This summer, I said goodbye to my 14-year-old yellow Labrador, Abby. As many of you may know if you’ve been following along on my blog, Abby was a big part of what I wrote about. From her allergies to her lipomas and a few other things sprinkled in, Abby’s health issues and my treatments for them have been a common theme.
Category: Dog Stories
Update after one year on the RMF Healing Diet
It’s now been one year since I put Abby, my senior dog who had some health issues, on the RMF Healing Diet. This is an update on how it’s gone and why I still highly recommend this diet.
How I introduce cats and chickens to new dogs
Since 2012, I’ve had dogs, free-range chickens, and cats all peacefully co-existing. Teaching my four dogs to not bother my new chickens and then to also not bother the first cat that ever showed up was actually very easy. The tips I use and share can be used in any household to help others have a harmonious multi-species household also.
Why you should send a card when someone loses a pet
Over the years, I’ve lost many pets. Not a single one of them has ever been an easy loss. As a matter of fact, most of them have been gut-wrenching and left me in a state of sadness and feeling of defeat and despair that I’ve never experienced with any human I’ve lost. I know many others out there reading this can relate.
The healing diet I highly recommend
Three months ago, I found myself at a crossroads with my oldest dog, Abby. A health issue preventing her from being a good candidate for surgery was the tipping point. In my quest for yet another supplement or something to add to her diet to help her, I found a healing diet that was nothing like what the experts recommend. I read up on it and decided we had nothing to lose, so I took a leap of faith and started Abby on it. Here’s why I recommend others look into taking that leap too.
My reflections on 20 years of saving cats and dogs
This year was my 20th year of taking in cats and dogs that have been dumped and abandoned near me. It’s hard to believe how fast those 20 years have gone by and the number of cats and dogs I’ve saved, just as one person in one little spot in the great big world. While in those twenty years I have learned a lot, I’ve also learned you should never stop trying to learn.
How I used a homeopathic remedy for my cat’s vomiting
With (currently) 10 cats and dogs, and several bad vet experiences under my belt, I spend countless hours researching and learning ways to safely treat my pets. While I’ve known about homeopathic remedies for a while and how well they can work for cats, dogs, and humans, this experience really cemented how useful they can be in times of crisis and encouraged me to learn even more about them.
A frozen pond, a pet tragedy, and what I learned
Every winter it seems, I hear stories about pets and even wild animals, falling through ice and being rescued by emergency responders. Sadly, I also hear stories about people drowning while trying to save their pets. After a recent tragedy, I learned firsthand how dangerous a frozen pond is and why it’s so important to have an emergency plan.
My hack for slippery floors, scooty food bowls, and dog transport
As I’m sure every other pet owner can relate to, we have our share of little issues around here that ideally, there is an easy fix for. With two senior dogs now in the house attempting to walk on slippery floors, everyone’s annoying scooting dog bowl, and an out-of-the-ordinary number of car trips to the vet this year, those little issues started adding up. Fortunately, I came up with a cost-effective and easy solution to all of them.
Why I recommend small prescription amounts
Most people probably never think twice about getting a prescription from their vet and administering it to their cat or dog. While I do, I’m still susceptible to learning lessons that I feel are important and want to pass along to help others. My most recent experience with a couple of my dogs serves as a valuable lesson about asking lots of questions before the prescription is written and why I recommend small prescription amounts so you don’t end up with a large private pharmacy collection of expensive, unreturnable medication.