Tag Archives: United States

finding a hobby or a job… for the dog

4 Feb

So my high energy dog needs a hobby or a job. Behavior training is just not enough. He has been there, done that and is ready to move on.
I investigated around town for specialty training and it is a tie between nose tracking and agility. I am not sure which one will be better, I hope one will work.
It is hard to know what to do exactly as he won’t tell me his preference. I am going to give him a shot at both. I think the other dogs will like it too, they will train along side of him at home.

Hopefully I will have an update.


post surgery cones

14 Nov

So is there anything funnier than the canine post surgical head cone?  That funny shaped plastic protection. 

I know it is necessary and it actually does protect the surgical site.  My dog’s eyelid had a procedure, so it is very important to protect the suture.  But…..I can’t help but giggle at the sight of that cone.

He bumps into everything.  He tips the water and food bowls over every time.  I am happy to clean it up without complaining.  (not big enough not to laugh).  He drags it on the ground while smelling things, looks like a vacuum hose when he is face down to the ground. 

He went outside and enjoyed the nice weather, sitting stoically on the ground…with the cone.  HAHAHAHA!! He was sooo cute. 

It does drive him nuts.  I can tell his frustration from hitting into the walls and stairs as he is walking around.  He bumps into everything, and it has to be tiring for him.  He is being good-natured and is just moving forward…so to speak.    I am happy his surgery went well.  I am glad he is healthy.  What a blessing!!  I can tell you that it is a bit funny, knowing that he is ok, so watch the cone of healing.



Dog having surgery

11 Nov

Well, as it goes you can’t have 4 dogs without one of them needing some medical something or the other.  My dogs are young and healthy.  I have never been one to spend a lot on medications and treatments, but sometimes when it is necessary – it needs to be done.  I do the time left probabilities, quality of life potential vs cost ratio.  I hope I don’t have to use that formula on family members, because I have gotten good with the formula.  (just saying…)

So needless to say the puggle has a cyst on his eye lid.  It looks miserable.  He is young (4), otherwise healthy and this should be a quick surgery and repair.  No rehab, a little pain med and a funny plastic neck helmet for a few days – back to normal.  Now the doc wanted me to send the removed tissue to get lab worked for cancer.  On my family, of course I would do this.  I’m not so convinced it is a good idea with a dog. 

I have 2 family members that had dogs with cancer.  Both rather young.  One was aggressively treated the other just pain meds.  The out come was the same, except the non treated one went a bit sooner.  She was also discovered soooo late staged.  It is outrageously sad.  I can’t think about the potential loss of my dear canine companions.  It pains me to try to write this thought process out.  I have never had a human tell me that the treatment for cancer they have survived was a piece of cake.  That it was no big deal.  I understand that if you catch this early then odds are in your favor.  But at least humans have better meds, treatments, testing, and better insurance coverage.  Even with pet insurance – is it worth it?  Perhaps.

Its an uncomfortable concept, and one I don’t think I am faced with.  I lean against putting an animal that I love so dearly through the ringer.  I think in this case(when it is a pet), where something may be aggressive and painful, maybe making good memories and best remaining times is more compassionate.  Sometimes not knowing is better.  Perhaps just foolish. 

I hope he recovers without a hitch.  Cyst’s can grow back easily.  So I hope there is a good long term outcome for his eye.  Here is hoping for one of those routine deals that we forget about in a few weeks.

Time to get a new puppy

26 Jun

Folks, this is the time of the year to get a new puppy.  You can take the little thing outside often and the weather is comfortable.  By time the cold and wet weather arrives your little bundle will be well on the way to house broken. 

There are so many stray and sheltered animals.  Joplin, Georgia, Tennessee and any other tornado stricken area all have a lot of displaced family pets.  They need new homes, new families.  They are victims too.  If you can, if you have space, time, resources, and a kind heart reach out to these areas and adopt an animal.

Save the one group of victims that feel the loss, are suffering from the abrupt change and are 100% dependent on someone, anyones kindness.

Being as good as, or even as happy as, my dog.

5 Jun

Living up to being as awesome as our dogs….can it be done?

Sure they think we are great.  They love us.  Look at your little bit of something special – see how they look at you?  That expectation of being as awesome as they think you are is big enough.  Try aiming for being as good as they are. 

Can you be as silly?  Can you be as trusting?  Can you be as trustworthy?  Can you be as adventuresome?  Do you know how to relax that well?  Do you know how to run as freely?  Can you sniff the air and really pick up the incredible scent of living? No.  They completely live in the moment, and man do they seem happy.  That is a lesson to be learned.

Could I really be content with a bowl of food, some water, and the same soft bed every night?  Is it possible to be in the moment and not worried, stressed, distressed, or otherwise occupied?

The up side, cleaning myself entails a shower, soap and a towel.  Relieving myself is indoors with plumbing.  I do not have to chase things in the yard, nor is my tail my nemesis.  There are some puts and takes.  Yep there are lessons to be learned, but also some things to be grateful for. 

I love my dogs.  They are great guys.

Tornado’s, natural disasters, and our Dogs, Cats and other Pets

24 May

So, how is all this tragedy working for you?  It has been incredible.  For many unbearable.  The toll on the people is sad, tragic, and everyone needs our prayers – and honestly help.  Money, time, effort, assistance, clothes, food, anything.  The need is great.

Don’t forget the animal shelters that are taking in the lost and injured animals.  The influx of animals and the increased costs are a strain.  To help keep the quality of care as good as possible these shelters need to close the gap on what monies they have and what they now need.  Donations of toys, crates, food, food, food, liter, blankets, and of course money really will  help. 

It will take time to reunite owners, if they can be found.  It will take time for the owners to be able to be in a position to take the pets back in some cases.  These animals need help, medical attention, and affection.  They also provide affection, but also a good stability for their families that have lost homes and communities.  The comfort and companionship they give provides normalcy and familiarity.  When someone is looking at a destroyed home, losses of everything they have – but their family and pets are by their side – there is a different perspective.  The ‘bright side’ is able to be found.  “At least we are all together and safe” is heard a lot.  You can rebuild a structure – but family…all members…. are irreplaceable. 

They are so necessary to people who have them.  They fill voids, close gaps, elevate moods, comfort a heart, and calm spirits.

In some cases these storms take the animals.  They get lost, injured, and sometimes the horrible loss.  If you are a pet owner, and you prepare for unexpected events, don’t forget the animals too.  Go to the red cross for advise on how to prepare for your pets during a natural disaster – or other big unexpected event.  A little preparation can go a long way.

God Bless the people going through these hard times.  God Bless our country.  God Bless everyone who is stepping up and helping in what every capacity they are able.  God Bless our dogs, cats, and other pets.

What an excellent article about dog genetics purebred vs mutt facts

1 May
Below is an interesting article.  I appreciate the information Sandy writes. 
I have 2 mutts and a purebred.  The purebred is a snob.  He knows he is the one that was ‘paid’ for.  He has never slept outside, never been without, always belonged, and has always known his humans.
The two mutts are rescue’s.  They have had hard times, been with out, didn’t know and wasn’t sure.  They have slept outside, by themselves, didn’t eat well or with certainty, knows what it is to need, and were not always sure of who was a good human vs a not so good human.
I’m not saying one is better than the other.  I love my dogs, all three.  They are distinct personalities.  All three with the heart of a child.  I never know which one is going to be the one who pulls the next stunt.  I have seen quite a bit with my 3 boys.  Messes on the carpet (always misses the tile floor), destruction of property (I have considered pressing charges a few times), running off as I need to go somewhere (like catching a plane), bringing home parts of a passed away deer (oh yeah – not kidding), and digging for every mole in the continental US
I have also been given a lot of sincere love from these three.  Snuggling up during a storm, sitting on my foot when alone watching a movie, by my side when a stranger knocks at the door.  I am given protection, affection, attention, and more.  I give a pet behind the ear and kibble.  A walk for us all, and a good game of ball.  Not bad.
I am not sure which one I prefer.  I like them all.  Dogs are the best.
By the way, mine sleep on the beds, couches, and carpet.  They have been neutered, and treated regularly for fleas and heart worms.  They get dry food, some bones, and home-made treats.  Their sizes are 40 lb, 60 lb and 70 lb.  The purebred is the one that is over weight.  He doesn’t stop eating!
Enjoy this  article by Sandy.
By Sandy Robins
TODAY.com contributor TODAY.com contributor
updated 4/4/2011 2:05:38 PM ET 2011-04-04T18:05:38

When it comes to man’s best friend, purebreds aren’t as popular as you might think. In fact, more than half the dogs in American living rooms and backyards are mutts. The first-ever National Mutt Census lets pet owners trace the roots of their pooch’s family tree, revealing the most popular varieties in the nation’s mixed-breed dog population of 38 million.

Mars Veterinary, headquartered in Rockland, Md., invited mutt owners to participate in an online survey. Each respondent supplied info about their dog’s size, weight, place of origin, feeding and exercise habits, and health. That information, along with an additional 36,000 samples collected from mixed-breed dogs, underwent analysis to determine the breed history of each dog.

One key finding: the most common breeds registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) are not necessarily the ones most often found in mixed-breed dogs. For example, while German Shepherds are popular both as purebreds and mixes, the chow chow, a popular purebred in the 1980s, is now commonly found at the grandparent or great-grandparent level among mixed-breed dogs tested. And American Staffordshire Terrier mixes appear to be growing in popularity despite a trend of declining AKC breed registrations.

“The results of this poll provide a vivid snapshot of past and present trends in mutts,” explained Angela Hughes, Veterinary Genetics Research Manager at Mars Veterinary.  “The DNA of America’s mix-breed dogs tells a story of which breeds were popular in past decades. If a breed was trendy in the past, but has fallen from popularity, it may still represent a large portion of the current mixed breed population.” 

According to the National Mutt Census, the top 10 most popular breeds found in the mixed-breed population are:

1. German shepherd (the second most popular AKC-registered breed)

2. Labrador retriever (most popular AKC breed)

3. Chow chow (63rd most popular AKC breed)

4. Boxer (sixth most popular AKC breed)

5. Rottweiler (13th most popular AKC breed)

6. Poodle (ninth most popular AKC breed)

7. American Staffordshire Terrier (70th most popular AKC breed)

8. Golden retriever (fourth most popular AKC breed)

9. Cocker spaniel (23rd most popular AKC breed)

10. Siberian husky (22nd most popular AKC breed)

The poll also revealed the following trends among dog owners:

Shelter dogs rule: Shelters are the most frequently cited place (46 percent) where people obtain mixed-breed dogs, followed by a friend, neighbor or relative (18 percent).

Mutts nibble on kibble: Dry dog food is the most popular feeding choice (65 percent), surpassing mixed wet and dry food (wet 21 percent), wet food (5 percent) and raw food and scraps (9 percent).

The dog is man’s best friend by night as well as day: Nearly half of owners (48 percent) reported that their dog slept with them.

Bigger isn’t necessarily better: Breeds weighing more than 80 pounds represent less than 11 percent of all mixed-breed dogs.

Bugs are a bugaboo: Flea and tick prevention is a core element to responsible pet care, but 69 percent of respondents reported that they don’t use flea and tick control medicines regularly.

Population control: Nearly nine out of 10 (89 percent) mixed-breed dogs are neutered.

This “mutt-makeup” poll follows on the heels of Mars Veterinary’s do-it-yourself cheek-swab dog DNA kits, which became available over the counter in 2007. The Insights analysis  kit enables pet parents to test for about 185 breeds. Since it was released, more than 60,000 mixed-breed dogs in America now have their own individual “family trees” outlining their genetic make-up.

The subsequent ancestry report sent to those dog owners reveals genetic background that helps explain physical traits as well as behaviors like digging, herding and barking. Once pet parents understand their dog’s natural tendencies, it’s possible to tailor training, exercise and nutrition programs to fit their pooch’s one-of-a-kind needs.

Although the survey is officially over, the information gleaned state by state is still available to pet lovers at www.MuttCensus.com.