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.
Puppy pads are poorly designed but until now were the only solution for allowing dogs the comfort of relieving themselves as needed. Now, there’s a better option from the folks at Piddle Place™. Not meant to replace walking your pet, the Piddle Place™ dog toilet provides a comfortable sanitary environment for your pet to relieve themselves while waiting for your return or when weather permits a trip outdoors. It’s perfect for house breaking, traveling with your pet on boats or RV’s and condo living. Piddle Place™ is also great for the handicapped or elderly who find walking a pet three times a day a challenge. It’s also good for cats!
Have you thanked your pet?
As is the case with many large breed working-class dogs, Baylie has a propensity for joint problems. Even as a pup, she began experiencing mild knee problems and was prescribed a joint supplement by her vet. It was in pill form and Baylie wanted no part of them. She caught on right away to my feeble attempt at hide-the-medicine-in something-yummy trick. She would look at me as if to say, “come on, are you kidding me, this is the best you ‘GOT’ ?”
April is Heartworm Awareness Month. Is your pet heartworm free? Dogs are considered the definitive host for heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis). However, heartworms may infect more than 30 species of animals (e.g., coyotes, foxes, wolves and other wild canids, domestic cats and wild felids, ferrets, sea lions, etc.) Feline heartworms are more deadly and difficult to treat.