After writing several blogs about dog poop this summer, I knew I had to “practice what I preach,”—or at least try it. The first article was about the environmental hazards of dog poop.
I pick up, so that wasn’t the concern.
It’s snowing, it’s cold out. The last thing you want to do is get in a cold car and drive to a dog obedience class—right? But look at your furry friend. He’s jumping on you, bringing you toys, barking. He’s going nuts stuck in the house all day. He needs exercise and attention. What better … Read more
Buffy, my 8-year-old cocker spaniel has glaucoma. She cannot see things right in front of her or at a distance. Somehow she manages to not bump into furniture or people. When she does that, then I know she is blind. It has happened before, but we have been lucky at bringing her eye pressure down. … Read more
This past week it has been colder than it has been in a long time in the Chicago area. Last night it was -7°. It’s been years since we had an extended period with low temperatures below zero. Buffy, my cocker spaniel, does not like the cold or the snow. I usually put a coat … Read more
Chipper, my twelve year-old cocker spaniel, has more energy when we go for walks than he did
this spring. He often leads the way as we walk around our neighborhood (as long as interesting scents don’t distract him), and he now chases squirrels—something he hasn’t done in years.
Do you take your dog to parks where they provide bags so you don’t have to bring your own?
Do you pick up your dog’s poop using a plastic bag and then throw it in the trash?
Do you even pick up your dog’s poop?
When I was a kid, we didn’t pick up our dog’s poop. I’d take Chipper (the brown cocker I had back then) for a walk and nervously look around to see if anyone was watching while he pooped in someone’s yard.
I once commented to my boss about how I would love a job where I could take my dog to work. She told me to try it. That was over two decades ago and I have had dogs at work ever since.
A positive experience is a must, or you may not get permission to bring your dog again.
Just a simple walk around the block when it’s above 70° can leave my cocker spaniels lagging and panting, then I know it’s time for a buzz cut. Afterwards they abound with energy, want to play more, and can walk farther without tiring. But some veterinarians think it’s not a good idea to shave your dog, so should you?