Family Preservation Bill 5456


I read about bill 5456 at The post says:

This bipartisan legislation aims to keep kids safe and supported with their families to keep them from entering foster care and makes reforms to reduce the number of children in foster care who are placed in group homes rather than in a family-based setting.

I’m all for that. As someone that aged out of foster care and has adopted from foster care, I know that helping a family learn the skills necessary to keep a family together is important. Tearing a kid away from their flesh and blood doesn’t help anyone, least of all the child. When parents are willing to be helped, society should make an effort to help.

It passed the House of Representatives and is now in the senate. Find your Senator here and send them an email.




Tips to Avoid Children Being Bitten By Dogs

Our pup hangs out while we read to the baby.

Our pup hangs out while we read to the baby.

I just read this great article with tips to avoid having a child bitten by a dog. The article will help families protect their children (not be bitten) and their pups (not be put down). If you have a dog, I suggest that you go over there and read all of the tips, but here are a few that stuck out to me:

  • Teach kids to stay out of the dog’s personal space when the dog is eating, sleeping, injured or has puppies.
  • Don’t startle or surprise any dog –let the dog know when you are approaching.
  • Avoid hugging, kissing or any activity that puts your face in close proximity to the dog’s face.
  • Supervise all interactions between dogs and children and be sure that both adult and child know the body signs that indicate fear or anxiety.
  • When signs of fear or anxiety are observed, stop interactions between child and dog.
  • Provide dogs with a child-free zone in which to retreat—such as a baby-gated room or a kennel or crate.
  • Don’t allow children to mistreat the family dog, teach them to interact appropriately.

There is a lot more to the article, so make sure you go ever there and read the whole thing. It keeps our pups safe and our children.

Thanks Pup for Training Us to Be Parents


We are in the Yay Area right now. In a hotel. With Edgar. For the week. Obviously, he would go crazy unless we take him out for walks. Luckily we are staying near the Redwood Regional Park so taking long walks amid beautiful scenery has been easy. Anyhoo … we’ve realized that Edgar has done a great job training us to be parents.

He has us very well trained. We have learned to read his bathroom signals (he has a dog door at home), his water bowl looks, his I-want-to-get-on-the-bed head tilts. We have a little bag that holds his extra food, snacks, poop bags and toys.

I don’t know if he’d say we’re perfectly trained quite yet (we still have accidents from time to time) but I think we’re coming along nicely …


In Defense of the Nanny Dog

Love this image of a little kid with his nanny dog (pit bull) on a cart pulled by two goats!

Love this image of a little kid with his nanny dog (pit bull) on a cart pulled by two goats!

We have a nanny dog.

Never heard of that? Oh … maybe it’s because you know them as pit bulls. Our 100 lb. love-muffin is exactly the kind of dog we need to have around children. Edgar is gentle and loving. He’s inquisitive and nosey. He’s big and goofy. In short, he’s just the kind of dog that’s great around kids.

Don’t believe me?

Check this out:

In temperance tests (the equivalent of how many times your kid can poke your dog in the eye before it bites him) of all breeds the most tolerant was the Golden Retriever. The second most tolerant was the pit bull.

I can’t wait to introduce our nanny dog to his new charge.



Adoption Dog Training

This is the doll we're using to train our pup.

This is the doll we’re using to train our pup.

One of my biggest concerns about adopting a baby is how to add a child to our existing family (Him, Her and dog) with as little disruption as possible. Edgar, our dog,  is used to being the only little person in our home. I want him to feel comfortable with a new little one. We bought a baby doll and a CD of babies crying to get him used to new sounds, experiences and smells (we wash the doll’s clothes with baby detergent). He’s an amazing dog, but I know that some things will change for him after being placed and I’d like him to feel comfortable.

I love this quote from Cesar Milan:

Forget breed. Don’t assume your dog will not pose a problem based on breed alone, or vice versa. Sure, babies have been bitten by Rottweilers and pit bulls, but they have also been injured by labs, chows, and mixed breeds. A baby in Rhode Island was killed by a cute little Pomeranian. What is the key? Leadership. Be honest with yourself. Can you control your dog at all times in all situations?

Your child’s safety comes first. If, after working with a professional and on your own, you are still not able to be 100% pack leader with your dog, then you must seriously think about using those nine months for finding your dog another home.

Here are some resources for those of us that are adopting and have dogs:

Humane Society

Cesar’s Way (Cesar Milan’s website)


What strategies did you use to help train your dog for the adoption?