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My mom just watched this Ted talk with me today. We were both totally STUNNED!!

Don’t panic; no one shot a stun gun at us. That’s just a saying 🙂

Mom’s sad that she didn’t know these things when I was little. I’m sad that all of my puppyhood friends are gone now.

The title of this talk sounds like it’s only about dogs, BUT it’s about cats too. You might want to know about some cats that lived to be 34 and 38 years old! The oldest dog was “only” 31 years old.

People who blog for their furry family members do so because they love and celebrate their companionship. It only makes sense to do what you can to have as many years with them as possible.

Watch the 16 minute movie for the 5 tips. Then send all of your friends a link to watch it too. Together we can change this downward trend of pet lifespans!!

♥♥ Behr Behr, the Furever Dog 🙂

Note from Behr’s mom: I’ve created an additional page on this blog to add notes from this talk here.

I put the notes on a different page, since Behr’s not really into the science part of what she talks about. She’s very outgoing and just likes to talk about whatever is on her mind at the moment. We balance each other out that way 🙂



Today was super boring for me.  Mom said it was waaaay too hot outside to take any long walkies.

Her favorite weather place said the mean temperature here should be 73-75 degrees (F) in May, but today it was over 100 degrees.

I didn’t even know temperatures could be mean before. It’s confusing to me, because the mean temperature would have been nicer. Hmmm.

I didn’t have anything to do but hang out on one of our decks observation platforms and keep an eye on the squirrels.

Watching Squirrels

Even THEY were bored and didn’t make noises at me or run today. See for yourself…

Squirrel 1 squirrel 2 squirrel 3 Squirrel 4

Squirrel 5

♥ Behr Behr, Chief Squirrel Patrol Officer 🙂



Can you imagine how scary it would be if big Great Danes like us dressed up like Ghost Dogs? Bwahahaha…


♥Behr Behrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…………




Don’t worry, I haven’t disappeared. 🙂

Mom’s getting around on her four legs pretty well now, and can even hobble  a little bit on two!  She goes to a place called “physical therapy” for several hours a day.  I haven’t gotten to go there yet, but I don’t think I really want to.  She said they just make her do lots of exercises that hurt.  No thanks, I’ll just get my exercise with Dad instead!!  Besides, I’m a puppy princess, and I only do things that are fun.

Dad and I have become quite a team lately, going new places, exploring and playing.  He used to not have as much time with me, but since Mom got hurt and had her surgery, Dad’s been the one taking me exploring.  That’s one of the good things that have happened because Mom got hurt, I guess. I always did wish Dad could do more things with me, and now he does.  In fact, Dad does EVERYTHING with me because Mom can’t even take me for walks or anything.  I kinda feel sorry for Mom, tho.  Sometimes she goes for little walks with Dad and I, but she has to use her crutches, so it’s a lot slower than I usually walk.  Other times, she sits and watches us play and I think that’s kinda hard for her.  It’s ok, someday Mom and I will get to play together again. After all of this that she has gone through, I don’t think she’ll ever take me to a dog park again, though. She said that was a really, really expensive trip to the dog park that we had that day in June 🙂  It scares people when she goes places and they see her and find out her injuries happened in the dog park.  Obviously that kind of thing doesn’t happen to everyone, but it’s good to be aware that it can happen, and to keep an eye on all of the doggies that are playing there.

Tonight Dad and I were out on a walk and playing when we heard a big splash in some water. Of course, I rushed right over to see who had jumped in the water 🙂  Boy was I surprised to see some kind of strange puppy named “Raccoon” looking up at me!! Dad wouldn’t let me chase him, tho.  We didn’t have a camera with me, so I found this photo on the internet to show you what he looked like.  Dad told me this “puppy” likes to wash his food in water before eating it.  Now that’s ridiculous!! I eat stuff off the ground all the time without washing it, and I’m just fine.

Besides, it would take me forever to eat if I had to wash all of my food.  That’s probably why the raccoon puppy was so small compared to me, ’cause he wastes too much time playing with his food in the water instead of gulping it down like me. Silly puppy.

Behr Behr , Dad’s hiking/exploring/raccoon chasing puppy:)

Good news about my cousin, Zeus!  Remember how I said that when we helped Zeus’s family move, he was really sad and was howling when he got to his new home? Well, not only did he get a big, new house with a park in his back yard, he also has fluffy white stuff that falls from the sky, just for him!

The whole time Zeus lived here in Cali. near me, he had this silly thick coat on. I think he kept it on because his fur parents gave it to him, and he figured that by leaving it on they might see him one day and recognize him or something.  I kept telling him to take it off and put on his short one, like I have, but he never did. We don’t need thick coats where we live.  Besides that, his coat was always falling out all over the place, as a subtle hint to him that it just wasn’t right to wear it all year.  He never got the hint, tho.

In his new home, about a 200 hour drive from my house (remember? roads and trees, roads and trees…), he is getting this cold white stuff pretty often now.  While his humans have to go out and buy all this special stuff to wear so that they’re not freezing, his built in coat is perfect. Suddenly, he has discovered what the thick fluffy coat was for!!! Oh my gosh, he is a totally different dog in the white stuff!! He zooms around like some kind of wild puppy in the  stuff (not that I would know what a wild puppy acts like or anything….)

Take a look….

♥ Behr Behr,  the sleek and shiny one 🙂

(not the red stuff you put on hamburgers, either) 🙂

I wanted to show you the photos of our last camping trip before mom’s surgery.  Unfortunately, it rained really really hard, so we didn’t get as many pictures.  Mom also didn’t take any pictures of the mushroom I ate right before she and Dad made me throw up a whole bunch. That’s what the v-e-t said to do when they called from the top of the mt. where we were.  (In case you didn’t know, hydrogen peroxide makes dogs throw up REALLY fast!) Mean ol’ v-e-t. I can’t believe she told Mom and Dad to do that to me!!  Well,I learned not to eat mushrooms anymore, that’s for sure!!!!

Here are my pictures, taken when it wasn’t raining 🙂

And one of my favorites….me and Dad on top of the world together 🙂  Well, it feels like it when I’m with him, anyhow.

So, after much barking and pleading I finally convinced Mom to help me communicate with all of my friends again.  I missed all of you a bunch, and am SO looking forward to making the rounds to visit you again and see what you are up to!!  Thank you for your patience while Mom needed the time off.  I am so thankful for such great friends like you!!!!!

Meanwhile, let’s just pick up where WE left off….

When Mom got hurt at the dog park (which led to her surgery), we were just getting ready to leave on a trip to help Zeus’s family move to another state.  Zeus is my cousin and one of my bestest friends.  Well, at least I thought he was my best friend until he moved and got all grumpy with me.  Keep reading to find out what I mean 🙂

We went through 3 states to get to Zeus’ new home, so it was a long, long, long, long, long ride.  I think it took about 1.375 years (in dog years) to get there. Not only that, but some of us even drove other people’s cars to get there.  That’s really weird to me.  Dad drove a really, really big moving truck, Mom drove a big van, and my aunts and uncles drove cars.

All the humans all had little radios that they were chatting and laughing on all the way out there.  It’s like they had a “human’s only radio club” or something, laughing and talking non-stop.  They said that was good because sometimes we were in mts. where the cell phones didn’t work.  Whatever.  All I know is that they weren’t even nice enough to remember that Zeus and I didn’t have any way to bark to each other, so we felt really left out.

Here’s a picture of Zeus in his car.

Zeus seemed ok with the whole long drive for some reason.  I, on the other hand, was totally, completely, and thoroughly bored to tears.  It didn’t take long before I realized that THIS trip was going nowhere fun.  No beach, no park, no sniffy class, no camping.  Nothing to look at all day but trees and roads and cars. 

The silly humans were all excited about seeing pretty views and fun things on the trip.  All I saw was boring old roads and trees.  Well, ok, they did actually stop once in a while in some park like places that were pretty, but for some reason we weren’t allowed to run all over the place.  We had to stay on leashes.  Here are some photos of the pretty park-like places, but please note how longingly I’m looking at all of that empty grass that I wanted to run and play in.  They still never got the hint and let me run free, even tho I gave them the saddest looks I could possibly make.

I even got to see a river at one of the park places, but I wasn’t allowed in the water.  You’d think we were at a museum or something!

Well, I guess to be totally fair, I should tell you that Mom and Dad DID let me do one of my favorite things in the whole universe…SNIFFING!!! Oh yeah, NOW you’re talking my kinda fun!

OK, so maybe it wasn’t TOTALLY boring, and Mom and Dad weren’t trying to mean to me or something.  I wish I could have spent hours sniffing the new places, but right when I got really into it they would put me back in the silly car and start driving again.

I figured that when we got to Zeus’ new home that things would be great again, so I tried to be patient with everybody.  Wrong again.

When we got to Zeus’ new (temporary) home, Zeus suddenly acted like he didn’t even know me or something!!!  I couldn’t even believe it!! No matter what I did to try to play with him and be nice, he would turn away from me or snap at me. I was starting to get really sad now. 😦 

When he wasn’t ignoring me or snapping at me, he would just sit and stare at the door like he wanted to go back to his old house, sometimes even howling like he was sad and crying or something..


Finally, Mom sat down and talked to me and told me that Zeus was just really scared and not trying to be mean to me on purpose.  She told me that when he was a little pup, he had been abandoned for a long, long time and that he was probably afraid .  He still had his family, but his heart remembered how scared he was as a little puppy when he was left in a strange place all alone. As she was talking, little puppy tears were starting to leak from my eyes.

I felt a lot better after she explained all of this to me.  She assured me that the next time I would go back to visit Zeus, he would have a big new house and yard for us to play in and we could be happy together just like old times.  I decided to forgive him for ignoring me and that I would give him plenty of time to adjust to the changes he was going through.

Dad was so nice to take me to lots of dog parks so I could run around and play with some new doggie friends while we were on vacation!  We also got to go for some really pretty walkies while we were there.  Yay!!!

Look how pretty the bike and hiking trails were by Zeus’ new home..

Boy was Zeus ever going to LOVE  these trails when he calmed down!!!! He’s one lucky dog to live here!

Another thing that was actually fun for me was seeing all of the millions of bunnies near Zeus’ new home.  They were EVERYWHERE!!! Don’t worry, I’m not allowed to chase the bunnies at my house or here, but I AM allowed to sniff their trails (which I actually like even better!)

My mom likes this next picture, and since she’s nice enough to be helping me blog again, I’m letting her post it along with my photos.  It’s a picture of my little human cousin.  He’s my mom’s grandson (and Zeus’  human “brother”).

“Uh Oh Mom, look!…he’s getting my Hamlet toy from my den!”

Well, before long it was time to leave and drive through all of those boring states to come back home.  I don’t know if I’ll ever get in a car again after this!!!

Here’s what the trip home was like, in my view, anyhow…

Roads and trees, roads and trees, roads and trees, roads and trees….

Yipee! I can get out and roll in the grass now????

What? I have to get back into the car already?!?

Then it was roads and trees, roads and trees all over again.

Somewhere on the way home between the roads and trees and the breaks in the parks that were just teasers, I decided to teach Mom and Dad a lesson about taking me on such boring road trips.  I decided to chew up the seat belt that my harness was hooked into so that I could attempt an escape.  Unfortunately, they caught me and were really unhappy about what I had done.  The only other time I chewed up a seatbelt was when I was only about 12 weeks old and Dad was taking too long in Starbucks while I waited alone in the car.  You’d think they would have gotten the point then, but I had to remind them on this trip.

Fortunately, after 3.45 years, we finally got home again.  I don’t know if I’ve ever been so GLAD to see my house before!

For now, tho, I think I’ll just stay away from roads for a while.  Trees are ok tho. 🙂

♥ Behr Behr, travel’n dog.

Note from Behr Behr’s mom:  I happy to report that Zeus’ family got their new, permanent home, and Zeus is once again a very happy dog.  He now has his very own private “park” in his back yard that is huge, with lots and lots of room for him to run and play.

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