Monthly Archives: October 2013

How to Curb Your Dog’s Enthusiasm

By Suzanne Alicie

I had to laugh when I saw this title, because I am owned by the queen of uncontrollable dogs. If someone knocks on the door, Bear will not stop barking until the person is inside and she can smell them, then she might continue barking if she feels like it. She’s not a jumper, but she sure is loud. I could probably work with her to stop this, but she’s an old dog and she’s pretty set in her ways. She isn’t harming anyone and is quite effective as a guard dog letting people know she is in the house and on the job. But not everyone can deal with this behavior in their dog, or perhaps their dog has other instances of boundless excitement and enthusiasm.

If your dog knocks you down racing out the door when you go for a walk or jumps up on guests, you may want to follow some of the advice below. It is important that you have a firm handle on control any time your dog is around people or out in public. A harness and leash does no good if your dog can drag you around willy-nilly as he chooses.

Basic obedience training is almost a must for puppies if you want them to be well behaved. Some people have the time to work with their puppies themselves, but if not then an obedience class will help. Learning basic commands such as sit, stay and quiet are imperative if you wish to control your dog when he gets excited. Whether you do this training at home with a large box of CANIDAE Pure Heaven treats and lots of patience or take your dog to a class, it is very important that he learn basic obedience commands.

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Dog and Cat Passengers on the Mayflower

By Linda Cole

When the Mayflower set sail from England in 1620 to journey to a new land across the ocean, the 102 passengers on board had no idea what to expect. They were willing to leave their homes, friends and family members to go on an adventure of unknown difficulties and dangers. Not listed on the passenger manifest were two dogs and at least one cat, each one with their own contribution to the small group of adventurers who stepped into the American wilderness at Plymouth Rock.

The 90-foot Mayflower traveled around two miles an hour, weathering rough seas and storms. The journey across the Atlantic took 66 days, when the ship landed on the tip of Cape Cod, which is now Provincetown, Massachusetts. The impact of one storm blew them off course by more than 500 miles , which caused them to miss their planned landing. After exploring the area, the Mayflower set sail and finally dropped anchor in Plymouth harbor on December 21, 1620.

Historians know about the existence of the dogs because of a journal kept by two Mayflower passengers from the time they left England up to the first Thanksgiving celebration in the winter of 1622. The journal was called “Mourt’s Relation.”

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Funny Pet Nicknames

By Julia Williams

Sooner or later, most people will bestow a nickname or two on their pet. We can’t help it. Even when we think we’ve chosen the perfect name for them, one that fits their personality to a T, nicknames will invariably emerge as new quirks are discovered. Sometimes we don’t even know why we start calling our pet a certain nickname; we just do. Some nicknames stick, and some are quickly forgotten.

My childhood cat, Pepper, was called Salt all the time… but not by me. My obnoxious  brother called her that because he knew it annoyed me. My first cat as an adult was Tosha. An accident took one of her back legs, so she hopped around on three legs. I called her Hopalong Catsidy and also Tripod. Binky was called the Binkmeister a lot, but I have no idea why. Tiger’s nickname was “Hoover” because he vacuumed up his Canidae cat food like he was seriously training for a competitive eating competition.

My current three have many nicknames as well. Mickey is called Mickleberry, Slick Mickey and Nuthead. Rocky is Rock Star, Fluffy and Naughty McNaughterson. Annabelle is called Furry Beast (when I am brushing her luxuriously long fur). One of her other nicknames was Bella Boo which became Boo Bear and then Boo Boo and finally Moo Moo. No idea how that all happened, but Moo Moo is what I call her the most. And no, she doesn’t look like a cow!

I asked my pet loving pals on Facebook to share their own funny pet nicknames, and the responses poured in! Here are some of them:

Laure: TJ the kitten has the name Total Jerk (I did not name him) because he gets into so much trouble! TT was short for Table Troll because she used to sit under the kitchen table and stare at everyone. Toot (her real name) gets Rootsie Tootsie or Toot Toot doodley doot. Trooder gets Trooder Dooder because he really leaves a bad smell in the cat box. Mooch gets “Smoochy Moochy” because she likes to give kisses.

Karen C.: My Riley doesn’t really meow, she squeaks. It sounds like she’s saying “squeeeee,” so we started calling her Squee. Cocoa was named because he’s a lovely dark brown/black, but then I started calling him Cocoa Puff. Grr already has the perfect name, but sometimes she gets called Furry Purry Grry when she’s wanting love.

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What is Feline High-Rise Syndrome?

By Langley Cornwell

Cat people listen up! You might think feline high-rise syndrome is something silly, but it’s a real and serious problem. For those of us who love cats and want to keep them safe, high-rise syndrome is no joke. This syndrome is when a cat falls from an improperly screened or unscreened window. You may be surprised by how often this happens – it’s quite common and can be fatal. According to the ASPCA, city veterinarians see three to five cases of feline high-rise syndrome every week. That’s a scary number when you think about it. Feline high-rise syndrome has become so common that they named it, which should tell you something about how regularly it occurs.

How do cats fall from windows?

Imagine a cat staying in a high-rise apartment several stories up. That is not a natural environment for cats in the wild, so they love to sit in the windows and observe what is going on outside. If you open up a window for fresh air and the window screen is not in place or is improperly fitted, then your cat is in danger of falling out.

Although cats are very agile, they are also very focused. If a cat is watching a bird while sitting in the window, she may get the urge to lunge at it, and lose her balance. If the screen is loose or not there at all, your cat could be in for a very long and dangerous fall.

Feline high-rise syndrome can also occur when a cat falls asleep while leaning against a loose screen. Most of us have seen funny videos depicting cats falling off the television set or off of a table. But falling from a high-rise window is no laughing matter.

Would a cat survive such a fall?

Cats are remarkably resilient, but they can certainly harm themselves by falling long distances. They are not afraid of heights at all, so they are quick to take up a seemingly perilous perch. And when cat do happen to fall, they are adept at minimizing injury due to their awesome survival instincts, incredible agility and body control. Even so, a fall from extreme heights can be devastating. There are many variables that can’t be controlled, so it’s impossible to predict whether a cat could survive that type of fall.

If your cat does take a lengthy fall, remember that many cats do survive feline high-rise syndrome if they get care right away.

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Do the Smartest Dog Breeds Make Better Pets?

By Linda Cole

The Border Collie sits at the top of the “smartest dog breeds” list, and the Australian Cattle Dog rounds out the list at number 10. The top ten breeds are quick to pick up things because they are intelligent, but there’s plenty of other breeds farther down the list that can also learn quickly – with the right motivation. The list is compiled by the American Kennel Club by looking at each breed to determine how many repetitions it takes for a member of a specific breed to learn new commands. For those at the top, it was five or less repetitions, and some learned a new command on the first try 95% of the time. But does that mean the smartest dog breeds are better pets?

Canine intelligence for the average dog is equal to that of a 2 year old child, and dogs that take longer to learn new things can master 165 words, signals and gestures. The smartest dogs are capable of learning even more words, which puts them at the learning capability of a 2½ year old child. You might think smarter dogs are easier to train and make better pets, but their IQ can be a double-edged sword when they use their smarts to manipulate us.

Even breeds with average intelligence are smarter than they are given credit for. Canines lower on the list of smartest dogs may take more repetitions to learn, but that doesn’t mean they can’t problem solve to figure how to escape from a fence, or “smooth bark” us into giving them a handful of CANIDAE Pure Heaven dog treats. Hounds, like the Beagle, place at the bottom on intelligence, but these breeds have no problem finding creative ways of escaping their enclosures.

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