Baylie Dog here. Just recently, mom attended BarkWorld Conference and Expo in Atlanta, Georgia. What is BarkWorld, you ask? It’s a National Pet Social Media Networking Conference and Expo. Can you believe that mom didn’t take me along even though pets were allowed? Sheesh!
This is my dear friend, Elisabeth Gardner, with her rescue cat Frankie. Frankie lives in my town, and I plan to post more about Frankie’s journey when I visit Frankie. We will discuss the medical issues associated with a morbidly obese cat per Dr. Norman of The Ark Animal Hospital in a later post, but I first wanted to introduce you to Frankie. You can follow Frankie’s journey through his Facebook page, FrankieThe 30lb Cat, as he begins his weight-loss journey.
Frankie’s rescue story began in Mobile, Alabama where he was surrendered, at 11 years old and morbidly obese, so his family could travel in their RV. Elisabeth, through Have a Heart Rescue in Birmingham, Alabama, drove over three hours to Mobile, Alabama to rescue Frankie. Frankie is now in a loving home and under the care of a local vet (my feline sister’s vet, as well) and on a strict diet. In the attached video, Ashley Norman, D.V.M, of Ark Animal Hospital in Millbrook, Alabama, discusses some of the problems associated with an obese cat.
Hope you will stop by Frankie’s Facebook page and say hello to Frankie and his family. His mom, Elisabeth, has such a kind spirit for all animals. Thanks to Elisabeth and her husband, Paul, for giving Frankie a loving home and the medical care he so desperately needs!
Baylie Dog here. I’m ashamed, but I can’t help myself. Yes, it’s true. There is a seedy side to my private persona; I’m a digger. My digging sometimes puts me in time out by mom. But, she loves me so much it usually doesn’t last very long. Afterwards, I feel very guilty and sad that I have disappointed my mom, so I turn on my cuteness and give her sad puppy dog eyes and she melts. She’s a softy like that.
Mom’s tried different means to break me of my habit; even consulting advice from experts. Some, I had rather not go into detail about because it involves procedures that, to tell you the truth, are just down right embarrassing. I also dig after it rains. What dog doesn’t love the cool, damp dirt and mud between their toes. Of course, I also transfer it onto the patio and inside if I can slip by mom and get into the house. Mud transforms me into a hot, muddy mess as you can see by this photo. And, the bad thing is, I’m not like my feline fursister, Smoki, who can wash up on her own. I’m pretty well stuck with the mud until mom gives me a ~~~bath~~~ ugh!
If you have any advice for my mom to prevent me from digging, I would love to hear about it so I can pass it on to mom, as she is at her wit’s end. She now thinks my digging may have something to do with separation anxiety. Because I never dig when she is outside with me. It’s only when she leaves me alone in the yard. That could be true, as I’m a mama’s girl and always will be. Don’t tell anyone but I still crawl up in her lap on the sofa to sleep. I feel safe when I do this. I tried to convince mom that this digging thing is just in my genes; I’m a dog, duh. And, I’m a working dog, so my job description includes digging and herding.
Woof and love, Baylie Dog!
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Over the last few months, I’ve noticed that my 12 year-old cat appears to be losing weight. I’ve always used the free-feed feeding method for Smoki and until now, it has worked really well. Weight loss in cats can be triggered by a number of reasons. First and foremost, eliminate diseases and disorders, dental problems or gastrointestinal issues by taking your cat to the vet for blood work and a good once over. Smoki’s exam revealed no medical reason for her weight loss. As they age, cats are likely to show changes in weight. Just as humans, their metabolism changes. Some may get a little hippy, while some may lose weight. Smoki showed no symptoms of illness other than weight loss.
Recently, I sent my mom to BarkWorld Expo 2012; a National Social Petworking Conference in Atlanta Georgia. In one of the educational sessions, she had the opportunity to listen to a keynote speaker by the name of Andy Nibley. Andy recently wrote and directed an award-winning documentary about puppy mills entitled Madonna of The Mills, which was purchased by HBO. He currently lives in Greenwich Village with his wife Kelly, who was the producer for Madonna of the Mills, and their dog Maisy. While this post will contain subject matter that will tug at your heartstrings, we at Baylie Dog feel that it is our obligation to pass this message on to our readers and to shed light on the horrific puppy mill trade, the breeders and the pet stores that sell the animals.