Dodging Drool by Roberta "Bobbie" Beach http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1393/ en-us Dog Beds http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1393/entry/64363 I like my dogs to have nice beds. The fact that several are not house trained means all our beds need to be very washable. It is also the reason I've not had carpeting for many years. So, I'm always on the look-out for reasonably priced, washable dog beds with enough support for my arthritic seniors. Tough. Recently, I found used coffee bean bags. I buy my regular whole bean coffee from Dynamite Coffee (shop local!), but get my decaf from Puroast, a company Schnucks carried for awhile, but no... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 20:01:23 -0600 Giving up your Dog - Sometimes, it is Best http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1393/entry/63809 A few years ago, I was contacted by a rescue friend about a pair of hounds needing a new home(s). Their dad recognized that his health no longer enabled him to care for and train them in the manner in which he hoped. Their dad died this past summer - he was younger than I, but suffered a long time. He knew both his "girls" found very good homes before his death. Mr. McManus didn't trust his girls to just anyone. He knew my rescue friend, and she knew me; we both had high standards for any... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 22:44:02 -0500 Don't Let this Sugar Substitute KILL your Dog! http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1393/entry/63374 I copied and am posting this blog entry in its entirety because I don't want you to miss clicking a link or miss sharing this information with everyone, everyone you know. Xylitol kills dogs and in much smaller quantities than dark chocolate. SHARE THIS BLOG ENTRY ON FACEBOOK AND EVERY WHERE ELSE YOU POST. Lives are at stake. Some low cost peanut butters are now using Xylitol. READ YOUR INGREDIENTS. I'm also researching Sorbitol, another "sugar alcohol." Thank you. Dr. Nicholas: Xylitol: the... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 18:21:42 -0500 Inside on a Very Nice Day http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1393/entry/62350 (This is an older post originally written in May; I find it ironic that I state Angel is digging for China, which is where her family lives and teaches.) The dogs and I haven't been inside ALL day long but a perfect storm of leaping, digging, and tree climbing dogs keeps multiples of them inside more than I would like. ANGEL aka the Devil Dog Angel was good and not digging out till this week. Too much soft earth, some dog moved a concrete block and boom, she is out heading for... Sun, 05 Jul 2015 15:57:13 -0500 Enjoy the 4th and Keep your Dogs Safe http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1393/entry/62913 During this time of thunderstorms and fireworks, we need to be even more diligent in keeping our pets safe. This is a wonderful infographic. I also use Thundershirts on those dogs who, frankly, freak! at loud, sharp noises. Keep 5 recent photos of your dog from different angles and in different light. Shadows can look like a spot and your dog not returned or mistaken for a different dog. PetHub is one of my favorite tag companies; I particularly like their collar tags. Their QR codes give as... Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:45:09 -0500 Bags - They can Kill your Pets http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1393/entry/62754 I recently found a website and FB page and am learning a LOT about pet suffocation. It can happen so easily and I never thought of it! I've not had a dog get into a bag and die..., but I had a close call with Danny Quinn and a jar. So, as I continue to work on my microchips post (and don't wait for my recommendations; just DO IT), please begin cutting up your bags and those plastic rings around packs of cans. You may and most likely WILL, save a life. Snack bags can be deadly for petsThe... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 18:10:59 -0500 Memorial Day Proper http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1393/entry/62454 Make this weekend the Memorial is is meant to be: one of recognition of service rendered and lives lost in protecting our country. Do NOT make it the memory of the unnecessary loss of your dog, cat, or child. Sun, 24 May 2015 11:16:41 -0500 Devil Dog http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1393/entry/61980 Devil Dog I think I picked up "devil dog" from this David Letterman clip. He is showcasing Bailey, a Beagle who plays dead and asks about "that devil dog," how he was in the green room. If you haven't seen this clip, here is the link and it is featured below. Bailey is a hoot. BTW, David implies that Beagles are "snarky" and "difficult." Poppycock. MY devil dog is not a Beagle. The reason I even call her "devil dog" is her adventuresome spirit which can scare me to bits on occasion. My... Thu, 09 Apr 2015 01:39:17 -0500 No Place like Home, Part 1 http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1393/entry/61783 Finding or Returning a Lost Dog Unfortunately, clicking the heels of our shoes, whether or not they be ruby slippers, will not bring our lost dogs home. Dogs do get lost for various reasons. We, as responsible and caring people, can and do help them get home. I'm reposting many suggestions I made a couple years ago with some modifications. The original post is Lost Dogs. Sandy Beagle, aka Junebug Sandy, a Beagle, decided to wander and lost her collar. She has a Home Again microchip which... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:26:16 -0500 Spring Forward http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1393/entry/61623 Did you turn your clocks forward for DST? I enjoyed the snow as did many of the dogs. Ellie Mae, the snow Bloodhound, kept me company each time I shoveled my driveway. Not only was I able to shovel it and de-ice my car, I drove on my road before it was plowed and on 177 when very icy. My car? A Mini Cooper. The small one. The driver? A woman who learned to drive in Minnesota with rear wheel drive cars and participated in driving clinics in Montana (SCCA - Sports Car Club of America &... Sun, 08 Mar 2015 00:17:27 -0600 Snow Dogs - Not Who You might Guess http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1393/entry/61511 The snow dogs changed this year. Minnie Chow RIP could not tolerate the cold nor ice in which she reveled last year with Annie and Monk, Beagles. After several months of working diligently with her vets, Minnie went to Heaven less than a week ago. Godspeed, Minnie. Minnie Chow last year in the snow. Danny Quinn (L) obviously not in the snow here. Amazing to me are the Dachshunds joining Ellie Mae Bloodhound in snow romps and digs: Danny Quinn and Angel. In fact, a few times I... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:30:11 -0600 Snow and Cold Bound: Wordless Wednesday http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1393/entry/61382 Annie Beagle, following snow trails in the fenced in field. Ellie Mae, Bloodhound/SnowDog, discusses snow with Squishy Beagle Ginger, foster English Springer Spaniel, finds Justus's "lost" dog bowl. Ginger turns 14 in April. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 20:02:46 -0600 Dodging Drool, a Not so new Blog http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1393/entry/61327 I hope you enjoy the change in title of this blog, from "Perspective on Pets" to "Dodging Drool." The change reflects more of which I truly blog than my original intent, which was to include guest bloggers with different perspectives on pet species, whether cats or reptiles or horses, etc. This never materialized and because I focus mainly on dogs with strong support for rescue dogs AND because my second to last adopted dog is a Bloodhound, "Dodging Drool" sounds very pertinent to how I live... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:18:50 -0600 Happy Holidays! http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1393/entry/60799 I deliberately wish Happy Holidays because there are several holidays for different traditions which occur at this time of year. Even the New Year is celebrated at different times by some traditions depending on their calendar (Hebrew, Julian, Gregorian). What I pray for you all is to deliberately take time each day to spend in stillness, to be quiet, to let your mind rest, knowing the world will not cease while you just BE. If you have a dog, allow her to take you for a walk sans cellphone... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 21:40:39 -0600 The Sanctuary Dogs, Part One: Monk & Shiloh http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1393/entry/60306 Silverwalk Hounds rescued dogs for 10 years. This past spring, though I planned to rescue for several more years, adoptions to wonderful families happened and I found I didn't have the energy to bring in new dogs. As the adoptable dog population dwindled, Silverwalk Hounds moved from a hound rescue to a foster home for others: rescues/shelters and private families. The transition is bittersweet. It is tough to say "no," but necessary due to my health (always precarious but currently very good)... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:54:50 -0600 The Foster Dogs: Ginger and Buster http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1393/entry/59989 Fostering pets can take many forms. Currently, the fosters I have are for families with needs for their pets in short term situations. Ginger and Buster's folks are working short term in St. Louis - the housing they found and could afford did not allow pets. On recommendation of a mutual friend, Ginger and Buster are here for about 3 more months. Their folks are back in Cape most weekends, so they go home for the weekend. Sometimes, the pups get to stay the weekend when schedules don't let... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:27:42 -0500 Identifying Your Dogs at Home for Pet Sitters & Friends http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1393/entry/59855 Of course, we want to put ID tags on our dogs' collars either as part of the collar (my favorite is Boomerang) or a hanging tag; of course, we want to microchip our dogs and cats so when/if they go AWOL, they have a much better chance of getting home. I also like PetHub - this company puts a QR code for my dog on his tag or collar tag. Shiloh got home twice because of it till he lost the entire collar. PetHub sent me a complimentary tag for him, a repeating customer. Next for Shiloh -... Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:42:53 -0500 Angels help Pets....and their Children http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1393/entry/59753 I'm a fan of angels. Those Angel books out a few years ago? Read them all. I particularly appreciate Vicky's take on Angels, Pets, and their Children - the very last entry in this list sent to me by email. Too good not to share. Foster dogs back next week! Angel, a Black Lab mix who lived her final years at Silverwalk Hounds Angels Explained By Children I only know the names of two angels, Hark and Harold. ~Gregory, age 5 Everybody's got it all wrong. Angels don't... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:56:36 -0500 The Foster Dogs - International Dachshunds http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1393/entry/59619 The dog sanctuary in my home is changing focus. Instead of rescuing and rehoming dogs, I will be, and have already been off and on, fostering dogs. This change took a long time coming. I've been rescuing for about 10 years or so. I recognize, though, there are many means to help dogs and people while giving my own dogs more attention - attention they graciously lost to the rescue dogs and the activities involved with them. Currently, I have 4 foster dogs. Two will soon be moving on - to... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:49:40 -0500 A Loan from God http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/1393/entry/59466 A Loan from God ~ author unknown God promised at the birth of time, A special friend to give, His time on earth is short, he said, So love him while he lives. It may be six or seven years, Or twelve or then sixteen, But will you, till I call him back, Take care of him for me? A wagging tail and cold wet nose, And silken velvet ears, A heart as big as all outdoors, To love you through the years. His puppy ways will gladden you, And antics bring a smile, As guardian or friend he will, Be... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:16:33 -0500