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Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get My Dog Down

Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get My Dog Down

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We were so lucky.  December was almost completely dry. It was practically springlike. I got to walk Misha almost every day. Then January came along and the storm door opened.  Mind you, we don’t have to deal with the snow like the rest of the country.  But, we’ve already had more rain and fog than in December, and we’re only half way through January.  Another series of storms is approaching for the rest of the week. As you know Misha…

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Misha Gets Ready For Christmas

Misha Gets Ready For Christmas

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It’s almost Christmas.  Misha has alternated between the naughty and nice list all week.  Stealing that cookie off the table did not improve her standing with Santa Claus!  Let’s hope he is forgiving. Time for a Bath I like to get Misha all cleaned up before Christmas festivities kick in.  She wants to look good for the holiday festivities.  And, no one really wants to smell a stinky dog while opening presents. After giving her a bath with Furminator, I…

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Are All Jack Russells This Curious?

Are All Jack Russells This Curious?

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I hate to compare dogs.  Each is special and unique in their own way.  But, I’ve owned a Cocker Spaniel Poodle, a Collie, a Lab/Golden Retriever Mix, and now a Jack Russell Terrier.  No dog was as curious as Misha. Are Jack Russell Terriers the Most Curious Dog Breed? Maybe “most curious” is an exaggeration.  How about one of the most curious?  Is this something specific to Jack Russell Terriers?  Maybe terriers have a curiosity streak because of their breeding…

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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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