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My friend, Coal!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Good morning!
The day looks promising---sunshine----blue sky---
The Germans are fed----(as in dogs)-

Last night---at dusk----Coal, the 120 pound black Shepherd-jumped right up, onto the bed--our bed----Once again I could hear Fireworks-----someone was setting them off at the boat landing, close to here-- I guess---

Coal does not like strange noises----thunder-----smoke alarms----beeping from anything---It's stressful to a dog!---- His main goal in life ......is...to eat!!!
......as much as he can-------
Coal has been on the Spark dog diet, since he was born--about 9 years now----
He can eat his allotment, in kibble, in one minute flat--poor fella--for then it's gone--till supper time. (I feed him twice a day)-

As you can see, it is a struggle for him to maintain a figure!
But, he is a great example for Spark Dogs-----
He shows that if he has his calories counted, he is a healthy specimen---

He wonders why I have trouble sticking to my goals----
If a German Shepherd can do this, I surely can!!!
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    What a great dog! Too bad our Germans will never meet. :)
    2007 days ago
    Your sweet little boy Coal sounds a lot like my Shadow!!!! She doesn't climb into my bed though, she crawls under it, she is really good a tummy walking!!!! Yesterday, just after I put her outside a transformer blew near by, she made it into the house by herself!! While she was sitting trembling next to me, the power came back on and my TV system clicked, she started to tremble even harder. I feel so sorry for her, how to explain to a dog that there's nothing to be afraid of. Shadow also has to watch her weight. Since I can't walk her right now (back problems) I put her on the treadmill next to me while I pedal. She does approx. 75 minutes everyday and she loves it. I have also cut down her treats.
    (Beautiful pictures, beautiful dog!!)


    2008 days ago
    Lots of dogs hate loud noises so this is not new to me. Enjoy your loving friend!
    2008 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Priceless photos of your awesome furchild.
    2008 days ago
  • EDWARDS1411
    He's a beauty boy!!!
    2008 days ago
    emoticon Gorgeous Dog!!! He is a Great Spokes Dog for the Spark Dog Diet!!!
    2008 days ago
  • DALID414
    He's beautiful!
    2008 days ago
    Yes, Sophie too is a great Spark Dog. But she only nibbles, unless I'm eating. Then she eats whatever is in her bowl, and comes looking for my food! Ha!

    2008 days ago
    Yup . . . Coal is a spark dog, just like my Mr. Spot and they both have their food issues! LOL Mr. Spot would eat anything that didn't move (and I think if hungry enough would even eat something that moved!) but now (he's 13) he's more content with his twice-a-day kibbles too. OH, and the occasional piece of banana.

    He too is TERRIFIED of thunder and loud noises. Has been since he was a fur baby. He has a thunder shirt too. Helps . . . sometimes.

    HUGS and here's to Tuesday. Oh, and tell Coal . . . LOOKING GOOD!
    2008 days ago
  • no profile photo FERRNIE
    Coal looks so healthy and happy. I just want to stroke his fur and give him a hug. emoticon
    2008 days ago
    Such a sweet dog -- and Charlie (our golden) feels just the same about fireworks. May 24 was quite a trial for him (and us).

    Now if somebody would just deliver MY kibble twice a day in a measured amount just think how gorgeous my figure would be.
    2008 days ago
  • GABY1948
    SUCH and inspiration Coal is...and a beautiful specimen! I got to wondering....our neighbor has two white Germans (overweight of course so Coal is doing great...or rather you are) if Coal was bred with them would they have spotted Germans like COWS? LOL emoticon

    You are doing great with Coal's weight....so just apply that to what you eat and see where it gets you...do YOU like Kibble? That may be your key!

    Have a blessed day, Lynda! emoticon emoticon
    2008 days ago
    Poor Coal does not have opposable thumbs, and therefore cannot get into extra kibble himself. Maybe you need some sort of locking system that does not allow you more than your daily "allotment" of food.
    2008 days ago
    emoticon You are a great Hu-Mom to Coal! And I love that attentive pose in the last photo... his eyes must look right into your soul.

    As for being bothered by fireworks (and thunder), my grand-dog is, too. They got him a thunder shirt, and it helps some, but on particularly stormy nights/days, he curls up in his "safe spot" or any safe spot he perceives. Poor guys!

    Spark a great day for YOU, and Hu-Mom yourself a bit? emoticon
    2008 days ago
    Dogs give us such an optimistic outlook on life. They somehow know when we need a little extra push or a little extra love. I have a mini-schnoodle that loves to walk with me. He is my training partner for the walks I do and doesn't understand why I am not taking him this summer when I do my training walks. I am walking with a friend as we prep for the 1/2 marathon in the fall and so my walks are not as solitude as they used to be. I guess I will have to find a way to include him as he looks so broken-hearted when I leave without him.

    Anyway, all this to say, maybe we should follow the dogs lead a little more. If we can keep them on a diet or exercise regime, why can we follow one as well?
    2008 days ago
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