Posts Tagged ‘pets’

Caring for Your Husky Dog

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Q: I am planning to get a sometime and was wonder how can I keep them cool during the summer, I do understand the responsibility and the amount of the exercise required. How could I keep them cool while I am not at home Can I put ice cubes in there water Can I put a kiddie pool on my patio and just leave them outside with water Please and Thank you

A: I have never owned a Husky and have never known anyone who did so I did some research on this question. I found several really good websites that will give you information about the Husky. Apparently, their coat protects them from both heat and cold. As far as leaving them unattended, that doesn’t seem to be a good idea. The Husky is known for being an escape artist and can easily jump 8’ fences and loves to dig under those it can’t jump over. To give you further information, I have listed a couple of the websites I found most interesting. They are:

http://www.siberianrescue.com/seneca.htm

http://ezinearticles.com/?Caring-For-Husky-Dogs—the-Dos-and-Donts&id=1234066

The Husky seems like a great dog to own. Good luck and enjoy your new pet.

Chihuahua Puppy

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Q: How many times a day should you feed a 7 month old chihuahua puppy

A: I am no dog expert and have never owned a Chihuahua but I have owned several other types of dogs over the course of my lifetime. I have always left dry food and water out for them all day. I understand that some dogs get overweight from this but I’ve never had a problem with my dogs. Many other people I know have a set schedule of once or twice a day to feed their dogs. Since I’ve never owned a Chihuahua, I decided it would be a good idea to check into your question. From what I read, Chihuahuas tend towards becoming hyperglycemic and have to be fed regularly because of it. I found a very helpful site on the feeding of Chihuahuas. It is http://www.chihuahuapuppiesguide.com/feeding-chihuahua.html. Enjoy your puppy!

Pets Can Help Us Determine if We Are Ready to Be a Parent

Friday, November 11th, 2011

1) Did you have to return the puppy to the shelter because you simply couldn’t get him to housebreak after 3 months of trying? You cried all day because you loved that little guy but your carpets we’re being destroyed. You’re not ready! There are not shelters for you to drop off your two-year-old when he refuses to potty train. Furthermore, he will refuse to learn to dress himself but undressing is another matter. He will happily remove his diaper when it is soiled (especially the worst kind of soiling) and will drop it wherever he chooses. If you have expressed your displeasure loudly enough, he may hide it when he removes it assuming you won’t notice that he is no longer wearing a diaper. Fishing a bowel-filled diaper from under the couch is not fun. It’s also not fun shampooing the underside of a couch.

2) Did you throw your cat out the door to fend for himself because he jumped on the counter and ate your dinner one too many times? You’re not ready! As soon as your child is old enough to shove a chair against the cupboards, he/she will put little fingers into anything edible they can find. They don’t outgrow this tendency. It only gets worse with age. After a while, even the top of the fridge isn’t safe. By the time your child has reached teen years, the entire dessert can disappear out the door before you even sit down for a meal.

3) Okay. The cat’s food pilfering isn’t enough to make you get rid of it. But that kitty litter box is! You’ve tried every kitty litter on the market and the smell still is too strong for you. You might be able to put the box in the laundry to make the daily smell tolerable but cleaning the thing still makes you gag. The cat has got to go! Sorry. You’re still not ready. No matter what the advertisements say, there is not a diaper pail made that can totally rid your home of the lovely aroma of diaper. The diaper pail, combined with some Febreze and some disinfectant can mask the odor but everyone knows why you have all those cleaning supplies smelling up the house. Furthermore, if you think a kitty litter box makes you gag to clean, just wait until you empty a diaper pail. But – you argue – the diaper stage will pass. It certainly will. Only to be followed by stinky socks and gym shorts.

4) You feel pets are too much trouble to keep. The dogs track in dirt every time they’ve been outside and the cats bring you gifts of small mice and birds. You’re not ready! Any kid worth his salt will be tracking in mud and dirt from your yard, your neighbors yard, the street, the park and the sandbox! Pets are nicer. They can’t bring home their friends to help with the tracking. Furthermore, every boy alive will be bringing in bugs, snakes, butterflies, worms, you name it, to keep as pets. All the little girls of the world will be ’saving’ every cat, dog, rabbit and furry creature they can find.

5) Having a pet is simply too time consuming. You are soooooooo NOT READY! You will only learn the true meaning of the phrase ‘time consuming’ when you have a child. If you think dropping off your child at the daycare on the way to work is only going to take a couple of extra minutes, THINK AGAIN. You will use up those couple of extra minutes just getting the little one bundled up and out the door. You’ll use up a couple more extra minutes getting baby into the car seat. When you arrive at daycare, there is the waiting your turn to hand him over to the caregiver who is talking to some other parent right now. Then there’s the screaming, yelling tantrums because he doesn’t feel like going today and he refuses to let go of you! With sighs of relief, you pull out of the daycare parking lot only to do a u-turn at the end of the block because the diaper bag is still sitting on the seat next to you. Children consume your time from the second they are conceived until the day you become too senile to remember who they are!

6) You don’t have pets because you can’t afford the vet bills and the pet food? Whatever you do, DON’T have a child! You are NOT ready. That one doesn’t even need discussed.

There are probably 50,000 other ways a pet can help you determine whether or not you’re ready to be a parent. If you know of any you think I should have mentioned, please feel free to let us know about them in our comment section.

Can Pets be Adopted

Monday, July 25th, 2011

There is a trend that has become popular in the last few years to which I strongly object. That is the ‘adoption’ of a family pet. I have both biological and adoptive children. My adoptive children have become my children as surely as my biological children are. To say that my pets are ‘adopted’ trivializes the importance of my children and of adoptive children everywhere. Don’t get me wrong. I love my dogs. I love their happy, wagging tails when I come home. My home wouldn’t be the welcoming place it is without them. But they are not my children. They are my pets. They are important parts of my life but will never have the level of importance I give my children. If there is a fire in my home and I have the choice to rescue my child or my pet, there will be no question. I will be sorry that I had to make the choice but my child will win every time because my child – anybody’s child – has more value than the family pet. A few months ago, when the tornado sirens sounded the whole family congregated in the designated inner bathroom. My granddaughter and daughter were first to be brought to a place of safety. And then, while the sirens wailed, I ran through the house collecting reluctant pets to bring with us. So long as I can, I will always look after the animals I love. But they will never be ‘adopted’ into this family. And I strongly object to the currently socially acceptable trend to refer to my pets as equals to my children.

Dog or No Dog?

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Q: My children have been asking for a dog. Now that they’ve seen the news reports of Obama getting a dog for his girls, their nagging has gotten even worse. Everyone says a dog will teach them responsibility but I’m afraid it’ll just end up being another chore for me. I work full time and just don’t think I have time for anything else. What do you think?

A: Just because Obama got a dog doesn’t mean your children need one. I’ll go with the old adage ‘if your friends all jumped off a cliff, would you jump too?’ Probably not. Also, it isn’t the dog that will be teaching your children responsibility. It will be you using the dog as a tool to teach them responsibility. You will be the one having to insist that the children get up early enough to walk the dog and to feed and water the dog before school. You will be the one having to insist that they let the dog out after school and that they recheck his food and water supply. You will be the one having to say ‘brush the dog, take the dog out before you go to bed’, etc. And, of course, there is the added time involved in taking the dog to the vet and keeping dog food and supplies on hand. Not to mention the job of housebreaking the dog if you get a puppy. So the question is not whether or not the children should get a dog. The question is whether or not you are ready to take on this added responsibility. It doesn’t sound to me like you are. So, while having a pet can be a wonderful learning tool for a child, I think you should wait until you’re ready to teach them that lesson.

The Cat Died!

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Q: My daughter’s cat got run over by a car while she was at school. I told her the cat ran away and we’d find her. I was going to get a cat that looked just like it. My boyfriend says I’m nuts. What do you think?

A: I can see several problems with the cat exchange. The first, and most obvious, is that all animals – like people – have a personality. It will be fairly obvious to your daughter that there is a difference if she is used to holding the cat and the cat you find decides to scratch her or the cat usually scratches her and now wants to be held! Also, there is the trust issue between you and your daughter. Should she discover the ruse, it will cause her to have difficulty trusting you in the future with important issues. The final issue is an emotional one. It is important that each child learn about death. It is difficult to work through the loss of a loved one – even of a pet. Ideally, that can be learned with the love and support of a parent. You have the opportunity to help your child through this first difficult loss. I suggest you let her know of the death of her cat.