Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Did you hug or pet your dog today?

I still think about Aries. He was a laid-back dog who kept to himself and didn't bother any of my sister's cats. He also had amusing habits, such as entering a doorway by walking backwards. And he was a great dog to walk with. Oh sure, Aries might have taken some extra time to roll around on the grass on his back, but doing so made him feel good, obviously.

At the same time, I feel that I could have appreciated him a bit more, perhaps by petting him more often or taking him on longer walks.

That's the thing about pets that we love. We don't really appreciate them until we lose them. We become aware that losing those loved pets leaves a huge gap in our lives and even more aware that eventually, those pets' lives will end at some point. Instead of waiting for such times, and while our minds are on it, take some time now to appreciate your dog by making some quality time to pet or hug or play with him or her today.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

My sister's dog, Aries, is gone

My sister adopted her dog Aries after learning that he was going to be put to sleep, as no one wanted to take him in. He was a fat black dog with a body that looked like a barrel and very laid-back. He got along with my sister's other dog, Chloe, and her two cats. His favorite activity was sleeping on the rug or bed --- and eating.

But he was loved as any other family member. He was easy to take out for walks and had a very good life under my sister's care.

Then about two days ago, my sister sent an email about Aries being sick. He was listless and not feeling well, so my sister took him to the vet. Blood tests had to be taken and other procedures done to determine what Aries' health issue was and my sister sent me timely emails updating news about her dog. This morning, I checked my email and did not see an email update and felt uncomfortable.

My worst fears came to pass when my sister sent me an email this afternoon, saying that the vet said that Aries died last night. I was shocked and upset and just cried. I had loved Aries and walked him quite often. I still have to find out what did him in. The only thing I know is that Aries had a happy, fulfilling life at my sister's house and is now in the afterlife, healthy again and happily playing with other animals. I still miss him though.

Monday, July 25, 2011

You have a dog and .......

one or two nosy neighbors.

So your own dog pooped on your lawn and you clean up the mess and leave it on your steps. You didn't toss the poo in a neighbor's lawn. You didn't show it off. You didn't leave it for someone else to step on. Ok?

But one of your nosy neighbors didn't like that, so he or she reported you to the police!!!

WHAT?

Yep. The poo was on YOUR property and you were going to remove it and place it in the garbage just as soon as you took care of a last-minute matter. But your nosy neighbor couldn't stand it. She picked up her phone and reported you to the police for something that was on your own property, for godssakes.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Putting a dog down because it's going blind?

I saw a question from a reader in today's paper, inquiring if he/she should consider having a pet dog euthanized just because the animal is losing its sight. That's got to be the dumbest excuse ever!

Anyway, the vet answering the question explained that such dogs develop their own mindmaps to compensate for the loss of sight and do fine, provided that the owner doesn't change things around by moving stuff around or placing a new obstacle in the dog's path. There is simply no excuse for euthanizing a loyal pet who has done nothing wrong and doesn't deserve to be put down all because its stupid owner refused to use common sense. And if the owner didn't want the dog, he or she should have tried to place it in the care of someone else, such as with a family member or friend.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Mind your dog during the heat wave!

I heard a vet on a radio talk-show today, advising all pet owners to keep their pets in a cool place. It's so easy, even too easy, to leave a pet like a dog indoors and forget to turn on a fan or the a.c. By the time the owner gets back home from work, he or she could find the dog in a coma. The dog should be taken to a vet immediately if that ever happens.

The vet also explained that animals feel hot temperatures more so than humans and that their bodies deal with high temperatures differently. Wish I knew how and could explain how, but I'm not a scientist or a vet.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Should you have your dog put down?

Believe it or not, some people get rid of their dogs by having their dogs put down. Sometimes the reason is that the dog bit someone or harmed a child. Its owners lose their trust in the animal and have it put down if they can't find someone else to adopt the dog.

One expert believes that this issue doesn't have to exist, if only people chose their dogs more carefully. That is, if only more people knew a given breed's tendencies to become aggressive and whatnot. Then perhaps those people could avoid adopting that dog in the first place and thus avoid future problems. That may be something to consider.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pet food price extortions

A recent report stated that Americans did not mind pampering their pets during the Recession, spending 15% more on things like expensive pet food, vet care and other items. As I read this, I wondered why none of this came as any surprise.

After all, I've known for the longest time that all pet food is quite expensive. All of those trips to the supermarket, walking past aisles stocked with pet food of practically every variety imaginable, I always used to become just a little annoyed at the high prices that were being extorted from customers for a little bag of dry dog food, for example. Eight dollars for a little bag of dry food??? C'mon now. That little bag contains maybe half the amount of dry food inside;  the rest of that bag is air.

There's no telling when this price extorion insanity will end. I love cats and dogs as much as any pet owner, maybe more so. But to keep coughing up all of that money for air-filled bags and miniscule pet food cans is getting out of hand and seems to be rapidly forcing pet owners to make difficult choices, buy the food and pamper the pet. Or give up the pet.