Did You Know These Interesting Pet Facts?


The 10 Biggest Myths About Cats and Dogs Debunked

1. My dog seems to run in his sleep. Could he be dreaming?
2. Why can a cat always land on its feet?
3. Why do dogs like to have their bellies scratched?
4. Do dogs and cats have a sense of humor?
5. My dog likes to lie in mud puddles and other icky places. Why?
6. Can a cat be trained the way a dog can?
7. One of my cats loves catnip; the other couldn’t care less. What gives?
8. Why does my dog like to smell other dogs’ behinds?
9. Why does my cat like to sleep in weird places, like atop keyboards or inside cardboard boxes?
10. I have a ‘knead-y’ cat. What’s she up to?
11. Why do cats like to nap so much?
12. Can dogs and cats get colds from us?

Short Answers:
1. Yes
2. Flexible spine but not always
3. Not all do, but human fingers are softer than doggie toenails.
4. Dogs have a sense of fun instead, but cats definitely do. After all, they let us live w/them.
5. Mud puddles are like air conditioners for our furry friends; and as for icky, it’s all in the nose of the beholder.
6. Yes, as long as there’s something in it for them.
7. The catnip high only affects about 1/3 to 1/2 of all cats.
8. Sniffing tells the sniffer all about the sniffee’s sex, reproductive, & social status.
9. They love sleeping in or on something that their human owner touches all the time.
10. Attention & contentment
11. So they can be night owls
12. No, but it’s best to keep your distance to be on the safe side.

Long Answers:


What does a dog’s tilted head mean?

Short Answer:
Heard a sound like car keys or a familiar word . . . go, potty, etc.

15 more signals from the language of dogs:


5 Reasons Dogs Expose Their Belly

Short Answers:
1. Love & attention
2. Scratch assistance
3. Security
4. Cool off
5. Show respect

Long Answers:


Why Man’s Best Friend is Man’s Best Friend

Physical benefits of dog companionship
♡ Increase longevity after heart attacks.
♡ Lower cholesterol and triglycerides.
♡ Decrease blood pressure and reduce stress.
♡ Increase physical activity and functioning.
♡ Reduce medical appointments and minor health problems.
♡ Predict seizures.
♡ Alert to hypoglycemia.

Emotional benefits of dog companionship
♡ Adjust to serious illness and death.
♡ Be less anxious and feel more safe.
♡ Relax and reduce everyday stress.
♡ Have physical contact.
♡ Lift our mood.
♡ Feel less lonely.
♡ Have something to care for.
♡ Keep active.
♡ Have consistency.

Social benefits of dogs
♡ Create a sense of closeness and well-being.
♡ Offer a topic of conversation.
♡ Promote interaction.



This last article is from WOOFipedia by The American Kennel Club and is titled,

Ten Surprising Truths About Life With Dogs.


Part 4: Healing Time

I got my staples out on Wednesday, and it was at least 3 inches (maybe 4) of staples. I’m in another cast, so I have 4 more weeks of healing. Red, my fave color . . . isn’t it pretty? I’ll have a boot next, but it’s going to be interesting to try walking after 6 weeks of no walking.


Darn Motel 6 & their uneven parking lot in Raton, NM!


Well, this will give me a lot of time to write some posts from articles I’ve saved, catch up on blogs I follow, and say thank you to all my blog readers & followers.

First though, I want to share some images from the Washington State Fair. Fair food is always awesome, and Washington’s was no exception. There were Krusty Pups (or corn dogs), Piroshkies, & Fisher Scones (a WA State Fair fave) to name just a few of all the yummy goodies!

Now for 2 inspiring pet stories from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & WOOFipedia by The American Kennel Club.

The first is a story about a 5-year-old Golden Retriever, who miraculously survived 20 months in the wilderness after being separated from her owner on a camping trip in California’s Tahoe National Forest. They were reunited in June 2014.


The second is a story about one of Michael Vick’s fighting dogs from the infamous Bad Newz Kennels in Smithfield, VA. Chesapeake 54902, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, is now known as Audie and earned an advanced AKC agility title, Excellent A Preferred, in August 2012.



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.



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.


And, check out these sites for more pet-friendly jobs in your state: