My Bluetick coonhound

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My most recent rescue pup is a bluetick coonhound named Travis. I received him from his previous owner who could “no longer control him”. When he first came to me he was a fifty pound 8 month old puppy. I was nervous at first bringing him into our home since our family already consisted of an 8 year old pitbull (Natalyn) and an 8 year old yorkie mix. (Keebler) Natalyn, who does not always appreciate new friends, was my first concern. However, she accepted Travis with open paws and quickly began to show him the ropes around the home. Keebler (who is a whole 12 pounds) however took time to adjust mainly due to the fact he did not want to share his big sister with a new playmate.

Within the first evening with Travis at our home, it quickly became apparent why his previous owner had issues with his behavior.  He would charge the front door if you attempted to walk outside as if he were in a panic. His crate training was light years behind. He would bawl (the coonhound bark) nonstop if you were not in his sights. Now I realize some of the behavior was due to his new surroundings, however he was a classic case of why you start training as young as you possibly can.

By the end of the first week or so I began to have my concerns. He had snapped at me which almost triggered Miss Natalyn into protection mode. We could not leave our house without fear of the neighbors calling in a noise complaint. Attempting to take him on long walks to relieve his hunting dog energy was difficult since he was not well leash trained.  I will be honest, I had never given up on rescue and it broke my heart to think I was about too.

However, the fates within the universe had another story to tell. That night, something changed. This neurotic, stubborn, growling pup just changed.  He curled up with me and laid his head on my lap, falling sound asleep with me rubbing is long soft ears.  That was it I couldn’t give up on this misunderstood pup. He needed me as I much as I would soon learn I needed him.

The next day I began taking him to work with me. (I am fortunate to work in a very pet friendly place) He began to understand the crate, we would place him, was in fact just his puppy house that from time to time he had to hang out in. He started to enjoy his walks and realized quickly that on these walks he would meet new friends, both human and four legged. Something began to click between us. He quickly became my hiking buddy, and I believe I finally had become his puppy mom.

He recently celebrated his first birthday. The pups all enjoyed frosty paws and chewed up a few birthday hats. Travis has taught me a lot in the past few months. He taught me that sometimes fear makes you act out in ways that is not your true persona. Sometimes, you just need to a longer time to get to know someone. Just because you snap at someone doesn’t mean you don’t like them, it may mean you just don’t know them well enough to trust them yet. Taking long walks and traveling to new places is good medicine for your soul.  Oh course, sometimes you need to just let out a big to get attention, and sometimes it’s just fun to create a little chaos by chewing up something. I guess there is a lot someone can learn from their pups is they just listen and watch, and I’m sure he will continue to teach me every day.

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Wake up

Signpost "Order vs. Chaos"Common sense is basically defined as being able to make a reasonable and sound/logical judgment on a basic issue.  Have we lost this in recent years? Are we as a society too worried about being able to find a safe space to ride out our problems instead of facing them head on? What has happened to our society? Have our minds begun a de-evolution process due to all the information we could ever desire now being placed literally within the palm of our hands? Have we forgotten how to search for answers we require to grow? Has this process started a cause and effect of not knowing how to socially interact without sounding like childish beings whining that things did not go our way?

It is in my opinion; we as a society are digressing just as fast as our technology is progressing. We have human rights activist acting like wild beasts in the streets. We have lost the ability to sit and reasonable talk out our differences. Our next generation of college students, who will be our next working class leaders, throwing tantrums if they don’t like a guest speaker who comes within their campus walls.  Women, marching on the streets for Women’s Rights, wearing a vagina on their head, sorry ladies last I checked this will not help your cause, but perhaps show your immaturity.  (In case you a wondering I am a women)

The time of “Everyone deserves a trophy” needs to come to an end. Parents you need to allow your children to deal with some issues on their own. Those who never allow their baby birds to fly from the nest will never know their true strengths.  We need to learn to speak about our differences, and not in a malicious way. We need to realize that sometimes in life things do not always go the way we want them, however we reroute and regroup and move on.  The sun will come up tomorrow, a new day will begin.

System Restore

Within our society, we are faced with a great need for a Criminal Justice system restoration.  Indeed the current one works, however as with most things, just because it works does not mean it cannot improve.  Our current system has created over population within our jails and prisons, placing our country in the forefront of the world’s incarcerated population.  Granted criminal activity has decreased within United States. Is this due to overcrowding and overpopulation our facilities? Perhaps, or is it the cause and effect of our mandatory sentencing that has removed the judgment from our Judges? This is a chicken and egg scenario that can be debated for another time.

Currently many of our jails and prisons offer different programs to help those incarcerated with future job skills, life skills, and further education. However, these programs are often limited and difficult for inmates to obtain. Many have wait lists so long that many inmates are released before they gain access to the programs. So, where does that leave them? Back home, with a criminal record and perhaps no direction with their lives except the one they were previously on.

Now, I know what many think, “You can’t help everyone.” “Not everyone wants to change their lives around.”, and their right not everyone does. However, what if we were able to reach that one out of hundred people? That has the potential to remove at least one person from the vicious cycle that many face of reentry into the incarcerated population.

Increasing availability and funding for specialized rehabilitation programs, such as college degrees, updated worker skills, and generalized life skills, has the potential to have a positive impact not only that individual’s life but as a benefit to our society as a whole.  Being the top country of incarcerated inmates is not bragging rights for the United States. This is an area we should be ashamed of. It should no longer be, lock them up and forget about theses individuals. We owe it to ourselves, as a world leading country, to try and reform our current situation.