Archive for July, 2012

“Jasmine” – the Just-Right Name

Jasmine symbolizes life, love, happiness, nobility, grace and elegance.

Over 14 years ago, a small Sheltie charmed her way into a new pack. Names were discussed in a collaborative effort to find a suitable moniker for this personable and peppy new pup.

En route to Jasmine’s new home, her pack tried on many perfectly good names for size. Everyone liked the name “Jasmine.” Even then, before anyone really knew her, it seemed to fit.

After all these years, it’s nice to know that – in addition to her Disney princess namesake – the name Jasmine is derived from the Persian yasmin, which means “gift from God.”

Portraits of a Dog’s Life

Jasmine’s arrival may or may not have been providential. Many have noted that coincidences are God’s way of remaining anonymous. She was, in many ways, a gift. Her life was preceded and concluded by two similar and timely gifts from relatives in her human pack who’d never met. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Calm Panicky Pets (and their Owners)

Panic-Free Pet

Spunky and Jasmine never met their adopted cousin Whiskey. He was a beautiful, whiskey-colored mixed-breed dog who resembled an Irish Setter.

Whiskey’s Irish Setter appearance may be why he received a card one St. Patrick’s Day. It featured a photo of an Irish Setter. The handsome dog sported a green button that read: “Pet me, I’m Irish.” Whiskey’s clever owner responded on Whiskey’s behalf. The reply included a similar button, customized for Whiskey. It read: “Pet me, I sortof look like an Irish Setter.”

Whatever his heritage, to say that Whiskey had separation anxiety and abandonment issues would be an understatement. He was simply heartbroken and often terrified when his trusted pack of humans left him home alone. The occasional thunderstorm only ratcheted up his terror level to sad and often frantic proportions.

One day, during a particularly severe storm, Whiskey literally broke through a glass pane and survived his impulsive leap from a second-story window.  After that, his veterinarian prescribed a sort of doggie-Prozac for future use during especially traumatic circumstances.

Thundershirt™  May Help Panic-Prone Pets Read the rest of this entry »

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Safety Tips for Fireworks and Pets. (Spunky Says Ditto-Arf!) Fireworks Safety Reminder

If you’re a pet-fan, you know that fireworks can scare some furry friends into a full-fledged anxiety attack. A few easy precautions can keep the festivities going with minimal trauma.

Just ask Spunky. One Fourth of July while vacationing with his pack, a loud burst of fireworks spooked Spunky and sent the panicked pet bolting into unfamiliar territory. Thankfully, he was eventually found hiding in someone’s garage, to the great relief of Spunky and his pack.

Bright flashing lights and thunder-like noises can cause even the bravest pets to panic. They may even run away from their home. reports that July is the busiest season for shelters trying to rescue lost pets. During fireworks season, simple precautions can help everyone enjoy the celebrations while preventing scared or lost pets.

The site offers a few simple steps for an unfrazzled Fourth. Read the rest of this entry »

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