Archive for October, 2011

Favorite Video Friday – Dogs and Leaves

October 20, 2011 13 comments

It’s really feeling like fall now. There’s a crispness to the air, leaves have started falling and the smell of autumn is everywhere.
This means there are lots of leaves to be raked up and doggies who love nothing better than to help you UN-rake them. So this week I decided to share a few videos of dogs playing in leaves. I hope you get a chuckle out of one or all of them. Personally, I think Toby was having the most fun, but I’ll let you pick your favorite.

Happy Friday!

The Dog Park – In Pictures

October 20, 2011 23 comments

I’ve been looking for a way to share a few of my recent dog park photos.

I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but here in Minnesota the fall colors have been amazing. The sunsets have been spectacular. The dog park has been a great spot to get a little of the fall colors and sunsets all in one. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Jasper chasing a stick in the tall grass

Jasper and Daisy

Sunset at the dog park

Foster dog, Lady

On the way home from the dog park

Dylan and Nika

Clover, Nadia and Lady

Jasper in the field

Lady bathed in the rainbow of the sun.

Wordless Wednesday #66

October 18, 2011 22 comments

Do you and your pet have a psychic connection?

October 16, 2011 27 comments

Have you ever had a psychic connection with a pet?

When I was 15 years old, I had a Sheltie named Alicia. We did everything together – walking, training, playing, sleeping and just hanging out. We were inseparable. We were also very connected. Our bond was so deep and strong that when I left for college, it broke both our hearts when I had to leave her behind. She had been my constant companion for four years. Not having her with me at college was really, really hard. I know from my mom that she missed me too.

One night, in my sophomore year, I had a dream about Alicia. In my dream, Alicia was really, really sick and the veterinarian kept saying that if she didn’t have surgery, she would die. I woke up with such a strong feeling of dread that I almost started to cry. I tried to shake it off and tell myself that it was just a dream. But, I still couldn’t shake the feeling that something was seriously wrong.

By afternoon, the feeling of dread was so strong that I gave in and called home. My bother answered the phone. I asked him if Alicia was okay and he said that she was fine. I told him about my dream and my concern that something was wrong with her. He reassured me that she was there with him and seemed to be just fine. I reluctantly hung up the phone and headed off to class with that same sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. The feeling that something was seriously wrong just would not leave me.

Two evenings later, my mom called me. She told me that she had taken Alicia into the vet because she had been bleeding. It turns out that Alicia (who had never been spayed) had an infection in her uterus. The vet told my mother that if she did not have surgery, she would die. Thankfully, my mother paid for the surgery. She waited until after the surgery was over to call me knowing that I would have freaked out and wanted to come home immediately.

I remember crying like crazy when she told me. I just KNEW something had been wrong. Even after all these years, I still remember that experience. It was as strong a feeling as I have ever had about anything, including a pet. And although I have never had that kind of psychic experience with a pet ever again, I wonder if anyone else has had similar experience with their pet? I’d love to hear about it.

By the way, Alicia went on to fully recover and lived until the ripe old age of 15 years. We remained bonded until the very end and I was with her when it was time to say goodbye.

Dog #201 – Why Petland Should Stop Selling Puppies #BtC4A

October 15, 2011 27 comments

Dog #201

I first met dog #201 at a local shelter I had been volunteering at for about 6 1/2 years. She was a Yellow Labrador Retriever, but her coat was more white than yellow. Her face bore the scars of a dog squabble or two, perhaps a fight over food? She also bore a few scars on her feet, where her dew claws had once been. They had been torn out, probably with a pair of pliers. Only one disfigured, twisted dew claw remained. Her teats were still swollen with milk, having just weaned her puppies – her last litter (one of the many she’d had over the past 4 years), and, she was very, very scared.

She had been brought to our shelter by a local service organization, who had rescued her, pregnant and scared, from a puppy mill. They cared for her during her pregnancy and after the birth of her puppies, but she was so damaged emotionally that they had considered euthanizing her thinking that she would never be able to be anything but a scared unsocialized dog, afraid of everything and everyone. Her foster mom wanted to give her a chance and asked our shelter manager if he would take her. He agreed.

When I first met her on that day at the shelter, she was sitting at the back of her kennel – terrified and alone. She cowered in my presence and avoided direct eye contact. When I raised my hand to unlock the kennel door, she went straight to the ground and curled into a little ball with feet curled under her body, frozen in fear. It was easy to get the leash on her, but getting her to walk to the door to go outside was a slow process and required slow movements.

I walked her around the shelter property so she could go to the bathroom, but it was more of a crawl than a walk. She moved slowly, her body slunk low to the ground, and she would freeze at any sudden movement or loud noise. I avoided talking to her, hoping it would calm her. It didn’t. After a short walk, I sat down on the parking lot curb and waited to see what she would do. Her whole body language conveyed fear and distrust – averted eyes, lowered head and body, frozen body posture. She kept her back towards me the whole time. She did not trust me, and I didn’t blame her at all.

I let her be while I remained seated. I hoped that giving her some time to adjust to my presence would help. It didn’t. She allowed me to pet her, but I think that was only because she was too scared to move. My heart broke for her. It was at that moment that I knew that this dog and I were somehow going to be connected. I just didn’t know then how much.

It would be much later before I would learn that she had a tattoo in her ear. The number 201. Dog number 201 in a puppy mill of how many? How many breeding dogs in dog number 201’s puppy mill were left behind? How many were not rescued?

Dog #201 is also known as Daisy. My dog Daisy. She was breeding dog in a puppy mill for four years. I can’t say how many litters she had, but my vet surmised that it had been many since her skin hangs down as if it had been stretched often by pregnancy. I can’t even begin to guess where all her puppies went, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility that they could have ended up at a Petland store since Petland USA gets 95% of their puppies from puppy mills.

That’s why I am joining Be the Change for Animals today to blog about puppy mills and Petland. All week Be the Change for Animals has been asking people to sign our petition (started by my friend Mary Haight over at Dancing Dog Blog) to ask Petland USA to stop selling puppy mill puppies. We need 50,000 signatures and we only have 750 signatures. Hardly enough to convince Petland USA to stop selling puppy mill puppies like Petland Canada decided to do earlier this year is it?

Daisy and I are asking for your help. We are asking you to join this cause and ask Petland USA to stop selling puppy mill puppies. It took me less than a minute to add my name to the petition. Will you join us? Change doesn’t happen unless people speak up. We need you.

Sign and Share the Petition at
Write to Petland USA on Facebook and Twitter
Paste the following across your social media outlets:
Tell @Petland USA to Stop Selling Pets! Sign the Petition: #BTC4A #Change

1. 99% of puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills.
2. Nearly 100% of all puppies in pet stores have parasites when they are purchased.
3. 48% of puppies being sold in pet stores were ill or incubating an illness at the time of purchase, according to a recent California study.
4. 500,000 puppies are born in puppy mills and sold in pet stores every year in the United States.
5. There are 35,000 pet stores in America
6. Puppy millers can make more than $300,000 growing puppies every year.
7. Puppy mills have been around since the early 1960s.
8. Almost every Puppy sold in a pet store has a mother who will spend her entire life in a tiny cage, never being petted, never being walked, never being treated like a dog.
9. Female dogs are usually bred 2x a year. At that rate, they usually burn out by age 5, at which time they are put to death.
10. About 1 million breeder dogs are confined in puppy mills throughout the country.

This data can also be found at Madonna of the Mills.

Blog the Change

Favorite Video Friday – Mastiff, Chihuahua and Jimmy Kimmel

October 13, 2011 18 comments

I first saw this original video a week ago and thought it was adorable. (Continue on below)

So when I saw the beginning of the same video on Jimmy Kimmel Live, I smiled.

But what happened next made me first gasp in shock and then double over in laughter. Definitely NOT what I was expecting!
I hope you get a kick out of it too. :)

Happy Friday!

Wordless Wednesday #65

October 11, 2011 19 comments

Kudos to The Honest Kitchen for Taking a Stand!

October 10, 2011 13 comments

Today, I want to call out a special pet food company and say KUDOS!

Recently, The Honest Kitchen (the company who my dog’s favorite pet food) shared their thoughts on the puppy mill debate within their own industry. It seems Pet Age Magazine, a trade magazine for pet supply store owners, distributors, etc. had shared an editorial by the magazine’s Editor in Chief as she expressed her dismay with the recent legislation in several states banning the retail sale of pets.

Here is an excerpt from Pet Age Magazine:

“Today, we are sorry to say that the situation is even worse. Measures to ban retail pet sales are not just coming faster, they’re succeeding more often. Thirteen localities in eight states have passed retail pet sales bans, and three have done so in just the last six months.”

You can read The Honest Kitchen’s full response here, but here is an excerpt of their response to Pet Age Magazine:

“My company, The Honest Kitchen, is one of the fastest growing companies in the US pet food industry, even enjoying 25% growth during the recession years. We’ve built a strong ‘indie’ business by sticking strongly to our core values and principles. We have enjoyed this growth despite never having allowed our products to be sold in stores that sell live puppies and kittens. Instead, we work with 2700 pet supply stores who are committed to our ‘no puppy sales’ policy, as well as with more than 200 pre-approved responsible breeders nationwide who have been screened by our company and meet our stringent criteria regarding how their animals live, the number of litters produced each year, and the way perspective new owners are ‘vetted’ before a sale.”

How many companies in the pet industry can claim this?

I am already a big fan of The Honest Kitchen, but I am even more impressed after reading their response and for calling it out on their website. I admire a company who takes a stand like this don’t you? Kudos to The Honest Kitchen!

By the way, Be The Change for Animals is taking a stand of it’s own and it relates to puppy mills too. We’re asking people to join our petition to ask Petland to stop selling puppy mill puppies in their stores in the United States. Petland in Canada has already made this decision. Wouldn’t it be nice if Petland USA did as well? You can learn more here. As a side note: The dog on the Be The Change for Animals page is my Daisy, a puppy mill rescue.

Do pets really tell you when it’s time to say goodbye?

October 9, 2011 217 comments

I recently had a conversation with a friend who said that pets always tell you when it’s time to say goodbye. I had to be completely honest and tell her that I had yet to experience a dog telling me it was time.

It’s true. I have never had a dog or cat tell me when it was time. Not that I doubt that it happens. I’m sure it does. It’s just that I’ve never experienced it myself.

A friend of mine is going through this very same situation right now. Every time she starts to think it’s time to say goodbye, her dog rallies and makes a comeback. There is nothing like a dog rallying back from illness or death to make you doubt yourself and your decision-making process.

I have experienced this very same thing with each of my dogs. Every time I would be ready to say goodbye, they would rally back. The worst is when they are still there in spirit, but their body is failing them. I am always filled with doubt – Is NOW the right time? Is it too early? What if I’m missing something else that is wrong with them and I say goodbye too soon?

Part of me wonders… Am I just too close to the situation to see the signs? Do I refuse to see what they are telling me because I don’t want to see it? It’s definitely a possibility. And yet, when I look back I can honestly say that none of my dogs “told” me that it was time. I always felt like I had to make the decision for them, and each time it devastated me.

So, I want to hear from you. How did you know it was the right time to say goodbye to your pet? Did your pet tell you? And, if so, how did they tell you?


Note: This post has taken on a life of its own since I first posted it back in 2011. I am grateful for those of you have comforted others and helped them to know when was the right time. One reader shared this in the comments section. I have shared it with many a friend who told me later that it was helpful. I encourage you to read it if you are struggling with this question too.

Here is the link to that article:  How to Know When It’s Time to Euthanize Your Pet


The Missing Link Giveaway!

October 7, 2011 16 comments

I am really excited about this giveaway.

Recently, I was contacted by Missing Link and asked to try out their product on my two dogs and cat. I jumped at the chance. What an opportunity!

I have been hearing about Missing Link for some time now. As a regular listener of Katie K9, I have often heard her recommending it to owners with dog(s) and/or cat(s) with compromised immune systems. I have also heard other pet owners mention that it has helped their dog’s allergies or made their dog’s coat look amazing. You can read a few stories here, and here and here.

Missing link contains Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9, flaxseed lignans, and phytochemicals (phytochemicals have anti-rheumatic, anti-allergenic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-carcinogenic properties. They are recognized for their disease fighting properties.) In other words, if you’ve got a dog who is suffering from allergies, or has a weakened immune system or is getting older and needs a supplement to help build up their immune system, Missing Link should be something you consider trying. And, here was my chance to try it out!

However, I’ve decided to do something a little different. I am going to share this generous gift with two of my readers and buy my own bags of missing link for my dogs and cat. I am giving away one 1 lb. bag of Canine Formula with Joint Support and one 6oz. bag of Feline Formula.

Here are the rules for the giveaway:

1. “Like” No Dog About It’s Facebook fan page (on the right).

2. Post a picture of your dog or cat on our Facebook page (Don’t forget to include you pet’s name!). This is your “before” picture.

3. If you win, agree to post another picture (the “after” picture) of your cat or dog on our Facebook fan page 40 days from now and share your dog or cat’s results after taking Missing Link.

The contest will run until midnight (12:00 AM Central Time), October 12, 2011. Two winners will be selected at random using, and will be notified via Facebook. Only those who post a picture of their cat or dog on our Facebook fan page between now and and 12:00 AM Central Time, October 12, 2011, will be eligible to win. Winners will have three days to claim their prize, or another winner will be drawn from the entry pool. I will post the winners on my blog on October 13th. Good luck!

In the fairness of full disclosure, I have chosen to share the third bag of Canine Formula with my client Kelly, and her dog, Clover (see pictures below). Clover has been suffering from severe allergies and has been on Prednisone to help control the itching. She will join the two winners, and my own dogs and cat, in this little experiment. I will share updates about all of the pets in about 40 days.

Want to learn more about what’s in Missing Link? Go here. Also, follow Missing Link on Facebook and Twitter.

Clover - On the Deck

Clover - Top View

Clover at play

And the winners are…

Deb Swan and her poodle Jack
Nicole Bourassa and her cat Boots

Deb and Nicole – Send me an email at with your address and I’ll ship them this weekend.

Jack and his other human, Kari

Little kitty, Boots

Welcome to the Saturday Pet Blogger Blog Hop. I encourage you to check out some of the other awesome bloggers out there. Much thanks to our most generous and interesting hosts, Life With Dogs, Two Little Cavaliers, and Confessions of the Plume!

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