My experience getting a puppy as a gift

As I read my local newspaper’s abbreviated free version that comes out every week, I’m always drawn to the classifieds.  I read in amazement and sadness, the number of people advertising puppies, varying from golden retrievers to chiweiniepoos or whatever combination of breeds someone has come up with that they can apparently sell for hundreds of dollars.  Around the holidays, they make sure they include how they’ll be ready for Christmas.  I cringe at those ads for several reasons, not just because they are directly across from ads that the only local no-kill shelter runs begging for monetary help with vet bills from the latest sick dogs brought in that someone found dumped or with the vet care of a kitten thrown out of a car window.  I cringe because I once got a puppy as a gift, and while my situation is different than most, there are still some things I want to pass on about my experience to help others.     Read more

Does your dog have environmental allergies?

Abby, my labrador, has had environmental allergies to some extent, since she was around two years old, when she developed her first hot spot on her chest.  Yesterday, she turned nine.  Luckily, for most of those years, she’d been doing well on these supplements http://amzn.to/2oabvd7 and this shampoo http://amzn.to/2oQ9PEc.  Every year, around June, she’d go on the supplements and get her medicated baths about once a month until August or September, when the offending allergen had subsided.  We were then good until the next summer.  That was our schedule.

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