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Tips for Applying Topical Flea Medication on Your Dog

Tips for Applying Topical Flea Medication on Your Dog

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I am being ignored.  I had the audacity of applying flea medication to my dog.  She’ll letting me know that she is suffering the indignity in silence.  She’s afraid of the flea medication tube which why I am being ignored. I had to put her bed and blanket next to my computer chair so she could do it in comfort. It had to be done.  She has been itching like crazy the last couple of days.  Last night, I finally…

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My Dog is Getting Used to People

My Dog is Getting Used to People

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A funny thing happened on the way to Misha’s 8th birthday. Something I really didn’t even notice. She began to lose her fear of people. My Dog is Afraid of Strangers So, this is how Misha usually greets people… She’s terrified of strangers. When meeting someone new, she would not sniff their shoes like a normal dog. She would bark incessantly. It often took several months of regular meetings before she would let a new person pet her. Case in…

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Fireworks are No Joke for Dogs!

Fireworks are No Joke for Dogs!

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I’m not sure people realize how traumatizing fireworks are for dogs.  To a dog, those loud booms and whistles sound as if the walls are coming down around them.  Their instinct is to flee and many of them do. Sedatives Help For the dog…not you!  I gave Misha a sedative for the 4th of July.  It really helped.  But, the fireworks have gone on far beyond the holiday.  They start a week before the 4th and people are still shooting…

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Remember: The 4th of July is Scary for Our Pets

Remember: The 4th of July is Scary for Our Pets

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Fireworks terrify my dog.   My neighbors have been setting them off for a week.  I’ve been finding my dog under the bed, the desk, the dresser, behind the TV stand…anywhere she can cram her small body. It’s sad. I’ve written in the past of how I give Misha a sedative on the 4th of July to help calm her nerves.  She relaxes while World War III plays out in our neighborhood.  Without it, she runs around the house with a…

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Wordless Wednesday: Too Tired, Time to Get Cozy

Wordless Wednesday: Too Tired, Time to Get Cozy

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Does my dog look tired? I took Misha to my sister’s for Super Bowl festivities. She knows when she gets there that Summit’s dog treat balls will have treats in them. She spent the first quarter rolling the big ball around. She has one of her own, but it’s special at Summit’s house! Then, she found a new ball. This one was tricky. She’s never had a treat ball beat her before. So, she played with it and played with…

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My Dog, My Nurse

My Dog, My Nurse

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Our Caring Canine Companions Several years ago, I read an article in Dog Fancy magazine about a woman who was receiving chemotherapy.  Every day she came home from her session and went to bed, too fatigued to jump back into her routine. While she slept, her dogwould get all his tennis balls and gently place them around her body, careful never to wake her.  Tennis balls were his favorite toy and he must have figured she was in need of…

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