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The most important member of any therapy dog team is the handler.  You’re the one who must make the commitment and then follow a schedule of regular visits.  To make sure it’s an activity that’s suited to you, find a therapy handler working nearby and ask if you can accompany her on several visits. Just you, without your dog.  Your best canine friend may or may not be a good therapy dog candidate. Besides having good obedience skills, he has to be willing to meet and act with strangers, work well with other dogs and react calmly to distractions and stress. To test your dogs basic temperament, socialize. Take him into the community to face new people and new situations.  He’ll let you know if he likes it.  Give him an extra dog treat for hard work and good behavior.

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Sometimes it’s convenient to take our best friends out to eat with us but many establishments do not allow pets. You can go to a drive through but will have to take your food home or eat in the car. Many restaurants do have outside dining but you need to make sure that your pooch is welcome. First, make sure you can access the outdoor seats without having to walk through the inside of the restaurant. Second, find a restaurant that does not serve food outside. It’s better to find sidewalk seating where your can buy your food inside and take it outdoors to eat. Always ask because even some of these places may not allow pets. When you do find that perfect place to dine with your dog, make sure that he follows good etiquette. Here are some guidelines.

Make sure your pooch is well-behaved around other people and especially children.

– Leash your four-legged friend and keep him or her from socializing with other diners or employees, unless welcomed.

– Try to keep your dog close to your table or chair so he or she is not in the waiter’s path. Dogs are not allowed on the chairs or tables.

– Bring your own doggie bowl or ask the waiter for a paper or plastic bowl or cup for water if necessary. Pets are not permitted to eat or drink out of restaurant glasses or dishes, unless they are disposable.

– Remember to tie your dog to your chair and not a table. A dog tied to a table can result in spilled drinks or food if he or she is strong enough to make the table move.

– Always call ahead or ask first to make sure an establishment allow dogs at their outdoor tables.

Thanks to dogfriendly.com for providing some of this information.

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Low Maintenance Pups

Saturday, November 9, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

If you have a busy schedule and you are thinking about getting a dog, you may want to choose a breed that likes to lie around, like a couch potato. You may also want to choose a dog that’s low maintenance when it comes to grooming.  For example, a small, short haired dog such as a Chihuahua will not need as much grooming as a long haired Golden Retriever.  Boxers and Beagles are also easier to groom. Their short hair is not prone to mats and you could easily remove ticks if you need to.  Always remember, no matter what breed you choose, your dog will still need lots of attention.  He may not shed as much as a Sheep dog or run as much as a Collie, but he will still need regular walks, exercise and grooming sessions. So when thinking about a dog, don’t forget about that dog leash and frisbee just yet. If your schedule requires that you work long hours or have to travel frequently, consider a cat instead. It’s just not fair for the dog.

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Brushes for Long Hair Cats

Thursday, November 7, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

My cat Atlantis is a long haired Himalayan Siamese. He has a problem with hairballs.  While I was at the Vet the other day, I was told that one of the reasons for so many hairballs is because of their undercoat. This is a more sensitive area with hair difficult to remove with a regular brush  I purchased a Furminator Brush , a special brush designed to remove the loose hair in this area. Here are the benefits:

  • Designed especially for cats, so you can groom your kitty with ease.
  • Stainless steel deShedding edge reaches deep beneath your cat’s short topcoat to gently remove undercoat and loose hair.
  • Effectively reduces hairballs, keeping your cat healthier and happier, guaranteed to reduce shedding better than any brush, rake or comb.
  • The ergonomic handle fits nicely in your hand, while the curved edge conforms to your cat’s shape so grooming is comfortable all around.
  • Patented technologies, designed by a groomer for professional results.

It did not arrive yet but will report on the results.

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Vitamins for Your Pet…More Harm than Good?

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

High quality pet food manufacturers work hand in hand with veterinarians and nutritionists to assure that their product not only  tastes good but contains all of the nutrients that your pet requires throughout his life.  The vitamins are already in there. Steven Cohn, who is a Veterinarian with Nestle Purina Pet Care Company says that if your pet is normal and healthy and you’re feeding him quality food from a reputable company, you don’t have to provide any vitamin supplements to the pet’s diet.  Dr. Cohn says that extra vitamins can do more harm than good.  He says that the only time vitamin supplements may be called for is if your pet is suffering from a disease or disorder.  In this situation, your veterinarian will determine which extra vitamin supplements are needed. So keep feeding high quality food and provide plenty of treats and forget about extra vitamin supplement unless recommended by your vet.

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A Very Spoiled Pussy!

Monday, November 4, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

I’m guilty of spoiling our two cats Millie and Atlantis.  This morning I was awaken by loud meows from Atlantis our newest addition.  I  figured that he was hungry and  opened a can of the food I have been giving him for the past few weeks. It’s for cats with sensitive skin and stomach. He turned his nose up to it. I should have left it at that but no, I opened another can of food, this one was the same brand but it had chicken instead of lamb. He gobbled it up. He’s a very spoiled kitty and it’s our fault. Atlantis seems to get board with foods pretty fast so I will mix the flavors up and see what happens.

We love our furry friends and it’s easy to spoil them. Both of our cats are spoiled and know that they will eventually get what they want if they persist.

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Sneezing After Drinking Water

Sunday, November 3, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

We learn something new everyday about our furry friends. Our cat Atlantis whom we adopted about 3 and a half months ago loves the water fountain that we have for them in the laundry room. I noticed that periodically he would seem to sneeze for a few moments. I immediately thought that he may have a cough or cold and my mind went to more serious places. Then I noticed him drinking from the fountain. He drinks from the point the water comes out and seems to stick his nose right in the water. I then noticed that he sneezes when he’s done drinking. What’s happening is that water is getting up his nose because of the way he drinks. His sneezing only starts after he drinks from the fountain and specifically when he drinks at the spout where the water comes out.

We must take notice of our pet’s habits, they may be able to explain many things about them!

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Chihuahua’s, the Little Snugglers

Saturday, November 2, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Chihuahua’s  have lots of personality. They are loving, emotional and smart! One of their most endearing habits is to snuggle under blankets or clothing to sleep.We really don’t know why they do this but there are several theories.One is that it may be a natural instinct.  It’s behavior encoded in their genes.  Their wild ancestor’s probably slept and raised their young in burrows. It’s also possible that snuggling under blankets will make these little dogs feel safe and secure. Perhaps it’s just warm and cozy. Chihuahua’s especially the smooth coated variety don’t have mush hair and get cold easily. Whatever the reason, Chihuahua owners have to be careful not to sit on a dog hidden beneath a throw or  comforter.  Get a comfortable dog bed, throw a blanket on it and maybe your Chihuahua will sleep there instead of  hiding in unsafe places.

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We recently adopted our cat Atlantis from our neighbor who was very ill for a long time and passed away in July. Atlantis has become a wonderful part of our little family. I was intending to take him to the Vet that I always used for a checkup and nail trimming.  My neighbor used to take Atlantis to the same Vet when she was well. I called to make an appointment and was told that they wouldn’t take Atlantis until I provided proof of my neighbors death. At first I was confused and couldn’t understand the reasoning behind this policy. After speaking to the Animal Hospital further, I realized that this is to ensure that I was now the lawful owner of Atantis. I hung up and found an obituary for my neighbor and gave it to the Animal Hospital as proof. They contacted me and said that this was fine and Atlantis is now on my account. His appointment is set for next week.

I’m glad that I can take him to the same place that he’s been going all along because they have all of his records and I could find out if he had any underlying issues.

Remember if you adopt a pet from someone who has passed, get a copy of the death certificate or an obituary if you’re intending to use the same Vet that they’ve be going to all along.

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Is it Ringworm?

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

The term “Ringworm” can be a bit confusing. This condition is not really caused by a worm. It’s actually caused by by a fungus that resides on the hair and skin of animals. Some symptoms can include bald spots, dandruff and wide spread hair loss. Unfortunately, you can’t look at your pet and be able to tell whether or not he has ringworm. Your vet has to do some tests in order for find out for sure. If your pet does have ringworm, some treatment can include topical fungal cream, whole body shampoos, or an oral anti fungal agent. Prompt treatment is important because ringworm is also contagious to pet owners.

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