Sunday, October 27, 2019, 01:59 | No Comments »

Once again I was awakened at 2 AM to the eerie sound of coyotes howling.  I live in a rural country area of upstate NY.  I have heard the howling for the past 2 weeks and know the local wildlife is hunting and trying to fatten up for the winter.  

It is not unusual to see or hear a coyote here.  It is odd, however, to hear them howl every night for 2 weeks and it seems the pack is bigger. Their sounds remind me that I need to be vigilant when my small dogs are outside.  I have a large fenced yard, but I'm sure a coyote could jump the 4 foot chain link fence.  Any small animal is fair game to a predator, and care should be taken any time your small pet is outside.  This goes for cats too ... unfortunately stray cats do not last long outside here.

Below is an excerpt on safety tips to protect your pet from predators from PetMD:


How to Protect Pets From Coyotes

The key to ensuring pet safety is for owners to adjust to their behavior and to take extra steps to keep their animals out of harm’s way. Humans need to avoid risky behaviors  to avoid interactions and conflict with coyotes.  Here are a few precautions you can take:

Be aware that some dogs may be drawn to coyotes: To ensure your dog’s safety in a coyote-ridden area, it’s essential to be aware that coyotes and dogs can be attracted to one another. A dog and a coyote are genetically similar enough where they can interbreed, though interbreeding is not very common.  There is an attraction often between dogs and coyotes and it’s often the dog that starts the chase behavior. But if an incident occurs, then the coyote gets blamed. 

Do not feed wildlife: One of the biggest reasons that coyotes are infiltrating neighborhoods is the attraction of people food. Encourage people to not intentionally or unintentionally feed animals if they are trying to deter them from their yards and neighborhoods. 

Do not leave your pet unattended: Keep an eye on your pet when you open the back door to let him out and do not let him stray too far away from you. Whenever possible, take your dog out on a dog leash. "You should use a 6-foot leash, not a retractable leash,” recommends Dr. Kate Magers, a veterinarian at Pennfield Animal Hospital in Missouri. “Those give little to no control if your pet encounters a coyote. Also avoid walking your dog during twilight hours.” Coyotes are more active at night, so it’s best to keep an extra eye on your pet when you let him out after the sun goes down. “Carry a headlamp or flashlight when walking your dog at night,” she says.

Do not feed your pet outside: As food can be a big attractor of coyotes, giving your pet his dinner indoors is always a good idea. “If you feel you must feed your pet outside, feed midday at a set time and pick up leftovers immediately,” Magers says.

Be extra mindful during coyote breeding season:  April is when the coyotes are going to have their young and April through August is when they are going to be more protective of their young. Be extra careful during this time. Walk a dog on leash and be cognizant of coyotes in the area. 

Remove any kind of attractants around the exterior of your house: Attractants for coyotes include compost, dirty grills, and birdseed.  Birdseed, for instance, can attract rodents and, therefore, attract coyotes. Fallen fruit should also be cleaned up, as coyotes consume large amounts of fruit during certain points in the year. You should secure garbage cans and refuse.

Make your yard a less attractive habitat:  Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed to reduce cover, which makes great hiding places for coyotes.  Install coyote-proof fences (these are typically quite high) or use motion-triggered deterrents like light or sprinkler systems.  Fences should be at least 6-foot high and buried at least 6 inches underground or fitted with a mesh apron on the outside of the fence extending 12 inches out from the bottom of the fence and secured with landscape.

Try a coyote-deterring gadget:  There are lots of new items on the market for protecting pets, such anti-coyote collars and jackets. Some vests are made of Kevlar and have spikes on the back of the jacket and the collars also have spikes on them.  While both products should help deter attacks, there aren't enough convincible statistics that would allow her to tout their effectiveness. So don’t skimp on the precautions mentioned above.

If you see a coyote in your yard stand tall and maintain eye contact with the coyote. You should haze the coyote by yelling, clapping your hands loudly, making loud noises, flashing a flashlight, tossing rocks or sticks near the coyote, and anything else that will frighten it off. Move toward the coyote quickly and aggressively and do not run away from it.  If you see a coyote while walking your dog, maintain eye contact with it and back up until you and your pet are a safe distance from it.

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Monday, October 14, 2019, 18:35 | No Comments »

I've been a lifelong pet lover, owner, adopter, and rescuer. All the dogs and cats I've loved would fill a book!  Typically I have 3 dogs of my own, and then foster 1 dog.  At the moment, however, I find myself with 4 dogs, so I am unable to foster.  I am afflilated with the small breed rescue group Shih Tzu and Furbaby Rescue so I typically foster/adopt from them.


The dog I've had the longest is my crazy doxie mix Mack.  I've had him for 10 yrs and he was 2 when I first fostered him so he's about 12 yrs old now.  Mack is a Dachshund / Beagle mix; I call him a "stomach and nose on feet".  Mack is a champion snake killer, chipmunk chaser, and if rabbits come into the fence area.. well, he shows his breed tendancy.  And the digging, OY... He is very sweet with people he knows, but very protective of me and the property.





Next is Duffy a Poodle/Bichon mix.  Duffy came from a commercial dog breeding kennel at 4 yrs old.  I've had him for 7 yrs so he's about 11.  Duffy was very traumatized and hid behind the couch for several months.  It was 1 yr 7 months before he would willingly come up on my lap.  He still has his crotchety moments, and heaven forbid you try to brush him.  He does love his mommy, but he would be LOST without Molly Shih Tzu, his "girlfriend". 






Molly came to me about 4 months after I got Duffy.  Molly was a "stray" approx 6 yr old black/white Shih Tzu.  Molly has no issues per se.  She tends to be the "mother hen" of the house, keeping everyone in line.  She taught Duffy how to "dog" and Duffy goes everywhere she goes.  I think Duffy loves Molly more than me!  LOL  :-)





BG (BabyGirl), a sweet black poodle, came to me via a different route.  I wrote about her in the blog about CBD for pets.  My groomer Terry knows I foster (she grooms them all) and approached me one day when I had another dog being groomed.  She told me there was a stray matted dog at our town shelter that really needed some help. Of course my love for poodles made me say yes.  She had some crazy health issues, mainly weird oozing lumps, tumors, warts, and dental problems.  Because of the extent of the lumps and the fact that a lot of them were in her mammary glands, we all thought she was just loaded with cancer and she would be a "hospice" dog for 3 - 6 months.  After surgeries and dental cleaning/extractions, testing and X-rays showed that she has no further cancer or complications.  BG is estimated to be about 10 yrs old, and she is deaf, but she is just the sweetest dog. Loves everyone, likes to cuddle, be brushed, and lets me dress her up in cute outfits! 

That's just a little bit about my dogs.  Of course they are all spayed/neutered and up to date on shots and heartworm preventitive.   My dogs give me a reason to wake up in the morning and keep going, they are my "children".    They are there for me in good times and bad, and they are always happy to see me when I come home. What more could you want?    Michelle, Michelle's Dog Stuff.

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 18:27 | No Comments »

There is nothing worse as a dog / pet owner than trying to find someone to watch your furbabies when you can't. Whether it is a surprise business trip or a planned vacation, you must find someone you trust to watch / sit your dogs.

I ran into this situation a couple months ago when I had to travel to a job interview within a few days notice.  I have 4 dogs, 3 of which are pretty friendly, but one is not nice to strangers or other dogs (my doxie mix is very protective).  In the past, family members had watched my dogs, but that option was not available.

First, contact prospective boarding kennels or in-home pet sitters like on  You can also ask who other pet owners or groomers use for their dogs.  Arrange a meet and greet or visit the boarding facility to see where and how your dogs will be housed.  Is it clean and relatively odor free?  Can you see where the dogs will have playtime / exercise?  (Do not trust a facility that refuses to let you see where the dogs are housed or even to visit at all !) How many times a day will your furbaby have human interactions?  What types of vaccinations are required?

Ideally this is setup ahead of time.  When my favorite boarding facility shut down after many years I scrambled to find a facility near me with similar amenities. Luckily I found a boarding facility for my dachshund mix that is very close to my home.   My other three dogs, however, would never do well in a typical boarding facility and as such need in-home care. After speaking with my groomer I found a nice pet sitter Maggie who works through  Luckily she was able to squeeze my dogs in her schedule, staying overnight, feeding, etc.

Below is a related blog on this topic.


As a current, or potentially new, dog owner, you may think that having a dog means you can never leave town or enjoy a well-deserved vacation. That is a myth. There many options you can consider to take care of your pet while you're away.

Dog Boarding

Facilities and businesses that offer dog boarding services are professionals kennels. They look after multiple dogs at a time and offer only the best. Dogs are kept in individual kennels throughout the day with air conditioning, food and water. They are let out multiple times a day to use the bathroom and enjoy some fresh air. A dog boarding service often has day care time. This is a time during day where dogs are outside and together so they can play and spend their energy. A behavioral analysis is conducted prior to establish if your dog will play well with others. This option is great if you have multiple dogs and are looking for professional to look after them.

Personal Pet Sitting

This type of care involves someone that you know and trust to take care for you dog. It is important that you know the person prior to hiring them. You need to make sure they can look after you dog safely so that you can leave town without a worry in mind. There are two forms of personal pet sitting. The first would be to leave your dog at your home and your chosen care taker will come in several times a day. During the visits, your dog will get fed, and taken out for walks or just to play and get some stimulation. This involves a bit of commuting from the care taker and can be a little more costly to you as an owner. The second form of pet sitting is in-house. This means that the care taker you chose will take your dog in his or her own home to watch over for the time that you're gone. In this case your dog lives in another home while you are away. This kind of pet sitting in beneficial for your dog. He or she can be in constant connection with its care taker and get much more attention. This is also more convenient for you sitter whom can stay at home while still watching over your dog. Your pet may experience a little stress from the change of environment but it would be over within 24 hours.

There are multiple form of pet sitting you can choose from as a dog owner. We recommend the in-home personal care one if you have a single dog. For multiple dogs, a boarder or kennel maybe the best option. Whichever form you choose, make sure you communicate with your care taker to express concerns about them and/or your pet.

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Monday, September 23, 2019, 19:22 | No Comments »

Have you had the experience of taking care of or adopting a disabled dog? What are your thoughts and perceptions of such a pet? You might be surprised.

Animals don't view their disabilities like humans do. They live in the now, not the past, not the future. They usually have no idea they are disabled, and live their life to the fullest with appropriate care.

My experiences prior to Charlie primarily consisted of blind dogs.  Dogs who went blind over time.  Charlie the 3-leg toy poodle was an absolute firecracker!  Charlie never met anyone or any dog he did not love, he was a social butterfly.  

He came to me to foster with an unknown backstory, just that he had been kept in a crate for a while.  He was missing one rear leg and his entire tail.  Whatever caused his injuries was several years in the past.  Charlie could not walk on 3 legs consistently.  If he was running, he would pogo along on 3 legs, but if he was not in a hurry he preferred to scoot along.  He was not a fan of the wheelchair from Walkin' Wheels, but he could use it. (without a rear leg he's not well balanced in it)

We thought perhaps some therapy might help Charlie walk better, to regain better control over walking on three legs consistantly.  I took Charlie to Dr. Huggler for cold laser therapy, accupuncture, and chiropractic adjustments. Unfortunately no improvement was seen over many weeks of treatment.  Charlie didn't care, he was just there for the social interaction! 

Disabled dogs do require extra care beyond a typical dog.  Doggie diapers or belly bands, a drag bag perhaps, socks to keep feet from dragging and causing sores.  But it is oh so worth it.  I loved Charlie and knew he needed a special home.  I fostered him for over a year. Quite a few people were interested in him, yet it just wasn't the right home until Kitte from West Virginia applied for him.

Kitte was looking for another therapy poodle, hers had passed away approximately 6 months prior.  Charlie fit the bill perfectly.  She understood his issues and needs and was just fine with it.  He became a certified therapy dog within 3 months of adoption.  Charlie visits the local VA home with Kitte every day, bringing joy to the residents, one of which was her husband. Charlie happily travels on airplaines and in cars, to visit family from Michigan all the way to Florida.

Here is a video from The Dodo of a dog who is disabled and doesn't know it or care. She loves life too.  Enjoy!

Watch video of very happy hyper wheechair dog

Monday, September 9, 2019, 22:26 | No Comments »


CBD oil / suppliments have been instrumental in treating several of my dogs and foster dogs for a variety of conditions.

Gigi, a toy poodle, was very nervous and jumpy when I first got her as a foster dog. Every noise, every activity made her jump, bark, or hide.  The transformation when I started giving her Treatibles(R) ** cookies was remarkable.  Within 2 days Gigi was a much calmer and friendlier dog. Add in a Thundershirt during storms and life was much better for Gigi.

My most recent acquisition is a sweet black poodle. Terry, my pets groomer, appealed to my love for poodles and persuaded me to get her from our local shelter.  Because of the horrific condition she arrived in, it wasn't possible to see the extent of her ailments until she was shaved down. Then the full extent of her masses, lumps and warts was revealed. In fact, she was not expected to live for very long; it was assumed that the masses were all cancerous and would have spread to perhaps the lungs.  I immediately started added very highly concentrated CBD oil to her food every day. Several weeks later, X-rays showed no masses anywhere except where they could be felt ...i.e. no spreading.  In fact, after extensive lump removal surgery (including a left side full mastectomy) only one small lump was cancerous.  All the others were benign.  I can only say that some sort of miracle occurred, she is going to live, hopefully for a long time.  Was it the CBD?  You decide.

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Below is an article on the benefits of CBD for Dogs (and other pets).


Having a sick pet at home can be very stressful for their owners, as one spends all their time searching for the medicines and treatments for them. There are several treatments and medicines available, but it is not necessary that they will be effective on all kinds of dogs. Also, these medicines usually have a lot of side effects too which can lead to reduced functionality in a dog.

But in recent times, there is one medicine that is doing rounds in the pet world and that is CBD. There are several benefits of CBD on a pet's health, especially it helps in promoting homeostasis which is important for balancing temperature and gives a therapeutic effect.

What is CBD?

Before understanding all the benefits of the best CBD treats for dogs, let's know what CBD is.

CBD is cannabidiol and is extracted from the cannabis plant.
The species of the cannabis plant that is used to extract CBD is hemp. There are several cannabinoids that can be extracted from the cannabis plant and this is one of them. Cannabidiol will not get pet high.  Lower amounts of THC. It is non-psychoactive in nature.
It has no known toxicity level, which means no overdose.

How does CBD help? 

Every mammal has an endocannabinoid system which handles various processes like immunity, sleep cycle, memory and other functions of a body. Dogs also have the same endocannabinoid system which can interact with endocannabinoids which are released by the brain. But to supplement this supply of endocannabinoid from the brain, one can introduce it externally. This is why it is effective in dogs too, and one can use CBD oil for dogs without any side effects.

What are the benefits of the CBD?

There are several benefits of using CBD for dogs. Let's list some of the very effective ones:

Anti-inflammatory:   Cbd helps in evoking immune responses and that is why it can reduce any kind of inflammation. It can help in reducing pain caused due to any kind of arthritis, bowel irritation etc. 

Pain-killer:  Cbd helps in stopping the absorption of anandamide, which is the natural pain killer. With increased levels of anandamide in blood it helps in reducing the pain sensations. 

Anti-convulsant: It helps in restoring abnormal working of neurons. Abnormal working of the neurons usually leads to seizures and tremors, thus CBD helps in reducing seizures. 

Anti-anxiety: CBD has an anti-anxiety effect and reduces stress and various phobias. Cbd targets serotonin receptors which helps in increasing the serotonin level which curbs any kind of anxiety and fear in all kinds of organisms and in this case dogs.  

Anti-emetic: CBD is helpful in controlling vomiting and nausea in dogs. As it is very common to have nausea while undergoing certain treatments like chemotherapy, CBD can help in this situation and also curb loss appetite. 

Anti-cancer: Malicious tumors are common in pets and it means the dog needs to undergo chemotherapy, which leads to various side-effects. Now it is proven that CBD also has anti-cancerous properties that it can slow the growth of the tumor and even reduce its size in some cases. 

All in all, one can say that CBD is a miracle medicine for pets all around. They show exemplary effectiveness among dogs in treating their problems which otherwise would take a lot of medicines and hours with a veterinary. So do not think before choosing the best CBD dog treats to help them in their health troubles.

Dogs are gentle beings who need care and love, and the biggest thing is that they cannot tell you when they have any kind of problem. So if one can find a medicine which can treat several problems and not leave a bad side effect, then one can say it is a miracle for dog owners. 

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