Adventures in Puppysitting


While looking through some old files, I found a diary of a puppy I had taken in for a week while owners went on vacation. Sonic was a half border collie, half terrier. She was chocolate brown with green eyes, and totally loveable, and of course, brilliant.

I decided that when the owner came back, I would have taught her a trick. As roll over is one of the easiest to teach, I decided on that. You simply have the puppy in a lying down position and hold a treat over its haunches, so that it has to reach, strrrretttch to get it. Most pups will naturally flip over on their backs, and then follow the treat like a magnet the rest of the way. Give it a try!

You can read more about Sonic’s adventures that week, by following the link to “Fur the Love of Dogs“.

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About Nancy J. Bailey

Artist, author, bad karaoke singer. Woodsy ragamuffin. Mom of a horse named Clifford who plays fetch and paints with watercolors. He visits libraries and schools with me, to promote literacy and making the world a better place. Yes, he is house trained, no, he doesn't live in my house! I have written three books about Clifford. But my newest book, THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN, is co-written by my awesome sister Amanda, who has Down syndrome. Her unexpected one-liner wisecracks can always make me laugh. If you make me laugh, you've made my day!
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