Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Gadgets and Gizmos Aplenty

A friend was recently lamenting the fact that her dogs were out of their minds with this rainy weather.  I couldn’t help but think back to last winter when my own pooch was chomping at the bit for a little exercise, unable to go on her regular walks due to snowy weather.  That was when I wrote this post, How to Exercise Your Dog When It’s Cold, and I have put many of the tips in that article to practice.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Fall Safety Tips



Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
--Albert Camus

Friday, August 18, 2017

Dog Days of Summer Reading

Coming home from the beach recently, my kids faces tanned and relaxed, there was a sadness hanging thick in the car as we thought about the fact that the trip was our last hurrah of the summer.  Soon we’d be scouring the aisles of the superstore, on the hunt for packs of #2 pencils and two pocket pronged folders.  Until the moment my husband mentioned picking up our beloved Hattie at the kennel on the way into town.  Sadness immediately took a backseat to excitement and giddiness, as the boys anticipated being reunited with their furry friend, wet puppy dog kisses and all.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August is National Immunization Month




I’ll never forget the worried look on my brother-in-law’s face when he showed up at our house, very sick puppy in tow.  He had come over to help us celebrate our son, Jonah’s first birthday.  But he wasn’t able to stay long.  Jody, his six-week-old mutt, had contracted parvovirus and Christian was not sure he was going to make it.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Microchip for National Lost Pet Prevention Month


When friends of mine were looking for a home in another state, they left their dog in the care of a dog sitter.  When the sitter let Bear out in the backyard, the mastiff lab mix jumped the fence and ran away.  After searching the neighborhood tirelessly, the sitter had to give up and return to her home.  Bear wasn’t seen again, but my friends knew he had returned to their home after the sitter left.  His muddy pawprints on the door were a dead giveaway.  Not finding anyone home to let him in, Bear wandered away again.

There are many reasons pets can get lost, from inclement weather, to disturbances in their schedules, to loud sounds like fireworks.  Which is why, during this month of July, when there are backyard barbecues galore, trips with furry friends to far off places, and increased incidences of thunderstorms, it is a good idea to brush up on tips to keep your pet from running away, and to microchip if you haven’t already.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

When the Thunder Rolls

The last week of June is Lightning Safety Awareness Week.  Imagine my surprise when I googled lightning safety and found tons of info on how to protect your human self in a thunderstorm, but not much on how to safeguard your animals!  Our pets can be at great risk in a thunderstorm, if they are not able to find appropriate shelter, or if they become frightened and cannot calm down.  Let’s talk strategies for keeping your pets safe should lightning strike.

One of the most important things to remember when it comes to your pets, is that they cannot tell you when they are afraid or worried, nor do they understand you telling them they are safe inside.  Their fear is irrational, therefore there is almost no way for you to know how they will react.  Being prepared is key when it comes to your pet’s safety in a storm.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Take Your Dog to Work Day


When I first heard Ben and Jerry’s allows employees to bring their dogs to work every day, I couldn’t help but think of Duke the Dairy Delight Dog.  Darla, owner of Darla’s Dairy Delight, Home of the Famous Vanilla-Chocolate Swirl, is appalled when Duke, a mangy, smelly, homeless dog decides he has found his home in her place of business.  Darla prides herself on keeping an ice cream shop that is so clean you could eat off the floor, so you can imagine her outrage when Duke moves right on in.  It is not until an unfortunate mishap with a cleaning machine turns his coat into vanilla-chocolate swirls that Darla comes to her senses and sees Duke for what he really is:  A sweet and loving pup, looking for his place in the world.  Instead of hurting her business, Duke ends up helping, by drawing people “from miles around to see his spectacular hairdo, and eat Darla’s tasty Vanilla-Chocolate swirls.”