Welcome Home Mama And Boris: Book Review

Cover of Welcome Home Mama and Boris

The Internet is full off heartwarming reunions between dogs and veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. They make us feel good about an unfortunate situation and also demonstrate how much our dogs add to our lives.

Welcome Home Mama and Boris: How a Sister’s Love Saved a Fallen Soldier’s Beloved Dogs provides us with a view of a different, but no less uplifting, meeting. A meeting between a fall soldier’s sister (co-author Carey Neesley) and the dogs he rescued before he lost his life in Iraq.

I received a preview copy of this book a few weeks ago and enjoyed it immensely. This isn’t a book I would normally buy on my own — I tend to gravitate toward either fiction (mostly Sci-Fi and Fantasy) or science (math, physics, and surprise! behavior and training,) but I had heard of this story back when Carey was trying to rescue the dogs from Iraq and my curiosity was piqued. The book did not disappoint. As a matter of fact it was difficult to put it down after I started reading it.

Carey writes in both the first person and in the present tense which took me a few pages to get used to, but eventually her direct style and internal dialog grabbed me and brought me right into the story. She starts out showing you how close she was with Peter (her brother) as well as how close he was to her young son Patrick. How and why Peter served not just one tour in Iraq but two provides insight into his character and helps make it obvious why Carey worked so hard to save his dogs.

While most of us are familiar with Carey’s success bringing Mama and Boris home, there is a lot more to the story, both before and after she worked the miracle of getting them back to the U.S. How did Peter find the dogs? Why did his unit in Iraq work so hard to help her save them? Who helped her stateside? What bureaucratic hoops must one jump through to get 2 dogs from Baghdad to the midwest? It’s a great read.

THis is a really a book for anyone, but dog people will find it especially interesting and rewarding. Preorder it now!

Here is a book trailer:

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Medical Problems Of Golden Retrievers


Epilepsy
Also known as seizures, epilepsy disorders normally occur from viral infections, and environmental factors as well. Even though an inaccessible seizure isn’t always a problem, dogs that have recurring seizures should never be bred. Vets can recommend medicines that control recurring seizures, although medicine isn’t always effective. Although epilepsy doesn’t affect the health of a Golden Retriever, it does have an effect on breeding. You can never tell if it is indeed heredity, therefore breeding is pretty much out of the question – to avoid passing it on to the litter.

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The treatment of hypothyroidism involves taking the oral supplement for hypothyroidism on a daily basis. Once it has been treated successfully, the prognosis will appear to be normal and dog will have a normal, healthy life span, providing there are no other medical problems. This condition is somewhat common with Golden Retrievers, and can be diagnosed by your vet.

Some Golden’s who suffer from hypothyroid problems will have seizures, although this will stop once they go on the oral treatment medicine. Even though the hypothyroid condition isn’t associated with epilepsy, you should monitor your dog to be on the safe side. You don’t want to take any chances with your dog coming down with epilepsy, which is why you should always have your vet do routine checks.

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Grand Plans

I had all these grand plans to blog more frequently this week but it just didn’t happen.  These puppies sure slow down productivity!  I’m still taking pictures most days but never have time to do anything more than post a few to Facebook.

They had a busy week.  They met a family on Tuesday night, Amanda came to visit them on Thursday during the day and then Thursday night we went off to a pet store to meet a whole bunch more families.

It’s really interesting to see how they respond in different situations.  Leslie is definitely the confident go getter.  Amy responded how I thought she would – she takes a few minutes to assess the situation then goes forth with confidence.  I was a little surprised by Bernie though – she did not enjoy the trips to other places at all.  And she never recovered the whole time we were there – both at the family’s house and at the pet store.  Poor girl.  No one got to see her true fun-loving sassy attitude except for Amanda because she came to our place and Bernie seems to have no problems meeting new people. When Bernie is out and about though she reminds me a little bit of a black and tan dog I know.  ;)

Anyway, sorry about the photo dump… but they are too cute not to share.

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Redirect to an Alternate Behavior

This is brilliant. It’s also related to dog training.

This Dad has hit on a great technique for ending a frustrating situation quickly: redirecting from an unwanted behavior to another.

Redirection is another technique in the Applied Behavior Analysis toolbox. I’ve spoken about differential reinforcement before. This is also a form of differential reinforcement: DRO or Differential Reinforcement of an Other behavior. (Although we could call what Dad is doing in the video DRI too, since you can’t cry and “moo” like a cow at the same time.) As the video clearly shows, redirection/DRO can be a very effective technique.

(By the way, controlling antecedents might be another option: if playing with a certain toy often leads to a tantrum than that toy might disappear during a nap. But I digress…)

You’ve likely heard or read something similar with dogs. Redirect a puppy that is chewing on hands or furniture to a toy. Redirect a dog displaying fearful or aggressive behavior to an alternative, such as targeting or eye contact. It can work in the short term, which can be a blessing to a dog owner and it can help in the long term since the first step is alleviating an unwanted situation is preventing or curtailing it, and it can even work in the long term if the undesired behavior is not reinforced as well as the one being redirected to.

One possible pitfall here is unintentionally creating a behavior chain: the little girl might figure out that throwing a tantrum gets her Dad’s attention, similar to a puppy that figures out that chewing on a chair leg makes a bone appear. Preventing this isn’t difficult. Make sure that there is an easier way to get what they want, in the case of the little girl it might be as simple as asking for attention and for the puppy it could just be a polite “sit.”

Have you used redirection with your dog?

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