Weighing In On The First Dog

5 03 2009

Anyone that wants to give a dog a GOOD home must be great people, but deciding on a type of dog to join your family can be a big decision.  I am happy to see that the Obamas are doing their homework to find the right dog, weighing every option.  Adding a dog to your family is a big responsibility, and if anyone out there is thinking about running out and getting the same dog as the first family, you need reconsider why you want a dog.

The predictors out there have been pointing to a Portugese Water Dog strongly, but I hear there is still some consideration of a Labradoodle.  Either way, the First Lady has indicated that they will be rescuing their choice from one of the more than 250,000 deserving dogs needing a home currently residing in a shelter, rescue or foster home.  As I am sure you expected, this is a choice I strongly support.  Being a rescue dog myself, I wish everyone would find their four-legged family members from the same place.




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Mange: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

9 02 2009

Mange is a skin disease caused by mites so small they can only be seen under a microscope.  There are two different types of mange, caused by different kind of mites.  One type of mite lives just under the surface of the skin, while the other type makes their home in the hair follicles.  It is important to know that each type of mite has different causes, thus different treatments. Read the rest of this entry »

Got questions about PICA?

5 02 2009

First things first, since many people may not be aware of PICA, let us begin by explaining it is.  PICA is a common condition for dogs, where they eat objects off the ground or floor.  They ingest these objects (paper towels, rocks, underwear, coins, safety pins, you name it and they’ll eat it)  This also extends to coprophagia, which is just a fancy word for poop eating.  Myself, I have never experienced PICA, but when Tax was a puppy, he used to eat rocks.  I do not remember if he outgrew eating rocks, ate all of the rocks, or we moved and he could not find rocks to eat at our new place. Read the rest of this entry »

My Dog Is Mounting My Cat. What Do I Do Now?

4 02 2009

Recently, we received a concerned mother’s e-mail about some activity that would concern most pet parents.  I have copied the most concerning and embarrassing issues for you to read as well.  Due to the embarrassing nature of the problem, I have redacted the puppy’s name to protect his identity.

I’ve recently noticed, as my puppy [redacted] is now about 8 months, he’s doing something which is causing a bit of concern. We have an 8 month old kitten, Maya, (has yet to go into heat and has not been spayed yet), and the two of them have grown up around each other most of their lives, so they get along wonderfully and are great friends. Lately, I’ve noticed that while [redacted] & Maya are playing, he’s been trying to mate with her, and the frequency has been increasing over time. Read the rest of this entry »

Happytails Dog Smog: Curtailing Emissions from Both Ends

30 01 2009

After the fun I had guest-posting over at Lola’s blog, I asked her to guest-post here as well.  Having other dogs write certainly takes the pressure off.

Guest-post by: Lola The Eco-Dog


We can all relate to sitting in a room with friends when, all of a sudden, an unbearable smell fills the air. Yes, an odor that will make any dog or human roll on the floor and play dead.  Leaving you saying “Oh my goodness, what’s that smell” as everyone sniffs around for the culprit, all the while peering at each other with intense looks trying to figure out who dealt it. Unfortunately, if your pup is like me that not-so-good poker face gives him or her away, only to draw pointed fingers from all the humans in the room. Read the rest of this entry »