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Everything has it’s positive and negative. Adopting two sibling puppies can have some advantages and disadvantages. You’ll have to realize that it will be double the work but the benefits can out weight the disadvantages.

The Good!

1.  The two puppies will keep each other company.
2.  They may not cry at night after you bring them home.
3. Two puppies will be easier to crate train because they have company.
4. Socialization is easy because it is highly likely one will be more outgoing and will encourage the less outgoing to socialize and be more adventurous.  Their behavior will be better when their out and about.

The Bad

1.  There is a serious risk of one or both developing separation anxiety.  They eat, live, play together almost 24-7. If you need to separate one o them temporarily, they other may not take to this too well!
2. They tend to ignore their owners when in a distracting or stressful situation, and turn to their litter mate for guidance.
3.  They often do not bond as strongly to their owners.  They have each other! You may need to work harder at bonding.
4.  It is possible that they will pass away around the same time. Although there are many circumstances to consider other than their age.
5.  You will have twice the vet expenses at the exact same time.  All the shots, worming, blood work, spay / neutering will come up at the same time.

Thanks to Anutta.com for providing some of this valuable information.

Remember, your pets count!

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As the world gets more crazy and technology continues to “dehumanize” the population, our pets still provide us with continuous love, affection and joy.

Feeling detached is a common symptom of growing older. Today it seems that our youth are so self absorbed that they rarely make an effort to tap into the experience, knowledge and advice of their seniors. Technology has played a major role in altering communication. Texting has taken the place of talking and frequently emotions are expressed with an emoji rather than a human interaction. It’s no wonder that the older population experiences loneliness more than ever before.

Customer Service has become non existent! The older generation feels the hit really hard as they are left to “flounder” in a world of endless automated voice prompts for every problem they encounter with a product or service.

The bright side is that nature and our pets still provide us with beauty, comfort and joy. We’re living in a world where true contentment and happiness is becoming more and more or a rarity. It’s comforting to know that when we open the door, regardless of the kind of day we had, our pets will be there to greet us, comfort us and share their unconditional love … no matter what! The flowers will bloom again, the birds will still sing and the ocean will provide a soothing rhythm as it brushes against the shore.

Remember, your pets count!

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That Dreaded Feeling When Your Dog Goes Missing

Thursday, March 28, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

If your dog suddenly goes missing, your mind will go blank, that feeling of dread will come over you and you won’t know what to do first. Now lets think clearly.

  • Hopefully your dog is either micro-chipped or his collar contains your name, address and phone numbers. This information is vital for the safe return of your dog.
  • Have someone stay at home and man the phones in case someone calls with information about your dog. Take your cell phone with you when you start your search.
  • Have the person at home call local animal hospitals, shelters, police, etc.
  • Leave a description, picture of your dog and phone numbers at all locations that you check on. (Animal hospitals, shelters etc.)
  • Bring some bait with you like a bag of treats that you usually shake at home. Any other sounds that your dog is familiar with will help as well.
  • Bring business cards, a pad of paper where you can write down any specific information like phone numbers of anyone who helps you with the search.
  • Give your phone number to anyone you run in to.
  • There are also Web sites like PetAmberAlert.com or Craigslist where you can post your dog’s disappearance to get your word out to the concerned citizens in your area. Your local shelter or veterinarian may also be able to recommend good Internet resources for your area.
  • Create a poster with a picture of your dog and all other pertinent information
  • Check online and check the local newspaper to see if anyone has posted a notice that they have found a dog that matches yours.
  • Don’t give up. If your dog had proper identification from his collar or a microchip, chances are good you would have been notified if he had been found injured or worse. No news can be good news.

Hopefully your dog will be found safe and sound!

Remember, your pets count!

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The Diverse Personalities of Cats

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Every cat has their own, unique personality. Some cats are shy, others are very vocal and demand lots of attention, some like to hide most of the day and there are some that takes to one or two people in a household and forms a strong bond.

My cat Molly, who passed away last year was very bonded to me. Every where I went, she would follow. She also wanted all of my attention. It was clear that when I was working on my computer, she was not pleased. She loved cuddling on my lap or next to me in bed. She would let me know what she needed, like treats, more food or even to come outside and sit with me on our deck. I really do miss her.

Our second cat Millie, has a very different, unique personality. She is much more independent and does not like to cuddle or be held for long periods of time. She does let us know her needs. She loves to be pet but on her terms. She likes to lie on her bed in our bedroom and be pet. She will sit in the hallway and stare until one of us gets up, follows her to the bedroom and pets her. She also loves her treats and will sit by her bowl or let us know with a meow that we are late and it’s time for treats. She also loves to be brushed. Every day after my shower, I find Millie sitting by the bathroom door waiting for her daily brush. That brush requires at least 450 strokes (Yes I do count them!) or she will not be pleased and start to meow until I complete the process.

Appreciate your furry little friends as they are all unique little gems making your life fuller and more content!

Remember, your pets count!

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Keep Feeding Times Consistent

Sunday, March 24, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

When it comes to feeding your dog, the first step is to determine the correct quantity of food to give him in order to maintain a healthy weight. Next, it’s critical that you establish a routine. Offering your pet meals at the same time every day can promote digestive health and regular bowel movements. For dog owners, this can add up to predictable walk times.  Your pet will also feel more secure knowing that meals come at regular intervals and this security can create a stronger bond.  Knowing when your dog will be hungry can also be used to plan a training session.  Part of your pets meal allotment can be offered as rewards instead of dog treats. Dietary changes should be made gradually to help reduce upsets and unpleasant surprises.

Remember, your pets count!

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Pets Deserve a Quality Life

Friday, March 22, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

A girl adopted a cat last year while attending college away from home. The next year she decided to go to a college closer to home. Her parents have a dog so they keep the cat in the basement. What’s wrong with this picture? Our pets should be part of our family and although cats are solitary creatures, they do get lonely, require exercise and need attention just like a dog. I have written several blogs about how to introduce a cat to a home with a dog. It is possible to slowly introduce a new pet to other pets in the family but unfortunately many don’t go through this process and discover that their pets don’t get along. I feel that his is not right. Cats and dogs can get along together if they are given a chance to adapt to one another. Keeping a cat in a dark, damp, lonely basement is not providing a quality life for the pet.  It’s sad to see that lots of people really don’t understand how to care for a pet properly. Make sure that your pet has a quality life. If you are too fussy about things like them jumping on the furniture, vomiting on your rug or if you don’t want to make a commitment to spend time and train the pet properly, then do me a favor, don’t adopt one just because you thin it’s “cute.” This is not fair to these poor animals. Give them a good home, lots of attention, good food, lots of exercise, otherwise don’t take them into your home.

Remember, your pets count.

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Dog Shyness

Thursday, March 21, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Does your dog start to shake or hide around people? Does he put his tail between his legs and doesn’t leave your side while in public? Your dog is either afraid or very shy which can be caused by many different issues. If you adopted a dog from a shelter, there could be “skeletons” in his closet that you may not be aware of. If the shyness is moderate to severe, your best bet is to seek a trainer that is well educated in behavior modification. If the condition is not that severe there are some things that may help this situation. Quick and dirty tips .com, provides the following information for dogs that do not have a severe shyness problem.

How to Know Which Situations Scare Your Dog

Shyness and fear are hard to shake under the best of circumstances, whereas fearful responses are easily learned. And the more time your dog spends feeling anxious or fearful, the deeper that anxious groove gets worn. So, as much as you can, protect your shy dog from things that scare her.  Trainers and behaviorists use the concept of “threshold,” meaning the point at which an animal just barely becomes alert to something that worries or upsets her. She might watch whatever it is, or breathe faster, or give some other sign that she’s less than 100 percent relaxed and happy. That is your cue. Make it your business to create more distance between your dog and the object of her alertness. If you live in an urban environment or if your dog is afraid of many things, you may not be able to avoid them all. Do the best you can.

After that, it probably goes without saying that you shouldn’t push your dog to engage. Nor should you use food to lure her toward something that scares her. If your offer of a treat frequently predicts situations in which she’s pressured to approach scary things, you can even wind up with a dog who’s afraid of treats.

Remember, your pets count!

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10 Healthy Treat Tips For Cats

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

My cat Millie loves her treats but I must admit, we give her too many. Treats should be a small part of your cats diet. They also have a tendency to make your cat overweight. Our goal is to decrease the amount of treats that we give our cat Millie.

WebMD has put together 10 healthy treat tips for cats.

  1. ) Remember moderation. Like people, cats can develop a taste for treats, and they may decide to avoid their own food in favor of the goodies they love. For this reason, keep cat treats novel by offering them no more than two or three times a week, says Susan G. Wynn, DVM, CVA, a veterinary nutritionist in Georgia.
  2. Go easy with “people food.” Foods made for cats are formulated to contain the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids a cat needs for good health, so “people food” should be a minimal part of your cat’s diet. For an occasional delicacy, you might try small bits of cheese or cooked tuna, chicken, fish, or liver. You can also give your cat a tablespoon of milk now and again, but for cats that are lactose intolerant, this may cause diarrhea, Wynn says.
  3. Avoid toxic foods. Raisins, grapes, onions, alcohol, salt, tea — we may love them, but these and other common foods can be toxic to cats. If you’re not sure a treat is safe, talk your vet before giving it to your kitty.
  4. Ban begging. When giving your cat a treat, avoid doing it at the dinner table or at the cat’s insistence. Don’t reward begging.
  5. Overweight cats need care. There’s no way around it: Cat treats add calories. But simply cutting out treats isn’t going to do much for an overweight cat, McGeorge says. She recommends having your cat evaluated by a vet, who will develop a safe diet plan to help your cat lose weight “slowly and carefully. Rapid weight loss in an overweight cat can lead to a serious liver disease called hepatic lipidosis.”
  6. Go green. Catnip makes a fine cat treat, Wynn tells WebMD — and it’s low-calorie. Most cats love both catnip and “cat grass,” which is actually a cereal grass like wheat or oats. Both treats are easy to grow in a sunny window, and you can also find dried and fresh greens in pet stores. Always be sure the plant you’re offering your cat is safe for felines. But don’t be alarmed if your cat regurgitates the kitty grass you buy — some just do that. Stick with catnip for those cats, McGeorge suggests. If you’re not sure a plant is cat-safe, check the ASPCA’s web site for information on plants toxic to felines. If you think your cat may have eaten a dangerous plant call your vet immediately, or contact the Animal Poison Control Center at(888-426-4435).
  7. Give cat treats for fun and fitness. Help your cat exercise brain and body by using cat treats to train them in agility exercises or tricks. This can be even more enjoyable for indoor-only cats.
  8. Apologize with cat treats. Try giving cat treats after something kitty doesn’t like — such as claw trimming, tooth brushing, or a dose of medication. Along with praise and petting, this can go a long way toward soothing a feline who’s been forced to do something unpleasant
  9. Don’t use cat treats to replace love. Cats don’t have many needs: a healthy diet, safe home, loving attention. When you’re short on time, it can be easy to think a handful of treats builds the same bond as a stroke or cuddle, but “I’m not sure it really works that way,” says Anthony Herrig, an Oregon engineer with four contented felines. “My cats are no more lovable for having had a treat. I think it’s physical contact like playing, petting, and holding that helps a cat bond with you.”
  10. Make your own natural cat treats. By cooking up small bits of liver, fish, or eggs for your cat, you’ll know exactly what’s in the treats she’s eating. You can even make organic cat treats for kitty by buying meat, fish, and eggs that are certified organic. But remember, these treats should make up only a small part of your cat’s overall diet.

Remember, your pets count!

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No Aspirin For Cats!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

If you have an older cat that suffers from arthritis, you might be tempted to give your  pet pain medication from your medicine cabinet.  Stop right there! Medicine such as aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen are toxic to cats.  In very rare instances, some veterinarians will prescribe aspirin for cats but only in tiny amounts and on a very specific schedule. Most veterinarians prefer other methods to treat arthritis in cats.  They would recommend inflammation reducing agents such as Glucosamine instead. They may even recommend rehabilitation treatments such as acupuncture.  In most cases these therapies tend to work best. Always consult with your veterinarian and never administer any pet medication without his expert opinion. Remember, your pets count.

Remember, your pets count!

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Some Cities Where Pets Are Welcome!

Monday, March 18, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Most of us love going on vacation but if we’re a pet lover, we dread leaving our beloved pet behind. Why not consider taking our furry friend along with us? Many cities across the country are welcoming man’s best friends into their beaches, parks, hotels and yes, even restaurants. What are the qualifications for a city to be consider to be “pet friendly?” It needs to have hotels that welcome our pets plus lots of open space for pets and their owners to roam. It must have an active Humane Society plus high quality veterinarians.

Here are the top five pet friendly  cities.

1. Portland, Oregon

2. New York City, New York (believe it or not!)

3. San Diego, California

4. Colorado Springs, Colorado

5. Orlando, Florida

Have a wonderful vacation with your pet!

Remember, your pets count!

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