Welcoming A New Puppy Into My Home

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Posted in Dogs | Posted on 01-03-2013

FreddyAfter having to say goodbye to my dog Serra, my other dog Diego was having a hard time being alone.  He really missed his “big sis” and spent day and night sleeping on her spot on the couch.  I could lure him off for snacks and meals and to play outside with me, but he would quickly return to that spot and just lay there.  Diego had lost interest in playing with his toys and didn’t have much of an appetite.  He was in mourning.

Diego needed a new buddy to play with and take his mind off of Serra so I spent a few days trying to find the right puppy.  After a couple prospects failed to materialize, I found an ad on Craigs List for a 1 year old Boxer mix puppy named Fred.  Fred was in a foster home as part of the Last Paw Rescue animal shelter in Wisconsin who had rescued him from a kill-shelter when his time was up.

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Saying Goodbye To My Dog

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Posted in Dogs | Posted on 01-03-2013

Serra's Fort of FlowersIt was 14 years ago when I first met Serra.  I was wandering down the long corridor of an animal shelter looking for a dog to adopt when suddenly I found myself in the middle of a “jailhouse riot” when all of the dogs in the cages began barking and jumping and bouncing off of their cage doors.  I decided to leave for a while until things settled down before coming back to look for my new “best friend”.

As I was making my way towards the exit, I caught an image out of the corner of my eye of a little girl sitting alone in the middle of her cage staring right at me.  She was completely still and she was the only dog that wasn’t barking and participating in the “riot” that was going on all around us.  She looked scared and sad, staring at me with her big eyes while she trembled as she sat there.  That’s when I knew that she was the dog for me, and I had to get her out of that place that she feared so much.
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Dog Food Allergies

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Posted in Dogs | Posted on 01-03-2013

In a previously written post titled “A Must-Have For Dog & Cat Owners”  I wrote about my dog’s ear rashes and skin problems, which have been kept under control using Zymox Otic.  I had taken my dog to the vet to be tested for fungus, mange and mites, all came back negative.  The vet had no idea what was causing the bacterial infections on my dog’s ears and occasionally elsewhere on his body.  A steroid shot and a round of antibiotics later and my dog was fine, then after a couple of weeks the problem returned.  Read the rest of this entry »

How To Build A Dog Ramp

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Posted in Dogs, Projects | Posted on 11-04-2011

Every Spring I take my dogs to the vet for their annual check-ups.  This year’s visit was met with some sad but expected news.  My older dog has been feeling the effects of arthritis for a few years now, but now it has progressed to all four of her legs, and she has only 50% mobility in her hind legs.  The vet prescribed her a daily pain medication which changed her personality and took away her spunk.  The medication still made her drowsy even at half of the recommended dose, making it more difficult for her to walk and to climb stairs.

One morning I let both dogs out the front door to play in the sunshine, and when it was time to come in my older dog got to the top step, tripped and then fell backward, rolling and hitting her body on the two concrete steps below until she landed on the cement pad.  She was unable to get up after that, and just laid there in pain so I had to pick her up, carry her inside and give her some more medication for her new pain.  The medication that she was on made her so drowsy that she just couldn’t walk very well, and stairs became even more of a challenge than when she just had to deal with her arthritis pain.

After seeing her fall like that I decided that I must do something to facilitate my dog’s mobility in her older years and I came up with a plan.  A few years ago I had built a ramp in the backyard leading up to a doggy door that was installed about 5 feet off of the ground.  I decided it was now time to build a similar ramp in the front yard, allowing her to bypass the cement porch steps, and hopefully prevent any more injuries.

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Pet-Safe Weed Control For Your Lawn

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Posted in Dogs, Garden | Posted on 15-04-2010

It’s that time of year when we need to put away the snow shovels and snow-blowers, and dig the lawn mowers out from the back of the garage.  Spring is a great time of year, I love to watch everything turn green and grow in, but like most people, I would like to prevent some things from growing in my lawn…crabgrass and dandelions

I’m not a lawn perfectionist, I do like the look of a natural lawn with assorted wild wood violets and other little surprises that pop up all over, but some things just get out of control.  We let our backyard grow wild, only mowing it when needed.  Our front yard, however, because we live in town, needs to be kept looking “nice” while also preventing the spread of dandelions as a courtesy to our neighbors and also to keep them from spreading to our gardens.

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