Why do you wake?

I live to be alive. The ultimate feeling of life is to feast, to drink, to have relationships, to discover both the external and internal worlds. I live so I can love. I hurt so I can love again. I wake up so I can fill my day and once my body is tired I rest my head to prepare for the next. 
I wake because I was given a gift. I wake because I have the possibility to wake. 

I wake because I believe there will come a day where life will be peace, where all heartbeats will be free, where the world will live on love.

Agility comp.

We ran in a show on Sunday. And the training was put to good work. The courses were very straightforward but lots of opportunities to make a mistake. Keep in mind a course that is straightforward is Usually one where you have a Bordercollie running much faster then you are able.

With a long day in the sun we ended up with good results. 

Ksora won her agility and Altair came 5th both with a very good time, it was unfortunate that Altair knocked a bar, and all because I got lost.

In the afternoon we did jumping, and Altair won the jumping with his sister coming in 4th after a very hard pole entry was missed, and that was my fault aswell. 

As the sun set we ended up 2nd with Altair and 3rd with ksora in the combined rankings. 

Very happy with my dogs and slowly it all comes together.

Win with Altair
Win with ksora

Freedom, the miss understood concept.

Freedom 
Freedom is a very loosely understood word. Lots of spiritual teachers and philosophers have looked into freedom with regards to our beings. What does it mean to be free? 
I had a definition of freedom that I feel is still pretty strong with regards to a ‘being’ being free. It goes, “Freedom is a state of nothingness, held by unconditional love for ones self and their surroundings.”

To be free of stress, one has no stress. To be free of cancer, one has no cancer. To be free of work, one has no work. Free is seen mostly as not having. Freedom would then mean that it’s not having anything. All aspects of life are free. 
What is freedom to you? Not having to go to work every day I order to pay for food and a place to live? Not having debt, debt gained by needs that are materialistic? Not having religious restrictions? Not having racial restrictions? Not having gender restrictions? Not having any restrictions?Not having reason to want something?

Freedom In a general sense is the ability to live life without having someone else controlling what you do. 
Freedom is impossible to achieve, why? Well it’s a creation of the system to give us the understanding that freedom is different from being alive. When we look at the general idea of freedom(as written above), it is closely linked to the definition of being alive. We are all working towards being alive? 
The system creating a goal to be alive? That would cause great failure in the support of the system. Creat a well knit web of miss understanding and make all look to that as the goal.

Breaking down whether being alive is a given thing or if it is something that one needs to achieve nowadays. 
A man who is in ICU on machines that are breathing for him, keeping his heart beating, regulating his vitals but he is in a coma. Is this man alive? It is hard to say, or maybe we just don’t want to say it. No, he is not alive according to me. He is incapable of doing anything. Without the machines he would enter the process of decomposition. Can one be present in this world and not be alive? Yes I would say so. Look at most of us humans, we are being supported by this machine but are incapable of doing anything on our own. Are we alive? What makes us any different from the man in the coma? Since being alive is a must, to control the population they change the definition slightly and give it a new name, Freedom.

Freedom and being alive are sort of the same thing, well then what would freedom mean if we all had achieved being alive?
Freedom is a state of life where one lives without “sin”(lust, greed, gluttony, anger, pride, sloth) Out of religious reference, Freedom is a state where one lives in peace with the mind, heart, soul and universal energy. 

“Freedom is a state of nothingness, held by unconditional love for ones self and their surroundings.”

When is it ok

Today as usual I stick my nose in business I don’t need to. But I found a post on Facebook that was about a dog looking for a new home. This is what I think about this. 

We have rescue centers, they are flooded with dogs, they have dogs from all sorts of backgrounds. But most of them are because no one wants them and they get dropped off at the centers. This is not what a rescue center is there for. These places are for dogs that need rescuing and not an easy way out for a fed up owner. 

Here is my view on this giving dogs up.

And please feel free to disagree with me and you can even publicly shame me to all like minded people out there. If you can’t see the logic in my point then I don’t want you or like minded people to be following us. 

So let’s start.

Before you get a animal. Research the type of animal, what does it need to survive and be happy. Then research the specific breed and their unique behaviors and requirements. After that please realize that they are with you for (x) amount of years and they are your responsibility till the day they die. And no killing them is not an option 

Next there are rescue centers for all types of animals. Animals that have needed to be rescued from there past(Not give up). If this is not an option then please there are regulations on breeding of all animals and by supporting a registered breeder you are supporting the rules that are set by a governing body.

So you found your breeder, great(this point doesn’t really apply to rescue centers)

First important thing to look at. 

Time with mom. How long are the puppies kept with the mom and dad? A minimum of 8 weeks is necessary for basic discipline and manners that the parents teach. I recommend 12weeks old as the best time to get that puppy.

Second thing that is a huge no no. Don’t get 2 puppies from the same litter. You asking for trouble and this is why. 

They were born together, they were raised together and they were taken away from their family together. This creates a bond that you won’t split easily. They will look to each other to play and for entertainment. “Great, I want them to play with each other” no you don’t. They will be difficult to train. 

This leads to the next thing. Something that many people get wrong and I get asked often. “When do we start training our puppy?” 

Training starts with the mom and dad and as soon as puppy comes home with you, training begins. 

Sit, down, learning to go to the toilet on command, not being protective over food, and crate training(posted on how to crate train earlier) but the most important training is to play, you want your dog to play with you like there is nothing better in the world. 

Then discipline is important. They cute and small and they don’t cause damage but keep in mind that cute face might get to 40kgs. Rule of thumb, accept anything you want out of a big dog. 

Now. Dogs grow a bond to their new family. One that they will die for. If you not willing to do the same then don’t get the dog. 

A dog is a child that you didn’t give birth to. The difference is the dog will love you unconditionally till the very end. They will be by your side every step of the difficulties in life and you better be there for them the same.

If you don’t leave you children behind then you don’t leave your dog. 

This results in a huge difference in the connection between man and animal. From here we put everything in balance slowly. We see animals and more then objects, we act in ways that is best for them. 

We establish peace on earth with one simple action. If you not ready for this then you need to put the idea of having an animal on hold. 

This goes for all animals that we make reliant on us for their survival. 

Treat this world and everything on it like it’s the only one we have.

More on TBE

So with the recent vomiting for no apparent reason episode in altair(my dog) we did some more in depth research on TBE(tick borne encephalitis). 

What I have learnt. 

TBE is not found/ rarely found above 1500m and likes humid and warm climates.

We are looking at a disease that is transmitted immediately on bit. So a lot of your prevention methods will not work as they kill the ticks after they have bitten. 

With your Lyme disease it needs abit more time and this give you a greater chance of prevention. 

We are not worried about this just yet. We are worried about TBE. But should we be? 

Well further studies(on the net) have said that Italy has a very low count of infections and non in the area that we are in. 

Below is a link to a great sight, it is based on human infection and not animal but I feel it is relative to one another. 


http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/healthtopics/emerging_and_vector-borne_diseases/tick_borne_diseases/tick_borne_encephalitis/country-profiles/Pages/TBE-Italy.aspx
We are righting this vomiting off as a bug that was picked up at a show. 24 hrs after the vomiting started it ended and all is looking better, still reluctant to eat but I don’t blame him. 

Dealing with a sick dog

So this weekend was a crazy emotional roller coaster. Saturday was terrible weather here in Turin. Let the show begin, we were supposed to run 2 rounds with each dog and only did one. We were all wet by this time and called it a day. Went home and got warm and comfortable, not a bad day, the results of the competition; Altair 4th with a bar down. And Ksora was a rocket and missed her poles. I hurt my back and was freezing. Sunday morning, ready to rock the show today. Until, Altair started vomiting all his food up. Oh god!!! This is it, sick and dying dog, no show, and 80€ down the drain, the worst is the health of my dog, I couldn’t care less for the rest. 

So we walk and wait to see how he looks, by lunch we decided to go do the show and if he doesn’t get better then have a vet look at him. He vomited right before his class but thankfully vet was on scene and told us exactly what the problem is and that there is no need to worry.

If your dog is vomiting and you are worried go to a vet, if you feel it isn’t a danger then this is what we were told to do, no food and water for 24hrs, after that give them a anti nausea dose(for dogs) and then carry on as usual, let’s hope this works. 

So we ran had fun and it ended in a great result, Altair unfortunately had another bar down and got disqualified in agility but ran amazingly. Ksora rocked it and took 2nd place in agility, shocking the crowd.

Competition time 

This weekend(5th march) is the first big show my dogs and I will be taking part in since we left South Africa in April last year. 

We will be doing agility and hopefully don’t make a fool of myself. When training dogs. If there is ever a mistake it is the trainer/owner and never the dog. Either you were not clear in giving the command or you didn’t do enough training. 

Dogs do only as much as you teach them. Being a trainer and competitor as well as a behaviorist I get many questions about why people’s dogs are so badly behaved. My first question is “what do you do with your dog?” 90% of the time the response is the same “nothing, there is no reason for the bad behavior” this is when I upset most people, “well you see that is the cause of the problem, you got a dog, you taught it nothing, now it acts like it knows how, and you don’t like it.” So how do we fix this problem, well work with the dog, walk with the dog, give the dog attention, “but this takes time and we don’t have time” well next time don’t get a dog. 

I work my dogs 2hrs per week on agility, I walk my dogs 4-10km per day, I never leave my dogs side. It my be obsessive but when I ask something they do it. Why do they do it? Well me being there every second of the day means when there is a danger I keep them safe, when one gets hurt I relieve the pain as fast as possible, when they are thirsty I give them water. All this builds a trust, they now work with me to keep me happy, they know that I work with them to keep them happy. You don’t do this give and take relationship you don’t get that relationship. Giving food and water is not a treat or reason for them to respect you, it’s a necessity for their survival.