This is a more serious posting that will may shock/sicken/sadden/disgust you but hopefully open your eyes to what is happening to beloved dogs in this country.
OF DOGS AND MEN (click HERE) explores a disturbing trend in American law enforcement: the shooting of pet dogs. This is common enough to be named Puppycide and have a database (click HERE). From SWAT raids to simple calls and even visits to wrong addresses, we are seeing more and more incidents of officers using lethal force against a family pet they deem a threat. Are these rash reactions by officers in a system with little regard for our four-legged family members, or are they true peace officers doing their best in a dangerous job? OF DOGS AND MEN investigates the issue from all angles, interviewing law enforcement officers and experts, and taking a journey with pet owners through the tragedy of loss and pursuit of change in a legal system in which the very officers they challenge are an integral part.
This is a huge problem for all dog owners not just those “breaking the law.” You may just live in a neighborhood where there was a burglar, your home alarm system was accidentally triggered, or noise complaint. Don’t fool yourself into believing these are isolated incidents.
Hopefully you will take in this data (click here).
This week I took our cat Borgia to Frontier Veterinary Hospital for a recheck appointment. Her mouth looked great after having some dental work done a couple months ago.
While chatting with our awesome vet Dr. Palmer, she mentioned watching a video of a dog drinking in super slow motion. I was eager to see this video so I tracked it down and wanted to share it with you.
Now that I’ve seen a dog drinking, what about a cat?
Internet wins! Youtube sucked me into watching more slow-motion animal videos.
Our awesome dog ramp (inspired by the arrival of new foster dog on Saturday) wasn’t complete when you last saw it. The two major issues were: 1) No railings; we had to guide Watson up and down the ramp so he didn’t step off the sides, and 2) The ramp wasn’t secured to anything, so it was able to slide a bit when we hoomans walked out the back door. These issues have been resolved and EVERYONE is pleased with the finished product!
Railings prevent animals from falling off ramp or trying to jump up and off the sides.
The ramp isn’t going to move with two 65 pound pier blocks, and our good friend Mr. Gravity, weighing it down. At some point the ramp will get painted and the OSB will get replaced with nicer, sturdier wood. I’m more than happy with how this project turned out. Watson hasn’t limped once since he started using the ramp!
The heavy pier blocks (one on each side of ramp) are attached to the ramp and are heavy enough to prevent the ramp from sliding.
This project is very dear to me, and I even cried when it was finished. This ramp is what I had imagined building for our boy Rusty who was starting to have some mobility issues. I brought up the idea to my husband when we went out for breakfast. When we got home I discovered the massive growth on his head (two weeks later we ended his suffering). Click HERE for Rusty’s story.
I hope this ramp will inspire others to evaluate their dog’s mobility. Do what you can to make your dog more comfortable and get around easier. Something as simple as a ramp can do wonders for an old dog’s quality of life!
Our new foster dog Watson had a request for us: last night after settling in, he asked us for a ramp! Watson is very weak in his hind quarters, causing him to be very wobbly. He doesn’t do well on stairs; the 3 steps out our back door were causing him problems when going outside to potty.
Help is on the way!
After some brainstorming, we decided to use the dog wash ramp out the back door because that was an instant fix. All daddy had to do was drill a couple holes through the metal ramp so it could be fastened to the wooden step. With careful guidance, Watson was using the ramp and was moving around easier.
Today we decided to build a temporary ramp made from pressure treated wood that is much wider than our metal ramp so Watson doesn’t have to walk such a precise line (can’t have our boy tumbling off the side). After gathering the appropriate supplies, daddy got to work outside building an even better ramp!
Here is what my awesome husband built for the dogs today.
Watson and Marley using the ramp for the first time.
Watson is one happy customer and I am one happy wife!
This morning we made arrangements to pick Watson up and bring him home. After spending some time with Watson, the vet and I discussed Watson’s medical issues and medications.
Waiting for me to take him home.
I was very eager to get Watson home so I could introduce him to his foster family. I told him all about the six kittehs, the doggie, and his foster daddy.
You can’t help falling in love with this guy.
Watson is our fifth foster dog and this has been the easiest introduction yet! I am SO PROUD of our dog Marley; she handled the introduction like a pro. So far, Watson has only met 2 of the 6 cats (2 of the 3 house cats). The cats had no problem with the casual sniffing and Watson hasn’t been interested in them since. I suspect a couple of the barn cats will introduce themselves this evening when they attempt to sneak into the house (nightly ritual).
Someone needed a nap.
After introductions outdoors, exploring indoors (the main part of the house), and crate training (tossing treats into the open crate), it was time for Watson to take a nap. It feels really great to have him sleep by me as I sit in the recliner. I look forward to his time here with us and sharing the experience with you.
Looks like we’ll be getting our fifth foster dog tomorrow!
Approx 9 years old, is good with cats, and is in need of some medical attention.
I can’t wait to help get this boy healed up and find him his forever home.
Photos and more info coming soon.
I have been guilty of giving humans the “wait” hand signal that I give our dogs. I’ve also playfully given my husband the “leave it” command when he was going to steal food from my plate.