Cool information about normal gaits in quadrupeds from University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Follow the link and click the buttons under the dog or other animal for more information on each type of gait. (via Dr. Sophia Yin.)
Why should you check it out? First, it’s really interesting to see how dogs move—what all four legs are doing and what your dog’s footfalls are. Second, if you know what a normal gait looks like, you’ll have an easier time recognizing an abnormal gait making it easier to catch any problems in your dog sooner.
This made me smile! Shiva was on day 4 of an agility show and was apparently totally full of beans on the last day. She had her own ideas on how the course should be run that day. I love that her person could laugh at Shiva’s full-on crazy and that the judge was amused too. Good people, good dog!
NaturaPet is recalling Evo, Innova, California Natural, & HealthWise dog, puppy, cat, kitten, & ferret foods due to Salmonella contamination detected in FDA tests. There are a bunch of varieties affected by the recall, so definitely take a close look at the products being recalled.
I LOVE this! Nami and Pepper are very lucky rats to have such a wonderful person, Abby, taking care of them. I wish all pets were so lucky! Abby has clicker trained them to do a bunch of tricks—some tricks are pretty lengthy or complex. The diving for peas trick is awesome. (Instead of a clicker, Abby, clucks her tongue to mark the behavior she wants from the rats.) I also love Abby’s DIY props for the different tricks—cute and clever.
Abby and her rats’ relationship is so much richer because of this training. Her rats have learned to pay closer attention to her and they have much more interesting & stimulating lives than if they just sat in a cage all the time. And I’m sure Abby has a deeper understanding of her rats since she’s had to think about what they’re capable of and how to communicate with them. So cool!