A Plan of Action for Spring – Part 1

 

Part 1 – Why we need one!

In spite of the 30-40 mph Northwest winds today, I think it’s safe to say that spring has sprung here in New England.  My crocuses are popping up and the buds are showing on some of the trees and bushes.  Who can’t be happy about this after the bitter cold and snowy winter we had?  Yet there are still some unhappy thoughts that spring brings to mind now….my sister emailed me the other day to let me know she had found a tick on her beagle.  They’re baaaaaack, and that’s a true horror show!  We have yet to see one here in our town, but I know we will soon enough.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much I hate ticks.

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Last year we had a lot of ticks and they said it was because we had a mild winter.  This year they are saying we’re going to have a lot of ticks, because the deep snow cover would help them survive.  We can’t win, right?

I mentioned last month that I was already thinking about how we’re going to fight the bugs this year.  I try to do things all naturally wherever possible, and last year we stopped using chemicals like Frontline on the dogs.  I don’t like using pesticides on the dogs, just as I don’t use insect repellents with DEET on myself.  We checked diligently for ticks daily, but what we didn’t see coming was the flea problem we had in the fall.  We had never had an issue with fleas, and even when we used Frontline we only used it for a month or two in the spring.  We don’t see as many ticks once we get into summer and I didn’t want to use it if it was unnecessary.

The month of April has been designated National Prevention of Lyme Disease in Dogs Month by the American Lyme Disease Foundation.  As you can see from the map below, we live in an area with a high incidence of Lyme disease.  This disease was first found in humans in 1975 in the town of Lyme, Connecticut, where it got its name.  It is an infectious disease that is transmitted by deer ticks.  It was first found in dogs in 1984.  I’ve known at least two people and two dogs in my area who have contracted Lyme disease (or at least tested positive for it).  What a lot of people may not know is that it is a far more difficult disease in humans than in dogs.   Dogs can test positive for Lyme but never develop the disease, only 5% of dogs exposed to the disease will actually come down with it.

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Dogs respond very well to antibiotic treatment and the majority of them recover completely.  Some can even recover without treatment.  Dogs don’t contract the systemic disease that humans do which in humans can lead to a lifetime of complications.  Even so, Lyme is a concern in dogs because you still don’t want your dog to be sick.  The clinical signs of Lyme include lameness, limping, and fever.  No one wants to see their dog go through that.

Ticks can also carry other diseases:  Ehrlichia – another bacterial infection that has similar symptoms to Lyme and affects the white blood cells; and Rocky Mt. Spotted Fever – which when caught early can have a good prognosis, but if not can have long term consequences or even death.  Since humans are also susceptible to all of these diseases, it is also important to keep our dogs free of ticks which can transfer onto us.  Trust me, there is nothing worse than waking up in the night feeling a tick crawling in your hair that very likely came in on one of the dogs.

Some of these diseases are far less common, and you can see from the maps below if they are more common in your area.

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Rocky Mt. Spotted fever incidence map from CDC.

Rocky Mt. Spotted fever incidence map from CDC.

After our battle with fleas last year, I knew we had to do better this year for the dogs. It doesn’t do any good to be all natural if they are still suffering.  Both Sheba and Cricket had issues with itching and losing fur.  At first we didn’t know what was going on, until I saw the first flea on them.  Surprisingly, Kobi never had  a problem, and neither did the cats.  We were able to get it under control using mostly apple cider vinegar, baths, and a thorough cleaning of all dog beds in the house.  This year I want to get ahead of it, preventing it instead of having to treat it.  I spent a lot of time this winter researching what to do.

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We love to play outdoors, but it does have it’s consequences if we don’t protect ourselves from insects.

Please come back for Part 2 where I lay out our plan of action.  There’s a lot more to it then you might think (much to my hubby’s dismay!).

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We are joining 2 Brown Dawgs Blog and Heart Like a Dog for their Thursday Barks and Bytes blog hop (with a little play on the word bytes, as in “bug bytes” – ha ha).  Please visit them and others through the links below!

Halo Cat Treat Review – by Sam

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Conrad and I had to demand our chance to sample some treats this month, and Momz said yes!  Then she also said I could write the review since I did so well on my book reviews a while back.

Of course, Momz got to choose the treats, and you know how celebrity obsessed she is….so again she chose based on that.  She chose the Halo Healthsome treats because that company is co-owned by Ellen DeGeneres, who is not only funny but is also an animal advocate.  So I guess that’s OK.

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The other good thing about Halo is that they take a holistic approach to their pet foods.  They believe that good nutrition is essential to the overall well being of cats and dogs.  They use premium ingredients in their food and treats, nothing artificial, and they provide the necessary nutrients for good health.  Plus they are made in the USA and have never had a recall!  They also donate food to shelters and have a pet foundation that helps pets and their families through education and donations to worthy causes.

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As always, we were all impressed with how quickly our treats got here from Chewy.com.  Momz opened up the bag and couldn’t believe that they smelled like real seafood!  Poor Momz…she’s allergic to shellfish so all she can ever do is smell it!  Sorry, Momz.

 

 

 

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Much to my surprise, Momz was going to make me work for these treats!  I couldn’t get into the bag myself, so she gave me a couple to try, and then what does she do?  Brings out this thing:

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Really, Momz? What the heck is this?

I guess Momz saw this on another blog (thanks a lot, Maggie from Oh My Dog!)  We have fancy treat games, so I don’t know why she felt compelled to make this silly thing.  She put the treats in there.  At first I let her think I had no interest, I made her work for it a bit too….hee hee.  She had to take one roll out so I could see what was in there.

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OK, I guess that was kind of fun….and these treats are so good it was worth it!

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I’m bored now!!!!

Again, I made Momz feel bad so she pulled the t.p. rolls out and let me get the rest of the treats out.

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After all, look what Conrad had to do to get his treats…..what?  Nothing!!  Momz put them in a bowl for him!  He gets special treatment because he’s OLD.  She just better remember that when I’M OLD too!  Oh, and Momz?  Save your silly games for Luke….puppies appreciate that sort of thing more!

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Thank you to Chewy.com for sending us this bag of treats to review….they are yummy!  Conrad also approved.  Are you familiar with Chewy.com? They have a large selection of products, over 300 brands.  Shipping is free if you spend over $49, and their customer service is available 24/7.

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By the way, Chewy knows what boxes are really for, not silly treat games, but this:

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Chewy.com is holding a giveaway again this month and you can enter using the Rafflecopter below. 

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Disclaimer:  *Chewy.com sent us a complimentary bag of treats, but we were in no other way compensated for this review.  Wag ‘n Woof Pets only shares products we feel will be of interest to our readers, and we are always honest in our reviews.

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We are joining the Tasty Tuesday blog hop.  Thank you to our hostess Sugar the Golden Retriever.

 

Sepia Saturday – Spring Sun

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It’s definitely a sign of spring when Cricket is seen napping on the deck in the sun!  Now don’t worry, this photo is from a couple of weeks ago on one of our warmer days.  That snow is all gone now, finally!

I thought these two sunset photos looked interesting in sepia because of the varied clouds.  These are also from late March, that’s why you still see snow in the trees.

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I think it has been an up and down spring for a lot of us, but I hope it is soon here to stay!

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Happy Sepia Saturday and Happy Easter, everyone, have a great weekend!

We are joining Ruckus the Eskie for his Sepia Saturday blog hop today. The only rules for this hop are that it be sepia related (pet or non-pet), and have fun! Grab the badge, link to the host, and join in the fun.  Visit the other participants through the links below for more sepia photo fun!

Something Furry Underfoot – Book Review & Giveaway

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Something Furry Underfoot

 by Amy L. Peterson

Copyright 2013

Non-Fiction

224 pages

Since starting the blog, I don’t have as much time to read as I used to.  That’s why I like to write book reviews, because it gives me an excuse to do something I really enjoy.  So when the author contacted me and offered me a copy of her book to read and review, I was happy to do so.  I’m glad I did, because it is a very enjoyable book!

Something Furry Underfoot is the story of the author’s life with a houseful of a variety of pets.  When Amy marries her husband Mark, she knows she is taking on four stepchildren as well.  As if that’s not enough, it doesn’t take long before she discovers her new husband is an animal lover and “always wanted” just about every animal there is out there that can be a pet.

He starts by using the children as an excuse, with the first animals coming into their lives when Mark talks Amy into purchasing an aquarium for their 6 year old son Conrad’s birthday.  She thought this aquarium would be for fish, but as it turns out frogs end up living in there.  That is only the beginning, and it goes on from there….frogs to iguanas.  The next thing her husband has always wanted is a hedgehog (he no longer has to use the children as an excuse!).  From there it is ferrets, and then a puppy who can’t be alone, so one dog leads to two (many of us can relate to that).

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Next thing, their daughter needs a pet of her own so they end up with guinea pigs, and after that Mark starts bringing home hamsters, gerbils, and mice that he rescues from his work as a biology professor at a local college.  By now, animals seem to gravitate towards Amy and Mark.  She finds a kitten under their deck who they name Purrkins, and people she works with soon learn her reputation as an animal rescuer and that brings in rabbits and even a duck.

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Purrkins

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Interspersed in this delightful story of the animals that come and go in their lives are 50 helpful tips for all pet owners.  My favorites were these:  “Tip #25:  Most pets bought for children end up being cared for by the most responsible adult in the family.  Tip #26:  Sometimes the person you hope will be the most responsible adult isn’t.”

I enjoyed this book because it is heartwarming and amusing.  The author may be skeptical about each new animal that comes into their lives, but she ends up loving  every one, and their whole lives will revolve around caring for them all.  This quote sums it up:  “….every fuzzy and feathery critter that enters our lives has a story.  And I believe it is our job as humans to make their stories as good as possible.”   This book is easy to read and very entertaining.  I think animal lovers of all kinds would enjoy it.

About the author Amy L. Peterson:  Along with being a happily married wife and stepmother, and an author, she is an amateur photographer and outdoorswoman.  She wrote another book similar to this one, only about her instant stepmotherhood:  From Zero to Four Kids in 30 Seconds, and four children’s photo books.  You can find her on her website AmyLPeterson.com (where she also writes a blog and shares photos of her pets) as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

This book is available on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords.  Amy gives a portion of the proceeds from all of her books to animal rescue organizations.  She has also generously agreed to give away a copy of her book to one of my readers!  Please use the rafflecopter below to enter for your chance to win.  The giveaway is open until 12am EST on April 26th, and is open to everyone.

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All photos are courtesy of AmyLPeterson.com *Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, but was in no other way compensated.  I only share information that I feel will be of interest to my readers.

Blog the Change – #StopAnimalTesting

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Four times per year bloggers come together to “Be the Change for Animals”.  It’s not just for bloggers…everyone is encouraged to read, share, and support causes and people helping animals.  Bloggers can write about a cause that is important to them, and readers can share comments and ideas

 

My very first full blog post was titled “It’d Be Easier to Be an Ostrich”.  That was well over a year ago, and a post that I’m sure not many people read, other than my family and friends who were about my only readers back then!   My title was referring to being happier keeping my head in the sand, and not knowing that laboratories routinely test cosmetic products on beagles.  It was inspired by this, seen on Facebook:

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That picture was posted by Beagle Freedom Project.   It’s no secret to my regular readers that I am a beagle lover, we have one beagle now, and not too long ago had two.  I have been following and supporting the Beagle Freedom Project ever since that post, and you can see this on my car:

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Beagles are the most wonderful dogs….loving and affectionate, and great companions.  As I looked into this issue further, I found out that this is one of the reasons they are used in labs for testing…..because of their friendly and trusting natures.   They are most often obtained directly from breeders who breed just for this purpose; therefore some of these dogs have never felt the grass under their feet.   This simply breaks my heart.   Is it really necessary to test on beagles (or cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, and mice) for cosmetics, personal care, beauty aids, and cleaning products?  No, it’s not; the list of companies that don’t is long and that proves these products can be made without it.  Many of these practices are outdated and other countries already have bans on cosmetic testing, including Israel, India, and the 28 states of the European Union.   Others such as China and Brazil have changes in the works.

Beagle Freedom Project has rescued over 200 animals from laboratories since their inception in December 2010.  They have re-homed around 150 beagles, as well as cats, rabbits, a pig, a pony, and even some fish!  Their work begins with reaching out to laboratories asking for the release of their animals that would otherwise be euthanized when they are no longer needed.   It is all done legally with the cooperation of the labs.  That is only the beginning:  their ultimate goal of course is to end all animal testing.  It has to begin somewhere, and they are carefully choosing each step.

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BFP is currently working on legislation in two states:  Minnesota and California.  The Beagle Freedom Bill would ensure that taxpayer funded laboratories would be required to offer up their animals that are no longer needed to rescue groups for adoption.  It would all happen at no cost to the laboratories.  It seems foolish that they can’t all do that anyway, but some have been resistant.

There is also some hopeful news on the federal level.  There is currently legislation In Congress known as the Humane Cosmetics Act.   This bill would prohibit animal testing for cosmetics manufactured or sold in the United States.  This bill is endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States as well as other groups.  It was introduced by Congressman James Morin  D -VA, and has obtained a lead Republican sponsor in Michael Grimm R-NY.   It is long overdue and needs to be passed.

It is time for an end to cruel and unnecessary tests on beagles and other animals!  What can you do to help?

If you live in Minnesota or California, you can go to BFP’s page and sign petitions letting your legislators know that you are in favor of this.  You can also sign their letter which has been sent to every laboratory in the country asking that they release their animals to BFP’s retirement, rehabilitation, and re-homing campaign.

Donate, or consider fostering or adopting a lab beagle or other animals, knowing that these animals will have many special needs in order to adapt to life in a home.  They can become loving pets and you can visit BFP’s Facebook page, as well as their website, to see many of their success stories.

Photo courtesy of Beagle Freedom Project.

Photo courtesy of Beagle Freedom Project.

Leaping bunny logo#ShopCrueltyFree    The best thing I could find to do to help was to stop buying products that are tested on animals.  Over the last year or more I have switched my household over to cruelty-free products wherever I could.  There are lists to be found in many places of companies that do and don’t test on animals, there are even phone apps, or you can just read it on the label itself.  Those companies that don’t test on animals are proud of their values and it will say on their packaging “not tested on animals”, or they display the Leaping Bunny symbol.  I’m not going to tell you that it’s been easy or always cheap to make the switch, but for me it is worth it.  In many cases, I have found better products that I have come to love.

Urge your representative to support the Humane Cosmetics ActClick here for help in doing so.  I have read on the govtrack.us website, a website for tracking the activities of Congress and legislation, that this bill has a very slim chance of passing, or even making it out of committee.  This is disheartening to say the least, but it highlights the reason BFP’s grass root efforts are so important.  Every small thing that is done leads to bigger things, and hopefully to the one thing many of us are hoping for #StopAnimalTesting.

Every beagle and animal deserves to have a life like this, no matter how it started out:

Our Cricket and Angel Kobi.

Our Cricket and Angel Kobi.

Sepia Saturday – Silly Sheba

 

If you saw my posts from earlier this week, you saw Sheba looking beautiful after her visit to the doggy spa (aka groomer at the vet’s office – but we tell her it’s the doggy spa).  Well, we didn’t make it 5 days before this happened:

You better not come up here, Sissie, Momz is not gonna be happy with you!

You better not come up here, Sissie, Momz is not gonna be happy with you!

UH-OH, what did you do???

UH-OH, what did you do???

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Don’t be mad at me, Momz!

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NO REMORSE!!!

Yup, it’s mud season here!  The good thing with Sheba is that we just let her dry off and the dirt magically disappears off her.  Of course it not-so-magically re-appears on our floors and furniture (which is why we have easy to clean wood floors and a leather couch)!

For a little extra fun, see if you can find the two small photo bombs, from Cricket, who often seems to be blocked out of the photos by her larger siblings!

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Happy Sepia Saturday, everyone, have a great weekend!

We are joining Ruckus the Eskie for his Sepia Saturday blog hop today.  The only rules for this hop are that it be sepia related (pet or non-pet), and have fun! Grab the badge, link to the host, and join in the fun!

10 Things I Love About Cricket #WOOF Support

WoofBlogHop1_210x210We are pleased to be co-hosting the 3rd WOOF blog hop along with Oz the Terrier and Roxy the Traveling DogWOOF (Working Out Our Fears) Support is where reactive dogs and their owners can come together to share similar experiences.  Are you a reactive and/or fearful dog or its owner?  Then please join us and share your story.  The Blog Hop is open through Sunday.

The theme for this month’s hop is “What I Love About My Reactive Dog”.  Those of us with reactive dogs are often dealing with the fear, anxiety, and embarrassment of trying to keep them under control.  I imagine there are people out there who might give up on a reactive dog and find a new home for them or even take them to a shelter.  But those of us writing these posts, or those of you searching the internet for information on how to help your reactive dog, well, we wouldn’t dream of it.  Why?  Because we love our dogs so much that we will never give up on them no matter what.

For a time, let’s put away our fears and anxieties to focus on the good!  Here are the top 10 things I love about Cricket, our reactive beagle (in no particular order):

1.  Cricket is at most times the happiest little dog you will ever meet.  When she is doing something she loves, her tail is constantly wagging a mile a minute.  It makes me smile when I watch her out in the yard with her nose to the ground, tail wagging away, just happy to be there; or when she’s lying on the couch and my hubby or I approach her and her tail immediately starts wagging.

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Happy girl!

2.  This sweet face:

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3.  Even though I know her intensity is what makes her reactive, I still love it.  She puts herself into whatever she is doing 100%!  Look at her focus on her ball (and notice the tail wag in the left photo):

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4.  They might have their squabbles, but she loves her siblings.  They all play and sleep together.  She seemed subdued the day that Luke was at the vet getting neutered, and again when Sheba was at the groomer.
5.  She is teaching her new little brother all kinds of things.  Now that spring is here, the screen porch is being used a little bit again, and she is teaching Luke how to open the doors so they can go on and off the porch when they want.
6.  Her beagle bark.  All true beagle lovers adore the AROOOO of a hound dog!  If she hears or sees something in the woods outside her yard, she is down at the fence letting everyone know!
7.  Cricket is shy of strangers, but once she warms up to people she is just as loving with them as she is with us.
8.  The way she loves the sunshine….she is just as much of a sun worshipper as I am.  Actually, she just plain loves heat.  She will lay in front of the woodstove in the winter until she is panting from the heat.

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9.  Her endless energy and enthusiasm for playing.  She is like the energizer bunny sometimes when it comes to playing ball, and she throws herself into the game with all she’s got.  It doesn’t matter what the season is; she loves to play in the snow, and she loves her pool when it gets warm.

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Ready to go!

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10.  She is a loving, affectionate girl who showers us with kisses on weekend mornings when we’re watching the news and having our coffee in bed.  I have a short video here of her with my hubby, illustrating how she expresses her love for us.  The quality isn’t the greatest, because this was taken over a year ago with my old phone.  You’ll still get the idea.

Join in!!  What is one thing you love the most about your dog?

If you have a reactive or fearful dog, please feel free to join our hop this time or in the future!  It is held the 2nd Thursday of every month.  You don’t have to be a blogger to benefit from this; we also have a Facebook support page which anyone can ask to join.  There we also share tips and stories to help and support each other.



A Special Tuesday’s Tails

Today is National Dog Fighting Awareness Day, a day started by the ASPCA to raise awareness of this heinous crime.  Animal lovers all over are encouraged to spread the word and take action where they can.  The Tuesday’s Tails weekly blog hop today is dedicated to this cause.

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When approaching this subject, I wasn’t sure what angle to come at it from.  I decided to take a look at what might be going on in my own state of New Hampshire.  I am happy to be able to say that I couldn’t find a lot of information on any dog fighting rings being broken up in my state.  However, that doesn’t mean it’s not happening here.  I found one article from 2010 about our biggest city of Manchester.   In a city like this, with densely populated neighborhoods, it is more likely there are small groups participating in this sport in basements and other places where they won’t be overheard.  This makes them more difficult to find.

That is why citizens are encouraged to watch for the signs….scarred Pit Bulls with cropped ears, wearing heavy chain collars, could be a sign that something illegal is going on with those dogs.  These dogs don’t go to vets for care, so it is up to everyone else to watch out for it.  Dog fighting is a felony in New Hampshire as well as all 50 states and federally.  In New Hampshire it is to a felony to keep, own, or possess fighting dogs as well as be a spectator.

The federal government also continues to be aware of these crimes and to pass new legislation.  As part of the Farm Bill, that was recently passed and signed by the President, was the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act.  This Act makes knowingly attending an animal fight a crime subject to fines and jail time.  It is a separate crime to take a minor to these events, with even higher penalties.  You can find additional information on that Act here.

Because of this cruel sport, there are many, many Pit Bulls in need of homes.  They get a bad rap because of this fighting….when it is the upraising of these dogs that can turn them into fighters.  They want to please people, and they are taught that fighting is a way to do that.  In truth, they are gentle, friendly, loyal and loving animals once known as “nanny dogs”.

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Today we are all sharing adoptable Pit Bulls.  Last month I shared two siblings, Angel and Honey Boo Boo, who are with the North Country SPCA in Westport, New York.  These two dogs are still looking for homes (please click on their names to be taken to their Petfinder pages).

In addition I’d like to share a Pit Bull mix named Mocha-chino who is with Eleventh Hour Rescue in Rockaway, New Jersey.

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Mocha-chino has her own Facebook page with over 1,000 followers yet she has still not found a home after two years.  I know she is already getting a lot of exposure through Facebook but I wanted to share her because her sweet face and her story have touched my heart.  She was happily in a temporary foster home for 6 months, but recently had to be returned to the shelter because her foster parent became ill.

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They don’t know much about Mocha’s past, but she was left with trust issues and can take time to warm up to people.  She has some special “aunts” who will often take her on trips from the shelter, and when you see the photos of her with her aunts, you can see that her trust can be gained and she is a very loving and sweet girl.  She does need to be in a home with older children only, and no other animals.  Mocha enjoys car rides, hiking, and snuggling!

 

 

Additional info on Mocha:

  • Housebroken
  • Knows basic obedience.
  • Size:  just under 50 lbs
  • Micro-chipped
  • Guessed to be around 3 years old.
  • Lab/Pit mix

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You can follow Mocha on Facebook here, or visit her page at Eleventh Hour Rescue here.

Surely the right home is out there for her, perhaps a single person or a couple looking for a special companion.  Let’s hope that Mocha and all of the other Pit Bulls being shared today can be in new homes soon!

 

 

 

This hop is being hosted by Talking Dogs Blog, Barking from the Bayou, Lola the Pitty, Love is Being Owned by a Husky and Dogs N Pawz.  Please visit and share as many of these stories as you can.

Monday Mish Mash With a Little Mischief

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Yesterday we shared this picture for B&W Sunday (seen here in color) and Sheba asked if you could tell what was different about her.  A few people guessed correctly but for those of you who didn’t know, here’s a hint: compare the above (after) & below (before) photos.

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Sheba is sporting a new haircut!  She went to the groomer at our vet’s office for this cut, and I am thrilled with how pretty she looks!  This is only her second time being professionally groomed, and other than being nervous, I am told she did very well.  This is a “profile cut” and just what we need to get us through mud season (provided spring ever really gets here).   She would like to show it off to you from every angle:

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Front view

Rear view.

Rear view.

Pretty as a picture!

Pretty as a picture!

In further mischief, Luke was also at the vet this week - getting neutered.  Everything went very well, and he seems to be healing just fine so far.  I dropped him off at 8:30 in the morning and he was back home by 1:30!  I couldn’t believe how quickly he came out of the anesthesia; he was hardly loopy at all when he came home.  In fact, with pain meds on board he was acting pretty normal.  He ate a little bit that evening and kept it down fine.  They recommended trying him without pain meds for the 2nd day in the hopes it would slow him down.  He didn’t need the meds, he felt fine, and I was pulling my hair out trying to keep him quiet!

I tried to entertain him with his treat game during his recovery!

I tried to entertain him with his treat game during his recovery!

He did behave himself in one way so that he didn’t need to have a cone on (I was home to watch him for 2 days after).  On the 3rd day he was better behaved….I think he had worn himself (as well as me) out the previous day.  He is back to all normal activity now, and we’re all happy about that, especially the girls who didn’t understand why they couldn’t play with him!

Look at me, I'm fine, Mom!!

Look at me, I’m fine, Mom!!

Sheba missed me chewing on her ears.

Sheba missed me chewing on her ears.

Feeling mellow today!

Feeling mellow here!

Sheba says he's back to being a brat!

Sheba says he’s back to being a brat, hogging the ball again!

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We won a couple cool things recently that we wanted to say thank you for and share.

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First is this toothbrush from Ann at Pawsitively Pets.   I want to be sure and start Luke off right with tooth brushing, because I wish I had done that with the girls when they were young….they want nothing to do with it now.  We haven’t gotten to any actual brushing with Luke yet, but I got some toothpaste which luckily he likes and he’s  “met” the toothbrush also and licked some paste off it.  Mostly I’ve just been spending a lot of time looking in his mouth at all his adult teeth coming in so he will get used to having me handling his mouth.  I like the shape of this toothbrush and think it will work great.

 

 

IMGP3248We also won this cookbook from Maggie at Oh My Dog!  What a fun idea to have recipes for both the dogs and humans!  It is also filled with great information such as what herbs and spices are safe and beneficial for dogs & humans, and what vitamins and minerals dogs need and the foods to find them in.  I love homemade soups and can’t wait to try the minestrone and classic chicken soup.  The recipes aren’t all long and complicated, many are basic and simple but sound yummy, like caramelized carrots and zucchini.  Also, there are very attractive photos of the food as well as adorable ones of dogs like this:

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Did you see my review and giveaway of the Spring Natural treats last week?  It is open for a few more days so check it out here if you haven’t entered yet!

 

There are two important blog hops coming up this week for anyone that wants to join in or follow along.  On Tuesday, the Tuesday’s Tails hop where we share adoptable dogs is having a special hop for National Dog Fighting Awareness Day.  Join in by writing about dog fighting and featuring an adoptable Pit Bull (along with any other animals you’d like as well).  Please click here for more details on the hop.  The ASPCA started NDFAD to advance conversation on this important subject, and to encourage animal lovers to take action to help put an end to it.

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Woof 2On Thursday of this week will be our 3rd WOOF (Working Out Our Fears) Support hop which we co-host along with Oz the Terrier and Roxy the Traveling Dog.  Everyone with a reactive or fearful dog is invited to the Facebook group, and anyone can write a post for the hop.  The theme for this month’s hop is “What I Love About My Reactive Dog”.  Non-bloggers are welcome to share a story in the Facebook group.  The hop is open from 12am on Thursday April 10th until 12pm on Sunday April 13th.  We’re looking forward to everyone’s posts!

We hope everyone has a great week!

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Thank you to our blog hop hosts:  Alfie’s Blog, Snoopy’s Dog Blog, and My Brown Newfies!  Please visit them and the other participants through the links below.