Tuesday, October 7, 2008


One of our friends shared a weekend road trip with us...

We took the dogs on our fall foliage drive. The elk was their favorite tourist attraction and the shot after that is them barking at it as we drove away.

The last 2 pics are at an old marble quarry called Natural Bridge. The other shots of this didn't really come out well, but it's really a neat place! The melting glaciers made tunnels thru the marble.
There is also a dam made from the marble, and the waterfall going over it is gorgeous.

Special note: We're very happy that Pepper is doing so well after his treatment of cortizone shots and prednesone pills. He was nearly put to sleep a few weeks ago! He fell down the stairs in Aug. and hurt his spine.
He did more walking at the quarry park than he has in a couple of months. We were worried that he might be in pain the next day, but he didn't seem to be suffering at all.
He's spunky as ever, yelling at the other 2 dogs and chasing the cat! Yay, Pepper's king of the world again!

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One of our friends shared a weekend road trip with us...


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Do Pets Grieve? (Courtesy of the Doolittler blog)

At least once a month or so a client will call with questions about pets who seem to grieve for their lost companions. Sometimes it’s a human death at hand, but more often it’s about pets who “miss” their recently departed conspecific (typically another cat or dog):

What should I do to help her grieve?
Will he ever get over the loss?
Could grief be making her sick?

I’m not always sure how to handle the questions since sometimes it’s obvious that human grief may well be the overriding issue. So I have to wonder, is this just our human way of anthropomorphizing our pets…or is it something more real?

I had cause to rethink this issue after reading an article in The New York Times’ science section yesterday. It detailed the heartbreaking story of Gana, a gorilla in the Munich Zoo whose several month-old infant succumbed to a congenital cardiac ailment. After its death she carried the dead baby around for days in a not-atypical display of non-human primate “mourning” where mothers will refuse to relinquish their young until they’re well-decayed.

The article proceeded to question what death means for different species: “dinner” for lions (who eat their dead mates) and perhaps “remembrance” for elephants drawn to the bones of their lost ones. But is it really “grief”?

I couldn’t tell you with any certainty but it’s my belief that dogs and cats experience grief—albeit differently from the Elizabeth K├╝bler-Ross variety most of us are intimately aware of. In my personal experience, “pet grief” resembles more a confused, missing-you state of stress: Where did she go?

Pets closely bonded to the deceased may pace, appear to search for their lost companion, eat less or demonstrate changes to their sleep/wake cycles. Most owners interpret this as depression—and who’s to say they’re not right?

Detractors of the concept of grief in animals suggest that pets are merely picking up on our emotional cues. That animals are devoid of cognition when it comes to the past and are therefore incapable of understanding grief the way we do.

Yet even if that’s true, don’t they still experience the loss in some way? I think that’s undeniable. And isn’t the simple experience of loss a sort of grief, too?

Why the need to question animal emotion, anyway?

We no longer question whether basic human physiologic functions are experienced similarly in mammals. We intuit that they feel pain and can document behavioral and physiologic changes that accompany it, for example.

So why do we assume that basic emotions elude them simply because they cannot conceive what is happening to them the same way we do? Their limited cognition doesn't decrease pain after injury any, does it? Why, then, do we wonder whether or not animal emotions like grief convey biological advantages?

Is it simply because we can't understand how that might work? Or is it maybe because if we know animals are capable of more complex emotions like grief we'll have even more cause to question how we treat them...?

We Love Border Collies

Shadow is 4 months old, he comes from a long line of "working" dogs. His folks had another BC named Yukon. They loved him dearly.

Sadie shown below was our beloved "chief of staff"

A Huge Cat!

This shot was taken recently in Brooklyn Ct. The photo was taken through a screen, hence the poor image quality. She's a large Bobcat. She was 30 feet away from the house, the photographer actually saw a "kitten" of hers in the brush behind her. Very impressive!

Dwarfed By A Toy...


She's a very sweet cat that is very lonely. This poor cat was dropped off at our front door recently. She's negative for FELV/AIDS, current on vaccs, wormed, spayed and declawed.
She must live as an inside cat.

Let us know if you might be interested!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Tucker The Bernese Mountain Dog

He's a handsome devil. In the last week his weight increased by 20%!
He's very alert, doesn't miss a trick!
Here's an interesting site dedicated to this great breed Berners

Monday, March 10, 2008

Ryan's New Puppy

Ryan's new best friend is Miya. She's 12 weeks old. Her markings are stunning!

Cameron Has Two Best Friends!

She's been caring for them for over a year now. Jake and Jordan.

Sometimes they aren't always aware of their size!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

What Is A Veterinary Radiologist???

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Are You A Pet Owner Or A Guardian?

A debate has been raging for years over the proper terminology to use when describing the relationship of a person to his or her pet. Historically, animals have been regarded as property in the eyes of the law. Therefore, people with pets have been called pet owners.

However, a growing number of people feel that the word “owner” does not do justice to the relationship between a person and a pet. Adherents to this school of thought often prefer the word “guardian.” They argue, quite reasonably, that people form intense emotional bonds with their pets, and that this relationship deserves a unique title. They point out that most people love their pets. Nobody I know would say that love their dishwasher or their sofa.

Members of the owner camp retort that calling oneself a pet guardian may have unintended consequences for people and pets. They point to the example of adults who are guardians of children, and claim that guardianship carries responsibilities that ownership does not. For instance, the owners of a sick pet can refuse veterinary treatment if they cannot afford it. The guardian of a child would go to prison if he declined medical treatment for the same reason.

Proponents of pet ownership ask what would happen in these circumstances if pet owners became pet guardians? And how would the change in terminology affect the availability of procedures such as spaying, neutering, and euthanasia? They point out that a child’s guardian cannot have him sterilized or put to sleep. Would an animal’s guardian be able to do these things?

As a veterinarian, this issue is a minefield for me. Pet guardians are offended if I call them owners. Owners think I am crazy if I call them guardians. I try to avoid both terms.

For now, the proponents of pet ownership hold sway in most quarters. But the guardian camp is gaining momentum. The guardians make some valid points, and I suspect that in the long run, if they can resolve the issues listed above, they will carry the day. Only time will tell.

(Written by Dr Eric Barchas)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Lilly The Cocker Spaniel Pup

Lilly was here for a check up. She's 4 months old. She was fine, just had a little wax in her ears.

An Old Dog Story...

An old tired-looking dog wandered into my yard. I could tell from his collar and belly that he belonged somewhere. He followed me into the house, plopped down in a corner, and fell asleep. An hour later he went to the door and I let him out.

The next day he was back, resumed his position, and slept for an hour. This continued for several weeks until, curious, I pinned a note to his collar: “Every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.”

The next day he arrived with a different note: “He lives in a house with eight children. He’s exhausted. Can I come with him tomorrow?”

Submitted by a friend...


She's an 8 week old German Shepard pup. Her folks searched all over for a high quality shepard. They picked her out at 2 weeks of age. Her eyes had barely opened! Her new owners visited her practically every week until she was old enough to go to her new home.

She has big paw prints to fill!

Two Beagles With A New Roomate

Daisy and Lilly are soon to be blessed with a new baby in the house. The human kind that is. Vance Nicholas was born on Tuesday and will be brought home later today. Dad reports he is 8 pounds 15 ounces and very healthy.

Monday, March 3, 2008


A last speech, well worth the click.

Hope you listen to it all.

Mugsy And His Teddy Bear

Mugsy was dropped off by his Dad one morning last week. He's just a baby all of 1 year old. Naturally he brought his teddy bear with him.
Mugsy probably didn't realize why he and his bear were checked in for the day...seems like poor Teddy was missing an eye. Mugsy had something to do with that.
We induced vomiting, the missing eye and its attachment were soon brought up.
Given Mugsy's small size we were worried that his small intestine could become obstructed.

More info re obstructions click HERE

A Sniffling Pug Puppy

Dakota is just 4.6 pounds. They don't get much cuter than this!

Buddy and Kelsey

These 2 cats are litter mates. Hard to believe that they are almost 13 years old. They are definitely aging gracefully.


She's a 4 month old, 26.4 pound puppy. She has an older sister Zadie at home.
Brandee was in for vaccs and to have a micro chip implanted. She currently shares the same dose of Heartgard with her older sister...but not for long. She's growing by leaps and bounds!

Jasmine Joins Baron...

Jasmine is just 10 weeks old. She joins her older brother Baron who is a 9 month old German shepard.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Bandit On The Prowl...

Bandit the Bengal cat...
He's 9 years old and has a mind of his own. He's a very interesting guy. Bandit was out of sorts with an upper respiratory infection. Hopefully he is on the mend.

Another view as requested...

Cooper The Airedale

Cooper is a very friendly guy. He's a little over a year old. You can see how bright he is by just admiring that intense expression. Airedales are great dogs! I wish we saw more of them.

Maddox And Our Webmaster Gurus!

Maddox is one of two treasured dogs that this couple adores. He's 2.5 years old and tips the scales at 64 pounds. His little brother Cole can be seen on the home page here. He's 9 months old and weighs 42 pounds.

Jerry and Jen are part of the talented Lifetiled web design team. They work with Andy and Mike. Many thanks guys!


Roxie and Trixie are sisters. Not quite identical twins, but they are practically inseparable. These girls are 2 years and 9 months old. They stopped in for routine vaccines.

"What's going on with that camera???" Their shared mannerisms are remarkable.