Other posts related to pets

Pets As Security ?

December 23, 2010 3:41 pm

This Christmas season we are unfortunately always reminded through burglaries and other crimes that we have to be on the lookout. It’s during this season that a lot of desperate people resort to desperate measures in order to keep their families and belongings safe. But is a pet a good system of defense?

Personally I think 90% of burglaries can be avoided simply be deterrence. If I was to think like a crook for a minute and I’ve got 2 cars that I may break into. One has a strange blinking red light, the other has no such luck and the doors are open.. Hmm.. which one am I going to try first?

The same could be thought about houses – if I had two dogs whom barked at any noise going on around the house, why would I rob them instead of the ones whom don’t have a pet and I’m assured quiet when I stalk around the house upon entry? Seems pretty simple to me.

Personally, I wouldn’t go out and purchase a new pet just to have them for security purposes – like a Doberman or a pit bull which can certainly be intimidating dogs (just as easily as they can be the cutest too!), but it’s something to think about for sure.

Just like voice changers can help you make sure anyone calling will not know you are alone or vulnerable, security matters are important and shouldn’t be taken lightly, so make sure that you’re aware of the different security options out there this Christmas and always when it comes to protecting your loved ones.

In many households across the country, the family dog is as much a part of the family as anyone else.  In addition to making great companions, dogs can play an integral role in home security.  Regardless of whether homeowners have a 15 pound Jack Russell Terrier or a 90 pound German Shepherd, dogs almost always protect their territory, alerting homeowners when something is amiss, or when a person who has or is approaching their home seems suspicious.  Playing such an integral role in home security, homeowners with pets often wonder how their home security system can coexist with the family dog without resulting in the local police paying a visit every time he or she gets up to keep an eye on the squirrels outside, bark at the mailman, or get a drink of water.

Read more about home security and pets here

Top Ten Fictional Dogs

December 7, 2010 11:23 pm

Man do I ever remember this dog!

So yesterday was a productive day...first I shopped online for a brand new Moen Kitchen Faucet, and then enjoyed one of my favorite cartoons, "American Dad".  On the show the title character offered his interpretation of his favorite Fictional Dog Characters of all time...which I though was terrific.  However, I would have made some tweaks...so here my list...and yes, these are in a particular order:

10) Lassie - look, I know he was a legend, but it was almost before my time, so good ole' strong communicator Lassie just barely makes the list for me.
9)  Old Yeller - Similar with Lassie...too much of a classic to miss the list..but I was not emotionally attached...I heard that pre-rabid Old Yeller was both beautiful and caring.
8)  Scooby Doo - solving mysteries while being terrified...and oh the magic of Scooby snacks.
7)  Milo - Nope, not from "The Adventures of Milo and Otis", where Milo is the cat, this was Jim Carrey's sidekick on the Mask...that scene where he tries to crawl up the jail wall is legendary...not to mention the confusion of grabbing the "keys...not cheese".
6)  Snoopy - OK, so he's not the funniest dog on this list...but man oh man could he dance on top of his doghouse.
5)  Toto - who can not include this lovable dog who shared Dorothy's adventures back home to Kansas.
4)  Goofy/Pluto - OK, I know I shouldn't combine...but these two Disney friends of Mickey's don't deserve to be on the list by themselves...but together they are much deserved...special kudos to Goofy's yell conclusion when falling from a cliff...something like "ya ha ha ha hoo-ey".
3)  Brian - This martini lovin', fiction writin', caroonin' singer continuously makes us laugh between antics with Stewie and Peter, and is there any dog more excited to go for a ride in the car?
2)  Odie - OK, so he wasn't the smartest dog on the planet, but did he ever give Garfield a fantastic Christmas gift of a back scratcher.
1)  Littlest Hobo - "Maybe tomorrow, I'll want to settle down, Until tomorrow, I'll just keep moving on."  Oh how I loved to see this beautiful German Shepherd save people from regular daily activities...and terrible acting.

Honorable mention to "Baxter" from Anchorman era, and also "Clifford" and "Hooch".  My apologies for those that I have missed - but feel free to comment who you think should be on the list.

Do You Dress Up Your Dog For Halloween?

October 26, 2010 3:07 pm

Well I'm at a loss here for an opinion (for once). One hand, I've dressed up my dog for halloween and it's been really funny actually the times that I've done it - Bella dressed up as a hot dog and Hunter dressed up as the Underdog. But one has to ask themselves at some point .. "How does my dog feel about this?". While there is no question that there is virtually a vast web directory featuring images of pets dressed up, it begs the questions..

Are they embarrassed? Are they going to eat my shoes the next time I leave the house? Perhaps do something in the bed which I would frown upon? Or worse, will they resent me?

It prompts the question: Do dogs feel humiliation?

Experts who work with animals disagree. Some say that that they feel everything and know when people laugh at them, and some say that they don't care and are just usually uncomfortable in the costumes.

Unfortunately, we'll never know  - unless a dog wants to speak up and let us know?

You can read more on the debate at chron.com, but what do you think? Humiliation? Or just old fashioned fun?

How Much Do You Spend On Your Pets?

June 25, 2010 11:27 am

image Do you know how much your pets cost you a month? Every 6 months? A year perhaps?

Recently my bank (RBC) introduced a finance tracker which allows you to categorize and see exactly where you're spending your money. For kicks, I decided to see how much my pets are costing me (seeing that I just spent $20 on a dog nail trimmer AGAIN!) and the results were somewhat surprising.

Over the course of the last 3 months - I've spent over $400 on my pets. Vet Care accumulated $185 of that, Pet Food was $120, and Pet Insurance racked up $80, the nail trimmer I just bought was another $20.

I don't even think that includes the big bag of dog food I purchased at the silent auction for a charity for $38.

Wow.. that's a lot of money!! over $100 a month on the hounds! That's not even counting the over 2K I spent on Hunters surgeries in January and February.

I guess it doesn't matter whether you're buying dog food or you're looking for Ferrari parts for your recently broken down car - it all costs money, and if you don't keep track, the amounts over time can be staggering.

I know that I'll be using this budget tracker over time to see where my money is really being spent, but I wanted to post this to let you know that pets can be expensive..

What Pets Can Teach Us About Marriage

June 4, 2010 8:31 am

image Why is it that when a pet soils the carpet, rips up some furniture, or does something else (in case dig up the backyard), I’m made at them for .. hmm.. maybe a total of 10 minutes? But when my girlfriend does something I don’t like, I stay upset for much longer?

TARA PARKER-POPE just wrote an article on the NYTimes website here which also links to an article in PsychCentral, where clinical psychologist Suzanne B. Phillips of Long Island University explores what our relationships with pets can teach us about our relationship with a spouse or romantic partner.

I like the examples she gives in her post, things like:

Greetings: Even on bad days, we greet our pets with a happy, animated hello, and usually a pat on the head or a hug. Do you greet your spouse that way?

Holding grudges: Even when our pets annoy us by wrecking the furniture or soiling the floor, we don’t stay mad at them.

Assuming the best: When our pets make mistakes, we don’t take it personally and are quick to forgive. We give them the benefit of the doubt. Yet when our spouse does something wrong, we often react with anger and blame.

Obviously the way we interact with out pets should teach us a lot about how to interact with one another. Perhaps it’s the fact that our pets can’t talk back to us? They can’t offer an opinion – they can simply look at us with their cute little faces and make our hearts melt. Hmm.. yeah I don’t think that would work with humans.. although it does with kids I’m sure!

So next time you’re more interested in the latest ab workouts or perhaps what’s for dinner and co-incidentally lose patience with your spouse or loved one, try to keep your pets in mind before starting that argument. Perhaps listen a bit more, perhaps look beyond the little squabble – it certainly may help you keep your cool, and your relationship – in fine working order :-)