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Nov 20, 2002: Shayna’s last moment in doggie day care

Nov 20, 2002: Shayna’s last moment in doggie day care

August 26, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

In the early autumn of 2002, I was in an accident that ended up turning my life upside down. Most of the ribs on my left side were broken, and I sustained various other injuries. As I was unable to give Shayna the exercise she needed during my immediate recovery, I found out about “doggie […]

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Fall 2002: A morning on Carter’s Mountain, Charlottesville, VA

Fall 2002: A morning on Carter’s Mountain, Charlottesville, VA

August 26, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

This is the highest point in Charlottesville, atop Carter’s Mountain, adjoining Monalto, overlooking Thomas Jefferson’s beloved Monticello. What could be better than throwing the ball around with my favorite girl atop this mountain, overlooking the only town in which I feel totally at home, on a beautiful, crisp fall morning?  

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Summer 2002: Shayna up to her elbows in water… but still afraid to swim

Summer 2002: Shayna up to her elbows in water… but still afraid to swim

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When I adopted Shayna, the intake form said that she and her twin sister had been rescued from having spent three days in a storm drain (which would be in March 2002, Charlottesville, VA). It must have been a cold, wet, terrifying experience for a 10-11 week old baby like she and he sister were. […]

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July 15, 2008: Shayna learning to ‘count’: <i>“One ball, two balls…”</i>

July 15, 2008: Shayna learning to ‘count’: “One ball, two balls…”

August 25, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

This is a skill we’ve been working on for some time – learning to essentially “count.” Shayna loves to go retrieve two tennis balls in her mouth at the same time. But from what I’ve read, teaching a dog the concept of “one” and “two” is a fairly big deal – as I found out, […]

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March 18, 2007: Shayna retrieving two tennis balls at the same time

March 18, 2007: Shayna retrieving two tennis balls at the same time

August 25, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Practically since I adopted her, Shayna has been tennis-ball obsessed.  That’s not particularly uncommon among dogs. But one day, when she was about six months old and we were at the off-leash dog park (when she could still go there), she apparently decided that retrieving one ball was terribly inefficient, crammed two into her mouth […]

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Shayna retrieving toys with flash cards

Shayna retrieving toys with flash cards

August 25, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Oct. 2009: Shayna’s memorized the names of dozens of her toys, and can retrieve and put them away by name. Now, she’s learning to identify their pictures on flash cards.

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Getting toys by name for Aunt Gloria

Getting toys by name for Aunt Gloria

August 25, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Shayna shows off her toy-retrieval-by-name abilities for one of our long-distance guardian angels – and I sing one of my “Shayna songs” for her, too.

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August 11, 2010: Getting toys by name – from behind sofa!!

August 11, 2010: Getting toys by name – from behind sofa!!

August 25, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

The first thing to notice about this video is how well-lit Shayna is this time.  (I’ve learned it’s not easy to photograph or videotape a jet-black dog!).  She had a bath the day before, and as it was a sunny day today, I opened the door behind us, and used the big (good) camera, so […]

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May 1, 2010: Getting toys by name – in a wind storm!!!

May 1, 2010: Getting toys by name – in a wind storm!!!

August 25, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

It’s been about a year and a half since our last video (here).  But as you’ll see, we’ve been busy! I think this video is interesting for several reasons: (1) Shayna has lots of new toys. (2) A gust of wind knocked her entire box of toys into the grass!! (It also really messed up […]

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October 20, 2008: Putting toys away by name – in a bowl, a box, and more!

October 20, 2008: Putting toys away by name – in a bowl, a box, and more!

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It was getting old, just putting her toys away in the big bowl.  So now, Shayna is learning to put them away in the bowl, or in a box, on command.  Also, she’s learned how to “wave” and “turn” on command. This video was shot at the University of Virginia athletic fields.  Enjoy!

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