Oh lordy, this cracks me up! (no pun intended) Is your dog or cat embarrassed by his backend? Rear Gear has got it covered. They have adjustable butt covers—disco ball, air freshener, heart, flower, biohazard, smiley face, #1 ribbon, cupcake, sheriff’s badge, dice. Make a statement, issue a warning, make someone laugh. Ha! (thanks, Ange!)
Rudolph was born deaf and blind in a puppy mill in Ohio. He was adopted by a few different families, but they didn’t know what to do with him given his disabilities, so he just lived in a cage. Then Marcia Fishman rescued him and changed his life. She’s also wrote a childrens’ story about Rudolph, Rudolph’s Nose Knows.
Now Rudolph is helping teach children about what it’s like to live with a disability. He’s quite similar to most dogs in some ways—he knows how to sit, lie down, & walk on a leash—but instead of using sight to get around, he uses his sense of smell. Rudolph’s story is also encouraging students to read. I hope it also opens people’s eyes to the possibility of adopting a special needs animal.
Two dogs in China have reportedly tested positive for H1N1 (swine flu). It’s believed the dogs caught it from humans. Even though officials advised people to not panic, I’m afraid this isn’t good news for dogs in China.
The C.D.C. and the A.V.M.A. don’t yet have anything on their sites about H1N1 in dogs. I would imagine, to be on the safe side, you should take your dog to the vet if you see signs of a respiratory. Look for:
- conjunctivitis (swelling & redness of the membranes around the eyes)
Don’t panic. You can protect your pets. If you’re feeling sick:
- wash your hands regularly
- use alcohol-based hand sanitizers
- cover your mouth & nose when you sneeze
- avoid touching your cat’s eyes, nose, & mouth
- the CDC adds, you should limit contact with your pets until 24 hours after your fever is gone
Keep up to date on information about companion animals and H1N1 from:
The English Springer Spaniel and the Mastiff were the first dogs breeds brought to America on the Mayflower in 1620 according to research.