MY PET PEEVE


Why can’t people pick up after their pets? It seems like we always pick the places where the lazy or irresponsible pet owners live.

And, did you know cat poop is actually a delicacy to dogs? Gross & disgusting but true!

Funny, but this hasn’t been a problem since we left OKC. Of course, we live in a much nicer apartment complex now. Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer, suggests using Habanero Sauce. I substituted just regular Tabasco. The trick is to sprinkle the hot sauce on whatever your dog tries to eat before he actually eats it. With Casey, I had to be super quick.

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http://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/dog-health/dog-eating-feces

Part 3: We Moved


We’ve been in Washington State for almost 2 weeks now, and my husband started his new job. Unfortunately, my job hunting will have to wait at least 6 – 8 weeks. I stepped off a curb onto an uneven parking lot at 3 am in Raton, NM and fractured my ankle, so I had surgery right after Labor Day.

~ Right fibula fractured (surgery req'd) / left chipped (will heal on its own)

~ Right fibula fractured (surgery req’d) / left chipped (will heal on its own)

After I posted “Part 2: We’re Moving,” I received an email from an employee of Trupanion in Seattle, WA. This looks like a really cool place to work, and I can see Jake lounging at my desk if I were to get a job there. I think Ms. Barky & Wild Man would probably be sent home with a note not to return though. Haha!

Trupanion, a medical insurance provider for cats and dogs, currently has a 1:2 pet to employee ratio—one of the highest in the country. Every employee has the opportunity to bring their well-behaved dogs and cats into the office every day. You can find more about our pet-friendly workplace and policies on our website.

http://trupanion.com/pets-in-the-workplace

And, check out these sites for more pet-friendly jobs in your state:
http://thebark.com/content/barks-best-places-work-0

http://www.dogfriendly.com/server/general/workplace/

Part 2: We’re Moving


Fourteen years ago, Oklahoma was a great place to live. I loved living here, and I hated that we had to leave 3 years later. I was excited when we moved back after a year in Las Vegas & 7 years in Southern California. It’s not the same though, so here we are 3 years later donating to Goodwill, packing, and posting items to sell on Craigslist.

Why you might ask? Casey’s allergies, our allergies, no beach, no mountains, humid weather; but most important, for the kids & grandkids.

And, guess where we’re moving to . . . .

Seattle, here we come!

~ Seattle, we’re on our way!

So, what do I want to do for my next job? I could go back into Commercial Property Management like I did here & California, work for the newspaper like I did in Vegas, or maybe get a Fed job since I have experience working as a contractor which leads me to . . . .

Wouldn’t it be fun if you could take your dog to work? They could be your assistant . . . keep any human pests away . . . just hang out . . . or get their own day job.

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1. Food Quality Assurance Tester
2. Head of Security / Army General
3. Heating Pad
4. CEO of a Pet Store
5. Motivational Speaker
6. Counselor
7. Royalty
8. Paper Shredder
9. Gas Man
10. Cat Herder

Top 10 Favorite “Day Jobs” for Dogs – Pets Best Insurance

I can see Tessie getting a job as the Head of Security / Army General, and Casey would be perfect as a Paper Shredder.

Part 1: We’re Moving


I know you may not want to read another post about Casey’s allergies, but I want to share what works and what doesn’t work.

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First, an update from an earlier post titled “Supplements: Good Buy or Impulsive Purchase.” I would definitely buy Olewo’s Dehydrated Carrots & Red Beets again just for some added veggies. And, here are 2 more tasty dehydrated treats from Orijen and Stella & Chewy’s that I like to crumble on their kibble.

Azmira’s Aller’G Free did not help Casey at all, but Vetoquinol’s AllerG-3 was a great buy. Because I like the Vetoquinol brand, I purchased Vetoquinol’s Select Antioxidant. Unfortunately, Casey had an allergic reaction, and I had to stop giving him this product immediately. It has “Natural and Artificial Flavors.” I contacted Vetoquinol, but I received no response.

I started researching natural supplements again and found the following article:
http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/natures-benadryl-quercetin/

Quercetin, Bromelain, Papain, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, & Coconut Oil (*) . . . are these the magic ingredients to help with allergens (ear infections, excessive paw chewing/licking, hot spots, itchy skin, scratching, & watery eyes) when used in combination? (*) Coconut oil can be mixed in food and/or rubbed on skin.

I think this combination of supplements helped, because Casey’s symptoms went from better to worse immediately after he finished his last Quercetin capsule. Unfortunately, Quercetin isn’t meant to be taken on a long-term basis.

So, what should I try next to control Casey’s allergies? I could get back to the basics. We need vitamins, so doesn’t it make sense our pets do, too? Read about the benefits of Biotin (Vitamin B) & Omega 3’s. I did try the Biotin product early on, but I realize now though that I was not increasing the suggested dosage as he grew. I should have given him 1 tablet per 15 lbs.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?aid=1445

http://www.nickersinternational.com/Does_your_pet_suffer_from_biotin_deficiency_s/23.htm

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=q2+2111&aid=137

In an article from Healthy Pets with Dr. Karen Becker, she stated

The more your pet is exposed to the allergens he’s sensitive to, the more intense and long-lasting his allergic response becomes.

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http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/06/22/pets-seasonal-allergies.aspx
(This article is similar to another article by Dr Becker that I shared a link to in my post, “Allergy Do’s and Don’ts.”)

Limiting your pet’s exposure to his allergens is most effective, but not usually practical – it may mean relocating to a different climate!

http://www.skinvetclinic.com/atopicdermatitis.html

So, I don’t know where we’re moving to yet, but I have till August 27th to try and find a place without carpet (Casey’s #1 allergy). To be continued in “Moving: Part 2″ . . . .