Natural remedies for dog anxiety

Isis was on Prozac when she died. We’d just increased her dosage. While I don’t think that caused her sudden death from bleeding near the heart, I have a bad association with it. I don’t even know if it worked. The night before she died, Isis cowered under a table shaking. Ergo, I hesitate toContinue reading “Natural remedies for dog anxiety”

Blame it on the pit bull

Gracie is a total wiggle butt/snuggle bug available at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley. At least she was the last time I was there, which was May 22 … ! What happened to me there, and the reason I haven’t been back yet is not her fault, but because of her breed, even though she’s a veryContinue reading “Blame it on the pit bull”

Keeping my senior dog spry

November is Adopt a Senior Dog Month. We didn’t set out to adopt a senior, but Mia fell into our laps three years ago and I have nothing but good things to say about adopting seniors. I’d do it again (and probably will). You should too. With younger dogs, I’ve been guilty of not takingContinue reading “Keeping my senior dog spry”

Raw Beef: It’s what’s for your dog’s breakfast

I was interviewed for this NPR story about raw-feeding. The headline emphasizes the health risk for humans, so for Wordless Wednesday, I thought I’d show you that feeding raw beef to my dogs poses no more of a human health risk than making meatloaf. Powered by Linky Tools Click here to enter your link and view this LinkyContinue reading “Raw Beef: It’s what’s for your dog’s breakfast”

Y is for Yogurt

To celebrate Leo’s fourth birthday last week, we took the pups out for frozen yogurt. I ordered a custom-made toy for Leo too, but it hasn’t arrived yet. He didn’t mind; it’s not like he knows it’s his birthday. I’m rational enough to recognize that the celebration was more for us than him. He hadContinue reading “Y is for Yogurt”

R is for Relax Harder

I had a hard time finishing this post about getting dogs to relax, because Mia kept whining and trying to climb onto my lap. Think she’s trying to tell me something? The idea of relaxing harder used to be kind of a theme in my life. I suffered from TMJ and headaches, and the medicalContinue reading “R is for Relax Harder”

To Neuter or Not to Neuter

When we first got Isis, I didn’t know there was anything controversial about spaying and neutering dogs. I thought the only reason not to do it was if you planned to breed them. Preventing pet overpopulation is, of course, the obvious reason to spay and neuter, but that’s not why we did it. We were aContinue reading “To Neuter or Not to Neuter”

Me and my exceptionally healthy dogs

This post was supposed to be about my volunteer orientation at the Humane Society, but I had a crazy sore throat on Friday, and had to sleep all day Saturday (missing the orientation for this month) to rid myself of the cold demon. It worked, but made for a bummer of a weekend, especially sinceContinue reading “Me and my exceptionally healthy dogs”