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Charlie Brown and a Gastropexy

What is a Gastropexy? Why did Charlie have one? Why did he need two?

Charlie Brown, 2 years old
Working in the world of pets, you happen to come across the tragedy of a family losing one of their beloved members to something preventable. Bloat and/or gastric torsion is one of those medical conditions that take our pets before their time. This is also referred to in the medical world as Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus or GDV. A surgery called gastropexy can treat or prevent GDV.  Before we talk about gastropexy, what is GDV exactly, and how can it be fatal?

Saying Goodbye to Kayla

On September 19th 2014, I said goodbye to my sweet girl Kayla. To the average person she was just a dog. To most of the people I worked with over an eight year period of time she was a good dog, but to me she was something a little bit more.

Kayla was born on May 15th 2002. My mom was a breeder at the time, and I was called the day she was born. I held her before her eyes opened, played with her a few days after she started walking, and finally at 9 weeks old, I brought her home with me. That first day, we spent with my future in-laws.

5 Ways to Use Vinegar to Train Your Dog

Vinegar seems to be one of the crazy things in life that has a million and one uses to it.  The last couple of years I’ve been using it much more than just an ingredient in a recipe.  I wanted to share with you 5ways to use vinegar around your home in relation to your dog.
  1. For puppies or dogs with a chewing issue vinegar can be used as an anti-chewing deterrent. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and lemon juice in a spray bottle and spray on areas your puppy or is chewing.

Human Foods that are Poisonous to Dogs

Human Foods that are
Poisonous to Dogs
The holidays are here.  People are busy shopping, cooking, and preparing for visitors.  Often people want to cook for their dog or puppy, and while there are some great recipes out there that are easy and great to cook for your dog, it's important to know what ingredients are not safe.  Here is a list of foods that you should avoid when preparing special dishes for your sidekicks.
  • Avocados: they contain a toxic component called persin, which can damage heart, lung and other tissue in many animals.

Lost and Found

It was a pretty normal Wednesday afternoon.  My son was sleeping, I was working in the house picking up and doing laundry.  After switching the clothes from the washer to the dryer, I look out the window.  I don't understand what I'm looking at...how did Lucy get outside?  I know I didn't let her out.  What is she doing out there?  I look closer, and it wasn't Lucy, and it wasn't alone.  There in my back yard was a very beautiful black and tan German Shepherd and a small black Lab.

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs

Here's a great treat for all the sidekicks on Thanksgiving Day!!
1/4 cup of dried cranberries
1 lb of ground turkey
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup of bread or cracker crumbs
1/3 cup of plain greek yogurt
1/4 cup of fresh chopped basil
1/8 tsp dried thyme
Sauce (optional)
1 cup of cranberry sauce
1/4 cup of orange juice
1/4 apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp dijon mustard
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Put dried cranberries in a measuring cup and fill to the 1 cup mark with water.

Dog Manners

Kayla from PAWS Training and Behavior Modification LLC
This weekend I was thinking a lot about dog manners; my expectations of my own dogs and others expectations of their own dog.  At my house we have a few rules...
  1. The dogs do not belong on the couch.  We have nice furniture, and paid a lot of money for it. I want it to last a long time, and hopefully not have to replace it.  So I don't even let my dogs sleep up against the furniture.

Dog Equality

Last night I was at a new clients house for a starting appointment.  This family has 3 dogs and as I was watching them interact with their dogs I was struck by how equally they treat their dogs.  It made me reflect back on my own two dogs.
Kayla was my first dog that I had after moving out of my parents house.  We've always had a close bond, and she is one of the best sidekicks I could ever hope for.
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