I am very happy that our friend Bailey, at the great blog Bailey Be Good, gave us an award! Please make sure to check out her blog it has lots of great information for pet lovers Anyway we are so honored that Bailey gave us this award. The award is called “Premio Destellos Brillantes en el Cielo Azul,” which means: “Bright Flashes in the Blue Sky Award."
There are a few requirements for accepting this award:
- Winners must post the award with rules on their blog.
- Winners must include a link to the person who gave them the award.
- Winners need to nominate 6 blogs for the award.
- Winners must leave a message on those 6 blogs to let them know they’ve won.
- Winners must describe what they dream or wish for most in the world.
It is very difficult to pick just 6 blogs to give the award too, all of the pet blogs I follow are great. I somewhat randomly picked 6 terrific blogs. Please check them out:
- The Hobbit Habitat
- Sheltie Times
- Gorogoro and Nikoniko blogspot
- Brown Dog CBR
- Finn's Dog Blog
So now for my dream or wish. My first thought is that I would wish dogs and cats would live as long as people do so that I could have my pets with me longer, but that is a little selfish. I am not sure that would improve life for dogs and cats, after all they only about 10-15 years now, and sadly many of them can't find loving homes for that length of time. So I tried to think of something else....
My wish would be that all pet owners would embrace the positive training methods espoused by the likes of Patricia McConnell and Ian Dunbar (and plenty of other positive trainers.) Even thought research has pretty much dispelled the dominance theory in regards to dogs, many people still cling to it. Others use punishment based methods that rely on pain and other aversive methods to shape behavior. I know that wouldn't work for me, why should it work for our pets? I think if people could gain a better understanding of their dogs (and cats) behavior we would have stronger human/animal bonds, happier pets, happier people, and less homeless animals.