Posts Tagged ‘Pets’

DOES ANYONE ACTUALLY KNOW?

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When I was a teenager, I often found myself either bringing home stray dogs or actually being followed home by dogs. This was in the 1980’s when stray dogs were abundant in The Bronx. I would often keep the dog a few days – mother permitting – to keep it out of the shelter and from possibly being euthanized and try to find them homes.

Back then I wasn’t too successful in homing these wonderful dogs, all of which I wanted to keep. So I would call, what I believe was, the ASPCA (although to tell you the truth I can’t honestly remember) and then a truck would show up with a big burley guy who would collect the doggy and be on his way. Back then I just instinctively knew what to do. Then the 90’s rolled around. There weren’t as many strays on the streets and I was growing into adulthood so there were really no strays that came through my doors during this time. In 2010, there is suddenly a proliferation of unleashed, unaccompanied dogs on the streets and the things I think I NEED to do don’t work so it begs the question – What do you do if you find a dog? Continue Reading »

In the spirit of the season, Mambo Sprouts is teaming up with Wellness Natural Pet Foods presenting the Holiday Pet Photo & Wellness Tip Contest. For every entry received Wellness will donate $1.00 (up to $1,000)! The Grand Prize Winner will choose which of their favorite animal-related charities will receive $1,000.00.  The Grand Prize Winner will also receive a $100.00 gift package for themselves and their favorite pet.

Pull out the cutest photo of your pet and show off your  knowledge of, and commitment to the wellness of animals and enter to win – not only for yourself…but for your favorite animal-related charity.

Enter To Win

Contest ends January 22, 2010.

Bookmark and ShareAs if having a pet wouldn’t be a happy enough act…now pet owners come a little closer to being happy about caring for their pets.  H.R. 3501 was introduced to the House of Representatives on July 31, 2009.  This act, more commonly known as The HAPPY Act – Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years – would allow an individual to deduct up to $3500 for qualified pet care expensesSign the petition to get this passed! Continue Reading »

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There are certain shows I love to watch, and do so religiously.  I love to watch Bones, CSI, Law & Order: SVU, and just about any crime programming that details actual crimes and their resolution.  I also love Hell’s Kitchen, and just about anything on HGTV.  If asked, I could tell you why I like any of the shows I actually watch.

Have you ever watched your pet watching TV and wondered what it was about that particular show that they liked?  When I caught my dog, Morby, watching TV, at first I thought she was only responding to action on the screen but not necessarily having a “favorite” show.

Morby Watching The Planet's Funniest Animals
Morby Watching The Planet’s Funniest Animals

Research done on cats and dogs infers that is exactly what she was doing.  Contrary to what most people believe, dogs are not completely color blind.  It is only the reds and greens that dogs can’t see, putting them at a distinct disadvantage at Christmas time.  It turns out that dogs can see the color blue very well.  I am relieved to know that since blue is my favorite color and whenever I would ask Morby how my navy suit looked, I knew she was answering me honestly when she said “woof”. Continue Reading »

I have had dogs for nearly my entire life – 34 years.  When I was growing up, I had a “puddle” named Heidi and a “bitchin’ fries” named Max.  These are unarguably small pooches which were easy to take to the groomers.  I would pile them into the car, drop them off in the morning, usually around 8:30am and then somewhere around 2pm I would get the call that they were ready for pick up.  The first groomer we had for Heidi, we used for most of her 12 years of life, so naturally when I got Max, we continued going to the same groomer for about the first 5 years of his 18 years, then we changed groomers.

As an adult with a fiancé, and finally adopting our first dog together and on our own, we were adopted by this beautiful fluffy, 12y.o. girl named Morby.  She was a Pom/Sheltie mix, about 2/3 larger than the dogs I had become accustomedMorby too.  We would take her to the groomer, which was a bit more of a project due to her size but we did it religiously.  Morby didn’t mind the groomers the first few times, but then I noticed a change – not the worst – in Morby.  The last time I went to pick her up from the groomer, this little “old lady” came bounding out of the back room, leapt over the 4 foot divider, right into my unsuspecting arms.  It was time to consider an alternative which was to learn grooming myself and then just do the deed myself.  SandyShortly after this incident, I came into custody of a Husky named Sandy.  Sandy was almost twice Morby’s size and due to her condition, was rather clumsy and due to her size was not easy to lift around.  It was definitely my destiny to do the grooming for these girls myself.  This was no easy task.  We decided to take the leap and try mobile dog grooming.  At this point it just made sense. Continue Reading »