This week we are celebrating old family photos that included our pets. We love these photos because of the expressions on our family and pet’s faces, we’re cherishing those who have left us, and they allow us to hold onto special memories.
We’ve put up a few of our favorite photos on our blog and our Facebook page and we would love it if you posted your old family pet photos on our Facebook page and let us know why you love them so much. We really do want to see them!!
This photo is our son Tyler hugging Cleo soon after we brought Cleo home from the Dumb Friends League, a rescue group in Denver. I love how they both look so happy. We always joked with Tyler that Cleo was his brother from another mother.
This photo is Tyler at six months learning how to pet our kitty.
Don’t forget to share your old family photos with your pets on our Facebook page!
Most of us know the story of Pavlov’s dogs and his theory of classical conditioning. He rang a bell and called the dogs for their food. After a short period of time the dogs would salivate when they heard a bell ring. I’m just wondering if there isn’t more to that story.
Learning new tricks
The reason I wonder is because my husband Jamie thought it was a great idea to train Cleo to ring a Christmas bell that was on our front door and give him a snack. It was his modified version of Pavlov’s dog experiment. So he worked with him for several days. He would get a treat bring Cleo to the door and get him to ring the bell. In no time at all whenever Jamie went to the cookie jar Cleo would run to the door and ring the bell. A cute trick indeed.
Be careful what you teach the dog
What we didn’t count on was Cleo thinking that was a great way to beg. Soon after he would run to the door ring the bell and stare at my husband. Jamie would get up and bring him a snack. Once Cleo realized it worked he did it all the time. I thought it was hysterical and every time he would ring the bell I would laugh and say, “Train Jamie!” Jamie would roll his eyes and go grab a treat. In no time at all whenever we would watch tv the dog would get up and start ringing the bell or we would sit down to dinner and he would run to the bell. Each time Jamie got up to get Cleo a treat. Smart dog!
Ding, ding, ding
Once Jamie decided he no longer wanted to be at Cleo’s “beck and ring” he would ignore the ringing. We would watch a movie and the bell would ring for 20 minutes before Cleo would give up, flop on the floor, and give a big long sigh. It was at least a month before he gave up. It’s been a long time since Cleo rang the bell on his own, he knows it doesn’t work, but every once in a while I say, “Train Jamie!” and Cleo rings the bell, Jamie rolls his eyes at me but gets up to get the dog a treat. Jamie, the bell tolls for thee.
This morning one of Cleo’s dog tags came off his collar. It completely wore out. This was his first tag from the Dumb Friends League where we adopted him 11 years ago this week! Needless to say I checked his other tags and the script is barely legible. Part of the phone number and address is worn off. I think it’s time to go shopping for a new collar and tags.
I am really excited to start a new blog and looking forward to update you about StinkDog Photos. Please stop by if you want to hear about upcoming events, Cleo, or you want to see pet photos from Denver animal rescues or new clients. I’m also looking forward to updating you on a group I joined called the 52 Week Project. It’s 52 weeks of photography challenges for professional pet photographers, our group is given a challenge at the beginning of the week and we post the results at the end of the week. Aside from the challenge, it should be fun and entertaining for both of us.
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