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Homemade Dog Treats

I often joke that my two terriers never miss a meal. Well, truth be told, they never miss a treat either.I'm a person that when I go to buy treats for myself, I look at the ingredients and sometimes scratch my head trying to pronounce some of them. Then I wonder, "Am I going to have this same ...

A Soft Spot For Strays

If there's anything that I will be quick to admit to, the fact that I have a soft spot for stray animals will be the one that I will admit to first. That's just the way I am. I can't help it.There's not many stray dogs in the neighborhood, but there's always a stray cat or two that comes ...

Paw Prints in the Mud

The weather here in north central Missouri has warmed up this past weekend. It has gotten to the point that most of our January snow has disappeared. Yeah! The downfall is such that the ground is now one big, soggy mess. There is not a dry spot to be found.My dogs don't care. They are way too ...

Farm Dogs

I grew up in a small rural town, and I've lived in that same small town my whole life. With grandparents that farmed, there's are things that I notice -- or at least try to notice every time I pass a farm.For instance, there seems to be a dog on every farm. Ok, maybe not every farm, but most ...

The Dogs of Summer

My dogs love summer. I can say that in writing, mainly because most everyone who will read this will never meet my dogs in person.Of course they love summer, providing their day includes, for the most part, sleeping on the couch. Ironicly enough, the couch sits directly under the air ...

Pets and Their Beauty Sleep

Pumpkin resting in bathroom sink. I admire people and animals who seem to be able to a nap pretty much wherever. The pets do give me a laugh. Mainly because I can't believe that they can pick a spot, fall asleep, and be comfortable all at the same time.Tang takes a siesta on the couch.Missy has ...

My Pets

Those who know me know that I have a couple of pets at home, Bogie and Jake. It's hard to imagine an Amazon Red Lorie parrot and a Jack Russell dog would get along with each other. Amazingly, they do.Amazon Red Lorie parrot named Bogie.I've had a few dogs come into my life over the years. The ...

A Trip to the Vet

For the most part, I am not a person that enjoys going to the doctor. My dog, Jake, would like for the records to show that he understands my distaste of that ritual and the anxiety that goes along with it. His annual visit to the vet is a trip he really doesn't like.Jake at the vet's ...

Bath Time

Bath day for Jake.Jake and I have a ritual that we go through once a week. Jake hides from me when I want to give him a bath and I attempt to lure him out of his hiding place to give him the bath. Who knew it would be so challenging at times just to get a small dog into a tub?Jake thinks that ...

My Pets Puzzle Me

I've spent my entire life around pets. Dogs, cats, horses, a parrot just to name a few. Even though I may not remember all of their names, they all share one common bond. They weren't just pets, they became a part of the family.Recently, I got to thinking about the sleeping habits of pets. ...

Bogie

I talk a lot about my puppy Jake. However, I do have another pet. We met in April 1982 when I was 6 1/2 years old and she was 5 1/2 months old. Today, it's amazing that we are still celebrating our birthdays together. Bogie turns 34 in November, I turn 40 in December.I must admit, I am a very ...

Fiction: A Dog Named Christmas

I spend a great deal of time looking back now, sifting through memories, pausing over important events in my life. Maybe it’s rare, but there’s no litany of disappointments for me. There are a lot of very good memories, and one defining moment – a holiday that seemed perfect.I had four ...

Bee in the Outhouse

My memory of the outhouse is when my daughter, 10, was sitting out there with her dog and she was always sicking the dog on everything. There came a bumble bee in so she sicked the dog on it and it went in the next hole so the dog went right in after it. When the dog finally got out, she went ...

Protect Your Pet From Pests

Warm weather brings the opportunity for pet owners to enjoy the great outdoors with their furry friends, but it also brings the risk of flea and tick infestation.Veterinarians across the country are expecting an abundance of fleas and ticks this year, due in part to warmer winter temperatures ...

Healthy Dog, Happy Family

Any pet owner will tell you dogs are not just four-legged friends. They are members of the family. Whether they are accompanying you on a walk in the park, warming your feet as you read your morning paper, or the first to greet you when you arrive home from a long day of work, dogs aren’t ...