Archive for June, 2009

IT IS IN THE SPECIFIC

that we find the universal.

Jun/2009 at 1:42 am 2 comments

HOT DOGS!

Please remember that this is the time of year that dogs get heat stroke. Do not leave him in the car-even for a minute-even with the window open. If the heat doesn’t kill him, it can cause brain damage.

Where I live, the car seat can brand your bottom with the stitching pattern and you can get burned from your steering wheel. If you can’t take the dog in with you then leave him at home.

Be aware that breeds with flat faces, those who are ill and dogs with long fur are especially at risk. (And any dog can burn the pads of his feet on hot sidewalks or in parking lots.)

I am having my annual internal debate of whether or not to cut my dogs hair for summer. Many people are opposed to ever cutting a Coton’s hair. I have heard the argument that the fur is insulating and will never grow back the same.

But common sense tells me that wearing a fur coat when the heat index is 105 and the humidity is high is dangerous. I get hot just thinking about it. 🙂

Here are some of the symptoms of heat stroke in dogs:

Rapid, shallow panting

Red tongue

Confusion

Rapid heart rate

Vomiting or diarrhea

Hose the dog off, throw him in the car and call the vet on the way. It is always an emergency. You cannot give your dog oxygen, I.V’s or monitor him at home.

It’s much better to have hawt dogs than hot dogs!

Jun/2009 at 10:24 pm 1 comment

OVERHEARD-Movie Theater

As we were exiting the movie UP:

Father to small boy, “What’s that in your hand?”

Boy to father, “Look! Squirrel!”

It’s only funny if you saw the movie. Then it’s really funny!

Check out the dog pack.

Jun/2009 at 8:53 pm Leave a comment

CHILDREN’S COWBOY HATS

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AND SOMETHING TO ASPIRE TO

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Jun/2009 at 1:02 am Leave a comment

TAINTED DOG FOOD LIST

Are you wondering whether making your own dog or cat food is worth it? Just look at the length of this list! Please note the premium brands that are on it and read more about the class action suit here.

This is serious and it makes me wonder what is still lurking in commercial foods. Remember, this industry is unregulated.

What our pets eat is something that we can manage in a world where so many other things seem beyond our control.

Information like this makes me renew my commitment to providing wholesome food for all our pets.

Anyone have any good cat food recipes?

Jun/2009 at 12:14 am Leave a comment

SUMMER’S HERE!

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Bebe

All worn out after running through sprinklers on a perfect afternoon.

Jun/2009 at 4:47 am 4 comments

DO DOGS LAUGH?

Well, we know they do. But now we have scientific proof.

Here is the summation from Alan Boyle who makes dry scientific reports eminently readable-

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/06/04/1953175.aspx

What I got out of it was-

“Panksepp said the paper “provides a minimalist, highly conservative interpretation of the exciting findings.” He’s been focusing on rats, but other research suggests that dogs make a particular kind of pant that could be considered laughter. The “dog-laugh” accompanies play behavior, and when other dogs hear the sound, it appears to reduce stress (like a good joke among humans).”

Jun/2009 at 4:46 pm Leave a comment

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