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Old 06-27-2014, 09:40 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Every now and then we have a special relationship between us and an animal.

I call them 'soul pets'. Sounds like Fama is yours.

As always, thank you for sharing your pictures and stories David. They are uplifting.
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:41 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Thanks David, much respect for you and Fama.
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:14 AM   #33 (permalink)
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I watched a show on military dogs and handlers called Glory Hounds, I sobbed the entire two hours and woke up with a headache. lol

I honestly have no idea how you guys get through the stress of doing tours in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, you have my utmost respect.

I'm so glad you were reunited with her and that she's adjusting to her retirement. Some animals just grab a hold of your heart and don't let go.
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:30 AM   #34 (permalink)
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I watched a show on military dogs and handlers called Glory Hounds, I sobbed the entire two hours and woke up with a headache. lol

I honestly have no idea how you guys get through the stress of doing tours in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, you have my utmost respect.

I'm so glad you were reunited with her and that she's adjusting to her retirement. Some animals just grab a hold of your heart and don't let go.
We get through it because we have our brothers and sisters to our left and right. In my case, I had Fama. It's nothing heroic or above and beyond what anyone would do in the same situation, if they are able. You do what you are trained and you protect one another. You do your job, just like anyone does.

Aside from missing my family, I love being deployed. It's a great job being a soldier... especially as a handler.

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Old 06-27-2014, 10:32 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Every now and then we have a special relationship between us and an animal.

I call them 'soul pets'. Sounds like Fama is yours.

As always, thank you for sharing your pictures and stories David. They are uplifting.
I think so too. We share a brain lol. I think we are just a lot alike and we have a tendency to come to the same conclusion given the same situation. I don't really know though. How can you quantify a relationship? It's beyond my understanding. I just know it's fun, and we both seem to get a lot out of it.

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Old 06-27-2014, 11:46 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Thanks again for the explanation. I, too, had wondered about the back story. Your video of Lu and Fama plays looks exactly like what happens in my house every single day. Except my Lu is an overweight lab named Jocassee and my Fama has a tail Best of luck in your continued daily adventures with your "soul dog" (I really like that btw.)
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:11 PM   #37 (permalink)
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I decided to video some Nosework this evening. This is a vehicle search with 1 hide (1 birch q-tip) placed under the truck on the frame by the rear driver's side tire. It was really windy. She hits odor on the front of the truck but can't pinpoint it. She ends up going all the way to the rear of the truck and then underneath before figuring out where it is.

Thought you may like to see her working. She's a little groggy at first. She was napping after dinner when I leashed her up LOL.

Fama Nosework2 27 JUN 14 - YouTube

I can't figure out why the video won't imbed... oh well
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I'm just catching up on this thread, what a beautiful story. Love all the pics.

Nice work from Fama! From your blurb I was expecting her to be searching longer, but she found the source quick!
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:49 PM   #39 (permalink)
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I'm just catching up on this thread, what a beautiful story. Love all the pics.

Nice work from Fama! From your blurb I was expecting her to be searching longer, but she found the source quick!
LOL... that's not quick It's pretty windy tonight and the odor is doing some fun stuff. It's interesting (to me at least) to watch her bracket (zone in) to source.

Here's another vid of a small open area, my front yard, and a couple different hides. Still single birch q-tips.

Fama Nosework 27 JUN 14 - YouTube
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Love watching them use their brain! The wind can really play tricks them. You could tell how the wind was causing the odor to pool at the base of the tree - how she kept checking there, and was trying to figure out where the odor was coming from.

Why do you stand behind her and throw the ball forward when you reward? I'm sure there is a specific reason you do it that way.
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