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April 12, 2009: Our seventh anniversary

April 12, 2009: Our seventh anniversary

August 26, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

  I cannot believe it’s been seven years since I met and adopted Shayna, as a little 14 pound bundle of black fur. How fearful yet optimistic I was, being that I was going to be responsible for another living creature. Yet look how it all turned out, after those months of hunting for the […]

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January 7, 2008: Shayna gets a new toy for her birthday

January 7, 2008: Shayna gets a new toy for her birthday

August 26, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

(This is the second video we shot today; see the first one here) It is hard to believe that it’ was six years ago today that Shayna was brought into this world.  I thank my lucky stars for her, every single day. So today, we spent the afternoon in a park… in the middle of […]

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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!

August 25, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

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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January 7, 2008: Getting more toys by name

January 7, 2008: Getting more toys by name

August 24, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

(This is the second video that we shot today, Shayna’s birthday – see the first one here) Today was Shayna’s sixth birthday!  Woot! Here you get to see the newest trick we’ve been working on… putting her toys away, by name. By “away,” I mean into a big party bowl I got for her, for […]

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October 21, 2007: Getting more toys by name

October 21, 2007: Getting more toys by name

August 24, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Normally, we practice Shayna’s ability to retrieve her toys by name while inside… not for any particular reason. But on this lovely fall day, I decided, what the heck — just like sometimes teachers have class outside, I figured, let’s do that too!!! So here is Shayna with her favorite toys (including some cool new […]

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April 4, 2007: Getting toys by name

April 4, 2007: Getting toys by name

August 24, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

This was the first time I captured video of Shayna retrieving her toys by name — a skill we’d been working on for months. It was shot just a few days before we headed off to the SPCA I adopted her from, for our Fifth Anniversary adoption party… for which I bring in cake and […]

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