Here’s my top 5 suggested Christmas list based on my reviews plus Oprah’s list. Continue reading
Chipper was my 12 1/2 year-old cocker spaniel. Yes, I mean was. His last day was November 15.
During his half-year checkup on October 3, the vet found an enlarged spleen. It was almost three times its normal size. Continue reading
By Julie Barton
Julie appeared well on her way to a successful career as an assistant editor. But suicidal thoughts kept crossing her mind, steeling her energy. Depression sunk in as she passed out on the kitchen floor while boiling a pot of water. She awoke coughing, turned off the burner, and then passed out again. Continue reading
By Gregory Berns
From the title, I first expected this to be a story told from a dog’s point of view, but it’s not. Read the subtitle, “Animal Neuroscience.” This book is about studying dog brains and other animals with MRI scanners. This allowed researchers to measure the strength of connections within the brain. Continue reading
Priceless, most of us would say. But what happens when you have an old dog and an unknown illness, like an abdominal mass? Your vet runs through several scenarios:
- Run multiple tests to try to identify the problem. That would cost of over a grand, and not involve treatment. If we’re lucky, the problem can be determined from only one or two tests. Plus the cost of treatment, whatever that may be.
- She could do exploratory surgery and remove the mass, but if there were multiple tumors, then she would euthanize your dog.
- Or she could just make him comfortable, which may last only a few weeks.
How far do you go down the rabbit hole? Continue reading
Let your dog decide
Feeding your dog raw food is a fairly new concept based on what dogs ate naturally in the wild. Modern technology changes much faster than anatomy, which may take many hundreds of years to adapt to dietary changes.
This trend to feed natural foods based on a dogs ancestral diet is similar to people going back to natural foods after more than a half century of eating a processed diet that contributed to many illnesses. Continue reading
Forty percent of dog owners don’t pick up after their dogs, so why should you?
The average dog produces ¾ pound a poop a day X 83 million dogs in America = 10.6 million tons of dog crap each year. Continue reading
Buffy, my one-eyed cocker spaniel, acted normal on Sunday morning, even asking me to throw her ball. But ten minutes later, she stood still with her head down. She stepped cautiously forward and bumped her nose into the bathroom door, then the wall, then the corner. She sniffed everything. I waved my hand in front of her face. She blinked once, likely feeling the air moving. But her eye showed no movement. Continue reading
By W. Bruce Cameron
I’ve always heard authors should not write using a dog’s point of view, but Bruce Cameron catches Bella’s thoughts perfectly Continue reading