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How Dog Owners and Pets Communicate with One Another

Orchid Will Always Be in Our Hearts

If you think diamonds are a girl’s best friend, you’ve never owned a dog! The love and affection a dog can provide cannot be measured. Our dog, Orchid, was part of our family. With 27 grands, Orchid was still our favorite of the bunch. Our friends still talk about her. I always describe her as a gorgeous dog with a gorgeous soul.

She was my writing partner who sat by my side each day as I blogged. My ultimate concierge and I loved her for nearly 12 years until she succumbed to Degenerative Myelopathy, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. We continue to talk about her. Her ashes are on a special shelf along with a lock of her hair, her collar and her photo.

It goes without saying: once a pet owner, always a pet owner. Life would not be complete without our furry friends.

Mr. Personality Plus

Enter America Good, a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, the same breed as Orchid. I have described America as the Mayor of Pearson Street. Orchid was a people pooch, ignoring other dogs.

In contrast, America loves everyone, human and canine alike. He is Mr. Personality Plus! Our breeder named him Serendipitous Blessing and told us he would be a calm pooch who would sit quietly for hours beside us as we age. Well, he does sit beside us and he is calm, but he is also the type of dog that most everyone stops me, asking about his breed and if it’s okay to pet him.

America not only allows that but also cannot stop loving everyone back, man or beast, tenfold. He makes my ultimate concierge and I smile every minute we are with him, which is more often than not.

Our Pet’s Diets, Vaccines and the Resulting Communication

Our pets communicate with us in different ways. I would like to mention the importance of our pet’s diet, vaccines and our dog’s understanding of the human language.

When I lost Orchid, I made two decisions. Firstly, after the initial set of vaccinations, I decided I will not allow additional shots without a reliable blood test that informs the owner how much of each of the vaccines remains in our dog’s system. The only excluded vaccine from the list is rabies. I am not going to give America any more of the rabies vaccine. He did have one series. A doctor can write a letter to the city that our dogs cannot have the rabies vaccine.

I think Orchid communicated with me that she was sick after her last rabies vaccination. She was not herself and I knew something was wrong so the next day I took her back to the vet. She never truly recovered.

Using Food To Extend Our Pets’ Healthiest Years

Orchid and America communicated with me regarding their diets. Orchid let me know whether she liked her food. America continues to do so too.

After I lost Orchid, I decided to study the ingredients in different dog foods by seeking the advice of respected people who sell dog food and a few additional pet owners. I believe the right diet can certainly extend our pets’ lives.

During the first year of America’s life, I tried several different types of food, all of which were raw. I also boiled chicken breasts without the skin, I cooked lean ground round and drained all fat, baked sweet potatoes, boiled eggs, peeled carrots and gave him lox and part of a bagel on Sunday morning with us!

Finally, I settled on a company that produces dog food gently cooked at low temperatures, The Farmer’s Dog. Why do I love The Farmer’s Dog food? Well, because America communicates to me by licking his bowl clean. I believe, through study, it is the healthiest dog food diet on the market.

Why The Farmer’s Dog Got Started

The owners of The Farmer’s Dog had a sick pooch and out of love for their dog, decided to produce healthy food options as close to raw food as possible. Taking cues from America’s health: lots of energy, a silky coat, good potty habits, and normal weight gain, I finally selected Farmers as my dog food of choice after a year of experimenting with other types of foods.

I like the company because they are disciplined and organized. Their business platform gives me confidence. I like The Farmer’s Dog because the staff members are personable and caring. The staff also emails out questionnaires that are short and intelligent, asking all the right questions that are in the best interest of our peers. My shipping notice comes to my inbox and America’s food arrives rock-solid frozen on the date promised.

If you or your children are dog owners, I highly recommend The Farmer’s Dog to keep your dog as healthy as possible. As a special treat for my readers, The Farmer’s Dog is offering 50% off of your first order, my darlings! Ensure your pooch’s health by feeding your dog healthy, nutritious real food!

My Verbal Communication Before Bathtime

A few years ago we left Orchid at home for 18 days. We were traveling!

Orchid Good knew we were leaving. How? Because she understood English and so does your pooch. Did you know your pet, depending on the breed, may understand several hundred words? I was shocked when I learned this and decided I would start observing Orchid’s behavior when I spoke. My message to all dog owners: think twice before you speak once in front of your pooch. They are a lot smarter than we think.

Don’t believe me? I’ll prove it!

Every Thursday morning at 7:00 am, The Dog Bath Truck would arrive in front of our condominium for Orchid’s weekly bath. If I mentioned to Shelly that I would be taking Orchid down for her bath, the following scene would ensue. We would head outside and Orchid would literally pull me in the opposite direction of where the truck eventually would be waiting for her. She knows the truck would be there. On the other hand, if I did not say anything to my ultimate concierge about her bath, I could fool her.

Orchid’s Nonverbal Communication to Me

When we traveled without her, two days before departure, she knew we were leaving because she understood our discussions and eventually saw the luggage. From her mannerisms, I could sense she was visibly stressed. She would not leave my side and followed me everywhere.

When I sat on the couch, she did not lay next to me. She placed her body into the side of my body, silently communicating that she was not going to let us go.

On the other hand, if we were going to travel with her, I would say, “Orchid, you are coming with us!” Then I would hug and kiss her. She would race around the house, happy as can be, wagging her tail.

Short Phrases To Teach Your Dog

You can teach your dogs by repeating short sentences and following each with an action. It is important that everyone in the house uses the same tone and phrasing. We taught Orchid the following phrases:

  • “Let’s go outside.” She runs for her leash.
  • “Treat?” She comes running.
  • “Up,” which means to come into our bed or sit with me on the couch.
  • “Good girl” or “I love you so much.” She knew we were expressing our love.
  • “Stay.” She would not move.
  • “Sit.” She sat.
  • “Off.” She moved.
  • “Go say hello.” Wheaton Terriers jump when they see you. She ran to people.
  • “Take it easy. Walk with me.” She walks by my side.

My husband and I always used the same terms. I believe consistency is the reason for our success in conversing with Orchid. It is so unfortunate that our dogs cannot talk. While they don’t speak with words, they certainly still communicate. When Orchid was happy, she wagged her tail and jumped on me with joy when I arrived home. When she was not feeling well, she came up to me and placed her body into me. And when she had to go outside in the middle of the night because she was sick, she came to my side of our bed and cried to wake me. She dragged me to the water fountain in the park to let me know she was thirsty!

If you have a pet, this blog may enlighten you. If you are thinking of getting a pet for yourself or your children or grandchildren, this is a lesson–communicate with your pooch. They similarly love communicating with you!

What are some of the ways your pooch communicates with you? What do you think they’re saying? Take a guess in the comments below or let me know on Facebook

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Warmly, Honey

September 22, 2019


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  1. Patricia Maddox says:

    We live in Houston, TX and two small rescue terriers. A couple of years ago two women started making organic raw dog food. They deliver to my front door and send me an email notifying me when my next delivery will arrive. Like you I noticed an immediate improvement in both of our dogs health. If you have any readers/friends in Houston tell them about “Wag Tantrum “. They have a website and people can check them out. We will never go back to pet store food.
    Love your writing Honey!

    • Susan "Honey" Good says:

      Thank you for sharing your story. We are both fortunate to find our pooches good nourishment. Warmly, Honey

  2. HelenA says:

    If you have pet sitters, leave a list of all commands you use.

    Why? I do on-site pet sits. A recent client failed to provide the order they use to order the dog into his crate. I could not get him to go in the crate (I didn’t know the exact word order), so I picked up the little guy to put him in the crate. He bit 4 fingers on my left hand, including one bite into a joint on my index finger. At Urgent Care the doctors said my county requires doctors to report all dog bites and I was very glad to know this dog had his rabies shots.

    Dog owners may think it’s OK to ignore rabies shots for their dogs, but there is no guarantee that the dog will never bite someone – and then that person must undergo the rabies treatment. I don’t know what my county does with any dog that bites and has no rabies shots.

    The odd thing is that I had worked with that dog for 3 years prior to his biting me. Just because a dog is friendly and has never bitten, does not mean it will not bite. And a dog bite to a child is even worse. I say rabies shots are a must.

    • Susan "Honey" Good says:

      I hope you are all healed You are so right about a sweet dog becoming an angry dog for some reason. I was bitten on the hough at age 8 by my neighbors dog who I played with regularly. One day I leaned over to pat him and he jumped up and bit me on my lip. He was quarantined for 6 weeks I think. I am pretty certain that if a dog is not bitten by a rabid animal they cannot contract Rabbles. Warmly, Honey

      • HelenA says:

        Oh No! — re your bitten lip at 8. Ouch. This proves it’s impossible to know when dogs or cats will bite, despite my thinking I “know” them. This particular family told me, after the bite, to never pick up the dog by his shoulders. Uh what? They didn’t think to tell us that.

        As for the healing , the wound closed quickly, but the joint is still painful and inflamed 3 months later. The Urgent Care doc was very concerned about the bite in the joint. Apparently that’s more difficult to heal.

        Honey, thanks for your reply on this and thanks for caring about all of us with your useful info in the blogs.

        • Susan "Honey" Good says:

          Thank you for writing back. Thank goodness that you will eventually be fine. I am glad you are following me on my journey that involves you and all at honey good. Warmly, Honey

  3. dc says:

    I thought my dog was the only dog who preferred people over other dogs! However she likes to get her back scratched and that comes from me or another pet owner. As for food, my angel gets roasted chicken, vegetables (broccoli or cauliflower or carrots or green beans) sometimes macaroni noodles along with chicken bone broth, microwaved of course! She loves this combination! I haven’t had her on any “dog food” for 2 years. She has a fantastic coat and she’s lost 3 lbs. (she needed to do that). Yes I talk to her all the time. She is my baby and she knows all that is going on all the time. Can’t fool them!

    • Susan "Honey" Good says:

      Thank you for sharing. You are a very loving and kind and caring pooch mom. Lucky doggie! Lucky you! Warmly, Honey

  4. LuAnn Penland says:

    Lots of great information. I hope all your readers take notice.

    • Susan "Honey" Good says:

      i hope so too. Please pass on to your friends who are pooch lovers. Nice to see your name. Hope all is well. Warmly, Honey

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