The idea of “rescuing” has become quite popular. Some people like to make sure their friends and neighbors know how they got their pet by saying “I rescued my dog” or “my kitty comes from a rescue.” When I hear a person talk about “rescuing” an animal, I wonder what the idea of ”rescue” means to them and why it’s important that I know this about their pet.
We are often amazed when used, abused and abandoned animals continue to love their humans even though they are treated so unkindly. As we’ve come to find out, some dogs will never stop loving their people, no matter what happens to them. No matter what..
Our voices are like fingerprints to our pets, Talk to them every day about your love and affection for them. They are taking in everything you’re saying and they’re basking in the familiar, “ordinary voice” of the person who belongs to them.
My dog Charlotte was so happy when I brought home a pet kitty for her named Pip. Then it was Pip’s turn to be happy. He is now the proud owner of a petite, white eight-month-old polydactyl kitty named Polly. In other words, my pet’s pet has a new pet.
It dawned on me why I couldn’t find the “right” rescue dog for my sister. I was actually looking for “Harold.” I started the search again with new eyes and expectations.
Children and animals have a unique connection. They both have clear, uncomplicated minds, and they both live in the same timeline… the here and now. In this article, I will talk about what I’ve learned from my grandson as I watched how he interacted with my animals.
Dog love is something we can all learn a thing or two from. It’s affectionate, unconditional and tender. More importantly, dog love is forgiving and non-judgmental. When was the last time you loved in this way?
He’s so laid-back. How surprised we are when our dog bites our neighbor’s daughter. What happened? Why our dogs bite and what we can do about it. Knowing what our dog’s calming signals are and then watching for them can be the first step in preventing a bite from happening.
I encourage each to re-examine the relationship we have with our pets, keeping in mind that the love and affection they give us is unconditional and unwavering. I am especially thinking of my dog Lovey.
Most of us love and cherish our dogs. We believe them to be so gentle and easy-going that we can trust them with anyone, including our young children. But it behooves us to remember that no matter how kind and sensitive we think our dogs may be, they are still dogs with all the instincts and reactions that have been part of their species for thousands of years. In this article, I will talk about a conversation I had with a dog a few years ago… and lay out the reasons for caution when any dog is around young children.
The pets we love and cherish are devoted to us… especially our dogs. When we are ill, sad, depressed or just out of sorts, our dogs may try to ease our burdens by taking on some of the pain themselves. This can cause physical as well as emotional problems for our beloved animals. This article will explain how this can happen and what we can do about it.
Have you added another kitty to your pet family? Maybe you’ve brought a new puppy home to keep your old dog company. How is your first pet responding to this wonderful “addition?” Some pets willingly accept another pet into the household. But there are some animals who are not very happy about sharing their food, their beds, their toys or their humans with anything new. In other words, they get MAD. This article describes how some animals react to changes in their lives.
Cats can be many things… loving one minute, snobbish the next… cuddling in our laps, then suddenly biting. Contrary to what we may think, cats are not capable of the sophisticated decision-making we give them credit for…
In this article, I talk about my belief in reincarnation – for humans and for animals. I highlight a conversation I had several years ago with a dog who was living his last life. He was on the brink of death and, after having lived many different dog lives, had now reached his Nirvana and would reincarnate no more. I learned a valuable lesson from this dog… one that made my path a little clearer.
We love our pets, sometimes to distraction. And we don’t always see the reality that’s right in front of us when providing care for them. In this article, I will talk about how we approach our pet’s medical problems as well as their misadventures. We tend to go to great lengths to keep our pets with us, even to the point of …
Dogs can’t measure time nor do they understand us when we say “we’ll be home later.” So what does the passage of time mean to our furry friends? How do they measure time away from us? In this article, I’ll talk about some of the ways dogs think about time.