Tag Archives: When in Doubt

Dolphin Rescues

No one knows why dolphins protect humans, but stories of the marine mammals rescuing humans go back to ancient Greece, according to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. Stories abound of dolphins protecting injured surfers from sharks, assisting drowning victims, and helping sailors through treacherous waters. According to Dolphins-World, in one instance in the Red Sea, twelve divers who were lost for thirteen and a half hours were surrounded by dolphins for the entire time, repelling the many sharks that live in the area. When a rescue boat showed up, it appeared that the dolphin pod were showing them where the divers were; they leaped up in the air in front of the rescuers, jumping toward the lost people as if to lead the boat onward. These amazing creatures also help other animals in distress. They are truly special animals.

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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in Better Life, Friends For Life


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Healing Pets

It is thought that owning a pet reduces stress, thereby improving health. One Japanese study found pet owners made 30 percent fewer visits to doctors. A Melbourne study of 6,000 people showed that owners of pets had lower cholesterol, blood pressure and heart attack risk compared with people who didn’t have pets. There could be a variety of reasons for these results, but anecdotal evidence seems to indicate that the animals play an important part.

Dogs in particular have demonstrated remarkable things in relation to the health of their owners. There are stories of dogs warning their owners of imminent health threats. University of Florida researchers published a report in the journal Seizure noting that some dogs seem to have an innate ability to detect impending seizures. The British Medical Journal examined case studies of dogs alerting people with diabetes of a coming hypoglycemic episode and service dogs are now trained for just such a purpose.

More recently, some studies have suggested dogs can be cancer detectors. In 2006, the medical journal Integrative Cancer Therapies reported how ordinary house dogs could identify breast and lung cancer patients by smelling their breath. A University of Maine study is testing whether dogs can sniff out ovarian cancer. Dogs are amazing creatures, probably possessing abilities we haven’t yet touched on.

But despite these ways that dogs detect and aid people with illness, think about the simple comfort that a pet brings when we’re under the weather. When we’re stuck in bed, regardless of the ailment, there’s something indescribably reassuring about the feel of a warm cat curled up next to us, or the unfailing loyalty of our dog lying beside us. Pets are our companions, our caretakers, our friends. The love us unconditionally, and that love is healing.

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Posted by on October 17, 2011 in Better Life, Friends For Life, Loyalty


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Pawpalooza – Weight Analysis


Bring your pooch in to Pawpalooza at Dogma this Saturday, and Craig will be available to do a weight analysis for your pet. Based on his size, breed, activity level and nutritional needs, Craig will tell you exactly how much he should be eating. He can also help you make the best choices concerning brands and types of food, to provide optimal nutrition for your dog. A healthy dog is a happy dog.



Pawpalooza – Saturday, October 8 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


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Finicky, Finicky

At least ten percent of all cats develop a problem using their litter box. Some stop using it all together. Some use is sporadically. There are a variety of reasons your cat may be doing this, including a medical condition; conflict with another cat in the home; or a dislike of the box, the litter, or the location – there’s a reason cats have a reputation of being finicky. The best course of action is to prevent this problem, or deal with it immediately, by making the litter box as cat-friendly as possible. 

One common problem is simply with the litter box itself. Make sure you keep it thoroughly cleaned, removing all clumps as soon as you can. Also, make sure you have enough litter boxes for your cat(s). You should have a box for each cat, plus one extra. Make sure her box is big enough, and easily accessible at all times. 

Although we as owners sometimes prefer a hooded litter box, frequently this makes kitty uncomfortable. If your box is hooded and your cat is not using it, try removing the lid and see if this makes a difference. And finally, don’t make the litter too deep.  Cats usually prefer one to two inches of litter.

There are a variety of other reasons a cat may be having litter box problems. For an excellent tutorial in correcting this behavior, go to ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.)


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Little Black … Squirrel

Things scare me. I admit it. But I’m fast. And clever. I find food. I store. I prepare. I run. I hide. I watch. I scold. 

I’m really the keeper of the forest. I see and hear everything. Nothing goes unnoticed… Except me. I fly. I flit. I’m a black streak invisible to most. And so — I succeed.

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Posted by on August 1, 2011 in Center of the Universe


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“There are many intelligent species in the world.  They are all owned by cats.” Unknown


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A Bigger Bunny

                                                       You have no idea what it’s like to find shoes that fit.


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