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Started this discussion. Last reply by Marlane Barker Jan 15, 2010.


To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace. ~Milan Kundera

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What are your dog(s) names and ages:
Takoda-age 3, Piper-age 4, Monty-age 2
What is your dog's breed? (If you have more than one dog, please list a name followed by breed.)
Takoda Blue: Our first full blood Australian Cattle Dog.
Piper: Our shelter rescue dog. She is a Cattle Dog, Husky mix.
Monty: Another Australian Cattle Dog, he was rescued as a stray. :-)
About Me:
My name is Carla. I am a lover of all things K9. Our animal friends can be our greatest teachers. They have things to say, only we must be quiet enough to listen. For it is only in the quiet space between breaths where we will be enlightened.
Learn more about me at: http://critterprintsphotography.smugmug.com/
What is one thing your dog does that reminds you to open your heart and love more deeply?
Takoda: He makes me laugh every day. He reminds me that life is full of JOY and FUN! :-D He is my sensitive one. Rarely needs disclipline, a stern look turns him into a puddle of apologetic goo. He is my Spirit dog who started me on my new Journey.

Piper: Picked up as a stray, she fled from an abusive home, she picked ME by crawling in my lap and planting a kiss on my chin. We call her our ADD middle child. She is quite the princess and believes she is too good for just about everything. LOL Absolutely LOVES life and everyone in it. The ultimate diplomat, she can diffuse any tense situation, human or canine.

Monty: Our newest addition as of last June. Rescued from the streets of a small town. VERY high energy! *Think hummingbird on crack!* LOL But he is a lover to the core who adores snuggling with you on the bed. Smart as a whip, and eager to please, he'll do anything you say. He moved into our pack like he was only away on extended vacation, fitting in from day one.
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At 7:12pm on December 19, 2008, Jerry Dunham said…
Actually, there are TWO good Ridgeback pictures there, as well as a couple of really good Beagle pictures and a very nice Sibe picture. Those are all breeds that I rescue (more Ridgebacks than Beagles or Sibes). I wish I could get such good pictures for the dogs I put up on Petfinder, but I seldom have anyone to even just hold them still, and the rescues seldom know "sit" and "stay".

Have a great Chirstmas season!

--Jerry Dunham
Etosha Rescue & Adoption Center
At 2:05pm on December 19, 2008, Jerry Dunham said…
Thanks for helping me convince James to go with just one puppy. As others have posted, two CAN work, and I have friends who can prove it. On the other hand, these are people with a lot of multi-dog experience. Working in rescue I see a lot of dogs dumped because the owners couldn't handle their needs or couldn't control them, and in too many cases they were littermates acquired together. One of our personal dogs came to us because the original owner was thusly overwhelmed. Someday James and Molly will likely be sufficiently multi-dog savvy that they can take on littermates, but I don't think that time is now.

I checked out your website. Can you tell me whether the dog shown in


is a Rhodesian Ridgeback or Ridgeback mix? Just curious.

Again, thanks for being a level head on a site in great need of that.

--Jerry Dunham
Etosha Rescue & Adoption Center
At 2:17pm on November 25, 2008, Maltese Mom said…
Just like to add that I read your comment to James and Molly regarding the training of the two new pups. What great advice. Also, loved viewing your pics. All adorable.
At 11:33pm on July 26, 2008, Kara said…
Thank you for accepting me! Yes my dog and I have a huge bond, he is never more than two feet away, he goes out and is allowed in any public places as he is a working animal not a "pet". He really is my baby you have to certify the dogs to keep them with you.

Thank you for the comments on the photos. I am the photographer in the family, and I did not just want the "smile!" pictures. I could not take them myself so I asked a friend to just snap away and Rusty and I would play with him, hug him, be natural with him. My twelve year old nephew also took some pictures. They did a great job, I like the more natural photos.
I found the beach that is his favorite place, and a park make good photos, with nice backgrounds.

Thank you for your prayers!

I have been in the greiving stage and don't have much support. He has saved my life so many times, we are connected at the hip.

I find that sharing with someone who will listen is helping me.

The more support, people praying for him, is something he has earned.

It is hard watching him get weak so fast.

At 4:13pm on July 26, 2008, Kara said…
My father grew up in Spokan, we live in Goleta CA now. Cute dog!
At 2:57pm on April 22, 2008, k9krazy said…
Here it is! Our special edition iMovie of Takoda's runs in the ASCA Agility trial, April 18,19,20.
He came home with a Novice Standard Title, and an Open Jumpers Title! With 3 FIRST place ribbons and a 2nd place. Other than some contact obstacle and weave pole difficulties on Fri and Sat, he did AWESOME on Sunday. Next trial is May 9th, stay tuned for more videos! (I'm working on Piper's movie next!)
At 10:08am on April 21, 2008, Crystal said…
How are the dogs?:)
At 6:42pm on April 18, 2008, k9krazy said…
Thank you Wendy! We have a blast with the agility. We travel with our RV and trial with all three dogs. (Monty will join in on the competition probably in the fall..he's not quite ready yet.) We are competing this weekend actually, I just got back..phew I'm beat.
Yes those are my woodburnings. Each one takes about 45-50 hours to complete. I take a portrait of the dog and then do a burning of that portrait onto the wood. It is a very unique art form and it's very fun and detailed but sometimes can get tedious. You can't work on it for very long at a time, your hand tends to cramp.
At 5:40pm on April 18, 2008, wendy caron said…
love your pics marvelous too.I see you do agility with your dogs.Vey cool.Is it you that does the art out of wood.Portrates.That is incredible and most beautiful.What a way of expressing yourself through the love of your dogs and nature.WoW
At 9:19pm on April 3, 2008, k9krazy said…
Ok..I'm still trying to get the hang of this! LOL One more time.

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