It's been several years since I've had to train a pup. I figured that since I had done it three times before, it would be a daily ongoing process for me to train Callie, our newest. Boy, was I wrong....we added Callie to our family as a "foster to adopt" rescue when she was just 5 weeks old. It was easy then. I knew how to crate her to protect her, how to train her to go to her "spot" outside, and how to be comfortable with being touched by a variety of different people.
I just read this great blog on Fully Vetted, by Patty Khuly, DVM, about human medicine learning lessons from our veterinary colleagues. As a practicing ED doc, pet shop owner and professed dog lover, I couldn't agree more! Here was my response:
As a practicing ER doc, pet boutique owner and dog owner, I couldn't agree with you more! I recently went through the "end of life" process with my 14 yo Norwegian Elkhound. My decision to allow her to end her life in a loving environ
So the news is... another one bites the dust, or how Natura was swallowed up by P&G. I was minding the store this weekend and had a few conversations with clients about the new "merger" of an independent Company, Natura, with the conglomerate, Proctor and Gamble. These Natura products, known for their quality foods, may now become standard fare of the large retail stores (Petsmart and Petco, for example). Many of these were a great source of steady clientele for the independe
My heart is heavy today since the Supreme Court voided the law on animal cruelty in support of free speech....somehow violence becomes ok in the face of the constitution. I believe in the US Constitution but I also believe that it was written to allow freedom of expression to individuals, not to condone violence. When does cruelty to animals become an acceptable practice? What will the next step be? Since the law apparently now allows video to capture this cruelty and diss
I've officially been bitten by the "Spring Fever" Gardening Bug....and my dogs have been outside as much as they can be during the warm weather the past few days. So it got me thinking about dangerous, poisonous plants...since the puppy, Callie, is 6 months old and crazy about the backyard plants. So here's a list and some resources that might be helpful for all of you dog (and Cat) owning gardeners out there!
Common Toxic Plants:
So much has happened since the inception of Beachtails, so let me fill you in on the latest. Beachtails was established after I became a Breast Cancer survivor. While I was recuperating, my husband suggested to me that I might want to consider opening a shop since I had talked about it frequently. I guess having a brush with fate can certainly change one's path....so we created Beachtails, and slowly looked for the right location. We settled on New Buffalo, Michigan, a quaint