March 23rd was National Puppy Day. How fun is that? Puppies are so cute and cuddly. I adopted an 11-month old puppy almost exactly 3 years ago. I drove to Illinois to meet her from a nationwide rescue group with foster homes all over the country. How did I find my perfect pet match almost 300 miles from my house? I used Petfinder.
Cesar Millan has been called the Dr. Phil for dogs. He trains people and rehabilitates dogs with his calm-assertive guidance. Cesar is often the last resort for clients confronting crises with their pets. He sometimes decides to bring extreme cases to his Dog Psychology Center for power of the pack training.
Life isn’t easy for a stray cat, especially when you’re not prepared for it.
For one cat, he found himself at the age of seven suddenly on the streets and having to fend for himself. He was thankfully not declawed, so he at least had those defenses, but that wasn’t enough to keep him safe against the dangers out there. So, by the time he found his way to the animal shelter, he had an abscess on his right hip, most likely the remains of a deep bite wound. Also, he was missing some teeth, including his top canines.
I have met an incredible person who runs Erin’s Midwest Animal Rescue. This is a foster based organization. She got me thinking about my three dogs that I currently own. All of them were rescued either from a friend, the street, or an animal shelter. These dogs have enhanced my life in so many ways.
Most people are either cat people or dog people. Personally, I am a cat person. I'm not sure why, because when I was growing up, we had dogs at my house. I really don't remember the first dog because I was very young when we had her. I do remember, as a child, being somewhat afraid of dogs, especially big dogs. To this day I still do not like dogs who jump on me or lick me. When I was about ten years old, my sister found a stray dog and brought it home. The dog was pregnant at the time. After she had her puppies, we kept the mother dog and the runt of the litter.
Everyone has a different view of something. To some people, what might be a nightmare or fear could be someone else's sweet, new pet. Take for example, my new pet tarantula! She's a Chilean Gold Fluff, but most people seem to just want to call her "creepy."
I've had various people tell me they'd be afraid to even hold her, while I just let her sit on my head and ride around. What's creepy to some is cuddly to me, and perhaps you're just the same!
Join us on Thursday, June 7 at 10:00 a.m. for the program Pet Suitcase. Pet Suitcase teaches compassion while helping children learn how to care for a pet. Children will take turns pulling items from a "pet’s suitcase" and identifying them. One of the program’s teachers will be a friendly certified companion animal. We really want to see you, so come to the library!
Summer has arrived and that means time for new puppies. Those first few weeks you have your new puppy are so very important. When you receive your new little bundle at eight weeks of age, you have approximately four weeks to get them well "socialized." What does that mean? That means that this is the time to get them out in the world and seeing everything there is to see. Puppies at this age are eager to explore, meet peoplem, and try new things. That is why this is the most important part of a puppies life.