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Choosing a Reliable Groomer

Sunday, August 25, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

If your dog has long hair and if you don’t have time to give him regular baths, you may want to take him to a groomer on a regular basis.  When choosing a groomer, first ask about their experience.

  • How long have they been in the dog grooming business?
  • What kind of training did they receive? Are they certified by NDGAA or another organization?
  • Do they specialize in any breed size or particular breed of dog? Are there any restrictions on the types of dogs they work with?
Ask about their level of service like cleaning your dog’s ears, checking his anal glands etc.  Find out whether or not their fees are within your budget.
Safety is very important. I would ask the following questions.
  • Do they use a hand held dryer or a cage dryer? (I would prefer a hand held). If they do use a cage dryer, find out if someone always stays with the dogs. If they don’t, I would go elsewhere.
  • Do they sedate the dogs for grooming? If so, who does it and what type of training do they have?
  • Where do they keep the dogs when they’re  not being groomed or waiting to be groomed?
  • What happens in an emergency or if your dog is injured? Is there a veterinarian on call or does someone have first aid training?
  • How is their record keeping? Do they keep complete records like medical, vaccinations and grooming history?
All of these things are important to consider when choosing a groomer.
 Remember, your pets count.
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Doggie Day Care May Not Be Good For Some Dogs

Saturday, August 24, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

You are very busy and are trying to decide whether or not to send your best friend to doggie day care. Before making this important decision, you must consider the fact that not all dogs may be suited for doggie day care. I found a website called which covered this topic quite well. Here’s the article from


Dog daycare is great for all dogs on paper, but in reality it’s not the right environment for some.

Let’s go over a few types of dogs that might not be a good fit for a group dog pack setting.

Very Anxious Puppies – Most puppies are happy-go-lucky and have no problem being let loose in a group of dogs. However, if your dog is viably uncomfortable around other dogs already, we want to proceed slowly or we risk doing negative socialization.

We might need to move a little more carefully and let him meet one dog, make a friend and then see how he can handle more. A little anxiety is okay and often can be improved with regular daycare visits, but if your dog is really freaked out we’re probably doing more harm than good. If you’re not sure, try him on a weekend at daycare or other slower time when there are less dogs there and see how he does (just note it may take a few visits for him to settle in and start to loosen up).

Fearful Adult Dog – Much like the anxious puppy, a dog that is afraid of other dogs is going to be overwhelmed in a pack setting. They need to be worked with on an individual basis with the right dogs to make sure we are helping and not making matters worse. Walking with other dogs works great.

Dog Reactive or Aggressive Dog – Obviously if your dog is grumpy with some or all dogs an off leash environment is not going to be the best place to work on it. Keep them home and find a local trainer to work with you and maybe you can improve the situation so you can eventually try it out.

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A purebred dog is eligible for AKC registration if it’s litter has been registered. When you purchase a purebred, you should get an individual Dog Registration Application from the seller. Once the application has been completed, you should submit it to the AKC along with the proper fee. You can also register a dog online. In about three weeks, you will receive your dogs AKC registration certificate.

When you fill out the application, you must remember that the application must be filled out jointly by the litter owner and the new owner. The application is color coded for the convenience of both parties.  The litter owner fills out the following information:

  • Sex of dog
  • Color and marking of dog
  • Registration type (Full or Limited)
  • Transfer date
  • Name and address of all new owners and co-owners
  • Signatures of all litter owners

The new owner fills out the following:

  • Name of dog
  • Signatures of all owners and co-owners
  • Payment information
  • Registration Options (For purchasing pedigrees and DVDs)

The new owner and litter owner must sign the application. Please be sure that all sections are completed and signed properly. The fee is non refundable and is subject to change.

Please note the following:

The buyer of an AKC-registrable dog should obtain the dog’s AKC papers from the seller at the same time the dog is purchased. If a dog is delivered or sold with the understanding that AKC papers will not be furnished, the buyer should sign a statement agreeing to this condition. This agreement should be kept in the seller’s records.

Information obtained from the American Kennel Club.

Once this is done, you can now enjoy your new puppy and pamper him with dog toys and treats.

Remember, your pets count

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The Kitty Buffet

Thursday, August 22, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Now that we have two cats, I’m obsessed with making sure that they both always have enough to eat. My cat Millie who’s been with us for 15 years is a bit skiddish. She likes to sleep by herself, poop by herself and eat by herself. Atlantis our new cat is quite the opposite. He is extremely social and loves to be around people or other cats. He will try to socialize with Millie who really isn’t interested and if he walks into the room when she’s eating, Millie will leave the room. In order to ensure that both cats always have access to food, I’ve put Atlantis’s food in the dining room, Millie’s food in the laundry room and one bowl of dry food in our bathroom. It may be a little much but at least Millie can always eat in a quiet space. That’s not to say that Atlantis will take advantage of all food areas.

After we learn the unique personalities of our furry friends, we can make adjustments accordingly.

Remember, your pets count!

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This is a re-post to raise the level of awareness when it comes to the health of our beloved pets. Pay attention to symptoms that your pet may be having, don’t ignore them, you may regret it!

Our pets can’t tell us how they’re feeling. We need to know when our pets are ill and not ignore important, sometimes life threatening symptoms. Here is a quick checklist. If your pet has any unexplained symptoms such as the ones listed below, get him to a vet or animal hospital immediately. It’s always better to be on the safe side and get things checked out fast. Many animal hospitals and clinics are open 24 hours. It’s a good idea to check which ones are open in your area so that you’re ready in case of an emergency.

Symptoms to look for:

  1. Vomiting or Diarrhea
  2. Urinating more frequently
  3. Hair Loss or itchy skin
  4. Stiffness, lameness or difficulty with rising
  5. Coughing
  6. Lack of Appetite or Decreased Activity

If you notice any of these symptoms, get your pet in for a check up. Many times pet medication will take care of the problem, however any of these symptoms could be a more serious condition.

Remember your pets can’t dial 911!

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Are you looking for a new career. Are you an animal lover? Then why not become a Veterinary Technician?  Maybe at some point you wanted to be a Veterinarian but the amount of college required held you back. Eight years of college is required to become a Veterinarian.  A Veterinary Technician works in both private and public clinics, in labs, on farms and even in classrooms.  Some of the things that they are responsible for are preparing animals for surgery and performing routine pet exams. The Veterinary Technician monitors a pets vital signs, takes X rays and also performs some dental hygiene processes.  A large part of their job is to educate people on the best way to care for their pets.  In most states a Veterinary Technician career requires a two year program.  You’ll also have to pass a national board exam. This could be a very gratifying career as it combines the love of animals with medicine and with people. So maybe you’re thinking of a career change. You love your pets and are constantly pampering them with long walks, dog  treats and lots of toys. Why not become a Veterinary Technician? It could be the best move you’ve ever made!

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Pets Banded From Restaurants in Delaware

Sunday, August 18, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

A new law recently went into affect banning pets from restaurants in Delaware. Now is this a good or bad thing? First of all in today’s society, we love our pets and treat them like family. Pets go along almost everywhere with us. I can understand that if everyone brought there dogs in a restaurant, chaos would occur. Service dogs are an exception to the rule. Banning our furry friends from outside dining with their family may be another story. Many restaurants used to  allow pets in outside areas but that will now not be allowed in Delaware. This may not sit well with many residents. It’s great to be able to take your dog out with you and stop and have a bite to eat without having to leave him in an unsafe car.

I think that pets should be allowed if restaurants offer outside dining provided that they are well trained and get stay calm while in a crowded area. There can be a designated seating area where our furry friends may be welcome . After all would like to leave your child or baby at home? What do you think?

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My Talkative Siamese

Saturday, August 17, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Our Atlantis

You may not know  that Siamese cats are very talkative. They will meow to interact with humans and that meow will continue until their need is fulfilled. Our cat Atlantis, meows as soon as we come home. He comes over to greet us like a dog would and either whats something to eat or to be pet. The meow continues in various tones for awhile. Siamese cats are more talkative than most other breeds. We love this interaction. It shows that he is happy and enjoys human interaction. We also have another cat Millie who is not Siamese and she doesn’t meow much but when we pet her, she will let out some soft meows as a sign of pleasure.

Enjoy the interaction with your feline friends. Remember cats will only meow to humans because  they know that we are special and can provide for their every need.

Remember, your pets count!

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Hurricane Season is Here, Are You Prepared?

Friday, August 16, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

It’s hurricane season and make sure that you remember your pets when making disaster emergency plans!  If you have to evacuate because a hurricane threatens the area in which you live, don’t forget about your cat or dog. Keep his pet carrier in a convenient place in case you have to get out fast.  The instincts of your pet cannot be counted on to survive a disaster.  Pack at least one weeks supply of pet food and always remember your pets leash. Make sure that you have the proper ID tags clearly visible on your pet.  If you must go to a hotel or shelter, ask if it’s OK to bring your pet.  It is very important that you don’t wait until the last minute to evacuate. Rescue officials may not let you take your pet. Keep up to date on all of the weather conditions and evacuate sooner rather than later. If you have no choice but to leave your pet home, make sure that he has a  current ID and a secure collar. Take a picture of your pet with you just in case he gets lost. I cannot emphasize it enough that your pets are a part of your family. Plan ahead and make sure they are included in your disaster plans.

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Pay Attention to Your Cat’s Teeth

Thursday, August 15, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy
It is important to pay attention to your cat’s mouth and symptoms of possible issues. has composed a list of things to watch out for when it comes to your cat’s teeth.
  • Bad breath
  • A lot of saliva
  • Bleeding gums or gums that are red and swollen
  • Receding gums
  • Plaque on his teeth (plaque is white and soft and able to be removed from his tooth)
  • Tartar on his teeth (this is where plaque has become harder and will need to be removed by your veterinarian)
  • A cracked tooth or teeth diminished
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of weight
  • Pawing at his mouth (this may point to pain in his mouth)

If you notice any of these signs and/or your cat loses a tooth, you will want to schedule an examination with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will conduct a physical examination, paying close attention to your cat’s mouth and teeth. Should there be plaque present, your veterinarian can clean your cat’s teeth to avoid problems in the future. If your veterinarian determines that there is an infection present, he may prescribe an antibiotic. Depending upon the examination, your veterinarian may consider radiography in order to see if any teeth need to be extracted. This may be necessary if the infection has spread so that your cat can avoid developing a generalized infection. Filings may be an option for teeth that have cracked. All dental treatments will be conducted under anesthesia. It is important for your cat to receive treatment as any bacteria involved in dental disease can make its way through his bloodstream and infect his heart, kidneys and liver.

Thanks to for providing this valuable information.

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