Two items I vowed never to have in our bipetual home; 1) doggie potty pads, and 2) a pet gate. Potty pads were never necessary since Baylie was so easy to potty train, but I succumbed to the use of a pet gate. Why now, you ask, even though Baylie is past her rambunctious puppy stage? The foremost reason we decided to consider using a pet gate was not so much to corral Baylie, but rather to provide Smoki some degree of privacy without shutting her off from the other rooms of the house.
If you have a large extended family, caring for your pet(s) while you are sick or hospitalized, most likely, will not be an issue. For approximately 96 million singles in the U.S., it causes great concern. I was pleasantly surprised by one of the questions posed to me by the admitting hospitalist during my last hospital stay: “Do you have pets at home that depend on you for their care?” This simple question speaks volumes in how we, as a society, see our pets within the family unit. I was blown away and quickly answered: “Yes, I do; one 85 pound dog and a cat“. I knew I liked this doctor right away and was tempted to pull out my IPhone to show him snapshots, but I figured that would be a bit over the top.
“I would rather be poor in a cottage full of books than a king without the desire to read.” – Thomas Babington Macaulay
According to the literacy fast facts from the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL), literacy is defined as “using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.” Estimates indicate that nearly a billion people will enter the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names and two-thirds of them are women.” One child in four grows up not knowing how to read.
Happy Fourth of July! Remember to keep your pets safe during firecracker “season”. More pets are lost during this time of year than any other. If possible, bring your pups and kitties indoors. It’s common for dogs to escape from backyards due to fear of fireworks, so if bringing your pets indoors is not an option, please make sure they are microchipped and wearing their pet ID tags.
Despite major cities like Chicago and Los Angeles passing legislation to prevent puppy mills from thriving, recent data from Best Friends Animal Society alarmingly reveals that 43 percent of Americans still don’t know most pet store dogs come from puppy mills.
It’s also estimated that a quarter of Americas haven’t heard of a puppy mill. This could be why one in five (17 percent) still choose to purchase at a local pet store rather than saving a life and adopt from a shelter or rescue organization.
Sharing your bed with your pet can be interesting to say the least. There are all kinds of studies that give you a gazillion reasons why you shouldn’t. I’m sure you have read them all. In spite of all of the hoopla, most pet parents at some point and time give in to letting their cat or dog sleep in their bed even if they aren’t the best of bedfellows.
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Shedding of your cat’s Winter undercoat, along with excessive grooming, can only result in one thing, HAIRBALLS! Cats can spend up to 10 percent of their waking hours grooming themselves by licking their fur. They have an amazing built-in barbed, self-grooming tool -their tongue- which can result in a whole ‘lotta’ hairballs. Continue reading
It’s no secret that we may be a bit compulsive when it comes to keeping a neat and clean house. After Baylie came into our home over two years ago, we had to redefine our perception of clean and neat. One thing we said we would never do as doggie parents is place ghastly throws on the sofa, but we succumbed. We are okay with Baylie taking ownership of the sofa, but we needed to find a solution to prevent wear-and-tear and simplify cleaning.
It’s been over two years since I rescued Baylie; a great pyrenees/border collie mix. She has grown from four pounds to ninety pounds, and I don’t thinks she is done yet. My biggest concern when I brought Baylie into the home was how my cat, Smoki, would adjust to the new addition. I now can say, Smoki, weighing in at just under ten pounds, and I have established ourselves as the alpha dogs of the pack. It didn’t happen overnight. It took months of patience and diligence on our part.
Smoki, at twelve years of age, didn’t quite know what to think of Baylie when she arrived on the scene but one thing for certain, she wanted no part of this odd creature. Even though in the beginning Baylie was much smaller than Smoki, I knew the groundwork had to be set to bring cohesiveness between the two since Baylie would grow to be a very large dog. It took repetitive slaps to the face and a lot of fat tails and hissing by Smoki to put her into hierarchy status over Baylie.
While we are enjoying this long weekend, let us remember the sacrifice given, over many years by many soldiers, so that we can enjoy peace. Please go out of your way to thank a veteran and those currently serving, as well. Memorial Day is not National BBQ Day, it’s a holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. We pay tribute to the men and women who have fought and fallen for our country. Thank you for our freedom.
People think we Southerners are accustomed to the scorching Summer heat and humidity. We are not and neither are our pets. We take precautions by limiting our activities and that of our pets during the hottest hours of the day and by staying hydrated. If we are hot, more than likely, our pets are too.