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I love my home.

Posted at 6:58pm.

I love my home.

The new Made South box just arrived! There’s nowhere if rather be in Fall than at home in GA ❤️

Posted at 6:16pm.

The new Made South box just arrived! There’s nowhere if rather be in Fall than at home in GA ❤️

Road trip in CA!

Posted at 10:10am.

LEARNING TO INTERPRET A DOG’S BEHAVIOR TAKES PRACTICE.

You must learn to observe a dog’s many moving parts as they relate to each other, not in isolation. This includes all of the dog’s expressive areas, overall body posture, and her environmental context. If you’re ever concerned about your dog’s behavior, contact a professional—always better safe than sorry.

EARS

Under normal circumstances, a dog’s ears are relaxed or forward. A dog under stress may present their ears as:

  • Pinned back
  • Flicking

EYES

Make sure to observe your dog’s eyes when you’re sure they are relaxed. In this condition, the dog’s eyes are soft and take on their normal shape. Use this as a rubric against which to judge their eyes in potentially stressful situations. Signs of stress in a dog’s eyes are:

  • Squinted eyes
  • Looking away, or turning the whole head away
  • Fast blinking
  • Slow, intentional blinking in the presence of a stressor, or following a stressful event

SIGNALS OF AGGRESSION INCLUDE:

  • Enlarged or intensely focused eyes
  • Intense, direct eye contact, with enlarged eyes
  • “Whale eye”, or looking out of the corner of enlarged eyes

TAIL

A happy tail wags quickly at or above the body midline and the dog’s body moves fluidly with it. If the dog’s body carriage is stiff, look for the following tail postures as a sign of stress that could precede aggression.

  • Tucked tail
  • Slow tail wagging with tail erect
  • Stiff tail

MOUTH

A happy dog’s mouth appears relaxed, or may even present a “smile”. A stressed-out dog’s mouth carriage may include:

  • Lip licking
  • Lip curling
  • Lip puckering
  • Yawning
  • Drooling

OTHER SIGNS OF STRESS MAY INCLUDE:

  • Inability to eat
  • Inability to play
  • Holding the breath
  • Stiff body posture
  • Panting in the absence of a “smile”
  • Pacing
  • Trembling
  • Scratching
  • Barking and/or lunging

Posted at 4:04pm.

This just showed up in my parents’ living room. @rbyarsplace #tbt

Posted at 4:33pm and tagged with: tbt,.

This just showed up in my parents’ living room. @rbyarsplace  #tbt

My favorite visitor is here! She’s a hunter. #greatdane #greatdaneunleashed #mallie

Posted at 6:18pm and tagged with: mallie, greatdane, greatdaneunleashed,.

Early morning snuggle bugs. Somebody’s cheating and letting bears up on the couch… #mastiff #coffee

Posted at 5:56am and tagged with: coffee, mastiff,.

Early morning snuggle bugs. Somebody’s cheating and letting bears up on the couch… #mastiff #coffee

Don’t worry. I was stopped at a red light. #greatdane #eurovan #vw

Posted at 8:14pm and tagged with: greatdane, eurovan, vw,.

Don’t worry. I was stopped at a red light. #greatdane #eurovan #vw

Someone said to me today, “He’s so good! He really pays attention to you!” I started to say that he makes it pretty easy, but he fucking doesn’t. I work really goddamn hard. So I decided to just say, “Thank you.”

Posted at 7:57pm.

Someone said to me today, “He’s so good! He really pays attention to you!” I started to say that he makes it pretty easy, but he fucking doesn’t. I work really goddamn hard. So I decided to just say, “Thank you.”

Silly bear. #bloopers #greatdane

Posted at 8:27pm and tagged with: bloopers, greatdane,.

Silly bear. #bloopers #greatdane