Category Archives: canidae

What Are Your Pets Thankful For?

rocky-catpuchino1By Julia Williams

Every year for Thanksgiving, we like to write a little something here about what we’re thankful for. It’s always good to spend some time thinking about gratitude, but this year we decided to turn the Thanksgiving post over to our pets. We know our pets have a lot to be thankful for, and they were more than happy to meow and bark about it!

Rocky Williams: I’m thankful my Warden has such a soft heart that she doesn’t get mad when she finds lick marks in her butter or when she sees me lounging on top of her coffee maker. I’m thankful she doesn’t freak out when she catches me stealing hamburger from a pan on the stove. Most of all, I’m thankful that when I grab a bite of chicken from her plate (right in front of her!), she pretends she doesn’t see me.

Mickey Williams: I’m thankful that my Warden pets me and tells me good morning and good night every single day, which shows me just how much I mean to her. I’m thankful she understands that I don’t like kisses or hugs and she respects my individuality even though she really, really wants to kiss me (because I’m irresistible!).

Annabelle Williams: I’m thankful for the special loving bond I share with my human best friend. I’m thankful she lets me cuddle with her, brushes my fur every day and gives me all the kisses that my brofur Mickey doesn’t want. I’m thankful she will sit on the furthermost edge of her computer chair (even though it’s not the least bit comfortable) rather than make me move, and that she is never “too busy” to give me some loving.
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5 Ways Dogs Say Thank You

dog thankful andreBy Laurie Darroch

Even though our dogs don’t say thank you in words and may not truly understand the concept of giving thanks, they do say thank you to their human companions in their own unique ways. Dogs definitely do show their gratitude for our care, companionship and love. Here are 5 ways dogs thank us.

Licks and Tail Wagging

Although licks may be interpreted as a sign of affection, a soothing habit or a way for a dog to taste whatever is on your skin, licks can also be a way your dog says thank you for coming home or for giving them food, love and attention.

Tail wagging has different interpretations as well, but give your dog attention or a CANIDAE treat, or simply come home from a day away, and they are so grateful and happy to have you home.

However you interpret either physical act, your dog may simply be saying, “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! ” and “I love you too!” while he repeatedly licks you and wags his tail exuberantly.
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6 Reasons Your Pet Might Seek You Out

pets seek us dennisBy Linda Cole

My dog Max enjoys sitting outside in his pen on a low table so he can see the surrounding area – just in case he needs to protect his turf from a squirrel, cat or other “dangers” in the yard. When he spots an intruder he leaps from his perch and races to the gate, barking as he runs. Then he trots excitedly back to me, barking as if to say “Come and look.” Pets place their trust in us and have many reasons why they might seek us out. It may be nothing more than the excitement of seeing another animal, but it could also be because they need your help or are trying to warn you of danger.


Like human family members, our dogs and cats might be off doing their own thing, such as chasing imaginary prey in their sleep, barking at squirrels, or gazing through a window at the birds. Most pets aren’t able to spend their entire waking moments with their owner, and they enjoy having some alone time. However, if you have a strong bond with your dog or cat, sooner or later they will come to you for a relaxing massage, back scratching, some playtime or just to say hello.
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Can Animals Help Solve Crimes?

crimestoppers lunaBy Julia Williams

We all know that our pets provide a myriad of health benefits along with love and companionship. We also know that our pets greatly enrich our lives and bring us untold joy. But did you know that sometimes, pets can even help the police solve crimes? It’s true!

Veterinary forensics is proving to be quite a valuable asset to help law enforcement determine whodunit. Through veterinary forensics, animals can crack crimes just by doing what comes natural, i.e., shedding, drooling and going potty. So even though they don’t have what you’d call an “active role” in a criminal investigation, animal DNA can put the criminal at the scene and later, behind bars. Even a single dog or cat hair can be enough evidence to incriminate someone!

Here are just a few of the interesting cases I’ve come across.

Snowball the White Cat

The science of analyzing non-human DNA is a relatively new thing. The first case where animal DNA was introduced in court was a murder trial in 1994. White hairs from a suspect’s cat were found on a bloody jacket which linked him to the murder and sent him to prison for 18 years. So I guess you could say that Snowball got the ball rolling for the emerging field of veterinary forensics, which is now taught at many vet schools across the country.
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6 Learning Games to Play with Your Puppy

learning games anatheaBy Linda Cole

Once you get a puppy home, it doesn’t take long to discover that he’s a whirlwind of energy, and dealing with his curiosity and playfulness is no easy task. Playing learning games with your puppy can help him bond with you, work off some of that boundless energy, stimulate his mind and teach him some basic commands. It’s also a good way to learn who your new puppy is as an individual.

A puppy’s education should begin the day you bring him home. Playing games gives your pup physical and mental exercise, as well as the opportunity for positive and fun interaction with you. Learning games can also help curb destructive behavior while your puppy discovers how you want him to behave. Teaching your pup basic commands gives him a solid foundation to build on so he’s ready for more challenging commands when he’s older. Reward him with CANIDAE PURE training treats, lots of positive praise and patience. Here are six learning games:

Come Puppy

Create a circle with family and friends sitting on the floor. Make sure everyone has a supply of treats. Put the puppy in the middle of the circle and take turns calling him to come. When he does, give him a treat, praise and ear scratching. Don’t get too rough with him so he doesn’t get overly excited. This is a good way to teach your puppy the come/recall command, as well as work on socialization.
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In Praise of Dogs

dog praise wagnerBy Laurie Darroch

When writing about dogs here on the CANIDAE RPO blog, we analyze, interpret, explore, investigate and delve into these very special creatures that have bonded deeply with us throughout human history. When I sit back and look at my own interactions with dogs, I often return to one simple thought – they deserve our praise. In so many ways, our dogs deserve our praise and admiration.

To some a dog is merely a dog, a creature no more significant than any other. To those of us who have a connection with a dog, we value them as companions, as family, as friends and as unique creatures that enrich our lives.  They can be challenging and drive us crazy with behavior mishaps. They can make us laugh, make us feel connected, guide us, comfort us, inspire us and teach us. It is a two-way relationship, but one where in essence they give so much more than they ask for in return.

We claim superior intelligence, but in their simple needs dogs teach us that loyalty and love are most important, and that the basics of home, health and sustenance are all we truly need beyond a connection with other living beings.
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