Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty Can we adopt you?

We found this black and white stray cat in our back yard. It was so very friendly!! It followed us around everywhere the whole day. When we went inside it sat on the top of the front step wanting to come in the house. It was meowing like crazy. I say “it” because i wasn’t sure if it was a male or a female. We immediately posted the lost cat on https://www.pawboost.com/ and also on the local town facebook page.

We took turns feeding him small amounts of chicken. Yes, chicken. The same scrumptious, juicy, delicious chicken my dad had just taken off the rotisserie grill outside. He/she ate it like it hadn’t had a good meal in months. That is why we fed it small amounts so it wouldn’t throw it up.

The cat lingered around from Sunday to yesterday (Tuesday). We knew it was going to get cold outside so we were hoping and praying for news from it’s family. Tuesday came and the cat was still outside on our doorstep. My parents decided to let him in the house because the neighbors Tom cat was trying to attack the kind, sweet, gentle, friendly cat. My dad opened the door and the cat casually walked into the house like he owned the place. He walked down the hallway and laid on the bed in the guest room. After all, he was a guest. When dinner time came around, he woke up from his “catnap” and sat on my dads lap as he was trying to eat his dinner. Just about then, the phone rang. Who could it be? My mom answered the phone and we heard her explaining the we did find a cat……………..Could it be??????? Yes, it was someone that thought it may be their cat. The pet was actually recognized through the Sterling, CT town website / forum. The cat belonged to a family with small children. They recently moved and the cat got out. He (yes HE) had been missing for 6 weeks!!!!! He was at least 3-5 miles from his new home. The owner that called us about the cat described him to a “T”. She said his name is Timmy.


We texted the owner a few more photos and she said she is sure that was him but didn’t want to tell her children until her husband came to see the cat to make sure. And to make a happy story even happier, the cat was in fact their lost cat Timmy.

I was asked to do a follow up email to https://www.pawboost.com/ to answer some questions. They wanted to know:

Q-How were you able to capture the lost pet?
A-We didn’t capture it, he captured us (our hearts) We knew we had to find the owner of this cat. He had a Seresto Flea collar on so we knew where ever he came from the family cared about him.

Q-How were you able to reunite this pet with its owner?
A-We took pictures of the cat and posted it on Pawboost and the Sterling, CT town/forum website. We got many hits from Pawboost and so many shares and comments. People that visit your site are very kind and caring people.

Q-Was PawBoost able to help?
A-Pawboost is a great site to raise awareness of missing pets and also to help reunite the owners with their pets. Although it didn’t help finding this particular cat, I will still use it and visit the site frequently. I travel every day for work in my car 100’s of miles. I am always on the look out for stray animals. When I do see one, I always look at your site to see if I can possibly help.

Q-Would you recommend PawBoost to a friend?

A-Absolutely

Q-A-If so, why?

A-Pawboost is an excellent resource to post and find lost pets. There are so many shares and it can reach millions of people!

I would recommend https://www.pawboost.com/ somehow link their lost and found animals to the city/town where the cat was found through the facebook link such as this one

https://www.facebook.com/groups/322014831475576/

Healing the heart after the loss of a pet

It will be 4 weeks tomorrow at 4:30 pm that we lost our precious Marcus. He was our first dog. I didn’t want to use the word “was” because that means he’s not here anymore. I still sob when I think of him and how adorable, fun, energetic and amazing he was. There’s that word again……….Was. Ugh. Cancer in dogs is so common. I joined a facebook group dogs with cancer and I was shocked at how many dogs are affected by cancer. Is it the food we fed them? How about the pesticides used on the lawns? Even if YOU do not use them, maybe your neighbors do. Their precious little noses are always sniffing the ground and inhaling the toxic chemicals used for pest control and weed control. Could it be genetic? Over breeding?

How do you heal your heart and move forward? Should we rescue another dog? Is it too early? Would I love the new rescue like Marcus? Would it make me feel better? How would bringing another dog into the house so soon affect the other dogs we already have? The only way to answer that question is to move forward. And so we did.

I know Marcus would like us to honor his memory. He is the one who inspired us to rescue dogs. We started in 2009 rescuing dogs and donating time and money to the shelters because of his sweetness and fun personality.

Here is the newest rescue. His name is Prince Harry. We adopted him from a local breeder that is retiring the dog. They were very picky (as they should be) in who they gave him to. We were luck enough to be chosen. I here by announce the new member of our household….Prince Harry, King Charles Cavalier

He is so different than the terriers that we have rescued. He is more calm, has a bit of separation anxiety however he is getting much better with each and every passing day.

I know our Marcus would be proud of us for helping yet another dog. I will miss my boy forever and 2 days. And yes, I am crying now .

My Best Friend Marcus

I can’t believe it’s been 11 years since we first met. I remember December of 2008, seeing you in an enclosed area with your siblings. 3 adorable puppies; 2 females and 1 male. I smiled viewing the puppies and I said out loud “Which one of YOU wants to go home with US?”

Marcus as a small puppy 10 weeks old.

You looked up, and walked cautiously toward us. You put your little tiny paws up on the enclosure and licked my hand. I picked you up and you snuggled inside my coat. It appears you have chosen us to be your humans. You were so tiny I could fit you in the palm of my hand. You slept close to me snuggled in my coat for the 1 hour ride to your new home.

We named him Marcus. He is a Morkie which is a hybrid breed. It’s a cross between a Maltese and a Yorkie. Morkies have beautiful hair. They are small dogs that are jam packed full of energy with a ton of personality. He is the king of the house.

He has the best doggie life any dog can imagine. He goes everywhere with us. The beach, Gramma & Papa’s house, rides to the gas station and so many walks I can’t even count the miles. He can run so FAST. He is like a mini lightening bolt. He even sleeps with us every night. He snuggles up behind my head on top of my pillow leaving me about 1/4 of the pillow.

The best thing about Marcus is he lead to us rescuing 4 other dogs. You see he was bored with us humans after a while and needed some 4 legged friends to play with. We rescued Riley, Amber Rose, Charlie and Pumpkin all within the 11 years we had Marcus.

Marcus has had his fair share of health issues. His first one was gastritis. He was only 2 years old. He recovered from that but continued to have digestive issues on and off. The second issue was a cough. He was diagnosed with kennel cough a few times then at one point it was realized he had a trachea collapse issue. He was 9 at that time.

Why am I writing about Marcus? I am writing this tonight as our Marcus is very ill. He has been diagnosed with cancer. He has a mass in his abdomen that has spread to his lungs. His heart is enlarged too. He is on steriods and a diuretic to keep the fluid from building up inside him. We are keeping him comfortable; however the past few days he has shown us he is not going to get better and is deteriorating. He will no longer jump onto the couch, walk up the stairs or scratch at the door to go out to pee. I carry him outside to go to the bathroom. He is eating less and less. He is so sweet and is still wagging his tiny little tail when we talk to him and pet him.

I purchased a dog stroller to take him for walks because he can’t make it to the end of the driveway without sitting down and resting. He LOVES the stroller and really looks forward to his 2 walks a day with me. I also snuggle him up in his pet bed and I walk with him outside in my arms talking to him. I cried alot over the past 6 weeks. I cried when I held him, talked to him and when it was time for bed I cried.

I explained to him that he is very sick and he needs to get better or he will be going to heaven. I told him several times a day how much I love him and how much I will miss him when he is gone. I could see it in his eyes he knew his time was limited. I cried way more than I should have holding him and talking to him, but I couldn’t help it. He’s MY boy.

I can’t imagine my life without him. I am thankful he is still with us and I am enjoying every day like there is no tomorrow.

That no tomorrow came on Thursday July 25th. He wouldn’t take his medicine and decided he didn’t want any more food. We called the vet and she said to bring him in. I walked him out into the back yard holding him in my arms. We stopped and smelled the stargazer lily’s we both loved to smell. I explained to him what was going to happen. I asked Marcus if he would come back to me and tell me his was okay. I said, “Show me a cloud shaped like a dog, or come to me in a dream and tell me you are okay, please baby boy give me some kind of sign so I know you made it”.

We got into the truck with Marcus’s favorite blue bed and he snuggled with me for about 20 minutes into the 1 hour ride to the vet. I was petting him and talking to him. As I gazed down at him, I felt him leave. He was not breathing and his temperature dropped. I looked at my husband with tears streaming down my face and I said “He’s gone, our boy is gone”. I placed my fingers over his eyes to close them. I told him I LOVE YOU MARCUS and I will MISS YOU.

Just like the first day we met him and he picked us out, he left the same exact way. He passed away snuggled in my arms.

I cried the rest of the way to the vet’s office. I opened the door to the vets office and walked him in. I held him so close for the last time and kissed him goodbye.

1 day later I saw this in the sky. On the right hand side just above the puffy cloud is a terrier like looking dog. Maybe it’s my imagination or it is really Marcus telling me he made it.

I will miss you forever times forever into infinity. Thank you for picking us to be your humans

Auto Immune Disease In Dogs Genetic Correlation? Puppy Strangles

Strangles. What on earth is that? Auto Immune Disorder

It is an autoimmune disorder in puppies. Symptoms occur between 3 weeks to 4 months of age. If left untreated it results in severe scaring and in rare cases, even death. Breeds susceptible to the disease include golden retrievers, Mini Daschshounds & Siberian Husky’s. It is not contagious and unlikely to recur once treated properly and quickly. With the combination of prednisone and an antibiotic, it will give your puppy the best chance for a full recovery.

The disease is also called juvenile cellulitis. The symptoms are as follows; swollen face, eyes, muzzle, sores on face, inside ears, mouth, and in severe cases it affects the anus and genital area. The sores may burst and crust over. If it involves the puppy’s ears, they will smell very foul. The puppy’s lymph nodes are also affected. Other symptoms are fever, poor appetite, and lethargy. Your puppy may also experience joint pain.

When diagnosing a puppy with strangles, It can sometimes be tricky because it does look like a staph infection which is a bacterial infection. To get an accurate diagnosis make sure your Vet takes a swab of the areas infected and examine it. Make sure it’s not mites, ringworm or any other skin issue or allergy.

8 Week Old Lab/Doodle Puppy. She had sores everywhere! Ears, nose, eyes, and all over her “private area”.

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Treatment involves aggressive autoimmune drugs, antiobiotics, to prevent secondary bacterial infections, and its very important to keep all lesions clean and dry. Ask you vet about a hydrogen peroxide diluted solution to keep the infected areas clean.

When your puppy is on the steroid, they will experience stronger than usual hunger. It’s a side affect of the medication. Some people will give them a little more food than usual, but NOT ALOT MORE. It’s important to keep him/her comfortable after all they are just babies and so dependent on their new owners. Keep the cone head on when ever possible. Excessive licking only adds to the problem.

The more I research this “RARE” issue in Labradoodle, the more I see people posting the same type of stories, so how rare is this actually?

This particular dog is much better now. She is 8 months old now and feeling and looking much better. She is no longer on steroid or any medicine. The condition was caught very early.

New Puppy And Small Dog Dangers


When the weather gets warmer and we are all outside walking our dogs and spending alot of time enjoying the warm weather and sunshine, be mindful and aware of your surroundings.  Spring time brings out many new predators for our small dogs and puppies.  Ticks, mosquitos, coyotes, fisher cats, fox, hawks, falcons and owls. 

I see so many new puppies in the neighborhood over the past week. I also see them tied to trees as the owners rake their yards or see them running around the invisible fence.

What is to stop a predator from snatching a small puppy out of the yard while the owner isn’t paying attention. An invisible fence can be deadly to a puppy or small dog. Predators can get in and the dog can’t get out or escape. It’s trapped.

One predator that is especially vicious is the Fisher Cat. They are from the weasel family and are increasing in numbers in the United States. THEY WILL ATTACK YOUR PET. They also target chickens.    Photos of fisher cats:
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Strange how the name of this animal is fisher cat.  It’s neither a fish or a cat.  Where did it come from?  It came from the word fitch which is a European pole cat.

To keeping fisher cats away, remove food that will draw them to your home. Fisher cats are predators that are attracted by food. They eat berries and fruit when it’s available.  However, the fisher cat favors meat, but also might be attracted to bird feeders, seed beneath the feeders, or water sources in the yard.

Fisher cats are extremely vicious predators.  Your small pet will not be any match for them. Fisher cats have been known to stalk and kill house pets.
It has been know that fisher cats go after and kill cats.  Keep your cat indoors, as well as any small dogs.  Do NOT leave any pet unattended. Larger dogs may actually keep fisher cats away. Remove decaying organic materials from your yard. Fisher cats will nest in this, such as logs, stumps & brush.

Trim your brushes and trees. Mow the lawn regularly so that they have fewer hiding places.

From 2011 however a good read





Kennel Cough

Get Well Soon Marcus 12-2018

Kennel Cough

Our poor boy.   He is 11 years old and due to the fact he has tracheal collapse, when he gets kennel cough it’s a long and stressful recovery for him and us, his humans.  He has contracted it several times in his doggie lifetime.

The most recent time, (aka now),  he got it from one of our other 2 dogs that went to the groomer.  3 days after getting groomed the other 2 dogs started coughing and sneezing like crazy.  That spread through the house quickly until all the dogs were coughing.

The good news?  3 out of the 4 dogs recovered within 3 days on the meds.  The bad news is Marcus is lagging behind.  All the dogs were prescribed Clavomax.  That didn’t seem to do the “trick” for Marcus so after consulting with our veterinarian he was switched to Baytril.  Cross your fingers this works quickly.

What is Kennel cough? It’s a infectious tracheobronchitis.  In simple English, it’s a doggie cold.

There are many different strains just like the human common cold.   The most popular cause is Bordetella bronchiseptica. 

Vaccines are helpful in preventing kennel cough however it doesn’t guarantee your dog won’t get it.  There are 3 forms of vaccines.  One is injection, the second is oral and the third is a mist.

Our dogs are doing the reverse sneeze thing, coughing and then gagging and spitting up white froth.  I am cleaning up the mess quickly and disinfecting the house and their beds.

Marcus Kennel Cough Episode

What is tracheal collapse?  It’s a condition where the windpipe begins to collapse.  Think of it this way; you put a straw in a thick milkshake and suck.  The straw usually collapses.  That’s what happens to dogs with tracheal collapse. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tracheal_collapse

It’s common in small dogs, especially Yorkies.  Our Marcus is a Maltese Yorkie known as a Morkie.  We have switched his collar to a harness so it takes the pressure off of his neck at all times.   We also notified the groomer so the next time he does go they will be very careful with the harness they put around his neck to keep him still during the grooming process.

It took Marcus 2 weeks to show signs of improvement.  Today (2 weeks later) he is only coughing when he gets super excited or barks.  He is on the road to recovery.

Peek a boo

Rescue Me Part 5 of a 5 Part Series Rescue Dogs

As the title states;  “Last But Not Least”.     SOLD FOR $5.00 TO THE CONNORS FAMILY Rescue date October 20, 2012

October 20th, 2012.

We discovered there was a little female dog that needed rescuing.  She was at the HartfordAnimalShelter

A little history on the dog, she was found in a park in Hartford, CT dragging her leash behind her running through the park.  Did someone lose her or just let her go?  I wonder? 

We couldn’t bring all of our other dogs at once to meet her so we only took 1 of them to meet the new dog.  We decided to take Amber. Amber is very friendly and a good judge or character in other dogs.

The latest rescue is a terrier mix, beige with some orange on the tips of her ears.  She was cute but very shy and timid.  She seemed to be scared of her own shadow.  We played with her for a while.  She was playful and liked to give kisses.   We ended up signing the papers to adopt her a few days later.  She was a whopping $5.00.  She wasn’t spayed so we would need to get that done asap!  I held her on my lap on the ride home thinking of a name for her.  It was October and we were driving by a large pumpkin patch.  I looked at her, saw the orange hair on the tips of her ears.  That was it…. We would call her Pumpkin….Punky for short. 

The first few days were great.  Everyone got along fine.  Then, “IT” hit the fan.  It was potty time and I gathered everyone up to go down to the walkout basement and into the fenced in area to go to the bathroom.  Everyone made it to the bottom of the stairs and then I heard this horrendous scuffle with yipping, barking and growling!!!!  It was Punky and Riley going at it.  I was in a panic.  I had never experienced a dog fight before.  I grabbed Riley by the hind end, spun her around gently away from Punky and picked her up.  We all walked outside and I put Riley in a separate area of the pen.  I was so upset.  Thank goodness no one got hurt, including me.

Unfortunately Riley and Punky got into another fight a few days later and then again a few days after that.  We had a MAJOR decision to make.  We either have to keep Punky away from the other 4 dogs (just in case she fights with the others), hire a trainer, or bring her back to the animal shelter. 


11-14-2012 : 
 I searched and searched the internet for articles and advise on how to train an aggressive dog and how to fix “sibling rivalry”    I purchased a book from Cesar Millan

and went on his website, read until I was exhausted.  I studied why dogs are aggressive towards other dogs and how to fix it.   dog-aggressive

I was able to learn some pretty impressive things from the site and reading the books, however,  I needed some one on one personal help.  I decided to hire a trainer.  I wanted someone to come to my house and physically see what is going on here.  I decided on  Who You Gonna Call?

I highly recommend this training to any dog owner that is having issues with their dogs. As you have read, we have 5 small dogs. The 1st dog we purchased from a breeder and the other 4 are rescue dogs. The last rescue dog named Pumpkin arrived 3 weeks ago. She is a 2 year old female West Highlander Mix. We knew we needed professional help when she showed severe signs of aggression and fear.  She would snap, lunge and growl at the other dogs. I came to the decision we would have to find another home for the dog or find a miracle worker to fix this situation. I was in tears thinking about giving Pumpkin away. We decided we could not give up on the dog because obviously someone else did already.  We ended up calling a company called Bark Busters. When Scott arrived I was a bit nervous because not only was the new dog aggressive and barking at Scot the second he pulled in but, all the dogs were on their absolute worst behavior. A perfect scenario for Scot though.  I quickly learned that MY actions and behavior was 99% of the problem.  I wasn’t being the alpha dog or leader.  Scott taught me how to be the “leader of the pack”.  

The program is pretty intense, in a good way.  I saw instant results within the first 15 minutes of instruction, and within a few hours, I was amazed that my dogs were actually listening to us. No more jumping on us, no more barking at the doorbell, and the most important to us was no more fighting. We were able to have company this weekend and for the first time in a long time, I was not embarrassed on how much my dogs were barking or begging. I am very happy also with the email support I get from Scot when I have a question. He gets right back to me with an answer. Thanksgiving was certainly going to be a great one this year!

We found after a week the dogs were starting to revert to their original behavior.  We had to check ourselves because we were the ones that weren’t adhering to the program.  I thought the dogs were going to stay well behaved no matter what I did.  So each day I have to really watch MYSELF and adhere to all the thing I have learned.  

Look below who is playing with the neighbors dogs through the fence.  Prior to her training, she would be going crazy barking and scared to death. 

Elevated Pet Bed

Punky is staying and will remain a member of our family.  She even has her own stocking which we will put her name on it.

Her behavior is much, much better.  She is less stressed and trusts us completely.  She sometimes has issues with the other dogs still, and we have to keep her in check. 

https://www.kenwayscause.org/

http://www.wooftrax.com/

Rescue Me Part 4 of a 5 Part Series Rescue Dogs

Date of Rescue: 4-13-2011

I let them out

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We were not really looking for another dog, HOWEVER, (there’s  the “H” word again),  we received an email that there was an adorable small terrier mix that needed a new home.  The shelter named him “Scrappy”.   

We went to the animal control center in Springfield, Mass adoptable cute dogs to visit him.  I found where his kennel was located in the facility.  I noticed he was barking and barking his head off.  I thought to myself,  “Wow, the last 3 dogs I had adopted were so calm, cool and collected”.  No barking like this guy.  I put myself in his paws and thought, he must be scared to death.   I asked the staff for a private viewing and we took him for a walk outside with our other male dog Marcus.   He was much better out of his kennel and really enjoyed being outside and away from all the other dogs.  I noticed he was marking everywhere!  He was not neutered yet so I am hoping that is why.    He seemed to get along with Marcus just fine and we were all happy with Scrappy. 

We brought Scrappy back inside and I had some alone time with him.  As I was playing with him I found out he already knew how to sit, stay and fetch.  He was obviously someones pet that got lost.  I felt so bad he was lost and felt just as bad for the owners that lost him.  I didn’t want him to spend another day in the shelter but I really needed to think about this.  We already have 3 dogs, maybe his owner will reclaim him?   After about 30 minutes a staff member came in to take Scrappy back to his kennel.  I said goodby to Scrappy and told the kind lady we needed to think about this adoption.  I turned to walk out of the room and then turned right back around to take a last glimpse at Scrappy.  What did I see??  Only Scrappy being adorable on his hind legs doing a dance like a circus dog.  His front paws waiving in the air and begging.  He was begging me not to leave him. Smooth move Scrappy!

On hind legs begging

How on earth could I walk away from THAT amazing performance.  I ran over to hug him and picked him up.  I gave him the infamous one liner  “I’ll be back”  and off they took him to get neutered.  Sorry Scrappy, HOWEVER this is a necessary requirement to be part of your new pack. 

We picked him up 3 days later.  He had some complications from the surgery.  He had scrotal swelling and bruising.  The poor guy.  His “you know whats” were bigger than he was.  The technician explained how to care for him and provided us with some medication for pain and swelling.  It looked worse than it actually was, so says the female human  LOL . Complications of neutering page.   Ouch   

So now the big decision?  What are we going to call this adorable little guy?  We decided on Charlie.  Sir Charlie Brown!  Charlie Brown  Not only was Charlie Brown my FAVORITE cartoon of all times, he was my favorite character because he love his dog SNOOPY! Snoopy

FROM SCRAPPY TO HAPPY!!

What I notice most when I adopt a dog, bring it home, nurture it and care for it,  is how their eyes and ears change from anxious and worried to calm and relaxed when in a warm & loving home.  Look at his eyes & ears in the photo below compared to all the others below that.  He has one “lazy ear” which is what I love most about him.

 Petco

Likes riding in the stroller but prefers to walk

Pet Stroller

Pet gates and supplies

The brat pack

 Clicking on the links and ordering helps with the daily care of our rescue dogs.  Hair cuts, vet bills and food.

Me, Charlie & my niece
Time to play
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Charlie loves my sock and hides them in his crate