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Was I Dreaming?

By Sal Citarella As I lay in bed, I became aware of something warm and wet on my hand. Couldn’t be my wife; she was on the other side. Could the toilet have overflowed! “Rusty”, I said. “What are you doing here? And why those wings and a halo?” “Relax, Pop”, he replied. “St. Pluto let me come say hello, ‘cause it’s my birthday. Would have been 17 today in your years, that is if you hadn’t let the ACT do [...]

By |May 2, 2023|Categories: Behavior & Training|Tags: |Comments Off on Was I Dreaming?

That’s a Dog!

By Kecia Talbot It was my first thought when I saw her on the side of the road, and I immediately pulled over and stopped. She was in an odd place – two inches from the solid white line along the shoulder of northbound I-5 about a half-hour south of Bakersfield. She was lying upright with her front paws crossed, seemingly waiting to die. I don’t remember how, but I got her in the car and went looking for a veterinarian in [...]

By |April 14, 2023|Categories: Behavior & Training|Tags: |Comments Off on That’s a Dog!

Cat Whispering

This blog post is authored by Candace Key Jax and Zev needed some time to settle in. Here they are curious and confident! When I’m sitting in room 3 of Cat Adoptions, curled up like a pretzel in the smallest cat kennel, facing the window, talking to myself and slowly blinking my eyes, I must look a bit daft. From the hall, passersby can’t see the young cats that are tucked deep into their safe-place cubbies as I try [...]

By |March 10, 2023|Categories: Behavior & Training|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Cat Whispering

Old Dog Syndrome

Chloe comforts her friend, Sally After a lifetime of living with dogs, my wife and I thought we knew nearly everything that could turn into serious issues as they grew old. We thought we could recognize all the signs that the end was near - that awful moment that all pet guardians must face.  But we were wrong. A recent episode involving one of our dogs – a 13-year-old senior named Sally  – introduced us to a condition we [...]

By |February 10, 2023|Categories: Behavior & Training|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Old Dog Syndrome

EXTREME POTTY

Watching the sheeting rain from the comfort of the front porch. I live in Northern California where currently we are being deluged by what is known as an atmospheric river. That is a poetic way to say it’s raining cats and dogs, which is an old school way to say there is a brick ton of water, hail and snow falling out of the sky. Those of you with dogs will know where this is going. Those with cats [...]

By |January 16, 2023|Categories: Behavior & Training|Tags: , , |Comments Off on EXTREME POTTY

Judging (not judging) the Pampered Pedigreed Pooches

Beautiful Malinois, Baloo We all have sleepless moments in the wee hours staring at the bedroom ceiling while pondering unanswerable questions. Like – how do bald people list hair color on their driver’s license? Another troubling uncertainty – how do farmers grow seedless fruit? Here’s a puzzle that makes me re-examine the imperfections on my ceiling: How do judges pick Best in Show at the glitzy dog competitions? How can a judge look at a row of dogs sitting expectantly [...]

By |December 10, 2022|Categories: Behavior & Training|Tags: , |Comments Off on Judging (not judging) the Pampered Pedigreed Pooches
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