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A Newspaper……..For Your Cat?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

CATSNEWSIt happens all the time, as soon as I start reading the newspaper, my cat, Mollie will jump up and sit right on top of the section that I’m reading. When I encourage her to move, she gets angry, meows and gives me a swat! I guess she doesn’t like the fact that I’m paying attention to the newspaper and not to her. Unless of course, I’m reading the section that she wanted to read! There’s really no answer to this question. Maybe it just feels good but I think it’s because that she wants to get into the act. Cats also like the way paper sounds. Put a paper bag on the floor and your cat will love going inside of it and making noise. So before you go out and spend lots of money on cat toys, consider a paper bag and don’t forget to let your cat read the “kitty” section of the newspaper or you may just get swatted!

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Catering To My Older Cat

Sunday, August 30, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy
My spoiled wonderful little pet!

My spoiled wonderful little pet!

I’ve spoken about my older cat, Molly many times. She is very unique in that she has me wrapped around her paws. I tend to give her whatever she wants because she’s now 16 and she’s been such a great  pet, I guess she deserves it. She now wants me to feed her at certain times, brush her at certain times, climb up and sit on my lap when I’m watching TV or reading, go out on the porch or deck when I’m outside and open the blinds so she could look at the birds! Because she’s my little Molly, I always do all of these things for her. I’m a firm believer that our pets are truly a part of our families and they should be treated like they belong. We love out pets!

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DOGCOATBefore you know it, the weather will be getting cooler and you’ll start noticing your little dog start to shiver while on his walk. Time to think of buying him a dog coat. We do this to attempt to keep our little furry friend warm or to make a dog fashion statement but does your dog really like wearing that coat? Dog coats came about from people living in cold climates. Some breeds need extra layers in the cold weather. They are also a good conversation piece especially if there is someone in the park that you really want to meet and walks their dog the same time you walk yours. Smaller dogs generally wear dog coats but some larger dogs like Greyhounds that have very short hair may need to be kept warm so a coat may be appropriate. Dog coats come in all sizes and styles. There are hooded coats, denim coats, raincoats,and the list goes on. Dogs will usually tolerate their coats but some will do anything to pull them off like my dog used to do!

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The Benefit of Pets in Our Lives

Thursday, August 27, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

peoplepetsErica Freeman, a professor at the University of Maryland School of nursing says that studies have shown that animals are good for our health. This is true whether we own our own pet or just spending some time with one. According to Dr. Freeman, pet owners have better health in general, fewer doctor visits, higher self esteem and tend to be more independent that non pet owners. She says that dogs can also motive people to exercise. People who won’t take a walk by themselves would be more motivated if they knew that they had to get up to walk their dog. People who walk with a dog walk longer and faster then people who walk alone. You don’t have a pet yet? I would think about adopting one! They offer more than just good health. They offer unconditional love that is very difficult to find these days. So head to the pet adoption shelter today and adopt!

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Threatening Little Dog!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

littledogMy little dog used to go crazy when anyone would enter or leave my house. He scared guests so much that they would return to their seats until I picked him up and made sure that they were out of harms way. One guest was even bitten! Luckily no blood was drawn! I needed to teach him to do something else when people left my house. I told him to sit and remain calm and rewarded him with treats. I had a guest walk to the door, if he didn’t bark, I would reward him with a treat. I then had the guest walk back into the living room again, then walk again to the door. If my dog remained quiet, I would give him another treat. Eventually my guest left. This did help but my dog had to be constantly reminded to sit and be quiet when someone would get up to leave. Eventually he did it on his own. It is not necessary to put your dog in his crate or dog carrier while your guests are visiting.You must persist and your dog will eventually learn. Once he learns, usually he will never forget. At least my guests were no longer suggesting that I put my poor little dog in the microwave!!!

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College Pride and Pets

Sunday, August 23, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

 

DOGCOLLEGEIt’s that time of year when students are heading back to college. Many people are very proud of the college that they attended. Especially if they stuck it out for the full four years and beyond, it’s very likely that they have all kinds of apparel that lets the world know exactly where they attended. Some of the most common college-related apparel items are sweaters, t-shirts, slippers, and more. But these kinds of items shouldn’t just be enjoyed by you.

Rather, they can also be proudly displayed on your pet. These college logo bearing dog sweaters are especially cute and meaningful if you had your dog throughout your college years. Although the dog clothing market is dominated by items for small dogs, they are often available in many different sizes. So whether you have a Chihuahua or a German Shepherd, you should be able to share your college pride with the entire family!

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Great Story of a Puppy Rescue

Saturday, August 22, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

PUPPYRESCUEOur pets can be often subjected to dangerous situations. I love to hear animal rescue stories that have a positive outcome. Here’s a story out of Phoenix ,Arizona about a one week old puppy getting stuck in a pipe for about ten hours. This story was produced by CBS news.

 

A puppy rescued from a sewer pipe in Phoenix on Thursday was reunited Friday with its mother and siblings at the Arizona Humane Society.

The Arizona Humane Society’s emergency animal medical technician team, along with Phoenix police and plumbers, spent about 11 hours rescuing the newborn puppy, according to Bretta Nelson, an Arizona Humane Society spokeswoman.

The puppy was found stuck in a 2-inch sewer pipe around 11:30 Thursday morning. Rescuers pulled the dog out around 10:30 p.m., officials say.

“It was the longest non-stop rescue in recent history,” Nelson said.

Nelson said the puppy’s reunion was emotional. The dog and its mother and siblings were now headed to a foster home for about seven or eight weeks while they await adoption.

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puppyhouseNow that you’ve adopted the cutest puppy, you have to house train him as soon as possible. Here are five simple steps to get you on the right track.

Step 1 – Watch your puppy like a hawk. Do not give freedom to roam around the entire house.

Step 2 – Find a place outside for your pup to go. Take him to that place each time you take him out. Give him a verbal cue like “do your business.” Use this cue before he goes and while he’s going. After he goes, give him praise and a treat. Do this consistently every time you take him out.

Step 3  -If your pup has an accident in the house, you need to interrupt him immediately. Take him to his spot outdoors and let him finish his business.

Step 4 –Clean up any accidents with an enzymatic odor eliminatorYou can use products like Natures Miracle or Urine Gone. These will change the chemical structure of urine and feces and will totally eliminate the scent.

Step 5 – Set up a consistent feeding and watering schedule. Do not leave the food out all day. Your pup will likely have to go 10 to 15 minutes after eating.

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Doggy Accidents in the House

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGPEEYour dog is starting to have “accidents” in the house. You deal with this as best as you can and keep stocking up on cleaning and pet odor removal products. Is there a better way? If your dog is not that old, have your vet check to see if he has an infection. If an illness is not the problem, it could be hormones. Many unfixed males dogs with urinate to mark their territory. If you have a spayed female, leakage may be a problem while she is napping. Your vet has medication that could stop this. Whenever you are cleaning up a mess, make sure that you use a pet odor remover so that your pet won’t be attracted back to the spot by it’s smell. Try to discipline your dog if you catch him in the act by startling him with loud noises. If your pet does not have an underlying medical condition and you persist with discipline, the problem will probably resolve itself.

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Chasing That Tail

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG CHASINGWhat are the reasons for your dog’s repetitive behavior? It’s not uncommon for your puppy to chase it’s tail but tail chasing or tail licking should not consume a large portion of your dogs time. Valarie Tines is an Animal Behaviorist from Fort Worth, Texas. She says that this can be the one behavior problem that is most likely related to pain or neuropothy or even just mild itchiness. She also says that if this is not the true underlying cause, there’s a good chance that there’s probably an underlying neurophysiological disfunction that’s causing the problem. If you see him licking or chasing his tail and you cannot stop him, ask your vet to examine him. If no underlying injuries or allergies can be found, anti anxiety pet medication may be prescribed.

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