As I was shopping at the local mall and generally overwhelmed by the mass of holiday shoppers, I was pleased to have a friendly young woman chat with me as she rang up my purchases. I commiserated with her about the stress of dealing with the masses through the holiday season, but she said it was nothing compared to getting through college finals and balancing a job in retail through the busiest time of the year.
Recently I took a trip down to the local shelter. I highly recommend you take a trip there yourself to get an idea of the reality of the pet situation in your neighborhood. Rows upon rows of dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens all looking for a warm home and loving owners. I had no intention of getting another pet while I was there; I simply wanted to have a look for myself. The last time I went to the shelter, I was too young to remember it, and I thought it would be a good idea to refresh my memory.
I spent a few hours taking some of the dogs out of their kennels and simply playing fetch with them, just to give them a chance to get out for a while. Some people may call it teasing, but I think it is better to give them a little break then no break at all. Continue reading
I was recently getting my van’s oil changed where I was conversing with a nice lady who had two Shih Tzus. She apologized that one of them was still learning her manners as she was just a puppy. And then she teared up saying that she’d lost her last Shih Tzu due to a rattlesnake bite at one of the local parks.
Yesterday, I heard that the neighbor’s cat had been playing with a tiny snake in her garage. The way the snake was coiling and striking, she didn’t think it was the regular garden variety. If it were a king snake, she wanted to let it live, because they are good at controlling rodents and other pests. Continue reading
When you name your child, it is a process. You wake up in the middle of the night with a great name idea. You ask friends, family, and even the neighbor about their thoughts on your names. Every pet owner can tell you it is almost the same process for naming pets. Sure maybe it’s not as involved, but a pet’s name speaks to his attitude and that name will forever stick with you for the rest of your life. Continue reading
I got a message on Facebook from a delighted yet slightly disappointed fan about her dog chewing one of our toys to bits and pieces quickly. Even though I am a famous world traveler, I like to have that personal touch and let my fans know that I hear them. Where you hurt, I hurt. It may be difficult to comprehend that pet guardians have to provide items for their dogs knowing full well that those items will be destroyed. Such is the nature of chewing. There are several reasons we dogs chew. Continue reading
As promised, to celebrate National Pet Week, we are looking at ways to elevate the joy of the bond between pets and their people. Your pet makes your life so much richer by providing you with unconditional love, entertainment, and creates an instant ice breaker with strangers just with their mere presence. This is just scratching the surface for all they do for us, so we are hoping you’ll join the conversation for ways to bless our feathered and furry companions! Continue reading
This week is National Pet Week! Now this is a celebration we pet lovers can get excited about that! Whether reptiles or birds make you happy, or you’re more of a dog or cat person, there are plenty of ways to celebrate. The goals of National Pet Week are to promote responsible pet ownership, celebrate the human-animal bond, and promote public awareness of veterinary medicine. We’re going to explore these ideas through the blog this week.
Take this quiz to see how you measure up as a responsible pet owner! Continue reading