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Monday, March 02, 2015

A Dog's Life In Shadow

         Photograph by Thomas Roma/Howard Greenberg Gallery

As you know, we love to bring you articles from "Menagerie", The New York Times ode to all things animal. We were entranced by a piece in yesterday's hard copy edition of The Times, highlighting a photographer's unusual pictures of dogs' shadows, as they appeared on the moonscaped surface of a dog park. The article was written by the photographer's son, Giancarlo Roma, who explained the context of the photos and his father's picture-taking techniques. He describes the shadows the dogs cast as "...long and wild, startlingly unlike their physical forms." Thus his father, Thomas Roma, named the collection "Mondo Cane", literally translated as "Dog World" in Italian, but more loosely construed as an idiom meaning "a world gone mad".

We think these photographs of our playful friends are just gorgeous (don't miss the slide show), and as the article points out, offer humans a glimpse into the wilder, more spiritual nature of the canines you call pets. 

Sunday, March 01, 2015

How To Predict Your Dog's Lifespan And Ease Their Senior Years

This article by one of our favorite holistic veterinarians, Dr. Karen Becker, helps us predict our dogs' lifespans and targets several ways to help ease your dog through his senior and geriatric years. Dr. Becker recommends three main strategies, explained in greater detail in the article, to care for dogs seven and over:

__Provide physical and emotional comfort

__Provide high quality dietary protein (according to Dr. Becker, dogs actually need more protein as they age, not less).

__Provide daily exercise, socialization and mental stimulation

As Dr. Becker says, "...dogs don't just don't suddenly die when they reach a certain age. They grow older in stages just as we do, but at a tremendously accelerated rate compared to humans." Our responsibility as pet owners and pet caregivers extends well beyond the roly-poly puppy stage, and although it might be more difficult and time-consuming, we owe it to our loving pets to help them age gracefully, don't you think?

It's hard to believe that handsome me is officially in the senior category at a trim and fit 32 pounds and about 7.5 years young.

Is your pooch a senior or geriatric? The information on the chart below may surprise you.
The medical community and pet parents differ on ages for seniors and geriatric pets.
Chart developed by Dr. Fred L. Metzger, DVM, State College, PA– Courtesy of Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, 4th Edition  Graphic courtesy of Mercola.com/Healthy Pets

Tell us your stories, tips and tricks for easing your pet into her senior years—we'd love to hear them!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Pet Bloggers On Social Media: By The Numbers

This nifty infographic was created by the fun folks at BlogPaws based on a survey of its community. Yes, we did participate! If you're a pet blogger, let us know if your social media use fits with these statistics..or whether you've gone rogue. We'd love to know!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dog And Cat Poetry Worth A Read

This recent piece from NPR gives us a glimpse into one very talented person's dog and cat humor. Francesco Marciuliano, who used to write for The Onion News Network and has written the comic strip, Sally Forth, for nearly 18 years, took a stab at writing poems in the voice of cats and dogs a few years ago, and soon became the best-selling author of two books.

This NPR article with accompanying audio makes a case for cats getting the short end of the stick, so to speak (although no self-respecting cat would ever gnaw on a stick), because they do so well in short Internet bursts. Dogs, on the other paw, do better with longer works, like entire books, for example. What do you think? Are cats just made for brevity, but dogs (perhaps that much more interesting) can tackle longer works of poetry and prose? Do let us know...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

                       Clever graphic courtesy of BlogPaws

It's the waning days of "Spoil Your Pet Month" over at BlogPaws, and speaking of spoil...why not "Kiss a Pit" today, if you're lucky enough to have one or see one. Check out this adorable Pitty picture from a BlogPaws community member.

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch...

             Wake me when it's spring, and not a minute before!

While we're waiting for Ms. Bella to wake up, why not head on over to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop and pay some visits!

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