Many years ago in 1987 I shared my home with a roommate who worked as a collection manager for the Smithsonian Museum’s National Zoo. Don’t jump to conclusions about what this story is about until you read the rest of the story.
We got our first dog, Daisy, in December 2007. I was eight years old at the time.
Animal lovers and pet owners for the most part go into these relationships knowing full well that one day you may be required to make a very tough decision when it comes to your pets.
There are many things that make being a veterinarian a unique experience. One of the more profound for me is this: that on occasion I have the opportunity to care for a pet from its earliest weeks of puppy- or kitten-hood through it’s geriatric years. You won’t find this in the human medical professions, for better or worse. In my practice, being in both a tourist location and close to two large military complexes, there are clients that come, go, and move away. There are pets that I see one or two times, maybe already in their twilight years, or for a second opinion, soon to return to their regular veterinarian. So, it’s a special occurrence when I have the benefit of following a pet from its first weeks of life into its last days
Most families reach a point where one of the kids wants a pet. This situation can be difficult for parents in a number of ways. Parents are often concerned about how responsible their child might be. And it's obviously good to worry about a pet's wellbeing.
I knew she was getting older when she didn't have the energy to play in the water anymore when she went to the park. I noticed she was not walking so fast when she took a walk, but would slow down and take her time. She slept more, and then the panting and the problems with breathing started. When things started to change, I didn't pay any attention to it, because we had just moved to a new place in another town. I felt it could be that it was warmer where we move and her dark hair attracted the sun, causing her to get warm and pant. I was more focused on her arthritis that was causing her problems when she would try to get into the car or jump on the bed. Her back haunches would give out and she would fall, always embarrassed that she was not able to make the jump.
Parents tend to have an odd reaction when it comes to their child becoming interested in the science behind ants. However, ants are more than just little creatures crawling on the ground. The science and nature behind ants are quite fascinating and can actually bring your child to an extreme liking of earth and animal science. Not only can it educate your child in the field of science, but it can also teach them how to properly take care of an ant farm and many other creatures. It can be a bonding experience between you and your child while spending a low amount. It can educate the parent while increasing curiosity and science education within the child.
Most of us plan to take on healthier lifestyle choices. There's always room for more self improvement. No matter where we are in life we tend to plan for the future. We often pick up a surprising amount of skills without even knowing it. Pet owners in particular might be surprised by how many lifestyle related skills they've picked up without noticing.
Having a four-legged companion is invaluable. They love unconditionally, they provide entertainment to steer off boredom, and add a sense of joy to life. They will always be there to greet you when you come home and make you laugh when you least expect it. Not only do dogs provide great friendships for their owners, but they can also improve the overall health and wellbeing of their owners. If you don’t have a dog already, or are considering getting one, here are five wellbeing benefits of having a dog that you should know about.
It was December 22, 2018, when I got a call from my son that our dog was ill and I needed to come home. I told my boss I had to leave and she was understanding, as a family member was sick.
Recently in the news, a woman who passed away had it in her will that her dog was to be euthanized, cremated, and buried with her. I’m sure she loved that dog as if they were a family member, but when the kennel tried to save the dog, the court ruled the pet as property, and the family went through with her request.
Hundreds of thousands of cats are killed on our roads every year. Many of them left to die alone, even if they could have been saved, if only someone had stopped to tend to them. Cats who fall victim to road traffic collisions can be mopped up by local councils, tossed in landfill, and owners never made aware of what has happened to their beloved pet. In current British law, this is perfectly legal.