Casey’s Blog for kids
Hi and welcome back to thindex. I am 10 years old which is 70 years for humans. This makes me the same age as Joe, my owner.
Joe has been reluctant to give me any tasks at the website, but I have worked my way in. Joe has said that I am the worst retriever he has ever had and there may be some truth to that. I tend to sit and look at the ball or stick that Joe throws out into the water for me to retrieve. I may look at it for 5 or 10 minutes, then I’ll go out and “fetch”. This wouldn’t win any contests but that is just the way I am.
Do you ever sit and think about something before you act or don’t act? That is not a bad idea, sometimes, to sit and think about something and then maybe decide you are not going forward with it. I am definitely not what you could call “impulsive’, meaning that I might do something that causes me harm.
Joe bought me in Vernonia, Oregon, 10 years ago, and we have been good pals ever since. For the first 2 years, he could not teach me anything, so he thought about taking me back because he thought I was slow, even for a dog. But I am a very lovable dog and he was glad he kept me. I am very smart, but my brain was “on hold” for those first two years. By the way, how are you doing with your very own brain? Is it keeping you safe? Does it think just for today, or does it plan for the future? Humans can plan far ahead but dogs can’t. I have no idea of the future beyond my next walk outside. When it looks like a walk is going to happen, I spin around in circles and act like a much younger dog.
My good points are as follows.
- I am a clean dog and don’t stink too badly
- I am very athletic and coordinated
- I can fetch two tennis balls at once and carry them both in my mouth
- I have a very keen sense of smell
- I wake Joe up every morning by putting my muzzle right next to his face so he can not avoid me
- I don’t fight with other dogs
- I come when called
- I run well on a leash
- I am a neat eater
My not so good points are as follows.
- I do not retrieve well, even though one would think that a purebred like myself would be all over those sticks and balls that Joe throws into the river.
- I do not understand about cars and how they can kill me
- I require constant petting
- I am getting old and am afraid Joe is going to get a replacement dog
- I am to the age where I snore
- Sometimes I push my paw on Joe’s shoe which regulates the speed of our car. Joe hates it when I do that. I love it when he gets mad, but again, I worry about a replacement dog.
I try to improve on my “not so good” points. It might have been easier for me to change when I was young, like you. For example, I am sure I could have been a better retriever if I had not gotten into the habit of sitting and looking at the ball in the water for 5 minutes, before going after it. Have you ever made out a list of what your good points are and what your not as good points are? Improving your “not as good” points might be something you could think about and change. You might want to write out a list of areas in your daily life that might be able to stand some improvement. Like what? Messy eater, whiner, does not make bed, argues with adults in charge, annoys driver in the car, fights with brothers and sisters, wastes time watching videos or TV, late, refuses to go to bed, cries a lot to get way, and so on. Make a list of habits you might be able to improve and then work on them yourself. Then make a list of all the good traits you have and be proud of those. Dropping bad habits is a good thing for us all to do. I’m trying to be a better retriever, but it can be slow going.
A day in a dog’s life
This is how my day usually goes. I get Joe up by putting my muzzle next to his face and demand to be petted. He takes me for a walk in the woods, which is also my bathroom. Usually he puts on my leash and we run for a few miles and then come home and eat breakfast. I then relax and sleep while Joe works on the website. We will go out and pick up trash along the roads. I will carry the plastic bags in my “eco-dog” pockets. I do not like trash around because it takes away from the beauty of our country and the trash can end up in rivers and oceans where it can make life difficult for other animals and fish.
At night, Joe will sit for a while and I am allowed up on one of the sofas and put my muzzle on his lap to be petted. I like being petted a lot.
The disadvantage of being a dog like me is that I am “owned”. Other than that, it is a good life for me. I just can’t stop thinking why someone doesn’t “own” Joe?
A dog on a website?
I have spent time helping with the website and Joe has resisted this by saying that web visitors are not interested in getting health advice from a dog. So he has me talking to the kids that might come by and that is ok with me. I may try to push forward and do more here but we will see. How am I doing so far?
Tool box idea
Joe has a toolkit that he carries around with all kinds of tools that he uses to fix stuff. Well, I carry an imaginary toolkit and decide whether I want to go forward with something or not. Not a bad idea, huh? Do you have a toolbox to fix stuff? It might be a good idea to think about what you would want to have in your imaginary toolbox in order to use the tools to keep you from making the wrong decisions as you go through your early life.
So, we can talk about “tool boxes” in the future, and more on the environment, and maybe even a bit on global warming if I see something new. That is where our planet may be heating up due to too much pollution from too many people on our earth.
So, I am going to keep these messages short. For now, be thinking about what you would want in your very own “toolbox” to get through your early life. I’ll go look up some stuff on the environment and global warming and we’ll talk again, soon.
So long for now from your pal Casey, the “eco-dog”.