Attention Dog Owners

I stumbled across these informative graphics created by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants this week. Please share!

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Our Lab Marley doesn’t these body signals but I strongly suspect she is uncomfortable at the dog park (even when there’s only a handful of other dogs present).

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Marley drools at the dog park (long strands of drool) and is always happy when I get the leash out signaling it’s time to leave. I no longer take her to the dog park or doggie daycare for this reason.

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I’ve seen this scenario countless times at dog parks.

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Owners need to accept that their pushy or aggressive dog needs proper training to correct such behavior. They shouldn’t put their dog (and other dogs) in a potentially bad situation by going to dog parks. 

 

Baby It’s Cold Outside

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This time of year, everyone can use a reminder to look out for cats around their vehicles. I tap on the hood in hopes of scaring a cat away from our vehicle. So far, I haven’t found any of our cats (including barn cats) this way but that doesn’t mean I’ll stop checking.

Cooper Snowflake

Time to curl up next to the fireplace and enjoy some catnip

Free Holiday Gifts For Cats

This time of the year can be hectic for humans and their pets. I encourage you to take a moment to read this article Holiday Gifts You Can Give Your Cat- All Of Them Free. I bet it will give you some ideas of how you can make the season less stressful for your kittehs.

(Note To Self)

12/12/15

  • Remove the catnip cigar (click HERE for product link) from the cat room to the front room. You don’t need to panic when you see the cigar in front of the litter boxes from the corner of your eye.
  • Research and buy glass or high quality stainless steel cat bowls per vet’s suggestion. You don’t want Cooper’s feline acne to continue because of him using plastic bowls.
  • Make up Marley’s stuffed, frozen Kongs. She needs more entertainment this weekend because she doesn’t like to run in the heavy rain we’ve been getting this week.

 

Deck The Halls

If you’ve decorated for the holiday season, I hope everything is still intact! I try to keep our decorations to a minimum. It’s really just an excuse to put out more animal “stuff.” I hope you enjoy the Christmas items I’ve collected over the years.

Part of me is glad the cats don’t play with this because of the noisy bells ;-)

Here’s our pet stockings and photo ornaments.

 

Here’s the top of the bookcase with ornaments and a photo of Zinger with Santa. The wood carvings are from the Dog Bark Park Inn.

 

Our cute “cookie” jar made by Scentsy

 

My attempt at a photo Christmas Wreath

 

Petsmart Christmas Cat

 

Two days after putting up decorations, I found a stocking on the ground…

 

…Looks like a house cat is sending a message to the Barn Cats!

Selective Memory

Barn? What barn?

It has been close to 15 months since Tully went from being a semi-feral barn cat to a house cat. We have put in a lot of time and energy (remember those home-made cat shelves?) into making Tully a confident house cat.

As you can see, Tully is living it up indoors! This fall, our little love bug has discovered how awesome our pellet stove is. So, if he’s not in his favorite bed or couch he is likely in front of the pellet stove keeping warm.

 

Giving Thanks

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with friends and family (2 and 4 legged). This year I have a lot to be thankful for:

Benny on the front porch

  • Our barn cat Benny returned after disappearing for a week. Lucky for us, he only needed to spend 3 nights inside. I wanted to be confident he didn’t have any health issues that needed monitoring. During his indoor stay, he made himself at home laying on my neck and face. This inspired the nickname “Neck Scarf.”
  • All of our animals are happy, healthy, and have only minor behavioral issues. For example: Benny chews on blankets, Marley whines when she wants to go for a run while I drive the ATV, and Tully makes coyote noises during the night).
  • Everyone has warm beds. The barn cats have insulated beds and heat lamp in the barn cat condo. The house cats have the pellet stove to sleep in front.
  • Tully has made a drastic transformation this past year, going from barn cat to house cat. He purrs when I pick him up, lets me smother him with love, and hangs out on the couch with my husband.
  • The best part is that I have an awesome husband to share this with! He loves animals as much as I do, sometimes spoiling them more than me ;-)

Benny and Danny wanting inside