Dog Blog

Saturday, September 27, 2014


More salmonella tainted pet food is making the rounds on America's pet department shelves.  This time it's Bravo brand turkey and chicken dog and cat foods. 

Monday, September 22, 2014


                                   Peach Orchard Autumn (Pastel)

Fall has always been my favorite time of year, though one often has to travel a distance from Sacramento to truly enjoy the change of seasons.  I have never been to Vermont in the fall to really see some autumn color, but I hope to one day.  Now that the weather is finally cooler, I hope to get out and do some pastel painting in nature.  A dry, dusty medium for a dry, dusty landscape.  Seems appropriate.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


I have a new bed, which I love, but Peaches hates it.  It's a Create-a-Bed wall unit (like the Murphy bed I had before). It lifts up out of the way during the day, and it's so much easier to lift and wonderfully comfy to sleep on.  I'd forgotten what a restful night's sleep feels like.  The only problem is that it's a higher profile bed than before.  Peaches doesn't want to climb up or even use the doggy steps like she did.  

She has always been a strange dog and freaks out when anything new is introduced into her environment.  Suffice to say she doesn't accept change well.  It's perfectly understandable when you consider that my poor little girl had more than enough disruption in her first three years of life.  Even after all these years, she's still damaged by whatever happened in her past, and I know it wasn't good.  But I still want her to learn to sleep on my new bed.  

I made things worse by trying to lead her up onto the bed.  She fought me like a tiger, shot out of the bedroom and wouldn't come back.  You can't make that dog do anything she doesn't want to do.  I am hoping that after a while she'll adjust to the change in my sleeping quarters and will still climb up for her morning cuddle with Mom, at least.  I would miss that!  I still have a few tricks to try, like putting her blanket on top of mine, so her scent is on the bed again.  The factory new smell of my Beautyrest mattress and bedding may also be confusing to her.  Peaches' sense of hearing may not be what it was, but there's nothing wrong with her nose. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014


The last surviving search dog of 9/11 is still helping to save lives.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014


Be advised that the recall for Pedigree has been expanded to include 55-pound bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products sold in Sam’s Club in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Bags purchased from Sam's Club and Dollar Stores may contain bits of metal in them.  That sounds completely nutritious, all right.  This is a voluntary recall, they stress, but I wonder how many pets had already ingested the kibble before the recall?

It's becoming more and more difficult to find pet food that's safe to feed our beloved companions, and price isn't always a factor.  Just about every brand has been on the hit list at some time or other.  I will say that I avoid purchasing my pets' food at stores like Costco, Sam's Club, or other discount outlets because of the Cheapo China Syndrome.  Our previous dogs were sickened by the Waggin' Train chicken jerky treats bought at Costco.  Fortunately, I figured out what the problem was before it became more serious.  

I am stunned that those treats were still sold on shelves at pet stores and my neighborhood Raley's Superstore long after I informed their corporate office about the problem.  Another well known pet chain put their tainted treats on sale but did not remove them from the shelves to prevent other pets from being sickened or worse.  They were going to sell all those boxes of poison, come what may.  Their bottom line is what matters to corporations.  And that, folks, is what America is all about.  Profit reigns supreme, not pets or their people.  It makes me sad and angry, but we have the power to change it by not spending our money on their products.    

Sunday, August 31, 2014


Kids get the blues when summer's over and it's time to go back to school.  So do their canine companions.  Now that dogs are allowed on restaurant patios in many cities and people can take them to the office, maybe it's time to institute Take Your Dog To School Day, where children could take turns bringing a well-behaved dog to class, one that is comfortable being with children, obviously.  

It's been proven that workers in offices are calmer and more productive when their pets are present.  Might that not also be true of children in school?  I know I would have been in dog heaven if I could have brought my old childhood playmate, Dusty, to school with me.  There are now Read to Your Dog programs at libraries, which encourage children to read more books, and it works!  Thus far, dogs aren't reading books back to the kids, but why not take it a step further?  

Yes, I can hear the collective howls and they aren't coming from the dogs.  I know teachers have enough on their plates already, but perhaps the children would be easier to manage with a canine present in the classroom.  Dogs do have a way of making everyone feel more relaxed.  I know it works for me.  It could work in schools, too.  It would have the added benefit of teaching youngsters to be kind to animals.  

Friday, August 29, 2014


Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? is currently ranked #4 in the Kindle Store under Miracles and Spirituality.