Merry Christmas!

is doing a little something extra for someone. 
- Charles M. Schulz

Doggie Holiday Guidelines

1. Be especially patient with your humans during this time. They may appear to be more stressedout than usual and they will appreciate long comforting dog leans.

2. They may come home with large bags of things they call gifts. Do not assume that all the gifts are yours.

3. Be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you. They seem to get some special kind of pleasure out of seeing how you look with fake antlers.

4. They may bring a large tree into the house and set it up in a prominent place and cover it with lights and decorations. Bizarre as this may seem to you, it is an important ritual for your humans, so there are some things you need to know:

 don't pee on the tree
 don't drink water in the container that holds the tree
 mind your tail when you are near the tree
 if there are packages under the tree, even ones that smell interesting or that have your name on them, don't rip them open
 don't chew on the cord that runs from the funny-looking hole in the wall to the tree

5. Your humans may occasionally invite lots of strangers to come visit during this season. These parties can be lots of fun, but they also call for some discretion on your part:

 not all strangers appreciate kisses and leans
 don't eat off the buffet table
 beg for goodies subtly
 be pleasant, even if unknowing strangers sit on your sofa
 don't drink out of glasses that are left within your reach

6. Likewise, your humans may take you visiting. Here your manners will also be important:

 observe all the rules in #4 for trees that may be in other people's houses. 
(4a is particularly important)
 respect the territory of other animals that may live in the house
 tolerate children
 turn on your charm big time

7. A big man with a white beard and a very loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night.


Answered Prayers

3 Little Kittens


The three little kittens, they lost their mittens,
And they began to cry,
"Oh, mother dear, we sadly fear,
That we have lost our mittens."
"What!   Lost your mittens, you naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie."
"Meow, meow, meow."
"Then you shall have no pie."

The three little kittens, they found their mittens,
And they began to cry,
"Oh, mother dear, see here, see here,
For we have found our mittens."
"Put on your mittens, you silly kittens,
And you shall have some pie."
"Purr, purr, purr,
Oh, let us have some pie."

The three little kittens put on their mittens,
And soon ate up the pie,
"Oh, mother dear, we greatly fear,
That we have soiled our mittens."
"What, soiled your mittens, you naughty kittens!"
Then they began to sigh,
"Meow, meow, meow,"
Then they began to sigh.

The three little kittens, they washed their mittens,
And hung them out to dry,
"Oh, mother dear, do you not hear,
That we have washed our mittens?"
"What, washed your mittens, then you're good kittens,
But I smell a rat close by."
"Meow, meow, meow,
We smell a rat close by."


A female feline named Katta
Is getting fatta and fatta
But she’s pretty and purry
And funny and furry
So what does an ounce or two matta?
― Lilian Jackson Braun

Bloat In Dogs

BLOAT, also known as gastric dilatation and volvulus, or GDV. The stomach becomes distended with gas and puts pressure on the diaphragm, which can cause breathing problems. 

ANY DOG CAN GET BLOAT, but it's much more common in deep-chested, large breeds, like Akitas, Boxers, Basset Hounds, and German Shepherds. Some are at a higher risk than others, including Great Danes, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters, Weimaraners, and St. Bernards.



  • distention of the abdomen
  • unproductive attempts to vomit
  • excessive salivation
  • restlessness
  • panting
  • drooling
  • belching
  • blue colored gums and tongue
  • collapse

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Walkin In A Doggy Wonderland

Dog tags ring, are you listenin’? In the lane, snow is
glistenin’. It’s yellow, NOT white I’ve been there
tonight, Marking up my winter wonderland.

Smell that tree? That’s my fragrance. It’s a sign for
wandering vagrants; “Avoid where I pee, it’s MY pro-perty!
Marked up as my winter wonderland.”

In the meadow dad will build a snowman, following the
classical design. Then I’ll lift my leg and let it go Man, So
all the world will know that it’s mine-mine-mine!

Straight from me to the fence post, flows my natural
incense boast; “Stay off my TURF, this small piece of
earth, I marked it as my winter wonderland.

- Author Unknown


Young cat, if you keep your eyes open enough, 
oh, the stuff you would learn! 
The most wonderful stuff! - Dr Seuss

Christmas Pet Poem

T'was the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
With no thought of the dog filling their heads.
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Knew he was cold, but didn't care about that.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Figuring the dog was free of his chain and into the trash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But Santa Clause with eyes full of tears.
He unchained the dog, once so lively and quick,
Last years Christmas present, now painfully thin and sick...
More rapid than eagles he called the dogs name.
And the dog ran to him, despite all his pain;
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Let's find this dog a home where he'll be loved by all.
I knew in an instant there would be no gifts this year,
For Santa Claus had made one thing quite clear,
The gift of a dog is not just for the season,
We had gotten the pup for all the wrong reasons.
In our haste to think of a gift for the kids,
There was one important thing that we missed.
A dog should be family, and cared for the same.
You don't give a gift, then put it on a chain.
And I heard him exclaim as he rode out of sight,
"You weren't given a gift! You were given a life!"
Author Unknown

Pet Holiday Safety

During the holiday season, celebrations and decorations can translate to pet safety hazards and it's not uncommon to see accidents related to foreign body ingestion, bone fractures and electric shock occur. 

Outdoor cats may seek warmth under the hood of a car. To avoid a surprise in cold weather, always check for sleeping cats. 

Bringing outdoor animals inside creates its own risks due to drier air and lower humidity in the winter months.  Brush pets more frequently and contact a veterinarian about introducing dietary supplements or prescribing a moisturizer.

Trees provide a great temptation for cats to climb and dogs to chew on, so holiday trees should be well secured to prevent accidents. Also, pets should not drink tree water, which may cause gastrointestinal upset.

Holiday ornaments should be hung out of pets' reach.  Ingestion of ornaments or broken glass (not to mention ribbons and bows) can lead to serious medical emergencies.  Pets, especially cats, can be tempted to eat tinsel, which can block the intestines.

Animals are attracted to bright, moving lights so candles should be kept on high shelves.  Candles as well as fireplaces should be constantly supervised since embers, sparks and wax can injure pets.

Other holiday products that can harm pets include snow globes (many which contain harmful antifreeze) and artificial snow, which can cause reactions if inhaled.

Holiday plants including ivy, holly, mistletoe, hibiscus, poinsettia, lilies and Christmas greens all have various levels of toxicity.  Position these high off the ground to avoid dangerous ingestion mishaps.

Fatty meats, gravies and poultry skin can cause pancreatitis, gastritis, enteritis, colitis and other gastrointestinal problems.  Bones put pets at risk for bowel obstruction or perforation and choking. No chocolate for four-legged friends.  It contains theobromine, which is highly toxic to dogs and cats when eaten in even small quantities. Pets can celebrate with home-cooked dog and cat treats.  Recipes are available on the Internet.

An influx of holiday guests may frighten or agitate animals, making them more prone to barking or even biting. Find a quiet room away from the crowd that pets can have to themselves.

Pets can easily slip out through an open door as guests come and go -- keep a steady eye on pets and be sure they are wearing current identification tags.

Have questions about pet care? Always consult your veterinarian.


As anyone who has ever been around a cat
for any length of time well knows,
cats have enormous patience
with the limitations of the human mind.
― Cleveland Amory

Agreeable Friends

Animals are such agreeable friends – 
they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. 
– George Eliot

RIP Mr. President

In Memoriam
Miss You
Sully, the Service Dog, to President George H. W Bush


Take a moment or two for yourself,
just reflect on your path and where it is leading you.
If you are not happy with where it is heading,
choose a new path.
― Nyki Mack

Throwback Thursday

Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
Walk beside me… just be my friend.
― Albert Camus

Our Pets

Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.
― John Grogan

The State Dog of Pennsylvania

The GREAT DANE, (Canis familiaris) was adopted as the state dog of Pennsylvania. 

The next time you visit the Governor's Reception Room in Harrisburg, look for a portrait of William Penn with his Great Dane.

Now a popular pet, the GREAT DANE was a hunting and working breed in frontier Pennsylvania.

GREAT DANES are considered canine GENTLE GIANTS and make great family pets.


Politically Speaking

A DOG is like a liberal, he wants to please everybody.
A CAT doesn't really need to know that everybody loves him.
― William Kunstler 

A DOG's Bill of Rights

  • I have the right to give and receive unconditional love.
  • I have the right to a life that is beyond mere survival.
  • I have the right to be trained so that I do not become the prisoner of my misbehavior.
  • I have the right to adequate food and medical care.
  • I have the right to fresh air and green grass.
  • I have the right to socialize with people and dogs outside my own family.
  • I have the right to special time with my people.
  • I have the right to be bred responsibly if at all.
  • I have the right to be foolish and silly, and to make my person laugh.
  • I have the right to earn my person's trust and to be trusted in return.
  • I have the right to be forgiven.
  • I have the right to die with dignity.
  • I have the right to be remembered well.


Pets reflect you like mirrors.
When you are happy,
you can see your dog smiling
and when you are sad, 
your cat cries. ― Munia Khan

One's Importance

In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him. 
- Unknown

Can You Hear The Purrs?

Dogs have hair.
Cats, fur.
Dogs whine, yip, howl, bark.
Cats purrr.
I say: No contest.
― Lee Wardlaw

Shakespeare Sunday

The cat will mew,
and dog will have his day. 
- William Shakespeare


If you want to know the character of a man, 
find out what his cat thinks of him. 
- Anonymous

Mixed Breeds

Whether you call them mutts, Heinz-57 or designer dogs, mixed-breed dogs are truly special. 

Purebred dogs are a big deal to many people (AKC has over 100 recognized breeds to suit any lifestyle) but there are millions of mixed breed dogs that die in animal shelters each year because there are no homes available.

Each mixed-breed dog is unique; one of a kind. Even if you meet a similar dog, no two are quite the same. Purebred littermates are genetically unique, but your mixed-breed dog truly stands alone. It can be fun guessing the breed origins of your *bff. If you really need to know, ask your vet about DNA testing which can identify up to three breeds. 

Mixed-breed dogs do not generally come with a long list of hereditary problems. Not to say your mutt will be perfect, but mixed breed dogs are less likely to possess breed-specific hereditary health and behavioral problems. For instance, if your dog is a Great Dane mix, he could still have hip dysplasia, but it may be less severe because the breed has been diluted. And a Doberman mix may be less likely to have aggression problems than a purebred (though not all Doberman’s are aggressive.)

Though any dog may have serious hereditary problems, it really seems worth the risk to get a mutt. However, while the mystery of a mutt can be exciting, it is important to prepare yourself for a few surprises along the way.

It’s up to you whether you decide to get a purebred or not - there is no right or wrong decision. Follow your heart. 

No matter what type of dog you choose, your life will be forever changed!
Your mixed-breed dog will hold a special place in your heart – you will never find another quite the same.

*best forever friends


Your cat's whiskers are far more important than you might think. 

The most sensitive hairs on a body are called tactile hairs. On cats they are commonly referred to as whiskers. They are found on their upper lip, their chin and where their eye brows would be. Take a look behind your cat’s front paws. There are also whiskers there! 

Usually cats have about 12 whiskers in four rows on either side of their muzzle. The top row of whiskers move independently of the middle row. They are all connected to nerve fibers deep inside your cat's skin. These very special hairs on their faces are extremely sensitive and can detect changes in air current and vibrations that help your cat to locate prey as well as a safe escape route, like furniture or the closest tree. The whiskers on their ankles helps them with captured prey in their clutches. Cats are farsighted and often can't see what's right under their noses and the whiskers help. 

Your cat's whiskers also communicate three distinct moods. Whiskers flat against the cheeks means shy. Fully fanned and a bit forward indicate a tense or excited cat and whiskers in a neutral position, as if when sleeping, means a calm kitty.