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Monday, July 27, 2015

Blind Pug Strikes Happy Work-Life Balance

If this isn't a story to hail the benefits of pet adoption, well, we don't know what is. What a beautiful tale with a win-win...and win ending!

Question: Do most pugs just naturally like to "sing"? Parental Unit had a sweet pug named Ollie, who, when asked to "sing", ran up the stairs, threw his head back and howled a beautiful tune. He sure did entertain a lot of guests!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Play It Safe: Make Sure Your Pets Avoid Lawn Chemicals

Nope, no chemicals on this grass because it's within the confines of a dog park, but the areas outside the enclosures are treated, according to the signs posted in one of our metro parks.

Please forgive Parental Unit for ranting, but she gets so upset when she sees people with those "packs" on their backs, spraying their lawns and sidewalks down with what we describe as cancer-causing chemicals. They don't even bother to wear gloves or attempt to contain the spray. She admits to getting downright angry, and dragging me across the street in a snit.

We live in an urban environment—a charming little enclave built in the mid-eighteen hundreds, and just loaded with brick streets. And you know what sprouts between those bricks, don't you? Yes, ugly weeds. And like good trained citizens, many of our neighbors want to eradicate those dang weeds, because they want their neighborhood to look nice and neat. But at what cost?

Just yesterday, we turned from the sidewalk to enter a a mini park in our neighborhood, and there was a women spraying the bricks like crazy. It's a lovely place, with a public water fountain, a nice doggie water bowl and poop clean-up bags and receptacle. The sprayer of toxins didn't even bother to remove the dog water bowl—there it sat waiting for the next unsuspecting pooch to lap its poisonous contents.

We do realize that not every human or pet who comes in contact (regularly or only occasionally) with these types of chemicals will get cancer, but researchers and statistics demonstrate that at least some cancers in both humans and pets are caused by exposure to environmental toxins. And there are valid reason why countless animal welfare and veterinary organizations warn you to keep your pet away from these chemicals.  And there's also a reason why federal, state and local governments regulate these same chemicals and require lawn care companies to post those little signs warning you to keep children and pets off the treated areas.

No chemicals in our own backyard either, but you can see that there's not much real grass there.

There are organic alternatives to keeping your lawn growing and green and keeping the weeds at bay, and since Parental Unit has chosen to use the organic approach for decades, she can assure you that it does work, but admittedly may take a little longer to get the desired results.

We'd love to hear what you have to say about applying chemicals to your lawns and patios and about your neighbors' and communities' choice to use them. Do you think the use of chemicals might increase the risk of either you or your pets getting cancer? What say you?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Today's theme over at BlogPaws is "Something in the Garden" Hmmm. You really should check it out!

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch... I love hangin' out in our backyard...although we really can't call it a "garden" at the moment.

So we're off to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop to say hello to our buddies!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Dog Points An Accusing Paw

Here's an adorable pooch who doesn't hesitate too long before he signals the alleged perpetrator...

Has your pet ever "told" on his comrade? Let us know!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday's Living With Your Pet Tips: Caring For Your Senior Dog

Hard to believe I'm officially considered a senior...I don't remember getting an AARP card. Hmmm.

Parental Unit claims I haven't slowed down a bit, but according to most charts we've seen, I am indeed at least heading into my senior years. In a month or two I'll be about 51 in human years.

Check out this nifty chart from WEbMD to find where your pooch falls on the age scale.

The idea is that you pet parents should be on the lookout for age-related issues in your dog, since he or she typically won't be able to tell you if they're stiff from arthritis, for example, and need several shorter, daily walks to stretch out (Unless of course, you're a dog with a blog like I am, and can post about your aches and pains.) One of our favorite holistic veterinarians, Dr. Karen Becker advises that there are at least six special considerations for older pets that you should be aware of and might need to work into your daily routine.

Very much like humans, dogs need to maintain a healthy weight and engage in daily exercise to keep in top shape. both mentally and physically, as they age. And like humans, they may need to alter their daily schedule to accommodate their changing bodies and slowed pace. The good news is that seniors make terrific pets, particularly if you rescue an aging pet from a shelter. Although it's hard to believe, many dogs are abandoned by their owners when they're "of a certain age", because they don't want to put in the bit of extra effort or alter their routines to meet the needs of an elderly pet. But we believe these dogs "know" that the people who step up to the plate and adopt them, despite their advanced years, are special folks, indeed, and deserve the loyalty and devotion a senior dog will show them.

Let us know about any special tips you have for caring for an aging pet—we'd love to hear your ideas!

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