"I used to look at (my dog) Smokey and think, 'If you were a little smarter, you could tell me what you were thinking,' and he'd look at me like he was saying, 'If you were a little smarter, I wouldn't have to.'" (Fred Jungclaus)
"If you yell at a cat, you're the one who is making a fool of yourself." (Unknown)
"I am sure you receive many letters regarding special pets. However, not many dogs are smart enough to know what to do to save a life. My dog, Avery, saved the lives of my brother and nephew; and, I can tell you that they will never forget that day or that dog.
I live downtown. My wife and I had been out of town for the weekend when my brother and nephew were staying in our home. My nephew lives in the area; and, my brother comes through here for monthly meetings. It is during these visits that my brother, Chris, spends time with his son, Ramsey. Sometimes they stay at our house. This Saturday morning, during the drought of 2006, Avery woke my brother and somehow convinced him - mostly by his urgent manner - that he should get up and follow him. Chris followed Avery to the back door where Avery was barking. Looking out, he could see that the wooden fence was in flames; and, that the row of twenty-foot cedars behind the fence was also burning..." [Continue Reading]
"These pics are of our White Shepherd (Lord Gunner) opening presents, which he NEVER eats the paper, and Akira - the black/tan shepherd who doesn't like her pics taken and beats up on poor Gunner! Have a woof day!" - Kara & Paul
"This February 2009 picture is of my Dingo, Foxy Girl, at the BX dog park in Vernon, BC. She is a rescue dog from my daughter in Taiwan. Last winter was her first in Canada and she loved the snow!!!!" - Christine K.
"This is my Border Collie, Cody. He is a very active, excitable dog. Loves to play frisbee and ball. He will be 7 years old in May." - Donna B.
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Accidents happen everyday. Even the best pet owners can make a mistake, or a set of circumstances can lead to dog injury problems. In most cases you will want to take your dog to the vet immediately rather than taking a "wait-and-see" approach. Remember, although the dog may appear to be okay, there can be inside trauma that requires diagnosis by a vet. Some dog injury problems include:
Try to minimize movement by placing your dog on a firm surface, such as a sheet of plywood. If that's not available use a blanket. The goal is to transport your dog to the vet with as little motion as possible.
Prompt attention from a vet may be able to prevent serious injuries from leading to blindness (or least help to preserve some sight). Not all eye injuries are serious - sometimes it's just a bruised eye, but again, you want to be sure.
(Did you know that eye injuries can result from dogs riding with their heads outside open car windows? Although many dogs love this, bits of debris can enter the dog's eye and even lodge itself in the eye)
Dogs may also get foreign objects stuck in their paws. If you notice your dog limping, the first thing to do is carefully check his paws including in between the toes. Gently remove burrs, seeds, dried mud, or other substances that could be causing him discomfort (in the winter, ice balls that form between the paw pads are very uncomfortable).
If your dog has a cut, wash it out and bandage it. Call your vet if it's a particularly large or deep cut that may require stitches.
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