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More Doggie Tricks

So…this week started out really weird.  I felt fine physically on Sunday until right before bed.  I started feeling a bit of nausea but I figured it was something I ate (like the three pieces of candy I might have had after dinner).  However, when I woke up Monday, I couldn’t get out of bed.  My back hurt, my neck hurt, my head hurt.  And when I got up I felt so much nausea that I had to lay back down.  On Tuesday, I was still sore and dizzy.  It was probably a migraine, but man, it was the worst migraine I have had for as long as I can remember.  We are still trying to figure out the trigger, if there was one.

That being said, I still wanted to put something up today, so Jerzee graciously did some of her tricks for me last night, so here you go!

Have you ever had a migraine before?  If you have, what are your triggers?

Look What She Can Do! (Part Two)

So, Saturday night, I started to not feel well.  By Sunday afternoon, I was full on sick.  I tried to go to work on Monday, but only lasted a few hours.  Today, I’m feeling a bit better, but I’m still not 100%.

So for today’s post, Jerzee graciously allowed me to film her doing another of her “I understand people better than you think” tricks.  She started doing this after we moved into this house, when I was still working from home.  The first word she knew was toy, and then eventually she understood downstairs and upstairs as well.  She is one smart cookie!  (although I have to be careful saying the C-O-O-K-I-E word around her too)

Does your dog do any tricks that make them seem like they understand more than you realize?

3 Reasons I Love Working With the SPCA

I wrote about the Clear the Shelter day back in August.  I wanted to expand a little bit on why I work specifically with the SPCA organization.  To share my experience on why I love working with them.  Why I plan to continue indefinitely to be involved with this organization one way or another.


First of all, I love working with the SPCA because they equip you.  I’ve worked with other Animal Welfare Organizations, but I’ve not had the training that I have had here.  The training gives me confidence.  It allows me to understand not only protocols, but also how best to help these dogs to meet their specific needs.

Second, they work with you.  Before I worked one hour in the shelter, I sat down with volunteer supervisors to voice what I was passionate about, and they did their best to fit the work to what I desired to do.  And they offer classes to help meet your goals.

Third, they include you.  I feel like part of a team, not just some volunteer who clocks in the time.  And when I work with a dog, I’m not alone.  I am in conversation with staff and volunteers on how to best approach that specific dog’s needs.  I can leave at the end of my shift knowing that the dogs I spent time caring for will be cared for every day until they find their forever home.


The forever home is definitely the goal with these animals, but the journey along the way is definitely hard for them.  As a volunteer, I really feel like I make a difference.  If you have been on the fence about working with the SPCA, I would suggest that you go for it.  I don’t think you will regret it.


*I was not asked to write this post by the SPCA.  I just decided to because I love sharing my passions with you!

Look What She Can Do!

I was outside in my front yard talking to my neighbor.  I left the door to the house open, and all of the sudden my rat terrier, Jerzee, was standing right next to me.  My neighbor was impressed at how well she just stood near me.  I said it was because she knew where her cookies were coming from, but to be honest, Jerzee makes me look really good as a dog owner/trainer.  She just understands a lot of things.

Well, my neighbor told me that I needed to record some of the tricks she does, so today I thought I would show you some of the first tricks she learned to do.  I might do this from time to time in the future as well.  A lot of her “tricks” are really just understanding words, but there are a few things she will do on command.

Anyway, without further ado, here is Jerzee the fire safety dog!

She has the coloring of a Dalmatian, do you think she could pass for one?

Does your dog do any quirky tricks?