How To Talk To Your Dog About The Ebola Virus

As the mass hysteria reaches all new heights in the outbreak of the Ebola virus I thought we should all take a step back and have a little fun with a serious but out of control situation.

**Please note I am not making light of this situation. Wait…..yes I am because it has been all over the news, in my news feed and on my radio and I can’t take it anymore.

So the Ebola virus is apparently here in the U.S.

Actually, it was here or is here. In my state. One county over.

About 30 minutes south of me which means that someone I know….. knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who may have had contact with the person infected with Ebola who traveled to Ohio at some point in time somewhere.

Which means absolutely nothing but since the media thinks it does and some local schools and shops were closed and people stopped going to work and experts recommended that I talk to my kids about Ebola I thought I should also have a talk with Sherman and Leroy about it because they are family too.

My kids weren’t very concerned about the Ebola virus when I sat down and talked to them about it. They know what’s going on because it’s been plastered everywhere but luckily my kids are pretty chill when it comes to things like this so our talk basically began and ended how every flu season talk goes:

Life goes on. Wash your hands and then wash them some more.

My conversation with Sherman and Leroy was a little more in depth because Sherman is a germ freak and Leroy’s just careless about germs.

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So here are my main tips if you find the need to have a special talk about Ebola with your dog.

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Top Halloween Pet Photo Contests 2014

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Grand Prize Winner of the 2012 Pets Adviser Halloween Pet Photo Contest

For the past several years I’ve had a blast dressing Leroy up for Halloween. He’s always such a good sport with all of it and every year he totally rocks whatever creation I’ve conjured up.

I’ve also had a blast entering him in various pet Halloween photo contests over the years and we’ve been very fortunate to actually win a few of them. Normally we enter for the shear fun of it and also to win money for rescue organizations and of course, fun prizes are also a plus.

This year I’ve opted to NOT dress Leroy up in a costume because of all he’s been through already this year. I’m sure he would be an awesome sport about it but I just can’t justify it.

Of course, I still want to live vicariously through all of you who choose to get into the spirit of Halloween with your pets so here’s our annual list of this years top Halloween Pet Photo Contests 2014

Pets Adviser.

Pets Adviser 4th Annual Halloween Photo Contest. 1 grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 donation to the registered 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue or shelter of the winner’s choice. A featured article on Pet’s Adviser about that rescue or shelter and $100! Plus 3 other prizes will be awarded that include a $250 donation, featured article on Pets Adsviser about that shelter/rescue and $50!  Entries close October 22nd!

Old Mother Hubbard.

One of Sherman’s favorite treats have been turned into Creepy Crunchers for Halloween! You should check them out and then enter Old Mother Hubbard’s Creepy Crunchers Halloween Dog Costume Contest! One grand prize winner will receive a year’s supply of Old Mother Hubbard’s dog treats and ten runner’s up will receive an Old Mother Hubbard prize pack with an assortment of Old Mother Hubbard treats and/or coupons. All entries must be submitted by October 31st.

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It’s Time To Pumpkin Everything

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I love fall…or autumn.

It’s always been my favorite season of the year for various reasons.

I love the fall colors, I love sweater weather. I love Halloween and of course I love everything pumpkin, especially pumpkin spice.

Right now my house has been taking over by every pumpkin scent you can think of.

Sweet cinnamon pumpkin, pumpkin cupcake, pumpkin glazed doughnut, apple pumpkin…..you get the picture.

Every room is a different pumpkin scent.

It’s glorious.

But I kinda feel sorry for my husband who isn’t a big fan of pumpkin spice scents.

“Do we have anything that’s NOT pumpkin scented?” he asked me the other day.

“Negative Ghost Rider. The house is full of pumpkin spice” I said.

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Leroy And IBD. WARNING: This Post Exceeds The Maximum Word Count.

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I’ve had quite a few questions regarding Leroy over the past few weeks so today I’d like to take the time to try and answer those as best as I can. While I’ve been sharing most of what we know about his condition I’m sure I have unintentionally left a few things out.

I’ll start with the most frequently asked questions and if I miss anything don’t be shy to ask!

 What is Leroy’s diagnosis?

Leroy has been diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Protein Losing Enteropathy and he may also have a condition called Canine Intestinal lymphangiectasia.

I know.

Those are a lot of big words and conditions that you may not of heard of so I will do my best to break them down for you.  Please keep in mind that this is all new to me and I’m still learning.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease also known as IBD and  not to be confused with IBS, is a condition that causes inflammation in the intestines. Basically inflammatory cells invade the wall of the stomach or the intestines. This inflammation causes the intestines not to be able to absorb nutrients as well which can then lead to diarrhea, vomiting and weight loss.

IBD can be seen in any dog but is more commonly seen in middle aged and older dogs. There is normally no specific cause of IBD but sensitivities to certain foods and allergens are common.

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There is no cure for IBD but in some cases it can be controlled with medication and diet but we will get to that in a minute.

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A Dash Of Dog Hair

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The other night I was dishing up dinner for the kids.

We were having ham and noodles.

As I dished up a plate for Gracie I noticed a dog hair. There was no mistaking it. It was definitely a Sherman hair.

Like any good mother would do I picked it out and threw it on the floor and moved onto dishing up a plate for Bobby.

Same thing happened.

Another Sherman hair in the ham and noodles.

Apparently this dish called for a dash of dog hair.

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Getting Back On Track With Natural Stride

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It’s time that this blog gets back on track.

Enough dilly dallying.

We have things to do and things to talk about and what better way to get back on track than with our monthly giveaway of Natural Stride joint supplements from Natural Solutions!

As most of you know because I’ve talked about it several times. Natural Stride is our go to joint supplement for Sherman. We’ve been using it for close to a year now and couldn’t be happier with the results which is why we are proud to of partnered with the great folks at Natural Strife to bring you monthly giveaways, great discounts and new product information as it becomes available.

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Sherman Sends A Message

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I’ve had a few people ask me how Sherman was doing with Leroy being sick.

I can assure you that Sherman is doing just fine and was not nearly as affected by Leroy’s illness as we were.

Don’t get me wrong, he was affected…. but not by Leroy’s lack of presence. Sherman was more concerned that we were upset and that the general tone in his home was not of its usual nature.

He knew we were all upset and that I was coming and going more often than normal. He could smell Leroy  on me but he hadn’t seen him in several days.

So yes, he was moderately affected to the point that he gave himself a nice lick sore on the top of his front paws. Sherman does this when he is stressed.

Again, I can assure you it wasn’t sympathy licks for Leroy.

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The Short Story Of The Delicate Chicken Nuggets

Leroy continues to improve each day. We have a long way to go especially in the weight gain category but even though it gives me ulcers, it’s awesome to see him returning to his old mischievous self, especially when he stole a cooked pork bone off the table the other day when it was left on the table for 0.02 seconds.

Luckily, he was just as shocked as we were that he had a ginormous pork bone in his mouth and the recovery of the bone was done quickly and without incident, except my Leroy ulcer grew a bit bigger.

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Besides being a an unsuccessful thief, Leroy’s illness has contributed to several small conditions over the past few weeks and one of those conditions is a bit delicate and a bit private because it involves his manly dog parts.

We like to refer to those manly parts as his chicken nuggets.

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You’re A Part Of A Very Special Community And You Should Know That Right Now.

According to Wikipedia,  ” community is a social unit of any size that shares common values

In human communities, intentbeliefresourcespreferencesneedsrisks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.

Since the advent of the Internet, the concept of community has less geographical limitation, as people can now gather virtually in an online community and share common interests regardless of physical location. “

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In my life I’ve only really felt that I belonged in one community and that is the pet community.

The pet community has me written all over it. We all share a love for pets no matter how big or small. We are all passionate about our pets.

I’ve been apart of various branches of the pet community in several ways over the years:

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The Bark Returns

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We were making dinner Sunday night and getting to that really crucial time.

You know that time where the last 2 minutes of a meal that you’ve been preparing for well over an hour can make or break the whole meal.

Well we were there when we heard this sound.

It’s a sound that normally wouldn’t make us stop in our tracks but it’s also a sound that we haven’t heard in quite some time.

Woof.

Then a little louder.

Woof. Woof.

Then a little louder with some more power behind it.

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