Three years later!?

Wow.  It’s been three years since I or any of the dogs posted anything.  Charlie and Skye are still back in the back yard in Evergreen, where they will forever patrol the fence perimeter (albeit as dust particles stuck to someone else’s paw) and Kayla is now a beach dog in Costa Rica.  We go for walks on the beach nearly every day.  Trouble is, she hates walking, but loves her air conditioned spot in the car.  Here she is, ready to roll.

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Did we really need a third big-dog?

This is Kayla.  She is a smallish and kind of thin Leonberger (or at least is mostly a Leonberger.  She may be part gazelle or cheetah, long, tall, and fast). She can put her paws on my shoulders when she is up on her hind legs.  She reminds me of a short-haired Afghan when she runs.  Of course, she looks nothing like an Afghan, really.  I was minding my own business last month when the Leo Rescue folks forced me to take her home.  Not really.  It was love at first sight.  Like Charlie and Skye, she was born in July 2011.  The “breeder” who originally sold her has a bad reputation and it is a little unclear to us whether she is really a full bred Leo.  She has short hair, which will be really easy to care for, but that is not really very Leo-like.  Don’t care.  She is mostly a good fit for our little pack, although she is not crazy about Big (the cat).  Like our other Missouri puppy mill product, Skye, Kayla has a few emotional problems and a bit of separation anxiety.  No PTSD, and definitely no fear of doorways like Skye , but Kayla is definitely a little anxious.  She likes to be around people, and will ignore what the canines are doing if there is a human in sight.

Did we really need a third big dog?  Of course!  Everyone needs three teenaged puppies over a hundred pounds.  At least she doesn’t drool.  Or bark.  But she loves cat-litter treats, just like Olin used to, and nothing can keep her from checking for those sweet little morsels when she is even briefly unsupervised.  Oh, did I mention she also has worms?  All three of these dogs, two from Missouri and one from upstate New York, had bad cases of whipworms when they arrived.  The heat east of here must have been great for worm growing this year.

Kayla is very grateful to the Leonberger Rescue folks, and especially to Marsha Petry of the reknowned Nuthatch Kennel, who fostered her before we brought her into our family.  Marsha and Janet love their dogs and were kind enough to share themselves and Leos Ripple and Skimmer with this little pup for a while.

Pets May Help Children With Autism Develop Prosocial Behavior – Medical Daily

Pets May Help Children With Autism Develop Prosocial Behavior – Medical Daily.

Pets May Help Children With Autism Develop Prosocial Behavior

Just last month, experts revealed introducing infants to pets can help reduce their chance of respiratory illness symptoms, new research now shows that pets can also have a positive effect on autistic children’s behavior.

By Nikki Tucker | August 01, 2012

Just last month, experts revealed introducing infants to pets can help reduce their chance of respiratory illness symptoms, new research now shows that pets can also have a positive effect on autistic children’s behavior.

Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the child’s first three years of life. Autism affects the brain’s development of social and communication skills. Both children and adults living with autism experience difficulty interacting with others as well as nonverbal communication. It is difficult for one with autism to distinguish, comprehend and express feelings and intentions.

Read more at http://www.medicaldaily.com/news/20120801/11230/pets-behavior-prosocial-autism.htm#17XFcYGxeKxUJmwm.99