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Sunday, August 02, 2015

Cats Harassing Dogs

Cats harassing dogs? You might shrug it off with a "What else is new", and you'd probably be right, but we think this video compilation is particularly funny. We're not sure why the parental units in the third segment allowed the rather intense snarling to continue, but the rest are delightful.

           Enjoy your Sunday while I continue to be harassed...

Friday, July 31, 2015

Let's Celebrate #NationalMuttDay!

 Today is officially National Mutt Day and we're super excited to start celebrating!

Why celebrate a mixed breed dog when those highfalutin dog shows only shower accolades on perfect purebreds? First, kudos to animal advocate, Colleen Paige, who started National Mutt Day in 2005 to draw attention to the thousands of mixed breed dogs awaiting their forever homes in shelters across the country.

Although Parental Unit has loved many a purebred dog—Benjie, Oliver and Carson—if you want to name names, she will probably never have another purebred dog unless it's a rescue. She's learned so much over the last nearly six years that we've been blogging, and the facts can't be ignored: Shelters are overflowing with beautiful dogs, 75% of whom are mixed breeds, and several million of these beautiful dogs are killed each year, simply for lack of a home.

                     Good thing Parental Unit took me home!

Now, back to what each of us can do to help call attention to this special day and in turn, encourage dog lovers to adopt one of these adorable doggie blends. Here's one suggestion: Have some fun and a picture of your mixed breed or a friend's blended pooch on the National Mutt Day Facebook Page with the hashtag #NationalMuttDay—you could win a prize and be featured on their page! You could also pay a visit to your local shelter and spend a few minutes sharing some love with their adoptable dogs, or maybe just share a picture of an adoptable pooch via social media. Whatever small thing you do to help dogs in need will have a wonderful ripple effect, we're sure.

Let us know what you're doing tomorrow to celebrate—we'd love to hear all about it! And don't forget to attach a picture of your beloved mixed breed—show the world how beautiful your "blend" is!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

This week's theme over at BlogPaws is "Go For A Ride"—don't miss this week's adorable driver and his snazzy convertible!

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch, Parental Unit and I haven't gone for a ride in a few weeks because it's been so dang hot. But I hear it's time for my annual vet check, so at least we'll get in the car for that. Uh, that doesn't sound like a "walk in the park" to me!

Ready to take a "virtual walk" and visit our blogging friends? Hook up with the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop and pay some visits!

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?

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