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This is a photo I took while Ozzy was healing from getting not one but two ACL repairs when he was about 1 1/2-2 years old. He was such a trooper! He never even yelped once during the healing process. In fact, it was really hard to keep him on bed rest and not run around outside during bathroom time! He looks like he’s grinning here. That’s my tough boy!

"No really, I'm fine! I just want to go for a little jog..."

“No really, I’m fine! I just want to go for a little jog…”


Puppies Vs. Adults

Another major thing you should be thinking about when adopting a dog is, do you want a puppy or an adult dog? This should also be considered when adopting a cat or kitten.

Puppies: Puppies are a LOT of work and I’m telling you this from experience. They are very much like having a toddler in the house. They will get into anything and everything. It is a wise decision to puppy proof your home before bringing one home. This means hiding wires, keeping trash and plants out of reach, and blocking off any stairs. If no one is home for long periods of time, house breaking can be difficult. Puppies are small which means their bladders are as well. Expect trips outside every hour for the first few months if you want the least amount of accidents as possible and successful house training. (Note: Positive reinforcement is the best training method. Treats, kisses, and praise after a successful trip outside will show them that great things happen when they do their business outside!)

When you bring a puppy home, it is entirely up to you to shape a small impressionable being. If you do not take the time to provide proper training, you are guaranteed to have an out of control dog when it gets older. It won’t know right from wrong, because you didn’t teach it! Training should always be fun for you and your dog. If you are boring, the dog will find something more entertaining to do. Good times make for great learning and bonding.

Adults: Adopting an adult dog can be intimidating for some people. People automatically expect that because an older dog is at a shelter or rescue it is because of behavior problems that were unbreakable. I would guess that this is untrue 90% of the time. A lot of the time a dog has been dropped off for one of the following reasons; owner could no longer afford food and healthcare, owner moved to a non-pet friendly place, allergies of children, owner didn’t research breed before bringing it home, or any combination of these.

So let’s focus on the positive side of adopting an older dog. Adult dogs have seen a lot in their lifetime, so socialization may not be a big issue. They may already be okay with other dogs, cats, small animals, or kids. Or they may not be okay with one of the previously mentioned groups. In this case, you know that this animal is not a good fit for your home. Always ask the shelter/rescue about this. Older dogs have also grown into their personalities. You will know whether they’re mellow or would rather be running most of the day. Many times, since they may have come from a home situation, they might already be house broken.

Old dogs can still learn new tricks! The key is finding what motivates them, food or toys. (Again, I will note that I find positive reinforcement works the best.) If they do have some sort of behavior that you find undesirable, take the time to train them to do the right thing. Training is an easy way to build a bond with your new best friend.

Go ahead….bring your face closer! Mwahaha!



Posted: June 8, 2012 in Fun Photos
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Friday snuck up on me! So I don’t have a photo of my own to share but how can anyone turn down a lolcat??!


But is that food in your hand?

Sincerely, Ricky

It promises to be 85 degrees and above all weekend here in Michigan. Time to cool off at the lake!

My dog Ozzy and his buddy Jake (right) hit the cool shores of Foch Lake last summer.

George, a resident of SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary. (

Today we are featuring our first Pet Profile, and we thought we’d start with the small but lovable guinea pig. Guinea pigs make wonderful small pets. They have a longer lifespan than most other small rodents, typically living between five to seven years. There are multiple breeds of guinea pigs to choose from, but the most common are the Smooth-Coated, Abyssinian and the Peruvian.

Guinea pigs are often thought to be extremely skittish, but it all really depends on how they’re raised. If handled properly from a young age guinea pigs will grow accustomed to being picked up and played with. I’ve owned my 2 and a half year old guinea pig since she was a baby and she loves coming out of her cage to explore and get attention. She is completely fearless, and will walk right up to our cats and dogs to check them out with out so much as a second thought.

Guinea pigs can be extremely vocal, often squeaking loudly for treats or attention. They will wheek, purr, rumble, and squeal to let you know exactly how they’re feeling or what they want. Certain sounds such as a door opening upon your arrival home, a treat bag opening, and even just the sound of their owner’s voice can have your guinea pig squealing with excitement in an instant.

When it comes to taking care of your piggy, diet is very important. Just like us humans, guinea pigs cannot produce their own vitamin C. This makes it very important that you select a food for them that provides them with this necessary vitamin. If your guinea pig does not get enough vitamin C it can develop scurvy, which can be fatal. Fresh fruits and veggies can also help assure your little critter gets the necessary vitamins, plus they’ll love the extra treat. Feeding your guinea pig timothy hay is also good for them.

Like any other pet, guinea pig owners know they have certain duties they must follow through to assure their guinea pig stays happy and healthy. Making sure your little friend has a clean cage, fresh food and water, as well as play time is very important. Taking the extra time to make sure your guinea pig’s needs are met will also help make the two of you closer. Guinea pigs are social creatures and will benefit greatly from the love you give them. They will surely return the favor with all the joy these adorable little companions will bring you.