How many times in your life have you fallen in love?
There is no answer to that question…. or is there? Ask a person who has owned and lost an animal.
To loose an animal, heart break seems like it will last forever…. until. The next one comes along, and needs love, attention and a piece of that heart.
And the heart heals- what we shall now call “the cycle of the healing heart.”
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I love dogs. Always have, always will. I’m suspicious of people who don’t, claim a dog makes them sneeze, makes them uneasy, scares them. I don’t comprehend these sentiments and statements. As a child a doctor hinted to me I may be allergic to dogs, stay away from them and we’ll see if your recurring cough leaves you. I never saw that doctor again, lived with the recurring cough until my teens, gave up any and every food or drink recommended, but not dogs.
They are my kindred spirits and soul. Speaking to them is natural and heeding their advice mandatory. Its always the best advice. I grew up calling them dogs, the person that owned them was an ‘owner’, not pet parents, not keeper, caregiver. They were dogs, not fur babies, who went for a walk, ate, slept, got muddy, brought home ticks and fleas, which we sat on the floor tweezers in hand, bowl of water by our side and plucked a tick of the dog and dunked it into the water bowl.
We de ticked, bathed, fed, walked our dogs, what is now labeled hands on. We didn’t outsource pet care. Bathing the dog was not a trip to the groomer, it was a trip to the shower stall. Usually a hide and seek game, hide the towel behind your back on the way to setting up bath time. Spell out the word “bath” which you knew the dogs understood, everyone pretended they were bluffing the other- no one was.
Bath done, the task was keeping the dog from rolling around on the ground, or grass- futile.
Thank you Susan Thixton, of the truthaboutpetfood.com for allowing us at Oliver Pet Care to share this information and your articles which have relevance for pet parents everywhere.
Please head over to http://truthaboutpetfood.com/trick-of-the-pet-food-trade/ to read the detailed report.
How does Big Pet Feed make extra millions? By luring unknowing consumers into spending hundreds of dollars more a year buying higher priced pet food that is basically the same as a lower cost pet food.
Big Pet Food (Big Pet Feed) offers multiple lines of pet foods, often making consumers believe one brand is higher quality than the other. More often than not, all of the different lines of pet food (from the same manufacturer) – the lower cost and the higher cost – are made at the same pet food plant using the exact same feed quality ingredients. Marketing helps steer consumers to the higher priced food (with almost identical ingredients as the lower cost) making millions in added profits for the manufacturer.
So, you searched for “dog walker near me”, that makes sense if the dog walker is near you, he/she is near your dog. Here’s the dog walker challenge. You find one, the dog likes the walker and the walker appears to like the dog. Time to walk the dog, WALK the dog. Now here’s the challenge. Does you walker know how to walk a dog? One foot in front of the other is not a walk, because now one foot in front of the other has to co ordinate with 4 paws. Those paws will stop to sniff, smell, pee and poo. Walkers have to learn the dogs body language because each of those four actions has a look, a posture, a circling behaviour, and usually a favourite spot.
As a critical observer of the new trend of Dog walkers, here are a few observations and solutions, which come from years of walking our own dogs, because if you have a dog – walk the dog- thats more than half the fun of having one around. Dog walking is not an activity to be out sourced. Dog walkers should be supplemental walkers, not primary walkers. Teach your dog walkers to be patient, vigilant and kind to the animals they encounter on their walk. Please do not give them choke collars to use if you do not know the abilities of the walker. Drive or walk by once in a while and check if the dog and walker are sitting on a road side corner!
Write to us and tell us your dog walker stories, we’re always happy to hear from you and share your stories. See you on our next walk!
We travel with our animals, take them out to meals, take them on holiday, take them to pet events. There are few activities that exclude our pets. Lets face it, you’ve carried the water bowl (an easy to carry plastic box) and disposed it just before getting to your destination or when you are nearing home.
Now, thats plastic and a carbon foot print disposed. Oliver did that, and now Oliver doesn’t because we carry our biodegradable bowls. We carry them to the veterinarian (no risk of infection from shared bowls) , the pet friendly cafe down the street and road trips!
So lets make our canine carbon foot prints minimal.
We’ve humanised & urbanised them. Urban pets seldom get the opportunity to run, play, jump, romp ….. in short just be dogs.
Thank you Susan Thixton, of the truthaboutpetfood.com for sharing information and articles which have relevance for pet parents everywhere. This post by Dr. Michael Fox has some great insights into the importance of exercise for urban pets.
Exercise Helps Dogs with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Dr. Michael Fox shares some interesting information from a study showing exercise has clinically proven to help with IBD in dogs.
Two veterinarians in Taiwan have documented the benefits in small breed dogs living a sedentary life and suffering from chronic diarrhea of putting them on an exercise regimen in addition to standard prednisolone treatment. This was after other dietary treatments (hydrolysed and hypoallergenic elimination diets) and various supplements either failed or only partially improved their inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Although this was a small study in part inspired by the clinical improvement in human patients suffering from IBD who are able to participate in a regular exercise program, it offers a safe and potentially effective additional therapeutic approach to this all too common canine condition.
From behavioral observations of my own dogs they will pass a few stools when let outdoors in the morning to urinate but only when they are aroused and setting off for a long, fast walk or safe and legal off-leash romp do they fully empty their bowels. Dogs living a sedentary life, rarely aroused and often being trained to evacuate inside especially when living in high-rise apartments, could well lead to longer retention times of fecal material prior to evacuation with resultant inflammation of the bowels, exacerbated by various dietary ingredients and their metabolites with further possible health problems due to bacterial endotoxins. Physical activity may also help improve circulation and help alleviate and prevent lymphangectasia, the accumulation of lymph in the bowels seen in some forms of canine IBD.
Mental arousal with physical activity may increase peristaltic tonus that may be relatively flaccid with parasympathetic dominance as with a placid temperament and an unstimulating indoor environment. Sympathetic/parasysmpathetic balance and adaptive flexibility of the autonomic nervous system are aspects of well-being that are considerable and clinically relevant. (For references see Fox, 1978). Megacolon and fecal impaction, commonly seen in understimulated and underactive indoor cats, and weak urinary bladder tonus with urine retention and consequential cystitis may be other conditions related to parasympathetic dominance/imbalance.
See Huang, H-P. & Lien, Y-H. Effects of a structured exercise programme in sedentary dogs with chronic diarrhea. Veterinary Record, 180: 224. 2017 and the Editorial my Dunning, M. Improving IBD in dogs through exercise. Veterinary Record, 180: 222-223, 2017. Fox, M.W. The Dog: Its Domestication and Behavior, 1978, reprinted edition with Dogwise Publishing.
Dr. Michael W. Fox
From Michael W. Fox BVetMed, PhD, DSc, MRCVS Veterinarian, bioethicist, syndicated columnist (Animal Doctor with Universal-U Click). Website: www.drfoxvet.net Latest books: “HEALING ANIMALS & THE VISION OF ONE HEALTH” and “ANIMALS & NATURE FIRST: CREATING NEW COVENANTS WITH ANIMALS & NATURE” with CreateSpace/Amazon.com.