July 2012

Unexpected Effects of Anti-Anxiety Medications

Or the case of the frisky fur-kid

It’s been a tough summer for one of my Shetland Sheepdogs. Tyler is very afraid of storms, with their rumbles of thunder. Fireworks also, drive him into a panting and pacing panic. This year we’ve had some doozies of storms, and our local communities have fireworks each weekend in July. It seems unending. Counter-conditioning the noise, using a Thundershirt, both helped a little, but Tyler was still quite anxious. I was concerned, especially as he is soon to be 10 years old. 

How Shetland Sheepdogs can add richness to your life

The companionship of a Sheltie is a beautiful thing. They are with me when I wake up in the morning, and with me when I go to bed at night. They ground my day, as I feed, groom and potty them. 

Because of them, I appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. Each day, unless the weather is just too extreme, we step outside to explore a small slice of nature. I’ve seen gorgeous orange and purple sunsets, and delicate wild flowers that I otherwise would have missed. I’ve immersed myself in richly-hued autumn leaves, and have tromped through hip-deep snow to blaze trails. Without my Shetland Sheepdogs, I’d have missed much of this. 

Whose dog is it? The saga of Chase/Bear

Portland, Oregon is roiling with turmoil over the ongoing saga of the dog (a Husky/Shepherd mix) who was lost and then found and then found again. 

The saga of Chase/Bear turns up a lot of interesting information about the law and dogs and ethics, but if there is one thing you take away from ongoing investigation, let it be this: microchip your pets! None of this would be happening if Chase's original owner had microchipped his dog. A microchip can literally save your pet's life, and it's very affordable. 
On March 27, 2011, a Southeast Portland man named Sam Hanson-Fleming lost his dog. Chase, 1 ½ years old at the time, was reportedly wearing a collar and tags, and leaped out of the family's fenced yard. (Huskies and husky mix dogs are notoriously difficult to keep fenced, and should not be left unsupervised.) Hanson-Fleming posted "Lost Dog" fliers, put an ad on Craigslist, and filed a report with the local animal services.

Knowing when your retriever may be suffering from heat stroke

Yes, these unusually high temperatures can affect our pets too.

It's definitely the dog days of summer and it is only July. How are we supposed to know the difference between our retrievers being normally hot and when the temperatures are causing them to become sick? What are the signs that our retriever may be suffering from heat stroke?

Yes, dogs have fur that can protect them from the heat. This fur can act like a barrier from the hot temperatures, the sun and their flesh. Yet, during extreme heat even fur can’t stop our beloved animals from suffering. This is why we need to know what can cause heat stroke and some of its common signs.

First, overexertion can play a big role in heat stoke among retrievers. We all know that retrievers are active dogs. Most of them like to be at the center of things. This can include outside events such as barbecues and other parties. When it is this hot, these types of activities can wear them out quickly, just as they can do to humans. For this reason, it is important to monitor their activities and make them slow down, even if you must take them indoors, away from the party.