Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The bad news is the terrible flooding that has taken place because of Isaac.  My prayers are for those who are affected.

The good news is people and their dogs and cats are being rescued.  A lesson was learned from Katrina and the animals are being saved and will not be separated from their humans.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Loving our pets causes us to do things we never in a million years thought we would do.  As I mentioned before, I'm transitioning BJ to a raw food diet.  I went to and learned a lot about the food, quantity, etc.  I ordered a variety of food and bones with marrow.

He loves the bones and was torn between wanting to go out or continue with his bone.  He went out and as soon as we walked back into the apartment he ran to his bone and then came over for his cookie.

It wasn't the same for the raw chicken.  He wolfs down cooked chicken and walked away from the raw.  I bought 2 lbs that couldn't be returned and needed to do something with it.  The only answer I could think of was to cook it.  You need to know that I don't cook.  In fact, I dust my stove.  However, I didn't want to waste money and BJ had to eat.  So, I cooked.  I couldn't believe it.  I actually cooked.  I must have done okay - he wolfed it down:  For breakfast and dinner.

I won't make this a habit.  As soon as I'm finished with the two pounds, I will go back to dusting my stove.  Cleaning it is too much work.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Anniversary Day

August 22 is a very important anniversary.  On Sunday, August 20, 2000 I found myself walking into the Humane Society on 59th and 2nd in New York and taking the elevator to the 3rd floor - the Adopt Me floor.  i walked to the end of the row and this scruffy terrier came to the front of his cage and starting jumping up and down.  Typical terrier puppy spirit.  I couldn't help smiling and then laughing.

Long story short - I filled out the paperwork, the HS checked my references, and I picked him up on August 22, 2000.  I have loved every minute of the 12 years since BJ came to his forever home.

I don't know which one of us was luckier.

Friday, August 17, 2012

BJ wants everyone to know that there are GOOD people out there who love animals and will do whatever is necessary to help them.

On Saturday, hikers found a German Shepard Dog wedged between rocks on a mountain in Colorado.  She was whimpering and injured and had obviously been there for a few days.  The couple treated her wounds and left her their water; they were not equipped to rescue Missy.  What they do that the owner didn't bother to do was to seek help from a hikers forum.  Scott Washburn assembled a team and went up the mountain and found her.  By the time the team got to Missy she had been there for 8 days and weighed 100 lbs.  The team took her down the mountain in an oversized backpack and brought her to a vet.  (She will make a full recovery.)

The owner was identified and he said that he was forced to leave her on the mountain because a storm was approaching and he needed to protect a teenager that he had taken with him.  So, he left the dog.  He told the sheriff and was told there was no manpower to help.  The owner did nothing else to get Missy.

The hikers DID something.  They sought help and another of hikers climbed up the mountain and saved Missy.

The owner wants the dog back.  Scott Washburn and his wife want to adopt Missy.  Now it's up to a judge to decide who gets the dog.

With whom should Missy live?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

An update on BJ.
I've been applying the Silver Gel to the warts and so far I can't tell it they are reducing in size.  Joseph did say to be patient, which I am.  I just want the warts to go away immediately.   Hopefully they will go away.  Although they are benign, BJ began to rub his paw on them which is irritating it, and that's why I decided to do something about them.  He's 12 1/2 and I don't want to put him under anesthesia unless I must.

Mostly though I'm working on BJ's immune system since the wart, called Papilloma, is a virus usually found puppies whose immune system may be weak or in older dogs whose immune system is weak simply because of old age.  The virus is contagious form dog to dog.  It is not contagious between dogs and humans or dogs and cats.

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm treating BJ holistically.  He's getting a holistic immune booster and I'm starting him on a raw food diet.  We're starting slowly - organic chopped meat and sweat potato.  We'll slowly add other meats and vegetables.  No chemicals.  No pesticides.  He loves it and cleans his bowl.

Here's hoping.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

I noticed a wart on BJ's snout and head that he sometimes scratches and irritates it.  Although the vet said they were benign, I felt they should be removed.  At 12 1/2 I didn't want him to under anesthesia, so I investigated a holistic approach to remove the warts.

I went to Whiskers, a holistic pet store in NYC, and spoke to the very knowledgeable Joseph.  First he explained that they are caused by a virus and we had to build up his immune system as well as remove the wart.   He thinks the pills are treats and loves them.  He's not so crazy about the gel I need to put on the wart.  Since i give him his favorite treat afterward, he's beginning to put up with it.

We're also introducing a raw food diet.  I'll be able to make it myself.  So far he laps it up.  I'll let you all know if there are changes in his coat, etc.