Have you thanked your pet?
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.
In case you haven’t noticed, I don’t have much of a tail. The verdict is still out as to whether it was docked, intentionally, or if it has something to do with genetics. Bobbed tail is not a trait usually associated with my breed; Great Pyrenees/Border Collie mix. It’s difficult to know because I was rescued and my humans didn’t meet my canine mom and dad. Nevertheless, I don’t miss it. Mom says she doesn’t either. It’s just less of me to get dirty! However, she hopes that it wasn’t intentional because she is not a fan of cosmetic tail docking and neither am I.
Many of us have pets that suffer with some form of anxiety. Experts say canine anxiety falls into three categories; noise anxiety, separation anxiety and social anxiety. Canine anxiety has a myriad of symptoms from barking, pacing and panting, hiding, climbing on you for safety, and the list goes on.
Guess what day it is? No, not hump day. It’s April Fools’ Day; sometimes called All Fools’ Day and one of the most light-hearted days of the year. Its origin is uncertain. Some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it stems from the adoption of a new calendar. Whatever the origin, have fun with it, but be kind to one another!
Most of you have heard Baylie’s rescue story but may not be aware of how Baylie’s feline sister, Smoki, became a member of our family.
Smoki came into our lives on June 15, 2001. She is a Southern Belle born in Mobile, Alabama, to a cat of a family acquaintance. Obviously, they knew no more about cats than we as they misjudged her age as being much older. When Smoki was brought to us, I knew right away she was very young; probably no more than four weeks old and not yet weaned. We knew she should not have been taken from her mother at such a young age but were determined to make sure she was healthy, well fed and happy.