Belgian Tervuren High JumpWhen you love an animal, they can break your heart when you have to let them go.  Animal lovers know the pain of that loss.  I am sorry to say my sister is trying to find a good home for her dog Bella.  This poor animal had a crappy start in life.  She was raised by this man in Florida who shouldn’t be allowed to own an animal.  The dog was kept in a pen with nine others and was the smallest so was picked on by the others.  She had never been inside a house, a car or shown much care or love.   She was so full of fleas, she was anemic when Sister got her.  My sister has a smaller dog which Bella is jealous of and attacks.  Bella loves my sister and doesn’t want to share her attention.  She would do great with a single animal person or with a larger dog, but no small dogs.  Belgium Tervuren dogs are beautiful and make good security dogs.  We’re hoping this security dog training company will take her.  She really is a great dog.  She just has a couple of quirks.  I have listed below more information about the breed.  They are really wonderful dogs and need more activity than Sister can give Bella.

Personality:  The Belgian Tervuren is a breed of the Belgian Sheepdog. Loyal companions, the Tervuren can be a farm dog or a family dog. As with all Belgian Sheepdog breeds, they were bred to herd and protect livestock, so Tervurens need constant activity, whether playing with children, going on long walks, or chasing a frisbee. Always vigilant, they make excellent watchdogs, and can be trained to do just about any task put before them.

Activity Requirements:  Tervurens need a lot of activity to remain happy and healthy. These are not apartment dogs. They need plenty of time and space to run, jump and play every single day. If they don’t get enough activity, they can quickly become destructive.

Farms or houses with big, fenced-in yards are the most ideal settings for Tervurens. They will want to be included in all family activities, whether it is doing chores on the farm, playing catch in the yard, or taking long walks in the park. They love to spend time with their people and prefer that time be spent outside, doing something interesting and fun.

Trainability:  Though sometimes willful and stubborn, Belgians are highly trainable and thrive on advanced obedience, trick and agility training. They can read small movements and even changes in facial expression, and are famous for being so “in tune” with their trainers that they can literally stay one step ahead of the person giving commands. For this reason, Belgian Sheepdogs are often competitors (and champions) in agility and herding competitions.

Though easily trainable, Belgians are not for the first-time dog owner. They are highly intelligent and manipulative, and can easily walk all over someone who does not know how to remain consistent with training. Positive reinforcement is the best method to train a Belgian Sheepdog, as discipline can lead to avoidance behavior and stubbornness.

images2It is hard to believe this is November with the warm seventy some degree weather we’ve been having the last couple of days.  Today, it is supposed to be sixty and then sort of downhill from there,  Forty-seven is the high for tomorrow, which still isn’t bad.  My elm tree in the back yard is still green as is a lot of other trees in the neighborhood.

P1010737Snow will be here all too soon.





2nd THE HANGMAN BK CVRWell, i need to get back to work on THE HANGMAN.  The story line had taken a couple of unexpected twists and I have to see where they lead.

Everyone have a great week and stay safe.





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