Some colleges and universities are offering “dog friendly” dorm room. Those who live off campus may have a agreeable landlord, or they may decide to have one anyway. This is a good way to lose housing or have to find the dog a new home too quickly.
While dogs are definitely good companions, they can cramp college style and get left behind in the process.
Kodi the corgi was a “college dog.” Lucky for him, and us, when his owner decided to join the Peace Corps after graduation, Kodi had a home waiting for him. Not all dogs are nearly as lucky.
Here are 5 reasons not to have a dog at school
- Loss of spontaneity – Your friends want to take a weekend trip where dogs are not allowed. You stay home –
- Isolation for dog – Your dog spends most of the day inside while you are at school. At night you want to visit friends, participate in club activities or join a study group. So the dog gets a half hour walk — maybe?
- Medical issues – Dogs need vets from time to time. Getting there, paying for the visits, and taking time from studies all should be considered.
- Holiday and summer break – This is especially difficult if you got the dog after you arrived at school. How are you getting it home? And are your parents receptive?
- Lonely dogs – Lonely dogs are going to cry out, bark at people walking by. Others in the building may not appreciate this, even the dog lovers.
There are ways to get a “dog fix” without actually getting a dog
- Volunteer for a nearby rescue or humane society: Most schools require community service hours.
- If there are no rescues groups nearby, look for a veterinarian. You may be able to walk dogs for them.
- Check with others who have pets and offer to pet sit. (This includes your professors)
- Become a dog walker. (Again, professors)
- Walk around town. You are going to come upon people with dogs and people with dogs generally love to talk about their dogs. Always ask, before petting a dog.
This week my newspaper column was about volunteers at one of our local humane societies who use their skills to make the most wonderful transformation by turning a neglected dog into a pet that is loved again.
I was so moved by the photos I had to share.
The photo above is what “Charlie” looked like when he was brought into the humane society. Look at him now! And I am happy to say – adopted.
So many dogs come into shelters across the country looking like this, matted, dirty, covered in fleas and ticks. The matting can also cause medical issues if the skin beneath gets pulled to the point of separating the skin and becoming infected.
If you can volunteer even a couple of hours a week or a month to groom — or even give these dogs a bath — what a difference you will make. Just ask Reno. Also adopted now I am happy to say!
Do you ever have to tell your pet to stop chewing on their paws? The chewing could be their way to relieve pain and discomfort.
- Get a wet washcloth and quickly soak each paw. If your animals don’t mind their paws being touched you can do a more thorough job. The water can soften anything that might have become embedded or dilute anything they might have stepped into that could be burning their pads.
- Examine the paws. You are looking for anything from a stray unpopped popcorn kernel that’s gotten wedged to broken glass. If you see blisters it’s time to call the vet for a visit and a topical treatment.
- Bug bites. Mosquitoes, ants, and spiders may have bitten the pads of your pet’s paws, maybe while he or she was playing with it.
- Long or ingrown nails
If your pet is an indoor cat, consider what chemicals you might have had around. If a cat (or dog) steps into something and it burns they will chew on the affected paw and could ingest some of the chemical. Outdoor cats have the opportunity for a greater number of foreign objects that can affected them.
I heard of one cat when after his owner checked his paws, found what looked like mosquito bites. An inside cat in Boston, except for lounging on the balcony, can get bug bites too.
If your pet is chewing on its paws, or anywhere, it is time to find out why. It is important to address the chewing quickly so bad habits aren’t formed.
UPDATE: It’s been three days since I tried this. I still haven’t seen any “trails” of ants. They seem fewer but we could be in between hatching cycles. I did add some of the mixture in a line from the outside of an ant hole in the walkway outside to the grass and that colony doesn’t seem to be active any longer. If anyone has a method that works inside – please share.
We have had a very rainy spring and summer. I have also had work done on the house, resulting in doors open, saw dust, etc. So which is responsible for the ants?
I don’t know and don’t care, just want to get them out. I think the rain has a lot to do with it, as I have heard from others having the same problem.
My ants have wings, but they aren’t termites thankfully. I double checked with a photo of both on the internet. My ants have segmented bodies and are built differently. So that’s the good news.
After turning on the light in the front room last night, and finding at least 20 of these unwanted visitors.
I resorted to clicking onto Lowes to find out if there is a fogger I could use. There is but I would have to take the two dogs, cat and bird out of the house for up to four hours. Not convenient and not really the method I prefer to use.
When possible I go as natural as possible. Any method will require you to keep an eye on your pets.
After much research I have combined what I was comfortable with and come up with this method. Let me know what you think. I have just put out the traps and will have to wait a few days to see.
What you will need:
20 Mule Team Borax
Plastic containers with lids (if you have some of the thinner ones that lunch meat comes in perfect!)
knife and scissors
Cut slits along the bottom of the plastic container. I used a knife and squared it off a bit with scissors. Put these close to the bottom and make the slits small. You don’t want dog or cat tongues trying to lick the sugar out.
Remember you want the ants to be able to get out to take the mixture back to the queen. If you find too many still in the container you are only killing those. You want the entire colony. It’s going to be difficult, but for the next day or so I need to not squish the ants so they can make their return to the colony with the “treats.”
The method I decided was a mixture of borax and sugar. I didn’t measure, about half and half. You want it watery but with some solid pieces.
Roll cotton balls into the mixture and place three or four in the plastic tub. Snap on lid.
Place in strategic places. You may have to move the baits around. Everything I read said follow the trail of ants but I haven’t seen a “trail of ants” and my house is pretty tightly sealed.
I put one outside under a bush to see if I can lure some before they come into the house.
I choose to use the containers with lids rather than just the lids themselves. This is for my pets sake. Of course as soon as I put the container in the front room, Kodi the corgi’s nose was right there, checking it out.
This is an experiment for me. I am really hoping it works and will post updates.
Wish me luck!
Even the most diligent of pet owners has lost a pet, if only for a few minutes. No matter how long they are gone the feeling is not a good one.
I had that feeling today. We are having work done on the house and the door from the kitchen into the garage was being replaced. I came home from work about 3 p.m. to find my contractors busy at work, my husband in his office, and Kodi and Buddy in their crates.
Samantha is our cat (or rather, my cat who sits on my husband’s lap while we watch T.V.) The answer, “I don’t know,” wasn’t what I wanted to hear.
The search began. I was pretty sure my indoor kitty wouldn’t have willingly headed into all of the noise of saws, hammers and strangers going on in my garage that day, but I really needed to see she was safe for my own peace of mind.
So we searched all of her favorite spots, window sills, behind furniture, under blankets — she was nowhere to be found. I even looked in the garage – nothing.
I had to leave for a meeting so after about 15 minutes of searching I called a former co-worker at our local humane society to make a lost pet report. Samantha is chipped and that is generally the first thing any humane society or veterinarian scan for. While I was on the phone, my husband called out that he had found her in a back bedroom.
She had found her place to sit out the ruckus in the open area between the wall and the storage/headboard in the guest room we have been sleeping in while we wait for our room to be carpeted. After my husband spotted her, she dashed under a sofa futon in the same room.
Sure I could believe him, but I needed to see her for myself. So down on the floor I went, peering under the futon, and looking back at me was Samantha.
This was a reminder that when workmen or guests are in your house, find accommodations for your cat, especially if doors are going to be opened.
The furthest Samantha usually ventures it out onto the pool deck and she is very easy to capture. If her heart was in it, she’d be much harder to bring back in.
This also demonstrates why even indoor cats (and I personally think they all should be indoor cats) should have identification. Collars can get caught or removed. Micro chips are the best chance you have of getting your feline back.
The Corgi walk from “Oldies but favorites” video.
Buddy has a talent to sleep just about anywhere and loves the dirt in sun!
It’s the wee hours of the morning, 3 a.m. at this moment, and my sleep has been smacked awake, making this the perfect time to catch up on overdue blog time.
Buddy is asleep on top of a stack of pillows on a small couch in the bedroom. Not a care in the world. Kodi is stretched out on his side on the floor. Neither stirred when I got up to come into the family room. Hopefully I will be able to slip back in without the “dog alarms” being activated.
Back to Buddy’s travels:
Buddy returned to Florida full-time in January 2016. He had been here before but even our little Jack Russell knew this time was different – this time it was his home.
Traveling cross-country which included stopping in Texas to see our eldest’s family and one more stop in Daphne, Alabama before our home on the East Coast of Florida, the dogs tolerated each other.
Well, Buddy tolerated Kodi sitting on him in the back seat!
When we got home it dawned on Kodi that we weren’t just giving this other male dog a lift. He had joined Kodi’s “herd” except Buddy isn’t all that fond of being herded. Adjustments had to be made.
In the beginning there were scuffles and we didn’t feel comfortable leaving them out when we weren’t home so the crates were set up in the family room.
It soon became evident that when we are not at home they worked things out. The scuffles and “fights” were only when we were there. Little by little we left them out for longer and longer periods of time. Now we really don’t think about it – everyone seems to have come to terms with the new arrangement.
The only time we have to be on alert is when food is involved. Both are adept at catching treats in the air and Buddy swoops in to scoop up any ice-cube that drops from the refrigerator.
Kodi used to be our “ice shark” and had lost interest, but now that Buddy wants the ice – the interest has rekindled.
The only time we have any issues is if we mess up and a treat bounces away. Then there’s a minor “free for all” as the dogs both try to claim it.
For the most part Kodi has been pretty understanding and I think having a younger dog around keeps him active.
Buddy has blossomed. He has grown out of just falling over on his side when we have him out walking. No longer do people have to ask, “Did your dog just faint?”
Storms still make his bones shake and once in a while I still get this incredibly “sad” look for no reason. It makes me wonder what thoughts go through his mind.
He may be smaller but I have no doubt that when he sees his reflectionhe sees himself as a much larger dog, and hopefully he sees himself as a permanent member of this family.