Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas!

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

Monday, December 24, 2018

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.

DON'T BITE HIM!!

Answered Prayers

Thursday, December 20, 2018

3 Little Kittens

by MOTHER GOOSE

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."

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Katta

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

Monday, December 17, 2018

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.


 IT IS USUALLY 
 A MEDICAL EMERGENCY 


SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

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

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

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

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Caturday

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

Friday, December 14, 2018

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;
"Now, DASHER, Now, DANCER, Now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
On, COMET, On CUPID, On, DONNER and BLITZEN!
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

Sunday, December 9, 2018

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. 

COLD WEATHER DANGERS
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.

SAFE PROOFING A HOLIDAY HOME
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.

HOLIDAY TREATS
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.

PETS AND PARTIES
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.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Caturday

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

Friday, December 7, 2018

Agreeable Friends

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

Monday, December 3, 2018

RIP Mr. President

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