Happy Turkey/Tofurkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are all stuffed with pure joy (and food), or preparing to be tomorrow! For those who still have not had their Thanksgiving Day meal, a friendly reminder:

-Do not feed your dog cooked turkey bones–they could shatter in the throat, or block airways

-Watch out when feeding table scraps, dogs+nuts=bad idea

-Holiday meals tend to be full of fats (both good and not so good), it’s ok for us to “treat ourselves”, but our pets really don’t need the extra calories. They are more than happy to have just their regular feedings on holidays…even if their guilt face says otherwise.

-Remember to take lots of photos, not just with the family, but with your pets.

My mother said today, “Oliver has grey hair under his chin, have you noticed?” My face, I’m sure, looked of pure shock. I scooped him up and took a close-up look to see if this terrible accusation was indeed true. It was. So, as I’m reminded daily that he is no longer a puppy, I’ll be having some family members photograph us so that when he’s 16 and full of grey I’ll be able to remember when he first started ‘maturing’. 

May you all have many reasons to be Thankful 🙂

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An Interesting Debate

I hope you are all enjoying the changing fall colours, the crackle from the fireplace, and the harvest from your gardens! Oliver and I have been busy canning tomatoes and making apple pies.

I really want to take a quick, human-minute to discuss with my readers about the importance of education. There is A LOT going around on Facebook, Craigslist, etc about puppy millers, animal cruelty, and dog breeders, and yes some similar information you have found on LongDogConnection. I want to be perfectly clear that there is a BIG DIFFERENCE between a dog breeder, a back yard breeder, and a puppy mill. There are good, honest, reputable breeders who deeply care about the homes that their puppies go to and do not make a cent off of the sale of their dogs.

A reputable dog breeder pays for: c-sections(possibly), vaccines, expensive food (a LOTS of it), formula (if necessary), time off of work, a proper whelping room, heating pads, vitamins, goats milk (if necessary), lost sleep (a lot of this), gas to and from the vet clinic every other week, other vet costs, pee pads, bedding every other day (pine, newspaper, pellets, etc), sheets, towels, cloths, bottles (if necessary, but good breeders are always prepared), surgical scissors (to cut umbilical & sacs), and so, so many more items. By the time everything is paid for a puppy’s price is by no means any form of profit.

So what can we do? How can we tell the difference? ASK QUESTIONS, educate yourselves, don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

So why then are there so many animals in shelters if there are good, reputable breeders? Because there are very unintelligent owners, and yes, some bad breeders, but lets talk more about the owners.

Bad owners give up their pets easily. Bad owners don’t understand what they are getting themselves into when they get a pet. Bad owners don’t SPAY OR NEUTER their pets. Remember 2+2=6….remember pet’s can’t add, they multiply! Educate yourselves, your family, your friends, and your coworkers. Visit a vet’s office and ask questions, offer volunteer services to shelters/rescues, LEARN, LEARN, LEARN!