The plan was that I would write a more upbeat column for this week. I am trying.
Still staying at home - what fun! Hope we have found some inspiring ways to keep all the households brains stimulated. A drive in the car is usually a great diversion, but it has been so hot these days.
Are we ever prepared for this? It was about 5 p.m. on Friday afternoon, we were just returning from our afternoon walk and sniff. As usual, I opened the gate to the deck and removed leashes and collars for my two companions and turned to place their deposit in the proper receptacle.
Here we are once again, at home, trying to feel productive during a time of extreme procrastination. I did start sorting through my massive book collection, but ended up with books all over the floor.
Here we are, still sitting at home, trying not to think about all the tasks we should be tackling, all the projects around the house that need our attention, even spending a little time taking care of our pup’s coat. A good brushing is always needed -- and do their nails need trimming? Probably yes.
As we all adjust, or try to adjust, to our new life of staying home, we must wonder how long this all can last.
First of all, let me wish you all a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
As I begin writing this week’s column, my girl, Lacy, is having surgery to remove a growth on her leg that has continued to grow.
February is Pet Dental Health Month sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Having heard from several people recently who, sadly, have lost their dogs, I want to discuss those final-decision issues: How to deal with letting go.
In Friday’s Courier, there was a most interesting front page story about a fellow who managed to successfully register a beehive as a service animal.
Assuming that we and our pets all survived Christmas, already it is time to ring in the New Year.
On this day before Christmas, we hopefully are all ready for a wonderful celebration with family and friends.
Tis the week before Christmas and all through the house, every creature is stirring and hustling about.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about nail care. I neglected to mention dewclaws.
Our biggest holidays of the year are just ahead. And while this means good times for us with friends and family, this probably means long hours away from home and away from our pups and kitties.
On to a new subject: nail clipping for our dogs and cats.
As was mentioned in last week’s column, several readers have reminded me that cats are very capable of providing comfort. I have also been reminded that I have not written very much about cats in these pet columns.
Hopefully, we all had a safe and healthy Halloween. Hopefully, we were able to keep our pets heads out of the candy bowl!
How fast time flies, whether you are having fun or not. All of a sudden the leaves are changing color and falling. As the dogs and I were walking this morning, I was noticing the many colors of leaves that were huddled along the side of the road. Red, orange, yellow, brown and green.
In my October 1 column about aging dogs, I had a photo of my dog nephew, Walker, age 13, perched in the back of the van ready to make the trip back to Massachusetts He had a ramp making it easier for him to get in and out. Just last week, Walker died. Turns out he had a tumor on his spleen which resulted in internal bleeding.
Recently, I was asked to assist in the judging of a writing competition sponsored by the Dog Writer’s Association of America. My assigned category to judge was books about rescue dogs. One of the books was a series of stories about different dogs that had been rescued. The other three were entire books devoted to one particular dog. They were all true stories.
We, the fortunate ones who live among the trees, get to see wildlife constantly. Primarily, it is the deer rambling up and down the hills around us, some with new babies at their side. Then there are the javelina and the skunks — the ones we are less excited about encountering.
We have been having rather severe thunder outbursts recently. I love them because it usually means that rain might be forthcoming. My dear Lacy girl is not quite so thrilled with the sound and sight of thunder and lightning.
A few months ago, I wrote a column titled: Do you really want a dog? Because if you are not sure, it might be best to wait until you are sure. But another question may be, do you really want a puppy?
Have you ever been kept up all night by a pup who urgently needed to go outside every hour or so and, fortunately, made you aware of her need? I just was and I am certainly grateful that she let me know, but it was painful.
An article in a dog publication recently stated that 40% of all our dogs are obese. This puts an extra burden on their joints and backs and can lead to hormone-related diseases like diabetes.
My friend, Bob, called the other day, saying that he had a visitor and he and his cat were not quite sure what to do with it. A fellow working in the yard found this tortoise (pictured). Bob was hoping that I might have an answer for him. I did not.
During these hot summer days, getting involved in some interactive activities with our pups might not be at the top of our to-do list; but, they are begging for some stimulation.
An amazing event took place at the courthouse plaza on Saturday: many people with their pets wandering around checking out the many booths with a huge array of goods to taste, smell, wear or from which to learn.
One year ago, on July 31, my very first “All About Pets” column appeared in The Daily Courier. Now, 52 weeks later, I am still here, writing the column and hoping that many are reading and enjoying it. I have shared a lot of information but also, I have come in contact with some most interesting people and their pets. And when you take on a task like this, one is forever learning.
There was a report on the news recently about a litter of eight puppies that were found stuffed in a duffel bag and thrown into a dumpster. Three of them survived. Just heard an update that those three now have permanent homes.
In case you have not noticed, it is quite hot outside! Not a great time to be out throwing a ball. The inclination is to be sitting inside with the AC running and reading a good book, but our dogs are bored so I have been trying to find fun games to play with them inside. Scent training and hide-and-seek are two favorites, but also, some fun tricks can keep those brains working.
The busy Fourth of July holiday is behind us. I do hope that all the pets that were frightened are now able to relax. Hopefully, none ran away. Such a frightening time for them. In my neighborhood, we heard no fireworks except on television!
A few months ago, I wrote about the Abert’s Squirrel who was visiting in my yard and tearing up my dog’s toys. We still see him scurrying around the neighborhood quite regularly, and I think there are a few new family members.
June is Emergency Preparedness Month according to the Human Society of the United States. Last week’s column was about traveling with pets. Preparations for an emergency are similar, but there are some important differences.
Vacation planning is underway and hopefully, it includes the family dog or cat.
No one appreciates having a neighbor who has a non-stop barker. And in writing about this subject, I do not attempt to claim that my dogs do not bark.