IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY

I wish for you all a long and adventurous life with your animals. From birth to death, may there be as little drama and medical issues as possible, and may life have been lived as Mother Nature intended. But in the event of an emergency, a true emergency, are you prepared to make decisions on…

I want a mulligan, just one

I for sure love my dogs, all of them, past and present. But love is a funny thing. For me it is how my dogs make me feel when I am around them. Sometimes it is an easy love, where our personalities and energies mesh so perfectly it feels seamless, as one. Other times, well it…

My confusing relationship with animals …

Nothing is straight forward, for me anyways, and often times, if we are being super honest, things can be rocky, and confusing, sometimes funny, or upsetting. I grapple with my relationships I have with animals almost on a daily basis, one because my very profession is working with animals and teaching others how to understand…

Purdue Vaccine Study – what you should know

Please print and give your veterinarian a copy of the letter below, regarding the research being done at Purdue University Veterinary School under the direction of Dr. Larry Glickman. This study started in the late 1990’s, the study of Vaccine-Induced Autoimmunity in the dog and there is already some evidence of thyroid, heart, bone disease (HOD…

When is euthanasia the right answer for behavioral issues?

A dogs life, hanging in the balance. If you behave you live, if you do not you die. Seems harsh and extreme, but it is a reality for millions of dogs. Not one, or two, or ten, but millions. Maybe not your idea of a functioning healthy relationship, but for others IT IS. In shelters,…

How to Build a Dangerous Dog – the indicators

Sometimes a bark is just a bark, squinty eyes are just squinty eyes, and standing still is just being still. But sometimes they are not. Sometimes when a single innocuous behavior appears in a cluster of behaviors, it becomes a sign of something very serious that is underlying, and professional help is needed. As with all…

the last dance …

A couple of days ago I had my dogs over at our gym. I had a crate set up for Ocean in case she just wanted to hang out while I worked the Boyz. I’m not sure why I thought that though, she has never said no to work. Ever. As soon as Ocean saw…

shutting a dog down

It isn’t hard to shut your dog down, lots of people do it. Shutting a dog down means ‘taking the wind out of their sails’. It is an effective way to let a dog know they have no choices, and it is your way, period. Family pet owners to seasoned professionals are capable of doing…

Top 10 tips – for the Adolescent Dog Owner

Life with a puppy, while it seems intense at the time, is actually a honeymoon compared to living with an adolescent dog. And it isn’t just your dog, it is all adolescent dogs, a little or a lot, that tend to bring out the worst in their human. There are specific reasons why, and the…

CALVIN’s about town adventure – part 5

So Calvin and I were out and about again. It’s so fun showing him the world, but also seeing everything new through his eyes. I decided that I needed to see how he did in a car that was going faster, as in LONG road trip type speed. It didn’t go so well when we…