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Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Pretty Husky Dog And A Sweet Lamb...Love To Play

Enjoy these few minutes of a Husky and a lamb, well, butting heads in play. Looks like they're both having so much fun!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Are You And Your Dog Bonded?

          Clever illustration courtesy of Modern Dog Magazine

So you think you and your dog are glued at the hip, do ya? This fun article from Modern Dog Magazine, complete with quiz, might have you thinking otherwise—or pleasantly surprise both you and your dog. It also includes strategies to help you bond even more closely with your canine companion.

Parental Unit took the quiz and was a bit miffed (you know how touchy humans are) that there are some indications that we're not super tightly bonded. For example, I rarely look at her on walks or check in with her at the dog park of my own volition, unless she says the word "treat".  And I don't come 100% of the time when called. Although to be fair, I do "obey" her, ehem, "requests" the vast majority of the time. And when she's home all day, I don't always rest in the same room—after all, I have a backyard to protect!

On the other hand, I always greet her with wild enthusiasm when she returns home, even if she's only left momentarily to take out the trash. And of course, I love it when she pets and plays with me—we have a variety of favorite games and I've recently learned a few new ones like a short "crawl" after "down." We agree with all of the bonding tips described in this article, and particularly the idea of stepping up the training, even if you simply teach your pooch a new trick each month. It keeps you spending time together, after all.

So do you feel deeply bonded with your dog? Take the quiz and let us know the results. And we'd love to hear your strategies for improving that all-important bond.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop: Rock The Vote!

Today's "theme" over at BlogPaws is "Rock the Vote"—that's the 4th annual BlogPaws Pet Blogging and Social Media Nose-to-Nose 2015 Awards!  Nominate your favorite blog for these prestigious awards right now Don't wait, the nomination period closes on January 31, 2015.

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch...the cold weather has eased up and we've been getting out more—we even took a ride to the dog park yesterday. So nice to get off leash, isn't it my fellow dogs?

Now on to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop to spend some indoor time meeting new blogging friends.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Introducing A Younger Pet Into A Senior Pet Household

We think these strategies from one of our favorite holistic veterinarians, Dr. Karen Becker, will be super helpful for those of you contemplating the addition of a younger family member to your pet household. It doesn't have to be a super young pup or tiny kitten—these tips are meant to address any significantly younger animal who is more energetic or playful than your senior pet.

Parental Unit has made such introductions both ways: First, she introduced Ms. Bella as a two month old kitten to her then 13 year old doggie, Carson. Since Carson had always been the only pet in the household, she was afraid of hurting his feelings or making him feel displaced. She needn't have worried—Bella just wanted to snuggle up (and occasionally jump over the old man), and Carson seemed to enjoy the companionship.

After Carson passed away, and I came into the picture, Bella is still the snuggler, although we have a nightly bit of rough and tumble play...typically just as Parental Unit is sitting down to dinner. As you might recall from all of our previous photos together, Bella quite literally never lets me alone!

I'm kinda feeling used in this photo...

                  So I turned the table on her, so to speak.

To us, the most important tips are to put the senior pets needs first, as much as possible, feed each pet in a separate area, and supervise their time together until you are absolutely sure they get along. We'd love to hear your experiences with these type of introductions, so please do tell!

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King...And The Call To Help Our Fellow Creatures

If we may say so ourselves, we're pretty darned pleased with this post from last year that reflects (in our own small way) on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We're reposting it here for your reading pleasure. As always, please let us know how you will be celebrating and reflecting today.

We wondered how to connect today's national holiday, celebrating the life and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, with our blog's central mission: to help educate others about the plight of companion animals in shelters, and to promote adoption and rescue, rather than the purchasing of pets. We believe that one way to connect today's remembrances and celebrations with animal welfare is to help educate our country's younger generations about Dr. King's great legacy of helping others. This one person led several generations out of the darkness of segregation into the bright hope of equality and dignity for all humans. He did this, in part, through his passionate call for moral justice— a justice that goes beyond our nations written laws.

Today, as we pause to remember this great man, why not spend a few minutes with someone younger, and talk with them about what you feel is important about Dr. King's legacy. You might also discuss the heartbreaking issue of companion animal overpopulation, and the need to dispel the myths of shelter animals as broken or "less than", so that these deserving fellow creatures can find loving homes. After all, isn't defining a human or fellow creature as "less than" at the heart of all separation, denigration and mistreatment? And perhaps you could even pay a visit to your local food pantry or animal shelter to spend part of today helping others that are less fortunate.

Here's an uplifting blog post from today's New York Times Learning Network that demonstrates the power of each generation to effect change. It also provides a collection of links to MLK resources for teaching. Let us know how you'll spend today.
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