Sunday, August 31, 2014

Silly Questions Only a Dog Would Ask

I received a funny email from a friend a while back that made me look at life from the point of view of a dog. I thought I'd share some of the things in the email just for fun this Labor Day weekend Sunday. I hope that you are having a good weekend, it's a bit cloudy and muggy here, but we are enjoying it anyway. 

Here are some silly questions a dog might ask:
Why do humans smell the flowers, but seldom, if ever, smell one another?

Why are there cars named after the jaguar, the cougar, the mustang, the colt, the stingray, and the rabbit, but not ONE named for a dog? How often do you see a cougar riding around? We do love a nice ride! Would it be so hard to rename the "Chrysler Eagle" the "Chrysler Beagle"?

If a dog barks his head off in the forest and no human hears him, is he still a bad dog?

We dogs can understand human verbal instructions, hand signals, whistles, horns, clickers, beepers, scent ID's, electromagnetic energy fields, and Frisbee flight paths. What do humans understand?

More meatballs, less spaghetti, please.

And here is a list of things a GOOD dog must remember that was also in the email:
  1. The sofa is not a 'face towel'.

  2. The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff.

  3. I will not play tug-of-war with Dad's underwear when he's on the toilet.

  4. I don't need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm under the coffee table.

  5. I must shake the rainwater out of my fur before entering the he house - not after.

  6. I will not sit in the middle of the living room and do any inappropriate licking in front of guests.

  7. The cat is not a 'squeaky toy' so when I play with him and he makes that noise, it's usually not a good thing.

Yorkie owners may enjoy a bit more humor, click the image for more information:

Oh, and we'd also like to invite you to visit a friend's doggie blog that goes by the name "Dog Pawsitive Tidbits".

We hope the silly little list above has given you a smile, and do wish you a very happy Labor Day weekend!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

When You Have to Find Your Pet a New Home

Giving up your pet is a heart-wrenching experience. If you find yourself in this position, don’t rush to action. Before making a final decision, evaluate your situation. Are you thinking of giving your pet up because of his behavior issues or destructive tendencies? These traits can be corrected with proper training. Here are links to a few posts related to training that may help you:

Biting Dogs and How to Stop Them 
Housebreaking and Training 
Training Your New Pet to Sit, Stay and Come 
If your dog or cat is having incontinence problems, a trip to the vet may reveal an underlying treatable medical issue. A busy schedule that doesn't leave you much time to pay attention to your pet may be balanced by taking her to daycare.

But sometimes a severe illness or other life-altering situation makes you unable to care for your beloved companion animal. Or sometimes a loved one dies, such as a parent, and leaves a pet behind you are unable to take in. If you must find a new home for a pet, follow these tips.

Get Your Pet Ready

Before re-homing your pet, make sure that all of his vaccinations and other health checkups are up to date. Spaying or neutering is also a must if you haven't had this done already. Get your pet a bath and a grooming session if necessary. Now is also the time to work out any behavior issues that your pet might have.

Put the Word Out

You might not have to look very far to find a new home for your pet. A trusted friend or family member may be more than happy to take him in. Start by asking people you know before broadening your search. And have your friends and associates pass the word along to their trusted friends and family members who may be looking for a pet.

Taking your pet out to meet people is another great way to find potential adopters and for you to evaluate the potential new owner. People love to interact with animals, especially dogs, so bring your pet to the park, go on long walks and seek out adoption events that will let you bring your pet. Also check with your veterinarian’s office to see if they have a community bulletin board suitable for this posting.

Be Discerning

Have a list of questions ready to ask people who show interest in your pet. Make sure that they understand the level of care involved and know what to expect during your pet's transition period. Check references and visit the homes of those who appear suitable. When you find the right place, you'll know. 

Personally I would not sell or give away a pet through a site like Craigslist or Facebook, there is too much potential for problems. You want to have a way to know the new owners background. A shelter or rescue service will do this work before placing a dog in a home.

Shelters and Dog Rescues

If for some reason you can't find a suitable home talk to your vet about local humane agencies with good reputations. Visit the shelters that you're considering, meet the staff and ask questions to make sure that you pet will get enough attention and the proper level of care. 

Updated 2/27/17