Tuesday Top Ten: Things Only an Aussie Family Will Understand

Woofipedia recently published this list of “10 things only an Austrailian Shepherd Owner Would Understand. I would argue that most of us who love dogs get it, but the list was pretty good so I wanted to share it with you. If you follow the link, you will see all the great pictures they added […]


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Shelter Sunday: Kitty & K-9 Connection / Anchorage, AK

Meet Sammy! This handsome fella is living in Anchorage, Alaska, compliments of Kitty & K-9 Connection. Here’s what they have to say about him: This handsome but somewhat chunky, nine year old, red heeler mix is Sammy. He is a happy and very social guy who loves to be with his people. Sammy would enjoy […]


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Is your cat allergic to fleas?

Is your cat allergic to fleas?
It doesn't take a lot of fleas to cause an issue. Your cat can become uncomfortable with getting bitten just a couple of times every few weeks. If your cat is allergic to fleas it will be itching like crazy all the time. Some cats are more susceptible
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City Flea celebrates 5 years of building Cincy business
The City Flea is more than a market. After five years, it's an economy. "It's been cool to watch these businesses grow," said Lindsay Dewald, who founded the flea with her husband, Nick. "We have been trying to be more than this one-time event," she said.
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DR. DONNA ON ROTATING HALO DIETS

Halo Pets’ in-house vet, Dr. Donna Spector, recommends that once your pet is eating all Halo you do not need to transition your pet to different diets of Halo recipes.

Watch this video where she explains rotating Halo diets.

For more information:
http://www.halopets.com/faqs/spots-stew.html

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Another Lump

A few months ago we discovered a hard lump on Lacey’s back right foot. It looked nothing like the cancerous lump we’d found a few years ago between her toes but it freaked me out regardless. It was small, and hard and deep under the skin layer. The vet wasn’t able to get a sample and she suggested we X-ray it to make sure it wasn’t a bone spur or anything like that. Her X-rays were clear and we decided they’d try and get another sample the following week (Her anal glands were badly infected so she had to get sedated for a flush and they’d have an easier time getting a sample). They got three samples, sent them off and they all came back as negative. No signs of anything. Yay.

Fast forward to earlier this week when we noticed her lump had ballooned out suddenly. It looked almost like a swollen ankle would, but it was quite firm and she wasn’t showing any signs of lameness. So back to the vet for more samples. This time the results weren’t as good – there were mast cells in the sample.

Just a few days later and the “swelling” seems to have gone down again and we are back to just the hard lump. We see the oncologist on the 2nd and we are hoping that it will be able to be fixed with a simple removal again. I’m a little worried by how deep it is (Dr. Google isn’t helping) but there is nothing we can do in the meantime, so worrying is pointless and I’m vowing to stay off google as much as possible.

Marlin and I both cleared our schedules yesterday afternoon and took the girls to the beach for some happy time. It was good for all of us.  We definitely feel more prepared this time.

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Killed By Cancer

Today is Murphy’s birthday.  
This photo was taken on our walk from Austin to Boston in McEwen  TN.  We pitched a tent the night before on the grounds of a local church and upon remarking to the pastor about the Bradford pear trees full in fall colors, he recommended stopping at a local farm completely encircled by them just east on Hwy 70.  
It was a magical moment that day perfectly captured in time.  
For whatever cruel twist of fate the Gods graced us with we made it the 2,300 miles to Boston but within only a few weeks of walking the final mile from the Rose Garden at Back Bay Fens to Boston Common, Murphy was diagnosed with nasal adenocarcinoma.
The tumor inside his head must have been growing for many months as evidenced by the CT scan nearby.  
Murphy went down hard and what he did for this cause will never be forgotten. #RememberMurphy #MurphySmiles

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

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When you raise a turkey with ducks…

Strange things happen:

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Backyard Snapshots

We brought Lacey home yesterday after her operation on Monday.  We don’t really have much news yet.

Due to the location of the tumour, there was no way we could get clean margins (which is usually the goal of any tumour removal) without taking her entire leg.  We still might need to do that, but it will depend on the grade of the tumour.  Unfortunately you can’t determine the grade of the tumour without removing it, and there was no point in removing it without taking as much as we could. If it is a low grade, it will hopefully be “good enough”, at least for now.  But because of the location, it means they had to do a skin graft to seal up the area, which made things a little more complicated.  They took skin from her thigh and grafted it to her foot and leg.  She’s gonna have a pretty hairy section if all goes well!  :)

They also took the nearest lymph node to determine if it had spread.  The node was definitely bigger than usual but that could have just been because it was working overtime to combat the tumour OR it could mean it’s spread.

We should have results in a couple of days – hopefully by the end of the week.  The only decision we’ve actually made is that if it is a high grade, and hasn’t already spread, we’ll take her leg. I was really tempted to do it this time to save her a potential 2nd surgery but they really didn’t want to do that if it was a grade 1 tumour.  Apparently for dogs that get Mast Cell Tumours repeatedly, they are usually all the same grade. As her first one was a grade 1 tumour we have high hopes that this one will be the same.

We haven’t really figured out what we’ll do if it has spread and we don’t really know all our options yet either.  We are taking it one step at a time.

She’s already feeling quite a bit better.  Yesterday she wasn’t barking at anyone but today she not only barked at people in the park, but she picked up her favourite toy too.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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BLIND KITTEN AND HIS “SEEING EYE” CAT ADOPTED TOGETHER

RayNewton-lgA blind kitten and his “seeing eye” cat companion will now spend their lives together, thanks to a dedicated humane society and a loving new owner.

According to the humane society’s Facebook page, Ray was just six weeks old when he was taken in by Kingston Humane Society (KHS) in Kingston, Ontario.

The shelter vets discovered right away that Ray had a congenital defect in his eyes, both of which were extremely underdeveloped, severely limiting his ability to see.

Although little Ray was terrified, the staff at KHS fell in love with the tiny tuxedo and vowed to do all they could to help him.

Click here to read the complete story.

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