Wednesday, Aug 05, 2020

Posts Tagged ‘puppy’

Angel’s Journey to Rainbow Road

This past Saturday, I received one of the saddest phone calls from my mother back home in Nebraska. My Golden Retriever, Angel, had passed away. Apparently, she had a couple tumors on her spleen, one ruptured and she bled out. She was to be 10 years old this coming October.

An overwhelmingly large ocean of emotions hit me and there hasn’t been a day that’s went by that I haven’t cried. She’s the first of my own that I’ve lost. Although I’ve been away from her living elsewhere for 7 years now, it’s like a truck has hit me. She was like my child, my sister, my “Lil Lion”. I’ll never forget the day I got her, right around Christmas time. She was my Christmas Angel. After receiving the devastating news, I broke out my special album just for her that has “Angel” adorned on it with clouds. Looking at pictures of the red bow we put on her head that of course didn’t stay on long, but long enough to snap a couple shots. I remember how she would hide under my mother’s china cabinet for awhile, she was a little timid at first but she was the biggest ball of fur you could ever imagine and the sweetest puppy anyone could ever ask for.

Every year after I moved away, I tried my hardest to go back home each and every year. I’ve been successful but then the funds were not there and I was away from April ’08-May ’10. It was always nice to come back to the home you’ve known for so long and the first thing I looked forward to was seeing my Angel baby when I walked through the door. She would always run right up to me and I’d get on the floor to give her kisses, hugs and scratches. Over time, I saw how extremely close the bond was between Angel and my parents. For example, anytime my mom would bring out the vacuum, Angel would get protective of my mom and try to clamp on to her arm or pant leg and try to drag her away from it. It was honestly one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Rightfully so, my parents were devastated of the sudden loss of their baby. My mother used to go home on her lunch hour to check up on Angel, I think it gave her purpose after losing my grandmother this past April. Now that Angel is gone, I feel like an even larger hole has manifested in her heart.

My mother claims she won’t get another dog because there isn’t one that can replace her. And she’s right, no dog will ever replace Angel. Then again, you should never buy another dog to replace one that has passed. I look at this subject in this regard: there are so many homeless dogs and cats out there that are in need of good homes. Why should an animal be euthanized if there are loving people out there willing to open their lives and homes to these special animals? Although she may never share her life with another pet, I understand why she feels this way. Not everyone can cope with the loss of a pet in the same way and not everyone can stand the thought of owning another pet knowing they’ll have the same fate. My heart goes out to you, mom. Angel was one in a million.

So to any and all of you who have lost a pet, I can now say I truly understand. I think one thing we can all agree on is that it’s worth it. Having that companion who loves you through thick and thin, who wags their tail at the glimpse of your smiling face… it just doesn’t get much better than that. All that I can hope is that Angel’s journey to Rainbow Road was quick and painless. I know that you’re up there smiling down on us everyday. There’s no question that you touched so many lives and don’t worry baby, your memory will live on in our hearts forever.

Goodbye, my sweet, sweet Angel baby.

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Mulch bad for dogs?

Barkley is an adorable 3 month old Beagle puppy I just started pet sitting for. I’m sure you’re surprised to read that she LOVES to chew on anything she can get a hold of including shoes, socks and rugs. Along with these items, she also likes to chew on the dark brown mulch in the backyard. Although I try to pry the mulch from her mouth, she instinctively turns around to nab another piece. While her owner voiced her concern for Barkley’s mulch munching, I remembered reading about the dangers of certain kinds of mulch. Once again, I did a little research, only to find once again answered my question.

Turns out, cocoa mulch contains an ingredient called “theobromine.” This ingredient is used to make chocolate, which we all know very well is toxic to dogs. The mulch has a very enticingly sweet smell, making it very appealing to dogs. This particular mulch is popular because it’s organic (not to mention the chocolate smell) and has been widely sold at Home Depot (Vita Soil is a popular brand). Just a few ounces is all it takes for a dog to become ill. It can start from an upset stomach to an increased heart rate to seizures and from there, possibly death. This all depends on the size of the dog and how much has been ingested.

Thankfully, the mulch at my client’s home is NOT cocoa mulch and we can rest at ease about the subject. But please be aware of what you’re using in your garden and if you use a landscaper, mention your concerns to them. For further info, visit ASPCA‘s website.

Thanks again, Sarasota Dog!

Successful Puppy Mill Protest!

About 25 of us were in front of Puppy Town in Sarasota on Tuesday to show support against puppy mills. It was a hot day out but we received lots of love from many drivers passing by. It was wonderful to meet so many other advocates that speak out against this inhumane practice and we can’t wait for the next protest! To see pictures of this event, please visit and click on “Event Photos” at the top of the page.

Below is the information included in the flyers we were passing out to drivers from the Humane Society of the United States:

Why You Shouldn’t Buy a Puppy From a Pet Store:

  • Many pet stores that sell puppies are propping up puppy mills, mass breeding facilities where dogs are crammed into filthy, barren cages with minimal exercise, vet care or human contact.
  • Breeding dogs at puppy mills spend their entire lives in cages without human companionship. When their fertility wanes, they’re destroyed or discarded.
  • Many pet stores mislead customers about the source of their dogs. Pet stores boast that they deal only with USDA licensed breeders. Yet licensing requirements are minimal and many breeders remain licensed despite repeated violations of even these basic standards.
  • Dogs of all shapes and sizes, including purebreds, are available for adoption at shelters and rescue groups.

See video from the HSUS’s pet store and puppy mill investigations and learn more about adopting a dog or finding a responsible breeder at