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About P. H. Burdette

I am an artist who specializes in pet portraits but have recently gone into portraits of some of my favorite actors. My favorite things include horses, dogs, clicker training, writing stories set in the Old West, listening to old and forgotten radio shows, and watching old western television programs. I plan to start flying lessons after I graduate to prepare to become a missionary pilot.

Snooze Time…well, for Most Dogs

There is a certain time of the day when all of the dogs just lay down and take a snooze. Maybe they have their own schedule? Anyway, wherever they are, always at the same approximate time they all lay down and take a nap. Do your dogs do the same? Dixie seems to be the only one who never gets tired. She’s always wanting to play and I usually have to end our game of fetch when it’s hot out because she doesn’t know when to stop!

I snapped some photos of the little ones while they were in their favorite napping places.

Poor Stitchy has what we think may be a bad flea allergy. He’s having to wear a cone because he’s started chewing himself bloody. We’re working on ridding the house of fleas right now.

The little Murd Man sleeping beside the computer table where his mistress was sitting.

Sherlock took a snooze on a bench. (We had to remove the bench because the pups got their paws stuck in it.)

Dixie of course wanted to be different and go out and play. So we did. 🙂

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Weekly Trick – Unique and Unusual Tricks For Dogs

This video is definitely worth watching! There has to be a truly amazing bond between these dogs and their handler! It’s a beautiful thing to watch. 🙂 Thanks for sharing furbabiesfurever!

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This video is worth it just to watch the two dogs in the beginning.

I promise you, the dogs are so sweet.  The first trick they show is the dogs getting on their hind legs and hugging each other.  That was enough to melt even the hardest of hearts!

If you watch the video, you can kind of pick up how they taught their dogs these tricks.  Remember if you are trying to teach your dog more advanced tricks, patience is necessary and treats are necessary.

The dogs learn to weave in and out of their pet parent’s legs, as well as stand on the feet of their pet parent and walk with them.  BOTH dogs at the same time perform this trick!

Next, the larger dog stays standing on the pet parent’s feet, while the smaller dog goes in between the pet parents legs AND the larger dog’s legs! …

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Aggravating Questions (or, She Is Not A Pet In A Fancy Jacket)

People need to realize that those who ‘disguise’ their pets as service dogs and go out into public, and if their dog misbehaves in any way at all, it can cause a lot of problems for those who have TRUE service dogs. There was even talk for a while of banning service dogs from certain public places! These are the kind of problems those people could cause for the disabled with service dogs! (And not to mention it’s also called BREAKING THE LAW!)

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“Where did you buy your dog’s jacket?”  Or “Will you sell me your dog’s jacket?”

When I hear these sorts of questions, it’s really hard for me not to feel angry and self-righteous.  After I take a few deep breaths, the conversation usually goes something like this:

I’ll ask, “Is your dog a trained service dog?”

Response, “Uhh… No.  He/She’s my pet.  But I want to take him/her everywhere with me, like (example/s)…”

“By law, only service dogs may wear service dog vests, and have access to restaurants (or wherever was stated in the above response).”

“But, no one will ever know.  He/she is really well-behaved.”

I usually end the conversation at this point, suggesting they look up the  Americans with Disabilities Act to find out the legal rights and qualifications for service dogs and their handlers.  But, of course, logic doesn’t usually sway these people’s desires to…

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Why do dogs pull?

A great article on one of the many ways to teach your dog to stop pulling on the leash.

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Play wif me not Facebook!

Though this picture if very humorous, in many cases it’s very true that computers seem to be taking over people’s lives and they have no time for anyone or their pets. Please take the time to spend time with your family and your pets if you have any and get off the computer for awhile!

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Meet Ladybird, the Cockatiel

Hello again, everyone!

Now for a proper introduction to another of our furry— or rather feathered— friends. This is Ladybird, my female cinnamon Cockatiel. She is approx. 8-9 years old and was given to me by a friend who was moving. I’ve owned her for about a year now, I believe it’s been. Now these aren’t the best photos of her but I’ll try to get more of her sometime. I had never owned a Tiel, as they are affectionately called, before but when I was about 7-8 years old, our parents bought me and my sisters each a budgie. J. G., my older sister, and I both had blue males; and P. C. my younger sister, had a green female whom she dubbed Tweety. Mine was named Stuart Little. They were by no means tame but I loved to watch them and listen to them. Tweety was constantly picked on by the other two and she died after a year. Stuart lived a bit longer and he was with me for about 2 1/2 years. J.G.’s reached the ripe old age of 5.

I had studied Cockatiels for some time before my friend asked me if I would like to give Ladybird a home. As you can imagine, I was ecstatic when my parents said that yes I could give her a home. So that’s how Ladybird came to be with me. She’s a very, very, VERY sweet bird and would like nothing better than to cuddle with you. She’s very tame but she does have her off days now and then. Her favorite toys are papers to shred; and her favorite thing to do is ride around on my dad’s shoulder and have her head scratched. Another of her favorite things to do are taking showers and staring at herself in a mirror, admiring her smooth feathers. She lets you know when she’s done with her food bowl by un-hooking it off the bars and chirping loudly. Her favorite treat is millet. Ladybird also likes spending her spare time watching the fish in the tank and exploring the bedroom floor when the dogs aren’t around. My friend’s mom said Ladybird can say “I love you” but I haven’t heard her say it yet, and she can do “Yoo-hoo” and wolf whistles. And here she is! Miss Ladybird!

Tell me I’m beautiful!

What’s this? A speck of dust on my perch! Quick somebody clean it up!

Ah, thank you. Now I can sleep in peace. Now if you’ll just cover my cage, I’d be indebted to you, my good lady.

~ P. H. Burdette

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Rotlich? Grunlich? I Haven’t Decided Yet!

Okay so here’s the deal with the title. My mom STILL can’t make up her mind on what to name her fish. I keep tellin’ her name him Mr. Lovewell, so I think she’s startin’ to lean toward that. But a lady named Rebecca who commented before suggested one that I really like and that’s Rotlich, which means readdish in German. My mom says I’m Scottish but I like the German language. 🙂 While she’s thinkin’ about the name, I snuck on the computer to show you guys some new pictures of the fish. (Golly, it’s hard to type with paws as big as mine!)

Preeettyyyy! Mom says he’s a dragonscale betta.

Could he be a feathertail betta?

AUUGHHHHHHHH!!! …..Oh geez! He scared me half to death! I thought aliens were invading! (Maybe I’ve been watching too much Twilight Zone) Hey! Maybe we oughta name him Rod Serling!

Hmmmm…you kinda get used to that scary beard after awhile….

And finally, here’s picture my mom took of the fish’s home (A 3 gallon Critter Keeper). I like water, but I wouldn’t to live in it. Sherlock said he was goin’ to liberate the fish. What’s liberate mean?

I hope ya’ll enjoyed the pictures! 🙂 Oh yeah and my mom took those pictures not me. I haven’t got the hang of gettin’ my dew claw around so I can push down on the shutter button.

~Dixie, the Golden Retriever

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What We’ve Been Up To

Dixie has been doing marvelous with her hoop jumping skills! So far, we’d been doing a few inches off the ground, and then add another…and another… and another. As long as she was comfortable with it and I didn’t think it would strain her. I’m so proud of her! Today she made 12 inches! It was funny because I was holding the hoop getting out my clicker and treats, and she was already going through the hoop; she couldn’t wait to start. We haven’t quite started “Sit-Up” yet but we’ll get there. Tomorrow, I’ll try to get some photos of Dixie and her hoop.

Most of the time, if you look up resource guarding dogs, it’ll be about dogs who guard against people. Dixie doesn’t have this problem; rather, her problem is guarding against other dogs. Here is an article by Pat Miller concerning this problem: http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/14_10/features/Resource-Guarding-Behavior-Modification_20368-1.html?zkPrintable=true#.T5ODCUL9XAF.facebook

 

Today, I made peanut butter fudge and Dixie decided she wanted to help. “Help clean up your mess,” she said. Every Christmas and Thanksgiving, our aunt makes fudge for everyone and this year I got the recipe from her. It’s fun and easy to make, and oh so much more fun to eat! 😉

I like helpin’!

What’s this? Empty?!

Ah ha! Guilty as charged! (Note the marshmallow on her nose)

The finished product! Mmmm….Can’t wait for it to cool off…*slurp*

~P. H. Burdette

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Furry Friends: The Dogs of the House

Dixie with her Favorite Tug Toy

J. G. Burdette’s dog, Murdoch. He had his first birthday yesterday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MURDIE!

Sherlock laying in HIS computer chair.

This is Stitch. Our mom’s 9-year-old senior Alien- I mean Pekingese.

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Cowgirl Dixie

Recently, Dixie has become obsessed with westerns; including “The Wild, Wild West”, “Bonanza”, “Rawhide”, “The Lone Ranger”, and a few others. She has been watching westerns and AirBud since she a wee pup. She dug into the closet and dug out my felt cowboy hat and BEGGED me to put it on her along with her blue bandanna.

See, mom?! I’m smiling! Now can we go play, huh? I know EXACTLY where my ball is! Can we go now?! PLEASE!

Correction: Tsk, tsk. Poor pet. I was just humoring her and I did NOT dig into the closet! YOU did! And I asked for my PURPLE bandanna NOT the blue one. Really, mom. You need to get your facts straight. I do like watching AirBud and I’ve seen all of ’em. 🙂 But it’s mom who’s obsessed with westerns. She just finished watching “The Wild Wild West” for the fifth time over a span of two years. And she watches Bonanza on Saturdays and borrows Rawhide from the library whenever they get a new season. They just got season 3 and 4 so *sigh*, I’ll be humoring her for a little while longer I suppose. Hah! Next thing you know, she’ll be wanting me to play dead after a “duel” or something! Oh yeah! And today she got this really cool ring thingy and boy is it fun running through!

That “ring thingy” is a hula hoop, Dix. And I am NOT obsessed! Well..maybe just a teeny bit. 🙂

Oh yeah…that thing... *blush*Sure, sure, mom! I believe you. 😉

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