Sunday, May 22, 2016

Silly Cat Sunday

If cats ruled the restaurant industry they would go bankrupt for this very reason!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Happy, Bouncy Ted Has Tragically Passed Away

On Monday I received the tragic news that my dear friend Ted, whom I walked for nine months, slipped out of his collar, ran away, and was later found dead after being hit by a car this past January and I was and still am devastated. What made the news even more devastating was to know that he was newly adopted and that he'd only been enjoying this this world for two years!

I last walked him in November and he loved walking a three to five mile loop to the nearby high school, middle school, and grocery store three times a week accompanied by either my dog, Daisy, a Chihuahua named Chalupa, or a greyhound mix, Gibson, and he loved every minute of his time with all of us. My heart was racing as I imagined the fear, shock, and pain he went through as a result of him wiggling out of his collar. When I met him it was clear that he needed a great deal of training because he was very skittish and full of pent up energy due to his young age but through a tremendous amount of reassurance and repeated weekly opportunities to walk with his three favorite friends he became a confident walker. Passing away tragically at two years old breaks my heart because he had many adventures ahead of him.

After hearing the news I went immediately to my phone to find memories of Ted. The serious picture was taken in March 2015 at the top of this post was taken after our first walk and he clearly was sad that his adventure was over too quickly! 

By June 2015 he got to meet his littlest friend, Chalupa, for the first time and I was absolutely touched that I brought so much joy into his life. Little did I know that he would be snuffed from my life and his family's life seven months later! 

Although I am heartbroken by this news I hope he is enjoying his time at Rainbow Bridge for that is the only comfort I can think of at the moment.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Yes, It is Legal to Break a Car Window to Rescue Overheated Dogs!

Saturday was the day for joy rides for dogs because temperatures reached 80 degrees in New Hampshire but I couldn't help but wonder if these pups were going to be left in the car while their owners stopped at the store because temperatures inside a warm car is several degrees hotter than it is outdoors even when parked in the shade, with the air conditioner running, or with the windows slightly open. 

Every year I am horrified by the news about the senseless death of dogs whose owners failed to pay attention to the public service announcements that are blasted on social media, word of mouth, etc. Even without all of the warnings from the public one would think that pet owners would use common sense about leaving their dogs in a hot car. In other words, if it's too hot for a human being to be in the car then it is too hot for a dog to be there as well. 

When I see a dog seated in a hot car I immediately search for the owner by alerting the store's customer service to call for him or her on the intercom while I wait nervously for a response but now that I've just learned that New Hampshire is one of 19 states that prohibits leaving animals in a confined vehicle I am relieved that I can legally taken action if necessary.

You'd better bet that I most certainly would break a car window because I don't want to be the one to say, "If only I had done something!" Wouldn't you?

Besides New Hampshire, if you live in Arizona, California, Illinois, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, West Virginia, North Carolina, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Vermont you are cleared to break a window if you sense a dog is in danger. 

Even within these details, there are many shades of grey regarding civilian rescue efforts. This is where common law comes into play, and it’s a city by city call if good Samaritan civilians would face criminal charges upon, say, smashing a window to save a pup. So always call 9-1-1 first before taking any further action.

Please pass this post along so that these unprotected dogs can remain safe during hot weather! Thank you!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Reggie Gets Wound Up!

I've been walking Reggie, a Giant Schnauzer, five days a week for a little over a year now and because his large personality equally matches his large stature (he's about two feet tall) I never go home thinking our time together was anything less than entertaining. 

Sometimes Reggie will rest on the side of the road in order to extend our time together, watch the landscapers do their thing, pick out anything that smells good from recycling bins, rub his back on a bush that he seems to have mistaken for a hair brush, or he will place his front paws on the ground and then stomp his back legs to propel him into the air in a circular fashion. It's funny because his huge body doesn't look graceful as he jumps in the air but he doesn't seem to mind especially since I'm always standing nearby encouraging him to continue! 

On Wednesday he got so wound up in his dance moves that the cap of his poop bag dispenser flew off causing the roll of bags to wiggle all over his body! I thought it was funny how the ribbon settled across his chest as if it were a Mr. Universe banner and even funnier that he looked so proud of his antics afterwards! 

I'm curious to know if your dog does silly dances in order to extend his or her walk! If not what else does your best friend do?

Sunday, May 15, 2016