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Friday, September 19, 2014

Dog Kisses vs Kitty Hugs

People who don't care for cats or simply don't understand them seem to have an odd obsession with them - and it is not good-obsessed. It is a "make-sure-everyone-believes-the-worse-about-cats" obsession.

I don't get it. 

There are certain unkind ideas expressed about cats that are either not true at all or are half-truths. One of the common ones is that cats do not express affection toward their owners. This is an example: 


In fact, if a cat were "claiming you", it would urinate on you. Head bunting, as it is actually called is a friendly exchange ..... 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Claws - Dogs Have Them Too

I had a dog once that was a problem digger. Not only was the yard full of holes but he would dig up things I had planted in the garden. One spring I had purchased a nice little shrub that he dug up immediately after I planted it. I replanted it and he dug it up again .... and again .... and again.

All dogs dig for one reason or another. Some dog breeds are actually bred to dig. They dig holes to lie down in and they dig to escape enclosures. Some dig because they are bored.
"The common trait for all of these breeds is that they dig because they find it gratifying" Dogtime: The dirt on dogs who dig
Dogs claws do other types of damage besides digging. Their scratching can do significant damage to hardwood floors and other surfaces - walls, window sills, doors and door frames. This can be of special concern if you are a renter. They can also cause serious injury to humans with their claws when they scratch bare skin.

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It is natural for dogs to dig and scratch and both digging and scratching are common problems for dog owners. There are many experts offering advice about how to cope when these behaviours become a problem. One thing you won't see recommended for dogs to prevent damage due to unwanted digging or scratching is declawing

Friday, August 22, 2014

TNR - Is it a good idea for stray dogs?

TNR (trap, spay/neuter, return) is a well-known method used to help control stray and feral cat populations but did you know that it is also being used for stray dogs?

It is run in much the same way as TNR for cats in that the dogs are trapped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated for rabies, ear tipped or given a special collar for identification, then returned to where they were captured.

TNR has been a tough sell for use with stray and feral cats and it still is not widely accepted. It is an even tougher sell for use with stray dogs, even in places where it has been successfully used for cats. If I were to hazard a guess I think that it is because of the threat dogs on the loose pose for injuring or even killing people. The worst thing a cat is going to do is annoy you.

Wild Dogs in Thermal California