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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.

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Recovery Time For a Dog – Things That I’ve Learned

March 4, 2010 12:06 pm

Well, it's been over a month since Hunters first surgery and over 3 weeks since his last. He's coming along great and starting to walk on both feet again and I'm so grateful that my boy is going to be just fine.

Seeing that this was my first time that I've ever had to really care for an animal while he recovered, I thought I'd mention a few things that I thought helpful during the time.

The Invisible Fence

Although I've had wireless security systems for my animals before the surgery, I am extremely thankful for it now. The reason that is? Well, I have more than one dog. So while I'm trying to carry Hunter up and down the stairs every time he goes out, poor Bella wants to get ahead of me and run around just as much while we're waiting for Hunter to finish his business. This has been a lifesaver for me as I haven't had to worry about Bella at all during the entire time. You can get wireless portable ones as well, I just have an invisible fence around my back yard (under the ground).

Cones

As much as the dog hates them, it is crucial that the cones stay on while stitches and cuts heal. Otherwise, they'll lick them, and lick them, and lick them. This slows down the healing process and increases the chances of infection. I found this out the hard way - not that my boy's stiched up knees got infected - but he would lick and lick and it turned them red.. and then they'd have to heal again.. just long and painful.

Kennel or Cage

I guess I would consider this the most important piece of equipment that I'm thankful for. While myself and Liz were at work every day, my boy would stay in his cage (albiet the largest kennel I could find) which I've had for quite some time since they were both puppies actually. It's come in handy and even though I know I could sell it for $100 likely and reclaim the bit of space it takes up while folded up.. it's not worth it to me as it's so big that both can fit in and sleep, and when Hunter was alone while we were at work.. it was great to put my mind at ease that he wasn't going to try to jump up on anything.

Healthy Treats

Obviously my boy was down in the dumps the entire time he was recovering. He'd not move, just lay either in his cage or on his bed that he had in front of the fireplace. One thing that beagles know how to do however, is eat. He never lost his appetite once during the entire ordeal, so I kept feeding them to him! I realized rather quickly however, that since he wasn't moving much.. he would have a hard time burning any fat or anything that the treats would include - so best to keep him with the healthy ones.. fortunately they love them! So that's what I did.

These were just a few things that I am thankful for - I'm sure there are more that I'm missing, but I figure I'd post it anyhow.