The great thing about a dog park is that anyone can go there with their dog – that’s also the worst thing about a dog park. I’ve been to many, and it’s troubling to see the inappropriate behavior of both dogs and humans on any given day.
MINNEAPOLIS - When Patti Bruflodt heard that Chuck & Don's pet food and supplies store, a chain with locations in Minnesota and Colorado, was starting a home delivery service, she wasted little time ordering two 18-pound bags of NutriSource for her 5-year-old Australian Shepherd, Annie. "We don't drive, so we really, really appreciate the service," she said. "It should last her a couple of months."
BALTIMORE - Their names were Bandar and Pixel. When they died, Bandar in 2013 and Pixel in 2014, Linda Schenk as shaken. She had owned both cats for 15 years. They'd been with her through a move to California and back home to Baltimore and a marriage, and their deaths left her sad and bereft.
CHICAGO - They came with names like Cheddar, Freckles, Ferris and Stripe. Sixteen homeless dogs had been transported from Chicago's Animal Care and Control facility to a Chicago Wolves hockey game at Allstate Arena in suburban Rosemont.
CHICAGO - James Elmore was putting Vienna, a pit bull mix, through her paces. On command, she sat, went to the down position, crawled, reached to shake hands. And if that didn't impress, there was one of those "easy" buttons sitting nearby. Vienna smacked it with a paw, triggering a disembodied "That was easy."
Linda has written in with a question about her 5-month-old boxer puppy, “Alexa.” It seems she’s quite a jumper, and Linda has tried everything from scolding to spraying water to try to stop it, with little success. I’ve addressed this behavior in this column in the past, but it’s been awhile, so I’m happy to go over it again.
I suspect for many of you that this time of year is a bit hectic. I know for me that is indeed the case. It seems there is so much to do during the holidays: decorating the house (I’m still not done), shopping (I need to start!), planning for gatherings, cooking, and the list goes on.
There are times when I receive a letter from one of my readers and from their description, I become absolutely sure I know what is wrong with their companion. Of course this may be quite delusional on my part but since I seldom find out the outcome of the case, I will choose to continue in that vein. Today’s letter is a prime example.
Mac is a 10-year-old Scottish terrier who has lived with Joe and Paula for almost all of his life. He has always been a healthy dog. Joe and Paula give Mac a monthly tablet for prevention of heartworm disease and intestinal parasites as well as a monthly topical flea preventative. He is fed a good diet and is not allowed to eat from their table. Recently, Mac has displayed some changes in his body and his habits and Joe and Paula are concerned.
Several times in the past I have received letters concerning health problems in beloved companions, problems that should have been addressed well before I read these letters. Today is just such a case.
There are few holidays that offer so many dog training opportunities as Halloween. I currently have a 15-month-old dachshund, Curtis, who needs to catch up with my other dog’s education concerning house rules. Halloween, with lots of foot traffic and ringing of the doorbell, presents the perfect training scenario.
Rabbits are becoming increasingly popular as companion pets and deservedly so. These fabulous creatures are highly intelligent, interactive animals that can live indoors and out and are quite adept at teaching their caretakers how they want to live their lives. That last remark is a bit “tongue-in-cheek,” however there is some truth in those words, as rabbits are very capable of understanding their people.
Question: We have a 10-month-old shepherd mix, Gus. My husband has been playing “take away” games with Gus during feeding time for months, to make sure he is safe around our 4-year-old. What started as a game of take away the food bowl while Gus was eating, and then returning it once he sat on command has turned ugly. Gus now grabs at the food as if he hasn’t eaten in days, and has growled and urinated twice when my husband approached. Yesterday he growled at my son! Can this dog be saved? Ashley
Dalia and George from Goleta have written in concerning their dog, Mica. Mica is a 6-year-old Labrador retriever that has been with them since puppyhood. Over the last few weeks, Mica has developed a swelling just in front of her left eye.
Barley Boy was one of the lucky few older dogs at the local animal control facility. He was adopted. It was estimated that he was about 9 years old and the guess was he was a mixed breed terrier. His new family has been caring for him for almost four months and he fits in very well in his new digs.