Author Archives: Carlene

This ‘n That…

Yesterday was Sacajawea’s 1st birthday.  I look at all of the tons of photos I have taken of her since her arrival in March of last year and see how much she has changed, not only physically but emotionally.  She … Continue reading

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A Birdy Weekend

We had a great weekend with our dogs.  Got to watch them hunt, saw lots of neat things and learned some things about our dogs.  On Saturday we went out to a pheasant farm that we have been too before.  … Continue reading

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The Wolf Controversay

The following was written by my husband, Pat Farmer, in response to Nancy Tanner’s blog post “the wolf” (http://nancytanner.com/2011/07/15/the-wolf.aspx). Good afternoon, Nancy, Well, I guess I’ll have to throw in my two cents’ worth (or maybe it isn’t worth even … Continue reading

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My Goldens

I have raised more golden retrievers than any other single breed of dog.  I am currently raising my 7th golden retriever.  I started my experience with goldens when I became a volunteer puppy raiser for service dog organizations.  At that … Continue reading

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April-May Showers Bring The Flowers That Bloom in June-July, We Hope

While I like rain and know it is so valuable to the environment after our drought of the last several years, it is going overboard (no pun intended).  Everything is at least a month behind, Pat cannot do any of … Continue reading

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It’s Just A Dog!

In another few weeks it will be a year since my Joy was diagnosed with lymphoma and started chemo but on 10 October she died from complications of the procedure. Before starting chemo, she was a bit slower and stiffer … Continue reading

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Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

I am often asked why dogs eat grass and how can I stop my dog from eating grass?  Basically no one really knows the answer to this question but I can tell you about my dogs. Sacajawea is an 18 … Continue reading

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Wonderful Spring Rain!

I love the rain, especially in the spring.  I love the smell of it as it brings the earth alive, love how it sounds, how it looks on all of the things it touches.  Especially like how it drips off … Continue reading

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Training with Sacajawea–week 14

Sacajawea is a golden retriever puppy from WA.  She comes from strong hunting lines and will be hunting with us this fall.  I named her Sacajawea after the young Indian woman who guided Lewis and Clark.  Sacajawea means “bird woman” … Continue reading

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Beads and Dogs?

I became interested in old trade beads many years ago.  What is an old trade bead you ask?  Beads of various materials have been found associated with our ancient ancestors.  Mostly these consisted of pieces of bone, shell, stone, teeth, … Continue reading

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Dogs Need A Life

I firmly believe that every dog needs a “job”.  For some that may just be as a companion for its human but all dogs are companions but not all have the jobs they need. Being in the house or a … Continue reading

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A Special Day At Freezeout Lake With Grizzy

Branta’s Grizzly Bear, aka Griz, a Chesapeake Bay retriever, was born in North Dakota in September 1995. It became clear early on that Griz would rather swim than walk and would much rather have a bird fall in the water … Continue reading

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Name That Dog!

I have always been interested in what names were chosen for my dogs as well as the names my friends’ gave their dogs. With the service puppies, most of the time there was a theme and the puppy raiser could … Continue reading

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In Memory of Omega III

On Saturday 19 March, Liz and Dennis Yard from CA had to say goodbye to their golden/lab Omega.  I have known Liz and Dennis for several years through the service dog community.  But I think I only met them maybe … Continue reading

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The Fear/Avoidance Period for Puppies

From 8-10 weeks of age puppies enter the fear/avoidance phase of their development.  This can be one of most crucial times for the pup and owners need to be aware that pups can be especially sensitive to traumatic experiences and … Continue reading

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