Monday, June 30, 2008

A reader sent us this helpful link for all of you dog-loving gardeners out there!

How to Dog Proof Your Garden


One of my friends recently said her vet recommended soaking their dog's paw in vinegar when he was having some sking problems (the dog, not the vet). I'm wondering now if I should try this on Fiona, who is still having some problems with her back paw despite three weeks of antibiotics and some anti-fungal medication. If I can't find anything that works, the next step will be a pricey "cat dermatologist." Has anyone had success with plain old vinegar?

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Great Laugh Out Loud Video

My brother sent this to me today. He is so far in the category of having TWO cats.

An Engineer's Guide to Cats

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Does this make anyone else as angry as it makes me?

"Luck ran out for about a dozen pigs that escaped their flooded farm, swam through raging floodwaters and scrambled atop a sandbag levee in southeastern Iowa. Des Moines County sheriff's officials shot the pigs, saying they were worried the pigs would weaken the levee" - CNN

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

We have a new health problem in the house. Fiona, the little Scottish Fold (although she's not so little anymore -- the vet said she now weighs nine pounds!) has been having problems with the skin between two of her toes. At first they detected a bacterial infection, but several courses of antibiotics haven't fixed the problem. Now they're testing for a fungal infection. I hope that's it, we want to avoid a biopsy at all costs (literally and figuratively). I couldn't imagine the poor little thing walking around with a sore foot and one of those cone things around her neck. Let's hope they find the problem and can fix it.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Our June Updates are online

If you haven't visited our Web site for a while, check at for our new updates. We have a feature story on a new horse sanctuary, a new kid's corner project, links to more pet care articles and of course, our popular reader photos of the month!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

It's getting hot

It hit 90 degrees for three straight days in Boston this week...and Tribbs was not happy!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

If you shop online, consider shopping through PetGive

Check out this Web site: PetGive. If you shop through their portal, the stores of your choice will donate a portion of your sales to the pet charity of your choice. It's worth a look. I've been buying a lot of books online lately, and I will go through this site the next time I want to buy something from Barnes & Noble!


Sunday, June 1, 2008

It's amazing how they know

Last night I was in bed with a migraine. It was a tough night; all night I was half awake, feeling unwell, with my head aching. The amazing thing was that one of my cats, Cali, stayed on my pillow the entire time and seemed to know what I was going through. Throughout the late-night hours I could feel her occasionally put her paw gently on my head, never with her claws out. She would keep it there for a minute and then withdraw it. It was as if she was just comforting me, or reaching out and making sure that I was all right. Cali often sleeps on my pillow, but she never reaches out her paw like that, throughout the night, and touches my head so softly.

Isn't it amazing how they know when you are sick?