Love Your Pet’s Teeth on Valentine’s Day

For this Valentine’s special edition to the Second Chance Pet Column I thought about writing about love and flowers and chocolate – but then I became so bored thinking about it I rolled right off my bed and fell into my litter box. Don’t get me wrong – I adore love and all that but I want to write about something with more teeth in it. So I decided to write about teeth…

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Ready for a dog?

Dear Dazed, I totally get it. I feel as though I am ready for a home but not sure how to pick the family. So I designed this interview process to assess candidates before I consider going home with them:

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Cat Stinky Face

So “cat stinky face” is a real thing with a real scientific name, flehmen. As a cat myself I can assure you there is nothing alarming about this gesture. Although it looks comical it's actually highly purposeful and interesting.

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Bark & Butt Banter

Dear Baffled, my name is Chap, I am the senior dog (10 year old Maltese) here at the Second Chance shelter willing to share with you my wisdom of the years. Although I have learned to provide clear signals to communicate my emotional state I have also learned that people don’t always recognize or pay attention to my signals.

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Chatty Katty

A new year. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked. Answers to be discovered. Although I speak chat (pronounced “kat”) I understand many human words because I listen. To improve feline-human relations this year I am going to help you to listen to and understand chat.

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Lilly & Panda

Thank you for reading the first Pet Column of 2018! Although this column is typically about pet parenting advice and treating animals humanely – I thought it fitting that the 2018 kickoff (which also happens to be the 600th Pet Column!) be simply about a homeless pet like me.

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Cheese and other Important topics of 2017

This is the last Pet Column of 2017. No pressure on me though...ok, yes I now know the true meaning of “writer’s block”. Not for lack of something to write about but for too many important topics swirling about my noggin. How do I choose the topic that best summarizes the year, reflects gratitude, implies hope, and instills transformation? Bugger it all I am just going to write about cheese.

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How to Make it Snow

I know this is a touchy subject. I hesitate to even broach it. Snow. So many of people in this region depend upon it for their livelihood, as their reason and meaning for living in this region, and to feel awake and alive during the short days and long dark nights of winter. So I write this Pet Column today in hopes of offering a distraction, or perhaps so that the Snow Gods will take pity upon us over the Holidays…

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Dog Dreams

Dear Triple D, yes, dogs certainly do dream. And before I go on to elaborate on this I would like to point out that we day dream as well. In fact I have been sitting here at Second Chance just dreaming about my new home for the Holidays. We will get back to that and touch upon the content of our dreams shortly…

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Twelve Days of Dogmas

Dear Santa Paws,

Does anyone ever ask you what you want for Christmas? I imagine the answer is difficult for someone who has access to every gift in the world. But I had a thought of something you would probably really enjoy. It comes wrapped in warm fur and has a tail that wags and is full of love and joy. A joy that lasts past Christmas morning and a love that lasts forever.

Yes, the particular gift I am thinking of is me. I am only 3.5 years old and sweeter than sugar plums and candy canes combined, although I am shy like Rudolph. I am a beautiful Border collie named Treasure and I am my name. And I’ll tell you what, having a dog in your life is like Christmas happening every day. Dogs are Christmas.

So besides offering myself as your personal Christmas gift (did I mention I like snow, sleigh rides and things that are sparkly?) I wanted to send you my Twelve Days of Christmas list. This is a list that I put together on behalf of all the homeless pets here at Second Chance Humane Society:

  • Yummy training treats
  • Collars and leashes
  • Donations toward our special medical fund so all my friends can be healthy and adoptable
  • Toys!
  • Dog cookies!
  • Cat beds
  • Kuranda beds (orthopedic and chew proof dog beds)
  • Big jars of peanut butter (to fill up our Kongs)
  • Kongs!
  • Donations toward our spay/neuter fund so there are less homeless pets in the world
  • Volunteers to walk us and pet us
  • The best gift of all – a new home!!!

Rumor also has it that Mrs. Paws is more of a cat person. I would therefore recommend Tweetie for her. Of course, here at Second Chance they never recommend giving pets as Christmas gifts (because connecting to a new pet is a personal thing and you can’t pick out a pet for someone else and just expect them to click) you can give her a gift certificate toward adopting a pet.

Anyway, Tweetie is a brown tabby cat at 8 months young who is extremely friendly and delightful. She likes playing with toys, exploring and sun bathing. I call her Tweetie the Sweetie cuz she’s just that kind of girl. I am sure Mr. Paws would adore her.

Happy Holidays and I hope to see you soon Santa!

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