Monday, February 16, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Delia has horrible breath. It is my fault. We used to brush her teeth at least three times a week, but she put up such a fight, I felt terrible, so I stopped, which was worse for her in the long run. I've bought countless dental treats, water additives, and numerous flavors of toothpaste. I'm convinced she's got to be one of the pickiest dogs on the planet. She won't eat any of the chews, stops drinking the water with the additives and runs at the sight of a toothbrush. It doesn't matter if it is a brush, a finger brush, or what. She wants no part of it. The only thing she accepts is swabbing with Arm & Hammer Clinical Pet Care Swab Tooth Treatment swabs. This works in a pinch, but I know she needs regular brushing.
Groomers and veterinarians have all said she's an angel for them when they brush her teeth. Thankfully, PetSmart gooming services offers walk-in teeth brushing, which we use twice a month. I recently watched her groomer at PetSmart as she brushed Delia's teeth. She didn't know I was watching, but I saw her standing there, oh, so nice and quietly, letting the groomer brush her teeth as if it were her most favorite activity in the world. She was indeed angelic. I couldn't believe it. I was proud of her for being such a good girl, but a wee bit irritated, too. Why couldn't she be as good for me, her mom, as she is for a woman she sees a couple of times a month? I even mentioned this to the groomer. Her answer, "Because you're Mom." Yep, it was my fault. I'd let her get away with teeth brushing tantrums.
So, I'm following Fidose of Reality's 10 Tips for Dogs Who Hate Teeth Brushing to re-introduce regular brushing into our routine. We're going to go slow and easy. It may not be much fun for either of us at first, but I'm determined to make it a positive, healthy routine for the best dental health for my best girl.
|I love this smile, so I'm going to do my best to take care of it from now on.|
Do you follow a dental care routine with your pet? How do you tackle teeth brushing?
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
|Photo courtesy of Dawn Blackburn.|
Why? Because this animal is a pig, Randy, who was surrendered to the Humane Society of Missouri by his owner, who had taken him there in a panic when faced with eviction, rather than return him to the woman whom he had contractually agreed to return him if he was unable to keep him. Randy’s micro chip led the HSMO to contact her when he was surrendered to them. When she stated her relationship to Randy she was refused. The HSMO refuses to release Randy to Dawn Blackburn because she is a breeder. A responsible, reputable breeder of Juliana pigs. Dawn has two pigs she breeds once or twice a year in order not to over-breed them and cause them harm. Her pigs are not tools abused for income. They are well cared for members of her family.
|Photo of Randy courtesy of Dawn Blackburn.|
The animals at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch are well cared for. The concern about Randy is that he is being treated as livestock. Randy has been raised and trained as a family pet, not conditioned to the life of a livestock animal. But, because it is their policy to not deal with breeders, Randy is left in limbo.
How do we help animals like Randy who have fallen victim to the unfortunate bad reputations of breeders, whether the breeder is good or bad? I've dealt with puppy millers and witnessed the horrors of puppy mills first hand. I know how awful disreputable breeders are. I have also dealt with reputable, responsible breeders who love their animals and only want the best for them. Breeders who care about the good of the breed as well as the individual animal. Unfortunately, because of the bad, the good suffer. Is it Randy’s fault that because of the bad, he is homeless?
I understand the policy of not dealing with breeders, but also understand that, though Dawn Blackburn is a breeder, she has stated she will never re-sell a pig and would not re-sell Randy. He will be given a loving home with her or with family knowledgeable about caring for a pig, that she is confident can give Randy a great home.
My purpose with this post is to share Randy's story, not to disparage the HSMO, or choose sides, but to be another voice for Randy.
To learn more about Randy and the mission to bring him home, and ways you can help, visit the Facebook page Bring Randy the Pig Home.
Change.org petition to bring Randy home.
Lincoln County Journal article about Randy.
Join the discussion on social media with the hashtag #bringRandythePigHome.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
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One Dog Organic Bakery was created after the owner, Veronica, lost a beloved feline family member due to kidney failure caused by melamine found in a food recall. After seeing so many pet food and treat recalls, Veronica started cooking and baking her pet's food and growing One Dog Organic Bakery. With treats baked fresh in small batches to ensure freshness and quality with GMO-Free, 100% human-grade, fresh ingredients from the USA, each batch is human-tested and approved by One Dog Organic Bakery's own, Milo. They can also customize treats to your dog's needs if your dog has allergies.
These healthy treats DO NOT contain: Chemical preservatives, fillers, by-products, hormones, salt, or artificial colorings or flavorings. This makes me, as a dog mom, happy.
We received one bag each of the Ginger Snaps with Joint Mobility, Pumpkin Spice with Flaxseed, and Peanut Butter with Chia Seeds flavors to try. She tried them all, but the Peanut Butter with Chia Seeds was her favorite.
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The treats are crunchy and easy to break into pieces for small mouths or to use as small training treats. This is a big plus for us, because Delia prefers small pieces.
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We received treats to sample at no cost in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are our own, and One Dog Organic Bakery is not responsible for the content of our review.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
This Sunday, Feb. 1 it's dogs vs cats during The Lucy Pet Foundation's #TheLucyBowl commercial airing during the Kitten Bowl on the Hallmark Channel. (check your local listings for times!)
The Lucy Pet Foundation was founded by Joey Herrick with a goal to help end pet overpopulation by offering free national mobile spay/neuter and adoption mobile clinics, as well as educating the public on the importance of spay/neuter, educating children about pet care, and helping to make shelter animals more adoptable with training and grooming. Your donations to The Lucy Pet Foundation can help make these goals a reality.
Don't miss the hottest game this Sunday and please visit The Lucy Pet Foundation website to learn more and donate to help their missions.
Monday, January 26, 2015
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