Breakfast for Champions

My full-blooded 11-year-old basset hound Carrie has mast-cell cancer. We chose to let her live out her days in comfort and dignity. We give her prednisone to slow down the tumor’s growth, anti-histamine pills twice a day to help her with the histamines the cancerous cells release, and antacids for stomach issues she may have […]

Living with Dogs with Cancer

I currently live with two basset hounds. Living with Bassets hound is nothing new for me. I have been sharing my home with the breed for over 30 years. In the past 30 years, I’ve lived with about 8 bassets (and many other mixed breeds, as well). I’ve had single, as well as packs of […]

A deadly virus that may kill your dog

There’s a deadly virus that has jumped species (from pigs and birds to dogs) and can be deadly to dogs. There are no vaccines as of yet. Dog owners should be aware of the symptoms: 1. Lethargy 2. Diarrhea 3. Vomiting If you dog experiences any or all of the symptoms, take it immediately to […]

When You Are Sick, There’s Nothing Like a Dog for Comfort

I have a bad, bad cold. Unfortunately for me, it’s a viral cold and not bacterial. Why do I say unfortunately? Because if it were bacterial, I’d be given antibiotics and the excruciating pain that I feel in my throat, Eustachian tube, and ears would be gone within a day. Swallowing is awful. I feel […]

Marley’s Successor Died of Complications of Lyme Disease

Josh Grogan, who wrote the best seller  book Marley and Me, just announced in his blog that Gracie, the Labrador he brought home nine months after losing Marley, died from complications of Lyme disease. Gracie, unlike her predecessor, was quiet and totally the opposite of the rambunctious Marley. Josh Grogran wrote the following in his […]

It’s Winter—Keeping Your Dog Warm Can Actually Be Fun

When temperatures are dipping close to, around to, or below freezing, we need to protect our pipes, plants, and pets. We wrap the pipes, cover the plants, and make sure our pets are indoors as much as possible. If keeping them indoors is not a possibility, please keep them in a garage, preferably in kennels, […]

Dangers to Dogs Lurk During Thanksgiving

ASPCA warns of certain holiday accompaniments harmful to dogs and cats. Posted: November 17, 2010, 2 a.m. EST  Thanksgiving is nearly upon us. And while that means family, food and festivities for us humans, it could mean increased risk of injury or illness for our pets.  “Many of our winter holiday traditions can pose a […]