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Earnest

Chris
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Book Suggestions, Pet Stories

“Seattle’s Second Chance Shelter smelled of damp fur and dog breath. Frantic barks and whines pierced the air and assaulted Anna’s ears. She shrank back from the desperation that hung in the air like mist. All the sad eyes begging for a home. The furry foreheads rumpled with anxiety. Anna’s tender heart slid to her feet.

‘We shouldn’t have come here,’ she shouted to her boyfriend, Jeff.

‘You wanted to check out the dogs,’ he said.

Anna was clutching the Second Chance flyer she’d found that morning on Jeff’s windshield. Coming here had seemed the best way to goad themselves into action after weeks of talk about adopting a dog. But now, engulfed by the dogs’ distress, Anna wasn’t so sure.

‘We could have looked for a dog on Petfinder,’ she said. In their rented condo, they could have studied photos on the computer screen.

‘You can tell a lot more of you see a dog in person,’ Jeff said.

‘Yes, but I want to take all these dogs home.’

‘We can only afford to care for one.’”

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July 4th!!

Chris
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Community, Holidays, Pet Safety

We all know everyone enjoys a good celebration and the holidays, and we know you want to include your animal companions in the festivities. July 4th is a pretty big holiday with lots of activities going on, mostly barbecues and fireworks. Here are some safety tips so you can include your pets in a way that keeps them safe and happy:

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  • Keep your pets away from food and alcohol
  • If you want to take those cute/funny photos of your pet(s) wearing festive costumes or headpieces: put it on them, take a bunch of photos, then take it off
    • Pets generally do not like wearing said costumes or headgear for long periods of time, so limit how long they wear it
  • Keep your pets indoors, in a quiet room or with some soft music playing so that the loud noises of the fireworks are less likely to scare them
  • Have treats and/or toys in the room with your pet to keep them occupied
  • Make sure that the room your pet is staying in is “Escape Proof”
    • secure all windows, pull down shades, make sure doors are locked/closed tight
  • Talk with your vet about possible options to keep your pet calm
    • Some options may be a ThunderShirt or consult with your vet if considering a mild sedative
  • If your pet is going to be outside with you during day activities, make sure to have a water bowl accessible for your pet to stay hydrated.
  • To help your pet be less anxious about you leaving them at home, exercise them beforehand so they are more likely to be calmer and fall asleep during night festivities
  • Make sure your animals have up-to-date tags that are secured to a collar or microchipped, in case they become loose due to being frightened by the holiday festivities

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A Snowflake in My Hand

Chris
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Book Suggestions, Community

“My alarm clock failed to ring, but by skipping morning coffee I manages to be only fifteen minutes late. As the elevator crawled to the eighth floor of the Animal Medical Center I hoped that perhaps Clancy too had overslept. It was 7:20. The elevator door opened and I stepped into the hall to find him waiting.

“I know I’m late, Clancy, but it happens occasionally.” He looked angry. “If you would just wait until I come get you, you wouldn’t have to pace in the corridor.”

I unlocked the office door, and he brushed past me as he entered. I opened the drawer immediately, knowing there would be no peace until he got what he wanted. Clancy was not a finicky eater and promptly concentrated on his breakfast.

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Surviving Henry

Chris
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Book Suggestions, Pet Articles, Pet Stories

“Our dog has special needs, the greatest being the need for a lobotomy. After that, he could use a good dose of Prozac. Add some Ritalin and he’d approach the vague semblance of a well-adjusted canine. Feels almost doable.

Except for his tail of freakish accidents and half-baked suicide attempts.

Sometimes I think Henry—that’s the dog—had ended up in a different family, we’d all be better off. Some combinations just don’t mix. Take Mentos candy and diet cola. Put them together, and you get a carbonated geyser blowing your bottle cap.

Pets are supposed to be fun. A pleasant enrichment of your life. Dogs especially. Loving, loyal, sleeping by your feet.

Henry is the anti-dog.

I don’t believe in divine misprints. But life with Henry makes me wonder.”

Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe by Erin Taylor Young is a story that will have you laughing constantly. This amazingly touching story about all the mishaps, accidents, and disasters that come from one boxer named Henry. Through the ups and downs, Henry helps his family see what is truly important in life, thus bringing the ultimate happiness of having a canine companion in a family.

We have included a video by the author because we know you’ll want to see the legendary Henry that inspired the book.

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Dog On It

Chris
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Book Suggestions, Pet Stories

“I could smell him—or rather the booze on his breath—before he even opened the door, but my sense of smell is pretty good, probably better than yours. The key scratched against the lock, finally found the slot. The door opened and in, with a little stumble, came Bernie Little, founder and part owner (his ex-wife, Leda, walked off with the rest) of the Little Detective Agency. I’d seen him look worse, but not often.

He mustered a weak smile. ‘Hey, Chet.’

I raised my tail and let it thump down on the rug, just so, sending a message.

‘I’m a little late, sorry. Need to go out?’

Why would that be? Just because my back teeth were floating? But then I thought, What the hell, the poor guy, and I went over and pressed my head against the side if his leg. He scratched between my ears, really digging his fingers in, the way I like. Bliss. How about a little more, down the back of the neck? I hunched my shoulders a bit, giving him the idea. Ah, nice. Very nice.”

dog-on-it-cover-663x1024Dog On It by Spencer Quinn (pen name for author Peter Abrahams) is the first book of the Chet and Bernie Mystery series. Most of us wonder, “What is going through my dog’s head? Does he/she have thoughts like us?” Well, here’s your chance to get your answer. Chet, the canine companion of Bernie Little, takes us on adventures, solving mysteries the only way he knows how: by being a dog. It may take you for a loop on how Chet thinks, but soon you’ll be hooked. You’ll be asking yourself the question: Am I still reading to see the mystery solved? Or am I addicted to the scattered, but smart thoughts of Chet?

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Chris
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Community, Holidays, Pet Safety

“Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!” (pronounced as lah leh PAH-drig SUN-uh gwitch), which means “Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!” in Gaelic. We hope you all will have a wonderful day today, and we understand that you want to share this special & fun holiday with your beloved pets. Here are some tips on how to maximize your fun with your canine or feline during this holiday, while also keeping them safe:

  • If you want to dress up your pet:
    • put on the costume
    • take your picture(s)
    • take the costume off
    • This way you get the picture you want, and your pet doesn’t have to stay in an uncomfortable costume all day
  • If you want to “paint” your pet:
    • ASK YOUR VET FIRST!
    • your pet may have allergies that may not allow them to put something on their hair/fur/skin
    • There is spray paint for dogs called, PetPaint
    • There are also homemade recipes that your vet may suggest
  • If you plan to attend a parade or party:
    • KEEP YOUR PET AT HOME!
    • the noise and crowds of parades and parties give unneeded anxiety to your pets
    • your pets will happily welcome you home as you tell them all about the fun you had
  • If you want to share a pint with your pup:

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The Cat on My Lap

Chris
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Book Suggestions, Community, Pet Stories

“Can you imagine your life without a cat? Not if you’re reading this book. Now and then you will find a book that’s difficult to put down. And this is one of them. The stories cover a wide spectrum. Memories of your own cat history will surely be activated. At times you will find yourself smiling or even laughing as you connect with a story. You’ll remember the sounds of a purr or a hiss or a quiet meow. You’ll remember long-lost images of your cat climbing up the drapes or hiding in the shower or stealing that piece of fish from the counter. You might even remember the panic you felt when you couldn’t find your cat for a few hours, or even several days. And you might remember the feel of that dead mouse under your foot, which was really a gift from your proud hunter.

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