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.
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.
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.
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.