12 thoughts on “Front and Center”

  1. Kim, welcome to my little corner of the world. I love hearing from readers. Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know you enjoyed my boook.

    Cait would love a long-haired mini-doxie. They are awfully cute.

  2. Hi Karen & Keira (and the rest of the family)

    I just finished the book and absolutely loved it. Thank you so much for writing it and sharing your life and loves of your life with us. I read most of it with my two sweethearts cuddled up on my lap (Rex and Dexter, mini long-haired doxies). Dogs really are some of our most wonderful teachers. Thanks again.

  3. Thanks, Karen. We have tried socks, and towels, and stuffed animals the children can spare. None seem to hold his attention for long, but maybe that’s normal.

  4. Oh my goodness, I think I love you! Your comment on my blog about one of the photos saying “boo” has me laughing so hard. And oh my goodness, if that ever did happen I’m quite sure I would fall over and die! I think you’re right, if I were in a semi-lit room with creepy music playing I probably would not be able to look at those pics. Thanks for the great advice!

  5. Hi! Came across your site via Ree’s today and I wanted to say I enjoy your site, and that’s a great pic of your dog. I have an extremely intelligent German Shepherd and until we got her I had no idea of how wonderful raising a dog along with my kids would be. We’ve had other dogs, but nothing compares to my sweet puppy Ginger!

  6. I believe, as with children, every encounter we have with our dogs, we’re training them–whether we know it or not. I try to start training consciously from day one. I keep my training sessions for puppies short and fun throughout the day, starting with “Come” and moving on to “Sit”, “Down”, and “Stay”. Teaching them how to walk on a leash is easier when they’re puppies too.

    As far as chew toys for someone who lives in the desert? Hmmm… When I’ve been desperate for a toy when we were somewhere where none were around, I’d take my socks off and knot them together. You could do the same with an old dish towel, etc. Just keep an eye on your pup to make sure he’s not shredding or chewing off chunks and swallowing. A small, tough plastic bowl could also serve as a chew toy. Again, just keep an eye out for shredding or pieces breaking off.

    Any other dog folks have any ideas for home-made puppy toys?

  7. She’s really beautiful! I love this photo.
    At what age do you start training? Also, any ideas for chew toys for puppies, for people that live thousands of miles from any pet stores?

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