Pet Diaries

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Courtesy our friend Veronica.

Excerpts from a Dog’s Diary

8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm – Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm – Milk bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpts from a Cat’s Daily Diary

Day 983 of my captivity.

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.

They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made con descending comments about what a ‘good little hunter’ I am. Bastards.

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of ‘allergies.’ I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow — but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released – and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now…

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Holy crap, that’s a cute dog! (lol version)

A couple weeks ago, I was reading articles on line about dog food for Spike, and one of them was on the petfinder.com site, where there was an ad for an adorably cute dog named Chip who needed a home. I twittered “holy crap, that’s a cute dog!” with a link to his page, and three days later the shelter emailed me, saying that they had received over 30 applications from people who came to their site either through my twitter post or through my site.

Oh, the power of the internets. They are lovely, aren’t they? I figured since Chip has a nice home, some other dogs should get one, too. Like Pedro.

Pedro sez:

And Biscuit, a pomeranian/chihuahua mix who lives in Marion, Indiana with his sister Flower, who also needs a home:

Petfinder.com works with animal shelters all over the country to post pictures and bios of adoptable pets who are in shelters and need loving homes. It’s a great way to find a loving animal without going to a puppy mill or irresponsible breeder.

I have to say I really prefer mixed breed doggies like my own adorable sweet dog Spike.

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Melamine has been added to pet food for years

According to the New York Times. My first cat Idgie died of renal failure. Now I’m upset that maybe it didn’t have to happen.
UPDATE: Scientists are figuring out how the melamine contaminate reacts with other ingredients to kill pets.

Dr. Perry Martos and colleagues from the Agriculture and Food Laboratory at Guelph’s Laboratory Services announced Friday they have discovered a dangerous reaction when melamine and cyanuric acid – the two contaminants found in the imported wheat gluten used in the pet food — are combined.
The two chemicals react to form crystals that could block kidney function.
The crystal-like substances found in the urine and kidneys of affected animals matched the crystals produced when the chemicals were combined at the University’s Animal Health Laboratory.
Researchers believe this is a possible link between the compounds and the deaths of animals exposed to the contaminated pet food.

That’s exactly why Idgie died – she had crystal-like stones in her kidneys.
And, now that we’re figuring all this out – The Chicago Tribune reports:

About 45 [California] state residents ate pork from hogs that consumed animal feed laced with melamine from China.
What last month was a limited recall of canned pet food is on the verge of becoming a full-fledged public health scare.
The FDA’s real detective work may be just beginning. Having found many sources of contamination, investigators must now determine exactly how widespread the problem is and how it began.

So over the years, how many people have eaten this stuff? We should also consider the educational aspect of culinary practices, one finds that detailed knowledge of food safety plays a pivotal role. Courses that focus on training effectively for maintaining food hygiene and safety in the catering industry provide essential information that helps culinary professionals avoid common pitfalls. These courses are indispensable in cultivating an environment where food safety is second nature.

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The Top 20 Reasons Dogs Don’t Use Computers

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20. Can’t stick their heads out of Windows ’95.

19. Fetch command not available on all platforms.

18. Hard to read the monitor with your head cocked to one side.

17. Too difficult to "mark" every website they visit.

16. Can’t help attacking the screen when they hear "You’ve Got Mail."

15. Fire hydrant icon simply frustrating.

14. Involuntary tail wagging is dead giveaway they’re browsing www.pethouse.com instead of working.

13. Keep bruising noses trying to catch that MPEG frisbee.

12. Not at all fooled by Chuckwagon Screen Saver.

11. Still trying to come up with an "emoticon" that signifies tail-wagging.

10. Oh, but they WILL… with the introduction of the Microsoft Opposable Thumb.

9. Three words: Carpal Paw Syndrome

8. ‘Cause dogs ain’t GEEKS! Now, cats, on the other hand…

7. Barking in next cube keeps activating YOUR voice recognition software.

6. SmellU-SmellMe still in beta test.

5. SIT and STAY were hard enough, GREP and AWK are out of the question!

4. Saliva-coated mouse gets mighty difficult to manuever.

3. Annoyed by lack of newsgroup, alt.pictures.master’s.leg.

2. Butt-sniffing more direct and less deceiving than online chat rooms.

and the Number 1 Reason Dogs Don’t Use Computers…

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Things that are poisonous to pets

It’s not just chocolate and onions, but also grapes and a whole host of other things that are edible for humans but not for dogs and cats. Very useful to information from petalia.com.
Also, other common household products that you should keep away from pets.
More about grapes and raisins, which can cause renal failure in dogs.
And here’s a really comprehensive list from the ASPCA.
Also, here are some outdoor plants that you shouldn’t let your dog chew on in the garden.

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Chihuahua/Shih Tzu Mix dog is Smallest in World

According to this article… A British woman is claiming to be the owner of the world’s smallest dog. Tiny Tim is still a puppy but his owner Mandy Marks said he has not grown since he was 4 weeks old. At four inches tall at the shoulder, he is the smallest dog on record. If your dog has long and thick fur, you should look for an effective brightening shampoo for dogs.

A Chihuahua/Shih Tzu mix dog, often referred to as a “ShiChi” or “ChiTzu,” is a hybrid breed that results from the crossbreeding of a Chihuahua and a Shih Tzu. Here are some characteristics and information about this mixed breed:

Size: ShiChi dogs are typically small in size, as both Chihuahuas and Shih Tzus are small breeds. They usually weigh between 5 to 15 pounds (2.3 to 6.8 kg) and stand about 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm) tall at the shoulder.

Appearance: The appearance of Chihuahua/Shih Tzu mixes can vary widely depending on the genetics inherited from their parent breeds. They may have a rounded head with a short to medium-length snout, floppy ears, and expressive, round eyes. Their coat can be long and silky, like the Shih Tzu, or shorter and smoother, like the Chihuahua, if you lost one of these dogs due to an accident or illness, getting a pet cremation jewellery can be great for this.

He’s cute. But he doesn’t have anything on my Chihuahua/Shih Tzu Mix:

Hi mom!
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The Intelligence of Dogs

According to Intelligence Ranking by breed:

Adaptive Intelligence (learning and problem-solving ability): this is specific to the individual animal and is measured by canine IQ tests.

Instinctive Intelligence: this is specific to the individual animal and is measured by canine IQ tests.

Working/Obedience Intelligence: this is breed dependent.

For my dog:

Chihuahua: 67 – Fair Working/Obedience Intelligence.
Shih Tzu: 70 – Lowest Degree of Working/Obedience Intelligence.

In other words, I have a pretty dumb dog. But that’s okay, because he’s CUTE.

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