Did the Founding Fathers Have Pets?

George Washington was the Father of our nation and also the father of the American Foxhound.  According to his diary, he named three of them Drunkard, Tipsy and Tipler.  

 

It is thought that John and Abigail Adams had mixed breed dogs.  Like George, they also had a sense of humor when naming their canine companions.  One was named Juno and the other, Satan.  (Maybe he could have benefitted from some obedience classes?)

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Benjamin Franklin and his son William were partial to Newfoundlands.  Who could resist that sweet face?

Thomas Jefferson became enamored with Briards when he was serving as Minister to France.  He brought home a female he named Buzzy, who had two puppies on the ship home.

 

 

 

Abraham Lincoln’s dog Fido was a “floppy-eared, rough-coated, yellowish dog of uncertain ancestry”.  (Picture below)  He looks like a retriever mix to me.  He followed Mr. Lincoln wherever he went when Abe and family lived in Illinois.  

 

 

Lincoln also loved kitty cats.  Abraham Lincoln had the first White House cat, Tabby.  When his wife Mary was asked about Lincoln’s hobbies, her answer was “Cats.”  

‘Nuff said.

 

 


The Best of Two Worlds: The Catio

What’s a Catio?  A hybrid of cat & patio and it’s the coolest thing for active cats in the country, suburbs, or city.  Of course it’s too cold for much outdoor time right now, but if you start planning now, you can have a Fabulous Catio by spring!  Take a look at these inspirations:




A Catio can be as simple as this portable pop-up:
A Catio can be an efficient, tidy box attached to a window.  You can DIY or purchase.
This Catio is like the one above, just fancier!  What a lucky cat!  (I saw a similar one while at the beach in North Carolina this summer.)

Look at this!  Exercise steps, ramps…and…is that catnip I see?
More happy cats experiencing freedom AND safety.  Perfection!
The Cottage Catio.  Sweet shade and the kitties can keep you company while you garden
Limited space?  How perfect is this?
Does your home have a catio?  Share your thoughts and your pics!!

Wednesday Adoptables–Oscar

Happy Oscar!

Oscar is an 18 month old neutered black male, who is available for adoption or sponsorship by Lab Rescue. He is up to date on his shots and is heartworm negative. He is good with other dogs and is approved for kids aged 10 and up. He weighs 53 lbs and should gain about 10 lbs. 

Update from Oscar’s foster family – 11/9/2014


Oscar has developed a maneuver we call the sneaky snuggle. He starts at the opposite end of the couch and looks to be snoozing peacefully. Then he starts to wiggle and wave his front feet. Next thing you know he’s wiggled down the couch on his back and his head is in your lap. If you let him, he’ll be completely in your lap. Once he gives you the big “I’m so cute” eyes it’s impossible to not give in to the snuggles. Oscar is very happy around people, and he’s learning not to jump up for attention. He’s not bothered by cars, large trucks, bicycles, kids on scooters, runners, or anything else. Mostly Oscar just wants to check out the world, play with all the chew toys, and be as close to his people as possible. He crates easily but prefers to lay on the couch. Oscar is housebroken and quick about going first thing in the morning. 

Oscar does okay on an Easy Walk harness. With some encouragement Oscar will sit for treats and takes them well.  He also knows come. In true Lab fashion, his tail never stops wagging. Oscar has the sweetest face and despite being underweight, Oscar has a spectacular Lablean. He will go with a training addendum and is probably not the best choice for a first-time adopter. He’d love an active family and lots of places to sniff and play.

Oscar loves to play with other dogs. He would like to retrieve all day but can’t play as much as he would like as we want him to take it easy because of his torn ACL. He is going to be a wonderful, gorgeous dog for the family that is willing to give him the training, love, and attention he deserves. 

Silly Oscar!
If you have room in your heart or home (and couch) for Oscar, give the wonderful people at Lab Rescue a call.
(301) 299-6756 

Lovable Oscar!

Letter from a Delighted Barks and Blooms Client

We received this note from a client and had to share!  


“I was at Madonna Vet on Saturday morning  and everyone was chatting in the lobby and I had Henry and Julius (my cat) in for check-ups.” 

  “I was explaining that Henry was in daycare and a women suggested I contact a dog walker from Barks and Blooms because they were the best.” 


Henry!
“Then the other woman in the lobby indicated that she also uses Bark and Blooms; and her dog got sick while she was away and had many messes that  had to be cleaned up. She said her house looked beautiful when she got home and that is why she will always use Barks and Blooms.

“She proceeded to tell me how great the service was and how her dog  just loved her walker.” 

Barks and Blooms Doggie Daycare in Hampden, back yard

 
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Barks and Blooms Doggie Daycare in Hampden, front door
“Then I realized they we were trying to outdo each other with how great Barks and Blooms was when I interrupted and told them I had used Barks and Blooms from the beginning and that Henry was in their Doggie Day Care Center. 
 
It is hard to top me !!”
 
Best Wishes,  
 
Richard 

Is It Time to Throw the Jerk(y) Out!?

There has been an absolute epidemic of recalls in the last year concerning dog food and dog treats, specifically jerky–made from chicken.  While sifting through the dozens of blogs I subscribe to daily, I came across this article written by a vet, Dr. Eric Barchas for DOGSTER.  He states that questionable jerky has been tested for salmonella, metals, pesticides, and antibiotics, and were screened for other chemicals and poisonous compounds, but in spite of these efforts, the cause of the problems remains unidentified.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“This places jerky in a uniquely nefarious group of food and plant items that can sicken or kill pets for reasons unexplained by current science. Other members of the group include grapes, raisins, and lilies (in cats).
The analogy between grapes and jerky may actually be a very good one. There are some people who are beginning to suspect that there is no contaminant. Rather, they suspect that jerky itself, like grapes, may be safe for people yet toxic to some dogs (but not others).”

Something to think about–Here’s a link to the rest of the ARTICLE.  It’s good reading.

What Will Your Pet Be for Halloween?

I love the originality and thought that goes into some pet costumes.   Will your dog be dressing up?  I’ve only included photos of dogs in costume, because I believe that if you try to dress the cat, you’ll be the one wearing a costume of bandages.  teehee!
Super Chocolate!!
Good and Bad
Will you Marry Me?
Really clever idea for the agreeable chocolate
Who’s taken me Lucky Charms?
Junk Food  Dogs
I am your Father

What I Learned in Pet First Aid Class–How to Make an Emergency Muzzle

Emergency Muzzle?  What’s that? 


Beagle with Emergency Muzzle made out of gauze.


If your pet is ill or injured, you need to get it to the veterinarian as calmly and efficiently as possible.  Even the sweetest, gentlest dog can become aggressive and bite when they are in pain.

If you do not have a muzzle, use a scarf, panty hose, strip of gauze, or cut off the bottom of a a soft t-shirt as an emergency muzzle.



          *Start in the middle at the bottom of the dog’s muzzle.

          *Wrap the bandage upward, tie, and then bring it back downward under the chin and tie.

           *Take the two loose ends and tie them behind the dog’s head securely.




Practice making the muzzle so you are familiar with how to do it and the motions won’t be foreign to your pet.

I found this video that will give you a better idea.



What Happens to Your Pet If Something Happens to You?

Barks and Blooms wants to help save your pet with one question:  If anything happens to you, what would happen to your pet?  The hard fact is that 4 million pets are surrendered to shelters because their owners have either passed away or become seriously ill and can no longer care for them.  Pets that have been accustomed to a loving and comfortable home do not adjust well to the lonely, cold confinement of a shelter.
They refuse to eat
The become depressed, showing signs of being un-adoptable
They are the first to be euthanized.
We discovered a wonderful nonprofit called 2nd Chance for Pets that can end this very preventable problem.
These 3 easy steps will save your pets life:
Step 1–IDENTIFY A CAREGIVER:  Someone who you know will care for your pets with the same love and passion that you have.
Step 2–PREPARE WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS:  Describe how you want your pets to be cared for.   Document your instructions and let others know where these instructions are located.
Step 3–SET UP A FUND:  You currently pay for food, supplies, medical care.  Consider setting aside funds to cover temporary care for your pets.  Their needs don’t stop just because you aren’t there.
For more information,  contact 2nd Chance 4Pets at info@2ndchance4pets.org
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