Tag Archives: Pets

Hairy Christmas!

20 Dec


Has your dog “Snippy” had his photo taken with Santa yet?

Has he sat on Santa’s lap and communicated his heartfelt wants?

According to the L.A. Times, an Associated PressPetside.com poll shows 52% of pet owners plan to buy their animals a holiday gift — up from 43% last year.

Your cat “Snots” may insist she only wants world peace for Christmas, but I recommend you have a bag or two of her favorite 90 proof catnip snaps on hand just in case.


I’ll bet Snippy’s been a really good boy. (We’ll forget about the four sticks of margarine he ate off the kitchen counter yesterday afternoon. Guess his next big gift to you will come already wrapped… I can’t believe it’s not butter!)

Have you bought him a paw-shaped holiday stocking full of candy cane raw hides?

Or a cute, stuffed toy to sleep with and/or rip to pieces?

He may appreciate some fashionable apparel this season. Leopard tees and red turtlenecks are quite handsome – especially on the less dignified breeds.

Snippy will surely enjoy a spa treatment with honey shampoo, tingling chocolate mint conditioner, spray-on detangler and a much needed teeth whitening.

Ever floss a Rotweiller?  (I didn’t think so…)

Hey Fluffy, why not some Botox to go along with those precious pink bows?

A gift certificate for an acupuncture session is a thoughtful gift for the pooch who barks incessantly. You will enjoy it, too.

If puppy seems stressed all the time, why not enlist a therapy dog for him?

It’s the gift that keeps giving.

After all, aren’t ALL dogs therapy dogs?

Memo from the cat:
It’s a wonderful time to donate to local animal welfare organizations and/or adopt a pet!!!

* We wish you a hairy Christmas * We wish you a hairy Christmas *


Every Dog Has His Day

13 Jun


Our sweet dog Freckles, a thirteen and a half year old English spaniel, died last week. He had a good, long life.  He became part of our family when he was a wet-nosed, two month old puppy.

We were blessed to love him, and be loved by him. We miss him terribly. Dogs are special creatures capable of amazing loyalty and endless positivity!

The kindness of veterinarian Dr. Jonathan H. Salkind helped us at the very end: HolisticHomeVet.  Dr. John B. Winters is a great vet who took superb care of Freckles over the years.

Katrina Kittle‘s must-read book: The Blessings of Animals

Best selling book by Bruce CameronA Dog’s Purpose

From More.com – Loving Your Old Dog

Senior Care Doggy Style

by Barb Best

I live with a senior. He’s “up there now” at 91 years. He suffers from debilitating arthritis, shakes like a bobblehead doll, has frequent bouts of colitis and has (to put it kindly) profound nap issues. Although nearly blind, he navigates with his nose and his keen sense of smell. An untreatable fungus with mushroom-shaped growths has sprouted on the top of his once-handsome jet-black snout.

In human years he’s only 13. And, of course, he is a dog; a black-and-white spotted Springer Spaniel to be exact. If he were a human being at this age he would be bursting with vigor, his whole life ahead of him. Instead he is elderly and offers us middle-aged spring chickens many of the same lessons that aging (human) seniors do: patience, grace, dignity, acceptance, gratitude and unconditional love.

In his day, he was a party animal extraordinaire who chewed through a pair of designer sunglasses, an antique loveseat and a Thanksgiving turkey.

Gone is the frenetic puppy that attacked our toes ‘til we laughed and screamed, who snatched our ice cream cones out of our hands, whose warm body snuggled up on our pillows at night.

Gone is the hyper pup that attacked the plumber and the refrigerator repairman with sloppy kisses, who ran circles around the kids, who never met a food group he could resist, who jumped for joy at the sound of his name.

Gone is the noisy one, the constant barker. Present is the mellow one who no longer lives to fetch and play and eat, who is content to laze in the sun.

Today, a fifteen-minute walk in the neighborhood takes the better part of an hour. The pace is tortoise slow and his legs tremble, but the joy of social interaction remains invigorating and the discovery of fresh smells, the rustle of the leaves, the breeze in his face delights him. All in all, he is a happy camper.

I wonder if he get’s a senior discount on his meds? What lessons about life and death has he yet to teach our family? And – last but not least – do they make “Depends” for dogs?

I Talk to The Animals

16 May

The academics are at it again with a brilliant (okay, blindingly stupid) study.

According to The Journal of Animal Ethics,

          “Despite its prevalence, “pets” is surely a derogatory term both of the animals concerned and their human carers.”

“Pet” is a derogatory term?


Are Fido, Lucky, and Coco really offended by “Pet?”  Animals that lick their balls at the dinner table, eat everything and anything under the sun, beneath the moon, in the yard (you know what I mean), and chase Ford Explorers with the intent of catching them?

Dogs and cats are probably more offended by albeit loving (but fairly idiotic) baby talk and endearments like “baby boo””poochie boy” “sweetie pie.”   (Pie? Did someone say “pie?” Woof!)

Let’s not insult them. A dog has pride. Cats have hubris.  A little R-E-S-P-E-C-T please!

I suggest they are more offended by being dressed up in holiday costumes and leopard print ski sweaters. (A turtleneck does not flatter a Pekingese… then again, what does?)

Beware of dog!  Soon, Fido will be lawyering up. There will likely be harassment charges over that undue stress you inflicted upon him as a puppy when you desperately encouraged that paper training debacle.

The JAE continues…

          “In addition, we invite authors to use the words “free-living”, “free-ranging” or “free-roaming” rather than “wild animals”… For most, “wildness” is synonymous with uncivilized, unrestrained, barbarous existence. There is an obvious prejudgment here that should be avoided.”

Girls Gone Wild” is fine, but “An orangutan is a wild animal. Do not shack up with him like he’s your boyfriend. Someone just might get hurt!” is insensitive.

photo credit:dipity.com

Dr. Dolittle may not have done a lot, but he sure said a lot – to the monkeys, giraffes, elephants, cougars (four-legged variety). And he didn’t whisper, he sang!

FYI: “The JAE has been launched by a US and UK academic partnership with the goal of widening international debate about the moral status of animals, and is the result of years of collaboration between the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and the University of Illinois Press.”

Link to study:


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