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Vail Daily Pet Talk: Astounded by animals’ actions

Char Quinn
Pet Talk
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL – In the 13 years that I have been working with animals, I continue to be astounded by their actions. Animals save lives, warn us of danger, give us comfort, and are our best friends.

I have seen a perfectly sweet wonderful family dog snarling as he went after a man who was a convicted pedophile.

Years ago, one of my own dogs was standing on top of me barking in my face while I was sleeping. Of course, I kept telling him to go away. He continued to get in my face barking, it took me some time to smell the smoke and realize there was a fire on the stove. He got lots of love and treats for waking me up!

My cat, Marble, brought me a gift of six dead mice when I brought home a litter of foster kittens. She seemed to say “you don’t need them, you have me”.

In these days of the Internet, we can see some incredible videos of animals in action. There was the dog that was hit by two cars on a multi-lane interstate, and his amazing canine friend who came to his aid and dragged him off the interstate to safety.

The dog Tatiana woke up her owner and saved his life because the house was on fire. That was the day State Bridge lodge burned down.

An elderly dog was accidently left in a hot car. He was desperate to get out and started to blow the horn until help arrived.

It is amazing how capable animals are, especially pets that care so deeply for their companions. I love observing their behavior.

Puppy behavior is fascinating, and recently I have seen something quite unusual – a spoiled, overweight puppy. Tulip and her two puppies, Beethoven and Flower, were strays and the Humane Society rescued them when the puppies were only 3 weeks old. It was immediately apparent that one puppy, Beethoven, was extremely chunky while the other puppy, Flower, was a normal healthy size. Beethoven even has a fat roll on his nose.

As we were socializing the puppies we were surprised at Tulip’s reaction. If we picked up Beethoven, she would fly over in a panic to check him out. If we picked up Flower, she would ignore her. At first, we thought Tulip was just stressed about being in a new environment, but we found that her favoritism has continued. If we have them outside in the yard, she will check on Beethoven five times and only check Flower once. Beethoven gets to eat first and he gets cleaned first.

Tulip does give Flower adequate care; she just goes overboard caring for Beethoven. I have seen mama animals kick out their young and not care for them at all, and some even try to kill them. This is the first time I have seen a mother animal have a favorite. Beethoven is definitely spoiled and has little tantrums while Flower is very calm.

The mystery remains why Tulip has behaved this way. Was it because Beethoven was a fussy puppy or was it because she simply liked him more? It has been very interesting for me and the foster family, the McGillvrays, to watch them growing up. Tulip is a sweet dog and loves everybody, especially Beethoven.

Char Quinn is the executive director of the Eagle Valley Humane Society and a certified professional dog trainer. E-mail comments about this column to

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