Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Natural remedies for your pets

Pharmaceuticals scare me - especially after Rimadyl killed my best friend a few years ago.

That's why I was thrilled to run across this article on herbal remedies for your dog.

The best part - they do double duty, because they're good for you too!

On my next trip to town, I'm heading for the health food store for Neem. I won't put commercial insect repellant on my dogs, so learning about a natural repellant made my day!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Those Amazing Dogs

Did you catch that Newsweek article about dogs - and how they're stealing jobs from humans? Too bad they don't get the respect they deserve for doing what we cannot do - even with sophisticated technology.

For instance, Labradors can detect certain cancers with a 98% accuracy, while technology is correct only 10% of the time.

German Shepherds can detect roadside bombs more accurately than technology - in spite of the $20 billion cost of that technology.

And of course we all know how dogs can find lost people even when they don't want to be found.

Those are the large breeds, but small breeds work hard too. Studies have found that little guys like Jack Russell terriers can sniff out bedbugs with a 95% success rate - which is 3 times better than mere sight detection. They're now being "hired" by professional exterminators.

Monday, April 18, 2011

More Dog Quotes

April is rescue a dog month - so I bring you these quotes in hopes that you'll understand that a dog is SO much more than a "dumb animal."

"The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too." - Samuel Butler

"All trees have bark.
All dogs bark.
Therefore, all dogs are trees.
The fallacy of barking up the wrong tree." - Unknown

"In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him." - Dereke Bruce, Taipei, Taiwan

"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face." - Ben Williams

"One reason a dog is such a lovable creature is his tail wags instead of his tongue." – Unknown

"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog." --Sydney Jeanne Seward

"Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog;
but you're never friendless ever, if you have a dog." --Douglas Mallock

"Properly trained, a man can be a dog's best friend." -- Corey Ford

"There's facts about dogs, and then there's opinions about them. The dogs have the facts, and the humans have the opinions. If you want the facts about the dog, always get them straight from the dog. If you want opinions, get them from humans." -- J. Allen Boone

"A man's soul can be judged by the way he treats his dog." -- Charles Doran

Friday, April 15, 2011

Favorite Dog Quotes...

"If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater. . . suggest that he wear a tail." - Fran Lebowitz

"You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, `My God, you're RIGHT! I NEVER would've thought of that!'" - Dave Barry

My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. --Unknown

"If your dog doesn't like someone you probably shouldn't either." - Unknown

"Old dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable. They might be a bit out of shape and a little worn around the edges, but they fit well." - Bonnie Wilcox 'Old Dogs, Old Friends'

"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies." - Gene Hill

"The more people I meet the more I like my dog." - Unknown

"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland

Monday, March 28, 2011

Dog Training We All Can Envy

...unless, of course, you have a dog who can perform like this one: