My 70 pound Golden Retriever Lap Dog

Rebel has grown by leaps and bounds and I wanted to document where he is at with his training.  He is now 8 months old and weighs around 70 pounds.  He continues to be 100% food motivated which makes training MUCH easier.  My love of Golden Retrievers is off the charts and we have a deposit down for his brother who should be coming home in September.   Rebel is such a blessing and an amazing BFF.  My overall health has improved immensely with my trusty Service Dog in Training.  I love my Rebel boy!  

Current commands and their status below:

Vaping Anniversary 6 years smoke free

Like many people, I grew up in a smoke filled home and began smoking at 15 years old.  I tried multiple times throughout my life to quit using every option on the market without success.  My mother passed away from complications of COPD in 2007... which did eat at me but I continued to smoke.  

While at a seminar in Portland Oregon in 2011 I joined the other smokers on the outdoor patio.  While we were outside smoking cancer sticks, some of the other attendees were taunting us from inside vaping...


The great alternative to Smoking!

I smoked for many more years than I care to admit, but suffice to say I was a teenager when I started. Over the years that habit turned into some sort of crazy relationship with cigarettes. Rarely did I even consider quitting but was embarrassed that I had not given up my beloved crutch.

Dyson Big Ball Animal and Royal Vacuum Cleaners
  • Golden Retriever and other pet hair vacuum cleaners
  • Dyson Big Ball Animal review
  • Restored Royal Everlast, Kirby style Commercial
  • Reasons why we use both Dyson and Royal

Jackson County FL Elections
  • Commissioners Clint Pate, Eric Hill receive opponents in Aug. 28 Primary
  • Dr. Terry Nichols draws two opponents in school board contest
  • School Board incumbents Chris Johnson, Charlotte Gardner unopposed
  • Judges Wade Mercer, Ana Garcia, Shonna Gay unopposed

Rick Scott and Clint Pate
  • “We need to do this in Washington!” Scott says he will do as senator in Washington what he did as governor for Florida
  • “Let’s get to work,” Republican Gov. touts state’s current 3.8 % unemployment, and “47-year- low crime rate,” 1.5 million new jobs
  • Says 56 of 67 Fla. Sheriffs endorse his run for US Senate against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson
  • Guest speaker at annual Jackson County Republican Executive Committee’s Reagan Day Dinner 2018 fundraiser event in Marianna
  • Favors term limits for US Senate, House of Representatives and line-item budget veto for President

My Service Dog in Training

From the moment we started the search for a Golden Retriever puppy, I wanted to train him to be my Service Dog.  I knew the odds of a Golden Retriever succeeding as a SD were far higher than other breeds.  Every decision we made during this process was in hopes that the puppy we chose would be my Service Dog but only time would tell if it worked out.  That said, I can officially say that Rebel is my Service Dog in Training at 6 months of age.  He has FAR exceeded all of my expectations and continues to astound me with his abilities every day!

Dog Training FAQ

Sandra opines about Frequently Asked Questions.  Sandra's opinions on Pet Insurance, Spay and Neuter, Breeding, Dog Treats, Raw Diet, Pet food, Positive Training vs Balanced Training, e-collars, vaccinations, toys and much more.  This is an ongoing article that will be edited as needed.  As I learn more, my opinions sometimes change.  These are my opinions as of today.

Amazing Fitness and Weight Loss Program

There are oodles of books, videos, programs and other self help plans to help people loose weight and get fit.  I have discovered the holy grail of fitness and weight loss that I must share with you!

It happened quite by accident and I suggested to my Dr that he prescribe this amazing program to his patients.  He agreed!  Here is the program:

Puppy Socialization Rebel and Buddy Play Date

Puppies need to be socialized in every conceivable situation such as other animals, people, stores, hiking adventures and so forth. The Vets, however, strongly discourage socialization until after the puppy vaccines which puts owners in a quandary. Rebel was 16 weeks old before he was cleared to be able to socialize which really limited his exposure to life during the critical marking stage. The dogs health is of utmost importance so we did abide by the Vets strong warning but we were ready for the minute he was cleared! Here is how we did a crash course in socialization within one week of being cleared by vet.