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This personal story made me very happy

Earlier today I received an e-mail from my partner’s father who lives with a Havanese named Murphy.

This is what he wrote:

I’ve had a very small victory on the training front.   Murphy has had a rather persistent ear infection, or possibly other difficulty, that led him to an excess of head shaking.  I was given some antibiotics and ear cleaner that both had to be dropped into his ear canal.  This was very difficult at first.   I was winding up with considerable quantities of these things on my shirts and on the nearby wall.  But I gradually got Murphy to accept the drops, with his head turned at a good angle, by rewarding him for the right stuff.   Now he will jump up on my lap to get on with these things twice a day quite willingly, and hold still for three drops to be put in his ear.   Life is much better this way.


What a fantastic thing happened here! I am thrilled to pieces:)

In my mind this was a huge turnaround of attitude and not just a “small victory”.



  1. How adorable! Such manners for Nono and Sia. Very creative on the adults end.

    Comment by karen on June 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm
  2. That is totally hilarious! Great job and really fun to watch!

    Comment by Fran on June 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm
  3. Actually my friend and website designer Kendra Dixson was the person who sent me the video. So 99% of the credit goes to her!

    Comment by Elisabeth on June 11, 2011 at 7:55 am
  4. Hee hee, well a good friend of mine forwarded it to me so the list goes on. I think it is so cute and I’m amazed at how well the dogs are behaved, although you do see a little help from the human hands so they don’t dive their noses into their dish. lol

    Comment by Kendra Dixson on June 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm
  5. yes the dogs are great! I also liked HOW they helped the dogs by pretending it was a human “putting your chin in your hands” gesture. It is most entertaining.

    Comment by Elisabeth Weiss on June 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm