modern Dog House For The Eichler Enthusiast

Can you believe it’s already been a year since Ali and I got married!?  If you recall our friend’s Jan and Gary brought our service dog puppy in training, Archer to the wedding.  There was plenty of fun, family, friends, and of course gifts!  There was one wedding gift that stood out from all the […]

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Posted on 23 April 2017 | 6:53 am

A First Look: Furbo Dog Camera Review

Turn back the clocks over 10 years ago…a time when Linus was a young pup.  Back then I would sit in my office at work wondering what the heck Linus was doing at home.  If only I had a dog camera to monitor his every activity…was he chewing my newest pair of tennis shoes?  Was […]

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Posted on 13 April 2017 | 2:30 am