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Friday, July 25, 2014

Pet 360 Inforgraphic Details Pet Summer Safety Tips

Our friends at Pet360 have culled the top pet summer safety tips and created a clever info graphic—perfect for posting on your fridge. That way, all family members are on the same page about caring for your furry best friends. We think it's a great idea!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

The good folks at BlogPaws are continuing to celebrate and promote Pet Safety Month throughout July—check out this excellent post on pet swimming pool  safety!

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch, I can assure you I don't get near a swimming pool. In fact, I even jump over water puddles on my walks...and don't even get me started with baths!

This is the closest I want to come to water...notice all four of my paws are planted on terra firma.

Now off to join the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop and meet some new buddies!

Monday, July 21, 2014

To Catch A Feline Thief

Parental Unit has a new name for me: Thief! Does this look like the face of a robber baron to you?         Meow!

I don't know why she's suddenly upset about my stealing because I've been in the robbery business for years now. I've whisked away countless numbers of Parental Unit's shiny, often round objects (translation: jewelry and semi-expensive decorative possessions) and hidden them throughout the house. Believe me, she has no idea where my hiding places are, and I intend to keep it that way.

Take this example: Last week, Parental Unit was on a conference call and took off one of her new earrings so it wouldn't accidentally disconnect the call. It just so happens that her good friend had given her these earrings for her birthday, and she just loved them. After she finished the call, she looked for her earring that she had placed on the desk. Well, now she only has one earring to love...

Note complete earring on left and one piece of the other earring on the right. Parental Unit found the piece on the right on the stairs. Drat! Must have dropped in transport! Note to self: Be more careful carrying delicate objects next time...

"It's like it disappeared into thin air," she exclaims aloud every so often while sadly nodding her head. I feel safe in asking you cat owners if you have any idea where my hiding places could be, because I know you'll never guess. But go ahead, give Parental Unit some ideas so she can continue to search every inch of the house with her trusty flashlight. HeHeHe...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

How To Greet Your Dog

               Beautiful illustration by Jackie Clark Mancuso

This wonderful article from Modern Dog Magazine discusses in great detail what so many of us (both humans and dogs) have known in our hearts for eons—that touching is good for our souls, and that in turn, is good for our happiness. Science continues to show us what wonderful things can happen when humans and dogs interact, but according to recent studies, this mutual love-fest benefits our canine companions even more than we might have realized. In fact, "there are now methods to determine...[a dog's emotional state] scientifically," by measuring the amounts of oxytocin (that feel-good hormone) released into the bloodstream. Researchers also measured the release of the stress hormone, cortisol, which "often appears in times of unease, fear, tension and anxiety."

The bottom-line from these studies is that when you greet your dog after an absence (no matter how long or short the absence), the greatest level of the dog's release of oxytocin is when you use both your voice and touch.  Conversely, "...the drop in cortisol levels was sharpest when the person used both voice and touch in their greeting." The cool part is that when both voice and touch were used together, the pooch seemed to remained happier for a longer time after the greeting, than when the human used just voice or did not engage at all with the dog.

So you know what this means, don't ya? Say "hello" and pet your dogs lavishly each time you return home...even if you're just returning from getting the paper or taking out the trash—it will be good for both of you and strengthen the beautiful bond you already have.

Speaking of touch...I certainly engaged Parental Unit's weekend houseguest, her former college roommate. Good thing she loves dogs!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Feline Office Helper...

From what I've seen, most dogs (like me) rest quietly by their Parental Units' sides while said Parental Units are hard at work on their computer or other office equipment. But not so the feline.
Just look at these cats caught in acts of office destruction.

We hope you get a chuckle from these outrageous kitties...and come to realize (if you haven't already) what wonderful and superior companions we dogs are!

P.S. Stay tuned tomorrow for unique tips on how to greet your dog. Yes, I said how you should greet your pooch, not the other way around!
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