Month: September 2015

What’s in a name?

Is it easier to name your kids or your pet?
by: Jacque Estes Staff Writer

As I was visiting with my “nephew dog” Trip-E this week, while his mom and brother Char-Lee were at a library event, I got to thinking about names, specifically — pet names.

For example the mop of black fur at my feet; is his name Trip-E because, despite the fact he is not a small dog, he can trip you up, or because his personality is definitely a “trip?”

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DIY food dispenser

After posting about bored pets yesterday I saw this video. A pefect example of how you can easily make things to engage your dog. Personally I would probably try using smaller bottles so it isn’t quite so difficult for the dog, but that really depends on your dog.

As always, please supervise  you pup when they are playing.

Is your pet bored?

If it’s Tuesday, it must be pool cleaning day. How Kodi knows this I cannot explain. These mornings he stretches out and watches for activity around our pool deck.

Pet Dish_bored

There are a couple of reasons for this. It’s an interactive activity that requires Kodi to use his herding skills as he supervises; and equally important, the pool guys have treats.

Since my husband and I both work from home a good percentage of the time, Kodi isn’t lonely, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t crave more Tuesdays.

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Pets — The best medicine

Sometimes we all want to crawl into bed and hide.
Sometimes we all want to crawl into bed and hide.

Your day has been stressful. The person in front of you at the grocery store had a cart-full of items in the 10 items or less line; you were behind a car doing 10 miles under the speed limit while a monster truck was on your bumper trying to do 10 miles over the speed limit. You are at your wits end until you step in the house and are greeted by the one individual always happy to see you – your dog – and everything immediately gets a little better.

The best medicine for stress and high blood pressure are our pets. I mention dogs, because they are the ones usually anxiously waiting for us, but cats, birds and even fish can provide therapeutic care just by being part of our lives.

Medical studies back this up and many assisted living homes, hospice and hospitals are shedding (pardon the pun) the notion that pets are too dirty. The emotional benefits far outweigh a little hair on the carpet.

Lonely? New in town? Walk your dog through a park. People are more likely to greet those with dogs and even stop to chat. Pets are conversation starters and probably a better way to get a date than other methods. Plus, regular walks are good for your overall health.

Walks, good for both of you.
Walks, good for both of you.

When the children have grown and moved on to their own lives it’s the pets that stay with us and keep us company. People are just as likely to have photos of their pets on their cell phones as they do the grandchildren.

For many years the medical community felt that homes with pets would increase the chance of family members having allergies. This thinking has shifted and studies are beginning to show that children who grown up with animals have a reduced risk of allergies and asthma.

Pets are a personal preference. Well-meaning friends and relative may want to give you a pet. While that’s thoughtful, it is important to find the pet that is right for you, whether it curls up in your lap, walks with you, talks or sings to you, or swims gracefully in a tank.

Even on the rainiest of days a pet can raise your spirits.
Even on the rainiest of days a pet can raise your spirits.

Pets are a serious commitment. The benefits are great but they do require care. Perhaps you are not sure if you are a pet person, or what type of pet would best suit your lifestyle. A great way to try out pet ownership is to offer to pet sit for a friend. In most cases I bet it will have you looking for a new roommate who will love you in good times and bad and make you feel better.