A New Home for My Foster

After 3 1/2 months in foster care, 2 1/2 with me, my boy Odie finally found a forever home.  At 10 years old, with heartworm disease, I wasn’t sure anyone would ever give him a change, but a wonderful lady with two other senior dogs decided she had to have him.  And that’s how she put it, that he needed to come live with her.  When I delivered him, she took him into her arms and told him she’d missed him.  It made me very happy and reminded me once more why I do this.  She has already sent me a picture and an e-mail saying he seems to know he’s home.  As much as I will miss my boy, I know he is where he belongs.

Looking for a new pet?

In the market for a new pet?  Before you go to a pet store or breeder, please search Petfinder.com and consider adoption.  There are more than 300,000 pets in shelters around the country, and not just dogs and cats.    Horses, pigs, goats, birds, lizards, snakes, rodents of all kind.  You name it, and odds are pretty good you can find it in a shelter or with a rescue group.  Don’t want a mixed breed?  Not a problem.  Almost every breed of dog or cat you can imagine has a rescue group.  Some have issues that need to be addressed, bu Read More…

Heartworm Prevention

The last week has been so busy, with sick family members and birthdays, that I completely missed the note on my calendar to give the dogs their heartworm medication.  Fortunately, missing by a few days isn’t a big deal.  Grace was standing at the ready when I opened the package, and the little dogs took their’s eagerly as well.  It would be so much easier to medicate dogs if all Read More…

Dog Food

Does it matter what brand of dog food you use?  The answer to that question depends 100% on who you ask and whether or not they’re trying to sell a particular brand.  When I got my old boy Tai, the puppy mill owner tried to convince me I also needed to buy dog food from him.  Was it a good brand?  Sure it was.  Did I buy it?  No I did not.  When I sent Grace to obedience school, they had a particular brand of dog food they were selling.  A good brand for sure but, again, not one I chose to buy.  For me, the important thing to look for in dog food is quality, availability, and price.  A good dog food that can only be Read More…

Online Pharmacies vs. Meds from Veterinarians

I learned something today about veterinarians and online pharmacies that I did not know.  I have always known vets prefer you buy all meds from them, and I even know of one vet that refuses to approve medications for online pharmacies or provide a prescription for same.  Read More…

Retraining

After almost two years of plopping and jumping on my couch, I’ve decided it’s time for Grace to have a real bed, and by that I mean a dog bed.  I did the research to find something big enough for her, that would fit in my living room without taking up all the floor space.  I also wanted something thick, rather than just a mat, since she’s used to sleeping on the couch.  Yesterday her new bed came and I put her old ratty quilt on it, so the smell would be right.  She seems to like it.  Old habits die hard, so she was back on the couch after a little while, but didn’t really fight me when I told her to get off and directed her back to her new bed.  Of course she was on the couch when I got up this morning, but again I told her to get down, and took her over to her bed.  Read More…

Best in Show – Banana Joe

Audi Update

My sweet little foster boy’s potention adoption has officially fallen through.  I can’t say I was surprised by the call, but it does still surprise me anyone thinks people can catch heartworm disease from a dog.  Especially since a dog can’t even catch it from another dog.

Heartworms in People

I thought I had found a new home for my foster dog Audi.  I met with a really nice lady yesterday, who brought her daughter and dog to see if everyone got along.  She asked about Audi’s vision and house-training, but she never mentioned the heartworms.  We arranged to meet again in a few days, after she fills out an adoption application, so she can take him home to see how things work out.  The more I thought about the meeting, the more it worried me.  When she first made contact with Lost Paws, via e-mail, I responded with all Read More…