May 23, 2011 - So, Im fostering a cat and her five kittens. Poor Juno (I just named her, a teenaged mom) was abandoned by some former neighbors, who moved away about two months ago. I hadnt known they didnt take her with them when they moved out of the apartment building thats two doors down from my home; I hadnt seen her since they moved. But Otto found her -- and her five new kittens in the ivy that grows on the fence between our house and the empty (foreclosed) house next door. Oh, the economy.
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May 17, 2011 - This is a follow-up to an issue we discussed, a subscriber had written us out of concern that his veterinarian no longer offered distemper-only vaccines. We looked into the matter and learned that in fact, Schering-Plough, the last veterinary vaccine company that still made a distemper-only vaccine, had recently ceased production of the vaccine. Its just not available anymore.
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May 9, 2011 - Otto had just woken up and was yawning and stretching next to me on the porch, dragging his leash. I turned around to lock the front door behind us, and suddenly Otto roared and launched off the front steps at high speed, headed straight for the street. And in the same moment that my brain registered the fact that Otto was running toward the street, I also heard a car or truck approaching. I screamed, even as I was turning around, OTTO OFF!
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May 3, 2011 - Recently, I brought Otto to the vet for a routine visit. The postcard I received from the vets office suggested that Otto was due for some vaccinations and routine tests. Upon making the trip to her veterinarians, a plethora of my pet peeves were set into
motion. For example; routine vaccines. When I call to make the appointment, I let the receptionist know I wont be vaccinating my dog unless a distemper/parvo titer test tells me he needs a booster shot. First, she claims that they dont do these tests. Argh!
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April 25, 2011 - I was in my local shelter one day last week when a couple brought in two intact male pit bull-type dogs. Both dogs were white, which made it easy to see how filthy dirty they were and to see the wounds that each of them had. The larger, overweight dog had what may have started as a sunburn and developed into a dermatological condition. But the younger, smaller dog had truly ghastly wounds on his hind legs; it looked as if he had been tied up (or even hung) by ropes around his hind legs.
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April 12, 2011 - When I learned that Planet Dog was releasing a Special Edition 10th Anniversary Orbee, my first thought was, Wow, has it really been 10 years? The ball still seems new and exciting around WDJ's editorial office.
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April 11, 2011 - I just received an email announcing the publication of a book written by one of WDJs favorite veterinarians, W. Jean Dodds, founder of Hemopet canine blood bank. Dr. Dodds has long been interested in canine thyroid disorders; years ago, I heard her present a riveting seminar on the topic at one of the annual meetings of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA).
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March 29, 2011 - So, two weeks ago I wrote about how I have two friends who are looking for dogs, and how I was worried because they are both impulsive and apt to bring home the wrong dog. One friend is actually being patient! Yay, friend!
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March 22, 2011 - The most common symptom of any allergy in dogs is itching. An allergy to flea bites is the most common type of allergy in dogs, but an allergy to something in the dogs environment, such as pollen, dust, or exposure to dust mites (actually, the feces of dust mites), is the second-most common allergy.
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March 15, 2011 - How do you convince people to be patient and selective and wait for a dog who meets their criteria, instead of rushing in and adopting the first cute face in the shelter they see? Despite the fact that youve promised to find them the perfect dog, one that meets their every wish in a dog, if they would only give you a bit of time, the next thing you hear is
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March 8, 2011 - Im dog-sitting Chaco, the last little foster dog I found a home for. I got a call from her new owner the other morning. Of course! I replied, Whats up? Her voice broke as she answered, My house burned down yesterday!
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March 1, 2011 - About a year ago, I became acutely aware of the fact that there are increasing numbers of animal rescue organizations that are doing anything but rescuing animals. Im not talking about real rescue operations, where animals are well cared-for, the facility does not take on more animals than it can support in a healthy fashion, and the organization has a well-established and successful method of finding permanent homes for its charges.
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February 22, 2011 - I was casually reading an online article this morning from BayAreaParent, thinking Yeah, yeah, yeah, another sad failed dog adoption story. You know, newlywed couple buys Labrador Retriever puppy, gets pregnant, doesnt train the dog, dog is out of control, gets banished to the back yard when the baby comes, dog is miserable, owner gets pregnant again, blah, blah, blah
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February 15, 2011 - On TV, Westminster always looks so glamorous and plush. My impression of the bench areas, however, was that of a nightmare for the dogs. Space is at a premium; the dogs are squished into tight spaces, and the aisles are PACKED with humans.
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February 14, 2011 - Write a valentine to your dog? Why wouldnt you? Cmon, join in. Dont take more than five minutes, just write a quick bit of doggerel for your favorite dog. Mine are for Otto, of course!
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