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Think Dogs and Cats don’t get along? Meet Gabriel and Stanley

September 16, 2009 2 comments

I was sent this funny and adorable video by a friend. It shows the great relationship between A dog named Gabriel and a cat named Stanley. It made me laugh and put a smile on my face (and perhaps a tear in my eye at the end). I love how well they play together!
Do you have a dog and cat that get along this well? Feel free to share your own videos!

Gabriel and Stanley (Video)


Crazy Cat Lady? No…Crazy? Maybe!

September 9, 2009 Leave a comment
Nick-My Cat

Nick-My Cat

When one is an animal lover and a rescuer of animals, you tend to invite chaos into your life. At least, that’s always been the case for me. My life is full of madcap adventures involving animals. Whether raising a baby robin from hatchling to adulthood or rescuing a stray dog on the street. I’m always finding myself in the “thick of things” when it comes to animals.

Like the time I tried to save two dogs from being run over on a busy street near my mom’s house. Not only did they follow me (in my car) to my mother’s house, but they also jumped into my trunk (with tails wagging and smiles on their faces) as I was removing some dog food. By the time someone had come to collect them, they had already made themselves at home in my mother’s house! That was after sneaking past me as I was going inside. As a side note, I also had a cousin stop by in the midst of this chaos and as he was leaving I locked myself out of the house!

Or, the time I offered to foster an unsocialized Dalmatian that had been brought into the shelter with his 2 brothers and sister. I decided he would be less overwhelmed if I confined him in a spare room while I went on a quick client appointment. Big mistake. By the time I came home Pixel had not only shredded my blinds, but had torn them down completely. He also shredded a blanket I had left for him. It turns out that Pixel did not like being left all alone, and after going through several blankets and bins of shredded newspaper, I discovered that Pixel was completely fine if he was allowed to be with my dog Daisy. Who knew?

Then there was the time I decided to take two cats into my home. Who could have known that I was highly allergic to cats? Not me! I couldn’t just give them up after offering them a new home could I? Allergy meds really do work wonders when you need them.

I think perhaps my craziest adventure happened just within the last two weeks. And, all of it happened within the first three hours of one day. In that time period: my client’s dog raided every treat bag in my car that within his reach (did I mention he was taking a drug that made him very, very hungry?), I almost ran out of gas because I ran into unexpected road construction which required me to drive out of my way and waste a lot of gas, I was pulled over for speeding trying to get to a gas station before I ran out of gas, and I saved a dog’s life after he was nearly hit by two cars (right in front of me) on a busy single lane highway.

As you can probably guess, my family enjoys hearing about these little adventures at our holiday gatherings. Yep. They think I’m crazy. But they also know that I am VERY passionate about animals (of all kinds). I may not be the crazy cat lady, but I just may be crazy!

So what about you? Do you have any crazy animal or animal rescue stories of your own?
Come on! I can’t be the ONLY one here. Right? No really. Please share your stories. (Pretty please?)

Wednesday Winners: The Dog Perk

April 15, 2009 2 comments

The Dog PerkI met the owners of this unique business at the Minnesota Valley Humane Society’s Posing Paws event last year. Great people!
I got to see their t-shirts in person, and found them not only humorous but fun. I especially like the one featuring all the dog parks in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

The Dog Perk is also a big supporter of rescue animals and has been at several of the MVHS events to support animals. I encourage you o check them out. And, if you happen to be in Burnsville at Alimagnet Park on the morning of May 2nd, come check them out. They’ll have a booth at the annual Woofer and Hoofer.

Today’s Wednesday Winners: The Dog Perk

Wednesday Winners: Loose Leashes

February 18, 2009 Leave a comment

This week’s Wenesday Winner is

My sister was staying at a friend’s house watching their 3 dogs this past weekend and noticed a new print on their wall. She knew I would love it so she snapped a photo and showed it to me when we saw each other this past weekend. The company that made the print is

I’ve got to tell you as a dog lover I was entranced. I will be getting the Lewis and Clark print! It pictures a black lab and yellow lab in a canoe, oars in their mouths, and in the foreground a tennis ball floating on the surface of the water. Awesome shot. I couldn’t help but pass on the site to other dog lovers out there. Check it out. They have lots of different dogs featured in their prints.

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Wednesday Winners: The Brake-fast Bowl

February 4, 2009 Leave a comment

Every Wednesday, I will be sharing my recommendations for animal organizations, toys, products, services, etc. that are winners when it comes to animals.

This week’s Wednesday Winner is the Brake-fast Bowl. Having known a dog that developed a serious condition as a result of inhaling his food, I am always looking for tools to help pet owners and pets with this issue. The Brake-fast bowl makes a pet work around the dish to get at the food thus short-circuiting the inhalation factor and reducing the risk of bloat. Let me know your thoughts!

Going on vacation: What to do with your pet?

February 3, 2009 6 comments

If you’re like me, you don’t trust your pet with just anyone.
When I used to travel for business (which was quite often), the one thing that worried me most was finding someone who could care for my cats. Cats can be quite self-sufficient, but they still require daily care – and in my case, a daily insulin injection for diabetes.

At the time I had never even heard of a pet sitter, so I had to rely on friends or family to care for my cats, and to give Sebastiaan his daily insulin injection. As you can imagine this became quite an ordeal. I mean who wants to bug your friends to care for your pets while you are out of town all of the time? They have busy lives themselves and don’t want to be a constant caretaker for someone else’s pets – even if it is for you, their friend.

And, you can only use family for so long before they get tired of it too. Luckily, I had a very understanding sister who loved my cats as much I did, so she was often willing to come over and stay with them or stop in to feed them and give Sebastian his insulin. Not everyone is so lucky.
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