"It's tough to stay married. My wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet she won't drink from my glass." (Rodney Dangerfield)
"When dogs leap onto your bed, it's because they adore being with you. When cats leap onto your bed, it's because they adore your bed." (Alisha Everett)
"On a warm sunny afternoon in June 1999, my new family inched their way westward on the Long Island Expressway toward LaGuardia airport in Queens NY. Little did they know that we would soon meet their new relative that would forever change their lives. My plane from Tennessee taxied to the gate and I vividly remember how the little nine year old boy's face lit up the moment he saw me and I felt the same about him. We were instantly best friends. They named me Munchkin. I was a tiny four-week-old black, white and yellow Havanese puppy (they soon discovered the yellow was 'number 1', from my trip, and they washed it off).
For Debbie and David it was a day they had longed for but dad did not look forward to it at all as he was never a 'dog person' and had no intention of becoming one. All the responsibilities I brought... walking, feeding, extra expense of a dog sitter at vacation time, being tied down... blah, blah, blah why did we need it. Hmmm, I would have to win him over.
In the beginning I won't kid you it was hard as I ran roughshod through our house..." [Continue Reading]
"This is picture of me and my new puppy Robbie after we survived a near fatal
van/motorhome collison on the I-80 while on vacation in Indiana. A 40-foot motorhome that was
in the passing lane beside us in the driving lane pulled into us as he said he never saw us,
sending us shooting across the passing lane at 65mph head on into a high concrete barrier
wall and then he hit us again which sent us into spins for about 300 feet down the road.
Needless to say my minivan was totalled but my friend Susan, Robbie and I all survived.
Our seatbelts and airbags saved us and Robbie's varikennel saved him, we were battered and
bruised and some cuts from flying glass but we are still breathing albeit pretty sore.
Along the whole trip we met so many nice people, not only on the road but also at the
motels we stayed at all the way from Saskatchewan to New Hampshire and back. We ended
up staying in Freemont, IN for three days after the accident and the family who own
the Travellers Inn there were so kind to us and had no problem allowing Robbie to stay in
the motel room with us.
Hopefully our next roadtrip will be uneventful, just us having fun travelling throughout North America.
- Jacqueline A. from Regina, SK
"Peppi is a well travelled 8+ yrs young poodle/malamute x who loves car rides, snow and his sister Anna (who is a 2+ yrs young calico), who loves Peppi's basket, sleeping under Grandma's chair and sunning herself in the back yard. Oh yes! And, she loves Peppi too! Both love trips to Grandpa's cabin where they chase gophers, chipmunks and squirrels and relax on the porch watching hummingbirds with Grandpa.
- Leah and John S.
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Senior dogs are truly special. I love everything about them - the slowly wagging tails, the gentle eyes, the greying muzzles, the way they snore and twitch in their sleep. As our dogs age, though, there can be some health issues that may require us to put in a little extra dog care to make sure our faithful friends remain healthy as long as possible.
Visit your veterinarian to discuss the changes you see in your senior dog. If he or she prescribes medications, make sure you do some research into the medication and ask questions. Although medications can improve the life of your dog they often have side effects as well. You can also consider alternative treatments like acupuncture that have helped improve the quality of life for many dogs, without the need for drugs.
With a little extra care and adjustments, you can help your furry pal enjoy his or her retirement years to the fullest.