ZOOMIES: Why Your Dog Gets Hyper & Runs in Circles

Have you ever caught your dog running in circles
at top speed around the backyard or house?

Read an explanation from the AKC written by Stephanie Gibeault HERE

Cat Wisdom

Every cat knows how to keep his owner feeding them: 
You may scratch and bite ninety-nine times, 
but the hundredth time, you must leap into a lap 
and press your nose to their nose. Rules are for dogs. 
― Catherynne M. Valente

Cold Weather PET Safety

From: PAWS CHICAGO and USA Today Article


Living as I do with human beings,
the more that I observe them,
the more I am forced to conclude
that they are selfish.

― Natsume Sōseki, I Am a Cat

To A Vase

"How do I break thee? Let me count the ways.
I break thee if thou art at any height
My paw can reach, when, smarting from some slight,
I sulk, or have one of my crazy days.
I break thee with an accidental graze
Or twitch of tail, if I should take a fright.
I break thee out of pure and simple spite
The way I broke the jar of mayonnaise.
I break thee if a bug upon thee sits.
I break thee if I'm in a playful mood,
And then I wrestle with the shiny bits.
I break thee if I do not like my food.
And if someone they shards together fits,
I'll break thee once again when thou art glued.”

― Henry N. Beard, Poetry for Cats: The Definitive Anthology of Distinguished Feline Verse

Words Of Wisdom

If you want loyalty, get a dog. 
 If you want loyalty and attention, get a smart dog. 
 - Grant Fairley

State DOG of Louisiana

Catahoula Leopard Dog
Photo: AKC
The LOUISIANA CATAHOULA LEOPARD DOG (aka the Louisiana Catahoula) is an American dog breed named after Catahoula Parish in Louisiana. 

It became the STATE DOG of LOUISIANA in 1979.

Inquisitive, Energetic, Independent, Intelligent, Loving, Gentle.

Hamlet's Cat's Soliloquy

"To go outside, and there perchance to stay
Or to remain within: that is the question:
Whether 'tis better for a cat to suffer
The cuffs and buffets of inclement weather
That Nature rains on those who roam abroad,
Or take a nap upon a scrap of carpet,
And so by dozing melt the solid hours
That clog the clock's bright gears with sullen time
And stall the dinner bell. To sit, to stare
Outdoors, and by a stare to seem to state
A wish to venture forth without delay,
Then when the portal's opened up, to stand
As if transfixed by doubt. To prowl; to sleep;
To choose not knowing when we may once more
Our readmittance gain: aye, there's the hairball;
For if a paw were shaped to turn a knob,
Or work a lock or slip a window-catch,
And going out and coming in were made
As simple as the breaking of a bowl,
What cat would bear the houselhold's petty plagues,
The cook's well-practiced kicks, the butler's broom,
The infant's careless pokes, the tickled ears,
The trampled tail, and all the daily shocks
That fur is heir to, when, of his own will,
He might his exodus or entrance make
With a mere mitten? Who would spaniels fear,
Or strays trespassing from a neighbor's yard,
But that the dread of our unheeded cries
And scraches at a barricaded door
No claw can open up, dispels our nerve
And makes us rather bear our humans' faults
Than run away to unguessed miseries?
Thus caution doth make house cats of us all;
And thus the bristling hair of resolution
Is softened up with the pale brush of thought,
And since our choices hinge on weighty things,
We pause upon the threshold of decision."

Henry N. Beard, Poetry for Cats: The Definitive Anthology of Distinguished Feline Verse

Senior Cats

CATS over the age of 10 are considered elderly, and as they age, may start developing certain conditions which will affect otherwise good health.

Heart, Kidney, and Thyroid are most susceptible. 

  • expectations
  • prevention
  • health problems
  • medication

Read MORE here

Museum of the DOG Returns

The American Kennel Club will bring its DOG Museum in the Kalikow Building at 101 Park Avenue in New York City on Friday, February 8, just prior to the start of  the annual Westminster Dog show.

It returns after being relocated to Missouri, 32 years ago. 

According to the AKC, it brings hundreds of paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, bronzes, porcelain figurines, decorative art objects and interactive displays, representing and honoring canines throughout the years.

A mission statement for the Museum states: “The exhibition, collection, interpretation, and preservation of the art, artifacts, and literature of the dog for purposes of aesthetic enjoyment and to enhance the human/canine relationship.”


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

First Female Veterinary Surgeon

Aleen Isobel Cust began her career in Ireland.

1868 – 1937

In 1922 she became the first female veterinary surgeon to be recognized by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

She is known as The First Woman Veterinary Surgeon in the British Isles.

The First Veterinary School

The first veterinary school was founded in Lyon, France in 1761 by Claude Bourgelat, and that is when the profession of veterinary medicine officially began. 

The school focused on studying the anatomy and diseases of sheep, horses and cattle in an effort to combat cattle deaths from a plague in France. 

The Father of Veterinary Public Health

Dr. James Harlan Steele, is known as the Father of Veterinary Public Health. 

 He led some of the first efforts to prevent the spread of disease from animals to humans.

He became the country's first Assistant Surgeon General for Veterinary Affairs, in 1968, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services in 1970.

April 3, 1913 - Nov 10, 2013

Father of VeterinaryTechnology

In 1965, WALTER COLLINS, DVM received federal funding to develop model curricula for training technicians.

He produced several guides over the next seven years, and for this work he is considered the "Father of Veterinary Technology" in the United States.

Thru A Glass Catly

Pet Philosophy

My philosophy when it came to pets was much like that of 

having children: You got what you got, and you loved them 

unconditionally regardless of whatever their personalities

or flaws turned out to be. 

― Gwen Cooper

State Cat of Maryland

In 2001, the CALICO became the official cat of Maryland.
The colors of orange, black, and white are shared with the state bird,
the Baltimore oriole, and the Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly.
Happy Caturday!

"Man is the cruelest animal." - Nietzsche

Acts of violence or neglect perpetrated against animals are considered ANIMAL CRUELTY. Examples include overt abuse, dog fighting and rooster fighting, and companion animals being neglected or denied basic necessities of care, such as food, water or shelter.

Animal welfare organizations across the country work daily to educate people about how to care for their companion animals and how they can prevent animal cruelty.

Many people who witness, or hear about cruelty, are not aware that legal action can be taken to help stop the problem. Companion animals are primarily covered by state animal cruelty laws, which vary from state to state and county to county. These laws may be confusing to people who want to help animals in distress but are not clear on what constitutes animal cruelty.

Generally, ANIMAL CRUELTY can be divided into two categories: NEGLECT and INTENTIONAL CRUELTY:

NEGLECT is the failure to provide an animal with the most basic of requirements of food, water, shelter and veterinary care. Neglect is often the result of simple ignorance on the animal owner's part and is usually handled by requiring the owner to correct the situation.
If the problem is not corrected, the animal may be removed from the neglectful person by law enforcement authorities. In some cases, the owner will simply turn the animal over to authorities because they no longer want the responsibility.

INTENTIONAL CRUELTY is often more shocking and usually an indicator of a serious human behavior problem. Intentional cruelty is when an individual purposely inflicts physical harm or injury on an animal.

The ASPCA and other organizations with cruelty investigation authority have arrested many individuals, who have deliberately maimed, tortured or even killed animals.  Although many individuals are arrested for intentional cruelty, people who commit even the most heinous crimes against animals are often not prosecuted to the full extent of the law. In states where animal cruelty is considered a misdemeanor, individuals who commit intentional cruelty crimes against animals can receive, at most, one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Often, perpetrators receive no more than probation. Someone who is violent towards animals may be violent towards family members or other people. Animal cruelty laws vary from state to state.

Many states and the District of Columbia currently have laws that make intentional cruelty a felony charge, while 12 states treat neglectful cruelty and intentional cruelty as a misdemeanor. Many animal cruelty laws specifically exclude accepted animal husbandry practices involving farm animals, animals used in research, and lawful hunting and trapping of wildlife.

Many states now require the person convicted of cruelty to undergo psychological evaluation and counseling, in addition to paying a fine or being imprisoned.

An increasing number of states are instituting cross training and reporting programs involving social service workers who are likely to see cases of animal abuse during the course of their work in domestic violence and child abuse. This development arises from the research validating the "link" between animal abuse and human violence.

A number of states provide civil and criminal immunity to veterinarians who report suspected cases of animal abuse to law enforcement authorities since they are likely to be the first ones to come in contact with an abused animal.

Enforcement of animal cruelty laws can be carried out by local police or by humane or municipal agencies that are granted power from the state or local government.

The stories you may have heard about animal cruelty are heart-breaking-neighborhood kids setting a dog on fire, organized rooster fighting, a roadside zoo at which animals are beaten into submission and kept in horrible conditions. There are instances of neglect, too, in which an owner is not providing proper shelter, food or veterinary care for a companion animal.

Many people who witness cruelty, neglect or animal abuse are not aware that legal action may be taken; some may be frightened to register a formal complaint for fear that the abuser will find out. But if it weren't for concerned citizens, humane organizations and police departments wouldn't know about many instances of animal cruelty. You can make a difference.

If you witness, or hear about, animal cruelty, abuse or neglect taking place, you can help stop the suffering by reporting it to your local SPCA, humane society or law enforcement agency.

Acts of animal cruelty can also be reported to The ASPCA's legal department so that local officials can be advised about how to prosecute the case; District Attorneys, too, need to understand the seriousness of animal abuse. Without more vigorous prosecution, abusers may continue to feel impervious to the law. Our Legal Department also intervenes in animal cruelty cases throughout the country as a friend of the court in order to advocate for the punishment of abusers to the fullest extent permitted by law. The department can be reached at (212) 876-7700 X4451 or by e-mail at legal@aspca.org.

Talk to local teachers, veterinarians, and the clergy-the more who are aware of the animal abuse plaguing our society, the less chance for abusers to hide. It is becoming increasingly clear that people who abuse animals are also linked to domestic violence, spousal and child abuse. And make sure schools in your town include humane education in their lesson plans; children who learn to love and respect animals will grow up to be compassionate adults.

You can also help those who are working to stop animal cruelty by supporting your local animal rescue organization or shelter-you can donate money and supplies, or, better yet, your time. Volunteer at a local humane society, foster a shelter animal or adopt a companion animal. Promoting and practicing responsible pet ownership is another way to stop many abuses from starting.

Nap Time

A beautiful nap this afternoon
that put velvet between my vertebrae.
― Henry Miller